WhatIfSports NFL Week 1 power rankings: Arizona starts on top

The Arizona Cardinals begin the season at No. 1 in WhatIfSports.com's computer-generated power rankings.

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WhatIfSports.com utilizes its NFL simulation engine to present a comprehensive and unbiased ranking of all 32 teams. We simulate thousands of NFL games and use the winning percentages from those games to evaluate every team. All 32 teams are ranked below with their average points for and against from the simulated games. All rosters and depth charts are up-to-date as of Tuesday of each week.

NFL Week 1 Power Rankings
  Team Win Pct PS/G PA/G
1. Arizona Cardinals 70.6 27.9 20.0
2. Carolina Panthers 69.7 25.7 18.1
3. Seattle Seahawks 69.2 27.5 20.7
4. New York Jets 67.6 25.2 18.8
5. Pittsburgh Steelers 65.9 27.1 21.8
6. Green Bay Packers 63.1 25.3 20.5
7. Kansas City Chiefs 63.0 23.3 18.5
8. Houston Texans 62.8 24.5 19.9
9. Indianapolis Colts 61.5 23.9 20.0
10. Cincinnati Bengals 60.5 25.3 21.6
11. Denver Broncos 57.4 22.6 19.7
12. Buffalo Bills 55.6 22.7 21.1
13. Baltimore Ravens 52.5 23.2 22.3
14. New England Patriots 51.9 22.4 21.7
15. Jacksonville Jaguars 51.8 24.3 23.7
16. Minnesota Vikings 51.0 22.9 22.8
  Team Win Pct PS/G PA/G
17. Oakland Raiders 49.2 22.0 22.4
18. Atlanta Falcons 47.0 23.5 24.8
19. Miami Dolphins 45.4 22.7 24.4
20. Los Angeles Rams 44.7 20.9 22.8
21. Tennessee Titans 44.6 22.4 24.2
22. Washington Redskins 43.2 22.2 24.3
23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 43.2 23.6 25.8
24. Chicago Bears 42.5 22.3 24.9
25. New York Giants 41.3 23.6 26.5
26. San Diego Chargers 34.8 22.2 27.5
27. New Orleans Saints 34.6 24.4 30.1
28. Dallas Cowboys 32.8 19.9 25.9
29. Detroit Lions 32.3 20.2 26.4
30. Philadelphia Eagles 30.9 18.5 25.4
31. Cleveland Browns 29.5 21.8 29.4
32. San Francisco 49ers 28.4 21.0 28.9

In addition, view our Week 1 predictionsWeek 1 player projections or visit our NFL archive for power rankings from past weeks.