The NFL made its grand return on Sunday. Due to the pandemic, there were a few changes on the field Sunday. In most stadiums, there were no fans allowed in the stands, the crowd noise was piped in and coaches were seen wearing face masks on the sidelines. Despite all that, week one had all the energy of a traditional NFL Sunday. Here’s where every team stands at the end of week one.
32. New York Jets (0-1)
The worst team to take the field on week one was unquestionably Adam Gase’s New York Jets. At one point, they trailed 21-0 and looked completely unprepared to play. To make matters worse, Le’veon Bell suffered a hamstring injury and could be out multiple games. If the Jets play like this all year, they will need to find themselves a new head coach and maybe think about a new quarterback.
Team MVP: Jamison Crowder (7 rec, 115 yards, 1 TD)
Next: vs 49ers
31. Detroit Lions (0-1)
Going into the fourth quarter, the Lions led by a score of 23-6. They then allowed 21 unanswered points in the fourth to go down 27-23. Matthew Stafford was able to lead the team down the field and threw running back D’andre Swift a beautiful ball to take the lead with almost no time remaining. The rookie dropped the pass in the endzone, and the Lions would go on to lose the game. The Lions will need to recover quickly and land on their feet next week.
Team MVP: Matthew Stafford (24/42 297 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT)
Next: at Packers
30. Miami Dolphins (0-1)
Sometimes Ryan Fitzpatrick plays like an MVP. Sometimes Ryan Fitzpatrick plays like a second-string quarterback. On Sunday, Ryan Fitzpatrick played like a second-string quarterback. He threw the ball 30 times, but still threw for under 200 yards to go along with 3 interceptions. If he plays like that for a few more weeks, Tua Tagovailoa may find himself playing sooner rather than later. The defense also did them no favors, allowing over 200 yards rushing.
Team MVP: Jerome Baker (13 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble)
Next: vs Bills
29. Carolina Panthers (0-1)
The Carolina Panthers came into this season with a completely new look. Ron Rivera is out at coach, and Matt Rhule is in. Cam Newton is out at quarterback and Teddy Bridgewater is in. Teddy performed well, but the majority of the rest of the team did not, as the defense gave up 34 points. The Panthers were attempting to make a comeback but gave a 4th and inches handoff to the fullback rather than all-pro running back Christian McCaffrey. Matt Rhule’s decision making will need to improve if the Panthers want to win some games this year.
Team MVP: Christian McCaffrey (23 rushes, 96 yards, 2 TDs, 3 rec, 38 yards)
Next: at Buccaneers
28. New York Giants (0-1)
Saquon Barkley is an extremely talented running back. On Monday night, however, he couldn’t get anything going on the ground. He finished with 15 carries for 6 yards, which equals out to 0.4 yards per carry. The Giants were forced to go to the air, which didn’t turn out too great for them either, as Daniel Jones turned the ball over twice. Expect Barkley to have significantly more yards next week.
Team MVP: Darius Slayton (6 rec, 102 yards, 2 TDs)
Next: at Bears
27. Cleveland Browns (0-1)
The Cleveland Browns have an extremely talented roster, with players like Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, Myles Garrett, and Denzel Ward. That didn’t stop them from getting demolished by the Ravens on Sunday. Baker Mayfield threw the ball nearly 40 times and still could not reach 200 yards; the defense gave up 38 points and almost 400 yards of total offense. The new coach Kevin Stefanski needs to figure out what is holding this team back and fast.
Team MVP: Kareem Hunt (13 carries, 72 yards, 4 rec, 9 yards)
Next: vs Bengals
26. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0)
Jacksonville scored what could be considered upset of the week on Sunday, beating the Indianapolis Colts. This team was considered to be tanking; they cut Leonard Fournette and traded away Calais Campbell. They were the favorites in the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes, and may still be. But this week, they secured a win and will look to keep the momentum rolling.
Team MVP: Gardner Minshew (19/20 173 yards, 3 TDs)
Next: at Titans
25. Washington Football Team (1-0)
Riverboat Ron Rivera is the only new head coach in the league to have secured a win in week one. This was another upset victory, but Washington has the potential to surprise a lot of people this season. Rivera is an excellent coach, and the Redskins have an excellent defensive line; a group that got even better with the addition of Chase Young. Washington is the only team in the NFC East to be 1-0.
Team MVP: Ryan Kerrigan (2 tackles, 2 sacks, fumble recovery)
Next: at Cardinals
24. Las Vegas Raiders (1-0)
New city, new Raiders? The Raiders started their season out with a shootout victory in Carolina on Sunday. There was a lot of ground and pound from the Raiders, as they ran for over 100 yards as a team. Don’t expect too much success from the Raiders this season, however, as they play in a stacked AFC West.
Team MVP: Josh Jacobs (25 carries, 93 yards, 3 TDs)
Next: vs Saints
23. Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)
Joe Burrow made his much anticipated NFL debut on Sunday against a loaded Chargers secondary. His stats didn’t look very impressive, but what stood out was his 2-minute drill. He looked poised and very impressive. Kicker Randy Bullock missed a game-tying chip shot field goal and may have hurt himself in the process. The Bengals have the talent to surprise people this season.
Team MVP: Joe Burrow (23/36, 193 yards, 1 INT, 8 carries, 46 yards, 1 TD)
Next: at Browns
22. Philadelphia Eagles (0-1)
The Eagles roster, specifically their offensive line, was decimated by injuries. That said, they are still talented enough to have won last week. Carson Wentz in particular looked awful, turning the ball over numerous times late in the game. If the Eagles want to repeat as division champions, they need to get healthy and clean up their turnover problems.
Team MVP: Dallas Goedert (8 rec, 101 yards, 1 TD)
Next: vs Rams
21. Atlanta Falcons (0-1)
Atlanta’s defense got eviscerated by Russell Wilson on Sunday, but the offense still looked good. The Falcons have enough weapons to win most shootouts, but the Seahawks were unstoppable on Sunday. Expect Atlanta to be in the middle of the pack this year, and a sleeper candidate for the last spot in the expanded playoffs this year.
Team MVP: Calvin Ridley (9 rec, 130 yards, 2 touchdowns)
Next: at Cowboys
20. Chicago Bears (1-0)
The Bears couldn’t score points at all for the first three quarters of the game on Sunday. But in the fourth, Mitch Trubisky turned it on and put up 21 unanswered points on the Detroit Lions to steal the win. If Trubisky can play at that level consistently, the Bears could be a threat to win the NFC North again, but a lot rides on Trubisky’s shoulders.
Team MVP: Mitchell Trubisky (20/36, 242 yards, 3 TDs)
Next: vs Giants
19. Denver Broncos (0-1)
Von Miller is lost for the season, but the Denver Broncos have still built a mean defensive front. Derrick Henry still went over 100 yards, but it took 30 carries to do so. Denver was without Pro Bowl wide receiver Courtland Sutton on Monday night, but Noah Fant and Jerry Jeudy still impressed. Denver could be another sleeper team this season.
Team MVP: Melvin Gordon (15 carries, 78 yards, 1 TD, 3 rec, 8 yards)
Next: at Steelers
18. Los Angeles Chargers (1-0)
For the first time in a long time, the Chargers started a quarterback not named Phillip Rivers. Tyrod Taylor played just well enough to win, but it took an injury to the Bengals’ kicker. This team will be very much defense first for a while, at least until Justin Herbert eventually takes over for Taylor.
Team MVP: Joey Bosa (5 tackles, 1 sack)
Next: vs Chiefs
17. Los Angeles Rams (1-0)
It was a fairly ugly victory for the Los Angeles Rams. There was also some controversy on a late offensive pass interference call against Michael Gallup that would have set Dallas up for a game-tying field goal. The Rams are no strangers to get help from the officials, though, and will take a victory any way they can get it.
Team MVP: Robert Woods (6 rec, 105 yards)
Next: at Eagles
16. Indianapolis Colts (0-1)
People will be quick to judge the Colts for losing to the lowly Jaguars, but this team’s roster is still loaded with talent. And adding Phillip Rivers at quarterback makes this team miles better than they were last year. Once Rivers gets more comfortable with the system, this team could get close to where they were when Andrew Luck was the quarterback.
Team MVP: Nyheim Hines (7 rushes, 28 yards, 1 TD, 8 rec, 45 yards, 1 TD)
Next: vs Vikings
15. Houston Texans (0-1)
Another roster that underwent a lot of change is the Houston Texans. Deandre Hopkins is out and Brandin Cooks is the new WR1 in Houston. Lamar Miller is also out, and David Johnson is the new RB1. After being dismantled by Patrick Mahomes, people may count this team out, but this team has won the division two years running now and Deshaun Watson is still a great quarterback. Don’t count the Houston Texans out yet.
Team MVP: David Johnson (11 rushes, 77 yards, 1 TD, 3 rec, 32 yards)
Next: vs Ravens
14. Dallas Cowboys (0-1)
Dallas is another team that has a lot of talent. They managed to bring back all of their offensive weapons and added CeeDee Lamb. They suffered a loss to the Rams on Sunday night, but should still be considered the favorites to come out of the NFC East.
Team MVP: Ezekiel Eliot (22 rushes, 96 yards, 1 TD, 3 rec, 31 yards, 1 TD)
Next: vs Falcons
13. Minnesota Vikings (0-1)
Minnesota is another team to make a lot of changes in the offseason. Stefon Diggs was shipped to Buffalo and Everson Griffen signed with the Cowboys. There is still plenty of star-caliber talent on this team though, like Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen, and Danielle Hunter. Minnesota let up a lot of points Sunday, but Mike Zimmer is a good enough coach to get that fixed.
Team MVP: Adam Thielen (6 rec, 110 yards, 2 TDs)
Next: at Colts
12. Arizona Cardinals (1-0)
Deandre Hopkins was a man on a mission for his new team. He set a career-high in receptions and went over 150 yards against the defending NFC champions. He can take Kyler Murray to the same levels that he helped elevate Deshaun Watson too, and that will make the Cardinals a playoff contender.
Team MVP: Deandre Hopkins (14 rec, 151 yards)
Next: vs Washington Football Team
11. Tennessee Titans (1-0)
Last year’s AFC Cinderella should be considered somewhat of a powerhouse this season. Derrick Henry is still running through people and they added Jadeveon Clowney on defense. They may need to keep an eye on their kicking situation, however, as Stephen Gostkowski missed 3 field goals and an extra point.
Team MVP: Derrick Henry (31 rushes, 116 yards, 3 receptions, 15 yards)
Next: vs Jaguars
10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1)
The Tompa Bay era of the Buccaneers got off to a rocky start in New Orleans, as Tom Brady threw a pair of interceptions, including a pick-six. Something to note is that Tom Brady and Mike Evans looked out of sync for the entire game. Knowing the talent level in Tampa Bay, however, they should figure it out sooner rather than later.
Team MVP: Chris Godwin (6 rec, 79 yards)
Next: vs Panthers
9. San Francisco 49ers (0-1)
The 49ers reign as defending NFC champion started with a rough outing against the Cardinals, and a notably rough performance from Jimmy Garoppolo. His stats look fine, but the misses he did make were bad. Jimmy G needs to step up for the Niners to have a chance to make it back to the Super Bowl.
Team MVP: Raheem Mostert (15 rushes, 56 yards, 4 rec, 95 yards, 1 TD)
Next: at Jets
8. Buffalo Bills (1-0)
The Bills slaughtered the Jets on Sunday, including a career-high in passing yards from Josh Allen. Stefon Diggs’ debut also went well, finishing with 8 receptions for 86 yards. Buffalo is looking to build on the last few years, and seize the AFC East from the Patriots.
Team MVP: Josh Allen (33/46 312 yards, 2 TDs, 14 rushes, 57 yards, 1 TD)
Next: at Dolphins
7. New England Patriots (1-0)
The Cam Newton era in Foxboro got off to a great start on Sunday as the Patriots were victorious. New England was dominant on the ground, as Cam Newton scored twice and ran for 75 yards. The defense also is picking up where they left off last year, as they forced three turnovers. The dynasty may not be dead yet.
Team MVP: Cam Newton (15/19 155 yards, 15 rushes, 75 yards, 2 TDs)
Next: at Seahawks
6. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)
Steelers fans were excited to see Ben Roethlisberger take the field for the first time in a long time Monday night. The defense is still great as well, as they made life very hard for Saquon Barkley on the ground. Now that Big Ben is back and he brought the offense, the Steelers could be Super Bowl contenders.
Team MVP: Benny Snell Jr. (19 rushes, 113 yards)
Next: vs Broncos
5. Green Bay Packers (1-0)
Aaron Rodgers is far from washed. He threw for over 350 yards to go with 4 touchdowns and looked like he could be a factor in the MVP race this season. The defense gave up 24 points in the 4th quarter, but most of it was garbage time, so there’s not much to worry about on that front for Green Bay.
Team MVP: Aaron Rodgers (32/44 364 yards, 4 TDs)
Next: vs Lions
4. Seattle Seahawks (1-0)
Is this finally the season Russell Wilson wins MVP? He’s been so close for years, and he got off to a great start against the Falcons on Sunday. They are loaded on offense in terms of weapons, but the pass defense needs a little bit of work for this team to be a Super Bowl contender.
Team MVP: Russell Wilson (31/35 322 yards, 4 TDs, 3 rushes 29 yards)
Next: vs Patriots
3. New Orleans Saints (1-0)
Drew Brees and the Saints came out with the win in what was the most hyped game of the week. The defense picked off Tom Brady twice and scored a touchdown and Alvin Kamara added a pair of touchdowns as well. The Saints will look to make up for last year’s early exit with a deep playoff run this year.
Team MVP: Janoris Jenkins (8 tackles, 1 INT, 1 TD)
Next: at Raiders
2. Baltimore Ravens (1-0)
The Ravens had their way with the Browns and Baker Mayfield on Sunday. Lamar Jackson is picking up where he left off last year and carved up the browns defense through the air and on the ground. The Ravens are the most realistic threat to Kansas City in the AFC.
Team MVP: Lamar Jackson (20/25 275 yards, 3 TD, 7 rushes, 45 yards)
Next: at Texans
1. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)
The Super Bowl champs coasted to a victory over the Houston Texans in the season opener. Patrick Mahomes looked as sharp as ever and the defense remains a solid unit. Clyde Edwards-Helaire adds a new dimension to the offense, so they can run efficiently now too. Kansas City is the favorite to repeat as champions, and they showed why on Thursday night.
Team MVP: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (25 rushes, 138 yards, 1 TD)
Next: at Chargers