Week 2 NFL Power Rankings
Two entertaining MNF games, a passing clinic on Thursday, a tight game in San Francisco and the 1,800 safeties scored on Sunday made it one incredibly interesting opening week in the NFL.
Out of all that, what I find the most intriguing is the Blur Offense in Philadelphia. Coming out of Oregon into the NFL, many assumed professional referees would themselves slow down Chip Kelly’s ultra-fast paced Blur Offense. Well, we were wrong there. 16 seconds from ball down to snap going into fourth down? That’s just insanity, the best kind of insanity.
It worked in the first half but ground to a halt in the second half, mostly due to RGIII finally finding a rhythm and taking Philly out of theirs.
Can the Blur be sustainable over 16 games instead of 12 with harder hitting defense going up against it? Can Michael Vick keep running it without disintegrating into a fine powder? I have no idea, neither do you, and that’s why it’s going to be fun to watch the Eagles in 2013.
The Top Three:
1) 49ers: Well many expected Packers/49ers to be the game of the week and I’ll say it mostly lived up to the hype. The MNF games were fun and the Peyton Manning show on Thursday were a lot of fun, but none were as back-and-forth as the game by the Bay. Ultimately the Niners came out on top, playing well late in the fourth quarter. Jim Harbaugh’s ballsy decision to go for it on 4th and 2 from the Packers 36 with three minutes left all but sealed it up, as the drive led to the games final three points.
2) Broncos: Peyton Manning is a cheat code. Shredding the Baltimore secondary for seven (!) touchdowns and 462 yards was one of the more impressive things I’ve seen. The defense might not be Seahawks or 49ers level elite, but it’s good. And so long as they have Manning healthy, the defense doesn’t need to be amazing, just adequate.
3) Seahawkss: As Brett M. is more than happy to point out, the Hawks 12-7 win in Carolina was more impressive than people are making it out to be. Honestly, he’s right. A 10 a.m. start in the heat on the east coast with four missing defensive impact players was not an easy draw for Seattle. Try as they might though, Carolina’s defense couldn’t keep Russell Wilson’s Hawks out of the end zone all game.
Below the jump you can find our entire rankings as well as some notes on the NFC West and the breakdown of how each individual writer voted this week.
*Δ, or Delta, indicates movement up or down from the week prior.
Biggest Move Up: One thing is for sure, the Eagles are going to be interesting this year. Their blistering pace in the first half against Washington was enough to hold onto a win and bump them up 10 spots in the rankings. Whether or not the Blur offense will work in the NFL is intriguing. Don’t tune away from Eagles games this season.
Biggest Fall Down: Five sacks and an interception for Big Ben plus a lost fumble, even after being spotted two points on the opening kickoff led to a loss for the Steelers in week one to the No. 28 ranked Titans. It was ugly, and it dropped the Steelers 9 spots in the rankings.
Ranking The NFC West:
49ers (1): The 49ers took care of the first half of their very tough opening two weeks with that win over the Packers at home. While the defense gave up 28 points, that happens when you’re playing Aaron Rodgers and your own offense is operating relatively efficiently. Eric Reid looks like the real deal in the secondary and on the offensive side Kap shouldn’t miss Crabtree nearly as much as we thought he would.
Seahawks (3): While not as impressive as the Broncos thrashing of the defending Super Bowl champs or the 49ers win over the Packers, the Hawks victory in Carolina was impressive. The defense only gave up 7 points to Cam Newton on the road, that is not easy. Holy hell, I’m excited for Sunday night.
Rams (18): The Rams won, yes, but geeze was it closer than it ever should have been, especially at home. The win still dropped them in the rankings and they’ll stay down there until we see the signs of life we anticipated being there in the offseason.
Cardinals (26): Larry Fitzgerald must be happy to have a real QB throwing to him again.
How They Voted:
Now that we know the rankings the formula spit out, how about we find out how each individual writer voted? We’re doing this for two reasons; 1) So you can spot potential writer biases and 2) so you know who to direct your hate-filled comments at.
Remember, this rankings system is essentially a standard average system, but not entirely. Read the opener to this post again for clarification.
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Ranking The Divisons:
Once again the NFC West is on top. I really don’t see that changing much this year, seeing as the 49ers and Seahawks should be in the top five all season, barring injuries, of course. What is interesting though is it doesn’t look like the AFC is much better than last season, coming in 5-8 in the divisional rankings. Aside from the Broncos, there’s not much there.
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