NFL Power Rankings: The Bills and Chiefs Dominate Week 1

Welcome again to The Ringer’s NFL Power Rankings, the place we now not have to invest about what groups may just be, however get to react (or perhaps overreact) to what came about in Week 1. The greatest alternate from remaining week is that now we will be able to see the Dallas Cowboys are on hearth. But no longer the great more or less hearth. We’re speaking left-your-tailgate-grill-on-in-the-parking-lot-and-torched-eight-cars more or less hearth. Other NFC powerhouses (just like the Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Rams) slid a bit of after blowout losses, however not anything tops the Cowboys getting blown out on Sunday Night Football and shedding Dak Prescott to a thumb harm, in addition. On a extra certain word, Mike McDaniel’s Miami Dolphins are important risers after their Week 1 efficiency. Check out the remainder of my up to date energy scores under as we march directly to Week 2 of the 2022 NFL season.

Betting odds are from FanDuel.


The Best of the Best

1. Buffalo Bills (remaining week: 1)

Record: 1-0 | Make Playoffs: -850
Week 1 Result: Beat the Rams, 31-10

Josh Allen performed a near-perfect sport in a blowout win over the reigning Super Bowl champions. The protection allowed 3.7 yards according to play, excellent for 2d absolute best in Week 1, with out celebrity cornerback Tre’Davious White. The Bills are moderately it appears that evidently the most productive staff within the NFL.

2. Kansas City Chiefs (remaining week: 3)

Record: 1-0 | Make Playoffs: -300
Week 1 Result: Beat the Cardinals, 44-21

No Tyreek Hill, no downside. Patrick Mahomes finished passes to 9 other receivers in a 360-yard, five-touchdown efficiency within the Chiefs’ win over Arizona. And the Kansas City protection adopted swimsuit, restricting Kyler Murray and the Cardinals to 4.5 yards according to play. Now, no different protection within the NFL will most likely display the Chiefs offense as many blitzes and single-high seems as Arizona did in Week 1, so let’s no longer mission an 85-touchdown season for Mahomes simply but. But early returns for the Hill-less offense and an advanced protection are abundantly certain.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (remaining week: 2)

Record: 1-0 | Make Playoffs: -1200
Week 1 Result: Beat the Cowboys, 19-3

Every Buccaneers sport this season will probably be a weekly advert for the TB12 vitamin. In his age-45 season, Tom Brady seems as excellent as ever, and his supporting forged is true there with him (even though we’re rather involved that receiver Chris Godwin is already injured once more, this time a hamstring). Tampa Bay enters Week 2 as the favourite to win the NFC at plus-280, and I’m nonetheless purchasing it at that value.

4. Los Angeles Chargers (remaining week: 6)

Record: 1-0 | Make Playoffs: -225
Week 1 Result: Beat the Raiders, 24-19

Justin Herbert is a top-three quarterback within the NFL, and the protection is appearing large development from remaining season. Buy the hype. This Chargers staff is official and they’ll get a possibility to end up it after they face the Chiefs on Thursday night time.

Flawed Deep Postseason Contenders

5. Green Bay Packers (remaining week: 4)

Record: 0-1 | Make Playoffs: -280
Week 1 Result: Lost to the Vikings, 23-7

Aaron Rodgers threw for 133 yards, no touchdowns and had two choices in a 38-3 loss to the Saints in Week 1 remaining season and went directly to win the league MVP award. But this 12 months’s blowout loss to the Vikings feels other. The offensive line is plagued through accidents, Davante Adams performs for the Raiders, and Green Bay’s supposedly stacked protection gave up 184 yards to 1 participant (Justin Jefferson). The Packers want offensive linemen David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins again wholesome and actually any receiver to step as much as take care of deep postseason competition. It’s wild that Rodgers’s Peaky Blinders haircut was once the lone spotlight in their season debut.

6. Los Angeles Rams (remaining week: 5)

Record: 0-1 | Make Playoffs: -220
Week 1 Result: Lost to the Bills, 31-10

The Rams drop only one spot in those scores regardless of the blowout loss at house in opposition to Buffalo, however they’ll be in a unfastened fall if we see extra of the similar in opposition to Atlanta in Week 2. The offensive line, which misplaced each Andrew Whitworth and Austin Corbett this offseason, was once disastrous. Matthew Stafford was once underneath power on 19 dropbacks in opposition to Buffalo, according to PFF, which is extra power than he confronted in any sport all remaining season. Whitworth’s alternative at left take on, Joseph Noteboom, allowed a team-high 8 pressures within the season debut; Whitworth allowed 20 in 18 video games remaining season. That can’t proceed if the Rams have aspirations for a Super Bowl repeat.

7. Baltimore Ravens (remaining week: 8)

Record: 1-0 | Make Playoffs: -215
Week 1 Result: Beat the Jets, 24-9

Lamar Jackson and the Ravens beat up at the Jets’ secondary to cruise to a 24-9 win in Week 1, however a stifled dashing assault and mounting accidents stay a priority. Without working backs J.Okay. Dobbins and Gus Edwards, and offensive take on Ronnie Stanley, Baltimore averaged simply 3 yards according to raise with Kenyan Drake as its lead rusher (31 yards). Offensive take on Ja’Wuan James, who began rather than Stanley, and cornerback Kyle Fuller will leave out the remainder of the season after struggling season-ending accidents in Week 1. (For James, the Achilles tendon harm is particularly heartbreaking. Injuries restricted him to a few video games with the Broncos in 2019, he opted out of the 2020 season on account of COVID-19 issues, and then tore his Achilles whilst coaching within the 2021 offseason. Sunday’s sport in New York was once most effective his fourth sport since 2018.) The Ravens wish to keep wholesome and run the soccer successfully in the event that they’re going to be Super Bowl contenders, and we simply haven’t noticed both ring true but.

8. Cincinnati Bengals (remaining week:7)

Record: 0-1 | Make Playoffs: +110
Week 1 Result: Lost to the Steelers, 23-20 in additional time

Joe Burrow and the Bengals regarded dreadful out of the gate. The offense scored simply 3 issues and dedicated 4 turnovers, together with a Minkah Fitzpatrick pick-six, on their opening 5 possessions on their method to an early 17-3 deficit. With nowhere actually to head however up, Burrow and the remainder of the offense advanced as the sport advanced, however the sheer quantity of miscues—maximum particularly a blocked PAT on the finish of law and a neglected box purpose in additional time—gave Pittsburgh sufficient existence to eke out a win at the highway. The Bengals are significantly better than their Week 1 efficiency and will have to get again at the playoff observe as Burrow and the brand new offensive line get extra at ease.


Should-Be Playoff Teams

9. Minnesota Vikings (remaining week: 11)

Record: 1-0 | Make Playoffs: -230
Week 1 Result: Beat the Packers, 23-7

In this number of 20 preseason energy scores aggregated through René Bugner, most effective Football Outsiders was once upper at the Vikings than I used to be coming into Week 1. And after a dominant 23-7 win over the Packers, I’m shifting them up two spots to no. 9. First-year head trainer Kevin O’Connell, who’s lately plus-800 to win Coach of the Year, led an offensive fireworks display in opposition to what many people idea could be one of the vital gifted defenses within the NFL. Kirk Cousins and Justin Jefferson attached for 184 yards and two touchdowns in a in reality dominant show that are meant to end up sustainable with O’Connell pulling the strings.

10. Denver Broncos (remaining week: 10)

Record: 0-1 | Make Playoffs: TBD
Week 1 Result: Lost to the Seahawks, 17-16

I are aware of it’s tempting, however let’s no longer hit the panic button but in Denver. When the smoke clears from the entire sizzling takes about Russell Wilson’s go back to Seattle and Nathaniel Hackett’s in reality bonkers end-of-game decision-making, what we’ll see is that there was once masses to love about Wilson’s debut for the Broncos. He was once environment friendly in shifting the offense down the sector—the Broncos averaged 6.8 yards according to play—and Denver outgained Seattle through 169 yards in the second one part. The downside was once pink zone potency, settling for box objectives as a substitute of touchdowns, shedding two fumbles on the purpose line, and common sloppiness (like more than one extend of sport consequences).

11. San Francisco 49ers (remaining week: 9)

Record: 0-1 | Make Playoffs: -140
Week 1 Result: Lost to the Bears, 19-10

Pump the brakes on any 49ers hate. Yes, Trey Lance was once inconsistent, however we shouldn’t omit he was once making simply his fourth get started in a soccer sport since 2019 and was once taking part in in a using rainstorm on a near-unplayable box in Chicago. Pull your punches till we see extra of Lance and this 49ers staff in higher prerequisites, and forestall clamoring for Jimmy Garoppolo (a minimum of for now).

12. Philadelphia Eagles (remaining week:13)

Record: 1-0 | Make Playoffs: -380
Week 1 Result: Beat the Lions, 38-35

The preseason hype surrounding the Eagles continues to be very actual, and the overall ranking isn’t indicative of the way a lot the Eagles ruled this sport in opposition to Detroit. ESPN’s win likelihood type gave the Eagles a 73 p.c likelihood or higher to win once they went up 21-7 in the second one quarter. Allowing D’Andre Swift to head off for 144 yards dashing is a bit of of a priority, however just about the whole thing else skewed certain for the Eagles in Week 1. Jalen Hurts and Miles Sanders each recorded 90-plus yards dashing, and new wideout A.J. Brown stuck 10 passes for 155 yards in a surprising debut for Philadelphia.

13. Miami Dolphins (remaining week:17)

Record: 1-0 | Make Playoffs: -116
Week 1 Result: Beat the Patriots, 20-7

I predicted on The Ringer NFL Show remaining week the Dolphins had doable to be one of the crucial greatest risers in those scores, and now right here we’re: up 4 spots after Week 1. Tua Tagovailoa wasn’t a game-breaker whatsoever, however he didn’t need to be in opposition to the Pats. Tagovailoa went 22-of-33 for 270 passing yards and a landing in his 2022 debut, and new wideout Tyreek Hill led the staff in goals (12), receptions (8), and receiving yards (94). I’m all in in this Mike McDaniel–Tagovailoa pairing, particularly with the staff’s advanced offensive line and receiving corps.

14. Arizona Cardinals (remaining week: 14)

Record: 0-1 | Make Playoffs: +176
Week 1 Result: Lost to the Chiefs, 44-21

Why the hell did the Cardinals blitz Patrick Mahomes on 54 p.c of his dropbacks? You’d assume a staff coached through Kliff Kingsbury (Mahomes’s faculty trainer) and DC Vance Joseph (who in the past coached in opposition to Mahomes when Joseph was once the pinnacle trainer in Denver) would know higher than to blitz Mahomes that a lot. Their defensive sport plan killed the Cardinals’ probabilities, as Mahomes threw 4 of his 5 touchdowns whilst going through greater than 4 rushers. The Cardinals offense, in the meantime, ranked twenty seventh in yards according to play (4.5) in Week 1, rarely an inspiring get started for a unit that was once taking a look to get extra explosive. Kyler Murray is one of the crucial league’s height quarterbacks, and the staff has sufficient of a supporting forged offensively and defensively to be aggressive. But they simply can’t get out of their very own means.

15. Tennessee Titans (remaining week: 15)

Record: 0-1 | Make Playoffs: +174
Week 1 Result: Lost to the Giants, 21-20

Losing to the Giants can have some dashing to the panic button for the Titans, however I’m nonetheless purchasing them at plus-174 to make the playoffs and plus-200 to win the AFC South. The excellent information for Tennessee is that the move rush got here thru on this sport, even with out Harold Landry III, who’s most likely out for the season with a torn ACL. Per Pro Football Focus, no quarterback was once underneath power on the next proportion of his dropbacks than the Giants’ Daniel Jones in Week 1.

On the Bubble

16. Indianapolis Colts (remaining week: 16)

Record: 0-0-1 | Make Playoffs: -230
Week 1 Result: Tied with the Texans, 20-20

The Colts had been asleep on the wheel for 3 quarters in opposition to Houston, however they awoke in time to rally from a 20-3 fourth-quarter deficit and steer clear of a loss. Favored through seven issues within the contest, the Colts clearly underperformed in opposition to the Texans, however new quarterback Matt Ryan gave the impression to develop extra at ease within the offense as the sport went on. And the protection nonetheless held the Texans to fewer than 4.5 yards according to play. Indianapolis will have to vault up those scores if they are able to steer clear of sloppy begins shifting ahead.

17. New Orleans Saints (remaining week: 18)

Record: 1-0 | Make Playoffs: -114
Week 1 Result: Beat the Falcons, 27-26

It was once a sluggish get started for New Orleans, however the end was once surprising. Trailing 26-10 with 12:41 left within the fourth quarter, quarterback Jameis Winston, who in brief left the sport with “pain everywhere,” put in combination 3 consecutive scoring drives, finishing with two Michael Thomas touchdowns and Wil Lutz’s game-winning box purpose. The Saints will probably be a tricky out if they are able to make their Week 1 fourth-quarter magic a regimen.

18. Dallas Cowboys (remaining week:12)

Record: 0-1 | Make Playoffs: +250
Week 1 consequence: Lost to the Buccaneers, 19-3

YIKES. It seems shedding key offensive avid gamers La’el Collins, Amari Cooper, Cedrick Wilson Jr., and Connor Williams all in the similar offseason isn’t nice. Injuries to Tyron Smith, Michael Gallup, and James Washington make issues worse. And now Dak Prescott will go through thumb surgical procedure and leave out six to 8 weeks. The Cowboys’ preseason odds to make the playoffs, according to FanDuel, flipped from minus-225 to now plus-250. Head trainer Mike McCarthy is a meme. The Disaster Cowboys are the canine in a space engulfed through flames, however this isn’t wonderful.

19. Cleveland Browns (remaining week: 20)

Record: 1-0 | Make Playoffs: +124
Week 1 Result: Beat the Panthers, 26-24

Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett was once as marketed—conservative (he completed Week 1 with the bottom yards according to strive reasonable of any starter) and turnover susceptible. The most effective explanation why his stat line wasn’t a complete crisis was once that he was once bailed out of 2 would-be interceptions, first through one of the crucial dumbest move interference consequences I’ve ever noticed dedicated and then on a drop through Carolina protection Myles Hartsfield. A stalwart protection led through Myles Garrett (two sacks and 3 tackles for loss), heavy doses of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt (who blended for 187 dashing yards), and a seize rookie kicker (Cade York, FTW) stored Cleveland from crisis. That would be the key to victory for the Browns till quarterback play improves.

20. Las Vegas Raiders (remaining week: 19)

Record: 0-1 | Make Playoffs: +230
Week 1 Result: Lost to the Chargers, 24-19

The Raiders are who we idea they had been. Derek Carr is gifted however imperfect, and Davante Adams continues to be one of the crucial absolute best receivers within the NFL. Nearly the whole thing else is an enormous paintings in growth, particularly the offensive line, which allowed six sacks (3 through former Raider Khalil Mack) because the Raiders circled 4 other combos of linemen during the sport in opposition to the Chargers. Carr can’t throw 3 choices, fumble the ball two times (the Raiders had been fortunate to recuperate each), and take that many sacks if the Raiders are going to win persistently, however that—and the staff’s suffering no-name secondary—doesn’t glance adore it’ll be converting anytime quickly.

21. New England Patriots (remaining week: 21)

Record: 0-1 | Make Playoffs: +192
Week 1 Result: Lost to the Dolphins, 20-7

The Patriots’ Week 1 efficiency did not anything to calm preseason fears surrounding first-year offensive play caller Matt Patricia and the offense. The staff’s strong of working backs averaged simply 3.5 yards according to raise, and quarterback Mac Jones (who can have suffered a again harm) was once answerable for two turnovers within the loss to Miami. So much wishes to modify in a rush for Patricia and Jones to position in combination a successful season in New England.

Long Shot Playoff Hopefuls

22. Pittsburgh Steelers (remaining week: 22)

Record 1-0 | Make Playoffs: +225
Week 1 Result: Beat the Bengals, 23-20 in additional time

Mike Tomlin rightfully celebrated a fantastic additional time win in Cincinnati, however the Steelers’ long-term potentialities stay bleak. Star move rusher T.J. Watt suffered a pectoral muscle harm and will leave out, at minimal, six weeks, and beginning working again Najee Harris and cornerback Levi Wallace each and every left Sunday’s sport with accidents. The Steelers offense averaged simply 4.4 yards according to play in Mitchell Trubisky’s Steelers debut, tied for the fourth-lowest reasonable in Week 1. Tomlin isn’t taking place with out a struggle, however optimism is difficult to return through in Pittsburgh even after the disappointed win.

23. Washington Commanders (remaining week: 23)

Record: 1-0 | Make Playoffs: -104
Week 1 Result: Beat the Jaguars, 28-22

Carson Wentz threw two fourth-quarter choices in a span of lower than 3 mins in opposition to the Jaguars. It didn’t finally end up dooming the Commanders this time, however that’s no longer going to get it finished in opposition to higher groups. The low finish of the Wentz curler coaster is what price Indianapolis a playoff berth remaining season, and it is going to price the Commanders at some point if the turnovers proceed. If the Commanders are going to be within the playoff combine, they’ll want extra of Wentz’s upside, like the 2 absolute dimes that went for touchdowns within the fourth quarter.

24. Seattle Seahawks (remaining week: 30)

Record: 1-0 | Make Playoffs: +430
Week 1 Result: Beat the Broncos, 17-16

I’m an fool. I latterly predicted on The Ringer NFL Show that I used to be to start with too low at the Seahawks, and right here we’re. Geno Smith, an advanced offensive line, a well-coached protection, a spry Rashaad Penny, Pete Carroll, you call it—all of them exceeded preseason expectancies. Only two groups (Falcons and Texans) had decrease odds to have the worst report within the NFL than the Seahawks sooner than frightening the Broncos as 6.5-point house canines in Week 1. I’m nonetheless no longer purchasing them to make the playoffs, however they’re some distance from the league’s doormat.

25. New York Giants (remaining week: 27)

Record: 1-0 | Make Playoffs: +138
Week 1 Result: Beat the Titans, 21-20

I’ll say it, the Brian Daboll technology in New York goes to be freaking superior. Every Week 1 clip of the brand new Giants head trainer will have to spark hope for Giants devoted. He held Daniel Jones responsible for an terrible pink zone interception, confirmed excessive self assurance along with his resolution to head for 2 later within the fourth quarter, and let free with the men within the locker room following the comeback win. Daboll additionally unleashed a model of Saquon Barkley we haven’t noticed in years. Barkley averaged 9.1 yards according to raise, rushed for 164 yards—essentially the most of any working again in Week 1—scored a landing, and had the game-winning two-point conversion off a shovel move from Jones. The Giants gained’t be a playoff staff in a single day, however the tradition Daboll is construction seems sustainable and important, and a much-needed step in the best route.

26. Carolina Panthers (remaining week: 25)

Record: 0-1 | Make Playoffs: +400
Week 1 Result: Lost to the Browns, 26-24

What a irritating week for Carolina. The protection allowed simply 4.8 yards according to play in opposition to the Browns, whilst Baker Mayfield led the offense to 17 fourth-quarter issues to just about pull off a comeback in opposition to Cleveland. The effort was once excellent, however no longer excellent sufficient after falling at the back of 14-0 in the second one quarter. The offense was once depressing early—simply 13 overall yards at the first 5 drives; Carolina can’t have the funds for sluggish begins if it’s going to win video games in 2022, and neither can Matt Rhule if he’s going to train this staff in the course of the finish of the season.

27. Jacksonville Jaguars (remaining week: 24)

Record: 0-1 | Make Playoffs: +430
Week 1 Result: Lost to the Commanders, 28-22

The Jags had been certainly one of 4 groups that allowed greater than 300 passing yards in Week 1, a complete that incorporates 134 yards and two passing touchdowns within the fourth quarter by myself within the loss to the Commanders. Combine that type of defensive meltdown with an inconsistent offensive efficiency—the OL struggled, and Trevor Lawrence threw a choose with 1:10 ultimate—and it’s a reminder of simply how some distance the Jaguars have to head.

28. Chicago Bears (remaining week: 29)

Record: 1-0 | Make Playoffs: +270
Week 1 Result: Beat the 49ers, 19-10

I’m no longer sprinting to leap at the Chicago bandwagon till the staff dries off and performs effectively in higher climate, however there’s nonetheless explanation why for optimism in the beginning of the Ryan Poles–Matt Eberflus technology. The offensive line carried out means higher than any person anticipated in opposition to a skilled San Francisco defensive entrance, and the Bears had been in a position to do exactly sufficient to overcome a sloppy 49ers staff in sloppy climate prerequisites.

Eyeing the No. 1 Pick

29. Detroit Lions (remaining week: 26)

Record: 0-1 | Make Playoffs: +410
Week 1 Result: Lost to the Eagles, 38-35

Lions bettors had a good time in a well-recognized stunning backdoor duvet overdue within the fourth quarter, however the secret is that whilst the Lions may have made it attention-grabbing overdue, the Eagles had been in consistent keep watch over of this sport. Running again D’Andre Swift (144 dashing yards, 9.6 yards according to raise) led an offense that exceeded preseason expectancies, however the protection had merely no solutions for the duo of Jalen Hurts and A.J. Brown. Detroit allowed 455 yards of overall offense, the third-most of any staff in Week 1.

30. Atlanta Falcons (remaining week: 31)

Record: 0-1 | Make Playoffs: +1320
Week 1 Result: Lost to the Saints, 27-26

We may no longer have the risk to try this very ceaselessly this season, so we’ll get started through pronouncing a couple of great issues concerning the Falcons: Marcus Mariota and Cordarrelle Patterson (120 dashing yards) thrived in Arthur Smith’s play-action-heavy offense in Week 1, and Atlanta’s secondary, led through corners A.J. Terrell and Casey Hayward, was once dominant early in opposition to the Saints. Even the offensive line, a perceived weak point for the Falcons, held up extremely effectively in opposition to the Saints’ entrance seven.

But all the wonder positives washed away in what is apparently a relentless unfavourable for Atlanta: the fourth quarter. ESPN’s win likelihood type gave the Falcons a 95 p.c likelihood of successful when Younghoe Koo made a box purpose to offer Atlanta a 26-10 lead with 12:41 left within the fourth quarter. Then the Falcons collapsed in some way most effective the Falcons can, permitting 17 unanswered issues to lose 27-26. Smith turning heel in his postgame presser actually put an exclamation level on late-game sadness overshadowing any early optimism.

31. Houston Texans (remaining week:32)

Record: 0-0-1 | Make Playoffs: +1600
Week 1 Result: Tied the Colts, 20-20

We’ll give the Texans credit score for the grittiness and spunk they confirmed in construction a 20-3 lead over the closely preferred Colts. But this isn’t a excellent staff, and TBH we’re nonetheless no longer over Lovie Smith’s resolution to punt to maintain a tie in additional time quite than possibility shedding.

32. New York Jets (remaining week: 28)

Record 0-1 | Make Playoffs: +1020
Week 1 Result: Lost to the Ravens, 24-9

Zach Wilson gained’t get started till Week 4 (or later), and the protection continues to be giving up too many huge performs. The Jets are the league’s punching bag presently.

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