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This was one of the most eventful opening weeks of the NFL season in recent memory. The hopes and dreams of some teams seem lost already, while other teams look to put the league on notice. The matchups for week two should be more interesting, considering the drama already brewing around some squads.
1. San Francisco 49ers (1-0)
The 49ers gave the Pittsburgh Steelers a thorough beat down and definitely showed the league they are equipped to win the title. Christian McCaffrey looks like an early MVP candidate.
2. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)
The Eagles survived a dog fight on Sunday and Jalen Hurts was kind of ineffective through the air. They definitely could use some help in their rushing attack.
3. Dallas Cowboys (1-0)
Dallas’s defense was so dominant that their offense didn’t have to do much. Will that formula work going forward?
4. Kansas City Chiefs (0-1)
The Chiefs were definitely in need of Travis Kelce’s services in their game against the Detroit Lions. I can’t imagine him dropping five passes in a game.
5. Miami Dolphins (1-0)
Tyreek Hill’s quest to surpass 2,000 receiving yards started with a 215 yard outburst on Sunday. The offense needs to get some more production from their rushing attack, but overall they looked explosive.
6. Baltimore Ravens (1-0)
The revamped passing attack didn’t look so revamped. Their defense was locked in and looked like it could be a real factor going forward.
7. New York Jets (1-0)
Aaron Rodgers is injured and out for the season. The Jets’ defense will have to carry them again this year, but it seems like they are up to the challenge.
8. Detroit Lions (1-0)
Detroit didn’t look particularly dominant in their week one win, but they went out and took the victory. Their quest for a division title starts off on the right foot, but can they keep it up?
9. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0)
Jacksonville had a hard time versus the Indianapolis Colts, but they still came away with a win. Calvin Ridley is on pace to have his best season ever.
10. Cleveland Browns (1-0)
Last week I wrote the Browns could be one of the best teams in the NFL or one of the worst. In week one they definitely looked like one of the best teams, especially on defense.
11. Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)
Three points is not going to cut it for a NFL team to consistently win games. 82 passing yards and 75 rushing yards are pitiful totals for a team that’s supposed to be a legitimate contender.
12. Buffalo Bills (0-1)
I think Josh Allen just threw another interception while I was writing this article. He hasn’t won an overtime game in his entire career.
13. Green Bay Packers (1-0)
The Packers defeating the Chicago Bears has to be a broken record that keeps on spinning over and over again. They have the look of a team that’s on their way to reclaiming their fourth division title in the last five seasons.
14. Los Angeles Chargers (0-1)
The Chargers forced two turnovers, but they couldn’t stop the Dolphins’ offense. Austin Ekeler had a great day with 164 total yards from scrimmage.
15. New Orleans Saints (1-0)
Derek Carr threw for 305 yards and a touchdown. The Saints didn’t run the football all that well (without Alvin Kamara),but the passing game was definitely on point.
16. Atlanta Falcons (1-0)
The Falcons got a good performance from both Tyler Allgeier and Bijan Robinson. Their defense looked like a much better unit than the one they rolled out last season.
17. Los Angeles Rams (1-0)
Tutu Atwell and Puka Nacua combined for 16 catches and 138 receiving yards. The Rams look like a team that will put up a fight in every game this season.
18. Las Vegas Raiders (1-0)
Jimmy Garoppolo now has a 41- 17 record as a starting quarterback. Newcomer Jakobi Meyers paid immediate dividends with 81 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0)
The Buccaneers surprised the entire league by playing mistake free offense and great defense. Baker Mayfield rewarded the team’s faith in him by throwing two touchdown passes and no interceptions.
20. New England Patriots (0-1)
New England can take a moral victory out of a loss in week one. Mac Jones looked solid and the defense gave up one touchdown. Reports of their demise have been greatly exaggerated.
21. Seattle Seahawks (0-1)
Seattle definitely did not look like a team ready to build on last season’s success. Both the offense and defense looked like they were missing something.
22. Minnesota Vikings (0-1)
The Vikings’ rushing attack was almost nonexistent on Sunday and they could only move the ball through the air. The three turnovers on offense didn’t help them either.
23. New York Giants (0-1)
The good news for the Giants is they probably won’t get beat down like they did on Sunday night. The bad news is they will still have the same offense this weekend.
24. Tennessee Titans (0-1)
Ryan Tannehill threw three interceptions and was sacked three times. The Titans will need much better performances from him going forward or it will be a long season.
25. Washington Commanders (1-0)
The Commanders’ offense looked pedestrian at best, but two things were working in their favor: their defense played great and their opponents probably have the worst offense in the league.
26. Denver Broncos (0-1)
The difference that Sean Payton was supposed to make on the offense definitely did not show itself versus the Las Vegas Raiders.
27. Chicago Bears (0-1)
Justin Fields has to do better in the passing game and it starts with getting D.J. Moore (two targets) more involved in the offense. Some better play calling and offensive line play would help, too.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)
Kenny Pickett looked rattled all day on Sunday, throwing two interceptions and getting sacked five times. The Steelers’ defense didn’t help him out much.
29. Indianapolis Colts (0-1)
Anthony Richardson looked decent in his regular season debut, but maybe he should run a little bit less.
30. Houston Texans (0-1)
The defense sacked Lamar Jackson four times and forced two turnovers. The offense is going to take some time to develop.
31. Carolina Panthers (0-1)
Quarterback Bryce Young looked exactly like a rookie in his first regular season start. The defense turned in a decent performance, holding the Falcons to 221 total yards from scrimmage.
32. Arizona Cardinals (0-1)
The Cardinals’ defense and kicker Matt Prater almost pulled the win out. The offense didn’t exactly give them a helping hand on Sunday.
Offensive Player Of The Week
Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback -Miami Dolphins: 466 passing yards, three touchdowns, one interception
Defensive Player Of The Week
Jordan Whitehead, Safety – New York Jets: Two tackles, three interceptions