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NFL power rankings Week 2: Cardinals, Bengals, Patriots, Packers plummet after Week 1 losses

Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season is almost in the books and several teams made statements in their games, for good and bad.

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Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season is almost in the books and several teams made statements in their games, for good and bad.

There’s a new No. 1 in our NFL power rankings after the first week and a lot of shuffling in the order.

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Check out how we rank the 32 teams in the NFL heading into Week 2 of the 2022-23 season, from lowest to highest. Previous ranking in parenthesis.

NFL Week 2 picks, predictions:

32. New York Jets (28) – This team could still end up being much improved this season, but we didn’t like how it looked in a 24-9 loss to the Ravens. Perhaps Zach Wilson will help?

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31. Jacksonville Jaguars (29) – We think that Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars will get better, but they showed they have a long way to go in a 28-22 loss to the Commanders.

30. Atlanta Falcons (32) – We’re elevating Atlanta three spots after its 27-26 loss to the Saints in Week 1. This is a team that could give some teams fits this season.

29. Houston Texans (31) – The Texans tied the Colts in Week 1. That’s a victory for Houston in our book.

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28. New York Giants (30) – We were surprised the Giants were able to get a 21-20 win over the Titans in the season opener.

More: NFL Week 2 schedule, television information: How to watch Week 2 NFL games

27. Carolina Panthers (23) – The Panthers came very close to winning their season opener against the Browns in a 26-24 loss. They might have a lot of close losses this season.

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26. Seattle Seahawks (27) – Geno Smith and the Seahawks got an impressive 17-16 win over Russell Wilson and the Broncos on Monday night. Could this team surprise in 2022?

25. New England Patriots (13) – Yes, that’s a huge drop for New England, but the Patriots did not look good in a 20-7 loss to the Dolphins.

24. Tennessee Titans (19) – We thought we might have been down too much on the Titans before they lost to the Giants in Week 1. Now, we wonder if we weren’t down on them enough.

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23. Arizona Cardinals (16) – The Cardinals lost to the Chiefs, 44-21. Yes, they have some injuries, but they also have little depth to help mitigate those injuries.

NFL Week 2 odds:

22. Detroit Lions (24) – The Lions lost, but we’re moving them up a couple of spots for the way they stayed with the Eagles in a 38-35 loss. This team could surprise this season.

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21. Denver Broncos (21) – We’re going to keep the Broncos right here after their 17-16 loss to the Seahawks on Monday night. A loss in Week 2 to the Texans, however, would drop them considerably.

20. Las Vegas Raiders (14) – This team had a slow start against the Chargers in their 24-19 loss, but Davante Adams gives it a very dangerous weapon at all times on offense.

19. Chicago Bears (26) – We’re not quite sure what to make of the Bears after their 19-10 win over the 49ers, but we’re rewarding them for knocking off San Francisco.

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18. Cleveland Browns (25) – We didn’t think Cleveland would beat Carolina in Week 1, but they found a way to get a 26-24 win. Maybe we overestimated the impact of Deshaun Watson’s suspension.

More: NFL Week 2 picks, predictions: Who wins each Week 2 NFL game?

17. Dallas Cowboys (11) – Dallas looked awful in Week 1 and now has Dak Prescott’s injury looming over the team. It could get real ugly, real fast for the Cowboys after a 19-3 loss to the Buccaneers.

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16. Washington Commanders (22) – Maybe Carson Wentz and the Commanders can be a contender in 2022, although a 28-22 win over the Jaguars might not be overly impressive.

15. Indianapolis Colts (8) – This team is supposed to roll to the division title. A tie with the Texans in Week 1 is not the way to do that.

14. San Francisco 49ers (10) – We’re willing to give San Francisco a mulligan in the season opener. That game in Chicago was just weird. A Week 2 loss however would be devastating.

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13. Green Bay Packers (6) – Maybe losing your top wide receiver in the offseason is not a recipe for success? The Packers also lost in Week 1 last season in embarrassing fashion, however.

More: Super Bowl 57 odds: Betting odds for every NFL team to win 2022-2023 Super Bowl

12. Pittsburgh Steelers (20) – Maybe we underestimated the Steelers in Week 1. This defense is special, although T.J. Watt’s injury could be devastating.

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11. Cincinnati Bengals (3) – The Bengals appeared to be suffering from a Super Bowl loss hangover in Week 1, but did rally to force overtime against Pittsburgh. No reasons for huge concerns yet.

10. New Orleans Saints (18) – The Saints rallied to defeat the Falcons in Week 1, 27-26 and Taysom Hill continued to do Taysom Hill things under a new coach.

9. Minnesota Vikings (17) – Justin Jefferson is just special. Perhaps teams should try to stop him? It looked like the Packers weren’t in the Vikings’ 23-7 win over Green Bay.

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8. Miami Dolphins (15) – Tua Tagovailoa is key for Miami this season, but the Dolphins’ defense could also play a big role like it did in a 20-7 win over the Patriots.

7. Baltimore Ravens (12) – Lamar Jackson is so difficult to defend and so dynamic, as demonstrated in a 24-9 win over the Jets.

6. Philadelphia Eagles (9) – The Eagles edged the Lions, 38-35. Jalen Hurts and the offense could put up a lot of points this season.

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Kliff Kingsbury’s Arizona Cardinals did not get off to a good start in Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season.

5. Los Angeles Rams (1) – Yes, the Rams are 0-1, but this team is loaded and they faced a tough, motivated Bills team in Week 1.

4. Los Angeles Chargers (7) – Is Justin Herbert ready to take the next step this season? He’s been taking huge steps each season and a 24-19 win over the Raiders was a nice start for Los Angeles.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5) – The Buccaneers’ defense held the Cowboys to three points in a 19-3 win. That’s a good sign going forward. Is Tampa Bay the NFC favorite?

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2. Kansas City Chiefs (4) – Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs still have a lot of weapons and they still have Andy Reid as coach, as demonstrated in a 44-21 win over the Cardinals.

1. Buffalo Bills (2) – This team knocked off the defending champions in Los Angeles in Week 1 and looked really good in doing so. That makes them the team to beat in the NFL right now in our book.

What changed?: NFL power rankings before Week 1: Los Angeles Rams, Buffalo Bills open NFL season at top

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: NFL power rankings Week 2: Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs at top

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