COMMENTARY | The 2013-14 Premier League season is off and running. Arsenal's lackluster summer managed to get worse, the two Manchester clubs sent messages to the rest of the league, and the "Special One" made a triumphant return.
Football is back, and it's truly glorious.
2013-14 Week 1 Premier League power rankings
20. Cardiff City (0 points, 17th in league table): Maybe Tottenham knew what it was doing in selling Steven Caulker. He had a day to forget.
19. Newcastle United (0 points, 20th in league table): Dead in the water two minutes into their match against City, Newcastle could have lost by 10 on Monday night. They'll have better days, sure, but they were dreadful when facing maybe the best team in the league.
18. Crystal Palace (0 points, 14th in league table): Palace will have a real home advantage throughout the campaign, but don't kid yourselves. They were lucky to not lose to Spurs by three goals, and they have real depth concerns.
17. West Bromwich Albion (0 points, 12th in league table): You know how some in world football have voiced concerns about West Brom struggling to score without Romelu Lukaku? Maybe they weren't far off.
16. Swansea City (0 points, 19th in league table): Double duty will likely prove to be tough for Swans, but nobody should overreact to them getting blown out of the water by the defending champs. Guess we shouldn't be burying United yet.
15. Sunderland (0 points, 13th in league table): It has to be asked: Who in the Sunderland squad refused to give up ketchup? That has to be the reason they struggled on Saturday.
14. Stoke City (0 points, 15th in league table): You'd really think Stoke would stop letting Jonathan Walters take penalties by now. Some people never learn.
13. Hull City (0 points, 18th in league table): Hull started out slowly, but they impressed in not laying down when away to a favorite to win the league. Don't be shocked if they give several good sides a run this season.
12. Arsenal (0 points, 16th in league table): No team is in crisis in the middle of August, but it's not a stretch to suggest that the squad that lost to Villa is not up to the standards of the club. The Gunners are no lock to qualify for Champions League.
11. Norwich City (1 point, 11th in league table): I don't think the Ricky van Wolfswinkel header is getting enough love. That equalizer was right up there with the top goals of the weekend.
10. Everton (1 point, 10th in league table): Regardless of Monday's events, all indications are that Fellaini and Baines will be leaving the club before September. Everton completing this business sooner than later seems wise.
9. Southampton (3 points, 9th in league table): Rickie Lambert for Footballer of the Year. All kidding aside, he's having one helluva week.
8. West Ham United (3 points, 4th in league table): Big Sam's boys took care of business against a side that will be fighting for their Premier League lives. That's what good teams do. 50 points certainly isn't out of the question for West Ham.
7. Fulham (3 points, 8th in league table): Some have suggested that Fulham was outplayed at Sunderland. Whether that is true or not is irrelevant, as the Cottagers will gladly take the three points.
6. Liverpool (3 points, 6th in league table): Simon Mignolet wins my Goalkeeper of the Week Award. His heroics late in the first Premier League match of the season saved Liverpool.
5. Aston Villa (3 points, 3rd in league table): Arsenal fans can complain about questionable decisions made by the referee all they want. Villa were undeniably the better side, thus making for a massive result.
4. Tottenham Hotspur (3 points, 7th in league table): New-look Spurs are going to be just fine with or without Gareth Bale. With that said, another clinical finisher wouldn't kill them.
3. Chelsea (3 points, 5th in league table): Chelsea was professional, but not completely dominant, in defeating Hull. A very real love affair between Jose Mourinho and the press is just in its opening stages.
2. Manchester City (3 points, 1st in league table): The Manuel Pellegrini era couldn't have gotten off to a much better start. City looked like real title contenders in steam-rolling over Newcastle.
1. Manchester United (3 points, 2nd in league table): A new manager. The Wayne Rooney transfer saga. The defending champions didn't at all look rattled, and they remain kings of all Premier League power rankings until they're knocked off the throne.
Zac has been covering the USMNT, Holland, Tottenham Hotspur, New York Red Bulls, Major League Soccer and other soccer leagues for Yahoo! Sports since 2010.
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