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TNT NFL power rankings — Week 2

Post by Eric Williams on Sep. 17, 2011 at 9:12 am with 25 Comments »
September 17, 2011 9:12 am

Here are The News Tribune NFL rankings for week two. I dropped the Seattle Seahawks from 22 last week to 26 this week.

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports puts Seattle at No. 31 overall.

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated also puts Seattle at No. 31.

ESPN’s panelist of experts ranks the Seahawks at No. 31 as well.

1. Green Bay (1) (1-0): Cam Newton and Carolina will make things interesting this week, but Packers looking toward NFC championship rematch at Chicago in two weeks.

2. New England (3) (1-0): Chad Ochocinco struggling with complex Patriots’ offense. Albert Haynseworth struggling with food choices in the cafeteria.

3. Philadelphia (4) (1-0): Eagles rushed for a league-leading 236 yards last week vs. St. Louis, including Vick totaling 97 yards on the ground.

4. Baltimore (5) (1-0): QB Joe Flacco quieted critics with a convincing win over AFC North rival Pittsburgh last week.

5. Houston (6) (1-0): RB Arian Foster (hamstring) could make season debut today in Miami.

6. New Orleans (7) (0-1): UW product, Saints center Olin Kruetz faces former team Chicago at the Super Dome.

7. N.Y. Jets (8) (1-0): Wish Seattle drafted Mark Sanchez instead of Aaron Curry? Get some nose plugs and take a look at his career numbers – 31 TDs, 34 Ints. and a 71.1 passer rating.

8. San Diego (10) (0-0): Philip Rivers is one of the best quarterbacks in the business, but he gets overlooked because he hasn’t won a Super Bowl.

9. Pittsburgh (2) (0-1):
Steelers’ fans hoping what ex-NFL player Warren Sapp isn’t true: team is “old, slow and it’s over.”

10. Atlanta (9) (0-1): Falcons could be in a bit of a hole early in the NFC South if they don’t get past Philadelphia at home.

11. Chicago (13) (1-0): Hand-picked replacement for Kruetz by Tim Ruskell, Hawks center Chris Spencer finally gets his first start with the Bears – at right guard.

12. Detroit (18) (1-0): Lions on a five game winning streak dating back to last season.

13. Tampa Bay (11) (0-1): LeGarrette Blount complained about playing time after only carrying the ball five times for 15 yards against Detroit. Will Raheem Morris listen?

14. Buffalo (28) (1-0): Ryan Fitzpatrick showing why the Bills passed on a quarterback in this year’s draft.

15. Jacksonville (20) (1-0): Ex-WSU receiver Jason Hill needs to pick his battles more wisely; Jags wideout says Darrelle Revis is “overhyped”, heading into contest with Jets.

16. Arizona (21) (1-0): Hate to see what veteran QB Rex Grossman will do to Cardinals’ D after Cam Newton threw for 422 yards last week.

17. Oakland (23) (1-0): Raiders looking to go 2-0 for the first time in nine years.

18. Washington (29) (1-0): RB Tim Hightower faces his former team, Arizona, in Washington today.

19. N.Y. Giants (12) (0-1): Former Seahawk Brandon Stokley signed this week with the Giants.

20. Dallas (14) (0-1): Tony Romo’s late-game turnovers against the Jets last week still frontline issue in big “D”.

21. St. Louis (16) (0-1): Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo faces his former team this week, the N.Y. Giants, where he served as defensive coordinator.

22. San Francisco (30) (1-0): Niners will have to open it up this week to keep pace with Cowboy’s offense on the road.

23. Cincinnati (31) (1-0): Bengals looking for franchise’s first win in Denver since 1975.

24. Kansas City (17) (0-1): Head coach Todd Haley’s seat is getting warm and toasty.

25. Minnesota (19) (0-1): Hard to believe Donovan McNabb only threw for 39 yards against San Diego this week. Vikings should open it up a bit more against Bucs.

26. Seattle (22) (0-1): Hawks would like to win today, but understand more important game is at home next week against NFC West division rival Arizona.

27. Tennessee (24) (0-1): Former Seahawks safety Jordan Babineaux gets his first start today for the Titans.

28. Denver (25) (0-1): It doesn’t matter who plays quarterback, Broncos still can’t stop the run.

29. Cleveland (26) (0-1): Browns could take advantage of an Indianapolis team still finding its way.

30. Miami (27) (0-1): The Dolphins are 1-10 in their last 11 homes games.

31. Indianapolis (15) (0-1): The Colts are 13-3 at home under head coach Jim Caldwell.

32. Carolina (32) (0-1): Newton will face a tougher challenge against defending Super Bowl champion Packers in his home debut.

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  1. Ranking anything after one week is pretty dumb.

    Seattle was within a field goal of beating the 49ers, before Ginn broke loose on a KR.

    Kansas City was pummeled 41-7 by the Bills, one of the very worst teams.
    Carolina had their QB pass for 400 yards and still lost.
    And those teams get ranked ahead of the Seahawks?

    I’ll start paying attention to rankings and stats around mid-season.

  2. Is SEA @ PIT more like WSU@ Boise St or UW @ Boise State?

  3. Who will play better at RT tomorrow,
    Rookie James Carpenter or rookie Marcus Gilbert?

    Who will play better at RG,
    Rookie John Moffitt or Doug Legursky?

    The Steelers are actually in worse shape at these two positions than we are. Bryant and Mebane should abuse Gilbert and Legursky. If Seahawks can scheme a way to get pass rush on the strong side, Steelers could have some problems.

  4. Fair assessment. Seattle did nothing on offense in the first half. Both second half TD’s came on short slants to uncovered receivers. Baldwin turned his back up field for 55 yards running to day light. Guy like that needs the ball in their hands often. Nothing more frustrating than watching a ball carrier run into the back of the pile. Even a rat ul run a maze to find the cheese. They won’t dead end at the wall buttin’ heads in the same spot till they drop.

    Seahawk defense will be fun to watch progress. They handle the Steelers and it’s possible they’ll be worth the price of admission this season. I like the addition of Branch and Browner with a healthy Hill, Thurmond and Browner. Curry made no major mistakes I can think of.

  5. UW is doing well at Nebraska.

  6. nighthawk2 says:

    How the hell does Seattle get ranked ahead of Miami and Denver? As for Clayton, kind of hard for Miami to have a commitment to the run game when Thomas is hurt, and they let Williams and Brown get away in free agency.

    And this isn’t a college blog, so I don’t care what UW is doing.

  7. College is where pro teams get their players. I’m looking at potential SEA players. That’s my main interest in college.

  8. #1 Oklahoma at #5 FL St, today at 5pm. OK’s QB Lance Jones wins at home, what does he do on the road vs a solid team? SEA might end up with Jones in ’12.

  9. Let’s see…… if we could only drop one more place by year end, we won’t have to listen to BobbyK anymore on each posting article…… We’d have the #1 pick! ;-)
    .
    (Just kidding Bobby, but the QB comments sure are getting old…..)

  10. Dukeshire says:

    rynehawk – That’s great. Thanks.

  11. Dukeshire says:

    “Chad Ochocinco struggling with complex Patriots’ offense. Albert Haynseworth struggling with food choices in the cafeteria.” Lol.

  12. food choices? QB could be hurst but the decision was made in the intrum

  13. Dukeshire says:

    The Stanford / Arizona game is an intriguing matchup on a Saturday night; Foles and Luck. Two guys that will be playing on Sunday’s. Of course, if you tune in you’ll have to deal with the non-sense that Brock Huard tries desperately to make sound so important. Still…

  14. TEAM STATS – DEFENSE:

    Total Defense: (YPG)
    #1 San Diego
    #2 Seattle
    #21 Pittsburgh

    Third Down Defense: (Opp Conversions)
    #1 Seattle
    #23 Pittsburgh

    Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Squealers.

    (and no, I haven’t suddenly started believing in week one statistics, but anytime I can tell the Steelers to suck it, I can use that info.)

  15. OK’s L.Jones (18 of 27 for 199 yds 1 TD and 2 ints.) Jones just passed Sam Bradford’s yardage record, and certainly wouldn’t be a bad QB to pick for SEA, if we win enough games this season to not be in the competition for 1st pick.

    If SEA should, however get Luck in the draft, then resign TJax or CW to another short contract and let Luck sit a year, or so, to let the OL at least get to the point where they can reduce the total number of QB pressures/game to single digits. Once they can protect him well enough to keep from getting him killed, then get them to be able to run block well enough so that M.Lynch, et al, can average at least a yard or two before first contact. Then put in Luck.

  16. boucherm says:

    I’d like to believe that this year is about getting the o-line to gel to the point that we could start a rookie QB by the middle of next year, if not the start. To me that is goal #1 for the year, just building some cohesion and continuity on the young oline.

  17. boucherm says:

    That and saftey developement/growth.

  18. Soggybuc says:

    got to agree with ya Boucherm on the O-line theme for this year.

    while Luck is still the consensus #1 i would be giddy to to grab Foles, he made some Sunday caliber throws in that game! either way both of those guys are going to be in the discussion come Sunday for the next decade or so.
    As for UW Price is a very good looking QB prospect and baby Trufant made some good plays from what I saw ( was flipping between the UF/Tenn. game)
    kinda crazy to think that in 2 years we could be looking at 3 brothers playing in the NFL at the same time. stuff that in your pipe and smoke it Manning and Mathews families!

  19. If we get a franchise QB, best not to get him killed right off the bat behind a poor pass-blkg OL with no run game.

  20. What’s the name of our FB again?

  21. Anyone else get the email from seahawks.com where you can trade your old jersey (non roster player) in for a 25% credit towards a new one? I can trade in a Hasselbeck AND get a jersey of some clown quarterback AND I have to pay money for it to happen? WTF? They’d better pay me to take that crap off the shelf and then I still wouldn’t have anything to do with it unless I ran out of toilet paper at my house.

  22. Just for IBGoofy:)

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