Thursday, September 15, 2005

Week 2 NFL Power Rankings

Here are the power rankings for Week 2. After you are finished reading, check out The Inquirer's Eagles podcast on Philly.com.

1. Colts (2005 record: 1-0, Last week: No. 1): An impressive 24-7 win at Baltimore, a tough place to play against a tough defense.

2. Patriots (1-0, No. 4): They move up two spots with a 30-20 victory over the Raiders. A good test this week at Carolina.

3. Steelers (1-0, No. 5): Also move up two, giving AFC a 1-2-3 sweep. Ben Roethlisberger was strong and RB Willie Parker (167 yards rushing) was stronger.

4. Falcons (1-0, No. 6): Eagles fans know why the Falcons jump two spots. That is one ornery defense.

5. Eagles (0-1, No. 2): Donovan McNabb and the offense was slapped around by a tough Falcons defense.

6. Panthers (0-1, No. 3): Down three after a tough 23-20 loss to the emotion-driven Saints, followed by a home game against Patriots.

7. Chiefs (1-0, No. 13): Have the Chiefs returned to 2003 form, or were the Jets that bad?

8. Bills (1-0, No. 12): The Bills move up four after the rest of the top teams all lose. Buffalo did its job in a 22-7 win over the Texans.

9. Cowboys (1-0, No. 15): The Cowboys go to San Diego and win a hard-fought 28-24 game. Great start for QB Drew Bledsoe.

10. Chargers (0-1, No. 10): The Chargers did nothing to hurt their standing in a tough hard-fought loss to the Cowboys. It was the game of the week.

11. Saints (1-0, No. 22): Emotion has moved me to move the Saints up 11 spots after a great win over Carolina.

12. Jets (0-1, No. 7): Quarterback Chad Pennington is not as bad as he played last week. If he is, coach Herman Edwards may "snap".

13. Jaguars (1-0, No. 19): The Jags came out strong with a home-win over the Seahawks. Now, they must go to Indy.

14. Giants (1-0, No. 21): Eli Manning developed a new relationship with Plaxico Burress and renewed an old with Jeremy Shockey. It was a nice win against an improving Cardinals team.

15. Ravens (0-1, No. 10): The offense is down and Kyle Boller is out. Anthony Wright takes over this year. The Ravens need a statement game on offense against the Titans.

16. Buccaneers (1-0, No. 25): Cadillac Williams is the real deal, rushing for 148 yards, including one carry for 71 yards and a touchdown.

17. Bengals (1-0, No. 23): OK, they beat the Browns. Not a big deal, but at least they did not get upset.

18. Lions (1-0, No. 24): It's only Week 2, but the Lions are now the team to beat in the NFC North.

19. Vikings (0-1, No. 8): Mike Tice will not be long for this season if he keeps losing at home.

20. Cardinals (0-1, No. 11): Coach Dennis Green can't be happy with Sunday's 42-19 spanking by the Giants. Larry Fitzgerald looks great.

21. Broncos (0-1, No. 14): How could the Broncos get slapped around by the Dolphins? And now they face a better team in the Chargers. At least they are at home.

22. Bears (0-1, No. 25): Hard-fought loss to the Redskins.

23. Seahawks (0-1, No. 17): A 26-14 is not a surprise. The Jags are good and Seattle remains a terrible road team.

24. Rams (0-1, No. 16): Losing to the 49ers in the division is a sin for Mike Martz.

25. Raiders: (0-1, No. 20): A loss to the Patriots on the road is nothing to be ashamed of. The Chiefs are next, a must win.

26. Packers (0-1, No. 18): It is going to be a long year for the Packers. Losing Jevon Walker, and a weakened offensive line, will make life miserable for Brett Favre.

27. Dolphins (1-0. No. 31): A great win over the Broncos for new coach Nick Saban. That should generate some confidence.

28. Redskins (1-0, No. 28): Beating the Bears, 9-7, at home is no test. Mark Brunell or Patrick Ramsey is no improvement either.

29. Texans (0-1. No. 27): Houston was overmatched at Buffalo. The Steelers are next and so is an 0-2 record.

30. Titans (0-1, No. 29): The Titans looked good on their first drive against the Steelers. It was down hill from there.

31. San Francisco (1-0, No. 32): Beating the Rams should be worth more than one spot, but the Eagles are next. Let's see next week.

32. Browns (0-1, No. 30):I don't think for a minute that the Browns will be at the very bottom very long. Green Bay is next.

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