Week 2 in the NFL was nothing short of spectacular. Incredible comebacks, tremendous shootouts, and rookies going toe-to-toe with the NFL’s greatest teams. There was a ton of unfortunate injuries, more than we hoped for. Hopefully, your team avoided the injury bug, unlike my Denver Broncos who just keep getting hit with a season-ending injury to a starter week after week. Cheers to you if your team is still healthy. Here are the top ten NFL teams after week 2.
10. Arizona Cardinals (2-0)
The sneaky team in the desert is quietly starting the season 2-0. They have gone the first two weeks by defeating the Super Bowl runner-ups in the 49ers and taking care of business against Washington. Kyler Murray is off to a crazy start. He has more passing yards than Patrick Mahomes, more rushing touchdowns than Ezekiel Elliot, and more rushing yards than Christian McCaffrey. That the definition of an elite dual-threat quarterback. Plus, the addition of DeAndre Hopkins is paying off for the Cardinals with 22 catches, 219 yards, and a touchdown. They have a favorable schedule ahead with the Lions, Panthers, and Jets as their next three games. That could easily result in 5-0 and Kyler could make an MVP case against those defenses.
9. Oakland Raiders (2-0)
The Raiders of the past have struggled to get over 20 points on the board. In 2020, they have put up 30-plus points in both games. The combination of a downhill run game and a decisive pass game is what Gruden has been laying the groundwork for. It goes without saying that Josh Jacobs is the heartbeat of that offense. He already has the most rushing yards in his first 15 NFL games in Raiders history. However, the passing game has a lacking part of this offense until now. Derek Carr is off to a great start with a 73.5 completion percentage, 521 yards, 4 touchdowns, and no interceptions. He’s not really pushing the ball down the field but he’s giving the ball to his playmakers. The best playmaker so far for them has been tight end Darren Waller who had 12 catches, 103 yards, and a touchdown against the Saints. They play in the tough AFC West but for right now, they’re in the top 10.
8. Buffalo Bills (2-0)
It wasn’t such a smooth week as expected for the Bills. The Dolphins came very close to spoiling the Bills trip to South Beach but Buffalo prevailed. Thanks to the arm of Josh Allen. Allen may not be the first quarterback you think of when you see a stat line of 417 yards through the air and 4 passing touchdowns. Stefon Diggs has been a big help in Allen’s growth, John Brown is still valuable, and Cole Beasly in the slot is a nice safety blanket. The Bills defense is still one of the best defenses ranking in the top 5 in total yardage. New England looked impressive against Seattle so the Bills still have competition in the AFC East.
7. New England Patriots (1-1)
A tough loss in Seattle that almost went their way but this team is answering all the questing we had entering the season. Cam Newton looked great running the ball in week 1 and he was efficient passing the ball in week 2. He’s completing 73 percent of his throws and threw for 397 yards and a touchdown against Seattle. The move to New England was the best thing for Cam. His mechanics are better, his accuracy is better, and he looks smooth and healthy running the ball. If you gave him one vertical threat, this team would be dangerous. A shootout is not the way the Patriots want to play but they’ve shown that they can compete and potentially win. The defense is showing that they need some work but the offense is legit.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0)
That defense is scary. It is a nightmare for offensive lines to get their assignments right when you have no idea how many defenders are blitzing at a time from every direction. The offense is gelling in too. Big Ben looks like he’s 100 percent back and has more weapons than his 2-game stint last year. Chase Claypool had a big play, Diontae Johnson is having himself a great start for a big season, and JuJu Smith-Schuster is having the time of his life again after a miserable 2019. Steelers are a sneaky team in the AFC.
5. Los Angeles Rams (2-0)
Watch out for the Rams. The offense is back into their 2018 form. They are very surgical with misdirection, change of tempo, sweeps, play-action and taking deep shots when least expected. They’re top 5 in total offense as a result. Sean McVay and Jared Goff are made for each other. When Goff has time and space in the pocket, he can use his talented arm and be effective. The defense was able to force Wentz into bad throws even though they didn’t have a sack. The team is off to a good start for what the expectations were for the Rams. They go up to Buffalo and face a talented Bills teams that could define the Rams as legitimate contenders.
4. Seattle Seahawks (2-0)
Russell Wilson is great. Simply put. He has 610 yards, 9 touchdowns, and a passer rating of 140 through the first two weeks. Seattle is finally giving the reigns to Wilson. Seattle is throwing the ball early and often, the receiving corps is stepping up from top to bottom, and Chris Carson can still run the ball. The defense is still a work in progress but they are aggressive and have all-pro talent in Bobby Wagner and Jamal Adams. Seattle is finally Russell Wilson’s team and he is making his case as the NFL’s best player.
3. Green Bay Packers (2-0)
It wasn’t Aaron Rodgers who was the better Aaron in Lambeau on Sunday. It was Aaron Jones. Jones absolutely torched the Lions with 200-plus scrimmage yards and 3 total touchdowns. Everyone wondered if Jones will have a setback year with scoring 19 touchdowns in 2019. He looks like he’s on pace to repeat that season and possibly have more touchdowns. The offense under the second-year head coach of Matt Lafleur has back to back games of scoring 40-plus points which leads the league in points scored. Those games were against the struggling Viking and Lions but the Packers will be on full display on Sunday night football against the Saints. I guarantee that Aaron Rodgers will put on a show Sunday night for the entire NFL world with or without Davante Adams.
2. Baltimore Ravens (2-0)
The Ravens just dominate opponents in every phase of the game. They have an offense that is impossible to game plan for, a defense that is flying around creating takeaways, the best kicker in the NFL, and one of the best head coaches in the game. They have the best running attack in the NFL again piling up 230 rushing yards against the Texans. Lamar was still deadly in the passing game with completing 75 percent of his passes to 9 different targets. Next week, they have a Monday night home game against the defending champs. A great test for this team that was disappointed by their result last year.
1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-0)
The Chiefs may have struggled against the Chargers for the majority of the game. However, the ability of them to come back from being down 17-7 to win in overtime was dazzling. Mahomes was able to drive the ball down the field and work the clock perfectly. Also, Harrison Butker drilling 3 straight 58 yard kicks was incredible. The defense got a curveball with Justin Herbert starting last minute for the Chargers but they prevailed. This team is complete. The defending champions will have a tough test going to Baltimore that has the possibility of being the best game of the year.