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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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To: Cyclopean Squid

It's going to be fun when the Saints and Texans next meet.


51 posted on 09/12/2006 2:51:16 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: demsux
I think the Rams will not get much support as long as the offense can't find the end zone.

Turnovers are great, but field goals just won't cut it for long.

But in spite of the "ugly" win last week, I think next week will be the breakout game for Stephen jackson.

52 posted on 09/12/2006 2:51:48 PM PDT by TravisBickle (Are you talkin' to me?)
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To: Tallguy

I know it's early but this could be a big win for Philly. If they win they'd be two up in the division on the Giants and the loser of the 'Skins-'Boys game.


53 posted on 09/12/2006 2:53:48 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: trisham

In Bill we Trust.


54 posted on 09/12/2006 2:54:32 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: Tallguy
If Philly wins it'll give 'em a helluva lot of confidence and momentum.

Agreed -- game of the week.

....although 'Skins v. 'Boys and Jags v. Steelers are good games as well.

55 posted on 09/12/2006 2:54:56 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Terpfen

Well it's not like Mangini can exactly surprise Belichick either.


56 posted on 09/12/2006 2:55:48 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

At this point I would say neither. I would say it's play calling. There was no effort to pound the ball in the red zone, and passing plays were being called when the D was in a nickle package.


57 posted on 09/12/2006 2:55:59 PM PDT by CougarGA7 (This tag line will be commercial free for the remainder of this thread.)
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To: CougarGA7

Hmm. I'd pound away with Jackson down there.


58 posted on 09/12/2006 2:56:44 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

You bet. I heard they're selling copies of his grey sweatshirt now.


59 posted on 09/12/2006 2:57:23 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: trisham

I like the Obi-wan-Kanobi look.


60 posted on 09/12/2006 2:58:09 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

Indeed, but that's to be expected. I just like the idea of the Jets knowing exactly what's coming and being unable to do anything about it.

I do think Dolphins/Bills will be a better game to watch, though. We've got a new offensive lineman already.


61 posted on 09/12/2006 2:59:29 PM PDT by Terpfen (And in the second year, Nick Saban said "Let there be a franchise quarterback...")
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To: mainepatsfan

So would I. I would remind him to run downhill, dont try to get it all at once, and then just pound it. Make that defense tighten up and the you can check down to the fade to Holt.


62 posted on 09/12/2006 2:59:45 PM PDT by CougarGA7 (This tag line will be commercial free for the remainder of this thread.)
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To: mainepatsfan

Found it:

http://cachemediasrv.patriots.com/ImgDyn.cfm?s=CoachesHood.jpg


63 posted on 09/12/2006 3:01:21 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: Terpfen

I got free tickets to the Astros/Phillies game on Sunday, and I'll probably go because I'm running out of chances to watch baseball in houston (doesn't look good for a postseason this year). I will miss the early football games and will be wondering what's going on in the Battle of Ohio, though. The Bengals should win but you never know. Plus I'm hoping to see the offense look sharper, and if the D is as capable as last week.


64 posted on 09/12/2006 3:02:08 PM PDT by Cyclopean Squid (Clockwatcher Extraordinaire)
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To: Terpfen

They can get after the QB...they just have a hard time stopping those darn RB's.


65 posted on 09/12/2006 3:02:31 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

Here's the link:

http://proshopcache.patriots.com/index.cfm?fa=browse.detail&stid=0&sdid=110&pid=3565&return=pn%3D2%26fa%3Dbrowse%2Elist%26sdid%3D110%26title%3DClothing&title=Clothing


66 posted on 09/12/2006 3:03:12 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: CougarGA7

Especially if the defense is in a nickle.


67 posted on 09/12/2006 3:03:12 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: Mr. Mojo
Yeah, I agree about old Al, he doesn't look well at all. I was actually embarrassed for that team last night. Now if the Redskins looked like that I wouldn't emote this way at all. :)
68 posted on 09/12/2006 3:04:45 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Cyclopean Squid

Divisional games are always tricky.


69 posted on 09/12/2006 3:06:03 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

And that usually spells defeat in the NFL.


70 posted on 09/12/2006 3:06:05 PM PDT by Terpfen (And in the second year, Nick Saban said "Let there be a franchise quarterback...")
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To: Terpfen

Especially in January.


71 posted on 09/12/2006 3:06:56 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: Cyclopean Squid

Baseball? Well, to each his own... I wouldn't mind seeing some Marlins games, as soon as they move the stadium up to Hialeah.


72 posted on 09/12/2006 3:06:56 PM PDT by Terpfen (And in the second year, Nick Saban said "Let there be a franchise quarterback...")
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To: mainepatsfan

Indeed, but it's a little too early to think about January right now. I just want to see some teams establish themselves.


73 posted on 09/12/2006 3:07:50 PM PDT by Terpfen (And in the second year, Nick Saban said "Let there be a franchise quarterback...")
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To: mainepatsfan

Guess I'll have to see what happens next week. I hope I wont be pacing in front of the TV again. My wife hates that.


74 posted on 09/12/2006 3:10:35 PM PDT by CougarGA7 (This tag line will be commercial free for the remainder of this thread.)
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To: Terpfen

It is. The Patriots had 0-2 starts in two of their Super Bowl seasons.


75 posted on 09/12/2006 3:11:11 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: Terpfen

When I think of sports I think of baseball first. Football is a strong runner-up. There's something about being present at a great baseball game that is magnificent. I got to go to the Stros/Braves 18 inning game last year, as well as WS Game 4 when the White Sox won it all. Great games, one ending in triumph and the other in defeat. It's almost poetic.


76 posted on 09/12/2006 3:12:16 PM PDT by Cyclopean Squid (Clockwatcher Extraordinaire)
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To: CougarGA7

I do that and I find myself yelling advice to the players. That really bothers the other folks in the room.


77 posted on 09/12/2006 3:12:32 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

Good I'm not alone in doing that then. My wife will look at me and say, "They cant hear you. Honest."


78 posted on 09/12/2006 3:14:51 PM PDT by CougarGA7 (This tag line will be commercial free for the remainder of this thread.)
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To: CougarGA7

I'm ten times worse when I'm at the stadium because I think somehow Brady can hear my voice over all the other fans.


79 posted on 09/12/2006 3:17:16 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: Cyclopean Squid

Here we go Steelers!


80 posted on 09/12/2006 3:22:15 PM PDT by xpertskir (Media, the plural of mediocrity)
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To: Dysart
Steelers-Jaguars is ALWAYS one of the most physical and hardest fought games of the season. No matter what their record the Jaguars always mess with my Steelers Mojo and give them a good fight. Anyways, it will be a treat to watch especially given the sloppiness of the rest of the games as of late.
81 posted on 09/12/2006 3:24:32 PM PDT by xpertskir (Media, the plural of mediocrity)
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To: trisham
Patriots and underestimate have NEVER joined in the same sentence. The Patriots are consistently the most over rated and every commentator and their mother has a permanent hard on for all thing Belichik.
82 posted on 09/12/2006 3:27:27 PM PDT by xpertskir (Media, the plural of mediocrity)
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To: Dysart

Loved watching the 'Skins lose their home opener with the likes of Tom Cruise, Al Hunt, and Judy Woodruff sitting in the owner's box with Snyder.


83 posted on 09/12/2006 3:35:57 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr. Mojo
... likes of Tom Cruise, Al Hunt, and Judy Woodruff sitting in the owner's box with Snyder.

Truly nauseating circus that was. I had a big smile on my face after that FG missed its mark. You know, If Snyder keeps perpetuating this type of side-show, Jerry Jones won't look quite so bad after all to his detractors. LOL

84 posted on 09/12/2006 3:42:38 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Dysart
Hasn't Jones mellowed a bit as of late? ....as far as running around on the sidelines during games is concerned, at least?

How long before "T.O." and "The Tuna" start butting heads?

85 posted on 09/12/2006 3:47:21 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: xpertskir
Steelers-Jaguars is ALWAYS one of the most physical and hardest fought games of the season

Watch out for the Jags defensive line. Those boys are some baddd dudes. I think, in hindsight, the Cowboys would have been better served to mix in some screen plays to take advg of their pursuit and work in shorter curl routes due to a severely limited passing window. You have my permission to pass this tip on to Cower. Seriously though, I think the Steelers will handle them.

86 posted on 09/12/2006 3:53:47 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Mr. Mojo
Jones has adapted to Parcells presence(ego), and taken on a lower profile. This is good. Most people yet despise the guy locally and otherwise-- I'm not among them.

I don't believe Tuna and Parcells will have serious problems because Parcells knows how to deal with difficult players. Owens' talent gives him extra latitude. He was demonstrably the best player on the field for them Sunday. If he goes nuts, he'll be dumped, and this will only happen if they become serial losers.
87 posted on 09/12/2006 4:04:49 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Dysart

The only player that I really think Parcells is pissed off at right now is Vanderjagt.


88 posted on 09/12/2006 4:05:48 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

He sure is. The guy concerns me as well, but they have to get him in there Sunday and see what happens.


89 posted on 09/12/2006 4:08:40 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Cyclopean Squid

The two times I've been to a baseball game, they were more passive affairs. You weren't really involved in the game, and it just kind of played out. Of course, I was a kid, and they were both Marlins games.

I really want to attend a Dolphins game sometime.


90 posted on 09/12/2006 4:19:16 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 Broncos looked awful on Sunday at St. Louis but at least they have a shot at sweeping the Raiders again this year.


91 posted on 09/12/2006 4:56:28 PM PDT by rockthecasbah (Don't wait for 6 strong men to take you to church.)
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To: mainepatsfan

Talk about lighting a fire under a team's a**. I'm looking for the Pats to go 2-0, and Ronnie Brown to run all over Buffalo. Hey, that rhymes, kind of.


92 posted on 09/12/2006 5:47:12 PM PDT by Terpfen (And in the second year, Nick Saban said "Let there be a franchise quarterback...")
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To: Terpfen

I went to a few Marlins games in 2004. The stadium never had many fans, except when Dontrelle Willis was pitching.


93 posted on 09/12/2006 5:49:10 PM PDT by darkangel82 (Higher visibility leads to greater zottability.)
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To: darkangel82

Personally, I think it's because baseball fans aren't likely to go all the way to Dolphin Stadium. The Marlins really need their own place, and hopefully the Hialeah stadium proposal goes through. If nothing else, it's a much shorter drive from my house. Should be more accessible to people in Palm Beach County too.


94 posted on 09/12/2006 6:01:16 PM PDT by Terpfen (And in the second year, Nick Saban said "Let there be a franchise quarterback...")
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To: xpertskir

Yeah that's why they were favored to win the SB each year they did it. /s


95 posted on 09/12/2006 6:01:53 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: Terpfen

Just make Losman beat you and you'll be fine.


96 posted on 09/12/2006 6:02:58 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

I still can't believe the Bills think Losman is the answer at QB. Good thing they won't have a shot at Brady Quinn--the Raiders will be selecting him next year.


97 posted on 09/12/2006 6:47:54 PM PDT by Terpfen (And in the second year, Nick Saban said "Let there be a franchise quarterback...")
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To: Terpfen

I wouldn't count the Packers out of that race.


98 posted on 09/13/2006 4:13:01 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

Well, as I was told a bunch of times when I said the Packers would draft Cutler this year, they already used a first-rounder on Rodgers. Even if the Packers get the #1 draft pick, they won't get Quinn. Supposedly.


99 posted on 09/13/2006 6:13:26 AM PDT by Terpfen (And in the second year, Nick Saban said "Let there be a franchise quarterback...")
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To: Terpfen

Well that an how do we know that Favre won't play yet another season?


100 posted on 09/13/2006 6:16:47 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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