Our Weekly Reverse Power Rankings continue looking at Power Rankings in an NFL Draft Order. We do our best to project the NFL Draft Order on a weekly basis. Teams 1-20 are the non playoff teams while teams 21-32 are based on playoff elimination. Teams are grouped by record which makes things very interesting early in the season.
1. New York Jets (0-2)
Nobody really gave the Jets much of a chance heading out West against the Raiders and 45-10 later the Jets continue to show they are the clear favorite to earn the number one pick in the 2018 draft. At this point, why not throw Hackenburg out there. It’s not going to hurt.
2. Indianapolis Colts (0-2)
Sure the Colts almost beat the Cardinals, but are the Cardinals really that good? Even with a solid performance by Jacoby Brissett it wasn’t enough as the Colts look like an utter mess.
3. Cincinnati Bengals (0-2)
Through two weeks the Bengals look like a team that is going to be contending for the first overall pick and not the playoffs like they’re use to. Not only is the offensive line struggling (as expected), Andy Dalton has been awful so far. Don’t be surprised for some wholesale changes this off season.
4. Chicago Bears (0-2)
So much for the Bears solid game against the Falcons in Week 1 as they got completely dominated by the Bucs. While Glennon can’t take all the blame, you have to expect Trubisky to see the field sooner rather than later.
5. San Francisco 49ers (0-2)
With a lead in the fourth quarter against the tough Seahawks it looked like the 49ers may have a shot to pull off the upset. Instead the 49ers QB situation really held them back from getting the win. If San Francisco can get either Garappalo or Cousins this off-season, their turnaround could be coming faster than normal.
6. Cleveland Browns (0-2)
The wins are not coming but if you are a Browns fan you have to be feeling a little optimism as the Browns have been right there with a top level team in their own division. There is still a lot of room to go and Kizer’s INT in the end zone was big, but they look like a different team.
7. New Orleans Saints (0-2)
An offseason that saw the Saints beef up the secondary through the draft was for not as Tom Brady torched New Orleans for 447 yards. Not only as the Saints continuing to struggle on defense, but their offense has taken as step back. It’s going to be another bad year in NOLA this year.
8. Los Angeles Chargers (0-2)
There weren’t many people to see this game live, but the Chargers couldn’t hold onto the lead and drop another close game. There continues to be a lot of Charger love, but this team doesn’t look like a team that is a playoff contender.
9. New York Giants (0-2)
EVERYONE thought that the Giants would address the offensive line issues (mainly OT) this off season, instead the Giants added more weapons thinking they could use a quick strike attack to win. What a horrible decision as Eli is clearly regressing and when you add no time to throw makes for an utter disaster.
10. Buffalo Bills (1-1)
Holding the Panthers to three field goals allowed the Bills to be in the game and have a chance to stay undefeated but the offense just lacks the firepower needed to score on a good Panthers defense. Everyone knew the Bills would struggle, but teams are quickly finding out that they are going to be a tough out each week.
11. Arizona Cardinals (1-1)
Playing a bad Colts team was thought to be a nice bounce back game for the Cardinals to get their mojo going. And even though struggles were predicted without David Johnson, this offense looks bad. Don’t expect many wins going forward.
12. Houston Texans (1-1)
While it wasn’t a stellar first game for Deshaun Watson, he definitely showcased the potential that had Houston trade up to get him. This was a nice bounce back game as the defense played well and the offense scored just enough, but this could be a long season in Houston.
13. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1)
It’s been an up and down season already for the Jaguars who were dominant week one and then got dominated this week by the Titans. The downfall for the Jags was the score got too out of hand forcing Bortles to throw the ball more than they wanted to.
14. Los Angeles Rams (1-1)
While the Rams weren’t able to get the win, through two games this looks like a completely different team than a year ago. Not only is Jared Goff showing his promise that made him the number one pick, but Todd Gurley has found his game.
15. Washington Redskins (1-1)
Traveling to the west coast and getting a win is tough for east coast teams, so it shouldn’t matter that it’s against a team that was picking in the top five last year. What was also big was that the Redskins offense was able to get back to their high scoring ways.
16. Dallas Cowboys (1-1)
An hour long rain delay did nothing to help as the Cowboys got completely controlled by the Broncos in an embarrassing loss. Not only couldn’t Dallas stop the run, but they couldn’t get Ezekiel Elliot going against a poor run defense. Don’t be surprised to see a down year from the Cowboys.
17. Minnesota Vikings (1-1)
Playing without Sam Bradford and with Case Keenum it wasn’t a surprise that the Vikings were not able to pull out the win in Pittsburgh. But it was nice seeing rookie RB Dalvin Cook show off his explosive running like we saw at Florida State.
18. Green Bay Packers (1-1)
Playing against the defending NFC Champs home in the first game in their new stadium was going to be tough, but the Packers steam rolled through the first three quarters to get the win. Green Bay is good, but it’s going to be their defense that makes them a true contender or not.
19. New England Patriots (1-1)
Bouncing back from their loss to the Chiefs the Patriots were able to easily dispatch the Saints. Nothing changes for the Patriots as they should roll through the season with only two or three losses.
20. Baltimore Ravens (2-0)
Baltimore invested plenty of resources both in free agency and in the draft to improve their defense and it is clearly showing early this season. But we really won’t find out how good the Ravens are until weeks 4 and 5 when they play the Steelers and Raiders.
21. Tennessee Titans (1-1)
After losing to the Raiders in week one, the Titans bounced back in a nice division win over the Jaguars. Tennessee got back on track getting the running game going and the defense getting turnovers.
22. Philadelphia Eagles (1-1)
Philadelphia was right there with the Chiefs in Kansas City, but just couldn’t pull off the upset. Even with the loss the Eagles look like one of the best teams in the NFC and a true contender in the toughest division in the NFL.
23. Miami Dolphins (1-0)
After not playing in week one and then having to travel across the country to Los Angeles the makings for a loss. Instead the Dolphins relied on the running of Jay Ajayi to pound out a big win for a team looking to make the playoffs in consecutive years.
24. Carolina Panthers (2-0)
Even though the Panthers are undefeated, you have to wonder how long this is going to continue. So far the Panthers beat a bad Bills team 9-3 and struggled with another poor team in the 49ers. Carolina needs Cam to regain his form as he’s struggled so far.
25. Seattle Seahawks (1-1)
Wins are wins, and the Seahawks normally start the year slow but if you’re a Seahawks fan you have to be a bit nervous two games in. Seattle should have dominated the 49ers, but instead they had to narrowly space with a win at home.
26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0)
After not playing in Week 1 because of Hurricane Irma, the Bucs wasted little time showing off their improved team by thrashing the Bears. A 26 point first half set the tone and shows that the Bucs are a team to watch out for.
27. Denver Broncos (2-0)
Heading into this season the question was whether Trevor Siemian was good enough to manage this offense well enough to get Denver in the playoffs. But at this point he’s not just managing he’s leading.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0)
It was a home game for the Steelers so it wasn’t a surprise that the offense bounced back, even against a good Vikings defense. Combine that with a defense that has been playing at a high level and the Steelers are playing like one of the three best teams in the NFL.
29. Detroit Lions (2-0)
Until Matthew Stafford got hurt late last season the Lions were playing like one of the best teams in the league. So far this season they have picked up where they left off and are on fire. They may be the best team in the NFC.
30. Oakland Raiders (2-0)
The Raiders season continues to cruise easily dispatching the Jets for an easy win. So much that they could give Marshawn some rest and he could dance on the sideline. While there are some questions on defense, this team looks like the real deal.
31. Atlanta Falcons (2-0)
What a win for the Falcons in their debut in the new stadium blowing past the Packers for an easy win after what should have been a defeat in Chicago week 1. If offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian can call games like this we could easily see the Falcons in the Super Bowl again.
32. Kansas City Chiefs (2-0)
After their big win over the Patriots the Chiefs kept their momentum going in a solid win over the Eagles. What makes the Chiefs even more dangerous is that Kareem Hunt was able to keep producing against a very stout Eagles run defense. There isn’t a better team playing right now than the Chiefs.