32. CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-2)
With Josh McCown under center, the Browns jumped out to a 20-2 first quarter lead over the Baltimore Ravens – only to surrender 23 unanswered points en route to their second loss of the season. Tough loss for my beloved Clevelanders.
31. CHICAGO BEARS (0-2)
BEAR DOWN, literally? The Chicago Bears fell flat during their primetime Monday Night Football matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles at home. Jay Cutler, who is no stranger to turnovers, tossed an interception and lost a fumble, and eventually left the game due to an apparent hand injury. Rough night for the Bears.
30. BUFFALO BILLS (0-2)
Rex Ryan’s defense surrendered 37 points to the Jets on Thursday night, so the team decided to fire their Offensive Coordinator – BRILLIANT!
29. LOS ANGELES RAMS (1-1)
Jeff Fisher’s Rams have always played well against Pete Carroll’s Seahawks, hence another hard-fought victory against Seattle. However, LA has yet to score a touchdown this season which is a greater concern for this team.
28. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (0-2)
Indy’s defensive woes continue. The Colts ranked 31st in points against, giving up an average of 36.5 points through week 2.
27. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (0-2)
“Teach the babies.”
Youth and inexperience appear to be plaguing Jacksonville’s success so far. The Jags are the second most penalized team in the NFL. Gus Bradley’s got to get his guys in check in they want to compete in the AFC South.
26. MIAMI DOLPHINS (0-2)
The Dolphins are in the AFC East, we know their fate.
25. WASHINGTON REDSKINS (0-2)
Folks are now deeming Kirk Cousins the “5th best QB in the NFC East” and I won’t revoke such a title. Next week’s matchup against the Giants is certainly a must-win game for the Hogs.
24. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1-1)
Niners got smoked by the Panthers, giving up an embarrassing 46 points on Sunday.
23.TENNESSEE TITANS (1-1)
The Titans avoided a 0-2 start by beating the Lions in a narrow 16-15 victory.
22. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (0-2)
Saints defense came out a lot stronger this week against the Giants, unfortunately it wasn’t enough.
21. OAKLAND RAIDERS (1-1)
The Raiders defense remains to be non-existent, as they surrendered 35 points to the Atlanta Falcons.
20. Detroit Lions (1-1)
The Lions suffered a tough defeat 16-15 against the Titans. Big day for Marvin Jones, however.
19. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (1-1)
Buccs fell a few slots following a 40-7 blowout loss against the Cardinals. Bad, bad loss.
18. DALLAS COWBOYS (1-1)
Not quite sure what to make of the Cowboys just yet. Dak Prescott was able to connect with Dez Bryant much better this week. Dez finished with 7 catches and 102 yards en route to a 27-23 victory over their rivals in the nation’s capitol.
17. ATLANTA FALCONS (1-1)
Matt Ryan had a HUGE day against the Raiders. Stat line: 26-34, 396 yards, 3 TDs. Good win for the Dirty Birds.
16. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (1-1)
In a big win over the Jags, the Chargers suffered a significant loss with Danny Woodhead being sidelined for the rest of season due to a torn ACL injury.
15. NEW YORK JETS (1-1)
Matt Forte ran wild against the Bills, rushing for 3 TDs and 100 yards on 30 carries.
14. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (1-1)
Seattle’s ranking on this list may continue to fall if they don’t get fix their offensive struggles. I imagined this season would be Russell Wilson’s breakout year, however, it’s been more of a “break down” thus far.
13. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-1)
Kansas City suffered a tough 19-12 loss against a promising Texans team.
12. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (2-0)
The Eagles flew high on Monday night against the Bears. Through the first two weeks of the season, the Eagles rank first for point differential (+34) in the NFL. Next week’s matchup against the Steelers will be Philly’s biggest test of the season.
11. GREEN BAY PACKERS (1-1)
The Packers fell significantly in my rankings following their loss to their rival Vikings. Aaron Rodgers looked out of sync offering just one touchdown followed by an interception to Minnesota’s defense.
10. CINCINNATI BENGALS (1-1)
The Bengals took the L to the Steelers on Sunday. It’ll be interesting to see how they bounce back with the Broncos coming to town next week.
9. CAROLINA PANTHERS (1-1)
Cam Newton returned to Superman form with a 4-TD performance in a blowout victory over the Niners.
8. BALTIMORE RAVENS (2-0)
I initially kicked the Ravens out of the top 15 when I checked the first half score of the Browns game. I’m glad the Ravens got their act together.
7. ARIZONA CARDINALS (1-1)
Cardinals looked sharp following a difficult loss to the Patriots, spanking the Buccs 40-7 in Tampa.
6. NEW YORK GIANTS (2-0)
The Giants defense held Drew Brees and the high-powered Saints offense to just 12 points on Sunday. Barring any major injuries, the G-men could do damage in the NFC going forward.
5. MINNESOTA VIKINGS (2-0)
Sam Bradford had a big night in his first game sporting purple and gold. The Vikings defense disrupted Aaron Rodgers often which kept him out of rhythm. It’ll be interesting to see if AP is actually human or not following an injury to his meniscus. It’s ridiculous that he’s yet to be ruled out for Sunday.
4. HOUSTON TEXANS (2-0)
The Texans are probably one of the most balanced, well-rounded teams in the NFL. They have a strong passing game featuring DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller, and an attacking defense led by JJ Watt, they might be able to run away with the AFC South.
3. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (2-0)
Steelers pro bowler Le’veon Bell returns from his suspension next week against Philly. Best word to describe Pittsburgh’s offense, potentially: LIT.
2. DENVER BRONCOS (2-0)
The Broncos defense, led by Von Miller, rumbled past the Colts on Sunday. Their matchup next week at Cincinnati will be another meaningful test for the young QB Trevor Siemiean.
1. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-0)
No Brady. No Gronk. No Garoppolo. No problem? We’ll see.