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Week 2 Power rankings

Adam Caplan

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Posted February 08, 2011 04:54 PM EST

The New England Patriots showed the NFL world why they are the No. 1 team at this point after their thrashing of the host Buffalo Bills last week. They've already sewn up the No. 1 seed in the AFC and are playing at the top of their game at a critical juncture. It will be interesting to see if any other teams in the AFC can challenge them during the playoffs. But it won't be easy since the Patriots are undefeated at home this season.

In the NFC, the Atlanta Falcons finally lost a game at home, but it wasn't as though the New Orleans Saints were dominant. That game could have gone either way. The Falcons still deserve to be the NFC's top-ranked team at this point based on their performance over the course of the season.

+13

Denver Broncos

-14

Dallas Cowboys

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

2-0 - 1/12
They aren't blowing teams out like usual, but the Saints are still able to win close games. There is no reason to move them from the top spot at this point. The loss of RB Reggie Bush for at least six weeks could be a big issue, though.
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2

2-0 1 1/7
Once they get starting QB Ben Roethlisberger back from his four-game suspension, the Steelers could very well be the AFC's best team. It's amazing how getting DE Aaron Smith and SS Troy Polamalu back healthy can seemingly make their defense dominant once Expand Description
Once they get starting QB Ben Roethlisberger back from his four-game suspension, the Steelers could very well be the AFC's best team. It's amazing how getting DE Aaron Smith and SS Troy Polamalu back healthy can seemingly make their defense dominant once again. The Buccaneers are in for a dose of reality this week. Collapse Description
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3

2-0 1 1/16
We'll get a better idea of how good this team is on Monday night when they play at the divisional rival Bears, but they are clearly the favorite to win the NFC North. The loss of starting RB Ryan Grant could become an issue going forward, but Brandon JackExpand Description
We'll get a better idea of how good this team is on Monday night when they play at the divisional rival Bears, but they are clearly the favorite to win the NFC North. The loss of starting RB Ryan Grant could become an issue going forward, but Brandon Jackson will get another chance to prove he was worth selecting in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Collapse Description
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4

2-0 3 4/30
What an unbelievable road win at Washington. They really had no business winning that game, but give them credit for an amazing comeback. We'll see how good their defense really is at home this week against the talented Dallas offense.
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5

1-1 - 2/16
Say what you want about this team, but they have to be the favorite to win the AFC South again. Their victory over the Giants last week was a masterpiece on both sides of the ball. It will be interesting to see if the Broncos can give them a game this weeExpand Description
Say what you want about this team, but they have to be the favorite to win the AFC South again. Their victory over the Giants last week was a masterpiece on both sides of the ball. It will be interesting to see if the Broncos can give them a game this week. Collapse Description
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6

1-1 - 1/10
That was quite a bounce back performance from QB Mark Sanchez against the Patriots. But finding consistency is still an issue for the second-year signal caller. Now he'll have to get it done on the road at Miami against the suddenly improved Dolphin defenExpand Description
That was quite a bounce back performance from QB Mark Sanchez against the Patriots. But finding consistency is still an issue for the second-year signal caller. Now he'll have to get it done on the road at Miami against the suddenly improved Dolphin defense.Collapse Description
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7

1-1 3 1/13
I'm still stunned that WR Randy Moss didn't record a catch after injured CB Darrelle Revis left last week's game. How is that possible? I would expect the Patriots to bounce back in a big way this week. Expect the Bills to be a sacrificial lamb on Sunday Expand Description
I'm still stunned that WR Randy Moss didn't record a catch after injured CB Darrelle Revis left last week's game. How is that possible? I would expect the Patriots to bounce back in a big way this week. Expect the Bills to be a sacrificial lamb on Sunday as they were last week against the Packers. Collapse Description
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8

2-0 9 8/20
Maybe they do actually have a pass rush. They might be on to something with CFL-refugee OLB Cameron Wake. The guy can get off the edge quickly. If Miami can get its passing game going, it might be in the playoff picture.
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9

2-0 10 5/20
The Martz-Cutler marriage is off to a good start. Martz is managing Cutler well with three-step drops. The strong-armed passer will face another 3-4 defense on Monday night against the Packers. If the Bears win this game, we might have to seriously start Expand Description
The Martz-Cutler marriage is off to a good start. Martz is managing Cutler well with three-step drops. The strong-armed passer will face another 3-4 defense on Monday night against the Packers. If the Bears win this game, we might have to seriously start to consider them as a playoff contender. Collapse Description
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10

2-0 12 8/27
OK, I'm surprised they are 2-0. It's amazing that they have a quarterback who has not thrown for even 200 yards in either game, but they are still undefeated. The signing of veteran RB Thomas Jones has provided a very nice boost to their running game. BeaExpand Description
OK, I'm surprised they are 2-0. It's amazing that they have a quarterback who has not thrown for even 200 yards in either game, but they are still undefeated. The signing of veteran RB Thomas Jones has provided a very nice boost to their running game. Beating the slumping 49ers this week shouldn't be a problem. Collapse Description
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11

1-1 3 3/31
Something is missing from their offense. I'm not sure what it is, but it could be the lack of a downfield passing game. At least the defense really bounced back last week against the division rival Ravens.
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12

1-1 4 1/16
Through Michael Turner's injury issues, the Falcons probably found out that Jason Snelling could be the NFL's best backup running back. In fact, Snelling probably could start for a bunch of teams based on his skill set and versatility. If they want to havExpand Description
Through Michael Turner's injury issues, the Falcons probably found out that Jason Snelling could be the NFL's best backup running back. In fact, Snelling probably could start for a bunch of teams based on his skill set and versatility. If they want to have a chance to be a playoff team, their trek starts this week in New Orleans.Collapse Description
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13

2-0 11 9/29
I'm surprised as anyone that the Buccaneers are 2-0, but they beat two substandard teams. Give QB Josh Freeman credit for playing through a painful thumb injury, but he's in for a tough time against the very physical Steelers defense on Sunday.
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14

1-1 4 4/20
Andy Reid is making the right decision keeping Kevin Kolb as his starting quarterback. You can't develop a quarterback on the sidelines. At least they know that Michael Vick is capable of playing good football.
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15

1-1 13 14/31
Kyle Orton is quickly becoming the NFL's most underrated passer. You have to wonder if the team will involve rookie QB Tim Tebow into the offense going forward with Orton playing so well. With the offense starting to take off, the defense has to find a waExpand Description
Kyle Orton is quickly becoming the NFL's most underrated passer. You have to wonder if the team will involve rookie QB Tim Tebow into the offense going forward with Orton playing so well. With the offense starting to take off, the defense has to find a way to muster up a consistent pass rush. Collapse Description
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16

1-1 3 9/27
FB Mike Tolbert is quickly proving to be a very worthy backup for starting RB Ryan Mathews. While the absence of starting WR Vincent Jackson continues to be magnified, the issues for the Chargers really are on the defensive side of the ball.
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17

1-1 8 1/17
Joe Flacco played perhaps the worst game of his short career last week against the Bengals. Some of his mental errors were alarming. However, Flacco has a solid history of bouncing back after disappointing performances. He's way too talented to not show iExpand Description
Joe Flacco played perhaps the worst game of his short career last week against the Bengals. Some of his mental errors were alarming. However, Flacco has a solid history of bouncing back after disappointing performances. He's way too talented to not show improvement this coming week against the divisional rival Browns. Collapse Description
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18

1-1 6 3/27
While QB Vince Young had a bad game against the Steelers, head coach Jeff Fisher must stick by him. It's only one game. When is the last time any team did well offensively against a healthy Steeler defense? However, it won't get any easier for Young this Expand Description
While QB Vince Young had a bad game against the Steelers, head coach Jeff Fisher must stick by him. It's only one game. When is the last time any team did well offensively against a healthy Steeler defense? However, it won't get any easier for Young this week on the road against the Giants. Collapse Description
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19

1-1 8 1/21
They got a dose of reality against the Colts last week. The Giants looked to be improved over last year, but they are not close to an elite team. And who really would want Brandon Jacobs via a trade? The 265-pound back runs as if he's 190 -- and that's noExpand Description
They got a dose of reality against the Colts last week. The Giants looked to be improved over last year, but they are not close to an elite team. And who really would want Brandon Jacobs via a trade? The 265-pound back runs as if he's 190 -- and that's not a good thing. The dude needs to be a bulldozer, not a scatback. Collapse Description
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20

1-1 5 15/32
While Matt Leinart clearly isn't the answer, it remains to be seen if veteran QB Derek Anderson can find the necessary consistency for this team to make it to the playoffs. Their secondary issues were exposed against the Falcons.
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21

1-1 1 11/27
What a brutal loss against the Texans. At least QB Donovan McNabb showed that he still has something left in the tank. It will be interesting to see if they extend his contract during or after the season is over.
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22

0-2 14 5/30
Color me stunned that they are 0-2. Pinch me in Week 15 or so if they aren't pushing for a playoff spot. There is way too much talent on both sides of the ball for them not to be in the playoff picture this season.
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23

0-2 13 8/28
It's interesting that missing just one player, WR Sidney Rice, can totally bog down a team's offense. It's clear that Minnesota must do something to improve their receiver position until Rice returns. If they don't wind up acquiring WR Vincent Jackson froExpand Description
It's interesting that missing just one player, WR Sidney Rice, can totally bog down a team's offense. It's clear that Minnesota must do something to improve their receiver position until Rice returns. If they don't wind up acquiring WR Vincent Jackson from the Chargers, their options are going to be very limited going forward. Collapse Description
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24

1-1 3 13/31
You might call their Week 1 win at home a mirage. Seattle simply has gone through too many personnel changes to be a playoff team this soon under new head coach Pete Carroll. Then again, the NFC West is a really bad division, so anything is possible.
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25

1-1 2 9/28
What is it with David Garrard and playing on the road? It's not like the Jaguars were going against the 1985 Chicago Bears. The Chargers don't have close to a solid secondary, so Garrard should have played better. It won't get any easier for him against aExpand Description
What is it with David Garrard and playing on the road? It's not like the Jaguars were going against the 1985 Chicago Bears. The Chargers don't have close to a solid secondary, so Garrard should have played better. It won't get any easier for him against a much improved Eagles secondary. Collapse Description
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26

0-2 - 17/31
Yikes. And I picked them to win the NFC West. But the good thing is San Francisco does play in the worst division in the NFL, so they're still in the hunt. However, they'll travel to Kansas City this week where they will face a suddenly improved Chief squExpand Description
Yikes. And I picked them to win the NFC West. But the good thing is San Francisco does play in the worst division in the NFL, so they're still in the hunt. However, they'll travel to Kansas City this week where they will face a suddenly improved Chief squad.Collapse Description
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27

0-2 2 19/30
Give Shaun Hill credit for his guts and toughness against Philadelphia, but he's no Matthew Stafford. The one bright spot for Detroit so far has been Jahvid Best, who might be their best back since Barry Sanders retired after the 1998 season.
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28

0-2 1 18/30
They remind me a lot of St. Louis. Cleveland is very competitive, but clearly not talented enough on either side of the ball. The front office needs to add a lot more high-end talent on both sides of the ball if they went to go to the playoffs.
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29

1-1 1 14/30
Hey, it's winning ugly, Raiders style! In the course of beating the Rams last week they may have found that third-year pro Darren McFadden is starting to become a consistent factor in their running game. We¿ll see how he does when Michael Bush returns froExpand Description
Hey, it's winning ugly, Raiders style! In the course of beating the Rams last week they may have found that third-year pro Darren McFadden is starting to become a consistent factor in their running game. We¿ll see how he does when Michael Bush returns from his thumb injury. Collapse Description
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30

0-2 1 15/32
I'll say this for St. Louis, they are very competitive. And QB Sam Bradford has not looked like a rookie; he has been very poised so far. What head coach Steve Spagnuolo has to do is find a way to get more pressure on the opposing quarterbacks.
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31

0-2 2 25/32
It will be interesting to see how quick of a hook head coach John Fox has for his new starting quarterback. The coaching staff will have to be patient with Jimmy Clausen, who has a strong arm, but he probably should be on the sidelines for at least this sExpand Description
It will be interesting to see how quick of a hook head coach John Fox has for his new starting quarterback. The coaching staff will have to be patient with Jimmy Clausen, who has a strong arm, but he probably should be on the sidelines for at least this season. Collapse Description
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32

0-2 - 19/32
I'm searching for an adjective for this team that's clean, but I'm having a hard time. Anyone have one that isn't a four letter word? Watching this team each week could be hazardous to your health.
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NFC STANDINGS

East Division 

TEAM W L T
Eagles    8 3 0
Cowboys    8 3 0
Giants    3 8 0
Redskins    3 8 0
 

West Division 

TEAM W L T
Cardinals    9 2 0
Seahawks    7 4 0
49ers    7 4 0
Rams    4 7 0
 

North Division 

TEAM W L T
Packers    8 3 0
Lions    7 4 0
Bears    5 6 0
Vikings    4 7 0
 

South Division 

TEAM W L T
Falcons    4 7 0
Saints    4 7 0
Panthers    3 7 1
Buccaneers    2 9 0
 

AFC STANDINGS

East Division 

TEAM W L T
Patriots    9 2 0
Dolphins    6 5 0
Bills    6 5 0
Jets    2 9 0
 

West Division 

TEAM W L T
Broncos    8 3 0
Chiefs    7 4 0
Chargers    7 4 0
Raiders    1 10 0
 

North Division 

TEAM W L T
Bengals    7 3 1
Ravens    7 4 0
Steelers    7 4 0
Browns    7 4 0
 

South Division 

TEAM W L T
Colts    7 4 0
Texans    5 6 0
Titans    2 9 0
Jaguars    1 10 0