NFL Power Rankings Week 1: Where Commanders Stand After Win Against Jaguars originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
In typical NFL fashion, Week 1 did not disappoint.
The Bears upset Trey Lance and the 49ers at rainy Soldier Field.
The 49ers weren’t the only expected title contenders to lay an egg in Week 1. The Packers, Rams, Bengals, Cowboys and Colts all made waves.
Alarms are sounding in Dallas, Green Bay, Arizona and Indianapolis, while dreams of playoff upsets are emerging in Chicago, New York (not the Jets) and Washington.
The water eventually finds its level. But for now, 1-0 is 1-0.
Here’s where each team stands after Sunday’s Week 1 action:
32. New York Jets (0-1): Blah.
31. Atlanta Falcons (0-1): Things were looking good for the Falcons until the fourth quarter touchdown, and then the Saints rattled off 17 straight points to steal a win in Week 1. The Falcons still can’t finish.
30. Seattle Seahawks (0-0): The Seahawks appear to have hit on rookies Charles Cross, Boye Mafe, Abraham Lucas, Coby Bryant and Tariq Woolen. This is a great way to start a rebuild. Here comes the hard part: Finding a quarterback.
29. Detroit Lions (0-1): Hard Knocks is over and the Lions are still the Lions.
28. Houston Texans (0-0-1): Strange practice by Lovie Smith cost the Texans a Week 1 win. There won’t be much of that coming this season, so it stings.
27. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1): At least their coach got on the plane back to Duval with them after the loss at the DC Baby steps.
26. Tennessee Titans (0-1): The Titans are no strangers to surprising early season losses. But those Titans teams had a lot more talent than what blew itself up against the Giants.
25. Carolina Panthers (0-1): Is Matt Rhule still coaching Nebraska?
24. New England Patriots (0-1): I don’t know why Bill Belichick was so upbeat after the Patriots Week 1 loss to the Dolphins. Things are bad, and there doesn’t seem to be an easy way to fix what ails the offense.
23. Arizona Cardinals (0-1): Look on the bright side, Cardinals, at least things can’t get much worse. Probably.
22. Dallas Cowboys (0-1): If Dak Prescott’s hand injury is serious, could Dallas be in the running for Jimmy Garoppolo? Or do the 49ers need him more after what they saw from Trey Lance on Sunday?
21. Chicago Bears (1-0): The Bears defense stymied the 49ers in a soggy game at Soldier Field. It was a good start to the Matt Eberflus era, but let’s not overreact… yet.
20. New York Giants (1-0): Saquon is back. Fantasy teams everywhere rejoice.
19. Cleveland Browns (1-0): So much for Baker Mayfield’s revenge tour.
18. Indianapolis Colts (0-0-1): The AFC South winner will go 8-8-1.
17. Washington Commanders (1-0): The Commanders seemed much more capable than I expected. They were playing the Jaguars, but they deserve credit.
16. Las Vegas Raiders (0-1): The Raiders had zero sacks and zero sacks Sunday against the Chargers. This is a recipe for loss.
15. San Francisco 49ers (0-1): The 49ers were sloppy, undisciplined and generally sloppy in a stunning loss to the Bears. A right tackle game against the Seahawks is a must in Week 2.
14. New Orleans Saints (1-0): Welcome back, Michael Thomas.
13. Miami Dolphins (1-0): Mike McDaniel showed some good things against the Patriots in his coaching debut, but the Finns have a lot of issues to work out.
12. Cincinnati Bengals (0-1): It was a disappointing opening for the defending AFC champions. However, the way they handled the Steelers was a bright spot.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0): The Steelers got the win, but at what cost? TJ Watt’s pectoral injury looms large now during Pittsburgh’s season.
10. Denver Broncos (0-0): How will the Seattle faithful welcome Rush back to his former home? Expect a hectic night from 12 on Monday.
9. Green Bay Packers (0-1): Aaron Rodgers may need another body/vision cleanse to get Sunday’s performance out of his system. It turns out that replacing Davante Adams isn’t that easy.
8. Los Angeles Rams (0-1): The Rams looked like Ed Helms waking up in a Vegas hotel after a bachelor party gone wild. Shake it up, champs.
7. Baltimore Ravens (1-0): Lamar Jackson turned down $250 million and went and hung it up on the Jets to start his “bet on myself” tour. It is not bad.
6. Minnesota Vikings (1-0): The Vikings are going to be trouble this season.
5. Los Angeles Chargers (1-0): Keenan Allen’s injury puts a damper on the Bolts’ season-opening win, but Khalil Mack looks rejuvenated out of Chicago.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0): The Eagles hype train is about to jump the tracks after the Lions’ atmospheric roll.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0): If this is Tom Brady’s last season, you can bet The GOAT won’t be going quietly.
2, Buffalo Bills (1-0): The prettiest girl in NFL ball showed up Thursday night and lived up to their billing. The accounts are real.
1. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0): Yes… Patrick Mahomes will be fine without Tyreek Hill.