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Lions running back Jahvid Best, front, is greeting by offensive lineman Stephen Peterman after scoring a fourth-quarter touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2. ((Leon Halip/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 [unchanged]
Overall record: 2-0
Streak: Won two
Ok, it might be time to start worrying about that defence, which has allowed more than 800 passing yards in only two games. Even though Green Bay won the Super Bowl last season with a laundry list of guys on IR, losing safety Nick Collins for the season with a neck injury is still a big blow.
2. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS [unchanged]
Overall record: 2-0
Streak: Won two
At this rate, Tom Brady is going to break every significant single-season passing record there is. But let’s give some love to the defence. While Belichick’s boys still gave up a ton of yards to San Diego, his unit created four turnovers, in addition to the great fourth-down, goal-line stop linebacker Jerod Meyo made on running back Mike Tolbert.
3. N.Y. JETS [up from 6]
Overall record: 2-0
Streak: Won two
Running the ball just got harder for the Jets, who lost Pro Bowl centre Nick Mangold for at least two weeks in a high ankle sprain.
4. HOUSTON TEXANS [up from 11]
Overall record: 2-0
Streak: Won two
So the Texans are off to a good start – again. Let’s see what this team is really made of after its trip to New Orleans.
5. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS [up from 8]
Overall record: 1-1
Streak: Won one
What coach Sean Payton had to like most about his team’s rebound victory was the defensive front’s relentless pressure against the Bears, which resulted in six sacks on QB Jay Cutler.
6. ATLANTA FALCONS [up from 10]
Overall record: 1-1
Streak: Won one
I’m not taking away anything from Matt Ryan, whose toughness really was a key part of Atlanta’s big win over the Eagles. But the Falcons should consider themselves fortunate that Michael Vick suffered a freak concussion in the third quarter.
7. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES [down from 4]
Overall record: 1-1
Streak: Lost one
It appears Michael Vick [concussion] will start against the Giants. Still, concerns about protecting the franchise QB aren’t going away.
8. BALTIMORE RAVENS [down from 3]
Overall record: 1-1
Streak: Lost one
Just when you think the Ravens are back to being a dominant defence, they lay an egg in Tennessee. That was an aging Matt Hasslebeck who ripped you a part, fellas, not Tom Brady.
9. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS [down from 5]
Overall record: 1-1
Streak: Lost one
The Chargers had their chances in New England but you’re not going to beat the Pats by turning the ball over.
10. DETROIT LIONS [up from 12]
Overall record: 2-0
Streak: Won two
That offence with Matthew Stafford isn’t just good, it’s downright scary. Lions fans have just one hope for you, Matthew: stay healthy.
11. PITTSBURGH STEELERS [down from 9]
Overall record: 1-1
Streak: Won one
Let’s not get crazy here: the Steelers beat a lousy Seattle team and should destroy Indy next Sunday. Week 4 will be a good indication if Pittsburgh, which travels to Houston, is truly back.
12.CHICAGO BEARS [down from 7]
Overall record: 1-1
Streak: Lost one
I’ve got to take Bears coach Lovie Smith to task. Your QB had been taking a pounding all day, yet you still send him out late in the game against the Saints with no hope of winning. Of course, Cutler gets sacked on the very next play.
13. WASHINGTON REDSKINS [up from 16]
Overall record: 2-0
Streak: Won two
Suddenly, the thought of Washington becoming a threat in the NFC East isn’t such a ludicrous idea.
14. DALLAS COWBOYS [unchanged]
Overall record: 1-1
Streak: Won one
No slamming Tony Romo this week. His courage obviously showed through by coming back from a broken rib and a lung puncture to lead his team to victory. But the Cowboys have major injury issues and face a confidant Washington side at home.
15. BUFFALO BILLS [up from 27]
Overall record: 2-0
Streak: Won two
Predictably, Western New York is going gaga over the Bills’ start. Just remember to give a big thank you to receiver Donald Jones, who knocked down what would have been a game-clinching interception on Buffalo’s final drive.
16. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS [down from 13]
Overall record: 1-1
Streak: Won one
Josh Freeman helps the Bucs erase a 17-point lead in Minnesota for another comeback win. My concern continues to be whether Freeman can put it all together for full game on a consistent basis.
17. TENNESSEE TITANS [up from 26]
Overall record: 1-1
Streak: Won one
The entire coaching staff should get major props for the way the Titans dominated Baltimore on both sides of the ball. Just wait until Chris Johnson gets on track.
18. OAKLAND RAIDERS [unchanged]
Overall record: 1-1
Streak: Lost one
Despite a tough loss in Buffalo, the Raiders definitely have some good pieces in place.
19. ARIZONA CARDINALS [down from 15]
Overall record: 1-1
Streak: Won one
The Cardinals won’t go anyway if they continue to get gashed (932 yards) like they have in the first two games.
20. N.Y. GIANTS [down from 17]
Overall record: 1-1
Streak: Won one
Game-planning for the speedy Eagles’ offence is definitely going to give Giants defensive co-ordinator Perry Fewell some sleepless nights.
21. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS [down from 19]
Overall record: 1-1
Streak: Lost one
Blaine Gabbert gets his first NFL start and it just happens to be against the QB everyone is raving about: Cam Newton. Many felt Gabbert was the best quarterback to come out of the 2011 draft. We may find out which club made the right selection after this one is over.
22. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS [down from 20]
Overall record: 1-1
Streak: Lost one
Does the NFC West ever get any better? Right now, a 7-9 team could make the playoffs and it could be this one.
23. ST. LOUIS RAMS [down from 21]
Overall record: 0-2
Streak: Lost two
Penalties killed the Rams against St. Louis, which has Baltimore and Washington in its next two games.
24. DENVER BRONCOS [up from 20]
Overall record: 1-1
Streak: Won one
I’m sure the Tim Tebow talk will restart once again after the Broncos crumble in Tennessee.
25. MIAMI DOLPHINS [unchanged]
Overall record: 0-2
Streak: Lost two
With the Dolphins going 0-2 for the fifth time in the last six years, can you really blame the fan apathy in Miami?
26. CAROLINA PANTHERS [up from 28]
Overall record: 0-2
Streak: Lost two
Offensive co-ordinator Rob Chudzinski is getting carried away with his rookie quarterback. While it’s incredible Newton has piled up 854 passing yards – the most of any first-year QBs – in his first two games, a lack of running game is putting too much pressure on the shoulders of the Auburn star. He’s only a kid, Rob, give him some help.
27. MINNESOTA VIKINGS [down from 24]
Overall record: 0-2
Streak: Lost two
This could get ugly in a hurry for the Vikings, who host the surging Lions next.
28.CINCINNATI BENGALS [up from 31]
Overall record: 1-1
Streak: Lost one
Rookie quarterback Andy Dalton isn’t making everyone forget about Carson Palmer, but a few more efforts like the one he had in Denver will certainly get more fans on his side.
29. CLEVELAND BROWNS [up from 32]
Overall record: 1-1
Streak: Won one
Peyton Hillis, who once again proved to be a workhorse back against the Colts with a 27-carry, 94-yard and 2 TD performance, is really the Browns’ only offensive game changer.
30. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS [down from 23]
Overall record: 0-2
Streak: Lost two
GM Bill Polian has drafted Peyton Manning, Kerry Collins and Jim Kelly. Unlike Bill Parcells, Polian believes in drafting potential franchise quarterbacks with high picks. Why am I bringing this up? Because if the Colts somehow find themselves with the No. 1 overall pick next April, don’t’ be surprised to see Polian pull the trigger on Stanford’s Andrew Luck.
31. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS [down from 30]
Overall record: 0-2
Streak: Lost two
There’s a reason why the Vikings let quarterback Tarvaris Jackson go, Pete Carroll.
32. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS [down from 22]
Overall record: 0-2
Streak: Lost two
Things continue to spiral downhill for the Chiefs. Not only do they face a long and miserable season, but they also lose running back Jamaal Charles (torn ACL) for the year.

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