Wednesday, September 17, 2014

2014 Power Rankings Week 2

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1. Denver Broncos (2-0)
Last Week: #2

Denver takes the top spot after Seattle stumbled against San Diego, but that could all change as the Broncos travel to Seattle in a rare Super Bowl rematch. Denver's defense rose to the occasion again, stuffing the Chiefs on the goal line to ensure the win.

2. Philadelphia Eagles (2-0)
Last Week: #5

The Eagles came back from another big deficit to win, this time against the Colts. Darren Sproles is looking like he was a bargain for the Eagles, who acquired him from the Saints for a fifth-round draft pick.

3. Cincinnati Bengals (2-0)
Last Week: #4

Cincinnati keeps getting it done, much in part to Giovani Bernard becoming a dual-threat at running back. The Bengals have not lost at home since Dec. 9, 2012.

4. Seattle Seahawks (1-1)
Last Week: #1

For only the second time in the last three seasons, the Seahawks surrendered 30 points in a game.

5. Carolina Panthers (2-0)
Last Week: #9

With Cam Newton back, the Panthers looked dominant over the Lions. Carolina is 13-2 in the last 15 regular season games started by Newton.

6. Green Bay Packers (1-1)
Last Week: #10

Green Bay was down 21-3 on the road to the Jets, but they were able to come back in the second half and secure the win. With the entire division locked up at 1-1, Green Bay will take on Detroit in an early battle for first place.

7. Buffalo Bills (2-0)
Last Week: #20

Buffalo put a beatdown on Miami to secure first place in their division. Their overall defense looked great too, holding the Dolphins to just 13 passing yards in the first half.

8. New England Patriots (1-1)
Last Week: #12

New England's defense looked great against Minnesota and the Vikings were forced to play without Adrian Peterson. The win prevented the Patriots from being two games back in the AFC East for the first time since Week 8 of the 2002 season.

9. Arizona Cardinals (2-0)
Last Week: #13

Drew Stanton currently has more wins than the other Drew who plays quarterback. Cardinals are now 2-0 for the second time in three years.

10. San Francisco 49ers (1-1)
Last Week: #3

The 49ers looked great against the Bears until the fourth quarter, where they were outscored 21-0, the most points surrendered by the 49ers in the fourth quarter since Week 15 of the 2012 season.

12. Atlanta Falcons (1-1)
Last Week: #7

Matty Ice froze against the Bengals defense, tossing three interceptions and averaging just 5.3 yards per pass attempt. Atlanta has surrendered more than 450 yards of total offense in back-to-back weeks for the first time since 2010.

12. San Diego Chargers (1-1)
Last Week: #19

San Diego shook off the rust of the last-second loss to Arizona and upset the Super Bowl Champions, their first win against a reigning champion since 2007.

13. Indianapolis Colts (0-2)
Last Week: #6

The Colts lost back-to-back games against two quality teams and Trent Richardson seems to have fumblitis despite having his "best week of practice as a Colt." Up next - Jacksonville, who they have won three straight games against.

14. Chicago Bears (1-1)
Last Week: #21

The Bears spoiled the unveiling of Levi's Stadium by engineering a comeback in the fourth quarter. Chicago will now travel to New York to face the Jets, hopefully with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery healthy.

15. Baltimore Ravens (1-1)
Last Week: #22

In the last six meetings between Pittsburgh, Baltimore is 4-2 with a +13 turnover differential.

16. Houston Texans (2-0)
Last Week: #23

The Texans are the first team since the 1994-99 Miami Dolphins to start 2-0 in five or more consecutive seasons.Houston will attempt to surpass their 2013 win total this Sunday against the Giants.

17. New Orleans Saints (0-2)
Last Week: #8

The Browns just seem to have the Saints number. Since returning to the NFL in 1999, the Browns are 4-1 against New Orleans.

18. Miami Dolphins (1-1)
Last Week: #11

Looking to take first place in the AFC East, Miami was instead steamrolled by Buffalo. Now they face the Chiefs in a game both must win.

19. Detroit Lions (1-1)
Last Week: #14

Detroit looked like they had it all together in a Week 1 win over the Giants, but looked inconsistent in a loss to the Panthers. What team will we see next when they face off against Green Bay?

20. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1)
Last Week: #17

Pittsburgh lost just about every statistical battle to the Ravens and have committed 20 penalties in the first two weeks of the season, the third most in the league this season.

21. Dallas Cowboys (1-1)
Last Week: #27

The Cowboys running game controlled the Titans defense in a win last week, taking pressure off of Tony Romo in the process. Rolando McClain finally looks like the player who was drafted eighth overall.

22. New York Jets (1-1)
Last Week: #15

The Jets lost in the most Jet way possible, blowing a 21-3 lead to Green Bay before allowing the game-tying touchdown to be erased due to a coaching mistake on the sidelines. Rex Ryan allegedly had his headset synced with the defensive coaches while the Jets had the ball.

23. Tennessee Titans (1-1)
Last Week: #16

The Titans couldn't keep possession of the ball and their run defense fell flat against Dallas. Delanie Walker, however, finally had a breakout game.

24. Kansas City Chiefs (0-2)
Last Week: #18

The Chiefs were bit by the injury bug early and it took a goal-line stand for the Broncos to avoid sending the game to overtime. Unlike Week 1, where they lost two starters for the season, Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry are not as seriously injured.

25. Cleveland Browns (1-1)
Last Week: #30

Cleveland stunned New Orleans to give Mike Pettine his first win as head coach. Terrance West looks like he may be the long-term solution at running back.

26. St. Louis Rams (1-1)
Last Week: #32

The Rams were able to grind their way to a victory over Tampa Bay on the road. Defensively, the Rams have all the pieces to the puzzle, but can Austin Davis step up at quarterback?

27. Washington Redskins (1-1)
Last Week: #28

Ryan Kerrigan registered four sacks and Kirk Cousins is back to create some more quarterback controversy. A blowout win is just what the team needed to lift their spirits.

28. Minnesota Vikings (1-1)
Last Week: #24

Without Adrian Peterson, the Vikings were crushed by New England. Now it looks like the Vikings will be without their best player for an extended period of time.

29. New York Giants (0-2)
Last Week: #26

Eli Manning showed signs of life last week, throwing a touchdown pass to Ruben Randle while Randle was covered by Patrick Peterson, but Victor Cruz has caught just seven of his 16 targets.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2)
Last Week: #29

Chad Henne was sacked 10 times in a game that ultimately cost right tackle Cameron Bradfield. Another poor showing and "We Want Blake" chants could start.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-2)
Last Week: #25

The defense did their part, holding opposing offenses to 20 and 19 points in two games this year, but the offense has been unable to take advantage of the situation.

32. Oakland Raiders (0-2)
Last Week: #31

Derek Carr is receiving a baptism by fire, playing against two of the league's top defenses, but the rushing attack has been incredibly poor for Oakland. The Raiders are 31st in the league with just 126 rushing yards.

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