Cowboys, NFC leading the way after Week 1

  • By Vic Carucci
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This is how the NFL's 32 teams stack up after Week 1:

In the hunt
Teams that look good enough to be among the 12 playoff qualifiers, but not based on conference.
Rank Team Record Comment
1. Dallas Cowboys 1-0 It didn't figure to be quite so easy in Cleveland, but that's the type of thing a legitimate Super Bowl contender does.
2. New York Giants 1-0 The defending champs should make it two in a row at St. Louis.
3. Green Bay Packers 1-0 Brett who?
4. Carolina Panthers 1-0 A healthy Jake Delhomme makes an enormous difference -- enough to overcome the absence of Steve Smith.
5. San Diego Chargers 0-1 Tough loss, but this team still has all of the ingredients to be a major factor in the wide-open AFC.
6. Chicago Bears 1-0 Making the Indianapolis Colts look feeble is no easy task, yet the Bears did exactly that.
7. Indianapolis Colts 0-1 The Colts can't really be that bad … can they?
8. Buffalo Bills 1-0 Knocking off the perennial NFC West kingpins is a big deal, especially in as thorough a fashion as the Bills did.
9. New Orleans Saints 1-0 No team adapts better in a crisis than the Saints.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers 1-0 The Steelers won big with a familiar formula: Powerful running game and smothering defense.
11. Philadelphia Eagles 1-0 Disposing of the hapless Rams was easy. A much harder test is coming in Dallas.
12. Denver Broncos 1-0 A win's a win, but how much can you really gauge from beating up on an opponent as pathetic as the Raiders were Monday night?
The rest
Teams listed alphabetically
Middle of the pack Need work Week 2 games
Arizona Cardinals (1-0) Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) Chicago at Carolina
Atlanta Falcons (1-0) Cleveland Browns (0-1) Tennessee at Cincinnati
Baltimore Ravens (1-0) Detroit Lions (0-1) Green Bay at Detroit
Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) Houston Texans (0-1) Buffalo at Jacksonville
Minnesota Vikings (0-1) Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) Oakland at Kansas City
New York Jets (1-0) Miami Dolphins (0-1) Indianapolis at Minnesota
New England Patriots (1-0) Oakland Raiders (0-1) New York Giants at St. Louis
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) St. Louis Rams (0-1) New Orleans at Washington
Tennessee Titans (1-0) San Francisco 49ers (0-1) San Francisco at Seattle
Washington Redskins (0-1) Seattle Seahawks (0-1) Atlanta at Tampa Bay
    Miami at Arizona
    San Diego at Denver
    Baltimore at Houston
    New England at New York Jets
    Pittsburgh at Cleveland
    Philadelphia at Dallas (Mon.)


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