NFL Power Rankings: Week 2

By Matt Fargo - Covers Expert

The Seahawks are back on top after their easy smackdown of the Green Bay Packers. Big risers are the Falcons, Lions and Colts, while the Chiefs, Rams and Ravens plummet.

NFL Power Rankings

Week 2 Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T
(ATS)
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 1-0-0
(1-0-0)
-8 Seattle
Seattle showed it is the team to beat with an easy Week 1 win. Big advantage this week playing with 10 days rest while Changers are off Monday night game. 4-0 ATS L4 road games.
2 4 up 2 1-0-0
(0-1-0)
-6.75 Denver
Broncos let up on the gas and it almost cost them against Indy. They are two touchdown favorites against the Chiefs but have a revenge game at Seattle on deck. 1-6 ATS L7 home games after scoring 35+ points.
3 2 down 1 1-0-0
(1-0-0)
-6.25 San Francisco
San Francisco got leapfrogged but overall value increases after easy win over Dallas. Back home after five straight road games going back to last regular season. 5-1 ATS L6 against losing teams.
4 3 down 1 0-1-0
(0-1-0)
-5.25 Green Bay
The Packers stay put despite big loss at Seattle. They need to bounce back as big favorites here with three divisional games after the Jets. 3-8 ATS L11 following a loss of more than 14 points.
5 5 same 0-1-0
(0-1-0)
-4 New Orleans
An overtime loss did not hurt the Saints but their defense is now a concern. Second-straight game on the road and second-straight as the favorite where they are now 0-5 L5 as a road chalk.
6 6 same 0-1-0
(0-1-0)
-3 New England
New England lost a season opener for the first time since 2003. Another roadie here and the Patriots are just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games but Tom Brady is 6-2 as a road favorite following a loss.
7 15 up 8 1-0-0
(1-0-0)
-2.75 Atlanta
Falcons make a big move up after comeback win over Saints. 568 offensive yards was highest output in Week 1. Tough letdown spot this week at Cincinnati and 2-8 ATS L10 games after 350+ total yards.
8 12 up 4 1-0-0
(1-0-0)
-2.75 Cincinnati
Cincinnati moves up five spots after big road win at Baltimore. Bengals home for two straight facing two teams off upset wins as underdogs before early bye week. 9-1 ATS L10 home games.
9 17 up 8 0-1-0
(1-0-0)
-2 Indianapolis
Colts jump into top 10 spots despite loss at Denver. Three of next four games at home with winnable road game at Jacksonville. Covered seven straight as Monday favorites of 2 or more and Luck is 10-0 ATS off a loss.
10 16 up 6 1-0-0
(1-0-0)
-1.5 Carolina
Cam Newton probable against Detroit which is coming off Monday game. Failed to cover as favorites in eight straight home openers while going 1-10 ATS L11 as favorites vs. opponent off a win in first 4 weeks.
11 21 up 10 1-0-0
(1-0-0)
-1.5 Detroit
Detroit 1-0 for fourth straight season but now playing on a short week with a game against the Packers on deck. 1-11 ATS L12 as underdogs vs. opponent off a win in first 4 weeks.
12 14 up 2 1-0-0
(0-1-0)
-0.75 Arizona
Two late touchdowns help Arizona slip past San Diego. While the Cardinals look to be in a good spot against the Giants, they host San Francisco next. 8-1 ATS L9 games against teams with a losing record.
13 8 down 5 1-0-0
(1-0-0)
-0.75 Philadelphia
Eagles fell down 17-0 to the Jags before pulling away and now have a tough test at Indianapolis. Philadelphia now 8-1 L9 regular season games but are 4-10 ATS L14 games after scoring more than 30 points.
14 28 up 14 1-0-0
(1-0-0)
-0.5 Miami
Dolphins make the biggest jump this week, up 14 spots after upsetting New England. Double revenge after getting swept by Bills LY but Miami is 1-9 ATS L10 divisional road games with revenge off DD ATS win.
15 7 down 8 0-1-0
(1-0-0)
0.25 San Diego
San Diego let one slip away against the Cardinals and now have to recover on a short week against the best team in the league. Chargers are 8-2 ATS L10 games following a loss and 8-3 ATS L11 against winning teams.
16 29 up 13 1-0-0
(1-0-0)
0.75 Buffalo
We will see if the Bills are for real following stunning upset over the Bears. Buffalo went 0-4 straight up and ATS last season following an outright win as an underdog while going 7-22-1 ATS L30 following a win.
17 24 up 7 1-0-0
(1-0-0)
0.75 Minnesota
Despite 28-point win, Minnesota only outgained the Rams by 28 yards. This is the first of five straight games against likely playoff teams. Vikings are 9-2 ATS L11 games as home underdogs.
18 9 down 9 1-0-0
(0-1-0)
1 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh drops way down after less than stellar effort against the Browns. Four of their next five games are on the road including Baltimore on Thursday. 7-18-1 ATS L26 road games against teams with a losing home record.
19 22 up 3 1-0-0
(1-0-0)
1 Tennessee
Tennessee won a road opener for the second straight season and head home to face Dallas. The Titans are 0-6 in their last six home games and Whisenhunt is 1-10 ATS as a favorite vs. opponent off a loss.
20 13 down 7 0-1-0
(0-1-0)
1.5 Chicago
Chicago lost its home opener for the first time since 2008 and it has not started a season 0-2 since 2003. The Bears travel to San Francisco Sunday night on a 0-11 ATS run following a non-conference game.
21 20 down 1 0-1-0
(0-1-0)
1.5 N.Y. Giants
The Giants 197 yards of offense was only better than the Raiders in Week 1. Last two Super Bowl wins were also after losing the first game on the road. New York is 4-0 ATS L4 after Monday night.
22 10 down 12 0-1-0
(0-1-0)
2 Baltimore
Baltimore has a quick turnaround and it has not been its forte as it is 1-6 ATS L7 Thursday games. The Ravens have not lost two straight to open a season since 2005 but are 1-5 L6 at home vs. Steelers.
23 27 up 4 0-1-0
(0-1-0)
2 Dallas
The Cowboys actually outgained the 49ers but turnovers did them in. This is the second of six straight non-divisional games to open the season and they are 8-2 L10 as non-divisional dogs of more than two points.
24 11 down 13 0-1-0
(0-1-0)
2.5 Kansas City
If the loss against Tennessee wasn't bad enough, the Chiefs next six games are all against playoff contenders, four of which are on the road. They have lost 4 straight to Denver and are 2-7 ATS L9 after a loss.
25 30 up 5 1-0-0
(1-0-0)
2.75 Houston
Tough to get a gauge on Houston as it won but was outgained against Washington. This is a definite winnable game as they look to start 2-0 for the fifth straight season. The Texans are 0-8 ATS L8 following ATS win.
26 23 down 3 1-0-0
(0-1-0)
2.75 N.Y. Jets
The Jets fell a couple spots after their unimpressive showing against the Raiders. Now they travel to Green Bay for the first of three straight vs. the NFC North. New York is 6-0-1 ATS L7 when getting 9 or more points.
27 19 down 8 0-1-0
(0-1-0)
3 Tampa Bay
The Bucs gave away a golden opportunity with Newton sitting out but now catches another team playing a backup quarterback. Three straight games on the road follow this. 2-7 ATS L9 against losing teams.
28 25 down 3 0-1-0
(0-1-0)
3.25 Washington
Does Washington deserve to be laying close to a touchdown to anyone? The Redskins have lost nine straight regular season games and are 0-9 ATS L9 at home against .250 or worse opponents.
29 31 up 2 0-1-0
(1-0-0)
4.5 Cleveland
Cleveland hasn't won a season opener since 2004 and it now faces the Saints which are also coming off an overtime loss. The Browns are 0-7 ATS L7 as home dogs of 3 or more against an opponent off a road game.
30 18 down 12 0-1-0
(0-1-0)
4.5 St. Louis
It's only week 2 and the Rams could be down to their third string quarterback after Shaun Hill went down against Minnesota. 0-6 ATS L6 road games against an opponent off a loss as a favorite.
31 26 down 5 0-1-0
(0-1-0)
6.25 Jacksonville
We saw two different Jacksonville teams last week and sadly, the latter looks like the one that will stick. Still, this game against Washington looks winnable but the Jags are 0-6 ATS L6 as non-conference dogs of four or more points.
32 32 same 0-1-0
(1-0-0)
6.25 Oakland
The Raiders hold down the bottom spot again this week as they lost their season opener for the 10th time in 11 years. They have won game 2 five times though and are 5-1 ATS L6 after scoring 15 or fewer points.
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