NFL Power Rankings: Ready to defend

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New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) celebrates his touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

JACKSONVILLE – Senior writer John Oehser's pre-Week 2 2020 NFL power rankings. And we all know how important these are …

Rank.Team (record) | Prev. | Comment

1.Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) | 1 | Looking very ready to defend

2.Baltimore Ravens (1-0) | 2 | Looking very ready to challenge Chiefs

3.New Orleans Saints (1-0) | 4 | Early favorite in the NFC

4.Green Bay Packers (1-0) | 5 | Because he's Aaron Rodgers …

5.Seattle Seahawks (1-0) | 6 | Because he's Russell Wilson …

6.Buffalo Bills (1-0) | 9 | Total domination in impressive opener

7.Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) | 12 | Solid, methodical … and Big Ben's back

8.New England Patriots (1-0) | 13 | Their demise perhaps was greatly overexaggerated

9.Tennessee Titans (1-0) | 10 | A victory is a victory is a victory …

10.Los Angeles Rams (1-0) | 18 | Defense could make them contenders

11.Chicago Bears (1-0) | 20 | Huge second-half comeback in Week 1 victory

12.Las Vegas Raiders (1-0) | 21 | Early effective offense bodes well for the season

13.Arizona Cardinals (1-0) | 23 | Future looking bright in the desert

14.San Francisco 49ers (0-1) | 3 | Runner-up hangover begins?

15.Minnesota Vikings (0-1) | 8 | Surprisingly uncompetitive against the 'Pack

16.Los Angeles Chargers (1-0) | 25 | Post-Philip Rivers era opens in shaky – and winning – fashion

17.Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0) | 28 | So much for the season of the tank

18.Houston Texans (0-1) | 7 | Rough primetime start versus the champs

19.Washington Football Team (1-0) | 31 | Stunning comeback victory in Game 1 of Ron Rivera era

20.Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) | 11 | Brady, Fournette era opens with a thud

21.Philadelphia Eagles (0-1) | 14 | Offensive line injuries too much to overcome

22.Dallas Cowboys (0-1) | 15 | Close games still a problem for Big D

23.Indianapolis Colts (0-1) | 16 | Lost four leads in loss in Jacksonville

24.Atlanta Falcons (0-1) | 17 | Big day for Matt Ryan, tough loss for the team

25.Denver Broncos (0-1) | 22 | Had a big season-opening victory – and then they didn't

26.New York Jets (0-1) | 24 | Dismal start for Gang Green

27.Miami Dolphins (0-1) | 26 | Still young, still not ready to beat New England

28.New York Giants (0-1) | 27 | Some decent signs for Big Blue on Monday

29.Carolina Panthers (0-1) | 29 | A lot of resilience in first game of a new era

30.Cleveland Browns (0-1) | 19 | Oof

31.Detroit Lions (0-1) | 30 | Brutal start to a critical season for Matt Patricia and Co.

32.Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) | 32 | Not a bad start for Burrow, but not a victory

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