You guys didn’t like my week 1 NFL power rankings. I warned you that they would be controversial, weird, and/or down right irrational. And they were. But that was kind of the point. Trying to do something different is what brings the readers in. As strange as the rankings system was, it worked in this way: You guys read it. You didn’t like it, but you read it.
But, let’s never say that I am deaf to the voice of the people. You didn’t like the system I devised, so I am switching it back to the more traditional power rankings structure, something I hope you appreciate. I do this, after all, for you guys.
Though I won’t list the previous rankings here (for all intents and purposes, this will go to serve as my “first” ranking), you’ll notice the biggest change is for Seattle. I had them really low last week, but that was based solely and playing a bad game against a bad team. They weren’t very good in Charlotte, and that is what that ranking reflected. But, we know they are a MUCH better team than that overall, something that you will notice this week. Not surprisingly, my #1 team hasn’t changed yet, and I really don’t foresee a way it does soon, barring injury. On to the rankings:
1. Denver Broncos (2-0, last week def. NYG 41-23)
The Broncos are the clear top team in the NFL after two games. That won’t likely change in the coming weeks.
2. Seattle Seahawks (2-0, last week def. SF 29-3)
After a slow, sluggish performance on the road in Charlotte, the Seahawks come back to smack the 49ers right in the mouth. I’m glad Beast Mode is on my fantasy team.
3. Houston Texans (2-0, last week def. TEN 30-24 in OT)
Back to back thrillers. That should help the Texans learn how to close down the stretch and into the playoffs.
4. Chicago Bears (2-0, last week def. MIN 31-30)
I like Chicago’s defense better than Houston, but the Bears are ranked lower because they’ve played lesser teams (not by much, though).
5. San Francisco 49ers (1-1, last week lost to SEA 29-3)
Despite the debacle in Seattle, the 49ers are still considered a key contender for both the NFC West and the Super Bowl.
6. Green Bay Packers (1-1, last week def. WAS 38-20)
Aaron Rodgers couldn’t be stopped in a dominating performance against the ‘Skins.
7. Atlanta Falcons (1-1, last week def. STL 31-24)
The Falcons are still an elite team in my opinion, but they haven’t really looked it in their first two games. Losting S-jax for a few weeks won’t help either.
8. Detroit Lions (1-1, last week lost to ARI 25-21)
Is Arizona that good, or are the Lions not as good as we thought?
9. New Orleans (2-0, last week def. TB 16-14)
After a somehwat unexpected win against Atlanta, the Saints almost lay an egg in Tampa. What team will we see against Arizona this week?
10. Cincinnati Bengals (1-1, last week def. PIT 20-10)
11. San Diego (1-1, last week def. PHI 33-30)
Coming off the heels of a close loss against Houston, Philip Rivers and Eddie Royal lit up the Eagles defense to go 2-0. But I’m not sold just yet.
12. Kansas City (2-0, last week def. DAL 17-16)
I’m not entirely sold on the Chiefs as a playoff team yet, but they are looking decent so far.
13. Miami Dolphins (2-0, last week def. IND 24-20)
The Phins are 2-0, but wins over Cleveland and Indianapolis don’t exactly wow you.
14. New England Patriots (2-0, last week def. NYJ 13-10)
After ugly offensive performances against the Jets and Bills, I bet Pats fans can’t wait to get Gronk back.
15. Philadelphia Eagles (1-1, last week lost to SD 33-30)
The offense is as good as advertised through two games. The defense? Still needs a lot of work.
16. Arizona Cardinals (1-1, last week def. DET 25-21)
Bruce Arians is trying to make the most of what will probably be his one shot at as a head coach in the NFL. So far, so good.
17. Dallas Cowboys (1-1, last week lost to KC 17-16)
Tony Romo is playing well so far after signing a hufe extension, but he needs to play better to avoid another disappointing season for Dallas.
18. Indianapolis Colts (1-1, last week lost to MIA 24-20)
The defense can’t stop anybody, and the offense is terrible in the second half. Not to mention all the injuries. Not sure Trent Richardson is going to help all that much.
19. Baltimore Ravens (1-1, last week def CLE 14-9)
Joe Flacco barely outplayed Brandon Weeden. That’s not a comparison you want to be able to make with your $120 million man.
20. St. Louis Rams (1-1, last week lost to ATL 31-24)
Sam Bradford may be turning a corner in his career, throwing 5 TDs vs. 2 INTs in 2 games, with a passer rating of 93.1. But he’ll face a tough challenge against the Dallas defense this week.
21. Tennessee Titans (1-1, last week lost to HOU 30-24 in OT)
Tennessee’s defense? Pretty good. Offense? Offensively bad. They rank 30th in yards and 22nd in points. Last week was an anomaly.
22. Buffalo Bills (1-1, last week def. CAR 24-23)
I actually like E.J. Manuel as the Bills QB, but they don’t have enough talent to maintain any level of success in 2013. Beating a struggling Panthers team really doesn’t prove much.
23. New York Giants (0-2, last week lost to DEN 41-23)
Eli, Eli, Eli… 7 picks in 2 games? Throw in an unsettled running game and a defense that’s allowed 77 points already (good for dead last), and you can safely say the G-Men are trending down.
24. Washington Redskins (0-2, last week lost to GB 38-20)
As RGIII goes, so do the Skins. And right now RGIII don’t go so well. Plus, their defense sucks right now (only the Giants have allowed more points).
25. Minnesota Vikings (0-2, last week lost to CHI 31-30)
If you check my Twitter account, my bold prediction for this year was Adrian Peterson won’t crack 1,500 yards in 2013. So far, he’s on pace for 1,544. The fact Christian Ponder stinks as a quarterback doesn’t help things.
26. Carolina Panthers (0-2, last week lost to BUF 24-23)
Cam Newton is playing like a mid-level quarterback, not like a former #1 overall pick. He’s not bad, but he’s not playing well enough to get the Panthers over the hump.
27. Oakland Raiders (1-1, last week def JAC 19-9)
Don’t buy into what little hype there might be for the Terrelle Pryor-led Raiders. They have a LONG way to go before being relevant.
28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-2, last week lost to NO 16-14)
Trouble in paradise is a brewing as several players seem to have issues with head coach Greg Schiano.
29. Cleveland Browns (0-2, last week lost to BAL 14-6)
Trading Trent Richardson to the Colts signals yet another rebuilding process for the Browns. Expect them to compete with Jacksonville for the #1 pick.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-2, last week lost to CIN 20-10)
They just look old, injured, and all around bad.
31. New York Jets (1-1, last week lost to NE 13-10)
If Geno Smith is going to be their QB of the future, they need to let him have his growing pains, and not yank him after every bad performance.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2, last week lost to OAK 19-9)
They are easily the worst team in football. And that won’t change.