Sep 7, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Week 2 NFL Power Rankings
Falcons, Texans, Bills rise – Rams, Chiefs fall hard
Was that a crazy week of football, or what? It’s time for Week 2 NFL Power Rankings! This is usually the craziest shift of rankings for most, because we adjust based on what we thought at the beginning of the season. Enjoy!
32. Washington Redskins (0-1) | Previous Ranking: 29 (-3)
There are major questions in Washington right now after a terrible showing in Houston.
31. St. Louis Rams (0-1) | Previous Ranking: 21 (-10)
Your starting quarterback in Week Two is ____________.
30. Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) | Previous Ranking: 14 (-16)
The Chiefs lost players, couldn’t score, lost at home, and didn’t use Jamaal Charles. They looked awful. Long season in KC.
29. Dallas Cowboys (0-1) | Previous Ranking: 24 (-5)
28. Oakland Raiders (0-1) | Previous Ranking: 31 (+3)
I was encouraged by Derek Carr’s play. The Raiders nearly pulled it off. Keyword: nearly.
27. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) | Previous Ranking: 30 (+3)
Despite a meltdown in the second half, the Jags certainly looked better than the league’s potential worst team.
26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) | Previous Ranking: 20 (-6)
Losing to a rival is one thing, but losing to them with their backup quarterback? Not a great start for Josh McCown.
25. New York Giants (0-1) | Previous Ranking: 17 (-8)
Eli, we thought you changed your ways! Interceptions are killing him and the Giants.
24. Cleveland Browns (0-1) | Previous Ranking: 27 (+3)
One should feel encouraged by overcoming a huge deficit on the road.
23. Houston Texans (1-0) | Previous Ranking: 32 (+9)
That defense looked great. Maybe I’m giving them too much of a bump, but they have to go somewhere.
22. Minnesota Vikings (1-0) | Previous Ranking: 28 (+6)
34 points on the Rams defense, who was thought to be very fearsome. What’s more impressive is that they did this in St. Louis. Norv Turner has unleashed the Vikes offense.
21. Buffalo Bills (1-0) | Previous Ranking: 26 (+5)
I have no idea what E.J. Manuel said to this team on Saturday night, but it worked, and that’s all that matters. I’m not ready to crown them, yet.
20. New York Jets (1-0) | Previous Ranking: 22 (+2)
Geno Smith, Chris Ivory, and Chris Johnson all powered the Jets to a Week One win against the Raiders.
19. San Diego Chargers (0-1) Previous Ranking: 15 (-4)
Rough loss to start, but the Chargers can feel encouraged.
18. Baltimore Ravens (0-1) | Previous Ranking: 11 (-7)
Fairly ugly start to the season, but how does the Ray Rice drama affect the team going forward?
17. Tennessee Titans (1-0) | Previous Ranking: 23 (+6)
Was Jake Locker and company that good or was Kansas City that bad?
16. Chicago Bears (0-1) | Previous Ranking: 12 (-4)
So much for that easy victory and survivor bracket, eh?.
15. Indianapolis Colts (0-1) | Previous Ranking: 8 (-7)
The Colts losing Robert Mathis is quite troubling. I didn’t expect them to win against the Broncos, but how does this team respond going forward?
14. Green Bay Packers (0-1) | Previous Ranking: 6 (-8)
Even losing to the defending Super Bowl Champs has its consequences. The Packers had their chances, but missed discipline.
13. New England Patriots (0-1) | Previous Ranking: 5 (-8)
Not a great way to start if you’re the Pats, but on a positive note, did you see Rob Gronkowski still has it?
12. New Orleans Saints (0-1) | Previous Ranking: 4 (-8)
The offense looked great, but the defense looked horrid. Did we time travel back to 2012? I’m chalking it up as a blip on the radar, but even so, still not worthy of a Top 10.
11. Miami Dolphins (1-0) | Previous Ranking: 19 (+8)
When you knock off the Patriots and make Tom Brady look bad, kudos to you.
10. Detroit Lions (1-0) | Previous Ranking: 18 (+8)
The Lions open the season on Monday Night Football, which you can’t say every day. They’re full of weapons, and they allowed the third least points in the preseason.
9. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) | Previous Ranking: 16 (+7)
The Steelers jumped out to a huge lead, although the defense let the Browns get back into it, they were very impressive.
8. Carolina Panthers (1-0) | Previous Ranking: 14 (+5)
When you win with your backup quarter, that’s all I need to move you up.
7. Atlanta Falcons (1-0) | Previous Ranking: 25 (+18)
Give credit where it’s due, the Falcons looked impressive on offense. They beat their rivals, the Saints, and suddenly this team does look like a contender. Can they stay in the Top 10?
6. Arizona Cardinals (1-0) | Previous Ranking: 10 (+4)
It was a very entertaining affair between the Cards and Bolts, but in the end, the Cardinals looked great with a banged up Andre Ellington.
5. Cincinnati Bengals (1-0) | Previous Ranking: 9 (+4)
Jeremy Hill didn’t even have to do much to help the Bengals win. Andy Dalton looked sharp, the defense performed well, and the Bengals get a big victory in Week One against the rival Ravens on the road.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) | Previous Ranking: 7 (+3)
Just when you thought your survivor bracket was in jeopardy, the Eagles turn on the lights, and end up destroying the Jags.
3. San Francisco 49ers (1-0) | Previous Ranking: 3
The 49ers could have yawned their way to a win against the Cowboys. Did you see all of the sea of red at the game? Wow.
2. Denver Broncos (1-0) | Previous Ranking: 2
The Broncos got off to an impressive start against the Colts, just when you think Peyton Manning will kill you with one weapon, he throws up a helping of Julius Thomas.
1. Seattle Seahawks (1-0) | Previous Ranking: 1
There was little about Seattle’s win over the Packers that suggested that many teams will stop them this season.
- Week 1 NFL Power Rankings
- 2014 NFL Power Rankings – Preseason
- 2014 NFL Power Rankings – Minicamp Edition
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