NFL Power Rankings – Week 1. Dolphins Ride The Wave.

NFL Power Rankings – Week 1. Dolphins Ride The Wave.
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The NFL season got off to an exciting and exhilarating start this weekend, with drama happening across the NFL which has impacted this week’s power rankings.

Although week 1 has traditionally thrown up some surprises and upsets we can start to see how teams will likely play this season and we can tell who we were possible too high on to start with or too low on.

1File:Breezeicons-actions-22-filename-dash-amarok.svg - Wikimedia CommonsBUFFALO BILLS1-0
2File:Breezeicons-actions-22-filename-dash-amarok.svg - Wikimedia CommonsTAMBA BAY BUCCANEERS1-0
3File:Breezeicons-actions-22-filename-dash-amarok.svg - Wikimedia CommonsKANSAS CITY CHIEFS1-0
4File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia CommonsBALTIMORE RAVENS1-0
5File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia CommonsLA CHARGERS1-0
6File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia CommonsMINNESOTA VIKINGS1-0
7File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia CommonsGREEN BAY PACKERS0-1
8File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia CommonsLA RAMS0-1
9File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia CommonsPHILADELPHIA EAGLES1-0
10File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia CommonsCINCINNATI BENGALS0-1
11File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia CommonsSAN FRANCISCO 49ERS0-1
12File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia CommonsMIAMI DOLPHINS1-0
13File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia CommonsDENVER BRONCOS0-1
14File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia CommonsPITTSBURGH STEELERS1-0
15File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia CommonsNEW ORLEANS SAINTS1-0
16File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia CommonsINDIANAPOLIS COLTS0-0-1
17File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia CommonsLAS VEGAS RAIDERS0-1
18File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia CommonsTENNESSEE TITANS0-1
19File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia CommonsARIZONA CARDINALS0-1
20File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia CommonsCLEVELAND BROWNS1-0
21File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia CommonsDALLAS COWBOYS0-1
22File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia CommonsWASHINGTON COMMANDERS1-0
23File:Breezeicons-actions-22-filename-dash-amarok.svg - Wikimedia CommonsDETROIT LIONS0-1
24File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia CommonsNEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS0-1
25File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia CommonsNEW YORK GIANTS1-0
26File:Breezeicons-actions-22-filename-dash-amarok.svg - Wikimedia CommonsCAROLINA PANTHERS0-1
27File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia CommonsSEATTLE SEAHAWKS1-0
28File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia CommonsJACKSONVILLE JAGUARS0-1
29File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia CommonsHOUSTON TEXANS0-0-1
30File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia CommonsATLANTA FALCONS0-1
31File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia CommonsCHICAGO BEARS1-0
32File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia CommonsNEW YORK JETS0-1

POWER RANKINGS ANALYSIS

Top half

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The Bills simply have to be on top of our power rankings. After a fantastic display in the season opener, it is clear Buffalo will take some stopping this year. 

Another team that will take some stopping is the Kansas City Chiefs. We know what they are about, but they came out in mid-season form reminding everyone just how good they are. 

The 49ers drop, but stay in the top half. In the torrential rain at Soldier Field, it is extremely difficult to read too much into the game. Of course, the calls for Jimmy G will be loud, but Lance now returns home to face Seattle on Sunday in a game which you feel he needs to produce. 

The Vikings proved they were worthy of their pre-season hype as they enter the new era under Kevin O’Connell. As for the team they faced, the Packers struggled especially on the offensive line. Pair that with Aaron Rodgers hanging onto the ball too long and a couple of game-changing drops and the Packers didn’t look themselves. Aaron Rodgers is still Aaron Rodgers though and they struggled in week 1 last season against the Saints and bounced back.

The Bengals just keep their top 10 place, despite a below-par performance. It shows how explosive they are as a team, however, for Joe Burrow to turn the ball over 5 times and still send the Steelers to overtime.

The Colts somehow cling on to a top-half spot despite a dismal performance in Houston. The Colts did not look like we thought they would and with a lack of imagination to get their receivers involved, the Colts will have to figure it out. 

Bottom half

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Let’s start towards the bottom. The Falcons are going to Falcon. Their problem is a severe lack of identity and talent. The personality of this team is choking and a head coach who still hasn’t put his stamp on his team as a play caller, as well as acting immature in the press conference is a recipe for a high draft pick. 

The Jets looked a lot worse than first feared. Zach Wilson being sidelined is a huge loss and with an extremely difficult schedule to negotiate it is difficult to see where the first win comes from. 

Another team battling a quarterback injury is the Dallas Cowboys. With Dak Prescott put for around 8 weeks with a fractured thumb on his throwing hand it means Dallas will be having to start Cooper Rush. Remember Rush was cut from the team 2 weeks ago before resigning with the practice squad a day later. Sorry Cowboys fans, but the season could be over by the time Prescott comes back in what is a defining year in Mike McCarthy’s tenure. 

The Detroit Lions continued their tradition of covering the spread but lost the game. They had a good 4th quarter comeback, but the game looked already over by that point. They look good enough for Detroit fans to have hope.

The Patriots also drop. This Patriots offence was far too one dimensional and with Matt Patricia refusing to inject anything creative into the offensive play calling, have things gone stale in New England? 

Who are you higher on and who are you lower on? Let us know over on Twitter @NinetynineYards and @Owain_Jones_

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