NFL Week 1 Power Rankings: New Kings in the North?

Justin Jefferson sheds a tackle after making a cactch against the Packers. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/AP Photo)

Football is back! The NFL returned with a bang in Week one, filled with overtime drama, shocking upsets, and even a tie. Where does everyone stand in this seemingly new NFL landscape?

32. New York Jets (0-1)

The more things change, the more they stay the same. The Jets start the season at the bottom of the barrel in the NFL after losing to the Ravens. Zach Wilson is missing time with an injury, leaving the team in the aging hands of Joe Flacco. After a very hyped offseason, expect the same as usual from the Jets.

Team MVP: Quincy Williams (6 tackles, sack)

Next: at Browns

31. Carolina Panthers (0-1)

The Baker Mayfield revenge game did not go as the Panthers planned. Carolina attempted a fourth-quarter comeback, scoring 17 points, but it was not enough, as the Browns nailed a game-winning kick. Maybe now, with the Browns distraction out of the way, Mayfield can start playing with a clearer head.

Team MVP: Robbie Anderson (5 rec, 102 yds, TD)

Next: at Giants

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1)

Another Week one loss for the Jags, but this one comes with some upsides. Trevor Lawrence looks primed to take the next step this season, and their number one overall pick, Travon Walker, played well. Moving in the right direction is all Jacksonville can ask for in a rebuild.

Team MVP: Travon Walker (4 tackles, sack, INT)

Next: vs Colts

29. Atlanta Falcons (0-1)

Death. Taxes. Atlanta sports team blowing leads late. The Falcons were set to get a Week one victory over the Saints, but they gave up 17 fourth-quarter points, leading to a dramatic loss. If Atlanta can compete with teams in their division, it will be considered an upgrade from last year.

Team MVP: Cordarrelle Patterson (120 yds, TD)

Next: at Rams

28. Houston Texans (0-0-1)

Not even one week into the season, we already have a tie. Allowing 17 points in the fourth quarter seems to be a common trend so far for losing games, and the Texans did that and managed to come away not as losers but not as winners either. Given that it’s Houston, they may take that as a personal victory.

Team MVP: Jerry Hughes (3 tackles, 2 sacks, INT)

Next: at Broncos

27. Detroit Lions (0-1)

After watching Hard Knocks, Dan Campbell had me believing in the Detroit Lions. And they almost pulled off a major week one upset over the Eagles, but couldn’t quite finish the job. Giving up over 200 yards on the ground doesn’t help, so that’s something they’ll need to fix.

Team MVP: D’Andre Swift (144 yds, TD)

Next: vs Commanders

26. Washington Commanders (1-0)

The first game in the Commanders era ended in a win, although they needed a defensive stop to clinch it. Carson Wentz fired four touchdowns, so maybe Ron Rivera is getting the best out of him. Then again, he also threw two interceptions, so maybe things haven’t changed.

Team MVP: Antonio Gibson (58 yds, 7 rec, 72 yds)

Next: At Lions

25. New York Giants (1-0)

Are the New York Giants… back?! The G-men scored a massive upset over the Titans, last year’s number one seed in the AFC. The Giants showed more heart and emotion in one game than the previous three seasons combined. Saquon Barkley also turned the clock back to 2018, with almost 200 total yards. The Giants now have a massive wave of momentum.

Team MVP: Saquon Barkley (164 yds, TD)

Next: vs Panthers

24. Seattle Seahawks (1-0)

Speaking of surprising upsets, the Seahawks gave Pete Carroll his greatest day as they knocked off Russell Wilson and the Broncos. Geno Smith brought the clock back to his West Virginia days, as he rarely threw incomplete passes and led his team up and down the field. People were quick to write the Seahawks off, but as Geno said, “I ain’t write back.”

Team MVP: Geno Smith (23/28, 195 yds, 2 TDs)

Next: at 49ers

23. Chicago Bears (1-0)

Continuing the trend of upsets, the Chicago Bears got maybe the biggest one of all. They knocked off the 49ers, who were in the NFC Championship last year. Justin Fields didn’t play his best game, but he played well enough, and the Bears’ defense did the rest.

Team MVP: Dominique Robinson (7 tackles, 1.5 sacks, TFL)

Next: at Packers

22. Dallas Cowboys (0-1)

The Dallas Cowboys star is falling fast. They couldn’t get moving against the Bucs, and on top of that, Dak Prescott went down with a hand injury that will require surgery. Dak wants to come back in four weeks, but the timeline for the injury is 6-8 weeks. Time will tell, but the Cowboys will struggle in his absence.

Team MVP: Micah Parsons ( 5 tackles, 2 sacks)

Next: vs Bengals

21. New England Patriots (0-1)

As per tradition, the Patriots fell in Miami. Bill Belichick cannot figure out Tua, as the Miami QB is 4-0 against the Pats. Regardless, the Patriots have many issues to iron out on offense if they want to return to the playoffs this year, especially on the offensive line.

Team MVP: Ja’Whaun Bentley (7 tackles, sack, TFL)

Next: at Steelers

20. Indianapolis Colts (0-0-1)

The Colts tied with the Texans, but they deserved to lose. Thankfully for Indy, the Texans choked away a fourth-quarter lead. They were in position to win, but kicker Rodrigo Blankenship missed a 42-yard game-winner. After that and two kickoffs out of bounds, the goggles-wearing kicker has been cut. Whether or not this solves the Colts’ issues remains to be seen.

Team MVP: Michael Pittman Jr (9 rec, 121 yds, TD)

Next: at Jaguars

19. Arizona Cardinals (0-1)

The Cards gave up 44 points, and more times than not, that will lead to a loss. Arizona lost Chandler Jones in the offseason, and that showed, as they got zero sacks on Mahomes. The good news is you don’t play Kansas City every week, so Arizona can dust themselves off and get ready for the next one.

Team MVP: Greg Dortch (7 rec, 63 yds)

Next: at Raiders

18. Cleveland Browns (1-0)

The Browns faced off with their former QB and came out victorious against the Panthers. Jacoby Brissett looked shaky, but he had a great running attack behind him, backing him up. Ultimately, rookie kicker Cade york kicked the game-winner. The Browns face tough competition in the AFC North this year.

Team MVP: Kareem Hunt (46 yds, TD, 4 rec, 24 yds, TD)

Next: vs Jets

17. Tennessee Titans (0-1)

The Titans got their king back with Derrick Henry, but it was not enough. The Giants took the lead late, and Randy Bullock could not hit the game-winner, leading to a Week one loss. Good news for the Titans, nobody in the AFC South won this week.

Team MVP: Jeffrey Simmons (6 tackles, 2 sacks)

Next: at Bills

16. Denver Broncos (0-1)

Broncos country, left wide. That’s where Brandon McManus missed his potential game-winning kick in Seattle. Russell Wilson did not get his revenge against the Seahawks, and Denver starts a step slower than the Chargers and Chiefs in the AFC West. On paper, this game should have been a layup for Denver.

Team MVP: Jerry Jeudy (4 rec, 102 yds, TD)

Next: vs Texans

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)

The Steelers lived up to their name, as they stole the ball from the Bengals five times. Unfortunately, they also lost TJ Watt to a torn pec, but he is only expected to miss six weeks instead of the full season. Pittsburgh made a statement in their overtime win over the defending AFC champs.

Team MVP: Minkah Fitzpatrick (14 tackles, INT, TD, blocked kick)

Next: vs Patriots

14. Miami Dolphins (1-0)

Miami continued their domination of the Patriots at home with a win. Any concerns about Tyreek in Miami have been erased, as he was the primary source of the Dolphins’ offense. Miami could be a sneaky playoff contender this season.

Team MVP: Tyreek Hill (8 rec, 94 yds)

Next: at Ravens

13. New Orleans Saints (1-0)

The Saints came back for a major win over their heated rival, the Falcons. They have Michael Thomas back and healthy for the first time since Drew Brees was playing, and he came back with two touchdowns. New Orleans may not have Sean Payton anymore, but they still look good.

Team MVP: Michael Thomas ( 5 rec, 57 yds, 2 TDs)

Next: vs Buccaneers

12. San Francisco 49ers (0-1)

The 49ers had a layup of a matchup, and they missed it, losing to the Bears. Trey Lance looked iffy in his NFL debut but made plays on the ground. Unfortunately, you have to be able to throw it as well in the NFL, and he completed less than 50% of his passes. This was Lance’s welcome to the NFL moment.

Team MVP: Talanoa Hufanga (11 tackles, 2 TFLs, INT)

Next: vs Seahawks

11. Green Bay Packers (0-1)

The Packers looked awful in a loss to the Vikings. I counted the Packers out after a week one loss last season, and I will not make the same mistake this year, even with a new receiving core. Aaron Rodgers is still the back-to-back MVP, and Green Bay will in all likelihood figure this out.

Team MVP: AJ Dillon (45 yds, TD, 5 rec, 46 yds)

Next: vs Bears

10. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)

Philly came into this season as the favorites in the NFC East, and they started with an offensive explosion. They ran for over 200 yards, and AJ Brown went for over 150 yards receiving. There is a lot to like about the Eagles this season, especially in the NFC East.

Team MVP: AJ Brown (10 rec, 155 yds)

Next: vs Vikings

9. Las Vegas Raiders (0-1)

There was a lot of hype surrounding the Raiders this season after trading for Davante Adams and acquiring Chandler Jones. The only other team with as much hype was the Chargers, who they faced in week one. It was close, but the Raiders got the short end of the stick and a loss. Expect the raiders to bounce back fast.

Team MVP: Davante Adams (10 rec, 141 yds, TD)

Next: vs Cardinals

8. Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)

The defending AFC champs started with a loss after Joe Burrow started with five turnovers and tied the game late. In overtime, they had multiple chances to win, but snapping struggles led to missed kicks. If they can lose the turnovers, the Bengals will be fine.

Team MVP: Ja’Marr Chase (10 rec, 129 yds, TD)

Next: at Cowboys

7. Minnesota Vikings (1-0)

Skol Vikings! The Vikes looked incredible on both sides of the ball against the Packers, holding Aaron Rodgers to seven points, and Justin Jefferson almost got 200 yards receiving. Minnesota looks like they could be a threat to the Packers’ iron grip on the NFC North.

Team MVP: Justin Jefferson (9 rec, 184 yds, 2 TDs)

Next: at Eagles

6. Baltimore Ravens (1-0)

Contract year Lamar Jackson could be a handful. The ravens traded Marquise Brown in the offseason, but that doesn’t look like it will slow down the Ravens’ pass offense. The AFC North has a lot of talent and a healthy Ravens team may be the favorite.

Team MVP: Marcus Williams (12 tackles, pass defense, INT)

Next: vs Dolphins

5. Los Angeles Rams (0-1)

The defending Super Bowl champs started the season on a sour note. The Bills came into their house, saw them raise a banner, and then proceeded to kick their butts. The Rams struggled on both sides, outside of two Josh Allen interceptions and a fumble and Cooper Kupp doing what he does. Stafford will need to trust his other weapons more as nobody outside of Kupp produced.

Team MVP: Cooper Kupp (13 rec, 128 yds, TD)

Next: vs Falcons

4. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)

There were so many questions about how the Chiefs’ offense would look without Tyreek Hill, and they responded with a five-touchdown performance from Patrick Mahomes. Kansas City looks like they will be just fine and near the top of the AFC like usual.

Team MVP: Patrick Mahomes (30/39, 360 yds, 5 TDs)

Next: vs Chargers

3. Los Angeles Chargers (1-0)

The other Los Angles-based team got the win in a highly anticipated showdown with the Raiders. The only downside for the Chargers is the injury to Keenan Allen, but the team is hopeful he won’t miss too much time. The Bolts may be AFC favorites.

Team MVP: Khalil Mack (6 tackles, 3 sacks)

Next: at Chiefs

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0)

The Bucs held the Cowboys to a touchdown-less performance, and Tom Brady did what Tom Brady does, leading to a Bucs W to start their season. They may not have Rob Gronkowski anymore, but they added Julio Jones, so they should be covered. Tampa Bay starts the year as NFC favorites.

Team MVP: Leonard Fournette (127 yds)

Next: at Saints

1. Buffalo Bills (1-0)

The most hyped team entering the regular season lived up to it, as they didn’t even punt against the defending Super Bowl champs. Josh Allen made Jalen Ramsey, the best corner in the league, look like a career backup, as he torched him several times. The Bills are heavy Super Bowl favorites.

Team MVP: Josh Allen (26/31, 297 yds, 3 TDs, 2 INTs)

Next: vs Titans