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Week 1 Power Rankings and Review

Kyle Ward, Writer

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0)
The Bucs barely escaped Tampa Bay with a win over a bad Cowboys team, but despite getting in their own way over and over again with multiple fumbles, they pulled it out with a last second field goal from veteran kicker Ryan Succop.

2. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)
The Chiefs were rattled early on against the high powered Browns’ offense, but Mahomes, Hill and Kelce lead the charge for a week 1 home victory, sealed off by a late game interception from former Viking Mike Hughes.

3. Los Angeles Rams (1-0)
The debut in SoFi Stadium was a grand success, the Bears cut costs on their offensive line and payed the price, a dominant game from this Rams’ defensive unit, pummeling Andy Dalton repeatedly into submission, they never gave the Bears a chance.

4. San Francisco 49ers (1-0)
The Niners could easily have been higher if they played the way they did for the first three quarters in the fourth. The Lions came dangerously close to evening the score if not for a failed 4th & 9 in Niners territory. A much closer game than the Niners should ever have against a rebuilding team like Detroit.

5. Seattle Seahawks (1-0)
Seattle went into Indianapolis, dismantled a hopeful Colts team, and left with a one in the win column. Russell Wilson torched the Colts for four passing touchdowns, two of which went to receiver Tyler Lockett who exposed the Colts secondary with Xavier Rhodes out with injury.

6. Cleveland Browns (0-1)
Even with a 19 point lead at halftime, the Browns still couldn’t escape the wrath of Mahomes, falling just short of taking down the two time reigning AFC Champions. Baker threw a back breaking interception late, destroying the hopes of Cleveland fans alike. This is only a minor setback, they should be able to bounce back against the Texans in the Dawg Pound next week.

7. Arizona Cardinals (1-0)
Domination, the only word that can describe the Cardinals 38-13 victory over the Titans. Five sacks for a returning Chandler Jones, 5 total touchdowns for young star Kyler Murray, and stifulling everything the Titans threw at them. Simply, dominance.

8. Buffalo Bills (0-1)
The Bills seemingly outcoached themselves, running outside of the box plays for the sake of unpredictability, without thinking about whether they’d work or not. The Steelers just had to sit there and run slow methodical drives on offense, letting the Bills back themselves into a corner. It gets no easier for Buffalo, if they don’t get it together for Miami, they’ll start this year of high expectations 0-2.

9. Miami Dolphins (1-0)
A resilient victory in Foxborough for the Phins. Taking down the Evil Empire by their great weapon of the turnover, two fumbles by Patriot running backs sealed this game enough for Miami to run the clock out and get a 17-16 victory and the division lead.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)
The Steelers stumbled their way into a low scoring victory in Buffalo, they just made less mistakes than Buffalo, I guess an upset is an upset nonetheless.

11. New Orleans Saints (1-0)
It’s Jamies Winston time in New Orleans? Easily the best game of Jamies’ career, 5 touchdowns and a surprising 0 interceptions. The defense didn’t allow any breathing room to Aaron Rodgers or Davante Adams, holding them to 3 points and tons of shaky play. A year in which many thought the Saints would take a step back, may be another year of contending for New Orleans. As much as people may hate watching the short range dink and dunk offense, it worked to perfection for New Orleans.

12. Los Angeles Chargers (1-0)
In a battle of 2 very talented young defenses, the Chargers just pulled out the 20-16 W over the team with no name. Justin Herbert continues to look like a superstar, pushing the Bolts over the edge for a win in week 1. Mike Williams finally had a good game for the first time in a few years, getting open multiple times to haul in daggers from Herbert and the return of Austin Ekeler is making this Chargers offense even more exciting than previously expected.

13. Denver Broncos (1-0)
The Broncos look exactly like the team most of us expected them to be, solid, mistake free football from Teddy Bridgewater and and elite defense that shut down the Giants at all corners. Expect similar scores to 27-13 for other Broncos wins this year.

14. Baltimore Ravens (0-1)
A roller coaster of a game for the Ravens and they ended up falling off at the end. Two fumbles by Lamar Jackson was the catalyst to this loss along with the injuries piling up in the backfield. Ravens need to look competitive against Kansas City next week to convince people of their legitimacy.

15. Indianapolis Colts (0-1)
Indy looked very sluggish against a Seattle offense that came prepared to torch a secondary with key injuries. Colts will have another challenge from the NFC West next week in the Los Angeles Rams, but if their defense shows up they can find a way to bounce back.

16. Las Vegas Raiders (1-0)
A team who seemingly went in circles this offseason pulled off a thriller of an overtime win over Baltimore. Derek Carr looked in 2017 form, a good sign for things to come in Vegas. If the defense pulls it together, this team could be a serious threat.

17. New England Patriots (0-1)
The arch nemesis of the Evil Empire this week was the fumble, fumbles from rookie back Rhamondre Stevenson and more crucially, one from lead back Damien Harris in Miami territory in the fourth quarter. Despite the loss, Pats fans have some hope, Mac Jones was very accurate in his NFL debut, even when getting sacked, finding ways to make completions and it was by no means his fault the Pats lost. They should be able to bounce back week 2 against the Jets.

18. Green Bay Packers (0-1)
So much for the last dance eh? The entire Packers roster looked disgustingly bad against New Orleans, putting up a measly 3 points all game, and getting shut down everywhere they turned. The Packers do have an easier opponent next week against Detroit, but if Rodgers and this offense play like this again, hope may be completely lost.

19. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)
That Jalen Hurts to DeVonta Smith connection looks like something special, granted it was against the Falcons. Hurts threw 3 touchdown passes against Atlanta’s putred secondary, even Jalen Reagor got in a touchdown and 60 yards. The Eagles will have a much bigger task at hand next week in the 49ers, but if they play like this they have a chance.

20. Washington Football Team (0-1)
The loss of starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick really threw off the momentum of Washington’s offense, the game just fell out of their grasp at the end, and the Chargers ran away with the win.

21. Tennessee Titans (0-1)
The Titans looked completely outmatched, the o-line was decimated by JJ Watt and Chandler Jones, and the offense never recovered. Derrick Henry nor Ryan Tannehill could get into a rhythm, and that spells disaster for Coach Vrabel’s team going forward.

22. Carolina Panthers (1-0)
In the game for Sam Darnold’s revenge against his former team, the Panthers did what they had to do. They got out to an early lead thanks to Sam Darnold and Robby Anderson, and they never let go of it.

23. Dallas Cowboys (0-1)
Dallas had surprisingly competitive game against the reigning super bowl champions, only losing to a last second field goal. If their special teams would have held it together early on, we could be living in a world where the Cowboys look legitimate, but reality had to set in at some point, striking down the Cowboys to an 0-1 start.

24. Cincinnati Bengals (1-0)
As much as the Bengals may have been helped by a combination of the Vikings stumbling over themselves and the refs helping them out, a win is a win. Rookie kicker Evan McPherson struck the final dagger in the Vikings with a field goal as time expired.

25. Minnesota Vikings (0-1)
The Vikings are the reason the Vikings lost, ineptitude on offense until they were down by multiple touchdowns, surging to tie the game at the end of the fourth quarter, only to lose possession twice in the overtime period, and give the Bengals the win.

26. Houston Texans (1-0)
While the Texans did look good and efficient, it was against a rookie quarterback and head coach in Trevor Lawrence and Urban Meyer. We will see if the Texans can sustain this against much stiffer competition in the Browns next week. For now they’ll be kept at a modest ranking due to their quality of roster being so low.

27. Detroit Lions (0-1)
Early on it looked like the Lions may bottom out this list, put they put on a valiant effort in the fourth to cut the lead down to a score, only just falling short in the end against a vastly superior team in San Francisco.

28. New York Jets (0-1)
Jets could quite get it done against the high powered Panther offense, but they put up an effort in the second half despite losing star second year offensive tackle Mekhi Becton. They play a sturdy defense next week in New England, but they do have a chance if coach Robert Salah can outmaneuver Bill Belichick on defense.

29. Chicago Bears (0-1)
Chicago was thrown around this week by a hungry Rams defense who was ruthless in the pass rush, sacking Andy Dalton three times and shutting down the Bears struggling offense. While the Bears should have an easier task in the Bengals next week, the Bengals showed they could take down NFC North teams that trip over their own feet.

30. Atlanta Falcons (0-1)
Any hopes the Falcons had of doing anything this season were immediately shot down by a Jalen Hurts who was looking to prove himself, and the Falcons watched on as they got demolished 32-6 by a team that is nowhere near playoff contention.

31. New York Giants (0-1)
The Giants offensive line looks miserable, and it the primary source of their loss in Denver, Von Miller made a common appearance in the Giants backfield to get pressure on Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley. Overall the Giants just never looked like they were in this game from start to finish.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1)
The Jags offense was very confusing to watch this week, throwing the ball 51 times despite having a pro bowl caliber running back in your backfield, this forced first overall pick Trevor Lawrence to be rattled early, throwing three interceptions to a bargain bin defense who just traded their best cornerback. Urban Meyer needs to go back to the drawing board if he wants anything to go his way against Denver next week.