Week 1 NFL Power Rankings – From an Amateur
As week one of the NFL season came and went, some teams won, some teams lost, and some teams, like the Buffalo Bills, had life put in perspective. With only one game down, and fifteen to go, it’s hard to get a grasp on who is good, who is bad, and who is just plain awful. But, with our week one power rankings, we are trying to do just that. titan gel
1. Indianapolis Colts: In what was supposed to be a tight game, Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne led Indianapolis to a blow out of New Orleans. The only thing the Saints are marching in now is remorse.
2. New England Patriots: We all know that the “real” Super Bowl last year was between the Pats and the Colts. With New England grounding the New York Jets, the same championship may rear its head.
3. San Diego Chargers: Phillip Rivers wasn’t exactly a great QB in this game, but the Chargers found a way to win against “Da Bears.” Still, if they want to reclaim the chances that evaded them last season, they better make sure their offense isn’t offensive to their fans.
4. Dallas Cowboys: Tony Romo, rebounding with greatness from his flub in last year’s playoff game, made every Fantasy player wish that he was on their team. If the Cowboys can continue to gel, they’ll be the team to beat in the NFC.
5. Denver Broncos: The Denver Broncos have recently not faired well on opening day. This trend, until Jason Elam’s literal last second field goal, looked to be continuing. Not only was this a huge road win for Denver, but it was a huge emotional win, and one that will give Jay Cutler a boost to his young confidence.
6. Carolina Panthers: Two words for Carolina fans: they’re back. The duo of Jake Delhomme and Steve Smith once again provided the grounds for a solid win, on the road no less. The Panthers defense also did a great job of silencing Steven Jackson. Let’s face it, that’s not easy to do.
7. Pittsburgh Steelers: Sure, they won big, but let’s not get carried away: they were playing the Browns. Nonetheless, Big Ben looked great in his 2007 debut, showing fans that the source of his 2005 power wasn’t in his appendix. We’ll see how they do when they play a team that doesn’t come from Cleveland.
8. Cincinnati Bengals: If the most disappointing part of the Cincinnati games continues to be Chad Johnson’s hyped up but lame touchdown celebrations, the Bengals could be in for a great season. They cut it close at the end, but their defense found out how to win. That’s what good teams do.
9. Chicago Bears: No, they didn’t win, but they did hold one of the NFL’s most explosive offenses to only 14 points. Still, if they are going to be contenders, even in the NFC, they have got to have some sort of offense: put in Brian, and give Rex the ax.
10. Seattle Seahawks: They started off slow, but the Seahawks eventually found themselves soaring. If their defense continues to play well, and Shaun Alexander can stay in jury free, they’ll make the playoffs. Where they go from there, is anyone’s guess.
11. Baltimore Ravens: The loss against the Bengals didn’t only hurt the Ravens pride, it also left Steve McNair with a separated shoulder and Ray Lewis with a bicep injury. In light of having more turnovers than a neighborhood bakery, the Ravens have a lot of work to do on offense.
12. New Orleans Saints: Yes, they were manhandled in Indy, but don’t count out the Saints just yet. If last year taught us anything, it’s that this team, and their fans, are full of heart. Heart wins where talent fails.