Week 2 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 3 NFL POWER RANKINGS
1 - Kansas City Chiefs (Last Week: 6) - Andy Reid is just really good in the regular season. Pat Mahomes has 10 touchdowns in just two games. Kansas City’s ceiling could be higher than ever with him starting.
2 - Los Angeles Rams (LW: 5) - The Rams were leapfrogged by the Chiefs here because they’ve beaten up on two bottom five teams. To their credit, they’ve taken care of business.
4 - Minnesota Vikings (LW: 4) - One of the NFL’s dumb new rules prevented Kirk Cousins from choking once again.
5 - Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 7) - The Jags avenged their AFC Championship Game loss on Sunday. Blake Bortles played well despite the fact Jacksonville was missing Leonard Fournette. Clearly a top two team in the AFC.
6 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 17) - Maybe this ranking will look silly in the future but right now the Bucs are red hot. The offense has new life under Todd Monken. Ryan Fitzpatrick is randomly unstoppable. Tampa Bay’s defense isn’t good but their offensive weapons makes other defenses look even worse.
7 - Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 1) - The reigning Super Bowl champions take a hit after losing a winnable game. Jim Schwartz’s defense is just clearly not as good on the road as it is in the confines of Lincoln Financial Field. The good news for the Eagles is they get Carson Wentz back this week. He can certainly help the Eagles get back on track. Or, that’s the hope, at least.
8 - New England Patriots (LW: 2) - Hm, where have I seen this before: Tom Brady got strip-sacked late in the game to cost the Pats a win. Loser.
9 - Atlanta Falcons (LW: 9) - Despite missing a number of key players due to injury, the Falcons rebounded this week with a tough division win. Steve Sarkisian’s hot seat got a little cooler.
10 - New Orleans Saints (LW: 8) - The Saints are not that far away from being 0-2 after narrowly avoiding defeat to the Browns. And that’s with both of their games having been played at home. Maybe the Saints are some frauds.
11 - Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 21) - The Bengals have the AFC North lead after two weeks. It wouldn’t be shocking if they continue to hold on to it. Then Marvin Lewis can try to reach 0-8 in the playoffs.
12 - Carolina Panthers (LW: 10) - The Panthers aren’t bad but they top out as the second best team in the NFC South.
14 - San Francisco 49ers (LW: 15) - Jimmy G bounced back this week against a Detroit defense that is certainly less challenging than Minnesota’s.
15 - Denver Broncos (LW: 16) - Don’t look now but the Broncos are 2-0. Both wins have been very close.
16 - Chicago Bears (LW: 22) - Mitchell Trubisky has been unimpressive. Chicago’s defense, though, is legit.
17 - Baltimore Ravens (LW: 11) - Sorry, but Joe Flacco is not elite. Not even close.
18 - Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 17) - Pittsburgh is not in a good spot. The Stillers find themselves 0-1-1 as Le’Veon Bell’s holdout lingers. The locker room seems to have some issues as well.
19 - Miami Dolphins (LW: 24) - The Dolphins are unexpectedly first in the AFC East at 2-0. Maybe Miami is decent?
20 - New York Jets (LW: 18) - This week was a reminder that Sam Darnold, the youngest starting quarterback in NFL history, is going to have some growing pains.
21 - Dallas Cowboys (LW: 23) - The Cowboys have managed to make their fans think that everything is going to be fine after beating a bad Giants team. Dak Prescott was 14/23 for a mere 87 yards (3.78 yards per attempt) after his long touchdown completion to Tavon Austin on a play where Janoris Jenkins stumbled in coverage. In other words, Dak still isn’t good.
22 - Indianapolis Colts (LW: 26) - Quality road win for Frank Reich’s group. This Colts team has some life.
23 - Washington Redskins (LW: 12) - After looking real good in Week 1, Washington looked real bad in Week 2. Losing to the Colts by 12 points at home isn’t a good look. Washington’s running backs combined for 22 rushing yards on 16 carries against Indy’s defense. Yikes.
24 - Tennessee Titans (LW: 25) - Well, they won, but it’s not easy to feel good about this team’s outlook with Blaine Gabbert starting.
25 - Cleveland Browns (LW: 27) - The Browns aren’t that far off from being 2-0. But they’ve Browns’d their way into being 0-1-1 instead.
26 - Seattle Seahawks (LW: 20) - Seattle is done. This team is a shell of the Legion of Boom era. The offense looks so bad under Brian Schottenheimer. Big surprise, I know.
27 - Houston Texans (LW: 19) - Deshaun Watson isn’t looking so impressive coming off the ACL injury he suffered last season.
28 - Oakland Raiders (LW: 29) - This is too rich:
Gruden says “we gotta do something to get more pressure, maybe call more blitzes.”— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) September 16, 2018
Or, you know, you could have just not traded Khalil Mack, who looks like he could end up being Defensive Player of the Year.
29 - Detroit Lions (LW: 30) - Well, at least the team looked much more competitive than they did in Week 1. Still 0-2 though and Matthew Stafford doesn’t look great, which doesn’t bode well.
30 - New York Giants (LW: 28) - What does Eli Manning have in common with clothes leaving the laundromat? They’re both washed. The Giants are looking very dumb for going all in on the 37-year-old and selecting a running back at No. 2 instead of trying to find a new franchise passer. Having great skill players just doesn’t matter much if your offensive line and quarterback are bad. To make matters worse for New York, they just lost their starting center for the season.
31 - Arizona Cardinals (LW: 31) - The Cards have been predictably awful with Sam Bradford starting. Complete waste of time and money. Just get Josh Rosen in there already.
32 - Buffalo Bills (LW: 32) - The Bills are so bad that one of their players literally retired before the game was over.