ATL's Power Poll: New York Giants deserve top spot


The Giants had the most impressive win of this early season on Sunday in San Francisco. New York has overcome injuries to win four of their last five games. They have an MVP candidate at quarterback. They are balanced. That's why they are No. 1 in the ATL entry of the Power Poll this week despite a 4-2 record.

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The top of the league is flawed. It's been this way for years. Even when teams rack up 12 or 13 wins, teams have clearly definable problems. (Look at the defenses of the No. 1 seeds: New England and Green Bay.) The Ravens are 5-1, yet it feels like they are reeling.

A few unlucky bounces and they could be 2-4. The have been dominated on both lines of scrimmage in consecutive weeks. The defense is in shambles because of injuries. Yet the Ravens are absolutely a championship contender and one of the nine teams below we strongly believe are "good teams." The Broncos are borderline. After that, all bets are off.

That's the NFL 2012 in a nutshell.

1. New York Giants
2. Houston Texans
3. San Francisco 49ers
4. New England Patriots
5. Chicago Bears
6. Atlanta Falcons
7. Green Bay Packers
8. Baltimore Ravens
9. Seattle Seahawks
10. Denver Broncos
11. Philadelphia Eagles
12. Minnesota Vikings

13. Arizona Cardinals
14. Miami Dolphins
15. Dallas Cowboys
16. Pittsburgh Steelers
17. New York Jets
18. Washington Redskins
19. Detroit Lions
20. New Orleans Saints
21. St. Louis Rams
22. San Diego Chargers
23. Cincinnati Bengals
24. Indianapolis Colts
25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
26. Buffalo Bills
27. Carolina Panthers
28. Tennessee Titans
29. Oakland Raiders
30. Cleveland Browns
31. Jacksonville Jaguars
32. Kansas City Chiefs

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