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2008 NFL Power Rankings: Week 2

by: DanD On  Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Tags:  NFL   Power Rankings  

Week 2Another wild week in the NFL: here is a list of the best and worst in the league according to Total Pro Sports 2008 NFL Power Rankings for Week 2. 

Some teams have seen a bit of movement, yet the Cowboys remain on top with a big win against the Eagles. 

The two biggest losers this week were the San Diego Chargers and the Chicago Bears who both dropped nine spots. 

The biggest gainers were The Tennessee Titans and the San Francisco 49ers who both jumped eight spots after two big road wins.    

Rank Team Rec PRV Comment
1 Dallas Cowboys 2-0  - Taking care of the Eagles in a shootout on Monday night means the Cowboys are number 1.  The only cause for concern is that their defense looked shaky at times and Tony Romo had a costly turnover.  
2 Pittsburgh Steelers 2-0 Green Arrow1 After a big division win over the Browns at home the Steelers looked primed to have a great season.  The pass offense seemed to sputter at times but should be better in the coming weeks. 
3 New York Giants 2-0 Green Arrow1 The Giants showed the lowly Rams why they are the defending champs and beat them in their own house.  By the end of next week they should be 3-0 as they host the Bengals at home in what should be a one sided affair.
4 New England Patriots 2-0 Green Arrow2 Matt Cassel became the first player in NFL history to start a game without having started one at the collegiate level.  The Patriots seem to have the right personnel to rally around this inexperienced pivot.  Are we looking at the next Tom Brady?  We shall see.
5 Green Bay Packers 2-0 Green Arrow4 The packers rolled to an easy win in Motown as their offense and defense both had great performances.  Aaron Rodgers looked to be in complete control as he threw for three touchdowns and over 300 yards.
6 Tennessee Titans 2-0 Green Arrow8 Vince who?  Even without their troubled QB the Titans crushed the Cincinnati Bengals.  Rookie Chris Johnson had another impressive outing as he passed the century mark in rushing yards for the first time in his young career. 
7 Buffalo Bills 2-0 Green Arrow6 The Bills are now 2-0 and look to be a contender in the AFC East.  This young and talented team managed to outplay a Jacksonville team that is usually tough to beat at home. 
8 Philadelphia Eagles 1-1 Red Arrow6 The Eagles played hard but failed to beat the Cowboys.  McNabb and Westbrook had solid games but in they could not score in the final minutes to take the lead.  The Eagles will host the Steelers in week 3 in what should be an entertaining affair.   
9 Indianapolis Colts 1-1 Red Arrow1 The game against the Vikings was a must win for the Colts. Although it was not a pretty affair they managed to squeak one out.  They may have salvaged their season and should be able to get past the Jags in week 3. 
10 Carolina Panthers 2-0 Green Arrow5 Rookie running back Jonathan Stewart had his best day as a pro playing against one of the leagues best defenses.  He rushed for 77 yards on 14 carries to go along with two touchdowns.  The return of Steve Smith in week 3 should ignite the passing game and help Jake Delhomme return to old form.
11 Denver Broncos 2-0 Green Arrow5 This division match-up could have gone either way but a few questionable calls went the Broncos way which allowed them to win the game late.  Jay Cutler proved why we here at Total Pro Sports selected him as our Fantasy QB starter of the week.
12 Arizona Cardinals 2-0 Green Arrow5 Another solid game from Kurt Warner has the Cardinals and their fans dreaming about the possibility of making the playoffs.  If the Seahawks and Rams continue to struggle the NFC west will be theirs for the taking. 
13 New Orleans Saints 1-1 Red Arrow8 Playing without Marques Colstonreally seemed to limit the potency of the Saints offense.  The fact that he will miss a significant amount of time means their other receivers will have to step up big time.
14 Jacksonville Jaguars 0-2 Red Arrow3 The Jags looked like a team in disarray as they let the Bills walk into their house and beat them.  David Garrard struggled as he failed to throw a touchdown pass.
15 San Diego Chargers 0-2 Red Arrow9 Another 0-2 start combined with an injured Ladanian Tomlinson means bad news for the Chargers.  The defense looked like they are really missing Shawne Merriman as they failed to pressure Jay Cutler. 
16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-1 Green Arrow6 Brian Griese played well in place of injured starter Jeff Garcia.  He played so well that there are rumors swirling that he might have forced Jeff Garcia out of town.
17 Washington Redskins 1-1 Green Arrow6 The Redskins managed to beat the Saints at home thanks in part to big games from Clinton Portis and Santana Moss.  They will host the 2-0 Cardinals at home this week in what could be a shootout.
18 New York Jets 1-1 Red Arrow6 Brett Favre and Jets fell back to earth this week as the Patriots showed them they can win without Brady.  Favre will have to step up his play in order for this team to make a playoff push.
19 Chicago Bears 1-1 Red Arrow9 The Bears lost a close game to a much improved Carolina team this week.  Rookie Matt Forte had another solid game again and has looked like the player the Bears thought they were getting when they drafted Cedric Benson. 
20 Baltimore Ravens 1-0  - The Ravens game was postponed to a later date due to Hurricane Ike.
21 Cleveland Browns 0-2 Red Arrow3 Another loss at home, this time to a division opponent has Browns is a deep hole to start the season.  A questionable call near the end of the game by Romeo Crennel to go for a field goal instead of try for a touchdown means that his days as a coach could be numbered.
22 Minnesota Vikings 0-2 Red Arrow3 The preseason favorites to win the division also find themselves 0-2.  Tarvaris Jackson looked shaky in a game that they should have won.  Some of the blame can also fall on the shoulders of kicker Ryan Longwell for missing a key field goal.
23 Oakland Raiders 1-1 Green Arrow5 The Raiders beat the Chiefs to win their first game of the year.  Rookie Darren McFadden showed the Raiders why he deserved to by selected early in the first round of this years draft as he rushed for 169 yards on 21 and also had a touchdown.
24 San Francisco 49ers 1-1 Green Arrow8 San Fran shocked the Seahawks by beating them at home in over time.  The game should have ended in regulation but kicker Joe Nedney missed a field goal in the dying seconds of the game, but made up for his mistake in the extra period.
25 Atlanta Falcons 1-1 Red Arrow4 The Falcons struggled against the Bucs as Matt Ryan threw two picks.  This was Ryan’s first bad game as a pro and he should be able to have a much better game this week against the Chiefs.
26 Houston Texans 0-1 Green Arrow1 The Texans game was postponed to a later date due to Hurricane Ike.
27 Cincinnati Bengals 0-2 Red Arrow2 The Bengals suck, plain and simple.  Their offense looked slow and their defense would be bad in the CFL.  They should fire Marvin Lewis and trade Chad Ocho Cinco. 
28 Kansas City Chiefs 0-2 Red Arrow2 The Chiefs were at one time a difficult team to beat at home, not anymore.  They looked bad on both sides of the ball against the Raiders.
29 Miami Dolphins 0-2  - Poor Bill Parcells, who is most likely wondering why he came out of retirement to help this team.  Look for the Fins to throw rookie QB Chad Henne into the starting lineup sooner rather than later.
30 Seattle Seahawks 0-2 Red Arrow6 The Seahawks are so thin at wide receiver that before their next game they will be holding open tryouts in the parking lot for fans.  
31 Detroit Lions 0-2  - If the Lions are truly intent on one day becoming a winning franchise they need to fire Matt Millen and hire a manager capable of running the team properly.  At least they have the potential to have the top pick in next years draft. 
32 St Louis Rams 0-2 Red Arrow2 The team formerly referred to as the greatest show on turf should now be called the lamest show on the earth.  Marc Bulger was hit so many times that the imprint of his jersey is still on the field.  

 

Be sure to check back next week with our 2008 NFL Power Rankings for week 3.�




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