With a week in the books, the defending champs still cling onto the top spot on our list. New England nips at their heels and put in quite the performance on Sunday with several questions surrounding their roster. But how will Week Two go for the league?
There are plenty of great games this week and the chance for some teams to make an early statement in the 2018 season. Here are this week’s power rankings:
- Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)
No Carson Wentz, no problem. Well, to be honest, there were a few as the defending Super Bowl Champs ground out the win in Week One.
2. New England Patriots (1-0)
The 41-year old Tom Brady is still finding ways to win. Not only did the Patriots get the win, they were able to tame a quarterback that the defense struggled mightily against last season.
3. Minnesota Vikings (1-0)
Kirk Cousins seemed to catch on quick with his new team, especially the receivers. We’ll have to see if he can sustain it going forward.
4. Los Angeles Rams (1-0)
The Rams started out slowly on Monday night. But they handled Oakland in the second half. This team gave fans a glimpse of what they could be this season.
5. New Orleans Saints (0-1)
New Orleans was surprised in Week One and suffer a shootout defeat. They need to respond in Week Two when they host Cleveland.
6. Green Bay Packers (1-0)
Aaron Rodgers. Enough said.
After another iconic comeback from the @Packers QB…
— NFL (@NFL) September 12, 2018
7. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0)
The Jags started the season with a much-needed win. And on top of that, every other team lost in the AFC South. They could possibly run away with this division if those three teams continue to wallow in mediocrity.
8. Atlanta Falcons (0-1)
The Falcons had their fair chance to pull off the upset in Week One against Philadelphia. They’ll need to get it together in what could be the toughest division in football.
9. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0-1)
10. Carolina Panthers (1-0)
This Panthers team scored a win under-the-radar in Week One. They have a potentially explosive offense and a defense that could make it in the top 5 units.
11. Los Angeles Chargers (0-1)
The Chargers couldn’t do enough against Kansas City to get the win, but this team is still a fun team to watch. They face a (I will put this mildly) struggling Bills team in Week Two.
12. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)
The Chiefs couldn’t be happier with the quick results that second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes produced. With their new explosive offense, they could easily finish in the top 3 units by season’s end.
13. Baltimore Ravens (1-0)
Baltimore destroyed the Bills in Week One. Either the Ravens got something magical going for them this season, or Buffalo is just that bad.
— NFL (@NFL) September 12, 2018
14. Houston Texans (0-1)
Deshaun Watson is back for the Texans but he played like a rookie. His get a chance at redemption against the Titans this week.
15. San Francisco 49ers (0-1)
The 2018 campaign for Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t start out too well. Could San Francisco have made too quick of a move on signing him long-term? We’ll have to see the rest of the season.
16. Tennessee Titans (0-1)
The Titans came up short against the Miami Dolphins in the longest game in NFL history, including two 2+ hour weather delays. They gave up some big plays in a game that was a mess with the lightning delays.
17. Chicago Bears (0-1)
I repeat. Aaron Rodgers. Enough said. But in all honesty, the Bears’ offense looked like it could turn into something very dynamic and Khalil Mack can single-handedly change a game from the defensive side of the ball.
18. Seattle Seahawks (0-1)
The Seahawks are clearly remnants of what they use to be. They do have some potential on the offensive side of the ball, but say officially say goodbye to the “Legion of Boom”.
19. Washington Redskins (1-0)
Running back Adrian Peterson still has some bruising rushes left in him and was the gem in Week One for the Redskins. Week Two brings the Colts to D.C.
20. Denver Broncos (1-0)
It was a beautiful disaster for the Broncos on the offensive side of the ball. Defensively, Von Miller is already making his case for Defensive Player of the Year.
21. Dallas Cowboys (0-1)
Give the ball to Ezekiel Elliott, that’s what the Cowboys drafted him for, right? Really, Zeke needs to get the ‘rock’ if Dallas wants to get back to the playoffs this season
22. Indianapolis Colts (0-1)
Andrew Luck’s 2018 NFL season debut was spoiled. Things won’t get easy for them as they take on Washington followed by the defending champion, Eagles.
23. Cincinnati Bengals (1-0)
24. New York Giants (0-1)
The Giants had a great showing of 1st round pick Saquon Barkley but couldn’t pull off the win. However, if Barkley can keep it going, things are looking up for the G-Men.
25. Cleveland Browns (0-0-1)
The Browns ended their losing streak. Well, sort of. This team will win a game this year. The question is when? And when will be their next tie?
26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0)
Ryan Fitzpatrick was on fire and had the best game of his career. Are we about to see the Fitzpatrick from the Jets a couple seasons ago, yet even more super human, or an inconsistent effort?
27. New York Jets (1-0)
Sam Darnold was pretty solid in his first NFL start, however, the defense was the difference in Week One. Do the Jets have a playoff bound team or just more work in progress?
— NFL (@NFL) September 12, 2018
28. Detroit Lions (0-1)
Matthew Stafford completed plenty of passes. To the defense that is. Turnovers are not good for any team. Especially when one of the highest paid players in the league is the root cause of them.
29. Miami Dolphins (1-0)
Miami was able to string together a win against the Titans. Even with this win, the Dolphins still have a lot of adjustments to make if they plan on making the playoffs this season.
30. Arizona Cardinals (0-1)
31. Oakland Raiders (0-1)
Jon Gruden’s return to football wasn’t pretty. Especially, when the coach says the pass rushing could have been better during the post-game press coverage. Maybe you shouldn’t have traded away one of the best pass rushers in the game there, coach.
32. Buffalo Bills (0-1)
The Bills are last on our list for a reason. If you want validation, feel free to watch the game tape.
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