With Week 1 in the books, there was only a mild shaking up of the Top 12. The Bears vaulted up, the Falcons vaulted down, and Washington and Dallas were replaced by New Orleans and Philadelphia. With only one big Top 12 matchup (San Fran @ Seattle) on tap in Week 2, it will be interesting to see how things pan out after this weekend.
#1 – San Francisco 49ers
By coming away with a victory over the Packers, the Niners wrapped up a repeat in the top spot this week. Hard to argue against them.
Last Week: 1 Change: N/A Record: 1-0 Next Game: @ Seahawks
#2 – Denver Broncos
While it may have come down to altitude and conditioning, there's no denying that the Broncos looked impressive thrashing the defending champs.
Last Week: 4 Change: +2 Record: 1-0 Next Game: @ Giants
#3 – Chicago Bears
And here I thought the Bears would be mired around the 10 spot all season. That was a quality win against a quality team last week. Few teams had as good of a win over a tough team, which catapults Chicago up the board.
Last Week: 10 Change: +7 Record: 1-0 Next Game: vs. Vikings
#4 – New England Patriots
The Pats didn't win pretty but they won. They also showed flashes of being a tough opponent once everyone gets healthy and on the same page. Until then, it's time to tread water..
Last Week: 2 Change: -2 Record: 1-0 Next Game: vs. Jets
#5 – Seattle Seahawks
Seattle's defense looked impressive on Sunday. Unfortunately, their offense looked nearly as unimpressive..
Last Week: 5 Change: N/A Record: 1-0 Next Game: vs. 49ers
#6 – Green Bay Packers
There's no shame in losing to the #1 team on the road. The Pack gets to sit tight this week.
Last Week: 6 Change: N/A Record: 0-1 Next Game: vs. Redskins
#7 – New Orleans Saints
Look who's back from the Bounty Gate grave. That was a statement win for New Orleans on Sunday.
Last Week: N/A Change: N/A Record: 1-0 Next Game: @ Buccaneers
#8 – Atlanta Falcons
A big drop for Atlanta after a big divisional loss. It's a bit steep for a close game, but I'm wondering if maybe they aren't as good as I originally thought they were.
Last Week: 2 Change: -6 Record: 0-1 Next Game: vs. Rams
#9 – Houston Texans
It was a toss-up between Houston and Cincy for this spot. Ultimately, I have to credit the Texans for winning their game, even if it wasn't pretty.
Last Week: 7 Change: -2 Record: 1-0 Next Game: vs. Titans
#10 – Cincinnati Bengals
I don't know if the Bengals really deserve to be all the way down at #10, but looking at this list, the Top 10 teams are all legit. It's not a slight to be ranked this low.
Last Week: 8 Change: -2 Record: 0-1 Next Game: vs. Steelers
#11 – Baltimore Ravens
They were winning at half time. That fact and the respect for being defending champs keeps them on the Top 12 this week..
Last Week: 9 Change: -2 Record: 0-1 Next Game: vs. Browns
#12 – Philadelphia Eagles
Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense may be just what Philly needs to turn their recent bad luck around. That, and San Diego at home.
Last Week: N/A Change: N/A Record: 1-0 Next Game: vs. Chargers