NFL power rankings

Brian Billick is an acclaimed NFL game analyst for FOX Sports and a Super Bowl-winning coach.

The Seahawks made a case for No. 1 with that win over the 49ers, but Peyton and the Broncos stole their thunder.

1 Broncos 2-0 +1

Simply put … Peyton Manning is going to have his best season since 2004, when he threw for 49 touchdowns. Maybe better.

2 Seahawks 2-0 +1

The Seahawks deserve a ton of praise for a cross-country road win followed by a dominating performance over a team that I thought was the best in football.

3 49ers 1-1 -2

The 49ers got beat up pretty badly, but let’s see what happens when they host the Seahawks in San Francisco during Week 14. The tables may turn.

4 Texans 2-0

The Texans have been tested early and that will build character, but it has to be a little unnerving to barely beat two teams that were a combined 13-19 last season.

5 Patriots 2-0

They might not have been very pretty, but the Patriots have two divisional wins, and that is what’s important.

6 Packers 1-1

Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the NFL. Period.

7 Bears 2-0

The Bears are 2-0 but have played at home both games. They will get tested on the road against a desperate Steelers team next Sunday night in front of a national audience.

8 Falcons 1-1

The loss of defensive end Kroy Beirmann is more devastating to this team than you would think.

9 Bengals 1-1 +1

This defense looks pretty sharp, but Andy Dalton has been less than impressive. He missed on a lot of throws … badly.

10 Chiefs 2-0 +7

In just two weeks, the Chiefs have already matched last year’s win total, and Alex Smith’s four passing touchdowns are already half of what the Chiefs threw for all of last season.

11 Saints 2-0 +1

This team gave up the most yards in the history on the NFL last season. Now, they are ranked in the top 10 in pass defense, total defense and scoring defense. Cheers.

12 Ravens 1-1 -3

Joe Flacco missed the birth of his second child for that?

13 Dolphins 2-0 +9

Of the five undefeated teams in the AFC, the Dolphins are the only ones to win both games on the road and are one of only two teams to beat a 2012 playoff team.

14 Cowboys 1-1 -1

Dez Bryant made nine catches on Sunday, many in spectacular fashion, but it was the one he dropped that cost them the game.

15 Colts 1-1 -4

It’s about to get a lot worse for the Colts as they travel to San Francisco this weekend, but they will get back to .500 vs. the Jaguars in Week 4.

16 Chargers 1-1 +7

Mike McCoy, Ken Wisenhunt and Philip Rivers appear to have made for a good match, but Eddie Royal is going to come back down to Earth sometime soon.

17 Lions 1-1 -3

We’ve said it before and apparently will continue to say it … the Lions lack any semblance of discipline. They better get some fast.

18 Rams 1-1 -3

Jared Cook in Week 1: 7 receptions, 141 yards and two touchdowns. Jared Cook in Week 2: 1 reception for 10 yards. For this team to win, they need more Week 1-like numbers.

19 Eagles 1-1 -3

Well one thing hasn’t changed for the Eagles … the Swiss cheese defense.

20 Titans 1-1 +1

Bernard Pollard was an under-the-radar acquisition this offseason but might prove to be one of the best. He sets the tone for a defense that desperately needed a boost in physicality.

21 Bills 1-1 +3

Mario Williams had 4.5 sacks on Sunday — a franchise record and a career-high.

22 Buccaneers 0-2 +6

The Buccaneers have lost two games by a combined three points, but no matter how you dress it up, they are still 0-2.

23 Cardinals 1-1 +2

Bruce Arians and Carson Palmer have made an immediate impact on this offense. The 25 points they scored on Sunday would have been the Cardinals’ third-highest output in all of the 2012 season.

24 Giants 0-2 -4

Eli Manning has thrown a league-high 56 interceptions in the past three seasons. Coincidentally enough, he is on pace to throw 56 in just this season alone!

25 Vikings 0-2 -6

So you want to bench Christian Ponder in favor of Matt Cassel? Just a reminder, Matt Cassel had more lost fumbles (seven) than he did touchdowns last season (six). And that’s not even taking into consideration his 12 interceptions.

26 Redskins 0-2 -8

The Redskins secondary is awful, and Bacarri Rambo is in way over his head.

27 Steelers 0-2 -1

The Steelers can’t run the ball and don’t have receivers that are big enough or physical enough to get open consistently in this league.

28 Panthers 0-2 -1

Luke Kuechly may be the most underrated young talent in the NFL. He had 164 tackles as a rookie last season and is on pace for 184 this year.

29 Jets 1-1 +1

The Jets’ defense is ranked in the top five in nearly every major statistical category, but the offense is also producing only 14 points per game. And that isn’t going to cut it … no matter how good the defense.

30 Browns 0-2 -2

Brandon Weeden is on pace to get sacked 88 times this season … just let that sink in.

31 Raiders 1-1

Big deal … they beat the Jaguars.

32 Jaguars 0-2

5.5 points per game and the second-worst rushing defense in the NFL. It’s not looking good in Jacksonville.