Week 1 of the 2018 NFL regular season schedule is in the books. Now 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 2 NFL POWER RANKINGS
1 - Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week: 1) - The reigning Super Bowl champions are still on top after managing to defeat Atlanta for the second time in 2018. The Eagles’ offense is off to a slow start with Nick Foles under center but Philadelphia’s defense is looking pretty good. It appears Carson Wentz’s return might soon be on the horizon.
2 - New England Patriots (LW: 2) - The reigning Super Bowl losers look poised to maintain their dominance in the AFC East.
3 - Green Bay Packers (LW: 3) - In the comments of last week’s rankings, some questioned why the Packers were ranked so high. Still have any questions after watching Aaron Rodgers’ comeback performance against Chicago?
4 - Minnesota Vikings (LW: 6) - The Vikings’ defense looked much improved from their last meaningful outing back in January. 38-7.
5 - Los Angeles Rams (LW: 9) - The Rams took care of a bad Oakland team.
6 - Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 10) - Pat Mahomes to Tyreek Hill figures to be a pretty lethal connection. No surprise to see Andy Reid has the Chiefs looking like a strong regular season team once again.
7 - Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 7) - The Jags weren’t overly impressive in their five-point win over the G-Men but they still held on for the W. Blake Bortles being bad prevents me from moving this team up.
8 - New Orleans Saints (LW: 3) - The Saints’ defense was horrible for years before it improved last season. Is New Orleans regressing back to the mean? It’s too early to say for sure, of course, but allowing 48 points at home to the Bucs certainly isn’t a good start. On the bright side, this team can still score a ton of points.
9 - Atlanta Falcons (LW: 5) - Steve Sarkisian is going to be on the hot seat if Atlanta’s offensive issues don’t get fixed.
10 - Carolina Panthers (LW: 12) - The Panthers got an important win but they also suffered some key injuries with veteran tight end Greg Olsen and starting right tackle Daryl Williams having to leave the game early.
12 - Washington Redskins (LW: 14) - Although they only beat a bad Arizona team, Washington clearly looks like the second best squad in the NFC East.
13 - Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 8) - The Stillers almost lost to a team that was 1-31 in their last two seasons. Add in the Le’Veon Bell drama and Pittsburgh is not off to a good start.
14 - Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 11) - The Bolts had a chance to make an early statement that they’re the best team in the AFC West. They did not make that statement. In fairness, they had to play another road game at home.
How many Chargers fans do you see in this image of a Chargers home game pic.twitter.com/F97c2YiQuu— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) September 9, 2018
15 - San Francisco 49ers (LW: 13) - Jimmy Garoppolo is no longer undefeated as a starting quarterback. Jimmy G threw three interceptions in the 49ers’ first game of the season. San Francisco was facing a tough opponent but maybe it’s time to slow down the San Fran hype.
16 - Denver Broncos (LW: 22) - Case Keenum threw three interceptions but he also threw three touchdowns and it was enough to allow the Broncos to get a three-point win at home.
17 - Tampa Bay Buccaners (LW: 29) - Heading into the season, the Bucs seemed like a sure-fire bottom five team. Maybe they still end up there but they certainly didn’t look bad in Week 1. Ryan Fitzpatrick helped his team drop 48 points in New Orleans. Will Fitz come crashing back to Earth against Philadelphia’s defense? We’ll soon see.
18 - New York Jets (LW: 25) - Sam Darnold showed the makings of a franchise quarterback during the Jets’ trouncing of Detroit on Monday Night Football. Second best team in the AFC East, at worst.
19 - Houston Texans (LW: 15) - Is Deshaun Watson truly as good as everyone thought he was last year? Against the Pats, he completed 50% of his attempts for a mere 176 yards and a 62.9 passer rating.
20 - Seattle Seahawks (LW: 18) - Seattle hasn’t completely fallen off a cliff but they’re just not the same team they were at their peak.
22 - Chicago Bears (LW: 21) - The Bears were looking pretty good in the first half against Green Bay. Khalil Mack was playing like a monster. Then Rodgers came back and things were different. I’m still pretty skeptical of Mitchell Trubisky, who averaged just 4.9 yards per attempt on Sunday night.
23 - Dallas Cowboys (LW: 19) - Dak Prescott hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass since Week 14 last season. He straight up looked bad against Carolina. You can try to blame his surrounding situation for his struggles but there were times when he was simply failing to throw accurate passes to wide open targets.
24 - Miami Dolphins (LW: 31) - Maybe the Dolphins are more mediocre than I originally gave them credit for.
25 - Tennessee Titans (LW: 20) - Marcus Mariota threw two interceptions before he got hurt and Blaine Gabbert had to come in. As much as it pains me to say, I think Mariota might just not be good.
26 - Indianapolis Colts (LW: 24) - Andrew Luck threw 53 passes in his first regular season start since 2016. Even though the Colts lost, I’d say that’s an encouraging sign moving forward.
27 - Cleveland Browns (LW: 32) - At 0-0-1, the Browns are off to their best start since their 2004 season. Seriously.
28 - New York Giants (LW: 26) - The Giants’ offensive line is still pretty trash. Eli Manning is also clearly washed. Never forget the G-Men passed on a potential franchise quarterback at No. 2 in order to take a running back.
29 - Oakland Raiders (LW: 27) - The Raiders really gave Jon Gruden a 10-year, $100 million contract.
30 - Detroit Lions (LW: 16) - Matt Patricia defenses have allowed 89 points in his last two games combined. To make matters worse, Matthew Stafford arguably played his worst game as a member of the Lions.
31 - Arizona Cardinals (LW: 28) - This team is going nowhere fast with Sam Bradford. Total waste of resources. Just give Josh Rosen a chance to see what he can do.
32 - Buffalo Bills (LW: 30) - What the eff is this team even doing? They’re not even trying to win by starting Nathan Peterman.