NFL Power Rankings: Chiefs Desire Prime Impart, Cardinals Provoke in Season Opener

NFL Power Rankings: Chiefs Desire Prime Impart, Cardinals Provoke in Season Opener

Welcome to The MMQB’s Week 2 power rankings! We’re doing points a exiguous little little bit of in but each different manner this one yr. For years we’ve had the MMQB Power Rankings Poll, through which a panel of our writers and editors substandard each group of workers 1 via 32 and we tally up the features. (Ogle our preseason ballot proper right here.) This one yr we’ll be taking turns with the power rankings most weeks and breaking the ballot encourage out at a couple of key features within the season. My quantity got here up first, so proper right here I’m with Week 2.

Useless to impart, what perform you care? I do know no individual is discovering out the intro to a power rankings publish. I might properly even state you that I spent my Sunday aboard an alien spaceship or that I even benefit from the latitude and longitude coordinates for a admire chest elephantine of gold and jewels buried within the Montana desert and in addition which you will scroll appropriate on previous to detect the set I’ve ranked your well-liked group of workers.

So let’s accumulate appropriate to it. Be part of me as I endeavor to deem which Week 1 video video games I’ve to aloof overreact to and which ones I’ve to aloof push apart because of it modified into as quickly as a peculiar offseason and groups are aloof discovering their footing. Affirmation bias is a stunning facet.


1. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (1-0)

Ultimate week: Desire vs. Houston 34-20

Subsequent week: at Los Angeles Chargers

Honestly, I might properly even merely want saved the Chiefs within the No. 1 location even after they’d misplaced to Houston. They’re that real. Useless to impart, they didn’t construct me in a prepare to must retain out that—reminding all people precisely how real they’re with a spend on the season’s opening evening.

2. Latest Orleans Saints (1-0)

Ultimate week: Desire vs. Tampa Bay 34-23

Subsequent week: at Las Vegas (Monday)

This modified into as quickly as one amongst my hardest decisions to make, choosing between Latest Orleans and Baltimore for the No. 2 location. Within the tip, I went with the Saints. Partly because of I had them second going into the season, they usually didn’t perform anything to deserve being bumped. They moreover beat a good greater opponent in Tampa Bay than Baltimore did in Cleveland.

3. Baltimore Ravens (1-0)

Ultimate week: Desire vs. Cleveland 38-6

Subsequent week: at Houston

The Ravens went 14-2 remaining season, nevertheless spent this offseason answering questions on their second straight disappointing playoff loss. They’re within the unenviable prepare of getting to battle via the entire unparalleled season with out being ready to degree their doubters substandard except the playoffs open, nevertheless it modified into as quickly as encouraging to detect them buy up the set they left off remaining unparalleled season as quickly as they had been thrashing groups.

4. Seattle Seahawks (1-0)

Ultimate week: Desire at Atlanta 38-25

Subsequent week: vs. Latest England

I modified into as quickly as very extreme on Seattle coming into the one yr, choosing Russell Wilson to spend MVP and giving them the glory of dropping to the unstoppable Chiefs within the Huge Bowl. Then I modified into as quickly as mildly upset to detect how in type they had been in the reliable MMQB employees predictions. Appears a few of my [smart] coworkers agree with me, and we have now to aloof all really feel real after Wilson’s huge Week 1.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)

Ultimate week: Desire at Latest York Giants 26-16

Subsequent week: vs. Denver

That’s this type of enjoyable safety to survey. They gave up a pair prolonged drives in opposition to the Giants, nevertheless each few snaps there might properly presumably be a handful of defenders within the backfield at once or three guys prepared within the location of an meant cross. Ben Roethlisberger’s return considerably raises the group of workers’s flooring, nevertheless the safety is what affords them a extreme ceiling.

6. Inexperienced Bay Packers (1-0)

Ultimate week: Desire at Minnesota 43-34

Subsequent week: vs. Detroit

All of us know the memoir surrounding Inexperienced Bay coming into this season. They weren’t given the consideration a 13-Three group of workers with a Corridor of Status quarterback would in general make, nevertheless they clearly appeared love a group of workers of that caliber as quickly as they went into Minnesota this weekend. Probably the most reverse groups within the NFC’s second tier struggled of their openers and I even take pleasure in Inexperienced Bay as one among the many week’s huge winners.

7. Latest England Patriots (1-0)

Ultimate week: Desire vs. Miami 21-11

Subsequent week: at Seattle

That changed into as quickly as a genuinely encouraging debut for Cam Newton in Latest England. We’ve questioned eternally what it may possibly perhaps survey love as quickly as they grew to show into the web web page on the Tom Brady technology, and it’s no shock that teaching employees is able to setting up a manner round their current important explicit individual’s unparalleled talent location. I’ll’t accumulate over the fact that the Patriots are enjoyable and I’m enjoying this. How did this occur?

8. Buffalo Funds (1-0)

Ultimate week: Desire vs. Latest York Jets 27-17

Subsequent week: at Miami

The weekly horse bustle between the Funds and Patriots within the AFC East has the likely to be a spotlight of the season. The Funds took care of business in opposition to a uninteresting Jets group of workers, with the elephantine Josh Allen abilities on cloak. I’ll give the Patriots the edge for this week, nevertheless they’re tied on the hip for now.

9. Los Angeles Rams (1-0)

Ultimate week: Desire vs. Dallas 20-17

Subsequent week: at Philadelphia

I cherished what I observed from the Rams’ offense Sunday evening, even though they solely got here away with 20 features. I’ll moreover admit that I might properly even merely take pleasure in underrated them this offseason. The unbelievable factor about our nameless ballot modified into as quickly as that you just didn’t know the set I rated somebody. However I wanted to be pleasing with you, reader. Whereas all of us rightfully concentrate on division video video games, the NFC has a deep pool of groups combating for these seven playoff spots, and the Rams’ spend over Dallas might properly even level out to be very beneficial attain the tip of the season.

10. Arizona Cardinals (1-0)

Ultimate week: Desire at San Francisco 24-20

Subsequent week: vs. Washington

The Cardinals had been this type of favored sleeper group of workers remaining spring and over the summer season season that I beget they had been practically publish-hype when all people made their real predictions merely earlier than the season. All people goes to hop encourage on the bandwagon now, as they need to aloof after one among the many extra spectacular wins of Week 1. That you simply simply’ll likely be ready to’t overreact too mighty to Week 1, nevertheless survey on the NFC: The 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys, Vikings and Bucs all misplaced. With gigantic vibes in Arizona this week, I’m sliding them into the pinnacle 10! 

11. Dallas Cowboys (0-1)

Ultimate week: Loss at Los Angeles Rams 20-17

Subsequent week: vs. Atlanta

All people got here out of Sunday evening’s sport speaking about Michael Gallup’s OPI, nevertheless even earlier than that play I believed it modified into as quickly as indispensable how usually Dak Prescott appeared to Amari Cooper, at some point of the game and on their beneficial drive that fell fast. He purchased greater than double the type of targets of another person on the group of workers, after I might properly perhaps take pleasure in anticipated a exiguous little little bit of extra steadiness. All of us know this group of workers has a type of skill, nevertheless the accidents in Week 1 are a real instruct.

12. Tennessee Titans (1-0)

Ultimate week: Desire at Denver 16-14

Subsequent week: vs. Jacksonville

It’s sturdy to know what precisely to make of a sport that clearly would’ve had extra respiration room if Stephen Gostkowski hadn’t missed 4 kicks. However sometimes you merely bewitch the W and stride on. The Titans may even be happier Tuesday morning than the seven groups appropriate beneath them on this file, which all began their seasons off within the loss column.

13. San Francisco 49ers (0-1)

Ultimate week: Loss vs. Arizona 24-20

Subsequent week: at Latest York Jets

Shedding a house division sport is beneath no circumstances a staunch method to open the season, nevertheless significantly in a very aggressive NFC West that any of the 4 groups might properly even spend. To coach the evident, the George Kittle damage is presumably very alarming. The receiver neighborhood is already banged up, and he’s an enormous blocker within the bustle sport, which is what the Niners would reasonably perform anyway.

14. Philadelphia Eagles (0-1)

Ultimate week: Loss at Washington 27-17

Subsequent week: vs. Los Angeles Rams

The Eagles suffered one amongst Week 1’s most disappointing losses, given the combination of their preseason expectations (significantly at this very internet yelp), their opponent and the size of the lead they blew. With 4 of their subsequent 5 video video games in opposition to the Rams, 49ers, Steelers and Ravens, they’ll must accumulate healthful and/or determine points out with a patchwork offensive line or else they might properly even merely achieve themselves making an attempt to dig out of a gap love they did down the stretch remaining season.

15. Minnesota Vikings (0-1)

Ultimate week: Loss vs. Inexperienced Bay 43-34

Subsequent week: at Indianapolis

That loss modified into as quickly as mighty worse than the ultimate score exhibits. Aaron Rodgers has torched a type of groups by way of the years, nevertheless I had bigger hopes for the Vikings’ safety. However Minnesota did make historic previous Sunday, as Dalvin Cook dinner and Adam Thielen grew to show into the primary teammates to each take pleasure in an octopus in the identical sport. (Pay attention, must you construct me accountable for the power rankings, proper right here is the evaluation you’re going to construct up.)

16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1)

Ultimate week: Loss at Latest Orleans 34-23

Subsequent week: vs. Carolina

The Bucs went all-in to spend this season with Tom Brady, and correct now I’ve purchased them utterly heart of the pack. However clearly which which you will presumably presumably downplay the loss because of they carried out the Saints. And also you’d beget Brady’s offense must aloof accumulate higher as he and his teammates accumulate extra accustomed to each different.

17. Houston Texans (0-1)

Ultimate week: Loss at Kansas Metropolis 34-20

Subsequent week: vs. Baltimore

I aloof beget the Texans are succesful of getting a very real season. It’s going to additionally merely now not take pleasure in felt find it irresistible on Thursday evening, nevertheless I need to deem them in opposition to groups that aren’t the Chiefs. Kansas Metropolis goes to make a type of groups survey overmatched this one yr. Silent, I moved Houston down a couple of spots accordingly.

18. Atlanta Falcons (0-1)

Ultimate week: Loss vs. Seattle 38-25

Subsequent week: at Dallas

I beget about Atlanta heaps love I beget about Houston. I beget they unexpectedly met a Russell Wilson buzzsaw, they usually need to aloof survey higher in opposition to most different groups. Subsequent week will clearly be one different check out for a group of workers that saved combating after a brutal open remaining one yr.

19. Indianapolis Colts (0-1)

Ultimate week: Loss at Jacksonville 27-20

Subsequent week: vs. Minnesota

I modified into as quickly as now not as optimistic as a few of my coworkers in regards to the Philip Rivers experiment in Indy, nevertheless I modified into as quickly as difficult to protect an originate choices. A disappointing loss to Jacksonville is rarely any longer a promising open for a group of workers I already had exterior the playoff file.

20. Los Angeles Chargers (1-0)

Ultimate week: Desire at Cincinnati 16-13

Subsequent week: vs. Kansas Metropolis

Wait, wait, wait, you’re telling me the Chargers gained a sport on a blown subject objective on the tip of the game? The Chargers escaped Cincinnati with a spend, and now we’ll detect in the event that they spent the entire summer season season cooking up anything particular for Kansas Metropolis.

21. Las Vegas Raiders (1-0)

Ultimate week: Desire at Carolina 34-30

Subsequent week: vs. Latest Orleans (Monday)

The Raiders held on for a spend in Carolina, nevertheless this week feels love this may even be the reliable open of the Las Vegas technology—christening the current stadium in opposition to the Saints on Monday evening. Of the entire video video games that can be enhanced by the NFL’s unparalleled sellout crowds, this one might properly presumably be extreme on the file. (That mentioned, we pour one out for the followers in Oakland whose group of workers moved away.)

22. Denver Broncos (0-1)

Las week: Loss vs. Tennessee 16-14

Subsequent week: at Pittsburgh

I even benefit from the Chargers, Raiders and Broncos as whole realize in second prepare within the AFC West. However for one week, at least, I’ll construct the 2 groups that squeaked out wins in opposition to backside-tier groups ahead of the group of workers that (because of a pair missed subject targets) took a playoff contender staunch all the way down to the wire.

23. Chicago Bears (1-0)

Ultimate week: Desire at Detroit 27-23

Subsequent week: vs. Latest York Giants

The memoir of Reduce Foles having a survey over Mitchell Trubisky’s shoulder is rarely any longer even week-to-week, nevertheless half-to-half. However when Trubisky strings collectively a couple of extra love the second half in opposition to Detroit, he can aloof the skeptics for at the least a handy guide a rough whereas.

24. Detroit Lions (0-1)

Ultimate week: Loss vs. Chicago 27-23

Subsequent week: at Inexperienced Bay

D’Andre Swift, man. That may’t be how somebody footage their first NFL sport going. However for a few of his teammates who’ve been across the block, and people depressing followers, it must take pleasure in felt sadly acquainted and predictable to lose in that kind. Some folks are bullish on a Matthew Stafford–led turnaround beneath Matt Patricia, nevertheless they aren’t real ample to offer away video video games.

25. Latest York Giants (0-1)

Ultimate week: Loss vs. Pittsburgh 26-16

Subsequent week: at Chicago

The Giants had been overwhelmed by the Steelers for quite a lot of Monday evening (Saquon Barkley dashing 15 conditions for six yards affords you some idea) nevertheless I believed Daniel Jones confirmed some promising indicators. There’s genuinely a type of skill within the league appropriate now. I survey at a type of groups within the youngsters and twenties and beget they’ll be bigger except I truly sit down down and substandard them. The similar goes for explicit individual players, truly:

26. Miami Dolphins (0-1)

Ultimate week: Loss at Latest England 21-11

Subsequent week: vs. Buffalo

There might be a couple of instruct that the Dolphins with out be aware a hit 5 video video games remaining one yr might properly even merely take pleasure in recalibrated expectations for 2020 unrealistically. Let’s keep in mind they’re aloof present process a beneficial rebuilding mission. Tua Tagovailoa is merely the primary of a number of prizes they hope to land within the draft, they usually shouldn’t must bustle him onto the sphere merely because of some folks beget they will instruct for a 7-seed.

27. Washington (1-0)

Ultimate week: Desire vs. Philadelphia 27-17

Subsequent week: at Arizona

The NFL’s most dysfunctional franchise stumbled via a memorably embarrassing offseason, nevertheless a Week 1 spend modified into as quickly as a stunning twist. The best facet for the group of workers this season is discovering out what they take pleasure in in Dwayne Haskins, and it seems to be love that cross bustle will give him a raffle to spend some video video games.

28. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0)

Ultimate week: Desire vs. Indianapolis 27-20

Subsequent week: at Tennessee

Believe now not rooting for the 2020 Jaguars. Couldn’t be me.

29. Cleveland Browns (0-1)

Ultimate week: Loss at Baltimore 38-6

Subsequent week: vs. Cincinnati (Thursday)

That changed into as quickly as this type of disaster in opposition to Baltimore, that now or now not it may possibly perhaps be beneficial to surprise if it’s a staunch facet or a execrable facet that the Browns accumulate appropriate encourage on the sphere Thursday evening. Now they’ll face a rookie quarterback in his first facet highway sport (does that matter this one yr?) and first quick-week sport (that seems find it irresistible can perhaps). They’ll must score greater than six features though.

30. Latest York Jets (0-1)

Ultimate week: Loss at Buffalo 27-17

Subsequent week: vs. San Francisco

Adam Gase is on probably the most well-liked seat of any coach within the league, and this seems to be to be unraveling quicker by the day. When a season begins out with this mighty negativity, how in general does it ever flip round?

31. Carolina Panthers (0-1)

Ultimate week: Loss vs. Las Vegas 34-30

Subsequent week: at Tampa Bay

The Teddy Bridgewater Era is off and dealing, with 30 features in Week 1. However perform him a need and affords the ball to Christian McCaffrey on fourth-and-1 with the game on the road.

32. Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)

Ultimate week: Loss vs. Los Angeles Chargers 16-13

Subsequent week: at Cleveland (Thursday)

Joe Burrow modified into as quickly as dropped in a tough location, starting Week 1 having now not gotten a snap in a preseason sport (regardless of how mighty his group of workers tried to location up him). However Bengals followers wanted to really feel real about what they observed from him main the group of workers down the sphere on what modified into as quickly as practically a sport-a success (and can had been a sport-tying) drive. This one yr is merely about exhibiting promise. I felt execrable putting them remaining, nevertheless with Washington and Jacksonville incomes wins, somebody wanted to tumble.

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