Brees, Saints both down
1. Patriots 2-0 (Last week: 1): Antonio Brown made his debut with a touchdown, but the big story is a defense that has allowed only three points through two games.
2. Chiefs 2-0 (2): Patrick Mahomes is off to an insane start, and while that is not a surprise, he’s on pace to pass for 6,568 yards — nearly 1,100 more than the NFL record.
3. Rams 2-0 (4): Officials cost the Saints a touchdown in the rematch of the NFC championship game, but this time it wasn’t the difference in another Rams victory, 27-9. 4. Cowboys 2-0 (7): The Cowboys opened as a 20½-point favorite over the Dolphins, the most they have been favored by in more than 30 years. 5. Ravens 2-0 (8): After two weeks, Lamar Jackson leads the NFL with a 145.2 passer rating and is tied for first with seven touchdown passes. He is averaging 10.5 yards per attempt.
6. Eagles 1-1 (6): Receivers Alshon Jeffery (calf ) and DeSean Jackson (groin), tight end Dallas Goedert (calf ) and defensive tackle Tim Jernigan (foot) all were hurt Sunday.
7. Saints 1-1 (3): New Orleans suffered a major loss when Drew Brees went out with a torn ligament in his right thumb in Sunday’s loss. Brees is expected to miss about six weeks.
8. Packers 2-0 (10): The Packers’ impressive start has given them a leg up in the NFC North as they followed a victory over the Bears with another against the Vikings.
9. Seahawks 2-0 (11): No complaints in Seattle after the Seahawks earned narrow victories over the Bengals and Steelers to open the season 2-0 a year after they started 0-2.
10. Chargers 1-1 (5): Adrian Phillips, the replacement for talented safety Derwin James, was lost to a broken arm, challenging the Chargers’ secondary depth even more.
11. Vikings 1-1 (9): A bad offensive pass-interference penalty wiped out a Vikings touchdown, but the reality is they didn’t do enough to win on the road at Lambeau Field.
12. Falcons 1-1 (20): Desmond Trufant had two interceptions and pass rusher Vic Beasley had a sack and three quarterback hits to steady the Falcons in a win Sunday.
13. 49ers 2-0 (22): With the 49ers starting the season in Tampa Bay, followed by a trip to Cincinnati, coach Kyle Shanahan made the decision to spend the week in Ohio preparing.
14. Bills 2-0 (18): It could be a while before the Jets or Giants have more wins at MetLife Stadium this season than the Bills. That’s because the Bills completed a New York sweep.
15. Bears 1-1 (13): Eddy Pineiro was the hero of the week for the Bears as he nailed three field goals, including a 53-yarder on the final play in a win in Denver.
16. Texans 1-1 (14): The Texans struggled protecting quarterback Deshaun Watson — what else is new? — in a 13-12 victory over the Jaguars as he was sacked four times. 17. Browns 1-1 (21): The Browns cleaned up their act after an embarrassing effort in the opener, controlling Monday night’s win over the Jets from start to finish.
18. Colts 1-1 (15): The Colts hung on for a victory over the Titans and did so despite Adam Vinatieri missing two extra points.
The 46-year-old is struggling badly.
19. Titans 1-1 (12): The Titans are 3-for-20 on third down after two games, and what’s worse is that 13 of those third-down situations have been third-and-10 or more. 20. Lions 1-0-1 (26): Matthew Stafford was not sacked in a 13-10 home win over the Chargers, who have a pair of talented pass rushers in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram.
21. Steelers 0-2 (17): What started as a season in transition for the Steelers takes on a whole new dimension as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been lost for the season.
22. Buccaneers 1-1 (30): The biggest development for coach Bruce Arians has been the improvement of a defense that was the worst in the league last season.
23. Jaguars 0-2 (19): Gardner Minshew’s first start wasn’t a smash hit, but on the road against a talented Texans defense, he directed a touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.
24. Panthers 0-2 (16): The Panthers have some problems as they lost at home for the second time in five days, falling to the Bucs on Thursday night.
25. Cardinals 0-1-1 (27): The Cardinals played the Ravens closer than expected and perhaps got a glimpse of things to come with rookie Kyler Murray.
26. Raiders 1-1 (25): If you’re looking for progress, measured in baby steps, the Raiders put together three really nice quarters against the Chiefs on Sunday.
27. Bengals 0-2 (24): Zac Taylor’s new offense was impressive in a season-opening loss. His defense was hideous in the home opener.
28. Broncos 0-2 (28): Von Miller and Bradley Chubb are both without sacks through two games. It won’t get easier this week with a trip to Lambeau Field.
29. Giants 0-2 (23): Pat Shurmur didn’t crack open the door to the possibility of benching two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning. He kicked it open. It’s Daniel Jones time.
30. Redskins 0-2 (31): They have lost six straight NFC East games and are 3-12 in their last 15 division games after being soundly beaten by the Cowboys.
31. Jets 0-2 (29): Sam Darnold is sidelined with mononucleosis and Trevor Siemian went down with an ugly ankle injury Monday night, leaving the Jets with Luke Falk at quarterback.
32. Dolphins 0-2 (32): The Dolphins aren’t content with just watching this season swirl down the drain. They want to do it with some style and panache.