Skip to comments.NFL Power Rankings (Week 2)
Posted on 09/12/2006 2:21:37 PM PDT by Cyclopean Squid
Not surprising after one week, but this week's rankings were all over the map, starting at the top. The Steelers moved back to No. 1, while the Seahawks slipped two spots to No. 3. Four teams got first-place votes -- Steelers (2), Colts (2), Seahawks (1) and Ravens (1) -- and 16 teams received votes in the top 10. Five new teams (Jaguars, Ravens, Falcons, Bears and Chargers) entered the top five, with the Ravens jumping from No. 18 all the way to No. 6.
The Panthers fell 10 spots from No. 2 to No. 12. An overreaction? Maybe, but these ranking are always volatile at the beginning of the season while things shake out.
At the bottom, well if any of you watched the Raiders or Packers over the weekend, then you know who's at the bottom. The only question was which team would be all the way at the bottom. But really, could you go wrong with either one? ...
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The scary thing is this is how the NCAA picks it's champion.
Decent chance the Raiders and Packers will each finish 0 -16.
The only way I can figure that the Radiers are not last is that ESPN doesn't want to have to remember that stinker last night. They didn't even have 100 yards total offense!
Granted it hurts me greatly to see the Pack 32nd, but come on...!
At least the Pack can say they are playing a bunch of young guys...
sorry, but the fact that pittsburgh beat the dolphins(my team) hardly merits a #1. dante suckpepper is no better than he was last season(before injury).
True true. And the coaches apparently don't even really vote (if that Tressel story was true, or if as is likely it was cover for him being caught in a lie), and then there is the heavy bias towards certain programs.
I find it amusing that Favre is the one saying they are a young team. It's true by and large, but have someone other than the team grandpa make the comment.
I think it has more to do with the fact that they're the champs.
Seattle at no. 3? Don't think so. On another note, the Ravens really were not on my radar before last week but they were very impressive. The AFC has so many elite teams right now. The NFC has quire a bit of catching up to do.
Seattle is WAY to high. That performance should have put them out of the top ten.
But now it's reached rock bottom.
Fortunately, I put about as much stock in ESPN's opinions as I do polls.
I fear my grandkids grankids will be asking them why they don't have a playoff.
Part of this is typical week one overreaction.
And the NYGiants are ranked too low. They slaughtered the Colts on the ground, and Eli kept pace with his bro in the air. Offensive line penalties killed them. ...they were a bit out of synch.
We all know how accurate the "experts" are each season. /s
Total overreaction on all counts. Teams that lost are still good (Carolina), teams that won are still bad (Jets.)
Yeah it's kind of unfair to rank Philly ahead of them when they had a layup win over the Texans.
The Iggles will be brought down to earth next week.
The Rams went from 22 to 18. I can live with that for now until our offense decides to score a touchdown.
That defense looked darn good though. That was very encouraging. If that offense gets on track then look out.
They damn near gave that game away.
Hey, the Texans are a legitimate 8-8 team this year! They are not a gimme for any...never mind, who am I kidding.
The Panthers game? I didn't watch, figured it was a blowout victory for them. How wrong I was.
The Giants will certainly be motivated.
What the heck was up with your red zone offense?
You could be on to something there...
I think the offense will come around...Bulger is good and has some great recievers.
Patriots at #10? Fine. Underestimate them as usual. We'll see you at the Superbowl.
The Chargers and Bears are too low. Pittsburg, Colts, and Seatle are too high. At least based on week 1 performance.
Well at least Mario Williams had a good....couldn't type it without laughing.
Bears play them Nov. 12 in NY so we will see.
I guess the Patriots must suck. I'll have to stop watching.
No the J-E-T-S.
Yes we are......Git R Done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Half the league is making Super Bowl reservations and the other half is preparing for next year's draft.
It was pathetic. Except for a dry spell in the 3rd quarter, they could move the ball down the field until they got into the red zone. And not getting any points when you get a turnover on the 2 yard line is inexcusable.
The Rams starting offense has not scored a touchdown since LAST YEAR! This needs to be fixed if they even hope to improve over last year's record of 6-10.
Seems to be the pattern. I remember in 2003 they didn't crack the top spot until the end of the regular season.
Reggie Bush had a bigger defenseive impact than Mario Williams. At least with Bush the D could sit on the sidelines and catch their breath.
Looks even bleaker from the inside. (I've been a Raider fan since the early 70s -- Raiders in the AFC, Giants in the NFC). Did you see some of the fans in the stands last night? Quite an angry bunch, and all of it directed at the home boys. Poor Al Davis -- the guy looks like he's knocking on death's door, and his team is an utter embarrassment.
I agree, but if I would be very concerned if I was part of that coaching staff.
Giants @ Philly will be a game to watch. I give the Giants the edge, but the Giants will have to earn it.
I'm an Eagles fan, but I expect the Giants to rebound after a tough loss. I also think that the Eagles have a few things to sort out (as you said last week's win over Texas was not a real test). Bottom Line: Giants win 21-17.
Yes. Bruschi hasn't played yet, either. I am concerned about the loss of Branch, however.
SUCK-SUCK-SUCK! Sorry, instinctive response.
Same situation applies--I didn't watch the Jets game. Come on, Jets versus Titans, like heck I'm watching that without any financial incentive. Depending on the status of the Dolphins/Bills game, I might tune in to the Patriots/Jets game though. It'll be interesting to see how the team responds to losing Branch for good, and what won't work on Mangini.
Is the problem near the goal line more the running or the passing game?