NFL Power Rankings – Week 2. NFC West Own the Top 10.

NFL Power Rankings – Week 2. NFC West Own the Top 10.
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There are some big changes in our NFL Power Rankings after week 1. Week 1 in the NFL saw upsets and dissappointmenting displays, but also some surprises and encouraging performances.

Here is how our NFL Power Rankings stand going into week 2!

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NFL POWER RANKINGS ANALYSIS

TOP HALF

Cleveland move up the power rankings
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The top 2 remain the same. No surprise there. But the rest of the top 10 has a sea of changes. 

The Rams move up 3 spots to #3, while the 49ers rise up 2 spots to #5. Both put on great showings offensively and showed that they can rack up the points. Albeit against inferior opposition.

Despite losing to the Chiefs in week 1, the Browns were super impressive. They rise into the top 4. Cleveland looked great value even though they failed to convert chances in the 4th quarter. With the Texans up next, they will face less troubling teams going forward.

Both Green Bay and Buffalo struggled to get anything going in week 1. But, attempting not to overreact, remain in the top 10. 

With Seattle at 7 and Arizona moving up to #10, after an emphatic win over the highly rated Titans, all 4 NFC West teams are included in our top 10. Showing just what a powerhouse and difficult division it will be in 2021.

The Chargers also move up into the top 10. Justin Herbert looked as good as ever and with the investment they have made into that offensive line. They really are serious challengers this season.

New Orleans are big movers after an extremely impressive win over the Aaron Rodgers led Packers and How ‘bout them Cowboys?! Despite an opening loss to the Bucs in Thursday Night Football, Dak Prescott showed he was well and truly back and that the Cowboys are ready to challenge for the NFC East title.

BOTTOM HALF

Denver Broncos move up the power rankings
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In the bottom half of our power rankings, the Denver Broncos are big movers. Up 7 spots to #16. An efficient performance from Teddy Bridgewater with weapons around him, along with a competent defence. We really should have been higher on Denver.

Tennessee are the biggest fallers in our power rankings. After a lackluster performance against a challenging Cardinals side, the Titans slide all the way to 18. They have a difficult game against the Seahawks in week 2. Could they fall further? 

2 risers this week are the Eagles and the Bengals. Joe Burrow grew into the game and the much talked about drops from Ja’Marr Chase were non-existent. As for Philly, Jalen Hurts played like an established veteran.

For all that Philly did well, Atlanta did even worse. The Falcons looked terrible at every point. Travelling to the Bucs next, they may as well not get off the bus and could well find themselves in the conversation for a top 5 pick.

2 surprises were the Texans and the Lions. The Lions may have lost, but they showed signs of the culture they are trying to establish. The Texans were favourites to be the worst team in the NFL in 2021, but, they showed they can be competitive.

For all that Atlanta looked bad. The Jaguars looked even worse. If they can’t find a way for Trevor Lawrence to succeed, then they won’t be able to with anyone. The future looked and still looks promising for Jacksonville. They started the most rookies of any team in week 1. Maybe we just need to give them time. 

Who are you higher on and who are you lower on? Let us know over on Twitter @NinetynineYards and @Owain_Jones_

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