NFL Power Rankings: Week 2

By Matt Fargo - Covers Expert

Teddy Covers has to give credit where credit is due in Week 2 of the NFL season. The Broncos jump to the No. 1 spot while the Cowboys, Steelers and Chiefs make major moves. Find out where your favorite team sits in this week's power rankings.

NFL Power Rankings

Week 2 Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T
Power Rating Team Comments
1 3 up 2 1-0-0
-8.5 Denver
When Peyton Manning throws seven touchdowns in the opener against the defending Super Bowl champs, the Broncos need an adjustment up to the No. 1 spot in my ratings this week.
2 1 down 1 1-0-0
-8 San Francisco
Jim Harbaugh knew the Packers spent the offseason mastering the defense of the read-option, so he unleashed Colin Kaepernick as a pocket passer: 421 yards and three TDs.
3 2 down 1 1-0-0
-8 Seattle
Seattle's dominating defense held the Panthers to 259 total yards in its win at Carolina Sunday, allowing only one play of longer than 16 yards all afternoon.
4 4 same 0-1-0
-6 Green Bay
The good news for the Packers in their loss at San Fran? The revamped offensive line gave Aaron Rodgers time to throw and Eddie Lacy was able to run effectively in the fourth quarter.
5 5 same 1-0-0
-5 New England
For most of the game, Tom Brady completed less than 50 percent of his passes, struggling with his new receiving corps. But on the game-winning drive, Brady completed all seven of his throws.
6 7 up 1 1-0-0
-4.5 Houston
Anytime a team rallies from a three-touchdown deficit in the second half on the road, they're clearly doing something right on both sides of the ball.
7 6 down 1 0-1-0
-4 Atlanta
Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter called 41 pass plays compared to only 14 rush attempts against the Saints last Sunday, despite the fact that Steven Jackson gained seven yards per carry.
8 10 up 2 1-0-0
-3 New Orleans
The Saints won the coin toss and elected to kick off first, putting their defense on the field. That's something Sean Payton hasn't done in the past. He trusts his defense this year.
9 14 up 5 1-0-0
-2.5 Dallas
Monte Kiffin's defense forced six turnovers and held New York out of the end zone from a first-and-goal situation, but they allowed an NFL-worst 10.2 yards per pass attempt.
10 9 down 1 0-1-0
-2.5 N.Y. Giants
The bad news? The G-men lost their third straight opener behind a volley of turnovers and miscues. The good news? Even after five turnovers, they were still alive to win the game.
11 11 same 1-0-0
-2 Chicago
Jay Cutler is still learning the nuances of his new offense. But with the game on the line in the fourth quarter he was brilliant, making big plays with his legs and his arm.
12 8 down 4 0-1-0
-1.5 Baltimore
I guess those leadership questions about the Ravens defense after the departures of so many top notch veterans in the offseason were answered when they got torched on opening night.
13 15 up 2 0-1-0
-1 Cincinnati
I get the strong sense that Cincy's blown fourth-quarter lead at Chicago won't be the last time this team loses a close game late this year.
14 16 up 2 1-0-0
0 Detroit
There were 11 penalties for the Lions in their opener, including two that took touchdowns off the board. Discipline has been an issue for this team throughout the Jim Schwartz era.
15 21 up 6 1-0-0
0 Kansas City
In the entire history of the NFL, no team had ever recorded a 28-2 victory until K.C. notched the win with that very rare final score on opening day.
16 20 up 4 1-0-0
1 Miami
Mike Wallace only had one catch for 15 yards in his debut, but he commanded double teams. That left Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson open: 16 catches for 191 yards between them.
17 23 up 6 1-0-0
1 Philadelphia
I’ll be honest. The single biggest Week 1 surprise for me was how easily the Eagles dominated Washington for three quarters on both sides of the ball in Chip Kelly's first NFL victory.
18 13 down 5 0-1-0
1 Washington
No team in the NFL looked better than Washington in the preseason, but RG3 was clearly not ready for his return on Monday Night, and the defense didn't force a single three-and-out.
19 19 same 0-1-0
1.5 Carolina
Cam Newton and Ron Rivera are now 2-13 straight up in games decided by a touchdown or less during their tenure in Carolina. I blame the coach more than the quarterback.
20 17 down 3 1-0-0
1.5 Indianapolis
Ten of the Colts' 12 wins in the Andrew Luck era have come by a touchdown or less, and they never sniffed a pointspread cover as double-digit chalk on opening day.
21 12 down 9 0-1-0
2 Pittsburgh
The Steelers took the single biggest drop in my power ratings this week. Their 0-4 preseason has to be viewed in a different light now, and the injury to C Maurkice Pouncey is a season changer.
22 18 down 4 0-1-0
2.5 Minnesota
Adrian Peterson had a 78 yard TD run on his first play from scrimmage. But he had only 15 yards on his final 17 carries, and was held to less than 10 yards on all four of his receptions.
23 25 up 2 0-1-0
2.5 San Diego
Philip Rivers had his best game in years Monday Night, and the new look Chargers offense clicked for two and a half quarters. But they failed to get a single first down on their last five drives.
24 22 down 2 1-0-0
2.5 St. Louis
After failing to cover the spread on opening day, St Louis is now 0-7 ATS in its last seven tries as a home favorite. The Rams' last cover as home chalk came all the way back in October, 2010.
25 27 up 2 1-0-0
3.5 Tennessee
The Titans defense stifled the Steelers at the line of scrimmage, but their offense is still a work in progress. The team had a grand total of one play longer than 15 yards for the entire game.
26 24 down 2 0-1-0
4 Tampa Bay
I guess the days of betting against Josh Freeman as a road favorite of more than a field goal are over. Barring a surprise, the Bucs will be underdogs in each of their final seven road games.
27 28 up 1 0-1-0
5 Arizona
Larry Fitzgerald looked so happy on the field Sunday, on the receiving end of throws from a "real" quarterback for the first time in three years. They still couldn't move the ball in the fourth.
28 29 up 1 0-1-0
5.5 Buffalo
Very impressive debut for Bills rookie QB E.J. Manuel, but the offense lacked explosive plays in their loss to the Patriots, without a single gain of 20-plus yards all afternoon.
29 26 down 3 0-1-0
5.5 Cleveland
Throughout August, reports out of Browns camp indicated that the defense was well ahead of the offense. That proved true in their opener, with Brandon Weeden struggling mightily.
30 30 same 1-0-0
6 N.Y. Jets
New York's offense had four three-and-outs, two turnovers and settled for two field goals in the red zone vs. Tampa Bay. Good enough to win, but not good enough for a jump in these ratings.
31 32 up 1 0-1-0
7 Oakland
Terrelle Pryor kept the Raiders in the game at Indy, rallying the team from an early deficit to take a fourth quarter lead. But his INT in the waning seconds crushed their upset chances.
32 31 down 1 0-1-0
7.5 Jacksonville
The Jags' boxscore looks better than the game actually was for Jacksonville - 115 of their 178 total yards on offense came during garbage time of the fourth quarter.
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Power Ratings compute offensive and defensive statistics into one number for each team, while accounting for factors like recent performances and strength of schedule. Power Ratings can be used as a baseline for relative spread index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative spread does not account for non-statistical factors like home-field advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, publicity, and weather.