Hitman: Weekly NFL Power Poll
With week one in the books, it’s time for my first installment of my weekly NFL Power Poll. Here we go!
RK. Team (Record) (Last week) Comment
1 - New England Patriots (1-0) ( – ) WOW! Tom Brady. Need I say more.
2 – Green Bay Packers (1-0) ( – ) Aaron Rodgers already playing at MVP level after one week.
3 – Baltimore Ravens (1-0) ( – ) Joe Flacco finally slays the beast. Gets his first win over Steelers.
4 – Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) ( – ) Team looked scary fast on turf. MV7 played under control and defense frustrated Sam Bradford all day long.
5 – Houston Texans (1-0) ( – ) Pounded hapless Colts. If they don’t win the division this year, Gary Kubiak should be fired.
6 – Chicago Bears (1-0) ( – ) Bears defense once again will be a unit to be reckoned with. Offense in year 2 much improved.
7 – Detroit Lions (1-0) ( – ) If Matt Stafford plays a full season, this is a 10-win team at least!
8 - New York Jets (1-0) ( – ) Not sold yet that Mark Sanchez can lead gang green to the big game.
9 – San Diego Chargers (1-0) ( – ) Struggled at home against a pathetic Vikings offense. Need a win this week in New England to move up in the poll.
10 - New Orleans Saints (0-1) ( – ) Despite the loss at Green Bay, this team is a playoff contender.
11 – Arizona Cardinals (1-0) ( – ) Finally have a quarterback that get Larry Fitzgerald and Early Doucet the ball.
12 – Washington Redskins (1-0) ( – ) It’s only one win but beating the G-Men by 14 is a pretty good accomplishment.
13 – Oakland Raiders (1-0) ( – ) Despite the loss of Nnamdi and others, defense got after it and looks to be the best unit in the AFC West.
14 – Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1) ( – ) Obviously weren’t ready to play in Baltimore. I don’t worry about the Steelers. They will rebound and pummel hapless Seattle this week.
15 – Dallas Cowboys (0-1) ( – ) Outplayed the Jets for three-quarters. Only another costly Tony Romo turnover stood between them and a win.
16 – Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0) ( – ) Steady and smart play of quarterback Luke McCown led Jags to a season opening win.
17 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) ( – ) Losing to up and coming Lions not that bad of a loss. Have to rebound and win this week in Minnesota.
18 – Atlanta Falcons (0-1) ( – ) A little surprised Bears defense shut down high-flying boys from A-Town. Dirty Birds need a bounce-back win this week at home versus the Eagles.
19 – Buffalo Bills (1-0) ( – ) Went into rowdy Arrowhead stadium and dismantled the Chiefs. Defense and running game improved enough to at least contend for playoff spot.
20 – Indianapolis Colts (0-1) ( – ) Still have faith this team can win 9 to 10 games with Kerry Collins under center. Other all-pro’s need to step up and help carry the load.
21 – Tennessee Titans (0-1) ( – ) Titans will go as far as Matt Hasslebeck will take them. Which isn’t very far.
22 – San Francisco 49ers (1-0) ( – ) Hey look, a Ted Ginn, Jr. sighting in the NFL!!! This team won’t win more than six games. Still developing.
23 – Miami Dolphins (0-1) ( – ) Despite facing the MVP Tom Brady, this team is extremely average on defense.
24 – Cincinnati Bengals (1-0) ( – ) Despite comeback win over Browns on the road, this Queen City tigers wins no more than 4 games with rookie quarterback under center.
25 – New York Giants (0-1) ( – ) Tom Coughlin said his Giants made to many mistakes to win on the road. I agree. And the injuries to the defense may be too much to overcome.
26 - St. Louis Rams (0-1) ( – ) Avoided a scare when stud QB Sam Bradford only bruised his finger and didn’t break it. Need to fight their way through 3 bad injuries in week 1.
27 – Denver Broncos (0-1) ( – ) John Fox era underway in Denver. “It is what it is!”
28 – Carolina Panthers (0-1) ( – ) Will rise fast in the polls if Cam Newton keeps up record-breaking play at quarterback. Loss of Jon Beason for the season on defense could cripple the unit.
29 – Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) ( – ) Defending AFC West champs lost at home to Bills. If they expect to be a playoff team once again, they need to beat Detroit this week. Can’t start season 0-2.
30 – Cleveland Browns (0-1) ( – ) Awful loss at home to Bengals. Can’t lose at home to a team with a rookie quarterback and average at best defense.
31 – Minnesota Vikings (0-1) ( – ) Donovan McNabb threw for 35 yards. SERIOUSLY? Embarrassing. Need him to play at his best every week for them to compete in the very good NFC North.
Tony ” The Hitman”