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NFL Power Rankings – Week 2

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Buffalo Bills (0-1, Last week: 31)

Yep, they have to be No. 32 after that. You have to wonder at what point Sean McDermott’s infatuation with Nathan Peterman ends. (Josh Allen)

Buffalo Bills (0-1, Last week: 31)

Yep, they have to be No. 32 after that. You have to wonder at what point Sean McDermott’s infatuation with Nathan Peterman ends. (Josh Allen)

Cleveland Browns (0-0-1, LW: 32)

Well, the Browns aren’t last anymore. (Antonio Callaway)

Arizona Cardinals (0-1, LW: 28)

If you are utterly uncompetitive against Washington at home, which games are you going to win? (David Johnson)

Indianapolis Colts (0-1, LW: 30)

The Colts had a good chance to beat the Bengals, thanks to Andrew Luck. But the roster around him is just not NFL quality. (Andrew Luck)

Detroit Lions (0-1, LW: 19)

Seemingly every year we see some really weird result in Week 1. The Lions better hope that’s what just happened, because for one night they looked like the worst team in the NFL outside of Buffalo. (Matt Patricia)

Oakland Raiders (0-1, LW: 25)

Derek Carr has to play better than he did in Week 1, but Amari Cooper’s lack of production is becoming a real problem. He was bad most of last season and put up one catch for 9 yards against the Rams. Not good at all. (Derek Carr, Jon Gruden)

Tennessee Titans (0-1, LW: 17)

Marcus Mariota, Taylor Lewan and Delanie Walker all got hurt in Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins. What a bad way to start the season. (Marcus Mariota)

Miami Dolphins (1-0, LW: 26)

Hard to tell how good, or bad, the Dolphins are after that weird opener. (Mike Gesicki)

New York Giants (0-1, LW: 24)

Moving teams too far up or down after one game doesn’t make sense because it’s just one game. And sometimes it’s just a bad matchup. That might’ve been the case with the Jags. (Eli Manning)

New York Jets (1-0, LW: 29)

They looked good in every way against the Lions, and Gang Green is worth watching the next few weeks to see if Monday night was a sign of things to come. (Jamal Adams)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0, LW: 27)

It’s a good problem to have, but think of what happens if Ryan Fitzpatrick plays two more good games as Jameis Winston serves his suspension. (Ryan Fitzpatrick)

Seattle Seahawks (0-1, LW: 21)

Aside from Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin might have been the one guy the Seahawks couldn’t afford to lose. (Russell Wilson)

Washington Redskins (1-0, LW: 23)

Keep an open mind to the Redskins being a team that surprises. But they need more than a win over the Cardinals. (Alex Smith)

Cincinnati Bengals (1-0, LW: 22)

Joe Mixon looks like the player a lot of people felt was a top-10 talent, even though he slipped to the second round because he punched a woman at Oklahoma. (Joe Mixon)

Chicago Bears (0-1, LW: 20)

This needs to be repeated: Khalil Mack was incredible on Sunday night. It’ll be a ton of fun to watch him in that defense all season. (Khalil Mack)

San Francisco 49ers (0-1, LW: 16)

There’s not too much to be taken from the 49ers struggling against a very good Vikings defense. However, it’s fair to wonder if maybe the 49ers aren’t just going to move on from the Jerick McKinnon injury that easily. (Jimmy Garoppolo)

Dallas Cowboys (0-1, LW: 14)

It’s going to be tough for Dak Prescott. He has no help at receiver or tight end, and that’s inexcusable given how little cap space the Cowboys are allocating to their quarterback. (Dak Prescott)

Houston Texans (0-1, LW: 15)

There’s no shame in losing at Foxborough. Still, Deshaun Watson did not have a good game. Chalk it up to a tough Week 1 matchup, but let’s see how he looks in Week 2 at Tennessee. (Deshaun Watson)

Denver Broncos (1-0, LW: 18)

Case Keenum did some good things in his first Broncos game. He obviously has a good connection with Emmanuel Sanders. But the three interceptions were troubling. (Demariyus Thomas)

New Orleans Saints (0-1, LW: 5)

Maybe the defense will rebound after Ryan Fitzpatrick carved up the Saints, but there’s no good excuse for what happened on Sunday against the Buccaneers. (Tommylee Lewis)

Baltimore Ravens (1-0, LW: 13)

Maybe getting Joe Flacco real pass catchers — Michael Crabtree, John Brown, Willie Snead — helps more than some nebulous story about the drafting of Lamar Jackson lighting a fire under him. (Willie Snead)

Atlanta Falcons (0-1, LW: 10)

The longer it goes on, the more inexplicable the Steve Sarkisian hire becomes. The Falcons had plenty of other candidates to pick from with a lot more NFL experience. (Matt Ryan)

Los Angeles Chargers (0-1, LW: 9)

I don’t get how a team this undeniably talented can disappoint every single season. They better put a heck of a statement game on the Bills in Week 2 to get anyone back on their bandwagon. (Derwin James)

Carolina Panthers (1-0, LW: 11)

Cam Newton usually makes it work, but losing Greg Olsen is not an ideal situation. (Cam Newton)

Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0-1, LW: 8)

By now, everyone who follows the NFL knows the multi-year trend that Ben Roethlisberger is great at home and much worse on the road. On the road Sunday, he wasn’t very good. (Ben Roethlisberger)

Kansas City Chiefs (1-0, LW: 12)

Think about this: Sammy Watkins, Kareem Hunt and Travis Kelce did practically nothing and the Chiefs put up 38 points on a good (maybe?) Chargers defense. (Patrick Mahomes)

Green Bay Packers (1-0, LW: 7)

Following Sunday night’s injury to Aaron Rodgers, next week against the Vikings will be a nervous afternoon for Green Bay. (Aaron Rodgers)

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0, LW: 6)

Leonard Fournette’s hamstring injury doesn’t look like a multi-week injury. The concerning part is maybe this is just what Fournette is. (Myles Jack)

Philadelphia Eagles (1-0, LW: 4)

There’s a lot of talk about Carson Wentz and Nick Foles, but it seems like that has overshadowed that the Eagles defense looks even better. (Jay Ajayi)

New England Patriots (1-0, LW: 3)

The Patriots’ pass rush looked much improved from last season. It’s just one week, but that’s a great sign. (Rob Gronkowski)

Los Angeles Rams (1-0, LW: 2)

If what we saw Monday night is what we’ll see from the Rams defense all season, we might be looking at a team that has a 13-3 type season. (Todd Gurley)

Minnesota Vikings (1-0, LW: 1)

The offensive line, which is the Vikings’ only glaring weakness, wasn’t great in Week 1, but it was good enough. (Mike Hughes)


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