NFL Power Rankings Week 2: 3 Teams Free Falling Down the Rankings

Joseph HealyCorrespondent ISeptember 19, 2011

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 18: Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley watches the action during the second half of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 18, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Chiefs  48-3.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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It's hard to truly tell what you have in a given team in Week 2 of the season. Trends have started to emerge, but it's just as likely that a particularly fast or particularly slow start is just an aberration.

That doesn't mean that there isn't concern when a team gets off to a slow start. If there's one thing we know about the NFL, it's that it's never too early for a team to hit the panic button.

It might not be the right move so early, but that doesn't stop anyone.

The following are three teams that probably have their hand hovering right above the panic button right about now.

Kansas City Chiefs

I cannot stress to you how bad the Chiefs have looked so far this season.

In their two losses, they have been outscored 89-10. Those are aggregate scores we're used to seeing when we talk about a highly ranked college team taking on their weak competition in the early part of the season. We don't see blowouts like that in the NFL all that often.

I will grant you the fact that the Chiefs lost star running back Jamaal Charles during their loss to the Lions in Week 2. As good as Charles is, though, he isn't good enough to make up the 45-point difference in the Week 2 result.

I think most viewed the Chiefs as something of a fraud coming off of a playoff appearance in 2010, but I don't know that anyone figured they would be this bad.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears throws under pressure at the Louisiana Superdome on September 18, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Saints defeated the Bears 30-13.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Chicago Bears

The Bears looked like a new team in Week 1 against Atlanta. They thoroughly outplayed the Falcons in every aspect, and it got me to thinking that maybe they would build on their postseason appearance from 2010.

It turns out that that was premature.

The Bears gave a very Bears-like performance in Week 2 against New Orleans. Their defense couldn't keep up with all the speed the Saints threw at them, the offensive line played poorly and Jay Cutler spent most of his time on the sideline throwing fits and moping.

Consider their Week 3 game against the Packers a barometer game. The Bears have given two very different performances, and they will prove to us which team they are closer to in Week 3.

Miami Dolphins

I was actually fairly high on the Dolphins after last week. Yes, they lost to the Patriots, but I thought they played them closer than the score indicated and I felt that their offense showed a lot of promise.

I take most, if not all of that back.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 18:  Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne #7 attempts a pass whille being pressured by Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt #99 during a game at Sun Life Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by
Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

The Dolphins played listlessly against the Houston Texans in Week 2. The Texans played by no means their best game, and yet it never really felt like the Dolphins were in the game.

The offense that looked so promising in Week 1 wasn't so great against Houston. Chad Henne was back to turning the ball over and the protection was bad. Rookie running back Daniel Thomas ran for over 100 yards, but it was at the expense of Reggie Bush, who barely saw the field.

Joseph Healy's NFL Power Rankings for Week 2

1. New England Patriots

2. Green Bay Packers

3. Philadelphia Eagles

4. Baltimore Ravens

5. Pittsburgh Steelers

6. San Diego Chargers

7. New Orleans Saints

8. Houston Texans

9. New York Jets

10. Atlanta Falcons

11. Chicago Bears

12. Detroit Lions

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

14. St. Louis Rams

15. Dallas Cowboys

16. New York Giants

17. Jacksonville Jaguars

18. Arizona Cardinals

19. Minnesota Vikings

20. Indianapolis Colts

21. Buffalo Bills

22. Oakland Raiders

23. Tennessee Titans

24. Kansas City Chiefs

25. Miami Dolphins

26. Washington Redskins

27. San Francisco 49ers

28. Carolina Panthers

29. Cincinnati Bengals

30. Cleveland Browns

31. Seattle Seahawks

32. Denver Broncos


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