I'd like to say I planned on running my monthly NFL power rankings a week into the season. Honestly, it just slipped my mind.
It works out nicely, though, because I now have a small body of work on which to base my raving, ranting and ranking. And after an interesting first week of football, I've already changed my mind about a few teams.
1. Saints (preseason ranking — 1): The champs started their title defense with another win over the Vikings. Speaking of defense, the Saints' 'D' might be better than it was a year ago.
2. Patriots (13): The Patriots scored touchdowns in all three phases of the game while dismissing the Bengals, and Wes Welker (two TDs) sure looked like Wes Welker to me.
3. Ravens (5): It wasn't pretty, but that's OK. The "Monday Night Football" win over the Jets showed America the difference between title contenders and boisterous wannabe pretenders. Now the Ravens have to avoid a letdown against the Bengals.