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2015 NFL Power Rankings Week 1
NFL Power Ranks
Believe it or not the first week of the NFL season is already in the rear view mirror. We've waited for it all summer long and now there are just 16 weeks left. There are many new faces in new places especially at the head coaching position as there were seven head coaches making their debuts with new teams this season. How did everyone fare? Only one way to know for sure. To the rankings!
1. New England Patriots (1-0) ~ All summer long we heard about Deflategate and Tom Brady's pending suspension. Well, the suspension was lifted and Brady celebrated by throwing three touchdowns to his favorite target Rob Gronkowski. The top spot belongs to the champs until someone unseats them.
2. Green Bay Packers (1-0) ~ The way last season ended for Green Bay had to leave a bad taste in their mouths. They will get a chance to exact some revenge this weekend when the Seattle Seahawks come to town only this time it won't be for a trip to the Super Bowl.
3. Denver Broncos (1-0) ~ Last season saw Peyton Manning's streak of 51 consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass come to an end. Now he's gone two consecutive games without at least one touchdown pass.
4. Arizona Cardinals (1-0) ~ A year ago Arizona started 6-0 with Carson Palmer under center before he was lost for the season with an ACL injury. The star QB is back and so are Arizona's winning ways. Expect that trend to continue.
5. Seattle Seahawks (0-1) ~ Whatever the reason may be the St. Louis Rams seem to have Seattle's number at home. I'll just chalk this one up to a tough divisional road loss and move on. We all know Seattle is a legitimate threat to get back to the Super Bowl.
6. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) ~ A trendy pick to make the postseason after coming up just short last week K.C. went on the road and picked up the win in J.J. Watt's house. Up next is a tilt with Denver on Thursday. If they can find a way to win that game they could be well on their way to living up to the hype.
7. Dallas Cowboys (1-0) ~ They escaped with a win party due to Eli Manning's poor clock management but also suffered a big loss Sunday night. Stud wideout Dez Bryant broke his foot and will be out anywhere from four to eight weeks.
8. Cincinnati Bengals (1-0) ~ Something about an opening week trip to the west coast had me thinking the Bengals could be in danger of overlooking the Oakland Raiders and falling victim to a trap game. They raced out to a 33-0 lead after three and never looked back. Sorry I ever doubted you Cincy.
9. San Diego Chargers (1-0) ~ Keenan Allen tied a franchise-record by hauling in 15 receptions as the Chargers stormed back from an early hole against the visiting Detroit Lions. That's a hell of a way to kick off the season.
10. Buffalo Bills (1-0) ~ Buffalo was a tough place to play for most quarterbacks last year and this year started off with more of the same. Andrew Luck struggled and the Bills pulled off perhaps the biggest upset of week one.
11. Miami Dolphins (1-0) ~ It wasn't pretty but the Dolphins gutted out a win in the nation's capital and kept me alive in one of my last man standing pools. Phew. Look for them to put forth a better effort this weekend when they take on Jacksonville.
12. Baltimore Ravens (0-1) ~ They went on the road to Denver and held Manning and the Broncos offense out of the end zone and still couldn't come away with the win. The problem was their offense was also held out of the end zone. Not too often you see a game with two defensive TD's and none on the other side of the ball.
13. Indianapolis Colts (0-1) ~ If the loss in Buffalo wasn't bad enough the Colts may be without top receiving threat T.Y. Hilton who suffered a knee injury. Time for newcomers Andre Johnson and Frank Gore to step up.
14. St. Louis Rams (1-0) ~ Beating Seattle was impressive but what I found more impressive was that they did it without their top two running backs as Todd Gurley and Tre Mason were on the sideline.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1) ~ One has to wonder if the Steelers felt like they got boned when Brady's suspension was lifted so close to the beginning of the season. I know if I were a Steeler fan I'd feel that way.
16. Philadelphia Eagles (0-1) ~ Sam Bradford and the new look Eagles offense took a half to get things going and nearly stole a game in Atlanta. Up next is a home game against the Cowboys. This is one Philly can ill afford to lose.
17. Atlanta Falcons (1-0) ~ Julio Jones led the Falcons to the upset over the Eagles and gave head coach Dan Quinn his first win in his coaching debut. Jones hauled in nine passes for 141 yards and two scores. The scarier part is that it should have been more but three catches were called back due to offensive penalties.
18. San Francisco 49ers (1-0) ~ After a tumultuous offseason that saw many of the star players leave the team, especially on the defensive side, the 49ers responded by holding Minnesota to just three points.
19. Detroit Lions (0-1) ~ If the Lions miss out on the playoffs this season by a game they will have to look no further than the week one implosion when they blew an 18-point lead on the road in San Diego.
20. Carolina Panthers (1-0) ~ With Kelvin Benjamin lost for the season who will step up in Carolina's receiving corps? Ted Ginn Jr. led the team Sunday with seven targets but reeled in just two of those.
21. New York Giants (0-1) ~ Poor time management allowed the Giants to snatch defeat away from the jaws of victory. All this right after Eli Manning signs his new contract.
22. New Orleans Saints (0-1) ~ In his first game without Jimmy Graham Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw for 355 yards but didn't have the red zone threat which meant they had to settle for four field goals.
23. New York Jets (1-0) ~ I may be in the minority here but I fully believe the Jets are better off with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center than the injured Geno Smith. Fitzy led the Jets to victory in week one by throwing for two scores in a rout of the Cleveland Browns.
24. Tennessee Titans (1-0) ~ In the first ever match-up of the top two picks taken in the draft making their NFL debuts at quarterback Marcus Mariota and the Titans came out on top. In fact, he had more touchdown passes (4) than incompletions (3).
25. Houston Texans (0-1) ~ One week does not a quarterback controversy make. Or at least it shouldn't. While Brian Hoyer struggled mightily it shouldn't cost him his job. Not yet at least.
26. Minnesota Vikings (0-1) ~ Adrian Peterson returned to the Vikings for the first time since week one last year. Expectations were high but went unmatched as the former MVP picked up just 31 yards on the ground.
27. Chicago Bears (0-1) ~ The Bears are now 3-13 against the Packers when Aaron Rodgers starts. Considering they see him twice a year it's a trend they will need to reverse sooner rather than later.
28. Washington Redskins (0-1) ~ The Kirk Cousins era started with a tough loss and won't be any easier going forward with star receiver DeSean Jackson sidelined due to a hamstring injury. He is expected to miss roughly one month.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) ~ Rookie T.J. Yeldon looked good in his debut racking up 51 yards on just 12 carries while adding three receptions. This young Jags offense has the potential to grow into something special.
30. Cleveland Browns (0-1) ~ Cleveland brought in Josh McCown to lead the team because Johnny Manziel did not appear ready for that job. Less than fifteen minutes into the season McCown is out with a concussion and the Browns are set to roll with Manziel. It could be another long year in Cleveland.
31. Oakland Raiders (0-1) ~ If Derek Carr cannot go this weekend Scranton native Matt McGloin should start. The kid grew up not far from me and went to Penn State like I did so I will always root for him.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1) ~ Jameis Winston's first pass in the NFL was completed for a touchdown. The problem was that it wasn't to a Bucs player. Oops.
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