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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has even more weapons to choose from this year – a scary thought for the rest of the NFL. ((Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images))

Once a week, CBCSports.ca’s Tony Care breaks down the balance of power in the National Football League.

1. GREEN BAY PACKERS
Overall record: 1-0
Streak: Won one
So Aaron Rodgers has even more weapons to choose from this year. That’s all the rest of the NFL needs to hear. Aside from the aerial display that Rodgers directed against the overmatched Saints, the defence, for the most part, show once again its ability to make stops when it matters most.
2. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Overall record: 1-0
Streak: Won one
What a start! Tom Brady shreds Miami for a team-record 517 yards, along with 4 TDs, and is looking to repeat as league MVP. Can you imagine the offensive explosion a Packers-Pats Super Bowl would be? I’ll set the over-under at 80. New England also gave up a lot of passing yards, but I’m willing to see how this re-vamped defensive unit gels before making a snap judgement.
3. BALTIMORE RAVENS
Overall record: 1-0
Streak: Won one
Joe Flacco and Ray Rice were impressive against the Steelers but what has to excite the Ravens even more was the play of their newest left tackle, Bryant McKinnie. A late addition after getting cut from Minnesota during pre-season, McKinnie was impressive at both protecting Flacco and opening holes for Rice.
4. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Overall record: 1-0
Streak: Won one
How delicious: the red-hot Michael Vick and the potent Eagles head to Atlanta to take on the QB’s old team. Considering how both defences played in their respective games - although Philly did limit the damage against St. Louis - the Georgia Dome faithful should expect plenty of points.
5. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
Overall record: 1-0
Streak: Won one
A few problems here, like giving up a special teams TD on the first play of the game. Losing DE Luis Castillo to a broken leg and kicker Nate Kaeding for the season with tore ligaments in his left knee won’t help, either. Overall, the Chargers eventually displayed dominance on both sides of the ball against the Vikings. A big test awaits San Diego in Week 2 as its faces the high-flying Patriots in New England.
6. N.Y. JETS
Overall record: 1-0
Streak: Won one
Easy on that Jets bandwagon, fans. Tony Romo gift-wrapped that victory to your team. And for all-world corner Darrelle Revis to suggest the defence fooled Romo into thinking a blitz was coming is ridiculous. A high school quarterback would’ve been alert enough not to throw that pick late in the game, Darrelle.
7.CHICAGO BEARS
Overall record: 1-0
Streak: Won one
At least Week 1 showed the circus surrounding Jay Cutler and the NFC championship fiasco hasn’t lingered. Cutler (312 yards, 1 TD) used eight different receivers in torching the Falcons. Linebacker Brian Urlacher led a Bears’ defence that only allowed two fields goals against what is suppose to be a good Falcons team.
8. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Overall record: 0-1
Streak: Lost one
It’s bad enough the Saints’ comeback bid against Green Bay fell short in the opener, but losing receiver Marques Colston for a month with a broken collarbone is rubbing salt in the wound. On a positive note, New Orleans didn’t lose any ground in the NFL South because Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Carolina all lost.
9. PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Overall record: 0-1
Streak: Lost one
The Steelers coughed up seven turnovers and their vaunted defence allowed the Ravens to pile up 385 total yards. Maybe this was just a blip in the season. It better be if the Steelers want to be playing past January.
10. ATLANTA FALCONS
Overall record: 0-1
Streak: Lost one
An embarrassing 30-12 loss in Chicago isn’t what the Super Bowl hopeful Falcons envisioned. Matt Ryan threw for 319 yards but committed two costly turnovers – INT and fumble – that killed his team. Not exactly the way you want to get a “breakthrough” season started, Matt.
11. HOUSTON TEXANS
Overall record: 1-0
Streak: Won one
We’ve seen this act before. A win over the Colts, even without Peyton Manning, is a good start. Can these guys make like Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross and close the deal? From a defensive standpoint you have to like the way new coordinator Wade Phillips is handling his guys.
12. DETROIT LIONS
Overall record: 1-0
Streak: Won one
Not surprisingly, the defence was terrific versus the Bucs, especially against the run. The key, of course, to any success this season depends on the health of injury-prone Matthew Stafford. For now, Lions fans can take comfort that Stafford is feeling good, and producing.
13. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Overall record: 0-1
Streak: Lost one
These Bucs won’t catch teams by surprise this year. After watching Matthew Stafford slice up Tampa’s secondary, you don’t get the sense this unit will hold up for a full season - not unless that young front four can create consistent pressure.
14. DALLAS COWBOYS
Overall record: 0-1
Streak: Lost one
I said this during our CBCSports.ca roundtable on Monday, and I’ll say it again: I am through defending Tony Romo. What I saw during Sunday night’s loss to the Jets – a fumble at the goal-line and a baffling INT in the final minute - was a six-year starter who still doesn’t get it. This also proves, once and for all, that Romo will never be an elite NFL quarterback. Too bad Jerry Jones doesn’t see it.
15. ARIZONA CARDINALS
Overall record: 1-0
Streak: Won one
I understand a win is a win, but getting picked apart by a rookie QB isn’t how the Cardinals will succeed moving forward.
16. WASHINGTON REDSKINS
Overall record: 1-0
Streak: Won one
I’ve dumped on Mike Shanahan a lot last season, but he appears to have hit on two rookies taken in the 2011 draft. First-round linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (Pick six and five tackles) and seventh-round nose tackle Chris Neild (two sacks) were both standouts in Washington’s victory over the Giants.
17. N.Y. GIANTS
Overall record: 0-1
Streak: Lost one
After throwing 25 interceptions last season, Eli Manning boasted that he remains in the same class as Tom Brady, proclaiming he’s not a “25-interception quarterback.” Well, Eli, Week 1’s effort resembled more like the latter than the former.
18. OAKLAND RAIDERS
Overall record: 1-0
Streak: Won one
I was impressed with the play of Oakland’s defence on MNF in Denver, particularly the front four. Still, undisciplined play continues to haunt these guys. I loved how veteran Richard Seymour tore into his teammates in the fourth quarter. And finally, the strong leg of Sebastian Janikowski, who drilled a 63-yard field goal, finally gets him in the record books. He joins New Orleans’ Tom Dempsey (1970) and Denver’s Jason Elam (1998) as the only kickers to make a kick from that distance. Funny that two of those kicks happened in the Mile High state.
19. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
Overall record: 1-0
Streak: Won one
QB Luke McCown did manage a win over Tennessee, but it’s only a matter of when - not if - rookie Blaine Gabbert takes over.
20. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Overall record: 1-0
Streak: Won one
Regardless of whether San Francisco makes the playoff this year, I love the hiring of Jim Harbaugh as head coach. He has strong bloodlines (Father Jack a former college coach, brother John the Ravens’ head coach), is a great Xs and Os man, and was a 14-year NFL QB. The best part: he understands the grind.
21. ST. LOUIS RAMS
Overall record: 0-1
Streak: Lost one
Already ravaged by injuries, including QB Sam Bradford and RB Steven Jackson, the Rams face a killer schedule, one that could see them out of the playoff picture in a hurry.
22. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Overall record: 0-1
Streak: Lost one
If the Chiefs can’t handle the Buffalo Bills in the season opener, imagine how lopsided the scores will be when they face stiffer competition.
23. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Overall record: 0-1
Streak: Lost one
We always wondered what life would be like for the Colts without Peyton Manning, and now we know: it sucks!
24. MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Overall record: 0-1
Streak: Lost one
I realize Minnesota was facing a strong Chargers defence but Donovan McNabb only threw for 39 yards and a touchdown in his Vikings debut. If it wasn’t Percy Harvin’s 103-yard TD return to start things off, this game wouldn’t have been close.
25. MIAMI DOLPHINS
Overall record: 0-1
Streak: Lost one
Look, I can carve up the Dolphins for allowing Tom Brady to rack up 517 passing yards, but the truth is, the Pats QB will dissect most defences this season - that’s a simple fact. While I like corners Vontae Davis and Sean Smith, Miami simply doesn’t have enough depth to keep up with teams like the Patriots.
26. TENNESSEE TITANS
Overall record: 0-1
Streak: Lost one
Chris Johnson is getting criticized for his lack of production (9 carries for 24 yards), but what did you expect? He had no training camp and is now expected to carry the ball 20 times or more. Not without more conditioning. On the plus side, he just received $30 million US in guaranteed money as part of a new contact. I’m sure Titans fans want to hear that.
27. BUFFALO BILLS
Overall record: 1-0
Streak Won one
My biggest fear for the Bills coming into the season was a porous, and that’s putting it mildly, offensive line. Although it remains a major concern, Buffalo’s 41- point explosion in Kansas City should put the rest of their opponents on notice.
28. CAROLINA PANTHERS
Overall record: 0-1
Streak: Lost one
Wow, what a start to a career, Cam Newton. The most criticized first overall pick ever, including by yours truly, throws for 422 yards – a record for a rookie debut – and has the NFL world buzzing. What I liked was he displayed all the attributes that he supposedly didn’t have at Auburn. He was accurate, made good decisions and ran only when he had too. Cam friggin' Newton. Who knew?
29. DENVER BRONCOS
Overall record: 0-1
Streak: Lost one
Kyle Orton or Tim Tebow? Does it really matter?
30. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
Overall record: 0-1
Streak: Lost one
I know it’s early but I’m already predicting QB Tarvaris Jackson will be a bust in Seattle. Call it a hunch.
31.CINCINNATI BENGALS
Overall record: 1-0
Streak: Won one
I’m still banking on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell standing on the podium in New York for next year’s draft and uttering the famous words: “With the first pick, the Cincinnati Bengals select…"
32. CLEVELAND BROWNS
Overall record: 0-1
Streak: Lost one
Memo to the Browns secondary: It’s a lot easier to have success against receivers when you actually cover them. Bengals rookie A.J. Green’s 41-yard TD was a brutal example of miscommunication.