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NFL Week 1 Recap/Power Rankings
by Pietro DiSante,posted Sep 10 2012 2:11PM
Week 1 is officially in the books now after last night's wins by the Ravens and Chargers. Baltimore looked very impressive with their 44-13 thumping of the Bengals and the Chargers went into the black hole of Oakland and came out with a 22-14 win. The week was filled with some great games. Here is my re-cap:
Big win for the Cowboys to open the NFL Season Wednesday Night. I expected a Giants win, but Dallas was able to make some big plays when it mattered. Neither team played great, but Dallas was better.
Okay, the game proved what I had felt all Summer: The Jets are better than people give them credit for and the Bills are worse than people were saying. Mark Sanchez lit up the Bills defense, Tim Tebow made an impact, and the Jets defense dominated. The final score is not really how the game was, as it was 41-7 at one point. Great win for Gang Green.
Welcome to the NFL RGIII! The Redskins played great in New Orleans. I really did not expect them to get the win, but Griffin proved that he is not a normal rookie Quarterback. The other 4 rookies all lost their NFL debuts yesterday (Luck to the Bears, Tannehill to the Texans, Weeden to the Eagles and Wilson to the Cardinals), but RGIII not only won, but did it on the road in New Orleans. The Redskins defense also stepped up making a great Saints offense look average. Like I said in my NFL preview, the NFC East is a toss up.
Had to throw this game in here as Fred told me I was wrong picking the Chiefs and I was. Although I will say I did not realize all the injuries the Chiefs had on defense. The Falcons are now the front runner in the NFC South with the way the Saints played yesterday. The Buccaneers defeated the Panthers too, so who knows what will happen in that division.
This is another game where the score does not show exactly how the game went. The 49ers dominated the Packers in what I would call the most shocking game of the day. Reason being, I expected the Packers to be the best team in the NFL and they did not play like it. You know who did though? The 49ers. And yes Randy Moss had a touchdown, so it was nice seeing him back, although it probably brought bad memories back for Packers fans. It is possible that San Francisco is the best team in the NFL right now.
Peyton Manning is still Peyton Manning. People were worried how he would return, well he showed he still has it last night. Pittsburgh played well most of the game, but wore down in the second half. Each team has tough match-ups next week with the Broncos going to Atlanta on Monday Night and the Steelers hosting the Jets in a must-win game. Despite the loss, I still see the Steelers as a top team in the AFC, as I do with the Broncos.
Other games: The Patriots won in Tennessee 34-13, Bears-41 Colts-21, The Vikings beat the Jaguars in OT 26-23, Lions-27 Rams-23, The Texans took down Miami 30-10, Kevin Kolb came in for the game winning TD as the Cardinals defeated the Seahawks 20-16, Eagles-17 Browns-16 and the Buccaneers impressed with a 16-10 win at home over the Panthers.
Great week of NFL action!
Now to my Pete's Power Rankings. I will give the Top 10 teams each week on how I feel they are playing and how their Super Bowl chances look.
1. New England Patriots
2. San Francisco 49ers
3. Baltimore Ravens
4. Green Bay Packers
5. Denver Broncos
6. Chicago Bears
7. Houston Texans
8. New York Jets
9. Atlanta Falcons
10. Pittsburgh Steelers