2011 NFL Power Rankings | Week 2
Needless to say, the much-anticipated 2011 NFL season got off to a fairly wild start over the weekend.
Teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons and Kansas Chiefs were major disappointments, while we saw statement games from the baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans and Chicago Bears.
How are the teams stacking up heading into week two? Let’s have a look:
The defense struggled to contain the Saints’ aerial attack, but there’s hardly any shame in that.
Offensively, Aaron Rodgers and co. already appear to be in midseason form. If they can get the running game completely sorted out, they’ll be nearly impossible to stop.
Think Tom Brady is about to start slowing down? Not so fast, my friend.
The MVP threw for a career-high 517 yards with four touchdowns in New England’s impressive 38-24 win in Miami Monday night.
Baltimore was clearly the most impressive team in week one, clobbering their arch-rivals 35-7 to open 2011.
Ray Rice ran for over 100 yards with a touchdown; a feat the Steelers allow very rarely.
Philly got off to a bit of a slow start, but used a big second half to overtake the injury-riddled Rams 31-13.
Michael Vick did run for nearly 100 yards, but was just 14-32 passing.
Lost in the mayhem of the Jets’ comeback win over the Cowboys Sunday night was Mark Sanchez’s nice effort.
The former USC Trojan threw for 335 yards with a pair of touchdowns and an interception, picking up the slack for the Jets’ lackluster output on the ground.
The Saints were a yard away from possibly taking the Packers to OT on opening night, and there was plenty to like, despite the loss.
Losing Marques Colston to a broken collarbone hurts, though.
Even with Peyton Manning in the lineup, the Colts might not have been able to keep up with Houston on Sunday.
The Texans ran for 167 yards on the Colts, even with rushing champ Arian Foster watching from the sidelines.
This year’s trendy Super Bowl pick got off to a slow start, but rallied past the Vikings at home 24-17.
In the win, they lost the league’s most accurate kicker (Nate Kaeding) for the season, and Luis Castillo suffered a broken leg, as well.
Da Bears weren’t getting much respect coming into the season after what most perceived to be a lucky 2010 season, but they came out with a fury and trampled the Falcons at home.
Brian Urlacher looked like he was 27 again, with 10 tackles, a fumble recover, and a pick-six.
Nobody could’ve possibly seen the beat-down the Steelers took at the hands of the Ravens coming.
It’s a rivalry that Pittsburgh has dominated of late, but it appears as though the defending AFC Champs may have their hands full with them this season.
Atlanta comes into this season with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations, so their horrible effort against Chicago isn’t exactly encouraging.
Doesn’t get much easier for them this week, as they’ll be dealing with the Eagles in Michael Vick’s return to ATL.
Some had the Redskins tabbed as a sleeper coming into the season, and those people had to like what they saw from Washington in their win over the G-Men.
They’ll go as far as Rex Grossman can take them.
The Bucs may have been overachievers last season, but a win in Tampa for the Lions still qualifies as “impressive”.
If he can stay healthy, Matthew Stafford can be one of the game’s best.
Tough to punish the Cowboys for losing to the Jets, especially considering they were the better team for the first 51 minutes of the game.
Can Tony Romo quiet the whispers that he’ll never be a winner?
It is just one game, but a 41-7 win on the road is impressive no matter the opponent.
Larry Fitzgerald wasn’t heavily involved, but Kevin Kolb still had a nice effort in his first game as the Cardinals’ starter.
The defense has to be a concern, though, because no rookie should be allowed to throw for 422 yards.
It wasn’t pretty, but the Luke McCown era is off to a 1-0 start.
18.Oakland Raiders (1-0, Last Week: 23)
Darren McFadden’s dominance of the Broncos continued Monday night, as he ran for 150 yards on 22 carries on Oakland’s win.
Oh, and that Sebastian Janikowski 63-yard field goal was somewhat impressive, too.
Reggie Bush was featured in the offense, and Chad Henne actually looked pretty good under center, throwing for over 400 yards in the loss to New England.
The defense was dominated by Tom Brady and co., and they’ll have their work cut-out for them this week as well, with the Texans rolling into town.
They’ve been bitten by the injury bug pretty hard already, and Washington isn’t exactly the easiest place to play.
Can Eli Manning keep them contending in the tough NFC East?
The Rams were in the game at halftime, but the explosive Eagles’ offense was too much for them in the second half.
The injuries (most notably to Steven Jackson) should be a concern, as well.
It’s going to be tough for the Bucs to keep up with the Falcons and Saints in this division.
They lost the game, but Cam Newton’s performance gives plenty of reason for hope.
Just kidding. They might need that guy.
Cincy got the best of their in-state rivals in the opener, as well as over 100 yards from Cedric Benson.
Andy Dalton was also impressive before suffering a wrist injury. Maybe they won’t be as bad as we thought…
Beating the Seahawks at home is nothing special, but Ted Ginn sure made it interesting with his back-to-back returns for scores.
Some have them as their sleeper winner of the AFC South, but they were a fluke 80-yard touchdown from being completely embarrassed by the Jaguars, of all teams.
Losing to the 49ers on the road was far from unexpected, but the Seahawks sure made it interesting by giving up back-to-back returns for scores.
Donovan McNabb threw for 39 yards in his Vikings debut.
The fans were chanting for John Fox to put Tim Tebow into the game Monday night.
What happened to the good version of Colt McCoy we saw during the preseason?
If he can be shut down like that by the Bengals, I’m worried about how he’ll fare against an actual defense.
Losing to the Bills at home by 34 points isn’t how a defending division champion wants to start a season.