Well that was certainly a bumpy ride through the first week. Five of eight division winners from last season were defeated, a few badly. When was the last time that happened? You can probably guess there’s been a seismic shakeup in this week’s rankings. As always if you think you can do better, leave your own rankings in the comments below.
1. Green Bay Packers (1-0). The Packers came out guns blazing and managed to hold on and keep up the pressure in defeating the Saints.
2. Baltimore Ravens (1-0). Wow… The beat down the Ravens laid upon the Steelers gives them the momentum to leap the Eagles (who were also very solid, if against a lesser opponent).
3. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0). The Eagles played a solid, well executed game against the Rams. LeSean McCoy could be the key to keeping Vick healthy for all 16+ games.
4. New England Patriots (1-0). One quick caveat, I am an unabashed Tom Brady hater. I just flat don’t like the guy. That said, his performance against the Dolphins was one of the most masterful I have ever seen. It was simply incredible to watch him play last night.
5. New York Jets (1-0). The defense is good. We know it’s good. Doesn’t change the fact that Sanchez is still shaky and the Cowboys were leading in the final few minutes.
6. Chicago Bears (1-0). When the Bears click, they’re an all decade team, when they don’t they’re awful. Who shows up on any given week is anyone’s guess. Stomping the Falcons had to feel good
7. Houston Texans (1-0). The Texans smelled blood in the water and savagely dismantled the Kerry Collins led Colts. A bloodbath at every level.
8. New Orleans Saints (0-1). A bad start doomed the Saints to a loss. That said, after being down early they played a respectable game against the very hot Packers.
9. San Diego Chargers (1-0). If the Chargers ever figure out how to untangle the mess that is their special teams, they’ll be a great team. Until then, they’re just very good.
10. Detroit Lions (1-0). The Lions made mistakes but still got the job done.Stafford says that’s how good teams do it. He’s right, but the season is long and he needs to stay healthy.
11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1). The Lions were simply the better team. That doesn’t meanTampa isn’t going to do well, it’s just the Lions were better.
12. Dallas Cowboys (0-1). Tony Romo is right, that loss was completely his fault.
13. Atlanta Falcons (0-1). Matt Ryan ended last season with multiple interceptions and a whole barrel of bad decisions. That trend unfortunately carried over to the new year. Getting destroyed by the Bears was embarrassing.
14. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1). The Steelers flat out did not show up to play inBaltimore, and the Ravens made them pay dearly. This team was just, plain, awful.
15. Indianapolis Colts (0-1). Wow. We knew it would be bad, but that was painful. It was like watching someone repeatedly kick a handicapped puppy.
16. Buffalo Bills (1-0). Ryan Fitzpatrick may be is the most underrated quarterback in the National Football League. He played very well on Sunday and could help the Bills win a decent number of games.
17. Washington Redskins (1-0). Grossman looked like Tom Brady against the depleted Giants secondary. If he can manage the game and protect the ball, he will give the Redskins a chance to win every game.
18. Oakland Raiders (1-0). The Broncos are just a mess, and the Raiders made them pay. I doubt the Raiders can sweep the division again, but it’s been over a year since they lost a game to the AFC West.
19. New York Giants (0-1). Injuries were simply too much for the Giants to overcome. Rex Grossman looked fantastic against the Giants’ secondary.
20. Cincinnati Bengals (1-0). I am not above eating crow. Andy Dalton looked like an NFL quarterback against the Browns. A.J. Green was extremely good, even when Dalton went down with an injury.
21. Arizona Cardinals (1-0). Kolb played very well in his first game, but you can’t love a defense who just gave up 400+ yards to rookie Cam Newton.
22. Kansas City Chiefs (0-1). Chiefs did not look sharp this weekend. Getting blown out by a surprisingly solid Bills team is painful. A lot of question marks are circling Matt Cassell and his hard luck Chiefs.
23. Miami Dolphins (0-1). Henne looked OK at times, but at others he looked down right sloppy. He has got to be more consistent for the Dolphins to have a chance.
24. St. Louis Rams (0-1). Rams did their best against the Eagles, but were over matched. Injuries to Bradford, Jackson and Danny Amendola could hurt them badly in the weeks to come.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0). Beating the Titans was a good step forward, but the team will only go as far as Maurice Jones-Drew can carry them.
26. Minnesota Vikings (0-1). Donovan McNabb looked pretty good against the Chargers, but his line is going to have to do a much better job of protecting him. Maybe dropping McKinnie wasn’t such a good idea.
27. San Francisco 49ers (1-0). Victory number one has come and gone. The real trick is to beat teams outside the NFC West.
28. Carolina Panthers (0-1). Cam Newton was simply dazzling in his debut. Yes, he looked like a rookie at times, and incurred a very dumb celebration penalty on a TD, but man can that kid sling the ball.
29. Tennessee Titans (0-1). Despite having All-Pro Chris Johnson running the ball, the Titans still seem like a team sleeping walking to me. Hasselback is doing the best he can.
30. Cleveland Browns (0-1). Big step backwards for the Browns after a very optimistic pre-season.
31. Denver Broncos (0-1). The fans started chanting for Tebow almost as soon as the game began. Thankfully the fans don’t run the team. Orton must improve his play.
32. Seattle Seahawks (0-1). Tavaris Jackson just isn’t that good. San Francisco is not the cream of the NFL talent, and Tavaris looked bad