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NFL Power Rankings (Week 2)
ESPN ^ | 9-12-06

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? ...

To see the rankings, go here:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/powerranking?season=2006&week=2

(Excerpt) Read more at sports.espn.go.com ...


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1 posted on 09/12/2006 2:21:38 PM PDT by Cyclopean Squid
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To: mainepatsfan; scott says; MikefromOhio

NFL ping


2 posted on 09/12/2006 2:22:10 PM PDT by Cyclopean Squid (Clockwatcher Extraordinaire)
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore); akorahil; albee; A message; andyland; Argh; b4its2late; BADROTOFINGER; ...

NFL PING

FReepmail scott says to be added to, or to be taken off the NFL Ping list...
This is a fairly high volume ping list

3 posted on 09/12/2006 2:22:35 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: Cyclopean Squid

The scary thing is this is how the NCAA picks it's champion.


4 posted on 09/12/2006 2:23:47 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: Cyclopean Squid

Decent chance the Raiders and Packers will each finish 0 -16.


5 posted on 09/12/2006 2:25:03 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Cyclopean Squid

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...!


6 posted on 09/12/2006 2:25:57 PM PDT by MNlurker
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To: Mr. Mojo

At least the Pack can say they are playing a bunch of young guys...


7 posted on 09/12/2006 2:26:46 PM PDT by MNlurker
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To: Cyclopean Squid

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).


8 posted on 09/12/2006 2:26:46 PM PDT by pipecorp ( muhammed .....................8(_o_)8 .................p b & j mercy is wasted on the merciless.)
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To: mainepatsfan

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.


9 posted on 09/12/2006 2:27:02 PM PDT by Cyclopean Squid (Clockwatcher Extraordinaire)
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To: MNlurker

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.


10 posted on 09/12/2006 2:28:06 PM PDT by Cyclopean Squid (Clockwatcher Extraordinaire)
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To: pipecorp

I think it has more to do with the fact that they're the champs.


11 posted on 09/12/2006 2:29:06 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: Cyclopean Squid

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.


12 posted on 09/12/2006 2:29:12 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Cyclopean Squid

Seattle is WAY to high. That performance should have put them out of the top ten.


13 posted on 09/12/2006 2:29:55 PM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (If you believe ANYTHING in the Treason Media you are a fool.)
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To: MNlurker
I think the Raiders have won a grand total of 7 or 8 games since their SB appearance 3 years ago. ...But even that team wasn't exactly a classic Raiders squad. It all started to go downhill for them in the mid-80s when Jim Plunkett and Lyle Alzado retired, Marcus Allen began fighting with Al Davis over his contract, and Marc Wilson QB'd.

But now it's reached rock bottom.

14 posted on 09/12/2006 2:32:18 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Cyclopean Squid
Oh no...ESPN has my lowly Rams sitting at 18.

Fortunately, I put about as much stock in ESPN's opinions as I do polls.

15 posted on 09/12/2006 2:32:33 PM PDT by demsux
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To: Cyclopean Squid

I fear my grandkids grankids will be asking them why they don't have a playoff.


16 posted on 09/12/2006 2:32:35 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: Dysart

Part of this is typical week one overreaction.


17 posted on 09/12/2006 2:33:04 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: justshutupandtakeit

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.


18 posted on 09/12/2006 2:34:53 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: demsux

We all know how accurate the "experts" are each season. /s


19 posted on 09/12/2006 2:35:21 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: Cyclopean Squid

Total overreaction on all counts. Teams that lost are still good (Carolina), teams that won are still bad (Jets.)


20 posted on 09/12/2006 2:35:34 PM PDT by Terpfen (And in the second year, Nick Saban said "Let there be a franchise quarterback...")
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To: Mr. Mojo

Yeah it's kind of unfair to rank Philly ahead of them when they had a layup win over the Texans.


21 posted on 09/12/2006 2:36:12 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

The Iggles will be brought down to earth next week.


22 posted on 09/12/2006 2:37:17 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: demsux

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.


23 posted on 09/12/2006 2:38:48 PM PDT by CougarGA7 (This tag line will be commercial free for the remainder of this thread.)
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To: Mr. Mojo
I was half-watching the Raiders-Chargers game last night, but I heard Brad Nessler almost apologize for the quality of the match-up. He optimistically mused that the Steeler-Jaguars game would be more competitive. I think it will be a great early season game.


I'm grateful that I'm not a Raiders fan. That whole scene looks very bleak from an outside perspective.
24 posted on 09/12/2006 2:39:32 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Terpfen

They damn near gave that game away.


25 posted on 09/12/2006 2:39:34 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

Hey, the Texans are a legitimate 8-8 team this year! They are not a gimme for any...never mind, who am I kidding.


26 posted on 09/12/2006 2:39:39 PM PDT by Cyclopean Squid (Clockwatcher Extraordinaire)
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To: mainepatsfan

The Panthers game? I didn't watch, figured it was a blowout victory for them. How wrong I was.


27 posted on 09/12/2006 2:40:25 PM PDT by Terpfen (And in the second year, Nick Saban said "Let there be a franchise quarterback...")
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To: Mr. Mojo

The Giants will certainly be motivated.


28 posted on 09/12/2006 2:40:30 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: CougarGA7

What the heck was up with your red zone offense?


29 posted on 09/12/2006 2:40:59 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan
Part of this is typical week one overreaction

You could be on to something there...

30 posted on 09/12/2006 2:41:41 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: CougarGA7
It was strange to see the Rams stop the run, BLITZ and come up on the positive side of the turnovers...HASTLETT deserves a TON of credit.

I think the offense will come around...Bulger is good and has some great recievers.

31 posted on 09/12/2006 2:42:10 PM PDT by demsux
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To: Cyclopean Squid

Patriots at #10? Fine. Underestimate them as usual. We'll see you at the Superbowl.


32 posted on 09/12/2006 2:42:26 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Cyclopean Squid

The Chargers and Bears are too low. Pittsburg, Colts, and Seatle are too high. At least based on week 1 performance.


33 posted on 09/12/2006 2:42:31 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: Cyclopean Squid

Well at least Mario Williams had a good....couldn't type it without laughing.


34 posted on 09/12/2006 2:42:47 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: Mr. Mojo

Bears play them Nov. 12 in NY so we will see.


35 posted on 09/12/2006 2:42:59 PM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (If you believe ANYTHING in the Treason Media you are a fool.)
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To: Cyclopean Squid

I guess the Patriots must suck. I'll have to stop watching.


36 posted on 09/12/2006 2:43:22 PM PDT by Poser (Willing to fight for oil)
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To: Terpfen

No the J-E-T-S.


37 posted on 09/12/2006 2:43:32 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

Yes we are......Git R Done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


38 posted on 09/12/2006 2:43:57 PM PDT by GregB (This family supports The U. S Marines!!!!!!)
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To: Dysart

Half the league is making Super Bowl reservations and the other half is preparing for next year's draft.


39 posted on 09/12/2006 2:44:14 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

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.


40 posted on 09/12/2006 2:45:07 PM PDT by CougarGA7 (This tag line will be commercial free for the remainder of this thread.)
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To: trisham

Seems to be the pattern. I remember in 2003 they didn't crack the top spot until the end of the regular season.


41 posted on 09/12/2006 2:45:12 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

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.


42 posted on 09/12/2006 2:45:37 PM PDT by Cyclopean Squid (Clockwatcher Extraordinaire)
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To: Dysart
I'm grateful that I'm not a Raiders fan. That whole scene looks very bleak from an outside perspective.

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.

43 posted on 09/12/2006 2:45:46 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: demsux

I agree, but if I would be very concerned if I was part of that coaching staff.


44 posted on 09/12/2006 2:46:08 PM PDT by CougarGA7 (This tag line will be commercial free for the remainder of this thread.)
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To: MNlurker
Granted it hurts me greatly to see the Pack 32nd,...

It hurts me too, but I can't say they don't deserve it.

Good to see the Falcons up to #7, they're my NFC team to watch this year.
45 posted on 09/12/2006 2:47:38 PM PDT by Tiny
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To: Mr. Mojo; mainepatsfan

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.


46 posted on 09/12/2006 2:47:39 PM PDT by Tallguy (The problem with this war is the name... You don't wage war against a tactic.)
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To: Poser
ESPN also considers them evil for not paying Branch. They said the same thing about Milloy. Hopefully the Pats season ends the same way it did that year.
47 posted on 09/12/2006 2:47:48 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

Yes. Bruschi hasn't played yet, either. I am concerned about the loss of Branch, however.


48 posted on 09/12/2006 2:48:18 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: mainepatsfan

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.


49 posted on 09/12/2006 2:50:03 PM PDT by Terpfen (And in the second year, Nick Saban said "Let there be a franchise quarterback...")
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To: CougarGA7

Is the problem near the goal line more the running or the passing game?


50 posted on 09/12/2006 2:50:11 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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