After the turmoil and shock of Week 1, we’ve seen a much smoother second week of the NFL season with only a limited number of shock results, to the point where the Around the NFL team in their review podcast said that football needed saving after the humdrum nature of the 6pm slate!
As such, the rankings this week are made with much more confidence with only a few teams on my radar for bigger rises or falls going forward. There are, however, a series of promotions and relegations this week. So let’s crack on.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2. Kansas City Chiefs
Tampa Bay may have let Atlanta back into their game for a moment on Sunday but don’t be fooled. They were in total control throughout and once again Tom Brady was having fun throwing five touchdowns on the day. Kansas City’s September streak is finally over as I’d predicted would happen this year. However, they seemed to lose the game through a moment of bad luck, rather than it be won by the other team convincingly. We’ll allow the mulligan in this instance but the Kansas City defense does look more susceptible than first thought.
On The Bubble
3. Los Angeles Rams (UP 1)
4. Baltimore Ravens (UP 3)
5. Cleveland Browns (DOWN 2)
6. Buffalo Bills
7. Seattle Seahawks (DOWN 2)
8. Green Bay Packers
The Rams look to be a complete team with Matthew Stafford being very effective with Cooper Kupp and LA’s other weapons which works well with their fantastic defense. The Ravens get their move up to fourth after beating the Chiefs as that is no small feat even despite the circumstances of it.
The Seahawks defense is a problem facet for their championship ambitions against better teams as they were made to suffer first hand as the Titans came back from the abyss to win the game in overtime. The Browns, Bills and Packers are pretty much performing as expected but all have their questions.
9. Tennessee Titans (UP 3)
10. San Francisco 49ers (DOWN 1)
11. Dallas Cowboys (DOWN 1)
12. Los Angeles Chargers (DOWN 1)
13. Indianapolis Colts
14. Arizona Cardinals (UP 4)
15. Las Vegas Raiders (UP 5)
The Titans in the second half of their game with the Seahawks seemed to rediscover the form that made the Titans playoff teams the last two years and if they can continue that against other teams this year they should be in the mix once more. The 49ers barely got by the Eagles, which could be seen as a worry.
The Cardinals and Raiders have been rather surprise teams to start the year and could continue their unbeaten streaks for a few weeks yet. Both teams have incredibly explosive offenses two weeks in. Something not to be taken for granted particularly for the Raiders after playing the Ravens and Steelers in concurrent weeks.
In The Hunt
16. Pittsburgh Steelers (UP 1)
17. Miami Dolphins (DOWN 3)
18. New England Patriots (DOWN 3)
19. New Orleans Saints (DOWN 4)
The Saints looked simply WOEFUL against the Panthers and fall back into the bottom half as a result. The Steelers end up going up a place as the Fins and Patriots are rebalanced after the Dolphins got shut out against Buffalo. There seem to be levels in the AFC East.
On The Sidelines
20. Washington Football Team (DOWN 1)
21. Chicago Bears
22. Denver Broncos (UP 3)
23. Philadelphia Eagles (DOWN 1)
24. Cincinnati Bengals (DOWN 1)
25. Minnesota Vikings (DOWN 1)
26. Carolina Panthers (UP 2)
27. New York Giants (DOWN 1)
There’s actually not too much to say here other than I might still be doing the Broncos and Panthers a disservice at this point. They’re two teams where I still feel like their records so far don’t exactly mean they are in playoff contention at this point – you can easily start making arguments for them though.
28. Houston Texans (UP 2)
29. Atlanta Falcons (DOWN 2)
30. New York Jets (DOWN 1)
31. Detroit Lions
32. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Texans are feisty! An eclectic mix of veterans and newbies who seem to have been well coached and have gelled well. They won’t win many, but they will definitely be entertaining this year. The others there seem to have done worse than I expected them to, save for the Lions who are about how I expected them to this point.