I dropped the Seattle Seahawks from No. 13 to No. 21 in this week’s The News Tribune power rankings.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated puts Seattle at No. 18, down from No. 12.
Elliott Harrison of NFL.com has Seattle at No. 22, down from No. 15 last week.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports has Seattle at No. 22.
Brian Billick of Fox Sports puts Seattle at No. 28, down four slots from No. 24 last week.
1. Baltimore (1) (1-0): Joe Flacco’s sizzling right arm gives the Ravens more balance on offense.
2. New England (2) (1-0): At least for one week, Patriots’ defense looks improved, giving up only 284 yards to Tennessee in Week 1.
3. San Francisco (4) (1-0): Niners haven’t committed a turnover in six consecutive regular-season games dating to last season, the second-longest streak in NFL history.
4. Houston (7) (1-0): Texans DE J.J. Watt has seven passes batted at the line of scrimmage in 17 regular-season games over the past two years.
5. Philadelphia (6) (1-0): Mike Vick needs to play up to his potential for Eagles to reach the playoffs.
6. Green Bay (3) (1-1): Even though they handled the Bears, I’m still not convinced this defense is any better than last year.
7. Atlanta (9) (1-0): Lots of hype over Matt Ryan and the Falcons’ hurry-up offense, but let’s not anoint him the next Peyton Manning yet; he still has not won a playoff game.
8. Detroit (11) (1-0): Lions QB Matthew Stafford has a chance to set an NFL record by completing his fifth straight 350-yard passing day against San Francisco.
9. Dallas (12) (1-0): Unlike his twin brother, N.Y. Jets head coach Rex Ryan, Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is letting his defense do the talking.
10. N.Y. Giants (5) (0-1): Super Bowl champs looking to redeem themselves against visiting Bucs after tough loss at home against Cowboys.
11. Denver (14) (1-0): So far, Peyton Manning is emphatically answering questions about his health with his impressive play on the field.
12. San Diego (16) (1-0): Philip Rivers takes on the Titans at Qualcomm Stadium, where he has a 37-11 record at home.
13. Pittsburgh (10) (0-1): Steelers have won nine straight home openers, and host the Jets in Week 2.
14. Tampa Bay (25) (1-0): Bucs held the Panthers to a league-low 10 rushing yards in Week 1.
15. N.Y. Jets (21) (1-0): Jets offense finally got on track in Week 1 win over the Bills.
16. Washington (28) (1-0): Robert Griffin III will see if he can duplicate his impressive Week 1 performance on the road against the Rams.
17. Chicago (17) (1-1): Jay Cutler reminding folks that a rocket arm isn’t the only requirement for a franchise QB – poise and leadership count more.
18. New Orleans (8) (0-1): The Saints are looking to avoid starting the season 0-2 for the first time since 2007 – the last time New Orleans finished with a below .500 record (7-9).
19. Cincinnati (14) (0-1): Bengals host Cleveland in the battle of Ohio. The Bengals swept the series last year.
20. Arizona (23) (1-0): Kevin Kolb once again has to prove he can produce when the pressure’s on.
21. Seattle (13) (0-1): Hawks hoping the addition of receiver Golden Tate can help spark the offense.
22. Minnesota (26) (1-0): Adrian Peterson was impressive in his debut just over nine months after ACL knee surgery, finishing with 84 yards and 2 TDs in a win over the Jags.
23. Carolina (18) (0-1): Defenses look more prepared for Cam Newton the second time around.
24. Buffalo (19) (0-1): Early returns are not promising for high dollar Bills defensive end Mario Williams.
25. Tennessee (20) (0-1): Jake Locker proves his toughness once again; he set to play with a separated shoulder on his non-throwing arm against the Chargers.
26. Oakland (22) (0-1): Raiders need to resolve their long-snapper issue before they travel to Miami.
27. Kansas City (24) (0-1): Jamaal Charles is averaging 7.4 yards per carry in four games against Buffalo, today’s opponent.
28. Jacksonville (27) (0-1): Top 10 draft pick QB Blaine Gabbert looks improved in his second season.
29. St. Louis (31) (0-1): Rams head coach Jeff Fisher is going young; he kept 17 rookies on this year’s roster.
30. Miami (29) (0-1): The Dolphins still don’t have a true, No. 1 receiver for rookie QB Ryan Tannehill.
31. Indianapolis (30) (0-1): Andrew Luck looks as good as advertised, but he’ll still have growing pains against NFL-caliber talent.
32. Cleveland (32) (0-1): Brandon Weeden will only get better, but it might not be in time to save Mike Holmgren’s job.