Week 2 NFL power rankings

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By SAM SPIEGELMAN
XN Sports

The first week of football is officially in the books, and all of a sudden the Week 1 edition of the XN Sports NFL power rankings really makes you re-consider what you thought you knew.

Every week, XN Sports will rank every NFL team. Here is the Week 2 edition based on the Week 1 results and the season-long potential.

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1. Seattle Seahawks (Last week: 1)

Any questions about the Super Bowl champs were answered quickly during the season opener against Green Bay. The defense looks just as solid, while the offense is even more dynamic with the addition of Percy Harvin.

What to know: So much for the demise of Marshawn Lynch. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Beast Mode averaged 6.3 yards per rush in between the tackles and 2.3 yards after contact.

(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

2. Denver Broncos (Last week: 2)

Peyton Manning is engineering the most prolific offense in the NFL. Color me surprised. Right now, the Broncos are clearly the class of the AFC.

What to know: Remember the concern about Manning’s neck and his deep-ball ability? Well, it’s partially true. Per ESPN Stats & Information, 64 percent of his passes went five yards or fewer, including a 4-of-4 mark to tight end Julius Thomas, who hauled in three touchdowns.

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3. San Francisco 49ers (Last week: 6)

So much for the defense taking a step back. The Niners were playing their A game on defense against Dallas, while Colin Kaepernick appears to have taken a step forward with his game.

What to know: That declining defense — well, each of its first three turnovers led to 49ers offensive touchdowns. Per Elias Sports, it was the first time in 17 years a Cowboys opponent scored 21 points or more in the first half off turnovers.

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4. New Orleans Saints (Last week: 3)

That much-hyped defense — well, it didn’t show up. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done by Week 2. Fortunately, this offense can score at any time. Brandin Cooks is the real deal.

What to know: This improved Saints defense allowed Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan to register the second-best Pro Football Focus grade of his career. Ryan completed 75 percent of his passes against Rob Ryan’s blitzes. Maybe this division isn’t the Saints to lose.

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5. New England Patriots (Last week: 4)

The Patriots looked as dominant as we anticipated in the first half, but were outmatched and outplayed in the second half against Miami. I wouldn’t panic just yet, New England fans.

What to know: Tom Brady has dominated the AFC East since taking over as the Pats’ starting quarterback. How dominant, though? Of the 168 total weeks that all four AFC East teams have played while Brady has been quarterbacking the Patriots, this was only the fourth time New England has lost while its rivals have won, according to Elias. The other times happened back in 2001, 2004 and 2012.

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6. Cincinnati Bengals (Last week: 7)

Despite everybody and their mom picking Baltimore and Pittsburgh to retake the NFC North, the Bengals proved they still belong. What a statement win against those Ravens on the road.

What to know: Andy Dalton‘s game-winning 77-yard pass to A.J. Green with 4:58 left in the contest came just moments removed from Joe Flacco‘s long bomb to Steve Smith. Dalton was 6-of-8 for 131 yards and that score when targeting his No. 1 receiver Green.

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

7. Green Bay Packers (Last week: 5)

Nobody wants to open their promising season at Seattle, but Green Bay was lucky enough to do just that. Both the offense and defense looked lost, but expect this contender to rebound.

What to know: Every year it feels like injuries bite Green Bay the hardest. On Thursday, the team lost Eddie LacyJ.C.Tretter and Richard Rodgers to injury.

(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

8. Pittsburgh Steelers (Last week: 10)

Ben Roethlisberger wanted us to remember he’s still suiting up on Sundays, and this offense looks like the real deal. It’s a bit concerning the defense allowed the Browns to creep back late, but a win is a win.

What to know: The running game is back in the Steel City. Second-year back Le’Veon Bell forced 11 missed tackles, per Pro Football Focus, to go along with 109 total rush yards and 84 yards after contact.

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9. Philadelphia Eagles (Last week: 9)

It was 17-0 at halftime, against the Jags remind you. Still, the Eagles were able to rally in the second half and come out on top. But no, Nick Foles will not be the quarterback he was in 2013.

What to know: Philly is the first team to trail by 14 points and then go on to win by more than 14 points, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

(Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

10. Atlanta Falcons (Last week: 14)

Maybe we underrated the different a healthy Julio Jones and Roddy White would have on the Falcons offense, because they were equally as dynamic as the NFC South favorites. The defense isn’t spectacular, but apparently neither is New Orleans’.

What to know: It was a career day for Ryan, racking up 448 passing yards. But bigger than his overall numbers was his clutchness. Ryan led a game-tying field goal drive then a game-winning drive in overtime.

(Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

11. Detroit Lions (Last week: 15)

Jim Caldwell is having an impact on Matthew Stafford and this offense, as they were still explosive and even more efficient. The NFC North could be a four-way race.

What to know: In his Lions debut, Golden Tate finally served as a solid No. 2 option oppositeCalvin Johnson. Tate, a converted running back at Notre Dame, forced three missed tackles, which puts him in a four-way tie for the league lead among NFL wideouts.

(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

12. Chicago Bears (Last week: 8)

Will we get good Jay Cutler or bad Jay Cutler, because the latter makes the Bears a .500 time. And so much for an improved defense, because it made E.J. Manuel look somewhat decent at Soldier Field.

What to know: Cutler is at his best when he’s not facing pressure. Per Pro Football Focus, Cutler had a +.4 grade with a clean pocket, a -2.4 grade when hurried.

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13.  Arizona Cardinals (Last week: 17)

Bruce Arians has constructed a dynamic offense, although 18 points doesn’t do the unit justice. And so much for that depleted defense; Kevin Minter and Larry Foote looked stellar filling in for Karlos Dansby and Daryl Washington.

What to know: The league’s top run defense in 2013 — without its top two linebackers — held the Chargers to 52 rushing yards.

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

14. San Diego Chargers (Last week: 11)

The Bolts allowed the Cardinals to rally past them in the fourth quarter, but let’s not throw the towel in on them just yet. There are a lot of weapons at Philip Rivers‘ disposal, but maybe some other things to figure out.

What to know: The Chargers don’t bring their A game in season opener. The team has lost back-to-back season-openers despite holding double-digit leads entering the fourth quarter.

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

15. Indianapolis Colts (Last week: 13)

It’s tough to get dealt the reigning AFC champs in Week 1. But again, it showed the Colts have a long way to go on the defensive side of the ball, especially with no Robert Mathis coming back to save the day.

What to know: In the discussion for the top NFL corner, Vontae Davis is rarely mentioned. Davis earned a +2.3 coverage grade by Pro Football Focus, allowing these talented Denver wideouts to only one catch for five yards.

(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

23. Kansas City Chiefs (Last week: 18)

The Chiefs look like a team primed for a decline in 2014. Smith looks lost on offense with onlyJamaal Charles to lean on. Already with Derrick Johnson and Mike DeVito, this defense will struggle, especially against its divisional foes.

What to know: Smith threw three picks against Tennessee. It took him four games to throw two picks last year. It was only his second three-pick day in the last five years.

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24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last week: 16)

Josh McCown is proving Lovie Smith and the Bucs to be prisoners of the moment with his horrible 2014 debut. Doug Martin doesn’t look like the player he was back in 2012, and Anderson made this defense look very, very average.

What to know: McCown earned a -3.6 passing grade from Pro Football Focus, making poor decisions, questionable passes and finishing among the bottom-five quarterbacks. We should see Mike Glennon sooner rather than later.

(Photo by Cliff McBride/Getty Images)

25. New York Giants (Last week: 20)

The Giants don’t look like the Packers, despite Ben McAdoo making his debut as the offensive coordinator. Stafford and Johnson exploited this re-tooled secondary, and Jason Pierre-Paul again found himself injured.

What to know: Manning is aiming for a 70-percent completion rate, but in the season opener settled for 52 percent. Only Brady had a lesser completion percentage against four pass-rushers or less.

(Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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