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

NFL Power Rankings Week 2


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Posted September 11, 2012 12:50 PM EDT

The season is officially under way and it started with some big performances. I've got a line on who's hot and who's not going into Week 2. Enjoy.

Also, watch Brian Billick explain his selections.

+7

Dallas Cowboys

-11

Philadelphia Eagles

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

1-0 1 1/12
Stevan Ridley rushed for 100+ yards, and only once did a single player do that for the Pats last season. They haven't had an impact in the running game like that since Corey Dillon. On defense, the two first-round picks of Dont'a Hightower and Chandler Expand Description
Stevan Ridley rushed for 100+ yards, and only once did a single player do that for the Pats last season. They haven't had an impact in the running game like that since Corey Dillon. On defense, the two first-round picks of Dont'a Hightower and Chandler Jones made immediate impacts at positions of need for a team that was awful on D last year, but looked pretty darn good on Sunday.Collapse Description
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2

1-0 2 1/17
For the 49ers to go on the road, and particularly to Green Bay, was impressive as any win on Sunday. In my opinion, they are the most complete team in the NFL with a scary good defense, but now also an offense that can hang big points as well. They separExpand Description
For the 49ers to go on the road, and particularly to Green Bay, was impressive as any win on Sunday. In my opinion, they are the most complete team in the NFL with a scary good defense, but now also an offense that can hang big points as well. They separated themselves in the NFC on Sunday.Collapse Description
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3

1-0 2 2/10
This may be the best team the Ravens have ever fielded. Even without the injured Terrell Suggs, the defense applied consistent pressure and made Bengals QB Andy Dalton uncomfortable all day. Ray Lewis looks ageless as he continues to fly around the fielExpand Description
This may be the best team the Ravens have ever fielded. Even without the injured Terrell Suggs, the defense applied consistent pressure and made Bengals QB Andy Dalton uncomfortable all day. Ray Lewis looks ageless as he continues to fly around the field. Collapse Description
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4

1-0 2 1/14
All I can say is . . . J.J. Watt. There wasn't a player that made more of an impact on a game than he did on Sunday. Not only did he have 1.5 sacks, but he also tipped two passes at the line that resulted in interceptions.
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5

1-0 2 1/15
Of all the stellar QB-WR combinations in the NFL, Matt Ryan and Julio Jones may end up being the most explosive this season. Trading for Asante Samuel just became a whole lot more important with the season-ending injury to Brent Grimes, but not having thExpand Description
Of all the stellar QB-WR combinations in the NFL, Matt Ryan and Julio Jones may end up being the most explosive this season. Trading for Asante Samuel just became a whole lot more important with the season-ending injury to Brent Grimes, but not having three solid CBs may haunt them in the NFC South. Collapse Description
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6

1-0 7 5/18
I'm always slow to jump on the Cowboys bandwagon each year, but they looked like the clear frontrunner in the NFC East -- quite possibly the best division in football. Tony Romo was consistent on offense and DeMarcus Ware's two sacks kicked off his DPOY Expand Description
I'm always slow to jump on the Cowboys bandwagon each year, but they looked like the clear frontrunner in the NFC East -- quite possibly the best division in football. Tony Romo was consistent on offense and DeMarcus Ware's two sacks kicked off his DPOY campaign.Collapse Description
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7

0-1 4 3/12
The Packers were up against the best defense in the NFL, but I still expected more from them at home. The lack of running game is once again very prevalent and the inability to defend the pass is a huge concern. Both came back to bite them in the playoffExpand Description
The Packers were up against the best defense in the NFL, but I still expected more from them at home. The lack of running game is once again very prevalent and the inability to defend the pass is a huge concern. Both came back to bite them in the playoffs last season. Collapse Description
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8

1-0 4 3/20
After a rocky start, QB Jay Cutler settled down and showed how he will excel under the new offensive scheme of Mike Tice. He is now able to throw what he sees, rather than throwing to a predetermined spot in Mike Martz's system. And what did he see on SExpand Description
After a rocky start, QB Jay Cutler settled down and showed how he will excel under the new offensive scheme of Mike Tice. He is now able to throw what he sees, rather than throwing to a predetermined spot in Mike Martz's system. And what did he see on Sunday? A lot of Brandon Marshall.Collapse Description
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9

0-1 1 4/18
Victor Cruz had three drops. Osi Umenyiora had just one tackle and applied no pressure the entire game. Sure, the defensive secondary needs some help, but those two need to step up their games for the defending Super Bowl champs to get back on track.
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10

0-1 1 1/28
It appeared to me that Drew Brees was pressing a little too much in the home opener. After all the turmoil in the offseason, Brees, like the leader he is, tried to shoulder the load for this team and came up a little short. It's not time to panic just yeExpand Description
It appeared to me that Drew Brees was pressing a little too much in the home opener. After all the turmoil in the offseason, Brees, like the leader he is, tried to shoulder the load for this team and came up a little short. It's not time to panic just yet, this team will get back to form next week against Carolina.Collapse Description
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11

1-0 5 1/23
Peyton Manning is back, and back in a big way. He was accurate. He threw with zip. He executed the no-huddle to perfection in the second half. He will need to play that well, or better, next week against the Falcons to keep up with their high-octane oExpand Description
Peyton Manning is back, and back in a big way. He was accurate. He threw with zip. He executed the no-huddle to perfection in the second half. He will need to play that well, or better, next week against the Falcons to keep up with their high-octane offense. But there is no reason to believe that he can't.Collapse Description
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12

1-0 11 1/30
So putting the Eagles at the No. 1 spot was obviously a bold projection, and just because I'm moving them down 11 spots this week, doesn't mean I'm ready to panic just yet. Juan Castillo's defense held Trent Richardson to just 2.1 yards per carry on 19 aExpand Description
So putting the Eagles at the No. 1 spot was obviously a bold projection, and just because I'm moving them down 11 spots this week, doesn't mean I'm ready to panic just yet. Juan Castillo's defense held Trent Richardson to just 2.1 yards per carry on 19 attempts, a huge improvement over last year's squad which struggled against the run. Collapse Description
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13

0-1 2 5/17
Albeit in a loss, the Steelers looked promising, even without their starting running back and starting safety. Ryan Clark's impact on this defense should not be understated, as he is the consistent force in the middle of the field that covers for Troy PoExpand Description
Albeit in a loss, the Steelers looked promising, even without their starting running back and starting safety. Ryan Clark's impact on this defense should not be understated, as he is the consistent force in the middle of the field that covers for Troy Polamalu's free reign all over the field. Collapse Description
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14

0-1 - 3/20
Andy Dalton and A.J. Green look like their chemistry from last year has carried over and Andrew Hawkins looked a step faster than anyone else on the field last night. This team is good, just not ready to hang with the Ravens for an entire four quarters. Expand Description
Andy Dalton and A.J. Green look like their chemistry from last year has carried over and Andrew Hawkins looked a step faster than anyone else on the field last night. This team is good, just not ready to hang with the Ravens for an entire four quarters. Collapse Description
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15

1-0 5 10/28
It didn't get off to a great start, or even a great middle, but Matthew Stafford puts together his seventh career fourth-quarter comeback in the win on Sunday. I don't anticipate Stafford will struggle this badly for the rest of the season, but his abiliExpand Description
It didn't get off to a great start, or even a great middle, but Matthew Stafford puts together his seventh career fourth-quarter comeback in the win on Sunday. I don't anticipate Stafford will struggle this badly for the rest of the season, but his ability to put all of that behind him to complete two scoring drives to lead the comeback was impressive.Collapse Description
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16

0-1 5 11/32
The Chiefs were without Tamba Hali and Brandon Flowers on Sunday, and when you are missing your best pass rusher and best pass defender against one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL, it’s going to be a long day. The Chiefs have an opportunity to Expand Description
The Chiefs were without Tamba Hali and Brandon Flowers on Sunday, and when you are missing your best pass rusher and best pass defender against one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL, it’s going to be a long day. The Chiefs have an opportunity to bounce back next week against the Bills. Collapse Description
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17

1-0 3 4/30
Wow. I don't put too much weight on the preseason, but no one could have anticipated that the Jets would put up more points in one game than they did all four preseason games combined. But the Bills have an awful defense. Let's see how the Jets do againstExpand Description
Wow. I don't put too much weight on the preseason, but no one could have anticipated that the Jets would put up more points in one game than they did all four preseason games combined. But the Bills have an awful defense. Let's see how the Jets do against the Steelers before we jump back on the bandwagon.Collapse Description
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18

1-0 5 8/23
In my 40 years in the NFL, I have never seen a rookie debut performance like RG3 put up on Sunday. Yes, that includes the 422-yard performance of Cam Newton a year ago. RG3 outplayed Drew Brees in his own house and that can't be said enough.
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19

1-0 - 9/29
The Bucs looked decent in Greg Schiano's debut as head coach, but after getting off to an early 10-0 start on Sunday, I would have liked to see them put away the game a little more easily. Josh Freeman completed 16 passes, but for only 138 yards . . . noExpand Description
The Bucs looked decent in Greg Schiano's debut as head coach, but after getting off to an early 10-0 start on Sunday, I would have liked to see them put away the game a little more easily. Josh Freeman completed 16 passes, but for only 138 yards . . . not very explosive.Collapse Description
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20

1-0 3 9/28
Philip Rivers was solid in his 2012 debut, throwing for 231 yards and a touchdown. Most importantly, he didn’t have any turnovers. If he can protect the ball, this team can once again compete for the division title. Getting RB Ryan Mathews back will helExpand Description
Philip Rivers was solid in his 2012 debut, throwing for 231 yards and a touchdown. Most importantly, he didn’t have any turnovers. If he can protect the ball, this team can once again compete for the division title. Getting RB Ryan Mathews back will help.Collapse Description
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21

0-1 - 15/31
Cam Newton threw for 300+ yards, but only had four yards on the ground. And what's worse, his four yards were only one yard shy of the team leader. As a unit, the offense only rushed for 10 yards. I'll say that again . . . the offense only rushed for 1Expand Description
Cam Newton threw for 300+ yards, but only had four yards on the ground. And what's worse, his four yards were only one yard shy of the team leader. As a unit, the offense only rushed for 10 yards. I'll say that again . . . the offense only rushed for 10 yards!Collapse Description
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22

0-1 - 16/30
Jake Locker was completing a career-high 72 percent of his passes before leaving the game with a shoulder injury, but the bigger story was the complete disappearance of RB Chris Johnson. He rushed 11 times for just four yards, less than half a yard per cExpand Description
Jake Locker was completing a career-high 72 percent of his passes before leaving the game with a shoulder injury, but the bigger story was the complete disappearance of RB Chris Johnson. He rushed 11 times for just four yards, less than half a yard per carry. That number needs to be closer to 5.0 than 0.5 if this team wants to remain competitive. Collapse Description
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23

0-1 5 14/30
So this is the best defensive line in football? Zero sacks against the Jets. I don't think so.
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24

0-1 1 2/30
Andrew Luck threw three interceptions in his debut game with the Colts. Sound familiar? In 1998, Peyton Manning threw three interceptions in his debut game with the Colts. He turned out to be pretty good. Stay patient.
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25

1-0 4 8/29
Adrian Peterson made for a great storyline, but beating the Jags in OT at home is nothing to brag about. This team isn't very good and every other team in their division could make a case to win the division.
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26

0-1 1 14/32
The Rams gave the Lions all they could on Sunday, but it still wasn't good enough. Unfortunately for the Rams, that may be the case more often than not the remainder of the season. They simply don't have the talent offensively to compete on a weekly basExpand Description
The Rams gave the Lions all they could on Sunday, but it still wasn't good enough. Unfortunately for the Rams, that may be the case more often than not the remainder of the season. They simply don't have the talent offensively to compete on a weekly basis. Collapse Description
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27

1-0 1 5/29
The Cardinals snuck out of Week 1 with a victory, just as they did against the Panthers last season. But also like last season, they still have question marks all over the field, particularly at the QB position. You start Skelton, he goes down, and KolbExpand Description
The Cardinals snuck out of Week 1 with a victory, just as they did against the Panthers last season. But also like last season, they still have question marks all over the field, particularly at the QB position. You start Skelton, he goes down, and Kolb leads you to a comeback victory. Another year of QB controversy. Collapse Description
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28

0-1 4 5/31
This team lacks an identity and I find it hard to believe that the players have a firm understanding of the direction of this team. Good job by Russell Wilson to give them a chance to win, but it took an extra timeout and two questionable pass interferenExpand Description
This team lacks an identity and I find it hard to believe that the players have a firm understanding of the direction of this team. Good job by Russell Wilson to give them a chance to win, but it took an extra timeout and two questionable pass interference calls to get there. Collapse Description
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29

0-1 1 22/32
New regime, same old Raiders. Penalties and mental errors over and over and over. It is frustrating just to watch.
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30

0-1 1 28/32
At least Blaine Gabbert is making improvements. He actually looked like an NFL QB on Sunday -- stepping into throws, reading defenses and driving balls into tight windows. For the Jags' sake, let's hope Sunday wasn't the exception to the rule.
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31

0-1 1 14/31
Ryan Tannehill threw three interceptions and they came in back-to-back-to-back possessions. Yes, three in a row. And then on the fourth possession, a fumble. Long days ahead in Miami.
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32

0-1 - 20/32
Brandon Weeden looked as bad as RG3 looked good. The defense, led by Joe Haden, looked impressive, but after testing positive for PEDs, Haden will be shelved for four weeks. The better strategy for this D: Rather than force interceptions, force them to Expand Description
Brandon Weeden looked as bad as RG3 looked good. The defense, led by Joe Haden, looked impressive, but after testing positive for PEDs, Haden will be shelved for four weeks. The better strategy for this D: Rather than force interceptions, force them to punt . . . at least then Josh Cribbs has a chance to return it for points. Collapse Description
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NFC STANDINGS

East Division 

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

West Division 

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

North Division 

TEAM W L T
Lions    3 1 0
Packers    2 2 0
Vikings    2 2 0
Bears    2 2 0
 

South Division 

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

AFC STANDINGS

East Division 

TEAM W L T
Bills    2 2 0
Dolphins    2 2 0
Patriots    2 2 0
Jets    1 3 0
 

West Division 

TEAM W L T
Chargers    3 1 0
Broncos    2 1 0
Chiefs    2 2 0
Raiders    0 4 0
 

North Division 

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

South Division 

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