There is a new top team after a really good weekend of football. There were some surprises and some exciting wins. This will be an interesting week with some really intriguing match ups. It will be interesting to see how teams respond to their performances in week one.
1. New England Patriots (1-0; Prev. 3)
The Patriots proved that this is a good team, regardless who is playing behind center and beat an early Super Bowl contender in the Cardinals. Jimmy Garoppolo mad some expected mistakes in his first NFL game, but he managed to play well when it mattered most and pulled out a major win. Their defense did a good job as well, holding the Cardinals to only 21 points and a combined 344 yards. Next week should be easier as they host the Miami Dolphins.
2. Green Bay Packers (1-0; Prev. 2)
The Packers had a battle on Sunday with an improving Jacksonville team. Clay Matthews looked more comfortable rushing from the outside, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix looked like a top safety, Sam Shields looked like an improved corner and the defense as a whole did an efficient job slowing down an exciting Jacksonville offense. They had some hiccups throughout the game, but at the end of the day, Aaron Rodgers did what Aaron Rodgers does and that’s make something out of nothing and lead his team to victory. After week one, Green Bay looks like the team to beat in the NFC.
3. Cincinnati Bengals (1-0; Prev. 5)
The Bengals won a really tough road game against the Jets last Sunday. Andy Dalton threw for 366 yards, a touchdown and an interception. It really helps when he has AJ Green who caught 180 of those yards and the one touchdown. Brandon LaFell had a nice Cincinnati debut as he caught four passes for 91 yards. They had some real trouble running the football, Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard combined for 86 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. They need to play better next week because the Steelers are a better team than the Jets and they will make the Bengals pay for any mistakes made.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0; Prev. 6)
Pittsburgh Steelers offense dominated a playoff team from last season. Ben Roethlisberger had a threw for three touchdowns, two of those were to Antonio Brown. DeAngelo Williams showed he is still a really good running back by running for an additional two touchdowns. Anytime a team can score five offensive touchdowns, that time will probably come out on top. They will have a tougher challenge this week when they go to Cincinnati.
5. Seattle Seahawks (1-0; Prev. 4)
Seattle played very poorly against the Miami Dolphins and still came out on top. Russell Wilson made a comeback and ended up winning with a touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with only 31 seconds left in the game. They didn’t come out unscathed as Russell Wilson suffered an ankle injury and still finished the game. He looks like he will still play this week in Los Angeles, but it is still scary if this is a lingering issue.
6. Arizona Cardinals (0-1; Prev. 1)
Arizona had a golden opportunity to beat a weakened New England Patriots team, but couldn’t seize the opportunity. David Johnson showed that last year was not a fluke with 132 yards and a touchdown and Larry Fitzgerald showed that he is still a top receiver with 81 yards and two touchdowns. The Cardinal defense did a good job holding the Patriot offense to 23 points and caused two turnovers. They just lost a good battle with a good New England team, but they need to bounce back if they want to beat a surging Tampa Bay team.
7. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0; Prev. 8)
Kansas City showed promise Sunday when they came back against the Chargers. Alex Smith threw for 363 yards, two touchdowns, and ran for another. Spencer Ware showed that he is a really good running back with a combined 179 yards and a touchdown. If they can get a healthy Jamal Charles back, then this running attack could be scary. Their next challenge should be one of the better games on Sunday in Houston.
8. Denver Broncos (1-0; Prev. 9)
Trevor Siemian had three turnovers in the season opener, but looked like he can manage the game, especially with CJ Anderson showing that he is a good running back. DeMarcus Ware was impressive with his two sacks and Chris Harris played a good game in the secondary despite a few mistakes towards the end. If the defense can keep playing at an elite level, Denver could rise even more by the end of the season.
9. Minnesota Vikings (1-0; Prev. 10)
The Minnesota Vikings didn’t need to do a lot offensively because their defense was really good. They only allowed 16 points and scored 14 points on three turnovers. They proved that they should still be feared, no matter who is playing behind center. They did play against a poor Tennessee team and it will be interesting to see how they do against some better competition, like the Green Bay Packers next week.
10. Oakland Raiders (1-0; Prev. 11)
Oakland showed that they are not afraid to pull out all of the stops for a win. Their defense played against a Drew Brees that was playing like a man possessed. For Derrick Carr to be able to compete a shootout with one of the best in the game should give Raider fans something to be excited about. This week they are facing an Atlanta team that is coming off of a tough loss and Oakland should be able to capitalize.
11. Carolina Panthers (0-1; Prev. 6)
The Panthers looked good in the opening game, but they made some costly mistakes. The Denver defense looked like they were stull in Cam Newton’s head from last season. Kelvin Benjamin looks like he is back to his 2014 form and made some really good plays. Their defense had three turnovers, but they still allowed CJ Anderson to run all over them and didn’t make Siemian nervous enough. They are still a really good team and have fifteen more games to prove it.
12. Houston Texans (1-0; Prev. 13)
The Houston offseason aqcuisitions seemed to have paid off in their first week of the season. Lamar Miller rushed for 106 yards, Brock Osweiler threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns, one to DeAndre Hopkins and the other to rookie Will Fuller, and had one interception. Granted, the Chicago defense has a lot of problems, but it was a good starting point for this new look Houston offense. Their defense gave up only 14 points to an underrated Bears offense and forced Jay Cutler to make some mistakes. They have a bigger challenge this week when the Chiefs come to town and should give the Texans a better understanding of where they are in the AFC.
13. New York Giants (1-0; Prev. 16)
The Giants did a couple of things really well on Sunday. They ran the ball more effectively than people thought they could. Eli Manning did a good job finding his receivers, with the exception of that poor pass that was picked off by Brandon Carr. The defense had problems early, but they were really good in the red zone and when it counted most at the end of the game. If they can play like this consistently then they will be able to compete for a playoff spot.
14. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1; Prev. 18)
Jacksonville looked really good on Sunday in a loss. Their defense did a good job against one of the best quarterbacks in the league and had some success against the run. The offense was really impressive with Blake Bortles and TJ Yeldon. Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns had some key drops that could have changed the game, but this team did a lot of positive things looking forward to the future.
15. New York Jets (0-1; Prev. 15)
The Jets lost a really hard fought game against the Bengals and showed some promise. Matt Forte proved that he is still a threat as he went for a combined 155 yards. Ryan Fitzpatrick only threw for 189 yards, but did have two touchdown passes in the game. The defense did a good job at getting to Andy Dalton with six sacks and should get even better as the season goes on. This week should be easier for the Jets to win as they go to Buffalo to face a struggling Bills team.
16. Washington Redskins (0-1; Prev. 14)
Washington lost to a really good Pittsburgh offense. Kirk Cousins completed72.7% of his passes for 329 yards, but two interceptions and no touchdowns. Antonio Brown burned their secondary for 126 yards and two touchdowns, that’s not promising for their big acquisition, Josh Norman. They also allowed DeAngelo Williams to rush for 143 yards and two touchdowns, the Redskins needs to be better in both facets of the defense. They face a Dallas Cowboys team next week that loves to run the ball and will run for a lot of yards if the Washington defense plays like they did last night.
17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0; Prev. 21)
Jameis Winston continued his dominance against the Atlanta Falcons. He threw for 281 yards and four touchdowns and showed that he had a good connection with his top receiver Mike Evans. Evans had 99 receiving yards and a touchdown. Their red zone defense was quite impressive. They only allowed one touchdown in the four trips Atlanta made. They will have to play like that again this week when they travel to Arizona, if they want to come away win.
18. Baltimore Ravens (1-0; Prev. 19)
The Ravens won their matchup against the Bills, but they didn’t win as convincingly as they should have. Defensively, they did a good job by holding the Bills to only seven points and a total of 176 yards. Offensively, they only scored 13 points and should have been able to score more. Flacco looked good for the most part in his return, but he needs to keep that up if the Ravens want to surprise some teams. They go to Cleveland next to face a bad team that just lost their starting quarterback for the next eight weeks.
19. Indianapolis Colts (0-1; Prev. 12)
The Colts struggled early on against the Lions, but came back and made the game interesting even though they lost. Andrew Luck looked really good with 385 passing yards and four touchdowns. If anything, Colts fans should be excited to see their quarterback healthy and capable of taking over games. Their defense, however, should scare fans. Detroit’s offense isn’t terrible, but to lose a game in which your offense scored 35 points should good. They have a tough challenge this week when they travel to a rested Denver team that has a really good defense.
20. Dallas Cowboys (0-1; Prev. 17)
The Dak and Zeke show is underway and it was a little underwhelming on Sunday. Elliott couldn’t make the impact that Cowboy fans had hoped for and Alfred Morris looked better running the ball. Prescott showed flashes of being the quarterback that the Cowboys hoped that he would be, but he struggled with deep accuracy. The defense was good and was able to pick off Eli Manning, but they were prone to the running game and the deep pass. A lot has been said about Terrance Williams and the fact that he didn’t go out of bounds, but that would have been a tough 60+ yard kick. Dan Bailey could have made it, but it would have certainly been a nail biter.
21. New Orleans Saints (0-1; Prev. 23)
New Orleans showed a lot of life against the Raiders and Drew Brees showed that he is still a top quarterback in the league. He threw for 423 yards and four touchdowns against an above average defense. Willie Snead had 172 yards receiving and a touchdown and Brandin Cooks had 143 receiving yards with two touchdowns. They decided to cut ties with CJ Spiller so Mark Ingram is now the feature back. Next up, they have a matchup against the Giants that will hopefully be as good as their shootout last season.
22. Detroit Lions (1-0; Prev. 29)
The Lions played really well against the Colts. They had a pretty big lead and let Indianapolis back into the game, but they still pulled out the big win. Matthew Stafford threw for 340 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Their offense also rushed for two touchdowns as their team scored 39 points. Their defense had trouble going up against a returning Andrew Luck, but a lot of teams generally do. This week they have the Titans in Detroit and should be able to win their second straight game to start their season.
23. Atlanta Falcons (0-1; Prev. 20)
Atlanta did not look good on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Matt Ryan made the game interesting with two touchdown passes and 334 yards passing and Tevin Coleman had a nice game with a combined 117 yards, but that wasn’t enough for a win. They couldn’t finish drives and had to rely on three field goals. They have a big test this week when they go to Oakland, if they play like they did last week, they’ll lose two weeks in a row.
24. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0; Prev. 30)
The Eagles looked good on Sunday, but they were playing against one of the worst teams in the league. Carson Wentz threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns in his NFL debut. Ryan Mathews should have given Eagles fans some hope as well as he was able to go for 77 yards and a touchdown. They have another game this week against another subpar defense in the Chicago Bears.
25. San Diego Chargers (0-1; Prev. 26)
San Diego looked a lot better on Sunday than most people expected, but lost one of their key weapons when Kennan Allen was carted off of the field. They gave up a 17-point lead and allowed the Chiefs to win in overtime. Melvin Gordon already has two more touchdowns then he did all of last season. He needs to continue to progress if San Diego wants to win some games, especially with the loss of Allen. They have a tough Jacksonville Jaguars next week in San Diego.
26. Buffalo Bills (0-1; Prev. 22)
The Bills had a lot of problems offensively against the Ravens. Tyrod Taylor only threw for 111 yards with no touchdowns. LeSean McCoy ran for Buffalo’s only points, but only rushed for 58 yards in the game. They need to improve or this could be a really bad season for Bills’ fans. They have a tough challenge this week against their division rivals, the New York Jets.
27. San Francisco 49ers (1-0; Prev. 32)
The 49ers surprised a lot of people when they shutout the Rams 28 – 0. The Rams aren’t a good team, but they were known for having a good defensive line and Carlos Hyde ran for 88 yards and two touchdowns. Blaine Gabbert didn’t set the world on fire, but he completed 63% of his passes for 170 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. The impressive thing was their defense being able to hold Todd Gurley to 47 yards and force two interceptions from Case Keenum. Next week they have a tough challenge in the Carolina Panthers.
28. Miami Dolphins (0-1; Prev. 24)
The Dolphins played really good defense against the Seahawks on Sunday. They only trailed 6 – 3 at the half and were up until Russell Wilson made a really good pass to Doug Baldwin in the end zone. Ryan Tannehill only threw for 186 yards, but kept their team in the game with a rushing touchdown as their only touchdown of the game. They should be able to get better as the team gets more acquainted with Adam Gase’s offense. Next up is the Pats in New England in a tough one for Miami.
29. Chicago Bears (0-1; Prev. 27)
Chicago looked good early against the Texans, but let the game away as time went on. Jay Cutler had some problems, only completing 55% of his passes with only one touchdown and one interception. Alshon Jeffrey, Eddie Royal and Jeremy Langford all looked good, but they weren’t effective enough to get a win for this team. They are up against Philadelphia next Monday and need to take advantage of a young quarterback if they want to bounce back.
30. Tennessee Titans (0-1; Prev. 28)
Tennessee had a lot of problems with the Vikings this past Sunday. DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry combined for 45 yards in 18 carries, a fumble and no touchdowns. Marcus Mariota threw for 271 yards, a touchdown, an interception and a fumble. Two of those three turnovers were converted into touchdowns for the Minnesota defense. The Titans defense held Adrian Peterson to only 31 yards, but if the offense doesn’t figure out their woes then they could be in a lot of trouble. Next they go to Detroit where they should be able to get some things done offensively, but might have troubles defensively.
31. Los Angeles Rams (0-1; Prev. 25)
The Rams looked really bad against a bad team. They got shut out by a Blaine Gabbert led San Francisco team, that’s not good. Todd Gurley was limited to 47 yards on 17 carries. Case Keenum earned a 34.2 passer rating when he threw for only 130 yards with two interceptions. Their best defensive player, Aaron Donald, got ejected for the altercation in the fourth quarter. They need to bounce back quick as Seattle is coming to town and could provide even more troubles in Los Angeles.
32. Cleveland Browns (0-1; Prev. 31)
Cleveland didn’t play well against the Eagles and have lost their starting quarterback for half the season. Robert Griffin didn’t look that great anyways with only 190 yards and an interception against an average defense. Terrelle Pryor and Corey Coleman looked really good and should improve when Josh Gordon returns in three games, but it probably won’t make that much of a difference. They are facing Baltimore this week and it could be a similar result.
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