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NFL Power Rankings Week Two: In The Name Of Progress
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NFL Power Rankings Week Two: In The Name Of Progress

Ab Stanley

The NFL’s week two rolls in with almost as much anticipation as the first week. Some teams haven’t really showed us anything yet, while other teams have given us a ton to think about. As the weeks progress the play will get much better, or much worse in some cases.

 

1. Baltimore Ravens (1-0)

Baltimore made it look easy in week one versus Cleveland. Lamar Jackson’s bid for back-to-back MVP is starting off nicely.

 

2. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)

The Chiefs look like a well-oiled machine to open the season. Clyde Edwards-Helaire looks perfect in Andy Reid’s offense.

 

3. Green Bay Packers (1-0)

Aaron Rodgers looked sharp and the defense held up at the end. It didn’t hurt that they rushed for over 158 yards as a team.

 

4. New Orleans Saints (1-0)

The offense looked a bit shaky, but they didn’t need much. The defense looked sharp with three sacks, two interceptions and a touchdown of their own.

 

5. Seattle Seahawks (1-0)

Russell Wilson was in rare form versus the Falcons. Four touchdown passes and only four incompletions on 36 passes.

 

6. Buffalo Bills (1-0)

Josh Allen threw for over 300 yards for the first time in his career. The addition of Stefon Diggs (8 catches, 86 yards) played a big part in helping him get there.

 

7. Tennessee Titans (1-0)

Imagine being Stephen Gostkowski: kicking the game winning field goal and worrying if you will still have a job next week. The defense looked great and offense looked solid.

 

8. San Francisco 49ers (0-1)

The 49ers made a bunch of mental errors and couldn’t pull the game out late. Both the offense and the defense looked solid in the loss.

 

9. New England Patriots (1-0)

Cam Newton rushed 15 times for 75 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday. Talk about Bill Belichick adjusting to his talent: 14 of those were designed quarterback run plays.

 

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)

Benny Snell Jr. looked like a classic Steelers’ running back and Ben Roethlisberger returned to action looking like the Big Ben of old.

 

11. Los Angeles Rams (1-0)

The offense was able to get a good rushing attack even with the departure of Todd Gurley. The Rams’ defense looks sharp and they really got into the backfield when they wanted to.

 

12. Arizona Cardinals (1-0)

DeAndre Hopkins shined in his Cardinals debut, with 14 catches for 151 yards. The defense looked great and put plenty of hits on the quarterback.

 

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1)

Tampa Bay fans had to have flashbacks of the 2019 season. Falling behind, abandoning the run, and watching your quarterback throw interceptions at the worst possible time.

 

14. Minnesota Vikings (0-1)

Minnesota’s offense was impressive, scoring over 30 points. The defense gave up 40 points and didn’t record a sack or interception on Sunday.

 

15. Philadelphia Eagles (0-1)

The Eagles got off to a hot start and then it all went downhill. The absence of Miles Sanders really was felt throughout the game.

 

16. Dallas Cowboys (0-1)

Dak Prescott was sacked three times and hit seven times with a couple of injuries to the offensive line. The defense played good enough to win the game but Dallas will go as far as the offense takes them.

 

17. Chicago Bears (1-0)

Mitchell Trubisky engineered three second half touchdown drives. If he can play these types of games consistently the Bears will be tough to beat.

 

18. Houston Texans (0-1)

Houston got shredded on both sides of the ball. If they can’t muster up more offense or better defense this could be a long season.

 

19. Las Vegas Raiders (1-0)

Josh Jacobs ran for three touchdowns and Derrick Carr threw for another. The Raiders’ offense looked poised and balanced.

 

20. Atlanta Falcons (0-1)

Atlanta was able to muster up enough offensive yards but not enough touchdowns on Sunday. The defense was fast and attacking but couldn’t stop Seattle from scoring over 30 points.

 

21. Los Angeles Chargers (1-0)

The Chargers played a very sloppy game where the only thing that looked good was the win. They’re going to have to play much better in a very tough division.

 

22. Denver Broncos (0-1)

Denver’s defense really got after the quarterback and the offense looked solid. They will need to close out games better in the future.

 

23. Washington Football Team (1-0)   

Washington’s defense recorded eight sacks and looked very dangerous against the Eagles. They sit in first place, with one division win, in a very winnable division.

 

24. Indianapolis Colts (0-1)

Phillip Rivers threw for over 300 yards in his first game for Indianapolis. He also threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.

 

25. Cleveland Browns (0-1)

The struggles for Baker Mayfield continue into week one. Some of that could be attributed to the opponent, but let’s just say the Browns didn’t have too much trouble running the ball.

 

26. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0)

Gardner Minshew threw three touchdown passes and the defense swarmed to the ball all day. Maybe tanking for the first pick is not the plan in North Florida.

 

27. Miami Dolphins (0-1)

The Dolphins’ offensive woes from last season continue into this year. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three interceptions and the running game couldn’t churn out 100 yards as a team.

28. Carolina Panthers (0-1)

The Panthers might’ve looked the best out of all the teams that lost in week one. The offense looked good under Teddy Bridgwater’s command but they will need much more out of their defense.

 

29. New York Giants (0-1)

Giants’ quarterback Daniel Jones looked much better and more stout in the pocket. Turnovers killed the Giants on Monday night as it did for most of last season.

 

30. Detroit Lions (0-1)

Adrian Peterson has found the fountain of youth and looked very good in his first Lions’ game. The Lions were one dropped pass away from being 1-0.

 

31. Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)

Joe Burrow had a decent start to his NFL career, passing and rushing the football. The defense looked solid too, but I’m sure the team would’ve liked to pull the win out.

 

32. New York Jets (1-0)

The Jets couldn’t really muster anything through the air or on the ground. The defense didn’t put up much of a fight either.

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