Week 1 of the 2013 NFL season had some surprising outcomes.
Even those who won – like the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts – failed to do so in impressively. By the same token, a win is a win and not every game is easy in pro football.
Peyton Manning once again entered the NFL record book by tossing seven touchdowns against the Baltimore Ravens. Clearly not having to face Ray Lewis or Ed Reed allowed the Denver Broncos to shred the Ravens in historical fashion. Elsewhere, J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans stole a win from Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers during Monday night’s doubleheader.
The 2013 season is off to one fast and exhilarating start. Let’s check out our Week 2 power rankings, last week’s ranking is in parenthesis.
1. Seattle Seahawks 1-0, (1)
Carolina’s defense proved better than expected. Nevertheless, Seattle won a tough road game when it wasn’t at its best.
2. Denver Broncos 1-0, (3)
Right now Peyton Manning is on pace to throw for 112 touchdowns and zero interceptions. But seriously, imagine how good Denver will be when Champ Bailey and Von Miller get back.
3. San Francisco 49ers 1-0, (5)
San Francisco continues to have Green Bay’s number. And the difference is on the defensive side of the ball.
4. Houston Texans 1-0, (4)
Without Ed Reed the Texans pass defense looked vulnerable early on. But everything came together thereafter and Houston’s perseverance was most impressive.
5. Atlanta Falcons 0-1, (2)
The Superdome is arguably the toughest environment in pro football. Atlanta is fine, but Matt Ryan and co. must know that the NFC South won’t be a cakewalk in 2013 like it was in 2012.
6. Green Bay Packers 0-1, (6)
It was much better showing than the playoff loss against the 49ers, but Green Bay still must prove itself defensively.
7. New England Patriots 1-0, (9)
New England typically has trouble with the Bills when playing in Buffalo. That said, the Patriots don’t look nearly as explosive as in previous campaigns.
8. Baltimore Ravens 0-1, (7)
The Ravens were outscored 35-10 in the second half at Mile High Stadium. Ouch.
9. Indianapolis Colts 1-0, (10)
A solid start against the Raiders almost turned into an upset loss at home. Indianapolis has to close those games out if it wants to contend for a Super Bowl.
10. Chicago Bears 1-0, (12)
Chicago faced one of the AFC’s better teams and came away with a victory. The next challenge is to keep that momentum going within its division.
11. Cincinnati Bengals 0-1, (8)
A tough road loss at Soldier Field and the Bengals are 0-1. Fortunately, the rest of the AFC North fell in Week 1 and Cincinnati remains is a strong position.
12. New Orleans Saints 1-0, (18)
An enormous victory over Atlanta for New Orleans in Week 1. Not to mention the defense really impressed versus the Hot-lanta offense.
13. St. Louis Rams 1-0, (13)
Arizona proved to St. Louis there will be no easy games in the NFC West in 2013. The Rams have postseason potential if Sam Bradford maintains his consistency.
14. Dallas Cowboys 1-0, (17)
The Cowboys have improved tremendously on defense. Provided they minimize the big plays, Dallas will compete in the NFC East.
15. Kansas City Chiefs 1-0, (15)
A great first win for the Chiefs, Andy Reid in his new coaching spot with quarterback Alex Smith in Kansas City. Unfortunately it came against the lowly Jaguars.
16. Detroit Lions 1-0, (22)
Reggie Bush reverted back to his USC days in his first appearance with Detroit. And the defense showed a ton of potential.
17. Minnesota Vikings 0-1, (14)
Adrian Peterson is only one man. Minnesota’s overall production won’t get heightened unless Christian Ponder steps up.
18. Philadelphia Eagles 1-0, (24)
The Chip Kelly era is off to a good start. The test for Philadelphia will be to remain consistent against better defenses.
19. Washington Redskins 0-1, (11)
Washington got a dose of its own medicine from the Eagles on Monday. Plus its defense continues to have questions in pass coverage.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0-1, (16)
A severely disappointing performance by Tampa Bay in Week 1. Doug Martin only averaged 2.7 yards per carry and the team racked up 13 penalties for 102 yards.
21. Miami Dolphins 1-0, (21)
The Dolphins had a strong second half against the Browns. But not starting off strong will be costly against better teams.
22. Tennessee Titans 1-0, (25)
An impressive victory for Tennessee in Pittsburgh. The Titans look like AFC playoff sleepers should their defense continue controlling the line of scrimmage.
22. New York Giants 0-1, (19)
Six turnovers obviously cost Big Blue against Dallas. And although it’s unlikely to occur again, Eli Manning and co. have to play a full four quarters, especially against division rivals.
23. Carolina Panthers 0-1, (23)
Carolina gave Seattle all it could handle on Sunday. Provided its offense comes around, the Panthers have the defense to compete in the NFC South.
25. Buffalo Bills 0-1, (26)
EJ Manuel had a sound debut. The downside was Buffalo’s performance on third down on both sides of the line.
26. Pittsburgh Steelers 0-1, (20)
With aging veterans on defense, a banged up offensive line and no deep threat receiver, Ben Roethlisberger has a tough road ahead in 2013.
28. New York Jets 1-0, (32)
Are the Jets for real? It was a nice win over the Buccaneers, not to mention Geno Smith’s debut was solid against Tampa Bay’s upgraded defense.
27. San Diego Chargers 0-1, (28)
Philip Rivers started strong, but failed to keep his play up in the second half. If that continues, San Diego is in for a long season.
29. Arizona Cardinals 0-1, (30)
Carson Palmer gives new life to Arizona’s offense. Now it’s up to the defense to get more quarterback pressure and turnovers.
30. Oakland Raiders 0-1, (31)
Oakland almost had a massive Week 1 road upset. Despite the loss, the Raiders have something to build on with Terrelle Pryor and their pass rush.
31. Cleveland Browns 0-1, (27)
If Cleveland wants to improve offensively Trent Richardson needs more than just 13 carries.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars 0-1, (29)
Two points, no offense and a vulnerable defense doesn’t bode well for Jacksonville’s immediate future.
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