This week's power rankings should be called "Confirming my Suspicions" because that is what most teams did this week. Any weaknesses that were a concern for some of the "up and coming" teams seemed to run onto the field like a naked streaker. That's what I love most about football: you can't BS it, it makes you prove who you are under the blinding spotlight of competition (something our society as a whole could use more of.) Next to each team will be their movement from last week or NC for no change. Recording the podcast tonight. Enjoy!
(Platinum level) -Chicks dig shiny things
1. Green Bay Packers (NC): Aaron Rodgers looks ridiculously good
2. New England Patriots (NC): 650+ yds of offense against a pretty decent Miami D
(Gold Standard) - At almost 2 grand an ounce, not too bad
3. Baltimore Ravens (+6): Served big notice that they are real contenders this year
4. New Orleans Saints (+1): Came darn close to beating the Champs at home. Need to address the fat guys on defense
5. Houston Texans (+5): Just destroyed the hapless Colts and look mean on defense
(Silver Medal) -Flawed, but not terrible
6. San Diego Chargers (-3): Problems on Special Teams are still there, including losing their kicker.
7. Philadelphia Eagles (NC): A chocolate eclair team, looks really good, but soft and gushy in the middle.
8. New York Jets (-2): Winning with heart and luck can only carry you so far, like the AFC championship game twice
9. Pittsburgh Steelers (-5): Big Ben just isn't right unless he has sexual assault charges or a motorcycle wreck in the off-season
10. Atlanta Falcons (-2): My "unspectacular" grade turned into a "boring" grade on offense. Concern
(Bronze Star) - Honorable performance, just too bad you have to get shot at to get it
11. Chicago Bears (+6): Seemingly ever year they get under sold and over deliver. Not quite a believer yet, though
12. Detroit Lions (-1) As I said last week, the winner of Det/TB will be the bottom wildcard team. I still think that
(Copper Wiring) - Functional, just don't touch the high voltage kind
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-1): Young team, still a year away
14. Arizona Cardinals (-1): Shreded by a rookie QB, but they'll win the division by default
15. St Louis Rams (-1): Same as last week, brutal schedule will keep them from reaching their potential
16. Dallas Cowboys (+8): Huge leap forward, even bigger if Romo wasn't Donovan McNabb part 2
17. Washington Redskins (+8): The Skins will do as they always do, Win early, fade late to 8-8 or so
(Aluminum Foil) - Use once, then recycle
18. New York Giants (-3): Injuries are gonna cost Coughlin his job
19. Oakland Raiders (-1): Great running game and front 7, if this were the 1930's, they'd be great.
20. Miami Dolphins (-1): Just a wee bit short in every aspect of the game
21. Buffalo Bills (+6): Just destroyed the Chiefs, but you can only jump up so far when you start at 27
22. Minnesota Vikings (NC): They are what we thought they were
(Wooden Nickel) - Surprising at first, disappointing later
23. Cincinnati Bengals (+8): Finally turning all that prison time into toughness on the field
24. Jacksonville Jaguars (+8): Coming from dead last in my poll is quite an accomplishment
25. San Francisco 49ers (+3): A misleading score thanks to Ted Ginn Jr, still dreadful on offense
26. Carolina Panthers (+4): Cam looks pretty special, unfortunatly the defense doesn't
(Pig Iron) - May not be a total pig, but played like it last week
27. Cleveland Browns (-4): D-line looked terrible, and mental mistakes were worse
28. Indianapolis Colts (-12): The theme for their season "Suck for Luck"
29. Tennessee Titans (-9): Bad in every facet, best play was a shuffle pass that broke free. Ugly
30. Kansas City Chiefs (-9): Their disinterest in the preseason turned into disinterest in week 1.
31. Denver Broncos (-2): When your home crowd starts chanting "TE-BOW" in week 1, you've got big problems
32. Seattle Seahawks (-6): I'll say it again, sometimes I think Pete Carroll just sucks on purpose