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2015 NFL Power Rankings Week 2

Updated on September 22, 2015

NFL Power Ranks

What a weird, wild week two in the NFL. So many upsets. So many surprises. So many people (myself included) knocked out of their last man standing pools. Where to begin with what went down? Well, I guess at the top.

1. New England Patriots (2-0) ~ Tom Brady shut up Rex Ryan pretty quickly by throwing for 466 yards and three scores as the Pats jumped out to an early lead before holding on to beat the Buffalo Bills. It is the second-highest yardage total in Brady's Hall of Fame career. (Last Week's Ranking 1)

2. Green Bay Packers (2-0) ~ Green Bay was able to exact some revenge on Seattle for last year's NFC Championship game which also put the Seahawks in an 0-2 hole to start the year. Are there any quarterbacks as good as Aaron Rodgers and Brady? I think not. (LWR 2)

3. Arizona Cardinals (2-0) ~ Rookie David Johnson took the opening kickoff 108 yards to the house and the rout was on. Arizona put up 48 in Chicago and Bears fans must be asking themselves where has the defense gone? (LWR 4)

4. Denver Broncos (2-0) ~ C.J. Anderson, a popular first round draft pick in many fantasy leagues, has been MIA for the first two weeks. The back has totaled just 56 yards and may be in danger of losing his job to Ronnie Hillman. (LWR 3)

5. Cincinnati Bengals (2-0) ~ The defense picked up four sacks in a win versus San Diego which was the most in any game since Week 16 of the 2013 season. If they can keep that going this could be a legit Super Bowl contender. (LWR 8)

6. Seattle Seahawks (0-2) ~ Yes I know they have yet to break into the win column but they had a rough opening slate with road games in St. Louis and Green Bay. I would not want to be the Bears this week who will visit Seattle. I have a feeling a lot of frustrations are going to be let out on Sunday. (LWR 5)

7. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) ~ The offense was superb Sunday piling up 43 points while blowing out the San Francisco 49ers. What's better is that Le'Veon Bell is due back from his two-game suspension this week. Look out AFC. (LWR 15)

8. Atlanta Falcons (2-0) ~ Back-to-back come from behind wins in the fourth quarter have the Falcons off to a good start. Can they make it three in a row versus the NFC East this week when the visit a wounded Dallas team? (LWR 17)

9. Kansas City Chiefs (1-1) ~ Two costly fumbles for Jamaal Charles cost the Chiefs the game against Denver. After a long week of rest and time to dwell on that I'm sure he is ready to make amends when the Chiefs visit Lambeau Monday night. (LWR 6)

10. Dallas Cowboys (2-0) ~ They were already without star wideout Dez Bryant and now they have lost signal-caller Tony Romo for the next two months. Dallas picked up Matt Cassell today but will he be able to keep this team playing at a championship level? That remains to be seen. (LWR 7)

11. San Diego Chargers (1-1) ~ It was thought that rookie Melvin Gordon would be the lead back in this offense. While he is getting his touches they are more between the 20s than anything. Danny Woodhead is the back the Chargers trust at the goal line. It will be interesting to see if that changes as Gordon gains more experience. (LWR 9)

12. Buffalo Bills (1-1) ~ Tyrod Taylor threw for three touchdowns in the fourth quarter on Sunday nearly rallying the Bills over New England but they came up just short. Maybe the blame is more on the defense for allowing the Pats to put up a 40-spot in their house. (LWR 10)

13. New York Jets (2-0) ~ Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie are back and the Jets defense looks back as well. They held the high-flying Indianapolis Colts offense to just seven points and have allowed only seventeen in two games total. (LWR 23)

14. Carolina Panthers (2-0) ~ Cam Newton added another highlight reel touchdown to his resume when he flipped into the end zone and nearly stuck the landing. I may not believe in Carolina yet but all they have to do to sway me is keep winning. (LWR 20)

15. Miami Dolphins (1-1) ~ Thanks Miami for losing to Jacksonville and knocking me out of my last man standing pool. Real bang up job there. And to think I was so excited when New Orleans lost taking out half the pool. Sigh. (LWR 11)

16. Indianapolis Colts (0-2) ~ Patriots fans will tell you it is karma for Deflategate. Me? I believe it's just that the Colts faced two tough defenses to open the season. I still believe. (LWR 13)

17. Baltimore Ravens (0-2) ~ Like the Colts and Seahawks the Ravens are one of the NFL's biggest surprises at 0-2. Considering one of those losses was to the lowly Oakland Raiders only exacerbates the situation. (LWR 12)

18. St. Louis Rams (1-1) ~ A week after dethroning the defending NFC Champion Seahawks the Rams laid an egg in the nation's capital. Perhaps they were looking ahead to next week's matchup against the Steelers? (LWR 14)

19. Minnesota Vikings (1-1) ~ A week ago Adrian Peterson had a mere 10 carries after nearly a year away from the game and the Vikings didn't look good on offense. One week later they handed him the ball 29 times and things looked much different. Getting AP the ball shouldn't be that touch a concept for the offense to grasp. (LWR 26)

20. San Francisco 49ers (1-1) ~ Last week Carlos Hyde burst onto the scene with a huge game on national TV. This week he left the game early due to injury. If he misses any time the offense will have to run through Colin Kaepernick. I'm not sure if he's ready for that kind of responsibility. (LWR 18)

21. Philadelphia Eagles (0-2) ~ I'll just let this guy take this one. (LWR 16)

22. Washington Redskins (1-1) ~ Washington's excellent run game looks like it may be just a bit more formidable. Rookie Matt Jones torched the Rams' D to the tune of 123 yards and two scores on Sunday. (LWR 28)

23. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1) ~ After hauling in just one pass in the opener Allen Robinson went off against Miami snagging six of Blake Bortles' passes for 155 yards and two scores as the Jags upset the Dolphins. I've said this young offense has scary potential. (LWR 29)

24. Cleveland Browns (1-1) ~ Heeeeeeeeere's Johnny! The former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel picked up his first career win against last year's Heisman winner Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Rumor has it the Browns will roll with him at quarterback even when Josh McCown comes back from a concussion. (LWR 30)

25. Detroit Lions (0-2) ~ Matthew Stafford was beat up on Sunday and while he is expected to start this weekend there is always the chance he takes a seat to heal up. Unless you are a Lions fan try and name their backup quarterback. I dare you. (LWR 19)

26. New York Giants (0-2) ~ They could easily be 2-0 but they have blown a 4th quarter lead in both games so far. That won't sit well with the New York media. Or their fans. (LWR 21)

27. Tennessee Titans (1-1) ~ Did you know Brian Orakpo was a Titan? When did this happen? How did I miss this? Seriously. (LWR 24)

28. Houston Texans (0-2) ~ Arian Foster may return to Houston this week and the Texans need him. Badly. Chris Polk has 60 yards rushing in two games and the Texans are throwing the ball more than any other team in the league. Foster's return should fix all of that. (LWR 25)

29. Oakland Raiders (1-1) ~ Derek Carr is loving his new weapons in rookie Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. The Raiders look to finally have receiving options that would make late owner Al Davis proud. (LWR 31)

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1) ~ Well I certainly can't explain how the Bucs who looked god awful a week ago against the Titans beat the Saints in New Orleans. Can you? Can any Bucs fan? Man, Sunday was just bizarro world in the NFL. (LWR 32)

31. New Orleans Saints (0-2) ~ Drew Brees has a bruised rotator cuff which could cause him to miss time for the first time in his Saints career which spans back to 2006. If he goes down so does the Saints season. (LWR 22)

32. Chicago Bears (0-2) ~ Earlier in the rankings I said I wouldn't want to be the team that has to go into Seattle to face a winless Seahawks team. The Bears have that dubious honor but it won't be Jay Cutler behind center. He will miss some time with a hamstring injury so Jimmy Clausen will get the call. Good luck kid. (LWR 27)

Questions? Comments? Please feel free to leave them below in the comments. Good or bad. Either way is fine by me. Want to bug me on Twitter? Give me a follow @therichwhiteguy.


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    • Rich White profile imageAUTHOR

      Rich 

      2 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Well they should be guaranteed a win when they play my Eagles this year!

    • Ruth Angel profile image

      Ruth Mata 

      2 years ago from New Mexico

      I hope to see the Patriots reign undefeated this season. :)

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