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Matt Fargo

NFL Power Rankings: Week 2

By Matt Fargo - Covers Expert

 

The New York Giants impressed Matt Fargo enough in Week 1 to shoot all the way to the top of the Week 2 NFL Power Rankings. Find out where your favorite team sits in this week's poll.

NFL Power Rankings

Current Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T

(ATS) Power Rating Team Comments

1 15 move up in rankings14 1-0-0

(1-0-0) -6.90 N.Y. Giants

The Giants take over the top spot this week after a big revenge win over Carolina. They dominated the stats and the large margin of victory pushed them to the top.

2 4 move up in rankings2 1-0-0

(1-0-0) -6.60 New England

New England was fortunate to have a healthy Tom Brady and it jumped ahead big early before the Bengals made it more respectable. This was a much needed start.

3 1 move down in rankings2 1-0-0

(1-0-0) -6.40 New Orleans

New Orleans looked like Super Bowl Champions on their opening drive but were pretty average team after that. A tough Monday night test in San Francisco awaits.

4 9 move up in rankings5 1-0-0

(1-0-0) -5.70 Green Bay

Green Bay looked good for a while before Michael Vick brought the Eagles back. The injury to Ryan Grant is huge if it is as serious as many are thinking it is.

5 7 move up in rankings2 1-0-0

(1-0-0) -5.50 Baltimore

The Ravens spoiled the new Jets digs as the defense played exceptional in squeaking out a win. The offense was able to move the ball but the turnovers hurt.

6 12 move up in rankings6 1-0-0

(1-0-0) -5.20 Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh showed it can win without Big Ben as a missed field goal to win the game was forgiven after a 50-yard run ended it in overtime. The bend don't break defense saved the day.

7 14 move up in rankings7 1-0-0

(1-0-0) -5.00 Houston

Houston was able to finally get past the Colts. Arian Foster had a career game and showed that the offense is going to be one of the best in the league.

8 18 move up in rankings10 1-0-0

(1-0-0) -4.90 Tennessee

The Titans' easy win over the Raiders guaranteed a better start to the season that last year. They welcome the Steelers in a revenge game from the opener last season.

9 16 move up in rankings7 1-0-0

(1-0-0) -4.00 Miami

Miami did nothing special on offense against a bad Bills defense but the 166 total yards allowed was the fewest given up by any team in opening week.

10 24 move up in rankings14 1-0-0

(1-0-0) -2.80 Jacksonville

Jacksonville won its opener for the first time in four years after a rather average performance against Denver. It now heads to face an angry San Diego team Sunday.

11 31 move up in rankings20 1-0-0

(1-0-0) -2.80 Seattle

The Seahawks pulled off one of the bigger upsets of the day and did so rather easily. It will take a lot more of that for them to climb up further however.

12 21 move up in rankings9 1-0-0

(1-0-0) -2.20 Washington

Washington was the most fortunate team to win this weekend thanks to a fumble at the end of the first half and then a penalty that negated the game winning touchdown.

13 3 move down in rankings10 0-1-0

(0-1-0) -1.20 Indianapolis

The Colts lost a tough one despite outgaining Houston by 108 total yards. It was the second opening game loss in three years but there is no reason to panic yet.

14 23 move up in rankings9 1-0-0

(0-1-0) -1.00 Chicago

Yes the Bears won. Yes the Bears outgained Detroit by 295 total yards. However, the Bears could have lost this game as a controversial instant replay call went their way.

15 27 move up in rankings12 1-0-0

(1-0-0) -0.70 Kansas City

The Chiefs won their opener for the first time since 2005 even though it was ugly. Kansas City failed to generate 200 yards of offense and it will be a long year if that continues.

16 20 move up in rankings4 1-0-0

(1-0-0) -0.60 Arizona

Arizona spoiled the debut of Sam Bradford as the defense came through when needed. The Cardinals offense was adequate in the first game without Kurt Warner.

17 5 move down in rankings12 0-1-0

(0-1-0) 0.30 Minnesota

It is a good thing the Vikings have a strong defense because it looks as though Brett Favre and the offense have a lot of things to work out after a listless performance.

18 6 move down in rankings12 0-1-0

(0-1-0) 0.80 N.Y. Jets

A lot of Super Bowl future tickets are in jeopardy after the Jets showed the struggles with the offense in the preseason were real. The defense was aggressive but porous.

19 25 move up in rankings6 1-0-0

(1-0-0) 0.90 Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay won its first game in Week 1 in six years making it three wins in its last four games going back to last season. A big deficit did not deter the young Bucs.

20 10 move down in rankings10 0-1-0

(0-1-0) 1.10 Philadelphia

There is now a quarterback controversy in Philadelphia and the season is only a week old. Michael Vick brought energy to the offense and the defense wasn't horrible.

21 11 move down in rankings10 0-1-0

(0-1-0) 1.50 Atlanta

Atlanta played good on offense against Pittsburgh but it could not convert when needed. The defense was atrocious with 354 total yards allowed against a banged up offense.

22 2 move down in rankings20 0-1-0

(0-1-0) 1.50 Dallas

Dallas is going to struggle until it can get the offensive line in order. The offense moved the ball with 380 total yards but managed to score only seven points.

23 8 move down in rankings15 0-1-0

(0-1-0) 1.60 San Diego

San Diego had the second-best yardage margin (+192 total yards) in Week 1 but came away empty. Could it be another slow start in San Diego? Go figure.

24 17 move down in rankings7 0-1-0

(0-1-0) 2.30 Cincinnati

Cincinnati actually outgained the Patriots but most of that came after it trailed 31-3 and after New England let up on the gas. It does catch Baltimore on a short week.

25 13 move down in rankings12 0-1-0

(0-1-0) 3.50 Carolina

Carolina kept it close for a while but the defense gave way while the offense had trouble moving the ball against the improved Giants defense. Five turnovers did not help.

26 22 move down in rankings4 0-1-0

(0-1-0) 3.50 Denver

The Broncos won't be duplicating their surprising 6-0 start from a season ago. They have dropped nine of 11 going back to last season but get the next two games at home.

27 26 move down in rankings1 0-1-0

(0-1-0) 5.00 Cleveland

Cleveland was able to move the ball at will in the beginning of the game but stalled late as turnovers were costly. The Browns are 1-11 in the opening week since returning to Cleveland.

28 28 no change in rankings 0-1-0

(0-1-0) 5.80 Buffalo

Buffalo looked horrible on offense as Trent Edwards could do nothing in the passing game and the supposed stout running game gained only 50 yards. The defense did play surprisingly well.

29 19 move down in rankings10 0-1-0

(0-1-0) 8.00 San Francisco

San Francisco was the popular pick to win the NFC West but it put up a dud in Seattle. The defense played better than the 31 points allowed but the offense was erratic.

30 29 move down in rankings1 0-1-0

(0-1-0) 8.10 Oakland

The Raiders did not look like the improved team that many thought was coming. Both sides of the ball were pretty bad but getting St. Louis at home this week could turn things around.

31 30 move down in rankings1 0-1-0

(1-0-0) 8.50 Detroit

Detroit may have only lost by five points but it was completely outplayed as it was outgained by 295 yards. The injury to Matthew Stafford is hoped to not be serious.

32 32 no change in rankings 0-1-0

(0-1-0) 8.50 St. Louis

St. Louis had plenty of chances to pull out a win against Arizona but bad team find ways to lose and the Rams fit that category. They are a horrid 1-26 in their last 27 games.

 

Power Ratings compute offensive and defensive statistics into one number for each team, while accounting for factors like recent performances and strength of schedule. Power Ratings can be used as a baseline for relative spread index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative spread does not account for non-statistical factors like home-field advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, publicity, and weather.

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I don't understand how we're not inside the top 10 let alone top 15.

 

Yet the Cowboys are.

 

I'm glad these rankings don't really mean anything.

 

I think all of these are one man's opinion......even at New England Sports Network

 

having said that we were the most powerful team against a strong opponent last week so for now and I emphasize for now, we are #1 by any rational judgment

 

going into week one the Vegas sports books put us at a solid 7 point favorite against a good team.....no one else was awarded that respect by the betting machine

 

we are the best team after week one......lets enjoy that and see where the chips fall in week #2

 

I have Houston as #3 and had them there last week..........so a crunching of the aging Colts will not mean Nirvahana but will solidify our grip

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I think all of these are one man's opinion......even at New England Sports Network

 

having said that we were the most powerful team against a strong opponent last week so for now and I emphasize for now, we are #1 by any rational judgment

 

going into week one the Vegas sports books put us at a solid 7 point favorite against a good team.....no one else was awarded that respect by the betting machine

 

we are the best team after week one......lets enjoy that and see where the chips fall in week #2

 

I have Houston as #3 and had them there last week..........so a crunching of the aging Colts will not mean Nirvahana but will solidify our grip

 

the dog doesn't see any justification for the giants being number 1 in any rankings at this point (again, nor should they be in the lower half of any rankings). carolina is an average team at best. and by your own rationale, wouldn't the texans get the nod ahead of the giants, having beaten a stronger team more soundly in week 1? and now the dog has gone against logic by debating power rankings at all...

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Exactly why the dog thinks power rankings are silly and to be ignored...the giants clearly are not a team that should be in the lower half of any rankings, but there is no way anyone can justify putting them at number one...

 

Its one of those quantitative "power rankings" systems...it was a computer that put them at #1.

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I cannot see knocking New Orleans out of the top spot after they win... I think they are the top team until someone beats them.

 

How can you have the Texans bellow the Colts who they just beat?

 

How do the Cowboys loose to a much lower rank team, looking like shit in their game and only drop 4 spots?

 

How do the JETS get ranked so high? The game was on ESPN, so they had to watch it... right?

 

 

 

 

SI has their heads up their ass too

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not ESPN....

 

ESPN

 

 

Fucking Crypt Keeper didn't even watch the game....if not for the receivers playing volleyball with the Panther's secondary, Eli would have had a 3-0 TD-INT outing.

 

Against Carolina, Eli Manning got off to sloppy start with three picks. Still, his offense scored 31 points. (Clayton)

 

I don't think we should be #1 or #16.... I'd put us near the top 10.....anywhere from #9 to #12 would be more appropriate.

 

You've got to give the SB champs the nod until something knocks them down a peg.

 

If the Giants beat the Colts, in Indy, they deserve a spot inside the top 5.

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I cannot see knocking New Orleans out of the top spot after they win... I think they are the top team until someone beats them.

 

How can you have the Texans bellow the Colts who they just beat?

 

How do the Cowboys loose to a much lower rank team, looking like shit in their game and only drop 4 spots?

 

How do the JETS get ranked so high? The game was on ESPN, so they had to watch it... right?

 

 

 

 

SI has their heads up their ass too

 

i think 11 is a good spot. there are teams in front of us that don't belong ( like Dallas if they don't get their Oline worked out) there's also teams behind that i would've put ahead. I thought Titans were impressive.

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New York Jets (0-1)

I'm being completely serious when I say the Jets would be in better shape in the extreme short term with UFL quarterback Jeff Garcia starting for them right now. Mark Sanchez might be the future, but at present he's overmatched and losing confidence by the second. I still can't get over New York totaling a measly six first downs against the Ravens. The last time the Jets were that anemic, Lou Holtz had just resigned as their head coach -- in December 1976.

 

This, of course, warrants being placed 3 spots above Eli & Co.

 

:rolleyes:

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Exactly why the dog thinks power rankings are silly and to be ignored...the giants clearly are not a team that should be in the lower half of any rankings, but there is no way anyone can justify putting them at number one...

I'm in agreement with the dog again. Before we're put into the top 5 we need to come out of the gates better in the first half and play a few good teams, I'm not getting too high like last year, after 1 half of play vs an average team. Although it was a dominant half and that D looked amazing, especially considering it's the first game with a new dc and after last years mess.

 

Between 5-10 is fair.

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I think we have a real lot to be excited about. Especially in the passing game and and pass rush. You take away those volleyball INTs that really weren't Eli's fault, and he played flawless at QB....the pass rush looked outstanding and defense held two of the better RBs in the league to minimal yardage. Held a team to under 20 points. We forced a ton of turnovers.

 

Special teams and the running game HAVE to be elements to be focused on this week...

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If you look at the Experts Picks rankings on NFL.com, 2-3 asswipes have placed the Giants at 16, 19 etc. Bengals, Bears above the Giants. Personally - its still to rank teams after 1 game. Secondly, its even sillier to get riled over rankings. Those ranking sheets should be left on the roll in the restroom instead of being brought out and published online.

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Houston did not suprise me

 

I already had them in my top 5

 

KC suprised me........rarely do you see a young team play with that much skill and enthusiasim on a monday night game

 

you want to doubt the Giants go right ahead.....understandable but I do not agree

 

I was shocked how much Dallas has regressed

Wade Phillips will not survive two or three more of those performances

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