NFL Power Rankings: Week 2

One team jumps from the 20's and into the top 10 after an impressive Week 1.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

Dominant performances by the Jets, Cowboys, and Redskins have them on the way up, while the Bills, Giants, and Seahawks are on their way down this week's rankings following disappointing performances. The Cowboys make the biggest jump, going from #22 to #10 after a win over the Giants.
1. New England Patriots – A convincing win over the Titans behind a balanced offense and dominant defense keeps the Patriots at the top of this list.

2. Baltimore Ravens – Baltimore looked like they could be the best in the league after a dominant performance against Cincinnati.

3. San Francisco 49ers – A great day on both sides of the ball for the 49ers.  Next week's game against the Lions should be just as entertaining.

4. Green Bay Packers – Packers fall a few spots, but no team was going to beat the 49ers after the way they played Sunday.

5. Denver Broncos – Peyton Manning looked great against the vaunted Steelers D.  If he can keep up this pace, the Broncos passing attack should be great.

6. Atlanta Falcons – Matt Ryan was better than expected against an improved Chiefs D.

7. Chicago Bears – Atlanta was explosive last year, so if second year receiver Julio Jones makes any step forward, the Falcons should be great again this year.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers – Missing Ryan Clark in Denver really hurt the secondary, having him back should be a boost for the defense.  The offensive line is one injury away from disaster.

9. Detroit Lions – The Lions needed a comeback victory against an underrated Rams team thanks in part to three interceptions by Matthew Stafford.  Hopefully that was an anomaly, but he'll be facing a tough 49er defense this week.

10. Dallas Cowboys – The Cowboys make a huge jump up the list.  The secondary looked great against the Giants passing attack and Romo took advantage of wide open receivers against a depleted Giants secondary.   

11. New Orleans Saints – Brees needs to not turn the ball over if the Saints expect to win games.  Even two interceptions were enough to derail the season opener.

12. Houston Texans – A decent showing in week one, even though it was against a bad defense in Miami.  Week two should also be an easy day for the offense against Jacksonville.

13. Cincinnati Bengals – The Bengals were not ready for the new no-huddle offense in Baltimore.  The offense looked pretty balanced before being forced to play catch-up

14. New York Jets – I don't know what got into this offense between the pre-season and week one, but whatever it was might have to do with an over hyped Bills defense.

15. New York Giants – Victor Cruz needs to hold on the the ball better (3 drops) and the secondary needs help BAD!

16. Philadelphia Eagles – No movement up or down the board after a lackluster win against the Browns.  Vick is still a boom-or-bust player and proved that after throwing four interceptions.

17. Kansas City Chiefs – Their offense looks like they're back on track, as long as they don't turn the ball over.

18. Tennessee Titans – Locker looked OK against the Patriots defense, but the running game needs to step it up.

19. San Diego Chargers – The Chargers running game desperately needs Ryan Matthews back.  Superior effort on special teams is a promising sight for a team that has struggled there the past few years.

20. Washington Redskins – RG3 had a better than expected debut against an average Saints defense.  Will Alfred Morris become the latest beneficiary of the Shanahan running game?  Or fall victim to the Shanahanigans and be benched by week 3.

21. Indianapolis Colts – The Colts put up some points against a solid Bears defense, but their new look 3-4 defense couldn't stop Cutler and Forte.

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The Bucs showed a balanced offense against Carolina, but need to be more potent to keep winning.

23. St. Louis Rams – The Rams made week one tough for Detroit.  It will be interesting to see if the defense can improve against a surprising Redskins offense.

24. Buffalo Bills – CJ Spiller had a monster day, but the Bills will be without Fred Jackson for about a month.  The defense collapsed badly against a below average Jets offense.

25. Minnesota Vikings – An overtime victory against another bad team isn't enough to make a big move up the list.

26. Arizona Cardinals – I don't know what got into Kevin Kolb in his limited time on Sunday, but don't count on it continuing against the Patriots next week.

27. Jacksonville Jaguars – Gabbert put up some promising numbers in the loss, time will tell if he can do it against a GOOD defense.

28. Carolina Panthers – The running game was abysmal (10 total yards) and the passing game wasn't much better as newton threw for over 300 yards, but also had two interceptions.   

29. Seattle Seahawks – A poor game against a poor team drops Seattle way down this list.

30. Oakland Raiders – Mistakes killed this team last season and 2012 isn't looking much better.

31. Cleveland Browns – It's hard to capitalize on getting four interceptions when your offense also has four turnovers and can't get into the endzone.

32. Miami Dolphins – No offense and a sub-par defense, it's going to be a long season in Miami.  

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