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To say week two in the NFL was exciting would be an understatement. Nine games finished by a margin of seven or less and there were three or four astonishing comebacks.
It makes you wonder if these upcoming weeks could provide us with that same level of excitement, but the NFL hasn’t disappointed in that category in a long (long) time.
1. Buffalo Bills (2-0)
Upon further review, the Bills might be in line to win the World Series, too.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (2-0)
Patrick Mahomes already has seven touchdowns and just under 600 yards passing in two games. I’ll gladly beat a dead horse and say he’ll be fine with any set of wide receivers they can find for him.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0)
Tampa Bay’s defense has given up a total of 13 points in two games. The offense has leaned on Leonard Fournette, who’s averaging 96.0 rushing yards per game.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (2-0)
The Eagles are once again dominating on the ground this season. The team is averaging 189.5 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
5. Miami Dolphins (2-0)
After having a career day and leading the Dolphins to an improbable comeback victory, Tua Tagovailoa will get to prove himself (once again) against the Buffalo Bills.
6. Los Angeles Rams (1-1)
The Rams are in the middle of a turnover war this season. They lead the league with seven forced turnovers, but they have given it away six times, which is near the bottom.
7. Baltimore Ravens (1-1)
Baltimore’s defense has given up 51 points and over 900 yards of offense in their two games this season. Offensively, Lamar Jackson is the only Ravens player who can get anything going on the ground.
8. Los Angeles Chargers (1-1)
The Chargers should really consider sitting Justin Herbert against Jacksonville. That would give him almost three weeks of recovery time for his busted ribs.
9. Minnesota Vikings (1-1)
Minnesota in week two looked nothing like Minnesota in week one. Kirk Cousins looks exactly the way he does every time he plays on Monday night.
10. Green Bay Packers (1-1)
Now that the Packers have secured their first win, all the Aaron Rodgers “is the greatest entity of all time” talk can commence.
11. New Orleans Saints (1-1)
Jameis Winston’s struggles flanked by a big scuffle doomed New Orleans on Sunday. Their defense is playing well despite all that other stuff.
12. San Francisco 49ers (1-1)
Trey Lance has broken his ankle and will miss the rest of the season. The Jimmy Garoppolo signing went from being a good move to a genius move.
13. Denver Broncos (1-1)
The Broncos’ offense with Russell Wilson looked just like the Broncos’ offense with whatever quarterback they were rolling out last season. Maybe a slight upgrade, but we aren’t talking leaps and bounds here.
14. Cleveland Browns (1-1)
The Browns joined everybody in their division by losing over the weekend. The difference is Cleveland lost to the New York Jets.
15. Arizona Cardinals (1-1)
Kyler Murray did what a high paid quarterback is supposed to do, put his team on his back and pull out victories in close games.
16. New York Giants (2-0)
The Giants haven’t started a season 3-0 since the 2009 campaign. Their next opponent his Dallas (I’m just saying).
17. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1)
The Steelers’ defense has given up a bunch of yards, but they haven’t allowed a ton of points. They are very vanilla on offense so far.
18. Washington Commanders (1-1)
Carson Wentz is averaging 325.0 passing yards per game with seven touchdowns. He’s also been sacked six times and thrown three interceptions.
19. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1)
The Jaguars are in sole possession of first place and nobody saw that coming. Their defense has forced three turnovers versus both of their opponents so far, while the offense only has one turnover through two games this season.
20. Detroit Lions (1-1)
The Lions are averaging 35.5 points per game. They’re allowing 32.5 points per game. It seems like all of their games will be shootouts.
21. New England Patriots (1-1)
The Patriots are playing great defense, but their offense has not found any type of consistency.
22. Cincinnati Bengals (0-2)
Well the good news is the Bengals didn’t have any turnovers this week after five last week. The bad news is they didn’t have much of anything this week.
23. Dallas Cowboys (1-1)
Dallas’ pass defense has kept them in both games and subsequently won the game for them on Sunday.
24. Chicago Bears (1-1)
Maybe Chicago drafted Justin Fields to be a running back because they sure aren’t letting him throw the football.
25. Seattle Seahawks (1-1)
Geno Smith’s numbers this week looked almost identical to his week one numbers. The difference is he threw two touchdowns without an interception last week and could only muster up an interception with no touchdowns this week.
26. Las Vegas Raiders (0-2)
Has it been a case of two tough opponents or just two bad performances for the Raiders?
27. Tennessee Titans (0-2)
Ryan Tannehill’s best days are behind him and Derrick Henry is having trouble finding room on the ground. That is far from a recipe for success.
28. New York Jets (1-1)
Rookie wide receiver Garrett Wilson finished with eight catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns. The Jets are hoping he continues to emerge as a main threat on the edge.
29. Indianapolis Colts (0-1-1)
Matt Ryan has a total of one touchdown and four interceptions in the Colts’ first two games. Just a reminder, Nick Foles is the backup quarterback in Indianapolis.
30. Atlanta Falcons (0-2)
Atlanta has done a fantastic job of gift wrapping wins for their opponents this season. They’ve lost their two games by a combined five points.
31. Houston Texans (0-1-1)
The Texans have done a poor job of acquiring talent. There aren’t many household names on the roster and it shows.
32. Carolina Panthers (0-2)
Carolina switched quarterbacks from Sam Darnold to Baker Mayfield, got Christian McCaffrey back and they (somehow) look worse than they did at this time last season.