The Denver Broncos emerged from Arrowhead Stadium with a tough win over the Chiefs on Thursday night. Many wondered what to expect from Peyton Manning as the great nears 40. And Manning turned back the clock a little, becoming the second player ever to surpass 70,000 passing yards while engineering a big victory. See how this affects both the Broncos and Chiefs in our Week 2 NFL power rankings (Week 1 rankings here).
1. New England Patriots (1-0); beat Pittsburgh Steelers 28-21, up 1 spot – The Brady-to-Gronkowski connection is already going strong, with Gronk’s 3 touchdown catches leading the Patriots to a solid win.
2. Green Bay Packers (1-0); beat Chicago Bears 31-23, up 1 spot – Aaron Rodgers and Co. head home after a division win over Chicago. But the bad thing is that they’ll kick off their home opener against the Seahawks, who’ve beaten them three straight times.
3. Seattle Seahawks (0-1); lost to St. Louis Rams 34-31 (OT), drops 2 spots – Russell Wilson has never been good in St. Louis, going 1-3 there in his career. He is 35-10 in every other game, so Seattle’s Super Bowl hopes are definitely not diminished.
4. Denver Broncos (2-0); beat Kansas City Chiefs 31-24 (Thursday), up 3 spots – So much for that run-heavy offense. When it’s crunch time, Manning will take over.
5. Dallas Cowboys (1-0); beat NY Giants 27-26, up 1 spot – It wasn’t pretty, much like their home opener against San Francisco last year; but this one resulted in a win. It also resulted in the loss of Dez Bryant for 4-6 weeks, though.
6. Arizona Cardinals (1-0); beat New Orleans 31-19, up 3 spots – Carson Palmer drives this team, sporting an 88.0 QBR in the fourth quarter the past couple years – best in NFL. So the loss of RB Andre Ellington isn’t cause for panic.
7. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1); lost to New England Patriots 28-21, drops 2 spots – One more game without RB Le’Veon Bell, and two more without WR Martavis Bryant.
8. Indianapolis Colts (0-1); lost to Buffalo Bills 27-14, down 4 spots – This wasn’t exactly the opener that an improved Colts team had in mind. But playing in rain against a tough Buffalo front line is far from ideal conditions for Andrew Luck.
9. Miami Dolphins (1-0); beat Washington Redskins 17-10, up 3 spots – Not an overly impressive win over one of the league’s worst teams. But Miami still figures to be really good this year.
10. Cincinnati Bengals (1-0); beat Oakland Raiders 33-13, up 4 spots – Tyler Eifert gives this team one more big weapon, along with A.J. Green, Jeremy Hill and Giovanni Bernard.
12. Buffalo Bills (1-0); beat Indianapolis Colts 27-14, up 6 spots – Buffalo makes the biggest jump here after stifling Andrew Luck and the Colts. Can they do the same to Tom Brady?
13. Philadelphia Eagles (0-1); lost to Atlanta Falcons 26-24, down 5 spots – The Eagles’ vaunted rushing attack only got a combined 13 yards on 11 carries from DeMarco Murray and Ryan Matthews.
14. San Diego Chargers (1-0); beat Detroit 33-28, up 4 spots – Philip Rivers definitely played up to his contract in the second half, throwing for 249 yards and two touchdowns.
15. Baltimore Ravens (0-1); lost to Denver Broncos 19-13, down 5 spots – Only gaining 173 total yards and losing Terrell Suggs is a terrible way to begin the season.
17. Detroit Lions (0-1); lost to San Diego 33-28, down 4 spots – Detroit looked to have a Week 1 victory sealed….then they blew an 18-point lead.
18. New Orleans Saints (0-1); lost to Arizona 31-19, down 3 spots – Playing at Arizona is a very tough test, but Drew Brees still threw for 355 yards.
19. Carolina Panthers (1-0); beat Jacksonville 20-9, up 2 spots – Carolina now has five straight regular-season victories going back to last year.
20. St. Louis Rams (1-0); beat Seattle 34-31 (OT), up 3 spots – The Rams pass rush tallied six sacks against a normally elusive Russell Wilson. This is definitely a unit to be feared going forward.
21. San Francisco (1-0); beat Minnesota Vikings 20-3, up 4 spots – Few expected Carlos Hyde to break out for 168 yards and two touchdowns in his first start.
23. Chicago Bears (0-1); lost to Green Bay 31-23, down 1 spot – This marks the sixth straight loss for Chicago going back to 2014.
24. New York Jets (1-0); beat Cleveland Browns 31-10, up 3 spots – The formula for New York looks simple: run the ball and play defense.
25. New York Giants (0-1); lost to Dallas Cowboys 27-26, down 6 spots – Tom Coughlin’s promise to shock the world is a little behind schedule now.
26. Tennessee Titans (1-0); beat Tampa Bay 42-14, up 3 spots – Even it came against Tampa, Tennessee looks to be a much-better team with Marcus Mariota under center.
28. Cleveland Browns (0-1); lost to NY Jets 31-10, down 2 spots – Cleveland is already going to be bad, so it’s worth letting Johnny Manizel get more starts to see if he can be a franchise QB.
29. Oakland Raiders (0-1); lost to Cincinnati 33-13, down 1 spot – The rebuilding process will be long for Oakland.
30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1); lost to Tennessee 42-14, same spot – Jameis Winston didn’t get off to a good start, throwing a pick-6 on his first-ever pass.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1); lost to Tennessee 20-9, same spot – The first half was competitive; then Jacksonville looked like last year’s team in the second half.
32. Washington Redskins (0-1); lost to Miami 17-10, same spot – Kirk Cousins is now just 2-8 as a starter.