NFL Power Rankings for Week 2: The Bills make a strong statement


Like “Saving Private Ryan” or “The Dark Knight”, the NFL season starts quickly and has audiences hooked.

Week 1 offered five games decided by a winning score in the final two minutes of regulation or overtime. Eleven of 16 games were within a point (eight points) in the fourth quarter. Four teams overcame deficits of an additional 10 points to win or tie.

Who among us expected the Giants, Bears, Texans and Commanders to all be undefeated after Week 1?

Who among us saw the winless Packers, Bengals, 49ers and Titans heading into Week 2?

Hardly anyone. Here’s The Post’s NFL Power Rankings for Week 2:

Buffalo Bills 1-0 (Last week: 1)

What a statement. It seemed nearly impossible for the Bills to live up to the hype generated in the offseason — and they somehow did and more with a 31-10 whooping of the Rams. Josh Allen had four touchdowns, but the defense showed the most improvement. Von Miller, 33, looked a decade younger with two bags.

The Bills looked very impressive in their win over the Rams on Thursday.
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Kansas City Chiefs 1-0 (2)

Patrick Mahomes didn’t seem to be missing too much at Tyreek Hill as he threw for 360 yards and five touchdowns, including three trips to the end zone on the first three drives. Travis Kelce passed for 100 yards for the 30th time in his career and the Chiefs took a 30-point fourth-quarter lead over the Cardinals.

Los Angeles Chargers 1-0 (3)

Spoiling Josh McDaniels’ first game as Raiders head coach still doesn’t make up for losing that win-in game and missing the playoffs last season. Justin Herbert threw three touchdowns — all to players added in the offseason — and the defense intercepted Derek Carr three times. However, receiver Keenan Allen’s hamstrings are cause for concern.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-0 (4)

Making the first start by a 45-year-old quarterback in NFL history, Tom Brady led five goals, though only one reached the end zone in a second straight season opener win over the Cowboys. The NFL’s No. 1 and No. 3-ranked rushing defense over the past two seasons has been solid again, allowing 3.9 yards per carry.

Tom Brady passes in the Buccaneers' win over the Cowboys.
Tom Brady passes in the Buccaneers’ win over the Cowboys.
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Baltimore Ravens 1-0 (9)

In the long run, it could hurt the Ravens not to have Lamar Jackson locked into a contract. In the short term, it could help get a highly motivated former NFL MVP. Cut from the run by the Jets, he threw for three touchdowns and a depleted offensive line held off a good defensive front.

Los Angeles Rams 0-1 (6)

Only one defending Super Bowl champion has suffered a more lopsided season-opening loss than the Rams (21 points). They sorely missed the two mercenaries who helped them get the upper hand –— Von Miller and Odell Beckham Jr. – but the absence of retired left tackle Andrew Whitworth was most notable when Matthew Stafford threw three interceptions.

Philadelphia Eagles 1-0 (10)

The bold trade and new contract for AJ Brown paid immediate dividends with a career-high 155 receiving yards. When not finishing passes to Brown, Jalen Hurts rushed 17 times for 90 yards, including a fourth conversion to seal a 38-35 win over the Lions. James Bradberry’s pick six fueled a 24-point second quarter.

Minnesota Vikings 1-0 (19)

Justin Jefferson set a franchise record with 158 receiving yards and heard “MVP” chants in the first half of a 23-7 win over the three-time defending NFC North champion Packers. None of the 10 new head coaches has had a more impressive debut than Kevin O’Connell. The Vikings’ new 3-4 defense generated four sacks.

Pittsburgh Steelers 1-0 (21)

The Steelers actually beat the Bengals twice in their first game. First, by intercepting Joe Burrow four times to build a 17-3 lead. Then, after giving up the tying touchdown with no time left, they blocked the PAT to force overtime and win on a field goal. TJ Watt’s torn pectoral muscle is a blow to an elite defense.

Green Bay Packers 0-1 (5)

Maybe Aaron Rodgers should have waited until he had better chemistry with his new fall-prone receivers before taunting the other NFC North teams for still thinking this is their year. Don’t write off the Packers yet. They lost by 35 points in Week 1 last season and still finished with 13 wins.

Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers
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Cincinnati Bengals 0-1 (7)

Indianapolis Colts 0-0-1 (11)

Miami Dolphins 1-0 (17)

New Orleans Saints 1-0 (20)

Cleveland Browns 1-0 (22)

Las Vegas Raiders 0-1 (16)

San Francisco 49ers 0-1 (13)

Seattle Seahawks 1-0 (28)

Denver Broncos 0-1 (8)

Dallas Cowboys 0-1 (14)

Washington Commanders 1-0 (23)

Arizona Cardinals 0-1 (12)

New York Giants 1-0 (29)

The Saquon Barkley Show has been renewed. A finally healthy Barkley totaled 194 yards from scrimmage with a touchdown and the game-winning two-point conversion. The Giants not only suffered a season-opening five-game losing streak, they’re down .500 for the first time this season since late 2016 after a 21-20 win over the Giants. Titans.

Tennessee Titans 0-1 (15)

Chicago Bears 1-0 (31)

New England Patriots 0-1 (18)

Carolina Panthers 0-1 (25)

Houston Texans 0-0-1 (30)

Jacksonville Jaguars 0-1 (26)

New York Jets 0-1 (24)

Abandoned passes. Missed blocks. Smokes. Blown covers. Name one sloppy mistake and the Jets made it in a 24-9 loss to the Ravens. Joe Flacco has lost his last seven starts but will make at least two more with Zach Wilson sidelined…unless head coach Robert Saleh gives in to fans calling third stringer Mike White.

Detroit Lions 0-1 (27)

Atlanta Falcons 0-1 (32)

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