Week 1 Reverse NFL Power Rankings

Our Weekly Reverse Power Rankings continue looking at Power Rankings in an NFL Draft Order. We do our best to project the NFL Draft Order on a weekly basis. Teams 1-20 are the non playoff teams while teams 21-32 are based on playoff elimination. Teams are grouped by record which makes things very interesting early in the season.


1. New York Jets (0-1)

We all know that the Jets are going to be bad, but having talent on defense and playing the Bills gave the Jets hope that they could get some wins. Maybe that will come later when they host Buffalo.


2. Indianapolis Colts (0-1)

If you’re Andrew Luck or even Chris Balllard, there should be no rush to get Luck back on the field. This team looks brutal and it could be a lost season for the Colts who got completely steam rolled by the Rams.


3. San Francisco 49ers (0-1)

Losing 23-3 at home is never good, especially when your stadium is practically empty for the second half. That being said the 49ers did show some promise, but the team is still a year or two away from being competitive.


4. Houston Texans (0-1)

What a brutal loss for the Texans not only losing to the Jaguars but being completely dominated by them. Tom Savage was pulled at halftime which could mean the Deshaun Watson era begins in Houston sooner rather than later.


5. Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)

So much for all their new weapons making a difference as the Bengals got shut out at home to the Ravens. Cincinnati’s big questions coming into the year were their offensive line and defense (taking a step back) and both came up. It’s going to be a long season for the Bengals.


6. Chicago Bears (0-1)

Two drops in the end zone prevented the Bears from knocking off the defending NFC Champs and staring off the season with a bang. But for as much as this loss hurts, the Bears showed us they’ll be a tough out and have some good young players.


7. Washington Redskins (0-1)

A tough home loss for the Redskins who looked completely outmatched against the Eagles. The Philadelphia defense shut down Kirk Cousins and the offense forcing 4 turnovers and only 264 total yards.


8. Arizona Cardinals (0-1)

It was an all-around tough day for the Cardinals who not only lost the game but Carson Palmer continues to struggle and David Johnson may be loss for a significant amount of time. Arizona went all in for this season, but it looks like last year’s struggles are going to continue.


9. New Orleans Saints (0-1)

It was an all-around disaster for the Saints who not only couldn’t stop the Vikings, but only mustered one touchdown, had Adrian Peterson snipping at Sean Payton on the sideline and their defense still isn’t great. Is it time to blow up the Saints yet?


10. Cleveland Browns (0-1)

While the Browns didn’t get the win they were right there and were just not able to get one more stop to get the ball back. However there is hope in sight for the Browns as QB DeShone Kizer looks like he can develop into the best quarterback they’ve had maybe ever.


11. Los Angeles Chargers (0-1)

A 14 point fourth quarter comeback almost got the Chargers to force the game to overtime but just couldn’t finish the job. Everybody seems to love the Chargers and they have talent. But they still don’t seem like a team that will be challenging for the playoffs this year.


12. Tennessee Titans (0-1)

Losing at home is never good, but the Titans were right there with the Raiders who are considered by many to be one of the best teams in the AFC. Tennessee should be able to bounce back but will need to get their run game going like it was last season.


13. New York Giants (0-1)

After beating the Cowboys both times last season, they Giants couldn’t keep their streak going in a lackluster performance. Offensively New York couldn’t muster up much of anything finishing with only 233 total yards. Getting Beckham back will help, but this offense still doesn’t look very good.


14. Seattle Seahawks (0-1)

Losses are never good but over the past couple of years the Seahawks have started the season slowly before getting into a groove and finishing strong. But let’s not forget that they lost in Green Bay, not to the Jets.


15. New England Patriots (0-1)

Blowing a 27-21 lead in the fourth quarter isn’t good for the Patriots. But let’s be real, by the end of the season the Patriots will only have a few losses and will be humming like the team we’ve known them to be.


16. Miami Dolphins (0-0)

Hurricane Irma caused their game to be moved to week 11. Having a bye week to open the season isn’t ideal, but sometimes there are things that are bigger than football.


17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0)

Hurricane Irma caused their game to be moved to week 11. Having a bye week to open the season isn’t ideal, but sometimes there are things that are bigger than football.


18. Baltimore Ravens (1-0)

Baltimore beefed up their defense this offseason and it looks like it made immediate dividends as they held a Bengals offense scoreless. A decent win for the Ravens but Cincinnati likely finishes under .500 this year and the Ravens have to prove they can beat quality teams.


19. Carolina Panthers (1-0)

Yes, the Panthers got the win, but they beat an undermanned 49ers team and really didn’t look great doing so. Maybe it’s first game jitters or playing on the road, but Carolina still doesn’t look like the team that was in the Super Bowl two years ago.


20. Minnesota Vikings (1-0)

We all knew that the Saints defense wasn’t great, but how about the performance by Sam Bradford bringing back memories of why he was drafted number one overall. If the offense can keep up their output alongside a strong defense, the Vikings could be right there with the Lions and Packers in the NFC North.


21. Buffalo Bills (1-0)

For at least one week the Bills are leading the AFC East. Don’t expect that to last long as the Bills beat one of the few teams that are actually worse than them. However, the Bills didn’t look inept and could steal a few wins over the course of the year.


22. Los Angeles Rams (1-0)

It’s only one game but the addition of Sean McVay and his offense has done wonders for Jared Goff who looks like a completely different quarterback than last year. It’s only one game, but there is plenty of hope for the Rams going forward.


23. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0)

How about them Jags! With all the Bortles hate there were not high hopes for the Jaguars entering the season. Behind their strong defense and Leonard Fournette running the ball the Jaguars won the want they wanted to. Losing WR Allen Robinson is going to be big as he still gave Bortles a true number one WR that they could count on when they do need to throw.


24. Atlanta Falcons (1-0)

Atlanta averted disaster holding on to what should have be a loss to a team likely picking in the top 10 of the 2018 NFL Draft. If Atlanta wants to get back into the Super Bowl hunt they need the offense to gel sooner rather than later.


25. Denver Broncos (1-0)

For most of their game against the Chargers it looked as if they were going to roll with an easy win. A blocked field goal attempt sealed the win for the Broncos, but they have to do a better job of finishing games out.


26. Detroit Lions (1-0)

For all the flack that Matthew Stafford got with his new contract, he sure delivered in the Lions win over Arizona. But Stafford will need to continue his strong play as running game issues and their defense will be problematic throughout the season.


27. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)

Going on the road and winning in Washington, that’s big for this Eagles team that is poised to make a run at the playoffs. What makes it even better is the defense really stepped up and kept the potentially high powered Redskins to only 10 points.


28. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)

It wasn’t the prettiest win for the Steelers needing a jump ball completion to seal the game, but wins are wins in the NFL. Add in that Big Ben doesn’t always play his best on the road and Pittsburgh fans should be happy with the win.


29. Dallas Cowboys (1-0)

Behind a record breaking performance by aging TE Jason Witten the Cowboys were finally able to break their losing streak to the Giants and look like the Super Bowl caliber team many thought they were going to be. More importantly 2nd year QB Dak Prescott looks to continue his strong performance that he had as a rookie.


30. Oakland Raiders (1-0)

It is wins on the road against quality teams like the Titans that show us that the Raiders are a team to beat in the AFC. What is the best is that Derek Carr looked like his old self in his first time playing since his knee injury last season.


31. Green Bay Packers (1-0)

When you beat the Seahawks the score doesn’t matter, it’s the win that counts. Green Bay’s offense didn’t look great but their defense was able to disrupt Seattle and only them without a touchdown.


32. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)

The one thing holding me back from picking the Chiefs as a serious Super Bowl contender was not having another weapon outside of Hill and Kelce. Well it’s only one game, but if Kareem Hunt can be that third weapon on a consistent basis, the Chiefs may be the best team in the league.

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