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2019 NFL Power Rankings - Week 2

Rams #3 - Chargers #6

 

September 12, 2019

Jevone Moore

Rams running back Malcolm Brown - Two touchdowns at Carolina

1. New England Patriots (1-0) - The Antonio Brown circus has moved to New England. As Jon Gruden said to the Pats after acquiring Brown, "Good luck." Next: -19 at Miami Dolphins - Sun, Sep. 15

2. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) - Sammy Watkins and LeSean McCoy were teammates in Buffalo from 2015-2016. Apparently, they were not needed in Buffalo. The Chiefs send their thanks. Next: -7 at Oakland Raiders - Sun, Sep. 15

3. Los Angeles Rams (1-0) - Sean McVay is 25-8 as the Rams head coach and has never been out of first place. This may be one of the best head coaching hires of all-time. Next: -2 vs New Orleans Saints, Sun, Sep. 15

4. Dallas Cowboys (1-0) - Yes, this team looks very good. Super Bowl good. With the Redskins and the Dolphins coming up on the schedule, the first real test will not come until Sunday Night, September 29th against the Saints. Next: -5.5 at Washington Redskins - Sun, Sep. 15

5. New Orleans Saints (1-0) - The Saints signed Will Lutz to a five-year contract extension worth $20.25 million in the offseason, making him the highest paid kicker in the NFL. Lutz kicked a game winning 58-yard field goal on Monday Night. That was obviously a good investment. Next: +2 at Los Angeles Rams - Sun, Sep. 15

6. Los Angeles Chargers (1-0) - Philip Rivers will be making his 210th consecutive start this Sunday against the Lions, which will tie Eli Manning for the second longest streak ever among quarterbacks. Next: -2.5 at Detroit Lions - Sun, Sep. 15

7. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) - The Eagles are going with a running back by committee philosophy, which means they do not have a starting running back on their roster. Next: +1.5 at Atlanta Falcons - Sun, Sep. 15

8. Minnesota Vikings (1-0) - The Vikings finally figured out how to win with Kirk Cousins. Limit him to ten passing attempts. Cousins completed 8 of 10 passes in the Vikings blowout win over the Falcons. Next: +3 at Green Bay Packers - Sun, Sep. 15

9. Green Bay Packers (1-0) - Aaron Rodgers broke an NFL record held by Tom Brady this weekend when he completed his 359th pass. The Green Bay Packers defense looked much improved in the opening win over the Bears in Chicago. With four of the next five games at home, the Packers could take early control of a very tough division. Next: -3 vs Minnesota Vikings - Sun, Sep. 15

10. Seattle Seahawks (1-0) - Any team with Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson, a good defense and a good running game is not a team that you should look forward to playing. Next: +4 at Pittsburgh Steelers - Sun, Sep. 15

11. Baltimore Ravens (1-0) - Very nice win over the hapless Dolphins. Next up is the hapless Cardinals. Somebody in the NFL offices must really like the Ravens. Next: -13.5 vs Arizona Cardinals - Sun, Sep. 15

12. Tennessee Titans (1-0) - The Titans crushing Cleveland on the road was a shocker. Derrick Henry is beginning to look like the back that won the Heisman trophy at Alabama. Next: -3 vs Indianapolis - Sun, Sep. 15

13. Oakland Raiders (1-0) - AB Who? The Raiders looked like a real football team in their opening win over the Broncos. For Raider fans, there is nothing more enjoyable than beating the Broncos, unless the Chiefs are on the schedule. Next: +7 vs Kansas City Chiefs - Sun, Sep. 15

14. San Francisco 49ers (1-0) - The 49ers need a quality running back. Melvin Gordon would be a great fit for the Kyle Shanahan offense and would allow the Chargers to move on from Gordon and acquire some assets. Next: +1.5 at Cincinnati Bengals - Sun, Sep. 15

15. Buffalo Bills (1-0) - Josh Allen continues to improve in his second season at quarterback as the Bills steal a win on the road. The Bills will return to the scene of the crime this weekend when they play the Giants. A win gives them the New York State Championship. Next: -10 at New York Giants - Sun, Sep. 15

16. Detroit Lions (0-0-1) - The Lions are going to regret blowing an 18-point, 4th quarter lead on the road to the Cardinals. The next five weeks they play the Chargers, Eagles, Chiefs, Packers and Vikings. Next: +2.5 at Los Angeles Chargers - Sun, Sep. 15

17. Arizona Cardinals (0-0-1) - The Cardinals trailed 24-6 early in the 4th quarter and somehow managed to get the game into overtime, escaping with a 27-27 tie. This will be a long season for the Cardinals. Next: +13 at Baltimore Ravens - Sun, Sep. 15

18. Houston Texans (0-1) - DeShaun Watson had a great game despite being sacked six times. If he is to survive the season, the protection needs to improve significantly, starting with left tackle Laremy Tunsil. Next: -8.5 vs Jacksonville Jaguars - Sun, Sep. 15

19. Chicago Bears (0-1) - A disturbing performance for the opening game of the NFL season from the Bears. A total of three points from the offense should concern everyone. Next: -2.5 at Denver Broncos - Sun, Sep. 15

20. Indianapolis Colts (0-1) - The Colts had a chance to beat the Chargers in Los Angeles, but two missed field goals, a missed extra point, a blocked punt and losing the coin toss in overtime was too much to overcome. Next: +3 at Tennessee Titans - Sun, Sep. 15

21. Cleveland Browns (0-1) - The Browns committed 18 penalties on Sunday in their blowout loss to the Titans. Delanie Walker and the Titans removed the premature crown from the Browns swelled head. Next: -6.5 at New York Jets - Mon, Sep. 16

22. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) - What happened to this Jaguar defense? Next: +8.5 at Houston Texans - Sun, Sep. 15

23. Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) - Andy Dalton threw for a career high 418 yards in the 21-20 loss to the Seahawks. But it was not enough to overcome two second half fumbles and a missed field in the 3rd quarter. Next: -1.5 vs San Francisco 49ers - Sun, Sep. 15

24. Atlanta Falcons (0-1) - The Falcons continue to be a talented team that simply cannot seem to get their act together. Playoff teams are not trailing 28-0 after three quarters to the Vikings. Next: +1.5 vs Philadelphia Eagles - Sun, Sep. 15

25. Denver Broncos (0-1) - The Broncos better hope that the Raiders are better than people think, because that was not an impressive opening game loss. Next: +2.5 vs Chicago Bears - Sun, Sep. 15

26. Washington Redskins (0-1) Blowing a 17-0 lead at Philadelphia happens, but it should not happen to head coach Jay Gruden, who really needs a good season to keep his job. Next: +5.5 vs Dallas Cowboys - Sun, Sep. 15

27. Carolina Panthers (0-1) - Christian McCaffrey rushed for 128 yards and had 81 yards in receiving, as he aims to become the first player since 1999 to both rush for over 1,000 yards and have over 1,000 yards in receiving. The last player to accomplish that feat was Marshall Faulk. Next: -6.5 vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Thu, Sep. 12

28. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1) - Among the many things that went wrong Sunday for the Steelers was the rushing attack, which had 32 yards on 13 carries. That needs to improve quickly to avoid a long season. Next: -4 vs Seattle Seahawks - Sun, Sep. 15

Jevone Moore

Chargers running back Austin Ekeler - Winning touchdown in overtime vs Colts

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) - Jameis Winston is in the final year of his rookie contract and has not been offered an extension. That is not exactly an endorsement of the quarterback. Next: +6.5 at Carolina Panthers - Thu, Sep. 12

30. New York Jets (0-1) - Blowing a 16-0 lead at home to the Buffalo Bills is no way to start the season. Next: +6.5 vs Cleveland Browns - Mon, Sep. 16

31. New York Giants (0-1) - Saquon Barkley had 11 carries on Sunday, while Eli Manning and Daniel Jones combined for 48 passing attempts. That is not a formula for winning games. Next: +10 vs BuffaloBills - Sun, Sep. 15

32. Miami Dolphins (7-6) - After three years with Jim Mora at UCLA and spending his rookie season with the Arizona Cardinals, Josh Rosen is now a quarterback on the Dolphins. Further proof that life is not always fair. Next: +19 vs New England Patriots - Sun, Sep. 15

 

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