The NFL season officially kicks off with Week 1 on the books. As always, Week 1 has been filled with traditional tough games, shootouts, upheaval and even breakouts and the Miami Dolphins stand alone atop the AFC East.
As week 2 approaches, a lot has already changed compared to a week ago. Let’s dig deeper into the current position of teams in the power rankings.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0)
Last row: 1
The defending Super Bowl champions had their hands full on opening night. The defense didn’t look as good as expected, but the offense was as advertised. It was a classic shootout between two high-powered offenses. Of course, Tom Brady had to do what he does best as he led the Buccaneers to a practice that would set up the winning field goal.
Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)
Last row: 2
The Kansas City Chiefs survived a scare in their home opener against the Cleveland Browns. It was a rematch of last year’s AFC divisional game. After losing 22-10 at halftime, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs rallied for the victory. The Chiefs’ defense struggled to stop the Browns early on. But like all championship teams, they made sure to take advantage of the opposing team’s mistakes and came out on top.
The Los Angeles Rams (1-0)
Last row: 8
Matthew Stafford’s highly anticipated debut with the Los Angeles Rams was incredible. The Chicago Bears defense had absolutely no answer for Stafford and the offense. He had 321 yards and 3 touchdowns in his debut with the Rams. The big question for the Rams was running play, and Darrell Henderson Jr also had 70 rushing yards with a touchdown. The defense was also very good, allowing a total of just 14 points. Look for the Rams to be one of the best teams all around this year.
Cleveland browns (0-1)
Last row: 5
Despite the late-game mistakes, the Cleveland Browns had one hell of a game against the Kansas City Chiefs. In a highly anticipated rematch, the Browns came out of the gates shooting on offense and it looked like they couldn’t be stopped. They had a 22-10 lead at halftime, but it didn’t take long to lose that. The Browns’ fall started with a bad punt that was followed by a very rare Nick Chubb fumble. Of course, the Chiefs took advantage and came back all the way. They sealed it when Baker Mayfield threw an interception on the final disc. Despite the late-game mistakes, the Browns still looked very good and showed they can compete for the AFC title very well.
Arizona Cardinals (1-0)
Last row: 11
Of course, having the Arizona Cardinals can be pretty high for some people. But I’ve already started to think about how good they could be this year. The Cardinals came out and played the lights in every area of ââthe game. Kyler Murray himself once again recorded a total of 5 touchdowns. It didn’t take long for him to make that connection with DeAndre Hopkins as he even had 2 touchdowns that day. The real story of this team may have come from the defense side, where Chandler Jones had a total of 5 sacks. It was a complete team effort in the rout of a Titans team that has the potential to make noise in the AFC playoffs.