Matt Tabeek's Wildly Important NFL Power Rankings: Jaguars take top spot, Falcons jump into top 10

Tabeek Power 9-18

Well, that didn’t take long. Two weeks into the 2018 NFL season and my entire top 10 has been turned upside down and inside out. While something tells me that some of the teams that have slid some will eventually work their way back up, for now my Wildly Important NFL Power Rankings are what they are – a reflection of an unpredictable start to this season.

The Jaguars (2-0) now sit atop these rankings, and that’s what happens when you knock off the previously No. 2 team in a rematch of last year’s AFC title game. The Patriots (1-1) slide some, but not out of the top 10. The Rams (2-0) jump from the fourth spot to No. 2 after obliterating the Cardinals (0-2) 34-0 in Los Angeles.

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The Eagles (1-1), the previous No. 1 team and defending Super Bowl champs, ran into some FitzMagic in Tampa Bay and dropped to No. 6 this week. Speaking of the Buccaneers (2-0), they jump for the second consecutive week – up seven spots to No. 8 this week.

And finally, the Falcons (1-1) rebounded with a big home win over the Panthers (1-1) and jump two spots up and back into the top 10. And speaking of the top 10, the Steelers (0-1-1) continue to tumble, falling this week all the way down to No. 18 after getting drilled by Patrick Mahomes and the third-ranked Chiefs (2-0). The only two teams not to move this week are the Chargers and Broncos. You can check out the rest of my rankings below:

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RANK TEAM TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS (Sept. 11)
1 Jaguars (2-0) Repeat after me: The Jaguars have the best defense in the league. They’ll go as Blake Bortles goes. 3
2 Rams (2-0) Wade Phillips says he likes donuts and I got a feeling he’s going to get more than his fair share. 4
3 Chiefs (2-0) I loved Patrick Mahomes coming out of Texas Tech and he’s tapping into the potential we all saw. 7
4 Vikings (1-0-1) Speaking of great defenses, the Vikings have a great one, too. Still the favorite to win the NFC North. 5
5 Packers (1-0-1) One good leg or not, the Packers always have a chance with Aaron Rodgers on the field. Amazing. 8
6 Eagles (1-1) They’re a good team as we all know, but they’re on another level with Carson Wentz. They need him. 1
7 Patriots (1-1) Nothing to be ashamed of in a hard-fought loss to the Jags. It’ll be interesting to see how Josh Gordon meshes. 2
8 Buccaneers (2-0) All we can do is sit back and watch the magic that is Ryan Fitzpatrick. Enjoy it while it lasts, Bucs fans. 15
9 Bengals (2-0) All the Andy Dalton haters are in his disbelief right now. Tough, get used to it. He’s got weapons around him again. 13
10 Falcons (1-1) The Falcons offense got back in gear and it’s always a thing of beauty when it’s humming. Big test coming up. 12
11 Saints (1-1) I still can’t figure out what’s going on in New Orleans; Saints seem out of sync. They still have lots of talent. 17
12 Panthers (1-1) It’s the Cam and Christian Show on offense because they have no deep threat. They need Olsen back, too. 6
13 Dolphins (2-0) Seem too low for a 2-0 team? Maybe, but I’m just not convinced the Dolphins are that good yet. 19
14 Chargers (1-1) They got back on track against the Bills, which is probably something every team will say after playing Buffalo this year. 14
15 Bears (1-1) They have parts, especially on defense. Mitchell Trubisky needs to be better if they’re going to challenge in the North. 20
16 Cowboys (1-1) OK, so Dak Prescott can throw a deep ball when he needs to. Got it. They still need help at receiver. Hi, Dez! 25
17 Seahawks (0-2) They’re the best 0-2 team in my rankings but only the second- or third-best team in their division right now. 23
18 Steelers (0-1-1) This team has some issues off the field that are affecting what’s happening on it. That’s the perception anyway. 9
19 Ravens (1-1) They looked good against Buffalo in Week 1 and then … oh, never mind. Jury is still out on the Ravens. 10
20 Jets (1-1) They fell back to earth, but I still really like what I’m seeing from Sam Darnold (despite the growing pains). 11
21 Broncos (2-0) I’m waiting for the wheels to fall off. They squeaked by Oakland and stay at 21 until I’m convinced otherwise. 21
22 Titans (1-1) Mike Vrabel picked up his first win as head coach. Congrats, enjoy it. The Jaguars are up next. 24
23 49ers (1-1) Jimmy G and Co. got back into the win column, but we’ll learn a lot about them this week against the Chiefs. 28
24 Colts (1-1) Andrew Luck didn’t play his best football and the Colts still won easily. That says something to me. 29
25 Browns (0-1-1) Man, how can you not feel a little something for this team? It’s the little things that are hurting them. 22
26 Redskins (1-1) I thought the Redskins might be the worst team in the NFC East this year, but not quite … 18
27 Giants (0-2) ... That honor goes to the Giants. That offensive line is well, offensive. 26
28 Texans (0-2) Yes, Deshaun Watson is a good quarterback, but what was he doing on that last play of the game again? 16
29 Raiders (0-2) It’s been a rough return to the NFL for Jon Gruden. They’ve been (mostly) competitive in their first two games. 30
30 Lions (0-2) And speaking of rough starts to the season, can Matt Patricia’s coaching debut get any worse? 27
31 Cardinals (0-2) I had high(er) hopes for the new coaching staff and the other changes they made. Not so much anymore. 31
32 Bills (0-2) I don’t know what say here … two ugly losses and the Vikings are up next – in Minnesota. Dark days for the #BillsMafia. 32

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