MY POWER RANKINGS AFTER WEEK 2. (TOP 10)
1.) DENVER BRONCOS: Over the first 2 weeks of the season Denver’s offense is as advertised. Putting up a total of 90 points. Their offense is on a different level that most teams defense it seems. Welker, Julius Thomas, Eric Decker, and huge target TE, Deymaryius Thomas.. all serve as a great complement to future Hall of Famer Payton Manning. If they could get just their running game going with Knowshon Moreno this team is almost a lock to represent the AFC in the SuperBowl in New Jersey this year. Also keep in mind their D still is without their 2 biggest starts, Von Miller and Champ Bailey.
2.) SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: Seattle’s D is hands down the best in the league. Their secondary is so stingy against the pass and unless you’re the 1980 Washington Redskins O-Line its almost impossible to get a running game going against Seattle. Yes I understand that they are 24th in the league currently in OPP rushing yards, but wait until we get into mid November and see where that stat is. Russel Wilson is no doubt the anchor of this team, that and CB Richard Sherman, Wilson makes great decisions and wont ever put his team in a bad spot. They have a stable running game with Lynch, still kinda sputtering in the passing game.
3.) KANSAS CITY CHEIFS: Who seen this coming? 2-0 and its not a fluke. One of the best at stopping the run, the Chiefs have an all around defense this year. They have a strong running game as we all know in Jamaal Charles, and what most people over look a great QB/Head coach relationship with Andy Reid and Alex Smith. Dewayne Bowe is obviously the go-to target for Alex Smith, but looking around Bowe, they got some weapons. Jamaal Charles, Dexter McCluster, Donnie Avery Just to name a few, they have depth on this offense and it could be huge down the stretch. Brandon Flowers and Sean Smith are doing their job in the secondary, and the Chiefs front 9 lead by Justin Houston, Akeem Jordan and Derrick Johnson are all stepping up and making plays, those three guys are HUGE for this Chiefs D.
4.)NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: I put this team at 4 because week 1 they beat the Falcons, who EVERYONE thought would just run away with things, not looking like it just yet, they also beat the Buccaneers on the road, I know everyone will say “its the Buccaneers!!!” Folks its also a division game on the road.. we all know how much the Saints are a different team, Home and Away. I like how the Saints D has been there for the first 2 weeks, will they keep it up? I dont know, its hard to tell. But they have been there for Drew Brees and the Saints offense the first 2 weeks. I would like to see more consistency out of the Saints running game that’s where the issues lie. Remember their 2010 Superbowl team, that team was in the top 5 rushing, yes they did it by committee, but still that was a huge part of their road to the Superbowl.
5.) CHICAGO BEARS: Jay Cutler has lead the Bears to 2, BIG 4th quarter comebacks this year to put the Bears at 2-0. Watching him in these first 2 weeks, its apparent that he has way more confidence in his ability and receivers than years past. I really like this offense, Matt Forte has been riddled with injury’s through out his tenure with the Bears, but when his healthy, we all know of what kind of weapon he could be in the backfield. Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett are also huge for Cutler and this Bears passing game. Their D is pretty much a middle of the pack kind of defense. They’ll keep the Bears in it.
6.) MIAMI DOLPHINS: Well 2 weeks in and the Miami Dolphins are a perfect 2-0. Fans in South Beach are already predicting Superbowl, just hold your horses. The Dolphins have stability on the offensive side of the ball this year with Ryan Tannehill and a pretty potent WR core in B. Hartline, Charles Clay, Mike Wallace and Daniel Thomas. The key if Tannehill can mature into the QB he is cabable of being. No doubt this can be a potent passing game. Concerned of the lack or running that could pose a problem putting all the pressure on 2-year QB Ryan Tannehill.
7.) ATLANTA FALCONS: Getting rid of Micheal Turner this past off-season was just stupid.. Yes, we know how good Steven Jackson was in St. Lois, but also very injury prone. Roddie White has also be struck by the injury bug early this season, its important for the Falcons to have him healthy. Still love this team on offense, they would be even better if Steven Jackson can stay healthy and give the Falcons a much needed running game. Their seconday is a problem, Desmond Truffaut, and Asante Samuel, Falcons need them both to stay healthy, Desmond Trufaunt was a stud in Washington, can he fill that hole in the Falcon secondary? Look, the Falcons don’t expect to have corner play like the Seahawks do, they’re just looking for them to keep the Falcons in games, “bend dont break” mentality. I think their Line backing core.. also has some question marks in it outside of Sean Weatherspoon.
8.) SAN FRNCISCO 49ERS: Just coming off a beat down in Seattle this team could still have something to say in the NFC, in-fact they do and probably will. We know how good this defense can be, but I think the problem of this team lies in the offense, they can’t put all the pressure on Frank Gore and Collin Keapernick’s legs.. They have to get production out of the passing game. Let me explain. Last night we seen Seattle take Anquan Boldin out of the game leaving Kerry Williams and Vernon Davis the 49ers only targets.. It makes this team almost 1 denominational with emphasis on the running game. They need Kery Williams and Vernon Davis to stay healthy its pivotal to this offense they can not let Boldin be the only “threat” to the defenses around the NFL. 1 denominational teams do not win championships.
9.) HOUSTON TEXANS: All though they are 2-0 they’ve had to pull it out of the bag in the last seconds. Their D is doing a good job in the secondary and as as whole. They’re are also doing good on the offensive side of the ball both in the running and passing game. Harsh next 3 games for the Texans, @Baltimore, vs. Seattle, and @San Francisco. Pivotal part of the season for this squad. We”ll know if they are a legit Superbowl contender after that.
10.) OAKLAND RAIDERS: The Raiders have serious hope. Terrell Pryor has given Raiders fans new life if you will. The Raiders currently lead the NFL in rushing yards, I know its week 2 but it still is raising some eyebrows including mine. Darren McFadden and Terrell Pryor is a lethal combination in their running game. And then you add Rashad Jennings who can be explosive at times and you’re looking at arguable the best 1-2-3 rushing combination in the NFL Rod Streater looks to be Pryor’s go to ma in their passing game. Denarius Moore with his down field speed and veteran present, he could also be a weapon on the out side for Pryor as the season goes on. Tracy Porter, veteran Corner from New Orleans and Mike Jenkins will have this secondary on lock down and you cant foret Charles Woodson added to this completely re-built secondary of the Raiders.