Scout Week 2 NFL Power Rankings

Here are the Scout NFL Power Rankings with week one in the books and week two on the horizon. There's a new team on top and a familiar one on the bottom. How far does Seattle fall? Where do the Bills land? Check out these power rankings below.

No. 1 New England Patriots (1-0)

Quarterback Tom Brady was on point, shredding the Steelers secondary for nearly 400 passing yards and four touchdown passes in their 28-21 win on Thursday to open up the NFL season. Three scores went to tight end Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots got by playing some young guys on the offensive front. All in all, the secondary looked good most of the time against Big Ben and the Pittsburgh passing game. It was a nice start for the defending champs.

Last week’s ranking: 2

Week two at Buffalo

 

No. 2 Green Bay Packers (1-0)

The Packers lost Jordy Nelson for the season so they went back to an old friend. The recently signed James Jones caught two of Aaron Rogers three touchdowns in his return to Green Bay. They defeated the Bears again, this time by a score of 31-23. Rogers was an efficient 18/23 for 189 yards. Eddie Lacy chipped in 85 yards and a rushing touchdown.

Last week’s ranking: 3

Week two vs Seattle

 

No. 3 Seattle Seahawks (0-1)

Seattle fell short in their opener to St. Louis, 34-31. Down 24-13 in the fourth quarter, the Seahawks scored 18 points to take the lead. But Kam Chancellor’s replacement, Dion Bailey, got beat for a 37-yard game tying touchdown. Seattle failed to convert a fourth down in overtime, as running back Marshawn Lynch was stuffed for a loss. It was a game one disappointment for Pete Carroll and his team.

Last week’s ranking: 1

Week two at Green Bay

 

No. 4 Arizona Cardinals (1-0)

Arizona took care of New Orleans in the opener 31-19. Cardinals QB Carson Palmer looked healthy and sharp, finishing with 307 passing yards and three scores. Palmer is now 14-2 in his last 16 starts. Arizona did lose running back Andre Ellington with a knee injury. That could be a big blow to this offense.

Last week’s ranking: 6

Week two at Chicago

 

No. 5 Denver Broncos (1-0)

Denver held on to beat Baltimore in a hard fought game in the Mile High City 19-13. If you expected a high scoring game than this one disappointed. Peyton Manning had a rough day by his high standards, going 24/40 for 175 yards. He was also sacked four times and the Broncos were not able to get C.J. Anderson and their ground attack going. There were no offensive touchdowns in this game. Brandon McManus kicked four field goals, including a 56 and 57-yarder. Aqib Talib returned an interception for a touchdown. Safety Darian Stewart intercepted a Joe Flacco pass in the end zone to close the door on the Ravens. Manning has now won 13 opening games, the most in NFL in history

Last week’s ranking: 5

Week two at Kansas City

 

No. 6 Dallas Cowboys (1-0)

The Cowboys edged the Giants 27-26. Tony Romo hit tight end Jason Witten with an 11 yard touchdown pass with seven seconds remaining for the win. Romo finished with 356 yards passing and three scores, two to Witten. Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant will be out 4-6 weeks with a broken right foot. The Cowboys struggled running the football and finished with only 80 yards on the ground. And they could really struggle in the coming weeks without their star receiver.

Last week’s ranking: 7

Week two at Philadelphia

 

No. 7 Cincinnati Bengals(1-0)

The Bengals went out West and were ready in week one, as the posted a 33-13 beat down of the Raiders. Jeremy Hill rushed for 63 yards and two scores. Quarterback Andy Dalton also tossed two touchdown passes to Tyler Eifert, who finished with 104 receiving yards. Dalton passed for 269 passing yards.

Last week’s ranking: 11

Week two vs San Diego

 

No. 8 Indianapolis Colts (0-1)

The Colts took it on the chin in a season opening loss at Buffalo, 27-14. Indianapolis had no answer for Rex Ryan’s swarming defense. They crowded and chased quarterback Andrew Luck and forced him to throw a pair of interceptions. Colts star wide receiver T.Y. Hilton left the game in the second half with a bruised knee. New comers Andre Johnson and Frank Gore had quiet first games for Indy.

Last week’s ranking: 4

Week two vs NY Jets

 

No. 9 Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)

The Steelers lost the NFL opener on Thursday to the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots 28-21. Pittsburgh had no answer for Tom Brady and his tight ends. Rob Gronkowski caught three touchdown passes and Scott Chandler grabbed one as well. Pitt can look back at this knowing they left a lot of points on the field and they will get some key pieces back for the offense over the next three weeks. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 351 yards and a late TD to Antonio Brown. DeAngelo Williams rushed for 127 yards.

Last week’s ranking: 9

Week two vs San Francisco

 

No. 10 Baltimore Ravens (0-1)

The Ravens lost a defensive struggled that turned into a field goal-fest in Denver, 19-13. They have a chance to win it in the end but Joe Flacco was intercepted in the end zone with 28 seconds remaining. It was a tough day for Flacco, who also threw a pick-six and finished with only 117 passing yards. The Ravens only rushed for 73 yards. A bigger loss for Baltimore is that of Terrell Suggs. He tore his Achilles tendon and is out for the season.

Last week’s ranking: 8

Week two at Oakland

 

No. 11 St. Louis Rams (1-0)

The Rams started the season with a bang and a big win by beating power house Seattle 34-31. In his first start as the St. Louis starting quarterback, Nick Foles finished 18/27 for 297 yards and one score. That touchdown pass was a game tying score to Lance Kendricks to force overtime. The Rams defense was led by their talented front, which recorded six sacks against Russell Wilson. Robert Quinn and Aaron Donald both had a pair sacks.

Last week’s ranking: 16

Week two at Washington

 

No. 12 Buffalo Bills (1-0)

What a great start for Rex Ryan and the Bills, as they beat the high flying Colts 27-14. Buffalo’s defense was just awesome, forcing two Andrew Luck interceptions. This unit really handled one of the NFL’s best offenses very well. Tyrod Taylor played well in his first start, making even plays with his arm and legs. More importantly, he took care of the ball. The good news for the Bills is they get Marcel Dareus back against the Patriots.

Last week’s ranking: 17

Week two vs New England

 

No. 13 Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)

Alex Smith passed for 243 yards and three scores to lead Kansas City to a 27-20 win over Houston. Those three touchdown passes didn’t go to a wide receiver. Two went to tight end Travis Kelce and the other to running back Jamaal Charles. The Chiefs defense stymied new Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer, getting to him for five sacks and forcing some key mistakes and turnovers.

Last week’s ranking: 14

Week one: Denver (Thursday)

 

No. 14 Philadelphia Eagles (0-1)

Philadelphia lost to Atlanta on Monday Night Football 26-24. Sam Bradford passed for 336 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. The Eagles were supposed to have a high flying rushing attack. The Falcons defense held DeMarco Murray and Ryan Matthews to 13 yards on 11 carries. In fact, Darren Sproles led the Eagles with 50 yards rushing. Jordan Matthews led the way in the passing game with 10r receptions for 102 yards. Philadelphia caught some fire in the second half, 21 points. But they missed a field goal late in the fourth quarter that would have given them the lead.

Last week’s ranking: 10

Week two vs Dallas

 

No. 15 San Diego Chargers (1-0)

In one of Sunday’s better games, San Diego came from behind to beat Detroit 33-28. The Chargers scored 23 second half points. Despite throwing two picks (only returned for a score), San Diego quarterback Phillip Rivers had quite the day, finishing 35-42 for 404 yards and two touchdowns. 15 of those receptions went to wide receiver Keenan Allen for 166 yards. Rookie first round draft pick Melvin Gordon rushed for 51 yards on 14 carries.

Last week’s ranking: 18

Week two at Cincinnati

 

No. 16 Miami Dolphins (1-0)

The Dolphins found themselves in a little trouble on the road facing the Redskins. Tied at 10 in the fourth quarter, last year’s first round draft pick Jarvis Landry returned a punt 69 yards for the winning score, as Miami downed Washington 17-10. Later in that quarter Dolphins defensive back Brice McCain made a spectacular interception at the Miami two-yard line. Miami was outgained (349-256) and Washington held the ball nearly 38 minutes yet the fish still won.

Last week’s ranking: 13

Week two at Jacksonville

 

No. 17 Carolina Panthers (1-0)

Carolina opened up the season, scoring a 20-9 win over Jacksonville. The defense led the charge, completely shutting down the Jaguars offense, especially in the second half. Josh Norman had the big play, returning an interception for a touchdown in the third quarter. The Panthers had five sacks and forced three turnovers. Cam Newton passed for 175 yards and a score. He hit 18 of 31 passes, connecting with nine different targets.

Last week’s ranking: 19

Week two vs Houston

 

No. 18 Detroit Lions (1-0)

This one has to sting for the Lions, as Detroit blew a big lead and lost to San Diego 33-28. The Chargers outscored them 30-7 over the final three quarters to erase the deficit. Some good news for the Lions is that rookie running back Ameer Abdullah lived up to the preseason hype. He scored on a 24 yard run. 2014 first round pick had a quiet first year. Detroit got him going and he scored on a Matthew Stafford touchdown pass. Stafford finished with 246 passing yards and two scores. Calvin Johnson had just two receptions for 39 yards.

Last week’s ranking: 15

Week two at Minnesota

 

No. 19 San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco beat Minnesota in the late Monday night game 20-3. The 49ers were powered by running back Carlos Hyde and his 168 yards and two touchdowns. Colin Kaepernick passed for 165 yards on the night. The 49ers defense held the Vikings offense, in particular Adrian Peterson, in check and out of the end zone. San Francisco linebacker Navarro Bowman looked good in his return to lead this unit. They sacked Teddy Bridgewater five times.

Last week’s ranking: 25

Week two at Pittsburgh

 

No. 20 Atlanta Falcons (1-0)

Atlanta upset Philadelphia on Monday night 26-24. Matt Ryan passed for 298 yards. He also threw for two touchdowns, both to Julio Jones. The former Alabama star had nine receptions for 141 yards. Rookie running back Tevin Coleman had a nice first game, rushing for 80 yards. The Falcons almost blew the game and big lead. The Eagles had a chance to go ahead in the later stages of the fourth quarter but missed a field goal. The Falcons defense held DeMarco Murray and Ryan Matthews to 13 yards on 11 carries.

Last week’s ranking: 24

Week two at New York Giants

 

No. 21 Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings looked bad in their opener on the road in San Francisco, losing 20-3. It’s certainly not what I expected, especially with Adrian Peterson returning to the Minnesota lineup. He only rushed the ball 10 times for a paltry 31 yards. In fact, he only had four carries in the first half. How does that happen? Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was sacks five times and threw an interception. The defense allowed 49ers running back Carlos Hyde to rush for 168 yards and two scores. It was a disappointing effort by Mike Zimmer’s squad.

Last week’s ranking: 12

Week two vs Detroit

 

No. 22 New York Jets (1-0)

It was a great start for the Jets and the new Todd Bowles regime. New York beat Cleveland 31-10. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick tossed a pair of touchdown passes. Running back Chris Ivory rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns. The Jets defense knocked Browns quarterback Josh McCown out of the game and forced five turnovers.

Last week’s ranking: 27

Week two at Indianapolis

 

No. 23 New Orleans Saints (0-1)

New Orleans lost their opener to Arizona out West by the final of 31-19. Drew Brees and the Saints were able to move the ball but only got to the end zone on one occasion and had to settle for four field goals. Brees passed for 355 yards and hit Brandon Coleman for a touchdown pass. Penalties by New Orleans were also a factor.

Last week’s ranking: 21

Week two vs Tampa Bay

 

No. 24 New York Giants (0-1)

The Giants lost a one-point game to the Cowboys 27-26. Dallas scored the game winner with 12 seconds remaining, as Tony Romo found Jason Witten at the goal line. New York had two big turnovers that created points. Dominique Rogers-Cromartie had a scoop and score and Trumaine McBride returned an interception to the one yard line. The Giants failed to get Odell Beckham, Jr. going. He only had five receptions for 44 yards. Eli Manning had 193 passing yards.

Last week’s ranking: 22

Week two vs Atlanta

 

No. 25 Houston Texans (0-1)

Houston lost their home opener to Kansas City 27-20. It was a tough day at the office for the Texans new starting quarterback Brian Hoyer. He struggled to say the least, finishing 18/34 for 236 yards. Hoyer had a touchdown and an interception. He gave way to Ryan Mallet in the second half. The former Patriots backup led the Texans to a pair of scoring drives. J.J. Watt had two sacks and six tackles for a loss while Jadeveon Clowney had four tackles and one tackle for a loss.

Last week’s ranking: 20

Week two at Carolina

 

No. 26 Tennessee Titans (1-0)

Marcus Mariota looked absolutely brilliant in the Titans season opening whipping over the Bucs on the road 42-14. Mariota looked smooth, comfortable and confident executing the Tennessee offense, throwing four touchdowns in the first half (NFL record for first start). That win broke a ten game losing streak. Tennessee didn’t score more than 28 points in their two-win, 2014 season.

Last week’s ranking: 32

Week two at Cleveland

 

No. 27 Chicago Bears (0-1)

The Bears lost their home opener 31-23 to Green Bay. They were led by running back Matt Forte 141 yards and touchdown. Quarterback Jay Cutler struggled, finishing 18/36 for 225 yards with one score and one interception late in the game. Alshon Jeffery returned to the Chicago lineup and caught five passes for 78 yards.

Last week’s ranking: 26

Week two vs Arizona

 

No. 28 Cleveland Browns (0-1)

The Browns lost to the Jets by 21, 31-10. Johnny Manziel had to replace an injured Josh McCown (concussion) for Cleveland. Johnny Football went 13/24 for 182 yards. He threw a 54 yard touchdown pass to Travis Benjamin. He also led the Browns in rushing with 35 yards. Cleveland killed themselves with five turnovers and a dozen penalties.

Last week’s ranking: 23

Week two vs Tennessee

 

No. 29 Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1)

The Jaguars lost to the Panthers 20-9. Blake Bortles finished the game 22/40 for 183 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He was also sacks five times. Rookie running back T.J. Yeldon rushed 12 times for 51 yards against one of the better defenses in the league. Fellow first year pro Rashad Greene caught seven passes including his first touchdown pass. The Jacksonville defense did a nice job against the Carolina offense, especially the run game. They held Jonathan Stewart to 51 yards on 18 carries.

Last week’s ranking: 28

Week two vs Miami

 

No. 30 Washington Redskins (0-1)

Washington won a lot of the statistical battles but lost the only one that counts – the scoreboard. The Dolphins edged the Redskins 17-10 after Jarvis Landry’s punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Washington outgained Miami 349-256 and held the ball close to 38 minutes. Kirk Cousins passed for 196 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Alfred Morris rushed for 121 yards. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson will miss 3-4 weeks with a hamstring injury.

Last week’s ranking: 31

Week two vs St. Louis

 

No. 31 Oakland Raiders (0-1)

Cincinnati dominated Oakland 33-13, as the Raiders fell in week one in Jack Del Rio’s coaching debut. It was a poor effort on Oakland’s part all the way around. Second year quarterback Derek Carr was injured on a scramble and run trying to stiff-arm a would be tackler. He was 7/12 for 61 yards. Back up Matt McGloin took over finished 23/31 for 141 yards, two scores and an interception. Rookie Amari Cooper and free agent addition Michael Crabtree each had five receptions.

Last week’s ranking:

Week two vs Baltimore

 

No. 32 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1)

Tennessee came to Tampa and thumped Lovie Smith’s team 42-14. The Bucs look unprepared and not ready for this opener. Marcus Mariota outperformed Jameis Winston in a big way. Tampa Bay made too many mistakes and committed 12 penalties. The Buccaneer defense was lousy and the offensive line played poorly. I know it’s just one game but it looks like to could be another long year for Smith and Tampa Bay.

Last week’s ranking: 30

Week two at New Orleans

 


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