NFL Power Rankings 2020: Arizona Cardinals Crack The Top 10

2020 Record: 2-0

For about three quarters, Patrick Mahomes struggled against the Chargers defense. They made some timely stops and grinding out their way to an overtime win.

Baltimore Ravens2. Baltimore Ravens

2020 Record: 2-0

Baltimore hung up another 30+ points this week and beat a Houston team that has a very good offense. The defense shut down Deshaun Watson which is not easy to do.

Seattle Seahawks

2020 Record: 2-0

Russell Wilson continues to put on a show as he has nine touchdowns in the first two weeks of the season. With the weapons around him, the Seahawks is certainly one of the elite offenses but the defense struggled to get any pressure going.

2020 Record: 1-0

While Drew Brees is looking a bit older, the Saints took care of business on both sides of the ball. The Michael Thomas ankle injury is something to watch, but it sounds like it is not as serious as it could have been.

Buffalo Bills

2020 Record: 2-0

While it was the Miami Dolphins, Josh Allen looked great, as did the defense. The Bills have plenty of weapons on the offensive side and one of the best secondaries in the game.

Green Bay Packers

2020 Record: 2-0

Last week it was Davante Adams and Aaron Rodgers putting on a show, this week it was Aaron Jones. The Packers handled this one comfortably but will have their first test next week against the Saints.

Pittsburgh Steelers

2020 Record: 2-0

The Steelers desperately tried to give this game away in the second half as the offense fell flat. This Steelers defense continues to be a problem for opposing offenses.

New England Patriots

8. New England Patriots

2020 Record: 1-1

This was a tough game for New England but we saw a lot in this loss to Seattle. Cam Newton can still be more than just a running quarterback. However, the defense struggled against an early MVP front-running, Russell Wilson.

Los Angeles Rams

2020 Record: 2-0

There isn’t much spotlight on the Rams right now and they might be enjoying that. Defensively they played well again and the offense put up 30+ on a decent defense.

Arizona Cardinals

2020 Record: 2-0

The Cardinals are now 2-0 and Kyler Murray is a real problem for NFL defenses. Now Washington isn’t much of an offensive threat, but the defense continued to play well today.

Dallas Cowboys

2020 Record: 1-1

Dallas didn’t impress me for much of the game, but Dak Prescott led this team back down the stretch. There is a lot to clean up in Dallas but this division is certainly making it forgiving for them to figure things out.

Tennessee Titans

2020 Record: 2-0

It was another close win for Tennessee and I have some questions about the defense. Offensively they are moving the ball well through the air, even without AJ Brown.

2020 Record: 1-1

We knew the 49ers would get back in the win column this week but they lost Nick Bosa, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Raheem Mostert. Bosa is done for the season which is a major hit on the defensive side.

Los Angeles Chargers

2020 Record: 1-1

Justin Herbert was a surprise start with Tyrod Taylor scratched and the Chargers nearly pulled off a big upset. This team is strong, they have plenty of weapons offensively and the defense is also stacked.

Chicago Bears

2020 Record: 2-0

The Bears are 2-0 and while it isn’t pretty football this team is grinding their way to some wins early on. Defensively this game was more what the Bears like but David Montgomery was a bright spot in the offense.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2020 Record: 1-1

The bounceback week occurred as expected, but the offense still has some work to do. The defense was the most impressive part of this game being able to limit the Panthers for most of this one.

Indianapolis Colts

2020 Record: 1-1

It was the Colts defense that stood tall in this one and forced multiple turnovers. Jonathan Taylor hit the 100-yard mark on the ground, but injuries overshadow this one with Malik Hooker and Parris Campbell going down.

Houston Texans

2020 Record: 0-2

The Houston Texans have a brutal start to the season facing Kansas City and Baltimore in back-to-back weeks. Pittsburgh is now next and the Texans might be a winless team heading into Week 4.

Cleveland Browns

2020 Record: 1-1

This is one of the few times the Browns have looked great moving the ball. They will have a chance to keep it going against Washington in Week 3. This will be a spot where the defense can rebound after two pedestrian performances.

Atlanta Falcons

2020 Record: 0-2

Raise your hand if you have seen this before. Atlanta was well in control of this game up until the last two minutes. They blew another multi-score lead and this defense once again let up a crooked number.

Philadelphia Eagles

2020 Record: 0-2

Philadelphia’s injury concerns are partly to blame here, but Carson Wentz has also not played well. Defensively they have some issues to clean up but have the Bengals coming to town to help get things under control.

Oakland Raiders

2020 Record: 1-0

The Las Vegas offense looked great to start the season, and Josh Jacobs was a workhorse to make it go. The defense remains the biggest question mark with a lot of young names and it doesn’t get easier against New Orleans.

Minnesota Vikings

2020 Record: 0-2

The freefall in Minnesota continues as they were hammered in Indy. Kirk Cousins played the worst game of his career and the defense once again showing they are in the midst of a major rebuild.

Jacksonville Jaguars

2020 Record: 1-1

Jacksonville was not able to pull off this come from behind win but once again this team showed it can compete. The tanking for Trevor Lawrence won’t be in Jacksonville if they continue to play like this.

2020 Record: 1-1

Washington had a much tougher time defending a team with a healthy offensive line. This game also showed us that Washington’s offense is in dire need of a playmaker.

Denver Broncos

2020 Record: 0-2

The injuries are going to make it tough on the Denver Broncos. Drew Lock is out the next few weeks and they have lost key playmakers. Despite that, the Broncos now have two one-possession losses on the season.

Carolina Panthers

27. Carolina Panthers

2020 Record: 0-2

We knew the defense was going to have trouble this season, so that was a given. This was another close loss for the Panthers and it shows they are not too far behind.

Detroit Lions

2020 Record: 0-2

Coming off a dreadful Week 1 letdown the Lions failed to show up to Lambeau. Defensively this team struggled to stop the run and were inconsistent on the offensive side.

New York Giants

2020 Record: 0-2

The year is going to get a lot tougher with Saquon Barkley tearing his ACL. It was another tight game and the Giants had their chances but overall the offense struggled to beat a top defense.

Cincinnati Bengals

2020 Record: 0-2

The Bengals may be 0-2 but they have looked better with Joe Burrow under center. Defensively they are going to need a lot of work and the offensive line only lets them go as far, but it is an improvement.

Miami Dolphins

2020 Record: 0-2

Miami was able to keep both their games close this week and had stretches where they looked decent. Overall this team still has a long way to go and Tua Time is still waiting.

New York Jets

2020 Record: 0-2

Injuries continue to hurt the Jets but it likely isn’t making much difference in the win column. Defensively this team has given up back-to-back big games and the offense has struggled to move the ball.

How Are Power Rankings Calculated?

Being in the offseason, we take 2019 success into consideration a bit, but also the moves that are being made over the offseason. Teams will be looking to bolster their team through the draft and free agency. This can have a negative or positive effect if teams are losing key pieces to what has made them so successful over the last few years. During the season, power rankings are calculated by success and also their efficiency on the field. The strength of schedule plays a key factor as well. If you’re cramming for your fantasy football draft, don’t miss the Lineups 2020 fantasy football rankings pages.

How Much Do Teams Move Weekly?

The weekly movement is going to vary from site to site in terms of their power ranking. They will also factor in different things. Now if a team loses and their starting quarterback goes down with an injury, the slide might be further. Losing and winning streaks will have a big advantage in the movement, but also the strength of the team’s wins and weakness of their losses. A loss to the Dolphins is a lot different from a loss to the Chiefs, and the same can be said for wins. Close and blowout wins/losses also play a part in the weekly movement. A higher tier team dropping a close one isn’t going to move them too far down. A middle-tier team getting a big win could bump them up a few spots.

  
Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

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