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Nick Wilson's Power Rankings Week Two

Nick ranks his Top 10 NFL teams

Nick Wilson
September 13, 2018 - 2:24 pm

What a week in the NFL! A huge Panther Week One win, the Saints and Falcons lose and as expected a 400-yard performance from Bucs backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

It's time to take stock of the top 10 after a fun week back.

Falling OUT: Pittsburgh Steelers (Prev: 10) You didn’t lose to Cleveland but you didn’t beat them either. It’s Cleveland’s first non-loss since 2016. That’ll cost you. (RELATED: THERE IS NO TYING IN FOOTBALL!!!!)

10) NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (PREV: 4) NOT SURE WHAT'S WORSE: YOUR DEFENSE GIVING UP 48 POINTS TO TAMPA OR YOUR OFFENSE’S INABILITY TO OUTSCORE TAMPA? YOUR REWARD? A MATCHUP AGAINST BEHEMOTH MYLES GARRETT AND CLEVELAND.

9) ATLANTA FALCONS (PREV: 7) MATT RYAN LOOKED HOPELESS AGAINST PHILLY AND THE RED ZONE OFFENSE STILL SUCKS. YET IT WAS AGAINST A GREAT EAGLES DEFENSE. HUGE MATCHUP FOR BOTH CAROLINA AND ATLANTA THIS WEEK.

8) HOUSTON TEXANS (PREV: NR) STRONG SECOND HALF TO THE PATS GAME DESERVES ATTENTION. WATSON LOOKED HUMAN BUT DIVISIONAL RIVAL TENNESEE OFFERS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO PROVE HE IS BACK.

7) GREEN BAY PACKERS (PREV: 8) SORRY CHEESEHEADS, THIS TEAM WAS LISTLESS WITHOUT AARON RODGERS. THE COMEBACK WAS MAGICAL, BUT HIS HEALTH APPEARS TO BE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DEEP PLAYOFF RUN AND TOP 5 PICK.

6) PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (NR) NICK FOLES LOOKED LOST AGAINST ATLANTA BUT THE EAGLES STILL HAVE ENOUGH TALENT TO CARRY HIM UNTIL WENTZ IS HEALTHY. IMPRESSIVE, UGLY TEAM ONE WIN.

5) JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (PREV: 6) TOUGH FOUGHT WEEK ONE VICTORY OVER THE GIANTS. I’D LOVE TO BOOST JACKSONVILLE UP A TON, BUT THEIR QUARTERBACK IS STILL BLAKE BORTLES.

4) CAROLINA PANTHERS (PREV: 5) UGLY WINS MIGHT NOT APPEASE ALL FANS BUT IT APPEASES THE RANKING GODS. CAROLINA’S DEFENSE IS FRIGHTENING, AND THE OFFENSE SHOWED POWER IN THE RUN GAME. A LOT TO LIKE EARLY FOR CATS FANS.

3) LOS ANGELES RAMS (PREV: 3) ON ONE HAND, IT WAS A 20 POINT WEEK ONE WIN. ON THE OTHER HAND, THEY BEAT OAKLAND. STILL, THEY WERE DOMINATING ON NATIONAL TV. SOLID START FOR MCVAY’S RAMS.

2) NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (PREV: 1) NEW ENGLAND FALLS ONE SPOT THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. THEY BEAT A QUALITY HOUSTON TEAM AND MOSTLY CONTAINED DESHAUN WATSON. THIS WEEK THE TASK IS TOUGHER WITH JACKSONVILLE.

1) MINNESOTA VIKINGS (PREV: 2) ITS ONE WEEK BUT KIRK COUSINS EARNED EVERY PENNY. HIS 244 YARD, 2 TOUCHDOWN PERFORMANCE OUTSHINED THE NFL’S HYPE KING JIMMY GAROPPOLO IN A 24-16 WEEK ONE WIN OVER SAN FRAN. OH, AND THE DEFENSE IS STILL THAT DAMN GOOD.

 

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