As the second week of the 2009 NFL season has passed, the emergence of my power rankings takes the headlines... Just messin. I'm going to try to put these up each week; as with all of my stuff, I try to have my opinion be debatable to inspire conversation. Without further delay...
1. New Orleans Saints (2-0)- With an improved defense and unstoppable offense, can any team beat them straight up?
2. New York Giants (2-0)- Running game gels, Eli lives up to Manning name.
3. Atlanta Falcons (2-0)- Matt Ryan hasn't shown any signs of going into his predicted "sophomore slump".
4. New York Jets (2-0)- Egg on Mangini's face.
5. San Francisco 49ers (2-0)- I like Singletary's style.
6. Baltimore Ravens (2-0)- See #3.
7. Chicago Bears (1-1)- Definitely playoff caliber, but Super Bowl?
8. San Diego Chargers (1-1)- Don't they start off every season like this?
9. Minnesota Vikings (2-0)- That defense has yet to convince me. Big game coming up against San Fran could potentially change my mind.
10. Indianapolis Colts (2-0)- Running game is still sorry.
11. Arizona Cardinals (1-1)- Beat up on J-Ville.
12. Philadelphia Eagles (1-1)- Reid can't be comfortable with Kolb as the backup/future starter.
13. Houston Texans (1-1)- I'm confused.
14. New England Patriots (1-1)- End of an era? Word.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1)- Offensive line is flat out sorry. Better hope that defense is in for an encore.
17. Buffalo Bills (1-1)- Had Leodis not fumbleodis the Bills could be in the top five right now, but we could play the "if game" all day.
18. Dallas Cowboys (1-1)- Jerry is "bout to snap"
19. Cincinatti Bengals (1-1)- See #16.
20. Seattle Seahawks (1-1)- I like Seneca better.
21. Denver Broncos (2-0)- We can welcome them to the regular season in week 4, but not this week.
22. Oakland Raiders (1-1)- If this were the NTL, the Raiders would be perennial champs.
23. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2)- No homer.
24. Washington Redskins (1-1)- I like Campbell. Who does he have to throw to? Thats right, Randle El
25. Tennessee Titans (0-2)- This years Jaguars?
26. St. Louis Rams (0-2)- Come on Steven Jackson, my fantasy championship hopes depend on you.
27. Miami Dolphins (0-2)- Ranking could be unfair, but I really don't care.
28. Kansas City Chiefs (0-2)- Offense can be good... just a work in progress everywhere else.
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-2)- Leftwich and the offense offer some ability, but the days of Monte Kiffen are over.
30. Carolina Panthers (0-2)- Delhomme is horrible, time to start Moore. You know, the guy who played great as an undrafted free agent three years ago.
31. Cleveland Browns (0-2)- See #4.
32. Detroit Lions (0-2)- At least their city has swagger... somewhat.
And let me also take this opportunity to say that I think JDR is still the right one for the job. I missed the game this weekend because of a "school related" trip. Either way, I think stability at the coaching position(s) can really help speed up the turnaround of a football team. I also heard my boy MSW had a great day. During his injury plagued pre-season I said he would come back in a big way, and then prayed he wouldn't disappoint. It seems he did pretty well.
If the head coach was changed, how about, wait for it... Mel Tucker?