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NFL Power Rankings Week Two-High Tide, Low Waves
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NFL Power Rankings Week Two-High Tide, Low Waves

Ab Stanley

Senior Writer at The 3 Point Conversion
Atlanta, GA
Ab Stanley

Countless NFL teams want a “do over” in week two of the season. There were fourteen defeated teams in week one but some of the teams that won could use some polish. We still have two teams that haven’t won or lost yet.

In any event week two should provide even more drama. Some of these squads look like they are in a hole too deep to dig out of. The teams that won will look to keep pushing forward in this early part of the season.

 

1. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)
Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid are a combination that breeds 40 point games. The defense looked good as well.

 

2. New England Patriots (1-0)
The Patriots didn’t even have their full assortment of weaponry and still won by 30. It’s going to be a long season for the rest of the AFC.

 

3. New Orleans Saints (1-0)
The Saints are a relentless offensive team. You’re better off having the ball against them late than having a lead and hoping your defense can stop them.

 

4. Los Angeles Rams (1-0)
For all the talk that Todd Gurley is hurt, he looked like he’s all systems go. The defense looked better than the score (or overall numbers) would indicate.

 

5. Los Angeles Chargers (1-0)
Austin Ekeler racked up 154 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns for the Chargers. Melvin Gordon is becoming an afterthought in Los Angeles.

 

6. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)
The Eagles and DeSean Jackson are a match made in football heaven. The veteran showed he still has some get up, scoring two touchdowns over 50 yards.

 

7. Minnesota Vikings (1-0)
Dalvin Cook and the Vikings’ offense looked like they were running drills in practice. Kirk Cousins threw only ten passes and the Vikings still scored 28 points.

 

8. Dallas Cowboys (1-0)
Dallas was hitting on all cylinders on Sunday. Dak Prescott is definitely working on getting a new contract with his gaudy 405 passing yards and four touchdowns.

 

9. Baltimore Ravens (1-0)
Lamar Jackson just told the rest of the NFL it’s a new day in Baltimore. The onslaught against the Dolphins even produced a Robert Griffin III touchdown pass. Some of that was a weak opponent, some of that was Baltimore being a legitimate contender.

 

10. Houston Texans (0-1)
Houston looked better than any of the teams that lost their first game. Deshaun Watson was stellar despite running for his life all night. If they can protect him better, Houston could be a real threat in the AFC.

 

11. Seattle Seahawks (1-0)
The Seattle defense made their presence felt over the weekend. The offense can use a bit of a tune up. You can see a season where they will be in a bunch of close games.

 

12. Chicago Bears (0-1)
The Bears’ defense looks seriously dominant. They will be among the leaders in fewest touchdowns given up. Their offense looks like it might be in a fewest touchdown group as well.

 

13. Tennessee Titans (1-0)
The Titans’ defense was as stiff as a log over the weekend. Marcus Mariota finished with three touchdowns and looked solid.

 

14. Green Bay Packers (1-0)
One week in and my analysis is wrong already. Green Bay has already won a game without Aaron Rodgers’ arm being the difference.

 

15. Cleveland Browns (0-1)
The 13 points Cleveland scored is well under the vast amount of points they envisioned scoring during the off-season. The defense might be more of a concern.

 

16. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1)
Before the first game was over, Jacksonville found themselves in the position they were at the end of last season: a big question mark about the quarterback position and offense overall.

 

17. San Francisco 49ers (1-0)
The 49ers’ defense came up with three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. They outscored their offensive brethren, which looked a little suspect.

 

18. Carolina Panthers (0-1)
Christian McCaffrey once again led the team in rushing, receiving and touchdowns scored. For a guy bought in to help out the quarterback, he’s been waiting a bit for somebody to help him on offense.

 

19. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)
The Steelers didn’t give up the most points but might’ve had the worst loss of any team. It’s one thing to not score a touchdown but it’s another thing entirely to give 465 total yards on defense.

 

20. Atlanta Falcons (0-1)
The questions about Atlanta’s offense seems like an eerie mix of the previous two seasons. How motivated is Devonta Freeman to be on the field?

 

21. Buffalo Bills (1-0)
The Bills turned the ball over four times in a game they won. The defense held the Jets to only 233 total yards and racked up four sacks.

 

22. New York Jets (0-1)
The Jets’ defense looked dominant before C.J. Mosley left the game with an injury. Demaryius Thomas can be a good fit in New York with his tall frame and years of experience.

 

23. Indianapolis Colts (0-1)
Marlon Mack racked up 174 rushing yards on 25 carries. Jacoby Brisset finished with 190 passing yards and two touchdowns. The defense let Los Angeles move the ball too easily.

 

24. Detroit Lions (0-0-1)
Mathew Stafford looked sharp, throwing for 385 yards and three touchdowns. The defense couldn’t stop Arizona down the stretch, which cost them a win.

 

25. Oakland Raiders (1-0)
The Raiders scored three red zone touchdowns, one through the air and two rushing. The offense looked effective, without any controversy about painted helmets or other things.

 

26. Denver Broncos (0-1)
Courtland Sutton made some big catches and finished with 120 receiving yards. The defense didn’t make any splash plays: no turnovers and no sacks.

 

27. Arizona Cardinals (0-0-1)
Kyler Murray finished his first regular season start with 308 passing yards and two touchdowns. One of those was to the rejuvenated Larry Fitzgerald, who looked like he was ten years younger.

 

28. Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)
The defense looked great, allowing only 233 total yards and racking up five sacks. The three turnovers on offense would be tough to overcome for any team.

 

29. New York Giants (0-1)
The Giants’ offense looked stagnant even with another great Saquon Barkley performance. New York played both of their quarterbacks and both subsequently lost a fumble.

 

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1)
Jameis Winston’s last chance tour didn’t start out with a bang. As a matter of fact, Winston played the game we are all accustomed to seeing from him.

 

31. Washington Redskins (0-1)
It was a tale of two halves for Washington. Great in the first half and terrible in the second. Case Keenum looked sharp as the Redskins starter with 380 passing yards and three touchdowns.

 

32. Miami Dolphins (0-1)
Miami played worse than anybody thought they would. At some point it’s not about talent, it’s about effort.

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