RADIO.COM NFL Week 2 Power Rankings: Eagles Among Elite

Tim Kelly
September 10, 2019 - 12:39 pm
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Antonio Brown signed with the New England Patriots, while the Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans all made major statements in in an electric Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season.

Ahead of Week 2 of the NFL season, here's a look at RADIO.COM's updated NFL Power Rankings:

1. New England Patriots (Last Week: No. 1)

With Antonio Brown on his way, the Patriots made perhaps the biggest statement of NFL Week 1, stomping the Steelers 33-3 on Sunday Night Football. Tom Brady may have his best group of skill position talent since the Patriots went 16-0 in 2007; Josh Gordon, Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, Sony Michel, James White and now, Brown. Oh, they also employ Demaryius Thomas, who has 9,330 yards and is still working his way back from an Achilles tear. Can you imagine if Rob Gronkowski does return at some point this season?

2. Kansas City Chiefs (Last Week: No. 3)

For anyone predicting any sort of major regression for Patrick Mahomes, that went out the window quickly in Week 1. The reigning NFL MVP threw for 378 yards in Week 1, including helping Sammy Watkins to a career day. While the Patriots may have the deepest group of skill position talent, the Chiefs aren’t far behind. LeSean McCoy averaged 8.1 yards-per-carry in Week 1.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week: No. 2)

Though they fell behind 17-0 to a bad Redskins team, the Eagles still came out of Week 1 looking strong. Carson Wentz looked healthy and tossed three touchdowns, including two bombs to DeSean Jackson. Though the Rams and Cowboys would certainly like to be included in this discussion, the Eagles may have the deepest group of offensive talent in the NFC.

4. Dallas Cowboys (Last Week: No. 8)

While much of the focus Sunday was on Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott showed off what may be the deepest offense the Cowboys have had this decade. Jason Witten caught a touchdown, and so did the team’s other tight end Blake Jarwin. Amari Cooper had over 100 receiving yards, but Michael Gallup led the team in catches and receiving yards and Randall Cobb made an impact in his first game as a Cowboy. The NFC East race - which could turn into the race for the top seed in the NFC - is going to be fun.

Todd Gurley ran for 97 yards in Week 1.
Todd Gurley ran for 97 yards in Week 1. Photo credit (Bob Donnan/USA Today Images)

5. Los Angeles Rams (Last Week: No. 4)

Though the Rams came close to letting the Panthers come back in their Week 1 victory, they won 30-27 despite Jared Goff throwing for just 186 yards. Todd Gurley ran for 97 yards, but only got 14 carries, just three more than Malcolm Brown. There’s something to be said for trying to preserve Gurley as long as possible - both in terms of the team’s goals in 2019 and beyond - but it’s fair to wonder if doing so won’t cost the Rams a regular season game or two.

6. New Orleans Saints (Last Week: No. 6)

The Saints offense started slow in Week 1, but they finished with a bang, getting Will Lutz in position to kick a game-winning 58-yard field goal. In what felt like a slower game by his standards, Drew Brees threw for 370 yards. Michael Thomas, an All-Pro in 2018, had 10 catches for 123 yards. And Alvin Kamara, one of the most valuable offensive weapons in the NFL, rushed for 97 yards, while hauling in seven catches himself.

7. Los Angeles Chargers (Last Week: No. 5)

Only scoring seven second-half points is concerning - and allowed the Colts to force the Chargers into overtime - but ultimately the Chargers won the overtime coin toss and marched down the field to score a game-winning touchdown. Austin Ekeler averaged 4.8 yards per carry and had 96 receiving yards, perhaps a sign that the Chargers will be able to manage without Melvin Gordon.

8. Baltimore Ravens (Last Week: No. 16)

Yes, the Ravens played the Dolphins in Week 1, but they still put up 59 points on the road. Lamar Jackson shined without using his legs, as he tied a franchise record with five touchdown passes, two of which were caught by rookie Marquise “Hollywood” Brown. Lost in the passing success is that Mark Ingram had 107 rushing yards and two touchdowns of his own in his Ravens debut. The Ravens have a seemingly winnable home opener this week against the Arizona Cardinals, which could allow them to have a college-esque transition into the season before a big Week 3 matchup with the Chiefs.

9. Houston Texans (Last Week: No. 9)

The Texans lost on a 58-yard field goal as time expired in the best game of Week 1, but there was still a lot to be encouraged about. While the offensive line attempting to protect Deshaun Watson remains concerning, there's little doubt about his ability. He threw three touchdowns - including a go-ahead 37-yard touchdown with less than a minute remaining in the game. Also, don't be lulled to sleep by the greatness of DeAndre Hopkins. If he's not the best wide receiver in the NFL, he's right in the discussion.

Dalvin Cook had a big Week 1 for the Vikings.
Dalvin Cook had a big Week 1 for the Vikings. Photo credit (Ben Ludeman/USA Today Images)

10. Minnesota Vikings (Last Week: No. 14)

Dalvin Cook is nearly two full years removed from tearing his ACL, and he sure looked the part in Week 1, rushing for 111 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-12 convincing win over the Falcons. You know that a Mike Zimmer coached team is going to play excellent defense. The Vikings have two No. 1 wide receivers and a running back that looks poised for a breakout. The question is whether Kirk Cousins can make big throws late in games when he’s facing off with an elite quarterback. This week’s matchup against the Packers will be a good test.

11. Green Bay Packers (Last Week: No. 12)

The Packers scored just 10 points in their season-opening victory, though we’re going to bet that an offense that includes Aaron Rodgers, Devante Adams and Aaron Jones will heat up as the season goes on (and they aren’t facing arguably the best defense in football). The real story, as Rodgers said after Week 1, is how good this defense has a chance to be. The Packers-Vikings showdown is one of the best games on the Week 2 slate.

12. Chicago Bears (Last Week: No. 7)

Khalil Mack and the Bears defense held an offense led by one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history to 10 points and still lost at home. The Bears appear to be approaching the territory that the Vikings were in a few seasons ago; a very good roster overall, but a potential hole at the most important position.

13. Seattle Seahawks (Last Week: No. 10)

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks probably could have benefitted more than any potential contender from adding Antonio Brown, assuming they felt they could control him in their building. They obviously did not sign him, and we perhaps saw a glimpse of what they will be in their 21-20 Week 1 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. When they’re at home, they’ll play at a playoff caliber. On the road, they’ll be a .500 team that plays down to less competition. The end result of that type of season is usually competing for one of the Wild Card spot.

14. Tennessee Titans (Last Week: No. 21)

The Titans are the only team in the AFC South to post a winning record in each of the last three seasons, yet were picked by many to finish last in the division. Well, Mike Vrabel's squad made a statement in Week 1, picking Baker Mayfield off three times and hanging 43 on the Browns in Cleveland.

Marlon Mack and the Colts lost in overtime in Week 1.
Marlon Mack and the Colts lost in overtime in Week 1. Photo credit (Jake Roth/USA Today Images)

15. Indianapolis Colts (Last Week: No. 15)

In their first game post Andrew Luck, Jacoby Brissett completed 21 of 27 passes, and the Colts came back from down 17-6 at halftime to force a Super Bowl contender to overtime. While focus will understandably be on Brissett, Marlon Mack rushed for 174 yards in the team's overtime loss to the Chargers, perhaps laying out the best blueprint for playoff contention in 2019.

16. Pittsburgh Steelers (Last Week: No. 13)

Going into New England on Sunday Night Football in Week 1 is a tough ask, but the Steelers were embarrassed in Foxborough, losing 33-3. Ben Roethlisberger didn't throw for a single touchdown and James Connor averaged just 2.1 yards per carry. The Steelers feel like a safe bet to bounce back in their home opener in Week 2, though the Seahawks could easily steal the game if the Steelers performance isn't vastly improved in all facets.

17. Cleveland Browns (Last Week: No. 11)

The Browns lost so badly in Week 1 (43-13 to the Titans) that they almost became an afterthought. If they had lost by two touchdowns, there would have been a lot of victory laps from pundits that aren’t keen on Baker Mayfield and/or Odell Beckham Jr. Instead, though, Mayfield was sacked five times and threw three interceptions at home against a team widely seen as mediocre before the season. Given that they’ll play in New York against the Jets on Monday Night Football, a repeat performance would probably draw a few more headlines.

18. Carolina Panthers (Last Week: No. 20)

Christian McCaffery looked like one of the most explosive weapons in the NFL and the Panthers nearly pushed the defending NFC Champion Rams into overtime, but that may be overshadowed by Cam Newton's disappointing start to 2019. The former NFL MVP had offseason shoulder surgery, and though returns on his recovery were positive in the offseason, he struggled in Week 1.

19. Atlanta Falcons (Last Week: No. 17)

Matt Ryan threw two interceptions, Devonta Freeman averaged just 2.4 yards per carry and Julio Jones finished with just 31 receiving yards in an ugly 28-12 Week 1 loss to the Vikings. Things don't get easier for the Falcons in Week 2, as they'll host the Eagles on Sunday Night Football.

Josh Allen and the Bills narrowly escaped Week 1 with a victory.
Josh Allen and the Bills narrowly escaped Week 1 with a victory. Photo credit (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Images)

20. Buffalo Bills (Last Week: No. 24)

The Bills defense, which was a top five unit a season ago, held the Jets to 16 points in Week 1, leaving the door open for Josh Allen and the offense to squeak out a win. While Allen threw two interceptions, he rushed for 38 yards, which was in addition to the 70 yards that Devin Singletary ran for. Riding their defense to close victories will likely have to be the formula for Sean McDermott and the Bills.

21. San Francisco 49ers (Last Week: No. 22)

We've reached the "I'll believe it when I see it" stage with Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers won on the road in Week 1, but a lot of that had to do with their defense picking Jameis Winston off three times. Garoppolo, meanwhile, was underwhelming, throwing for 166 yards, one touchdown and one interception. With Tevin Coleman suffering an ankle sprain, even more attention will shift to Garoppolo in a Week 2 game in Cincinnati that feels very much like it could be a trap game.

22. New York Jets (Last Week: No. 18)

There was a lot of excitement about the Jets for the start of Sam Darnold's second season, but a stout Bills defense limited him to 175 passing yards and Le'Veon Bell to just 60 yards rushing. Darnold will look to rebound on Monday Night Football in Week 2, as he'll square off with Baker Mayfield, who the Browns elected to take two picks ahead of him in the 2018 NFL Draft.

23. Cincinnati Bengals (Last Week: No. 25)

Even without A.J. Green, Andy Dalton threw the ball 51 times in Zac Taylor's debut, finishing with 418 yards and two touchdowns. With Joe Mixon's status for Week 2 murky, the Bengals may need another big week from wide receivers John Ross III and Tyler Boyd as they attempt to defeat the 49ers.

24. Detroit Lions (Last Week: No. 23)

Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell called a controversial fourth quarter timeout, which was part of an ugly Week 1 collapse by the Lions in which they blew a 24-6 lead and ultimately tied the Cardinals. The Lions are more talented than some of the teams at the bottom of this list, though rebuilding teams seemingly are attempting to create a path towards contending for a Super Bowl. What is the direction of the Lions?

Josh Jacobs had two touchdowns in his NFL debut.
Josh Jacobs had two touchdowns in his NFL debut. Photo credit (Kelley L Cox/USA Today Images)

25. Oakland Raiders (Last Week: No. 31)

The Raiders overcame arguably the most tumultuous preseason in NFL history to win in their season-opener in the final Monday Night Football game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Might this be the highest they check in on the countdown all season? Sure, but it was still impressive for Josh Jacobs and the Raiders to be able to compartmentalize the Antonio Brown situation and pull out a Week 1 victory.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week: No. 19)

In the first edition of RADIO.COM's NFL Power Rankings, we said "the Jaguars could go either way in 2019." Well, while sixth round pick Gardner Minshew held his own in relief of Nick Foles in the Jaguars season-opening loss to the Chiefs, Foles fracturing his collarbone doesn't leave you with a great feeling on where the 2019 Jaguars are heading.

27. Arizona Cardinals (Last Week: No. 29)

While No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray struggled for the first three quarters of his NFL debut, the poise he showed allowed the Cardinals to climb out of a 24-6 hole and ultimately tie the Lions. They'll have a tougher test in Week 2, as they travel to Baltimore to face a Ravens team that put up 59 in Week 1.

28. New York Giants (Last Week: No. 28)

Saquon Barkley averaged 10.9 yards-per-carry and got just 11 carries in Week 1. Sure, the Giants spent much of the game trying to come back against the Cowboys, though running the ball with Barkley would seem to give them a better chance to do that than having Eli Manning throw 44 times. Barkley has a run or two every game that makes you think he has a chance to be one of the five greatest running backs in NFL history. That's good for Giants fans, because there isn't a whole lot else to feel positive about.

29. Denver Broncos (Last Week: No. 27)

There's something to be said for the home field advantage that the Raiders have in Oakland, but the Broncos still lost to the Raiders just two days after Antonio Brown's release. In Joe Flacco's Broncos debut, it took until the fourth quarter for the Denver to score a touchdown against a defense that finished the 2018 season as the 26th overall unit.

Case Keenum and the Redskins blew a big lead in Week 1.
Case Keenum and the Redskins blew a big lead in Week 1. Photo credit (Bill Streicher/USA Today Images)

30. Washington Redskins (Last Week: No. 30)

While it's impressive that the Redskins took an early 17-0 lead in Philadelphia, they ultimately lost 32-27 in a game that wasn't as close as the score indicated. Running back Derrius Guice appears to have suffered a knee injury and the Redskins next four opponents are the Cowboys, Bears, Giants and Patriots.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last Week: No. 26)

In Bruce Arians' debut as the Buccaneers head coach, Jameis Winston looked like the same player that's struggled to live up to being the No. 1 pick in his first four NFL seasons. Winston threw three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, as the Bucs lost a seemingly winnable game at home against the 49ers. They have a quick turnaround in Week 2, as they'll travel to Carolina for Thursday Night Football.

32. Miami Dolphins (Last Week: No. 32)

You get the sense that the Dolphins may occupy this spot all season long. The Ravens embarrassed Brian Flores’ squad in his coaching debut, though the organization’s plan heading into 2019 certainly wasn’t too build a competitive roster for this season. Still, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported that some veterans on the Dolphins are already beginning to clamor to be moved. It’s going to be an ugly season for the Dolphins, and frankly, predicting them to finish 0-16 doesn’t seem like it would be jumping to conclusions.