1. Philadelphia Eagles: 1-0
It wasn’t always pretty, but the reigning champs remain on top with a win over Atlanta. Philly benefits from an extra few days rest ahead of a matchup with the upstart Bucs. Alshon Jeffery could be back. This is an Eagles team that is going to get better as the year rolls on.
2. New England Patriots: 1-0
No sign whatsoever that Tom Brady is feeling the effects of time in the win over the Texans. He connected on three touchdown passes to lead New England past Houston. Rob Gronkowski looks like he is ready to carry the load as well. The much-anticipated rematch from last year’s AFC Championship game awaits as the Patriots head to Jacksonville.
3. Minnesota Vikings: 1-0
The Vikings toughed out a win over the 49ers to deliver on much of the offseason hype surrounding the team. Kirk Cousins was sharp in his debut. Dalvin Cook looked strong in his return from injury. The defense delivered in big moments. Minnesota is still settling in, but already looks good.
4. Los Angeles Rams: 1-0
The kings of the offseason took care of business in the season opener in Oakland. It wasn’t a dominating performance, but players like Marcus Peters are already starting to pay dividends. Todd Gurley also seems set to defend his OPOY award. This team could be the best in the NFL by season’s end.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars: 1-0
That was ugly. The Jaguars did not quite seem like the polished machine that reached the AFC title game a year ago. Instead, Blake Bortles missed some open receivers, Leonard Fournette left with a hamstring issue and the defense got burned by Saquon Barkley for a massive touchdown run. That defense is still one of the best in the league, but Jacksonville showed some weaknesses in the first game of the new campaign.
6. Kansas City Chiefs: 1-0
Patrick Mahomes punctuated his arrival to the NFL with a stellar performance. Tyreek Hill is still running away from Charger defenders. Kansas City looks like it will certainly be back in the playoff hunt in 2018 and made an early statement against its division rival.
7. Green Bay Packers: 1-0
For Packers fans, that was both terrifying and amazing. Aaron Rodgers returned to lead one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history against the Bears. The win was great. The fact Green Bay ever found itself in that position in the first place is concerning. With Rodgers a bit banged up and the Vikings coming to town this week, Mike McCarthy has a lot to figure out.
8. Atlanta Falcons: 1-0
It was eerily familiar to the playoff loss that ended the previous season for Atlanta. Steve Sarkisian showed once again that he is the worst offensive coordinator in the NFL inside the 10-yard line. The Falcons defense showed up, as did Julio Jones, but the performance left a lot to be desired.
9. Baltimore Ravens: 1-0
Through one week of NFL action, the Baltimore Ravens boast the best scoring margin in the league. Jim Harbaugh’s crew demolished the Bills 47-3. It honestly could have been more. The only critique was a paltry ground attack, but it gives the Ravens something to work on going forward.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers: 0-0-1
It wasn’t a loss, but it sure felt like one for the Steelers after blowing a 14-point second half lead and giving the Browns multiple chances to win. Pittsburgh was downright sloppy, committing five turnovers in the tie. The bright side: James Conner made it easy to forget that Bell guy is holding out.
11. Washington: 1-0
Effective and efficient. Those two words describe this new-look Washington team well. Alex Smith looked comfortable. Adrian Peterson showed he’s still got what it takes. The defense gave very little for the Cardinals to build on. All around a good win to open the season.
12. Chicago Bears: 0-1
The loss was agonizing, no question. However, there are a lot of positives from the game. Kahlil Mack came exactly as advertised. Mitchell Trubisky showed signs of improvement from last year. The running game was solid. Chicago just needs to play two halves of football now, instead of one.
13. Denver Broncos: 1-0
A massive overhaul for Denver saw them cut ties with former first round pick Paxton Lynch, sign Case Keenum and revamp the running back position. The first impression of the new team is a good one. It wasn’t a convincing win, but it did enough to show the Broncos made some solid signings in the offseason.
14. San Francisco 49ers: 0-1
Jimmy Garappolo finally lost a game he started as San Francisco fell to Minnesota. The franchise quarterback tossed three interceptions, including the game-clinching one in the final two minutes. The truth is, the 49ers are still building. Patience is going to be required.
15. Cincinnati Bengals: 1-0
Cincinnati’s victory over Indianapolis was a bit closer than the scoreline indicated. The Colts were driving late before a fumble recovery brought back for a touchdown sealed the deal. The Bengals showed flashes of greatness on offense. If the defense can pick it up, this team could challenge for a return to the postseason.
16. New York Giants: 0-1
It was not the start to Pat Shumer’s career Giants’ fans wanted, but there were certainly positives. Odell Beckham Jr. is back and balled out against a talented Jaguars secondary. First round pick Saquon Barkley showed his explosiveness to mask what was an otherwise disappointing debut. The defense frustrated Blake Bortles. The offense on the whole was simply not good enough.
17. Carolina Panthers: 1-0
Carolina starts off the season with a win, but it did not do much to indicate if this team has any sort of identity. The offense managed to do just enough to get the win. The defense got after Dak Prescott. There is plenty to build on, but the Panthers did not inspire confidence.
18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 1-0
I don’t know if anyone predicted Ryan Fitzpatrick to light up the NFL with the Buccaneers, but he did exactly that. FitzMagic shredded the Saints defense with five total touchdowns en route to a victory. Tampa struggled mightily on defense, almost allowing New Orleans to make a comeback, but the Bucs are happy to have a win.
19. San Diego Chargers: 0-1
The Chargers failed to capitalize on chances against the Chiefs and looked outmatched on defense. Without Joey Bosa, the pass rush was ineffective and Patrick Mahomes had a field day. Despite a number of dropped passes, the offense had a solid showing. Los Angeles will need to play a much more complete game though to earn a win.
20. New York Jets: 1-0
Possibly the most shocking result of Week 1 was the Jets dismantling the Lions. New York tied Tampa Bay for the most points scored this week and picked off Matt Stafford four times. So why not higher on the list? Despite the lopsided scoreline, this is still a young team with a lot to prove. A win over Miami next week would do a lot to show this wasn’t a fluke. It finally seems like New York has found its franchise quarterback though.
21. New Orleans Saints: 0-1
Maybe the defense hadn’t improved as much as we all thought. The Saints gave up a whopping 48 points to the Buccaneers. It was a pathetic showing that marred an impressive offensive performance. New Orleans will have a lot to work on this week in practice.
22. Miami Dolphins: 1-0
In easily the longest contest of the weekend, Miami outlasted Tennessee in a weather-delayed mess. Ryan Tannehill returned for the Dolphins and had his ups and downs. Kenny Stills had a massive day and the ground game looked reliable. The run defense bottled up Derrick Henry, but had little answer for Dion Lewis. We will get a better sense for Miami when it takes on the Jets.
23. Dallas Cowboys: 0-1
What happened to the Cowboys offense? Two years ago, Dallas was the talk of the town, with two stud rookies and a deep receiving core. Now, America’s team is lacking playmakers and that once great offensive line is in shambles. Surprisingly, the defense was a bright spot, only conceding 16 points. The Cowboys face the Giants this week needing to play a lot better to avoid dropping to 0-2.
24. Indianapolis Colts: 0-1
Andrew Luck seems like he is finally back to his old self. Unfortunately, so does the Colts defense. Indy is waiting on someone to emerge from the crowded backfield it currently boasts, but showed signs of being competitive against the Bengals. Late mistakes ended a comeback bid, but there is still plenty of promise.
25. Houston Texans: 0-1
It was not the welcome back party Deshaun Watson had hoped for as he had a rather uneven performance in a loss to New England. The Texans did not nearly pressure Tom Brady enough, a major problem for a team that is supposedly loaded with defensive talent.
26. Seattle Seahawks: 0-1
This might seem a little harsh considering the Seahawks only lost by three on the road, but if not for a poor start from Case Keenum, Seattle might have been blown out. The Seahawks did not run the ball well and Russell Wilson was constantly harassed. The defense allowed almost 500 yards as well. On top of all of that, it appears Doug Baldwin will miss extended time with a knee injury.
27. Tennessee Titans: 0-1
It is tough to rally from behind following multiple weather delays, but the Titans seem to have taken a major step back from last season. Marcus Mariota struggled before leaving with an injury. Derrick Henry was wholly ineffective. The defense could not contain a Dolphins offense missing one of its top receivers. Tennessee looked nothing like the team that won a playoff game just a year ago.
28. Cleveland Browns: 0-0-1
Not quite a win, but Cleveland will take it as the Browns avoid losing their season opener for the first time since 2004. It was an impressive second-half surge from Cleveland, but there are some major concerns already. Tyrod Taylor looked awful passing the ball in some tough weather and the running game failed to ever get going. That defense seems as if it is the real deal though, with five forced turnovers.
29. Oakland Raiders: 0-1
Despite the energy created by John Gruden’s return, the Raiders fell flat against LA. The Rams bulldozed Oakland in the second half. Derek Carr showed flashes of greatness, but threw three interceptions, including two costly ones in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. Gruden is still figuring out what he has in Oakland, but with no pass rush and an offense that failed to get much production out of its wide receivers, this team does not look like a contender.
30. Detroit Lions: 0-1
That might have been the worst start to the season the Lions could have imagined. Matt Stafford threw four picks and left the game battered. The Lions allowed defense and special teams scores as well in a full-scale meltdown. There is a lot of talent on this team, but it is clear new coach Matt Patricia is not sure how to maximize it yet.
31. Arizona Cardinals: 0-1
It seemed like things were looking up for the Cardinals after signing Sam Bradford and getting David Johnson back from injury. Only the Bills had fewer total yards than Arizona and Washington finished with the sixth most yards in the league. Johnson finally scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but it was too late. The Cardinals could be looking at a season in the NFC West cellar.
32. Buffalo Bills: 0-1
Watching Buffalo play on Sunday, it is hard to remember this team was in the playoffs just a year ago. Nathan Peterman and Josh Allen combined for the worst passer rating in the league. Peterman actually posted a 0.9 Total QBR, which is one of the worst ratings in the history of the stat. Sean McDermott essentially has to start fresh this week, with basically nothing to build on against the Ravens.