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GOBOLTS4Life
09-14-2004, 09:09 PM
Tuesday, September 14


Power Rankings: Pats still on top

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ESPN.com


ESPN.com's Power Poll
This week's rankings were determined by a poll of ESPN.com's NFL staff -- writers John Clayton, Len Pasquarelli, Michael Smith and ESPN.com NFL editors Peter Lawrence-Riddell and James C. Black.
The 2004 season is one week old and with the Patriots and Eagles winning, there was no movement in the top two spots of ESPN.com's Power Rankings.
The big movers at the top of the rankings were the Titans (No. 9 to No. 4) and the Broncos (No. 10 to No. 5), who each jumped up five spots, while the Chiefs dropped five spots from No. 4 to No. 9. Baltimore fell way out of the top 10, dropping from No. 6 all the way to No. 15. That might be a little harsh, but that offensive effort Sunday was pretty harsh, too.

Also, since many of you think you're better at this than we are, SportsNation is giving you the opportunity to rank the teams youself.

Anyway, on to the rankings. To view our preseason rankings, click here. Also, later today at 4 p.m. ET we're debuting the Power Rankings Show on SportsNation. Stop by to chat with the creator of ESPN's NFL Power Rankings.



2004 Power Rankings: Week 2
Rk(LW) Team Rec. Comment
1 (1) Patriots 1-0-0 The run defense might be a concern, but we're guessing Belichick and Co. will find a way to work around it.
2 (2) Eagles 1-0-0 Apparently Donovan McNabb is pretty happy with his new toy at wide receiver.
3 (5) Seahawks 1-0-0 Losing Shaun Alexander for any time would be a blow to this offense. Maurice Morris is decent, but he's nowhere near Alexander's league.
4 (9) Titans 1-0-0 Not too many people saw this game, but trust us, Chris Brown is the real deal at RB.
5 (10) Broncos 1-0-0 That move Quentin Griffin put on Jerome Woods on Sunday night was just flat out sick.
6 (7) Vikings 1-0-0 Wow. We knew Minnesota's offense was going to be good, but they sure did put on a show Sunday.
7 (3) Colts 0-1-0 The Colts can talk all they want about the best team not winning Thursday, but the fact remains the same: one team is 1-0 and the other isn't.
8 (11) Packers 1-0-0 This week's bold prediction: Ahman Green will rush for over 2,000 yards this season.
9 (4) Chiefs 0-1-0 Looks like the same story as last season. The Chiefs can score with anybody, but the defense is going to be a problem, especially against the good teams.
10 (14) Jets 1-0-0 Obviously a healthy Chad Pennington helps Curtis Martin, but what we watched Sunday was more than that. Martin looked much more explosive than he was last season.
11 (16) Rams 1-0-0 We heard it from Rams fans last week about their No. 16 rankings, and maybe it was too low, but they sure weren't all that impressive in Week 1 against the Cardinals.
12 (20) Redskins 1-0-0 Things went about as well as they could have in Joe Gibbs return to the sideline in D.C.
13 (8) Panthers 0-1-0 That Steve Smith injury was tough to watch. He really came into his own last season and was poised for even bigger things this year.
14 (22) Steelers 1-0-0 At his current pace Jerome Bettis is going to carry the ball 80 times for 16 yards and score 48 TDs this year.
15 (6) Ravens 0-1-0 Teams are going to stack the line against the Ravens and Jamal Lewis all season and if Kyle Boller can't make them pay, the Ravens are going to be in trouble.
16 (17) Jaguars 1-0-0 Huge win for the Jags. Byron Leftwich might not have played well, but he got the W and that's what QBs are measured by.
17 (12) Cowboys 0-1-0 The Cowboys aren't going to win too many games when they have to pass the ball 51 times
18 (15) Bengals 0-1-0 All you Carson Palmer haters out there, if the Bengals stumble this year it's not going to have anything to do with the second-year QB.
19 (19) Falcons 1-0-0 It wasn't an earth-shattering performance, but a lot of e

geekster
09-14-2004, 09:29 PM
There is absolutely nothing wrong with that report nor the ranking... Its simply where we deserve to be after years of mediocrity....

Let's enjoy being the underdog and let the rest of the world continue to tell us how much better every other team in the league (sans AZ and SFRAN) are than the Chargers. Its to our advantage to have that while the team is still coming together.

GO CHARGERS!

(p.s. Right now I've got the Chargers ranked 18th, but shhhh - - don't tell anybody, let's continue to surprise them)....

sanluischargerfan
09-14-2004, 10:07 PM
Originally posted by: geekster
There is absolutely nothing wrong with that report nor the ranking... Its simply where we deserve to be after years of mediocrity....



Let's enjoy being the underdog and let the rest of the world continue to tell us how much better every other team in the league (sans AZ and SFRAN) are than the Chargers. Its to our advantage to have that while the team is still coming together.



GO CHARGERS!



(p.s. Right now I've got the Chargers ranked 18th, but shhhh - - don't tell anybody, let's continue to surprise them)....

I agree. Let them look past the Chargers. Then knock them out!! Kind of how Shelia looked past that Eagle dline man. Same concept. POW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BEACHWALKER
09-15-2004, 07:02 AM
B0LTS ARE POWERFULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

PedroOFSD
09-15-2004, 10:21 AM
I am stunned that they ranked the Dolphins ahead of the Bolts. The fins are set for a train wreck of a season and the Bolts are on the way up.

maverjoe
09-15-2004, 10:26 AM
look, as far as the national media is concerned we have to prove ourselves...I garauntee if the Chargers went 5-0 we still wouldn't crack the top 10.
This is a good thing...nothing could be sweeter that sneaking up on some unsuspecting teams this year.

dgjock
09-15-2004, 10:45 AM
espn sucks

1960BoltFan
09-15-2004, 12:33 PM
I think the power rankings are done by ignorant people. The good thing is the more the Bolts are dismissed as a lousy team, hopefully the better we will play. It gets personal, puts the backs against the wall. I really think we will be overlooked and put down until we prove to be a good team. Hopefully that will be when we make the playoffs!

SanDiegoRon
09-15-2004, 12:55 PM
we'll get our props if we beat NY and Denver, at home... we'll have EARNED them...

Hollymom1229
09-15-2004, 01:04 PM
I'm just disgusted by the fact that they are so low on the list below multiple teams that lost week one. The game was solid if not spectacular, which is more than can be said of some ranked above the Bolts.

boltman
09-15-2004, 01:08 PM
thats becuz they dont get the respect they deserve

boltman
09-15-2004, 01:11 PM
go bolts they will put the fear of lighting in ppl this year i/expressions/SDG_Bolt.gifi/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif

Threadkiller
09-15-2004, 01:17 PM
We beat the previously 5-11 Texans by seven points. We shouldn't expect to leap-frog over too many teams just yet.

I imagine we'll be in the low twenties after we beat the Jets to go 2-0.

SuperMatt
09-15-2004, 01:46 PM
Originally posted by: Hollymom1229
I'm just disgusted by the fact that they are so low on the list below multiple teams that lost week one. The game was solid if not spectacular, which is more than can be said of some ranked above the Bolts.

I think the problem was we beat Houston, who is stilla young team not expected to be very good, and even though we were plus four on turnovers, we only won by 7, and then it was due to a untimely (for them) fumble on our 15 yard line. Respect will come with wins. Gotta earn it.

WARHAWKS
09-15-2004, 06:59 PM
I WONDER HOW ESPN AND SI FEEL WHEN CHARGERS ARE 16-0....

THEY WILL BE TOTALLY STUNNED AND THEY SHOULD FAIL THEIR INGORANT RANKING TEAMS. WE DESERVES TO BE RATING LIKE 13 THIS WEEK. I WONDER WHY DOLPIONS, RAIDERS, BENGALS, FALCON, BUCS AND SAINTS TOP OF US? THEY MUCH WORSER THAN WE DID LAST WEEK......MAN SI AND ESPN IS INGORANT.....