NFL Power Rankings Week 2: Latest 2020 Standings and Reaction for All 32 Teams

Kristopher Knox@@kris_knoxFeatured ColumnistSeptember 15, 2020

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) directs a teammate in the second half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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The Tennessee Titans wrapped up Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season on Monday night by scraping by the Denver Broncos 16-14. While the game wasn't pretty and featured four missed kicks by Stephen Gostkowski, the Titans did ultimately get to join 15 other teams as Week 1 winners.

Things weren't as tough for projected contenders like the Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens, who look to be early Super Bowl favorites.

How does the league stack up heading into Week 2? Let's take a look.

     

NFL Week 2 Power Rankings

1. Kansas City Chiefs

2. Baltimore Ravens

3. New Orleans Saints

4. Seattle Seahawks

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5. Buffalo Bills

6. San Francisco 49ers

7. Green Bay Packers

8. Pittsburgh Steelers

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

10. New England Patriots

11. Tennessee Titans

12. Dallas Cowboys

13. Las Vegas Raiders

14. Arizona Cardinals

15. Minnesota Vikings

16. Los Angeles Rams

17. Denver Broncos

18. Los Angeles Chargers

19. Houston Texans

20. Philadelphia Eagles

21. Atlanta Falcons

22. New York Giants

23. Washington Football Team

24. Chicago Bears

25. Detroit Lions

26. Cleveland Browns

27. Miami Dolphins

28. Cincinnati Bengals

29. Carolina Panthers

30. Jacksonville Jaguars

31. Indianapolis Colts

32. New York Jets

    

1. Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs being atop the standings shouldn't come as a surprise. They embarrassed the Houston Texans on Thursday night to kick off the week and looked as if they could be even more dangerous than last year's team while doing so.

The addition of rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who racked up 138 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries, gives a new dimension to the Chiefs' already potent offense. He's going to terrorize opposing defenses all season, and when they gear up to stop him, Patrick Mahomes will just have more freedom to do his thing.

What might have been most impressive about Kansas City's debut was its pass rush. Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was constantly under pressure, which put Houston in a very tough spot once it fell behind.

"We had trouble with Frank Clark," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said, per Kevin Patra of NFL.com. "We had trouble with some of their games up front. We have to fix that very quickly here."

With Clark and Chris Jones leading the charge, opposing quarterbacks are going to find it very difficult to come back against Kansas City this season.

     

3. New Orleans Saints

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While the Chiefs appear to be the team to beat in the AFC, the New Orleans Saints staked their claim for that title in the NFC with a big 34-23 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs, who now have Tom Brady under center, are expected to be legitimate contenders. However, they looked like a second-tier team against Drew Brees and Co. on Sunday.

Brees was efficient against the Buccaneers defense, throwing for 160 yards and two touchdowns, but the real star of the show was the New Orleans defense.

The Saints held Brady, Chris Godwin, Rob Gronkowski and the rest of an impressive Tampa offense to just 23 points. They picked off Brady twice, and Janoris Jenkins returned one of them for a touchdown. New Orleans was just 5-of-13 on third down.

New Orleans should be good enough defensively to contain almost any opponent during the 2020 regular season, and there are few quarterbacks a team could want more than Brees in critical situations. However, the challenge for the Saints will lie in the postseason.

Sean Payton's squad has won 13 games in each of the past two years but has notched just one playoff win during that span.

      

26. Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns have a playoff-caliber roster and could still emerge as contenders in the AFC North. However, if they continue playing like they did on Sunday, they're more likely to be vying for a top draft slot and a new quarterback.

It's too early to say that Kevin Stefanski was the wrong hire as head coach, but his team looked an awful lot like the Freddie Kitchens-coached unit of 2019. Cleveland abandoned the run early, made multiple miscues and more than a couple of bad decisions.

A fake punt from inside Browns territory in the first quarter? Yep, that's something Kitchens might have called.

More problematic, though, is the fact that quarterback Baker Mayfield still appears overwhelmed by NFL defenses. He appears lost when his first read isn't open and is completely uncomfortable when under pressure. The fact that Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow looked more poised in his first-ever NFL start should be cause for concern about Cleveland's third-year signal-caller.

Those Bengals are coming to town on Thursday night, which sets Cleveland up with a must-win situation. A loss to Cincinnati will put the Browns in a deep hole and will likely place Mayfield firmly on the hot seat.