Nfl Week 2

September 15, 2002|By Ken Murray

Team Ken Murray's comment

1. New England (2) Tom Brady doesn't look overrated anymore.

2. Green Bay (1) Needed overtime to beat Falcons at home.

3. Miami (7) Robert Edwards is comeback story of year.

4. St. Louis (3) Giants might pick up tab for Rams' loss.

5. San Francisco (6) Terrell Owens is a hunted man.

6. Pittsburgh (4) Secondary is under siege.

7. Philadelphia (5) Andy Reid won't sit on the ball this week.

8. Chicago (8) Another run of magical finishes?

9. N.Y. Jets (9) Kick returner Chad Morton saved the day.

10. Indianapolis (10) Peyton Manning won't be in high-tops.

11. Oakland (12) Nine new starters on defense.

12. Denver (15) Brian Griese shouldn't get comfortable.

13. Tennessee (13) Eddie George gained just 42 yards.

14. Washington (16) Shane Matthews isn't Sonny Jurgensen.

15. Cleveland (11) Specializing in bad losses.

16. New Orleans (17) Aaron Brooks was a Packer draft pick.

17. Tampa Bay (14) Defense came up empty vs. Saints.

18. San Diego (23) Marty Schottenheimer has won nine of last 12.

19. Kansas City (22) Rolled up 470 offensive yards in opener.

20. Buffalo (21) Drew Bledsoe's tying TD was vintage.

21. Seattle (19) Mike Holmgren faces big game vs. Arizona.

22. Atlanta (24) Michael Vick appears to be ready.

23. N.Y. Giants (25) Ron Dayne is looking more like a bust.

24. Dallas (18) Chad Hutchinson is warming up.

25. Cincinnati (20) Some things don't change.

26. Minnesota (26) Still missing Bryant McKinnie.

27. Jacksonville (29) Jaguars had 17-play drive last week.

28. Arizona (28) Defense shredded by Redskins.

29. Carolina (30) Won opener last year, too.

30. Ravens (27) Enjoy the memories.

31. Houston (32) David Carr, meet Junior Seau.

32. Detroit (31) It's ugly already.

(Last week's ranking in parentheses)

THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH

Packers QB Brett Favre: The last time Favre (right) played in a dome, he threw six picks. But he is 5-0 in the Superdome, where he'll face the Saints.

Raiders WR Jerry Rice: If rookie Deion Branch can scald the Steelers' secondary, what will the master receiver do to it?

Dolphins RB Ricky Williams: He rushed for 120 yards against the Colts last year. Will he extract more revenge for being snubbed by Indianapolis in the 1999 draft?

THE HONORS

Game of the week: Patriots at Jets. Patriots are riding high, but Jets have won four of the past five meetings. Jets RB Curtis Martin, hobbled by an ankle injury, is averaging more than 100 rushing yards against his old teammates.

Dog of the week: Lions at Panthers. Can the Lions be worse than last year? Maybe. This is the game that will tell. It's a big game for coach Marty Mornhinweg.

Upset of the week: Bengals over Browns. Cleveland gave away a win last week; Cincinnati got plugged, 34-6. Look for Bengals to bounce back faster.

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