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NFL power rankings after Week 2

James Jones of the Green Bay Packers celebrates

James Jones of the Green Bay Packers celebrates with fans after scoring a touchdown thrown by Aaron Rodgers in the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during their game at Lambeau Field on Sept. 20, 2015 in Green Bay, Wis. Credit: Getty Images / Christian Petersen

1. PACKERS (2-0) (Last week: 1): Packers enjoy some solace over the NFC Championship Game loss to Seattle by handling the Seahawks with relative ease at Lambeau, where Aaron Rodgers STILL hasn't thrown an interception since December, 2012.

2. PATRIOTS (2-0) (Last week: 2): More insane numbers from Tom Brady, who throws for the second most yards of his career (466) in a 40-32 win over the Bills. Some corrections are in order for the Pats' defense after letting Buffalo back in it once New England was up 37-13 in the third quarter.

3. CARDINALS (2-0) (Last week: 3): Four more touchdowns for Carson Palmer in a 48-23 romp at Soldier Field and an in-your-face win for Bruce Arians, who lost out on the Bears job in 2013 to Marc Trestman. How'd that work out, Chicago?

4. BENGALS (2-0) (Last week: 6): Another solid start for the Bengals, who still don't know if they'll ever win a playoff game in the Marvin Lewis-Andy Dalton regime. At least they get themselves in playoff position year after year.

5. BRONCOS (2-0) (Last week: 5): After a wobbly start and more troubles in Gary Kubiak's offense, Peyton Manning does the Peyton thing by going no-huddle and putting together a terrific comeback win in Kansas City. Peyton owns the Chiefs, improving to 14-1 lifetime against them.

6. STEELERS (1-1) (Last week: 8): Steelers rebound from sloppy opening-night loss in New England by destroying the 49ers at home, as Ben Roethlisberger throws for three touchdowns and DeAngelo Williams runs for three scores in a 43-18 rout.

7. JETS (2-0) (Last week: 21): That's some defense Todd Bowles is putting out there this year. With a rebuilt secondary that general manager Mike Maccagnan splurged for in free agency and a terrific front seven, Bowles' team has a combined 10 turnovers in the first two weeks, compared to just 13 all of last season. A massive road win over Indy to get to 2-0.

8. SEAHAWKS (0-2) (Last week: 4): Big problems for the defending NFC champs, who get out of the gate with back-to-back road losses in St. Louis and Green Bay. The Seahawks now get three of the next four at home to try and shake the Super Bowl hangover

9. COWBOYS (2-0) (Last week: 7): Costly win over the Eagles for the Cowboys, who lose Tony Romo to a fractured clavicle a week after losing Dez Bryant to a fractured foot. It's Brandon Weeden or bust until Romo's return.

10. CHARGERS (1-1) (Last week: 9): No comeback this time for Philip Rivers, who finished off a 24-19 loss with an interception a week after a stirring rally at home against the Lions.

11. CHIEFS (1-1) (Last week: 11): Some poor clock management by Andy Reid and a costly fumble by the normally reliable Jamaal Charles cost the Chiefs a chance at a major win over AFC West rival Denver. A blown opportunity that could cost the Chiefs in the playoff race.

12. FALCONS (2-0) (Last week: 16): That's some awfully impressive work from rookie coach Dan Quinn, who has his team believing right from the start. After a home upset of the Eagles, Falcons score an impressive comeback on the road against the Giants.

13. PANTHERS (2-0) (Last week: 18): Panthers taking advantage of soft early schedule with wins over the Jaguars and Texans. Up next: the winless Saints and then the Bucs.

14. BILLS (1-1) (Last week: 13): Rex Ryan expended way too much energy for a regular season game, even if it was against his coaching nemesis. In the end, Bill Belichick got the best of Ryan once again.

15. COLTS (0-2) (Last week: 10): If there's any consolation to the Colts' 0-2 start, it's that they've been here before. Indy went 0-2 last year before rallying to win the AFC South title and reach the conference championship game. But oh, that offensive line and that injury-ravaged secondary.

16. VIKINGS (1-1) (Last week: 23): That's more like it for a team that has legitimate playoff aspirations. Vikes respond after a Monday night clunker to start the season by pounding the Lions at home. Superb effort by the defense, which hounded quarterback Matthew Stafford from start to finish.

17. RAVENS (0-2) (Last week: 14): Strange times for coach John Harbaugh, who is 0-2 for the first time in his eight seasons with the Ravens. The absence of Terrell Suggs, who is done for the year with an Achilles injury, was obvious in a shootout loss to the Raiders.

18. LIONS (0-2) (Last week: 15): Stafford took a beating from the Vikings' defense and came out of the loss with bruised ribs. The Lions badly need him in the lineup, especially with coach Jim Caldwell's inability to get the running game going, something he promised before the season.

19. RAMS (1-1) (Last week: 12): So much for building on an impressive opening-day win over the Seahawks. The Rams were dreadful in a 24-10 loss in Washington after winning an overtime thriller the week before at home.

20. DOLPHINS (1-1) (Last week: 19): If Joe Philbin doesn't get out of this win-one, lose-one rut that he's been stuck in through his run in Miami, he'll soon be gone.

21. EAGLES (0-2) (Last week: 17): Chip Kelly admitted to being embarrassed by how poorly his revamped Eagles team played in a home loss to the Cowboys. Eagles fans share his sentiments. Up next: at MetLife Stadium to face the turnover machine known as the Jets' defense

22. TITANS (1-1) (Last week: 20): Perfection is a tough act to follow, as Marcus Mariota found out against the Browns. After putting up a flawless 158.3 rating against the Bucs, Mariota struggled against the Browns' defense, which dropped him for seven sacks in a 28-14 loss.

23. 49ERS (1-1) (Last week: 22): Jim Tomsula enjoyed a terrific coaching debut in the Monday night opener, but his 49ers looked more like the disaster most people have come to expect, with all the coaching changes, retirements and free agent defections coming home to roost in a blowout loss in Pittsburgh.

24. WASHINGTON (1-1) (Last week: 28): Solid effort from Kirk Cousins, who goes 23-of-27 for 203 yards and a touchdown in a 24-10 win over the Rams.

25. RAIDERS (1-1) (Last week: 29): Derek Carr's best day as a pro, with 351 yards and three touchdowns in a wild 37-33 win over the Ravens, giving new coach Jack Del Rio his first win in silver and black.

26. BUCCANEERS (1-1) (Last week: 30): Now that's more like it. Jameis Winston recovers from a brutal opening-game loss and settles down nicely in an upset win over the Saints at the Superdome. No picks for the former Heisman Trophy winner, who gets the best of Drew Brees on the road.

27. BROWNS (1-1) (Last week: 31): Johnny Manziel has made this an interesting debate after rallying for a 28-14 win over the Titans and giving his coaches reason to consider making him the starter even after Josh McCown recovers from a concussion.

28. TEXANS (0-2) (Last week: 27): Ryan Mallett breathes some life into the Texans' offense, but it's still not enough. Maybe when Arian Foster returns -- perhaps as early as this week -- from surgery to repair a torn groin muscle, the Texans' offense will be up to speed.

29. GIANTS (0-2) (Last week: 25): Eli Manning normally bounces back from misfortune, but not this time. After his fourth-quarter clock management issues led to a loss in Dallas in Week 1, a lost fumble when the Giants were about to go up by three scores against the Falcons doomed the Giants to another loss. That's three straight 0-2 starts now for Manning and coach Tom Coughlin.

30. JAGUARS (1-1) (Last week: 32): Blake Bortles didn't do himself any favors with fans critical of the Jaguars' play-calling by likening them to kindergarteners saying something to college kids. But Bortles salvaged some good will by leading the Jags to an upset win over the Dolphins and helping Jacksonville avoid a fourth straight 0-2 start.

31. SAINTS (0-2) (Last week: 24): The Saints not only lost to the rebuilding Bucs at home, but they may have lost Drew Brees to a shoulder injury. They're hoping it's not a long-term problem.

32. BEARS (0-2) (Last week: 26): Bears have given up a combined 79 points in back-to-back home losses, and now Jay Cutler is out for a couple weeks with a hamstring injury. Good luck, Jimmy Clausen.

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