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

Week 1 Power Rankings


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Posted September 13, 2011 12:55 PM EDT

A wild Week 1 is in the books, and the Power Rankings get a major shake-up. I've got a line of who's hot and who's not going into Week 2. Enjoy.

+10

Washington Redskins

-15

Kansas City Chiefs

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

1-0 - 1/1
No team in the NFL, even playing at its best, could have stopped the Packers last Thursday night. It is scary how good this offense can be, and the defense is better than it showed.
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2

1-0 1 2/22
It might not have been as one-sided a game as some expected, but given the things that went against San Diego early, this was a game previous Chargers teams might have lost. They got better as a team Sunday.
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3

1-0 1 2/7
This offense is in midseason form. Tom Brady hit four receivers for more than six receptions each, and none of them was named Chad Ochocinco. The defense will need to improve, but you know it will under Bill Belichick.
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4

1-0 4 2/10
The way the Ravens beat down the Steelers, given the normally close nature of these games, cannot be overstated. I'm on record as saying this might be the best Ravens team ever, and I still might have underestimated them.
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5

0-1 1 2/7
With one more yard, the Saints could have been on the winning side Thursday night. Just like the Packers, the Saints' defense is better than its performance, but that's what happens when two of the better offenses are on display.
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6

1-0 1 6/23
Philly began to answer some questions about its retooled offensive line, young linebacker corps and first-time defensive coordinator. But the Eagles are still very much a work in progress. Michael Vick showed once again why he is a unique athlete.
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7

0-1 5 2/9
Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers usually rebound from a loss quickly, but because was to the Ravens, it might sting just a little longer. It is hard to imagine, but the Steelers did not look ready to play. That won't happen again.
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8

1-0 1 4/17
The Jets showed resiliency in a highly emotional playoff-type atmosphere. In the end, they needed Tony Romo's mistakes to win the game, but a win is still a win. In case you haven't heard, cornerback Darrelle Revis is a difference maker.
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9

1-0 2 5/13
It might be easy to overlook how good the Texans were last week by simply blaming it on the Colts' quarterback situation. I will give credit where it is due. This Houston offense is the real deal.
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10

1-0 2 7/22
I refuse to believe the Falcons are as bad as they looked on Sunday. Therefore, the Bears must be that good. Jay Cutler and the Bears' offense will still have their doubters, but the naysayers have a lot less ammunition after the Bears' Week 1 performanceExpand Description
I refuse to believe the Falcons are as bad as they looked on Sunday. Therefore, the Bears must be that good. Jay Cutler and the Bears' offense will still have their doubters, but the naysayers have a lot less ammunition after the Bears' Week 1 performance.Collapse Description
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11

1-0 4 4/15
Quarterback Matt Stafford and top target Calvin Johnson were impressive, but what was unexpected was Detroit's defensive effort. The Lions proved they are more than just Ndamukong Suh and the front seven. This is a team that will continue to get better.
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12

0-1 7 5/14
Coach Mike Smith and quarterback Matt Ryan will be on a mission to prove Atlanta's poor showing in Chicago was an aberration. It's not time to panic yet, but with the Eagles coming to town, Atlanta will need to right the ship quickly.
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13

0-1 3 8/30
I hate to say it because of the respect I have for Raheem Morris, but the Buccaneers were outcoached Sunday. They completely abandoned the running game and lost focus of their game plan. The Bucs have a trap game in Week 2 against Minnesota, and they can'Expand Description
I hate to say it because of the respect I have for Raheem Morris, but the Buccaneers were outcoached Sunday. They completely abandoned the running game and lost focus of their game plan. The Bucs have a trap game in Week 2 against Minnesota, and they can't afford to overlook it. Collapse Description
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14

0-1 - 9/21
The Cowboys, like every team in the NFC East, will go as far as their quarterback takes them. Tony Romo doesn't deserve all the blame for the Week 1 loss, but there is no denying he needs to perform better in crucial situations.
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15

1-0 10 10/28
Yes, this is a huge jump for a team that has won only one game, but the Redskins displayed an improved defense and a solid running attack. Rex Grossman has a history of being inconsistent, but the veteran quarterback played well Sunday.
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16

0-1 3 13/32
The Colts were offended by all the commentary about how they are a one-man team, but now they should be offended by the product they put on the field. The Colts still have talent, but they need to use it much differently from years past.
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17

1-0 2 14/30
It amazes me that in a game quarterback Kevin Kolb brought Arizona from behind to win, the only thing people can talk about is Carolina's Cam Newton. The Cardinals' defense will continue to give them some problems.
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18

1-0 2 2/21
The 49ers have the most talent in the NFC West, but 209 total yards of offense is not going to win many games. If not for two special-teams touchdowns, the outcome could have been different.
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19

0-1 3 5/19
I am worried about the emotional state of this team after all the body blows it has taken since the start of training camp. There is no shame in losing to the Redskins, but now I believe the Giants already face a must-win situation against the Rams in WeeExpand Description
I am worried about the emotional state of this team after all the body blows it has taken since the start of training camp. There is no shame in losing to the Redskins, but now I believe the Giants already face a must-win situation against the Rams in Week 2.Collapse Description
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20

1-0 2 10/22
For a team that is built on speed, the Raiders must get more explosive plays out of their passing game. They have a quick-hitting running game, but they need their longest reception to go for more than 17 yards.
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21

1-0 10 10/31
This might have been the most impressive performance of the weekend that nobody noticed. Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis should get a great deal of credit for not letting a team quit on itself, especially when many outsiders already had.
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22

1-0 8 6/30
I'm not sure if we totally underestimated the Bills or have completely overestimated how good the Chiefs are. Buffalo needs to sustain this level of play for another week, at least, before I move it any higher.
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23

0-1 2 15/31
The Seahawks put up a battle, but they still seem to lack an identity. Besides their head coach, I am not sure where their leadership will come from.
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24

0-1 2 22/32
The Vikings deserve a lot of credit for holding up against the Chargers on the road, but there aren't any moral victories in the NFL. The Vikings ran the ball well against the best defense of 2010, but they will need to get much more than 28 passing yardExpand Description
The Vikings deserve a lot of credit for holding up against the Chargers on the road, but there aren't any moral victories in the NFL. The Vikings ran the ball well against the best defense of 2010, but they will need to get much more than 28 passing yards if they want to compete consistently. Collapse Description
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25

0-1 2 20/32
Chad Henne played better than expected, and Reggie Bush started to silence some of his critics. But the defense didn't live up to its billing as this team's strong suit. And the "D" doesn't get a break with the Texans coming to town.
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26

0-1 2 24/31
The Rams ran the ball well, even after the loss of Steven Jackson, but the problems with their receiving corps are now even more evident after some crucial drops. St. Louis' Week 2 matchup against the Giants might be won in the training room with both teaExpand Description
The Rams ran the ball well, even after the loss of Steven Jackson, but the problems with their receiving corps are now even more evident after some crucial drops. St. Louis' Week 2 matchup against the Giants might be won in the training room with both teams so badly banged up. Collapse Description
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27

0-1 9 18/31
The Browns showed their true colors in Week 1. They are a good, solid, developing young team, but they still have far to go. They were able to surprise some people last year with their running game, but now they need to put together a complete offensive pExpand Description
The Browns showed their true colors in Week 1. They are a good, solid, developing young team, but they still have far to go. They were able to surprise some people last year with their running game, but now they need to put together a complete offensive package.Collapse Description
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28

1-0 1 26/31
Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio pulled one out, but I'm not sure Jaguars fans should come to expect such outcomes. The Jaguars will need to continue to run the ball well if they want to prove me wrong.
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29

0-1 3 20/32
This was obviously a great outing for Cam Newton, but I'm not sold on the rookie quarterback being able to do it week after week. Coach Ron Rivera faces a tough decision in developing Newton for the long term or using his athleticism to win some games in Expand Description
This was obviously a great outing for Cam Newton, but I'm not sold on the rookie quarterback being able to do it week after week. Coach Ron Rivera faces a tough decision in developing Newton for the long term or using his athleticism to win some games in the short term — similar to how Vince Young was handled in Tennessee. Collapse Description
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30

0-1 2 8/30
The Broncos did nothing to prove they can stop the run, and they will continue to face run-heavy teams in the AFC West. New coach John Fox will improve this unit, but it might take a while.
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31

0-1 8 13/31
Matt Hasselbeck is a good pro quarterback and might even have some productivity left in him, but how long will the Titans wait to throw rookie Jake Locker into the fire? Maybe sooner than you think.
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32

0-1 15 17/32
The Chiefs situation has a bad feel to it. I was willing to look beyond their preseason struggles, but one cannot ignore a 34-point loss at home. Losing safety Eric Berry for the year only makes it more difficult.
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NFC STANDINGS

East Division 

TEAM W L T
Eagles    3 0 0
Cowboys    2 1 0
Giants    1 2 0
Redskins    1 2 0
 

West Division 

TEAM W L T
Cardinals    3 0 0
Seahawks    2 1 0
Rams    1 2 0
49ers    1 2 0
 

North Division 

TEAM W L T
Lions    2 1 0
Bears    2 1 0
Vikings    1 2 0
Packers    1 2 0
 

South Division 

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

AFC STANDINGS

East Division 

TEAM W L T
Bills    2 1 0
Patriots    2 1 0
Dolphins    1 2 0
Jets    1 2 0
 

West Division 

TEAM W L T
Broncos    2 1 0
Chargers    2 1 0
Chiefs    1 2 0
Raiders    0 3 0
 

North Division 

TEAM W L T
Bengals    3 0 0
Ravens    2 1 0
Steelers    2 1 0
Browns    1 2 0
 

South Division 

TEAM W L T
Texans    2 1 0
Colts    1 2 0
Titans    1 2 0
Jaguars    0 3 0