NFL Power Rankings: Patriots rule the league post-Week 2, Redskins fall even further
Super Bowl Contenders
These are the teams that should be considered the favorites to challenge for a Super Bowl. They’re not the only teams league-wide that could win one, but they are the favorites at the moment.
1. New England Patriots (2-0) – Previously 1. No changes here. The Patriots have outscored their opponents 76-3 in two games to start the season. Granted, one was against the Dolphins but the other came against the Steelers. The team has an elite defense and their receiving corps is looking insanely deep after Antonio Brown’s arrival. They should be the clear-cut favorites in the AFC as only one team can really challenge them at the moment.
2. Green Bay Packers (2-0) – Previously 3. The defensive upgrades the Packers made in the offseason are really paying off. Preston Smith, Adrian Amos, and Darnell Savage have looked particularly good for the team as they have gotten a lot of pressure on opposing quarterbacks while mostly locking down the back end. In all, they have two divisional wins and have limited opponents to 19 points in two games. Their offense will need to get on track a bit more, but that should come together as the season goes along and as they play weaker competition.
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3. Kansas City Chiefs (2-0) – Previously 8. The Chiefs offense has been on fire through two games this season and Patrick Mahomes is on pace for another ridiculous season. Thus far, the team’s defense hasn’t been a major problem, but that could become more of an issue as they face better opponents. For now, we’ll consider them to be a top team as their passing game should keep them competitive with just about any NFL team.
4. Dallas Cowboys (2-0) – Previously 11. Dak Prescott has been playing at a ridiculous level so far, completing 82 percent of his passes for 674 yards, 7 touchdowns, and 1 interception. At times, he has looked like an MVP while utilizing the Cowboys’ plethora of offensive weapons. That unit should only get better as Ezekiel Elliott gets back up to speed and they have been good defensively as well. They haven’t played great competition yet (Giants, Redskins) but they are looking like the strongest team in the NFC East at the moment, much to the chagrin of Redskins fans.
5. Baltimore Ravens (2-0) – Previously 15. Lamar Jackson has made some massive strides in his second year in the NFL. He dismantled the Dolphins with his arm and ran all over the Cardinals in consecutive weeks to start the season. The defensive side of the ball is still a bit in question, but they were able to dominate weaker competition and now look like the team to beat in the AFC North. And if Jackson keeps growing, the Ravens will certainly have a chance to challenge the Chiefs and Patriots in the AFC in the coming years.
6. Los Angeles Rams (2-0) – Previously 10. The Rams have found ways to grind out wins in their first two games of the season. That’s pretty encouraging. Things aren’t clicking yet for Jared Goff and Todd Gurley while the defense has been strong. But once the offense comes around, the Rams could go on a bit of a tear. That gives them just enough steam to sneak into the Super Bowl Contender category in this week’s edition of Power Rankings.