Week 2 of the NFL season is over and with it came some walk-off field goals, blowouts, and some surprising follow ups to Week 1. Let’s get to the rankings as we look towards Week 3.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2-0
Previous Week: 1
At the end of the third quarter, the Bucs were only up a field goal in their home game against the Falcons. That was before they fired off 20 unanswered in the fourth to push the final score to a 48-25 beat down. Tom Brady continues to defy Father Time, tossing 5 touchdowns for their eighth time in his career and just three behind Drew Brees for the most since 1950. Tampa did set a NFL record for winning nine games in a row, including playoffs, and scoring 30+ points in each.
2. Baltimore Ravens 1-1
Previous Week: 9
Baltimore gets the nod here over Kansas City simply because, well, they beat Kansas City. Lamar Jackson ran in for his second rushing touchdown and third overall with a little over three minutes remaining. The score gave the Ravens a 36-35 lead they would not relinquish, especially after their defense forced and recovered a fumble with 1:26 left. Baltimore massively out-rushed the Chiefs by a 251-62 yard margin with Lamar Jackson accounting for 107 of them on 16 carries.
3. Kansas City Chiefs 1-1
Previous Week: 2
The Chiefs suffered their first loss in September in the Patrick Mahomes era. Mahomes did tally 343 yards and three touchdowns, but ultimately his defense could not stop the Ravens rushing attack. Kansas City has now surrendered 65 points through two games, putting them 28th in points allowed. Their defense ranks dead last in yards allowed (938) and yards per play (7.6). Needless to say, that will have to improve as the season goes on.
4. Los Angeles Rams 2-0
Previous Week: 3
The Rams barely escaped with a win in Indianapolis, but a late field goal and an interception assured that they would start 2-0 for the fourth straight year. Matthew Stafford had a much more pedestrian game in his first road game with the Rams, finishing with 278 yards, two TDs, and an interception. L.A.’s defense was able to take advantage of the erratic Carson Wentz with a goal line interception that led to a Rams field goal. The Rams defense also held backup QB Jacob Eason to 2-5 passing with an interception after he took over for an injured Wentz in the fourth quarter.
5. Seattle Seahawks 1-1
Previous Week: 4
Seattle held a 24-9 lead at halftime but suffered a 33-30 overtime defeat after being outscored 24-6 in the second half and overtime. Russel Wilson played well in the loss, totaling 343 yards with two touchdowns and no turnovers. So did Tyler Lockett who racked up 178 yards on eight catches and a 63-yard touchdown. But, the Seahawks failure to run the ball led to their demise, as they totaled just 77 carries on 18 attempts. Alex Collins had 25 of those yards on his only carry. Lead back Chris Carson struggled on 13 attempts and totaled just 31 yards, however adding two touchdowns.
6. Cleveland Browns 1-1
Previous Week: 6
Cleveland took care of business at home against the Texans, outscoring them 17-7 in the second half en route to a 31-21 win. Part of that could be attributed to Houston starting QB Tyrod Taylor leaving the game at halftime after going 10-11 with 125 yards and a touchdown. Davis Mills went 8-18 for 102 yards with a touchdown and a pick in his NFL debut in relief. The Browns rushing combo of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt was very effective, totaling 136 yards and a touchdown on 24 combined carries.
7. San Francisco 49ers 2-0
Previous Week: 8
The Niners defense bailed out their slow starting offense in Philadelphia to secure a 17-11 win to head to 2-0. Their offense did not have a first down until the second quarter, but the defense made a goal line stand after a 91-yard completion that shifted the momentum of the game. Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco offense embarked on a 12 play, 97-yard touchdown drive after that sequence that essentially ended the first half and gave the Niners a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
8. Buffalo Bills 1-1
Previous Week: Unranked
The Bills responded from a lackluster opener with a 35-0 rout of the Dolphins in Miami. Devin Singletary totaled 82 yards on 13 carries and scored on a 46-yard dash early in the first quarter to put the Bills ahead for good. The Buffalo defense forced three turnovers and totaled six sacks on the day. First round pick Gregory Rousseau led the way with the first two sacks of his NFL career. However, it will be worth monitoring Josh Allen as the season progresses. So far in two games after his MVP-like performance last year, Allen is completing just 56% of his passes. That is much lower than his 69% mark last season and more in line with his previous career norms.
9. Tennessee Titans 1-1
Previous Week: Unranked
Derrick Henry carries the Titans to their first win of the season after a very disappointing Week 1. Henry totaled 182 yards and three touchdowns on 35 carries including a 60-yard score in the fourth quarter that pulled the Titans within one score. New Titan Julio Jones made an impact in his second game, finishing with 128 yards and six catches on eight targets from Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill himself led a late drive to tie the game and finished 27-40 for 347 yards.
10. Arizona Cardinals 2-0
Previous Week: Honorable Mention
The Cardinals pulled out a wild win in a 34-33 game against the Vikings after Minnesota missed a game winning field goal. The two teams totaled 893 total yards of offense and both averaged at at least seven yards per play. Kyler Murray threw for 400 yards on 29-36 passing with three touchdowns and two interceptions and added a fourth touchdown on the ground. Murray is currently two touchdowns behind Tom Brady for the league lead and is second in yards to Derek Carr.