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2011 NFL Power Rankings: Week 1

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    http://espn.go.com/nfl/powerrankings/_/year/2011/week/1

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    Let the real football begin!
    After a long labor battle, training camp and four weeks of preseason action, the 2011 regular season is finally upon us. Who are the real contenders? Who's under the radar? Which teams are going nowhere? Our voters (ESPN.com's John Clayton, ESPN.com's Ashley Fox, AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky, NFC West blogger Mike Sando and AFC North blogger James Walker) have some ideas (see below).
    The Week 1 slate should provide more clues. Saints-Packers. Falcons-Bears. Steelers-Ravens. Colts-Texans. Cowboys-Jets. Yes, there's plenty of intrigue, and many of the top spots in ESPN.com's NFL Power Rankings are on the line.
    More: Voting | Bloggers | Team Power Rankings charts since 2002 | Rank 'em | Sprow: Chargers underrated [​IMG]

    Editor's note: "LW" indicates each team's ranking in the preseason edition of the 2011 Power Rankings.

    2011 Power Rankings: Week 1
    RK (LW) TEAM REC COMMENT
    1 (1) Packers 10-6 Are we seeing an NFC Championship Game preview when the Packers host the Saints Thursday? (Walker)
    2 (2) Patriots 14-2 I'm a little concerned how they match up against man-to-man coverage, but they are the AFC's top dogs. (Clayton)
    3 (5) Steelers 12-4 QB Ben Roethlisberger could have his best statistical year in 2011. (Walker)
    4 (3) Eagles 10-6 The Eagles will have new starters at four of the five offensive line positions, including at right tackle. They must keep Michael Vick upright for the season to be a success. (Fox)
    5 (4) Saints 11-5 Turnover at running back gives the Saints' offense a new feel this season. (Sando)
    6 (6) Falcons 13-3 The Falcons showed they're serious with the draft-day trade for Julio Jones. (Sando)
    7 (7) Jets 11-5 Rex Ryan and the Jets face a tough ride back to the AFC title game. It's tough to do it three straight years. (Clayton)
    8 (9) Ravens 12-4 We will find out right away where Baltimore stands in Week 1 against Pittsburgh. (Walker)
    9 (8) Colts 10-6 When does Peyton Manning play, and how well can he do at the start of his season? (Kuharsky)
    10 (10) Chargers 9-7 Time to turn talent and statistics into wins. Slow start and/or playoff fade are old scripts. (Kuharsky)
    11 (17) Texans 6-10 Have depth at running back to compete minus (or with a limited) Arian Foster if they have to. (Kuharsky)
    12 (12) Buccaneers 10-6 NFL's youngest team has one of the brightest young QBs in Josh Freeman. (Sando)
    13 (13) Bears 11-5 A brutal schedule the first three weeks could lead to a slow start. (Walker)
    14 (16) Cowboys 6-10 With no offseason to speak of, it might take awhile for the defensive players to get used to Rob Ryan's schemes. Once they do, the Cowboys could be scary good on defense. (Fox)
    15 (11) Giants 10-6 No team suffered bigger preseason losses from an injury standpoint than the Giants, particularly in the secondary. At least they get the Redskins in Week 1. (Fox)
    16 (18) Lions 6-10 The Lions (4-0) took the preseason seriously. Will it translate into the regular season? (Walker)
    17 (15) Rams 7-9 Primary question is whether the Rams did enough to help Sam Bradford at WR. (Sando)
    18 (14) Chiefs 10-6 It's often difficult to follow up a breakthrough season with a strong showing. That's Todd Haley's challenge. (Kuharsky)
    19 (22) Jaguars 8-8 Not enough preseason progress on big issues: playmaking on offense and pass-rushing on defense. (Kuharsky)
    20 (25) Vikings 6-10 Thanks to Chris Johnson, Vikes RB Adrian Peterson could be thinking dollar signs with every big rush this season. (Walker)
    21 (21) Cardinals 5-11 Kevin Kolb's arrival gives the Cardinals renewed hope following a 5-11 season. (Sando)
    22 (23) Raiders 8-8 Was 2010 division sweep a fluke? The Raiders need to be more consistent no matter the opponent. (Kuharsky)
    23 (20) Titans 6-10 Add Chris Johnson and a healthy Kenny Britt to the mix and the offense could surprise. (Kuharsky)
    24 (24) Dolphins 7-9 It amazes me that the offensive line is a problem with all the investments and work in trying to fix it. (Clayton)
    25 (19) Seahawks 7-9 Decision to go with QB Tarvaris Jackson as starter has confounded NFL. (Sando)
    26 (26) 49ers 6-10 49ers could have as many as six new starters on defense. (Sando)
    27 (27) Broncos 4-12 Kyle Orton is better than people think. And the transition to John Fox's thinking could be too. (Kuharsky)
    28 (29) Redskins 6-10 Mike Shanahan will have Rex Grossman start the season at quarterback, but in all likelihood John Beck will finish it. (Fox)
    29 (28) Browns 5-11 Lack of quality depth will hurt the Browns. (Walker)
    30 (31) Bills 4-12 The Bills look better stopping the run, but their defense will struggle against passing teams. (Clayton)
    31 (30) Panthers 2-14 Panthers have an interesting mix with Steve Smith, Jeremy Shockey and a rookie QB. (Sando)
    32 (32) Bengals 4-12 Coach Marvin Lewis says the 2011 Bengals are better than the 2010 Bengals (4-12). It should be a close race. (Walker)

    Glossary
    The rankings were determined by a poll of five voters on ESPN.com's NFL staff: writers John Clayton (AFC East), Ashley Fox (NFC East), James Walker (AFC North, NFC North), Paul Kuharsky (AFC South, AFC West), and Mike Sando (NFC South, NFC West).
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    Raiders affect Chargers' Power Ranking

    By Bill Williamson
    Our Power Rankings to open the regular season were released Tuesday.

    The San Diego Chargers (the highest-ranked team in the AFC West) are ranked 10th. That ranking caught the eye of Chris Sprow in an ESPN Insider piece. Sprow thinks the ranking is way too low. Sprow gives his reasoning why the Chargers -- who underachieved at 9-7 last season and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2005 -- should be ranked No. 4.

    A major reason the Chargers were ranked lower than where Sprow thinks they belong is one of the five voters, NFL columnist Ashley Fox, ranked them 19th. Fox ranked the Raiders as the highest AFC West team at No. 15. Oakland is ranked No. 22 in the Power Rankings.

    Fox explained why she chose San Diego so low. It's Oakland related: “I know I am in the minority here, but I think the Raiders are going to surprise people this year. I like the energy Hue Jackson brings. Darren McFadden took a huge leap last year. Jason Campbell is more comfortable now. The Raiders undoubtedly will miss Nnamdi Asomugha, but there is young talent across the defense. The Chargers had the No. 1 offense and defense last year, and still only finished 9-7 [and got swept by Oakland].”
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    I still don't understand why were are consistently down beneath the Colts.
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    Manning love...
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    Underrated

    San Diego Chargers

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    Power Rankings slot: No. 10
    Win projection average: 10.8
    Super Bowl odds: 10-1
    Here's an interesting stat: Last year, San Diego kicker Nate Kaeding induced touchbacks on just four of 72 kickoffs. Kaeding is deadly accurate on field goals, but that was the one element of San Diego's special teams last season that couldn't be misidentified as the 11th plague. In his first preseason game taking kickoffs last week, Kaeding had two touchbacks, and none of his five kickoffs resulted in field position for the opposition beyond the 20-yard line. This is a team that had the best offense and defense in the NFL last year in terms of yards gained and allowed. The computer likes them, the sharps see them as a better Super Bowl pick than the Saints or Falcons, and nearly equal to that of the Eagles. And they are a borderline lock (at this stage) to win the West. Minus the perpetual special teams fiascos, they are far better than the 10th-best team in the NFL.
    More fitting rank: No. 4
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    As long as P Manning breathes, and Archie is paying off the pundits the Dolts are always ranked above the Bolts. If Payton was out with an injury, they would rank them a half point better than us. Just like the Patsies, the home team of ESPN and it's minions...
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    I prefer to watch the on-field outcomes vs. reading what a bunch of overpaid homer hacks have to say.
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    Power rankings are meaningless- just play the games
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    The padawan is wise he is....
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    I was wise long before i gained this recgognition but it helps :p
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    A wise arse doesnt count... :laugh:
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    University talking ..... :whistling:

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    they need to win some games in January and February
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    ESPN has us at #10, Las Vegas has us at #4.

    I wonder who has more money riding on their ranking...
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    The Colts aren't all that stellar in the post-season win dept. either.
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    but they do have some Lombardi’s, and they do make the playoffs quite regularly, and they do have QB who is very high up on the list of marketability.
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    They have what? Two Lombardi's, one in the Manning era? Yes, they make the playoffs regularly .... and exit them early in most cases, a couple of times at our hands. And I believe that our QB is pretty marketable as well. While he may not get the gushing, schoolgirl crush reviews that Peyton gets, I do believe that he is every bit as valuable to our team as Peyton is to the Colts.

    I'm frustrated by our lack of Lombardi trophies too, but I don't buy into the annual preseason hype that the Colts are a better team. Our head-to-head record of the past several years would back that up, IMO.

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