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Installment 2 of the NFL Power Rankings. Last week's initial installment had a great picture of the Colts coming down the tunnel. Foreshadowing? They are the big winners this week with their upset of Denver at home on Sunday night. Don't expect Andrew Luck to ever be a home dog again. (Teams within each Tier are listed by record, but not reflective of any other order. Teams that moved up or down are indicated as +1 or -1.)
Kansas City (7-0), Denver (6-1), Seattle (6-1), New Orleans (5-1), Indianapolis (5-2) +1, San Francisco (5-2) +1
Comment: Couldn't keep the Pats in the top tier after losing to a not very good Jets team. Who had the Chiefs as the last undefeated team before the start of the season and Justin Houston in the Defensive POY conversation?
New England (5-2) -1, Cincinnati (5-2) +1, Green Bay (4-2), San Diego (4-3), Dallas (4-3), Detroit (4-3) -1
Comment: I'll say it. Tom Brady no longer throws a very good deep ball. He's missing open guys all the time and injuries have been a killer on defense. I have been an unabashed critic of Andy Dalton. The Bengals have a ton of weapons on offense and if he plays well, they can be a very good team. Dalton's been good the past two weeks. Bengals next four games are against Jets (h), Miami (a), Baltimore (a) and Cleveland (h). They could well be 9-2 going into their bye week.
New York Jets (4-3) +2, Carolina (3-3), Baltimore (3-4), St. Louis (3-4) -1, Pittsburgh (2-4), Atlanta (2-4) +2
Comment: I had trouble finding six teams to put in this tier. Heck I had trouble finding four teams to put in this group. There is a significant dropoff. The Jets and Falcons jump two tiers. With the Jets, I think it's a ruse. They host Cincinnati this weekend. If they win, I'll start to buy in. Watch out for the Panthers. Defense is improving. They have to take care of business Thursday night against Tampa.
Chicago (4-3), Miami (3-3), Buffalo (3-4), Tennessee (3-4), Philadelphia (3-4) -1, Arizona (3-4) -1,
Comment: Here is what I wrote about this tier last week: "Show me. I don't see a playoff team in the group. In fact I don't see a record above .500." All six teams lost. I got ripped in the comments for putting the Bears a tier below the Steelers last week. The Bears aren't very good and now without Cutler and Briggs they'll be lucky to finish .500.
Cleveland (3-4) -1, Oakland (2-4), Washington (2-4), Houston (2-5) -1, New York Giants (1-6) +1, Tampa Bay (0-6),
Comment: Do any of these teams have even a small chance to win seven games? I guess if you had to pick one it would be Washington in a weak NFC East.
Didn't Make The Cut
Minnesota (1-5) -1, Jacksonville (0-7)
Comment: Both these teams stink. Now Josh Freeman has a concussion. Musical QBs in Minnesota. Jacksonville is not going to win a game.