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2021 NFL Power Rankings for Week 2: Beware of overreactions

Time to overreact.

It’s an annual ceremony of fall to take every little thing that occurred within the NFL throughout Week 1 and make snap judgements. On this case, the Payments and Packers had been wildly overrated through the preseason. The NFC West and AFC West each are sending all 4 groups to the playoffs. Jaguars coach City Meyer isn’t minimize out for the professionals. And far more.

A few of the observations made off Week 1 video games will stick. Some shall be laughable as quickly as subsequent week.

Making an attempt to take care of a degree head, right here is The Put up’s Energy Rankings for Week 2:

1. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (1-0)

That 75-yard landing move from Patrick Mahomes to Tyreek Hill to chip away at a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit was nothing extra sophisticated than two buddies improvising on the playground. The remade Chiefs offensive line was higher in Week 1 than it was within the Tremendous Bowl LV loss, however it’s nonetheless a piece in progress.

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0)

Increase your hand should you thought Tom Brady may not lead the Buccaneers to the successful rating when he received the ball again within the last two minutes towards the Cowboys? Anyone? If Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Brown – two afterthoughts within the offense final yr – can recapture any of their prime like they did in Week 1, this staff shall be unstoppable.

Patrick Mahomes
Patrick Mahomes
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3. Los Angeles Rams (1-0)

Months of speak about Matthew Stafford as an MVP candidate and the Rams as a Tremendous Bowl contender received somewhat onerous to abdomen by late August. Then Stafford threw three landing passes and had a quarterback ranking a couple of factors from good to justify all of the hype.

4. Cleveland Browns (0-1)

It didn’t take very lengthy for the primary winless staff to seem. However the Browns led the two-time defending AFC champion Chiefs on the highway for a lot of the recreation. That’s twice of their final two video games that they might’ve crushed the Chiefs – solely to fail to make yet another play. This time, a dropped punt snap doomed a legit Tremendous Bowl contender.  

5. Seattle Seahawks (1-0)

Russell Wilson was the MVP of the primary half of final season in the beginning crumbled for him. Keep in mind the stories he wished to be traded as a result of the offensive play-calling was too run-heavy? Coach Pete Carroll does, so Wilson threw 23 instances (4 touchdowns) and the Seahawks ran 50 instances to chew up clock on the Colts.

6. San Francisco 49ers (1-0)

Excellent news: The 49ers held a 24-point fourth-quarter lead. Unhealthy information: The 49ers by some means wanted a late defensive cease to stop the Lions from tying the rating. It was unusual to see a Kyle Shanahan-coached staff lose focus. It was not unusual to see Shanahan discover a method to make backup rookie quarterback Trey Lance right into a weapon.

Jameis Winston
Jameis Winston
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7. New Orleans Saints (1-0)

It’s not fairly “Who’s Drew Brees?” time, however the first recreation with out their longtime future Corridor of Famer couldn’t have gone higher. Coach Sean Payton’s status as a quarterback whisperer jumped a number of ranges after turnover-prone Jameis Winston threw 5 touchdowns and nil interceptions in a 38-3 rout of the Tremendous Bowl-trendy Packers.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)

How rapidly everybody forgot that the Steelers began 11-0 final season. Shedding 5 of the final six video games, together with a traditionally dangerous first quarter in a playoff loss to the Browns, will do this. However then the Steelers upset the powerhouse Payments by scoring two touchdowns in a three-minute fourth-quarter span to steal an unpleasant win. Ugly nonetheless counts.

9. Arizona Cardinals (1-0)

Sure, that’s all 4 NFC West groups within the prime 10. The Cardinals may win a couple of divisions, however would possibly end final right here. Their 38-13 demolition of the Titans was one of many greatest Week 1 surprises. Kyler Murray’s 4 touchdowns dazzled, however the protection containing the playmaking trio of Julio Jones, A.J. Brown and Derrick Henry was most spectacular.

10. Los Angeles Chargers (1-0)

The Chargers want that “Madden” online game setting: “Flip accidents off.” Simply as soon as, going again to the LaDainian Tomlinson days, it might be good to see this staff wholesome. Possibly it’s now. Justin Herbert performed a sensible – not horny – recreation and shrugged off the west-to-east journey bug by beating defending NFC East champion Washington.

11. Buffalo Payments (0-1)

12. Inexperienced Bay Packers (0-1)

13. Miami Dolphins (1-0)

14. Dallas Cowboys (0-1)

15. Las Vegas Raiders (1-0)

16. Baltimore Ravens (0-1)

17. Tennessee Titans (0-1)

18. Indianapolis Colts (0-1)

19. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)

20.  Denver Broncos (1-0)

21. New England Patriots (0-1)

22. Cincinnati Bengals (1-0)

23. Carolina Panthers (1-0)

24. Washington Soccer Workforce (0-1)

25. Minnesota Vikings (0-1)

26. Houston Texans (1-0)

27. Chicago Bears (0-1)

28. New York Giants (0-1)

Chilly French fries weren’t the one factor that felt left over from 2020. The offense – with additions of Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, Kyle Rudolph and a wholesome Saquon Barkley – picked up the place it left off struggling to attain factors. The larger shock and pink flag? A vaunted protection was shredded by Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

29. Detroit Lions (0-1)

30. New York Jets (0-1)

A loss within the standings however an ethical victory as a result of quarterback Zach Wilson confirmed promise — and the rookie’s improvement is all this season needs to be judged upon. The Jets need to handle to maintain Wilson wholesome, nevertheless. And the whole lack of a speeding assault and an offensive line surrendering six sacks gained’t assist the trigger.

31. Atlanta Falcons (0-1)

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1)

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