Who would’ve guessed that kryptonite for Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs can be the foolish Super Bowl Loser’s Curse?
Fourteen of the final 33 groups that misplaced a Super Bowl — just like the Chiefs did to the Buccaneers in February — didn’t make the playoffs the next season. But few of these groups had been a budding dynasty just like the Chiefs (three straight AFC Championship video games), with the NFL’s finest quarterback (Mahomes) and a future Hall of Fame coach (Andy Reid).
And but the Chiefs are fortunate to not be winless after three video games in opposition to the Browns, Ravens and Chargers, in order that they have tumbled manner down The Post’s weekly rankings. Here is the complete listing:
1. Los Angeles Rams, 3-0 (Last week: 2)
The Rams gained the battle of the top-two groups with relative ease, constructing a 17-point third-quarter lead over the Buccaneers. The Sean McVay-Matthew Stafford marriage is understanding even higher than the most-optimistic forecasts, after Stafford threw for 343 yards and 4 touchdowns with a 134.0 ranking.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2-1 (1)
Tom Brady loses video games in September. It occurred continuously when he was in New England and it has occurred each years in Tampa Bay. No must panic. But Brady would possibly must win a few shootouts whereas the Buccaneers’ younger secondary — so good in final 12 months’s playoffs — will get proper once more.
3. Cleveland Browns, 2-1 (5)
Odell Beckham Jr. returned from his ACL tear simply as his buddy Jarvis Landry went out with an harm. Baker Mayfield is taking part in extra like a game-manager than a top-10 quarterback, however possibly that’s OK when the Browns have a dominant dashing recreation and a protection that held the Bears to 6 factors.
4. Green Bay Packers, 2-1 (14)
There it’s! The Packers’ season-opening stinker in opposition to the Saints seems like historic historical past after a highway win in opposition to the 49ers. Somehow, 37 seconds and no timeouts remains to be sufficient time for Aaron Rodgers to drive his workforce for a profitable subject objective. Did you see the contact on these final two passes? Wow.
5. San Francisco 49ers, 2-1 (3)
Jimmy Garoppolo held off calls for Trey Lance by main 4 landing drives on the 49ers’ last six possessions. It ought to’ve been ok to beat the Packers, however Rodgers’ magic is an excessive amount of. The 49ers are a lot more healthy by means of three weeks this season than final.
6. Arizona Cardinals, 3-0 (6)
Undefeated. Sixth-best workforce within the NFL. Third-best workforce of their division? That’s the merciless actuality of the NFC West — and the Cardinals will not be going to realize a lot additional credibility for beating the lowly Jaguars on the highway final week. The protection is holding up its finish of the discount for an explosive offense.
7. Las Vegas Raiders, 3-0 (7)
The Raiders are 3-0 for the primary time since 2002, once they went to the Super Bowl. With wins over the Ravens, Steelers and Dolphins, they’re the primary workforce to open the season 3-0 in opposition to groups that every one gained at the least 10 video games the earlier season. Derek Carr is taking part in lights out.
8. Buffalo Bills, 2-1 (9)
Josh Allen lastly seemed like 2020 Josh Allen once more as he notched his fifth profession recreation with at the least 300 yards passing and 4 landing passes. Buffalo proved it might each begin quick — 21-0 over Washington within the first half — and reply to adversity, profitable going away after it grew to become a one-score recreation.
9. Los Angeles Chargers, 2-1 (18)
Taking a web page from Baltimore’s e book, first-year coach Brandon Staley understood it’s aggressive-or-bust in opposition to the Chiefs. He handed up a 48-yard subject objective, Justin Herbert transformed a fourth down by penalty and the Chargers beat the Chiefs for the third time in six conferences, which is as usually as anybody can hope for lately.
10. Tennessee Titans, 2-1 (10)
The Titans are going to cruise to the AFC South title and have a leg up in playoff-seed jockeying. That a lot is evident after Ryan Tannehill threw three landing passes to relative unknowns to beat the hobbled Colts. Their Week 1 loss to the Cardinals doesn’t look almost as dangerous given the course of each groups since.
11. Baltimore Ravens, 2-1 (8)
12. Carolina Panthers, 3-0 (12)
13. New Orleans Saints, 2-1 (13)
14. Dallas Cowboys (2-1) (14)
15. Kansas City Chiefs, 1-2 (4)
16. Denver Broncos, 3-0 (17)
17. Cincinnati Bengals, 2-1 (25)
18. Minnesota Vikings, 1-2 (26)
19. Seattle Seahawks, 1-2 (11)
20. Philadelphia Eagles, 1-2 (19)
21. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1-2 (15)
22. Miami Dolphins, 1-2 (21)
23. New England Patriots, 1-2 (21)
24. Washington Football Team, 1-2 (22)
25. Chicago Bears, 1-2 (24)
26. Indianapolis Colts, 1-2 (23)
27. Atlanta Falcons, 1-2 (29)
28. Houston Texans, 1-2 (27)
29. Detroit Lions, 0-3 (30)
30. New York Giants, 0-3 (28)
Still the toast of New York! OK, that’s the tip of the glass-half-full view. The Giants are a mess. The offense can’t end drives regardless of Daniel Jones and the offensive line — two main preseason issues — taking part in higher than anticipated. The protection can’t get a two-minute drill cease. And coach Joe Judge is conservative regardless of vowing to not be.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars, 0-3 (32)
32. New York Jets, 0-3 (31)
Are we certain that the Jets’ putrid offense the final two seasons was all Adam Gase and Sam Darnold? Gase is lengthy gone. Darnold is flourishing in Carolina. And the Jets nonetheless haven’t scored a landing in both of their final two video games. The honeymoon ended rapidly for coach Robert Saleh and, extra so, for offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur.