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My 2020 Week Two NFL Power Rankings

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Week Two Power Rankings

Carnage. Sheer and utter carnage. That is what took place across the NFL this past week. So many injuries occurred that it’s hard to keep track of them. even had an article that ranked the top 21 injuries from the week. The top 21! Odds are, your team was beset by at least one injury. If you are a San Francisco 49ers fan, man, my condolences. If you are a fantasy football player, it seems pretty likely that the top two players drafted in your league were not safe from the rash of injuries. Unfortunately, these are part of the game and the game moves on. Next man up. That said, some of these injuries will have a big impact on the a team’s ranking this week.

1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-0) ~ Harrison Butker cannot be stopped. He WILL NOT be stopped. He booted a game-winning field goal in overtime not once, not twice, but thrice! The first attempt, from 53 yards, was nullified by a false start. The second didn’t count due to a Los Angeles Chargers timeout. The third? That one counted. From 58 yards out which ties the franchise record set by….you guessed it, Butker. About that franchise record? He set it earlier in the game. Yeah. The kid is legit. (Last Week’s Ranking 1)

2. Baltimore Ravens (2-0) ~ After limiting the Cleveland Browns to just six points in the opener, Baltimore followed that up by holding Houston to 16 on the road. Safe to say the Texans have a better offense than the Browns. Or is it? Let’s just say that yes, they do. Next week they should have a stiffer task when they play host to the defending Super Bowl champs who have an offense better than Cleveland and Houston put together. We get one vs two in game number three. Get your popcorn ready. (LWR 2)

3. Seattle Seahawks (2-0) ~ Last week Russell Wilson opened the season by tossing four touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons on the road. His home opener? Even better. My early season MVP threw FIVE touchdowns in an instant classic win over the New England Patriots. Four of those went to wide receivers. Why is that noteworthy? Last season New England allowed four touchdowns by wide receivers all year. #LetRussCook (LWR 3)

4. Buffalo Bills (2-0) ~ Make that two career 300-yard passing games for Josh Allen. A week after setting a career-high with 312 air yards, Allen torched Miami’s secondary for 417 more in Week Two. There’s no way he can eclipse that next week….can he? He’s been my qb in DraftKings lineups the last two weeks, but I have a feeling the magic runs out a little bit against the L.A. Rams. I said a little bit, #BillsMafia. Relax. (LWR 5)

5. Green Bay Packers (2-0) ~ This all changes if Davante Adams has a serious hamstring injury. The Packers showed that they do have other offensive threats on the team, notably running back Aaron Jones. All he did was leave Detroit Lions in his dust as he accumulated 236 all-purpose yards while finding the end zone three times. That’s the stuff of nightmares right there for the Lions players. (LWR 6)

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) ~ T.J. Watt has played in 49 career regular season games. In that timespan, he has amassed 182 tackles, 37 sacks, 15 forced fumbles and four interceptions. Across J.J. Watt’s first 48 career regular season games, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year amassed 217 tackles, 36.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles and zero interceptions. I’m not saying baby bro T.J. is better than J.J., but I am saying we need to take notice if we haven’t already. (LWR 8)

7. New Orleans Saints (1-1) ~ Admittedly, it wasn’t pretty. Drew Brees was without his top target Michael Thomas, sure, but he also misfired pretty badly on a few throws which is very un-Brees-like. Credit goes where credit is due to the Las Vegas Raiders, but I will also chalk this up as a road loss, minus one of their best players, against a team making their home debut in a new city, in a new stadium. If the Saints look bad again next week they could be in for a much bigger drop. (LWR 4)

8. Los Angeles Rams (2-0) ~ I should have made the bet. The rams were 1.5 point underdogs coming into their game against the Philadelphia Eagles. My Philadelphia Eagles that lost to a team with no name the week before. I knew the Rams would win. They did. Handily I might add. This is what I get when I don’t bet against my own team. (LWR 10)

9. Tennessee Titans (2-0) ~ Last year the Titans announced to the NFL they were a running team. They rode Derrick Henry all the way to the AFC Championship Game. This year? Somewhat more of the same. Henry leads the NFL with 56 carries and is second with 200 yards. What’s a bit more troubling is that he is averaging just 3.6 yards per carry which is 37th best and he has as many touchdowns as me and you. A goose egg. I expect that to change, and fairly quickly. Here's looking at you Minnesota. (LWR 7)

10. New England Patriots (1-1) ~ They may have lost in Seattle, but, man, what a game. If the Patriots’ fans were unsure of what to expect out of Cam Newton this year, I think they got their answer Sunday night. He threw for 397 yards and a score while displaying some of the arm strength that helped him win an MVP in his Super Bowl season a few years ago. Oh yeah, he also added another two scores on the ground giving him four in two games. He was a yard short from a third rushing touchdown and a 2-0 start, but New England appears to have replaced the ultimate franchise quarterback with another without skipping a beat. (LWR 9)

11. San Francisco 49ers (1-1) ~ Raheem Mostert is down. So is Tevin Coleman. Joey Bosa? Torn ACL. Soloman Thomas, the other bookend on San Fran’s D? Also hurt. Jimmy Garoppolo also left Sunday’s game BUT the 49ers thumped the New York Jets despite the unreal amount of injuries. At least they don’t have to worry about playing at MetLife Stadium again. What’s that? *checks NFL schedule* Oh, they DO have to play at MetLife Stadium again. This weekend too. What a world. (LWR 11)

12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1) ~ There it is. The first win in the Tom Brady era. Brady didn’t have to do much in this one as fellow newcomer Leonard Fournette surpassed 100 yards on the ground and scored twice. The defense did the rest. If the run game and defense play that way all year, we know Brady can be a game manager. Through two weeks the only wins in the NFC South are against other NFC South opponents. (LWR 12)

13. Arizona Cardinals (2-0) ~ Don’t look now, but the Cards might be good. Their schedule is set up nicely over the next three weeks with the Lions, Carolina and Jets all on tap. Those teams are a combined 0-6. Kyler Murray looks comfortable running Kliff Kingsbury’s offense and DeAndre Hopkins has fit right in. I would love to see Larry Fitzgerald get one more crack at a title. Is it too early to thing about Arizona in the Super Bowl? Yes. But it might not seem so far-fetched if they make it to 5-0 and start gaining national attention. (LWR 15)

14. Las Vegas Raiders (2-0) ~ Do you have your pen and paper ready? Is that too antiquated? Do you have your phone ready to take notes? Sure you do. That’s what you are using to read this. ANYWAY, the answer to a future trivia question is Alec Ingold. The question, of course, is who scored the first touchdown for the Las Vegas Raiders. A man named Ingold. In Vegas. How poetic. (LWR 17)

15. Dallas Cowboys (1-1) ~ Look, I believe the Atlanta Falcons blew this game, but we will get to that when we get to them. Props to the Cowboys for not giving up. They could have quit when they fell behind by 20. They could have given up when they were down by 15 with less than five minutes left. They didn’t. This is the type of swing that could carry a team for a few weeks. I would’ve been much happier if the Cowboys were 0-2. (LWR 13)

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16. Indianapolis Colts (1-1) ~ This is the first spot in the rankings where I had to think about it. Are the Colts this good? I think they could be. The opening loss to the Jags might be just a blip on the radar as the season progresses. They will need to stop losing players to injury. A week after losing Marlon Mack they saw Parris Campbell go down along with Malik Hooker. Rookie Jonathan Taylor looked good in his first career start running for 101 yards and a score. He should be the bellcow back the Colts have seemed to lack in recent years. (LWR 19)

17. Chicago Bears (2-0) ~ Are there any Bears fans in here? 2-0 is nice, but it didn’t come easy. Or look pretty. And it wasn’t against strong competition. I don’t quite have a handle on the Bears just yet. They play a reeling Falcons team next week, and, if they move to 3-0 in an unconvincing way, it will be more of the same. If you know more about the Bears than I do, please let me know what to think. It makes writing these things a lot easier. (LWR 22)

18. Los Angeles Chargers (1-1) ~ Chargers gonna Charger. That's a saying, isn't it? Well, if it isn't, it is now. That's how these things work. Everything was going right for the Chargers who appeared set to knock off the champs with a rookie quarterback making his first start before things went, well, more according to script. We know how the game ended, but I just HAVE to gush about that rookie qb. Justin Herbert, the sixth overall pick in this year's draft, looked great. He threw for 311 yards while completing two-thirds of his passes and, sure, he made a mistake or two, but I'm not sure if L.A. can give Tyrod Taylor another shot as the starter. It should be Herbert from here on out. (LWR 20)

19. Houston Texans (0-2) ~ Houston got torched two weeks in a row, but has any team had a harder slate to open the season? Methinks not. They started with the champs and last week hosted the Ravens. There's a good chance K.C. and Baltimore square off for the right to play in the next Super Bowl. Things don't get any easier with a Sunday trip to Pittsburgh. Bragging rights for the Watt family are on the line. (LWR 16)

20. Minnesota Vikings (0-2) ~ Kirk Cousins threw for just 119 yards and three picks in what was a largely noncompetitive game Sunday. If the defense is going to be a sieve, the offense needs to put points on the board. This is a surprising 0-2 start to the season. I expected more from Minny. (LWR 14)

21. Philadelphia Eagles (0-2) ~ The good news was that Carson Wentz was not sacked a week after he went down eight times. The bad news? He threw two picks for the second week in a row. The worse news? It's the first time in his career he has had multiple picks in successive games. (LWR 18)

22. Atlanta Falcons (0-2) ~ Let's be real here. What on Earth were the Falcons doing during that onside kick at the end of the game? All anyone had to do was fall on that football and they walk out of Dallas with a win. Instead they let the ball slowly roll ten yards and let Dallas recover. It's inexcusable. This coaching staff is on the hot seat. My money is on Dan Quinn being the first NFL coach to lose his job this year. (LWR 21)

23. Cleveland Browns (1-1) ~ Head Coach Kevin Stefanski loves the running game. He loved in it Minnesota when he had Dalvin Cook. He loves it in Cleveland with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. The Browns are averaging 176.5 rush yards per game which is second-best in the NFL through two weeks. A strong run game might be just what Baker Mayfield needs to snap out of his year-plus long slump. (LWR 27)

24. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1) ~ Here's the list of Jags quarterbacks that have thrown at least three touchdowns in three straight games: Gardner Minshew. Is Uncle Rico the franchise quarterback the Jags have been searching for since Mark Brunell left town? (LWR 26)

25. Washington Football Team (1-1) ~ When Washington cut Adrian Peterson prior to the season, I almost couldn't believe it. They cut a future Hall of Famer for....Antonio Gibson? Gibson was a wide receiver in Memphis and made the transition at the next level. So far? A bit underwhelming, but I am wondering why he isn't catching more passes out of the backfield what with his receiving pedigree. (LWR 25)

26. Denver Broncos (0-2) ~ I started this blog by saying my condolences to any 49er fans out there as their team has been bitten by the injury bug. I think I owe Denver an apology. Drew Lock is out for a few weeks. Courtland Sutton is now gone for the year. Their best player, Von Miller, went down for the year right before the season started. It looks like it might be an ugly year in Denver. (LWR 23)

27. Detroit Lions (0-2) ~ Stop me if you've heard this before. The Lions blew a double-digit lead. Sound familiar? That's now four straight games in which the Lions have blown a double-digit lead. FOUR STRAIGHT GAMES! That seems impossible. In fact, according to Elias, it's the first time it's ever happened in the NFL. So, up until Detroit's last four games, it seemingly was impossible. I guess this was Matt Patricia telling us all to hold his beer. (LWR 24)

28. New York Giants (0-2) ~ That one hurts. Literally and figuratively. Star running back Saquon Barkley tore his ACL in Chicago and is done for the year. He is the best player on a team trying to find an identity with a new coaching staff. This will only make things that much tougher for the Giants who will probably look to sign a free agent back ASAP. (LWR 28)

29. Carolina Panthers (0-2) ~ Speaking of losing a star running back, Carolina just lost Christian McCaffrey for a few weeks to the dreaded high ankle sprain. I can relate. I had one of those in college. It ended any hopes I had of making the NFL. Well, maybe the fact I didn't play in college ended those hopes, but it was a long, long time ago. No reason to revisit that. (LWR 29)

30. Miami Dolphins (0-2) ~ Remember way back when free agency started and the Dolphins seems to bring in a bunch of talent to South Beach? It hasn't translated to success on the field just yet, but at least they were competitive against the Bills. (LWR 30)

31. Cincinnati Bengals (0-2) ~ Joe Burrow has lost consecutive games for the first time in his career. You might say, no kidding! He's only played two games and lost them both! I would counter that and say this is the first time Burrow has lost consecutive games on any level. It never happened in college or high school. Why do I have a sinking feeling he gets his first pro win against my Eagles this weekend? (LWR 31)

32. New York Jets (0-2) ~ Seemingly the entire 49ers team got injured against the Jets and they STILL got blown out. If they can't beat a team of backups, who can they beat? (LWR 32)

Well, that’s it. All 32 NFL teams. All in one little list that can cause a reader a bevy of emotions. Do you like where your team is ranked? Do you hate it? Do you think I have no clue what I’m talking about? Maybe you should tell me about it. Leave a comment below or reach out to me on Twitter. Handle is in the profile. See you next time kids.

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