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Power Rankings: Opening results cause shakeup, but nothing's permanent

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Calm down. Stop the overreacting. Remind yourself of this:

It's only one game.

Whether you're hating on your team for being bad in Week 1 or thinking you should look into Super Bowl tickets because of the way they played (that's you, Redskins nation), you might want to take a step back and relax.

Teams are usually never as good as they look in their openers, and usually never as bad (Cleveland and Miami, you just might be).

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That doesn't mean we don't have changes to our CBSSports.com Power Rankings, with the New England Patriots taking over the top spot from the Green Bay Packers, who were dumped at home by the San Francisco 49ers. Dallas made a big move up after beating the Giants last Thursday night.

What the first week does do is offer some hints of things that might come. Such as:

 Alex Smith and the 49ers passing game might be better than some of us think. Yes, me.

 The new Falcons offense will be tough to stop, now that they are finally playing fast.

 The Cowboys could really be a major player in the NFC East. They look like a much faster team now.

 Peyton Manning is just fine replacing that lefty.

 The Saints have major problems on defense, and they seemed to lack an edge without Sean Payton.

 The Jets might have played possum this summer.

 The Giants have corner issues.

 The Patriots are ... well, the Patriots. As long as Tom Brady is under center, they'll be OK.

 The Packers need to improve their coverage. If not, they might be in for a long season on defense again.

Next week, those observations will be laughable. That's the NFL for most, an ever-changing canvas that makes it so tough to predict.

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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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