Sky Sports Neil Reynolds decides who tops the Power Rankings after Week 1 of the NFL season
- 1. Minnesota Vikings
- 2. Los Angeles Rams
A slow start could be put down to rustiness but what followed was domination of the Raiders on Monday Night Football with all the big-name signings contributing to the cause. True contenders.
- 3. Philadelphia Eagles
I almost dropped the reigning champs due to Nick Foles' poor form on opening night but their defense is playing at an elite level and the running game is rock solid. I'll spare them a demotion.
- 4. Kansas City Chiefs
The speed and imagination of the Kansas City attack was a sight to behold in Week 1 and Patrick Mahomes looked immediately comfortable as the every-game starter. This is a dangerous team.
- 5. Jacksonville Jaguars
It was not pretty on opening weekend but how often are Jacksonville victories a work of art? The Leonard Fournette injury is a worry but this was a valuable road victory in very poor conditions.
- 6. New England Patriots
Tom Brady had some trouble connecting with his receivers in an opening day win over Houston but still racked up 277 passing yards and three scores. Not bad for somebody 41 years young!
- 7. Green Bay Packers
- 8. Pittsburgh Steelers
- 9. Baltimore Ravens
10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Fitzmagic is real! The Bucs sticking 48 on the Saints in New Orleans was the biggest surprise of Week 1. Fitz was a great story, of course, but what was just as evident was his elite passing game targets.
11. New York Jets
Sam Darnold is going to get many of the headlines after his impressive NFL debut (116.8 passer rating) but we should give even more credit to a defense that stole five interceptions.
12. Carolina Panthers
13. Los Angeles Chargers
14. Atlanta Falcons
If Atlanta had been able to score at the end of their season opener they would be ranked much higher. But they really struggled on offense and also lost key defenders Deion Jones and Keanu Neal to injury.
15. Washington Redskins
16. New Orleans Saints
Seeing the Saints ship 48 points and lose at home was hugely disappointing, but there is too much talent on this team for me to drop them any lower. But I am putting this club on notice for now.
17. San Francisco 49ers
It was always going to be a tough task for Jimmy G and the Niners to roll into Minneapolis and knock off the Vikings. They kept things close but the lack of elite talent around Garoppolo was evident.
18. Cincinnati Bengals
19. Denver Broncos
20. Miami Dolphins
21. Chicago Bears
The Bears will be disappointed they didn't finish Green Bay off but there is much to be excited about in the Windy City. The offense is waking up and defensive stud Khalil Mack is as great as advertised.
22. Houston Texans
Deshaun Watson was very harsh on himself after an opening day loss at New England and he must play better. He will. But it is not all on him - Houston's offensive line remains a real concern.
23. New York Giants
There is no shame in losing a close one to the talented Jaguars, but those kind of games at home must be won if New York are to make the playoffs. But Saquon is a stud and OBJ is back!
24. Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson did not have his best game as a Seahawk at Denver and could not deliver an opening day win. Mind you, it's hard to blame him for rushing some decisions behind a still-awful O-line.
25. Tennessee Titans
26. Cleveland Browns
The Browns are off to their best start since 2004! Okay, so they didn't win against Pittsburgh and somehow found a way to tie, but they dug deep, came back and were competitive throughout.
27. Dallas Cowboys
If Dez Bryant cannot get a game for this mob, he must have been a locker room pain. The Cowboys receivers were mostly terrible on Sunday and I don't know how they climb out of that rut.
28. Indianapolis Colts
29. Arizona Cardinals
Nothing to see here. Move on... Okay, I'll give you a little bit more than that but there is not much to report. Sam Bradford and the Cards rarely troubled Washington and were a major disappointment.
30. Oakland Raiders
The Silver and Black played the Rams tough for a half before falling away, prompting Jon Gruden to ask why his team had no pass rush? Erm, because you traded away your best player, coach!
31. Detroit Lions
The Lions were a massive disappointment in Matt Patricia's first game in charge. They still cannot run the ball and their quarterbacks tossed up five interceptions (four from Matthew Stafford).
32. Buffalo Bills
Breaking news from Buffalo... the first five fans to show up for Sunday's game get to start on the offensive line against the LA Chargers. It sounds like a bad idea, but they can't be any worse.