Metro's NFL Power Rankings, Week 2
Packers, Patriots retain top two spots in weekly poll. Falcons crumble under pressure, give way to surging Eagles. Texans, Lions live up to preseason hype. And Cam Newton gives Panthers hope.
Week 2 rankings ... an away we go:
1. Green Bay Packers (1-0): Aaron Rodgers justified our preseason No. 1 ranking. Throw in newcomer Randall Cobb and it’s only going to get better, folks.
2. New England Patriots (1-0): If there was ever any doubt that Tom Brady was the best quarterback in the NFL, it's gone. At least, it should be.
3. New York Jets (1-0): Blame Tony Romo for choking if you want, but Rex Ryan's crew showed its mettle and took care of business when it counted.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0): The offense started slow and still put 31 points on the board. If Birds are half as good as they say they can be, wow.
5. Baltimore Ravens (1-0): Joe Flacco got the monkey off his back by beating Big Ben. If he plays like that for 16 more weeks, crab cakes for everyone.
6. San Diego Chargers (1-0): Looked rusty early against a bad Minnesota team and lost two key starters (K Nick Kaeding, DE Luis Castillo) to boot.
7. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1): Losing a road game to a tough division opponent is nothing to panic over. They'll bounce back this week vs. cupcake Seattle.
8. Chicago Bears (1-0): Brian Urlacher (interception, fumble recovery for TD) won't be disrespected — and neither should Jay Cutler.
9. Atlanta Falcons (0-1): Our preseason darlings looked severely overmatched. And now they must find a way to stop the Mike Vick Experience.
10. New Orleans Saints (0-1): Drew Brees and new weapon Darren Sproles are scary good. But the defense is their Achilles heel.
11. Houston Texans (1-0): Wade Phillips' 3-4 defense is going to turn Mario Williams (two sacks) into the best defensive player in the league.
12. Detroit Lions (1-0): Cinderella got her first opening-day win since 2007. And Matt Stafford is still healthy. Believe.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1): Tough loss for promising, young Bucs. Then again, they didn't lose any ground with the NFC South going 0-4.
14. Washington Redskins (1-0): Mike Shanahan rolled the dice with Rex Grossman and won big. He has a legit shot to win the next three, before hosting the Eagles in Week 6.
15. Dallas Cowboys (0-1): Silver lining is they played well for three quarters. Head coach Jason Garrett will pound that message home.
16. Oakland Raiders (1-0): If they can clean it up — 15 penalties for 131 yards — the Raiders could make some noise. Darren McFadden is the real deal.
17. Miami Dolphins (0-1): Is Chad Henne for real? If so, not dealing for Kyle Orton might be the best move of the offseason.
18. Arizona Cardinals (1-0): Adding Kevin Kolb ignited the offense. Losing Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie hindered the defense.
19. New York Giants (0-1): Eli Manning looked very average and the secondary is atrocious. Could be long (final?) year for Tom Coughlin.
20. Buffalo Bills (1-0): Enjoy the spotlight for a week. The Bills' 40 points were the franchise's most in an opener since 1992.
21. St. Louis Rams (0-1): Injuries slowed a quick start. And with Steven Jackson and Danny Amendola out, it all rests on Sam Bradford's bruised right finger.
22. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0): They ran at will last week against Tennessee, but the Jets' defense isn't the Titans' defense.
23. San Francisco 49ers (1-0): It looks like new coach Jim Harbaugh is going to get the most out of this bunch, even Alex Smith.
24. Cincinnati Bengals (1-0): Get Andy Dalton back vs. a very weak Denver team coming off a short week. Could easily see a 2-0 Bengals team.
25. Tennessee Titans (0-1): Not going to win many games when Chris Johnson rushes just nine times for 24 yards.
26. Kansas City Chiefs (0-1): Made Bills look like Greatest Show on Turf. We weren't sold before. We're less sold without star safety Eric Berry.
27. Indianapolis Colts (0-1): Don't pin this all on Kerry Collins. Indy had been slowly fading even with Peyton Manning.
28. Carolina Panthers (0-1): Cam Newton, we owe you an apology ... for now. Let's see how you handle the defending champions.
29. Cleveland Browns (0-1): West Coast offense or not, they need to give the rock to Peyton Hillis.
30. Minnesota Vikings (0-1): Donovan McNabb (7-of-15 for 39 yards) is the reverse Benjamin Button.
31. Seattle Seahawks (0-1): Pete Carroll's old USC powerhouses could beat this team.
32. Denver Broncos (0-1): When the fans start chanting for Tim Tebow, you gt BIG problems.