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NFL Week 2 Power Rankings

Updated on September 18, 2012

Week 2 NFL Power Ranks

Week 2 in the NFL is when you should start to see which teams are going to be good and which ones are going to be, well, not so good. This past weekend was a little different than your typical week 2. Or at least I think it was. There are only six teams that are undefeated. That is an alarmingly low number. Even more alarming is my number one team from last week, the New England Patriots, were upset at home by...the Arizona Cardinals? Yep. I didn't see that one coming. If I did I would still be alive in my last man standing pool. But upsets happen. Let's see if any of this weeks top teams could go down this coming weekend.

1. San Francisco 49ers (2-0) San Fran has taken out two playoff teams from last year, the Packers and the Lions, to start the season. It appears this team was not a one year wonder. (Last Weeks Rank 2)

2. Atlanta Falcons (2-0) The Falcons became the second team to ever intercept Peyton Manning three times in one quarter en route to a victory Monday night. If the defense continues to play up to the offense's level this team could be scary good. (LWR 3)

3. Houston Texans (2-0) The Texans lost Mario Williams and DeMeco Ryans. Their defense was supposed to take a hit. Two games in and they have allowed 17 points. That is championship calibur if I have ever seen it. (LWR 6)

4. Green Bay Packers (1-1) They were thoroughly beaten at home by a very good 49ers team. Then they went and thoroughly beat a very good Chicago Bears team. I'd say that is a wash. (LWR 7)

5. New England Patriots (1-1) As I said above nobody saw that loss to Arizona coming. Tom Brady put them in position to win it at the end and the reliable Stephen Gostkowski missed the game winning field goal attempt. I expect the Pats to bounce back strong from this one. (LWR 1)

6. Philadelphia Eagles (2-0) Another turnover-filled week another one point victory for Philly. This time it was over a much better team than Cleveland. If they can stop turning the ball over this team could be the class of the NFC East. (LWR 13)

7. Baltimore Ravens (1-1) A heartbreaking loss in Philly. At least the Ravens look like they have a stud kicker in rookie Justin Tucker who launched two field goals of 50+ yards.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) After back-to-back losses in Denver the Steelers took out their frustration on the Jets stifling an offense that put up 48 points a week before. (LWR 11)

9. San Diego Chargers (2-0) Norv Turner has been a head coach for 15 years in the NFL. This is his first 2-0 start. (LWR 17)

10. Denver Broncos (1-1) They were in a big hole in Atlanta and nearly came back to win. Peyton Manning alone makes me believe this will be a good team. (LWR 8)

11. New York Giants (1-1) I don't know what is more shocking: the fact the Giants came back to beat Tampa Bay or the fact that Eli Manning threw for 510 yards and it isn't the best mark in team history. (LWR 12)

12. Chicago Bears (1-1) In Week one the Bears offense looked unstoppable. In Week two they looked like they could only go backwards. Couple that with a Matt Forte injury and the Bears might be in trouble already. (LWR 5)

13. Detroit Lions (1-1) A close road loss in San Francisco is nothing to be upset about. I expect them to get back on track in Tennessee next week. (LWR 16)

14. Dallas Cowboys (1-1) Tony Romo's struggles in Seattle continue as the Seahawks toyed with the Cowboys. An egg after a gem. This is what we have come to expect from Dallas. (LWR 9)

15. Arizona Cardinals (2-0) After a stunning upset win in New England you might argue that this is too low a ranking for one of the few undefeated teams. I just am not a firm believer in them. At least not yet. (LWR 19)

16. Cincinnati Bengals (1-1) I didn't think the Bengals looked that bad in the first half in week one against Baltimore. Then they were blown out after halftime. Week two was a different story as they played a complete game to their skill level. (LWR 21)

17. Washington Redskins (1-1) After beating the Saints in week one they put up a clunker in a loss to the Rams. The bigger loss from this weekend was seeing Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker sustain season-ending injuries. (LWR 10)

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1) The Bucs blew an 11-point lead on the road in a thrilling loss to the Giants. That isn't what people remember from this game though. The final play when the D-line charged at Eli Manning to try and force a fumble led to an interesting scolding of head coach Greg Schiano by opposing coach Tom Coughlin. (LWR 14)

19. Seattle Seahawks (1-1) They dismantled the Cowboys and were four yards away in week one from starting the year 2-0. Seattle was a sexy playoff pick this year but just like Arizona I am not a believer. Yet. (LWR 24)

20. Carolina Panthers (1-1) Cam Newton ran for a career-high 71 yards on Sunday. I can't believe after his monster rookie year he did not have a game in which he ran for more than 71 yards. (LWR 22)

21. New York Jets (1-1) Rex Ryan prides himself on defense. Through two games the Jets have allowed 55 points. Not exactly inspiring. (LWR 15)

22. Minnesota Vikings (1-1) The Vikings tied the game with 31 seconds left. Rookie Andrew Luck then put his team in position for a game-winning field goal. Adam Vinatieri then did what he does best by booting a 53-yard game winner. (LWR 20)

23. New Orleans Saints (0-2) Maybe a little high for one of the six winless teams but I picked the Saints to win a wild card spot and I am sticking with them. For now. (LWR 18)

24. St. Louis Rams (1-1) Danny Amendola caught an NFL record-tying 12 passes in the first half. He is the "diet dr. pepper" in fantasy leagues to Wes Welker. (LWR 26)

25. Buffalo Bills (1-1) C.J. Spiller is the first player since the immortal Jim Brown to average over 10 yards per carry over the first two games of the season. (LWR 29)

26. Indianapolis Colts (1-1) Through two weeks Andrew Luck has half as many wins as the Colts had all of last year. (LWR 31)

27. Miami Dolphins (1-0) Reggie Bush ran wild for 172 yards against the Oakland Raiders to give rookie QB Ryan Tannehill his first NFL win. (LWR 32)

28. Tennessee Titans (0-2) Through two games Jake Locker is the Titans leading rusher with 32 yards. Chris Johnson? 21 yards on 19 carries. Yikes. (LWR 25)

29. Oakland Raiders (0-2) The Raiders were blown out in Miami over the weekend. not a good sign of things to come. (LWR 27)

30. Kansas City Chiefs (0-2) The Chiefs have allowed an alarmin 75 points in two games, tied for worst in the league. (LWR 23)

31. Cleveland Browns (0-2) After nearly pulling off the shocker in week one against Philly the Browns played true to form against division rival Cincinnati over the weekend. At least Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden played well. (LWR 30)

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2) Blaine Gabbart completed seven passes for 53 yards. That is not acceptable from a first round pick in his second season. Or any season for that matter. (LWR 28)


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