2017 NFL Power Rankings: Where things stand after Week 2
32) New York Jets
Last week's ranking: 31
Most recent result: L, 45-20 vs. Raiders
Why they're ranked here: The Jets defense didn't register a QB hurry on any of the Raiders' 28 pass attempts. Derek Carr has had more stressful days while on vacation.
31) Indianapolis Colts
Last week's ranking: 32
Most recent result: L, 16-13 vs. Cardinals
Why they're ranked here: Jacoby Brissett stepped in for Scott Tolzien, and while he should be better, he wasn't much of an upgrade in his Colts debut vs. the Cards. Andrew Luck shouldn't be rushing back to play with this squad.
30) Cincinnati Bengals
Last week's ranking: 28
Most recent result: L, 13-9 vs. Texans
Why they're ranked here: Will the Bengals ever score another touchdown, ever? That's not the storyline Marvin Lewis wanted for his team after two weeks, but that's the one he's looking at now. His seat is scorching.
29) Cleveland Browns
Last week's ranking: 30
Most recent result: L, 24-10 vs. Ravens
Why they're ranked here: DeShone Kizer threw three picks vs. the Ravens, and it likely won't be the last time in 2017 he performs that poorly. The Browns have looked awfully Brown-ish through two weeks, but they do get a meeting with the Colts in Week 3.
28) San Francisco 49ers
Last week's ranking: 29
Most recent result: L, 12-9 vs. Seahawks
Why they're ranked here: Brian Hoyer's statline vs. Seattle — 15 completions for 99 yards — is laughable. Seriously, aren't you laughing at it? Kyle Shanahan's got his work cut out for him in San Fran.
27) Chicago Bears
Last week's ranking: 26
Most recent result: L, 29-7 vs. Bucs
Why they're ranked here: After staying close to the Falcons in Week 1, the Bears returned to form and were nearly shut out in Tampa. The Mike Glennon era is off to an 0-2 start, and it may not last much longer in Chicago.
26) Arizona Cardinals
Last week's ranking: 27
Most recent result: W, 16-13 vs. Colts
Why they're ranked here: Topping the Colts isn't something to hang a banner over, but picking up a road win a week after losing by far your most talented player has to be worth something. Arizona needs to see sharper stuff from Carson Palmer, though, and quick, too.
25) New Orleans Saints
Last week's ranking: 24
Most recent result: L, 36-20 vs. Patriots
Why they're ranked here: After giving up 29 points to the Vikings, the Saints allowed the Patriots to score 36. Even if Drew Brees starts looking like himself — which he hasn't exactly so far — he'll have a heck of a task week in and week out to try and match those kinds of totals.
24) Los Angeles Chargers
Last week's ranking: 23
Most recent result: L, 19-17 vs. Dolphins
Why they're ranked here: If this list ranked teams based off their ability to lose in the most creative and painful of ways, the Chargers would outpace every other franchise by miles. To add insult to said creative and painful loss, the Chargers' temporary soccer stadium was not close to being full despite having less than half the amount of seats most football stadiums have.
23) Houston Texans
Last week's ranking: 25
Most recent result: W, 13-9 vs. Bengals
Why they're ranked here: Deshaun Watson was predictably raw as a passer in his first start, but he did one thing Tom Savage has never even dreamt of doing: He ripped off a 49-yard TD that, against the Bengals, created an insurmountable lead. The defense will have to lead the charge, but expect the electric Watson and the offense to slowly improve during the year.
22) Los Angeles Rams
Last week's ranking: 22
Most recent result: L, 27-20 vs. Redskins
Why they're ranked here: Let's hold off on Sean McVay and Jared Goff's guaranteed trips to Canton. Goff looked much closer to rookie Goff than Week 1 Goff and the Rams dropped a winnable contest at home. A positive, however: Todd Gurley looked explosive for the first time in a long time.
21) Jacksonville Jaguars
Last week's ranking: 21
Most recent result: L, 37-16 vs. Titans
Why they're ranked here: If teams are able to neutralize Leonard Fournette and Jacksonville's run game, and if their pass rush is quieted, the Jaguars will struggle mightily. The more Blake Bortles throws, the more trouble this group will have. The Tennessee blowout was Exhibit A for that line of thinking.
20) Buffalo Bills
Last week's ranking: 20
Most recent result: L, 9-3 vs. Panthers
Why they're ranked here: The defense was stout, but the offense was very sluggish. Yet they still had a late chance to steal a victory. Can they compete when LeSean McCoy has an average day? They didn't vs. Carolina. Other playmakers must step up if Buffalo wants to be anything other than 7-9 again.
19) New York Giants
Last week’s ranking: 11
Most recent result: L, 24-10 vs. Lions
Why they’re ranked here: Odell Beckham Jr. returned to the offense in Week 2, but the unit continued to look inept. The run game, meanwhile? Non-existent. The Giants are one of the more disappointing teams through two games in 2017.
18) Washington Redskins
Last week's ranking: 18
Most recent result: W, 27-20 vs. Rams
Why they're ranked here: The Redskins survived another mediocre effort from Kirk Cousins thanks to a thunderous rushing attack and a defense that came up clutch when needed. They're not in their groove yet, but the win in Los Angeles was absolutely crucial, because they face the Raiders and Chiefs in the next two weeks.
17) Philadelphia Eagles
Last week's ranking: 14
Most recent result: L, 27-20 vs. Chiefs
Why they're ranked here: The Eagles gave the Chiefs all KC could handle in Arrowhead, but Philly just couldn’t finish in the fourth quarter. Splitting two road contests to start off 2017 is still promising, and now, they get to play eight home games to just six road games the rest of the way. Carson Wentz must keep developing if this franchise wants to sneak into the postseason.
16) Carolina Panthers
Last week's ranking: 16
Most recent result: W, 9-3 vs. Bills
Why they're ranked here: The Panthers are 2-0, but their two wins have come vs. the 49ers and the Bills. With that being said, they’ve only allowed six points thus far in 2017, which is worth bragging about regardless of the competition. Still, though, it’s just hard to tell how good they are, and therefore, they stay in the mid-teens.
15) Tennessee Titans
Last week's ranking: 17
Most recent result: W, 37-16 vs. Jaguars
Why they're ranked here: Their first half at Jacksonville was very uninspiring, but an efficient Marcus Mariota and powerful running game ignited a second half, 31-point explosion. Can they refocus and defend their home stadium against the Seahawks in Week 3?
14) Seattle Seahawks
Last week’s ranking: 10
Most recent result: W, 12-9 vs. 49ers
Why they’re ranked here: Seattle will take avoiding an 0-2 hole, but besides that, there’s not much for them to be thrilled about through two weeks. Russell Wilson barely has time to throw, and when he does end up with a pocket to pass in, he and his WRs have failed to create many big plays. Chris Carson, though, did show some flashes at running back vs. the Niners.
13) Minnesota Vikings
Last week's ranking: 13
Most recent result: L, 26-9 vs. Steelers
Why they're ranked here: Case Keenum had to step in for an injured Sam Bradford, which explains Minnesota’s nine point output following their sparkling opener. They don’t get docked for losing in Pittsburgh without their starting QB.
12) Detroit Lions
Last week's ranking: 19
Most recent result: W, 24-10 vs. Giants
Why they're ranked here: Matt Stafford's quitely off to a nice start, and the Lions are receiving major contributions on the scoreboard from their defense and special teams. They're the lone undefeated team in the NFC North.
11) Miami Dolphins
Last week’s ranking: 12
Most recent result: W, 19-17 vs. Chargers
Why they’re ranked here: Jay Cutler wasn’t spectacular, but Miami didn’t need him to be. Completing 72-percent of his passes like he did in LA will certainly suffice. After a postponed Week 1, the Dolphins squeaked out a close one over the Chargers, and actually sit atop the AFC East for now.
10) Dallas Cowboys
Last week’s ranking: 5
Most recent result: L, 42-17 vs. Broncos
Why they’re ranked here: This put a serious damper on things for those on Dallas’ side. Ezekiel Elliott did nothing, as Denver proved the Cowboys will seriously suffer if they’re forced to be one-dimensional on offense. They haven’t been beaten like this since 2015.
9) Denver Broncos
Last week's ranking: 15
Most recent result: W, 42-17 vs. Cowboys
Why they're ranked here: Beating the Cowboys by 25 was a major statement by Denver. Trevor Siemian’s 6:1 TD/INT ratio must be making John Elway smile, and the Broncos D is on its A game thus far. The Chiefs and Raiders are still a tier above in the AFC West, but it doesn’t look like this outfit is too far behind.
8) Baltimore Ravens
Last week’s ranking: 8
Most recent result: W, 24-10 vs. Browns
Why they’re ranked here: The Ravens defense caused a bunch of turnovers and Joe Flacco played intelligently under center. In other words, it was just another NFL game in Baltimore.
7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last week’s ranking: 9
Most recent result: W, 29-7 vs. Bears
Why they’re ranked here: The Bucs did nothing to slow down the hype surrounding them this year in their debut. Tampa’s offense was solid, but it was the defense, with four forced turnovers in the first half, that did the most damage vs. Chicago. When both units are in sync like they were against the Bears, look out.
6) Atlanta Falcons
Last week’s ranking: 7
Most recent result: W, 34-23 vs. Packers
Why they’re ranked here: The Falcons opened up their gorgeous new stadium with a gorgeous victory over Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Things got a bit close at the end, but for the most part, Atlanta was too much to handle through the air and on the ground.
5) Pittsburgh Steelers
Last week’s ranking: 6
Most recent result: W, 26-9 vs. Vikings
Why they’re ranked here: As mentioned earlier, this result is tainted a bit because it came against Case Keenum. But Minnesota’s defense had its personnel, and the Pittsburgh offense moved the ball with ease against it. By the way — Le’Veon Bell has yet to really round into form.
4) Green Bay Packers
Last week’s ranking: 2
Most recent result: L, 34-23 vs. Falcons
Why they’re ranked here: Playing a team in their new stadium’s opener is never fun. When that team has one of the most well-rounded offenses in football, the task becomes even less enjoyable. The Packers slide, but not by much. Aaron Rodgers and Co. should still be feared in the NFC, and should also have an easy one next Sunday vs. Cincy.
3) New England Patriots
Last week’s ranking: 3
Most recent result: W, 36-20 vs. Saints
Why they’re ranked here: Woah, the Patriots bounced back after looking less-than-stellar last week? What a giant surprise! Not. The most worrisome part of their Week 2 win was Rob Gronkowski exiting with a groin injury, but afterward, he said it wasn’t a big deal. Hopefully for New England, he’s right.
2) Oakland Raiders
Last week’s ranking: 4
Most recent result: W, 45-20 vs. Jets
Why they’re ranked here: The Raiders are scary. Loaded up front on both lines, Oakland is even better than they were in 2016 because Marshawn Lynch has beast-moded on people since coming out of retirement. They travel to DC in Week 3.
1) Kansas City Chiefs
Last week’s ranking: 1
Most recent result: W, 27-20 vs. Eagles
Why they’re ranked here: How was Kareem Hunt not the No. 1 player taken in the 2017 NFL Draft? That’s being written in a half-joking tone, but Kansas City had been talking up the rookie all offseason and now the rest of the league knows why. The AFC West looks like the top division in football, and the Chiefs are the class of it as things stand now.