What an opening week in the NFL. A full slate of games gave us a bunch of new memories and new questions to ask. Nobody should really be in panic mode after one game and nobody should be envisioning a hoisting of the Lombardi trophy, either.
We can expect some more fireworks this week with great bunch of games and a plethora of teams wanting to crack into the win column.
1. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)
It’s hard to find new ways of saying the Chiefs’ offense is good every week. They have a huge week two matchup against the Baltimore Ravens.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0)
Well, Tom Brady and company somehow made it look easy while playing a sloppy game. Brady has a surplus of weaponry at his disposal.
3. Los Angeles Rams (1-0)
The Rams look as good as advertised in the off season. They outscored the Bears by 20 points and forced two turnovers.
4. Seattle Seahawks (1-0)
Russell Wilson is in his usual early season form, throwing for 254 yards and four touchdowns in a spanking of the Colts. Let’s see how long Wilson keeps up the high scoring numbers.
5. San Francisco 49ers (1-0)
Jimmy Garoppolo threw a touchdown pass. Trey Lance threw a touchdown pass. It’s a Kyle Shanahan offense…everyone gets a touchdown pass.
6. Arizona Cardinals (1-0)
The Cardinals had their full arsenal on display versus the Titans. Has Kyler Murray started his MVP candidacy?
7. Miami Dolphins (1-0)
The new look Dolphins used defense to thwart long time rival New England. They’ll get an even bigger boost when Will Fuller returns this Sunday.
8. New Orleans Saints (1-0)
Jameis Winston threw five touchdown passes without even coming close to 200 yards passing. He had zero turnovers, which in itself is a big feat for him.
9. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)
The Steelers have gotten out ahead of a tough early stretch. Five out of their next six opponents have already won this season.
10. Los Angeles Chargers (1-0)
Justin Herbert threw for 337 yards with a touchdown and an interception. His second season in the league comes with heavy playoff expectations.
11. Las Vegas Raiders (1-0)
The Raiders pulled out an improbable overtime win on Monday Night Football. Darren Waller is making a case for best tight end in the league.
12. Baltimore Ravens (0-1)
Lamar Jackson has to be better with the ball in a game winning drive situation. Other than that the Ravens’ offense looked pretty solid even with the injuries.
13. Buffalo Bills (0-1)
The Bills only mustered up six points in the second half of their game on Sunday. They face a Miami team this weekend that only allowed 16 points in week one.
14. New England Patriots (0-1)
Bill Belichick has found his quarterback and has unlocked his usual cheat code defense. This is a development the league should take real notice of.
15. Green Bay Packers (0-1)
That Jeopardy job is starting to look really good to Aaron Rodgers (I’m just kidding…maybe). I expect Green Bay to come out hard in week two and Rodgers should return to MVP form.
16. Cleveland Browns (0-1)
The Browns put up a good fight against the Chiefs in week one. The Texans might have a problem on Sunday.
17. Tennessee Titans (0-1)
Tennessee will have to get over the dud they put up on Sunday very quickly. They travel to Seattle to take on Russell Wilson and the Seahawks in week two.
18. Washington Football Team (0-1)
Ryan Fitzpatrick’s injury is a huge blow for Washington. Could Ron Rivera reunite with his former signal caller Cam Newton?
19. Dallas Cowboys (0-1)
Dak Prescott seems to be good for around 400 passing yards and a few touchdowns every time he steps on a football field.
20. Denver Broncos (1-0)
Teddy Bridgewater is a solid quarterback that takes care of the ball. Denver could be the team nobody is talking about.
21. Indianapolis Colts (0-1)
The Colts started off with the Cardinals and their next opponent is the Los Angeles Rams. To say it’s a tough opening couple of weeks is an understatement.
22. Chicago Bears (0-1)
The Bears’ defense was solid and the offense played better than the final score indicated.
23. Houston Texans (1-0)
The Texans sure screwed up a lot of office pool sheets over the weekend. For a team that’s not supposed to be in a bunch of games they sure looked poised and ready to take on the rest of the season.
24. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)
Jalen Hurts finished with 326 total yards from scrimmage. Devonta Smith finished with 71 receiving yards and his first career touchdown. The young guys came out to play.
25. Carolina Panthers (1-0)
Sam Darnold got his revenge against his former team. It must be nice to hand the ball off and throw to Christian McCaffrey on occasion.
26. Cincinnati Bengals (1-0)
Joe burrow led his team to their first win of the season. They didn’t reach that feat until week four of his rookie season.
27. Minnesota Vikings (0-1)
The Vikings need a better day out of Dalvin Cook when they take on Arizona this weekend. Kirk Cousins had a great day with 351 passing yards and two touchdowns.
28. New York Giants (0-1)
I can’t tell if the Giants need better offensive lineman or a better QB, but it seems like upgrades to all those positions are imperative.
29. Atlanta Falcons (0-1)
The Falcons were supposed to be a new look team with a new regime and new weapons. They look eerily similar to the four win team from 2020.
30. New York Jets (0-1)
Zach Wilson had a strong debut, throwing for 258 yards and two touchdowns. The Jets played a strong second half versus the Panthers, allowing only a field goal after half time.
31. Detroit Lions (0-1)
Jared Goff definitely looked the part of top notch starting quarterback on Sunday. Detroit looked effective on offense, but they couldn’t stop the bleeding.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1)
Trevor Lawrence starts off his career with 332 yards passing with three touchdowns and three interceptions to match. The Jaguars could use some more talent in the run game (among other places).