ClanRam 2011 NFL Power Rankings: Week 1
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
The Pittsburgh Steelers were the victims of a beatdown at the hands of the division rival Baltimore Ravens, causing them to slip down the ClanRam Power Rankings.
Also in line for a drop are the NFC South powerhouse Atlanta Falcons, the Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts, and yes Virginia, the St. Louis Rams.
Some surprise showings in Week One include the Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, and Washington Redskins, all of whom ranked rather low in the preseason standings but came up with impressive wins on Sunday.
So how do the new standings shape up? Letís find out!
WEEK ONE POWER RANKINGS
1. Green Bay Packers (Last Week: 1)
The defending Super Bowl champions didnít have much trouble with the Saints, as they never trailed in their opening contest.
2. New England Patriots (Last Week: 5)
Tom Brady is picking up right where he left off, as his 517 yards and four scores represented an MVP-like performance on a big stage.
3. Baltimore Ravens (Last Week: 7)
Lee Evans and Torrey Smith were targeted five times and didnít produce anything, but Ray Rice is a stud and the defense looked sharp.
4. New Orleans Saints (Last Week: 3)
Itís hard to drop the Saints too far after putting up 34 points in a loss to the Packers, though the short-term loss of Marques Colston could be problematic.
5. Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week: 6)
The ďDream TeamĒ didnít look invincible but they certainly proved they can be dangerous, as Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy amassed a combined 219 rushing yards.
6. New York Jets (Last Week: 8)
My biggest complaint about the Jets is that I keep putting fantasy faith in Shonn Greene and he keeps letting me down. Otherwise, their Sunday night comeback was impressive.
7. Chicago Bears (Last Week: 11)
I likely underestimated the Bears by listing them outside the Top Ten last week, considering they lost a close NFC Championship game in 2010. They started the season off right.
8. Houston Texans (Last Week: 10)
An incredible showing by Houston against a Colts team that was without their franchise player. Still, you have to be impressed by what Houston showed you last weekend.
9. Atlanta Falcons (Last Week: 4)
The Falcons disappointed on the road in Chicago, but have the talent to rebound. Matt Ryan in particular needs to turn it up a notch.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers (Last Week: 2)
This is a big but well deserved drop for Pittsburgh, who turned the ball over seven times in a key divisional game. Donít plan on winning many games when your quarterback turns the ball over five times.
11. San Diego Chargers (Last Week: 13)
The Chargers shouldnít have had this much trouble with Minnesota, but they kept Adrian Peterson under 100 yards and kept McNabb from passing for more than 40.
12. Detroit Lions (Last Week: 18)
A big jump for Detroit, but a number of teams in front of them lost, freeing up the spot. Matthew Stafford, if he can stay healthy, could really produce for the Lions this year. 300 yards and 3 TDs is a heck of a way to start.
13. Dallas Cowboys (Last Week: 9)
The Cowboys didnít get blown out against the Jets, but blowing a 24-10 fourth quarter lead isnít a way to move up the charts. For as good as Tony Romo looked through three quarters, his fourth quarter was one to forget.
14. Arizona Cardinals (Last Week: 19)
Arizona should be concerned that they allowed Cam Newton to have an amazing day, but in the end, they contained the run, produced well, and most importantly, won the game.
15. St. Louis Rams (Last Week: 14)
The Rams played a closer game against the NFC East favorites than the final score may indicate, but the injuries they sustained in the process might make it difficult holding on to this spot.
16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last Week: 15)
Tampa is moving in the right direction. They have a quarterback and have skill position players around him. The devotion to their defensive line could pay dividends.
17. Indianapolis Colts (Last Week: 12)
There wasnít a whole lot of positive to take out of the Coltsí loss to Houston last weekend. If they canít right the ship, theyíll be slipping even further down the list.
18. Buffalo Bills (Last Week: 26)
A big jump for Buffalo, who may have been slightly underrated in my preseason rankings but more likely just surprised the heck out of people with their 41-7 mauling of the Chiefs. Can they keep it up?
19. Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week: 29)
Another big jump as the Week One results help the list take shape. The Jaguars didnít decimate the Titans, but thereís plenty to be proud about when you hold Chris Johnson to 2.7 yards per carry.
20. Oakland Raiders (Last Week: 25)
Darren McFadden looks like heís finally living up to his billing, and the defense stepped up to largely contain a pass-heavy Denver approach.
21. New York Giants (Last Week: 16)
Look, I get it; the Giants lost to the Redskins but are still ranked higher. Iím just not quite convinced the Giants are as bad as they looked against Washington.
22. Kansas City Chiefs (Last Week: 17)
It would have been easy to drop the Chiefs more after their dismal showing against Buffalo, but Iím going to give the defending AFC West champions the benefit of the doubt.
23. Minnesota Vikings (Last Week: 23)
Thatís right; the Vikings lost but remained at the 23 spot. Why? Well, they almost pulled out a win over the Chargers, and they nearly did it with minimal production at quarterback.
24. Tennessee Titans (Last Week: 21)
Letís not kid ourselves; the Titans lost their game by two points so it wasnít a blowout. But they were virtually out of it until they showed a small amount of life in the late second half.
25. Washington Redskins (Last Week: 28)
The Redskins move up for winning their game, but with Rex Grossman as their quarterback, arenít they bound to fall back to Earth sooner rather than later?
26. San Francisco ***** (Last Week: 30)
The San Francisco/Seattle game was close into the fourth quarter until Ted Ginn decided to turn on the special teams talent, returning both a kick and punt for touchdowns.
27. Denver Broncos (Last Week: 20)
Kyle Ortonís play against Oakland was so sporadic that the Broncos fans were supposedly chanting for Tebow at one point during the game. Ouch.
28. Miami Dolphins (Last Week: 24)
Allowing Brady to throw for 500+ and losing a key division game in Week One is not how you want to start the season if youíre Miami. On the plus side, Chad Henne showed some life.
29. Cincinnati Bengals (Last Week: 32)
Congratulations to A.J. Green on a 41-yard touchdown reception in his pro debut. Cedric Benson also had a fine day, rushing for 121 yards and a touchdown.
30. Cleveland Browns (Last Week: 22)
Under new head coach Pat Shurmur, the Browns looked disorganized, unprepared, and worst of all, lost to the Bengals. Theyíre lucky to not be at the very bottom.
31. Carolina Panthers (Last Week: 31)
Cam Newton put up some record-setting numbers as a rookie, though the team ultimately lost. Still, itís hard to drop them down a spot after that performance.
32. Seattle Seahawks (Last Week: 27)
What can you say about Seattle? Tarvaris Jackson looked as rough as youíd expect, throwing an interception and fumbling the ball three times, losing two of them.