Sep 11, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws a pass in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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This weeks NFL Power Rankings come with a brand new number one. Will they be able to hold on for more than a week? Where does the rest of the NFL stack up?
New England Patriots
Last week: 1-0 record Last rank: 4
Jimmy Garoppolo did all he needs to do, win. What was more impressive is doing it against the NFC favorites, Arizona Cardinals. Granted, they were a made field goal away from a loss, but a win is a win, against a team like that.
Green Bay Packers
Last week: 1-0 record Last rank: 2
The Packers played a very underestimated Jacksonville Jaguars team and won. Although Aaron Rodgers wasn’t dominate, he was effective. The defense did the rest and they pulled out a four point victory.
Last week: 1-0 record Last rank: 5
There is some initial concerns over the win against Miami at home. The 12 points on the board was not a great offensive showing. The defense however was solid. They lost the turnover battle, forced seven punts, five sacks, and five pass deflections.
Last week: 1-0 record Last rank: 10
The Denver Broncos either have Cam Newton‘s number, or their defense is that good. The 194 yards allowed, most in the first half, was an incredible showing. Maybe you can win without a great offense, but can they keep it up?
Last week: 0-1 record Last rank: 1
What happened to the Panthers in the second half? Did Cam Newton stop playing? This Panthers team will need to rebound in hopes of keeping themselves in the conversation against an OK San Francisco.
Sep 11, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) scores a touchdown against New York Jets corner back Marcus Williams (20) and linebacker Darron Lee (50) during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Last week: 1-0 record Last rank: 6
Andy Dalton was sacked, sacked again, and five more time. They will need to have a lot better showing on the offensive line to control the Steelers to even have a chance on Sunday. The defense looked sharp in the passing game, but the run defense left something to be desired.
Last week: 1-0 record Last rank: 8
A very slow start to the Steelers offense was attributed to Josh Norman. When they got Antonio Brown away from Norman, he was lights out. DeAngelo Williams looked good, but can he keep it up? The run defense and pass rush were also a solid honorable mention.
It is concerning that San Deigo took them to overtime. San Diego is a perennial let down, but they came to play. Division games are always suppose to be a challenge, so this week will be the real test against the Texans.
Last week: 0-0 record Last rank: 11
One of the most dangerous teams in the AFC West is lingering in the shadows. Drew Brees and the Saints in the Superdome is a dangerous combination. However, Oakland out maneuvered them, especially in the fourth. Derrick Carr once again played incredibly well. The defense will have to step up to win this division.
Last week: 0-1 record Last rank: 3
They were a missed field goal away from being in the top two in power rankings. However, Larry Fitzgerald looked very Fitz-like in his showing with two touchdowns. The defense still couldn’t shut down the Patriots when it mattered most.
Sep 11, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) cannot catch a pass while defended by New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium. New York won 20-19. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Last week: 1-0 record Last rank: 12
They beat the Bears by nine points. It is not the blowout that I was expecting. However, Brock Osweiler is still behind a great defense. They will need him to be better when they run into a better offense and defense.
New York Giants
Last week: 1-0 record Last rank: 13
The New York Giants avoided a week one disaster when they beat division foe, the Dallas Cowboys. It is a case of Eli Manning being just good enough. The defense wasn’t anything to cheer about but kept the Cowboys from running away with the game. Again they will need to be much better if they are going to win with their schedule.
Last week: 1-0 record Last rank: 14
Congratulations Ravens fans, you beat the Buffalo Bills, and who do you have next, the Cleveland Browns? We will wait to cast judgement when you play a team that is expected to go at least 8-8.
Last week: 1-0 record Last rank: 18
In a game with no defense, the Detroit Lions found a way to beat the Indianapolis Colts. Marvin Jones came out the leading receiver with four catches for 85 yards but no touchdowns. They are playing top receiver by committee, which time will tell if they can keep it up.
Last week: 0-1 record Last rank: 16
The Vikings survived week one without Teddy Bridgewater. They were playing the weak defensed Titans team. They will face a much better team and division rival, Green Bay Packers. They will need to find another gear to win against the Packers.
Sep 11, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief (10) scores a touchdown against Detroit Lions free safety Glover Quin (27) in the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Lions won 39-35. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Last week: 0-1 record Last rank: 9
Andrew Luck had a good game. It really came down to which offense could score more points. The both defenses were non-existent and that left them open for a losing effort. They face the Denver Broncos in week two, which could turn into a slaughter if the defense can’t stop anybody.
Last week: 0-1 record Last rank: –
Dez Bryant was pretty much a dud in week one, as he went one catch for eight yeards. This team was up early but could not do anything to close out a struggling Giants defense. They must now face a division match up with the Redskins to avoid going 0-2.
Last week: 0-1 record Last rank: –
They lost, however they played an inspiring game against a very good Green Bay Packers team. Blake Bortles was solid with 320 yards of passing. If he can eliminate the mistakes, they could very well go 1-1 after week two against the Chargers.
New Orleans Saints
Last week: 0-1 record Last rank: 20
The New Orleans Saints looked like they were going to win in the Superdome and start 1-0, but Oakland and Jack Del Rio had other ideas. It was a great offensive game, but just fell short defensively.
Last week: 0-1 record Last rank: 15
I understand that the Steelers are a good team, but when you refuse to move Josh Norman to stick to Antonio Brown, the coach becomes the issue. The offense, which Jay Gruden is known for, was lackluster at best.
Sep 11, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) throws a pass during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last week: 1-0 record Last rank: 25
Jameis Winston had looked good, but against a questionable Falcons defense. Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin and Mike Evans were the stars. They will need to keep momentum as they face an Arizona team looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss.
San Diego Charger
Last week: 0-1 record Last rank: 23
They took the favorite team to win the AFC West to overtime. Not bad for a team who had the third worst record in the NFL last season. They had a meltdown in the fourth and lost a 17 point lead, which is very concerning.
New York Jets
Last week: 0-1 record Last rank: 24
The New York Jets get points for playing an inspired game against the Cincinnati Bengals. However, it was a defense who couldn’t keep them out of field goal range in the last 2 minutes that cost the Jets the game. They face the Buffalo Bills, who spoiled their playoff dreams last season, in week two. Can they show the same grit as they did for September 11th attacks 15th anniversary?
Last week: 0-1 record Last rank: 21
The Miami Dolphins played a tough football game at Seattle. They were able to contain Russell Wilson and the keep them within striking distance the entire game. Can they pull out a win against a Brady-less Patriots in week two?
Last week: 0-1 record Last rank: 22
If the 111 yards passing doesn’t impress you, than neither will this Bills offense. It was a terrible performance and even LeSean McCoy got half that on the ground. If the Ravens had proven themselves, I would pat this defense on the back but the offense was too terrible to give anyone credit.
San Francisco 49ers
Last week: 1-0 record Last rank: 30
Well, they won a game against what proved to be the worst team in the NFL. The lack of offense by the Rams ended up being a blessing, but their offense looked good against a decent defense. However, they must refocus quickly because they face the defending NFC Champs, Carolina Panthers, in week two.
Sep 12, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Shaun Draughn (24) rushes against Los Angeles Rams strong safety T.J. McDonald (25) during the first half of an NFL game at Levi
Last week: 1-0 record Last rank: 31
Listen, you won, and that is good Eagle fans, but you beat arguably the worst team in the NFL. Wentz did look good and like he belonged on the football field. This week, you get the Chicago Bears and you should start the season 2-0. The season will get tougher soon enough though.
Last week: 0-1 record Last rank: 26
Well, Jay Cutler didn’t end up hurting the Bears that bad, but he couldn’t do much either, sacked five times. He gets to face the Eagles this week so it could be a match up that we need to see if Jay Cutler is going to be ok.
Last week: 0-1 record Last rank: 27
The Falcons faced a quarterback that is still up and coming and he did well. The issue for Atlanta was field position, they gave Tampa Bay decent field position, while starting themselves inside the 20 four seperate times.
Last week: 0-1 record Last rank: 28
Marcus Mariota looked pretty good in their week one game against the Vikings. DeMarrco Murray looked a little rusty but happy to be the top guy again. If they can get that defense moving, they are headed in the right direction, minus a win of course.
Last week: 0-1 record Last rank: 32
Cleveland is well, Cleveland. Hue Jackson looked like he is not going to solve the Browns problems in an offseason. RGIII could be out for the season, however I wasn’t looking like the answer to begin with.
Last week: 0-1 record Last rank: 29
The L.A. Rams are hitting a new low in their first season back in the Los Angeles. Case Keenum only completed 48.6% of his passes and threw two interceptions. I know he might not be ready, but Jared Goff anyone? Anyone?