NFL Power Rankings- Week 1

1. San Francisco 49ers (1-0)

The win against the Packers was hard hitting and dominant.  The score looked a lot closer than it actually was and the 49ers defense imposed their will on Aaron Rodgers and made one of the top offenses in the league look pedestrian.

2. Houston Texans (1-0)

A healthy Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson and Arian Foster do a Houston team good.  Add that to the already dominant defense and a healthy Texans team will mean a deep playoff run and possible first time visit to the Super Bowl.

3. Baltimore Ravens (1-0)

The Ravens have long been known as a defensive team with no offense.  On Monday they got a ton of offense and they look downright scary on both sides of the ball.  The Eagles and Patriots are up next in back to back games.  It should be a fun couple of weeks.

4. Green Bay Packers (0-1)

The Packers offense was manhandled by the 49ers defense and their defense was dissected by Alex Smith and Frank Gore.  If they fall to 0-2 after their game against the Bears then a small alarm might start to sound in the Land of Cheese.

5. New England Patriots (1-0)

An improved defense is the key to New England making a return to the Super Bowl.  On Sunday, they answered the call.

6. Atlanta Falcons (1-0)

Matt Ryan and the Falcons looked deadly on offense.  With a combo of Julio Jones and Roddy White at wide receiver and Tony Gonzalez and Michael Turner in the mix Atlanta looks like they are an elite offense, now they just need the defense to hold up their end of the bargain.

7. Chicago Bears (1-0)

It started out ugly but it turned around quickly and the Bears dominated.  The much hyped offense looked as good as advertised and the array of weapons at Cutler's disposal makes the Bears a favorite to represent the NFC.  A win on Thursday against the Packers will see their rank rise.

8. Denver Broncos (1-0)

Do you think Colts' fans were watching Sunday night and applauding Peyton's performance or wishing he was still donning the horseshoe? THAT was impressive and with a shut down defense, the Broncos are officially scary.  A win against the Falcons in Week 2 can solidify the Broncos as legit contenders.

9. Dallas Cowboys (1-0)

If Tony Romo plays like that every game and remains healthy then it may actually be the Cowboys' year at long last.

10. New York Giants (0-1)

The defending champs didn't exactly pick up where they left off; they looked inconsistent and out of sync.  Kind of like they did in 2011 and we all know how that turned out.  Week 2 against the Bucs should right the ship.

11. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)

For whatever reason, the Steelers can't figure our Peyton Manning.  Even if Peyton missed the entire last season he is the Terrible Towel's kryptonite.  Look for a rebound in Week 2 against the Jets.

12. Washington Redskins (1-0)

The biggest upset of the weekend was courtesy of RGIII playing out of his mind in his debut.  He had help with Alfred Morris racking up 96 yards and two TD's but it was the RGIII show in New Orleans and it was must watch.

13. San Diego Chargers (1-0)

The Chargers won an ugly game in Oakland and are praying Ryan Matthews is healthy for Week 2.  The running game never got going and will vastly improved whenever Matthews returns.

14. New Orleans Saints (0-1)

Maybe it was a Week 1 stunner and nothing more or maybe the turbulent off-season of the Saints is showing its face.  A home loss to a rookie and a nonexistent running game are cause for concern but a win in Week 2 will restore order.

15. Detroit Lions (1-0)

Matthew Stafford had a "house of horrors" kind of game.  Three awful interceptions almost cost the Lions but luckily the Rams couldn't close the door and Detroit escaped from a Week 1 stunner.  Stafford has to be more consistent if the Lions are going to contend and with a Week 2 prime time showdown against the 49ers he has a short turn around for improvement against the best defense in the league.

16.  Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)

Philly fans want to see Vick healthy for a full season but if he keeps turning over the ball like he did against the Browns then his health will not be the biggest concern.  Ed Reed and the Ravens come to town next and they know a thing or two about creating turnovers.

17. New York Jets (1-0)

After a preseason where the offense didn't score a touchdown until the final game it was the Jets who scored the most points in Week 1 with 48.  Was this all a well kept secret amongst the Jets organization or just an aligning of the stars against a surprisingly bad Bills team?  My mind tells me to go with the latter.

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0)

It wasn't pretty weather wise or for the Bucs offensively.  Doug Martin was the only bright spot in his debut while the Freeman to Jackson tandem needs some work.  The tandem needs to get in sync quickly as the defending Super Bowl champions are on deck next.

19. Arizona Cardinals (1-0)

With John Skelton hobbled by an ankle sprain it looks like the Kevin Kolb show will be back again in Week 2. A match-up against the Patriots defense may make that show unwatchable.

20. Tennessee Titans (0-1)

Chris Johnson rushed for over 2,000 yards in 2009.  On Sunday he rushed for 4 on 11 attempts.  If the Titans want to be in the hunt for the AFC South then they need CJ2K to live up to his nickname.

21. Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)

The Bengals were blown out by a team that is famous for its defense more than their offense.  The 2012 campaign got off to a rough start with a blowout loss to the Ravens but with a match up against the Browns on tap next, things may start looking brighter.

22. St. Louis Rams (0-1)

If there is a thing called an impressive loss then the Rams had it.  A game which on paper looked like a one sided Lions romp was a down to the wire affair.  The offensive line needs work but the improvement under Jeff Fisher is already being seen.

23. Kansas City Chiefs (0-1)

The Chiefs were a lot of people's sleeper team for 2012.  Their Week 1 loss to the Falcons looked as if the Chiefs were just sleeping.  Matt Cassel was uneven, had three turnovers and has to improve.  Maybe it was just drawing the short straw and taking on an explosive Falcons offense, maybe it was something more.

24. Minnesota Vikings (1-0)

Adrian Peterson's triumphant return to the field was the most impressive thing about the Vikings.  Everything else?  Not so much.  A young Colts team awaits and a 2-0 start to the season is not out of the question, but this team has a ton of work to do.

25.  Carolina Panthers (0-1)

Cam Newton's sophomore season got off to a rocky start and the complete lack of a running game was alarming.  It may just be early season cobwebs but the Panthers have a brutal next three games: Saints, Giants, and Falcons.  This may be a disastrous start to the season.

26. Seattle Seahawks (0-1)

Russell Wilson played decent, but the play he showed in the preseason seemed watered down when the game counted.  The offensive line didn't do him any favors and a loss to a Cardinals team that isn't expected to do much makes a Week 2 game against the Dallas Cowboys even more daunting.

27. Oakland Raiders (0-1)

That was an ugly game that only the black and silver could play.  The debacle at long snapper was astonishing and unless the Raiders can duplicate or triplicate (is that a word?) Darren McFadden then the lack of offensive weapons will make it easy for the opposition to game plan against them.

28. Buffalo Bills (0-1)

What the hell was that?  The defense sure didn't look like the unstoppable force many predicted and giving up 48 points to the Jets is shameful.  The loss of Fred Jackson and David Nelson add insult to injury and much of the preseason sleeper hype on this team quickly fizzled after Week 1.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1)

Blaine Gabbert looked much improved from his rookie season a year ago.  It was a tough loss to the Vikings and Week 2 against the Texans makes a 0-2 start more than likely.

30. Cleveland Browns (0-1)

The game against the Eagles was a lot closer than most predicted, mostly due to the Eagles shooting themselves in the foot, but the Browns defense made them pay for each mistake.  Fun fact: the Browns face their state rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2 and the Browns will look to win their first AFC North division game since 2010.

31. Miami Dolphins (0-1)

That was ugly.  The team that was featured on Hard Knocks looked every bit of inexperienced as they appeared on the show.  Ryan Tannehill threw three interceptions and looked to be over his head at times and the defense had no response to a high powered Texans' offense.

32. Indianapolis Colts (0-1)

Andrew Luck had a fine debut but the lack of a run game for the better part of the game and the defensive secondary getting gashed by the Bears' offense proved that there is a lot of work to be done for this team to recover from a 2-14 season.

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