NFL Power Rankings 2013 Week 2: Giants No. 16, Broncos No. 1

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos lead the way in the first Big Blue View NFL power rankings of the season

You wanted NFL power rankings? We got power rankings! Big Blue View ranked each team based on their opening performance and their potential for improvement.

Leading the way are the Denver Broncos, who led by Peyton Manning, dismantled the Super Bowl champions. The Dallas Cowboys come in at No. 8 after topping the New York Giants, who come in at No. 16.

1. Denver Broncos (1-0): Peyton Manning has the Broncos offense in mid-season form. (Last week: N/R)

2. San Francisco 49ers (1-0): Colin Kaepernick played like an MVP. (Last week: N/R)

3. Seattle Seahawks (1-0): It's a road win against a stingy Panthers D, and it was their D helped them get the win. (Last week: N/R)

4. New England Patriots (1-0): The Pats nearly coughed up this win, but Tom Brady rallied late. Did anyone doubt he would? (Last week: N/R)

5. Green Bay Packers (0-1): Clay Matthews needs help on defense; the Packers are relying too much on their offense. (Last week: N/R)

6. Atlanta Falcons (0-1): It's not easy to play the Saints in the Dome, but this defense needs to step up. (Last week: N/R)

7. Baltimore Ravens (0-1): The defending champions have a long rope to climb to return to a Super Bowl-caliber level (Last week: N/R)

8. Dallas Cowboys (1-0): The Cowboys were not the biggest offseason storyline this offseason. Interestingly enough, they start the season 1-0. (Last week: N/R)

9. Detroit Lions (1-0): Between Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush, the Lions have some playmakers. (Last week: N/R)

10. New Orleans Saints (1-0): The Saints were poised to open strong with their leader, Sean Payton, back on the sidelines. This D has taken a major step forward. (Last week: N/R)

11. Indianapolis Colts (1-0): Andrew Luck is the next big thing. The Colts will continually improve. (Last week: N/R)

12. Chicago Bears (1-0): The Marc Trestman Era is off to a good start. (Last week: N/R)

13. Houston Texans (1-0): Despite the slow start, the Texans rallied, late, on the road, and Matt Schaub showed me a little something there. (Last week: N/R)

14. St. Louis Rams (1-0): Fourteen fourth-quarter points -- Sam Bradford will have the Rams making a splash in the NFC West. (Last week: N/R)

15. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0): Projected to be the bottom-dweller of the NFC East, the Eagles played fast and furious, upsetting last year's division champion. The concern was after the fast start, they had to hang on. (Last week: N/R)

16. New York Giants (0-1): They lost, but the Giants were in the game despite a handful of turnovers (Last week: N/R)

17. Cincinnati Bengals (0-1): Considered a contender this year, the Bengals need to show they can win tough games. (Last week: N/R)

18. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0): The Andy Reid Era is off to a swell start, but Jamal Charles will have to stay healthy for the Chiefs to remain competitive. (Last week: N/R)

19. Washington Redskins (0-1): The nation's capital held its collective breath as the Skins struggled in the first half, but Robert Griffin III's late push reminded us he and his team will be fine. (Last week: N/R)

20. Buffalo Bills (0-1): Is E.J. Manuel the next in line of these dual-threat quarterbacks? (Last week: N/R)

21. New York Jets (1-0): Despite the media circus, the rookie Geno Smith led them to a comeback victory. This defense can still play. (Last week: N/R)

22. San Diego Chargers (0-1): The Mike McCoy Bolts are much improved than the Norv Turner Bolts. It hurts to let a quality win slip away, though. (Last week: N/R)

23. Minnesota Vikings (0-1): Adrian Peterson is undoubtedly the best player in the NFL, but even he can't win every game for the Vikes. (Last week: N/R)

24. Miami Dolphins (1-0): The Dolphins look poised to compete in a lot more games this season. (Last week: N/R)

25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1): Though the Bucs got a lot of hype in the offseason, their play Sunday certainly didn't equal up. (Last week: N/R)

26. Tennessee Titans (1-0): The Titans' pass rush looked strong -- against a lowly Steelers O-line. I'm not impressed. (Last week: N/R)

27. Carolina Panthers (0-1): If Cam Newton wants to break out in his third season, he'll have to amp up his game. (Last week: N/R)

28. Arizona Cardinals (0-1): This offense already looks better than it did a season ago. (Last week: N/R)

29.. Cleveland Browns (0-1): No team is going to win a lot of games if the quarterback is attempting 53 passes. (Last week: N/R)

30. Oakland Raiders (0-1): Terrelle Pryor, huh? Maybe it won't be too bad of a season in the Bay Area. (Last week: N/R)

31. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1): These are not your father's Steelers. Can they find an offense? (Last week: N/R)

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1): Many expected the Jags to step up this year. Not so fast. (Last week: N/R)

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