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Week 2 NFL Power Rankings

The NFL just wrapped up its second week of the 2023 season and we are left with nine teams still unbeaten. Seven of those teams come from the NFC, while just two come from the AFC. It has been an interesting two weeks that has seen a couple of devastating injuries and a few surprises.

Week 3 will be on us soon, but first we unveil our latest power rankings. These rankings are based on what we have seen on the field so far this year.

Week 2 NFL Power Rankings

1. Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins take the top spot after two straight road wins to start the year. They went out to Los Angeles to slip by the Chargers in Week 1 and looked good again in knocking off division-foe New England in Week 2. Tua Tagovailoa has been awesome through two weeks and if he stays healthy, the Dolphins are a favorite in the AFC.

2. Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys defense has been the story so far this year. They shut out the Giants 40-0 in Week 1 and then gave up just 10 points in a 30-10 Week 2 win over the Jets. The offense has been good, but not great. Fortunately, they haven’t had to be great as well as their defense is playing.

3. San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers have looked good through two games. They throttled the Steelers in Week 1 and then their defense came up big late in a win against a resurgent Rams team. Brock Purdy has been solid and Christian McCaffrey has been great on the ground as he has 268 yards in two games and two touchdowns.

4. Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles haven’t done anything wrong, but the three teams ahead of them have just been better so far. Jalen Hurts hasn’t been nearly as sharp as he was last year, but he has still led them to two straight wins to start the season. Sunday they head to Tampa Bay for a tricky game against an undefeated Bucs team.

5. Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens did what they needed to do on Sunday to beat the Bengals and now sit 2-0 on the season. Lamar Jackson was solid in the win going 24-33 for 237 yards and two touchdowns. The Ravens have a bunch of winnable games coming up and could take control of the AFC North.

6. Buffalo Bills

The Bills fell victim to the Jets in Week 1, but they took out their frustration on the Raiders on Sunday in getting a 38-10 win. Josh Allen looked a lot better in going 31-37 for 274 yards and three touchdowns. It was a much-needed win for the Bills who did almost nothing right against the Jets.

7. Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs bounced back from a Week 1 loss to beat the Jaguars 17-9 on Sunday. The offense still looks like something is wrong, but we still trust Patrick Mahomes a lot and think he will figure it out. If they continue to struggle, though, they will fall down these rankings.

8. New Orleans Saints

The Saints defense has looked great in its first two wins over the Titans and Panthers. They have given up just 32 total points and have given Derek Carr and the offense time to find their rhythm. The schedule isn’t the toughest for the Saints and they look like they could make a run.

9. Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons have looked good through two weeks as they have picked up two home wins against the Falcons and Packers. They limited the Panthers to just 10 points and then they orchestrated a big fourth-quarter comeback to knock off Green Bay. After going MIA in Week 1, Drake London broke out with six catches and a touchdown against the Packers.

10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

One of the least likely teams to be undefeated after Week 2, the Buccaneers have knocked off the Vikings and Bears. Baker Mayfield has been solid under center and the defense has been great for a Bucs team that many thought would slide down the standings after Tom Brady’s retirement.

11. Detroit Lions

The Lions get the nod over the Seahawks in the rankings due to their win in Arrowhead. It may not make sense, but when the two teams look even on the field we look at other sample sizes and the Lions looked better in Week 1.

12. Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks bounced back from a bad loss in Week 1 to get a huge overtime win at Detroit on Sunday. Despite beating the Lions they sit one spot behind them because the Lions win at Arrowhead is just a tad more impressive and the two teams looked about even on Sunday.

13. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars went toe-to-toe with the Chiefs in Week 2, but the offense couldn’t get in the end zone and they lost 17-9. It was another tough loss to Kansas City and it has dropped them to 1-1 on the season. The game against the Chiefs was the first of five straight games for the Jaguars where they don’t have a true road game. Two of those games will be in England.

14. Washington Commanders

The Commanders have found a way to start the year with two straight wins, but it hasn’t been easy. They had to erase a fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Cardinals in Week 1 and then survived a crazy comeback attempt from the Broncos in Week 2. It gets much tougher for the Commanders as they host the Bill this week before traveling to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles in Week 4.

15. Los Angeles Rams

The Rams looked great in a Week 1 win over the Seahawks and played the 49ers tough in a loss on Sunday. The Rams have looked to be much better after a disappointing 2022 season as Puka Nacua has been outstanding in hauling in a rookie-record 15 passes on Sunday. His 25 combined catches through two games is also an NFL record.

16. New York Jets

The Jets picked up one of the biggest wins so far this year when they beat the Bills in Week 1. They couldn’t make it two in a row as the offense struggled in a 30-10 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday. Life without Aaron Rodgers is going to be tough for the Jets and the offense is going to have to help out a very good defense.

17. Green Bay Packers

The Packers looked like they were on their way to a second straight win to start the season, but they coughed up a 12-point fourth-quarter lead in a 25-24 loss to the Falcons on Sunday. Jordan Love threw another three touchdown passes in the loss and has been a pleasant surprise so far this season.

18. Tennessee Titans

The Titans looked horrible on offense in their season-opening loss to the Raiders, but it showed some life in getting a 27-24 overtime win over the Chargers on Sunday. The Titans are still playing good defense, but they need to get more from Ryan Tannehill if they want to make a run at the division.

19. Indianapolis Colts

The Colts offense has looked decent with Anthony Richardson, but he left with a concussion in the win against the Texans. The Colts held on for the victory without him and are a late meltdown against the Jaguars away from being 2-0 on the season. The Colts will figure out just how good they are when they travel to Baltimore on Sunday to take on the Ravens.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers looked horrible in Week 1 losing to the 49ers and for a while they didn’t look much better on Monday night. Outside of one 71-yard touchdown pass from Kenny Pickett to George Pickens, the offense looked bad. The defense bailed them out with two touchdowns and the Steelers escaped with a 26-22 win.

21. Cleveland Browns

The Browns looked great in Week 1 beating the Bengals, but the offense struggled in a loss to the the Steelers on Monday night. The bigger blow was losing Nick Chubb for the season with a serious knee injury. Chubb will be missed in the offense and Deshaun Watson is going to have to prove that he can lead this offense.

22. Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers are 0-2 and have lost by a combined five points. They lost to the Dolphins at home by two points and then lost in overtime at Tennessee last weekend. The Chargers have another road game at Minnesota this weekend in a game of two teams looking for their first win.

23. New England Patriots

The Patriots have been competitive in both of their losses, but early deficits have been too much for them in their games against the Eagles and Dolphins. It doesn’t get much easier for them as they must travel to the Jets and Cowboys over the next two weeks.

24. Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins has already thrown for 708 yards and six touchdowns through two games. That is the good news. The bad news is the Vikings are 0-2 after suffering losses to the Buccaneers and Eagles. If Cousins keeps this up they will win games, but the schedule is tough as they play the Chargers, Chiefs and 49ers all in the next five weeks.

25. Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals have to be one of the biggest disappointments in the league so far. Joe Burrow does not look right and the Bengals have opened the season with two straight losses. Burrow did throw two touchdown passes in the loss to the Ravens, but something just isn’t right with him. He will need to figure it out quickly before the Bengals get too far behind.

26. Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders ground out a win in Week 1 against the Broncos and went right down and scored a touchdown early on the Bills. Then it all fell apart. The Raiders would go to lose 38-10 and were clearly outmatched. The Raiders look like a solid team, but not able to beat any of the top teams in the league.

27. Denver Broncos

The Broncos nearly pulled off a miracle comeback as they converted a Hail Mary to end the game, but a failed two-point conversion left them with a two-point loss to the Commanders on Sunday. Russell Wilson could be on his way out sooner than later if this keeps up and the Broncos keep losing. Despite being 0-2, the Broncos have lost by a combined three points.

28. New York Giants

The Giants avoided falling all the way to the bottom of the standings by coming back from 21 points down to beat the Cardinals on Sunday. They still have not looked good and starting running back Saquon Barkley is now out for at least three weeks with a sprained ankle.

29. Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals came into the season as the worst team on paper in the NFL. Through two games they are 0-2, but they could have easily won both games. They have been a lot more competitive than anybody could have predicted. They are still short on talent, but they are playing hard.

30. Carolina Panthers

The Panthers defense is good, but they have been on the field too much through two games. They have kept them close, but they need a lot more help from the offense. Bryce Young has shown flashes but needs to be more consistent for this team to get some wins.

31. Chicago Bears

Justin Fields looks lost out there and it is killing the Bears. There was optimism for some growth this year from Fields after his fantastic ending to the 2022 season, but it just hasn’t come yet. The defense is playing well except on third downs when they just can’t get the other team off the field. Both need to get fixed quickly as they head to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs on Sunday.

32. Houston Texans

The Texans were competitive against the Colts on Sunday and the offense showed some signs of life, but the defense struggled to stop Indianapolis, giving up 31 points. CJ Stroud was good going 30-47 for 384 yards and two touchdowns but it wasn’t enough. Nico Collins also had a big day as he hauled in seven passes for 148 yards and a touchdown.

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