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2009 Week 2 NFL Power Ratings

An Archived Record of Our Sports Handicapping Columnists' Week Two NFL Football Power Ratings After Week One of the 2009 Season's Action.

2009 Week Two NFL Power Ratings
(Dated 9/15 to 9/20/2009)

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1. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) - The Steelers remain at the top of the power rankings with their NFL opening 13-10 home win in overtime over the Tennessee Titans. The win did not come without a cost - as Troy Polamalu will miss up to six weeks with a knee injury. The Steelers used a 32 yard Jeff Reed field goal to tie the game late in the game, and a 33 yard Reed field goal to win the game in overtime. Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers much talked about quarterback completed 33 of 43 passes for 363 yards, a touchdown, and 2 interceptions. Santonio Holmes caught 9 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown. The Steelers will take on the Chicago Bears on the road on Sunday.

2. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) - The Philadelphia Eagles made a one team jump from # 3 to # 2 with their 38-10 win over the Carolina Panthers. The Eagles forced Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme to turn the ball over four times in the win. The win did not come without a cost for the Eagles. Quarterback Donovan McNabb went down with a broke rib. Since then, the Eagles have signed veteran quarterback Jeff Garcia to lead the way until Michael Vick is ready to go, or McNabb returns. McNabb finished the game 10 for 18 for 79 yards, but threw for 2 touchdowns. Brian Westbrook ran for just 64 yards in the win. Philadelphia will host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

3. New England Patriots (1-0) - The New England Patriots are thanking their lucky stars on Monday night after they picked up 25-24 win over the Buffalo Bills. New England trailed 24-19 with just over 2:00 to go when the Bills fumbled a kick-off return inside New England territory. Tom Brady led the come-back, but was not overly impressive on the game. Brady completed 39 of 53 passes for 378 yards and 2 touchdowns, also throwing an interception. Randy Moss caught 12 passes for 141 yards in the win. The Patriots dropped one spot from # 2 to # 3 despite the win. New England will take to the road on Sunday and play the New York Jets.

4. New York Giants (1-0) - The Giants won a typical New York Giant game over their longtime rival Washington 23-17. The Giants got off to a hot start as they used rookie Mario Manningham for a 30 yard touchdown pass to get them on the board. Quarterback Eli Manning completed 20 of 29 passes for 256 yards, along with a touchdown and an interception. The running back duo of Ahman Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs combined for 106 yards on 28 carries for New York. The win for the Giants allowed them to move one spot from # 5 to # 4. The Giants will take on another NFC East rival on Sunday when they play the first regular season game at the new Cowboys Stadium.

5. Baltimore Ravens (1-0) - The Baltimore Ravens were tested in week one, but came away with a 14 point win over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Ravens scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to put some distance between them and the Chiefs. Joe Flacco threw for 307 yards in the game, and Ray Rice ran for 108 yards. The Ravens make a one team jump and move into the top five, after their position at # 6 last week. Baltimore will face a tough test on Sunday when they travel across country to take on the San Diego Chargers.

6. Atlanta Falcons (1-0) - Atlanta continues to show they are for real, as they come out in the season opener and beat Miami 19-7. The Falcons with their win moved up two spots from # 8 to # 6. Atlanta was aided by Matt Ryan and his 229 yards and 2 touchdowns. Michael Turner was held in check for Atlanta, but it did not matter. Turner rushed for just 65 yards and no touchdowns. The Falcons defense forced Miami into four fumbles, and allowed 259 total yards. The Falcons will play a fellow NFC South opponent when the Carolina Panthers come to town on Sunday.

7. Indianapolis Colts (1-0) - The Indianapolis Colts make a three team jump from pre-season as they move from # 10 to # 7. The Colts were able to upend AFC South rival Jacksonville 14-12. The Colts were not sharp offensively in the win, just scoring two touchdowns, but it was enough to seal the deal. The Colts were led by the Peyton Manning to Reggie Wayne combination. Manning completed 28 passes for 301 yards and a touchdown, while Wayne caught 10 passes for 162 yards, catching the lone passing touchdown. Joseph Addai picked up the lone rushing touchdown for the Colts. Indianapolis is the lone AFC South team to win in week one. The Colts will play on Monday Night Football in week two at Miami.

8. San Diego Chargers (1-0) – The San Diego Chargers had to use not one, not two, but three come from behind scores to upend the Oakland Raiders on Monday Night. The win for the Chargers allowed them to move up one position from # 9 to # 8. The Chargers were able to use Darren Sproles for a short run to give the final lead of the game - 24 - 20 with less than :30 to go in the game. LaDainian Tomlinson struggled in the game, rushing for just 55 yards in the win. Phillip Rivers threw 36 passes, completing 24 of them, for 252 yards and a touchdown. Antonio Gates and Vincent Jackson combined for 139 yards on 10 catches, also for a touchdown. The Chargers will host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

9. Dallas Cowboys (1-0) – The Dallas Cowboys seemed to be a little more at peace in their season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dallas won the game 34-21 behind 353 passing yards from Tony Romo. Without Terrell Owens, many Dallas receivers had productive days, without Patrick Crayton getting the heaviest workload. Crayton caught 4 catches for 135 yards and a touchdown. Marion Barber controlled the ground game for the Cowboys, rushing 14 times for 79 yards and a touchdown. The Cowboys are now tied with Philadelphia at the top of the NFC East. Dallas and the New York Giants will meet in a supreme NFC East tilt on Sunday night.

10. Minnesota Vikings (1-0) - The Vikings did not get an overwhelming effort from quarterback Brett Favre, but he did just enough to assist in a 34-20 win over the Cleveland Browns. Favre threw 21 passes, completing 14 of them, for 110 yards and a touchdown. The big star of the game for the Vikings was running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson rushed 25 times, garnering 180 yards and 3 touchdowns. Rookie receiver Percy Harvin came up big for Minnesota, catching 3 passes for 36 yards. The Vikings will take on long time NFC North rival Detroit on Sunday.

11. New Orleans Saints (1-0) – The Saints high powered offense was able to get it going to start the 2009 season. The offense scored 45 points, albeit against the Detroit Lions. Drew Brees set a career high, by tossing six touchdowns in the win. Brees finished the game with 358 yards. Devery Henderson was the top receiver for New Orleans, as he caught five passes for 103 yards, including a long touchdown. Reggie Bush rushed for just 14 yards in the game, but also caught 5 passes for 55 yards. The Saints and the Falcons both won, to sit at the top of the NFC South. The Saints will take on the Philadelphia Eagles on the road on Sunday afternoon. New Orleans moves up four spots from # 15 to # 11.

12. Tennessee Titans (0-1) - The Tennessee Titans almost had it. What they almost had was an upset win over the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers. Tennessee was able to force overtime, by were down by a Jeff Reed field goal. The Titans only scored 10 points, but faced one of the best defenses in the game. Kerry Collins threw the only touchdown to Justin Gage, but Kevin Britt picked up the most receiving yards with 85. Tennessee fell just one spot from # 11 to # 12. The Titans will take on AFC South opponent - Houston at LP Field on Sunday.

13. Green Bay Packers (1-0) - The Green Bay Packers won a tilt that featured many offensive mistakes and an array of huge defensive hits. Green Bay picked up a 21-15 win over NFC North rival Chicago on Sunday night. The win for the Packers allowed them to sit in a tie with Minnesota at the top of the NFC North, while it also allowed them to move up from # 17 to # 13. Aaron Rodgers keyed the comeback for Green Bay. On the day, Rodgers completed 17 of 28 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Grant ran for a touchdown, while Greg Jennings caught the lone touchdown pass. Green Bay will stay at home during week two and take on the Cincinnati Bengals.

14. Chicago Bears (0-1) - The Chicago Bears not only lost their week one game, but they also lost their defensive leader Brian Urlacher. Also in the game, new quarterback Jay Cutler threw a career high 4 interceptions in his season opener. The Bears looked sharp overall defensively, but struggled mightily offensively. Matt Forte ran the ball 25 times, but picked up just 55 yards, and was left out of the end zone. Devin Hester caught 4 passes for 90 yards plus a touchdown for the Bears. Chicago dropped seven spots from # 7, to # 14. The Bears will play their home opener on Sunday afternoon against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

15. Carolina Panthers (0-1) - Carolina was week one’s disappointment. After winning the NFC South in 2008 and looking like a true champion, the Panthers folded in the postseason to Arizona, and started the 2009 season a train wreck. Quarterback Jake Delhomme was an absolute nightmare, throwing four interceptions, and only completing seven passes. DeAngelo Williams who had a monster 2008 season started 2009 off well, dashing for the first touchdown of the season, but with the Panthers out of the game for most of the way, Williams received just 14 carries for 37 yards. The Panthers with the loss took an 11 team dive from # 4 to # 15. Carolina will look to bounce back in week two in a huge NFC South tilt against the Atlanta Falcons.

16. San Francisco 49ers (1-0) - The 49ers got the 2009 season off on the right foot as they beat the defending divisional champion Arizona Cardinals 20-16. San Francisco was able to hold the vaunted Cardinals offense to just 16 points in the win. Issac Bruce caught 4 Shaun Hill passes, to lead the team in receiving yards with 74. The 49ers made the biggest jump of the week, improving 12 positions from # 28 to # 16. The 49ers will play another key NFC West game on Sunday at home against the Seattle Seahawks.

17. Arizona Cardinals (0-1) - The defending Super Bowl champions started the 2009 season off with a loss at the hands of divisional foe San Francisco. The high powered Cardinals offense scored just 16 points in the loss. Kurt Warner threw for 288 yards and a touchdown, but it was not enough to down Mike Singletary and his upstart 49ers. Arizona will travel to Jacksonville in week two to take on the Jaguars. Lost to San Francisco 20-16. Arizona falls five spots from # 12 to # 17.

18. Buffalo Bills (0-1) – The Buffalo Bills found themselves wondering what went wrong on Monday Night. The answer is pretty simple - lack of downing the football on a punt. Leodis McKelvin elected to run the kick-off back instead of downing it into the end zone and fumbled it at the 30 yard line, only to see the Patriots recover. Tom Brady then did what he does best and threw his second touchdown pass in the final 2:10 of the game to lead the Patriots past Buffalo. The Bills had owned most of the game, holding Brady in check, and moving the ball offensively. Trent Edwards threw for two touchdown, but Terrell Owens only caught two passes. Most of the time, in week one, a stat like that would not be an issue, but T.O. stormed out of the locker room giving reporters the silent treatment after the loss. The Bills with the loss dropped two spots from # 16 to # 18. Buffalo will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon.

19. Miami Dolphins (0-1) - After winning the AFC East in 2008, the Miami Dolphins had hoped for a much better start to the 2009 season. The Dolphins offense went silent as they fell to Atlanta 19-7. Chad Pennington was not able to get the offense moving, as he threw for just 176 yards. Ronnie Brown ran just 10 times for 43 yards in the loss. Ted Ginn Jr. the wide receiver out of Ohio State University caught just 2 passes for 26 yards. The loss for the Dolphins caused them to slide one spot from # 18 to # 19. Miami will face a tough week two test when they host the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night.

20. Washington Redskins (0-1) - The Redskins took a 23-17 loss on the chin to the New York Giants in week one. Washington got 98 receiving yards from Antwaan Randle-El and 62 rushing yards from Clinton Portis. Washington took a one team fall from # 19 to # 20 with the defeat. The Redskins will look to get their first win of 2009 when the St. Louis Rams visit on Sunday.

21. New York Jets (1-0) - The Jets absolutely ripped apart the Houston Texans in Buddy Ryan’s first game as the head coach. The Jets defense did not allow the Texans offense to get into the end zone. Mark Sanchez was impressive in his first professional start, throwing for 272 yards and a touchdown. Thomas Jones started the season off well, carrying the ball 20 times, for 107 yards and 2 touchdowns. The win for the Jets allowed them to move up two spots from # 23 to # 21. The Jets will play the other AFC East 1-0 team - the New England Patriots, at home on Sunday afternoon.

22. Denver Broncos (1-0) - Denver will be noted as one of the luckiest teams in week one. The Kyle Orton pass to Brandon Stokley that was not meant to be, allowed the Broncos to beat Cincinnati 12-7. The catch for Stokley was his only catch in the game. Orton fared just fine in the game, completing 17 of 28 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown. The Broncos made a five team jump from # 27 to # 22. Denver will look to start the season 2-0 on Sunday when they host the Cleveland Browns.

23. Seattle Seahawks (1-0) - The Seattle Seahawks looked impressive in week one under new head coach Jim Mora Jr. Despite looking impressive, note Seattle’s opponent was the St. Louis Rams. The Seahawks conducted the NFL’s only shut-out during the first week of the season. The closest the Rams got to the end zone was a blocked field goal that was returned all the way back for St. Louis. The call was reversed when replay showed the Rams had 12 players on the field. Seattle received three passing touchdowns from Matt Hasslebeck and 117 rushing yards from Julius Jones. Seattle was able to move up in the rankings from # 25 to # 23. The Seahawks and 49ers will battle on Sunday for the right to take over sole possession of first place in the NFC West.

24. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) - As per usual, the Jaguars hung around with the Indianapolis Colts, but came up short. As it seems, these two AFC South teams went toe to toe for 60 minutes. The Jaguars were able to hold the highly touted Indianapolis Colts offense to just 14 points, but the Jaguars offense struggled all game. Maurice Jones Drew scored the only offensive touchdown of the game for the Jaguars, as he garnered 97 total yards rushing. The Jaguars remain # 24 in the rankings despite the loss. Jacksonville and the Arizona Cardinals will meet on Sunday in Florida.

25. Houston Texans (0-1) - The Houston Texans were at the top of the most disappointing teams to open the 2009 season. Houston, who was talked about before the season started as a possibly playoff team came out flat and were downed by the New York jets 24-7. Houston’s lone touchdown came in the third quarter when Dominique Barber returned a fumble 48 yards for a touchdown. The offense garnered just 183 yards in the game. The loss for Houston sent them down five spots from # 20 to # 25. The Texans week two opponent will have a chip on their shoulder - as the Tennessee Titans open up their home schedule against Houston.

26. Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) - The Bengals, just when they thought they were going to be able to turn around some of their recent misfortunes - ran into a bizarre occurrence to lose in week one. The Denver Broncos passed for a touchdown just as time was expiring, after a Bengals defensive player knocked the ball up, not down. Denver walked away with a 12-7 win. The Bengals offense was putrid through most of the game, scoring their only touchdown in the fourth quarter. The lone touchdown went to Cedric Benson, who finished with 76 yards. Quarterback Carson Palmer completed 21 of 33 passes for 247 yards. The Bengals fell from # 21 to # 26. Cincinnati will look to pick up their first win of the season on Sunday at Green Bay.

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took a 34-21 loss at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys. Tampa Bay head coach Raheem Morris took his first professional loss, allowing Dallas to score 21 second half points. Byron Leftwich completed 25 of 41 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown. Cadillac Williams carried the ball 13 times, garnering 97 yards and a touchdown in the loss. The Buccaneers moved down five positions from # 22 to # 27. The Buccaneers will travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills. Both teams are winless coming into the game. . Lost to Dallas 34-21.

28. Cleveland Browns (0-1) -The Cleveland Browns once again struggled offensively. Brady Quinn passed for 205 yards and a touchdown, but Cleveland’s offense was only able to put up one touchdown offensively. Jamaal Lewis carried the ball 11 times for Cleveland, gaining 57 yards, while Robert Royal led the receivers with 60 yards and a touchdown. The Browns now sit with the Cincinnati Bengals at the bottom of the AFC North standings. The loss for the Browns caused them to drop two positions in the standings from # 26 to # 28. Cleveland will travel to Denver to take on the Broncos, who beat Cincinnati in week one.

29. Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) - The Chiefs competed for most of the game with one of the top teams in the AFC. But when Monday morning came, the Chiefs were winless. Brody Croyle took the place of free agent pick-up Matt Cassell. Croyle threw for two touchdowns in the loss. Most disappointing for Kansas City was running back Larry Johnson. Johnson ran the ball 11 times for just 20 yards. Kansas City will host the Oakland Raiders in an AFC West tilt on Sunday. Kansas City remains # 29 in the power rankings.

30. Oakland Raiders (0-1) - The Raiders were so close on Monday Night. Leading the San Diego Chargers on several occasions, the Raiders were not able to close the door, and fell to 0-1 to start the season. The Raiders allowed a Darren Sproles touchdown as the clock ran down under :20 to fall 24-20. In the game, quarterback JaMarcus Russell had an average game, passing for 208 yards and a touchdown. Darren McFadden ran for 68 yards, while Zach Miller caught just under 100 yards at the tight end position. The loss for the Raiders actually moved them up one position, passing the Rams. Oakland slides from # 31 to # 30. The Raiders will travel to Kansas City on Sunday to take on the Chiefs.

31. St. Louis Rams (0-1) - The Rams are saved by one team, and one team only - the Detroit Lions. Had the Lions not have been so awful during 2008, the Rams would be sitting at the bottom of the NFL Power Rankings. But until Detroit wins, they will remain at # 32. St. Louis was putrid in the 28-0 loss on Sunday at Seattle. The lone excitement for the Rams was a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown, only to be called back by too many players on the field. The Rams just rushed for 77 yards in the loss, and 247 total. Marc Bulger struggled once again, completing just 17 of 36 passes for 191 yards. The Rams will play a second straight road game on Sunday when they head to the nation’s capital to take on the Redskins.

32. Detroit Lions (0-1) - The Detroit Lions scored 27 points in week one. The problem for Detroit was allowing the Saints to score 45. The Lions, who went winless in 2008 fall to 0-1 on the season, and sit with the Bears at the bottom of the NFC North. Rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford completed just 16 of 37 passes for 205 yards, with no touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. The Lions also only got 20 rushing yards on 15 carries from running back Kevin Smith. Drew Brees completed 26 of 34 passes on Detroit’s defense for 358 yards and 6 touchdowns. The Lions will open their home slate on Sunday against the divisional leading Minnesota Vikings.


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