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


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. <table class="commontable" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;">Rank</td> <td colspan="2" style="text-align: center;">Team</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Comment</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Last Week</td> </tr> <tr> <td>1</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Packers(1-0)</td> <td>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.</td> <td style="text-align: center;">3</td> </tr> <tr class="loop-even"> <td>2</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Falcons(1-0)</td> <td>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.</td> <td style="text-align: center;">2</td> </tr> <tr> <td>3</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Chiefs(1-0)</td> <td>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?</td> <td style="text-align: center;">7</td> </tr> <tr class="loop-even"> <td>4</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Steelers(1-0)</td> <td>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.</td> <td style="text-align: center;">4</td> </tr> <tr> <td>5</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Patriots(0-1)</td> <td>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.”</td> <td style="text-align: center;">1</td> </tr> <tr class="loop-even"> <td>6</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Cowboys(1-0)</td> <td>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.</td> <td style="text-align: center;">6</td> </tr> <tr> <td>7</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Seahawks(0-1)</td> <td>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.</td> <td style="text-align: center;">5</td> </tr> <tr class="loop-even"> <td>8</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Raiders(1-0)</td> <td>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.</td> <td style="text-align: center;">9</td> </tr> <tr> <td>9</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Lions(1-0)</td> <td>Nice comeback win for the Lions. Matthew Stafford was solid, as usual. But how about that Lions defense forcing three interceptions? Wow.</td> <td style="text-align: center;">12</td> </tr> <tr class="loop-even"> <td>10</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Buccaneers(0-0)</td> <td>Their game in Miami was postponed due to Hurricane Irma and they stay put in the 10 spot. Next up: Chicago.</td> <td style="text-align: center;">10</td> </tr> <tr> <td>11</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Eagles(1-0)</td> <td>Strong showing by Carson Wentz and that Eagles defense for an important divisional win. Next game in Kansas City will be very telling.</td> <td style="text-align: center;">14</td> </tr> <tr class="loop-even"> <td>12</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Vikings(1-0)</td> <td>Adrian Peterson who? Rookie Dalvin Cook (127 rushing yards) looks like the real deal in his debut. The NFC North could get interesting.</td> <td style="text-align: center;">19</td> </tr> <tr> <td>13</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Dolphins(0-0)</td> <td>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.</td> <td style="text-align: center;">13</td> </tr> <tr class="loop-even"> <td>14</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Ravens(1-0)</td> <td>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.</td> <td style="text-align: center;">18</td> </tr> <tr> <td>15</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Broncos(1-0)</td> <td>Big win over the Chargers on Monday night. Shelby Harris blocks a potential game-tying field goal attempt, giving Vance Joseph his first win.</td> <td style="text-align: center;">16</td> </tr> <tr class="loop-even"> <td>16</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Cardinals(0-1)</td> <td>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?</td> <td style="text-align: center;">11</td> </tr> <tr> <td>17</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Panthers(1-0)</td> <td>Cam Newton’s shoulder looked OK as he tossed two touchdown passes against a 49ers team that’s clearly rebuilding.</td> <td style="text-align: center;">17</td> </tr> <tr class="loop-even"> <td>18</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Saints(0-1)</td> <td>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?</td> <td style="text-align: center;">15</td> </tr> <tr> <td>19</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Giants(0-1)</td> <td>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.</td> <td style="text-align: center;">8</td> </tr> <tr class="loop-even"> <td>20</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Chargers(0-1)</td> <td>Gut-wrenching loss for Philip Rivers and the Chargers following that fourth-quarter comeback. Sound familiar?</td> <td style="text-align: center;">22</td> </tr> <tr> <td>21</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Titans(0-1)</td> <td>Good to see Marcus Mariota back from his broken leg. Suddenly this week’s game vs. the Jags doesn’t look like cakewalk anymore.</td> <td style="text-align: center;">23</td> </tr> <tr class="loop-even"> <td>22</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Jaguars(1-0)</td> <td>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.</td> <td style="text-align: center;">28</td> </tr> <tr> <td>23</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">*Rams *(1-0)</td> <td>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.</td> <td style="text-align: center;">25</td> </tr> <tr class="loop-even"> <td>24</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Bears(0-1)</td> <td>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.</td> <td style="text-align: center;">26</td> </tr> <tr> <td>25</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Redskins(0-1)</td> <td>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.</td> <td style="text-align: center;">24</td> </tr> <tr class="loop-even"> <td>26</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Bengals(0-1)</td> <td>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.</td> <td style="text-align: center;">20</td> </tr> <tr> <td>27</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">*Bills *(1-0)</td> <td>They won, but it was against the Jets. Sean McDermott gets his first win as head coach. But it was against the Jets.</td> <td style="text-align: center;">30</td> </tr> <tr class="loop-even"> <td>28</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Texans(0-1)</td> <td>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.</td> <td style="text-align: center;">21</td> </tr> <tr> <td>29</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Browns(0-1)</td> <td>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?</td> <td style="text-align: center;">29</td> </tr> <tr class="loop-even"> <td>30</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">49ers(0-1)</td> <td>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.</td> <td style="text-align: center;">31</td> </tr> <tr> <td>31</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Colts(0-1)</td> <td>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.</td> <td style="text-align: center;">27</td> </tr> <tr class="loop-even"> <td>32</td> <td>


</td> <td style="text-align: center;">Jets(0-1)</td> <td>Is it April yet? The Jets are on the clock.</td> <td style="text-align: center;">32</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

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