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- 2 NFL Week 2 Power Rankings
- 2.1 32. New York Jets — New York To Stick With Flacco At QB In Week 2
- 2.2 31. Jacksonville Jaguars — Lawrence Struggles In Season Debut vs Commanders
- 2.3 30. Atlanta Falcons — Falcons Still Learning How To Close Out Games
- 2.4 29. Detroit Lions — Goff, Lions’ Offense Shows Signs Of Life vs Eagles
- 2.5 28. Carolina Panthers — Mayfield Nearly Leads Comeback Win vs Browns
- 2.6 27. Houston Texans — Texans Blow 17-Point Lead vs Colts, Play For Tie In OT
- 2.7 26. Seattle Seahawks — Smith, Seahawks Shock Broncos In Week 1 Win
- 2.8 25. Chicago Bears — Fields Shows Promise In Upset Win vs 49ers
- 2.9 24. Dallas Cowboys — Cowboys Lose Prescott, Season Hanging In The Balance
- 2.10 23. New England Patriots — Patriots’ Revamped Offense Sputters In Week 1 Loss
- 2.11 22. Tennessee Titans — Can The Titans Bounce Back After A Heart-Breaking Loss?
- 2.12 21. Arizona Cardinals — Cardinals Continue Downward Spiral Under Kingsbury
- 2.13 20. Las Vegas Raiders — Carr, Raiders Struggle With Turnovers In Loss To Chargers
- 2.14 19. Washington Commanders — Commanders Get Full Wentz Experience In Week 1 Win
- 2.15 18. Pittsburgh Steelers — Steelers Spoil Bengals’ Season-Opener With OT-Win
- 2.16 17. New York Giants — Barkley, Giants Stun Titans With Late 2-PT Conversion
- 2.17 16. Denver Broncos — Broncos Make Puzzling Decision In Loss To Seahawks
- 2.18 15. Indianapolis Colts — Will Ryan Truly Prove To Be An Upgrade Over Wentz?
- 2.19 14. Cleveland Browns — Brissett, Browns Do Just Enough To Beat Panthers
- 2.20 13. Minnesota Vikings — Justin Jefferson Looks Unstoppable In Win Over Green Bay
- 2.21 12. San Francisco 49ers — How Long Of A Leash Will Trey Lance Have In SF?
- 2.22 11. Green Bay Packers — Does Rodgers Have Enough Weapons On Offense?
- 2.23 10. Miami Dolphins — Tagavailoa Remains Undefeated Against Bill Belichick
- 2.24 9. Cincinnati Bengals — Burrow, Bengals Suffer Super Bowl Hangover vs Steelers
- 2.25 8. Los Angeles Rams — Have The Rams Taken A Step Back In 2022?
- 2.26 7. New Orleans Saints — Winston Leads Furious Comeback vs Falcons In Week 1
- 2.27 6. Philadelphia Eagles — Hurts, Eagles Make Statement In Win Over Lions
- 2.28 5. Baltimore Ravens — Lamar Jackson Beats The Jets With His Arm
- 2.29 4. Kansas City Chiefs — Are Mahomes, Chiefs More Dangerous Without Hill?
- 2.30 3. Los Angeles Chargers — Chargers Defense Proves Its Up To The Task vs Raiders
- 2.31 2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Jones Could Be The Hidden Piece Of The Puzzle In Tampa Bay
- 2.32 1. Buffalo Bills — Josh Allen Leads List of NFL MVP Candidates After Week 1
Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season is in the books and there were some major changes in our NFL Power Rankings.
After a convincing win over the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams, the Bills retained the top spot heading into Week 2.
While it might not be time to panic yet, the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers plummeted down in our Week 2 Power Rankings.
On the other hand, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants were among the biggest risers after impressive performances to open the year.
Check out our NFL Week 2 Power Rankings below.
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NFL Week 2 Power Rankings Chart
|Rank||Team||Change (Last Week)||Super Bowl Odds||Notes|
|+500||The Bills were favored on the road against the LA Rams and showed why on Thursday Night Football. After a rocky start, Josh Allen accounted for 4 TDs and proved why he’s one of the frontrunners for NFL MVP.|
|2||Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|+750||The Buccaneers defense held Dallas to just a field goal in a 19-3 victory on Sunday Night Football. Julio Jones looks healthy, which should help negate the loss of WR Chris Godwin, who suffered a hamstring injury.|
|3||Los Angeles Chargers
|+1100||The Chargers made a statement with their season-opening win against the Las Vegas Raiders. Justin Herbert threw for 3 TDs and offseason acquisition Khalil Mack made his presence felt with three sacks in the opener.|
|4||Kansas City Chiefs
|+800||Are the Chiefs actually better without Tyreek Hill? Kansas City had no trouble lighting up the scoreboard against a shorthanded Cardinals defense in Week 1. Patrick Mahomes threw 5 TDs in the season-opening 44-21 win.|
|+1600||LaMar Jackson entered Week 1 without a contract extension, which could explain his hesitancy to run the ball. Jackson finished with 17 rushing yards in the 24-9 win over the Jets, his lowest total in a game since Week 5 of the 2020 season.|
|+1400||One of the biggest risers following Week 1, the Eagles offense lived up to the hype in Week 1. While Hurts didn’t throw for a touchdown, four different Eagles’ players ran for a score, as Philadelphia rushed for 216 yards in the win.|
|7||New Orleans Saints
|+2800||Jameis Winston started off slow but continued his fourth quarter heroics on Sunday. The Saints QB threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns in the final frame to lead New Orleans to a 27-26 comeback win.|
|8||Los Angeles Rams
|+1600||The Rams left Week 1 with plenty of question marks on offense. Matthew Stafford threw three interceptions and offseason acquisition Allen Robinson II failed to make an impact, catching just one pass for 12 yards in the 31-10 loss.|
|+2800||Joe Burrow rebounded nicely from a nightmarish first half against the Steelers to throw for 338 yards and 2 TDs. Despite several chances to win the game in regulation and OT, Cincinnati will open the season with an 0-1 record.|
|+2800||Tagavailoa showed strides under center in Week 1 and moved the ball efficiently on a tough Patriots’ defense. Melvin Ingram also got in on the action with a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the 20-7 win over New England.|
|11||Green Bay Packers
|+1600||The Packers let Davante Adams go in the offseason and didn’t reload with any proven weapons at WR. The move didn’t pay off in Week 1, as QB Aaron Rodgers threw for under 200 yards and finished without a TD in a 23-7 loss versus the Vikings.|
|12||San Francisco 49ers
|+2000||The Trey Lance experiment got off to a slow start in Chicago. Lance completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes for 164 yards and an INT in a 19-10 loss versus the Bears. 49ers fans are hoping that the inclement weather played a role in the offense’s struggles.|
|+2200||The Vikings dominated the Packers in a statement Week 1 win. Justin Jefferson exploded for 184 yards and 2 TDs in the 23-7 win. Meanwhile, Kirk Cousins improved his head-to-head record versus Aaron Rodgers in the process.|
|+4000||It wasn’t pretty but Jacoby Brissett and the Browns offense avoided a fourth quarter meltdown against the Baker Mayfield-led Panthers. The hero? Rookie kicker Cade York, who went 4/4, including a 58-yarder to win it as time expired.|
|+2500||The Matt Ryan era in Indianapolis got off to a slow start, as the Colts’ offense stalled through three quarters. Despite a Week 1 tie, the Colts remain atop the division standings, as no AFC South teams were able to win their season-opener.|
|+2500||Russell Wilson got his first taste of the 12th man, losing his Denver debut against former backup Geno Smith and the Seattle Seahawks. Even more troubling, just eight of Wilson’s 29 pass completions were to wide receivers.|
|17||New York Giants
|+10000||Brian Daboll told his players that he was going to be aggressive as the Giants’ head coach and he stayed true to his word in Week 1. New York escaped Tennessee with a 21-20 win over the Titans after a 2-point conversion with 1:06 remaining.|
|+6600||The Steelers pulled out an impressive win on the road in Cincinnati against the Bengals. However, Pittsburgh lost TJ Watt and Najee Harris in the process, otherwise it might be higher on this list.|
|+6600||Carson Wentz silenced doubters in Week 1, throwing for over 300 yards with 4 TDs in a 28-22 comeback win over the Jaguars. Turnovers were still a problem though, as Wentz threw two costly interceptions in the win.|
|20||Las Vegas Raiders
|+4000||Former college teammates Derek Carr and Davante Adams looked in sync in Week 1. Adams finished with 10 catches for 141 yards and a touchdown but the Raiders’ offense was ineffective otherwise in a 24-19 loss versus the Chargers.|
|+5000||After signing a record-breaking contract in the offseason, Kyler Murray and the Cardinals’ offense got a wake-up call in Week 1. Arizona mustered seven points through three quarters in Sunday’s 44-21 loss to the KC Chiefs.|
|+5500||Ryan Tannehill played well but Tennessee opened the season by blowing a 13-point lead at home against the NY Giants. The good news? The AFC South is still wide open after the Colts-Texans game ended in a tie.|
|23||New England Patriots
|+6600||The questions continue to pile up for Mac Jones and the Patriots’ offense. With upcoming games against the Steelers, Ravens, and Packers, New England will need to clean things up in a hurry.|
|+5000||Things couldn’t have gone much worse for Dallas in Week 1. The Cowboys scored three points at home against the Bucs. Dallas also lost starting guard Connor McGovern, S Jayron Kearse, and QB Dak Prescott, who could be out 6-8 weeks.|
|+10000||The Bears gutted out a win in inclement weather versus a potential playoff team in the SF 49ers. It wasn’t pretty but Justin Fields got the job done with two touchdowns, including a 51-yard strike to Dante Pettis.|
|+12500||Geno Smith was serviceable under center and the Seahawks’ defense transformed in a revenge game versus former QB Russell Wilson. Smith finished 23-of-28 passing for 195 yards with 2 TDs and no turnovers.|
|+20000||The Texans had a win in hand against the Colts, who were favored by 8.5 points in Week 1. Despite a fourth quarter collapse, Houston stood its ground in overtime to end up with a tie, which is better than a loss, according to head coach Lovie Smith.|
|+15000||Baker Mayfield brought the Panthers’ offense to life in the fourth quarter against his former team. Head coach Matt Rhule will have to get CMC and DJ Moore more involved, as the two stars combined for just 18 touches in the Week 1 loss.|
|+15000||The Lions had no answer for Jalen Hurts in a 38-35 loss to the Eagles. Following an opening drive touchdown, most of Detroit’s offensive production came with the game already out of hand in the fourth quarter.|
|+30000||Atlanta collapsed in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 27-26 loss versus the Saints. Marcus Mariota had the Falcons’ offense rolling through three quarters, as Cordarelle Patterson rushed for a career-high 120 yards in the loss.|
|+15000||Trevor Lawrence’s maturation under center wasn’t evident in the Week 1 loss versus Washington. The former No. 1 overall pick completed just 57% of his passes and threw an interception on the potential game-winning drive.|
|32||New York Jets
|+30000||The Jets offense couldn’t muster anything under the guidance of veteran QB Joe Flacco. While Flacco threw for 307 yards, a big chunk of that production came with the Jets down 24-3|
NFL Week 2 Power Rankings
Josh Allen, Justin Herbert, and Patrick Mahomes all made early cases for NFL MVP in Week 1.
Week 2 features some intriguing divisional battles and must-watch games, including a battle between two of the NFL’s best quarterbacks on Thursday Night Football.
Check out some of the key NFL games to watch in Week 2:
- Los Angeles Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs (Thursday Night Football)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints
- New England Patriots @ Pittsburgh Steelers
- Miami Dolphins @ Baltimore Ravens
- Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers
- Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers
- Minnesota Vikings @ Philadelphia Eagles (Monday Night Football)
Let’s go over our complete NFL Week 2 Power Rankings below.
32. New York Jets — New York To Stick With Flacco At QB In Week 2
- 📉 Last Week — #28 (🔻 4)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — Joe Flacco (309 yards, 1 TD)
Head coach Robert Salah is taking receipts from doubters in New York but Jets fans were left with little reason for optimism in Week 1.
New York couldn’t get anything going with Joe Flacco under center against the Ravens defense.
Rather than start fan favorite Mike White, Salah has opted to stick with the veteran signal caller for at least another week until second-year QB Zach Wilson returns from a knee injury.
While Wilson returned to practice, New York will be without the former No. 2 overall pick for at least two more games.
Heading into a Week 2 matchup against the Browns, Flacco is 0-6 in his career as a Jets’ starter and hasn’t won a start since 2019, when he played for the Denver Broncos.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars — Lawrence Struggles In Season Debut vs Commanders
- 📉 Last Week — #25 (🔻 6)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — Christian Kirk (6 catches, 117 yards)
There was a lot of hoopla in the offseason about Trevor Lawrence’s maturation under head coach Doug Pederson and QB coach Mike McCoy.
However, that transformation didn’t resurface in the regular season opener.
Instead, Lawrence completed just 24 of his 42 passes for 275 yards and ended the Jaguars’ comeback hopes with a crippling interception on the potential game-winning drive.
Lawrence missed some easy throws and was slow in surveying the field, leading to some misplaced throws, which will need to be cleaned up as the Jaguars host a hungry Colts’ team in Week 2.
30. Atlanta Falcons — Falcons Still Learning How To Close Out Games
- 📉 Last Week — #27 (🔻 3)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — Cordarelle Patterson (22 carries, 120 yards, 1 TD)
The Marcus Mariota experiment got off to an excellent start in Atlanta but the Falcons let the Saints off the hook in the fourth quarter.
Mariota played a major role in the collapse, losing two key fumbles in the second half of a 27-26 loss.
All in all though, it wasn’t a poor showing for the Falcons, who covered the spread and had the Saints on the ropes for most of the game.
Mariota completed 60.6 percent of his passes for 215 yards and ran for 72 yards and a score on the ground in the loss.
Meanwhile, running back Cordarelle Patterson picked up where he left off a season ago, rushing for a career-high 120 yards and a touchdown as well.
29. Detroit Lions — Goff, Lions’ Offense Shows Signs Of Life vs Eagles
- 📉 Last Week — #26 (🔻 3)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — D’Andre Swift (15 rushes, 144 yards, 1 TD)
Detroit is coming off of an ugly 38-35 loss that actually wasn’t nearly as close as the scoreboard might suggest.
Running back D’Andre Swift looked electric in the backfield, rushing for 9.6 yards per carry and 144 yards on the day.
Meanwhile, QB Jared Goff orchestrated five touchdown drives of 70 yards or more, including a score with just under four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to put the Lions within striking distance
But, the Lions’ defense couldn’t get off the field on Philadelphia’s final drive, allowing the Eagles to run out the clock and thwart the Detroit’s comeback.
In total, the Lions’ defense surrendered 216 rushing yards and 455 yards of total offense while allowing the Eagles to covert 10 of their 17 third-down attempts.
28. Carolina Panthers — Mayfield Nearly Leads Comeback Win vs Browns
- 📉 Last Week — #29 (🔺 1)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — Robbie Anderson (5 catches, 102 yards, 1 TD)
Baker Mayfield’s tenure with the Panthers got off to a rocky start, as the Panthers scored just seven points through three quarters against a tough Browns’ defense.
That all changed in the fourth quarter.
Mayfield brought Carolina’s offense to life in the final frame, as the Panthers overcame a 13-point deficit to take a 24-23 lead with just over a minute remaining in regulation.
However, Carolina’s defense failed to keep the Browns out of field goal range on the game’s final drive.
That set the stage for Browns’ rookie kicker Cade York sent the Panthers home with an 0-1 record by nailing a game-winning 58-yard kick as time expired.
27. Houston Texans — Texans Blow 17-Point Lead vs Colts, Play For Tie In OT
- 📈 Last Week — #32 (🔺 5)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — Davis Mills (240 yards, 2 TD)
The Texans are another team that squandered a chance at Week 1 upset win.
Houston led 20-3 heading into the fourth quarter but allowed the Colts to score 17 unanswered points to force overtime.
In the extra session, the Texans punted on both of their drives and were aided by a missed field goal by Colts’ kicker Rodrigo Blankenship in a game that ended in a tie.
With a chance to go for it on 4th-down and short at his own 40-yard line, head coach Lovie Smith decided to punt, essentially playing for the tie.
When asked about the decision after the game, Smith said, “I felt like a tie was better than a potential loss. Defensively, we weren’t really stopping them an awful lot at the end.”
26. Seattle Seahawks — Smith, Seahawks Shock Broncos In Week 1 Win
- 📈 Last Week — #31 (🔺 5)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — Geno Smith (195 yards, 2 TD)
Head coach Pete Carroll shocked everyone by sticking with Geno Smith as his starting quarterback after trading away franchise QB Russell Wilson.
The move paid off immediate dividends in Week 1, as Smith outdueled Wilson on Monday Night Football.
While Smith’s numbers might not jump off of the page, he played a masterful game against a Denver defense that is expected to be one of the top units in the league.
Smith was so good, in fact, that he finished the week as PFF’s second-highest rated QB (84.3).
If Seattle can upend the 49ers this week, the Seahawks could have a chance to compete in the NFC West after all.
25. Chicago Bears — Fields Shows Promise In Upset Win vs 49ers
- 📈 Last Week — #30 (🔺 5)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — Justin Fields (121 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT)
Playing in less than ideal weather conditions, Justin Fields led the Bears to a surprising 19-10 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1.
It wasn’t pretty, but Fields got the job done despite completing just eight passes on the day.
Two of those passes went for touchdowns, as the Bears scored 19 unanswered points to close out the game.
While he got the win, Fields still finished the week as PFF’s third-worst rated QB (44.2), a sign that there is still room for improvement for the young quarterback.
Fields and the Bears offense will face another uphill battle this week against a Green Bay defense that is expected to be one of the league’s top units.
24. Dallas Cowboys — Cowboys Lose Prescott, Season Hanging In The Balance
- 📉 Last Week — #14 (🔻 10)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — Noah Brown (6 catches, 68 yards)
Week 1 couldn’t have gone any worse for Cowboys fans.
Not only did the Cowboys manage just a single field goal in Sunday’s 19-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but Dallas also lost its starting QB in the process.
Starting quarterback Dak Prescott left the game due to injury and will be sidelined until at least mid-October after undergoing surgery on his thumb.
The Cowboys entered the season with question marks at wide receiver and along the offensive line.
Both of those issues were at the forefront of last week’s loss to the Buccaneers, and given what backup QB Cooper Rush has shown, things are only going to get worse in Dallas.
23. New England Patriots — Patriots’ Revamped Offense Sputters In Week 1 Loss
- 📉 Last Week — #19 (🔻 4)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — Mac Jones (213 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT)
Is is time to panic for Bill Belichick and company?
New England entered the regular season with major questions on offense and did nothing to dispel those concerns in Week 1.
The Patriots mustered just a single touchdown in a season-opening 20-7 loss to the division rival Miami Dolphins.
New England also turned the ball over three times in the opener, which is uncharacteristic of a Belichick-coached team.
To make matters worse, Jones appears to have hurt his back. While he may have avoided missing time, the injury could hamper his performance throughout the season.
22. Tennessee Titans — Can The Titans Bounce Back After A Heart-Breaking Loss?
- 📉 Last Week — #18 (🔻 4)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — Ryan Tannehill (266 yards, 2 TD)
Following a tumultuous offseason, all eyes were on Tennessee’s offense but a Week 1 loss to the NY Giants didn’t help calm the nerves of Titan’s fans
Ryan Tannehill actually played well, finishing with 266 passing yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions on the day.
In fact, Tannehill would go on to end the week as PFF’s fourth-highest rated QB.
The Titans offense scored 20 points through three quarters but went silent in the final frame, opening the door for a Giants’ comeback.
Tennessee’s defense also struggled in the second half, giving up all 21 points and 261 yards after halftime.
21. Arizona Cardinals — Cardinals Continue Downward Spiral Under Kingsbury
- 📉 Last Week — #17 (🔻 4)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — Kyler Murray (193 yards, 2 TD)
Arizona dished out big money contract extensions to the GM, head coach, and starting quarterback Kyler Murray in the offseason.
But after the Cardinals’ performance in Week 1, it could be a long season for football fans in Arizona.
The offense struggled to move the ball through three quarters versus the Chiefs, mustering just seven points during that span.
Despite throwing 2 TDs and no interceptions, Murray finished with under 5.7 yards per attempt in an ugly 22-point loss.
Dating back to last season, Arizona last dropped six of its last seven games.
Luckily for the Cardinals, the Rams and 49ers also lost in Week 1.
20. Las Vegas Raiders — Carr, Raiders Struggle With Turnovers In Loss To Chargers
- 📉 Last Week — #16 (🔻 4)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — Davante Adams (10 catches, 141 yards, 1 TD)
Derek Carr found Davante Adams early and often against the Chargers but the Raiders offense stalled on multiple drivers in a 24-19 loss.
Adams finished with 10 catches for 141 yards and a touchdown but Carr’s three-interception day was enough to bury the Raiders’ comeback hopes.
Carr also had two fumbles but both were recovered by the Raiders offense.
On the bright side, Josh Jacobs looked explosive and an improved running game could help take some of the pressure off of Carr, who was sacked five times in the season-opener.
19. Washington Commanders — Commanders Get Full Wentz Experience In Week 1 Win
- 📈 Last Week — #24 (🔺 1)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — Carson Wentz (313 yards, 4 TD, 2 INT)
The Commanders got the full Carson Wentz experience in Week 1.
Wentz finished with a terrific stat line and kept the ball moving on offense for most of the day but also nearly threw the game away with a pair of crippling interceptions on successive plays.
After that, he led two more touchdown drives and found Terry McLaurin for a game-winning 49-yard strike with under 2 minutes remain to secure the win.
Washington also got a boost from running back Antonio Gibson in the passing game.
Gibson finished with seven catches for 72 yards and added another 58 on the ground in the victory.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers — Steelers Spoil Bengals’ Season-Opener With OT-Win
- 📈 Last Week — #20 (🔺 2)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — Minkah Fitzpatrick (14 tackles, 10 solo, 1 INT, TD, blocked XP)
Pittsburgh escaped Week 1 with a wild win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the final seconds of overtime, thanks in large part to the play of Minkah Fitzpatrick.
The Steelers’ safety had 14 tackles, an interception return for a touchdown and a blocked Cincinnati’s extra point to save the game in the final seconds of regulation.
There are still legitimate questions about the Steelers’ offensive line and Mitchell Trubisky did little to quiet the calls for rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett.
Trubisky finished with 194 yards and a touchdown but didn’t turn the ball over, which is part of the reason why Pittsburgh was able to walk out of Paycor Stadium with a win.
17. New York Giants — Barkley, Giants Stun Titans With Late 2-PT Conversion
- 📈 Last Week — #23 (🔺 6)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — Saquon Barkley (18 carries, 164 yards, 1 TD)
Brian Daboll showed some guts by going for the win on the road in Tennessee against the Titans.
But the bigger story in New York was the health of Saquon Barkley.
Barkley looked like his old self against the Titans, rushing for 164 yards on 18 carries, including a 68-yard touchdown run.
He also added six catches for 30 yards to help keep the chains moving in the passing game.
Working with a functional running game and competent offensive line, QB Daniel Jones also showed signs of his development, completing 17-of-21 passes for 188 yards with two touchdowns and only one interception on the day.
16. Denver Broncos — Broncos Make Puzzling Decision In Loss To Seahawks
- 📉 Last Week — #9 (🔻 7)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — Russell Wilson (340 yards, 1 TD)
Russell Wilson’s long-awaited Broncos’ debut didn’t go as advertised but a puzzling decision at the end of regulation also contributed to the loss in Seattle.
Rather than go for it on 4th-and-5 with a minute remaining, head coach Nathanial Hackett opted to let the clock rundown and try a 64-yard field goal with 20 seconds left.
The result went as one might expect.
Denver missed the field goal and went on to a puzzling 17-16 loss.
Aside from a long pass to Jerry Jeudy, Wilson’s day was nothing to write home about, though he finished with 340 passing yards and one touchdown in defeat.
15. Indianapolis Colts — Will Ryan Truly Prove To Be An Upgrade Over Wentz?
- 📈 Last Week — #12 (🔻 3)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — Jonathan Taylor (31 carries, 161 yards, 1 TD)
Colts fans might be starting to think that the grass isn’t always greener after an ugly tie versus the Texans in Week 1.
The Colts got rid of Carson Wentz in favor of Matt Ryan in the offseason but the Indianapolis offense sputtered to just three points in three quarters against one of the league’s worst teams.
Ryan led a 17-point fourth-quarter comeback but Rodrigo Blankenship missed a field goal in overtime to give the Colts the win.
Luckily for the Colts, the Titans and Jaguars lost their Week 1 games, meaning that Indianapolis and Houston are tied for first in the division standings as well.
14. Cleveland Browns — Brissett, Browns Do Just Enough To Beat Panthers
- 📈 Last Week — #21 (🔺 7)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — Nick Chubb (22 carries 141 yards)
The Browns didn’t win any style points in Week 1 but still came away with a 1-0 record.
Cleveland nearly blew 13-point fourth-quarter lead but rookie kicker Cade York came to the rescue, hitting a 58-yard field goal with eight seconds left to give the Browns the win.
As expected, the Browns leaned on the ground game on offense, rushing for 217 yards as a team.
Running back Nick Chubb had 141 of those rushing yards while Kareem Hunt added 46 rush yards and a score in the win.
Cleveland’s defense also stepped up with four sacks, an interception, and five forced fumbles, though none of them were recovered by the Browns.
13. Minnesota Vikings — Justin Jefferson Looks Unstoppable In Win Over Green Bay
- 📈 Last Week — #22 (🔺 9)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — Justin Jefferson (9 catches, 184 yards, 2 TD)
Can anyone in the NFL cover Justin Jefferson?
The Vikings’ receiver dominated the Packers last weekend, finishing with 184 yards and two touchdowns in a Week 1 blowout victory.
It was a statement win for Minnesota, which is hoping to usurp the Packers in the pecking order in the NFC North this season.
With the victory, Kirk Cousins is now 4-3-1`in head-to-head matchups versus Aaron Rodgers since he joined the division.
12. San Francisco 49ers — How Long Of A Leash Will Trey Lance Have In SF?
- 📉 Last Week — #5 (🔻 7)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — Trey Lance (164 passing yards, 54 rushing yards, 1 INT)
San Francisco was one of the most disappointing teams in Week 1.
Not only did the 49ers suffer an ugly 19-10 loss to the Bears but Trey Lance and the offense looked out of sync for most of the afternoon.
The 49ers also lost running back Elijah Mitchell for the next two months, which could be a big blow for the offense.
While the weather conditions are partly to blame, Lance will need to show more poise in the pocket after completing fewer than 50 percent of his passes versus the Bears.
11. Green Bay Packers — Does Rodgers Have Enough Weapons On Offense?
- 📉 Last Week — #7 (🔻 5)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — AJ Dillon (45 rushing yards, 46 receiving yards, 1 TD)
Green Bay didn’t reload on offense after trading Davante Adams in the offseason and it showed in Week 1.
The Packers were without top target Allen Lazard and QB Aaron Rodgers struggled to find open receivers all night long in a 23-7 loss to the Vikings.
Despite the ugly loss, it’s hard to count out Rodgers and the Packers’ offense just yet.
Of course, the Packers put up a dud in Week 1 last season too before finishing the year with a 13-4 regular season record.
Ironically, that was the last time Rodgers finished with under 200 yards passing and more interceptions than touchdowns in the same game
10. Miami Dolphins — Tagavailoa Remains Undefeated Against Bill Belichick
- 📈 Last Week — #15 (🔺 5)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — Tua Tagavailoa (270 yards, 1 TD)
Tyreek Hill made his presence felt early and often for the Dolphins but it was Jaylen Waddle’s catch and run on fourth down that made the difference for the Dolphins in Week 1.
The offseason additions seemed to pay off for QB Tua Tagavailoa, who made strides under center against a tough Patriots’ defense.
Tagavailoa finished 23-of-33 for 270 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions, as the Dolphins avoided turning the ball over in the win.
Tagovailoa is now 4-0 in his career against Bill Belichick.
9. Cincinnati Bengals — Burrow, Bengals Suffer Super Bowl Hangover vs Steelers
- 📉 Last Week — #6 (🔻 3)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — Ja’Marr Chase (10 catches, 129 yards, 1 TD)
The Super Bowl curse appeared live and well last week, as Cincinnati dropped a weird game at the end of overtime against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Joe Burrow committed a career-worst five turnovers, including four in the first half before leading a clutch fourth-quarter comeback.
After hitting Ja’Marr Chase for what appeared to be the game-winning score, a blocked extra point sent the game into overtime, where hero kicker Evan McPherson missed a potential game-winning attempt.
Meanwhile, the upgraded offensive line didn’t seem to make a difference, as Burrow was sacked seven times in the loss.
8. Los Angeles Rams — Have The Rams Taken A Step Back In 2022?
- 📉 Last Week — #2 (🔺 6)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — Cooper Kupp (13 catches, 128 yards, 1 TD)
The Rams didn’t look like a team ready to defend its Super Bowl title in Week 1.
Los Angeles was manhandled in a Week 1 loss to the Super Bowl favorite Buffalo Bills.
Matthew Stafford threw three interceptions, offseason acquisition Allen Robinson was non-existent, and the defense gave up too many big plays in the loss.
After the game, head coach Sean McVay took responsibility for the loss, “We weren’t ready to go. I take a lot of pride in that, and that’s on me.”
7. New Orleans Saints — Winston Leads Furious Comeback vs Falcons In Week 1
- 📈 Last Week — #11 (🔺 4)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — Jameis Winston (269 yards, 2 TD)
Jameis Winston had just 56 passing yards heading into the fourth quarter but threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns in the final frame to lead the Saints to a frantic comeback win.
He also connected with Michael Thomas for touchdowns on back-to-back drives, a good sign for the Saints’ offense moving forward.
With that performance, Winston has thrown for 200+ yards in the fourth quarter five times, more than any other NFL quarterback since 2000.
With a matchup looming against the division favorite Bucs, Winston’s former team, New Orleans has a chance to make a statement in Week 2.
6. Philadelphia Eagles — Hurts, Eagles Make Statement In Win Over Lions
- 📈 Last Week — #13 (🔺 7)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — AJ Brown (10 catches, 155 yards)
Quarterback Jalen Hurts looked in command of the Eagles offense in Sunday’s 38-35 win over the Detroit Lions.
Hurts didn’t throw a touchdown pass but finished with 243 passing yards and 90 rushing yards in the win.
The Eagles quarterback led six scoring drives through three quarter and looked to have a strong connection with new teammate AJ Brown, who finished with 10 catches for 155 yards in the win.
An even better sign for the Eagles offense?
Philadelphia’s ground game was effective against the Lions, racking up 216 yards and four touchdowns on 5.5 yards per carry.
5. Baltimore Ravens — Lamar Jackson Beats The Jets With His Arm
- 📈 Last Week — #10 (🔺 4)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — Lamar Jackson (213 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT)
Lamar Jackson didn’t need to run to beat the Jets.
Jackson threw for 213 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Devin Duvernay in a 24-9 win over New York.
Both Duvernay and second-year receiver Rashod Bateman showed the ability to make plays down the field, which will be something to keep an eye on in the absence of Hollywood Brown.
Baltimore’s defense also dominated in Week 1, stiffening up near midfield and forcing timely turnovers to keep the Jets out of scoring position.
4. Kansas City Chiefs — Are Mahomes, Chiefs More Dangerous Without Hill?
- 📈 Last Week — #8 (🔺 4)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — Patrick Mahomes (360 yards, 5 TD)
Are the Chiefs actually better without Tyreek Hill?
Patrick Mahomes looked efficient and effective in Week 1, completing 30-of-39 passes for 360 yards with 5 TDs in a 44-21 blowout win over the Cardinals.
Travis Kelce looked unstoppable, finishing with 121 yards and a touchdown in Week 1.
Rookie running back Isiah Pacheco also looked explosive, which could be a development to watch for as the season progresses.
Pacheco, a seventh-round rookie, rushed for a team-high 62 yards and a touchdown and was entrusted to close out the game by head coach Andy Reid.
3. Los Angeles Chargers — Chargers Defense Proves Its Up To The Task vs Raiders
- 📈 Last Week — #4 (🔺 1)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — Justin Herbert (279 yards, 3 TD)
Justin Herbert looked as good as advertised in Week 1, finishing with 3 TDs and zero interceptions against the division rival Raiders.
The Chargers won’t have a lot of time to celebrate the win, as they will take on the Chiefs in Kansas City on Thursday Night Football in Week 2.
Los Angeles will be forced to make the trip without wide receiver Keenan Allen, who left the win against the Raiders with a hamstring injury.
Allen’s injury will likely take some time to heal, which could be a blow for the Chargers’ offense in the short-term.
More importantly, the Chargers’ revamped defense was ready to go against Las Vegas, racking up five sacks and three interceptions on the day.
Newly-signed pass rusher Khalil Mack also made his presence felt early, racking up three sacks against his former team.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Jones Could Be The Hidden Piece Of The Puzzle In Tampa Bay
- 📈 Last Week — #3 (🔺 1)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — Leonard Fournette (21 rushes, 127 yards)
Tom Brady was apparently contemplating retirement following Tampa Bay’s dominant Week 1 win over the Cowboys.
Following an offseason filled with drama, perhaps Brady didn’t quite feel ready for the regular season.
Still, the 45-year-old quarterback threw for 212 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Meanwhile, the Bucs’ defense picked up where it left off last season, limiting Dallas to just three points and 3.8 yards per play in the win.
While Tampa Bay lost Chris Godwin to a hamstring injury, Julio Jones looked like the real deal alongside Mike Evans, which is going to be a problem for opposing defenses all season long.
1. Buffalo Bills — Josh Allen Leads List of NFL MVP Candidates After Week 1
- 📈 Last Week — #1 (➖)
- 🏈 Week 1 Standout — Josh Allen (297 passing yards, 56 rushing yards, 4 total TD)
The Bills remain the top team in our power rankings this week after dismantling the Rams at SoFi Stadium to kick off the NFL season last week.
Josh Allen finished with over 360 total yards and four touchdowns to finish as PFF’s top-rated quarterback in Week 1.
Von Miller also got in on the action, notching two of Buffalo’s seven sacks on the night.
Buffalo turned the ball over four times and still dominated in a 31-10 win, which could be a sign of things to come in the AFC.