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Power Rankings: Pats No. 1

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passes the

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passes the ball in the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers. (Sept. 18, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

1. Patriots (2-0) (4): Tom Brady a passing machine right now with 940 yards and 7 TDs. Pass defense an issue, though. 

2. Packers (2-0) (1): Defending champs nearly upset on the road at Carolina. Loss of Nick Collins to neck injury huge.

3. Saints (1-1) (3): Saints bounce back after season-opening loss at Green Bay to pummel the Bears at home.

4. Jets (2-0) (7): Jets haven’t had many blowout wins of late, but they stomp Jacksonville and force Luke McCown into four picks.

5. Falcons (1-1) (10): Matt Ryan makes a huge statement with four TDs against the Eagles and former Falcons QB Michael Vick.

6. Ravens (1-1) (2): John Harbaugh came into Sunday’s game against the 0-1 Titans with an 18-1 record against teams with losing records. And the Ravens were promptly beaten.

7. Eagles (1-1) (5): In his first game in Atlanta since being jailed on dogfighting charges, Vick suffered a concussion and is iffy for this week’s game against the Giants in Philly. 

8. Lions (2-0) (11): After clutch road win in Tampa in Week 1, Lions come home to bury the Chiefs, 48-3. Lions apparently still seething over tampering charges filed by Chiefs before the 2010 season. Perfect way to get revenge.

9. Bears (1-1) (6): Jay Cutler was sacked six times and fumbled once against a relentless Saints pass rush. Back to his old ways? 

10. Steelers (1-1) (8): Stillers gather themselves after that beatdown in Baltimore and thump the Seahawks 24-0 at home.

11. Chargers (1-1) (9): Philip Rivers can’t keep up with Brady.

12. Cowboys (1-1) (13): A week after a miserable fourth-quarter performance against the Jets, QB Tony Romo battles through a cracked rib and a punctured lung to lead comeback win in OT over Niners.

13. Bills (2-0) (16): It’s still early to pronounce Buffalo a legitimate playoff team. But what’s not to like about a start that has featured a rout of the Chiefs in Kansas City and then a 38-35 thriller at home against Oakland.

14. Texans (2-0) (14): Texans take early control in the Peyton Manning-less AFC South. 

15. Raiders (1-1)) (12): So much for that improved defense. Raiduhs couldn’t stop a nose bleed in the second half.

16. Buccaneers (1-1) (15): Josh Freeman now has eight comeback wins in just over two seasons. Latest comes in Minnesota with a terrific fourth-quarter effort.

17. Redskins (2-0) (19): Rex Grossman pulls out the home win over Arizona after beating the Giants in Week 1. Still a long way to go for his prediction of a Redskins divisional crown, though.

18. Cardinals (1-1) (17): Despite a monster day from Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals can’t fend off Redskins on the road.

19. Giants (1-1) (20): After a miserable performance in Week 1 in Washington, Giants settle down at home and have their way against struggling and injury-plagued Rams. Iggles up next in Philly.

20. Titans (1-1) (30): Mike Munchak gets his first win in grand style, as Titans beat up on a Ravens team that didn’t see this coming. 

21. 49ers (1-1) (27): Niners had Cowboys on the ropes, but defense wilted in the fourth quarter and OT.

22. Broncos (1-1) (25): The Tim Tebow bandwagon gets a week off after Kyle Orton beats the Bengals at Mile High.

23. Rams (0-2) (21): Sam Bradford is a terrific young quarterback, but he needs some quality receivers.

24. Jaguars (1-1) (23): How does Jack Del Rio not go with Blaine Gabbert? 

25. Bengals (1-1) (24): Andy Dalton throws for 332 yards and two TDs but runs out of time in 22-20 loss to Broncos.

26. Panthers (0-2) (26): Cam Newton goes a second straight week throwing for more than 400 yards. All he needs now are some wins to show for it.

27. Dolphins (0-2) (18): Already two games behind after just two weeks, this thing could get ugly in a hurry.

28. Browns (1-1) (29): Browns beat a woeful Colts team to get Pat Shurmur his first win as a head coach.

29. Colts (0-2) (22): By the time Peyton Manning is ready to return, this team might be 1-10.

30. Vikings (0-2) (31): Donovan McNabb threw for over 200 yards – a far cry from 39 a week earlier – but he came up with only three points in the second half of a brutal home loss to Tampa.

31. Seahawks (0-2) (28): Welcome to the Tarvaris Jackson era. Whoop-de-do.

32. Chiefs (0-2) (32): Outscored by a combined 89-10 in the first two weeks, Todd Haley’s time may be short in KC.


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