Week 2 NFL power rankings: Baltimore Ravens belong in top group
Darin McCann is back with his week two power rankings of the NFL. Where are the Ravens?
Though it almost seemed impossible to imagine a few short months ago, the National Football League has successfully completed its opening weekend. And, as Americans are wont to do, we like to rank things. All things. All the time.
So here we sit with the Week 2 Power Rankings. We tried not to move teams too much after only one week of action — particularly after an unorthodox offseason that certainly afforded established teams a clear advantage. Some teams did move a little up, even after a loss, and vice versa, because they showed something we didn’t really expect.
Let’s get to it. Last week’s ranking is in parenthesis.
32. New York Jets, 0-1 (30)
That they lost to the Bills is no shame — the Bills are good. That their only offense seemed to come from Jamison Crowder is alarming. They also gave up more than 300 yards passing to Josh Allen. The Jets comfortably own this spot for now.
31. Carolina Panthers, 0-1 (29)
The Panthers gave the Raiders a good game, and Robby Anderson looks like a nice addition. I don’t think they’ll finish this low, but two teams passed them this week due to wins. We will see them next.
30. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1-0 (32)
Gardner Minshew went 20-21 passing, they grabbed two picks and were out-gained by 204 yards. But they won. We will let them have their moment in the sun with a glistening 30th ranking this week.
29. Washington Football Team 1-0 (31)
Their pass-rush is insane, and got Carson Wentz eight times for sacks. They also overcame a 17-0 deficit to get the win. They could be on the way up, or this could be as good as it gets. At least they have a catchy name, am I right?
28. Miami Dolphins, 0-1 (28)
They lost to the Patriots, as expected. They struggled on offense, and Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three picks, as expected. How about that Matt Haack, though? He averaged 50.7 yards on punts. So, they do have that going for them.