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Week 2 is always one of the best weeks of the NFL seasons. It’s the Sunday everyone is wondering “are any of these teams any good?” Those ratings will reflect that.
Excluding the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs, of course.
Sunday saw the Baltimore Ravens beat a 21-point lead, the Los Angeles Rams almost choke out a 25-point cushion, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers struggle in New Orleans, and the preseason AFC South-favorite Indianapolis Colts again lost in Jacksonville.
The San Francisco 49ers got back to .500, but Trey Lance likely lost quarterback for the season.
Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers defeated the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field.
Here’s where each team sits after Sunday’s Week 2 action.
32. Carolina Panthers (0-2): Matt Rhule is 5-16 in one-possession games since the start of 2020. Let me tell you he and Nebraska aren’t a great fit
31. Atlanta Falcons (0-2): The Universe couldn’t handle the Falcons coming back from a 28-3 deficit. The comeback had to come up short.
30. Seattle Seahawks (1-1): The Seahawks put four running backs on the field to throw a perfect interception. No notes.
29. Washington Commanders (1-1): They are the Commanders we thought they were. Over or under how many games does Carson Wentz have left as a starting QB in the NFL? six people? Eight? Can’t be enough.
28. Indianapolis Colts (0-1-1): Jim Irsay is about to set everyone on fire.
27. Texas Texas (0-1-1): The Texans begged the Broncos to win Sunday’s game. Finally, the Mile High ponies were bound. Texans are not ready to win anything yet.
26. Cleveland Browns (1-1): Brownie the Elf couldn’t save the Browns from stepping in against the Jets.
25. New York Jets (1-1): Robert Saleh said he was going to keep everyone laughing about the jets. After blowing a 13-point lead in 92 seconds, it might be time to let some of them go.
24. Tennessee Titans (0-1): Tennessee feels like a team that could fall apart early. Josh Allen is not the quarterback you want to see when you’re trying to find your footing early.
23. Chicago Bears (1-1): The Bears offense was impressive on the first scripted drive. After? Not so much.
22. Las Vegas Raiders (0-2): Raiders owner Mark Davis got his title when the Las Vegas Aces won the WNBA Championship on Sunday. No need to worry about Vegas’ massive post against the Cardinals until Tuesday at the earliest.
21. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1): The Jags will be the top AFC South team because, well, they win.
20. New York Giants (2-0): I still don’t think the Giants are good. But 2-0 is 2-0.
19. Detroit Lions (1-1): The Lions have scored 30 or more points in three straight games for the first time since 1997. Things may be turning around in Detroit.
18. Cincinnati Bengals (0-2): The Bengals were downright scary in their first two games and still had a chance to win each. That’s something … I think.
17. Arizona Cardinals (1-1): Kyler Murray, Byron Murphy and Isaiah Simmons may have saved the Cardinals’ season. Still many of the issues in the desert, however.
16. Dallas Cowboys (1-1): Dak who? (This is a joke.)
15. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1): Mitchell Trubisky was the wise move when it looked like the defense might carry the Steelers to a playoff berth. With TJ Watt out, it may be time to turn Kenny Pickett. Steelers have nothing to lose.
14. New England Patriots (1-1): Gunner Olszewski said he wanted to remind him of his old team. Instead, a special teams mistake ended up getting New England a much-needed win in Pittsburgh. Bill Belichick appreciates the gesture, Gunner.
13. New Orleans Saints (1-1): Bucs quarterback Devin White summed up Jameis Winston perfectly after Tampa Bay’s 20-10 win in New Orleans: “We knew he was going to give us the ball.”
12. Denver Broncos (1-1): Nathaniel Hackett may not have been ready for the big time.
11. San Francisco 49ers (1-1): Don’t defend Kyle Shanahan for consistently using franchise QB Trey Lance as a battering ram and hurting him. If Shanahan is such a genius play caller, you’d think he’d be able to devise a way to use Lance’s athleticism without getting him into the teeth of the defense over and over again.
10. Los Angeles Rams (1-1): The Rams avoided a massive disaster against the Falcons. But they are still shaking off the Super Bowl hangover.
9. Green Bay Packers (1-1): Getting the ball to Aaron Jones seems like a recipe for success.
8. Baltimore Ravens (1-1): Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle continue to run free against the Ravens’ secondary.
7. Miami Dolphins (2-0): Mike McDaniel, Tyreek Hill, and Jaylen Waddle could save Tua Tagovailoa’s career.
6. Los Angeles Chargers (1-1): Justin Herbert’s broken rib cartilage is all that matters in Los Angeles. The good news is that Chargers doctors have a good track record with chest injuries.
5. Minnesota Vikings (1-0): The Vikings can make a statement Monday night in Philly. Unfortunately, Kirk Cousins’ track record during the prime time isn’t exactly spectacular.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0): Tom Brady might want to reconsider retirement after watching the Bucs offense struggle against a Saints defense that struggled with Marcus Mariota and the Falcons in Week 1.
3. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0): Philly’s defense looked old and slow against the Lions in Week 1. Can the Eagles stop Justin Jefferson from walking over them in prime time?
2. Kansas City Chiefs (2-0): Patrick Mahomes should get lucky on Thursday night and go to Vegas. The Chargers dropped four potential interceptions in Kansas City’s 27-24 win.
1. Buffalo Bills (1-0): The Titans’ Josh Allen was stuffed on fourth down near the goal line in the waning seconds of Tennessee’s win over Buffalo. Don’t think Allen and the Bills have forgotten that as Monday night’s scrimmage ends.