Ranking the NFL

The Buffalo Bills break into the top ten after two exceptional games. Where does the rest of the NFL fall? Find out Adam Beilman's take inside...

Week 2 is in the books, and the AFC is nice and muddled, while the NFC is dominated by the East. The standings are refreshing if not shocking to see after the opening sprint of the marathon of the NFL season. My inaugural power rankings are as follows:

1 – Dallas Cowboys (2-0) They did it all against Philly (including allowing 37 points) and showed why they're the favorites in the NFC.

2 - Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) The tougher team in Cleveland on Sunday, the offense was slowed (but not halted) by Hurricane Ike. Next week's battle of Pennsylvania will be huge.

3 - Green Bay Packers (2-0) Welcome to Aaron Rodgers' neighborhood. Brett who?

4 – Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) They came up just short in a classic MNF battle. With a healthy McNabb, the division really looks like the NFC Beast.

5 - New York Giants (2-0) The champs keep rolling, albeit against the worst team in the conference. Still, who would want to lineup opposite Plaxico Burress?

6 - New England Patriots (2-0) They're kings of the Cassel, for at least a week. Their defense looked like it was in Super Bowl-era form, and made Brett Favre look human.

7 - Denver Broncos (2-0) Officiating debacle or not, Shanahan has the donkeys looking invincible.

8 - Indianapolis Colts (1-1) Yikes. Maybe Jeff Saturday's absence is bigger than previously thought. Peyton Manning seemed to get it together, but where's Joseph Addai when you need him?

9 - San Diego Chargers (0-2) They're one whistle and about 30 seconds from being 2-0. No looking back now for Norv Turner, especially with the AFC in the state of turmoil it's in.

10 - Buffalo Bills (2-0) Buffalo hasn't been buzzing like this for football since Flutie Flakes. We know they can win the tough ones, can they control the games they're supposed to win?

11 - Tennessee Titans (2-0) Did anybody think it mattered who was behind center against the Bungals? Play defense, run the ball, win games.

12 - Carolina Panthers (2-0) Jake Delhomme had Tommy John surgery? Who knew?

13 - New Orleans Saints (1-1) I'm sure 90,000 strong were happy to wave goodbye to Reggie Bush after the Saints failed to put it away in the Capitol on Sunday.

14 - New York Jets (1-1) Once again, Belichek makes them look stupid in the Meadowlands. They officially have an uphill battle in this division.

15 - Arizona Cardinals (2-0) Kurt Warner plays the roll of the wily veteran QB flinging it all over the field in the lackluster NFC West. Déjà vu?

16 - Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2) David Garrard doesn't have many people believing he's earning his $60 million extension. Jack Del Rio doesn't have many believing that he's sleeping well at night.

17 - Minnesota Vikings (0-2) They're one legitimate QB away from being really, really good. Instead, they grasp defeat from the jaws of victory after seemingly shutting the Colts down.

18 - Chicago Bears (1-1) The Bears are who we thought they were! (Inept on offense, that is)

19 - Cleveland Browns (0-2) One positive: Romeo Crennel was the only thing that didn't blow away in the Sunday Night hurricane.

20 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1) John Gruden's QB shuffle was successful, but it would have been a challenge for Brian Griese to look bad against the Falcons.

21 - Atlanta Falcons (1-1) Matt Ryan looked like a rookie against a real defense. The setbacks should be expected this early on.

22 - Seattle Seahawks (0-2) Now hiring: wide receivers. Looking for anyone with a decent set of hands. Good starting pay. No medical insurance.

23 - Washington Redskins (1-1) Jim Zorn looks to have instilled something in young QB Jason Campbell. Gutsy win at home this week.

24 - Houston Texans (0-1) Reliant Stadium and the Texans defense: both in shambles. Will the premature bye mess up the rest of their season?

25 - Baltimore Ravens (1-0) Nothing like a week of meaningless preparation to screw up your young squad.

26 - San Francisco 49ers (1-1) Journeyman J.T. O'Sullivan may have some tricks up his sleeve after all. The Niners will need every last one.

27 - Oakland Raiders (1-1) Lane "Lame Duck" Kiffin buys himself another week with the Silver and Black. Is there any doubt about Al Davis' senility?

28 - Kansas City Chiefs (0-2) What happened to this once proud offense, and their once intimidating stadium?

29 - Miami Dolphins (0-2) Glimpses of last season were evident in the desert.

30 - Detroit Lions (0-2) Jon Kitna alternates strokes of brilliance and flashes of incompetence. The franchise is comprised mostly of the latter.

31 - St. Louis Rams (0-2) Players and fans alike appeared generally uninterested yet again. And it's only week 2.

32 - Cincinnati Bengals (0-2) What happens when a former offensive powerhouse, all of a sudden, stinks on offense? Here you go.

ambeilma@syr.edu


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