Now that week one has concluded, we were able to get a great look at what teams throughout the league look like. While teams such as the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49′ers had very impressive showings, teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Pittsburgh Steelers showed that they have enormous flaws and holes that need to be fixed.
With a couple of big match-ups headed into week two, such as the San Francisco 49′ers vs. Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Redskins vs. the Green Bay Packers, we will start to see exactly who some of the superior teams are.
Below are my power rankings from what I was able to see out of these 32 teams after the first week of football. Enjoy.
Number 1: San Francisco 49′ers
San Francisco was able to open up the season in impressive fashion against Green Bay. It seems they got a steal in Anquan Boldin after his 200+ yard performance. A sixth round pick? Really Ozzie?
Number 2: Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos went out and absolutely demolished the defending Super Bowl champions. Although Manning isn’t going to throw for 7 touchdowns on a weekly basis, they will be just find as they wait for their defensive stars (Von Miller and Champ Bailey to come back from injury and suspension.
Number 3: Seattle Seahawks
Despite not putting up many points offensively against the Panthers, Seattle’s defense was very impressive, holding Cam Newton to a mere 163 yards offensively. As long as they keep up this defensive dominance, they’ll be just fine.
Number 4: Houston Texans
After being down 21 points in the fourth quarter to the Chargers, the Texans were able to wake up late, rallying to come back and win the game in dramatic fashion. They’ll look to gain some momentum this week as they take on their division rival, Tennessee Titans.
Number 5: New England Patriots
No Gronk, Welker, Hernandez or Lloyd, but yet the Patriots continue to win games. Why is that? Tom Brady. As long as he’s healthy and coach Belichick is on the sidelines, New England will be just fine.
Number 6: Atlanta Falcons
Despite an early loss to the Saints, the Falcons still have the fire power offensively and defensively to rebound. Their up-coming schedule should also help them regain that mojo they had last season.
Number 7: Chicago Bears
Jay Cutler was very impressive for the Bears in their week one victory against the Bengals. If he could play consistent football, Jay and their defense can take this team very far into the playoffs.
Number 8: New Orleans Saints
It seems as if Rob Ryan has brought a certain ‘swagger’ to a defense that lacked the big play ability last season. With coach Peyton back, it looks like the normality of the Saints being a playoff team has been restored in New Orleans.
Number 9: Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers looked really good against San Francisco last Sunday; however, even he was unable to overcome the smash-mouth defensive style that the 49ers play. Rodgers is 0-3 in his last three games against the Niners. They’ll face the Redskins in their home opener this weekend and Green Bay Packers tickets are available for $175.
Number 10: Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals offense looked pretty good against a tough Bears defense. Quarterback Andy Dalton also seemed to be in rhythm with A.J. Green, Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert.
Number 11: Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles offense exploded onto the scene Monday night against Washington. Chip Kelly’s style offense seems to have rejuvenated a team that hasn’t been very good the past few seasons.
Number 12: Baltimore Ravens
The defending champions came out flat against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos last Thursday night, losing 49-27. Not a good start on their road to a repeat.
Number 13: Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck kicked of his sophomore season as a NFL player with a fantastic start against Oakland. We’ll get to see how much Luck has improved this season as he gets prepared to face a Dolphins defense that forced three turnovers and had six sacks last week.
Number 14: Dallas Cowboys
It appears that Bill Callahan’s offensive system is working for Tony Romo. If they could keep up their offensive production, this team has all the talent in the world to make a run at a division title that they haven’t had since the 09′ season.
Number 15: Miami Dolphins
Miami is very lucky that they have a dominate defense. Their offense looked very bad throughout their opener against Cleveland. After rushing for 20 yards on 23 attempts, you would have to think that that is their main focus in practice. A .9 yard per carry average isn’t going to get you very far.
Number 16: St. Louis Rams
Jared Cook performed way better than most expected and with Tavon Austin being targeted seven times, Sam Bradford was finally able to sleep well at night. This team is so close to being contenders.