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Frank Slade
09-13-2005, 03:08 PM
For what it is worth here is ESPN's latest Power ranking

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/powerranking?season=2005&week=2

<TABLE class=tablehead cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=3 width="100%"><TBODY><TR class=stathead><TD colSpan=5>2005 Power Rankings: Week 2</TD></TR><TR class=colhead><TD> </TD><TD width="10%">RK (LW)</TD><TD>TEAM</TD><TD>REC</TD><TD>COMMENT</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/nwe.gif</TD><TD>1 (1)</TD><TD>Patriots (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=nwe)</TD><TD width=50>1-0-0</TD><TD>That Patriots defensive line is just scary. And what makes it even scarier is that all four of their starters are 26 or younger.</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/ind.gif</TD><TD>2 (2)</TD><TD>Colts (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=ind)</TD><TD width=50>1-0-0</TD><TD>Is the defense really that much better or is Baltimore's offense just that bad? Probably a little bit of both.</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/pit.gif</TD><TD>3 (5)</TD><TD>Steelers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=pit)</TD><TD width=50>1-0-0</TD><TD>Willie Parker, say hello to fantasy football players all over the world.</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/atl.gif</TD><TD>4 (6)</TD><TD>Falcons (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=atl)</TD><TD width=50>1-0-0</TD><TD>It's just one week, but any jump the Falcons can get on the Eagles in the NFC is huge. </TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/phi.gif</TD><TD>5 (3)</TD><TD>Eagles (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=phi)</TD><TD width=50>0-1-0</TD><TD>The Eagles obviously missed Jeremiah Trotter, but this loss was more about the offense than the loss of Trotter.</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/kan.gif</TD><TD>6 (13)</TD><TD>Chiefs (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=kan)</TD><TD width=50>1-0-0</TD><TD>If they both stay healthy, Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson are both going to run for more than 1,000 yards.</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/jac.gif</TD><TD>7 (16)</TD><TD>Jaguars (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=jac)</TD><TD width=50>1-0-0</TD><TD>Think the Jaguars are happy they didn't release Jimmy Smith this offseason?</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/dal.gif</TD><TD>8 (19)</TD><TD>Cowboys (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=dal)</TD><TD width=50>1-0-0</TD><TD>It's just one week, but Cowboys fans (and Bill Parcells) have to be pretty excited about the start of the Drew Bledsoe era.</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/buf.gif</TD><TD>9 (14)</TD><TD>Bills (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=buf)</TD><TD width=50>1-0-0</TD><TD>The Bills need to score in the red zone, but that said, the folks in Buffalo have to be pretty happy about the balance the offense displayed in Week 1's win.</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/nor.gif</TD><TD>10 (20)</TD><TD>Saints (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=nor)</TD><TD width=50>1-0-0</TD><TD>The Saints might have replaced the Cowboys as America's Team.</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/sdg.gif</TD><TD>11 (7)</TD><TD>Chargers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=sdg)</TD><TD width=50>0-1-0</TD><TD>Think the Chargers could have used Antonio Gates at the end of their loss to the Cowboys? First-and-goal from the 7 and they couldn't find a way to get it in the end zone.</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/cin.gif</TD><TD>12 (18)</TD><TD>Bengals (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=cin)</TD><TD width=50>1-0-0</TD><TD>The big three in Cincinnati -- Carson Palmer (280 yards), Rudi Johnson (126 yards), and Chad Johnson (nine catches) -- got the season off to a good start.</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/min.gif</TD><TD>13 (4)</TD><TD>Vikings (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=min)</TD><TD width=50>0-1-0</TD><TD>So, that whole they'll be better without Randy Moss thing didn't get off to a great start, huh?</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/car.gif</TD><TD>14 (10)</TD><TD>Panthers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=car)</TD><TD width=50>0-1-0</TD><TD>With one loss under their belts, the Patriots coming into town, and Kris Jenkins done for the season again, it's looking a lot like the beginning of last season for the Panthers.</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/bal.gif</TD><TD>15 (8)</TD><TD>Ravens (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=bal)</TD><TD width=50>0-1-0</TD><TD>The defense did its job against Peyton Manning, but the offense just couldn't get anything going. That might be a familiar issue in Baltimore this year.</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/det.gif</TD><TD>16 (24)</TD><TD>Lions (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=det)</TD><TD width=50>1-0-0</TD><TD>He didn't light the world on fire, but getting a win in Week 1 was what was really important for Joey Harrington.</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/nyg.gif</TD><TD>17 (25)</TD><TD>Giants (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=nyg)</TD><TD width=50>1-0-0</TD><TD>There was a lot of buzz around Brandon Jacobs in the preseason and based on Week 1, he looks worthy of it.</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/nyj.gif</TD><TD>18 (9)</TD><TD>Jets (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=nyj)</TD><TD width=50>0-1-0</TD><TD>Wow. We're not surprised the Jets lost to the Chiefs (KC is a tough place to open). But to lose the way they did? Couldn't have been a very happy flight back to New York.</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/tam.gif</TD><TD>19 (28)</TD><TD>Buccaneers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=tam)</TD><TD width=50>1-0-0</TD><TD>Cadillac Williams certainly lived up to his nickname in his first NFL game.</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/den.gif</TD><TD>20 (11)</TD><TD>Broncos (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=den)</TD><TD width=50>0-1-0</TD><TD>A 34-10 Week 1 loss to the Dolphins couldn't have been part of Mike Shanahan's master plan for the 2005 season.</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/stl.gif</TD><TD>21 (12)</TD><TD>Rams (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=stl)</TD><TD width=50>0-1-0</TD><TD>The road is not friendly to the Rams and guess what? They're travel to Arizona on Sunday, where it figures to be somewhere north of 100 degrees.</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/sea.gif</TD><TD>22 (15)</TD><TD>Seahawks (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=sea)</TD><TD width=50>0-1-0</TD><TD>Matt Hasslebeck has had plenty of ups and downs in his career and Week 1 in Jacksonville was one of the downs.</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/mia.gif</TD><TD>23 (30)</TD><TD>Dolphins (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=mia)</TD><TD width=50>1-0-0</TD><TD>Nick Saban said after the Dolphins' opener that the win wasn't about him. Uh, we're not so sure about that Nick.</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/oak.gif</TD><TD>24 (23)</TD><TD>Raiders (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=oak)</TD><TD width=50>0-1-0</TD><TD>The Randy Ratio didn't work for Daunte Culpepper, so it would be in Kerry Collins' best interest to look for some other targets.</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/gnb.gif</TD><TD>25 (17)</TD><TD>Packers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=gnb)</TD><TD width=50>0-1-0</TD><TD>Add Javon Walker's injury to Sunday's three-point outing and there are some pretty nervous folks up in Green Bay right now.</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/was.gif</TD><TD>26 (26)</TD><TD>Redskins (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=was)</TD><TD width=50>1-0-0</TD><TD>Didn't take long for the quarterback shuffle to start in Washington.</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/ari.gif</TD><TD>27 (21)</TD><TD>Cardinals (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=ari)</TD><TD width=50>0-1-0</TD><TD>It was just one week, but that sure didn't look like the team everyone was picking as a surprise division winner.</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/sfo.gif</TD><TD>28 (32)</TD><TD>49ers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=sfo)</TD><TD width=50>1-0-0</TD><TD>We're betting the 49ers' win over the Rams put a quick end to a lot of people's chances to win their elimination pools.</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/hou.gif</TD><TD>29 (22)</TD><TD>Texans (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=hou)</TD><TD width=50>0-1-0</TD><TD>When your No. 1 WR catches three passes for 18 yards, your No. 1 RB rushes for 48 yards and your QB only throws for 70 yards, it's going to be a very long day.</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/ten.gif</TD><TD>30 (27)</TD><TD>Titans (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=ten)</TD><TD width=50>0-1-0</TD><TD>It's certainly not unexpected, but it looks like 2005 could be a really long year in Tennessee.</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/chi.gif</TD><TD>31 (29)</TD><TD>Bears (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=chi)</TD><TD width=50>0-1-0</TD><TD>That might not be the last 9-7 game the Bears play this season.</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/cle.gif</TD><TD>32 (32)</TD><TD>Browns (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=cle)</TD><TD width=50>0-1-0</TD><TD>If Trent Dilfer is throwing the ball 43 times in a game, that's usually not a good thing.</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

Suaveness
09-13-2005, 03:38 PM
I want to see more of this defense against teams with better offenses. Jacksonville will be a better test. And the Rams game as well.

McClintic Sphere
09-13-2005, 06:42 PM
I love that Trent Dilfer throwing 43 times bit.

Frank Slade
09-13-2005, 08:16 PM
<TABLE class=tablehead cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=3 width="100%"><TBODY><TR class=oddrow align=left><TD>http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/nfl/sml/trans/min.gif</TD><TD>13 (4)</TD><TD>Vikings (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=min)</TD><TD width=50>0-1-0</TD><TD>So, that whole they'll be better without Randy Moss thing didn't get off to a great start, huh?</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>CLASSIC :laugh:

microwave_oven
09-15-2005, 12:14 AM
How could Clevland and San Fran both be ranked 32 last week? Alright, we'll call it a draw

Kstat
09-15-2005, 12:17 AM
1st place after 1 week. That's the only ranking I care about.

McClintic Sphere
09-15-2005, 03:12 PM
Here's Yahoo's Charles Robinson's rankings:



<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=750 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class="" vAlign=top width=560><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD height=7><SPACER height="1" width="1" type="block"></TD></TR><TR><TD class=yspsctnhdln>Playoff pushovers</TD></TR><TR><TD height=7><SPACER height="1" width="1" type="block"></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>By Charles Robinson (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/expertsarchive?author=Charles+Robinson), Yahoo! Sports
September 13, 2005

<TABLE id=ysparticleheadshot cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=1 align=left border=0 hspace="5" vspace="5"><TBODY><TR><TD class=ysptblbdr2><TABLE class=yspwhitebg cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=3 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD><TABLE class=yspwhitebg cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/cn/headshots/charles_robinson2.jpg (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/expertsarchive?author=Charles+Robinson)</TD></TR><TR><TD>Willie Parker ("]http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/p/yse_lo_70x24_2.gif[/url]</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>Five of six, and eight of 12 overall.

That's how many 2004 playoff teams lost their season openers five of six in the NFC (Eagles, Rams, Seahawks, Packers and Vikings) and three more in the AFC (Chargers, Broncos and Jets). It made for a messy first week in the rankings, as only Indianapolis and New England maintained their position in the Top 12. The shuffling led to two teams dropping out, as problems in Baltimore (quarterback, as usual) and Denver (quarterback and defense) dropped the Ravens and Broncos into the Muddled Middle.

Two teams that got especially close attention this week went a long way toward validating themselves among the league's best Pittsburgh and Kansas City. Running back [url="http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/7073/) helped quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6770/) shed some of the Steelers' massive preseason worries, while the Chiefs' defense played to the level of its considerable talent.

And while the Bottom Five saw two teams pull off shocking wins Miami over Denver and San Francisco over St. Louis they aren't ready to climb out of the rankings cellar just yet. Skepticism is an anchor that's tough to leave behind.

THE TOP 12

<TABLE cellPadding=1 align=right border=0 hspace="10" vspace="5"><TBODY><TR><TD><!-- SpaceID=0 noconn 61 conts --></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/ind.gif 1. Indianapolis Colts (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/ind/) (1-0) The defense was able to gang up against the run, but it was still impressive to see Indy's front seven hold Jamal Lewis (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5034/) and Chester Taylor (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6142/) to a combined 75 yards on 20 carries. This unit will get even better when Marlin Jackson (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/7205/) is healthy and Corey Simon (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5035/) gets into shape.

http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/nwe.gif 2. New England Patriots (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/nwe/) (1-0) The media blew it out of proportion, but watching the typically laidback Tom Brady (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5228/) get in Corey Dillon (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/3914/)'s ear was interesting. It was good to see the team's centerpiece showing some emotion when it was needed.

http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/atl_2.gif 3. Atlanta Falcons (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/atl/) (1-0) They have the most underrated defensive line in the NFL, and linebacker Edgerton Hartwell (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5574/) has already established himself as Atlanta's emotional leader on defense. It's early, but DeAngelo Hall (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6767/) could develop into a faster version of Lito Sheppard (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5912/).


http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/phi.gif 4. Philadelphia Eagles (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/phi/) (0-1) Losing Jeremiah Trotter (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/4480/) wasn't fair on Monday night, but he made a mistake getting into a pregame scrum with a nickel back, of all people. The lack of a second wide receiver and choppy protection for Donovan McNabb (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/4650/) are long-term concerns.


http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/pit.gif 5. Pittsburgh Steelers (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/pit/) (1-0) Tennessee was a pushover and this week's match-up at Houston won't be much of a measuring stick, either. The Sept. 25 game against New England is when we find out whether these Steelers belong in the league's elite top three.


http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/kan.gif 6. Kansas City Chiefs (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/kan/) (1-0) The defense locked up Curtis Martin (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/3164/) and was less than a minute from a shutout against the Jets. Losing Willie Roaf (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/2586/) hurts, but they can survive without him until the Sept. 26 game at Denver. It's too bad the Larry Johnson (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6363/) arrest will take away from a feel-good week.


http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/cin_2.gif 7. Cincinnati Bengals (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/cin/) (1-0) The win over the Browns was far closer than the score indicated, and the pass defense looked like it might be a concern. But Carson Palmer (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6337/) was fantastic in the second and third quarters.


http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/car.gif 8. Carolina Panthers (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/car/) (0-1) The loss to New Orleans had shades of last season's slow start: Jake Delhomme (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/4555/) struggled and a defensive lineman suffered a season-ending injury. Finding a No. 2 receiver to complement Steve Smith (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5521/) suddenly looks imperative.


http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/nyj.gif 9. New York Jets (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/nyj/) (0-1) The defense failed early and often against the Chiefs, giving up 17 points on Kansas City's first three drives. Chad Pennington (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5047/) and the offensive line should split the blame for an awful day on offense.


http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/sdg.gif 10. San Diego Chargers (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/sdg/) (0-1) Keenan McCardell (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/2014/) looked good, but Drew Brees (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5479/) and LaDainian Tomlinson (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5452/) need Antonio Gates (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6663/) in order for the offense to be great. The defensive secondary played better, but was a failure in the red zone.

http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/buf.gif 11. Buffalo Bills (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/buf/) (1-0) They have the best defense in football, hands down. If J.P. Losman (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6781/) can limit his mistakes and Willis McGahee (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6359/) can stay healthy with a diet of 25 carries a game, this team could give fits to the AFC elite.


http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/min.gif 12. Minnesota Vikings (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/min/) (0-1) Even with all the ugliness, the Vikings had their chances to pull out a win over Tampa. There are a lot of things to clean up. The offensive line is a mess; Mike Tice has butchered the running back situation and Daunte Culpepper (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/4659/) is fumbling again.


RISING

http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/dal.gif Dallas Cowboys (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/dal/) (1-0) The defense stiffened when it mattered most against the Chargers, and that's a great mental step forward. It was hard to tell which was more impressive: Drew Bledsoe (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/2359/)'s three touchdown passes, or Bill Parcells' dapper look on opening day.


THE MUDDLED MIDDLE (in alphabetical order)

http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/ari.gif Arizona Cardinals (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/ari/) (0-1) Allowing 14 points on special teams was a killer, but the failure to establish any kind of running game in the first half was really frightening. Dennis Green can't make this offense work with Kurt Warner (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/4541/) throwing 40 times a game.


http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/bal_2.gif Baltimore Ravens (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/bal/) (0-1) The defense is right where it needs to be, giving up only 17 points to Indianapolis. The game against Tennessee and a Week 3 bye will give the Ravens a little extra time to figure out if Anthony Wright (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/4951/) is the answer at quarterback.


http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/det.gif Detroit Lions (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/det/) (1-0) The defense looked better in the win over Green Bay, but Detroit's high-priced trio of Roy Williams (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5894/), Charles Rogers (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6338/) and Mike Williams (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5890/) had only four catches for 47 yards and one touchdown. Free-agent bargain Marcus Pollard (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/3432/) might be the player that gets Joey Harrington (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5889/) rolling.


http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/den.gif Denver Broncos (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/den/) (0-1) Ashley Lelie (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5905/) is going to give Jake Plummer (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/3895/) a run for his money as Denver's "Mr. Inconsistent" this season. Ron Dayne (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5040/) inches closer to his big chance with every Tatum Bell (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6800/) fumble.


http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/hou.gif Houston Texans (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/hou/) (0-1) Take a deep breath, Texans fans. The offense isn't nearly as bad as it looked against Buffalo. I think.


http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/jac.gif Jacksonville Jaguars (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/jac/) (1-0) Jimmy Smith (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/2017/) dropped everything in sight in the preseason, then flipped his Pro Bowl switch about an hour before the win over Seattle. Don't call Matt Jones (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/7197/) the next Slash. That's an insult to Jones.


http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/nor_2.gif New Orleans Saints (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/nor/) (1-0) The defense finally played up to its talent level last week. And as much as Aaron Brooks (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/4781/) is criticized he really does need to use his feet more that game-winning drive against the Panthers was Brooks at his best.


http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/nyg_2.gif New York Giants (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/nyg/) (1-0) Willie Ponder (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6535/)'s 95-yard kickoff return against the Cardinals was an absolute dagger, and the run defense was strong. Rookie running back Brandon Jacobs (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/7286/) is a cross between Eddie George and the Hulk.


http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/oak.gif Oakland Raiders (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/oak/) (0-1) As I told my editor: It's only one game, but watching Kerry Collins (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/3115/) throw to Randy Moss (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/4262/) was something like watching Roseanne Barr squeeze into a Versace dress. Collins might end up having a higher touchdown total than completion percentage.


http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/stl.gif St. Louis Rams (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/stl/) (0-1) The 49ers won't be anywhere near being the worst team in the NFL when the season ends, so Sunday's loss wasn't that bad. And on the bright side, the run defense didn't look too shabby.


http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/sea.gif Seattle Seahawks (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/sea/) (0-1) Matt Hasselbeck (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/4416/) is the Jake Plummer of the Northwest. And by the way, it would be nice if that secondary came through when the defense needs a few vital stops.


http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/tam.gif Tampa Bay Buccaneers (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/tam/) (1-0) Joey Galloway (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/3135/) made it through a game without getting injured, the rookies looked great and the offensive line looked better. But before we pencil this team in for the playoffs, let's see how this revamped offense deals with Buffalo this weekend.


http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/was.gif Washington Redskins (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/was/) (1-0) Wait a few games before ripping coach Joe Gibbs' switch to Mark Brunell (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/2485/). Gibbs is trying to win now, and Brunell has looked healthy and surprisingly sharp in limited time.


FALLING

http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/gnb.gif Green Bay Packers (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/gnb/) (0-1) Bubba Franks (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5043/) talked about becoming one of the league's best tight ends, then put up four catches for 27 yards in the season opener. With Javon Walker (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5906/) out, now would be a good time to actually make good on that wish.


THE BOTTOM FIVE




http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/mia.gif 28. Miami Dolphins (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/mia/) (1-0) Stopping Denver five times inside the 3-yard line was an awesome moment in a shocking win. But fans might want to wait and see how Miami competes against the Jets this Sunday before punching their ticket on the Nick Saban bandwagon.


http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/sfo.gif 29. San Francisco 49ers (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/sfo/) (1-0) Bryant Young (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/2931/)'s three-sack performance was the most surprising of any player in the league, including Pittsburgh's Willie Parker. The defense made plays when it had to and Tim Rattay (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5241/) had a solid day, but the 49ers will come back to earth hard against Philadelphia.


http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/cle.gif 30. Cleveland Browns (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/cle/) (0-1) Dilfer's 43 passes were far too many. With Reuben Droughns (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5110/) starting, this should be a run-centered team, and Dilfer should never throw more than 30 balls in any game.


http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/chi.gif 31. Chicago Bears (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/chi/) (0-1) Compared to Sunday's offensive numbers 166 yards, 11 first downs, zero touchdowns the Bears were an offensive juggernaut last season. And no, it wasn't just Washington's defense, folks.


http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/us/sp/v/nfl/teams/1/50x50c/ten.gif 32. Tennessee Titans (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/ten/) (0-1) Pittsburgh is good, but the Titans' defense rolled over after the first quarter. And I understand the whole injury fear, but Chris Brown (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6429/) should be touching the ball a minimum of 20 times a game.

Charles Robinson is the national NFL writer for Yahoo! Sports. Send him a question or comment (http://add.yahoo.com/fast/help/us/sports/cgi_robinson) for potential use in a future column or webcast.
Updated on Wednesday

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