The second Sunday of NFL play shed some light on how the teams stack up. Here’s how I see it …
1. N.Y. Giants — Needs to finish drives stronger, but I loved Eli Manning’s poise in the clutch.
2. New Orleans — The Saints have scored 93 points through two weeks.
3. Baltimore — Needs to tighten up the secondary and special teams, but the offense is legit, finally.
4. N.Y. Jets — Absolute statement game against New England. I can already see the kids dressing up as Rex Ryan for Halloween.
5. Atlanta — Quietly picking up right where it left off in ’08.
6. Minnesota — Let the Lions hang around before another workmanlike finish.
7. San Francisco — Already toppled its two main divisional foes. Been a Singletary believer for a while now.
8. Philadelphia — Early bye week should limit extent of McNabb’s asbence.
9. Pittsburgh — Needs the pass to set up the run these days.
10. Indianapolis — Still not sure about these guys, but they’ve only played once. Benefit of the doubt.
11. Chicago — Huge bounce-back game. That looked more like the offensive mindset the Bears need.
12. Denver — Can’t see this lasting all that long … Then again maybe the Broncos beat Oakland this week.
13. New England — Should be 0-2, look lost on offense, should probably be lower here, too.
14. Buffalo — Should be 2-0, showing a surprisingly physicality on offense, should maybe be higher here, too.
15. Houston — Huge win over a street fighting opponent. Thought it was over at 21-7. Still very flawed though.
16. Tennessee — Finding a way to lose games it found a way to win last year. Astounded by how the stout secondary flopped.
17. Dallas — Another primetime flop from Tony Romo.
18. Cincinnati — That’s more like what I expected from the passing attack.
19. Green Bay — Must say I’m worried about my Pats/Packers Super Bowl pick, already.
20. Arizona — Still not sure what to make of the Cardinals, but Warner was majestic vs. the Jags.
21. Miami –Small sample size, like with Colts.
22. Seattle — Losing Hasselbeck for any real period of time changes everything.
23. San Diego — Injuries/dubious play calling already taking hold. Out-physicalled twice already.
24. Oakland — No style points, just win baby! In that division they may keep it close.
25. Washington — Would not be stunned if Detroit ends its drought against this outfit next week.
26. Jacksonville — Could be looking for new coach and quarterback by season’s end.
27. Carolina — Well, at least the Panthers lost without threatening double-digit turnovers for a change.
28. Tampa Bay — Josh Freeman will start at some point.
29. Kansas City — The opposing team completed only three passes through 55 minutes, yet the Chiefs lost.
30. St. Louis — Defense showed some red zone moxie and passion.
31. Cleveland — This team has few discernable strengths.
32. Detroit — You play to win the game.