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One week of the 2012 NFL season is in the books, and there were quite a bit of surprises thanks to upsets, big time performances, and just all-around let downs. Many may have had their preseason power rankings looking much different before the first games were played, but changes happen quickly in the NFL.

Three big NFC powerhouses ended up losing in Week One, when they were not necessarily expected to cruise, but at least pick up victories. After this past week’s action, there is surely no-one that thought the Packers, Saints, and Giants would be staring at an 0-1 hole.

Green Bay got upset at home, but the San Francisco 49ers are expected to be a great team this year. While surprising, this wasn’t a total shock because Alex Smith and the 49ers came out of the unexpected cloud last year, but won’t do so this season.

The Super Bowl defending New York Giants also stepped in against a hostile team on opening day when the Dallas Cowboys handed them a defeat 24-17. Eli Manning and the Giants looked good, but not good enough to start the season with a win.

One of the most surprising outcomes of the opening weekend was the 40-32 defeat handed to the New Orleans Saints by the Washington Redskins. Robert Griffin III outgunned Drew Brees and left the Saints wondering where their defense had gone.

Over in the AFC, things went a little more as expected except for the fact that Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos took down Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Well, the Broncos demolished the Steelers is more accurate.

From there, a number of AFC teams just looked absolutely horrible. The Colts, Browns, Dolphins, and Jaguars are failed to impress and therefore end up near the bottom of the power rankings this week. It will be interesting to see just who is able to bounce back and who continues to fall.

2011 was looking to be the “bizarre” season in the NFL as fans and players never knew what would happen from one week to the next. The unexpected always happened and things that we “knew” would happen…well, they never did.

With just one week down in 2012, it already feels as if that trend from last season is continuing. There is a lot more football left in this season and it appears as if it is not only going to be overly intriguing, but a whole lot of fun. Below are the NFL Power Rankings for week two:

  1. New England Patriots: 1-0
  2. San Francisco 49ers: 1-0
  3. Baltimore Ravens: 1-0
  4. Atlanta Falcons: 1-0
  5. Denver Broncos: 1-0
  6. Houston Texans: 1-0
  7. Green Bay Packers: 0-1
  8. New York Giants: 0-1
  9. Chicago Bears: 1-0
  10. Dallas Cowboys: 1-0
  11. Pittsburgh Steelers: 0-1
  12. Washington Redskins: 1-0
  13. Detroit Lions: 1-0
  14. New Orleans Saints: 0-1
  15. San Diego Chargers: 1-0
  16. Philadelphia Eagles: 0-1
  17. New York Jets: 1-0
  18. Kansas City Chiefs: 0-1
  19. Arizona Cardinals: 1-0
  20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 1-0
  21. Cincinnati Bengals: 0-1
  22. Tennessee Titans: 0-1
  23. Carolina Panthers: 0-1
  24. Minnesota Vikings: 1-0
  25. Oakland Raiders: 0-1
  26. Seattle Seahawks: 0-1
  27. St. Louis Rams: 0-1
  28. Buffalo Bills: 0-1
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars: 0-1
  30. Miami Dolphins: 0-1
  31. Indianapolis Colts: 0-1
  32. Cleveland Browns: 0-1

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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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