team rankings

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1. Pittsburgh (1-0)

Defending champs acquitted themselves well without Ben Roethlisberger.

2. Indianapolis (1-0)

Colts got some breaks from the officials. They'll need more without Edgerrin James.

3. Cincinnati (1-0)

Carson Palmer is the leader in the clubhouse for the Comeback Player of the Year Award.

4. Seattle (1-0)

Scored nine points, then overpaid in trading a No. 1 pick for receiver Deion Branch.

5. Chicago (1-0)

And Rex Grossman didn't get hurt.

6. Atlanta (1-0)

Falcons' defense dominated NFC favorite Panthers.

7. Ravens (1-0)

What Ravens did in Tampa was scary - and reminiscent of the 2000 season.

8. New England (1-0)

Tom Brady looked bad but did what he always does: win.

9. Jacksonville (1-0)

First signs of an offense since the last century.

10. N.Y. Giants (0-1)

If Giants clean things up, they could still be the class of the NFC East.

11. Carolina (0-1)

Panthers are awfully ordinary without receiver Steve Smith.

12. Philadelphia (1-0)

Donovan McNabb made a statement, albeit against a bad team.

13. San Diego (1-0)

LaDainian Tomlinson and the defense stole show in opening the Philip Rivers era.

14. Minnesota (1-0)

Brad Johnson wore his old Redskins jersey after the game Monday.

15. Denver (0-1)

Jay Cutler's nostrils are on Jake Plummer's neck.

16. Miami (0-1)

Worth thinking about: Is Daunte Culpepper just a guy without Randy Moss?

17. Dallas (0-1)

Terrell Owens and the Cowboys look to bounce back big vs. rival Redskins tonight.

18. Washington (0-1)

Amazing/curious stat: Joe Gibbs is 0-6 on Monday night openers.

19. St. Louis (1-0)

From "The Greatest Show on Turf" to "The Greatest Toe on Turf."

20. Tampa Bay (0-1)

One of Chris Simms' passes was just batted down by his car antenna.

21. Arizona (1-0)

Give the Cardinals and their new stadium their moment in the desert sun.

22. New Orleans (1-0)

Think Texans fans were watching Reggie Bush's debut?

23. Kansas City (0-1)

How could the hit on Trent Green not be a penalty?

24. N.Y. Jets (1-0)

Eric Mangini was one of four first-year head coaches to win in Week 1.

25. Detroit (0-1)

Rod Marinelli loved everything about that 9-6 score, expect the losing part.

26. Buffalo (0-1)

Losing by a late safety aged 80-year-old GM Marv Levy by at least a year.

27. Cleveland (0-1)

Kellen Winslow's comeback was the lone bright spot in defeat.

28. Tennessee (0-1)

Quit messing around with Kerry Collins and put Vince Young in for good.

29. San Francisco (0-1)

Alex Smith at least gives the 49ers something to get excited about.

30. Green Bay (0-1)

Bays of Pigs (Green and Tampa) outscored 53-0 combined.

31. Houston (0-1)

Think Saints fans were laughing?

32. Oakland (0-1)

Does Al Davis play offensive line for the Raiders?

[ Compiled by Tribune Publishing NFL reporters; this week's comments by Chris Harry, Orlando Sentinel]

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