Week 2 power rankings: Steelers make statement

1. Saints – Will have to get used to all these late starts. The champs are always in primetime demand.

2. Packers – Let the Bills hang around a little longer than I figured they would.

3. Steelers – 2-0 without Big Ben, and now without Dennis Dixon. They’re winning ugly but making a big statement.

4. RavensJoe Flacco‘s implosion cost them what could have been two huge road wins in six days. Haven’t allowed TD despite offense committing seven turnovers.

5. ColtsPeyton Manning gets you to 10 wins a season by himself.

6. Texans – It was crazy, and they gave up a ton of yards, but that was a huge, huge win.

7. Chargers – Certainly made a statement at the Jags’ expense.

8. Patriots - They’re going to have to win shootouts, and 14 points isn’t enough. Jets were desperate and moved ball far too easily.

9. Titans – Steelers have their number. Vince Young has been resilient before.

10. Bengals – Stuck with the run and returned to the blue-collar approach. 8-0 streak in the AFC North dating to 2008.

11. Jets – Losing first two games at home would have been huge hole. Taking shackles off Mark Sanchez paid dividends.

12. FalconsMatt Ryan is almost unbeatable at home, now needs to transfer that outside of the dome.

13. Eagles – Giving up 6 sacks very troubling; defense needs work, too.

14. Giants – Ran into a buzzsaw Sunday night.

15. BearsMike Martz might be exactly what Jay Cutler needed. Maybe I was wrong about da Bears … but still not sold.

16. Dolphins – Love the 2-0 start … but the offense can’t get in the end zone, and I’m not sure the D is this good.

17. Redskins – Can’t give up 500 yards. Can’t run the ball at all; if they could, would have milked the clock and not blown that game.

18. 49ers – Rough start, but I still believe they win the NFC Least, I mean West.

19. Vikings – The second-biggest disappointment in the NFL through two weeks (though I’m not really surprised).

20. Cowboys – The biggest disappointment in the NFL through two weeks.

21. Chiefs – When a young team starts finding ways to win games that they used to collapse in, organizations start to turn the corner. In their division, who knows.

22. Buccaneers – Tremendous start, and Josh Freeman building confidence. The schedule will ramp up, though.

23. Broncos – Could not afford to lose another game to a rebuilding opponent.

24 Jaguars - David Garrard giveth, and he taketh away. Most often then not, though, he giveth to the other team.

25. Seahawks – Will have to keep taking care of business in front of The 12th Man.

26. Raiders – I once championed their bandwagon. I also once thought that New Coke would forever change the way we looked at soft drinks.

27. Panthers – If you have a QB controversy after two weeks, you’re in trouble. They’ve overcome poor starts before, but …

28. Lions – It’s going to be tough sledding with Shaun Hill under center. Matt Stafford injury is huge.

29. Rams – Too few playmakers at this point in the rebuild.

30. Cardinals – Do they have a discernible strength after two weeks?

31. BrownsEric Mangini making strong early case to be first coaching casualty.

32. Bills- It’s going to be an awful long year, fine folks of Western New York.

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– Jason La Canfora

Follow me on Twitter @jasonlacanfora.

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