Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos dismantled the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the season opener. Then they delivered a convincing victory on the road against Manning's younger brother and the rest of the New York Giants.
After some consideration, I couldn't bring myself to move Denver ahead of Seattle for the top spot in this week's power rankings. The Broncos have played well, but how can you deny the Seahawks the top spot after what they did to the 49ers on Sunday night? Many people freaked out about the Seahawks after they beat Carolina in Week 1, but it's tough to travel three time zones and win a NFL road game. Then they absolutely proved their worth by dismantling the 49ers 29-3 on Sunday night. That Seattle defense is nasty. The Seahawks are the best team in football right now. But the Broncos aren't far behind. Denver has dominated each of the last two Super Bowl champs, Baltimore and the Giants, the past two weeks. The Broncos look strong in all phases. Potentially losing left tackle Ryan Clady to a foot injury for a chunk of the season (maybe all of it) is a big blow, but right now this is clearly the class of the AFC. Seattle will have to continue to play at a very high level, as it did on Sunday night, to keep holding off the Broncos for that top spot.
The Baltimore Ravens aren't going to apologize for a win, nor should they. Every win counts the same in the NFL, and the Ravens avoided the dreaded 0-2 start. Ask teams like Washington, the New York Giants, Carolina and Minnesota how 0-2 feels. So the Ravens are in the winners category. But, they also dip a toe in the losers side too. Baltimore will have to improve a ton if it wants to make the playoffs to defend its Super Bowl title. And now the Ravens have to monitor running back Ray Rice's hip injury. The team said Rice suffered just a strained hip flexor, but it was pretty scary to see him go down in a heap with no contact in the fourth quarter. The Ravens offense was pretty bad with Rice for three-plus quarters. They played an ugly game with no points in the first half. Baltimore, which was blown out in Week 1 at Denver, is lucky that the Browns couldn't find the end zone even if quarterback Brandon Weeden had a GPS navigation system installed in his helmet. They squeaked out a 14-6 win. The champs are not playing like champs yet this season. But at least they'll be fixing some of their issues with a win in their back pocket. Here are the rest of the Week 2 winners and losers:
(Reuters) - Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers sliced up the Washington Redskins' defense while new dad Joe Flacco led the reigning Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens to a hard-fought win against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Rodgers soared to a career-high 480 yards passing and four touchdowns and running back James Starks added 132 yards and a touchdown rushing as the Packers dominated the visiting Redskins 38-20, leading 31-0 at one point. "I didn't feel great before the game," Rodgers told reporters. ...
* Rodgers throws for career-high 480 yards * Chiefs surprise Cowboys to go to 2-0 * Texans outlast Titans in overtime (adds late games) Sept 15 (Reuters) - Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers sliced up the Washington Redskins' defense while new dad Joe Flacco led the reigning Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens to a hard-fought win against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Rodgers soared to a career-high 480 yards passing and four touchdowns and running back James Starks added 132 yards and a touchdown rushing as the Packers dominated the visiting Redskins 38-20, leading 31-0 at one point. ...
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- An Orlando television station has issued an on-air explanation for why it's airing the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars while many NFL fans probably would have preferred seeing the Denver Broncos-New York Giants game, a possible Super Bowl preview featuring the Peyton and Eli Manning.
COMMENTARY | The St. Louis Rams face their toughest non-divisional foe this weekend in the Atlanta Falcons, a team many pick to do big things in the playoffs. For the record -- not that anyone particularly cares -- but I picked them to win the Super Bowl this year.
COMMENTARY | The popular opinion I've seen in game previews and heard on sports talk radio is that the Cleveland Browns are lambs headed to the slaughter when they travel to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Baltimore was thoroughly embarrassed at the Denver Broncos last Thursday night, and, if that wasn't enough reason for the Ravens to be up for their first divisional contest of the season, they'll also be celebrating their Super Bowl triumph for one final time. ...
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants signed running back Brandon Jacobs Tuesday.Jacobs, who played for the Giants from 2005-2011 and was a part of two Super Bowl-winning teams, should help a backfield in flux. Second-year starter in David Wilson is backed up by Da'Rel Scott and Michael Cox. But New York ran for only 50 yards in the season-opening loss to the Cowboys."Whatever they need me to do," Jacobs said. "Whatever role they want me to play, I'll come in and do it. I know the offense. I know they've made some tweaks, and I'll do whatever I have to do. ...
The New York Giants were willing to part ways with running back Brandon Jacobs because the team believed it had better options this season. However, after Andre Brown fractured his leg in the preseason finale and David Wilson fumbled twice in Week 1, New York had a change of heart. [ Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football is open for business ] Jacobs, who was a free agent, worked out with New York today and re-signed with the team, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano. He reportedly signed a one-year deal (terms of Jacobs’ contract were not disclosed). To make room for Jacobs, New York placed defensive end Adewale Ojomo on waivers. Here is what Graziano had to say about the signing: The source also said one of the reasons the Giants decided to sign Jacobs was his familiarity with their offense, particularly their pass-protection schemes. That's an area in which Wilson struggled last year and again Sunday night. The Giants believe Jacobs can help mentor Wilson in that and other areas, as well as possibly spell him on passing downs and maybe at the goal line. Jacobs played for the Giants from 2005 to 2011. He won two Super Bowl titles before joining the San Francisco 49ers in 2012. Jacobs was suspended by the team before he was eventually released. He remained unsigned until today. Overall, Jacobs has rushed for 4,856 yards and 56 touchdowns in his career. - - - Hit us up on Twitter @YShutdownCorner , email us at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com and "Like" Shutdown Corner on Facebook for NFL conversation 365 days a year, the way it should be.

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