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NFL Power Rankings: Still No. 1 until they’re not

Philadelphia Eagles' Jay Ajayi celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

JACKSONVILLE – Senior writer John Oehser’s pre-Week 2 2018 NFL power rankings. And we all know how important these are:

Rank.Team (record) | Comment

1.Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) | 1 | Still No. 1 until they’re not

2.New England Patriots (1-0) | 2 | Still No. 1 in AFC until they’re not

3.Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0) | 3 | No such thing as an ugly victory

4.Minnesota Vikings (1-0) | 4 | Defense made Jimmy G pay

5.Green Bay Packers (1-0) | 7 | All bow down to No. 12

6.Los Angeles Rams (1-0) | 8 | Rested, ready and revved up

7.Baltimore Ravens (1-0) | 13 | Week 1 overreaction moves Ravens way up

8.Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) | 12 | The early look of being good … again

9.Carolina Panthers (1-0) | 17 | Impressive victory over Big D

10.Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0-1) | 5 | A tie? A tie? A tie!!!!??

11.Denver Broncos (1-0) | 24 | All bow down to Von Miller

12.Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) | 28 | Three cheers for Fitzy

13.Atlanta Falcons (0-1) | 9 | Week 1 loss to the champs only drops you so far

14.New York Jets (1-0) | 31 | Wow

15.Washington Redskins (1-0) | 21 | Alex Smith Era begins impressively

16.Cincinnati Bengals (1-0) | 23 | Fourth season-opening victory in five seasons

17.New Orleans Saints (0-1) | 6 | It’s only Week 1, it’s only Week 1, it’s only …

18.Miami Dolphins (1-0) | 29 | Seven hours later … 1-0

19.Los Angeles Chargers (0-1) |11 | Still a lot of talent – and a front-line quarterback

20.Dallas Cowboys (0-1) | 10 | Tough start to Year 3 for Dak Prescott

21.Houston Texans (0-1) | 14 | Tough start to Year 2 for Deshaun Watson

22.San Francisco 49ers (0-1) | 15 | Tough start to Year 2 for Jimmy G

23.Tennessee Titans (0-1) | 16 | Tough start to Year 4 for Marcus Mariota

24.Detroit Lions (0-1) | 19 | Tough start to Year 10 for Matt Stafford

25.Seattle Seahawks (0-1) | 18 | Couldn’t rush the passer, couldn’t protect the passer

26.New York Giants (0-1) | 22 | Enough here to be really improved

27.Chicago Bears (0-1) | 25 | Oof

28.Cleveland Browns (0-0-1) | 32 | Sunday may have been a really good sign

29.Arizona Cardinals (0-1) | 20 | Clunky start to a new era

30.Indianapolis Colts (0-1) | 26 | The good news? Luck looked good

31.Oakland Raiders (0-1) | 30 | Good for a half

32.Buffalo Bills (0-1) | 27 | Starts get no rougher

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