Two weeks are in the books, and we look at the power rankings for the NFL teams to see which ones moved up and down the list.
When there are only 17 games in a season, teams will move around in this list much more than they will with sports that have longer seasons, such as the MLB and NBA.
The Buccaneers Continue to Lead the Way
How long will it take for the talk of an undefeated season to be part of the conversation for the Tampa Bay Bucs? With an aging QB leading the way and a coach that is not shy about taking chances, this team is poised to repeat as Super Bowl Champions. The only thing that could be in their way is if injuries creep in later in the season.
The Chiefs Hold Onto that Second Spot
Even after losing in a heartbreaker to the Baltimore Ravens, the Kansas City Chiefs continue to hold onto the second spot in this list. They have a 1-1 record after two weeks and don’t appear to be easy for any team to beat. The Ravens bring a unique style of play that could give any team fits and certainly did that to the Chiefs on Sunday night with the 36-35 final score.
We See the Ravens Move Up Four Spots to Third
Making their way to third in the power rankings, the Baltimore Ravens got the biggest monkey off their back on Sunday night. Avoiding an 0-2 start with a 36-35 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, a team that has beaten them three years in a row, was huge for this team. The defense came to play, the coach trusted his quarterback, and the Ravens came out victorious.
The Rams Fall a Spot but Survive the Colts
At the end of the season, where the power rankings fall won’t matter. What will matter is the record of each team, and the Los Angeles Rams currently have a 2-0 record. They barely made it past the Colts with a 27-24 win, but a win is a win in the NFL. It’s never easy to go into another team’s stadium and win, but the Rams did it and are fourth on this list.
A Dominant Win Boosts the Bills Position
The Buffalo Bills took on a Dolphins team that lost their quarterback early. That didn’t stop the Bills from taking Miami to the woodshed and whipping them with a 35-0 score. Now, the Buffalo Bills hold a 1-1 record and look like the tough team we know them to be. Will this team be the AFC East representative for the playoffs? It’s very possible.
The Packers Moved Up Six Spots
After a stinker against the New Orleans Saints in Week 1, the Green Bay Packers move up six spots to the sixth position in the power rankings after a big win over the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football. The defense pitched a shutout in the second half, and the Packers’ offense looked like the offense we’ve come to know. Will the Packers find their way to a strong record again this year? We’ll know more as the season continues.
Seventh Belongs to the 49ers
Another NFC West team that hasn’t lost yet is the San Francisco 49ers. This team is going to be tough to beat with their stingy defense and dynamic offense. While not much scoring was on display in Week 2 as the 49ers beat the Eagles 17-11, you can see how this team is constructed to make a deep run in the playoffs.
The Browns are in the Eighth Spot
The Cleveland Browns were in the eighth spot after a close loss last week and continue to hold this position after a win over the Houston Texans. The Texans looked better than expected and challenged the Browns, but the impressive offense and amazing defense of the Browns were too much for the Texans. The Browns now have a 1-1 record and are in the eighth position in the power rankings.
The Rest of the NFL Power Rankings
9. Seattle Seahawks 1-1
10. Arizona Cardinals 2-0
11. Las Vegas Raiders 2-0
12. Pittsburgh Steelers 1-1
13. Denver Broncos 2-0
14. Los Angeles Chargers 1-1
15. New England Patriots 1-1
16. Tennessee Titans 1-1
17. Dallas Cowboys 1-1
18. Carolina Panthers 2-0
19. New Orleans Saints 1-1
20. Philadelphia Eagles 1-1
21. Washington Football Team 1-1
22. Miami Dolphins 1-1
23. Indianapolis Colts 0-2
24. Minnesota Vikings 0-2
25. Chicago Bears 1-1
26. Cincinnati Bengals 1-1
27. New York Giants 0-2
28. Houston Texans 1-1
29. Atlanta Falcons 0-2
30. New York Jets 0-2
31. Detroit Lions 0-2
32. Jacksonville Jaguars 0-2