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Power Rankings: Catch your breath, there's 15 to go

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Updated Sept. 13

It's the same basic message, but NFL coaches are sending it in different ways this week.

From Jets coach Rex Ryan: "It's one $#@%^$$ game, don't get full of yourself."

From Colts coach Jim Caldwell: "Yeah, Peyton's not here, but remember it's a 16-game season. Fight on, men."

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From Saints coach Sean Payton: "Don't worry, Drew. Gregg Williams will get that defense going. We won't have to score 40 every week to win. Maybe I'll ask him for a $500,000 refund if things don't change."

From Cowboys coach Jason Garrett: "Tony Romo, its only one game, even if you did blow it. Let's get past it. There's a lot of football left."

These are versions of coaches telling their teams that things aren't as good or as bad as they looked on opening day or as bad as it looked.

There is hope for the Falcons, Steelers, Chiefs and Donovan McNabb. And don't get too high Cam Newton, Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Washington Redskins or the Houston Texans -- especially, you, Houston.

The Texans are a perfect example of why. A year ago, they beat the Colts 34-24, setting up what looked to be their first playoff season.

They ended up 6-10.

Week 1 of the NFL season is important. It's just not as important as it might look today.

So even though four of the top-10 teams from my CBSSports.com Power Rankings lost the first week, it's a long season.

One game does not make a season.

Or, to borrow from Ryan, don't #^%$$ make too big a deal of anything that happened in Week 1.

It's one game. One.

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Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and is the self-anointed star of CBS Sports' show, Eye on Football. When he's not watching game tape, you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.
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