Los Angeles Rams, Buffalo Bills open NFL season on top

The NFL season kicks off on September 8th with a matchup between the Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams, the two teams that happen to be atop the NFL Power Rankings during Week 1 of the season.

The winner of this game will likely advance in our Week 2 power rankings.

Here’s how we rank the 32 teams in the NFL heading into the 2022-23 season, from lowest to highest. 2021-22 record in parentheses.

Week 1 NFL Odds:

32. Atlanta Falcons (7-10)

Someone has to start the season at the bottom, and we’re putting the Falcons there for Week 1, though Marcus Mariota is more than capable of helping Atlanta surprise this season if he can stay healthy.

31. Houston Texans (4-13)

This is Davis Mills’ team for now. Can he prove to be the QB of the future for the Texans in the post-Deshaun Watson era?

30. New York Giants (4-13)

Daniel Jones doesn’t have much time to prove he’s the Giants’ quarterback of the future with a loaded 2023 NFL quarterback draft on the way.

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29. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-14)

Something tells us Doug Pederson can lead the Jaguars to a better season than 2021-22 in Jacksonville. This shouldn’t be too hard, though.

28. New York Jets (4-13)

Like many teams at or near the bottom of this list, the quarterback questions for the Jets loom large heading into the 2022-23 season.

27. Seattle Seahawks (7-10)

The Seahawks struggled last season with Russell Wilson. We expect the games to be worse without him.

NFL Week 1 picks, predictions:

26. Chicago Bears (6-11)

Justin Fields has shown flashes of being the Bears future at QB. Does it have enough help?

25. Cleveland Browns (8-9)

The Deshaun Watson situation hangs over the franchise as a huge distraction.

24. Detroit Lions (3-13-1)

The Lions will be better in 2022-23. But how much better can they be? Maybe enough.

23. Carolina Panthers (5-12)

Baker Mayfield won the starting QB competition over Sam Darnold, and you can bet he’ll be motivated for the Week 1 matchup against the Browns.

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22. Washington Commanders (7-10)

Connecting Carson Wentz with Terry McLaurin should pay off.

21. Denver Broncos (7-10)

Someone in the AFC West has to contend this season with such a loaded division. We’re just not too high on Denver’s chances.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7-1)

Never count out a team coached by Mike Tomlin. That being said, we have some serious reservations about the Steelers this year, particularly at QB.

19. Tennessee Titans (12-5)

Some contenders from last season will struggle this season. The Titans could be one of them, unless their ground game can lead them to wins again.

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18. New Orleans Saints (9-8)

No Sean Payton, no problem? Jameis Winston has shown he can be capable as a starting QB, but he’s also shown he can be erratic.

17. Minnesota Vikings (8-9)

Many are expecting some fireworks with the Vikings’ revamped offense. We are taking a wait-and-see approach.

16. Arizona Cardinals (11-6)

Arizona will be without DeAndre Hopkins for six games to start the season. How will Marquise Brown and company fill the gap?

15. Miami Dolphins (9-8)

Tyreek Hill has been talked about a lot since leaving the Kansas City Chiefs, but Tua Tagovailoa is no Patrick Mahomes.

14. Las Vegas Raiders (10-7)

This Raiders offense could be extremely scary. We are not too sold on the defense.

13. New England Patriots (10-7)

If Mac Jones makes a jump this season, the Patriots could be really tough in the AFC.

12. Baltimore Ravens (8-9)

The Ravens, and Lamar Jackson, seem determined to get the bad taste out of last season’s debacle.

11. Dallas Cowboys (12-5)

We don’t know exactly what to make of the Cowboys this season, but they should at least be very interesting whether they’re good or bad or in between.

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10. San Francisco 49ers (10-7)

Trey Lance’s time is here, we just can’t help but wonder if it would be safer for the 49ers to go with Jimmy Garoppolo.

9. Philadelphia Eagles (9-8)

Many expect the Eagles and Jalen Hurts to take a huge step forward in 2022-23. Put us among them.

8. Indianapolis Colts (9-8)

Seeing Matt Ryan in a Colts uniform will take some getting used to, but Indianapolis is more than capable of competing for the AFC title.

7. Los Angeles Chargers (9-8)

This team could contend for the AFC title, but all the division games against the Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders and Denver Broncos could also doom them.

6. Green Bay Packers (13-4)

No Davante Adams, no problem for Aaron Rodgers? Will the Packers rely even more on their running game with their No. 1 receiver now in Las Vegas?

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4)

Tom Brady is great, but Father Time has to catch up with him at some point, right?

4. Kansas City Chiefs (12-5)

Tyreek Hill may be gone, but Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs still have plenty of weapons and still have Andy Reid as their coach.

3. Cincinnati Bengals (10-7)

The Bengals surprised everyone with their Super Bowl appearance last season. Now there is a target on the team’s back.

Josh Allen and the Bills meet the defending champion Rams in a high-octane season opener.

2. Buffalo Bills (11-6)

This team is just loaded and should be the favorite in the AFC. Can Josh Allen and company handle the massive expectations?

1. Los Angeles Rams (12-5)

The Rams No. 1? We won’t dethrone the Super Bowl champions until they lose, which could easily come in the first game of the 2022-23 NFL season.

Contact Jeremy Cluff at jeremy.cluff@arizonarepublic.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jeremy_Cluff.

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This article originally appeared in the Arizona Republic: NFL power rankings: Each team’s ranking ahead of Week 1 NFL games

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