NFL Power Rankings 2021: Top 10 teams ahead of Week 2

NFL Power Rankings 2021: Top 10 teams ahead of Week 2

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One week down, 17 to go.

After the NFL season’s first week, several teams showed early promise as potential contenders. Only time will tell as the season progresses, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs look like they have pieces in place to return to Super Bowl.

Tre’Davious White of the Buffalo Bills celebrates breaking up a pass during the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at New Era Field Nov. 24, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo defeats Denver 20-3.  (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Record: 0-1

Week 1 result: 23-16 loss to Steelers

Outlook: The Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens were also considered for the No. 10 spot in this week’s rankings. However, the Bills came in at this spot despite a home loss to the Steelers. Buffalo will try to get back on track next week against the Dolphins in Miami.

9. Los Angeles Chargers

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert on the run against the Denver Broncos in the third quarter at SoFi Stadium Dec. 27, 2020. 
(Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Record: 1-0

Week 1 result: 20-16 win over Washington

Outlook: Justin Herbert threw for 337 yards and one touchdown in a tough road win over the Washington Football Team. Keenan Allen had nine receptions for 100 yards. A showdown between the Chargers and Cowboys will go down in Week 2.

8. Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson reacts to cheering fans at the end of an Oct. 4, 2020 game in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Seahawks defeated the Dolphins 31-23. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Record: 1-0

Week 1 result: 28-16 win over Colts

Outlook: Russell Wilson completed 18 of 23 passes for 254 yards with four touchdowns in a big win over Indianapolis. Wideout Tyler Lockett had TD receptions of 23 and 69 yards. The Seahawks will take on the Titans next.

7. San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance signals at the line of scrimmage against the Detroit Lions In the first half in Detroit Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. 
(AP Photo/Lon Horwedel)

Record: 1-0

Week 1 result: 41-33 win over Lions

Outlook: San Francisco held a 28-point lead before Detroit made a late attempt at a comeback. Rookie running back Elijah Mitchell had 19 carries for 104 yards with a rushing score. The 49ers travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles in Week 2.

6. Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt prior to a game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium Dec. 13, 2020. 
(Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)

Record: 1-0

Week 1 result: 23-16 win over Bills

Outlook: Down 10-0, the Steelers managed to pull out a victory over the Bills in Buffalo. Pittsburgh defensive end T.J. Watt had two sacks and a forced fumble. Next up for the Steelers is a matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders.

5. New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston throws a pass during the first half Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.  
(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Record: 1-0

Week 1 result: 38-3 win over Packers

Outlook: Jameis Winston took care of business in his debut as the starter for the Saints. He completed 14 of 20 passes for 148 yards with five touchdowns in the dominating win. New Orleans will travel to Carolina to square off against the Panthers in an NFC South matchup.

4. Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) is congratulated by tight end Maxx Williams (87) after Murray ran for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans in the first half Sunday. 
(AP Photo/Mark Zaleski))

Record: 1-0

Week 1 result: 38-13 win over Titans

Outlook: Kyler Murray completed 21 of 32 passes for 289 yards with five total touchdowns in a dominating 38-13 victory over Tennessee. Wideout DeAndre Hopkins had six receptions for 83 yards with two scores. Arizona will host the Minnesota Vikings next.

3. Los Angeles Rams

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford throws a pass during the first half  against the Chicago Bears Sunday in Inglewood, Calif.  
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Record: 1-0

Week 1 result: 34-14 win over Bears

Outlook: Quarterback Matthew Stafford dazzled in his debut with the Rams. He completed 20 of 26 passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. Los Angeles will travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts in Week 2.

2. Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes grins during a November 2020 game against the Carolina Panthers.  
(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Record: 1-0

Week 1 result: 33-29 win over Browns

Outlook: Facing a 22-10 deficit at the midway point, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs outscored Cleveland 23-7 in the second half. Mahomes threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns in the comeback win. Kansas City will square off against the Ravens in Baltimore.

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (14) drops a pass against the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter of a Sept. 9 game at Raymond James Stadium. 
(Jeremy Reper/USA TODAY Sports)

Record: 1-0

Week 1 result: 31-29 win over Cowboys

Outlook: Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady threw for 379 passing yards and four touchdowns in the comeback victory to kick off the 2021 NFL season. Next up, Tampa Bay hosts the Atlanta Falcons.

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