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Old 09-15-2001, 10:04 PM   #1
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Talking Professional Football Rankings Week 1

Football rankings reflect all games played from Sept. 9th through Sept. 10th

*Number 1—DENVER BRONCOS—(1-0)-QB Brian Griese completed 21 of 29 passes for 330 yards and three TD’s, in a 31-20 win over the New York Giants on MNF. Running back Terrell Davis rushed for 101 yards. Receiver Rod Smith caught nine passes for 115 yards and a TD. Ed McCaffrey broke leg, making one- handed catch in third quarter. A tremendous loss for the Broncos and the NFL. Defense held Giants to 63 yards rushing. Next game Sept. 16th at Indianapolis.

*Number 2—NEW ORLEANS SAINTS—(1-0)-Defense kept Saints in the game until offense woke up in the second half. Saints won 24-6 over the Buffalo Bills in Buffalo. Safety Sammy Knight tied franchise record with three interceptions. Defense sacked QB Rob Johnson five times. Running back Ricky Williams rushed for 93 yards on 18 carries.
Next game Sept.16th at home against San Francisco.

*Number 3—INDIANAPOLIS COLTS—(1-0)-QB Peyton Manning did not play his best in 45-24 win over the New York Jets, but he was good enough to complete 22 of 32 passes for 231 yards and two TD’s. He had two INT’s. Running back Edgerrin James rushed for 135 yards on 28 carries and scored two TD’s. Linebacker Mike Petersen had five solo tackles and five assists. Next game Sept. 16th at home against Denver Broncos.

*Number 4—MIAMI DOLPHINS—(1-0)-Dolphins beat the Tennessee Titans in Nashville 31-23. Dolphin QB Jay Fiedler completed 12 of 20 for 225 yards and two TD’s. Linebacker Zach Thomas is a play stopper. He had nine tackles. Next game Sept. 16th at home against Buffalo.

*Number 5—GREEN BAY PACKERS—(1-0)-Running back Ahman Green exploded for a 83 yard TD run in the first quarter to lead Packers to a 28-6 win over Detroit in Green Bay. Green rushed for 157 yards on 17 carries and scored another touchdown later in the game. Brett Favre had a great game completing 22 of 28 passes for 260 yards and two TD’s. Packers had 424 total net yards and defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila had three sacks. Next game Sept. 16th at New York against the Giants.

*Number 6—ST. LOUIS RAMS—(1-0)-Rams beat the Philadelphia Eagles 20-17 in overtime in Philadelphia. QB Kurt Warner passed for 308 yards, while completing 28 of 42. He threw for one TD and had two INT’s. All-purpose back Marshall Faulk caught eight passes for 48 yards and ran for 72 yards on 20 carries and a TD. Next game Sept. 16th at home against Atlanta.

*Number 7—OAKLAND RAIDERS—(1-0)-Raiders beat the Chiefs in Kansas City 27-24. This match up is perhaps the best rivalry in all of the NFL. Field goal kicker Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 31- yard field goal with 15 seconds left to win the game. QB Rich Gannon threw for 341 yards and completed 31 of 46. He passed for two TD’s and had one INT. Receiver Tim Brown caught eight passes for 133 yards and a TD. Jerry Rice also caught eight passes. Next game Sept 16th at home against the New York Jets.

*Number 8—BALTIMORE RAVENS—(1-0)-Defending Super Bowl champs had tough time putting away the Chicago Bears for a 17-6 win. QB Elvis Grbac shined in his debut with Baltimore by completing 24 of 30 passes for 262 yards and a TD. Linebacker Jamie Sharper had 12 tackles and last year’s Super Bowl MVP Ray Lewis had eight. Next game Sept. 17th at home against Minnesota Vikings on MNF.

*Number 9—CAROLINA PANTHERS—(1-0)—Panthers shocked the Minnesota Vikings in Minnesota with a 24-13 win. Rookie QB Chris Weinke of the Panthers completed 13 of 22 for 223 yards and one TD. He threw one INT. Panther’s Steve Smith returned the opening kickoff for 93 yards and a TD in the first quarter. Receiver Muhsin Muhammad caught four passes for 69 yards and a TD. Next game Sept. 16th at home against New England.

*Number 10—SAN DIEGO CHARGERS—(1-0)-Chargers crushed Washington Redskins 30-3 at home. What a pleasant surprise for the team and its fans. Rookie running back LaDainian Tomlinson out of TCU rushed for 113 yards on 31 carries and two TD’s. Chargers have an open date on Sept. 16th.

*Number 11—JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS—(1-0)-Jaguars handled the Pittsburgh Steelers at home with a 21-3 win. Wide receiver Jimmy Smith caught eight passes for 126 yards and two TD’s. Fred Taylor rushed for 96 yards on 24 carries. Next game Sept. 16th at Chicago.

*Number 12—TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS—(1-0)-Buc’s defeated the Dallas Cowboys in Dallas 10-6. Brad Johnson made his debut as a Buc and completed 26 of 35 passes for 195 yards and one INT. He rushed for a TD in the fourth quarter. Defense held Dallas to just 31 yards passing. Next game Sept. 16th at home against Philadelphia.

*Number 13—SAN FRANCISCO 49ers—(1-0)-49ers beat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime at home 16-13. Kicker Jose Cortez kicked a 24- yard field goal to win the game. QB Jeff Garcia threw for 335 yards and completed 22 of 40 with one TD and one INT.

*Number 14—SEATTLE SEAHAWKS—(1-0)-Seahawks beat Cleveland 9-6 in Cleveland. QB Matt Hasselbeck made his debut with Seattle and threw for 178 yards and completed 20 of 34, with two INT’s. Running back Ricky Watters rushed for 97 yards on 16 carries. Field goal kicker Rian Lindall kicked three field goals to lead Seattle to victory. Next game Sept. 16th at home against Kansas City.

*Number 15—CINCINNATI BENGALS—(1-0)-Bengals won their home game against the New England Patriots 23-17. QB Jon Kitna made his debut with Cincinnati and passed for 204 yards, while completing 18 of 27 and a TD. Running back Cory Dillon rushed for 104 yards on 24 carries and a TD. Next game Sept. 16th at Tennessee

*Number 16—PHILADELPHIA EAGLES—(0-1)-Eagles can’t soar above the St. Louis Rams in their opening day overtime loss at home. QB Donavan McNabb had a good outing, throwing for 312 yards and two TD’s. He completed 32 of 48 and had one INT. Next game Sept. 16th at Tampa Bay.

*Number 17—TENNESSEE TITANS—(0-1)-QB Steve “Air” McNair played poorly completing 7 of 19 passes for 118 yards and one TD. He also had one INT. Safety Blaine Bishop led the defense with eight tackles.

*Number 18—KANSAS CITY CHIEFS—(0-1)-Chiefs played hard in loss to Oakland. Head coach Dick Vermeil will make this team better and better each week.

*Number 19—NEW YORK GIANTS—(0-1)-Wide receiver Amani Toomer caught five passes for 78 yards and two TD’s in loss to Denver. Toomer caught a 43- yard TD pass in the second quarter.

*Number 20—ATLANTA FALCONS—(0-1)-Falcons lost heart breaker to San Francisco in overtime 20-17. Falcons’ linebacker Keith Brooking had 13 tackles. Rookie QB Michael Vick played some, but was 0-4 throwing the ball. He did rush for 32 yards on two carries.

*Number 21—MINNESOTA VIKINGS—(0-1)-The Vikings lost to Carolina, but it’s not the end of the world, unless something happens to Randy Moss. Head coach Dennis Green will have his team properly motivated to win next week and Moss will play a big role in next week’s game.

*Number 22—CLEVELAND BROWNS—(0-1)—Played Seattle tough in 9-6 loss. QB Tim Couch passed for 176 yards and completed 17 of 33 passes. Rookie receiver Quincy Morgan of Miami caught three passes for 46 yards. Next game Sept. 16th at Pittsburgh.

*Number 23—DALLAS COWBOYS—(0-1)-Cowboys keep Tampa Bay close most of the game, but lose at home. Cowboys had only 127 total net yards and eight first downs in the game. Rookie QB Quincy Carter was 9 of 19 for 34 yards and two INT’s. Next game Sept. 16th at Detroit.

*Number 24—NEW YORK JETS—(0-1)-Jets lost big to Miami 45-24. Rookie receiver Santana Moss would be nice to have around to help on offense, but he is expected to miss 12 weeks, due to an injury he suffered in preseason. Jets running back Curtis Martin rushed for 79 yards on 21 carries and a TD.

*Number 25—BUFFALO BILLS—(0-1)—Bills lose at home to Saints 24-6. QB Rob Johnson completed 16 of 27 for 160 yards and three INT’s. Wide receiver Eric Moulds criticized Bills offensive scheme to media.

*Number 26—CHICAGO BEARS—(0-1)-Bears lost to Baltimore 17-6. Bears held to 56 yards rushing. QB Shane Matthews completed 24 of 39 passes for 138 yards and two INT’s.

*Number27—NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS—(0-1)-Pat’s lost to Cincinnati 23-17. QB Drew Bledsoe had great day passing. He completed 22-38 for 241 yards and two TD’s. Receiver Troy Brown caught seven passes for 106 yards and a TD. Running back Antowain Smith, formerly of the Buffalo Bills rushed for 33 yards on 11 carries.

*Number 28—WASHINGTON REDSKINS—(0-1)-QB Jeff George was totally ineffective in loss to Chargers. Backup QB Tony Banks not much better. Redskins only had 161 total net yards in the game and eight first downs. Next game Sept.16th at home against Arizona.

*Number 29—PITTSBURGH STEELERS—(0-1)—Lost to Jacksonville 20-3. Wide receiver Hines Ward caught seven passes for 82 yards. QB Kordell Stewart threw two INT’s. He completed 21-37 for 181 yards. He was sacked three times.

*Number 30—DETROIT LIONS—(0-1)—Lions lost to Green Bay 28-6. QB Charlie Batch had a bad day throwing two INT’s and being sacked seven times. Coach Mornhinweg announced Monday that Ty Detmer would start next week against Dallas.

*Number 31—ARIZONA CARDINALS--(0-0)—Had a bye. Good for them. QB Jake Plummer really needs to improve this year to stay in the NFL. First game Sept. 16th against Washington in Washington.
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Old 09-16-2001, 12:06 PM   #2
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Good work, Keith.

I agree with your rankings, however, I think the Colts are still overrated because they are so weak on the defensive side of the ball. Good pick with putting GB #5, but if you ranked teams just how they played in Week 1, the Pack would be #1. Most surprising are the Chargers and most disappointing are the Titans and Eagles.
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