NFL POWER POLL
1. 49ers. Opening-day win over Packers even more impressive in hindsight.
2. Patriots. Same old story, year after year: Brady's the man.
3. Ravens. Old defense? Bold defense. Gold defense.
4. Packers. Sufficiently awake now. Ask the Bears.
5. Cowboys. Could this be the year for America's Ex-Team?
6. Texans. Representing the anonymous teams out there.
7. Broncos. Why do I have the urge to order Papa John's?
8. Eagles. If Vick can survive the season, the Eagles are contenders.
9. Lions. Not a great start, but a W is a W is a W.
10. Falcons. Do they have something special for Manning, Broncos?
11. Giants. They'll be back, you just know it.
12. Redskins. Super Bowl or bust! Is that too much RG3 hype?
13. Bears. Jay Cutler keeps winning friends, influencing people.
14. Jets. Wait, New York's offense is running smoothly?
15. Chargers. If they can change to an all-Raiders schedule, they're good.
16. Steelers. Only ranked this low as a motivational tactic.
17. Saints. A defense without a bounty is, well, not very good.
18. Buccaneers. Can't knock the impressive defensive start.
19. Cardinals. Any team with Larry Fitzgerald can't be all bad.
20. Vikings. Minnesota defense ready for its shot at Luck.
21. Raiders. It's tempting, very tempting, to say potential is there.
22. Bengals. Andy Dalton struck by sophomore blues, courtesy Ravens.
23. Jaguars. That first loss might sting for a while.
24. Titans. Chris Johnson, 11 carries for four yards. Hmm.
25. Panthers. Sitting 0-1 and facing the 0-1 Saints. Who's more desperate?
26. Colts. The first of consecutive winnable home games comes Sunday.
27. Chiefs. There's promise in the running game.
28. Bills. Wasn't this supposed to be the Bills' breakout season?
29. Dolphins. Might be a hard-knocks kind of year.
30. Rams. Jeff Fisher out to prove recycling coaches works for once.
31. Seahawks. It's nice the NFL allows the Seahawks to remain in the league.
32. Browns. Could be long, long season in Cleveland.