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Week 1 NFL Power Rankings (2019)

by September 9, 2019

Week 1 of the NFL season is just about in the books. Some teams, such as Baltimore, exceeded expectations, while others, such as the Browns, looked dead in the water. Kyler Murray’s first NFL start ended in a tie, while future Hall of Famer Jason Witten returned to football and found the end zone in Dallas’ rout of the Giants. Oh, and the Patriots absolutely decimated the Steelers. Next week they add Antonio Brown to the mix.

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32) Miami Dolphins (Prev: 32)
No one expected the Dolphins to be good, but could they have had a worse start? If they don’t sure up the secondary it’s going to be an even longer season than expected in Miami.

31) New York Giants (Prev: 31)
In Sunday’s opening loss, the Giants’ secondary had no answer for the Dallas offense. Once again it looks like the Giants will be trailing often at the end of games, which means fewer rushes for Saquon Barkley who ran the ball only 11 times in Week 1. He still managed 120 rushing yards.

30) Washington Redskins (Prev: 29)
It was the tale of two halves for the Redskins on Sunday. In the first half, Case Keenum looked like he was back in his 2017 form when he started 14 games for the Vikings. In the second half, the Redskins completely fell apart. I fear that Washington fans will see more of the latter this season.

29) Oakland Raiders (Prev: 27)
Mercifully, the Antonio Brown debacle is over. The distraction is gone, but so is the talent. How will the Raiders’ offense rebound tonight against the Broncos?

28) Cincinnati Bengals (Prev: 28)
The Bengals put up a valiant effort on the road in Seattle but ultimately came up one point short. While there was a lot of good for this team in Week 1, the highlight of the day was when Andy Dalton threw a Hail Mary touchdown to John Ross III just before the half. If you haven’t seen it, find it.

27) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Prev: 26)
So much for the high-powered offense of Bruce Arians. The Bucs scored just 17 points, seven of which came from the defense. Jameis Winston threw for just 194 yards and three interceptions.

26) Arizona Cardinals (Prev: 30)
It wasn’t a win, but Arizona fans have to be excited about what they saw from their team in Week 1. Detroit scored to go up 24-6 with 14:47 left before Kyler Murray orchestrated a brilliant comeback to force a tie and very nearly pull off the victory. Murray was 15-19 for 154 yards and two touchdowns in the final quarter.

25) New York Jets (Prev: 23)
What a brutal loss for the Jets. Leading 16-0 against a struggling offense heading into the fourth quarter, the Jets were feeling like maybe it was all coming together. Then the wheels completely fell off. Le’Veon Bell finished with 92 scrimmage yards and one touchdown in his first game since 2017.

24) Buffalo Bills (Prev: 25)
Josh Allen and the Bills erased a 16-0 fourth-quarter deficit and found a way to pull off the 17-16 divisional road victory over the Jets. It wasn’t a great performance by any means, but with the win, the Bills have an early claim to the title of second-best team in the AFC East.

23) Denver Broncos (Prev: 24)
The Broncos take the field in the final game of Week 1 and the defense has to be feeling pretty good knowing they no longer have to plan for Antonio Brown.

22) Detroit Lions (Prev:19)
Has a tie ever felt more like a loss? The Lions held a 24-6 fourth-quarter lead over a far inferior opponent, and then the defense fell apart and let Kyler Murray walk up and down the field against them. With the Chargers, Eagles, Chiefs, and Packers on the horizon, the Lions are going to be kicking themselves for a while over this one.

21) Carolina Panthers (Prev: 20)
The Panthers hung with the Rams, but it always felt like they were just out of reach of seriously threatening Los Angeles. Fantasy owners have to be happy with Christian McCaffrey who had 209 total yards and two touchdowns.

20) San Francisco 49ers (Prev: 21)
The Niners defense came up huge in their win over Tampa, picking off Jameis Winston three times and taking two back for touchdowns. Jimmy Garoppolo was solid in his first start, but will definitely need to do more if this team is going to compete in a very crowded NFC West.

19) Atlanta Falcons (Prev: 15)
The scoreboard shows that the Falcons only lost by two scores, but anyone who watched the game knows it was never a contest. The run defense was a disaster, but even more disappointing was the offense, who didn’t score until fourth-quarter garbage time.

18) Indianapolis Colts (Prev: 17)
Jacoby Brissett recorded 190 yards and two touchdowns in his first start since Andrew Luck’s retirement. He also orchestrated a terrific game-tying drive to force overtime. Marlon Mack finished with 174 rushing yards.

17) Pittsburgh Steelers (Prev: 13)
The performance may have come against the best team in football, but the Steelers’ offense looked absolutely lost on Sunday Night. The defense was also terrible, giving up 465 yards of total offense to a team playing without their best receiver in Antonio Brown.

16) Jacksonville Jaguars (Prev: 16)
Nick Foles went down with an injury after a beautiful first-quarter touchdown pass, which left the door open for Gardner Minshew. In relief, he went 22-25 for 275 yards, two touchdowns, and 1 INT for a QBR of 122.5.

15) Cleveland Browns (Prev: 8)
Just when everyone thought the Browns’ roster was too good for anything to go wrong in Cleveland, they went ahead and proved everyone wrong with their abysmal team display in Week 1. Baker Mayfield threw three interceptions and was sacked five times in the loss.

14) Houston Texans (Prev: 14)
The key for the Texans is to stay healthy. The AFC South is wide open. Their first assignment in the Superdome won’t be easy. 

13) Tennessee Titans (Prev: 22)
Something tells me the Titans were tired of hearing all the hype about the Browns. Is this too much of a jump after just one week? Maybe, but that was a good football team Mike Vrabel’s bunch just whooped. The defense made life for Baker Mayfield miserable, while the offense exploded for 43 points. Marcus Mariota had 248 yards and three touchdowns in the win. If he continues to put up those kinds of numbers, this is going to be a very dangerous team.

12) Baltimore Ravens (Prev: 18)
There were a lot of questions surrounding Lamar Jackson and the Ravens’ passing game. For one week, those concerns were silenced. Yes, it was against the Dolphins, but any time you put up 59 points against another team you’re doing something right. Baltimore also set a franchise record scoring 42 points in the first half.

11) Chicago Bears (Prev: 7)
The defense was solid allowing only 10 points and 47 yards rushing. The offense, on the other hand, was dreadful, only putting together one sound looking drive that resulted in three points. Where was the run game?

10) Dallas Cowboys (Prev: 12)
Dak Prescott had a career day achieving a perfect 158.3 QBR in the Cowboys’ victory over the Giants. Michael Gallup looks like his sleeper hype may be legit, finishing with 7 catches for 158 yards.

9) Seattle Seahawks (Prev: 11)
It was far from a perfect performance, but it felt like one of those grind it out and find a way victories we’ve become so used to with Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.

8) Minnesota Vikings (Prev: 10)
Did any running back look more impressive running the ball than Dalvin Cook in Week 1? He finished with 111 yards and two touchdowns on 21 touches. If he’s back, the Vikings are going to be a serious contender in the NFC.

7) Green Bay Packers (Prev: 9)
Is the defense really that good or is the Bears’ offense just that bad? We’ll find out next week when the Packers welcome the Vikings to town for a chance to start the season 2-0 in the very competitive NFC North.

6) Philadelphia Eagles (Prev: 6)
It took them a half to get going, but the Eagles survived a huge divisional contest with a strong second-half performance. In his return to Philly, DeSean Jackson turned back the clock with eight catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns.

5) Los Angeles Chargers (Prev: 4)
I’m knocking the Chargers down a spot, strictly because of how bad they played in the fourth quarter against the Colts. They looked great before that, and Austin Ekeler looks like he’ll be just fine replacing Melvin Gordon, but any time a team blows a 24-6 lead it raises an alarm.

4) New Orleans Saints (Prev: 5)
New Orleans got to sit back on Sunday and watch the entire NFC South look questionable at best. With a win on Monday night, the Saints would find themselves with an early one-game lead in the division.

3) Los Angeles Rams (Prev: 3)
Malcolm Brown had 11 carries for 53 yards and two touchdowns, while Todd Gurley had 14 carries for 97 yards. Brown might be exactly what the Rams need to keep Gurley healthy.

2) Kansas City Chiefs (Prev: 2)
Patrick Mahomes had a career-best 313 first-half passing yards against a solid Jaguars’ defense. The touchdowns weren’t coming as easily as the yards, but the Chiefs’ offense is picking up right where it left off.

1) New England Patriots (Prev: 1)
Does the 33-3 victory over the Steelers on Sunday Night Football say more about New England or Pittsburgh? Whatever it means, it proves that Tom Brady can still put up points with whatever receiving corps he has. And now he gets to add Antonio Brown.

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