NorthwestFootball.net Power Rankings, Week 2

NorthwestFootball.net's Dylan Johnson lays down the smackum yakum and introduces a new #1 in this week's Power Poll.

This Week
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Team Commentary
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NEW YORK GIANTS The Giants earn top billing this week, but going 0-fer in the red zone isn't going to cut it against the better teams in the league.
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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS "Defense?  We ain't got no defense.  We don't need no defense.  We don't have to show you any stinking defense!"
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BALTIMORE RAVENS You know that scene in Happy Gilmore when Adam Sandler starts draining his putts?  That's what's going on right now with the Baltimore offense.  "Oh-oh, looks like the Ravens learned how to score."
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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS The Colts defense looked shell-shocked by the end of the third quarter, but with the game on the line, they dug deep and squeaked out a win.  Oh, and some guy named Peyton Manning played well, too.
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ATLANTA FALCONS Atlanta is riding a balanced offense with a solid defense to the upper levels of the NFC.  Circle November 2nd on your calanders, it's the first meeting between the Falcons and the Saints.
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PITTSBURGH STEELERS The Steelers had several opporunities to win in Chicago but they were unable to close out long drives with points.  It's easy to blame the kicker, but the entire offense stalled right when they were needed most.
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PHILADELPHIA EAGLES The Iggles turned over the ball 4 times and the Saints made them pay for each one.  That combined with some shaky secondary play has dropped Philly from the ranks of the elite.
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NEW YORK JETS Rex Ryan has brought the swagger back to Gang Green's defense, and that is a rookie quarterback's best friend.
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SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS The 49ers are all alone in first place in their division and will play for more than regional respectability when they take on the Vikings this weekend.
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ARIZONA CARDINALS Arizona pummeled the Jaguars last week and Kurt Warner proved, once again, that if you give him time in the pocket, he's one of the NFL's elite.
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MINNESOTA VIKINGS He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named played well, AP was once again stellar, but Chad Greenway stole the show with 2 INT's, a fumble recovery and an onside kick recovery.
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SAN DIEGO CHARGERS The Bolts are suffering in the red zone without LaDainian Tomlinson.  Four short field goals and no red zone touchdowns don't lie.
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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS It would appear that age has finally caught up with the New England defense.  Either that or their opponents have invested in stronger ECM.
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GREEN BAY PACKERS Aaron Rogers was under siege last Sunday.  If the offensive line can't do better than that, the Pack are going suffer through a brutal season this year.
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BUFFALO BILLS If the Bills put Fred Jackson back on the bench after Marshawn Lynch returns from his suspension, they're nuts.
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CHICAGO BEARS The Bears eeked out a victory at home thanks to some poor kicking by Jeff Reed.  A win is a win, but Chicago isn't inspiring a lot of confidence…
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HOUSTON TEXANS The good news:  you won a shootout against a division rival.  The bad news:  you had no answer for Chris Johnson.  
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DALLAS COWBOYS One disadvantage to having 105,000 people in the stands -- you've greatly increased the number of pink hats and casual fans in the stadium who don't understand not to scream their heads off when the Cowboys have the ball.
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CINCINNATI BENGALS Don't look now, but the Bengals defense is really good.  If the offense can just get going, Cincy might have enough to make a run.
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TENNESSEE TITANS For the second week in a row, the Titans were unable to finish the game.  What's worse, their opponents are dictating the pace and style of the game.  There needs to be a major improvement on defense before Tennessee can be concidered a contender.
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WASHINGTON REDSKINS I loved Jim Zorn going for it on 4th down from the 3 yard line with his team up 2.  I wish more coaches had his attitude.
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DENVER BRONCOS Even it is all smoke and mirrors, the Broncos are 2-0.
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MIAMI DOLPHINS Here's the thing, in the hands of the Dolphins, the Wildcat is a powerful weapon.  For everybody else, it's a gimmick.
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SEATTLE SEAHAWKS Watching Frank Gore to run untouched up the gut for 159 yards and two scores on two snaps tells me the Seahawks sorely missed Lofa Tatupu's presence in the middle of the field.
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OAKLAND RAIDERS For the second straight week, JaMarcus Russell has played poorly except on the final drive when his team needed it most.
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CAROLINA PANTHERS Jake Delhomme's stats weren't as atrocious as last week, but on key plays he still couldn't get it done.
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JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS The Jaguars were God-awful last weekend.  It's no wonder nobody comes to see them play.
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TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS Tampa Bay's defense is horrifically bad.  Maybe they fired the wrong coordinator this preseason.
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KANSAS CITY CHIEFS Kansas City just hasn't been able to put everything together into a coherant package yet.  They are, at least, playing something that resembles football.
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DETROIT LIONS No lead is safe when you are the Lions.
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CLEVELAND BROWNS You can't win the game if you can't score points.  The Browns haven't quite figured this out yet.
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ST. LOUIS RAMS The league's least-potent offense was a train-wreck again last Sunday.


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