NFL Power Rankings: Week 1

Week 1 NFL Power Rankings

The red jersey comes off for Drew Brees tonight against the Green Bay Packers - can the Saints ruin opening night of the #1 team in our NFL Power Rankings?

Each week, we’ll tabulate the Power Rankings from,,, and from Doug Kyed here at NEPD.

Here are the results the Week 1 NFL Power Rankings, with numbers of 1st place votes in parentheses. Comments and notes appear below.

The Elite

1. Green Bay Packers (4)
2. New England Patriots
3. Philadelphia Eagles
4. Pittsburgh Steelers
5. Baltimore Ravens
6. New Orleans Saints
7. Atlanta Falcons
8. New York Jets

The Contenders

9. San Diego Chargers
10. Indianapolis Colts
11. Houston Texans
12. Detroit Lions
13. Tampa Bay Bucs
14. Kansas City Chiefs
15. St. Louis Rams
16. Dallas Cowboys

The Pretenders

17. Chicago Bears
18. Arizona Cardinals
19. Oakland Raiders
20. New York Giants
21. Jacksonville Jaguars
22. Minnesota Vikings
23. Miami Dolphins
24. Cleveland Browns

The 2012 NFL Mock Draft Watchers

25. Tennessee Titans
26. Seattle Seahawks
27. San Francisco 49ers
28. Denver Broncos
29. Buffalo Bills
30. Carolina Panthers
31. Cincinnati Bengals
32. Washington Redskins

Ethan Hammerman of NYJD on the Lions (#10 in his Poll): Talent-wise, I think that Detroit has to be a top 10 team this year. To be honest, I think they have the potential to be a top three team in the NFC. Jim Schwartz has done a phenomenal job building a great young core at Ford Field, and the defense seems to be coming together behind a stalwart defensive line. If the Lions can avoid too much of the injury bug, they could be in store for a special season.

Matthew Elder of BBD on the Giants (#27 in his Poll): We really don’t have much faith in the Giants this year and the additional injuries don’t help any. This team won’t finish in the bottom part of the division because the Redskins are tanking for Luck but they very well may give them a run for their money.

Brandon Femia of MDD on the Texans (#11 in his Poll): The Texans already have a loaded front 7, including Mario Williams, Brian Cushing, Demeco Ryans, and rookie JJ Watt. Now that they have bolstered their secondary, I see them and the Colts as neck and neck in the AFC South divisional race.

Doug Kyed of NEPD on the Chiefs (#12 in his Poll): Sure the Chiefs lost Charlie Weis, so some regression is natural on offense. But the Chiefs still have some great offensive minds in Todd Haley, Bill Muir, Jim Zorn and Maurice Carthon. Romeo Crennel leads a stout KC defense that features one of the best secondaries in the league featuring Brandon Flowers, Brandon Carr and Eric Berry. The Chiefs were wise to re-up Tamba Hali this offseason, it’d down to Andy Studebaker, Cameron Sheffield and Justin Houston as to who is starting across from him. I’m sure KC brass is hoping Houston will emerge.


7 Responses to “NFL Power Rankings: Week 1”

  1. Liam says:

    looks about right, but a Manningless Colts are nowhere near #10.

  2. Bill says:


    I would drop the Saints out of the elite category and into the category of pretenders. The Saints have a great offense, as long as Brees is healthy, but a hideous defense. 7-9.

    Which gives the Pat’s the 12 pick in the first round of the 2012 draft.

    • cash says:

      Sounds like the patriots the past couple years and they never finished that bad. the saints will win atleast 10 games barring huge injuries.

  3. qwerty says:

    I rank somewhere Detroit in the top 5.

  4. cash says:

    Coming out of the NFC will we GB, saints, or the cowboys. The cowboys will be the surprise team this year! I hate them just as much as anybody else but they are flying under the radar with the eagles gettting all the attention. Count it!

  5. Lundahl says:

    Saints are upper than Eagles.

  6. John Major says:

    New England will be the #1 team by the end of the year. I have no problem with them being ranked #2 right now since they have to prove themselves to everyone. I have respect for Green Bay, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia. The Patriots should easily have a record of 12-4 unless they get a lot of unexpected injuries to their key starters. There are 4 key regular season games to watch: 1) Week 5 Jets, 2) Week 8 at Pittsburgh, 3) Week 10 at NY Jets, and Week 12) at Philadelphia. These 4 games will show us if the Patriots are legitimate Super Bowl contenders or not. Our #1 goal is to go into the first playoff game with most of our starters and key players healthy. We don’t have to run up the scores against the weaker opponents with our starters still in the game! I don’t care about statistics, I care about winning the first playoff game and moving on. This is the year to ” Get that damn monkey off our back.” Let’s not make Sanchez look like an all pro quarterback like we did last year when he’s only an average QB.

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