TOJ NFL Power Rankings (Week 2)

TOJ Staff Writer Dalbin Osorio delivers his weekly NFL Power Rankings entering Week 2.

…And we’re back with this week’s edition of TOJ’s NFL Power Rankings. TONS of key matchups taking place starting tonight, where the 1-0 Pittsburgh Steelers take on the 0-1 Baltimore Ravens. Let’s get to the top 32, with each team’s strength and weakness being highlighted headed into Week 2. I only have one rule for this week; if you won, you’re ranked higher than a team that lost.

1. Seattle Seahawks, 1-0, Last Week: -NR
Strength: Percy Harvin looked explosive in a week 1 win against the Packers.
Weakness: Travel to San Diego to take on a very good Chargers team.

2. Denver Broncos, 1-0, Last Week- NR
Strength: Offense didn’t really seem like it missed Wes Welker, as Peyton and Co. put up 24 unanswered in the first half.
Weakness: Took foot off the gas when went up big, fueling questions about the team’s ability to close out opponents.

3. San Francisco 49ers, 1-0, Last Week- NR
Strength: Defense produced three first quarter interceptions on a clearly ailing Tony Romo.
Weakness: Allowed 100+ yards to RB DeMarco Murray in a game that should’ve been a blowout considering how hurt Romo and Dez Bryant looked.

4. Philadelphia Eagles, 1-0, Last Week- NR
Strength: Were able to rally in the second half against the Jaguars, as they put up 34 unanswered to win their season opener.
Weakness: Fell behind 17-0 to the Jaguars as Nick Foles committed multiple turnovers and the #StartSanchez movement started revving up.

5. Detroit Lions, 1-0, Last Week- NR
Strength: Completely dominated a hapless Giants team, as Matt Stafford slightly resembled Drew Brees in the new Lions offense.
Weakness: Struggled to get Reggie Bush going, as Joique Bell looked like the better runner.

6. Cincinnati Bengals, 1-0, Last Week- NR
Strength: The defense was absolutely stellar in their first game without Defensive Coordinator Mike Zimmer, as they dominated a Ravens team currently in shambles.
Weakness: Offense struggled to score touchdowns instead of field goals, as franchise QB Andy Dalton missed a couple of big play opportunities.

7. Miami Dolphins, 1-0, Last Week- NR
Strength: Beat up on division rival New England and handed the Patriots their week 1 loss in 10 years.
Weakness: Risk of suffering a collapse against another division rival this weekend when they play the Buffalo Bills.

8. Atlanta Falcons, 1-0, Last Week- NR
Strength: Matt Ryan outplayed Drew Brees in a game that could have serious playoff implications down the road.
Weakness: Defense allowed Brees and the Saints to go up and down the field whenever they wanted.

9. Tennessee Titans, 1-0, Last Week- NR
Strengths: Jake Locker displayed pinpoint accuracy against a very good Kansas City defense in Arrowhead in his first game without Chris Johnson.
Weaknesses: Running game was too dependent on Shonn Greene, especially when there is a better runner on the roster in Bishop Sankey.

10. New York Jets, 1-0, Last Week- NR
Strengths: 82% accuracy for Geno Smith, and a dominant performance by the front 7 powered their victory.
Weakness: 3 huge mistakes by Geno that might’ve doomed the Jets against a better opponent.

11. Minnesota Vikings, 1-0, Last Week- NR
Strength: Dropped 34 on one of the better defenses in the league, as the much-maligned offensive line created lanes for Cordarelle Patterson to expose.
Weakness: Adrian Peterson had a subpar (by his standards) game.

12. Buffalo Bills, 1-0, Last Week- NR
Strength: Much-maligned offense produced over 350 yards of total offense on the road against a team many had pegged as a sneaky Super Bowl contender.
Weakness: Allowed 349 yards through the air, providing evidence that they will miss All-Pro Safety Jairus Byrd.

13. Arizona Cardinals, 1-0, Last Week- NR
Strength: 119 yards from “number one” WR Michael Floyd against a playoff team with a pretty good defense from last year should be exciting.
Weakness: Carson Palmer should not be your second leading rusher.

14. Houston Texans, 1-0, Last Week- NR
Strength: 103 yards for Arian Foster and 182 combined yards for Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins seem like a pretty good formula for the offense to be successful.
Weakness: Jadeveon Clowney having to miss 4-6 weeks put a damper on what was a suffocating performance by the Texans defense.

15. Carolina Panthers, 1-0, Last Week- NR
Strength: 6 catches for 92 yards and a beautiful reception by rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin gave life to the theory that maybe the WRs will be OK.
Weakness: Defense allowed Tampa Bay to get back in the game, which is something they did not do a lot of last year.

16. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1-0, Last Week- NR
Strength: Big Ben looked like he was 25 years old, as he carved up a very good Browns defense to the tune of over 60% completion percentage and almost 400 yards.
Weakness: Allowed almost 200 yards rushing to an average Browns rushing attack.

17. New Orleans Saints, 0-1, Last Week- NR
Strength: Brandin Cooks looks like the real deal, as he catches 7 of 8 targets to give another weapon for Drew Brees.
Weakness: Defense, which was a top 5 unit last year, allowed 37 points and over 400 yards of passing to Matt Ryan.

18. Chicago Bears, 0-1, Last Week- NR
Strength: 25 touches for over 150 yards for Matt Forte, arguably one of the most underrated players in football.
Weakness: Jay Cutler’s new contract didn’t seem to remove his penchant for throwing INTs while wearing Chicago blue.

19. New England Patriots, 0-1, Last Week- NR
Strength: Rob Gronkowski looked healthy, which is a scary proposition for the rest of the AFC East.
Weakness: Tom Brady had one of his worst games in recent memory, and prized free agent acquisition Darrelle Revis struggled a bit against Dolphins WR Mike Wallace.

20. San Diego Chargers, 0-1, Last Week- NR
Strength: After all the talk about Ladarius Green in the offseason, Antonio Gates still received the most targets and looked like he was healthy for the first time in a few seasons.
Weakness: Pass rush did not get to QB Carson Palmer enough, and the secondary allowed over 300 yards because of it.

21. Green Bay Packers, 0-1, Last Week- NR
Strength: Jordy Nelson hauled in 9 of his 14 targets, and showed why he is one of the better WRs in the NFL.
Weakness: Allowed 5.5 yards per carry to 4 different Seahawks runners as their defense couldn’t stop a nose bleed.

22. Indianapolis Colts, 0-1, Last Week- NR
Strength: Reggie Wayne, showing no ill effects of his torn ACL from last year, had 9 catches on 13 targets matched up against Aqib Talib.
Weakness: Defense allowed the Broncos to go up 24-0 before the offense had a chance to get settled, something that has been a recurring theme during all of Andrew Luck’s short career.

23. Cleveland Browns, 0-1, Last Week- NR
Strength: After the Ben Tate injury, Terrence “Kanye” West and Isaiah “Chris Ivory Jr.” Crowell provided enough of a spark to help the team get back into the game.
Weakness: The lack of a go-to WR, despite Andrew Hawkins’ good game, was glaring when you see Antonio Brown on the other side.

24. Baltimore Ravens, 0-1, Last Week- NR
Strength: 17 receptions for Steve Smith and Dennis Pitta in what was clearly a “get Joe Flacco going” game.
Weakness: A 62 to 20 pass to run ratio won’t win in the NFL; in fact, it only wins in the Arena League, so mayyyyybe run the ball a little more so your immobile QB doesn’t get blasted repeatedly again.

25. Jacksonville Jaguars, 0-1, Last Week- NR
Strength: Raced out to a 17-0 lead against the defending NFC East Champions, and might have a legitimate WR trio with Allen “Ace” Hurns, Marqise Lee, and Cecil Shorts.
Weakness: Blew a 17-0 lead after making Nick Foles look rather pedestrian in the first half.

26. Oakland Raiders, 0-1, Last Week- NR
Strength: Derek Carr showed great footwork early on in being able to elude pressure, which is a trait that some veterans still don’t possess.
Weakness: Struggled with protecting Carr in the second half, and the o-line didn’t open any holes for the running game either.

27. Kansas City Chiefs, 0-1, Last Week- NR
Strength: Dwayne Bowe who? Donnie Avery hauled in a team and game high 7 receptions as the lone bright spot for the Chiefs offense.
Weakness: 7 carries for Jamaal Charles should be considered a travesty, and most fantasy football owners would agree.

28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 0-1, Last Week- NR
Strength: Gerald McCoy’s 8 tackle, 1 sack performance showed that he may well be on his way to becoming the best defensive tackle in football.
Weakness: No Cam Newton should’ve meant a win, but this team came out flat footed and displayed a lack of killer instinct.

29. Dallas Cowboys, 0-1, Last Week- NR
Strength: DeMarco Murray ran for over 100 yards against the vaunted 49ers front 7.
Weakness: Tony Romo’s arm, which could not make throws that we’ve seen Romo make for years.

30. St. Louis Rams, 0-1, Last Week- NR
Strength: Brian Quick with 7 catches on 9 targets was the only bright spot on this dismal Sunday.
Weakness: Everything else? No pass rush from their vaunted defensive line, Shaun Hill went down with an injury, and they got housed at home.

31. New York Giants, 0-1, Last Week- NR
Strength: They did a good job at stopping the run against the Lions.
Weakness: They apparently decided that not covering the best WR in football is a sound strategy.

32. Washington, 0-1, Last Week- NR
Strength: 91 yards for Alfred Morris as he tries to bounce back from a terrible sophomore season.
Weakness: The secondary still can’t cover anyone still, as evidenced by Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins winning their one on one matchups repeatedly.

Thursday Night Prediction:
Season Record: 0-1
Tonight: Pittsburgh 27, Baltimore 21

Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.