Injuries and late-game drama were the themes during Week 2 of the NFL season. Stars such as New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley, San Francisco 49ers’ defensive ends Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas suffered season-ending torn ACL injuries. As for the drama, the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks prevailed in the final seconds over the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots respectively.
10. Tennessee Titans (2-0)
Previous Ranking: N/A
Coming into this season, there were many questions as to whether Ryan Tannehill could play to the level he did last season when leading the Titans to the playoffs and eventually, the AFC Championship game. In Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tannehill was forced into a shootout with Gardner Minshew. Tannehill would prevail with four touchdown passes in the Titans’ 33-30 victory. The Titans will head to Minnesota to face the struggling Vikings on Sunday.
9. Arizona Cardinals (2-0)
Previous Ranking: N/A
The Cardinals impressed everyone by defeating the 49ers Week 1 and last week, they followed it up with a dominant 30-15 victory over Washington. Kyler Murray produced 353 total yards with three total touchdowns. He is so far putting in an impressive early resume for his MVP candidacy with 674 total yards through his first two games. As for the Cardinals, they are set up nicely as their next three games are against the Lions, Christian McCaffrey-less Panthers and the New York Jets. They have a golden opportunity to start the season 5-0.
8. New Orleans Saints (1-1)
Previous Ranking: 4
The Saints may have lost to the Las Vegas Raiders, but a part of it was the absence of star wide receiver Michael Thomas. The Saints lost any semblance of a downfield passing attack and the Raiders’ aggressive defense made enough stops to keep their offense in front through the duration of the second half. With Thomas’ status unknown for Sunday’s game against the Packers, the Saints look to find other weapons to step up and deliver decent production.
7. Las Vegas Raiders (2-0)
Previous Ranking: N/A
The Raiders opened Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas against the Saints and did so in grand style, invigorating the fanbase. Derek Carr was efficient and tight end Darren Waller impressed with 12 receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown, leading the Raiders to a 34-24 win. The Raiders looked balanced and methodical, holding on to the ball over 36 minutes. The Raiders look to build off this historical win as they will face Cam Newton and the Patriots in Foxborough on Sunday.
6. Buffalo Bills (2-0)
Previous Ranking: 6
The Bills escaped Miami with a hard-fought 31-28 victory. Josh Allen impressed as he threw a career-high 417 passing yards — 153 to the biggest offseason acquisition in Stefon Diggs. However, concerns for the defense were displayed as Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 328 yards for the Dolphins. The Bills will look to fix their defensive woes when they face the Los Angeles Rams’ improved offense.
5. Los Angeles Rams (2-0)
Previous Ranking: 8
The 2018 NFC champions are starting to recapture their form from their Super Bowl run as they took care of the Philadelphia Eagles 37-19. Jared Goff put on an efficient performance as he went 20/27 with 267 yards and three touchdowns (all to tight end Tyler Higbee). The Rams’ running game contributed with 191 yards, their highest rushing output since their 30-22 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the 2018 divisional playoff round. The Rams will be tested this Sunday as they head to Buffalo for another east coast matchup.
4. Green Bay Packers (2-0)
Previous Ranking: 5
Aaron Rodgers may be the leader of the team but the other Aaron, Jones, was the one carrying the Packers to a 42-21 victory over the Detroit Lions, the second consecutive victory over a divisional foe. From scrimmage, Jones had 22 touches for 236 yards and three touchdowns. The Packers are the highest-scoring team through the first two games with a combined 85 points. They look to continue this hot start as they head to New Orleans to face the Saints on Sunday Night Football.
3. Seattle Seahawks (2-0)
Previous Ranking: 3
The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots have produced some of the most epic matchups of the past decade. Sunday night’s battle was no exception. All night long, Cam Newton and Russell Wilson battled, a showcase of two long-time rivals in the NFL (going back to Newton’s matchups with Wilson at Carolina). For the third game in a row between the two teams, it came down to the one-yard line and once again, the offensive team was stopped. Newton was tripped up one yard short of the goalline by LJ Collier as time expired to give the Seahawks the victory. The Seahawks will most likely engage in another shootout as they welcome the Dallas Cowboys to town on Sunday.
2. Baltimore Ravens (2-0)
Previous Ranking: 2
The Ravens cruised to another victory as they took care of the Houston Texans 33-16, winning their 14th consecutive regular-season game. The Ravens has domianted their way to an early 2-0 record but will face the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football next week. The last time Lamar Jackson faced off with Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs won 33-28 despite Jackson’s best efforts. Jackson is 0-2 against Mahomes (same as his playoff record) and this will be a big test for the reigning NFL MVP.
- Kansas City Chiefs (2-0)
Previous Ranking: 1
The Chiefs were pushed to overtime by the Los Angeles Chargers and rookie quarterback Justin Herbert who made his first NFL start. In typical Mahomes fashion, he made incredible throws on the run and clutch scrambles to lead his team to a 23-20 overtime victory as Harrison Butker kicked a game-winning 58-yard field goal. The Chiefs still reign supreme but this will be tested as they head to Baltimore for a showdown with the Ravens next Monday night.