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NFL Power Rankings, Week 2: Patriots Stay Team to Beat

By Evan Chronis

You never want to jump to conclusions after one week of action, but Week 1 of the 2019/20 NFL season may provide a picture of what the playoffs will look like come December. 

But we won't get ahead of ourselves.

Each week, we will be breaking down the top five teams in the league and top contenders for the 2020 Super Bowl in our official Power Rankings. 

This week's rankings are based on where teams stood last week and their performances in the opening weekend of games. 

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1. New England Patriots (1-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 1

Week 2 Opponent: at Miami Dolphins (0-1)

New England's title defense started off hot with a 33-3 blowout of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night. Tom Brady's 341-yard passing performance was the highlight of the game, but the acquisition of star receiving Antonio Brown on Saturday stole the headlines throughout the weekend. 

With Brady, Brown, Josh Gordon and Julian Edelman, this Patriots team might be their most loaded squad in over a decade. 

2. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 2

Week 2 Opponent: at Oakland Raiders (1-0)

The reigning MVP of the league picked up right where he left off, as Pat Mahomes threw for 378 yards in the Chiefs' season-opening 40-26 win over the Jaguars. 

While star wide out Tyreek Hill left the game early with an injured clavicle, Sammy Watkins filled the skill gap and went crazy with three touchdowns and 198 receiving yards. 

We're only one week in, but this offense may have some records on its mind in 2019.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 4

Week 2 Opponent: at Atlanta Falcons (0-1)

The Eagles conquered adversity from the jump on Sunday, overcoming a 17-0 first half deficit to defeat the Washington Redskins, 32-27. Carson Wentz is healthy once again and looked like the franchise quarterback that the Eagles committed to monetarily, throwing for 313 yards an three touchdowns. 

The Eagles offense welcomed a familiar face back in DeSean Jackson, who went for 154 yards and two touchdowns in his first game back for Philadelphia. 

4. New Orleans Saints (1-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: 3

Week 2 Opponent: at Los Angeles Rams (1-0)

The best game of the week was saved for Monday night as the Saints defeated the Texans, 30-28, in a barn burner. New Orleans' frightening trio of Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas showed why the Saints may have the best offense in the NFC — Brees threw for 370 yards and two touchdowns, Kamara rushed for 97 yards and Thomas collected 10 catches for 123 yards. 

5. Dallas Cowboys (1-0)

Last Week’s Ranking: NR

Week 2 Opponent: at Washington Redskins (0-1)

The Cowboys sneak into the Power Rankings for the first time after a dominant performance and debut for new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. Dallas beat the Giants, 35-17, behind a 405-yard, 4-touchdown day from Dak Prescott. While he didn't show his full potential, the Cowboys also were glad to have Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield after missing all of training camp and the preseason. 

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