NFL Power Rankings: Broncos top charts

NFL Power Rankings: Broncos top charts
September 11, 2013, 9:45 pm
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CSN Staff

Every week during the NFL season, CSNChicago.com's Scott Krinch and Jake Flannigan will roll out updated power rankings.

Check out the rankings going into Week 2:

Rank Scott Jake Comment
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Scott: Peyton Manning is showing no signs of slowing down.

Jake: 49 points vs. Ravens, plus Von Miller and Champ Bailey haven’t even played yet.

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Scott: Kaepernick proved why he belongs in the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks.

Jake: I think Kaepernick believes he’s the best all-around QB in the NFL. I don’t think I’m going to argue.

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Scott: May be the 2nd best team in the NFC, unfortunately ran into the No. 1 team last Sunday. 

Jake: Not an overly impressive offensive debut, but the defense certainly got it done.

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Scott: Early season bragging rights on the line against the 49ers this weekend. 

Jake: Green Bay did all they could to keep up with the 49ers, but they ran out of gas.

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Scott: Bills gave them a scare, but Brady and company found a way once again. 

Jake: Started 2013 like they finished last season – flat. Still have a ton of potential.

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Scott: Didn't expect the Saints defense to look as good as they did against Atlanta. 

Jake: Who would’ve thought we would be talking about how good the Saints defense was after Week 1?

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Scott: Something about this Texans team has me thinking they will fail to live up to expectations once again. 

Jake: Not a great showing by the Falcons to start the season. I expect this team to improve greatly.

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Scott: Did they miss their opportunity in 2012? 

Jake: The Bears stopped a highly-touted Bengals team and proved Trestman’s offense is an upgrade.

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Scott: Impressive win over the Bengals has heightened expectations in Chicago. 

Jake: New England nearly got clipped by the Bills, but Tom Brady will keep this team in the playoff hunt all season long.

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Scott: Bengals say they beat themselves on Sunday ... the Bears may say differently.

Jake: The Bengals are still the best team in the AFC North, they just ran into an equally talented opponent in Chicago.

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Scott: Luck and the Colts needed a late comeback to hold off the lowly Raiders. 

Jake: The defense will make things much more interesting in Big D this season.

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Scott: Loss of Jones will hurt more than some people think. 

Jake: Was it just me or did the Lions look like a playoff team against the Vikings?

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Scott: Chip Kelly's offense looked great, but time will tell once the league catches on. 

Jake: The Ravens got a raw deal when they had to start the season on the road vs. Broncos.

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Scott: Ugly win on SNF, but what else do you expect from a Cowboys-Giants game.

Jake: Was it just me or did the Giants NOT look like a playoff team against the Cowboys?

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Scott: Reggie Bush running wild doesn't bode well for the rest of the NFC. 

Jake: Minnesota may take a step back this season. Probably a mistake to bet against Adrian Peterson though.

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Scott: Did the Dolphins win? All we keep hearing about is Mike Wallace. 

Jake: I say if that Monday night game would’ve went another five minutes that the Redskins get the W.

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Scott: Bradford to Cook. We'll be hearing that a lot this season. 

Jake: Need to do more to impress me in Week 2. Still a win is a win, even if it’s against the Raiders.

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Scott: Need a productive David Wilson to compete in the NFC East this year. 

Jake: Miami may have enough pieces in place to do some damage, but it’s still too early to tell.

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Scott: Could be the most improved team in 2013. 

Jake: Sam Bradford may have found a key ingredient that’s been missing in tight end Jared Cook.

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Scott: Schedule doesn't get any easier with the Packers on tap. 

Jake: Although they blew out the Jaguars, Kansas City still has holes.

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Scott: Fans are already calling for a QB change in Minnesota. 

Jake: Carson Palmer will keep Arizona in most games this season. Oh, and that Larry Fitzgerald guy isn’t too bad either.

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Scott: Defense looked impressive in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. 

Jake: Chip Kelly ya’ll…Chip Kelly ya’ll

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Scott: Could surprise a few people this season. 

Jake: Not sure how good Carolina will be, but keeping it tight with Seattle was as impressive as any Week 1 loss.

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Scott: Palmer is a huge upgrade in Arizona. Offense will keep them in some games. 

Jake: Where in the world is…C.J. Spiller?

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Scott: They are a much better team than they showed against the Jets. 

Jake: Terrelle Pryor hasn’t looked this good since he got some fresh ink in college. Only this time he didn’t have to risk his eligibility.

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Scott: Still a few years away from contending, but I like the direction they're headed. 

Jake: The Chargers probably deserve to be higher, but let’s slow down the Philip Rivers bandwagon for a minute.

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Scott: Honestly, the Steelers may be the worst team in the AFC North. 

Jake: Tennessee’s defense may be great, but that offense is pretty average.

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Scott: Jordan Cameron ... enough said. 

Jake: If you lose to the Jets it’s an automatic bottom five ranking. You reap what you sow Tampa Bay.

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Scott: This could be the highest I'll have the Jets ranked all season. 

Jake: I would not be shocked if Steelers fans start waving white towels by season’s end.

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Scott: Philip Rivers giveth ... Philip Rivers taketh away. 

Jake: How can the Jets win their opener and still be ranked this low? Let’s just say the Jets will crash and burn faster than you can say Miley Cyrus.

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Scott: At least Pryor gives Raiders fans a reason to watch. 

Jake: Cleveland…Cleveland…Cleveland…oh, how I sympathize with you Cleveland!

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Scott: The Henne era is back!

Jake: Drafting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will be worth the ridicule all season long.