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NFL Power Rankings: Patriots booted from top spot

Posted by Obnoxious Boston Fan  September 21, 2012 07:48 PM

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Patriots Miss.jpgThe Patriots lost their tenuous hold on the No. 1 spot in the weekly OBF NFL Power Rankings. The Patriots and Ravens head into Sunday night's AFC championship game rematch at 1-1, joining 16 other teams in the NFL at .500. There are three new teams in the top 10 in Week 3. We'll update the rankings each Saturday during the season. Remember, these are for entertainment purposes only. Teams are listed with record and last week's ranking.

1. 49ers: (2-0; 2) Bay City rollers. If Joe Montana had a defense like this, he would have won four Super Bowls. OK, maybe five.

2. Texans (2-0; 4): What team in the NFL ranks No. 1 in defense? Here's a hint: They visit Denver this week.

3. Falcons (2-0; 11): The Falcons are 5-0 in West Coast games under Mike Smith. His secret: hydration. He has his players drink 20 ounces of water for every hour they are in the air. Will it work again this week against San Diego? Depends.

4. Patriots (1-1; 1): Will still win more games than the Bruins between now and the end of the year. Could still finish 15-1. Then again, they could finish 1-15. And Wes Welker could still finish the season in Foxborough. Deion Branch is back so it's all good, watch out for them in Super Bowl XXXIX.

5. Packers (1-1; 6): This week, all I can say is "Lombardi." RIP Steve Sabol.

6. Eagles (2-0; 9): Angry birds visit Cardinals in wake of Arizona's Super Bowl victory last week.

7. Ravens (1-1; 3): Billy Cundiff won't be around to give Steven Gostkowski kicking lessons (he's with the Redskins). But Gostkowski's already seen the DVD.

8. Giants (2-1; 12): Eli is getting almost too good to hate. 798 yards this week alone.

9: Broncos (1-1; 5): After Peyton Manning is sacked for the fourth time Sunday, expect #TebowTime to be trending on Twitter.

10. Cardinals (2-0; 18): Found solution to stopping Tom Brady - let Josh McDaniels engineer the Patriots offense. Remember the Bills beat the Patriots in Week 1 in 2003 and looked invincible, too.

11. Steelers (1-1; 8): At Raiders for a must-see game - in 1976.

12: Lions (1-1; 10): Expect more love for Lions coach Jim Schwartz this week, who spent 10 seasons with the Titans as an assistant coach/defensive coordinator.

13. Chargers (2-0; 16): High-powered offense is adjusting down thanks to conservative play-calling and success on defense and special teams. Maybe Norv Turner can teach BIll Belichick a thing or two? Then again, maybe not.

14. Redskins (1-1; 17): Robert Griffin III gets to face the Bengals' 30th-ranked defense in his NFL homecoming. The Nationals are in the playoffs. What's next, the Wizards winning 30 games?

15. Bengals (1-1; 19): Law Firm should feel right at home in Nation's Capital.

16. Cowboys (1-1; 7): Playing the Bucs at home would be a trap game if they didn't already fall through it last week against Seattle. They beat Giants in Week 1, but still looking up at Big Blue.

17. Bears (1-1; 13): Jay Culter can still yell like Tom Brady, especially since he hasn't played in nine days.

18. Jets (1-1; 14): Bart Scott "can't wait" to get his hands on the Dolphins so he got into a shoving match with a reporter on Friday and threatened to "smack the (expletive) out of him." Glad to see things are back to normal in Rexy's World.

19. Seahawks (1-1; 24): The genius of Pete Carroll - rookie QB Russell Wilson leads the No. 32 passing offense in the NFL.

20. Rams (1-1; 27): Cortland Finnegan said this week he admired "old-school players," including Jack Tatum. Next time, let's hope Josh Morgan throws a brick at him.

21. Bills (1-1; 21) On pace to go 8-8, like the rest of the AFC East.

22. Buccaneers (1-1; 22): Greg Schiano had his defense rush the Giants' when Eli took the knee because he wanted to stay competitive until the end. Sounds like something a young Tom Coughlin would have done.

23. Saints (0-2; 15): $100,000,000 bounty to the first defensive player who can force a punt.

24. Dolphins (1-1; 28): Tim Tebow returns to the site where he won a state high school title and BCS championship. He'll be the most popular quarterback on the field and among the top three passers. Tebow said this week he won't rule out a career in politics. Mitt Romney has since filed papers to add him to the ballot in Florida.

25. Colts (1-1; 30): Adam Vinatieri hits 53-yard game-winner with 10 seconds to play against Vikings. No one is surprised.

26. Chiefs (0-2; 20): Matt Cassel and Romeo Crennel remain 123 regular-season victories behind Brady and Bill Belichick on all-time coach/QB tandem list. Belchick-Cassel trail by 114.

27. Vikings (1-1; 31): My elementary school principal taught us: "If you can't say anything nice about someone, don't say anything at all."

28: Titans (0-2; 23): Chris Johnson showing improvement, now on pace to gain 2,016 feet this season.

29. Panthers (1-2; 25): 36-7 loss to Giants on Thursday. Cam Newton hadn't looked that bad since he went computer shopping at the University of Florida.

30. Raiders (0-2; 26): Al Davis hits 3,500 RPM during 35-13 loss to Dolphins.

31. Browns (0-2; 29): Ready and waiting to seize No. 32 in case the Jaguars ever win a game.

32. Jaguars (0-2; 32): When they move to Los Angeles in a few years, no one in Jacksonville will notice. But close just one Waffle House ...

Don't forget to join us Sunday at 8 p.m. for our in-game Patriots-Ravens fan chat. As always, let us know what you think. Post your thoughts here, on our Obnoxious Boston Fan Facebook page or e-mail me obnoxiousbostonfan@hotmail.com. And don't forget to follow us on Twitter @realOBF. Thanks for reading. Pass the clicker.

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