Power Rankings: Week Two; The mighty have fallen

Sep 7, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) celebrates a fourth quarter touchdown by running back Kareem Hunt (27) (not pictured) at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

With Week One of the NFL season officially in the books, now comes the time honored tradition of ranking the teams. The New England Patriots reign atop the Power Rankings lasted just a week as they were upended by a dangerous Kansas City Chiefs team to kick off the season.

The other Super Bowl participant, the Atlanta Falcons, escaped with a win over the Chicago Bears on the road in the first step towards putting the Super Bowl loss behind them. It will be no surprise as to who occupies the bottom of the list, although one team surely gave them a run this week.

Without further adieu, here are the Week Two NFL Power Rankings.

Rank Team Description
1    Record (1-0); Previous (–) – Game Recap  It was a bittersweet beginning to the season for the Chiefs. They throttled the Patriots on the road but lost stud safety, Eric Berry, for the season. QB Alex Smith was phenomenal as he plays for his job every game this season.
2     Record (1-0); Previous (–) – Game Recap 
It was an early season matchup of NFC Super Bowl contenders. QB Aaron Rodgers had a decent afternoon, throwing 311 yards with one TD and one INT. The Packers defense stole the show, holding the Seahawks to just three field goals.
3     Record (1-0); Previous (–) – Game Recap 
Marshawn Lynch picked up 76 yards on the ground in his Raiders debut and Derek Carr tossed two touchdowns in a 26-16 win over the Titans. Giorgio Tavecchio naile four field goals, including a pair of 52-yard field goals.
4     Record (0-1); Previous (–) – Game Recap
Relax. The Patriots are not as bad as they looked on Thursday. The defending Super Bowl champs allowed over 500 yards on defense and left the field staring at an 0-1 record to start 2017. Important to note, the last three times the Patriots started 0-1 (’01, ’03, ’14) they won the Super Bowl.
5     Record (1-0); Previous (–) – Game Recap
Jason Witten scored the games only touchdown in a 19-3 win over the New York Giants. In doing so, setting a Cowboy career touchdown mark. Surpassing Michael Irvin. With RB Ezekiel Elliot’s suspension on hold, the Cowboys remain a favorite in the NFC.
6     Record (1-0); Previous (–) – Game Recap
So far, so good in dispelling the Super Bowl hangover. With that said, they did barely escape the Bears. Matt Ryan threw for over 300 yards and WR Austin Hooper caught a touchdown on 128 yards receiving.
7     Record (1-0); Previous (–) – Game Recap
A touchdown in each of the first three quarters set the tone for the Steelers. Two touchdowns from Ben Roethlisberger and 182 yards receiving from Antonio Brown was enough to hold off the pesky Browns.
8     Record (0-1); Previous (–) – Game Recap
The defense, with new addition Sheldon Richardson, managed to limit the explosive Packers offense and Aaron Rodgers to just one passing touchdown and picking him off once. However, the offense managed just three field goals and the offensive line still looks like an issue.
9     Record (1-0); Previous (–) – Game Recap
In an early divisional matchup, the Eagles toppled the Redskins, 30-17, behind a 307 yard and two touchdown performance from QB Carson Wenz. TE Zach Ertz led the team in receiving with 93 yards on eight receptions.
10     Record (1-0); Previous (–) – Game Recap
Despite a woeful offensive showing in the preseason, the Vikings, and Sam Bradford in particular, look like a top team on both offense and defense. Bradford out performed Saints QB Drew Brees for much of the game, throwing for 346 yards and three touchdowns.
11     Record (1-0); Previous (–) – Game Recap
Matthew Stafford and the Lions picked up right where they left off last season. After his first throw went for a touchdown…for the Cardinals, Stafford recovered to throw four touchdowns and lead the Lions to 20 points in the fourth quarter in the come-from-behind win.
12     Record (1-0); Previous (–) – Game Recap
After jumping out to a 24-7 lead, the Broncos held off a ferocious Chargers comeback, as they put up 14 points in the fourth. C.J. Anderson looked good in his return, rushing for 80 yards.
13     Record (1-0); Previous (–) – Game Recap
The Ravens defense sacked Andy Dalton five times, with two of them coming from Terrell Suggs. The defense was stout in a 20-0 victory, however, the offense was subpar, especially after RB Danny Woodhead left the game.
14     Record (0-0); Previous (–) –
The explosive Buccaneers offense was put on hold for a Week as Hurricane Irma pushed the game with the Dolphins to Week 11.
15     Record (0-0); Previous (–) –
The much-anticipated debut of Jay Cutler in a Dolphins uniform will wait a week as the battle of the Sunshine State was put on hold due to mother nature.
16     Record (1-0); Previous (–) – Game Recap
Considering that the Panthers started 1-5 last season, a Week 1 win in 2017 should put Panthers fans in a better place. However, Cam Newton was pedestrian, going 14-for-25 with 171 yards, two touchdowns and one pick against the woeful 49ers.
17     Record (0-1); Previous (–) – Game Recap
Boy, do the Giants miss Odell Beckham Jr. Being held to just a field goal, the Giants offense looked out of sync. Newcomer, Brandon Marshall was held to just one catch for 10 yards. In addition, Eli Manning was held without a touchdown.
18     Record (0-1); Previous (–) – Game Recap
A gutsy onside kick to start the game backfired on the Titans and they were not able to overcome it against a really good Raiders team. Marcus Mariota looks fully recovered from a leg injury in 2016 and the Titans are still a contender for the AFC South crown.
19     Record (1-0); Previous (–) – Game Recap
What a start for the Rams in their second season in Los Angeles under new Head Coach, Sean McVay. The Rams forced three turnovers on defense and walloped the Colts, 46-9. All this without All-Pro DL, Aaron Donald.
20     Record (1-0); Previous (–) – Game Recap
Leonard Fournette had a strong debut, rushing for over 100 yards and a touchdown for the Jags. The most impressive part of the victory, however, was Blake Bortles. Just kidding. It was the Jaguars defense who sacked the Texans’ quarterbacks a total of 10 times on Sunday. The loss of Allen Robinson will hurt.
21     Record (0-1); Previous (–) – Game Recap
After Week One, the Cardinals season may already be over. Running back, David Johnson injured his wrist and will miss several weeks and possibly more. Johnson accounted for nearly 40 percent of the Cardinals offense in 2016. This may be the highest they get all season.
22     Record (1-0); Previous (–) – Game Recap
The Buffalo Bills are in first place in the AFC East. You heard that correct. After a 21-12 victory over the Jets of the ACC, the Bills vaulted to the top of standings with a gaudy 1-0 record. LeSean McCoy led the way with 22 carries and 110 yards.
23     Record (0-1); Previous (–) – Game Recap
It was a sloppy game between both teams but it was particularly sloppy for QB Kirk Cousins, who turned the ball over three times. One interception and two fumbles (one of which was returned for a game-clinching touchdown).
24     Record (0-1); Previous (–) – Game Recap
Coach Bill O’Brien was always a big fan of QB Tom Savage. With that said, Savage lasted less than a half before being replaced by rookie, DeShaun Watson. In addition to losing 29-7, superstar J.J. Watt has already been banged up after missing the final 13 games of 2016.
25     Record (0-1); Previous (–) – Game Recap
In his Saints debut, RB Adrian Peterson rushed just six times for 16 yards. Quarterback, Drew Brees failed to throw a touchdown until the final quarter and was mediocre at best throughout the game. Coby Fleener caught scored the only touchdown for the Saints who now get the task of facing a Patriots team coming off a blowout loss. The Saints are staring at 0-2.
26     Record (0-1); Previous (–) – Game Recap
In the first game of the second iteration of the Los Angeles Chargers, they looked like 2016 San Diego Chargers as they lost a game decided by fewer than one touchdown. Something they made a habit of in 2016.
27     Record (0-1); Previous (–) – Game Recap
Rookie QB, DeShone Kizer, was decent in his NFL debut, going 20-for-30 and throwing for 222 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Corey Coleman led the team with five receptions and 53 yards. The Browns defense sacked Roethlisberger just once and picked him off once.
28     Record (0-1); Previous (–) – Game Recap
The Bears nearly pulled off the come-from-behind, upset win over the defending NFC Champions but ultimately fell short. However, Tarik Cohen shined, accumulating 113 all-purpose yards on five carries and eight receptions. He had one receiving touchdown and is an early bright spot for the Bears.
29     Record (0-1); Previous (–) – Game Recap
No one expected the 49ers to be a good team and they certainly lived up to the hype… or lack there of. Brian Hoyer had an uninspiring debut at quarterback for new Head Coach, Kyle Shanahan. There is a long way to go on that side of the Bay.
30     Record (0-1); Previous (–) – Game Recap 
Andy Dalton was awful. Dalton ended the game with a QB rating of 28.4 as he threw for just 170 yards with no touchdowns and four interceptions. The 20-0 defeat to the Ravens could be a start of a very long season for the Bengals.
31     Record (0-1); Previous (–) – Game Recap
The only reason they are not in the last spot is that the Jets are still a member of the NFL. The Colts are bad. Really bad. And it doesn’t look like Luck will be back in time to save them. The one positive is that Jacoby Brissett can’t possibly be as bad as Scott Tolzien.
32     Record (0-1); Previous (–) – Game Recap
Despite the Colts giving them a run for their money as the worst team in the NFL, the Jets are still the JETEs. In full on tank mode, the Jets should get comfortable sitting in the 32nd spot in these rankings.

– Ian Glendon is a National Co-Editor for cover32 and the Managing Editor for cover32/Patriots. He covers the NFL and New England Patriots. Like and follow on and Facebook.

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