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NFL Week 2 Power Rankings: The Ravens make their mark, the Lions slide

Lamar Jackson, Hollywood Brown and the Baltimore Ravens earn a statement victory in Week 1.

Baltimore Ravens v Miami Dolphins Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season is in the book! We had a few scares, but for the most part all of the top teams managed to escape Week 1 without suffering a devastating upset. Here is where everyone stands after one week of action:

1. New England Patriots (1-0; Won 33-3 vs PIT) (+1)

The Patriots exploded on their long-time rivals on Sunday. Tom Brady threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns as both Julian Edelman and Phillip Dorsett had big days receiving. New England still has Antonio Brown waiting in the wings, and they may be preparing for an undefeated season.

2. New Orleans Saints (1-0; Won 30-28 vs HOU) (-1)

A wild last minute at the Superdome saw the Saints inch their way past the Texans in their season opener. Drew Brees threw for 370 yards and two touchdowns, and led his team down the field on a surgical last-minute drive to put his team in position to kick a winning field goal.

3. Dallas Cowboys (1-0; Won 35-17 vs NYG) (-)

Dak Prescott flexed his muscles and prove why he deserved a new contract on Sunday, as he put up 405 yards and four touchdowns through the air and led the Cowboys to a Week 1 division win. Receivers Michael Gallup and Amari Cooper both eclipsed 100 yards and the Cowboys made an early statement in the NFC East.

4. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0; Won 40-26 vs JAX) (-)

Patrick Mahomes and Sammy Watkins picked up where they left off last season. Mahomes threw for 378 yards and three touchdowns—all of the scores having Watkins on the receiving end. The Chiefs offense cruised over one of the better defenses they will face this season.

5. Green Bay Packers (1-0; Won 10-3 vs CHI) (+1)

The Packers defense flexed their muscles in the season opener and the free agency additions shined. Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith were in the Bears backfield all day and former Bears safety Adrian Amos recorded his first career interception.

6. Los Angeles Chargers (1-0; Won 30-24 OT vs IND) (-1)

Los Angeles almost went full Chargers on Sunday. They surrendered a commanding lead to the Colts and needed overtime to win a game they controlled for nearly all of regulation. Running back Austin Ekeler has a huge day in the absence of Melvin Gordon with 154 yards and three touchdowns from scrimmage. The Chargers will need to get out of their own way in the future, though.

7. Minnesota Vikings (1-0; Won 28-12 vs ATL) (+6)

Kirk Cousins only needed to throw the ball 10 times to lead the Vikings to a Week 1 victory over the Falcons. Running back Dalvin Cook had a huge day, racking up 111 yards and two scores on 21 carries. It’s early, but this win could be huge for the Vikings when it comes to playoff tiebreakers come December.

8. Los Angeles Rams (1-0; Won 30-27 vs CAR) (-1)

It was not pretty, but the defending NFC Champions managed to hold on to beat the Panthers in Week 1. Quarterback Jared Goff was not at the best as it looks like he is dealing with a Super Bowl hangover of some sort. Todd Gurley did not play much of a role until late in the game, though backup running back Malcolm Brown did find the end zone twice.

9. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0; Won 32-27 vs WAS) (-)

Carson Wentz got off to a slow start, and the Eagles secondary showed their flaws as the Eagles fell into a hole early in their season opener. Wentz came alive in the second half, though, and DeSean Jackson played like he had never left, as the Eagles raced back into the lead and secured a Week 1 victory.

10. Chicago Bears (0-1; Lost 10-3 vs GB) (-2)

Chicago’s defense lived up to expectations, holding an Aaron Rodgers-led offense to 10 points, but the offense was awful. Mitchell Trubisky could not get out of his own way, and the Bears offense could only muster three points, wasting an amazing performance from the defense.

11. Baltimore Ravens (1-0; Won 59-20 vs MIA) (+9)

Lamar Jackson and the Ravens offense dropped the hammer on the Dolphins. Jackson went 17-of-20 for 324 yards and five touchdowns in a career day that earned him a rest in the fourth quarter. Rookie receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown was a beneficiary of Jackson’s big day, catching four passes for 147 yards and two scores in his NFL debut.

12. San Francisco 49ers (1-0; Won 31-17 vs TB) (-)

It was not a pretty showing for the 49ers in Week 1, but they got the job done. Starting corners Richard Sherman and Ahkello Witherspoon each took an interception for a touchdown, making up for the failures of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on the day. The 49ers offense will need to be better down the line, though.

13. Tennessee Titans (1-0; Won 43-13 vs CLE) (+6)

The Titans secondary absolutely dominated a loaded Browns receiving corps in Week 1 and earned themselves a statement victory. Quarterback Marcus Mariota had a decent day as well, managing 248 yards and three touchdowns despite only completing 58 percent of his passes. The AFC South seems open this season and the Titans just made a statement.

14. Houston Texans (0-1; Lost 30-28 vs NO) (+2)

The Texans were seconds away from stealing a rare road victory at the Superdome. Deshaun Watson, Carlos Hyde, DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller all looked great on offense, but the offensive line’s long-time issues carried into this year and failed to protect their quarterback. The defense did surprisingly well against the Saints dynamic offense until the latter parts of the game.

15. Seattle Seahawks (1-0; Won 21-20 vs CIN) (-1)

Seattle barely escaped with a win against the bottom-feeder Bengals. The running back duo of Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny failed to ever get going, and quarterback Russell Wilson was not particularly at his best either. The Seahawks avoided an upset, though, and got a win that they might need down the stretch in the NFC West.

16. Carolina Panthers (0-1; Lost 30-27 vs LAR) (+2)

Cam Newton was awful in his 2019 debut, but running back Christian McCaffrey looked like a star. The running back had 209 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns as he kept the Panthers alive against the defending NFC champions. The defense did better than the scoreboard gives them credit for, as well.

17. Indianapolis Colts (0-1; Lost 30-24 OT vs LAC) (-)

The Colts were an overtime period away from pulling off a miraculous comeback against the Chargers in their first game of the post-Andrew Luck era. Running back Marlon Mack furthered his case to be considered an elite back, with 174 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. Jacoby Brissett put up okay numbers, with 190 yards and two touchdowns on 21-of-27 passing.

18. Cleveland Browns (0-1; Lost 43-13 vs TEN) (-8)

The hype train derailed in Cleveland this weekend. Quarterback Baker Mayfield had a bad start to his sophomore season, and the Browns offense could not crack the Titans defense for much of the day. The fourth quarter quickly became a disaster for the Browns as they were blown out by a team they should have handedly beat.

19. Atlanta Falcons (0-1; Lost 28-12 vs MIN) (-8)

A first-half implosion by quarterback Matt Ryan dug the Falcons into a hole they never could recover from. Star receiver Julio Jones had a quiet day with only 31 yards as well, although he did get his first touchdown of the season out of the way quickly.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1; Lost 33-3 vs NE) (-5)

Pittsburgh did not stand a chance against the Patriots this week. The first game of the post-Antonio Brown era was a disaster as nearly every unit on both sides of the ball. This team still needs to find itself, and it better do so fast.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1; Lost 40-26 vs KC) (+4)

Nick Foles left the game early on with what appears to be a long-term injury, and while rookie Gardner Minshew looked better than expected, the Jaguars never truly stood a chance.

22. Buffalo Bills (1-0; Won 17-16 vs NYJ) (+5)

Buffalo scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to come back and take down their division rival New York Jets. As exciting as the win is, the team still has a lot to be worried about exciting the game. The biggest worry is the poor play and ball security of young quarterback Josh Allen.

23. Washington (0-1; Lost 32-27 vs PHI) (+1)

Washington came out flying against the Eagles in the season opener. Rookie receiver Terry McLaurin caught everything is his reach in his debut as they raced out to an early first half lead. The offense stagnated in the second half, though, and the holes in the secondary became apparent as the allowed former teammate DeSean Jackson to torch them and gave up a huge lead.

24. New York Jets (0-1; Lost 17-16 vs BUF) (-1)

New York was supposed to make a huge jump this offseason, but the offense struggled vs. the Bills, and a fourth quarter collapse cost them what should have been a early divisional victory. Le’Veon Bell failed to get much going on the ground in his debut, totaling 60 yards on 17 carries.

25. Oakland Raiders (1-0; Won 24-16 vs DEN) (+1)

The Oakland Coliseum was rocking for its final home opener. Oakland’s offense got huge production from a pair of players making their first appearances in the Silver and Black. Rookie running back Joshua Jacobs ran for 85 yards and two scores, and clearly showed that he will be the team's bell cow this year. Newly-signed Tyrell Williams accounted for the team’s other touchdown, as it was one of his six receptions for 105 yards.

26. Denver Broncos (0-1; Lost 24-16 vs OAK) (-5)

Denver was shut out in the first half despite a good debut showing from quarterback Joe Flacco and never managed to pull themselves out of their offensive rut. Courtland Suitland had a great start to his second NFL season, with seven catches for 120 yards.

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1; Lost 31-17 vs SF) (+1)

The Buccaneers offense was boom or bust on Sunday. A big day from running back Ronald Jones was negated by quarterback Jameis Winston throwing three interceptions, including two for touchdowns. The defense played well, though, and held Kyle Shanahan’s offense in check for much of the day.

28. Cincinnati Bengals (0-1; Lost 21-20 vs SEA) (+1)

A 418-yard, two-touchdown day from quarterback Andy Dalton was not enough for the Bengals as they came up short against the Seahawks. John Ross looked great, though, and the young receiver caught both touchdowns as part of his seven-reception, 158-yard day. The loss will hurt but the development of Ross should excite the rebuilding Bengals.

29. Detroit Lions (0-0-1; Tied 27-27 vs ARI) (-7)

The Lions dominated this game, but coaching blunders late in the game led to the team blowing a 18-point lead and eventually settling for a tie. Rookie first-round pick T.J. Hockenson had big day, with his 131 receiving yards being the most ever for a tight end in their NFL debut.

30. New York Giants (0-1; Lost 35-17 vs DAL) (+1)

A huge day from Saquon Barkley was not enough for the Giants as they fell to the Cowboys in the season opener. Eli Manning was largely ineffective and the secondary had trouble containing Dallas’ receiving corps. It looks like the G-Men are in for a long season.

31. Arizona Cardinals (0-0-1; Tied 27-27 vs DET) (-)

The Cardinals were second best for much of the day, but Kyler Murray managed to pounce on mistakes made by the Lions and lead his team to a tie. Murray helped his team erase an 18-point deficit and force a tie in a game they should have lost.

32. Miami Dolphins (0-1; Lost 59-20) (-)

We all knew 2019 was going to be a tough year as the Dolphins head into a rebuilding period, but this was worse than expected. Miami barely looked like an NFL team, as they were clowned by a Ravens team that is not even close to the most talented team they will face this year. The Dolphins might be on 0-16 watch—if they weren’t already.

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