NFL Power Rankings, Week 2: How far will the Kansas City Chiefs fall?

A bunch of good teams lost in Week 1. As is the case ever year, the power rankings shift the most during the beginning of the season. Where did the Chiefs drop to after losing to the Lions?

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17. Atlanta Falcons (1-0)

Last Week: 22 (+5)

What a weird football team. Atlanta has some serious talent on both sides of the ball, but don't seem to have it all put together. For starters, the Panthers held Desmond Ridder's passing attack to 116 yards. For another, they don't seem entirely interested in feeding the ball to their best offensive players. Bijan Robinson finished the game with just 10 carries, Kyle Pitts was targeted three times, and Drake London was targeted just once. I don't understand it, but they won their game, I guess.

18. Seattle Seahawks (0-1)

Last Week: 9 (-9)

Can Seattle recover from a big-time loss to the Rams? Probably. That being said, it is never good to be losing to a team that is without its best receiver and has no-name players all over the field on defense. Seattle has weapons offensively and playmakers on defense. Maybe it was just a fluke, but that looked awful.

19. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)

Last Week: 12 (-7)

Wow. Perhaps I was way too bullish on the Steelers. Or perhaps, the Steelers are just sleepwalking like the Chiefs. Either way, what they displayed on Sunday was not enough to inspire any kind of confidence. Kenny Pickett threw the ball 46 times and came up with a total of 232 yards, a touchdown, and two picks. If anyone can figure out a way to turn this around, it's Mike Tomlin but you never want to see your team lose 30-7 in the home opener.

20. Indianapolis Colts (0-1)

Last Week: 23 (+3)

The Colts look like a team that will eventually be good. Anthony Richardson has a cannon and they have capable weapons. While they came up short in a divisional round, there are legitimate reasons to be optimistic.

21. Los Angeles Rams (1-0)

Last Week: 25 (+4)

The Rams beat the Seahawks handily. That was something that I did not expect at any point this season. Surprisingly, the Rams defense showed out and held Geno Smith and the Seahawk offense to a touchdown and two field goals. Perhaps the Rams aren't the mess that I expected.

22. Minnesota Vikings (0-1)

Last Week: 13 (-9)

The Vikings won a million close games last year and opened this season by losing to the... Bucs? It appears that their good fortune may be fleeting. While the offense has been viewed as one that could be among the best, they only managed to put up 17 in the opener. The jury is out on the Vikings, but this was certainly a rocky start.

23. Las Vegas Raiders (1-0)

Last Week: 29 (+6)

The Raiders won over the Broncos in a rivalry game for who will finish third in the division. For now, the Raiders are sitting alone at the top of the division, but scoring 17 points will not get it done against the Chiefs or the Chargers.

24. Washington Commanders (1-0)

Last Week: 24 (+0)

The Commanders are undefeated... For now. It seems unlikely that the Commanders will have an easier opponent than the Cardinals in the future. While Sam Howell didn't look awful, he did not necessarily inspire confidence that the Commanders could truly compete in the NFC East. For now, this sad fan base needs to enjoy every victory, even if it is against the league's worst team.