NFL Power Rankings, Week 2: Cowboys in Trouble After Dak Prescott Injury

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With Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season in the gamebooks, here’s a look at the updated NFL power rankings. Below, we list the league’s 32 teams in order of their chances to win Super Bowl 57 in February.

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The longest futures odds from DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, and PointsBet are listed beside each team.

1. Buffalo Bills (+500 at multiple sportsbooks)

(Previous week No. 1)

Buffalo remains the unanimous choice to win Super Bowl 57 and its odds shortened considerably from +650 after its 31-10 road win against the defending champion Los Angeles Rams last Thursday. The Bills’ defense, ranked first in the league last year, apparently hasn’t slipped. Buffalo intercepted Matthew Stafford three times and sacked him on seven occasions, with ex-Ram Von Miller getting two. The Bills will face another big test Sunday night against last year’s top seed in the AFC, the Tennessee Titans.

2. Tampa Bay Bucs (+750 DraftKings)

(Previous No. 2)

Just like the Bills, Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl odds also shortened from +900 with their 19-3 prime-time road win against the Dallas Cowboys last week. RB Leonard Fournette was especially dynamic with 127 rushing yards to go with QB Tom Brady working with his talented receiving corps. And even before Dallas QB Dak Prescott injured his thumb, the Bucs dominated on defense, holding the Cowboys to eight first downs in their final nine non-kneel-down possessions. With a game in the Superdome against the New Orleans Saints next and then three straight at home, Tampa Bay has a chance to pull away early in its relatively weak division.

3. Kansas City Chiefs (+800 DraftKings)

(Previous No. 5)

The chatter after Kansas City walloped the Arizona Cardinals in the desert 44-21 is that the Chiefs won’t be missing ex-WR star Tyreek Hill, who’s now in Miami. That could very well be true after Patrick Mahomes threw for five TDs and the Chiefs had 33 first downs, more than they had in any game of their 2019 Super Bowl season. And the defense held Arizona and QB Kyler Murray to seven points until garbage time. Now KC gets to enhance its status as the powerhouse of the AFC West thanks to Week 1 losses by Denver and Las Vegas.

4. LA Chargers (+1300 DraftKings, FanDuel, PointsBet)

(Previously No. 3)

A big question entering this season was the Chargers’ run defense. On Sunday, not only did LA hold visiting Las Vegas to 64 ground yards, it intercepted Derek Carr three times in holding onto a 24-19 victory. But injuries (WR Keenan Allen – hamstring, CB J.C.Jackson – ankle) are knocking down LA’s rank this week before their road game in Kansas City on Thursday.

5. LA Rams (+1600 PointsBet)

(Previously No. 7)

A big “uh-oh!” in SoFi was heard throughout SoCal after the Rams’ lopsided loss to the Bills. But, LA was a 2.5-point underdog, so the loss wasn’t entirely unexpected. Just the margin. And Is Matthew Stafford’s elbow really sound after that offseason surgery? And is the running game as inept as it appeared last Thursday? The Rams get a chance to heal their bodies and their psyches with upcoming games against Atlanta and Arizona.

6. Cincinnati Bengals (+2600 FanDuel)

(Previous No. 6)

On the surface, the Bengals’ 23-20 home loss to Pittsburgh last week was horrible and gave fuel to the Super Bowl loser’s hangover trend. But it was somewhat remarkable that Cincinnati took it to the wire despite a minus-5 turnover differential. Alas, a refurbished offensive line failed to protect Joe Burrow, the most-sacked QB last season, allowing seven QB traps and contributing to his four INTs and lost fumble. But the defense was fabulous, holding the Steelers to a Week 1-low 172 yards in regulation.

7. Minnesota Vikings (+2500 DraftKings)

(Previously No. 11)

The Vikings, whose Super Bowl odds plummeted from +4000, came through with a solid victory over defending NFC North champions Green Bay in Week 1, 23-7, but the Vikings had better not let that win go to their heads. As expected, Green Bay played without both starting offensive tackles, which resulted in QB Aaron Rodgers being harassed and bruised. But what was impressive was WR Justin Jefferson having 184 receiving yards from QB Kirk Cousins against a stout Packers secondary. A game Monday night in Philly will be a litmus test.

8. Baltimore Ravens (+1800 BetMGM)

(Previously No. 8)

The Ravens’ 24-9 Week 1 victory over the Jets is somewhat misleading in that Baltimore was held to only 13 first downs, fewer than in any of their games last year even when QB Lamar Jackson was out for most of the team’s season-ending six-game losing streak. The running game was particularly crummy, averaging 3.0 yards on 21 carries. But Baltimore’s secondary, which allowed the most passing yards in 2021, showed improvement in part because of the return of star CB Marlon Humphrey. But then again, the Ravens were going against QB Joe Flacco.

9. Philadelphia Eagles (+1600 DraftKings, PointsBet)

(Previously No. 15)

The Eagles used their winning formula from last year to get past host Detroit 38-35 on Sunday, with 216 ground yards, the sixth time since in the past 12 games they’ve exceeded 200. That’s a stretch, incidentally, that began with a 246-yard game in Detroit in Week 8 last year. Also, a big boost came from offseason acquisition A.J. Brown from Tennessee, who caught 10 of 13 targeted throws from Jalen Hurts for 155 yards. That’s huge. But that defense needs work after allowing the Lions to run wild and close a 38-21 gap to three points in the closing minutes.

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10. San Francisco 49ers (+2500 PointsBet)

(Previously No. 4)

The 49ers, at +1700 last week, had a dud of an opener at mushy Soldier Field as a touchdown favorite, blowing a 10-0 halftime lead in a defeat in Chicago in which they lost top RB Elijah Mitchell for two months with an MCL sprain. And with standout TE George Kittle wrestling with a groin strain and second-year QB Trey Lance continuing to wrestle with accuracy, that’s trouble. Jimmy Garoppolo had better keep his arm warm.

11. Indianapolis Colts (+3000 PointsBet)

(Previously No. 9)

Let’s give the Colts a mulligan. They were seven-point favorites to win in Week 1 against the Texans and surely screwed up survivor pools for a lot of contestants with their 20-20 tie in Houston. But Indy’s comeback from a 20-3 deficit in the fourth quarter shows the team has a winning pulse. Plus, Indy’s 0-0-1 start this season is its best in the past nine seasons, so pop the corks. But new QB Matt Ryan had better get a better handle on the ball. His four fumbles last week (one lost) matched the most by anyone in 2021.

12. Miami Dolphins (+3000 DraftKings, PointsBet)

(Previously No. 16)

The Dolphins gave rookie coach Mike McDaniel a win in his debut against six-time Super Bowl champion boss Bill Belichick, 20-7, but Miami fans shouldn’t get too heady. The Dolphins scored only one offensive touchdown and benefited from a plus-3 turnover margin. The newly built and widely heralded running game averaged only 2.8 yards a carry and the defense didn’t look that great in allowing the Patriots to go 92 yards in 15 plays to a touchdown. But it was still a win over a division rival it likely will battle for a wild-card berth.

13. Green Bay Packers (+1500 PointsBet)

(Previously No. 13)

For the second consecutive season, Green Bay opened with a major defeat, this time to the Vikings, 23-7. Last year the Packers were smeared 38-3 by New Orleans but came back to win their next seven games, going 7-0 ATS in the process, en route to earning the NFC’s top seed. If that’s to happen this year, it will be without WR Davante Adams (to Las Vegas), who was second in the league with 123 catches last year.

14. Tennessee Titans (+5000 PointsBet)

(Previously No. 12)

Let’s keep the panic button under wraps after the Titans’ 21-20 home loss to the lowly Giants. Last year, Tennessee had two such stunning upset losses — to the Jets and Texans — and still was the AFC’s top seed. But there must be just a little concern about the effectiveness of RB Derrick Henry, who led the league in rushing in 2019-20. In his past four games, dating to last year, he’s averaged 3.0 yards on 98 carries. Until QB Ryan Tannehill becomes more of a passing threat, that might not change.

15. Denver Broncos (+2500 PointsBet)

(Previously No. 14)

After Monday night’s 17-16 loss in Seattle, Broncos rookie coach Nathaniel Hackett was being second-guessed for his decision to attempt a 64-yard field goal for the win instead of letting zillion-dollar QB Russell Wilson throw on fourth-and-5 from the Seattle 46. Hackett even second-guessed himself. But the real story was Denver twice fumbling away the ball inside the Seahawks’ 1 in the second half. Hats off to the Denver defense, though, which responded in a big way in the second half, holding Seattle to 44 yards. That’s hope for down the line.

16. Cleveland Browns (+4000 DraftKings, PointsBet)

(Previously No. 17)

For only the second time since the new Browns were born in 1999, the team is in search of a second consecutive victory to open the season thanks to their 26-24 comeback win at Carolina in the final seconds. Cleveland QB Jacoby Brissett, filling in until Deshaun Watson is eligible to return in Game 12, wasn’t anything special in going 18-34-0 with one TD throw, but RB Nick Chubb was a load, rushing for 141 yards on 22 carries. That ground game helped Cleveland have almost a 17-minute edge in time of possession. That’s a winning formula.

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17. Las Vegas Raiders (+5000 DraftKings, PointsBet, BetMGM)

(Previously No. 18)

The Raiders came close to rallying past the vaunted Chargers in LA despite all but ignoring their running game (13 carries) and Derek Carr throwing three INTs and getting sacked five times. Vegas didn’t waste time either in getting ex-Packers WR Davante Adams into the mix after he sat out all of the exhibition season, targeting him a Week 1-high 17 times for 10 catches, 141 yards, and a TD. Other receivers combined had only 18 targets, so Carr might look to spread the wealth if he wants Adams not to be double- and triple-covered all the time.

18. New Orleans Saints (+3500 DraftKings, PointsBet)

(Previously No. 21)

The Saints were bailed out by a 51-yard field goal vs. the Falcons last week with 19 seconds left, helping them to their fifth straight win in Atlanta, 27-26. According to Jeff Duncan of Nola.com, New Orleans’ comeback from a 16-point hole was the team’s biggest fourth-quarter rally in history, which dates to 1967. But let’s hold off on the back-slapping. Last season, QB Jameis Winston opened with five TD throws and no INTs vs. Green Bay in Week 1. The next week that ratio was 0/2 at Carolina.

19. Washington Commanders (+6000 FanDuel)

(Previously No. 22)

Washington’s new quarterback, Carson Wentz, walked off the field with a big smile after rallying the Commanders to victory over Jacksonville, throwing four TD passes but also heaving two late INTs. But falling behind the visiting Jaguars to begin with wasn’t great. With Dallas’ shortcomings, Washington seemingly is alive in the NFC East, which it won two years ago with a 7-9 record, marking the second time coach Ron Rivera took a team to the playoffs with a sub .500 ledger.

20. Arizona Cardinals (+5000 PointsBet, BetMGM)

(Previously No. 19)

The Cardinals picked up where they left off last year, with a gruesome performance in a 44-21 home loss to Kansas City which wasn’t as close as the score might indicate. Sort of like last season’s 34-11 wild-card loss to the Rams. Not only was QB Kyler Murray largely ineffective, but so was the defense. In one midgame stretch, KC outscored Arizona 23-0 while allowing the Cardinals only two first downs. And for those keeping track, Arizona WR DeAndre Hopkins’ suspension has five games to go.

21. Carolina Panthers (+15000 at all sites)

(Previously No. 23)

Can’t punish a Panthers team that would have defeated Cleveland if not for a 58-yard Browns FG with eight seconds left last week. But we can punish them for a lackluster running game that averaged 2.8 yards on 19 carries, including only 33 yards by sometimes healthy Christian McCaffrey. New QB Baker Mayfield said after Sunday’s loss that the Super Bowl is in February, apparently hinting Carolina will be in the mix. We’ll see.

22. New England Patriots (+8000 PointsBet)

(Previously No. 20)

Maybe the Patriots needed even more time acclimating to the heat in Miami after arriving at midweek for their Week 1 meeting. They not only lost 20-7, but QB Mac Jones hurt his back, but he’s expected to play this week at Pittsburgh. New England receivers didn’t seem to get much separation to get the offense going and now Jones and his crew will go up against a Steelers defense that intercepted Joe Burrow four times.

23. Dallas Cowboys (+5000 FanDuel, PointsBet)

(Previously No. 10)

The Cowboys are really in trouble now, with their odds leaping from +2000 only a few days ago. At first, it was their depleted receiving corp. Then late in camp, star OLT Tyron Smith was lost with a knee injury. Now QB Dak Prescott will be out a guesstimated four to eight weeks after surgery on his right (passing) thumb.

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Dak Prescott injury has the Cowboys falling down our NFL power rankings (AP Photo/Matt Patterson)

In the meantime, Dallas will be relying on backup QB Cooper Rush, who didn’t even make the final cut in August before being reclaimed.

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24. Pittsburgh Steelers (+7000 DraftKings)

(Previously No. 24)

Pump the brakes on these guys. Sure, they upset the defending AFC champ Bengals 23-20 in OT on the road, BUT if not for a blocked extra point at the end of regulation and a 29-yard FG try in OT that was hooked left by Cincinnati, Pittsburgh would have lost despite a plus-five turnover edge. No team since 2007 (Buffalo vs. Dallas) has lost with such an advantage. Plus, the Steelers’ defense will be without T.J. Watt (pec), last year’s sack leader, likely till at least late October. And the offense?

25. Detroit Lions (+18000 FanDuel)

(Previously No. 25)

Since their 0-10-1 start last season, the Lions have played with a lot more spunk under high-octane coach Dan Campbell, including their 38-35 home loss to Philadelphia on Sunday, a team forecasted to win the NFC East. QB Jared Goff was far from special but the running game was, totaling 181 yards on 28 carries, including a career-best 144 yards by D’Andre Swift. And get this: Detroit is a favorite this week by 2.5 points (DraftKings) at home vs. Washington. The last time the Lions were the betting choice was Week 10 two seasons ago, by 2.5 points at home over Washington.

26. NY Giants (+13000 DraftKings)

(Previously No. 26)

Well, the Giants won’t start the season 0-2 for the sixth straight season after their stirring 21-20 win at Tennessee with a two-point conversion with 1:06 left. And now they begin a cushy three-game homestand against Carolina, Dallas (without Dak Prescott), and then Chicago. RB Saquon Barkley probably never looked better in rushing for 164 yards on 18 carries Sunday. But to throw an ocean of cold water on the team’s performance, NYG gave up five sacks on only 26 drop-backs by QB Daniel Jones.

27. Seattle Seahawks (+20000 PointsBet)

(Previously No. 30)

Seattle has the longest odds for any team that’s 1-0 in the standings. Monday night’s nail-biting victory over visiting Denver and its ex-QB Russell Wilson might be the team’s highlight of the season. The Broncos’ radio voices commented that Seattle’s new starting QB, Geno Smith, was having the game of his life. Yikes! He only threw for 195 yards and two TDs. Plus, one thing hasn’t changed: the Seahawks’ ability to control the ball. Last year, they ran the fewest offensive plays. Ditto for Week 1, with only 49 snaps.

28. Houston Texans (+41000 FanDuel)

(Previously No. 31)

Houston’s 20-20 tie at home with division rival Indianapolis was one of the surprise results considering the Colts are the favorite to win the AFC South and the Texans figured to finish last. This performance behind new, old coach Lovie Smith, 64, might not be a fluke. In Week 16 last year while Smith was the team’s defensive coordinator, Houston forced three turnovers in staggering the 13-point favorite LA Chargers, 41-29. More surprises are likely in store.

29. Chicago Bears (+13000 DraftKings)

(Previously No. 28)

Give a pay hike to the coach or player whose halftime speech helped inspire the Bears to rally from an extremely dismal 10-0 halftime deficit to a 19-10 win over NFC West power, San Francisco. But don’t throw a parade for second-year QB Justin Fields, who couldn’t hit a tight end or wide receiver until the second half. Two cheers for the defense, too, although it was only facing shaky second-year QB Trey Lance.

30. Atlanta Falcons (+41000 FanDuel)

(Previously No. 29)

In half the league games last week, a team blew a double-digit lead. Even Buffalo did so against the Rams on Thursday. But this one was especially crushing against archrival New Orleans at home, squandering a 26-10 edge and losing on a late, late field goal. As one TV analyst commented, the 28-3 jokes are returning. One thing is for sure, the Falcons had better keep RB/WR Cordarrelle Patterson healthy.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (+18000 FanDuel)

(Previously No. 27)

It didn’t take long for the Jaguars’ preseason odds to jump from +13000. First-year coach Doug Pederson’s Jaguars showed promise on defense, forcing three turnovers in a six-possession stretch against Washington in Week 1, but then faded in a big way in allowing 78- and 90-yard TD drives in the fourth quarter in a 28-22 loss to Pederson’s former QB in Philly, Carson Wentz. And for crying out loud, what’s with those 13 penalties!?

32. NY Jets (+41000 FanDuel)

(Previously No. 32)

A lot of bottom-rung teams gave their fans at least a glimmer of hope in Week 1. Not the Jets, though, with 37-year-old backup Joe Flacco throwing 57 times against Baltimore for 4.8 a drop-back. Starter Zach Wilson (knee) can’t get back fast enough. Coach Robert Saleh has said he doesn’t expect him in the lineup till about Week 4.

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Bob Christ, based in New Mexico, has been a gaming writer (primarily the NFL) for almost four decades, with his work appearing in publications/websites across North America. He's a big fan of the Arkansas Razorbacks, Philadelphia's Eagles and Phillies, and inexplicably the NHL's Winnipeg Jets.

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