Seattle Seahawks

NFL rankings entering Week 2

With preseason rankings in parentheses:

1. Seattle Seahawks (1): Crushed an expected division champ by 20 points in opener.

2. Denver Broncos (2): For three quarters, were almost as impressive against Colts as Seahawks were vs. Packers.

3. Miami Dolphins (20): What the ’Fins did to the Patriots was among the most-impressive performances of Week 1.

4. San Francisco 49ers (4): Long gone are those concerns that the starting offense didn’t score in the preseason.

5. Green Bay Packers (6): The more we watched Week 1, the more we realized the Packers’ performance in Seattle wasn’t so awful, after all.

6. New Orleans Saints (5): Will be lethal if defense gets even semi-respectable.

7. Atlanta Falcons (24): Matt Ryan’s 448-yard passing day rallied them past the Saints.

8. Cincinnati Bengals (11): Won at AFC North-rival Baltimore for the first time in five years.

9. New England Patriots (3): Good thing Tom Brady has someone to go home to after a loss like that.

10. Philadelphia Eagles (8): Chip Kelly’s flyers avoided an embarrassing home loss by rallying past the Jaguars.

11. Indianapolis Colts (7): If Andrew Luck had not locked in on Reggie Wayne on fourth down, Colts might have taken Denver to overtime — or won.

12. Tennessee Titans (30): Big win at K.C. for UW Southeast. Jake Locker passed for two TDs, and Bishop Sankey had six carries, 25 yards in NFL debut.

13. Minnesaota Vikings (17): Sure, Rams are a mess, but Minnesota made St. Louis look even more dreadful.

14. Buffalo Bills (27): E.J. Manuel taking the Bills into Chicago and winning raised an eyebrow.

15. New York Jets (18): You heard it here first: The Jets will win the AFC East, leaving the Patriots for the wild card.

16. Carolina Panthers (16): Derek Anderson — four passes in the previous two seasons — fills in for Cam Newton and leads a win at Tampa Bay.

17. Detroit Lions (15): Matthew Stafford had them flying around Ford Field like Mustangs on Monday night.

19. Arizona Cardinals (14): Good Carson Palmer showed up in Glendale on Monday night.

20. San Diego Chargers (10): What happened to that swarming defense they had for three quarters at Arizona?

21. Pittsburgh Steelers (13): Have been outscored 50-9 over past six quarters.

22. Chicago Bears (9): Jay Cutler had 349 yards passing but threw two INTs in loss to Bills.

23. Houston Texans (31): Doubt they can keep winning by gaining just 316 total yards and getting 16 first downs.

24. Kansas City Chiefs (22): Alex Smith looked like the 49ers version in the opener instead of the 2013 Chiefs version.

25. St. Louis Rams (25): Raise your hand if you had heard of Austin Davis before last week.

26. Cleveland Browns (28): Brian Hoyer’s performance may mean Johnny Football is Johnny Benchwarmer for a while.

27. New York Giants (19): Are they as bad as they looked? Some think they may be worse.

28. Jacksonville Jaguars (26): Being up 17 early at Philadelphia hints at the talent the Gus Bradleys are developing.

29. Oakland Raiders (32): Derek Carr has Seattle D to thank for having a starting job as a rookie.

30. Washington Redskins (29): If Dallas and Baltimore weren’t in the league, this team would be dead last this week.

31. Dallas Cowboys (21): Tony Romo sabotaged his defense by throwing the ball to the 49ers.

32. Baltimore Ravens (23): This ranking is for what they didn’t do more than what they did.

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