Two weeks into the 2019 NFL season, only 10 of 32 teams remain unbeaten. One of those, the Lions, settled for a tie in their opener.
The biggest early surprise at 2-0 has to be Jimmy Garoppolo and the improved 49ers, who zoomed upward a dozen spots this week into the top 10 after The Post didn’t fully buy into their Week 1 road win over Tampa Bay.
Injuries to marquee quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees conversely resulted in the largest dips of the week.
1. Patriots, 2-0, (Last week: 1): Are you less shocked that Antonio Brown scored a touchdown in his Patriot debut, or that Bill Belichick and Tom Brady essentially deflected all queries about their new toy’s off-field legal issues afterward? New England has cruised through two games by a 76-3 margin with the winless Jets on deck this weekend.
2. Chiefs, 2-0, (3): Patrick Mahomes continues to resemble a video game cheat code, producing all 28 of Kansas City’s points against Oakland in a four-TD second quarter, all without WR Tyreek Hill (shoulder). The Rams have done nothing to warrant a demotion, but KC deserved to be moved up another notch ahead of Sunday’s early-season AFC test against Baltimore.
3. Rams, 2-0, (2): While knocking Brees out of the game with a thumb injury, Aaron Donald led an LA defense that held the high-powered Saints to 244 net yards in a 27-9 win, with negligible impact by Alvin Kamara. They remain the cream of the NFC crop entering Sunday night’s visit to Cleveland.
4. Ravens, 2-0, (4): Lamar Jackson’s rapid ascension into stardom continued when the second-year quarterback became the first player in NFL history with at least 250 yards passing (272) and 120 yards rushing (120) in the same game, a 23-17 win over No.1 overall pick Kyler Murray and the Cards. Jackson versus Mahomes shapes up as game of the day Sunday.
5. Cowboys, 2-0, (6): Dallas looks more legit each week, showing its pasting of the awful Giants in Week 1 was no fluke with a solid 31-21 win over Washington, another NFC East disaster. Dak Prescott’s extension price keeps soaring, with an .823 completion percentage and seven touchdowns (including one each week to Jason Witten) through two games. Dak has to be drooling over this week’s home matchup against Miami.
6. Seahawks, 2-0, (8): Russell Wilson’s bid for his eighth straight winning season to start his career with Seattle is off to a nice start. The $140 million quarterback threw for 300 yards and three TDs in Sunday’s 28-26 win over Pittsburgh, with New Orleans (minus Brees) coming to town.
7. Packers, 2-0, (12): It’s a Lambeau leap into the top 10 for Green Bay after its second straight tight win in what’s already shaping up to be a deep NFC North. Aaron Rodgers’ two early TD tosses and another first-half score on the ground by Aaron Jones proved to be enough for a playmaking defense to hold off the Vikings, 21-16, with a home game against Denver up next.
8. 49ers 2-0, (20): Our most sizable jump of the week goes to San Francisco, which has opened a season with consecutive road wins for the first time since 1989. Jimmy Garoppolo shouldn’t be anointed the next Joe Montana just yet, but Jimmy G tossed three TD passes and the Niners racked up 572 yards of offense in a 41-17 thumping of Cincinnati. San Fran returns home Sunday to face the 0-2 Steelers, with Roethlisberger (elbow surgery) out for the season.
9. Browns, 1-1, (13): Odell Beckham Jr. and his new team rebounded impressively from a blowout loss to Tennessee with Monday’s defensive-minded 23-3 win over the decimated Jets. OBJ broke a slant for an 89-yard touchdown in the third quarter of his return to MetLife Stadium to seal the game. They will play in prime time again Sunday night at home against the Rams, their first of five straight games against teams that have started 2-0.
10. Chargers, 1-1, (10): The Bolts barely hold steady at No. 10 despite a tough self-inflicted 13-10 loss Sunday in Detroit. Philip Rivers forced an ill-advised pick in the end zone in the closing minutes with LA already in field-goal range. Austin Ekeler (four TDs in two games) also had fumbled at the goal line earlier in the second half. The Chargers need to clean up those turnovers at home in Week 3 versus Houston.
11. Saints, 1-1, (5)
12. Falcons, 1-1, (17)
13. Eagles, 1-1 (7)
14. Titans, 1-1, (9)
15. Texans, 1-1 (11)
16. Vikings, 1-1, (15)
17. Bears, 1-1, (16)
18. Bills, 2-0, (19)
19. Lions, 1-0-1, (27)
20. Colts, 1-1, (26)
21. Buccaneers, 1-1, (31)
22. Panthers, 0-2, (18)
23. Steelers, 0-2, (14)
24. Raiders, 1-1, (21)
25. Broncos, 0-2, (22)
26. Redskins, 0-2, (23)
27. Cardinals, 0-1-1, (28)
28. Jets, 0-2, (24): The Giants aren’t the only New York team with a mounting quarterback issue. Sam Darnold missed “Monday Night Football” with mono, and backup Trevor Siemian departed in the first half with a leg injury. How does third-stringer Luke Falk facing Tom Brady and the Patriots this week sound to everyone?
29. Jaguars, 0-2, (25)
30. Bengals, 0-2, (29)
31. Giants, 0-2, (30): If not for the Dolphins and their 102-10 point differential, or the Giants of Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur would be the biggest mess in the league through two weeks. Even Shurmur can’t deny anymore that the inevitable transition from Eli Manning to rookie quarterback Daniel Jones has to be on the table.
32. Dolphins, 0-2, (32)
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