Weekly NFL Power Rankings for E2G Sports with Buddy Andrade, MJ Alvira, and Jonathan Walton.

Week Two is upcoming in the NFL and already some major shakeups in the rankings.

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers threw up a stinker against the Saints on Sunday. Fair to say they’re not a top-five team when he plays like that. They’ll have to find their way back. Pittsburgh and their money man TJ Watt flexed their Steel muscles against the third-ranked Buffalo Bills. A game that should move them up from the 17th spot.

And did anybody predict the Raiders over Baltimore in an overtime thriller on MNF!? Crazy start to the season.

  • Buddy (NFC North, AFC West)
  • MJ (NFC East, NFC West, AFC East)
  • Walton (NFC South, AFC North, AFC South)

Let’s dive into this week’s rankings:

32. NEW YORK JETS (0-1) 

Previous Ranking: 28 (-4)

Hope… that’s what New York Jet fans have with Zach Wilson and new head coach Robert Saleh. Zach Wilson was coined “Baby Mahomes” going into the draft. Wilson did show some poise and toughness in and out of the pocket on Sunday and even helped make it a game late against his predecessor Sam Darnold and the Panthers.

The biggest blow, other than the loss, was losing left tackle Mekhi Becton to a knee injury. It doesn’t appear to be season-ending but they will lose him for a significant amount of time. For a young quarterback, trying to get his feet wet, losing your starting left tackle is not a good start. Sometimes the Jets are going to Jet. -MJ

31. DETROIT LIONS (0-1)

Previous Ranking: 30 (-1)

They showed some fight after being totally out of the game vs SF.  Swift appears to be a star but the defense is a siv.  They should make Aaron Rodgers feel better about himself on Monday night. -BA

30. NEW YORK GIANTS (0-1)

Previous Ranking: 22 (-8)

All eyes were on the Browns vs. Chiefs, Packers vs. Saints, and Dolphins vs. Patriots in the 4 pm games, a lot of people forgot that the Broncos and Giants had a matchup at MetLife as well. Daniel Jones still is inconsistent, Saquon Barkley seems to be heavily nursing that knee and there isn’t much else other than James Bradberry and Leonard Williams on defense. If this is Jones’ last shot at keeping his starting job on Big Blue, he has a lot of work to do. -MJ

29. ATLANTA FALCONS (0-1)

Previous Ranking: 25 (-4)

After a 32-6 drubbing from the Eagles, life doesn’t get any easier for Atlanta. They face the defending champs on the road with Tom Brady already trolling them on social media. Just gotta hope they make it out of Raymond James Stadium in one piece. -JW

28. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (0-1)

Previous Ranking: 29 (+1)

The Jaguars traveled to Houston and were embarrassed by the Texans. The rumors coming out of Jacksonville surrounding head coach Urban Meyer make it seem as though his tenure could be pretty short. -JW

27. HOUSTON TEXANS (1-0)

Previous Ranking: 32 (+5)

Tyrod Taylor looked dynamic in his Texans debut. Don’t look now but Houston is in first place in the AFC South. -JW

26. MINNESOTA VIKINGS (0-1)

Previous Ranking: 21 (-5)

As I said, the sum doesn’t equal the parts.  They play too individually and are a mistake waiting to happen.  They hit the road to take on a powerful Arizona team.  Look out below. -BA

25. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (1-0)

Previous Ranking: 31 (+6)

A lot of us penciled in the Eagles for a top 5 draft pick in the 2022 NFL draft to start the year. I guess they didn’t get the message. Jalen Hurts, was not perfect, was fully in control of the Eagles offense, and got young rookie phenom DeVonta Smith involved early and often. The Eagles seem like a team that’s not going to back down to the pressure and criticism. Even if it was against a below-average Atlanta Falcon defense. -MJ

24. CAROLINA PANTHERS (1-0)

Previous Ranking: 23 (-1)

CMC is back to form for this Panthers club, rushing for 98 yards and adding another 89 on nine receptions. Carolina is going to have to play better on defense if it’s going to hang in the NFC South. -JW

23. CINCINNATI BENGALS (1-0)

Previous Ranking: 27 (+4)

Rookie Ja’marr Chase tweeted “1-0” before their tilt with the Vikings on Sunday. He proceeded to catch five passes for 101 yards and his first NFL touchdown while also nabbing the W. Best way to put your money where your mouth is. He now has his sights set on another NFC North foe in Chicago this Sunday. -JW

22. CHICAGO BEARS (0-1)

Previous Ranking: 19 (-3)

It started badly for the defense against a QB they are familiar with in a new spot.  Coverage was a huge concern and is going forward.  Justin Fields pumped in some life and the City is already calling for him.  They head home to take on a Bengals team with some pass-catching weapons. -BA

21. DENVER BRONCOS (1-0)

Previous Ranking: 18 (-3)

The Broncos came in as a team that could go either way.  They went into an emotional stadium and threw a beating down on the Giants.  The Jerry Jeudy injury could hurt but they are deep at WR.  The defense gets a look at Trevor Lawrence in his home opener for Week #2. -BA

20. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (1-0)

Previous Ranking: 26 (+6)

The Raiders win, what most would term an upset, in Week 1 over the Ravens despite injuries.  I said it in the first rankings, they win a game they’re not supposed to and then lose to a team they shouldn’t.  A short week and a trip to Pittsburgh coming up. -BA

19. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (0-1)

Previous Ranking: 13 (-6)

The story of the game was the runningbacks’ inability to hold onto the ball. Bill Belichick is notorious for putting players that can’t maintain ball security in the dog house. It’s tough when their top two backs are the ones with the issues. Mac Jones showed a lot of promise and composure in his NFL debut. They get a good bounce-back matchup against the pedestrian New York Jets in Week 2. -MJ

18. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (0-1)

Previous Ranking: 12 (-6)

Wentz and company did not look like a team that could challenge Tennessee for the AFC South title, though it is just one game. Let’s see if they can turn things around quickly and challenge Tennessee this weekend in their matchup. -JW

17. WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (0-1)

Previous Ranking: 14 (-3)

Washington has all the makings of a team that is one quarterback away from legitimately competing for a division crown and deep runs in the postseason. That one quarterback wasn’t Ryan Fitzpatrick and will not be for the foreseeable future. Fitzpatrick suffered a hip subluxation early in their contest with the Los Angeles Chargers. At his age, this could be the nail in the coffin for this NFL career and now Washington turns to Wild Card sensation Taylor Heinicke to lead them going forward. Let the Cam Newton talk begin. -MJ

16. TENNESSEE TITANS (0-1)

Previous Ranking: 6 (-10)

The Titans have the biggest drop in this week’s rankings falling 10 spots from their week one ranking. Arizona had their way on Sunday as QB Kyler Murray had five touchdowns and edge rusher Chandler Jones had five sacks. Vrabel using the media to call out Julio Jones after the game seems like a situation to keep an eye on moving forward. -JW

15. BALTIMORE RAVENS (0-1)

Previous Ranking: 9 (-6)

Strong possibility the Ravens start the season from 0-2 as they host the Chiefs for Sunday Night Football. Lamar Jackson is winless in three games against Kansas City. Baltimore’s defense gave up 435 yards passing to Derek Carr, and now in comes Patrick Mahomes. Yikes. -JW

14. DALLAS COWBOYS (0-1)

Previous Ranking: 24 (+10)

No moral victories here, but Dak Prescott proved to everyone that he is back and possibly better than ever. Brady and Prescott introduced the 2021 NFL season with one of the best quarterback matchups in recent memory.

Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb appear to be one of the best WR duos in the league and despite not utilizing Ezekiel Elliott against a tough Buccaneers run defense, shades of early 1990s Cowboys offensive talent is far from a stretch to make comparisons to. They’ll be showcased early and often, as per usual, on all primetime and 4:25 pm. -MJ

13. MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-0)

Previous Ranking: 16 (+3)

The Dolphins did not amaze anyone in their Week 1 victory versus New England in Foxborough but it’s a win. Tua Tagovailoa still looks like a quarterback that needs to work a little more on his mechanics and Jaylen Waddle looks to be a bonafide All-Pro in the making. The Miami defense is what carried them late and the Patriots’ inability to hold onto the ball was another significant factor. -MJ

12. GREEN BAY PACKERS (0-1)

Previous Ranking: 5 (-7)

This was a terrible showing in a neutral site stadium after the whole Rodgers saga.  They couldn’t get anything going on offense and the defense got torn to shreds.  The Lions in week 2 should remedy some of these problems. -BA

11. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (1-0)

Previous Ranking: 10 (-1)

Big boy wins on the road for Herbert and the Chargers.  The offensive line held up well against the top DL in the league.  The offense should put up points against Dallas in Week #2 at home, let’s see if Derwin James and the defense can continue under Staley. -BA

10. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-0)

Previous Ranking: 17 (+7)

A Steeler’s fan reached out to me after last week, disappointed that they were ranked so low. I reminded him that the last thing the Steelers did was get blown out by the Browns in the playoffs and then proceed to not pay TJ Watt. A few hours later Watt signed a mega-deal and a few days later the Steelers put the clamps on Buffalo and boom, top 10 team. -JW

9. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (1-0)

Previous Ranking: 20 (+11)

The biggest focus in week 1 was on how poorly Aaron Rodgers played against the Saints, however, the bigger news coming out of New Orleans (by way of Jacksonville); Jameis Winston had his best performance in years. Saints fans are expecting an encore against Carolina in Charlotte this weekend. -JW

8. BUFFALO BILLS (0-1)

Previous Ranking: 3 (-5)

There was a lot of preseason hype going into the season for Buffalo. They were favored (and still are) to be competing for an AFC title as well as Super Bowl champion favorites; that campaign did not start well at home versus what was supposed to be a maligned Pittsburgh Steelers team. The lack of separation from Diggs and Buffalo’s pass-catchers made for a rough Sunday afternoon for Allen and the Bills offense. They hope to regain some of their mojo on the road in Miami Sunday. -MJ

7. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (1-0)

Previous Ranking: 15 (+8)

After an offseason of Russell Wilson trade speculation, the Seahawks were able to come away in Indianapolis with a 28-16 victory on the road. Russell Wilson was his normal self, with four touchdown passes and 254 yards in the air. The Seahawks emphasized the run game against Indy, but Wilson still has the elite ability to move the ball downfield. That along with a revamped defense in Seattle, the ‘Hawks aren’t going away anytime soon. -MJ

6. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1-0)

Previous Ranking: 8 (+2)

The 49ers were in control for the majority of the game Sunday in Detroit. They held a 41-17 lead but once CB Jason Verrett left with an ACL injury, the Lions started to chip away at that deficit. In the end, the 49ers held on to win the game but shades of 2020 injury woes, with Mostert being sidelined for the year and Aiyuk being nicked up as well, could hinder the 49ers’ chances of staying in competition with the extremely tough NFC West. -MJ

5. CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-1)

Previous Ranking: 4 (-1)

The highest-ranked team without a win has a good chance to pick one up this Sunday when they host Houston. After a tough battle down to the wire with an AFC Power like the Chiefs, it’ll be good for Baker Mayfield and the Browns to get in the win column. -JW

4. ARIZONA CARDINALS (1-0)

Previous Ranking: 11 (+7)

Kyler Murray started his 2021 campaign proving that he is indeed becoming an elite quarterback in this league. With the talk being focused on Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Francisco in the Summer, people forgot about the Cardinals and the massive amount of talent on both sides of the ball. Kyler Murray has the arm and legs to be an MVP in today’s NFL (think Lamar Jackson) and with Chandler Jones’ 5 sacks out the gate, the Cardinals may well be the top team in the most exciting division in the NFL. -MJ

3. LOS ANGELES RAMS (1-0)

Previous Ranking: 7 (+4)

The grass is sometimes greener on the other side. Matthew Stafford’s debut performance with the Rams showed that the missing piece was quite possibly an efficient and reliable quarterback. Like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a year ago, one switch could lead the Rams competing for a chance at another Super Bowl appearance and like the Buccaneers last year… the Super Bowl LVI is in Los Angeles. -MJ

2. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (1-0) 

Previous Ranking: 1 (-1)

Nearly losing to Dallas on banner night shows the vulnerability of a team coming off of a long postseason run. Fortunately for Tampa Bay, there were some late-game Brady heroics, which even the casual NFL fan is accustomed to. The Bucs did enough to win in week one, but not enough to hold on to the top spot in the rankings. -JW

1. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-0)

Previous Ranking: 2 (+1)

They’re just never out of a game and can explode at any time.  The Chiefs had the most impressive win of week #1 over a quality Browns team.  This week is Sunday night at the Ravens, whom they’ve owned over the years. -BA

A beautiful week of NFL football and some incredible leaps up the rankings for teams like the Saints and Cardinals. Week two should be even better! Can’t wait! (Bart Scott voice)

 

Matchup to watch this week: #1 Kansas City Chiefs at #15 Baltimore Ravens

 

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