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My 2017 NFL Power Rankings Week Two

Updated on September 21, 2017

NFL Power Rankings Week Two

Last week’s top team tumbled which means there is a new king atop my rankings. Had I taken the time to do a preseason list, it would have had New England at the helm which means there would have been a new team at the top for three consecutive weeks. I suppose if my top team loses their next game that will happen anyway. Did that make sense? Oh well. Nobody reads the intro anyway.

1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-0) ~ There are quite a few teams that remain undefeated through the first two weeks, however, none of them boast the quality of wins that the Chiefs have already amassed. After knocking down the defending champs in Week One the Chiefs opened their home schedule with a win over a potential playoff contender in my Philadelphia Eagles. This Chiefs team is legit. (Last Week’s Ranking 2)

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) ~ Le’Veon Bell has failed to top 100 all-purpose yards in either game which is very unlike him. That said, the Steelers are 2-0 without perhaps the best back in football playing like the best back in football. Once he gets his groove back the Steelers offense will be tough to stop. (LWR 3)

3. New England Patriots (1-1) ~ Don’t make Tom Brady angry. You won’t like him when he’s angry. Anyone who couldn’t see what Brady did to the Saints defense coming doesn’t know a thing about football. Brady had extra time to prepare after playing on Thursday the first week and he was nothing short of masterful in carving up that New Orleans D. Rob Gronkowski has a sore groin, but other than that, the Pats are who we thought they were. (LWR 4)

4. Oakland Raiders (2-0) ~ Count me among those who didn’t believe Marshawn Lynch would look like his former self after coming out of retirement. Count me among those who were wrong. At least after two weeks. Lynch has looked solid, if unspectacular over the first two weeks averaging four yards per carry and finding the end zone. His backup, Jalen Richard, has impressed with 137 yards on just 12 carries. If Lynch can’t summon Beast Mode anymore at least the Raiders have a more than capable backup. (LWR 5)

5. Atlanta Falcons (2-0) ~ When most people talk about the Falcons they talk about their high-flying offense. You can’t ignore it. I’m going to focus on the defense here because what is somewhat lost in their win over the Packers is that star linebacker Vic Beasley tore his hamstring. All he did last year was lead the league with 15.5 sacks. What the Falcons do to replace him will be a key factor in their gameplan for the next few weeks. (LWR 7)

6. Green Bay Packers (1-1) ~ A loss on the road to last year’s Super Bowl runner-up in their first game in their new stadium? No big deal if you ask me. What could be a big deal is if wideouts Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are forced to miss time after exiting that game with injuries. (LWR 1)

7. Denver Broncos (2-0) ~ You can’t spell Denver without a capital D and that D was absolutely relentless when they demolished the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. It was delightful. Ezekiel Elliott was held to just eight yards on nine carries. Trevor Siemian looks like he is ready to be a starting quarterback in the NFL and having that elite defense on his side will allow for some growing pains. (LWR 13)

8. Detroit Lions (2-0) ~ Last year Ezekiel Ansah had just two sacks which was a big disappointment for the former number five overall pick. On Monday night he brought down Eli Manning three times. I’m no math expert but it seems he has already eclipsed his sack total from a year ago. If this Lions defense is for real, they could be a tough out in the playoffs. (LWR 12)

9. Baltimore Ravens (2-0) ~ Winning games within your division is a big key to winning your division. Makes sense, right? The Ravens are 2-0 within the AFC North and Buck Allen looks like he will be able to fill the injured Danny Woodhead’s shoes just fine. Up next is a trip across the pond to face Jacksonville where they should be able to improve to 3-0 before enjoying their bye week. What’s that? They DON’T get a bye after traveling to London? Who makes these schedules??? (LWR 14)

10. Dallas Cowboys (1-1) ~ Yes, they absolutely got popped in the mouth by Denver. But, it was against an AFC team. It was on the road. And let’s face it, we didn’t think Dak Prescott and Zeke were just going to have their way with the NFL every year. Did we? (LWR 6)

11. Philadephia Eagles (1-1) ~ Carson Wentz threw the ball a lot last year. Through two games he’s doing more of the same. The thought was that bringing LeGarrette Blount in from New England they could lessen the load on Wentz. Blount didn’t carry the ball once in a close loss on the road in Kansas City. It will be very interesting to see what his role is against the Giants this Sunday. (LWR 8)

12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) ~ As I mentioned last week, I am a firm believer that Tampa will be in the playoffs this year. Their opening game gave me all the warm fuzzies that my prediction may be correct. They completely manhandled Chicago and their former backup QB Mike Glennon. Mike Evans picked up right where he left off last year with seven catches for 93 yards and a score. (LWR 15)

13. Seattle Seahawks (1-1) ~ I wasn’t concerned when they lost a close game in Green Bay. I am concerned when they barely won a close game at home against San Francisco. A team they’ve beaten the last seven times they’ve taken the field. Seattle has been in the end zone just once this year. Losing Jimmy Graham to an injury won’t help in that department either. (LWR 9)

14. Carolina Panthers (2-0) ~ Speaking of losing a top-flight tight end, that is exactly what happened to Carolina. Greg Olsen has a broken foot and will miss the next six to eight weeks. He had started the last 81 games. The offense hasn’t clicked yet, but the defense has yet to allow an opponent to find the end zone. (LWR 11)

15. Tennessee Titans (1-1) ~ DeMarco Murray has a hamstring strain and may miss Sunday’s tilt against the Seahawks. Fortunately for the Titans they have Derrick Henry who is more than capable of filling in as evidenced by his 92 yards and a score in Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. They’d be better if both are healthy, but as long as one of those two is in the backfield, opposing defenses will have to key on them. (LWR 16)

16. Minnesota Vikings (1-1) ~ Let me be very clear here. If Sam Bradford misses time, this Vikings team will be doomed. DOOMED I tell you! I don’t trust Case Keenum at all. If Bradford needs to miss extended time could the Vikes reach out to the still unemployed Colin Kaepernick? Hmmmm??? (LWR 10)

17. Miami Dolphins (1-0) ~ When Jay Cutler was tabbed as the man to replace the injured Ryan Tannehill I immediately thought to downgrade all Dolphins players in the fantasy realm. That includes Jarvis Landry. Well, all Landry did on Sunday in his first game catching passes from Cutler is catch a career-high tying 13 of them. My bad. (LWR 18)

18. Washington Redskins (1-1) ~ Last season Kirk Cousins threw for 4,915 yards which was third in the NFL. After two games this season Cousins is on pace to throw for 3,352 yards. Sure, small sample size. Two games. Yadda yadda. That’s a huge drop-off no matter how you look at it. Perhaps he will finally air it out Sunday night in primetime match-up against Derek Carr and the Raiders. (LWR 24)

19. Los Angeles Rams (1-1) ~ Here’s some food for thought. The Rams offense has scored five touchdowns on the season. The rest of the NFC West combined has scored four offensive touchdowns. Yikes. (LWR 20)

20. New York Giants (0-2) ~ The good news is that Odell Beckham Jr is back after missing the first game with an ankle injury. As he gets healthier, the Giants offense should get better. I mean, it can’t get much worse. Newcomer Brandon Marshall has just two catches for nine yards in his first two games as a Giant. (LWR 19)

21. New Orleans Saints (0-2) ~ Another week and another brutal performance by the defense. Through two weeks they are giving up an average of 388.5 passing yards per game. Drew Brees will have to play like vintage, well, Drew Brees for the Saints to have any chance at competing this season. (LWR 17)

22. Houston Texans (1-1) ~ It wasn’t the crispest of games, but a win is a win. Houston picked up a win in Cincy by keeping the Bengals out of the end zone for the second straight game. It looks like this is now Deshaun Watson’s team. They will go as he goes. In the weak AFC South, with that defense, they’ll still have a shot. (LWR 27)

23. Arizona Cardinals (1-1) ~ Tyrann Mathieu helped save the Cards bacon with an interception on the first play of overtime in Indianapolis on Sunday. They dug themselves out of a 13-3 deficit to escape with a victory and perhaps keep their season intact for another week. (LWR 23)

24. Los Angeles Chargers (0-2) ~ They are two late field goals away from being 2-0. This team has talent, but they continue to find ways to snatch defeat from the clutches of victory. The bad news for the Chargers is that they play in the toughest division in the NFL where the other three teams are all 2-0. They’re already in a huge hole. (LWR 22)

25. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1) ~ They thumped the Texans in Week One and then got thumped by the Titans in Week Two. Up next they travel to their home away from home in London where it seems the Jags play every single year. They can’t get anyone to go to the games in Jacksonville. Could they be destined to move to London should the NFL expand to another country? (LWR 21)

26. Buffalo Bills (1-1) ~ In Sunday’s near upset at Carolina Tyrod Taylor led the Bills in rushing. LeSean McCoy? He led the Bills in receiving. Maybe that’s why they were held out of the end zone. That will need to change for the Bills to put another one up in the win column. (LWR 25)

27. Cincinnati Bengals (0-2) ~ Two home games and zero touchdowns to start the season got their offensive coordinator Ken Zampese fired. If the offense doesn’t pick it up soon, he won’t be the only one to find a pink slip in his locker this season. (LWR 26)

28. Chicago Bears (0-2) ~ Back-to-back eight-catch efforts have made the name Tarik Cohen common amongst Bears fans and fantasy players alike. With all the injuries the Bears have suffered in their wide receiving core, it’s no wonder that a running back leads the team with 16 catches. (LWR 28)

29. Cleveland Browns (0-2) ~ For the second year in a row receiver Corey Coleman has a broken hand. Right when you’re ready for the youngster to break out, the injury bug bites him again. He has been placed on injured reserve, but could make it back to the field in November or December. (LWR 29)

30. Indianapolis Colts (0-2) ~ Andrew Luck has already been ruled out for Sunday’s game which means Jacoby Brissett will get his second start as a Colt. He almost led the team to victory Sunday against Arizona and seems to be a much better option than Scott Tolzein. (LWR 30)

31. San Francisco 49ers (0-2) ~ Brian Hoyer had just 99 yards passing and an interception and the 49ers still came that close to beating the Seahawks in Seattle. If the offense can improve just a little bit they could surprise a team or two this year. (LWR 31)

32. New York Jets (0-2) ~ Matt Forte is a clear example of a good player on a bad team. He’s averaging over 4.5 yards per carry and has hauled in seven passes for another 58 yards. The Jets told him to not pay attention to the trade rumors, but he’s a player who could help out a veteran team in need of some running back help. Ahem, cough, Arizona. (LWR 32)

That's all she wrote folks. Or that's all I wrote. He. I brought this on myself didn't I.....Anyway.... Questions? Comments? Feel free to leave them right here. Or if that's not good enough you can follow/harass me on Twitter @therichwhiteguy. It wouldn't be the biggest waste of your time.


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