NFL Rankings After Week 2

The ESPN Power Rankings for Week 3 have Houston at number 5; a good reason why I think most sports writers are idiots.  The reason for such a high ranking is because Houston sits at 2-0.  However, they have only beaten lowly Miami and an Indianapolis team without Peyton Manning; not enough for me to move them into the top ten yet, let alone top 5.  It seems just a tad early to proclaim that Houston is an elite NFL team this year.  They were 6-10 last year.   Maybe Houston really is that good, but they’ve got to win more than 2 games to prove it.

SITW NFL Rankings after week 2.

 Team Rank – After Week 1  Rank – After Week 2  Change
 New England  1 1 0
 Green Bay 2  2 0
NY Jets 3  3 0
Pittsburgh 5  4 1
 Baltimore 4  5 -1
 Atlanta 6  6 0
 Chicago  7  7 0
 Philadelphia 8  8 0
Tampa Bay 10  9 1
 New Orleans 9  10 -1
 NY Giants  11  11 0
 Detroit 14  12 2
Miami  12  13 -1
Indianapolis 13  14 -1
Buffalo 20  15 5
San Diego 15  16 -1
Washington 21  17 4
Jacksonville 16  18 -2
Minnesota 18  19 -1
Kansas City 17  20 -3
Cleveland 23  21 2
Tennessee 24  22 2
Dallas 25  23 2
Oakland 19  24 -5
Houston 27  25 2
Cincinnati  22  26 -4
Seattle 26  27 -1
St. Louis 29  28 1
San Francisco 28  29 -1
Arizona  30  30 0
Denver  31  31 0
 Carolina  32  32 0

Here are my projected playoff seeds after week 2.  (You can see my projected playoff teams prior to the start of the season here.)  New England and Green Bay are still the one seeds in the AFC and NFC, respectively.  I’ve swapped Pittsburgh and Baltimore since last week in the 2 and 6 seed spot, and I am now projecting Houston to make the playoffs as a three seed out of the AFC South. (In three weeks I have picked three different teams to win the AFC South so far.)  In the NFC, I’ve moved Atlanta up to the 2 seed after beating Philadelphia and Washington now gets the 3 seed as they are projected to win the NFC East, and I’ve dropped Philadelphia from the playoffs entirely.  I’m sticking with San Francisco out of the NFC West (at least for one more week).  Chicago has steadily dropped all three weeks in the playoff projections from 2 seed to 5 seed to 6 seed this week.  They have been passed over by the Detroit Lions who are projected to be the 5 seed in the NFC.  You heard it here first, Washington, San Francisco, and Detroit in the playoffs.

Seed AFC NFC
1 New England Green Bay
2 Pittsburgh Atlanta
3 Houston Washington
4 San Diego San Francisco
5 New York Jets Detroit
 6 Baltimore Chicago

Cheers.

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Posted on September 21, 2011, in NFL, Sports. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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