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2008 Week 2 NFL Power Rankings

An Archived Record of Our Sports Handicapping Columnists' Week Two NFL Power Ratings After the First Week of the 2008 NFL Season.

2008 Week 2 NFL Power Ratings
(Dated September 9-14, 2008)

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  1. Dallas Cowboys (1-0) - The Cowboys showed why they are many experts pick to win the NFC. Jumping all over the Browns & leading 28-7 after three quarters the Cowboys coasted to their first win of the season. Tony Romo threw  for 320 yards on 24 of 32 passing and a touchdown. Marion Barber and Felix Jones appear to be an extremely potent 1-2 punch for the Cowboys backfield. Jason Witten gained 96 yards in the air, while Terrell Owens was the recipient of the one touchdown pass.  The Cowboys defense limited the Browns offense to just 205 yards. The Cowboys will host the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football.


  2. New England Patriots (1-0) - The Patriots have to feel fortunate surviving a week one scare at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs.  Their defense, which was impressive all afternoon, came up with a late stop to secure the victory. Championship caliber ball clubs need these type of plays. Coach Belichick cannot be pleased with the performance, but has to be content with the result.  The health of quarterback Tom Brady is now under question after injuring his knee early in the game. Two turnovers lost for the Patriots has to be a point of emphasis to shore up before their week two battle with the Jets. The Patriots drop one spot after their week one escape job. Without Tom Brady, they will struggle to be the NFL's premiere team.


  3. New York Giants (1-0) -  Rising 6 spots from their preseason #9. Their defense was again looked impressive, limited the Redskins to just seven points in their season opener. Eli Manning was solid with his 19 of 35 passing for 216 yards. He got great assistance from running back Brandon Jacobs who carried the ball 21 times for 116 years. Plaxico Burress caught ten passes for 133 yards. The Giants now take on St. Louis this week.


  4. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) - In an impressive week one win, in which they blew out the Texans, the Steelers rise 8 spots this week. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was 13 of 14 in the win for 137 yards. The ground game was also impressive, as Willie Parker ran for 138 yards and three touchdowns. The Steelers will now take the road to take on Cleveland.


  5. New Orleans Saints (1-0) - Drew Brees 23 of 32 passing, with 112 yards to Reggie Bush led the Saints to a 24-20 win in week one. Bush also added 51 yards on 14 carries for a 163 yard total day. New Orleans now has some injury problems with McAlister, Harper and Gay out, along with a few others defensively.  The Saints move up two spots from the number seven spot. They will now take the road to take on the Redskins in Washington.


  6. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) - The Eagles were very impressive in week one, blowing out St. Louis 38-3. Quarterback Donovan McNabb was 21 of 33 for 361 passing yards, and three touchdowns. DeSean Jackson was the top receiver for the Eagles catching six passes and 106 yards. Running back Brian Westbrook gained 91 rushing yards on 19 carries and a touchdown. The Eagles now prepare for a prime town NFC East showdown at Dallas. The Eagles move up three spots from the #9 position.


  7. Carolina Panthers (1-0) - In week one the Carolina Panthers went on the road, without Steve Smith, and knocked off the San Diego Chargers, on the road. Jake Delhomme looked strong coming off his injury throwing 23 of 41 for 247 yards and a touchdown. This week the Panthers will be tested again, this time at home against the Bears, who were also impressive week one winners. The Panthers moved up 11 spots from the 18 position in the preseason.


  8. Green Bay Packers (1-0) - Aaron Rodgers went 18 for 22 for 178 yards and a touchdown, and was assisted by Ryan Grant's 92 yards in a 24-19 division win over the Vikings. Green Bay will play another division opponent this week, as they travel to Detroit to battle with the Lions. The Packers move up inside the top ten from 10 to 8 this week.


  9. San Diego Chargers (0-1) - The Chargers drop six spots from the #3 preseason position after their disappointing home loss to Carolina. Phillip Rivers was impressive passing 17 of 27 for 217 yards and three touchdowns, but Tomlinson was held under 100 yards and no rushing touchdowns, which is a huge key for the Chargers. The Chargers schedule doesn't help the cause in week two, as they will travel to Denver to face the Broncos in their home opener.


  10. Tennessee Titans (1-0) - The Titans move up six spots to sneak into the top ten this week. With all the controversy surrounding Vince Young, you would think the Titans would have lost in week one- instead the Titans were impressive 17-10 winners over Jacksonville. Young was 12 of 22 for 110 yards and a touchdown in the win. Tennessee will travel to Cincinnati to face the 0-1 Bengals.


  11. Indianapolis Colts (0-1) - The Colts definitely missed a healthy Peyton Manning in their week one loss at home to the Bears. Manning was 30-49 for 257 yards and a touchdown, but his bursa sac injury sidelining him for the entire pre-season, was evident against the stellar Bears defense. The Colts drop from #4 to outside the top ten. Indianapolis will take on the Vikings in Minnesota on Sunday.


  12. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) - The Jaguars drop seven positions from the #5 position after the week one defeat to Tennessee. In that loss, the Jaguars defense allowed 309 total yards, while only accumulating 189 on offense. Running backs Maurice Jones Drew and Fred Taylor combined for just 31 total rushing yards.  The Jaguars will now host Buffalo, who was a week one winner.


  13. Buffalo Bills (1-0) - The Bills hope to compete at the top of the AFC East this year, got off to a great start with a week one win. The Bills blew out Seattle in week one 34-10-behind Trent Edwards' 19 of 30 passing for 215 yards and a touchdown. Buffalo only allowed ten points to a high-powered Seattle offense led by Matt Hassleback. The Bills move up four positions from the #17 preseason slot.


  14. Chicago Bears (1-0) - The Bears move up seven positions from #21 to #14 after their impressive win at Indianapolis. Chicago only allowed 13 points to the high powered Colts offense. On offense Kyle Orton did a nice job holding on to the football, and also handing it off to rookie running back Matt Forte, who ran for 123 yards, on 23 carries. The Bears now are set to take the road once again, this time at Carolina to battle the Panthers.


  15. Denver Broncos (1-0) - The Broncos move up eight positions from the #23 slot to the #15 slot. The Broncos are 1-0, and yes, they beat the Raiders, but looked impressive doing it. Quarterback Jay Cutler threw for 300 yards on 16 of 24 passing, with Eddie Royal catching 9 passes for 146 yards. The Broncos will now get receiver Brandon Marshall back for their week two match up at home with San Diego.


  16. New York Jets (1-0) - Brett Favre's Jets debut is now over, and he has also got his first win under his belt. The Jets hope the distractions are now gone as well. Favre  was 15 of 24 for 194 yards and two touchdowns in the 20-14 win at Miami. Running back Thomas Jones ran for 101 yards on the ground to help Favre and the offense. The Jets move up nine positions from 16 to 25.


  17. Atlanta Falcons (1-0) - The Falcons may have been week one's surprise winners. In what many expected, one of the NFL's worst teams, the Falcons put up 474 total yards offensively, including 318 on the ground in the win over Detroit. Quarterback Matt Ryan was 9 of 13 for 161 yards and a touchdown. Atlanta moves up 14 positions from the 31 slot.


  18. Arizona Cardinals (1-0) - The Cardinals lead the NFC West. They were the only team within the division to come away with a week one victory. Kurt Warner's 19 of 30 passing for 197 yards and a touchdown led the victory, a 23-13 win over San Francisco. Edgerrin James ran for 100 yards on 26 carries for Arizona. The Cardinals move up 6 slots from 18 to 24,


  19. Baltimore Ravens (1-0) - Baltimore moves up 8 positions from 27 to 19. The Ravens were 17-10 winners over Cincinnati. In the win, the Ravens only allowed 84 yards passing, and just 154 total offensive yards. Offensively, the Ravens gained 229 yards on the ground, let by running backs by committee. The Ravens will now take on Houston, in a game that moved from Sunday, to Monday night, due to Hurricane Ike.


  20. Cleveland Browns (0-1) - The Browns, after a disappointing 28-10 to Dallas in week one, has dropped nine spots, starting at 11, and moving to 20 this week. In the week one loss Cleveland only gained 205 total yards, 91 of them on the ground. Defensively, the Browns allowed 487 total yards to the Cowboys. The schedule does not get any easier for Cleveland, who will host 1-0 Pittsburgh on Sunday.


  21. Seattle Seahawks (0-1) - For the first time in a long time, the Seahawks are not currently in control of the NFC West. Seattle, a 34-10 loss at Buffalo in week one will look to  bounce back this Sunday taking on San Francisco. Seattle falls nine slots from 12 to 21 after the loss.


  22. Minnesota Vikings (0-1) - The Vikings were not able to knock off their divisional rival, Green Bay on Monday night. In the 24-19 loss, Tavaris Jackson completed 16 of 35 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown, while running back Adrian Peterson carried 19 times for 103 times, including a touchdown. Minnesota drops nine ranks, from #13.


  23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) - Tampa Bay had a chance to win their week one ball game, but fell short 24-20 at New Orleans. Quarterback Jeff Garcia was 24 of 41 for 221 yards and a touchdown, but will be benched for the week two game with Atlanta. Running back Earnest Graham ran for 91 yards on 10 carries for the Bucs. Tampa Bay drops 7 spots after the loss.


  24. Washington Redskins (0-1) - The Redskins had a difficult time moving the offense in the NFL opener against the Giants.  The Redskins only ran for 89 yards, while passing for just 125 for 209 total yards in week one. They will look for more production in week two from running back Clinton Portis. Washington will host 1-0 New Orleans Saints at 1:00pm ET. The Redskins move down from 19 to 24.


  25. Houston Texas (0-1) - The Texans fall five spots from 25 to 20 this week after their 38-17 loss at the hands of the Steelers in Pittsburgh. Quarterback Matt Schaub threw for 202 yards and a touchdown, but the defense allowed three Willie Parker touchdowns. Houston's week two game has been moved to Monday night due to Hurricane Ike, as the Texans will battle with Baltimore.


  26. Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) - Cincinnati falls four positions after a 17-10 loss at Baltimore in week one. Carson Palmer could never seem to find a zone passing for just 9 of 24 and 94 yards and no touchdowns. Top running back Chris Perry only ran for 42 yards on 19 carries as the offense only picked up 154 total yards. The Bengals will look to regroup this Sunday hosting Tennessee.


  27. San Francisco 49ers (0-1) - Despite the loss, San Francisco moves up one position in the week two power rankings. The 49ers were defeated 23-13 by Arizona in week one. Frank Gore compiled close to 150 total offensive yards in week one, and quarterback J.T O' Sullivan gave the 49ers a chance to win passing 14 of 20 for 195 yards. This week, San Fran will take the road and play another divisional foe, in Seattle.


  28. Miami Dolphins (0-1) - Although the Dolphins seem to have a much better upside than the 2007 season, the result still ended in an 0-1 start. The Dolphins were competitive, but defeated by the New York Jets in Brett Favre's debut 20-14, at home. Chad Pennington had a solid start, throwing for 251 yards on 26 of 43 passing, for two touchdowns. This week the Dolphins will travel to Arizona to face the Cardinals. Miami remains at #28.


  29. Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) - The Chiefs remain at the #29 spot this week. Quarterback Brodie Croyle is sidelined with a shoulder injury, so back-up Damon Huard will be the quarterback this week when the Chiefs battle Oakland. The Chiefs have to be pleased playing tough to the Patriots on the road, even despite the Patriots losing their quarterback, Tom Brady.


  30. Oakland Raiders (0-1) - The Raiders remain at #30 this week. Oakland allowed 300 yards passing, and 441 total yards on Monday night against Denver. They did not seem to have an answer for Jay Cutler. Offensively, the Raiders threw for 157 yards, and ran for 150, so the balance was there, but only scoring 14 points is not enough in the NFL. Oakland will look to get their first win of the year, by traveling to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs Sunday.


  31. Detroit Lions (0-1) - After a loss, the Lions actually move up a spot, only due to the Rams performance. The Lions are coming off a week one loss 34-21 to Atlanta, in which they allowed 318 rushing yards. Detroit hopes to rebound by taking on the defending NFC North Champion- Green Bay Packers Sunday at home.


  32. St. Louis Rams (0-1) - The Rams drop to the bottom, falling 17 spots after looking very poor in week one to Philadelphia. The Rams defense allowed 522 total yards to the Eagles, while their offense only mustered 166, and three points. Stephen Jackson only ran for 40 yards on the day, and is already calling for more carries. Week two does not get any easier for St. Louis, who will take on the defending champs- New York Giants.

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