• Joseph McAtee

NFL Power Rankings Week 2 summary


Obviously, a big win in Week 1 for the Los Angeles Rams over the Dallas Cowboys catapults the Rams up rankings. And while that's fair, it's also worth remembering early power rankings are extremely volatile. Teams that had legitimate concerns (the Rams included) that got a big Week 1 victory get to climb the ladder to a much more significant degree than a win from those teams in Week 10 will provide (see: Washington Football Team). At the same time, teams expected to be in the top 10 that happened to lose will drop quite a bit only to climb back up over the next few games as they right the ship (see: Dallas Cowboys).

Still, it's nice to see the good guys make a jump into the top half of rankings this week.

Not a ton of takeaways around the league to be had in sincerity. It's just too early. Think it's fair to say that the Chiefs and Ravens solidified their position, but not as sold on the Saints.

All in all, there's too much football left to play to put too much stock into these.

ESPN: 10th (17th last week)

A sixth-round pick from Ohio State, Fuller started and made the play of the game early in the fourth quarter when the Cowboys attempted to convert on fourth-and-3 at the Rams' 11-yard line. Fuller tackled CeeDee Lamb a yard short of the first down to preserve a 20-17 lead. "That was huge," Aaron Donald said. "He is a young guy that stepped up for us." After starting at safety in lieu of second-year pro Taylor Rapp, Fuller finished with eight tackles. Sean McVay said Fuller's performance in training camp earned him the spot. "He's mature beyond his years," McVay said.

NFL: 9th (17th)

The Rams flew under the radar for much of the offseason, but that's changing after an extremely impressive performance against the Cowboys on a national stage. New coordinator Brandon Staley's defense never let Dak Prescott get comfortable (Aaron Donald was especially dominant in his SoFi Stadium debut), and Sean McVay gave his offense a different look in the first game of the post-Gurley era. Jared Goff kept the Dallas defense off balance with short throws and a quickened pace, completing passes to eight different targets while averaging nearly 9 yards per attempt. Malcolm Brown was the rushing star, with 79 yards and a pair of scores from close range. The Rams are back.

Yahoo!: 11th (17th)

The Rams hit Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott seven times on Sunday. Aaron Donald had four quarterback hits, the rest of the Rams had three combined. Take the time to appreciate Donald. It’s either Joe Greene or Donald for the title of greatest defensive tackle ever, and Donald is going to keep adding to his resume.

CBS: 12th (21st)

The best thing from their opening victory over the Cowboys had to be the defense. Limiting the Cowboys to 17 points was solid. Jared Goff got off to a good start as well.

Pro Football Talk: 13th (23rd)

Sean McVay got in trouble for not wearing a mask during the game. Given the way his team secured a win over Dallas, he probably should have worn a ski mask.

The Touchdown Wire: 8th (24th)

It wasn’t pretty, but the Rams christened SoFi Stadium with a 20-17 Sunday night win over the Cowboys. Sean McVay kept Jared Goff close to the sticks to counter what was an impressive Dallas pass rush, and Goff completed 20 of 31 passes for 275 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception. It was more about time of possession (the Rams had the ball for 35:38 in the game) and keeping Dallas’ potentially explosive offense off the field. It was also about this HIGHLY questionable offensive pass interference call on Cowboys receiver Michael Gallup late in the game (Jalen Ramsey sold it well), but the Cowboys had other opportunities, and they couldn’t take advantage.
Oh… and Aaron Donald is still Aaron Donald. Sheesh.

SI: 9th (17th)

I liked what I saw from the Rams’ offense Sunday night, even though they only came away with 20 points. I will also admit that I may have underrated them this offseason. The beauty of our anonymous poll was that you didn’t know where I rated anyone. But I wanted to be honest with you, reader. While we all rightfully focus on division games, the NFC has a deep pool of teams fighting for those seven playoff spots, and the Rams’ win over Dallas could prove to be very important come the end of the season.

USA Today: 14th (23rd)

DL Aaron Donald recorded a sack Sunday, something he'd done in Week 1 only one other time ... way back in 2015, when he was a St. Louis Ram.