Guregian: NFL Power Rankings for Week 2

Week 1 saw the defending champion Chiefs begin their title defense with a decisive win over the Texans.

While some of the usual suspects put up huge numbers (Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson) leading their teams to decisive victories, there were a few surprises, namely the Washington Football Team’s upset of the Eagles, and the Jaguars stunning take-down of the Colts.

And, in the Bill Belichick vs. Tom Brady sweepstakes, Belichick and the Patriots, who moved up the board, shone brighter — for one week anyway.

Cam Newton, Brady’s successor in New England, was a one-man wrecking ball for the Patriots offensively, while Brady got off to a rough start in his Bucs debut.

While it’s important not to overreact after one game, in some cases, it is what it is.

Here’s our NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 2.

1. Chiefs (1-0): Andy Reid’s face shield needs some work. But aside from a little fog under the hood, not much else to complain about. Just more of the same from the defending champs.

2. Ravens (1-0): The nightmare of every one of the AFC’s contending teams looked more like a grim reality Week 1: Lamar Jackson has improved as a passer.

3. Seahawks (1-0): Fans have been urging Pete Carroll to #LetRussCook. They wanted Russell Wilson unleashed to throw the football more. They got their wish. No turning back now.

4. Saints (1-0): They may have handily won the showdown with the Bucs, but Drew Brees’ description of the offense being “awful” was spot-on. More to the point, Brees was awful.

5. Packers (1-0): Maybe they should have drafted an Aaron Rodgers’ successor sooner. With a nudge from first round pick Jordan Love, a vintage Rodgers threw four touchdowns against the Vikings.

6. 49ers (0-1): Jimmy G is underwhelming running the Niners offense. Lather, rinse, repeat.

7. Bills (1-0): Josh Allen threw for over 300 yards, with two TD passes. No picks. Don’t get too excited. It was against the Jets.

8. Titans (1-0): Stephen Gostkowski had never missed four kicks in a game (three field goals, extra point). Good thing the fifth one hit paydirt.

9. Steelers (1-0): The Ben Roethlisberger-JuJu Smith-Schuster connection looked as lethal as ever. So did the Steel Curtain defense. Big Ben is a difference-maker.

10. Rams (1-0): They looked much closer to the Super Bowl runner-up team of 2018, as opposed to the disaster of last season. The battle in the NFC West is going to be epic.

11. Patriots (1-0): The post-Brady era showed off a balanced offense. As in, Cam Newton had 15 passes (155 yards) and 15 rushes (75 yards, 2 TDs). Talk about a new normal.

12. Cowboys (0-1): Jerry’s ’boys weren’t ready for prime time. Did Jason Garrett really leave? Mike McCarthy didn’t seem any more competent running the show than his predecessor.

13. Buccaneers (0-1): They dumped one turnover machine in Jameis Winston, and unexpectedly inherited another. Tom Brady, with two picks, has now thrown a pick-six in three straight games. Stunning.

14. Cardinals (1-0): September wins have been few and far between for the Cardinals. Kyler Murray has already changed that narrative. To repeat, NFC West bears watching.

15. Vikings (0-1): The Packers offense was on the field for a little more than 41 minutes. The Vikes? Just shy of 19 minutes. You get the drift.

16. Eagles (0-1): Hard to win when the quarterback has a 14.1 rating. The Eagles offensive line is a mess, but Carson Wentz didn’t help matters.

17. Texans (0-1): The DeAndre Hopkins trade was a crazy move to start. Looked even crazier opening week. Hopkins had 14 catches in his Cardinals debut, one more catch than all the Texans receivers combined.

18. Colts (0-1): A change of venue didn’t cure Philip Rivers of his gift of giving. His two interceptions did the Colts no favors.

19. Raiders (1-0): Jon Gruden will take the win, even if his defense couldn’t tackle, blew coverages and couldn’t muster a pass rush.

20. Falcons (0-1): Dan Quinn gambled his offense could convert on fourth down. Maybe that works one time, but four? The result was three touchdowns and a field goal for the Seahawks.

21. Broncos (0-1): Vic Fangio gave a clinic on mismanaging timeouts in the final minutes of the loss to the Titans. How do you let the clock run down to nothing, with the Titans nearing a go-ahead score? Inexplicable.

22. Bears (1-0): Never a dull moment with the human roller coaster that is Mitch Trubisky. He just happened to be good Mitch in the fourth quarter, when he led three touchdown drives.

23. Chargers (1-0): For a change, they were on the receiving end of a gift missed field goal late in the game.

24. Washington (1-0): Hard not to feel good about the Football Team engineering a comeback win for new head man Ron Rivera, who is coaching while battling cancer.

25. Browns (0-1): Baker Mayfield threw a pick on the opening drive. Odell Beckham Jr. had no impact. Yes, it remains Groundhog Day for the Browns, even with a major overhaul.

26. Lions (0-1): The collapses continue. Seven blown fourth-quarter leads last season, and a whopper to kick off 2020. Matt Patricia’s crew imploded to the tune of blowing a 17-point lead.

27. Dolphins (0-1): There was no Fitzmagic from Ryan Fitzpatrick. He was more like Fitzpick instead. And right on cue, there are whispers for Tua Time with Tagovailoa waiting in the wings.

28. Jaguars (1-0): Tank for Trevor? Gardner Minshew isn’t a fan of that slogan. He’s cocky enough to think he’s the man in Jacksonville. And after one week, Minshew Mania remains alive and kicking.

29. Giants (0-1): Doesn’t get much lower than seeing Saquon Barkley out-rushed by Ben Roethlisberger 9 to 6. Giants aren’t winning many games if Barkley runs for six yards, like he did against the Steelers.

30. Bengals (0-1): First overall pick Joe Burrow had a terrific rookie debut. But the Bungles still lived up to their reputation. A potential game-tying chip shot field goal sailed wide right.

31. Panthers (0-1): Sometimes, obvious is the best way to go. Fourth-and-one with the game on the line? Don’t overthink with the fullback. It should be Christian McCaffrey every time.

32. Jets (0-1): They pretty much lived up to their billing. They stunk. Why the last spot, as the NFL’s worst team? They somehow managed to top the level of stink that was anticipated.

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