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Week 1 2010 NFL ATS Power Rankings (through 9/13/10)
See the current NFL ATS Power Rankings here
1: Kansas City Chiefs (1-0 ATS, 1-0 SU) - The Chiefs did the relatively unthinkable last week, knocking off the San Diego Chargers 21-14 in a game that was certainly touch and go the entire way. Is this a sign that Kansas City is real? We aren't so sure yet. What we are sure of is the fact that this was the biggest upset of Week 1, and that's good enough to keep the Tomahawk Chop going at Arrowhead Stadium at least for a few more weeks until reality most likely sets in. Still, this is a team that clearly doesn't have the respect of the oddsmakers yet, and KC won't get lines any better than this in 2010 if it is legitimately a playoff contender.
2: Houston Texans (1-0 ATS, 1-0 SU) - The Texans had arguably the toughest test of them all in Week 1, as they had to go against the Indianapolis Colts, a team that they were just 1-15 against all-time coming in. However, thanks to a new, smash mouth look that featured a whopping 33 carries by RB Arian Foster, Houston was able to pull the upset and serve notice to the rest of the conference that this may indeed by the year that the Texans reach the postseason. Foster rumbled for 231 yards and three scores and was clearly the man of the hour in the victory. Houston has a tough road ahead and will be getting a ton of love on the NFL spreads, but if it is this good, it will continue to triumph.
3: Seattle Seahawks (1-0 ATS, 1-0 SU) - The Pete Carroll era started off well in Seattle, as the Seahawks absolutely trashed the San Francisco 49ers 31-6 in a game that was completely lopsided from the start. Seattle might be in for some good times if its defense can play like this, but the truth of the matter is that the offense is still shaky at best. QB Matt Hasselbeck only threw for 170 yards and the team managed just 242 yards of offense. That's not going to cut it going forward, but at least for one day, we can celebrate Seattle being atop the NFC West.
4: Baltimore Ravens (1-0 ATS, 1-0 SU) - Any time you can go into the Meadowlands (new or old) and come away with a win in a hard core, physical game, you've done something special. No, it isn't that Baltimore beat the New York Jets 10-9 on Monday Night Football that impressed us. It was the fact that the Ravens beat down one of the most physical teams in the league. Baltimore dominated time of possession and played fantastic defense, bending but not breaking during the entire game. Better is on the horizon for the Ravens for sure, as this might be the best team in the NFL.
5: Tennessee Titans (1-0 ATS, 1-0 SU) - Two things clearly went right for the Titans last week that put them on the right side of a tremendous cover. First off, they were clearly underrated by the oddsmakers. Second of all, the Oakland Raiders really are that bad and aren't worth the preseason hype that they were getting. Oh yeah, having RB Chris Johnson be off the races for two scores and well over 100 yards is going to help any team pick up a huge win. However, that 38-13 win also gave a big time alarm to the rest of the AFC South, particularly the Indianapolis Colts. This is a team that isn't going to go quietly into the night against anyone, and if QB Vince Young can methodically take his team down the field and score points on a regular basis without the big turnovers, the Titans will be scary.
6: Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0 ATS, 1-0 SU) - It was a close run thing the whole way, but the Steelers were able to open up their season with a big 15-9 win over the Atlanta Falcons at Heinz Field on Sunday. No Big Ben? No problem. QB Dennis Dixon was respectable, but the hero for the day was RB Rashard Mendenhall, who erased the memories of a relatively bad first four quarters by taking his one carry in overtime 50 yards for the game winning score. The Steelers played some awesome defense in the 'W' over a good Atlanta team, and play like that should have the rest of the NFL shaking in its boots that the gold and black are back in Steeltown.
7: New England Patriots (1-0 ATS, 1-0 SU) - The Patsies are off and running this year, and in spite of the fact that the oddsmakers kept trying to find reasons to bump their spread down against the Cincinnati Bengals last week, it just didn't really matter. New England's offense just wasn't going to be denied in a 34-20 win that was significantly more comfortable than the final score suggests. Truth be told, the 'O' only dropped 17 points on the board, but New England getting a TD on special teams and one on defense is about as fair as giving the Oregon Ducks a 12th man on offense to play with right now. New England can really crush the spirit of the New York Jets next week and open a two game lead on its biggest rivals with a big win in New Meadowlands Stadium.
8: Green Bay Packers (1-0 ATS, 1-0 SU) - The Packers were the best ATS team in the country last year, and they might be off and running to the same type of mark again this year. Though the NFL odds clearly weren't as favorable to them this year as they were a year ago when they were a bit of a dark horse, they made a mockery of the fact that they were only short road favorites against the Philadelphia Eagles in the City of Brotherly Love last week by posting a 27-20 win. Green Bay should romp to 2-0 early in the season and could really put a hurting on the rest of this division by the time this early juncture of the season is over.
9: New York Giants (1-0 ATS, 1-0 SU) - The G-Men didn't play their best game ever in the first game ever played at New Meadowlands Stadium, but it was significantly better than what the Carolina Panthers put out there. The Giants really ended up putting together a great defensive showing, forcing a slew of turnovers against a lame Carolina team that is going to have trouble all season long. Wide receivers dropped a whole boatload of passes, tipping several in the air, costing QB Eli Manning a number of interceptions. The test gets significantly harder this week in Indianapolis, as the Colts are going to bring a huge test to the table, especially after starting with a loss to the Texans.
10: Detroit Lions (1-0 ATS, 1-0 SU) - There was only one team that lost in Week 1 that ultimately covered the NFL spreads, and the Lions arguably really got screwed. Detroit had a great chance to pick up a victory against the Chicago Bears, but they were victims of some terrible luck. Losing QB Matthew Stafford to a shoulder injury in the first half was devastating. Backup QB Shaun Hill really looked lost, and getting first downs and moving the football was impossible. However, when push came to shove, he delivered the ball perfectly to WR Calvin Johnson in the end zone with less than a minute to play, but he ultimately was ruled to have dropped it even though he had possession through the catch until he came to the ground. Still, this was a much deserved cover for the visitors, who have a lot of promise in front of them.
2010 Preseason NFL Power Rankings - a look at the NFL ATS power rankings for the preseason.