Well, wasn’t that a surprise in Week One of the NFL Regular Season? Sure, the Chiefs and Bucs got their seasons off to a winning start, as did the Rams and 49ers, but a host of much fancied teams were beaten, and in some cases, heavily beaten on the opening weekend.
So how have Week One’s results, which we have outlined below, affected our Power Rankings for the NFL ahead of Week Two of the season?
Let’s take a closer look at the results first.
NFL Week One Results
- Dallas Cowboys 29-31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Seattle Seahawks 28-16 Indianapolis Colts
- Jacksonville Jaguars 21-37 Houston Texans
- Los Angeles Chargers 20-16 Washington Football Team
- Philadelphia Eagles 32-6 Atlanta Falcons
- Pittsburgh Steelers 23-16 Buffalo Bills
- San Francisco 49ers 41-33 Detroit Lions
- Minnesota Vikings 24-27 Cincinnati Bengals (OT)
- New York Jets 14-19 Carolina Panthers
- Arizona Cardinals 38-13 Tennessee Titans
- Cleveland Browns 29-33 Kansas City Chiefs
- Miami Dolphins 17-16 New England Patriots
- Denver Broncos 27-13 New York Giants
- Green Bay Packers 3-38 New Orleans Saints
- Chicago Bears 14-34 Los Angeles Rams
- Baltimore Ravens 27-33 Las Vegas Raiders (OT)
So how have these results and perhaps most importantly, the performances of the teams in their opening game affected the Power Rankings this week? Let’s take a look in more detail below. Last week’s position in the power rankings is shown in brackets)
BBUSA – Power Rankings Week 2 – Top 10
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1)
The Bucs faced a very tough opponent in the Cowboys on opening night but Tom Brady showed the magic is still there to lead the team to victory on a game winning drive. There’s still plenty for the Bucs to work on, but they are still the team to beat in the NFL.
Kansas City Chiefs (2)
The Chiefs also faced a tough test against the Browns and it took a big performance from Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill to secure the win. However, that’s what they do and that is why the Chiefs remain the second best team in the NFL right now.
Los Angeles Rams (5)
The Rams spent a lot of money getting in Matt Stafford to turn them into genuine contenders in the NFL this season in what is a stacked NFC West. It looks like a sound investment after the Rams put the Bears to the sword in outstanding fashion.
Seattle Seahawks (10)
I thought this Seahawks team may be on the way down. Based on their superb win over the Colts last weekend, I was wrong. They play in arguably the toughest division in the NFL (who have all four teams in the top ten) but Pete Carroll’s 2021 Seahawks look the real deal. A good win against Tennessee at the weekend could move them further up the rankings.
San Francisco 49ers (9)
Trey Lance threw his first pass in the NFL, completed it and scored a touchdown, Jimmy Garoppolo added another and with two further rushing touchdowns the 49ers are probably happy with their offensive display, however shipping 33 points to the Lions is a worry, although 16 of those came in the fourth quarter when the game had already been won.
Pittsburgh Steelers (11)
The Steelers defense and special teams produced a vintage display leading the Stellers from 10-point halftime deficit in Buffalo to record a superb victory over a team I had ranked third in the power rankings last week. Credit where credit is due, this was a big win for the Steelers, but I feel they were helped by some rusty play the Bills.
Baltimore Ravens (3)
The Ravens could and should have won this week. Two uncharacteristic fumbles from Lamar Jackson led to 14 points for the Raiders, the last one the game winning touchdown in Overtime. Jackson’s slips aside, the Ravens still showed they are formidable on the ground but also strong in the passing game. This is still a very good team.
Cleveland Browns (8)
The Chiefs couldn’t stop the Browns excellent rushing game, but in the end the Chiefs still landed the win. However, this was a good display by the Browns against one of the top two teams in the NFL. They won’t be far away if they can continue to play like this over the remainder of the season.
Arizona Cardinals (17)
The Cardinals were meant to wilt in the face of the Titans scary offense. In truth, it was the other way around. The Cardinals showed there’s still plenty of holes in that Titans defense and their defense not only stopped the run but sacked Ryan Tannehill five times, all by Chandler Jones. They may be the 4th best team in the NFC West but they are still a top ten ranked team in the Power Rankings.
Buffalo Bills (4)
Despite leading by ten at the half, I was disappointed by how the Bills failed to adjust to the Steelers in what was a cagey game. Crucial plays went against them, notably that blocked punt for a score, but in truth the Bills looked some way off the form they showed last season. I think they will bounce back but they only just held on to their top ten spot based on last weeknd’s performance.
BBUSA – Power Rankings Week 2 – 11-32
- New Orleans Saints (19)
- Los Angeles Chargers (14)
- Las Vegas Raiders (22)
- Denver Broncos (23)
- Dallas Cowboys (15)
- Miami Dolphins (16)
- Green Bay Packers (6)
- New England Patriots (12)
- Indianapolis Colts (13)
- Tennessee Titans (7)
- Carolina Panthers (25)
- Philadelphia Eagles (27)
- Chicago Bears (21)
- Minnesota Vikings (18)
- Cincinnati Bengals (30)
- Washington Football Team (20)
- Houston Texans (32)
- New York Jets (28)
- Atlanta Falcons (24)
- Detroit Lions (31)
- New York Giants (26)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (29)
The Titans and Packers have dropped out of the top 10, with the Titans dismal showing dropping them 13 places down the rankings, while the Packers have dropped 11 places. On the up though are the Raiders, Broncos and Saints who are all close to cracking the top ten.
Keep an eye on the Dallas Cowboys too as they showed enough against the Bucs to suggest that they can climb these rankings very quickly in the weeks to come.
Join us again next week when we take a look at how the results of Matchday 2 in the NFL have impacted our power rankings for Week 3 of the season.