1. New England Patriots– They are more than deserving of this top spot in my power rankings for several reasons. One, they won a tough game in Arizona, Two, they didn’t have Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski or Rob Ninkovich and they were still able to get the job done on the road in a tough environment and Jimmy Garappolo didn’t look bad at all. Bill Belichick also proved he is still the top coach in this game and nobody has been better at taking away what you want to do as a football team than Bill Belichick. A well-deserved and earned victory and they were in control of that game pretty much throughout. They’ve shown that they are still able to win even without some key guys on the field.
2. Green Bay Packers– Aaron Rodgers is the happiest man in the league right now and he should be because his top receiver is back, everybody around him is healthy, he has a brand new tight end in Jared Cook and this Packers offense looks so much better with Jordy Nelson on the field compared to the offense that had to scrap along to get somewhere and was ranked 23rd in total offense a season ago. The defense didn’t quite look the greatest, but they made a stop when they had too for them to seal the deal last week in the opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Now, it’s on to division rival Minnesota for a Sunday night tilt.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers– I didn’t know what to really expect from them on Monday in the nation’s capital. How would this offense mesh without Le’Veon Bell who’s suspended once again for the first two or three games of the season and then how would the pass game be affected without Martavis Bryant who is banned for a year because of drugs? They did very well and Ben along with Antonio picked up where they left off last season. What really impressed me was their defense. They kept a pretty good Washington Redskins offense to 16 points which isn’t bad at all. This is the deepest I’ve seen the Steelers look from a depth standpoint probably since the year when they last made it to the Super Bowl. The pieces are there for others to step it up and be effective.
4. Cincinnati Bengals– The more the years pass, the more I’ve seen Andy Dalton grow as a football player and he took a beating on Sunday against the Jets in week one, but he kept making key passes when it mattered the most and that’s how you silence some people. This was also the Bengals first win over the Jets in ten meetings, pretty hard to believe, right? What really impressed me was A.J. Green basically having his way with Darrelle Revis in that game. He caught 12 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown and turned Revis Island into Revis’ Escort Service.
5. Minnesota Vikings– This was definitely a team win against the Titans on Sunday on the road. Adrian Peterson didn’t have his best game as the Titans dared Shaun Hill to beat them and he didn’t but the defense came through and to his defense (pun intended) they dominated and won the game and I don’t think Mike Zimmer would have it any other way. Stefon Diggs had a big game and Shaun Hill didn’t look bad at all. The one thing I will say though is Minnesota needs a better offensive game plan. They will not beat the Packers by kicking field goals.