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Arizona Sports NFL Week 2 Power Rankings: Patriots on top

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates his touchdown against the Houston Texans during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

One down, 16 to go.

Week 1 in the NFL’s 2018 season offered a little bit of everything. There were marquee matchups, the usual suspects coming out on top and trendy Super Bowl picks falling on their faces.

And then there were the Bills.

Every week, I’ll take a look at what transpired in the league and rank teams 1-32, because it’s been scientifically proven that people love them some lists.

Unlike years past, there is no panel determining the rankings. It’s one man’s view based on the eyeball test, quality of competition, statistical analysis and the old Janet Jackson motto “what have you done for me lately?”

Don’t @ me.


Rank Team Record Result Last Wk Comment
1. New England Patriots 1-0 beat Houston 27-20 Brady to Gronk connection still unstoppable
2. Philadelphia Eagles 1-0 beat Atlanta 18-12 Style points missing, but a good win nonetheless
3. Minnesota Vikings 1-0 beat San Francisco 24-16 Good first effort from Kirk Cousins
4. Los Angeles Rams 1-0 beat Oakland 33-13 Dominant second half, outscoring Oakland 23-0
5. Jacksonville Jaguars 1-0 beat NY Giants 20-15 Defense wasn’t dominant, but a good road win
6. Green Bay Packers 1-0 beat Chicago 24-23 Aaron Rodgers puts his uniform on in a phone booth
7. Kansas City Chiefs 1-0 beat LA Chargers 38-28 Mahomes impressive, and Tyreek Hill is ridiculous
8. Carolina Panthers 1-0 beat Dallas 16-8 Stingy D shackled Dallas attack
9. Baltimore Ravens 1-0 beat Buffalo 47-3 It was only the Bills, but a DOMINANT performance
10. Washington Redskins 1-0 beat Arizona 24-6 Washington did everything well in Week 1
11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-0 beat New Orleans 48-40 Bucs pull biggest upset of Week 1; Fitzpatrick was amazing
12. New York Jets 1-0 beat Detroit 48-17 Darnold bounced back after shaky start; three-phase win
13. Cincinnati Bengals 1-0 beat Indianapolis 34-23 Impressive come-from-behind win on the road
14. Denver Broncos 1-0 beat Seattle 27-24 Von Miller, meet Russell Wilson
15. Miami Dolphins 1-0 beat Tennessee 27-20 Outlasted Titans in 7-hour marathon
16. Pittsburgh Steelers 0-0-1 tied Cleveland 21-21 Blocked FG helps Pitt avoid becoming a trivia answer
17. Atlanta Falcons 0-1 lost to Philadelphia 12-18 Ryan and the Falcons shaky in the red zone; 3 points on 5 trips
18. Chicago Bears 0-1 lost to Green Bay 23-24 Dropped INT away from pulling the upset
19. Houston Texans 0-1 lost to New England 20-27 Call the timeout, O’Brien. It IS your job
20. New York Giants 0-1 lost to Jacksonville 15-20 They’ve got OBJ and Barkley, they should be fine
21. San Francisco 49ers 0-1 lost to Minnesota 16-24 Jimmy G experiences a new feeling
22. New Orleans Saints 0-1 lost to Tampa Bay 40-48 Defense looked nothing like Super Bowl-quality
23. Los Angeles Chargers 0-1 lost to Kansas City 28-38 See Saints comment
24. Seattle Seahawks 0-1 lost to Denver 24-27 Six sacks, 64 yds rushing…when will they fix the OL?
25. Indianapolis Colts 0-1 lost to Cincinnati 23-34 Luck is back, but the result is familiar
26. Oakland Raiders 0-1 lost to LA Rams 13-33 Hindsight: I would’ve paid Mack over Carr
27. Cleveland Browns 0-0-1 tied Pittsburgh 21-21 Still win-free since 2016
28. Tennessee Titans 0-1 lost to Miami 20-27 Worse than playing a 7-hour game? Losing a 7-hour game (and your QB)
29. Dallas Cowboys 0-1 lost to Carolina 8-16 Offensive concerns look real after Week 1
30. Arizona Cardinals 0-1 lost to Washington 6-24 Steve Wilks says they deserved the boos. It’s hard to argue
31. Detroit Lions 0-1 lost to NY Jets 17-48 Looked helpless after being tied 17-17
32. Buffalo Bills 0-1 lost to Baltimore 3-47 Bold prediction: Bills stay here all year

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