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NFL Week 2 power rankings: Who will take down the Patriots?

After a wild beginning week, Doug Farrar breaks down the hierarchy of pro football teams in Touchdown Wire's NFL Power Rankings.

NFL Week 2 power rankings: Who will take down the Patriots?
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NFL Week 2 powerfulness rankings: Who will take down the Patriots?

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You don’t always know how a players’s time period or a team’s time period will turn out supported on the beginning week, but indicators can be seen. Based on what we saw in all of Week 1’s action, here’s how all 32 NFL teams are ranked, from bottommost to top.

32-25 | 24-17 | 16-9 | 8-1

32. Miami Dolphins

(Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

Ugh. Everybody knew the Dolphins were tanking, no substance what the players or head manager Brian Flores said done the pretime period. Trading left lineman Laremy Tunsil and receiving system Kenny Stills to the Texans for a clump of high bill of exchange picks proven the theory. And what was left of the part was mortally abashed by the Ravens on Sunday as Lamar Jackson put up a clean passerby evaluation and enjoyed one of the best quarterback games in new NFL history. Is it any wonder that multiple Dolphins players were said to be asking for a trade? You just have to feel for Flores here. He got pantsed 59-10 in his first regular-time period game, and the Patriots, his former team, will almost certainly do something similar next Sunday.

#Dolphins HC Brian Flores response when I asked about the @ProFootballTalk report on players contacting their agents to request trades following yesterday’s blowout loss @NBC6Sports pic.twitter.com/U3NiUlfuTP

— Chris Fischer NBC6 (@FischerNBC6) September 9, 2019

31. Arizona Cardinals

(Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)

In his first NFL pretime period, No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray completed 23 of 36 passes for 193 yards, no touchdowns, and no interceptions. The passing game plan was safe as milk for the most part, and Murray ran around a lot to get out of pressure behind shaky offensive line combinations. Through the first three quarters of Arizona’s opener against the Lions, it was more of the same. Then, something clicked, Murray was 14-of-17 for 154 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, as the Cardinals made up a 24-6 deficit to force the game to overtime. In that regard, the eventual result — a 27-27 tie — has to feel like a win if Murray can operate Kliff Kingsbury’s offense like this in Week 2 and beyond.

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

When Bruce Arians became Tampa Bay’s head manager, it was assumed that the Quarterback Whisperer might be able to tame Jameis Winston’s inconsistent tendencies and improve the things that make him potentially great. If Week 1 is any indication, Arians might want to punt and select a quarterback early in the 2020 bill of exchange. Winston threw three interceptions — including two pick-sixes — to a 49ers team that had just two interceptions in the entire 2018 time period. The only good news for the Bucs in their 31-17 loss to San Francisco was a pass defense that did a decent job of keeping Jimmy Garoppolo in check.

29. Denver Broncos

(Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

Given that Joe Flacco has been one of the NFL’s least effective quarterbacks over the past four time periods in Baltimore, it wasn’t too surprising he wasn’t that great in his first regular-time period game as a Bronco. Flacco completed 21 of 31 passes for 268 yards and a late touchdown, but for most of the 24-16 loss to the Raiders on Monday night, he struggled mightily with Oakland’s man coverage — throwing late and off-target far too often. The real surprise was Denver’s lack of effectiveness on defense — this was a unit loaded from front to back and managered by a defensive mastermind in Vic Fangio, but the pass rush was negligible, and coverage was spotty at best.

28. New York Giants

(Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

For the moment, at least, Eli Manning may have beaten back those who wanted him benched in favor of Daniel Jones after the rookie’s torrid pretime period. Manning completed 30 of 44 passes for 306 yards and a touchdown to Evan Engram, who joined Saquon Barkley in looking explosive in Big Blue’s offense. The problem for the Giants in their 35-17 loss to the Cowboys was a defense that let Dak Prescott do whatever he wanted on the way to a four-touchdown day and a clean passerby evaluation of 158.3.

27. Washington Redskins

(James Lang-USA TODAY Sports)

One couldn’t have expected the Redskins to hang with the Eagles offensively — not with Case Keenum as Washington’s answer to Carson Wentz. But Keenum bedeviled Philly’s defense with receiving systems Terry McLaurin, Chris Thompson and Vontae Davis as his primary targets in a 32-27 loss. Keenum isn’t an ideal quarterback, but his 2017 time period with the Vikings showed that he can be credible when given a schematic opportunity. Washington’s defensive backs, however, will be smarting all week from what DeSean Jackson did to them — and they have Dallas’ newly explosive passing game to deal with in Week 2. An 0-2 start wouldn’t do much for Jay Gruden’s job security.

26. Detroit Lions

(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

The Lions started the 2019 time period out hot, with a 24-6 lead over the Cardinals early into fourth quarter. But then, Detroit’s man-heavy coverages fell apart as Kyler Murray started to find his feet, leading to a crazy Cardinals comeback and a 27-27 tie. Had Cardinals defensive back Trumaine Brock not dropped what should have been a Matthew Stafford interception in overtime, the Lions might have been on the wrong end of a highly embarrassing defeat, as opposed to a tie. But the tactical decisions put forth by head manager Matt Patricia and his staff have to be worrisome, and they took the wind out of rookie tight end T.J. Hockenson’s record performance — Hockenson’s 131 receiving yards were the most ever for a tight end in his NFL debut.

25. Oakland Raiders

(Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

No Antonio Brown? No problem for Derek Carr, who had his way Monday night with an allegedly strong Denver pass defense in Oakland’s 24-16 win — a game that wasn’t as close as the score might indicate. Carr completed 22 of 26 passes for 259 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions, finding Tyrell Williams — the new Raiders receiving system who actually wants to be in Oakland — for six catches, 105 yards and a touchdown. Oakland’s defense also surprised, bring an estimable pass rush to Joe Flacco and Denver’s offensive line, and first-round running back Josh Jacobs registered two touchdowns on the ground. Given the circus this team has gone done in the pretime period, the win was impressive, no substance the quality of the opponent.

32-25 | 24-17 | 16-9 | 8-1

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You don’t always know how a players’s time period or a team’s time period will turn out supported on the beginning week, but indicators can be seen. Based on what we saw in all of Week 1’s action, here’s how all 32 NFL teams are ranked, from bottommost to top.

32-25 | 24-17 | 16-9 | 8-1

32. Miami Dolphins

(Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

Ugh. Everybody knew the Dolphins were tanking, no substance what the players or head manager Brian Flores said done the pretime period. Trading left lineman Laremy Tunsil and receiving system Kenny Stills to the Texans for a clump of high bill of exchange picks proven the theory. And what was left of the part was mortally abashed by the Ravens on Sunday as Lamar Jackson put up a clean passerby evaluation and enjoyed one of the best quarterback games in new NFL history. Is it any wonder that multiple Dolphins players were said to be asking for a trade? You just have to feel for Flores here. He got pantsed 59-10 in his first regular-time period game, and the Patriots, his former team, will almost certainly do something similar next Sunday.

#Dolphins HC Brian Flores response when I asked about the @ProFootballTalk report on players contacting their agents to request trades following yesterday’s blowout loss @NBC6Sports pic.twitter.com/U3NiUlfuTP

— Chris Fischer NBC6 (@FischerNBC6) September 9, 2019

31. Arizona Cardinals

(Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)

In his first NFL pretime period, No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray completed 23 of 36 passes for 193 yards, no touchdowns, and no interceptions. The passing game plan was safe as milk for the most part, and Murray ran around a lot to get out of pressure behind shaky offensive line combinations. Through the first three quarters of Arizona’s opener against the Lions, it was more of the same. Then, something clicked, Murray was 14-of-17 for 154 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, as the Cardinals made up a 24-6 deficit to force the game to overtime. In that regard, the eventual result — a 27-27 tie — has to feel like a win if Murray can operate Kliff Kingsbury’s offense like this in Week 2 and beyond.

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

When Bruce Arians became Tampa Bay’s head manager, it was assumed that the Quarterback Whisperer might be able to tame Jameis Winston’s inconsistent tendencies and improve the things that make him potentially great. If Week 1 is any indication, Arians might want to punt and select a quarterback early in the 2020 bill of exchange. Winston threw three interceptions — including two pick-sixes — to a 49ers team that had just two interceptions in the entire 2018 time period. The only good news for the Bucs in their 31-17 loss to San Francisco was a pass defense that did a decent job of keeping Jimmy Garoppolo in check.

29. Denver Broncos

(Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

Given that Joe Flacco has been one of the NFL’s least effective quarterbacks over the past four time periods in Baltimore, it wasn’t too surprising he wasn’t that great in his first regular-time period game as a Bronco. Flacco completed 21 of 31 passes for 268 yards and a late touchdown, but for most of the 24-16 loss to the Raiders on Monday night, he struggled mightily with Oakland’s man coverage — throwing late and off-target far too often. The real surprise was Denver’s lack of effectiveness on defense — this was a unit loaded from front to back and managered by a defensive mastermind in Vic Fangio, but the pass rush was negligible, and coverage was spotty at best.

28. New York Giants

(Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

For the moment, at least, Eli Manning may have beaten back those who wanted him benched in favor of Daniel Jones after the rookie’s torrid pretime period. Manning completed 30 of 44 passes for 306 yards and a touchdown to Evan Engram, who joined Saquon Barkley in looking explosive in Big Blue’s offense. The problem for the Giants in their 35-17 loss to the Cowboys was a defense that let Dak Prescott do whatever he wanted on the way to a four-touchdown day and a clean passerby evaluation of 158.3.

27. Washington Redskins

(James Lang-USA TODAY Sports)

One couldn’t have expected the Redskins to hang with the Eagles offensively — not with Case Keenum as Washington’s answer to Carson Wentz. But Keenum bedeviled Philly’s defense with receiving systems Terry McLaurin, Chris Thompson and Vontae Davis as his primary targets in a 32-27 loss. Keenum isn’t an ideal quarterback, but his 2017 time period with the Vikings showed that he can be credible when given a schematic opportunity. Washington’s defensive backs, however, will be smarting all week from what DeSean Jackson did to them — and they have Dallas’ newly explosive passing game to deal with in Week 2. An 0-2 start wouldn’t do much for Jay Gruden’s job security.

26. Detroit Lions

(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

The Lions started the 2019 time period out hot, with a 24-6 lead over the Cardinals early into fourth quarter. But then, Detroit’s man-heavy coverages fell apart as Kyler Murray started to find his feet, leading to a crazy Cardinals comeback and a 27-27 tie. Had Cardinals defensive back Trumaine Brock not dropped what should have been a Matthew Stafford interception in overtime, the Lions might have been on the wrong end of a highly embarrassing defeat, as opposed to a tie. But the tactical decisions put forth by head manager Matt Patricia and his staff have to be worrisome, and they took the wind out of rookie tight end T.J. Hockenson’s record performance — Hockenson’s 131 receiving yards were the most ever for a tight end in his NFL debut.

25. Oakland Raiders

(Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

No Antonio Brown? No problem for Derek Carr, who had his way Monday night with an allegedly strong Denver pass defense in Oakland’s 24-16 win — a game that wasn’t as close as the score might indicate. Carr completed 22 of 26 passes for 259 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions, finding Tyrell Williams — the new Raiders receiving system who actually wants to be in Oakland — for six catches, 105 yards and a touchdown. Oakland’s defense also surprised, bring an estimable pass rush to Joe Flacco and Denver’s offensive line, and first-round running back Josh Jacobs registered two touchdowns on the ground. Given the circus this team has gone done in the pretime period, the win was impressive, no substance the quality of the opponent.

32-25 | 24-17 | 16-9 | 8-1

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