Here are the 2018 NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 1 of the regular season now that preseason is officially in the books.
Now that training camp and preseason is officially in the books, it’s only a matter of days before Week 1 is officially underway when the Atlanta Falcons return to the City of Brotherly Love to take on the defending Super Bowl champions in the Philadelphia Eagles. As defending champions, the Eagles earned the rights to being in the top spot for the 2018 NFL Power Rankings for most of the offseason, but between the team’s shaky preseason along with the fact they now have to start the new season without Carson Wentz and Alshon Jeffery, that is no longer the case.
On the same day that Philadelphia officially cut their roster down to 53 players before Saturday’s deadline, the team also announced that it would Nick Foles under center for that first game of 2018 against Atlanta, which seems like the correct move. Since Wentz hadn’t officially been cleared for contact heading into the weekend, it seemed like only a matter of time before it was announced that Foles would begin the year as the starter, bringing a whole new level of pressure to the table.
One would think that a player like Foles coming off a Super Bowl performance in which he took home MVP honors would have little trouble leading the Eagles to start off the new season, but that’s always easier said than done when looking at the last couple of weeks. As for what this means for Philadelphia in the most recent NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 1, well let’s see where the defending champions stand along with the other 31 teams.