NFL power rankings 2011: Green Bay Packers on top after Week 1

Green Bay's Jordy Nelson leaps past the Saints' Patrick Robinson. (Morry Gash/Associated Press)
September 13, 2011
NFL power rankings

Mark Maske assesses the league’s top teams after Week 1.

1. Packers (1-0) There were some issues on defense Thursday night against the Saints, but QB Aaron Rodgers was sharp and the champs’ title defense started off well.

2. Patriots (1-0) In an opening weekend filled with huge passing performances, Tom Brady’s 517-yard effort Monday night in Miami was the most prolific of all.

3. Jets (1-0) It took some help from Tony Romo, but the Jets managed to find a way to win Sunday night.

4. Eagles (1-0) They got started with a solid road win in St. Louis.

5. Ravens (1-0) The decisive opening triumph over the Steelers establishes the Ravens as the early favorites in the AFC North.

6. Saints (0-1) The loss to the Packers hurt. So does the injury to wide receiver Marques Colston.

7. Chargers (1-0) They still haven’t demonstrated that their problems on special teams are fixed. But at least they won.

8. Steelers (0-1) For one week, the poor play can be forgiven.

9. Falcons (0-1) Ditto.

10. Texans (1-0) They should be the prime beneficiaries of Peyton Manning’s absence from the Colts’ lineup.

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