NFL POWER RANKINGS

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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 2 Power Rankings


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Posted September 20, 2011 10:15 AM EDT

The champs remain unbeaten and the class of the NFL is beginning to show. I've got a line of who's hot and who's not going into Week 3. Enjoy.

+12

Tennessee Titans

-13

Indianapolis Colts

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

2-0 - 1/1
Great teams win even if they don't play at their best, particularly on the road. 124 yards rushing on 21 carries bodes well for the Packers. They will stay in this spot until someone beats them.
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2

2-0 1 2/7
Tom Brady is playing with unbelievable efficiency combined with just the right amount of explosive plays. Tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez form the best inside threat in the game, but the defense is becoming a concern.
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3

1-1 2 2/7
The Saints should expect to play this way at home. With the noise of the dome and the speed of the turf, the Saints' blitz package will knock down their share of QBs. With all the talk about Rodgers, Brady and Newton, Brees is quietly going about his busiExpand Description
The Saints should expect to play this way at home. With the noise of the dome and the speed of the turf, the Saints' blitz package will knock down their share of QBs. With all the talk about Rodgers, Brady and Newton, Brees is quietly going about his business.Collapse Description
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4

2-0 4 4/17
The Jets needed this dominant defensive performance to take their swagger on the road to Oakland in Week 3. Mark Sanchez was an efficient 17 of 24, but still threw two interceptions. He can't afford to play down to the level of his competition.
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5

1-1 3 2/22
There is no shame in a West Coast team going into New England and losing. Need to run the ball better and more often, and when they do, Mike Tolbert needs to run downhill, not dance around in the hole like he did on Sunday.
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6

1-1 1 2/9
This was the Steelers we are all familiar with. They ran the ball well, were efficient in the passing game and played dominant defense . . . all against a West Coast opponent that could not defend itself. They will go into Indy and demolish the Colts jusExpand Description
This was the Steelers we are all familiar with. They ran the ball well, were efficient in the passing game and played dominant defense . . . all against a West Coast opponent that could not defend itself. They will go into Indy and demolish the Colts just for general purposes.Collapse Description
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7

1-1 5 5/14
It was "gut check" time on Sunday night, and Matt Ryan and the Falcons answered the bell. The Falcons are dominant at home, but they have now given up the second-most points in the NFL after Week 2. Even with the potential of an explosive offense, they dExpand Description
It was "gut check" time on Sunday night, and Matt Ryan and the Falcons answered the bell. The Falcons are dominant at home, but they have now given up the second-most points in the NFL after Week 2. Even with the potential of an explosive offense, they don't want to have to use it every week.Collapse Description
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8

1-1 2 6/23
The Eagles showed a lot of heart for going into Atlanta and playing the way they did. Andy Reid can use DeSean Jackson's effort running down Ray Edwards after the fumble recovery as a mantra for this team moving forward.
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9

2-0 - 5/13
I really like the Texans, but with their history I just keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. But for now, they followed up a big win with another showing of good effort and focus. If they continue to play with that level of poise, all will be good in Expand Description
I really like the Texans, but with their history I just keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. But for now, they followed up a big win with another showing of good effort and focus. If they continue to play with that level of poise, all will be good in Houston.Collapse Description
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10

1-1 6 2/10
I have no idea how to explain this one so I am going to chalk it up to an aberration, but it is definitely a head-scratcher. Great teams beat the teams they are supposed to beat, and this was a missed opportunity for the Ravens.
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11

2-0 - 4/15
In years past, Detroit was always the lesser opponent. But on Sunday they took advantage of the lesser opponent and completely dominated the Chiefs in every aspect of the game. Don't dismiss this lopsided win based on the inadequacies of the Chiefs. This Expand Description
In years past, Detroit was always the lesser opponent. But on Sunday they took advantage of the lesser opponent and completely dominated the Chiefs in every aspect of the game. Don't dismiss this lopsided win based on the inadequacies of the Chiefs. This was a good win.Collapse Description
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12

1-1 2 7/22
Last week I talked about the need to stay with the formula. This was not it. Cutler and the Bears' offensive line have their limitations, and they won't win many games with Cutler throwing 45 times. To limit mistakes, they can't get into a shootout and muExpand Description
Last week I talked about the need to stay with the formula. This was not it. Cutler and the Bears' offensive line have their limitations, and they won't win many games with Cutler throwing 45 times. To limit mistakes, they can't get into a shootout and must establish a running game.Collapse Description
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13

1-1 - 8/30
This was a great win on the road, particularly coming from 17 down, but Josh Freeman and the Bucs need to get going earlier in the game. That said, he may be the best fourth-quarter QB in the game. The Bucs will take this momentum into their divisional mExpand Description
This was a great win on the road, particularly coming from 17 down, but Josh Freeman and the Bucs need to get going earlier in the game. That said, he may be the best fourth-quarter QB in the game. The Bucs will take this momentum into their divisional matchup with Atlanta next week.Collapse Description
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14

1-1 - 9/21
Could not have been a better way for the Cowboys to win this game. For Romo to come off the bench, with a rib injury, and lead this team to a come-from-behind win was huge for his confidence. The defensive secondary is beat up and Rob Ryan is writing soExpand Description
Could not have been a better way for the Cowboys to win this game. For Romo to come off the bench, with a rib injury, and lead this team to a come-from-behind win was huge for his confidence. The defensive secondary is beat up and Rob Ryan is writing some checks the back end can't cash.Collapse Description
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15

2-0 - 10/28
Not that he cares what I think, but Rex Grossman is beginning to win me over. But he needs to eliminate his mistakes in the red zone. Minus those interceptions, Shanahan wants to bottle this game up: 35 carries for 172 yards rushing and enough big plays tExpand Description
Not that he cares what I think, but Rex Grossman is beginning to win me over. But he needs to eliminate his mistakes in the red zone. Minus those interceptions, Shanahan wants to bottle this game up: 35 carries for 172 yards rushing and enough big plays to balance it out. Defense also continues to impress.Collapse Description
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16

2-0 6 6/30
Ryan Fitzpatrick is beginning to catch my eye, but it's been against the woeful Chiefs and then the Raiders having to come east. I am more impressed with the 217 rushing yards in a game they got behind quickly. We will know for sure after this week's gameExpand Description
Ryan Fitzpatrick is beginning to catch my eye, but it's been against the woeful Chiefs and then the Raiders having to come east. I am more impressed with the 217 rushing yards in a game they got behind quickly. We will know for sure after this week's game against the Patriots.Collapse Description
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17

1-1 2 5/19
The Giants have some issues in the defensive secondary, but if they continue to pressure the QB like they did Sam Bradford, it won't be exploited as much as it could. As the offensive line continues to gel, look for their power running game to get back inExpand Description
The Giants have some issues in the defensive secondary, but if they continue to pressure the QB like they did Sam Bradford, it won't be exploited as much as it could. As the offensive line continues to gel, look for their power running game to get back into high gear.Collapse Description
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18

1-1 1 14/30
Another "almost win" for a team traveling to the east coast. Don't hold this loss against them for too long, as they need to focus beating teams within the division. They will get their chance in Week 3 against Seattle.
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19

1-1 12 13/31
This could just be the result of the Ravens having an off day, but the Titans deserve some credit. Matt Hasselbeck and Kenny Britt may be a special connection throughout the season, especially if teams sell out to stop Chris Johnson like the Ravens did.
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20

1-1 - 10/22
Winning on the road is tough enough, but blowing a 21-3 halftime lead in inexcusable. Discipline has been and always will be an issue for the Raiders. In the first two weeks, they have accumulated 23 penalties for 213 yards (not including yardage called bExpand Description
Winning on the road is tough enough, but blowing a 21-3 halftime lead in inexcusable. Discipline has been and always will be an issue for the Raiders. In the first two weeks, they have accumulated 23 penalties for 213 yards (not including yardage called back). That has to change, and fast. Collapse Description
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21

1-1 3 2/21
The 49ers were impressive under tough conditions at home against the Cowboys. If they don't develop a more vertical passing attack, they run the risk of bleeding to death slowly. Loved the defensive game plan against the bigger and more physical Cowboys Expand Description
The 49ers were impressive under tough conditions at home against the Cowboys. If they don't develop a more vertical passing attack, they run the risk of bleeding to death slowly. Loved the defensive game plan against the bigger and more physical Cowboys offensive line.Collapse Description
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22

1-1 5 18/31
Give the Browns credit for going on the road and beating a team they should beat. In their Week 1 loss, they threw it more than they ran it. In their Week 2 win, they ran it more than they threw it. See my point?
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23

1-1 2 10/31
Marvin Lewis is doing a wonderful job keeping his team competitive while they rebuild. Even though he looked good, rookie QB Andy Dalton shouldn't be throwing the ball 41 times. Just like the Browns, they are a power rushing team that needs to play ball-cExpand Description
Marvin Lewis is doing a wonderful job keeping his team competitive while they rebuild. Even though he looked good, rookie QB Andy Dalton shouldn't be throwing the ball 41 times. Just like the Browns, they are a power rushing team that needs to play ball-control offense.Collapse Description
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24

0-2 5 20/32
I said we would find out about Cam Newton in this game and we did. Wow. But now with two full games on tape, defenses also know what he is all about. Look for him to come back down to earth, but nevertheless, he is a phenomenal playmaker. Every mistake heExpand Description
I said we would find out about Cam Newton in this game and we did. Wow. But now with two full games on tape, defenses also know what he is all about. Look for him to come back down to earth, but nevertheless, he is a phenomenal playmaker. Every mistake he makes this year, will pay dividends next year.Collapse Description
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25

1-1 5 8/30
They won at home as they should have. That's a beginning. Willis McGahee ran the ball hard, and he may fit the John Fox scheme better than Knowshon Moreno anyway.
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26

0-2 1 20/32
Not sure where they go from here. At least last week, Chad Henne appeared to give them some hope. That disappeared against the Texans. Rookie RB Daniel Thomas was a bright spot, but they will need more than that on their upcoming three-game road trip.
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27

0-2 1 24/31
This team has a bright future, but it's just that, the future. It doesn't get any easier with Baltimore, Washington, Green Bay, Dallas and New Orleans up next on your schedule. These teams are a combined 7-3 on the season so far. Ouch.
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28

0-2 4 22/32
If you can't hold a 17-point lead at home in the dome, I'm not sure you can anywhere. Obviously not San Diego. Donovan McNabb's numbers were better but I don't think he actually was.
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29

0-2 13 13/32
Losing is a new experience for the Colts, but they are going to get familiar with it this season. This loss is followed up with games against Pittsburgh at home and Tampa Bay on the road, and then hosting the Chiefs on Oct. 9. That game will most likely fExpand Description
Losing is a new experience for the Colts, but they are going to get familiar with it this season. This loss is followed up with games against Pittsburgh at home and Tampa Bay on the road, and then hosting the Chiefs on Oct. 9. That game will most likely feature two winless teams and will decide who is the worst in the NFL.Collapse Description
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30

0-2 7 15/31
This team desperately needs something to hang its hat on to give it hope, and I can't find it. This week, at home against Arizona, will make or break the season. My guess, break.
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31

1-1 3 26/31
The one-sided loss to the Jets may have wiped out the positive effects of the previous week's win against the Titans. Tennessee turning around and beating Baltimore should give us pause as to how good JAX could be, albeit a very short pause.
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32

0-2 - 17/32
The Chiefs have to be concerned that San Diego will be out to make a statement about the division this week. Unfortunately, other than to be concerned, there isn't much more they can do about it.
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NFC STANDINGS

East Division 

TEAM W L T
Cowboys    6 2 0
Eagles    5 2 0
Giants    3 4 0
Redskins    3 5 0
 

West Division 

TEAM W L T
Cardinals    6 1 0
49ers    4 3 0
Seahawks    4 3 0
Rams    2 5 0
 

North Division 

TEAM W L T
Lions    6 2 0
Packers    5 3 0
Bears    3 5 0
Vikings    3 5 0
 

South Division 

TEAM W L T
Saints    4 4 0
Panthers    3 5 1
Falcons    2 6 0
Buccaneers    1 6 0
 

AFC STANDINGS

East Division 

TEAM W L T
Patriots    6 2 0
Bills    5 3 0
Dolphins    4 3 0
Jets    1 7 0
 

West Division 

TEAM W L T
Broncos    6 1 0
Chargers    5 3 0
Chiefs    4 3 0
Raiders    0 7 0
 

North Division 

TEAM W L T
Ravens    5 3 0
Steelers    5 3 0
Bengals    4 2 1
Browns    4 3 0
 

South Division 

TEAM W L T
Colts    5 3 0
Texans    4 4 0
Titans    2 6 0
Jaguars    1 7 0