Updated: Thursday, September 18, 2014 5:37 PM
A new No. 1, the Texans, Bills, Browns and Rams rise while the Saints, Vikings, Chiefs and Colts fall in the TSN.ca NFL Power Rankings.
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This Week1Last Week2Denver Broncos2-0-0
Held to 325 yards by Kansas City, by maintained a 21-10 halftime lead with a low-scoring second half. Now, they get to head to Seattle where, even as the top-ranked team in the league, they're underdogs.
Key Injuries: OLB Danny Trevathan (knee).
This Week2Last Week1Seattle Seahawks1-1-0
The vaunted Seahawks secondary couldn't keep Philip Rivers in check, as the San Diego QB connected with TE Antonio Gates for three scores, but also got the ball to wideouts Keenan Allen and Eddie Royal for a dozen catches. Can the Broncos spread it around in the same way?
Key Injuries: None.
This Week3Last Week3Philadelphia Eagles2-0-0
Their slow starts through the first two weeks are a disturbing trend, but when the Eagles get going, they can march up and down the field. They rolled up 458 yards on Indianapolis Monday, with RB Darren Sproles gaining 178 yards on 11 touches.
Key Injuries: RT Lane Johnson (suspension), RG Evan Mathis (knee).
This Week4Last Week6Cincinnati Bengals2-0-0
Even with top wideout A.J. Green getting hurt early, the Bengals still romped to 472 total yards against the Falcons, with running backs Gio Bernard and Jeremy Hill accumulating 164 yards on 42 carries.
Key Injuries: WR Marvin Jones (foot), OLB Vontaze Burfict (concussion), TE Tyler Eifert (elbow), RG Kevin Zeitler (calf).
This Week5Last Week4San Francisco 49ers1-1-0
Looked to be in good shape, holding a 20-7 lead through three quarters against the Bears, but funny things happen when your first two fourth-quarter possessions result in interceptions. The Niners might not agree about the funny part.
Key Injuries: DT Glenn Dorsey (bicep), ILB NaVorro Bowman (knee), RT Anthony Davis (hamstring).
This Week6Last Week8New England Patriots1-1-0
Hard to judge the Patriots against a Minnesota team that was falling apart, but the Pats buried them, picking off four passes and sacking QB Matt Cassel six times.
Key Injuries: CB Brandon Browner (suspension), C Ryan Wendell (knee), OLB Jamie Collins (thigh).
This Week7Last Week9Green Bay Packers1-1-0
Turns out the Packers are okay if QB Aaron Rodgers can get the ball downfield. He and WR Jordy Nelson (nine catches, 209 yards, 1 TD, 16 targets!) were too much for the Jets...though just barely.
Key Injuries: C J.C. Tretter (knee), DT B.J. Raji (biceps), RT Bryan Bulaga (knee).
This Week8Last Week11Carolina Panthers2-0-0
A healthy Cam Newton kept the chains moving on offence, but the more impressive showing last week was the Panthers' D forcing three Lions turnovers and holding a potent Detroit offence to a single third-quarter touchdown.
Key Injuries: DE Greg Hardy (suspension).
This Week9Last Week5New Orleans Saints0-2-0
They're surely better than the standard 0-2 club, right? Well, with two excruciating losses in the first two weeks, the Saints probably are better, but it's about time they started to show a little bit of that improved defence we heard so much about.
Key Injuries: RB Mark Ingram (hand).
This Week10Last Week7Detroit Lions1-1-0
Interesting to see RB Joique Bell taking on such a big role offensively, with twice as many touches as Reggie Bush against Carolina, but the Lions had a generally sloppy effort in the loss, turning the ball over three times and missing a pair of 48-yard field goals.
Key Injuries: OLB Kyle Van Noy (core).
This Week11Last Week13San Diego Chargers1-1-0
There's no flying under the radar when you paste the defending champs and don't require any sort of fluke to help along the way. The Chargers moved the ball, limited the Seahawks' offence and withstood an injury to their starting running back. Impressive stuff.
Key Injuries: RB Ryan Mathews (knee), RT Jeromey Clary (hip/ankle).
This Week12Last Week10Pittsburgh Steelers1-1-0
The good times from Week One were beaten out of the Steelers in a 23-6 loss to the Ravens, as Pittsburgh turned the ball over three times, twice in the red zone.
Key Injuries: WR Lance Moore (groin).
This Week13Last Week14Chicago Bears1-1-0
It was looking bleak through the first three quarters against San Francisco, but WR Brandon Marshall put together quite a game, scoring three times, as the Bears capitalized on 49ers turnovers.
Key Injuries: None.
This Week14Last Week20Houston Texans2-0-0
Didn't have to throw much, racing out to a 27-0 lead over Oakland through three quarters, but limited Ryan Fitzpatrick's involvement and giving Arian Foster max touches (150 YDS, 1 TD on 30 touches) worked out pretty well.
Key Injuries: OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee).
This Week15Last Week12Arizona Cardinals2-0-0
Drew Stanton filled in admirably to knock off the Giants, but if the Cardinals' quarterback play is limited, that cuts into the production of a pretty great pair of wide receivers.
Key Injuries: OLB Daryl Washington (suspension), DT Darnell Dockett (knee), QB Carson Palmer (arm).
This Week16Last Week15New York Jets1-1-0
An ill-timed timeout call cost the Jets a tying touchdown, because of course it did, and the Jets coughed up a 21-3 lead with RB Chris Johnson (21 YDS, 13 touches) locked up. Scoring 24 points at Lambeau is encouraging, but the way this game went down? Not so much.
Key Injuries: CB Dimitri Patterson (suspension), CB Dee Miliner (ankle).
This Week17Last Week24Buffalo Bills2-0-0
A strong defensive showing, coupled with the best parts of the Bills' offence -- RB C.J. Spiller and WR Sammy Watkins -- having strong games, gives Buffalo some hope.
Key Injuries: MLB Kiko Alonso (knee).
This Week18Last Week16Tennessee Titans1-1-0
Could not contain Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray and, offensively, only TE Delanie Walker was posing a threat. That's a tough home loss before heading to a challenging matchup in Cincinnati.
Key Injuries: ILB Zach Brown (pectoral).
This Week19Last Week17Atlanta Falcons1-1-0
Trouble stopping the run against Cincinnati last week ought to give the Falcons something to focus on against Tampa Bay this week. If they can keep Bucs RB Bobby Rainey in check, that will dramatically improve their chances.
Key Injuries: LT Sam Baker (knee), ILB Sean Weatherspoon (Achilles).
This Week20Last Week23Baltimore Ravens1-1-0
Bounced back from a Week One loss with a strong showing against Pittsburgh, with RB Bernard Pierce churning out yards and the defence with some timely stops on the Steelers.
Key Injuries: CB Lardarius Webb (back).
This Week21Last Week18Miami Dolphins1-1-0
Stomped by the Bills and lost their starting running back early in the proceedings. Not the best week.
Key Injuries: C Mike Pouncey (hip), SS Reshad Jones (suspension), ILB Koa Misi (ankle), OLB Philip Wheeler (thumb), RB Knowshon Moreno (elbow).
This Week22Last Week26Dallas Cowboys1-1-0
When in trouble, turn to the stars, and the Cowboys did, with RB DeMarco Murray and WR Dez Bryant both having big days at Tennessee.
Key Injuries: ILB Sean Lee (knee), DE Anthony Spencer (knee).
This Week23Last Week27Cleveland Browns1-1-0
Did not muster a lot of yardage away from their scoring drives, but a pair of second-half drives of 80-yards plus was enough to knock off the Saints.
Key Injuries: WR Josh Gordon (suspension), DE Desmond Bryant (wrist), RB Ben Tate (knee).
This Week24Last Week31St. Louis Rams1-1-0
After a first-possession touchdown against the Bucs, the Rams kicked their way past Tampa Bay, with Greg Zeuerlein's four field goals proving to be the difference. Doing that with an undrafted backup QB is just fine.
Key Injuries: QB Sam Bradford (knee), CB Trumaine Johnson (knee), DE Chris Long (ankle), QB Shaun Hill (thigh).
This Week25Last Week19Minnesota Vikings1-1-0
After an impressive opening win, the Vikings were brought down hard last week by the Patriots and it appeared that Minnesota decided that they didn't like their results without Adrian Peterson. Fortunately, they've responded to pressure and are going to fight the uphill battle without Peterson now.
Key Injuries: RB Adrian Peterson (suspension).
This Week26Last Week25Tampa Bay Buccaneers0-2-0
It's been a disappointing start for the Bucs, who expected to be improved and probably hoped they would be able to lean heavily on RB Doug Martin.
Key Injuries: RG Logan Mankins (knee), RB Doug Martin (knee).
This Week27Last Week21Kansas City Chiefs0-2-0
Pushed the Broncos in Denver, but losing RB Jamaal Charles and FS Eric Berry is a bad result going forward. The positive for the Chiefs is that RB Knile Davis and TE Travis Kelce kept the chains moving.
Key Injuries: RT Donald Stephenson (suspension), ILB Joe Mays (wrist), RB Jamaal Charles (ankle), FS Eric Berry (ankle).
This Week28Last Week22Indianapolis Colts0-2-0
Gave up 458 yards to the Eagles and that, along with a growing injured list, is the main concern for the Colts.
Key Injuries: RG Donald Thomas (quadriceps), DE Fili Moala (knee), OLB Robert Mathis (suspension/Achilles), S Delano Howell (neck), ILB Jerrell Freeman (hamstring).
This Week29Last Week30Oakland Raiders0-2-0
Turned the ball over four times and gained nearly half of their yardage after they had fallen behind 27-0, so there's work to be done. Lots.
Key Injuries: CB D.J. Hayden (foot), RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand).
This Week30Last Week29New York Giants0-2-0
Turned the ball over four times, making life easy for the Cardinals, but this is becoming standard stuff for the G-Men. Until Eli avoids interceptions, they're in some trouble.
Key Injuries: G Geoff Schwartz (toe), MBL Jon Beason (foot).
This Week31Last Week28Washington Redskins1-1-0
Thumped Jacksonville, but going from Robert Griffin III to Kirk Cousins at least presents uncertainty for a team that has enough problems at the best of times.
Key Injuries: SS Brandon Meriweather (suspension), TE Jordan Reed (hamstring), QB Robert Griffin III (ankle).
This Week32Last Week32Jacksonville Jaguars0-2-0
Had six three-and-outs against Washington, and two other possessions that gained fewer than 10 yards, while surrendering 10 sacks. That's a long day.
Key Injuries: WR Justin Blackmon (suspension), WR Ace Sanders (suspension), WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring), SS Johnathan Cyprien (concussion).