There was a rumble at the top of the board on Sunday night, which lead us to crowning the first new #1 contender this season. After that, it was a fairly mundane week in the Top 12 with only a few teams moving up and down 1-2 spots. Miami did manage to dethrone Philadelphia for the #12 spot, keeping up what is generally a weekly rotation down at the bottom. This week should be rather interesting as six of our twelve teams go head to head, with the remaining six facing weak competition. There's definitely the potential for some flying up and down the board this week.
#1 - Seattle Seahawks
They say to be the man, you gotta beat the man. Seattle didn't just beat the Niners, they thumped them.
Last Week: 5 Change: +4 Record: 2-0 Next Game: vs. Jaguars
#2 - Denver Broncos
It's hard to say if the Broncos made their opponents look ugly, or if their opponents just played really bad. I have a feeling that this week against the Raiders, it will be a little bit of both.
Last Week: 2 Change: 0 Record: 2-0 Next Game: vs. Raiders
#3 - San Francisco 49ers
There's no shame in losing to a good team on the road. However, only putting up three points is cause for concern.
Last Week: 1 Change: -2 Record: 1-1 Next Game: vs. Colts
#4 - Green Bay Packers
The Packers bounced back with a resounding win. Now we'll see if they can hold serve with the Bears, who already dealt with the Bengals in Week 1.
Last Week: 6 Change: +2 Record: 1-1 Next Game: @ Bengals
#5 - Chicago Bears
It's hard to win and drop two spots. I'll take some of the blame for under-estimating Seattle. On the other hand, beating Minnesota by 1 point wasn't exactly impressive.
Last Week: 3 Change: -2 Record: 2-0 Next Game: @ Steelers
#6 - New England Patriots
Speaking of dropping two spots... While style points don't count in the standings, they do count in the Top 12 and the Patriots haven't been earning many as of late. They are the beneficiary of a very winnable first three games this year. Can they take care of business one more time before the first real test in Atlanta next week?
Last Week: 4 Change: -2 Record: 2-0 Next Game: vs. Buccaneers
#7 - New Orleans Saints
While you can't discredit their win over Atlanta, the Saints may have come away the loser in Tampa last week if not for some missed field goals.
Last Week: 7 Change: 0 Record: 2-0 Next Game: vs. Cardinals
#8 - Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons sit pat by beating the Rams, as they should have. Now they have to take care of business again in Miami.
Last Week: 8 Change: 0 Record: 1-1 Next Game: @ Dolphins
#9 - Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals must have loved beating up on a decimated Steelers team after enduring the past decade. Now they face a Green Bay team which could catapult them up the board if they win.
Last Week: 10 Change: +1 Record: 1-1 Next Game: vs. Packers
#10 - Houston Texans
A lot of people are ragging on the Pats for winning two close low-scoring games against sub-par competition. Why don't we hear anything about the Texans who won two close high-scoring games against sub-par competition? I'd say Houston has been equally as unimpressive and they are in better health.
Last Week: 9 Change: -1 Record: 2-0 Next Game: @ Ravens
#11 - Baltimore Ravens
I love it when teams ranked right next to each other are going head to head the following week. Always interesting.
Last Week: 11 Change: 0 Record: 1-1 Next Game: vs. Texans
#12 - Miami Dolphins
It was between the Phins and the Chiefs for the #12 spot this week. Ultimately, Miami's two road wins were a bit more impressive. Now they face the tall order of beating Atlanta to maintain their rare spot in the Top 12.
Last Week: N/A Change: N/A Record: 2-0 Next Game: vs. Falcons