Saturday, September 19, 2009

NFL Power Rankings- Top 15 Week 1


The Pittsburgh Steelers squeaked out an OT win at home, but they were playing a tough Titans team and are still the defending champions. As a result, they find themselves at the top of our rankings after week 1. The Patriots did not look like the 2007 powerhouse that most expected with the return of Tom Brady....until the last couple minutes. As usual, they are potentially scary, especially for gamblers and fantasy footballers due to their passion for running up scores. The Eagles made a strong statement in week 1, but skeptics have a hard time drawing the line between their defensive dominance and the Panthers offensive ineptitude. The Vikings have the ingredients if they do not have to rely on their other scorned QBs. Lastly, the Giants Eli Manning's performance in last year's playoffs makes me wonder if he is hanging out with Mets players?

Without further adieu, here are our rankings after NFL season week 1:

  1. Steelers (1-0)-Still the defending champs, will miss Polamalu
  2. Patriots (1-0)-Brady's back, one year removed from 16-0 season
  3. Eagles (1-0)-Strong start, but McNabb injury could cost week 2
  4. Vikings (1-0)-Have ingredients if Favre stays healthy
  5. Giants (1-0)-Strong defensive line and running game, but will lose at Dallas
  6. Chargers (1-0)-Strong cast should win division if healthy
  7. Cowboys (1-0)-Long TD throws are aberration, but still solid
  8. Titans (0-1)-No shame in losing at Pittsburgh in OT
  9. Jets (1-0)-Ryan defense, running game enough for Sanchez to win
  10. Ravens (1-0)-Flacco taking next step
  11. Saints (1-0)-Best QB in NFL will allow them to win shootouts
  12. Falcons (1-0)-Led by rising star Ryan, but won't sneak up on anybody in '09
  13. Packers (1-0)-Playoff possible with improving Rogers and defense
  14. Cardinals (0-1)-History of complacency for defending NFC champs?
  15. Bills (0-1)-Looked good until the nightmare ending

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