Tabeek's Wildly Important NFL Power Rankings: Packers, Falcons 1-2 ahead of 'SNF' showdown

Posted Sep 12, 2017

The Packers and Chiefs move into the top five, while the Patriots and Giants take a tumble

And just like that we’ve got a new No. 1 in this week's Wildly Important NFL Power Rankings.

The Packers (1-0) appear to have a nasty defense to go along with their already-potent offense. Green Bay jumps from the third spot to the top spot after putting away the Seahawks (0-1) in a slugfest at Lambeau Field. Bottling up Russell Wilson and Co. and holding them to nine points will do that.


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We knew the Chiefs (1-0) were good, but who saw them going into New England and rolling the Patriots after their Super Bowl banner-hanging party? Not me. After that performance, Kansas City jumps four spots to No. 3 this week while the Patriots (0-1) drop down to No. 5.

Biggest tumble? The Giants (0-1), who plummet 11 spots after that performance against the Cowboys (1-0) on "Sunday Night Football." And here are the rankings heading into Week 2.

Rank Team Comment Last Week
1 Packers
Beating the Seahawks is never easy. Holding them to three field goals is even more impressive. Up next: A trip to Atlanta for an even bigger test. 3
2 Falcons
Defense comes up big in a tougher-than-expected road win. They’ll need to tackle better vs. Pack. New stadium debuts on ‘SNF.’ It’ll be a playoff-like atmosphere. 2
3 Chiefs
Alex Smith and Co. go into Foxborough and spoil the Patriots’ party. Very impressive road win. What happened to all of that Patrick Mahomes talk? 7
4 Steelers
The good? Steelers sacked DeShone Kizer seven times and Antonio Brown was, as usual, ridiculously good. The bad? The Browns gave ’em all they could handle. 4
5 Patriots
The last time they were embarrassed by the Chiefs in prime time was 2014, and they went on to win the Super Bowl. Now it’s “on to New Orleans.” 1
6 Cowboys
Whoa. The defense was supposed to be this team’s Achilles heel, right? Big D holds the Giants to three points and gets an important divisional win. 6
7 Seahawks
When isn’t the officiating weird in a Seahawks-Packers game? Tough road loss in Lambeau, but they’ll likely rebound this week vs. the 49ers. 5
8 Raiders
Raiders pick up a nice win on the road over a decent Titans team. Marshawn Lynch ran strong and the D held “exotic smashmouth” in check. 9
9 Lions
Nice comeback win for the Lions. Matthew Stafford was solid, as usual. But how about that Lions defense forcing three interceptions? Wow. 12
10 Buccaneers
Their game in Miami was postponed due to Hurricane Irma and they stay put in the 10 spot. Next up: Chicago. 10
11 Eagles
Strong showing by Carson Wentz and that Eagles defense for an important divisional win. Next game in Kansas City will be very telling. 14
12 Vikings
Adrian Peterson who? Rookie Dalvin Cook (127 rushing yards) looks like the real deal in his debut. The NFC North could get interesting. 19
13 Dolphins
Their home game vs. the Buccaneers will be played on Nov. 19 due to Hurricane Irma. Both teams will play for 16 consecutive weeks now. 13
14 Ravens
Joe Flacco is back and didn’t do much, but he didn’t have to against the hapless Bengals. Defense pitches a shutout, which is always impressive. 18
15 Broncos
Big win over the Chargers on Monday night. Shelby Harris blocks a potential game-tying field goal attempt, giving Vance Joseph his first win. 16
16 Cardinals
The four Carson Palmer picks have to be a concern. This team looked primed for a Super Bowl run not that long ago. Not now. Father Time catching up? 11
17 Panthers
Cam Newton’s shoulder looked OK as he tossed two touchdown passes against a 49ers team that’s clearly rebuilding. 17
18 Saints
So much for Adrian Peterson "sticking it" to the Vikes. What’s up with Sean Payton giving AP just six carries though? Saints’ D gives up 470 yards. Sound familiar? 15
19 Giants
What a tumble. No Odell Beckham Jr., but how do you explain scoring just three points against the Cowboys’ defense? Maybe AP should’ve signed with the Giants. 8
20 Chargers
Gut-wrenching loss for Philip Rivers and the Chargers following that fourth-quarter comeback. Sound familiar? 22
21 Titans
Good to see Marcus Mariota back from his broken leg. Suddenly this week’s game vs. the Jags doesn’t look like cakewalk anymore. 23
22 Jaguars
Ten sacks? Are you kidding me? I don’t care if it was against Tom Savage and rookie Deshaun Watson. Losing receiver Allen Robinson hurts. 28
23 Rams
The Rams won 46-9 in Sean McVay’s debut and Jared Goff threw for 306 yards and a touchdown. Relax. It was against the Colts, who stink right now. 25
24 Bears
The Bears hung around against the defending NFC champs. Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen give the Bears a nice 1-2 punch. Tough one vs. Bucs next. 26
25 Redskins
This team looked like a mess heading into the season and played like it vs. the Eagles. Kirk Cousins was picked off at the goal line and fumbled twice. Woof. 24
26 Bengals
Prime-time Andy Dalton played in place of day-time Dalton. Four picks and a fumble vs. the Ravens. Up next: Texans. On Thursday night. Prime time. Oh boy. 20
27 Bills
They won, but it was against the Jets. Sean McDermott gets his first win as head coach. But it was against the Jets. 30
28 Texans
This team has some parts, but struggled on both sides of the ball against Jacksonville. Maybe a trip to Cincy will help get them back on track. 21
29 Browns
They battled the Steelers to the end and gave ’em a scare, so that’s a positive. And DeShone played decent, too. Something to build on? 29
30 49ers
They could only muster three points against the Panthers and a trip to Seattle is up next. Looks like it might be a long year for Kyle Shanahan. 31
31 Colts
This team isn’t very good and who knows when Andrew Luck will be back. Some reports suggest October. Season could be lost by then. 27
32 Jets
Is it April yet? The Jets are on the clock. 32

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