Wild returns, collapses leave question marks

Wild returns, collapses leave question marks

NFL Power Rankings Week 3: Eagles near top of league entering MNF originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Week 2 is always one of the best weeks of the NFL season. It’s the Sunday when everyone collectively wonders “are any of these teams any good?” These ratings will reflect that.

Except of course the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs.

Sunday saw the Baltimore Ravens blow a 21-point lead, the Los Angeles Rams nearly blow away a 25-point cushion, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers struggle in New Orleans and the AFC favorite Indianapolis Colts once again lose in Jacksonville.

The San Francisco 49ers are back to .500, but they likely lost quarterback Trey Lance for the season.

Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers got back on track with a win over the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field.

Here’s where each team sits after Week 2 action.

32. Carolina Panthers (0-2): Matt Rhule is 5-16 in one possession games since the start of 2020. Tell me he and Nebraska aren’t perfect

31. Atlanta Falcons (0-2): The universe couldn’t handle the Falcons coming back from a 28-3 deficit. The return had to be short.

30. Seattle Seahawks (1-1): The Seahawks putting four backs on the field only to throw an interception was perfect. No notes.

29. Tennessee Titans (0-2): This iteration of Titans is over.

28. Washington Commanders (1-1): The Commanders are who we thought they were. Over/under how many games does Carson Wentz have as a starting QB in the NFL? Six? Eight? It can’t be much.

27. Indianapolis Colts (0-1-1): Jim Irsay is going to fire everyone.

26. Houston Texans (0-1-1): The Texans begged the Broncos to win Sunday’s game. Finally, the Mile High Ponies obliged. The Texans aren’t ready to win anything yet.

25. Cleveland Browns (1-1): Brownie the Elf couldn’t save the Browns from getting into it against the Jets.

24. New York Jets (1-1): Robert Saleh said he was going to keep the evidence of everyone mocking the Jets. After blowing a 13-point lead in 92 seconds, it might be time to unleash some of them.

23. Chicago Bears (1-1): The Bears offense was impressive on the scripted first drive. Post? Not so much.

22. Las Vegas Raiders (0-2): Raiders owner Mark Davis got his title when the Las Vegas Aces won the WNBA Championship on Sunday. You don’t have to worry about Vegas’ huge job against the Cardinals until Tuesday at the earliest.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1): The Jags will be the highest-ranked team in the AFC South because, well, they have a win.

20. New York Giants (2-0): I still don’t think the Giants are good. But 2-0 is 2-0.

19. Detroit Lions (1-1): The Lions have scored 30 or more points in three straight games for the first time since 1997. Things may be changing in Detroit.

18. Cincinnati Bengals (0-2): The Bengals were borderline atrocious in their first two games and still had a chance to win each of them. That’s something… I think.

17. Arizona Cardinals (1-1): Kyler Murray, Byron Murphy and Isaiah Simmons might have saved the Cardinals’ season. However, there are many issues in the desert.

16. Dallas Cowboys (1-1): Dak who? (This is a joke.)

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1): Mitchell Trubisky was the wise move when it looked like the defense could lead the Steelers to a playoff spot. With TJ Watt out, it might be time to give Kenny Pickett a rotation. The Steelers have nothing to lose.

14. New England Patriots (1-1): Shooter Olszewski said he wanted to make his old team remember him. Instead, his special teams blunder ended up giving New England a much-needed win in Pittsburgh. Bill Belichick appreciates the gesture, Gunner.

13. New Orleans Saints (1-1): Bucks linebacker Devin White summed up Jameis Winston perfectly after Tampa Bay’s 20-10 win in New Orleans: “We just knew he was going to give us the ball.”

12. Denver Broncos (1-1): Nathaniel Hackett may not have been ready for a long time.

11. San Francisco 49ers (1-1): Don’t defend Kyle Shanahan because he constantly uses franchise QB Trey Lance like a battering ram and injures him. If Shanahan is such a genius player, you’d think he’d be able to devise a way to use Lance’s athleticism without repeatedly putting him in the teeth of defenses.

10. Los Angeles Rams (1-1): The Rams avoided a colossal collapse against the Falcons. But they’re still shaking off the Super Bowl hangover.

9. Green Bay Packers (1-1): Getting Aaron Jones the ball seems to be a recipe for success.

8. Minnesota Vikings (1-1): Kirk Cousins ​​in primetime against not the Bears. He should have seen the egg coming.

7. Baltimore Ravens (1-1): Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle still run free against the Ravens secondary.

6. Miami Dolphins (2-0): Mike McDaniel, Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle might save Tua Tagovailoa’s career.

5. Los Angeles Chargers (1-1): Justin Herbert’s broken rib cartilage is all that matters in Los Angeles. The good news is that Chargers doctors have a good track record with chest injuries.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0): Tom Brady might want to rethink his retirement after watching the Bucks’ offense struggle against a Saints defense that struggled with Marcus Mariota and the Falcons in Week 1.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (2-0): Jalen Hurts has improved every year since he was a freshman at Alabama. The Eagles should pay this man.

2. Kansas City Chiefs (2-0): Patrick Mahomes should take the luck he had Thursday night and head to Vegas. The Chargers fended off four would-be interceptions in a 27-24 victory over Kansas City.

1. Buffalo Bills (2-0): OK, the Bills might go 20-0.

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