The 2021 NFL season has officially begun. For the Chicago Bears, it was a tough loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football with the defense struggling and a few brief flashes of Justin Fields. Here is a look at Week 2 NFL Power Rankings.
So where do all 32 teams rank heading into Week 2?
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1-0
The defending champions got a stiff test from the Cowboys, but Tom Brady once again proved he’s money at the end of the game.
2. Kansas City Chiefs, 1-0
The Browns probably should have beat the Chiefs Sunday, but good teams find a way to win and that’s exactly what Kansas City did.
3. Los Angeles Rams, 1-0
Week 1 of the Sean McVay/Matthew Stafford pairing was pretty impressive. The Rams look like a real Super Bowl threat.
4. Seattle Seahawks, 1-0
Russell Wilson looked like the guy that dominated the early portion of the 2020 season. Now the Seahawks have to make sure it lasts all year.
5. New Orleans Saints, 1-0
Wow. I need to Jameis Winston to show me consistency over the course of the season, but the Saints had the most impressive win of Week 1 by pummeling the Packers.
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6. Cleveland Browns, 0-1
The Browns would have made a hell of statement with a win in Kansas City in Week 1, but they’re still going to be very tough in the AFC North.
7. Los Angels Chargers, 1-0
Rookie left tackle Rashawn Slater had a legitimate highlight video put out by the Chargers Monday morning. If Justin Herbert has protection, watch out.
8. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1-0
I don’t think the Steelers are a real threat in the AFC this year, but they’re still a well-coached team with enough talent, which is why it wasn’t surprising to see them go to Buffalo and win.
9. Buffalo Bills, 0-1
Week 1 reality check or just a letdown for the Bills? They shouldn’t have been heavy favorites agianst the Steelers, but they still should have won the game.
10. Baltimore Ravens, 0-1
Despite all the injuries, the Ravens are still well coached and have Lamar Jackson. Really tough loss to the Raiders Monday night, but Baltimore should be fine.
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11. San Francisco 49ers, 1-0
Nearly blowing a massive lead in the fourth quarter to the Lions was disturbing, but I still liked what I saw from Kyle Shanahan’s offense in Week 1.
12. Las Vegas Raiders, 1-0
Derek Carr looked like he was too locked in on tight end Darren Waller, but the defense made enough plays to spark a comeback on the Ravens Monday night.
13. Miami Dolphins, 1-0
The Dolphins seemed like an obvious letdown team in 2021, but anytime you go to New England and win, it’s a very, very good thing.
14. Arizona Cardinals, 1-0
Kyler Murray and the Cardinals made quite a statement, walking into Nashville and winning 38-13. Now the question is, can Arizona keep it up for a full season?
15. Dallas Cowboys, 0-1
It almost feels like the Cowboys won, even though they lost to Tom Brady. Dak Prescott looked great and the Cowboys look like the best team in the NFC East.
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16. Denver Broncos, 1-0
I still can’t believe the Broncos passed on Justin Fields, but Teddy Bridgewater provides enough of a quarterback upgrade to take the Broncos seriously with that defense.
17. Indianapolis Colts, 0-1
Carson Wentz was fine in his Colts debut, but the defense had no answers for Russell Wilson.
18. Green bay Packers, 0-1
I was very down on the Packers in the offseason with all the Aaron Rodgers drama, but then all seemed fine when he showed up to training camp. Guess I should have trusted my instinct.
19. Washington Football Team, 0-1
A late fumble by Antonio Gibson killed the Football Team’s chances of getting a good win over the Chargers and now Washington will lose Ryan Fitzpatrick for awhile.
20. Tennessee Titans, 0-1
Losing to the Cardinals at home was one thing, but the Titans weren’t even competitive. Among the worst losses in Week 1.
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21. New England Patriots, 0-1
Mac Jones had a pretty good debut, but the Patriots committed a ton of uncharacteristic mistakes in their season-opening loss to the Dolphins. Something tells me Bill Belichick will get that fixed.
22. Philadelphia Eagles, 1-0
The Falcons might be really bad, but Jalen Hurts and DeVonta Smith looked really good together in Week 1.
23. Carolina Panthers, 1-0
The Jets didn’t provide a tough challenge in Week 1, but Sam Darnold’s debut in Carolina provided enough good vibes for the Panthers to feel good about being 1-0.
24. Cincinnati Bengals, 1-0
Joe Burrow suddenly has some help with Ja’Marr Chase and it wouldn’t be too surprising to see Cincinnati sitting at 2-0 after a trip to Chicago.
25. Chicago Bears, 0-1
The Bears were who we thought they were — except with maybe a worse defense than we thought.
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26. Minnesota Vikings, 0-1
A season-opening loss to the Bengals is never good and the heat is rising on Mike Zimmer in Minnesota.
27. New York Giants, 0-1
The Giants won’t be a pushover this year, but Daniel Jones just isn’t a good enough quarterback to carry this team.
28. Detroit Lions, 0-1
The Lions nearly put together one of the most improbable comebacks ever, but Dan Campbell’s team has a lot of holes and lost 2020 No. 3 overall pick Jeff Okudah (Achilles) for the year.
29. Houston Texans, 1-0
It was a nice little win for Tyrod Taylor and the Texans against the Jaguars, but now the schedule really starts with a trip to Cleveland.
30. New York Jets, 0-1
Zach Wilson is probably in the worst position among all the rookie quarterbacks. He doesn’t have a lot of help.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars, 0-1
The Trevor Lawrence/Urban Meyer hype is fun, but Sunday provided a reality check that the Jaguars’ roster still isn’t that good.
32. Atlanta Falcons, 0-1
Cordarrelle Patterson led the Falcons with 54 rushing yards, so that tells you everything you need to know about Atlanta’s 32-6 loss to the Eagles.