2011 NFL Power Rankings: Week One

Rank (LW) Team Comment 2011 Record
1 (1) Packers The Packers won a shoot-out against the New Orleans Saints, as they look poised to make another run at the Super Bowl.  1-0
2 (2)  Patriots It’s no surprise that the Patriots demolished the Miami Dolphins, but Tom Brady’s 517 yards? Probably shouldn’t come as a surprise either.  1-0
3 (4)  Eagles The Eagles looked every bit as solid as they are supposed to be.  1-0
4 (8)  Ravens The Ravens consider themselves Super Bowl contenders, and there’s no reason to doubt that after their beatdown of the Steelers.  1-0
5 (6)  Jets The Jets have a big Tony Romo mistake to thank for their victory, but a win is a win, right?  1-0
6 (3)  Steelers If any team can come back from such a disappointing opener, it’s the Steelers.  0-1
7 (5)  Falcons The Falcons fell flat in Chicago, and have a tough test at home against the Eagles next week.  0-1
8 (7)  Saints The Saints defense was gutted against the Packers, but I wouldn’t expect that to be a trend this season.  0-1
9 (10)  Chargers The Chargers finally avoided a very early disappointment – maybe this truly is their year.  1-0
10 (14)  Texans Taking Peyton Manning out of the equation, the Texans still put up 34 points, looking ready to finally make a run at the playoffs.  1-0
11 (18)  Lions Beating the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay was the next step towards prominence for the Lions.  1-0
12 (21)  Bears The Bears took care of business at home against the vaunted Atlanta Falcons, and Jay Cutler looked good in the process.  1-0
13 (11)  Buccaneers The Buccaneers are still a good, young team on the rise. 0-1
14 (17)  Cardinals The Cardinals got into a shootout with the lowly Panthers and gave up 422 yards passing to Cam Newton, but Arizona could still take the division.  1-0
15 (15) Cowboys Despite their late collapse, the Cowboys looked good against the vaunted Jets. I still believe this is a team capable of making the playoffs.  0-1
16 (19)  Raiders The Raiders are a playoff contender if Darren McFadden can manage to stay healthy.  1-0
17 (12)  Giants There are a lot of questions surrounding the Giants (especially after losing to Washington) and if they miss the playoffs once again, it might be time to make some big changes.  0-1
18 (9)  Colts The Colts can’t be this bad without Peyton Manning, can they?  0-1
19 (16)  Rams WR Danny Amendola is possibly out for the season, RB Steven Jackson is likely out next week, but at least QB Sam Bradford plans to start. They’re being tested early.  0-1
20 (20)  Jaguars Not a bad start for the Jaguars in the now wide-open AFC South.  1-0
21 (25)  49ers The 49ers have Ted Ginn, Jr. to thank for their first victory of the season.  1-0
22 (28)  Redskins An impressive win at home for the revamped Redskins. Does Rex Grossman finally make the most of his opportunity as a starter?  1-0
23 (22)  Dolphins Was the blowout at the hands of the Patriots a surprise to anyone? On the bright side, Chad Henne was able to throw for 416 yards in the wake of Tom Brady’s peformance.  0-1
24 (24)  Titans Don’t believe for a second that Chris Johnson will only rush for 24 yards again this season.  0-1
25 (13)  Chiefs The Chiefs didn’t do much right in getting blown out by the Bills on Sunday, and could be experiencing the year-after letdown that overachieving teams face.  0-1
26 (32)  Bengals Maybe the Bengals aren’t as hapless as everyone thought? Granted, the Browns weren’t doing themselves any favors in the Bengals 27-17 win.  1-0
27 (30)  Bills The Bills put the hurting on the Chiefs to the tune of 41 points. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a very capable quarterback and people are finally starting to see it.  1-0
28 (31)  Panthers The Panthers lost, but Cam Newton threw for a rookie record 422 yards. He won’t keep that up, but that performance provides some optimism for the team’s fans.  0-1
29 (29)  Broncos Do Broncos fans really think that Tim Tebow gives their team a better chance to win right now?  0-1
30 (23)  Vikings Donovan McNabb went 7 of 15 for 39 yards. That tells you just about everything you need to know about where this team is heading.  0-1
31 (27)  Browns Penalties, a poor showing by the offensive line, and questionable play-calling made it an unimpressive debut for head coach Pat Shurmur.  0-1
32 (26) Seahawks The Seahawks will have a tough season, despite playing in the soft NFC West. If they can’t win in their own division, their outlook isn’t good.  0-1

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