Paul Ulane

NFL Power Rankings Week 2

I would like to write a nice long introduction to the first power rankings of the season, but my head is still spinning from all the wild finishes and crazy highlights. Let’s just get down to it. Here they are, the first regular season rankings of 2010 …

NFL Power Rankings, Week 2
1 New Orleans Saints
Last Week: 1
It may not have been fun to watch, but the Saints season-opening ugly win over the Vikings proved that New Orleans will win any way it has to in order to defend its title.
2 Baltimore Ravens
Last Week: 2
Last year’s superstar, Ray Rice, was held in check in Week 1, but this year’s potential superstar, new addition Anquan Boldin, shined with seven catches and 110 yards.
3 New England Patriots
Last Week: 4
With Wes Welker back in the mix, the Pats’ high-powered offense returned to form by putting up the most points in the league on opening weekend.
4 Green Bay Packers
Last Week: 7
An impressive road win over an NFC East team even though star QB Aaron Rodgers wasn’t playing at his best. That means only better things are to come for the Pack.
5 Houston Texans
Last Week: 18
This team took their Week 1 win over the Colts a little too seriously. I’ll keep ranking them in the top 10 so long as they prove they can play with that much intensity for the rest of the season.
6 Indianapolis Colts
Last Week: 3
In the last five years, the Colts have sprinted out of the gates four different times with 14-0, 7-0, 9-0, and 13-0 starts. It looks like they’ll have to take a different path to the playoffs this season. Still, keep in mind they were playing the Texans in a do-or-die season opener for Houston, so don’t be surprised to see Indy rattle off a double digit win-streak before the season ends.
7 Pittsburgh Steelers
Last Week: 12
The defense looks like it’s returning to form with safety Troy Polamalu leading the charge. If this team can stay at .500 until Big Ben returns, they will be primed for a playoff run.
8 Miami Dolphins
Last Week: 13
1-0 is 1-0, but beating the Bills in a low-scoring affair isn’t gonna stamp a playoff ticket. The Dolphins will have to do a lot more to win in Week 2 when they face off against a hungry Vikings team in Minny.
9 New York Giants
Last Week: 17
Hakeem Nicks (three TDs) might finally be the big play receiver Eli Manning has been missing since Plaxico Burress left town.
10 Minnesota Vikings
Last Week: 5
Brett Favre looked rusty and out of sync all night in Week 1. I wonder what could solve that? Hmmm…maybe a full training camp?
11 Tennessee Titans
Last Week: 16
How hard is it going to be for Chris Johnson to reach his pre-season goal of 2,500 rushing yards? He exploded for 142 in the season opener… and he’s already behind pace.
12 Washington Redskins
Last Week: 20
An ugly win is a win. And I fully expect Donovan McNabb to steadily improve during the season as he gets more comfortable with his supporting cast. Don’t count out the ’Skins this year.
13 Cincinnati Bengals
Last Week: 6
A lot of teams have been shredded by the Tom Brady-Wes Welker-Randy Moss Patriots, but Cincy didn’t give up 38 points all of last season. Forget about the TOchocinco debacle, this D needs to get straightened out if the Bengals want to return to the post-season.
14 Philadelphia Eagles
Last Week: 9
Michael Vick provided some dazzling highlights under center in Philly, but keep in mind he made a couple of crucial mistakes and didn’t lead his team to the win. With Kevin Kolb likely out for Week 2, Vick will have to play slightly better to get a better grip on that starting spot.
15 Dallas Cowboys
Last Week: 8
It doesn’t matter how many weapons you have on offense, if you lose 90 yards due to penalties, you’re not gonna go anywhere.
16 Atlanta Falcons
Last Week: 10
Congratulations to Tony Gonzalez on his 1,000th catch. Unfortunately, it came in a loss because while he was making history, his team’s running game was stuck in neutral. (Michael Turner only averaged 2.2 yards per carry in the opener.)
17 San Diego Chargers
Last Week: 11
The holdouts of left tackle Marcus McNeill and wide receiver Vincent Jackson clearly affected the Bolts more than they expected. Philip Rivers was getting harassed all night in Week 1 and didn’t have the go-to deep threat he needed to stretch the defense.
18 New York Jets
Last Week: 14
Well, after all that talk, the Jets wound up with nine points and an embarrassing loss in Week 1. Maybe the humble pie will be just what this talented-but-arrogant team needs. For now, they stay out of the top 15.
19 Arizona Cardinals
Last Week: 19
They were one Steve Breaston hustle play away from losing to the Rams, so don’t pencil them in for first in the West just yet.
20 Chicago Bears
Last Week: 23
Matt Forte is back. With Forte rumbling for over 200 yards from scrimmage, Jay Cutler didn’t have to do everything… and he still tossed for more than 300 yards! Now you just have to ignore the fact that they put up those big numbers against the shaky Lions.
21 Seattle Seahawks
Last Week: 27
Where did that Matt Hasselbeck performance come from? Hasselbeck’s Week 1 QB rating of 108.3 was his fourth highest single-game tally of the past three years.
22 Kansas City Chiefs
Last Week: 24
Between Javier Arenas and Dexter McCluster, the young talent in K.C. is going to make for lots of fun highlights. Still, Matt Cassel needs to perform better (10 completions, 68 yards) for them to win consistently.
23 San Francisco 49ers
Last Week: 15
In a year when many picked the Niners to finally make that final step and become a playoff team, they came out and laid an egg in Week 1. No time to panic yet, though. If Frank Gore steps up his game (38 rushing yards in Week 1) the Niners should, too.
24 Jacksonville Jaguars
Last Week: 26
David Garrard had a higher completion percentage in his first game this season than he had in any game all of last season. That type of accuracy is just what the Jags need to help create some space for uber-back Maurice Jones-Drew.
25 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last Week: 31
If only the Bucs could play Jake “The Mistake” Delhomme every Sunday. For now, I’ll take their first win with a grain of salt. We’ll see if they can ride the momentum of their Week 1 win into Carolina this week.
26 Detroit Lions
Last Week: 28
That was a TERRIBLE call to rob Calvin Johnson of a potential game-winner, and I’m a Bears fan. Still, their record stands at 0-1 and how they bounce back will go a long way towards determining what kind of season they’ll have in Detroit.
27 Carolina Panthers
Last Week: 21
The Panthers might get a chance to see what Notre Dame standout QB Jimmy Clausen can do sooner than they expected (wanted?) thanks to a concussion to incumbent starter Matt Moore. Judging by Clausen’s 0-for-2 pro debut, he has a lot of preparation to do this week.
28 Denver Broncos
Last Week: 22
Well, Tim Tebow’s first game was pretty unspectacular, huh? I have a feeling that the more the Broncos lose, the more they’ll be inclined to put Tebow in the game to see what he can really do. For now, we sit and wait…
29 Oakland Raiders
Last Week: 25
If there’s a silver (and black?) lining in the Raiders Week 1 blowout loss, it was the explosiveness on display by Darren McFadden. McFadden busted out with his most all-purpose yards in a game since the second week of his rookie year.
30 St. Louis Rams
Last Week: 30
There’s hope at the quarterback position in St. Louis, as Numer 1 pick Sam Bradford threw for 253 yards…and three interceptions. If Bradford can be a little more accurate, the Rams might have the franchise quarterback they’ve been looking for since Kurt Warner left.
31 Cleveland Browns
Last Week: 29
Squandering an 11-point lead to the Bucs is not going to do you any favors in the Power Rankings.
32 Buffalo Bills
Last Week: 32
The lone bright spot on an otherwise talent-lacking team, C.J. Spiller, couldn’t even deliver a sliver of hope in Week 1 (11 touches, 14 yards).
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cool! cool!


hey lets go texans!!!


If you love the Vikings like me Coment back to me!!!!!!

hey thats sweet but they are realy bas

Buccaneers rule,panthers are the worst.Anyone agree with me?Comment back.

Cowboys are winning it all this year!!!!!!!!!!

P.S. Brett Favre should retire... for good by the end of the year

hmmm. the 0-2 cowboys? kk (: NEW York GIANTS

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Yea. Proffesser, be a little to the Bills. i know they stink, but your being a meaning. And BTW, the face of our franchise is Brian Moorman.

come on cowboys

Who Dey, go BENGALS there is not that many bengal fans. C'mon give me some love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hey FootballPro369, GO BENGALS!! I am a Bengals fan too!!!

Go ND! They r going to beat MSU this weekend.Do u guys like MSU or ND

the colts are 0-1, not 1-0... i might be wrong though

I think you meen WEEK 1

Yeah they are for when it's headed into week 2.

They are the power rankings for week 2

Hmmm, Vikings BOMB and they're STILL in 10th, did you even watch that game professor?!

Houston beat my rival, the Colts. My bears won to the other rival,the Lions.

who cares???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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