Chargers - Moving Up
The Chargers had 3 sacks, 1 INT & 3 forced fumbles and Shawne Merriman only had 3 solo tackles. Yet the Chargers will still able the Bears to just 3 points.
Cowboys – Moving Down
Week 1 was not a good start to the season for the Cowboys. Terrence Newman was inactive due to his Plantar Fasciitis and Jason Ferguson has been lost for the season due to a torn right bicep that will require surgery. If or when Newman is able to return to the lineup then the Cowboy D will have a chance to move back up the rankings.
Vikings – Moving Up
Yes, this D is good. Do not just chalk this up to well Joey Harrington was the opposing QB. When your defense is outscoring your offense then you know that you have either a very good defense or a bad offense. Well I guess it is possible the Vikings have both.
Colts – Moving Up
The Colts are a completely different team when Bob Sanders play. The question is how long he can stay healthy.
Bears – Moving Down
Yeah they only gave up 2 touchdowns but that’s really only due to a non call on Tommie Harris jumping off sides. The bad news is that the Bears lost both Mike Brown and Dusty Dvoracek to season ending injuries.
Seatle – Moving Down
Yeah they held the Bucs to just 6 points but they do not get to play the Bucs every week.
The loss of Marcus Tubbs is going to have a big negative impact on the run D and unfortunately, for the Seahawks they get to face Edge, Frank Gore and Steven Jackson twice each.
Texans – Moving Up
Mario Williams is starting to show why the Texans took him #1 in the 2006 NFL Draft. With DeMeco Ryans and Mario Williams, the Texans have a nice young nucleus that looks like they are ready to make some noise. Any time you can hold Larry Johnson to under 50 yards rushing and zero touchdowns you know you are doing something right.
Washington – Moving Up
The redskins held the Dolphins running backs to under 50 yards. Andre Carter picked up where he left off last season and Rocky McIntosh seems to have grasped the complex defense that Greg Williams runs. London Fletcher-Baker will be a key component in what looks to be a much-improved Washington defense.
Titans – Moving Up
When you hold both Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew to 48 rushing yards and zero touchdowns combined, you deserve to move up the rankings. The question is how will the Titans fare when they face a team with legitimate NFL starting wide receivers.
Jets – Moving Down
Are the Jets this bad or are the Patriots this good? It is probably a bit of both. As the season goes on look for the Jets to improve but when you get beat as badly as they did you are going to take a tumble down the rankings.
Giants – Moving Down
The giants defense was just outright abused by the Cowboys and it does not look like it is going to get better very quickly either. Osi Umeniyora left early in the game with an apparent knee injury. His status is currently unclear but the Giants were only 2-6 without him last year. If this defensive backfield does not improve its play the Giants are going to be in for a very long year.