Perfection is a hard standard to live up to in the NFL as only nine teams are 2-0. There is not much change at the top, but the Seahawks and Bills are among the teams on the rise in our latest NFL power rankings.
Three of the 2-0 squads happen to be in the NFC West which is an early favorite to be the deepest division in football. The Niners and Packers are two additional teams on the rise as both maintained their perfect record.
Week 2 was seemingly full of injuries with a number of key players having early exits including Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger. After the Saints loss to the Rams, Brees admitted he is concerned about the status of his thumb and is planning on seeing a hand specialist.
“Yeah, I am concerned,” Brees noted, per ESPN. “I’m hoping it’s not too significant.”
Roethlisberger will also be awaiting test results as the Steelers see if their quarterback will miss time. Pittsburgh tight end Vance McDonald noted things would be a lot different without the veteran quarterback if he is sidelined.
“Things will change big time,” McDonald explained to the Post-Gazette. “It will be different. With the experience we will be missing from Ben, it will be different. It’s going to be hard for him if he is not here [this] week.”
Top 5: Patriots, Chiefs & Rams Remain the Teams to Beat So Far in the NFL
Kansas City, New England and L.A. continue to be the class of the NFL. The Patriots not only managed to cover the nearly three-touchdown spread against the Dolphins but more than doubled the Vegas projection. Antonio Brown also got reacquainted with the endzone as the newest member of the Patriots.
The Rams came up with a major win against the Saints, but New Orleans was missing Brees for the majority of the game. The Chiefs took advantage of a big-time second quarter to comfortably take care of business against their AFC West rival in Oakland.
Dallas cruised to their second straight victory against an NFC East opponent in Washington and will be heavy favorites to continue their streak against the Dolphins this weekend. The Cowboys offense continues to impress as Dallas looks like one of the better teams in the NFC.
The Steelers may not be the intimidating team we are used to seeing, but the Seahawks still came away with an impressive road victory. Pittsburgh is a notoriously difficult place to play, and Seattle’s offense looked a bit more polished than in Week 1.
Bottom 5: The Dolphins & Giants Continue Their Fall to the Bottom
Miami maintained its reputation as the worst team in the NFL. It is worth noting the Dolphins have played two teams ranked in our top 10, so there is still time for Miami to turn things around. That said, it looks like the franchise is already looking towards next season and are not doing much to prove the tanking suspicions are inaccurate.
The Giants are not too far behind and their neighbors in green and white received bad news heading into their matchup with the Browns. With Sam Darnold out indefinitely, the Jets’ season hangs in the balance just a few games into 2019.
Carolina finds itself towards the bottom of the rankings as Cam Newton struggled once again. The Panthers have one of the best running backs in the league in Christian McCaffrey, but the Carolina offense looks like it needs a reboot.
Here’s a look our latest power rankings heading into Monday Night Football.
NFL Power Rankings: After Week 2
|1.||New England Patriots (2-0)|
|2.||Kansas City Chiefs (2-0)|
|3.||L.A. Rams (2-0)|
|4||Dallas Cowboys (2-0)|
|5.||Seattle Seahawks (2-0)|
|6.||Baltimore Ravens (2-0)|
|7.||Green Bay Packers (2-0)|
|8.||San Francisco 49ers (2-0)|
|9.||Buffalo Bills (2-0)|
|10.||Minnesota Vikings (1-1)|
|11.||New Orleans Saints (1-1)|
|12.||Detroit Lions (1-0-1)|
|13.||Atlanta Falcons (1-1)|
|14.||Philly Eagles (1-1)|
|15.||L.A. Chargers (1-1)|
|16.||Indianapolis Colts (1-1)|
|17.||Tennessee Titans (1-1)|
|18.||Houston Texans (1-1)|
|19.||Chicago Bears (1-1)|
|20.||Tampa Bay Bucs (1-1)|
|21.||Oakland Raiders (1-1)|
|22.||Cleveland Browns (0-1)|
|23.||Arizona Cards (0-1-1)|
|24.||Denver Broncos (0-2)|
|25.||Pittsburgh Steelers (0-2)|
|26.||Cincinnati Bengals (0-2)|
|27.||Washington Redskins (0-2)|
|28.||Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2)|
|29.||Carolina Panthers (0-2)|
|30.||NY Jets (0-1)|
|31.||NY Giants (0-2)|
|32.||Miami Dolphins (0-2)|