POWER RANKINGS | NFL Games (Published On: 2016-09-20)

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Pittsburgh


Steelers
2-011 / 5Talk about deep. They'll soon bench NFL rushing leader DeAngelo Williams. Martavis Bryant fill-in Sammie Coates has 12 fewer receiving yards than Antonio Brown.
2New England
Patriots
2-011 / 2Talk about deep. After Jimmy Garoppolo went 2-0, they apparently have enough faith in No. 3 QB Jacoby Brissett to let him start minus a safety net.
3Denver
Broncos
2-013 / 7Talk about deep. OLB DeMarcus Ware goes down, and 2015 first rounder Shane Ray teams right up with Von Miller to score on game-clinching strip sack.
4Minnesota
Vikings
2-034 / 10Talk about deep (guts). QB Sam Bradford, who barely speaks Minnesota's language, shredded Green Bay without help from ineffective and injured Adrian Peterson.
5Arizona
Cardinals
1-111 / 6You knew they weren't going to open 0-2 at home, especially considering they have to spend four of their first six road games on the East Coast.
6Carolina
Panthers
1-113 / 6Awfully sloppy win over an inferior 49ers team. The Panthers had too many turnovers (4) and defensive breakdowns. Super Bowl hangover indeed ...
7Houston
Texans
2-047 / 12WR Will Fuller is first rookie drafted in first round to have at least 100 receiving yards in each of his club's first two games in a season.
8Green Bay
Packers
1-153 / 8WR Jordy Nelson may be back and playing well, but 29th-ranked offense -- and QB Aaron Rodgers -- have clearly not yet made full recovery from 2015.
9Cincinnati
Bengals
1-118 / 9They've rushed for 103 yards in two games, which is particularly troubling when the opponent can erase WR A.J. Green, as Pittsburgh did Sunday.
10New York
Giants
2-0810 / 18They don't have a takeaway yet. But overall, their $200 million investment in the defense is paying some nice early dividends.
11Seattle
Seahawks
1-125 / 11They've only scored one touchdown this season. They've also only allowed one touchdown this season. So is glass half full or empty?
12Philadelphia
Eagles
2-01012 / 30It helps to open your season with a pair of Division II opponents, but you have to be impressed with rookie Carson Wentz's poise so far.
13Baltimore
Ravens
2-013 / 19They'll gladly take the 2-0 start. And a kind early season schedule next offers up a Jacksonville team that's already allowed 65 points.
14New York
Jets
1-1114 / 15Who knew Matt Forte would be steal of free agency? Through two weeks, 30-year-old RB is on pace for 472 touches (he might not maintain that ...).
15Kansas City
Chiefs
1-139 / 15Four sacks. Two fumbles. Zero touchdown drives. Alex Smith hasn't played this poorly in a while, though missing your starting guards hurts.
16Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
1-1214 / 20We'd be less concerned by Jameis Winston's five turnovers Sunday than a defense that remains an inviting target to opposing passers.
17Atlanta
Falcons
1-11217 / 29Speedy RB Tevin Coleman has added quite a wrinkle to the offense in his second season and leads the team with 188 yards from scrimmage.
18Oakland
Raiders
1-1810 / 18Good thing Jack Del Rio has so much faith in his talented offense given he's fielding a defense scorched for 500 yards in both of its games so far.
19Tennessee
Titans
1-1819 / 29Marcus Mariota didn't look like a sophomore when capping that 13-play, 83-yard drive with a beautiful game-winning TD strike to Andre Johnson.
20Detroit
Lions
1-1416 / 23You don't deserve to win when you get tagged for 17 penalties and 138 yards, which is 1 more than Detroit had rushing Sunday.
21Dallas
Cowboys
1-1421 / 25Dak Prescott took four sacks Sunday, too many for someone with his mobility, but he has yet to turn the ball over this season. (Uh oh, Tony Romo.)
22San Diego
Chargers
1-1422 / 28Good thing RB Melvin Gordon has had an awakening in Year 2 given offensive skill players (Keenan Allen, Danny Woodhead) continue to go down.
23Indianapolis
Colts
0-2417 / 23Turnovers. Near-invisible running game. Largely ineffective defense. Same old Colts still seem to hope Andrew Luck can carry them by himself.
24Miami
Dolphins
0-2321 / 26They're 0-2, but Miami has battled two of the league's elite teams down to the wire on road. Plenty for Adam Gase and Co. to be upbeat about.
25San Francisco
49ers
1-1124 / 31The defense may be good enough to carry them for a bit. But it may soon fall prey to Chip Kelly's offense, which had the ball for 24 minutes Sunday.
26Los Angeles
Rams
1-1525 / 31After Week 1 debacle, a nice rebound in their first L.A. Coliseum home game in 37 years. But they'll eventually need to score a touchdown.
27New Orleans
Saints
0-2423 / 27A defense that allowed the NFL's most points in 2015 played well enough to win Sunday ... if only special teams hadn't allowed TD on a blocked FG.
28Washington
Redskins
0-2813 / 28Is Josh Norman being deployed effectively? Has Kirk Cousins lost the locker room? Their 0-2 start at home is only a subplot to this point.
29Jacksonville
Jaguars
0-21216 / 29Any left over optimism from their 10-round bout with Green Bay in Week 1 was washed away in the surf of a San Diego tsunami in Week 2.
30Chicago
Bears
0-224 / 30John Fox took his previous two teams to Super Bowl in his second season. That pattern is not going to hold up with this sorry team.
31Buffalo
Bills
0-2315 / 31Whether Rex hit panic button (or was forced to), deposed OC Greg Roman definitely should have gotten Sammy Watkins more than 11 targets in two games.
32Cleveland
Browns
0-232 / 32Counting end of 2015 season, Cody Kessler will be their fifth different quarterback in their last five games. You may be next, Terrelle Pryor.