After one week of NFL action, we see the Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams, and Jacksonville Jaguars in first place. That probably won’t last for long, but that is where we are at to begin the season. The Chiefs looked like a Super Bowl contender, the Eagles played really well, and the Giants couldn’t have a worse start in Dallas. Here’s our NFL week 1 power rankings and roundup including future expectations moving forward for each NFL team.
1-0 Buffalo Bills: Sean McDermott Is Their Leader
After a few seasons under Rex Ryan, it seems like the Bills have replaced the outgoing coach with a strong leader. After racking up 159 total yards on the day, LeSean McCoy had nothing but praise for first year head coach, saying “Sean McDermott is a leader. A lot of coaches can be great coaches, but some of them lack leadership,I think that’s something he brings. The best thing about him I think is his leadership. You know we follow him so it’s cool to see him get his first win. It’s big for the team, it’s big for him. I think many more in the future.” Even though it was against the lowly Jets, it’s still a solid step forward for this franchise.
0-1 New England Patriots: Defense A Concern
You would never associate the Patriots with the words “Super Bowl Hangover,” but they did not look too sharp on Opening Night. The Chiefs beat them in every facet of the game, averaging a high 8.3 yards per play against a Bill Belichick’s defense, giving up big play after big play. On the offensive side of the ball, Brandin Cooks looked like a natural fit and should get by most secondaires, but Gronk showed his mileage, which is a concern.
0-1 New York Jets: They Are As Bad As You Think They Are
Josh McCown finished with a QBR of 29.4 and Bilal Powell racked up only 22 yards on seven carries. The only strong point of this team was supposed to be the run defense, but even that got lit up for 190 yards on the day. It will be a long year for this Jets team, we advise you to fill out your temporary leave of absence application here.
0-0 Miami Dolphins: NFL Doesn’t Care At All
The Dolphins will travel over 15,300 miles in the next three weeks. They will travel cross-country to play the Chargers, then to New York, and then across the pond to play the Saints in London. With their game being postponed to week 11 due to Hurricane Irma, the Dolphins asked to not play in London, the NFL refused. For a league that preaches player safety, they seem to be loving the idea of the Dolphins playing 16 straight weeks with the first three being in San Diego, New York, and London. This isn’t the ideal way Adam Gase envisioned his first year as a head coach starting.
1-0 Jacksonville Jaguars: Defensive Line Is Legit
Even though it came against the Texans horrific offensive line, the Jaguars defensive line turned heads in week one, recording 10 sacks on the day.Calais Campbell showed he was worth the price tag with this four sacks on the day and Myles Jack had a wonderful game, getting in on 14 tackles. The Jags defense is competent, but now without Allen Robinson, the offense will be under even more pressure.
0-1 Tennessee Titans: Failed First Big Exam
I warned in my season preview that the Titans were receiving major hype without proving anything. They failed their first big exam, losing at home to the Raiders. With their longest play only being a 24 yard catch by Rishard Matthews, they will need to show more firepower moving forward if they want to take that next level. Watch out for #5 pick Corey Davis to be a big part of their offense, as he led the team with 10 targets.
0-1 Houston Texans: Offensive Line Will Drag Them Down
Even with all of the emotion in at NRG stadium following the devastation Hurricane Harvey left Houston, the Texans couldn’t get it together. The offensive line couldn’t do anything, With the Deshaun Watson era on its way, even he will be restrained due to this line. Left tackle Duane Brown now has all the leverage he needs in his holdout.
0-1 Indianapolis Colts: Worst Team In The NFL
The Colts looked like a Canadian Football League team against the Rams in their opener. Without Andrew Luck, they have the worst roster in the NFL and it’s not even close. They have an interesting decision to make on whether to sit Andrew Luck the entire year, for both his health and better positioning in the draft.
1-0 Pittsburgh Steelers: Antonio Brown Is Unguardable
Antonio Brown reeled in all 11 of his targets get 182 yards against the Browns, but you can make the case that was the only positive takeaway for the Steelers. They beat a rebuilding Browns team by only three in a game that they blocked a punt for a touchdown. The defensive front looked pretty good, but now have to deal with Stephon Tuitt torn biceps. They now welcome a very good Vikings team into Pittsburgh, who will be looking for a huge road win early in the season.
1-0 Baltimore Ravens: Same Ravens As Always
Stop me if you heard this before – the Ravens’ recipe to success was defense and the run game. The Ravens’ defense made Andy Dalton look like a rookie in his first game while Terrance West and Javorius Allen ran the ball for a combined 40 times. John Harbaugh’s team will compete this year.
0-1 Cincinnati Bengals: Peaked Years Ago
Andy Dalton recorded a .7 QBR in the opener. I don’t think anyone truly knows what QBR means, but I just know for a fact that .7 is garbage. If the Bengals play like this for the immediate future, Marvin Lewis may not last the entire season.
0-1 Cleveland Browns: Pieces Are In Place
The Browns played a Super Bowl contender tough in their opener, as DeShone Kizer showed he deserves to start the entire season. They seem to be on the right track and should be able to rack up a handful of wins this season. They aren’t a team to take lightly as they have been for what seems like forever. The Jets and Colts are much worse.
1-0 Kansas City Chiefs: Earned Super Bowl Contender Label
Despite the extremely extra Super Bowl presentation in front of an electric Foxborough crowd, Andy Reid and the Chiefs took care of business and sent a message to the league in their big win against the Patriots. Reid gets the best out of his players, as Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt are poised to have huge seasons, while the defense is up there as one of the best in the league. The Eric Berry news is awful, but still shouldn’t change the trajectory of this team.
1-0 Oakland Raiders: Carr Picked Up Where He Left Off
Derek Carr has all of talent and weapons around him to be one of the best quarterbacks in the league. With all of the hype surrounding the Titans, Carr came out and had a great game and picked up where he left off last season. Marshawn Lynch had a strong 4.2 yards per carry and the defense held Mariota in check. Great start to the season for Oakland.f
1-0 Denver Broncos: Big Division Win
I don’t think the Broncos will compete at a high level this season, but they gained a respectable division win in week one. The defense is still elite and the offense managed the game well. They now welcome the Cowboys to town in an extremely interesting matchup.
0-1 San Diego Chargers: Can’t Get Over The Hump
Even though they never led at any point during the game, the Charger still lose another close game. It’s only fair to judge this team outside of Denver, as they will play a pissed off Miami team at home this week.
1-0 Dallas Cowboys: Earned Their Win, Nothing To Write Home About
The story of this game was the ineptitude of the Giants offense, but the nonetheless, the Cowboys recorded a big win against a division rival on the national stage. Dak made all the right decisions, Ezekiel Elliott ran for over 100 yards, and the defense shut down an Odell Beckham-less offense. This is the formula that won them the division last season, so don’t expect them to change much.
1-0 Philadelphia Eagles: Wentz Looks The Part Of A Franchise Quarterback
Carson Wentz flashed signs of Big Ben in the Eagles’ win at Washington in week 1. Even without his newest target Alshon Jeffery having a big game, Wentz made big throws and carried the Eagles to their first victory. The Eagles may have the best offensive and defensive line combo in the league, so if they stay healthy, watch out for Philly.
0-1 New York Giants: Odell Just Gained Even More Leverage
The Giants offense looked straight up horrible in their opener, failing to sore a touchdown. It may be time to take away the “offensive guru” title from head coach Ben McAdoo, as his team has failed to score over 20 points in seven straight games. Odell’s agent just gained even more leverage, as he can just bring this game tape to the negotiating table when they talk contract extension. Odell wants to be the highest paid player in the NFL, and scoring 3 points on national TV against your biggest rival without him only helps his cause.
0-1 Washington Redskins: Very Underwhelming Start
Kirk didn’t look great and the run game was almost nonexistent in this disappointing home opener loss. With two fumbles lost and one interception, Cousins will have to take better care of the ball if the Skins want to compete for the division. With Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson on new teams, Cousins spread the ball around, as six different Reskins recorded receptions.
1-0 Atlanta Falcons: Shanahan’s Running Game Was Absent
The Falcons took care of business and beat an impressive Bears team on the road. Their defense looked improved from last year, as expected as they are another year under Dan Quinn. However, Kyle Shanahan’s departure was most missed in the run game, as Devonta Freeman only recorded 37 yards on the ground. It will be interesting to see if this is a trend throughout the season.
1-0 Carolina Panthers: Cam Struggles In Win
The Panthers can chalk up this win to the defense and the talentless 49ers offense, as Cam was less than impressive in week one. He missed open receivers and without one big touchdown play to Russell Shepard, his statline would have been even worse. Was Cam’s 2015 MVP campaign an outlier? If he doesn’t pick up his play, it very well may be.
0-1 New Orlean Saints: Total Rebuild Is Unavoidable
The Adrian Peterson signing comes off as trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. Brees is one of the best quarterbacks ever and Sean Payton is an all-time offensive mind, but the end is inevitable. It will be interesting to see if Payton sticks around for the rebuild, hangs it up, or jumps ship to an up and coming team like the Browns or Titans.
1-0 Green Bay Packers: Great Momentum Win To Start Season
The Packers had the toughest matchup in week one and stepped up the occasion, beating the Seahawks at home without giving up a touchdown. All of Aaron Rodgers’ weapons looked good and the defense played nearly a perfect game. The Packers, as expected, look like one of the best teams in the league.
1-0 Detroit Lions: Matthew $tafford Proves He’s Worth The Price
Lions fans must have had a pit in their stomach when Stafford threw an 82-yard pick six on his first pass attempt of the season, but all was forgiven as he finished the day with four touchdowns and led the offense to 20 points in the 4th quarter. Rookie wide receiver Kenny Golladay seems to be a legit player in this offense, as the Lions defense played well, forcing four turnovers on the day. They can send a message on the national stage with a win in New York against the Giants on Monday Night.
1-0 Minnesota Vikings: Buy With Caution
Yes Sam Bradford looked good and the defense was all over the field, but this was against the Saints at home. The Vikings have a very good roster, but now let’s see how Bradford looks on the road at Pittsburgh this week. However, with an improved offensive line, the exciting Dalvin Cook in the backfield, and two enjoyable receivers, it’s hard not to root for this team.
0-1 Chicago Bears: Didn’t Look Like League’s Worst Team
Nothing is expected out of the Bears this year, but for some reason this team has a different feel to them. They don’t have that same horrible feeling as the Colts, Jets, and 49ers. Their defense is developing and they have two nice running backs in the backfield. They might not win a lot of games, but they shouldn’t be the league’s worst team.
1-0 Los Angeles Rams: Pounced On Opportunity
With the rest of the division playing tough week one opponents, the Rams took full advantage of having the Colts in town. Sean McVay will give Jared Goff new life and bring the best out of the talented Todd Gurley. When Aaron Donald gets back to the team, there’s no reason why the Rams can’t compete every week with an improved offensive line and playmaking defense.
0-1 Seattle Seahawks: Defense Looked Great, Offensive Line Is A Concern
It’s no surprise that the Seahawks have an insane defense, but it will be the offensive line that holds them back this year. They couldn’t get anything going on the ground and were hold to no touchdowns against the Packers in week one. If they can’t get it going against the 49ers at home this week, there’s serious call for concern.
0-1 Arizona Cardinals: Quarterback Regret
Carson Palmer doesn’t have much left in the tank, David Johnson will miss months, and Bruce Arians retirement rumors have been swirling. Larry Fitzgerald will be gone next year and the franchise will need a new face, so you have to wonder if they regret not drafting Deshaun Watson or Patrick Mahomes in last year’s draft.
0-1 San Francisco 49ers: Rebuild Is Clear
Like the Jets, there’s little to none expectations for the 49ers this year. You just have to hope their young players develop throughout the year and that Kyle Shanahan looks like a competent head coach.
Conference Power Rankings
|1. Kansas City Chiefs||1. Green Bay Packers|
|2. Oakland Raiders||2. Dallas Cowboys|
|3. New England Patriots||3. Seattle Seahawks|
|4. Baltimore Ravens||4. Detroit Lions|
|5. Pittsburgh Steelers||5. Philadelphia Eagles|
|6. Denver Broncos||6. Minnesota Vikings|
|7. Miami Dolphins||7. Atlanta Falcons|
|8. Tennessee Titans||8. Carolina Panthers|
|9. Buffalo Bills||9. New York Giants|
|10. Jacksonville Jaguars||10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|11. Los Angeles Chargers||11. Los Angeles Rams|
|12. Houston Texans||12. Washington Redskins|
|13. Cleveland Browns||13. Chicago Bears|
|14. Cincinnati Bengals||14. New Orleans Saints|
|15. Indianapolis Colts||15. Arizona Cardinals|
|16. New York Jets||16. San Francisco 49ers|