Well, here we go.
Lots of good games, some blowouts, some close, and a few surprises:
1. San Francisco: Winning on the road in Green Bay, and showing signs of a pretty good offense moves S.F. up to the top for now. With games against Detroit, Minnesota, and The Jets and Tim Tebow, on the horizon, the Niners are in a good place.
2. Baltimore: Joe Flacco has some weapons, and a lot of talent. The Ravens may finally have some balance between offense and defense. Games against Philadelphia, New England, and Cleveland could leave them in a good place.
3. Chicago: A much needed improvement on offense appears to have worked. A win against Green Bay would put them firmly on top of the division very early with upcoming games against the Rams and Cowboys.
4. New York Giants: The Giants made some brutal mistakes in their game vs the Cowboys, and still had a chance to win. Tampa, Carolina before a trip to Philadelphia will tell the early tale for the champs.
5. New England: Arizona, Baltimore, and Buffalo are their next three. Only test should be Baltimore, Denver and maybe the Jets this year.
6. Green Bay: Not a good way to start at home. Defense looked anything but improved. Short rest vs. Chicago, followed by Seattle and New Orleans.
7. Houston: Impressive, but against zero competition. Jacksonville, Denver, Tennessee on the horizon.
8. Atlanta: Matt Ryan looked good, and he has plenty of weapons. Denver, San Diego, and Carolina will show us where they belong.
9. Pittsburgh: Played Peyton tough, but defense still looks a bit old. Jets, Raiders, and the early bye.
10 New Orleans: Bad loss at home in a statement game. Both sides of the ball looked awful for most of the game.
11. Denver: This is what they imagined when the signed Peyton. Atlanta, Houston, Oakland will let us see what they can accomplish.
12. Dallas: Nice win on the road. Seattle, Tampa, and Chicago should have them on top at the early bye week.
13. Detroit: Not the best start, but a win is a win. San Fran, Tennessee, and Minnesota before the bye. Should move up.
14. Philly: Which Mike Vick shows up each week? The one that threw 4 int’s? Baltimore, Arizona, and The New York Giants loom ahead. Tough start for a bounce back season.
15. Jets, and Tim Tebow: The Jets offense came alive…against Buffalo..and the special teams and defense actually scored or were responsible for many of the points. Pittsburgh, Miami, and San Fran will let them know if they have indeed arrived.
16. Cincinnati: Hung tough for a while, and showed some fight when down. Cleveland, Washington, Jacksonville and Miami should improve the record, if not the future.
17. Carolina: Must wins early in the year against 0-1 division rival Saints, and 0-1 Giants. Not what they had in mind. Superman where are you?
18. Tampa Bay: Some order has been restored to the Bucs who played great defense and ran the ball well. Trip to the Super Bowl Champs, followed by Dallas, Washington, K.C. and New Orleans could keep them down.
19. Tennessee: Losing to New England not the worst thing that can happen. With San Diego, Detroit, and Houston upcoming they have a chance to make a statement or not.
20. Kansas City: Bad showing against Atlanta at home. A chance to show improvement against Buffalo, New Orleans, and San Diego awaits.
21. San Diego: Showed pretty well against Oakland, especially on defense. Tennessee, Atlanta and K.C. await.
22. Washington: A very nice start, both on offense and defense. St.Louis, Cincy, and Tampa up next. Could vault them up the ranks.
23. Oakland: Bad loss against a division rival at home. Offense still looks out of sync.
24. Arizona: Hanging on by a thread.
25. Minnesota: Honorable mention for the win, and a good game by A.P.
The rest: Buffalo, St. Louis, Seattle, Indianapolis, Miami, Cleveland, and Jacksonville