Keezy W. will be handling this season’s NFL power rankings here at No Guts. For some reason he’s a Denver Broncos fan so any jokes about the Broncos or complaints about these rankings should be done in the comments.
After an exciting opening week of NFL action, it’s time for the Week 1 power rankings. Much hasn’t changed since the preseason rankings but some teams have already made a statement that this year will be different from past years.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) – The defending champs came out strong for week 1, with big performances from Big Ben and the always stout Steeler defense. Look for much of the same against Da Bears in week 2.
2. New England Patriots (1-0) – It took a while for Tom Brady to get it going, but once he did he looked like he hadn’t lost a step after missing an entire season. The defense will need to tighten up for them to keep up with the Steelers all year.
3. New York Giants (1-0) – The defense looked better than ever under new defensive coordinator, Bill Sheridan. While Eli Manning and the rest of the New York Football Giants offense may not have found an answer to losing Plaxico Burress, if he continues to spread the ball around the way he did Sunday, they may be just fine without him.
4. Atlanta Falcons (1-0) – Matt Ryan didn’t do anything to show that a sophomore jinx is going to affect him this season as he lead the dirty birds to a victory in convincing fashion over the Dolphins.
5. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) – Credit the Eagles two spot drop to Donovan McNabb going down with the rib injury. While he was in, the Eagles seemed to be clicking on all cylinders and showed why they are the favorites to win the NFC East this year.
6. Minnesota Vikings (1-0) – Favre, Peterson, and Harvin looked good together in their first regular season game. I get the feeling that this team will be in the hunt for Home Field Advantage throughout the playoffs all year.
7. Tennessee Titans (0-1) – One loss won’t drop you out of my top 10, at least in the Titans case. The played a great opening game against the Steelers and unfortunately someone had to lose.
8. Baltimore Ravens (1-0) – Like his rookie counterpart from a year ago, 2nd year quarterback Joe Flacco doesn’t seem to be having any symptoms of a sophomore jinx as he torched the horrid Chiefs defense to the tune of 307 yards and 3 touchdowns.
9. Arizona Cardinals (0-1) – As the first team to drop out of my top five, the Cardinals didn’t play a bad game. They simply came up a bit short to an up and coming 49ers team.
10. Dallas Cowboys (1-0) - This may be a premature jump for them being that they beat a team in complete disarray in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Nevertheless, I like what I saw for Romo and The Boys.
12. San Diego Chargers (1-0) – The Chargers won a game against a tough Raiders team in which LT did nothing to prove that he hasn’t lost a step in his game. The defense still doesn’t look the same either.
13. Green Bay Packers (1-0) – This game was too close seeing as though they forced four turnovers. Yet, they still only win by six points. But hey, a win is a win.
14. Carolina Panthers (0-1) – The first team to drop out of my top 10 and I’m thinking that they could have been lower. Nothing looked good for the Panthers in Week 1.
15. New Orleans Saints (1-0) – Along with the Jets, the Saints make the biggest jump of the week.
16. New York Jets (1-0) – Will Rookie Mark Sanchez continue the trend of quarterbacks winning rookie of the year awards? He didn’t do a bad job of stating his case as he got his first win as a starter vs the Texans.
17. Miami Dolphins (0-1) – The turnovers will have to cease if the Dolphins plan on continuing what they started last year with winning the AFC East.
18. Chicago Bears (0-1) – Your favorite crybaby, Jay Cutler looked horrible in Week 1. So did everyone else on Da Bears’ roster. No Urlacher for the rest of the season will hurt them.
19. Washington Redskins (0-1) – They played the Giants tough. Jason Campbell will have to put it all together this year or he won’t be the Redskins’ starter by seasons end.
20. Seattle Seahawks (1-0) – The Seahawks’ defense produced the first shutout of the ’09 season. although it was against the St. Louis Sheep…I mean Rams.
21. Houston Texans (0-1) – For a team that has so much promise for them this season, nothing looked good in Week 1.
22. San Francisco (1-0) – A upset win over the defending NFC Champs. The 49ers look to be in the mix for a playoff spot by the end of the year.
23. Buffalo Bills (0-1) – Losing and being outdone by Randy Moss on Monday Night Football is not going to sit well with T.O. If they lose next week, don’t be surprised to see T.O. going all Keyshawn Johnson on the sidelines.
24. Denver Broncos (1-0) – Call it what you want, but a win is a win with Denver. Orton looked good even with a banged up finger.
25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) – Leftwich looked good in his first game as a Buc. Too bad the same can’t be said about the defense.
26. Oakland Raiders (0-1) – The Raiders looked good on the offensive side of the ball, but it was the defense that let them down. It’s usually the other way around in Oak-Town.
27. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) – The Jags simply have a hard time beating the Colts.
28. Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) – They probably feel like they should have won on Sunday….I don’t.
29. Cleveland Browns (0-1) – Brady Quinn looked ehhhhh, ok I guess in his opening day start. He will have to get better if the Browns look to improve.
30. Detroit Lions (0-1) – They still haven’t won a NFL game since 2007, but they didnt do as bad as the two teams below them.
31. Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) – When you give up 500+ yards of offense in Week 1 to a team that has never been known for it’s offense in the Ravens, you deserve to be this low.
32. St. Louis (0-1) – To be shut-out on opening weekend by a team that was just as bad as you were last season, one has to be wondering what were the Rams doing this offseason.