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NFL Power Rankings: After Justin Fields' took over as QB1

power rankings

The 2021 NFL season has officially begun. For the Chicago Bears, they followed up a tough loss to the Los Angeles Rams by beating the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2. The defense turned back the clocks with a vintage performance, netting four takeaways. And Justin Fields took the reigns of the offense for an injured Andy Dalton.

So where do all 32 teams rank heading into Week 3?

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2-0 (LW: 1)

The Bucs toyed with the Falcons for a little bit before scoring 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. Just five more touchdown passes for Tom Brady. No biggie.

2. Los Angeles Rams, 2-0 (LW: 3)

Matthew Stafford wasn't quite as dominant against the Colts, but he still came up big when he needed to. The Rams are for real.

3. Kansas City Chiefs, 1-1 (LW: 2)

It's hard to drop the Chiefs too far when they still looked like the better team against the Ravens. For some reason they just didn't show much desire to win in the fourth quarter.

4. Buffalo Bills, 1-1 (LW: 9)

Well, I guess Josh Allen and the Bills are OK. The 35-0 win over the Dolphins was the most impressive win of the week. 

5. San Francisco 49ers, 2-0 (LW: 11

The 49ers are off to a great start and still have Trey Lance in their back pocket. Dangerous team.

6. Cleveland Browns, 1-1 (LW: 6)

The Browns didn't necessarily look great against a bad Texans team, but they got the job done at home. Now they'll face Justin Fields in Week 3.

7. Seattle Seahawks, 1-1 (LW: 4)

After leading 24-9 at halftime, the Seahawks inexplicably went into cruise control in the second half and managed to lose to the Titans in overtime -- at home.

 

8. Baltimore Ravens, 1-1 (LW: 10)

Beating the Chiefs is always counts a great win, but you still have to wonder about the Ravens' attrition with all the injuries they've had. Lamar Jackson can't do everything. Or maybe he can?

9. Las Vegas Raiders, 2-0 (LW: 12)

Look at the Raiders. 2-0 with wins over the Ravens and Steelers. Is Derek Carr overrated or underrated? I've always felt like the latter.

10. Dallas Cowboys, 1-1 (LW: 15)

The Cowboys have to be feeling good about the start to their 2021 season. They played well against the Bucs and then went to L.A. and beat the Chargers. Dak Prescott will give them a chance to win every week. 

11. Los Angels Chargers, 1-1 (LW: 7)

Justin Herbert threw for over 300 yards again, but couldn't find the end zone enough. It's tough to beat the Cowboys' offense when you settle for field goals.

12. Arizona Cardinals, 2-0 (LW: 14)

Kyler Murray and the Cardinals made quite a statement, walking into Nashville and winning 38-13. Now the question is, can Arizona keep it up for a full season?

13. Tennessee Titans, 1-1 (LW: 20)

Boy, the Titans needed to find a way to get a win in Seattle and did exactly that. Trailing by 15 at halftime, Derrick Henry carried the Titans to an improbable overtime win. Resilient team.

14. New Orleans Saints, 1-0 (LW: 5)

I guess the Saints are going to be hard to figure out. After blowing out the Packers in Week 1, they got blown out at Carolina in Week 2. 

15. Denver Broncos, 2-0 (LW: 16)

The schedule will get much tougher -- but not yet. The Jets visit Denver this weekend so the Broncos should be 3-0.

16. Green bay Packers, 1-1 (LW: 18)

Aaron Rodgers looked better on Monday night, but that Packers' defense didn't exactly ensure confidence. Green Bay doesn't look like a Super Bowl team right now.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1-1 (LW: 8)

Ben Roethlisberger just looks cooked. And it's hard to imagine the Steelers being a big threat if that's the case.

18. Washington Football Team, 1-1 (LW: 19)

Taylor Heineke is a cool story and the Football Team found a way to beat the Giants last Thursday, but reality might set in Sunday against that Buffalo defense.

19. Carolina Panthers, 2-0 (LW: 23)

The Panthers could take advantage of a soft start to their schedule by improving to 3-0 by Thursday night in Houston, although Christian McCaffrey is already banged up.

20. Miami Dolphins, 1-0 (LW: 13)

So you beat the Patriots and then get smoked at home by the Bills? Tua Tagovailoa is dealing with a ribs injury and always seems to be banged up.

21. New England Patriots, 1-1 (LW: 21)

It wasn't exactly a pretty win, but Mac Jones and the Patriots are back to .500 after beating the Jets at home. Interesting game this week with Saints, as both teams are a little hard to figure out right now.

22. Chicago Bears, 1-1 (LW: 25)

The Bears' defense was dominant against the Bengals, but can they do that every week? It would certainly help Justin Fields Sunday in Cleveland.

23. Indianapolis Colts, 0-2 (LW: 17)

The Colts really needed to win one of their first two home games against the Seahawks or Rams. Now they have a three-game road trip to Tennessee, Miami and Baltimore. Their season could slip away fast.

24. Philadelphia Eagles, 1-1 (LW: 22)

The Eagles' offense fell back to Earth a little bit in a tough matchup against the 49ers and now they lost Brandon Graham to a torn Achilles.

 

25. Cincinnati Bengals, 1-1 (LW: 24)

A couple late touchdowns made the score a lot closer than it really was in Chicago. Joe Burrow and the Bengals did not look good against the Bears. 

26. Minnesota Vikings, 0-2 (LW: 26)

If you thought the Bears' kicking problems were bad a few years ago, don't even bring the subject up in Minnesota. Greg Joseph is just the latest Vikings kicker to miss a game-winner.

27. New York Giants, 0-2 (LW: 27)

It can't be a good sign when Daniel Jones plays really well and the Giants still can't beat the Washington Football Team.

28. Detroit Lions, 0-2 (LW: 28)

The Lions have looked somewhat competitive in their first two games and that offense probably has enough firepower to steal a game here and there. But Jared Goff has to stop fumbling the football.

29. Houston Texans, 1-1 (LW: 29)

You have to feel bad for Tyrod Taylor, who was playing really well before suffering another injury. He'll miss some time with a hamstring injury and third-round pick Davis Mills will have to start in the meantime.

30. New York Jets, 0-2 (LW: 30)

Zach Wilson threw four interceptions against the Patriots and now has to go to Denver to face Vic Fangio's defense. Not an ideal way to start a rookie season.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars, 0-2 (LW: 31)

Can Urban Meyer handle losing? It's a legitimate question because the Jaguars just aren't a good football team. Trevor Lawrence's development is priority No. 1 this year.

32. Atlanta Falcons, 0-2 (LW: 32)

There's just no defense in Atlanta. It's going to be a long year for the Falcons and first-year head coach Arthur Smith. 

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