We are back with The Ringer’s NFL Power Rankings as we close the books on Week 2 of the 2022 season.
The Cincinnati Bengals are in a surprising free fall after losing outright as favorites in back-to-back weeks.
Maybe their Week 1 loss to Pittsburgh was a special-teams-induced fluke, but in Week 2 they suffered a complete
offensive and defensive meltdown against the Dallas Cowboys and backup quarterback Cooper Rush. Then there’s Miami and Philadelphia
, a pair of surprising 2-0 teams who won big in Week 2 and are among the biggest risers. Check out the rest of my updated power rankings below as I try to sift through all of the chaos that is THIS LEAGUE.
The Best of the Best 1. Buffalo Bills (2-0, last week’s ranking: 1) 2. Kansas City Chiefs (2-0, last week: 2)
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0, last week: 3) 4. Los Angeles Chargers (1-1, last week: 4) Spotlight: Chiefs Are Both Lucky and Good
Patrick Mahomes has been pretty spectacular this season: He’s leading the league in passer rating (127.9, well above his career rating of 106.5),
is tied for the league lead in touchdown passes (seven) and he’s second in the league behind Josh Allen in EPA per dropback, according to TruMedia. But he’s also been quite lucky.
On Thursday, Chargers cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. dropped two interceptions (one of which was initially ruled a pick but controversially
overturned upon review) and two other potential Mahomes interceptions were negated by defensive penalties.
According to Pro Football Focus’s charting, 24 different quarterbacks through Sunday’s games have logged at least two turnover-worthy plays.
Mahomes, who has recorded four through two games, is the only QB other than Dallas’s Cooper Rush (who made his first start of the season on Sunday) without an actual turnover.