NFL Power Rankings for Week 2: Bills make a strong statement

Like “Saving Private Ryan” or “The Dark Knight,” the NFL season starts off fast and hooks audiences.

Week 1 offered five games decided by a winning score in the last two minutes of regulation or overtime. Eleven of the 16 games were within a score (eight points) in the fourth quarter. Four teams overcame deficits of 10 more points to win or tie.

Who among us expected the Giants, Bears, Texans and Commanders to be undefeated after Week 1?

Who among us had the Packers, Bengals, 49ers and Titans winless heading into Week 2?

Virtually no one. Here are The Post’s NFL Power Rankings for Week 2:

1. Buffalo Bills 1-0 (Last Week: 1)

What statement! It seemed almost impossible for the Bills to live up to the hype generated this offseason, and somehow they did and more with a 31-10 victory over the Rams. Josh Allen accounted for four touchdowns, but the defense showed the most improvement. Von Miller, 33, looked a decade younger with two sacks.

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The Bills looked very impressive in their win over the Rams on Thursday.
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2. Kansas City Chiefs 1-0 (2)

Patrick Mahomes didn’t seem to miss Tyreek Hill too much, as he threw for 360 yards and five touchdowns, including three trips to the end zone in the first three drives. Travis Kelce topped 100 yards for the 30th time of his career, and the Chiefs built a 30-point fourth-quarter lead over the Cardinals.

3. Los Angeles Chargers 1-0 (3)

Blowing up Josh McDaniels’ first game as Raiders head coach still doesn’t make up for losing that matchup of winning and going in and missing the playoffs last season. Justin Herbert threw three touchdowns, all to players added in the offseason, and the defense intercepted Derek Carr three times. However, there is concern about wide receiver Keenan Allen’s hamstring.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-0 (4)

Making the first start by a 45-year-old quarterback in NFL history, Tom Brady led five scoring drives, even if only one reached the end zone in a second straight season-opening victory against the Cowboys. The No. 1 and No. 3 rushing defense in the NFL the past two seasons was strong again, allowing 3.9 yards per carry.

Tom Brady passes during the Buccaneers' victory over the Cowboys.
Tom Brady passes during the Buccaneers’ victory over the Cowboys.
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5. Baltimore Ravens 1-0 (9)

In the long run, it could hurt the Ravens not to have Lamar Jackson secured on a contract. In the short term, it could help land a highly motivated former NFL MVP. The Jets kept him from running, he threw three touchdowns and a depleted offensive line held its own against a strong defensive front.

6. Los Angeles Rams 0-1 (6)

Only one defending Super Bowl champion suffered a more lopsided season-opening loss than the Rams (21 points). They sorely missed the two mercenaries who helped put them on top, Von Miller and Odell Beckham Jr., but the absence of retired left tackle Andrew Whitworth was most noticeable when Matthew Stafford threw three interceptions.

7. Philadelphia Eagles 1-0 (10)

The bold trade and AJ Brown’s new contract paid immediate dividends with a career-high 155 receiving yards. When he wasn’t completing passes to Brown, Jalen Hurts rushed 17 times for 90 yards, including a fourth-down conversion to seal a 38-35 win over the Lions. James Bradberry’s pick-six fueled a 24-point second quarter.

8. Minnesota Vikings 1-0 (19)

Justin Jefferson set a franchise record with 158 receiving yards and heard chants of “MVP” in the first half of a 23-7 win against the three-time defending NFC North champion Packers. None of the 10 new head coaches had a more impressive debut than Kevin O’Connell. The Vikings’ new 3-4 defense generated four sacks.

9. Pittsburgh Steelers 1-0 (21)

The Steelers actually beat the Bengals twice in their first game. First, by intercepting Joe Burrow four times to build a 17-3 lead. Then, after giving up the tying touchdown with no time left, they blocked the PAT to force overtime and win with a field goal. TJ Watt’s torn pectoral muscle is a huge blow to an elite defense.

10. Green Bay Packers 0-1 (5)

Maybe Aaron Rodgers should have waited until after he had better chemistry with his new drop-prone receivers before mocking the other NFC North teams for always thinking it was their year. Don’t rule out the Packers just yet. They lost by 35 points in Week 1 last season and still finished with 13 wins.

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Aaron Rogers
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11. Cincinnati Bengals 0-1 (7)

12. Indianapolis Colts 0-0-1 (11)

13. Miami Dolphins 1-0 (17)

14. New Orleans Saints 1-0 (20)

15. Cleveland Browns 1-0 (22)

16. Las Vegas Raiders 0-1 (16)

17. San Francisco 49ers 0-1 (13)

18. Seattle Seahawks 1-0 (28)

19. Denver Broncos 0-1 (8)

20. Dallas Cowboys 0-1 (14)

21. Washington Commanders 1-0 (23)

22. Arizona Cardinals 0-1 (12)

23. New York Giants 1-0 (29)

The Saquon Barkley Show has been renewed. An ultimately healthy Barkley totaled 194 scrimmage yards with a touchdown and the game-winning two-point conversion. Not only did the Giants snap a five-game losing streak in the season opener, they are .500 for the first time at any point in a season since late 2016 after a 21-20 win over the Titans.

24. Tennessee Titans 0-1 (15)

25. Chicago Bears 1-0 (31)

26. New England Patriots 0-1 (18)

27. Carolina Panthers 0-1 (25)

28. Houston Texans 0-0-1 (30)

29. Jacksonville Jaguars 0-1 (26)

30. New York Jets 0-1 (24)

Dropped passes. Lost blocks. blunders Hedges flown. Mention a careless mistake and the Jets made it during a 24-9 loss to the Ravens. Joe Flacco has lost his last seven starts, but he will make at least two more with Zach Wilson sidelined … unless head coach Robert Saleh gives in to fans asking for third member Mike White.

31. Detroit Lions 0-1 (27)

32. Atlanta Falcons 0-1 (32)

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