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2 in USA TODAY NFL power rankings

2 in USA TODAY NFL power rankingsā€

In the article, SI writer Jacob Feldman tackles the next generation of the NFL's ground game in a feature story this week, analyzing rising star running backs like Kansas City Chiefs' Kareem Hunt, Chicago Bears' Jordan Howard, Jacksonville Jaguars' Leonard Fournette, and more as the position resurges.

The Patriots got slapped on Thursday night by the Chiefs, losing 42-27 and showed a real weakness against the run on defense.

We don't know yet if the Texans will stick with rookie DeShaun Watson under center or if they'll go back to Tom Savage on Thursday against Cincinnati.

Of the 570 teams which won openers... But a team that has lost 17 of its last 18 season openers goes no higher on this list.

That leaves us to create our first set of power rankings for the year.

Heading into this season, expectations weren't particularly high for the Los Angeles Rams.

The praise for the Kansas City Chiefs continues to pour in after the team handled business in an opening week road win over the New England Patriots. Wentz improved to 4-0 in his career as a starter in the month of September with seven touchdown passes, one interception and a 101.8 passer rating.

Sports Illustrated was the latest to honor the Chiefs as they highlighted rookie running back Kareem Hunt on the cover of their September 18, regional issue. Texans coach Bill O'Brien benched his starting quarterback after the first two quarters of the season. Taylor and Carolina's CAM NEWTON are the only players with at least 5,000 passing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns since the start of the 2015 season. In total points from votes accumulated, the Packers were ahead by two overall: 550 to 548.

The wide receiver duo of Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs both impressed on Monday night. The Dallas Cowboys received the other No. 1 overall vote, and they come in at No. 3 this week. Tight end JASON WITTEN, who had 59 yards and a touchdown, has 11,947 career receiving yards and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer MICHAEL IRVIN (11,904) for the most in franchise history. Following two impromptu byes in Week 1 because of Hurricane Irma, every team is scheduled to play in Week 2. You'd think that Vinatieri would do a lot more than one field goal make.

The contest is a rematch of last season's NFC Championship Game which the Falcons won 44-21.

Atlanta's AUSTIN HOOPER had two catches for 128 yards, including an 88-yard touchdown, the longest TD reception by a tight end in a season opener in National Football League history.

Seattle's offense used to be run-orientated but a year ago the club finished 25th in rushing yards per game. Astonishingly, Dallas didn't allow Eli Manning and the Giants to cross their own 35-yard line until the second half.



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