32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2)
Two away losses, so it’s about time to head home to those fans seated in hot tubs, right?! Too bad they play the Colts hungry for a win. Jags go 0-3, book it. Oh, and don’t expect Blake Bortles (ya know, the third pick overall in the 2014 NFL Draft) to step in anytime soon…
31. Oakland Raiders (0-2)
Charles Woodson put it best, “We suck…I’m really embarrassed. “ This team has a case to be the 32nd ranked team, which they might be in a week, but their defensive pass rank (2nd in the league) has them ahead of the Jags for now.
30. New York Giants (0-2)
Talks of benching Eli. 3 TD’s and 4 INT’s, and this was all supposed to be with the new ramped up offense everyone was excited for? Woof!
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-2)
No other words really need to be said about this team. It would really help to have Doug Martin back in the fold.
28. Kansas City Chiefs (0-2)
Even without Jamal Charles last Sunday the Chiefs were down by 4 with seven minutes to go against Peyton and the Broncos. Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades though. Andy and Alex are slowly getting closer to the hot seat.
27. St. Louis Rams (1-1)
Good defense that was supposed to be great, and the loss of Sam Bradford. If there was any time for a backup to come in like Kurt Warner did for Trent Green it would be right now for this team. Unfortunately, I don’t see that in Shaun Hill.
26. Minnesota Vikings (1-1)
Big win against the Rams followed by a massive loss at home. With fans cheering “Teddy” during last game a QB controversy is right around the corner, not to mention the growing AP allegations. NFC North is going to be an uphill battle the whole season.
25. Tennessee Titans (1-1)
The #1 ranked pass defense and tight end Delaine Walker are the few bright spots of this team, but a porous run D will wear any team down.They play Cincy next week who is favored by 7, popular upset pick, but I like the Bengals to roll in Nashville.
24. Washington Redskins (1-1)
RGIII out. Kirk Cousins In. This team could climb the rankings with it’s defense and if Captain Kirk looks like he did filling in for Bob Griffin this past week. PS- that ankle miiiiight be a little swollen…
23. Baltimore Ravens (1-1)
Joe Flacco has relied heavily on his tight ends and veteran receiver Steve Smith. Would be nice to see his former favorite targets Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones have more of a role.
22. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1)
The Steelers D needs to force more third down situations for their opponents. Against the Ravens on Thursday they only forced twelve the entire game, allowing big gains on first and second due to poor tackling and bad run D. Big Ben can only do so much when he’s on the field.
21. Cleveland Browns (1-1)
The Browns’ two games were decided by a total of 5 points. They could easily be 0-2..or 2-0 depending on who you root for. Big win against the Saints who were a popular Super Bowl Pick, and Hoyer looks to be gelling well with WRs Hawkins and Austin in the absense of Josh Gordon. Imagine what they could do with a healthy Jordan Cameron at TE?
20. New York Jets (1-1)
The Jets really gave the Pack a run for their money in Lambeau. If it weren’t for the faithful timeout maybe they could’ve pulled off the upset. Geno showed improvement. Interesting matchup coming up on Monday at home against the Bears. We’ll see who’s for real with both teams.
19. Dallas Cowboys (1-1)
A lot of people are down on this team because of Romo’s week one performance. This team is making the playoffs. The NFC East is winnable. DeMarco looks great and the defense has used the bend don’t break mentality. Don’t sleep on dem Cowboys!
18. Detroit Lions (1-1)
Is there any team more confusing/frustrating than the Lions? Best receiver in the game, good QB, and solid dual back system. Yet they only put up 7 points last week. Huh? Doesn’t help they’re in the toughest division in the NFL.
17. Atlanta Falcons (1-1)
If their defense (32nd against pass/26th against the run) could stop a nosebled this team could be top 10. Matt Ryan with healthy wide recievers looks great, and Devin Hester has shown flashes of old Devin Hester.
16. Houston Texans (2-0)
The Texans have come out of the gates with two wins against two very mediocre teams. It was nice to watch JJ Watt score on a 1 yard pass, but for Bill O’Brien and the Texans, I don’t see the good times rolling in Houston.
15. Indianapolis Colts (0-2)
The Colts are in one the weakest divisions in the NFL. After playing Denver and Philly the first two weeks I see them rattling off a few wins in a row here, and putting the 0-2 start well in the rear view mirror. Also, Andrew Luck might be from the Civil War era.
14. New Orleans Saints (0-2)
The Saint’s are the best 0-2 team out there. They’ve lost their first two games by a total of 5 points, one of them in OT. This week is the first home game of the season and they drew the Vikings. I don’t see Drew Brees and Sean Payton going 0-3 to start the season, do you? Rob Ryan, might want to figure out the defense though before Payton cuts him loose…
13. San Diego Chargers (1-1)
The Chargers stunned the Seahawks this past Sunday when Antonio Gates had a three touchdown outburst against the “Legion of Boom.” Phillip Rivers looked good. Pass the bolo ties around!
12. Miami Dolphins (1-1)
Big win against New England to start the season, followed by a blowout loss to the Bills. I’m not ready to sell on the Fins just yet though. Eliminate the turnovers and this team could compete for the AFC East.
11. Buffalo Bills (2-0)
If you had the Bills as the leaders in the AFC East after week two then I really hope you put money down in Vegas, because you’re about the only one outside of Buffalo to do so. CJ and Fred are still working cohesively in the backfield, Sammy looks great, and if EJ Manuel can continue to progress this team could be real fun to watch.
10. New England Patriots (1-1)
“The Pats never lose two in a row” is a headline you probably heard every talking head say before and after week two’s beatdown of the Vikings in Minnesota. But Tom Brady’s pedestrian 149 yard passing game isn’t exactly something to write home about. Tommy is showing some age.
9. Arizona Cardinals (2-0)
Carson Palmer’s shoulder is a big issue, which lead to him being pulled an hour before last weeks kickoff. Drew Stanton filled in admirably and got the win, but for this team to make a significant push Carson is the guy. I’m wary this might be the peak of the Cards power rank.
8. San Francisco 49ers (1-1)
The Niners fate lies squarely on the shoulders of fourth year QB Colin Kaepernick, and if last week was any indication, he needs to improve significantly. Too much time in the pocket, not finding open receivers. Very un-Kaepernick like.
7. Chicago Bears (1-1)
Most people probably predicted the Bears to start 1-1, but not the way they did it- losing to Buffalo and beating the 49ers in San Fran. They scored three TD’s in the fourth on the road which was remarkable, but the loss of Peanut Tillman is significant for a Bears D in need of veteran leadership. Brandon Marshall is still kinda good though…
6. Green Bay Packers (1-1)
A loss to the former champs on the road and a close victory against the Jets at home would put some Packers fans on edge, but Jordy has looked great and Rogers is Rogers. Until I see a significant loss they’re gonna be top 10.
5. Carolina Panthers (2-0)
Good teams beat the teams they’re supposed to, great teams beat teams they’re not. So far the Panthers have been good. Cam needs to stay healthy though.
4. Seattle Seahawks (1-1)
A lot of pundits were ready to crown the defending champs after their dominant week one victory at home. That is until they went to San Diego this past week and got River’d. They’re almost unbeatable at home, which will surely be put the test when they host the Broncos for a Super Bowl rematch this week. Sherman also has a lot of critics to answer to after being called out by the Chargers receiving core.
3. Philadelphia Eagles (2-0)
One of these weeks the Eagles will win a game without going down by two scores and giving their fans a heart attack in the process. But Shady McCoy and Nick Foles keep it rolling, so they come in at #3. Enjoy the ranking Chip!
2. Cincinnati Bengals (2-0)
The Bengals are the sexy Super Bowl pick after week two. Solid wins against good AFC teams and one without star receiver AJ Green. By the way, if you missed that Sanu pass you should probably check it out…
Right in the breadbasket.
1. Denver Broncos (2-0)
Peyton Manning is looking like good ole Peyton Manning. The offense is clicking (minus that one little scream-fest Peyton had on Julius). The defense could use some help in the secondary though. Currently 30th against the pass. Sunday @ Seattle will undoubtably be the game of the week.