Here are The News Tribune NFL rankings for week two. I dropped the Seattle Seahawks from 22 last week to 26 this week.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports puts Seattle at No. 31 overall.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated also puts Seattle at No. 31.
1. Green Bay (1) (1-0): Cam Newton and Carolina will make things interesting this week, but Packers looking toward NFC championship rematch at Chicago in two weeks.
2. New England (3) (1-0): Chad Ochocinco struggling with complex Patriots’ offense. Albert Haynseworth struggling with food choices in the cafeteria.
3. Philadelphia (4) (1-0): Eagles rushed for a league-leading 236 yards last week vs. St. Louis, including Vick totaling 97 yards on the ground.
4. Baltimore (5) (1-0): QB Joe Flacco quieted critics with a convincing win over AFC North rival Pittsburgh last week.
5. Houston (6) (1-0): RB Arian Foster (hamstring) could make season debut today in Miami.
6. New Orleans (7) (0-1): UW product, Saints center Olin Kruetz faces former team Chicago at the Super Dome.
7. N.Y. Jets (8) (1-0): Wish Seattle drafted Mark Sanchez instead of Aaron Curry? Get some nose plugs and take a look at his career numbers – 31 TDs, 34 Ints. and a 71.1 passer rating.
8. San Diego (10) (0-0): Philip Rivers is one of the best quarterbacks in the business, but he gets overlooked because he hasn’t won a Super Bowl. 9. Pittsburgh (2) (0-1): Steelers’ fans hoping what ex-NFL player Warren Sapp isn’t true: team is “old, slow and it’s over.”
10. Atlanta (9) (0-1): Falcons could be in a bit of a hole early in the NFC South if they don’t get past Philadelphia at home.
11. Chicago (13) (1-0): Hand-picked replacement for Kruetz by Tim Ruskell, Hawks center Chris Spencer finally gets his first start with the Bears – at right guard.
12. Detroit (18) (1-0): Lions on a five game winning streak dating back to last season.
13. Tampa Bay (11) (0-1): LeGarrette Blount complained about playing time after only carrying the ball five times for 15 yards against Detroit. Will Raheem Morris listen?
14. Buffalo (28) (1-0): Ryan Fitzpatrick showing why the Bills passed on a quarterback in this year’s draft.
15. Jacksonville (20) (1-0): Ex-WSU receiver Jason Hill needs to pick his battles more wisely; Jags wideout says Darrelle Revis is “overhyped”, heading into contest with Jets.
16. Arizona (21) (1-0): Hate to see what veteran QB Rex Grossman will do to Cardinals’ D after Cam Newton threw for 422 yards last week.
17. Oakland (23) (1-0): Raiders looking to go 2-0 for the first time in nine years.
18. Washington (29) (1-0): RB Tim Hightower faces his former team, Arizona, in Washington today.
19. N.Y. Giants (12) (0-1): Former Seahawk Brandon Stokley signed this week with the Giants.
20. Dallas (14) (0-1): Tony Romo’s late-game turnovers against the Jets last week still frontline issue in big “D”.
21. St. Louis (16) (0-1): Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo faces his former team this week, the N.Y. Giants, where he served as defensive coordinator.
22. San Francisco (30) (1-0): Niners will have to open it up this week to keep pace with Cowboy’s offense on the road.
23. Cincinnati (31) (1-0): Bengals looking for franchise’s first win in Denver since 1975.
24. Kansas City (17) (0-1): Head coach Todd Haley’s seat is getting warm and toasty.
25. Minnesota (19) (0-1): Hard to believe Donovan McNabb only threw for 39 yards against San Diego this week. Vikings should open it up a bit more against Bucs.
26. Seattle (22) (0-1): Hawks would like to win today, but understand more important game is at home next week against NFC West division rival Arizona.
27. Tennessee (24) (0-1): Former Seahawks safety Jordan Babineaux gets his first start today for the Titans. 28. Denver (25) (0-1): It doesn’t matter who plays quarterback, Broncos still can’t stop the run.
29. Cleveland (26) (0-1): Browns could take advantage of an Indianapolis team still finding its way. 30. Miami (27) (0-1): The Dolphins are 1-10 in their last 11 homes games.
31. Indianapolis (15) (0-1): The Colts are 13-3 at home under head coach Jim Caldwell.
32. Carolina (32) (0-1): Newton will face a tougher challenge against defending Super Bowl champion Packers in his home debut.