The first week of the NFL season has come and gone and it’s time to start our Power Rankings for Season 2018.
1: Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles did not impress many in their performance but were still able to defeat a dangerous NFC threat in Atlanta. The Eagles’ red zone defence was outstanding and probably won the game in an ugly encounter.
2: Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings gave Jimmy Garoppolo his first loss as a starting quarterback in the NFL, forcing two interceptions out of the rising star. The Vikings host the Packers in a crucial NFC North division game next Sunday.
3: Los Angeles Rams
The Rams were pushed in the first half by the Raiders, however held strong on defence in the second to win comfortably. The secondary of the Rams kept Oakland’s wide receivers from registering a catch in the second half.
4: New England Patriots
In typical Pats style, New England was able to get the job done despite not playing their best football. The usual suspects of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski starred as the Patriots beat Houston 27-20 at Foxborough, they face Jacksonville in an AFC Championship game rematch next week.
5: Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs had a very impressive victory over the Chargers in LA as life with Patrick Mahomes as the man began for Andy Reid’s team. Tyreek Hill ran riot for 169 yards receiving on seven receptions as Mahomes threw for four touchdowns.
6: Green Bay Packers
The Packers could very well be quite low on this list if not for one remarkable half from the best quarterback in the game, Aaron Rodgers. They were a basket-case without him and with him could recover from a 20-3 deficit in the final term. Sensational.
7: Jacksonville Jaguars
Blake Bortles is still very much an issue for this team however the defence seems to be staying on course for what i showed last season. The Jags kept the Giants out of the endzone until the final quarter. They will look for revenge when they host the Pats next Monday morning.
8: Baltimore Ravens
A surprise packet of opening week, most expected them to win against Buffalo, however the Ravens absolutely destroyed the hapless Bills. Joe Flacco returned to the 2013 playoff form to hold off calls for Lamar Jackson to take the starting job.
9: Carolina Panthers
The strong defence of the Panthers stood tall to hold off the Cowboys at Bank of America Stadium. The front seven of Carolina was particularly impressive, sacking Dak Prescott six times. Cam Newton takes his team to Atlanta to face the Falcons next up.
10: New Orleans Saints
The Saints lost a game to the Buccanneers incomprehensibly as Drew Brees dominated the second half but could not reel in the large lead of Tampa Bay. A moderate performance by the defence next up should be enough to help the Saints beat Cleveland.
11: Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons, if not for the same redzone issues that plagued them last season should have beaten the defending Super Bowl champions on their own patch. The Falcons host the Panthers in a crucial NFC South division game next up.
12: Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers should be one of the best teams in the AFC, but looked far from it against the Browns as Ben Roethlisberger struggled in the dreary conditions. Their schedule does not get any easier, coming up against a red hot Kansas City next week.
13: Los Angeles Chargers
One of this seasons dark horses, the Chargers did not get the start they would have liked against the offensive juggernaut that are the Chiefs. They should register their first win of the season when they face the Bills next week.
14: Chicago Bears
The Bears’ defence looked world beating in the first half as they did some serious scoreboard damage to the Packers. Khalil Mack should be seeing more playing time next week as he works into shape, making for an intriguing clash with the Seahawks
15: Washington Redskins
Alex Smith appears to have settled into life as a Redskin well and Adrian Peterson appeared to have turned back the clock as the Redskins beat the Cardinals. They look to go 2-0 when they face Indianapolis next week.
16: Denver Broncos
Case Keenum’s debut for the Broncos was not perfect, throwing three interceptions however recovered in the last quarter to give the Broncos the win. They face the Raiders next up.
17: Houston Texans
The texans struggled to get their offence going in Deshaun Watson’s return game against the Patriots, as their defence held solid against the Patriots. They travel to Tennessee to face a struggling Titans side.
18: New York Jets
Sam Darnold had a fantastic start to his career, recovering from a first up pick-6 to dominate the Lions. However, the Lions were so poor we cannot really be sure of how good this team is.
19: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ryan Fitzpatrick had a day out for the upset of the week as his Bucs without Jameis Winston beat the highly fancied Saints. Let’s see if they can keep this up when they host the Super Bowl champions this weekend.
20: San Francisco 49ers
The niners were beaten comfortably by the NFC titans Minnesota as ”Jimmy G” suffered his first starting loss in the NFL. Their redzone offence must improve when they face Detroit next week.
21: Cincinatti Bengals
The Bengals came from behind to beat the Colts in a tight encounter, significantly improving in the second half to steal the W. They host the Ravens in week 2.
22: Miami Dolphins
Frank Gore rushed for nearly seven yards a carry in his Dolphins debut as they beat the Titans in a seven hour game thanks to lightning around Florida.
23: Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks lost another good player in Doug Baldwin as they went down to the wire with Denver at the Broncos’ house. Russell Wilson could be in for a rough game as his teams heads to Soldier Field to face the Bears next up.
24: Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys simply did not give the ball to Ezekiel Elliott enough as they struggled to move the ball against a good Panthers defence. They will look for their first win when they face the Giants in a big NFC East game next week.
25: Cleveland Browns
Thanks to an 0-0 start, the Browns had their best start to a season since 2004 and showed why many tipped them to win over 5 games this season, giving the fancied Steelers some problems. They face the Saints in week 2.
26: New York Giants
The Giants’ Saquon Barkley showed a glimpse of why he was so highly touted, rushing for 106 yards including a 68 yard touchdown. New York heads to Arlington to take on rivals the Cowboys.
27: Tennessee Titans
Without Marcus Mariota, the Titans couldn’t find the spark needed to get a win on the road to start their season. They host the Texans next week.
28: Oakland Raiders
The Raiders began life under Jon Gruden with a decent performance against Super Bowl fancies the Rams but faded late as their defence failed to continue to get to Jared Goff. We shall see if Marshawn Lynch is truly back to his best form when the Raiders a good Broncos defence next week.
29: Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck’s return to football should be considered a success, minus getting the victory of course. Luck showed small signs of getting back to his MVP-calibre best and will improve throughout the year. The Colts travel to Washington next up.
30: Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals new coach Steve Wilks has a lot to think about after they managed to have 213 yards of total offence for THE ENTIRE GAME. Their defence didn’t hold up either as the Redskins easily accounted for them.
31: Detroit Lions
The Lions were simply awful across all fronts as they were smashed by the Jets. Offence, defence and the special teams could not do anything right as Matt Stafford threw four picks in head coach Matt Patricia’s first game as Lions coach.
32: Buffalo Bills
Nathan Peterman…. really? I understand the logic of not throwing quarterback Josh Allen out there with the state of their offensive line, one has to wonder why they traded Aj McCaron, he could’ve at least done better than this.