Brian Sullivan

I. Love. Football. What an opening week that was. Sure, it wasn’t perfect. There was a lot of sloppy play and a couple of unfortunate blowouts. But who cares? IT’S BACK! Anyway, here’s how the league looks after 1 week of play. Keep in mind, this is pretty much based on this year and this year alone.

1) Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)

Do I think it will last? Absolutely not. But when you go into the defending champion’s house and deliver a stomping like that, you deserve the #1 spot. This defense is absurdly talented and Alex Smith looked elite for at least one game.

2) Dallas Cowboys (1-0)

For at least one game, this team looked flawless. They pounded the rock and controlled the clock against one of the top notch defenses in the league. Meanwhile, their own defense did some fantastic work against a team that has a ton of weapons. (Ok, so they were missing Odell and the offensive line is garbage, but they still have playmakers).

3) Green Bay Packers (1-0)

Is this defense actually solid? Or is the Seahawks offense that atrocious? Time will tell, but if they can continue to stifle opposing offenses, they should roll into the playoffs with Rodgers and co getting into a better rhythm.

4) Minnesota Vikings (1-0)

Similar to Alex Smith, Sam Bradford looked like a new QB. He made some phenomenal throws, and the offensive line actually held their own. The defense is still loaded, Dalvin Cook looks like a feature back, and Stefon Diggs looks like Antonio Brown 2.0 out there. This was very impressive.

5) Oakland Raiders (1-0)

The offense did what you expect. Carr looked great; he’s going to for a very long time. But the defense surprisingly held their own against a pretty solid offense. Maybe it’s the fact that Mariota needs more time to develop a rapport with his wide outs. Or maybe the Raiders are starting to find an identity on defense. If so, watch out.

6) Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)

Ok, so they struggled a bit against the Browns. But a win is a win. Antonio Brown is still a cheat code and TJ Watt is already proving me wrong; the kid is an absolute stud out there.

7) Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)

The Eagles did what I expected they would; dominated the trenches on both sides of the ball. Pair that with a young star at QB and suddenly you have a playoff contender. Nelson Algholor also looks like he’s finally coming out of his slump.

8) New England Patriots (0-1)

Ok, you knew they were going to pop up eventually. It’s still Bill Belicheck. It’s still Tom Brady. The defense is concerning, but they’ll figure it out. Watch them stomp the Saints and skyrocket back up this list. But for now, let’s enjoy the fact that they actually look beatable.

9) Seattle Seahawks (0-1)

Back to back losers. There’s no shame going into Green Bay and coming out with a loss. There IS shame in having a offensive line that doesn’t look like it could block a team that was made up of Antonio Cromartie’s children. But the defense is so loaded… they’ll win plenty of games on that alone.

10) Atlanta Falcons (1-0)

It wasn’t the most impressive performance, but they snuck away with a win in Chicago. Austin Hooper made some big plays and Devonta Freeman still looks like a monster even after signing that big contract. They should be fine as the season progresses.

11) Carolina Panthers (1-0)

On one hand, the defense looked fantastic. On the other, they were up against Brian Hoyer. The offense could use some work, but they have the weapons to make it happen, especially if the defense continues to provide them with this many opportunities.

12) Detroit Lions (1-0)

Matthew Stafford is living up to his contract so far. Shame on those who mocked the Lions for making that move. Meanwhile, the defense looked surprisingly solid.

13) Baltimore Ravens (1-0)

Speaking of defenses, wow what a performance. Holding an offense that has AJ Green and Tyler Eifert to 0 points in their house? On opening day? That’s impressive… Will it keep up?

14) Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0)

19-0. That’s all. But seriously, the defense is FINALLY living up to the hype! Yes, it was Tom Savage, and yes, the offensive line wasn’t good. But 10.5 sacks? That’s impressive against anybody.

15) Denver Broncos (1-0)

I can not imagine Trevor Siemien playing that well again. But he looked… decent. That offensive line is a huge issue, but they have the weapons on the outside to make up for it. The defense looks like it hasn’t lost a step either.

16) Los Angeles Rams (1-0)

I’m giving them slightly less credit since their game was essentially a scrimmage. But all jokes aside, Goff actually looked comfortable. And he actually has targets. And a somewhat decent oline. They won’t look that good every week… Hell, I doubt they look that good for the rest of the year. But I said it at the beginning of the year, this team is by no means a joke. They’re a solid bunch.

17) Miami Dolphins (0-0)

18) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0)

I have nothing to say about either team yet. Go donate money to the hurricane relief causes though. Here’s a link.

19) Buffalo Bills (1-0)

A win is a win. It was the Jets. But a win is a win, especially against a division rival. They just looked solid all around. It never felt like the Jets would win, even when the score was close.

20) Washington Redskins (0-1)

Just… meh. That’s all. This team feels like a super light version of Dallas. Do they have many holes? Not really. But they don’t have a lot of star power either.

21) Los Angeles Chargers (0-1)

#21 in the power rankings, but #1 at finding ways to lose games in new, weird, heartbreaking ways. They pulled the ole faux comeback. I hate this team.

22) New Orleans Saints (0-1)

Too many mistakes early ended up costing them later on. It’s tough going into Minnesota, but I expected a better performance from the offense.

23) Tennessee Titans (0-1)

I’m a little disappointed in this offense. They have too much offensive line talent to not be able to score more, or at least control the clock more.

24) Cleveland Browns (0-1)

We’re living in whacky world right now. The Jaguars at 14? The Browns in the top 25? But give them credit, they kept it close against a top tier offense. They contained Le’veon Bell for an entire game… That’s not very Brownsy.

25) Chicago Bears (0-1)

I was honestly impressed. They played well. They kept it close and interesting against one of the best teams in the league. Will they be able to sustain it? I’m not sure, but for now I like what I’m seeing.

26) Arizona Cardinals (0-1)

Unfortunately, this looks like the end for Carson Palmer. They just couldn’t get anything going on offense. The defense will make plays, but as we saw that sometimes will not be enough.

27) New York Giants (0-1)

Ok, they won’t be here forever… But that offense was just hideous. I get it, Odell is out, and he’s a big piece. But you’ve had weeks to prepare for that… And this Cowboys defense isn’t exactly elite.

28) San Francisco 49ers (0-1)

I expected better out of them early on, but it looks like they just don’t have the players yet. I think Kyle Shanahan could end up turning this team around, but we’re years away from that.

29) Houston Texans (0-1)

Clearly we have a quarterback problem here. Or just an offense problem in general. This offense is basically Deandre Hopkins and a bunch of stuff. (Sorry Lamar Miller, you’re ok too).

30) Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)

What the hell was that? Will they get better? Sure. But how do you lay a goose egg in front of your home crowd this early in the year? That was humiliating.

31) New York Jets (0-1)

They looked ok but… it was the Bills. I’m convinced it’ll get worse from here on out.

32) Indianapolis Colts (0-1)

I said that this team is the worst team in football without Andrew Luck… and wow, it sure looks like that’s the case. What an embarrassing performance. It felt like we were watching a replay of Alabama vs. Fresno State…

 

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