2018 NFL Week 2 Powre Rankings
Doesn’t it seem like the NFL season just flies by even faster with each passing year? At any rate, with some pretty shoddy football (and place kicking) thus far this year, some teams’ fortunes are being marred before we even arrive in October. We’ll see who those teams are below:
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0).
Despite all the foolish talk about 35-year old Ryan Fitzpatrick being a revelation for the Bucs, the reality is that the entire coaching staff is coaching for their respective jobs (along with the general manager), and the offense, which was intentionally scaled back by the head coach in order to reign in Jameis Winston, is opened up now. It will bear watching for Tampa, when “Fitzmagic” inevitably turns into “Fitztragic,” and the team has to turn back to Winston; what the head coach and offensive coordinator’s response will be. The assertion that Winston — whose first three years are unrivaled, statistically; despite the pronouncements of those who want to see him fail after they made up their minds about him following the false sexual assault accusation at Florida State — is a “problem” and not the playcalling, offensive line play, running game (which is still virtually non-existent), and injuries on both sides of the ball each year, reeks of agenda-driven tripe.
How Tampa weathers the Winston-Fitzpatrick dynamic will determine whether or not they remain in this spot, or how precipitously they may fall. But for now, they deserve this spot.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-0).
The Jags are the best team in the AFC, and only Kansas City is close.
3. Kansas City Chiefs (2-0).
Patrick Mahomes just does WHATEVERHEWANTS to defenses. We know it won’t last (regularly), so it will be key to watch how he performs under adversity. However, when the Steelers came back to tie the game in Week 2, Mahomes responded with two big touchdown drives, so the moxie that many had previously seen prior to 2018 has come to the fore, once again.
4. Denver Broncos (2-0).
They don’t look all that impressive, but they’re 2-0, nonetheless.
5. Los Angeles Rams (2-0).
They’ve done what they should have against the feckless Raiders and rudderless Cards. We’ll see what they’re made of over the next couple of games for sure.
6. Cincinnati Bengals (2-0).
They took apart the Ravens on Thursday night, but did not put them away as they should have. They’re up against it without Joe Mixon for the rest of September, but they have a chance to take a two game lead in the division if they finish the month strongly.
7. Miami Dolphins (2-0).
8. Minnesota Vikings (1-0-1).
9. Green Bay Packers (1-0-1).
How long will Aaron Rodgers’ knee hold up? Green Bay’s entire season rests on his sprained ligament.
10. Los Angeles Chargers (1-1).
Baffling team, even if the Chiefs look to be good, to lose Week 1. We did not learn anything from them in Week 2. They’ll need Joey Bosa back soon.
11. Atlanta Falcons (1-1).
How good are they, really? Difficult to get a good read on them just yet.
12. Baltimore Ravens (1-1).
Regression to the mean in Week 2? Or are the Bengals really that good? We knew the Ravens weren’t as good as Week 1 suggested to some, but still…
13. Philadelphia Eagles (1-1).
The Eagles aren’t more than an average team. 2017 is over with. Carson Wentz being back won’t change much.
14. New England Patriots (1-1).
They were only in the game because the officials attempted to swing the game in their favor in Jacksonville. Had it been the AFC Championship, the officials would have completed the act.
15. Carolina Panthers (1-1).
Their offensive line injuries (along with Greg Olsen) are going to be problematic this season…
16. Cleveland Browns (0-1-1).
The Browns should be 2-0, if not for their now dearly departed kicker.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1-1).
The Steelers offense puts up points, but the dynamic that Le’Veon Bell brings is missing. Plus they cannot defend even if their lives depended on it.
18. New Orleans Saints (1-1).
Like the Eagles, 2017 is over. This is an 8-8 team. MARK INGRAM ain’t changing that.
19. San Francisco 49ers (1-1).
20. Chicago Bears (1-1).
After the first 15 scripted plays, the Bears offense goes to absolute nothing. They’ll have to fix this. Even the hapless Seahawks managed to hang around until Russell Wilson began seeing ghosts and threw a back-breaking pick-six to close out the undecided portion of the game in Week 2.
21. Tennessee Titans (1-1).
What a dreadful team to watch.
22. Indianapolis Colts (1-1).
The Redskins aren’t any good, and their delusional fanbase and local sports announcers knew it both before and after the game.
23. New York Jets (1-1).
Stop crowning quarterbacks after one game.
24. Washington Redskins (1-1).
Reality struck after they beat an NCAA FCS team in Week 1.
25. Oakland Raiders (0-2).
They had their chances in Week 2, but came up short…
26. Detroit Lions (0-2).
Another season of missed playoffs on the way for Matthew Stafford.
27. Houston Texans (0-2).
The Texans will get their first win in Week 3. With relative ease.
28. Seattle Seahawks (0-2).
This team is BAD. Only Russell Wilson’s exploits keeps them close.
29. Dallas Cowboys (1-1).
Dallas isn’t any good, and Week 2 didn’t do anything to change that fact. Week 2 was all about how bad the Giants are, not how Dallas (or Dak Prescott “accepted a challenge” that he didn’t meet).
30. New York Football Giants (0-2).
The Pat Shurmur Era seems a lot like a continuation of the Ben McAdoo Era, mixed in with some Willie Taggart (at Florida State) Era.
31. Arizona Cardinals (0-2).
They are the NFC’s equivalent to the Buffalo Bills (see below), until Josh Rosen plays, that is.
32. Buffalo Bills (0-2).
They’ll need a collective Slip & Fall act by an opposing team in order to win a game in 2018.