Every week the National Football Post brings you our weekly NFL Power Rankings—a breakdown of how we stack up the league.
Week 2 Rankings (previous rankings in parenthesis)
1. (2) New England Patriots (1-0): Brady, Gronkowski and Hernandez can still produce points, but how about that Patriots' defense in the win over the Titans?
US PRESSWIREGore and the 49ers put it on the Packers up at Lambeau in Sunday's win.
3. (5) San Francisco 49ers (1-0): Make no mistake about it: the Niners physically whipped the Packers at Lambeau.
4. (1) Green Bay Packers (0-1): Should Packers’ fans already have some concerns with their secondary?
6. (7) Atlanta Falcons (1-0): Send a memo out to the league that Matt Ryan and Julio Jones are going to put up big numbers this season.
7. (3) New York Giants (0-1): Jason Pierre-Paul might be the best rush end in the NFL, but where was the rest of the Giants’ D-Line in the second half during the loss to Dallas?
8. (14) Denver Broncos (1-0): Maybe we had the Broncos ranked to low to start the season, but after watching Manning run that offense in Denver it was easy to bump them up.
9. (11) Chicago Bears (1-0): The Bears now have the ability to challenge secondaries in the NFL with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery outside of the numbers.
10. (9) Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1): We aren’t going to bury the Steelers after a tough road loss to Manning and the Broncos with a couple of key defensive veterans on the sidelines.
11. (8) New Orleans Saints (0-1): Are the Saints missing Sean Payton already after the loss to the Redskins?
12. (17) Dallas Cowboys (1-0): Tony Romo quieted plenty of critics (for at least one week) after his production in New York vs., the Giants.
13. (13) Detroit Lions (1-0): The Lions escaped the Rams at home after three Matthew Stafford INTs.
14. (10) Philadelphia Eagles (1-0): Michael Vick can throw four interceptions and still get a win vs. the Browns, but that won’t sell against the rest of the NFC East.
15. (21) New York Jets (1-0): When you score in all three phases of the game (offense, defense, special teams) expect to get a win.
16. (19) San Diego Chargers (1-0): The Chargers are going to sling the ball around no matter who lines up at wide receiver.
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US PRESSWIREGriffin lived up the hype after lighting up the Saints' defense on Sunday.
17. (25) Washington Redskins (1-0): All that hype about RGIII? It’s look legit after Week 1.
18. (11) Cincinnati Bengals (0-1): This might be too far of a drop for the Bengals, but after watching the Ravens run it up last night there is plenty of work to do in Cincy.
19. (15) Kansas City Chiefs: (0-1): We didn’t expect the Chiefs to get beat up like that on the defensive side of the ball.
20. (24) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0): We don’t know what the win over Carolina tells us yet about Schiano’s club, but this is a much more physical Bucs’ team than we saw in 2011.
21. (20) Carolina Panthers (0-1): What happened to the running game?
22. (16) Buffalo Bills (0-1): Is it time to start second-guessing the contract the Bills handed over to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick?
23. (29) St. Louis Rams (0-1): With Finnegan and Jenkins at CB, the Rams could produce plenty of big plays in the secondary this season.
24. (22) Oakland Raiders (0-1): How many check downs did Carson Palmer throw last night in the loss to the Chargers?
25. (30) Minnesota Vikings (1-0): A.P. continues to impress us with his recovery from the knee injury in 2011.
26. (27) Arizona Cardinals (1-0): Maybe now the Cards can get the return on their investment with Kevin Kolb--who takes over for the injured John Skelton.
27. (18) Seattle Seahawks (0-1): This is a far fall for the Seahawks, but we aren’t buying into Russell Wilson just yet.
28. (28) Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1): Blaine Gabbert played his best game as a pro—but that’s a win the Jags needed to get in Minnesota.
29. (23) Tennessee Titans (0-1): You can’t get 4-yards from Chris Johnson and expect to win football games.
30. (26) Indianapolis Colts (0-1): All eyes will be on Luck every time he steps on the field, but that Colts’ defense could struggle all season.
31. (31) Miami Dolphins (0-1): Starting Tannehill is the right call in Miami, but don’t expect a lot of wins this season for Joe Philbin.
32. (32) Cleveland Browns (0-1): If fans are calling for Colt McCoy to start then you are in trouble.
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