Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season is behind us. There weren’t too many surprising results this week — for the most part, the teams commonly expected to be good got the job done. Teams that were expected to improve this season saw mixed results. And teams that were expected to lose this season, for the most part, lost.

The only real surprises were Washington beating Philadelphia and Jacksonville beating Indianapolis.

Is the Washington defense — which recorded eight sacks Sunday — for real? Or was that a byproduct of a banged up Eagles offense?

And is the Jaguars offense better than most thought? Or is the Colts defense a problem? And going forward for Indy, is Jonathan Taylor ready to be a lead running back with Marlon Mack out for the year?

In my mind, the top four of Kansas City, Baltimore, Seattle and New Orleans is clear, in whatever order you like. Those are the four most complete teams in the NFL.

I also think the Broncos, Giants, Bengals and Jets are the clear bottom four, in whatever order. Denver should look better once Courtland Sutton gets healthy, but losing Von Miller is too big a blow to that defense for them to overcome, in my opinion.Week 2 Power Rankings

  1. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)
  2. Baltimore Ravens (1-0)
  3. Seattle Seahawks (1-0)
  4. New Orleans Saints (1-0)
  5. Green Bay Packers (1-0)
  6. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)
  7. Buffalo Bills (1-0)
  8. San Francisco 49ers (0-1)
  9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1)
  10. Tennessee Titans (1-0)
  11. Arizona Cardinals (1-0)
  12. Los Angeles Rams (1-0)
  13. Minnesota Vikings (0-1)
  14. Houston Texans (0-1)
  15. Dallas Cowboys (0-1)
  16. New England Patriots (1-0)
  17. Philadelphia Eagles (0-1)
  18. Las Vegas Raiders (1-0)
  19. Los Angeles Chargers (1-0)
  20. Cleveland Browns (0-1)
  21. Indianapolis Colts (0-1)
  22. Atlanta Falcons (0-1)
  23. Chicago Bears (1-0)
  24. Detroit Lions (0-1)
  25. Washington Football Team (1-0)
  26. Miami Dolphins (0-1)
  27. Carolina Panthers (0-1)
  28. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0)
  29. Denver Broncos (0-1)
  30. New York Giants (0-1)
  31. Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)
  32. New York Jets (0-1)

And here are the games I’m particularly interested in for Week 2:

  • Panthers at Buccaneers (Sunday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m.) — Tampa Bay struggled for large portions of its game in New Orleans on Sunday. The Panthers are a much easier opponent, so if the Bucs look rough again, that would be a big red flag.
  • Vikings at Colts (Sunday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m.) — I think Minnesota and Indianapolis aren’t as bad as they looked in Week 1. They’ll both have good opportunities to turn it around next week.
  • Washington at Cardinals (Sunday, Sept. 20, 4:05 p.m.) — The Cardinals’ win over San Francisco was an upset, but many expected Arizona to improve this season, so it wasn’t a major shock. DeAndre Hopkins gives Kyler Murray an elite weapon. Will Washington’s pass rush be able to contain Murray and can the secondary keep up? Or was last week a fluke?
  • Ravens at Texans (Sunday, Sept. 20, 4:25 p.m.) — Lamar Jackson was electric in Week 1. Deshaun Watson has the potential to do that every week. Baltimore blew out Houston last year, so the Texans will be out for revenge. The Texans had extra time to prepare after playing in the Thursday night opener.
  • Patriots at Seahawks (Sunday, Sept. 20, 8:20 pm.) — Cam Newton looked like his old self against Miami. The Patriots’ ceiling is much higher if he can be that player all season. The Seahawks will be a good test for him against a much better defense.

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