NFL Power Rankings, Preseason Week 2: Zach Wilson gives Jets hope

Zach Wilson, New York Jets. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 21: Defensive back Terrence Brooks #29 of the Houston Texans celebrates with thios team after intercepting the ball against the Dallas Cowboys in the second half of a preseason NFL game at AT&T Stadium on August 21, 2021 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

The New York Jets have hope with Zach Wilson while other rookie quarterbacks made their own claims and caused movement in our latest 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

Rookie NFL quarterbacks have been the biggest story of the 2021 preseason and that continued in the second week of action. Trey Lance made more splash plays, Mac Jones battled to make a case to start over Cam Newton and Justin Fields made Matt Nagy look silly for adamantly sticking with Andry Dalton. But Zach Wilson with the New York Jets is turning more heads.

At the helm of a largely hapless franchise of late — especially at quarterback — Wilson is going to start in Week 1 and he’s looking ready. So does that move the rookie signal-caller and his team up in our latest 2021 NFL Power Rankings?

Let’s see what kind of effect Wilson is having and what we saw in Preseason Week 2 does to our NFL Power Rankings as the regular season is just weeks away.

Newest 2021 NFL Power Rankings after Preseason Week 2

Previous: 32nd. Houston Texans. 32. team. 10. .

The battle for the state of Texas was more of a slap-fest than a 12-round heavyweight fight as neither the Dallas Cowboys nor Houston Texans appeared to want to win this game. In the end, Houston came away with the victory by a score of 20-14 and they have their defense to thank.

After giving up two touchdown passes to Cooper Rush, they were able to harras Ben DiNucci to the point where he looked like, well, Ben DiNucci.

Houston had three interceptions, including a 53-yard pick-six for Lonnie Johnson. During the broadcast, the Houston commentators wanted us to believe this team was headed in the right direction, but this looked more like a case of Dallas just not trying.

Detroit Lions. 31. team. 50. . . Previous: 31st

For the first 45 minutes, the Detroit Lions looked like a team that was going to really struggle in 2021. They surrendered 23 points including 14 in the first quarter while the Steelers had their starters out there.

Detroit did put up 20 points in the final quarter including a touchdown run from Godwin Igwebuike — who normally plays defensive back. It wasn’t enough though as the Steelers won 26-20.

Head coach Dan Campbell has his work cut out for him this season. He can give all the cliche speeches he wants, but this team is lacking in the talent department and is still coming in very low in our 2021 NFL Power Rankings.