2021 NFL power rankings after Week 1: Packers stumble, Cardinals rumble

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NFL Power Rankings, Week 1 edition after 2021 (previous rank in parentheses🙂

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1. Buccaneers (1): Poor start by a defense that was the real Super Bowl 55 MVP. but when you have qb tom brady And a cast of offensive skill players that could serve as the starting lineup in the 2017 Pro Bowl, OK for the D to pick up an opening mulligan.

2. Major (2): The re-engineered offensive line generally held up well—especially as three players with zero NFL experience were debuting—as did Kansas City’s tendency to fall into the double-digit hole. before running out of them dramatically.


3. Ram (6): The Matthew Stafford-Sean McVay marriage went through a game – it was all broken anyway. Stafford’s Week 1-best 156.1 QB rating is the highest in league history for a player debuting with a new team.

4. Brown (3): Their last two matches have been at Arrowhead Stadium, where they have given the Chiefs what they can handle. Now imagine if Cleveland had WR Odell Beckham Jr. in the lineup… or only had a puncture who can field a snap.

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5. Saint (16): New NBC football analyst Drew Brees joked Sunday (right?) that he was referring to QB successor Jameis Winston, who hit the downfield — an ability that would open up the entire attack and help RB Alvin Kamara in particular. . Is this crime really better? So far, what New Orleans has done with the Packers…and delivered so well in suboptimal conditions.

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6. Seahawks (10): Glass half empty – QB Russell Wilson was dismissed three more times (to shame, O-Line). Glass half full – Defense gleamed in Indianapolis and sharpened three sacks of his own. Given what happened to his next opponent, Tennessee, expect D to lead the dismissal after Week 2.

7. Cardinals (21): If we’re crowning offensive and defensive players of the year after Week 1, there’s a good chance Arizona would have given the opening day performances of QB Kyler Murray (5 TD) and OLB Chandler Jones (5 sacks).

8. Steelers (17): They hardly dominated Buffalo’s upset. But tough defense, a re-commitment to the race and opportunistic special teams could take Pittsburgh once again.

9. Cowboys (14): Exciting start for QB Dak Prescott After shining in his first game in 11 months… though a much less encouraging start to the rebooted defense that should have been just average but didn’t quite reach that bar in Tampa despite generating four turnovers.

10. Bill (5): The offensive line allowed QB Josh Allen to be hit eight times, sacked three and was flagged for six holding penalties against Pittsburgh. Otherwise, it was stellar.

11. 49ers (9): Are they the team that led Detroit 38-10 to 2½ quarters, or the one that held on to a 41-33 victory… and already lost to CB Jason Verrett with a torn ACL after a spate of injuries? and dealing with shocks and RB Rahim Mostart for his season-ending knee surgery?

12. Dolphins (11): Where was fourth year TE Mike Gesicki? Two goals, no catches, cost QB Tua Tagovailoa a pick while batting a ball in the air. Ge-sick.

13. Chargers (12): Very impressive 16-game start (4,673 passing yards and 32 TD) for QB Justin Herbert… and he’s now winning close games too!

14. Packers (4): “It’s just a game,” QB Aaron Rodgers said following Green Bay’s humiliating defeat to New Orleans. “We played poorly. I played poorly. … One game. We have 16 to go.” If Rodgers is lucky, All-Pro LT David Bakhtiari (ACL) will be back for 11 of those games.

15. Broncos (18): His .683 winning percentage in Week 1 is the NFL’s best since the 1970 merger, but it hasn’t helped him finish a season above .500 since 2016. But this team looks dangerous (and classy, ​​with coach Vic Fangio wearing an FDNY hat on Sideline Sunday).

16. Raiders (24): He tried his best to get snake-eyed at first in front of Las Vegas fans but eventually got hit with a stick.

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17. Patriots (13): RB Damien Harris lost a 100-yard day with a fourth-quarter fumble that New England couldn’t recover from. Good luck getting out of Belichick’s doghouse, Damien…

18. Crows (8): His apparent defensive decay after coughing up his empty running back room could be far more problematic than what should have been 1 W a week.

19. Titans (7): LT Taylor Levan took the blame for the offensive clashes, but that doesn’t explain why the Tennessee defense is still being beaten like a drum.

20. Bengal (28): And now we know why rookie Ewan McPherson was the only kicker drafted in 2021, his game-winning FG in overtime after 53 yards in the fourth quarter. Icy.

21. Washington (19): QB Ryan Fitzpatrick set a record by starting a week for his sixth different club before retaining one Hip injury could cost him at least half the season. But it could be a silver lining for WFT as it takes an extended look Taylor Heinicke, whose future could be long Here.

22. Eagles (30): No team reached more yards in Week 1 than Philadelphia’s 173, a good sign that the offensive line is back and could hopefully promote a better season.

23. Panthers (23): The relaunch of QB Sam Darnold and the return of RB Christian McCaffrey drew considerable attention, but Carolina’s defense started the season with a strong performance (6 sacks, 252 yards allowed).

24. Vikings (15): When you hit a dozen penalties for 116 yards, and your best player (RB Dalvin Cook) falters in overtime? Weld. Not a precursor to the campaign you want.

25. Colts (20): Carson Wentz became Indianapolis’ fifth different Week 1 starter in the past five seasons. The Colts lost all five Opener.

26. Bear (25): While the world is obsessed with making rookie QB Justin Fields a starter, not many people are talking about how poor Chicago’s offensive line and defense is.

27. Texans (32): It was nice to see rookie coach David Cooley and QB Tyrod Taylor, neither with good NFL luck, break through the gate with such a decisive victory in their Houston debuts.

28. Jet (27): Darnold’s NFL debut (September 10, 2018) marked the NYJ’s last win in September. His Panthers debut marked the Jets’ 10th consecutive defeat in the month.

29. Lion (31): Dan Campbell’s accusations showed that there would be no shortage of them… it’s going to be hard to keep busy when you’ve surrendered at least 30 points in seven games in a row.

30. Giants (22): QB Daniel Jones lifts the ball for the 40th time. Joe the judge threw a timeout. RB Saxon isn’t Barkley himself (yet). Even the defenses stink. Otherwise, all is well for a team that hasn’t reached above .500 since 2016.

31. Falcon (26): They looked like a team that should have drafted 4th Fields overall and started all over, no?

32. Jaguar (29): [Air horn sounds.] Better Hydrate, Coach MeyerWell, it looks like there’s going to be a long—very long—season here in the big leagues.


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