Week 2 NFL Power Rankings

Welcome to our NFL Power Rankings for Week 2 of the 2013 regular season. Erica Blackburn (EB) handles the NFC and Aaron Garcia (AG) handles the AFC.

Rank

Trend

Team

Record

Summary

1

San Francisco 49ers

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(1-0)

San Fran looked solid against some good competition, although they got some help from the officials. Nothing we saw Sunday indicates they belong anywhere but atop our rankings.

2

Denver Broncos

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(1-0)

Peyton’s performance leaves no doubt in our minds that the Broncos have the best offense in the NFL. There aren’t a lot of holes on defense either, putting them near the top of our rankings. (AG)

3

+2

New England Patriots

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(1-0)

It’s becoming apparent that Brady doesn’t trust his receivers. If Ridley can’t curtail the fumbling, this team will be tested more often than they should. (AG)

4

Houston Texans

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(1-0)

The Texans showed some heart by coming from behind, but they won’t have much success if they have to play from behind all season. (AG)

5

+1

Seattle Seahawks

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(1-0)

We know that West Coast teams have trouble with the early start times of the East Coast games, but Seattle didn’t exactly look lights out against Carolina. Still, a win is a win and they will need all they can get to keep pace in the NFC West race.

6

+5

New Orleans Saints

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(1-0)

A win over the Falcons was a huge step towards re-establishing their dominance in the NFC South. Having Payton back gives this team a bit of swagger.

7

+8

Dallas Cowboys

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(0-1)

The offense looked better than it has in recent years, and most of what the defense gave up on Sunday was in garbage time. We think that the NFC East will go through Dallas this year.

8

-5

Atlanta Falcons

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(0-1)

The loss hurts them in the standings, as they are now a game back in the NFC South, but losing to New Orleans on the road isn’t exactly cause for concern. The Falcons are still a good team.

9

-2

Green Bay Packers

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(0-1)

The only thing holding the Packers back from establishing a dynasty in this decade is the lack of consistent play from their defense. Looks like 2013 might not be any different.

10

+4

Chicago Bears

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(1-0)

The Bears weren’t expected to seriously contend for the NFC North title. The offense needs to continue to play well, giving this defense time to find its identity with the loss of Urlacher.
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11

-3

Baltimore Ravens

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(0-1)

Losses happen, but it’s tough to open up your Super Bowl defense with the worst week 1 loss by a defending champ in NFL history (AG)

12

Cincinnati Bengals

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(0-1)

This highly touted defense looked anything but, as they let a close one slip away to the Bears. Still with everyone in the AFC North losing, they didn’t exactly lose any ground (AG)

13

+4

Indianapolis Colts

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(1-0)

Indianapolis took care of business, but their offense didn’t exactly blow the roof off of Lucas Oil Stadium. Nice to get a win when your team doesn’t play it’s best, though. (AG)

14

+4

Kansas City Chiefs

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(1-0)

Kansas City answered a lot of the questions we had about their offense when the season started. But can they continue this success against teams other than Jacksonville? (AG)

15

+4

St. Louis Rams

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(1-0)

The somewhat “new-look” Rams should feel good about their win last week. They will get overlooked by most, even within the division, but the Rams could have the start of something good.

16

-7

Washington Redskins

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(0-1)

The first half was forgettable, but once RG3 settled in, he was able to effectively move the ball. Still, the O-line needs to protect their star player a little better if they want to have any chance at a winning season and a return trip to the playoffs.

17

-7

New York Giants

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(0-1)

If you take away the 5 turnovers, the Giants might have actually won their game on Sunday. Still, 5 turnovers isn’t something that just magically disappears – this team has some real issues.

18

+2

Detroit Lions

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(1-0)

Maybe third time’s the charm for Reggie Bush, as he looked electric. We are trying not to get our hopes up, however, because the Lions are always good at finding new ways to disappoint.

19

-6

Pittsburgh Steelers

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(0-1)

The Steelers’ mystique might be all but gone, after looking terrible against the Titans. If Ben can’t carry this team, who can? (AG)

20

-4

Carolina Panthers

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(0-1)

On a positive note, the defense looked great against a highly regarded Seahawks team. On a sour note, the offense looked pathetic. Cam might not be regressing, but he doesn’t appear to be improving either.
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21

+4

Philadelphia Eagles

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(1-0)

Our only concern with the Eagles is stamina. The offense was electric in the first half, but definitely slowed in the second half. Not sure if it was the comfortability of being up by so much or fatigue.

22

+6

Tennessee Titans

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(1-0)

Tennessee surprised many by beating up on the Steelers. Are they ready to finally compete for a Wildcard spot in the AFC? (AG)

23

+1

Miami Dolphins

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(1-0)

The defense looked great, forcing multiple turnovers. The offense needs to figure out how to get Mike Wallace involved if they want to contend for a division title, however. (AG)

24

-3

Arizona Cardinals

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(0-1)

Finally Fitzgerald has a quarterback who can get him the ball. Unfortunately, the defense didn’t look too good. Not sure if this team can put up a record worthy of Fitzy’s talent.

25

-3

Buffalo Bills

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(0-1)

There are some good things to build off of, but the Bills just aren’t quite ready to play with the big boys yet. (AG)

26

San Diego Chargers

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(0-1)

Just when we thought this team might actually be turning things around, costly penalties and an atrocious second half did them in. Good news is that everything that went wrong on Monday night is fixable. (AG)

27

Oakland Raiders

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(0-1)

Terrelle Pryor showed that he was worthy of the starting nod, but there are just a few too many holes on this offense for this team to be anything more than an annoyance to their opponents. (AG)

28

+3

Minnesota Vikings

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(0-1)

There isn’t much to say about AP and the running game, but this team is fairly weak in all other aspects. They aren’t good enough to outscore their NFC North opponents, but don’t seem to be able to stop them either.

29

+1

New York Jets

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(1-0)

It wasn’t pretty, but the Jets got a win. There is still a lot of work to be done, however in preparation for New England. (AG)

30

-7

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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(0-1)

Any time a team has a personal foul penalty to put their opponent in position to win the game, they will find themselves around this spot in our rankings. What a bad way to lose.

31

-2

Cleveland Browns

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(0-1)

Cleveland kept their week 1 matchup competitive, but this team goes the way of Trent Richardson and he didn’t even have 50 rushing yards – you do the math (AG)

32

Jacksonville Jaguars

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(0-1)

We knew the Jags would be bad, but I’m not sure anyone predicted this level of futility (AG)

About Aaron Garcia

Aaron is an avid sports fan who passionately follows the NFL, NBA and MLB, in addition to NCAA Sports. He is an Arizona State University grad who loves the Dodgers and the Patriots.

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