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Vic Carucci's NFL Power Rankings: Week Two

(Through Thursday’s game. Last week’s ranking in parentheses)

  1. Pittsburgh. It was tougher than it should have been vs. Browns. (1)
  2. Green Bay. Packers can make a massive statement vs. Falcons. (2)
  3. Atlanta. Falcons can make a massive statement vs. Packers. (3)
  4. Kansas City. Andy Reid has had extra time to prepare. Watch out, Eagles. (4)
  5. Seattle. Seahawks should get a bounce-back win vs. 49ers. (5)
  6. New England. Patriots will show that opening-night flop isn’t a trend. (6)
  7. Oakland. After an impressive start, Raiders should have no trouble vs. sorry Jets. (8)
  8. Dallas. Dak Prescott already looking like he’ll surpass his rookie greatness. (12)
  9. Minnesota. One big defensive test passed. Can the Vikings make it two? (13)
  10. Detroit. Lions can prove their defense is for real vs. Giants. (15)
  11. Tampa Bay. After Hurricane Irma caused an unexpected bye, Bucs will try to show they’re not rusty. (11)
  12. N.Y. Giants. Take Odell Beckham Jr., away and there’s not much left for Eli Manning to work with. (10)
  13. Denver. These guys have issues protecting the passer, which could spell trouble vs. Cowboys. (18)
  14. Miami. Dolphins get their season going a week late. How focused will they be on football? (14)
  15. Houston. Deshaun Watson has a lot of rough edges, but also a lot of talent. (16)
  16. Carolina. Cam Newton showed he has some rust to shake. (20)
  17. Tennessee. Keeping Marcus Mariota upright will be a chore in #Sacksonville. (7)
  18. Baltimore. Ravens focused on not letting Isaiah Crowell get the better of them again. (21)
  19. Philadelphia. It’s student vs. teacher when Doug Pederson faces Andy Reid. (22)
  20. New Orleans. Maybe Adrian Peterson “didn’t sign up for nine snaps,” but Saints have other ideas. (23)
  21. Buffalo. Much-anticipated Sean McDermott-Brandon Beane homecoming arrives. (24)
  22. Jacksonville. Jaguars look to prove their defense is legit. (28)
  23. Cincinnati. It might be time to send Andy Dalton to the bench. (19)
  24. Arizona. Losing David Johnson until Thanksgiving or Christmas is a crushing blow. (17)
  25. L.A. Rams. With Aaron Donald back, a solid defense gets even stronger. (26)
  26. LA. Chargers. They’ll be looking to take advantage of the Dolphins’ potential rust. (25)
  27. San Francisco. Brian Hoyer figures to be in for a long day vs. Seahawks’ D-line. (27)
  28. Washington. Kirk Cousins sure looks like he’s missing the receiving talent he once had. (9)
  29. Chicago. Facing Jameis Winston will remind Bears of what they hope they’ll eventually get at QB. (29)
  30. Cleveland. Amazing to think Joe Thomas is on the verge of taking his 10,000th consecutive snap. (31)
  31. Indianapolis. This is a disaster that should only get worse. (30)
  32. N.Y. Jets. Nothing about the way they played vs. the Bills should raise expectations. (32)
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