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NFL Power Rankings: No. 1 ‘til they’re not

Posted Sep 12, 2017

Senior writer John Oehser’s post-Week 1, pre-Week 2 2017 NFL power rankings …


JACKSONVILLE – Senior writer John Oehser’s post-Week 1, pre-Week 2 2017 NFL power rankings. And we all know how important these are:

 

Rank.Team (2016 record) | Comment

1.Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) | 8 | Beat the champs in the champs’ house

2.Atlanta Falcons (1-0) | 2 | Why the Falcons here over a bunch of other 1-0s? Why not?

3.Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) | 3 | You take Week 1 road division victories however you get them

4.Green Bay Packers (1-0) | 5 | Workmanlike victory over good Seattle team in Week 1

5.New England Patriots (0-1) | 1 |They belong in the Top 5 until proven otherwise

6.Dallas Cowboys (1-0) | 6 | Muscle-flexer over Big Blue in Week 1

7.Oakland Raiders (1-0) | 7 | Comfortable victory in tricky circumstances in Nashville in Week 1

8.Detroit Lions (1-0) | 10 | Don’t overlook the Lions; they’re better than people think

9.Denver Broncos (1-0) | 14 | Defense still looks like it’s championship-quality

10.Seattle Seahawks (0-1) | 4 | Lost on the road to one of the NFL’s better teams

11.Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) | 17 | Quietly, the Eagles have the look of an improving team

12.Carolina Panthers (1-0) | 16 | Too early to know if they’re recapturing ’15 form

13.Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0) | 13 | Will open season in Irma’s aftermath

14.Tennessee Titans (0-1) |12 | Forget the loss to Oakland; this looks like a playoff-contending team

15.Baltimore Ravens (1-0) | 22 | As impressive as any team in Week 1

16.Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0) | 25 | Well, whaddya know? Jaguars are on the rise

17.Minnesota Vikings (1-0) | 23 | No AP? No problem versus Saints on Monday

18. Miami Dolphins (0-0) | 18 | Also will open season in Irma’s aftermath

19.Los Angeles Rams (1-0) | 26 | Impressive debut for McVay and Co.

20.Arizona Cardinals (0-1) | 15 | Need to turn it on in a hurry to avoid ’16 repeat

21.New York Giants (0-1) | 9 | Big Blue needs OBJ back in a big way

22.Washington Redskins (0-1) | 20 | Feels like an 0-1 team that can get above .500 in a hurry

23.Buffalo Bills (1-0) | 27 | Beating the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets doesn’t move you up far

24.New Orleans Saints (0-1) | 21 | Troubling Week 1 performance for Saints offense

25.Houston Texans (0-1) | 11 | Short week means a tough turnaround after Week 1 punch

27.Los Angeles Chargers (0-1) | 24 | This still feels like a team that could rise early this season

26.Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) | 19 | Troubling Week 1 performance for Andy Dalton and Co.

28.Chicago Bears (0-1) | 29| Better in Week 1 than many expected

29.Cleveland Browns (0-1) | 31 | Had the look of an improved team in Week 1

30.San Francisco 49ers (0-1) | 30 | Twenty-point home loss shows signs of loooong rebuild

31.New York Jets (0-1) | 32 | Few signs of life

32.Indianapolis Colts (0-1) | 28 | Looks like a struggle until Andrew Luck returns


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