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Week 2 2010 NFL ATS Power Rankings (through 9/20/10)
See the current NFL ATS Power Rankings here
1: Kansas City Chiefs (2-0 ATS, 2-0 SU) - The Chiefs probably caught a bit of a break when the Cleveland Browns decided to start QB Seneca Wallace instead of QB Jake Delhomme this week, but when push came to shove, they needed to go out and win the game in Cleveland regardless. We aren't so sure that this nice run at the start of the season is going to continue in the long term, but for the time being, there is no doubt that the coaching combination of HC Todd Haley, OC Charlie Weis, and DC Romeo Crennel is working well in KC.
2: Houston Texans (2-0 ATS, 2-0 SU) - First the Texans posted a tremendous home victory over a longtime nemesis in the Indianapolis Colts. Now, they fired back on the road in a hostile environment from 17 points down in the second half to beat the Washington Redskins in overtime. It was the first OT win in the history of the franchise and also marked the best passing day the team has ever had either. QB Matt Schaub is going to be on his way to MVP consideration if he has more days like this one where he throws for 497 yards. Houston is in first place in the AFC South by itself for the first time in franchise history.
3: Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0 ATS, 2-0 SU) - Only the Pittsburgh Steelers could figure out how to be down to their fourth quarterback and still win games on the road as 5.5 point underdogs. Without a shadow of a doubt, this is the best looking defense in the league right now, and the argument can certainly be made that S Troy Polamalu is the most valuable player in the entire NFL. When he is healthy, Pittsburgh plays amazing defense and wins games. When he isn't, it struggles to capitalize and solid offensive efforts are wasted. If the offense ever puts it together with the defense, the rest of the NFL should beware.
4: Green Bay Packers (2-0 ATS, 2-0 SU) - The Pack are back, and they have now rocked a pair of opponents this year. Green Bay has a nasty trip lined up to Chicago this week, and the duel with the Bears could put it in first place by itself for perhaps the rest of the year. QB Aaron Rodgers has more pressure on his shoulders right now with a running game that has been ravished by the loss of RB Ryan Grant for the year. No one really got going last week in the romp of the Buffalo Bills, but someone, whether it be RB Brandon Jackson or someone else, needs to step up and take some pressure off of Rodgers' shoulders, or this team won't be one of Super Bowl quality.
5: Detroit Lions (2-0 ATS, 0-2 SU) - The Lions were absolutely phenomenal last week down the stretch, and that was good enough to hit a backdoor against the Philadelphia Eagles. The cover was a solid one, but one that perhaps wasn't really earned, as the outcome of the game was never seriously in doubt in the second half, but after the shaft that Detroit took two weeks ago against the Bears, you won't see us complaining about this team hitting a major backdoor every now and again.
6: Miami Dolphins (2-0 ATS, 2-0 SU) - No one really gave the Fins a chance of going into Minnesota this week and taking down the Vikings, but just as we predicted in our blog, the running game and defense really stood tall every step of the way in a very fair result. Give it up for the defensive line, which single handedly created a touchdown for the team by sacking QB Brett Favre in the end zone and then stuffed up RB Adrian Peterson at the goal line to save the game for Miami in the dying moments. HC Tony Sparano definitely has a team to contend with this year.
7: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0 ATS, 2-0 SU) - We're not beating our chest and saying that the Bucs are Super Bowl contenders this year, but they certainly have our attention for the time being. They're already at 2-0 and have a relatively easy schedule in the weeks to come. A visit from Pittsburgh this coming week might set up this team to be 4-0, a position that it becomes very difficult from which to miss the playoffs. Tampa Bay's schedule has been softer than a cream puff so far, though.
8: Chicago Bears (1-1 ATS, 2-0 SU) - Two weeks ago, we called the Bears the luckiest team in the NFL for escaping a home game with the lowly Lions with a victory that really wasn't deserved. Though we're still calling them lucky, there was certainly no luck in a 27-20 win in "Big D" over the weekend. QB Jay Cutler is still the subject of a lot of criticism, but a win this week in primetime at home against the favorites to win the NFC North would go a long way in helping win the hearts of the fans and the media in the Windy City.
9: New York Jets (1-1 ATS, 1-1 SU) - There's a ton of talk going on about the Dolphins right now, but the result that seemed to fly under the radar last week was the fact that the Jets destroyed the New England Patriots, particularly in the second half. For the first time this year, HC Rex Ryan's bunch has to hit the road to visit said Dolphins this week, and the defense is going to be up against its toughest ground attack yet, as RB Ronnie Brown and RB Ricky Williams are going to try to find holes in a defense that seems impenetrable.
10: New Orleans Saints (1-1 ATS, 2-0 SU) - The Saints move into the Top 10 this week by virtue of the fact that they had every right to move to 2-0 ATS on the year if not for the fact that they let the San Francisco 49ers sneak back into the Monday Night Football duel. QB Drew Brees and company are going to be thin at running back, as Reggie Bush fractured his leg in the victory, which could set up even more numbers for the former Purdue Boilermaker. But for the time being, the defending champs look great, and at 2-0, they are rolling towards the postseason once again with or without Bush.
2010 Week 1NFL Power Rankings - a look at the NFL ATS power rankings thru week 1.
2010 Preseason NFL Power Rankings - a look at the NFL ATS power rankings for the preseason.