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And now a look at the 10 strongest teams in the NFL after two weeks of action:
10. Arizona Cardinals – When you can not only win, but essentially dominate another team with your backup QB that hasn’t thrown a pass since 2010, it doesn’t matter who your opponent is – you’ve got a real contender on your hands.
9. San Diego Chargers – You don’t get to just beat the Seahawks and not be a top team in the NFL. This team very quietly has been a contender for a long time, but just hasn’t had the right coaching or the right schemes for QB Philip Rivers – until now.
8. Philadelphia Eagles – The Eagles should be less proud of the fact that they overcame two 14+-point deficits and more concerned that they were down that much in the first place. But when you have a high-octane offense that can put points up any time, does it matter?
7. Green Bay Packers – It only took about 5 1/2 quarters of football, but Aaron Rodgers finally looked like his old self again.
6. San Francisco 49ers – Barely beating the Cowboys and losing to the Bears in primetime puts Colin Kaepernick’s leadership into question. And what’s this about some kind of foul-language penalty on him?
5. Cincinnati Bengals – Team is lucky they didn’t lose A.J. Green for any extended time. Their ability to go back to the playoffs will likely depend on him when they play the harder defenses on their schedule. But Andy Dalton still has plenty of great offensive weapons.
4. Carolina Panthers – Two straight weeks the Panthers have won without one of their star players. Head coach Ron Rivera is a front-runner for Coach of the Year.
3. New England Patriots – It took maybe 10 minutes for the Patriots to remember they didn’t have a bye week to eviscerate the Vikings in every possible way.
2. Seattle Seahawks – The Seahawks are lucky they play the Broncos at home next week. This team just doesn’t look comfortable in an any opposing team’s stadium.
1. Denver Broncos – Could Peyton Manning be the first QB in NFL history to record multiple 50+ TD seasons? A big game against the Seahawks on the road would make the answer a definitive “yes.”