Power rankings: 49ers grind their way to the top

PFW staff
September 18, 2012
Power rankings: 49ers grind their way to the top

 1. San Francisco 49ers: We know about “D” but now seeing how effective offense can be.

 2. Houston Texans: Let’s see how they fare against first real test at Denver in Week Three.

 3. Green Bay Packers: Dom Capers’ “D” looked like Pack’s 2010 unit.

 4. New England Patriots: Lost possibly Brady’s most valuable weapon in Hernandez.

 5. Baltimore Ravens: High-octane offense Week One; it looked lost late in Week Two.

 6. Atlanta Falcons: Tip your hat to Mike Nolan's defense — Falcons had a great read on Broncos.

 7. Philadelphia Eagles: First NFL team ever to win each of its first two games by one point.

 8. New York Giants: Eli Manning continues to establish himself as a top fourth-quarter QB.

 9. Denver Broncos: Early errors left Manning and Co. with too much ground to make up at Atlanta.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers: Vintage Steelers win: suffocating “D,” big plays by Big Ben.

11. San Diego Chargers: No Gates, no Mathews, no problem. Depth showed in win.

12. Chicago Bears: Made everyone forget all the hoopla about the offense pretty quickly.

13. Dallas Cowboys: Seattle continues to haunt Cowboys, as offense stalls in loss.

14. Arizona Cardinals: Great performance by the “D.” Who pegged Cardinals to start 2-0?

15. Detroit Lions: Defense clearly needs Chris Houston, Louis Delmas to get healthy. 

16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Saw glimpses of potential of Freeman-VJax connection.

17. New York Jets: So much for that Week One offensive explosion.

18. Washington Redskins: Josh Morgan with the bonehead move of the week.

19. Carolina Panthers: Hey, there’s that running game we saw all last season.

20. Cincinnati Bengals: Four players with at least 56 receiving yards — three scored.

21. Seattle Seahawks: Only five incompletions from Russell Wilson in his first NFL win.

22. Buffalo Bills: Who said C.J. Spiller can’t run between the tackles? Electric performance.

23. New Orleans Saints: 0-2 start won’t keep people from talking about bounty impact.

24. St. Louis Rams: Think Bradford has a favorite target? Amendola with 15 catches.

25. Miami Dolphins: How do you help a rookie quarterback? Rush for 263 yards.

26. Indianapolis Colts: No surprise: Luck composed, poised on game-winning FG drive.

27. Kansas City Chiefs: K.C. has to be in panic mode after getting routed by the Bills.

28. Minnesota Vikings: Adrian Peterson’s long run of the day vs. Indy? Six yards.

29. Tennessee Titans: Run game continues to be a disaster; defense not helping, either.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars: Gabbert, Henne combine for a whopping 52 passing yards.

31. Oakland Raiders: Manhandled by Dolphins, of all teams, for third year in a row.

32. Cleveland Browns: T-Rich put to rest any worries with 145 total yards, two TDs.