NFL POWER RANKINGS: Where every team stands heading into Week 2

  • Week 1 of the NFL season is in the books.
  • In the first week of football games, there were some noteworthy upsets, plus eight road teams winning in fan-less stadiums.
  • There were some constants, too, like Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson continuing to dominate opposing defenses.
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Week 1 of the NFL season showed us that this season will bring some unexpected twists and turns.

For instance, eight road teams won in Week 1, though, of course, most stadiums don't have crowds.

However, there were also some constants, particularly in quarterback play. Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson picked up where they left off, lighting up opposing defenses, and Aaron Rodgers remains an elite quarterback, seemingly on a revenge tour.

Here is where all 32 teams stand after the first week of action.

32. New York Jets

Record: 0-1

Week 1 result: Lost to the Bills, 27-17

Week 2 opponent: vs. San Francisco 49ers

One thing to know: The first half of the Jets season did not offer a lot of promise. New York began their game against Buffalo with three straight three-and-outs, a five-play drive that amassed 19 yards, and a three-play drive that ended in an interception. On their final possession before halftime, they drove 75 yards for a field goal to cut the Bills lead to 21-3. Adam Gase looks like he's in for a long year, or if the Jets decide to cut ties with him, possibly an extremely short one.

31. Carolina Panthers

Record: 0-1

Week 1 result: Lost to the Raiders, 34-30

Week 2 opponent: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

One thing to know: The Panthers have plenty of fire-power on offense, but defense — particularly against the run, where they were among the worst teams in 2019 — continues to be a problem. They allowed 133 rushing yards and 3 rushing touchdowns to the Raiders in Week 1.

30. Cincinnati Bengals

Record: 0-1

Week 1 result: Lost to the Chargers, 16-13

Week 2 opponent: at Cleveland Browns

One thing to know: The Bengals lost on Sunday after kicker Randy Bullock shanked what would have been the game-tying field goal in the final seconds. Even with the loss, Cincinnati has plenty to be happy about. Rookie quarterback Joe Burrow looked as good as one could have hoped, completely at ease with the pro game's pace. The Bengals might not be contenders this year, but the future is bright in Cincinnati.

29. New York Giants

Record: 0-1

Week 1 result: Lost to the Steelers, 26-16

Week 2 opponent: at Chicago Bears

One thing to know: Week 1 showcased the best and worst tendencies of Daniel Jones (gritty playmaking; back-breaking turnovers), but on the whole, he looked OK. More concerning is the Giants' perpetual struggles on the offensive line, particularly after Saquon Barkley managed just 6 rushing yards on 15 carries.

28. Cleveland Browns

Record: 0-1

Week 1 result: Lost to the Ravens, 38-6

Week 2 opponent: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

One thing to know: Baker Mayfield targeted stud wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. 10 times on Sunday, but connected on just three of those passes. Baltimore is admittedly a tough matchup, but the Browns need to start showing signs of life soon, as the franchise hasn't exactly earned the benefit of the doubt over their past two decades of existence.

27. Jacksonville Jaguars

Record: 1-0

Week 1 result: Beat the Colts, 27-20

Week 2 opponent: at Tennessee Titans

One thing to know: Gardner Minshew warned everyone that the Jaguars players wouldn't tank (even if the front office moves suggested otherwise), and he wasn't kidding. Minshew carved up the Colts defense with 19-of-20 passing for 173 yards and 3 touchdowns, helping Jacksonville pull off one of the surprises of Week 1.

26. Detroit Lions

Record: 0-1

Week 1 result: Lost to the Bears, 27-23

Week 2 opponent: at Green Bay Packers

One thing to know: Rookie running back D'Andre Swift saw the game slip through his hands on Sunday as he dropped what would have been the game-winning touchdown against the Bears. After the game, head coach Matt Patricia took the blame for the loss, and he's right — the Lions blew a 17-point fourth-quarter lead. If they don't let Mitch Trubisky throw three fourth-quarter touchdowns, Swift won't have any big passes to drop.

25. Miami Dolphins

Record: 0-1

Week 1 result: Lost to the Patriots, 21-11

Week 2 opponent: vs. Buffalo Bills

One thing to know: Tua Watch is going to start quickly after Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 3 interceptions and no touchdowns in Week 1. Fitzpatrick is getting the start again in Week 2, but how long until Tagovailoa, the No. 5 pick in the draft, gets the keys?

24. Atlanta Falcons

Record: 0-1

Week 1 result: Lost to the Seahawks, 38-25

Week 2 opponent: at Dallas Cowboys

One thing to know: Despite the loss, Atlanta's offense looked feisty against the Seahawks, with three receivers — Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Russell Gage — all going off for 100 yards. Even if the Falcons aren't great on the field this year, they could be a gold mine for fantasy players.

23. Washington Football Team

Record: 1-0

Week 1 result: Beat the Eagles, 27-17

Week 2 opponent: at Arizona Cardinals

One thing to know: Ron Rivera had to get an IV treatment for cancer at halftime, so it was up to second-year QB Dwayne Haskins to give the halftime speech. Whatever he said worked, as Washington outscored the Eagles 20-0 in the second half.

22. Indianapolis Colts

Record: 0-1

Week 1 result: Lost to the Jaguars, 27-20

Week 2 opponent: vs. Minnesota Vikings

One thing to know: Phillip Rivers may have left the Chargers, but it appears he has brought his knack for backbreaking late interceptions with him to his new team. The Colts' loss to the Jaguars was the biggest upset of Week 1, and they'll have to right the ship quick if they're to live up to their preseason expectations as AFC South champions.

21. Chicago Bears

Record: 1-0

Week 1 result: Beat the Lions, 27-23

Week 2 opponent: vs. New York Giants

One thing to know: It was a tale of two halves for Mitch Trubisky, who, while fighting for his job, threw 3 touchdowns in the final 17 minutes to help the Bears pull off a comeback against the Lions. 

20. Los Angeles Chargers

Record: 1-0

Week 1 result: Beat the Bengals, 16-13

Week 2 opponent: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

One thing to know: It wasn't pretty, but the Chargers did enough on Sunday to outlast the Bengals in Cincinnati. Still, scoring 16 points against the Bengals doesn't offer a ton of hope for a team that will have to keep pace with the Chiefs' firepower this weekend.

19. Denver Broncos

Record: 0-1

Week 1 result: Lost to the Titans, 16-14

Week 2 opponent: at Pittsburgh Steelers

One thing to know: Vic Fangio may be the goat of the week after failing to use any timeouts to save clock as the Titans drove the field for the game-winning field goal. When the Broncos got the ball back, there were only 17 seconds left.

18. Philadelphia Eagles

Record: 0-1

Week 1 result: Lost to Washington, 27-17

Week 2 opponent: vs. Los Angeles Rams

One thing to know: The Eagles offensive line was dealing with injuries across the board on Sunday, and gave up a whopping eight sacks to the Washington defense in their disastrous collapse. This weekend, they'll have to find something special to avoid a similar fate facing Aaron Donald and the Rams.

17. Las Vegas Raiders

Record: 1-0

Week 1 result: Beat the Panthers, 34-30

Week 2 opponent: vs. New Orleans Saints

One thing to know: The Raiders restocked their offensive depth over the offseason, and it appeared to pay off: the Raiders' 34 points were more than they scored in any game last season. Josh Jacobs (25 carries, 4 catches, 139 total yards, 3 touchdowns) looks like a potential fantasy-league winner.

16. Houston Texans

Record: 0-1

Week 1 result: Lost to the Chiefs, 34-20

Week 2 opponent: vs. Baltimore Ravens

One thing to know: The Houston Texans could still be a great team this year, but starting their season off against the Chiefs and Ravens feels like a recipe for 0-2. On the bright side, it can only get easier.

15. Minnesota Vikings

Record: 0-1

Week 1 result: Lost to the Packers, 43-34

Week 2 opponent: at Indianapolis Colts

One thing to know: It was a bad day all around for the Vikings. Their offense couldn't stay on the field because of an awful pass attack. Then their defense was zapped of energy from Green Bay's quick-strike offense. The Vikings put up some garbage-time points to make it look close, but they have many questions to answer after an offseason that saw them lose lots of veteran talent.

14. Arizona Cardinals

Record: 1-0

Week 1 result: Beat the 49ers, 24-20

Week 2 opponent: vs. Washington Football Team

One thing to know: It didn't take long for Kyler Murray to find his rhythm with new superstar wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. The duo connected for 14 receptions and 151 yards on Sunday against a stingy 49ers defense to get the Cardinals the upset victory. The NFC West was already the toughest division in football when Arizona was a 6-10 team. Somehow this year, it's even scarier. 

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Record: 0-1

Week 1 result: Lost to the Saints, 34-23

Week 2 opponent: vs. Carolina Panthers

One thing to know: Is Tom Brady officially washed up, or was Week 1's lackluster performance the result of an unusual offseason for a 43-year-old switching teams? Most in the NFL world seems to think the Buccaneers will begin to click with more time together, but the noise will only grow louder if Brady and the Bucs don't get it together in the coming weeks.

12. New England Patriots

Record: 1-0

Week 1 result: Beat the Dolphins, 21-11

Week 2 opponent: at Seattle Seahawks

One thing to know: No Brady, no problem. The New England Patriots won their first game of the post-Brady era with some stellar play from new quarterback Cam Newton. Newton rushed for two touchdowns and appeared to open up a new part of the playbook for offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. Maybe the Patriots reign as AFC East champions isn't over yet.

11. Dallas Cowboys

Record: 0-1

Week 1 result: Lost to the Rams, 20-17

Week 2 opponent: vs. Atlanta Falcons

One thing to know: The Cowboys' super-group on offense fell flat in the season-opener, mustering just 17 points against the Rams. The Cowboys had a chance to win late until a deep catch by Michael Gallup was called back because of offensive pass interference.

10. Tennessee Titans

Record: 1-0

Week 1 result: Beat the Broncos, 16-14

Week 2 opponent: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

One thing to know: Titans kicker Stephen Gostkowski found utter despair and eventual redemption on Monday night in Denver. After missing three field goals and an extra point in his first game with his new team, Gostkowski made amends by hitting a game-winner with just seconds left on the clock, allowing the Titans to escape Mile High with the win.

The secret to finding his kick in the middle of the worst game of his 15-year career? Taking off his sock.

9. Los Angeles Rams

Record: 1-0

Week 1 result: Beat the Cowboys, 20-17

Week 2 opponent: at Philadelphia Eagles

One thing to know: Lest anyone forgot, Aaron Donald reminded the NFL world that he may still be the most dominant player in the league. He recorded 1 sack, 4 QB hits, and 10 QB pressures, forcing the Cowboys to get rid of the ball quickly.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers

Record: 1-0

Week 1 result: Beat the Giants, 26-16

Week 2 opponent: vs. Denver Broncos

One thing to know: The Steelers defense showed no signs of slowing down from their dominant run through 2019, holding superstar running back Saquon Barkley to a paltry six rushing yards on Monday night. With Big Ben back under center, the Steelers could be a real threat to the AFC's top two teams should he find his game again.

7. Buffalo Bills

Record: 1-0

Week 1 result: Beat the Bills, 27-17

Week 2 opponent: at Miami Dolphins

One thing to know: The Bills' passing game looked a bit different, with Josh Allen throwing 46 passes (more than he threw in a game in all of 2019), completing an impressive 71% of his them. Credit the revamped passing attack of Stefon Diggs, John Brown, and Cole Beasley, who combined for 214 receiving yards.

6. San Francisco 49ers

Record: 0-1

Week 1 result: Lost to the Cardinals, 24-20

Week 2 opponent: at New York Jets

One thing to know: San Francisco's loss to the Cardinals was a surprise to some, but the NFC West was never going to be easy. Still, we've seen the "Super Bowl hangover" take teams from the top of their conference to disaster before. Was Sunday's loss a fluke? Or a sign of what's to come?

5. Seattle Seahawks

Record: 1-0

Week 1 result: Beat the Falcons, 38-25

Week 2 opponent: vs. New England Patriots

One thing to know: The "Let Russ cook" community got what it wished. Wilson threw the ball 35 times, a number he hit just six times last year, for 322 yards and 4 touchdowns. If the Seahawks are truly committed to letting Wilson air it out more this year, he could be an MVP frontrunner.

4. Green Bay Packers

Record: 1-0

Week 1 result: Beat the Vikings, 43-34

Week 2 opponent: vs. Detroit Lions

One thing to know: Who says Aaron Rodgers needs more weapons? After an offseason marked by the Packers decision to draft Rodgers' potential successor in Jordan Love rather than an offensive piece that could help Green Bay win now, the veteran proved that Love will likely be hanging out on the bench for some time, throwing for 364 yards and four touchdowns in a show of dominance.

3. New Orleans Saints

Record: 1-0

Week 1 result: Beat the Buccaneers, 34-23

Week 2 opponent: at Las Vegas Raiders

One thing to know: It wasn't the prettiest win, but 34 points against a division rival isn't a bad way to start the season. It remains to be seen if Drew Brees still has the arm strength to push the ball down the field, but Taysom Hill seems to have that area covered, completing a 38-yard pass to Alvin Kamara that sealed the game.

2. Baltimore Ravens

Record: 1-0

Week 1 result: Beat the Browns, 38-6

Week 2 opponent: at Houston Texans

One thing to know: The reigning NFL MVP has not lost a step heading into the 2020 season. Lamar Jackson lived up to every expectation in his first game of the year, throwing for 275 yards and three touchdowns against the Browns. If any team is going to have the potential to keep pace with the scoring capacity of the Chiefs in a playoff game, it's the Ravens.

1. Kansas City Chiefs

Record: 1-0

Week 1 result: Beat the Texans, 34-20

Week 2 opponent: at Los Angeles Chargers

One thing to know: The Chiefs picked up right where they left off — going scorched-Earth on opposing defenses. Kansas City was up 31-7 at one point, while Patrick Mahomes completed 75% of his passes and threw 3 touchdowns for an easy day at the office. 

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