NFL power rankings: Broncos take over top spot as NY Giants stumble ahead of ‘Manning Bowl III’? The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks earn the next two spots behind Denver and will face each other on Sunday. The NY Jets and Geno Smith got the W against the Buccaneers and move up to 24th. By / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 11:02 AM Dustin Bradford/Getty Images
Peyton Manning has the Denver Broncos pointing in the right direction after Week 1 rout.
It was as wild a Week 1 as the NFL has seen in a while and it scrambled the Daily New power rankings, with the promise of more to come. The way it looks, it’s going to be volatile all season.
For now, we’ve moved the Broncos ahead of the Seahawks into the top spot based on Peyton Manning’s seven-TD day against the defending champs. They’re followed by the Seahawks and 49ers who will go at each other Sunday night.
As for the locals, the Giants dropped to 17th after their six turnover-loss left them desperate for a running back with Denver coming to town for the Manning Bowl. The Jets got the W against the Bucs and a move up to 24th. The test comes Thursday night at the Patriots.
Feel free to disagree. At this point, there are no wrong answers:
1. (Last week – 2) Broncos (1-0): Peyton’s better than he was last year with more weapons. That’s scary.
2. (4) 49ers (1-0): Kaepernick can play drop-back quarterback, too.
3. (1) Seahawks (1-0): Can’t wait for Sunday night. Niners-Seahawks in Seattle. Yum.
4. (6) Texans (1-0): Woke up just in time. Passing game impressive.
5. (11) Saints (1-0): Swagger and confidence return along with Sean Payton (now 7-2 vs. Mike Smith).
6. (5) Falcons (0-1): Offensive line has issues. Could sabotage all that skill.
7. (7) Patriots (1-0): Tom Brady saves the day, again.
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Eli Manning and the NY Giants can’t overcome six turnovers in season-opening loss to the Cowboys.
8. (8) Packers (0-1): Problems in the secondary are this team’s Achilles heel.
9. (12) Bears (1-0): Good start as Jay Cutler praises Trestman’s ballsy play-calling.
10. (26) Eagles (1-0): Better than anyone thought. Chip Kelly’s O is impressive.
11. (17) Lions (1-0): Reggie Bush makes a difference with 191 total yards.
12. (9) Redskins (0-1): They’ll be OK once RG3 shakes off the rust,Wholesale Packers Jersey,Britain’s 9-11 memorial sculpture languishes in London warehouse, but going to Green Bay will be tough.
13. (10) Bengals (0-1): Won’t live up to hype if they don’t play smarter.
14. (3) Ravens (0-1): They are going to miss Anquan Boldin.
15. (13) Colts (1-0): Good news: Eight fourth-quarter comebacks under Andrew Luck. Bad news: it was the Raiders, at home.
16. (16) Cowboys (1-0): They really had no business letting the Giants stay in that game. Six turnovers and they won by six?
17. (14) Giants (0-1): They actually looked like the Cowboys Sunday night.
18. (20) Titans (1-0): They’re back to beating people up. Steelers were no match.
19. (19) Chiefs (1-0): Nice start of Andy Reid era. This team’s legit.
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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger can’t watch as his Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey goes down with a serious knee injury during Pittsburgh’s Week 1 loss.
20. (22) Rams (1-0): News flash: Brian Schottenheimer ripped for bland play-calling in win.
21. (24) Dolphins (1-0): Good D, no running game. What else is new?
22. (18) Panthers (0-1): Played the Seahawks tough,John Kuhn #30 Jersey, should build on that.
23. (15) Vikings (0-1): Christian Ponder simply has to play better than this.
24. (30) Jets (1-0): Fortunate win but a very good win. Short week gives Geno little time to prep for Pats.
25. (28) Bills (0-1): Gave one away but D looks much improved.
26. (29) Chargers (0-1): New coach, another brutal loss.
27. (25) Cardinals (0-1): Offense looks great early, can’t finish
28. (21) Steelers (0-1): Ouch. Lost three starters for season Sunday.
29. (23) Bucs (0-1): Dumb way to lose a game. Still,Wholesale Packers T-Shirts, Bucs look overrated.
30. (31) Raiders (0-1): Small victory: Pryor sets Raider record with 112 rushing yards.
31. (29) Browns (0-1): At least they’re tied for the division lead.
32. (32) Jaguars (0-1): Offense didn’t cross midfield until fourth quarter.