Week 2 is in the books, and with numerous teams suffering key injuries, it was certainly a wild one.

The league witnessed Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger suffer major injuries, Antonio Brown made his debut with the Patriots amid a second sexual misconduct allegation, the Giants finally benching Eli Manning, the Steelers acquiring Minkah Fitzpatrick, and Jalen Ramsey requesting a trade from the Jaguars. There was certainly a lot going on, and that doesn’t even involve the results of the actual games.

In terms of the game results, it was a much more quiet week, though we did see some more movement in terms of the top and bottom of the league. Before getting into this weeks Power Rankings, first review last weeks rankings.


Now, here’s a look at the NFL’s Power Rankings ahead of Week 3.


32: 0-2 Miami Dolphins

Last weeks ranking: 32

Last weeks result: 43-0 loss at home to the New England Patriots

31: 0-2 Denver Broncos

Last weeks ranking: 29

Last weeks result: 16-14 loss at home to the Chicago Bears

30: 0-2 New York Giants

Last weeks ranking: 28

Last weeks result: 28-14 loss at home to the Buffalo Bills

29: 0-2 Cincinnati Bengals

Last weeks ranking: 27

Last weeks result: 41-17 loss at home to the San Francisco 49ers

28: 0-1-1 Arizona Cardinals

Last weeks ranking: 30

Last weeks result: 23-17 loss on the road to the Baltimore Ravens

27: 0-2 Washington Redskins

Last weeks ranking: 26

Last weeks result: 31-21 loss at home to the Dallas Cowboys

26: 0-2 New York Jets

Last weeks ranking: 25

Last weeks result: 23-3 loss at home to the Cleveland Browns

25: 0-2 Jacksonville Jaguars

Last weeks ranking: 24

Last weeks result: 13-12 loss on the road to the Houston Texans

24: 0-2 Carolina Panthers

Last weeks ranking: 18

Last weeks result: 20-14 loss at home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

23: 1-1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Last weeks ranking: 31

Last weeks result: 20-14 win on the road against the Carolina Panthers

22: 1-1 Oakland Raiders

Last weeks ranking: 21

Last weeks result: 28-10 loss at home to the Kansas City Chiefs

21: 0-2 Pittsburgh Steelers

Last weeks ranking: 14

Last weeks result: 28-26 loss at home to the Seattle Seahawks

20: 2-0 San Francisco 49ers

Last weeks ranking: 22

Last weeks result: 41-17 win on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals

19: 2-0 Buffalo Bills

Last weeks ranking: 20

Last weeks result: 28-14 win on the road against the New York Giants

18: 1-0-1 Detroit Lions

Last weeks ranking: 23

Last weeks result: 13-10 win at home against the Los Angeles Chargers

17: 1-1 Cleveland Browns

Last weeks ranking: 17

Last weeks result: 23-3 win on the road against the New York Jets

16: 1-1 Tennessee Titans

Last weeks ranking: 15

Last weeks result: 19-17 loss at home to the Indianapolis Colts

15: 1-1 Indianapolis Colts

Last weeks ranking: 19

Last weeks result: 19-17 win on the road against the Tennessee Titans

14: 1-1 Los Angeles Chargers

Last weeks ranking: 7

Last weeks result: 13-10 loss on the road to the Detroit Lions

13: 1-1 Houston Texans

Last weeks ranking: 13

Last weeks result: 13-12 win at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars

12: 1-1 Chicago Bears

Last weeks ranking: 12

Last weeks result: 16-14 win on the road against the Denver Broncos

11: 1-1 Minnesota Vikings

Last weeks ranking: 11

Last weeks result: 21-16 loss on the road to the Green Bay Packers

10: 1-1 Atlanta Falcons

Last weeks ranking: 16

Last weeks result: 24-20 win at home against the Philadelphia Eagles

9: 1-1 New Orleans Saints

Last weeks ranking: 6

Last weeks result: 29-7 loss on the road to the Los Angeles Rams

8: 1-1 Philadelphia Eagles

Last weeks ranking: 4

Last weeks result: 24-20 loss on the road to the Atlanta Falcons

7: 2-0 Baltimore Ravens

Last weeks ranking: 9

Last weeks result: 23-17 win at home against the Arizona Cardinals

6: 2-0 Green Bay Packers

Last weeks ranking: 10

Last weeks result: 21-16 win at home against the Minnesota Vikings

5: 2-0 Seattle Seahawks

Last weeks ranking: 8

Last weeks result: 28-26 win on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers

4: 2-0 Dallas Cowboys

Last weeks ranking: 6

Last weeks result: 31-21 win on the road against the Washington Redskins

3: 2-0 Los Angeles Rams

Last weeks ranking: 5

Last weeks result: 27-9 win at home against the New Orleans Saints

2: 2-0 Kansas City Chiefs

Last weeks ranking: 2

Last weeks result: 28-10 win on the road against the Oakland Raiders

1: 2-0 New England Patriots

Last weeks ranking: 1

Last weeks result: 43-0 win on the road against the Miami Dolphins


Why The Eagles Are Ranked Where They Are

After looking like they built some momentum following a thrilling second-half comeback against the Washington Redskins, the Eagles had a let down on the road against the Atlanta Falcons. There was some good and some bad, but any time you lose, especially while suffering multiple key injuries, that team is destined to fall a bit in the rankings.

First, let’s start with the bad. The Eagles are experiencing some similar issues that ultimately proved to be their downfall for the large part of the 2018 season. Slow starts have put the Eagles behind in both of their first two games, and as we saw on the road specifically, it makes it that much harder to have a good chance of coming out victorious. The Eagles will also face much more difficult opponents in the coming weeks that will bury them if they continue to have similar slow starts.

Another thing that has the potential to significantly hurt the Eagles’ chances of rises back up towards the top is injuries. With Malik Jackson out for the year, Tim Jernigan out for 6 weeks, and Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson out for 2 weeks, the injury bug is, yet again, striking early. While excuses shouldn’t be made since injuries are part of the game, it would be hard to imagine the Eagles, or any other team for that matter, finding success with such key players missing time. The Eagles must get healthy and stay healthy this season to give them a chance to compete for a second Super Bowl.

Both of those reasons, among others, are why the Eagles fell four spots from 4th to 8th heading into week 3.

Now, let’s get into some of the good and why the Eagles are still in the top 10. For as long as the Eagles have Carson Wentz as their quarterback, they will always have a chance to win any game they find themselves in. Despite playing with a depleted offense that he hadn’t previously gotten much work with, Wentz found a way to make things happen to get the Eagles back in the game and even gave them a chance to win.

Another encouraging sign from Sunday’s game was Jim Schwartz’s ability to recognize tendencies in the Falcons offense to give the defense a chance to succeed. Time and time again, Matt Ryan poorly reacted to blitz’s dialed up by Schwartz, forcing his hand into turnovers or sacks. After a rocky week 1 performance by the defense, it seems Schwartz has found a potential blueprint to get the group going.


All in all, while things may seem somewhat negative for the Eagles, they’ve only played 2 games and there are some things to be encouraged about. However, they must find consistency and get healthy before their full potential can be realized.

Photo: Yong Kim/Philadelphia Inquirer
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