OTI Power Rankings: Week 2
The Overtime Ireland Power Rankings will have a slightly different format starting this week. To make the rankings a little less subjective, I will rank each team’s play at quarterback, offense, defense, special teams (with less bearing there). All of those rankings will combine to form the Power Rankings.
32 – Cleveland Browns (Last Week: 32) QB – 32 | Offense – 32 | Defense – 32
The Browns have had way too many quarterbacks play for them in recent years. With Josh McCown now out for a while with an injury they’ll be forced to add another one to the infamous list-jersey.
31 – Los Angeles Rams (Last Week: 29) QB – 31 | Offense – 31 | Defense – 31
The Rams may have beaten the Seahawks, but I wouldn’t look into the win too much. The Rams have only come away with nine points over the first two weeks of the season.
30 – Chicago Bears (Last Week: 27) QB – 30 | Offense – 29 | Defense – 30
Even though it’s early in the season, the Bears should be somewhat concerned. They’ve already had their fair share of injuries, including Jay Cutler, who hurt his thumb against the Eagles. Not a good start to the John Fox era.
29 – Tennessee Titans (Last Week: 32) QB – 29 | Offense – 30 | Defense – 27
One thing the Titans really wanted to see was Marcus Mariota leading them to a comeback victory. Another thing they would love to see is back-to-back wins, which hasn’t been done in Tennessee since the end of the Mike Munchak era.
28 – Washington Redskins (Last Week: 24) QB – 27 | Offense – 27 | Defense – 29
Kirk Cousins needs to do a much better job in the red zone to give this team better chances. Josh Norman is one of the few players on this team playing well.
27 – Buffalo Bills (Last Week: 28) QB – 22 | Offense – 26 | Defense – 26
The Bills have made a desperate move by firing offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Sitting at 0-2 and with the defense having no impact in the game, how much longer will Rex Ryan last?
26 – Miami Dolphins (Last Week: 25) QB – 25 | Offense 25 | Defense – 24
The Dolphins really struggled facing Jimmy Garoppolo and only had a chance when facing a quarterback picked in the third round. It’ll be tough for them this season to fix their magnitude of issues.
25 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last Week: 15) QB – 24 | Offense 24 | Defense – 25
The Bucs were dominant last week against the Falcons, but they struggled a lot against the Cardinals. Jameis Winston needs to show he can play against the big-boy defenses.
24 – Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week: 20) QB – 26 | Offense – 22 | Defense – 22
The Jags were expected to be an improved team this season, but once again are falling back. How much longer will owner Shad Khan trust Gus Bradley before thinking someone else will run this team better?
23 – San Francisco 49ers (Last Week: 19) QB – 28 | Offense – 23 | Defense – 17
Blaine Gabbert isn’t the type of quarterback than can lead a team without a complimentary running game. Luckily for the 49ers, the two powerhouse teams in the division have had their struggles as well.
22 – Indianapolis Colts (Last Week: 17) QB – 13 | Offense – 11 | Defense – 28
The Colts really have to find their mojo. They should be better than an 0-2 start.
21 – New Orleans Saints (Last Week: 21) QB – 10 | Offense – 13 | Defense – 23
The Saints struggled in different ways over the first two weeks. Sean Payton doesn’t have too much to work with, so how will he attempt to fix things during the season?
20 – Kansas City Chiefs (Last Week: 8) QB – 23 | Offense – 21 | Defense – 11
After a strong performance last week, Alex Smith struggled in Week Two against the Texans. Seems like deja vu…
19 – Cincinnati Bengals (Last Week: 14) QB – 21 | Offense – 18 | Defense – 14
The Bengals had to find a different way to ride their offense this week and came up short defensively. The Bengals have consistently been a strong team in the regular season in the last five years, so there should be much to worry about.
18 – Detroit Lions (Last Week: 12) QB – 15 | Offense – 17 | Defense – 16
The Lions’ Week Two loss was the polar opposite of last week’s win against the Colts. The NFC North is once again pretty wide open based on the rest of the division’s play. The Lions just need to figure out how to be consistent, because they aren’t a bad team.
17 – Minnesota Vikings (Last Week: 18) QB – 18 | Offense – 19 | Defense – 13
The Vikings made the with coo Sam Bradford and it payed off. However, they lost Adrian Peterson to an injury. Hopefully they get some better news about him.
16 – Dallas Cowboys (Last Week: 23) QB – 20 | Offense – 16 | Defense – 15
Ezekiel Elliot ran the ball much better in week two, he just needs to take care of the ball. Despite that, the Cowboys barely escaped Washington with a win. This has been a difficult season for the Cowboys already.
15 – New York Jets (Last Week: 22) QB – 19 | Offense – 12 | Defense – 19
The Jets proved they are capable of having a high-powered offense. When their defense starts playing to their skill level they can quietly be a dangerous team in the AFC.
14 – Houston Texans (Last Week: 13) QB – 17 | Offense – 20 | Defense – 9
The Texans are off to a strong start this season, and they are way ahead of any other team in their division at this point.
13 – Seattle Seahawks (Last Week: 2) QB – 8 | Offense – 28 | Defense – 1
The Seahawks have really been struggling behind a hobbled Russell Wilson and his messy offensive line. They won’t make it very far this season without doing something about those issues.
12 – Baltimore Ravens (Last Week: 17) QB – 16 | Offense – 14 | Defense – 12
The Ravens surprisingly fell behind early to the Browns on Sunday. In the end, however, they came back with Joe Flacco leading a game-winning drive. He’s been playing very well coming off an ACL injury.
11 – Oakland Raiders (Last Week: 9) QB – 14 | Offense – 5 | Defense – 21
The Raiders could easily have been 0-2 to start the season. The defense really needs to step up as a lot more was expected of the based on how they looked on paper.
10 – Green Bay Packers (Last Week: 5) QB – 12 | Offense – 15 | Defense – 10
Something is wrong with the Packers offense again this season. Perhaps Aaron Rodgers should use his R-E-L-A-X rant to turn things around once more.
9 – San Diego Chargers (Last Week: 30) QB – 6 | Offense – 3 | Defense – 20
The Chargers didn’t blow their huge lead this time. Their offense has played really well so far this season, and if their defense continues to reciprocate, San Diego will be a really tough team to beat in the AFC.
8 – Atlanta Falcons (Last Week: 26) QB – 1 | Offense – 6 | Defense – 18
The Falcons shocked everyone with a win over the Raiders in the second game of the season. Their offense has been the best in the league so far, and the defense made some improvements over last week’s embarrassment against the Bucs.
7 – Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week: 10) QB – 11 | Offense – 9 | Defense – 8
Carson Wentz had another impressive performance on Monday night. What’s more important is that he isn’t showing any signs of hitting the rookie wall.
6 – New York Giants (Last Week: 11) QB – 7 | Offense – 10 | Defense – 7
All the money spent in the offseason has paid off so far. The Giants are looking like a team not to be reckoned with.
5 – Arizona Cardinals (Last Week: 6) QB – 3 | Offense – 7 | Defense – 5
The Cardinals bounced back from last week’s loss agains the Jimmy Garoppolo-led Pats with a convincing win against the Bucs. Moving forward, are this year’s Cardinals the Week One or Week Two version?
4 – Denver Broncos (Last Week: 4) QB – 9 | Offense – 8 | Defense – 2
The Broncos defense has been nothing short of dominant to start the season. Plus, Trevor Seimian has been pretty solid so far. There’s not much more you can ask from the Broncos at this point.
3 – Pittsburgh Steelers (Last Week: 3) QB – 5 | Offense – 4 | Defense – 3
The Steelers have had no problems through two weeks. They just need to make sure they stay consistent and focused.
2 – Carolina Panthers (Last Week: 7) QB – 4 | Offense – 1 | Defense – 6
The Panthers can’t turnover the ball four times every week. However, bouncing back form that and winning convincingly against the 49ers is pretty impressive.
1 – New England Patriots (Last Week: 1) QB – 2 | Offense – 2 | Defense – 4
The Patriots looked like they were in good shape with Jimmy Garoppolo running things until Tom Brady returns. However, after Garoppolo injured his shoulder the team may have to hold their breath with Jacoby Brissett until Week
This OTI Piece was written by Eli Bookstaber. Eli, born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, is a huge follower of all things NFL and an avid fan of the Redskins. He writes the weekly Power Rankings as well as “Bookie’s Playbook”, where Eli breaks down the X’s and O’s of various plays and things of the sort. He welcomes all feedback on his articles, and you can always talk to him about anything NFL-related. You can follow him on Twitter @Ebookstaber, but be prepared. He never shuts up.