The Niners defense has chased down Aaron Rodgers and Matt Stafford in their first two victories.
This week’s power rankings finds some teams in weird space. The Arizona Cardinals are 2-0 and the New Orleans Saints are 0-2 — something none of us saw coming.
Twenty teams have 1-1 records — the most during any time in recent memory. There are six undefeated teams and six without a win. Unlike the replacement officials — I have control of the situation.
The Texans don’t miss much when Ben Tate spells Arian Foster.
1. San Francisco 49’ers (2-0) – In wins over the Pack and Lions the Niners displayed a physical brand of football that make champions. For now it gives them our top ranking.
2. Houston Texans (2-0) – The Texans first test of the season comes against the Denver Broncos on the road
3. Atlanta Falcons (2-0) – I didn’t expect the Falcons to get off to a start like this. The defense forced Peyton Manning into an uncharacteristic outing on Monday night
4. Green Bay Packers (1-1) – Clay Matthews Jr. may be the best player in football right now. He will challenge Michael Strahan’s sack record.
5. Philadelphia Eagles (2-0) – Center Jason Kelce is out for the season and the left tackle position is a revolving door. With the Cardinals, Giants, Steelers and Lions in successive weeks we better pray for Michael Vick.
6. San Diego Chargers (2-0) – The Chargers have skipped out on the slow start this season. But the Falcons, Chiefs, Saints and Broncos await.
7. Baltimore Ravens (1-1) – The Ravens took the ball out of Ray Rice’s hands when it mattered most against the Eagles on Sunday. Joe Flacco is improved but hasn’t arrived yet.
The much maligned Kevin Kolb got in right in Foxboro against the Patriots Sunday.
8. Arizona Cardinals (2-0) – If the Cardinals take out Philly, Miami and St. Louis in the next three weeks how crazy will I look then.
9. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) – The Steelers shut out the schizophrenic Jets in the second half to get their first win of the season.
10. New England Patriots (1-1) – The Patriots have brought in TE Kellen Winslow and brought back WR Deion Branch. I understand the Winslow move but Branch? As I said earlier — Wes Welker’s days may be numbered.
11. Denver Broncos (1-1) – This Broncos team is better than I thought they would be in the first two weeks — especially running the ball.
12. New York Giants (1-1) – Great comeback win on Sunday. The next month and a half for the G-Men is murder before their Nov. 18th bye.
13. Detroit Lions (1-1) – No shame in losing to the Niners on the road. They have the Titans and Vikings coming up to beat up on.
14. Cincinnati Bengals (1-1) – When Adam Jones makes impact plays his mind is right and that can only mean good things for the Bengals. Intriguing game Sunday in D.C. against the Redskins.
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Jay Cutler has turned his Bears teammates against him.
15. Chicago Bears (1-1) – Don’t be surprised if the offensive line has taken up a collection for the winner of the who-can-get-Cutler-knocked-out sweepstakes. My money is on J’Marcus Webb.
16. New York Jets (1-1) – From one touchdown in the preseason to 40-plus points in the opener and back to a scoreless second half Sunday. You try to figure these guys out.
17. Seattle Seahawks (1-1) – The Seahawks smacked the Cowboys around in the first half and turned Marshawn Lynch loose in the second half. That’s not a bad formula for success.
18. Dallas Cowboys (1-1) – What happened to the guys that manhandled the champs two weeks ago? Three receptions for 17 yards isn’t going to cut it for Dez Bryant.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1) – The Bucs shut down the Panthers running game but get air-raided in a defensive meltdown against the Giants. Coach Greg Schiano will learn the hard way that he’s far from Piscataway, NJ.
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With Cam Newton as a dual threat the Panthers are a handful against anyone.
20. Carolina Panthers (1-1) – Cam Newton played his best all-around game Sunday against the Saints. Huge tests against the Falcons and Seahawks before the bye.
21. St. Louis Rams (1-1) – The Rams have a keeper in rookie running back Daryl Richardson. Give the Rams young, talented receivers one more season together.
22. Washington Redskins (1-1) – Season-ending injuries to Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker wrecks a solid defensive until. That means close to 200 tackles for the ageless London Fletcher. The Skins are a boneheaded play away from being 2-0.
23. Buffalo Bills (1-1) – The Bills circled the wagons and smacked the hapless Chiefs around Sunday. After the Browns on Sunday it’s the Patriots and Niners.
24. New Orleans Saints (0-2) – The Saints are really feeling the loss of Sean Payton. The Chiefs, Packers and Chargers are due up before the bye.
25. Indianapolis Colts (1-1) – I like what I’ve seen out of Andrew Luck so far. Forget Peyton Manning he’s going to be his own man in Indy.
Reggie Bush is turning into the running back that we hoped for.
26. Miami Dolphins (1-1) – If Reggie Bush and the offense keeps this up Joe Philbin may get a few letters of apology. Wait, that was the Raiders right? Nevermind.
27. Minnesota Vikings (1-1) – The Vikings let one get away on Sunday. But any Sunday when Adrian Peterson doesn’t suffer a setback is a small victory on a larger-scale.
28. Oakland Raiders (0-2) – Turnovers have killed this team early on. Darren McFadden isn’t effective when the defense is constantly on the field.
29. Cleveland Browns (0-2) – Trent Richardson showed us how violent a runner he can be in Week 1. Sunday he gave you speed and elusiveness.
30. Kansas City Chiefs (0-2) – Fans in K.C. weren’t expecting this. The Chiefs aren’t this bad — Matt Cassell however…
31. Tennessee Titans (0-2) – Chris Johnson has gone from a 2,000 yard season to averaging around a yard per carry in his first two games. A barometer of the times for the Titans.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2) – MJD would’ve been better off holding out for a trade.