Week 2 NFL Power Rankings

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The official Arrowhead Guys NFL Power Rankings.

 

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1: Kansas City Chiefs (Week 1: 1)

A blowout over the overrated Texans wasn’t a surprise, but the way the Chiefs did it was. Everybody’s talking about Helaire’s awesome game (and rightfully so), but the real story is that Mahomes had a Brady-like game, which should scare the rest of the league.

Although he only had 6.6 Y/A, his completion percentage was 75%, the 5th best of his career. And these weren’t just check downs that went nowhere, 48.5% of his plays went for a 1st down (even including his sack), which is the 2nd best rate of his career. And all of that without running a single time, which outside of his first game back after his knee injury he’s never done before. This was a game where Mahomes sat in the pocket and picked apart the defense without benefiting from big plays.

Sure, the Texans defense is awful, but it’s good to see Mahomes put this type of game together to show that he can do it.

2: New Orleans Saints (Week 1: 2)
3: Pittsburgh Steelers (Week 1: 3)
4: Seattle Seahawks (Week 1: 12)

The Saints looked like they were ready for the season. At this point they’re in a similar situation as the Chiefs, not wondering if they’ll make the playoffs, but hoping to avoid any injuries that will keep them from having the top seed.The Steelers also look as good as advertised so far.

But it’s the Seahawks who look to be most improved. Their biggest issue the last couple years was the coaching preventing the second best quarterback in the NFL from handling the ball as much as possible, but in Atlanta they finally let him loose. If this continues they’ll finally be a real contender this year and Russell Wilson will finally get his coveted MVP vote.

5: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Week 1: 4)
6: Arizona Cardinals (Week 1: 6)

Unlike most power rankers, I don’t drop teams just because they lose, especially if they lose to better teams. Brady looked worse than expected, but the Saints are a legit team so I’m not ready to give up on them yet. But if they lose to the Panthers this week then we’ll have issues.

On the other hand let’s not get too excited about the Cardinals (I say as I rank them as a top 10 team). Let’s remember that this game wasn’t too dissimilar from what they did against the 49ers last year. Just to review from when I watched every 49ers game in preparation for the Super Bowl.

 

7: Tennessee Titans (Week 1: 7)
8: Baltimore Ravens (Week 1: 13)

Both of these teams took care of business as expected, so they stand pat (well, the Ravens technically go up due to other teams failing to meet expectations).


9: Dallas Cowboys
(Week 1: 9)
10: Minnesota Vikings (Week 1: 10)
11: Indianapolis Colts (Week 1: 11)

Not a great start for any of these teams, but I’m not ready to declare them dead yet. Minnesota and Indianapolis were the victims of great quarterback play, while the Cowboys lost a game on the road against a team that’s not a complete disaster. But so far the Mike McCarthy era in Dallas looks a lot like the Jason Garrett era.

12: Green Bay Packers (Week 1: 18)
13: Buffalo Bills
(Week 1: 14)
14: Philadelphia Eagles (Week 1: 8)
15: Denver Broncos (Week 1: 15)
16: Atlanta Falcons (Week 1: 16)
17: Detroit Lions (Week 1: 17)
18: San Francisco 49ers (Week 1: 19)
19: Los Angeles Chargers (Week 1: 20)

Is Aaron Rodgers finally living up to his talent again? He’s been mediocre the past several years, but crushed the Vikings. I’m not sure I completely buy them yet, but if he can maintain that level of play the Packers could be a real contender in the NFC.

20: New York Jets (Week 1: 21)
21: Houston Texans (Week 1: 22)
22: Cleveland Browns (Week 1: 5)
23: Miami Dolphins
(Week 1: 23)
24: Los Angeles Rams (Week 1: 24)
25: New York Giants (Week 1: 25)
26: New England Patriots (Week 1: 26)

The Browns keep dragging me in, but this time I’m not giving them the benefit of the doubt. There’s no reason a team with this much talent should lose like they did Sunday. But you have to feel for Browns fans, it feels like it’s impossible for them to have a good team. They’ve changed quarterbacks. They’ve changed coaches. They’ve changed general managers. They’ve even changed owners. What else is there to change?

I had high hopes for Mayfield, but he looked even worse than he did last year. He has to show something against the Bengals if he wants any hope of remaining a starter this time next year.

27: Washington Football Team (Week 1: 27)
28: Carolina Panthers (Week 1: 28)
29: Jacksonville Jaguars (Week 1: 29)
30: Oakland Raiders (Week 1: 30)
31: Chicago Bears (Week 1: 31)
32: Cincinnati Bengals (Week 1: 32)

I feel bad for leaving the Bengals dead last, since they showed signs of life against the Chargers, but nobody looks bad enough to take over the spot yet.

As for the Jaguars, they’re in a similar spot. I think they’ll be higher than 29 by the end of the year as Minshew drags them to wins over teams they have no business beating, but right now it’s hard to see exactly who that’ll be.

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ChiefsTigersCards
ChiefsTigersCards
09/16/2020 7:58 am

Nobody in their right mind would put Ravens at #8 and this is coming from a Chiefs fan. The amount of bias in these rankings is laughable

fishbowl72
09/15/2020 2:06 pm

Broncos clock management was so bad last night Andy sent Vic Fangio a sympathy card…

TNCHIEFS
09/15/2020 1:11 pm

Even with preseason games the Chiefs are about the only reliable team to show up Week 1. As I’ve said before AR and Co. are playing football while other teams are still lacing up their cleats. That said, the football actually looked better than I expected Week 1. But to declare any team/player done if they don’t turn it around next week is a bit premature IMO.

venturachief
venturachief
Reply to  TNCHIEFS
09/15/2020 2:50 pm

The Ravens showed out. Wk 3 matchup is going to be big. I thought it was some bad, boring football this weekend. However, I’m not going to read anything into week one.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
Reply to  venturachief
09/15/2020 6:52 pm

I don’t know, I enjoyed watching brady gag.

MasterChief
MasterChief
09/15/2020 12:54 pm

I’m no raiders fan, but you have them way too low.

MasterChief
MasterChief
Reply to  Tony Sommer
09/15/2020 1:33 pm

I hope to be proven wrong, but I think that the raiders might actually be a top 16 team. They played fairly well and with good vigor. They might be a tougher out than expected.

venturachief
venturachief
Reply to  MasterChief
09/15/2020 2:52 pm

It’s hard to know because the Panthers were expected to be terrible. Are the Panthers better than expected or are the Raiders not very good. We won’t know for a couple of weeks.

Last edited 3 days ago by venturachief
MasterChief
MasterChief
Reply to  venturachief
09/15/2020 4:54 pm

Time will tell. They do have guy-liner at QB, so they are bound to flop a few games.

EAFOX
09/15/2020 12:28 pm

How in the world are the Jets better than twelve teams?

venturachief
venturachief
Reply to  Tony Sommer
09/15/2020 2:55 pm

Naw. But with that coach and org we can’t really know.

upamtn
Reply to  Tony Sommer
09/15/2020 5:19 pm

he is????????????????????????????

wow, who knew!

EAFOX
09/15/2020 12:26 pm

Hope you wrote it this way to get some comments –
KC easily defeats Houston – a potential playoff team
Baltimore easily defeats Cleveland – a potential playoff team
Tennessee barely defeats Denver – a potential playoff team
Pittsburgh defeats the Giants – a rather sad sack team

Tennessee and Pittsburgh are above Baltimore? AND that is not addressing some of the other misguided AFC power rankings below.

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
Reply to  Tony Sommer
09/15/2020 12:49 pm

Significantly? Or at all?

Denver has one of the worst head coaches in the league and Lock has proven diddly squat.

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
Reply to  Tony Sommer
09/15/2020 1:14 pm

Werent they though? They won a few games against lousy out of it teams to end the season (with the exception of Houston who you dont really like).

Their talent is weird. Their offense is super young and their defense is almost all free agents and traded guys. By the end of the game last night they had 2 rookies starting at cb. I suspect their depth is nonexistent.

To be fair(ish), I like what they are building on offense but I dont see it coming together this year.

Last edited 3 days ago by DenverDonkeyHater
MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer
Reply to  Tony Sommer
09/15/2020 5:13 pm

So we’re not going to count the fact that their kicker sucks against them?

upamtn
Reply to  EAFOX
09/15/2020 5:17 pm

it has to be clickbait … damn, now TOny is writing like Tim Lynch (and that’s pretty sad)

upamtn
09/15/2020 11:42 am

y’all actually had the Ravens at 13 last week?!? ROFL … that’s the most phuqued up, biased thing I’ve seen since … well, in long, LONG time

LOL … and yet KC fans whine about “no respect” … sheeeeeeeeeesh, the Ravens might be THE best team in the NFL outside of the Chiefs (and they just MAY end the season being BETTER … I know, that sounds like blasphemy)

Ravens should be #2 and right now it’s not even a question (in my mind)

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  Tony Sommer
09/15/2020 11:53 am

Ravens #1

Slayer0810
Slayer0810
Reply to  zulu trader
09/15/2020 11:56 am

#1 playoff losers maybe.

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  Slayer0810
09/15/2020 12:04 pm

#8 is laughable

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
Reply to  zulu trader
09/15/2020 12:34 pm

#8 as a great qb is laughable
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zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  Severely Concussed
09/15/2020 1:06 pm

you talkin bout last year MVP ?

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
Reply to  zulu trader
09/15/2020 2:46 pm

Just talkin’ smack.

In all honesty, if I had to win a game tomorrow he is in the top 5 qbs I would want.

However if I was building a team for the next decade, he is outside my top 10.

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  Severely Concussed
09/15/2020 2:48 pm

Just talkin’ smack.

that’s why we’re here

workingmansdead
Reply to  Severely Concussed
09/15/2020 2:52 pm

He definitely took some hits that I would not like to see if I were a Ravens fan. That’s something he’s really got to work on. You’d think RG3 could teach him a thing or two.

upamtn
Reply to  zulu trader
09/15/2020 5:10 pm

and to start at 13 is beyond absurd … so much hate! LOL

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
Reply to  Tony Sommer
09/15/2020 12:01 pm

I thought that “Unlike most power rankers, I don’t drop teams just because they lose” though?

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
Reply to  Tony Sommer
09/15/2020 12:17 pm

Kyler Murray is the poor mans Lamar Jackson. I cant see a good reason to rank the Cardinals above the Ravens.

upamtn
Reply to  Tony Sommer
09/15/2020 5:10 pm

2 games ago … that was SOOOOOOOOOOOOO last year

Slayer0810
Slayer0810
Reply to  upamtn
09/15/2020 11:56 am

I think there’s still plenty of room to question Lamar Jackson’s ability to be a great QB. We know he can win games with a combination of his own running, a strong RB group, and the play action, but we’ve also seen him lose games where he’s been asked to take over as a passer.

Certainly Jackson has improved since he came into the league. But one game against a horrible Browns team is hardly enough to make a judgment on whether he’s made a leap here in his third year.

I’m with Tony though: maybe 13 is a little low (I’d say 8ish is where I’d put them right now), but I don’t think it’s crazy to think that there could be some regression this year for the Ravens. And even without that, they ended the year as the 5th best team, so I don’t know why you would put them at #2 until they’ve beaten somebody who is actually decent at football.

Plus Name and Plus Name
Plus Name and Plus Name
Reply to  Slayer0810
09/15/2020 4:24 pm

Exactly! To be the best, you gotta beat the best. They have proven nothing.

upamtn
Reply to  Slayer0810
09/15/2020 5:16 pm

they’ve done more than “one game against a horrible Browns team” … they DID make the playoffs last year (IIRC) and had like best record in the AFC (IIRC) and Jackson won the league MVP Award (IIRC) … I don’t know how anyone would put them LOWER than …ok, you say #5 and I’ll go with that (for now) … but to START at 13??? that’s just pure, BS trolling (IMO) … y’all are SOOOOOOOOOOOO good at playing the “respect” card and yet … ya can’t ever show any? *shrug* whatever …

HawaiiFiveOh
HawaiiFiveOh
09/15/2020 11:35 am

This is kind of a refreshing year in that none of the teams look extremely terrible. There’s been some years where you just know a team is tanking. Not this year.

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
09/15/2020 10:56 am

The colts were victims of phyllis rivers. Same shit different team.

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