Teddy's Week 2 NFL Power Ratings

1)      Kansas City Chiefs -9

The defending Super Bowl champs continue to be undervalued in the betting marketplace; now 9-0 against the spread in their last nine ballgames following their opening night win.

 

2)      Baltimore Ravens -8.5

Without a preseason, John Harbaugh left Lamar Jackson in the game for another series against the Browns, despite leading by 32 points with ten minutes left in the fourth quarter.

 

3)      New Orleans Saints -5.5

The Saints secondary intercepted Tom Brady twice on Sunday, but they also committed four pass interference penalties for a whopping 101 penalty yards.

 

4)      Pittsburgh Steelers -4.5

Running back James Conner got hurt early in the Steelers Monday Night win.  His replacement, rookie Bennie Snell, looked far more explosive, gaining 113 yards on the ground.

 

5)      Buffalo Bills -4

The bad?  Twice, Josh Allen missed open receivers in the end zone for easy TD’s.  The good?  Allen saw the field well, with eight different receivers catching at least two passes.

 

6)      Dallas Cowboys -3.5

The Cowboys could/should have a bigger homefield edge than many teams, with “some” fans expected in Dallas for their home opener vs the Falcons on Sunday.

 

7)      Seattle Seahawks -3.5

The Seahawks wanted to be aggressive early in games.  They accomplished that at Atlanta: 21 passes on their first 35 plays, and only three handoffs on their first 12 first downs.

 

8)      Tennessee Titans -3

Stephen Gostkowski’s kicking woes in the Mile High air doomed Titans pointspread backers on Monday Night, but they continued to win: 10-4 SU in Ryan Tannehill’s 14 starts.

 

9)      Tampa Bay Buccaneers -3

Tom Brady has now thrown pick sixes in each of his last three games, dating back to New England.  The last QB before Brady to do that was lowly Matt Schaub in 2014-15.

 

10)   Indianapolis Colts -2.5

Indy lost star RB Marlon Mack to a season ending injury on Sunday, but stud rookie RB Jonathan Taylor caught six passes for 67 yards in his absence.

 

11)   San Francisco 49ers -2.5

The 49ers injury bug hit hard last week, with their top two centers hurt and only three healthy wide receivers by the end of the game.

 

12)   Green Bay Packers -2

The Packers have offensive line issues.  They played without starting tackle Billy Turner, then guards Lucas Patrick and Lane Taylor both got hurt against the Vikings.

 

13)   New England Patriots -1.5

The Patriots notched 18 rushing first downs in their win against the Dolphins; shortening the game.  They only had three second half drives, and no second half punts.

 

14)   LA Rams -1.5

The Rams originally played to stay East between their Week 2 game at Philly and their Week 3 game at Buffalo, but COVID restrictions will have them flying back and forth both weeks.

 

15)   Arizona Cardinals -1

DeAndre Hopkins, off his career high in catches in the opener at San Fran: “I knew we had something special the day I walked into this building.”

 

16)   Minnesota Vikings -0.5

Mike Zimmer’s rebuilt defense got absolutely torched in the opener, but the offense produced three TD’s on their final three drives & hit all three ‘two point conversion’ tries.

 

17)   Houston Texans 0

Sometimes, box scores lie.  Houston outgained the Chiefs 6.2 yards per play to 5.5 in a game where the Chiefs dominated until a couple of late, ‘garbage time’ Texans TD’s.

 

18)   Denver Broncos +0.5

Good sign for the Broncos young QB Drew Lock?  He showed comfort looking all over the field, completing passes to nine different receivers on Monday Night.

 

19)   LA Chargers +1

The Chargers are already dealing with an injury bug on the offensive line; with center Mike Pouncey and guard Trai Turner both sitting in the opener.

 

20)   Atlanta Falcons +1.5

The Falcons defense forced only four Russell Wilson incompletions for the whole game, while the offense turned it over twice and failed on all four fourth down tries.

 

21)   Cleveland Browns +1.5

Starters Greedy Williams, Grant Delpit and Kevin Johnson all were unable to suit up in the Browns secondary last week, leaving their pass defense in shambles at Baltimore.

 

22)   Las Vegas Raiders +1.5

Big concerns for the Raiders on the defensive side of the football after allowing 30 points without forcing a turnover in their opener.

 

23)   Philadelphia Eagles +2

The ten Eagles drives after taking a 17-0 lead against Washington?  Four ‘three-and-outs’, three turnovers, two stopped on downs and one missed field goal.  Ouch!

 

24)   Detroit Lions +2.5

Rookie RB De’Andre Swift dropped a wide open game winning touchdown pass in the closing seconds.  Swift was drafted, in part, because of his pass catching ability.

 

25)   Chicago Bears +2.5

Mitch Trubisky looked awful for most of the game, until the Lions suffered cluster injuries in the secondary, losing their top three cornerbacks.  After that, Trubisky looked much better.

 

26)   New York Giants +4

The Giants offensive line couldn’t provide any push for Saquon Barkley in the opener.  Barkley was hit at or behind the line of scrimmage on 11 of his 15 rushing attempts.

 

27)   New York Jets +4.5

The Jets didn’t wake up until they were already trailing by three TD’s at Buffalo, and Sam Darnold was under constant pressure playing behind four new offensive linemen.

 

28)   Washington Football Team +4.5

Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy was pilloried for eschewing the field goal and going for the TD in a tight fourth quarter game.  Ron Rivera did the same thing, but it worked & nobody complained!

 

29)   Cincinnati Bengals +5

Joe Burrow had a mixed NFL debut.  His fourth quarter drive was impressive and should have won the game, but his interception on first down in field goal range was downright ugly.

 

30)   Miami Dolphins +5

Last year, Ryan Fitzpatrick got away with a lot of ‘chuck it up and let my receivers make plays’ throws.  That strategy was a disaster vs the Pats, throwing three costly interceptions.

 

31)   Carolina Panthers +5.5

For a young team with a new QB and new coaching staff, the Panthers played a clean game in their opener – no turnovers, only one sack allowed and a reasonable five penalties.

 

32)   Jacksonville Jaguars +6

In a year with questions about every teams homefield edge, the Jaguars clearly had one on Sunday against, with 14,000 in attendance to watch their upset vs Indy.

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