Week 2 of the 2017 NFL regular season schedule is in the books. Now that the second week is over, it's time to see where all 32 teams rank. For reference purposes, here is a link to last week's NFL Power Rankings.
BLG's WEEK 3 NFL POWER RANKINGS
1 - Kansas City Chiefs (Last Week: 1) - Andy Reid’s Chiefs have a legitimate case as the best team in the NFL. They don’t turn the ball over, they have explosive play-makers, and their pass rush is pretty good. This team could definitely end up being the No. 1 seed in the AFC, especially since they already have a tie-breaker over the Patriots.
2 - Atlanta Falcons (LW: 2) - The Falcons looked a little shaky on the road in Week 1 but they returned to Atlanta to open their new stadium with a strong win. Even with no Kyle Shanahan, the Falcons’ offense is still pretty good.
3 - Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 4) - Similar to the Falcons, the Steelers won a close game over a bad team on the road in Week 1 and then returned home for a double-digit win in Week 2.
4 - New England Patriots (LW: 5) - Surprise: it was too early to write off Tom Brady after the Patriots’ Week 1 loss to the Chiefs.
5 - Oakland Raiders (LW: 6) - This Raiders team is fun. Beast Mode is entertaining. Derek Carr and Khalil Mack are two of the brightest young talents in the league at premium positions.
6 - Denver Broncos (LW: 13) - Despite moving on from Wade Phillips, the Broncos’ defense still looks pretty legit. They absolutely demolished Dallas. Trevor Siemian is playing well, too.
7 - Detroit Lions (LW: 10) - Matthew Stafford is picking right up where he left off last season. The presence of Ameer Abdullah makes the Lions’ offense even more dangerous.
8 - Green Bay Packers (LW: 3) - The Packers are one of the better teams in the NFC, but they’re certainly not the best team in the conference.
9 - Seattle Seahawks (LW: 8) - Seattle won but I moved them down due to only beating the 49ers at home by three points. While their defense is still good, the Seahawks’ offensive line is a big issue.
10 - Baltimore Ravens (LW: 12) - At +34, the Ravens own the NFL’s second best point differential through two games. Baltimore’s defense has only allowed 10 points so far.
11 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 14) - After getting an unexpected bye in Week 1, the Buccaneers blew out the Bears on Sunday.
12 - Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 11) - The Eagles were very competitive for most of their game against the Chiefs in Kansas City on Sunday. Philadelphia clearly has some flaws (see: the run game) but there’s a number of positives with this team as well. Carson Wentz and the pass rush have played well so far. Though it’s early, the Eagles are playing like the best team in the NFC East so far.
13 - Dallas Cowboys (LW: 7) - Take away Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys are toast. That’s easier said than done, but it’s true. Ask Dak Prescott to carry Dallas with his arm and the reality is he just can’t do it. He’s not that type of quarterback. The narrative that the Cowboys had a good defense just because they held a crappy Giants offense to three points predictably proved to be foolish. Enjoy this clip of Zeke being a sourpuss and not making an effort to run down an interception. In many ways, he’s the perfect Cowboy.
Mr. Team Player, Zeke Elliott.— Due# (@JDue51) September 17, 2017
What a turd. pic.twitter.com/0bdTxbq6b3
14 - Tennessee Titans (LW: 15) - The Titans put a big beating on a division rival. The opportunity is there for Tennessee to run away with the AFC South.
15 - Carolina Panthers (LW: 17) - Cam Newton isn’t playing very well despite the fact the Panthers are 2-0. Making matters for worse for Carolina’s quarterback is that Greg Olsen will now miss two months with an injury.
16 - Arizona Cardinals (LW: 16) - Yuck. The Cardinals only managed to put up 16 points on a terrible Indy team. It took an overtime win to get it done. The Cards don’t look very good.
17 - Miami Dolphins (LW: 18) - Good start to the season by opening with a win in L.A. The Dolphins had a nice advantage due to being off in Week 1 and the Chargers playing on a short week. Now Miami has to play 15 more games in a row.
18 - Minnesota Vikings (LW: 9) - The Vikings take a huge hit in the rankings due in part to the Sam Bradford injury. If he’s going to be out for a significant amount of time, this team is going nowhere fast with Case Keenum as the starter.
19 - Washington Redskins (LW: 23) - After losing in Week 1, Washington bounced back with a close win over the Rams.
20 - Los Angeles Rams (LW: 19) - The Rams allowed 229 rushing yards to a Washington team that only gained 64 rushing yards in Week 1.
21 - Houston Texans (LW: 27) - This is probably too high for the Texans, who didn’t even look good on Thursday night. The problem is a lot of the teams below them lost.
22 - Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 24) - The Bolts are the best 0-2 team in the league. Their -5 point differential ranks higher than five teams who have a better record than them. But losses are still losses. And L.A. might have the least favorable home field “advantage” in the NFL. The Chargers predictably couldn’t sell out their tiny temporary stadium and there was a strong presence of Dolphins fans in attendance.
23 - Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 20) - Shame on me for thinking the Jags might be not bad. They’re definitely still bad.
24 - New Orleans Saints (LW: 21) - The Saints are crumbling. The defense sucks as usual and the offense can’t compensate for it.
25 - New York Giants (LW: 22) - The 0-2 Giants own the third worst point differential in the league. New York’s offensive line is terrible. The G-Men are staring 0-3 in the face with a game coming up in Philly this Sunday. By the way, fun fact via @Noah_Becker: the Giants have scored 17 points or fewer in 10 of the 19 games Ben McAdoo has coached. Offensive genius!
26 - Buffalo Bills (LW: 25) - Buffalo beat a bad Jets team in Week 1 and then only managed to score three points in Week 2. They’re not good.
27 - San Francisco 49ers (LW: 30) - The 49ers only lost to the Seahawks by three points in Seattle. That’s certainly better than how most of the other teams here at the bottom performed.
28 - Cleveland Browns (LW: 28) - Rough game for rookie DeShone Kizer, who finished with a 27.3 passer rating.
29 - Indianapolis Colts (LW: 31) - The Colts are awful. Somehow they only lost to the Cardinals by three points in overtime.
30 - Chicago Bears (LW: 29) - Chicago isn’t going to go far with Mike Glennon at quarterback. They don’t want to rush Mitch Trubisky, but he’s probably their best hope.
31 - Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 26) - The Bengals have failed to score a touchdown in their first two games of the season. They’ve scored nine points in their first two games combined. Maybe this really is the year Marvin Lewis gets canned.
32 - New York Jets (LW: 32) - The Jets are just as bad as everyone expected them to be. The tank is on.