NFL Power Rankings 2019: Where 49ers, Raiders stand entering Week 3
How do 49ers, Raiders look after Week 2?
We’re nearly through two weeks of NFL action, and the New England Patriots look as invincible as ever. There are challengers to the throne, which could set up some interesting battles this winter.
Right now this league is still sorting itself out, but the good teams are easy to spot. There are some uncertain commodities in the crew, including the 49ers and Bills and teams who look good against lackluster competition.
Here are this week’s NFL power rankings where the 49ers have surged up while the Raiders stay about the same after losing to a juggernaut:
32. Miami (0-2)
Last week's rank: 32
The Dolphins have traded Laramey Tunsil and Kenny Stills and Kiko Alonso already. But no, they’re not tanking. Now they’re trying to ship Minkah Fitzpatrick and Kenyon Drake and anyone else with a powerful agent. This might be the worst NFL team since the merger.
31. N.Y. Giants (0-2)
Last week's rank: 31
Giants are being investigated for a breach in their concussion protocol regarding Sterling Shepard. Uncool, guys. The G-men stink and are putting their players at unnecessary risk. Double whammy.
30. Washington (0-2)
Last week’s rank: 28
The Washington football club is a mess. Their skill players stink. Their quarterback is average at best. Jay Gruden will get blamed for this mess, but it isn’t his fault. Point some fingers at Bruce Allen and a dysfunctional front office.
29. Pittsburgh (0-2)
Last week’s rank: 15
With Big Ben out for the season with an elbow injury, the Steelers are in huge trouble. And losing James Conner is like getting punched when you’re already down. It doesn't look good for Pittsburgh.
28. Denver (0-2)
Last week’s rank: 25
Broncos get beat by the Raiders last week, and a former Raider on Sunday. Call it the Piñeiro curse.
27. Carolina (0-2)
Last week’s rank: 17
The Panthers are a mess. They might have to sit Cam until he gets right. Ron Rivera can’t live on Christian McCaffrey alone.
26. Cincinnati (0-2)
Last week’s rank: 23
Bengals got booed after the 49ers punked ‘em at home. Bengals got exposed. All the opening week optimism left in a flash.
25. Jacksonville (0-2)
Last week’s rank: 21
Things get tense between Doug Marrone and Jalen Ramsey during another loss. No shock there. Marrone’s a tough guy, and Ramsey’s only fun as a frontrunner.
24. Tampa Bay (1-1)
Last week’s rank: 29
Bucs shouldn’t earn street cred for beating this version of Cam Newton, a guy who can barely move.
23. Arizona (0-1-1)
Last week’s rank: 26
Cardinals are starting to figure this gimmick offense out. The scheme may be smoke and mirrors, but the quarterback’s real. Kyler Murray can flat play.
22. Raiders (1-1)
Last week’s rank: 24
Jon Gruden shouldn’t play chess with Andy Reid. Wouldn’t end well.
21. Detroit (1-0-1)
Last week’s rank: 30
Darius Slay’s the best Lion by far. Proved it with a late interception to seal a win over the Bolts.
20. N.Y. Jets (0-2)
Last week’s rank: 21
Got crushed at home by the Browns, and lost Trevor Siemian to a nasty ankle injury. Next on the quarterback depth chart? Luke Falk. Yikes.
19. Cleveland (1-1)
Last week’s rank: 20
Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr. showed out in Cleveland's pummeling of an overmatched Jets team on Monday night.
18. Atlanta (1-1)
Last week’s rank: 27
Atlanta needs Julio Jones heroics to squeak out a win. Falcons are always on the verge of blowing it. No way to live.
17. Tennessee (1-1)
Last week’s rank: 13
This is what we’re talking about when we say the Titans are stuck in the middle. Following a great performance with a crappy one. On to 8-8 they go.
16. Indianapolis (1-1)
Last week’s rank: 16
These Colts are scrappy, and found a way to win even after the PATs became a crapshoot.
15. Minnesota (1-1)
Last week’s rank: 14
Dalvin Cook is awesome. Kirk Cousins is, well, not. No, Kirk, Vikings fans do not like that.
14. Chicago (1-1)
Previous rank: 11
Do the Bears finally have a kicker? Eddy Piñeiro sure thinks so.
13. Houston (1-1)
Last week’s rank: 9
I’ll never understand contenders who have a great quarterback and can’t protect him well season after season.
12. Buffalo (2-0)
Last week’s rank: 19
Calling my shot: Sean McDermott for coach of the year. He’s already got my vote.
11. 49ers (2-0)
Last week’s rank: 18
That victory in Cincinnati might’ve been Kyle Shanahan’s best performance as 49ers head coach. Are they a top tier team? Probably not, but they’re unbeaten and could stay that way a bit longer.
10. L.A. Chargers (1-1)
Last week’s rank: 7
Finding new, innovative and embarrassing ways to lose: It’s a Chargers tradition. Put that on a billboard. They might sell some sympathy tickets in a soccer stadium.
9. Philadelphia (1-1)
Last week’s rank: 9
Carson Wentz simply has to stay healthy. That has been tough to do.
8. Green Bay (2-0)
Last week’s rank: 10
The Packers have a solid defense and a productive run game? Aaron Rodgers is a pig in slop.
7. New Orleans (1-1)
Last week’s rank: 2
Drew Brees can’t grip a football and is expected to miss six weeks. Saints seasons rides on Teddy Bridgewater keeping them afloat.
6. Baltimore (2-0)
Last week’s rank: 8
272 yards passing. 120 more on the ground. Lamar Jackson makes the Ravens must-see TV.
5. Seattle (2-0)
Last week’s rank: 6
Pete Carroll got a Gatorade shower for his birthday, following yet another Seahawks win. The NFL’s oldest coach still in complete command and loving every minute of this fun run.
4. L.A. Rams (2-0)
Last week’s rank: 5
Rams aren’t quite as good as they were last year. Still awesome.
3. Dallas (2-0)
Last week’s rank: 4
Add another couple million to Dak Prescott’s contract. Young buck’s gonna get paid.
2. Kansas City (2-0)
Last week’s rank: 3
Patrick Mahomes is the game’s best quarterback. Andy Reid’s the game’s best offensive mind. Match made in heaven.
1. New England (2-0)
Last week’s rank: 1
Patriots don’t need Antonio Brown. They’ve got him, for a little while anyway.