NFL Power Rankings week 1

It's way too early to tell, but let's try anyway [NFL Power Rankings]

9/10/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Week 1 of the NFL season ended late last night, and now we know at least one or two things about each team in the league. Is that enough to really be able to rank them properly from 1 to 32? Absolutely not. But we're going to do it anyway.

Here are the official FanIQ Week 1 NFL Power Rankings:

1. Denver Broncos, 1-0
The Broncos were already one of the preseason favorites, and then they smashed the defending Super Bowl champs and Peyton Manning tied a record for passing TDs in the process.

Sep 8, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) celebrates with running back Frank Gore (21) after scoring a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Green Bay Packers 34-28. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports2. 49ers, 1-0
Colin Kaepernick showed that he's still improving as a passer, and Anquan Boldin proved that the Ravens messed up by letting him go.

3. Saints, 1-0
The Saints were able to hold serve at home and hold a potent Falcons offense to only 17 points. Those division wins are crucial, even in week 1.

4. Seahawks, 1-0
It wasn't pretty, but the Seahawks pulled off a win in Carolina against the Panthers, and held Cam Newton to a paltry 125 yards on 23 passing attempts.

5. Patriots, 1-0
Patriots fans would have liked to see a more convincing win against the lowly Bills, but a win is a win and it is what it is, to take a page out of Bill Belichick's playbook.

Sep 8, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA;  Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) motions to the sidelines during the first quarter of the game against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports6. Cowboys, 1-0
Just when you thought the Cowboys would find a way to snatch agonizing defeat from the jaws of victory, they forced Eli Manning into another turnover and found a way to beat the Giants in JerryWorld for the first time in 6 attempts.

7. Packers, 0-1
They lost to the 49ers, but the Packers still showed that they're a force to be reckoned with. Maybe someday they'll figure out how to stop Kaepernick.

8. Texans, 1-0
They almost let the Chargers complete an epic comeback, but they survived for the win thanks to incredible work from Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson down the stretch.

9. Falcons, 0-1
They lost to the Saints, but it was a close game on the road to a very good team. This team will definitely bounce back next week at home against the Rams.

10. Bears, 1-0
In their first game under new head coach Marc Trestman, the Bears pulled off a win against a solid Bengals team. Cutler to Marshall is fantasy gold, folks.

11. Bengals, 0-1
A tough loss to the Bears won't derail the Bengals. Andy Dalton looked rough in the season opener, but AJ Green is showing that he might be the best WR in the NFL. Yes, better than Megatron.

Sep 8, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) takes the snap from center Samson Satele (64) during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts defeated the Raiders 21-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports12. Colts, 1-0
It wasn't pretty, but they overcame a solid performance from Terrelle Pryor and got the win. Andrew Luck is going to be just as good as advertised. Pay attention.

13. Rams, 1-0
Jared Cook had 141 yards and 2 touchdowns, which might be one of the best weeks we'll see from a tight end in a long time. This guy is a special player.

14. Dolphins, 1-0
The new-look Dolphins kicked off the season with a win over the Browns. Despite the acquisition of Mike Wallace, Ryan Tannehill still relied heavily on Brian Hartline.

15. Lions, 1-0
It looked ugly at first, when Adrian Peterson took the first carry of the game 78 yards for a TD, but the Lions held him to only 15 yards on his next 17 carries and got the all-important W. Reggie Bush appears to be perfect for this offense, and ended up with 25 touches and nearly 200 total yards from scrimmage.

16. Eagles, 1-0
It got interesting towards the end of the game, but the Eagles and Chip Kelly's offense look REALLY exciting. Even if they don't win a lot, they'll be fun to watch.

17. Ravens, 0-1
The defending champs looked pretty awful in week one. Sure, they closed the gap a little bit down the stretch, but they got ran off the field against the Broncos. The loss of Anquan Boldin hurt far more than they could have anticipated.

Sep 8, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) celebrates his touchdown with quarterback Christian Ponder (7)  during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports18. Vikings, 0-1
Adrian Peterson had a nice day, but he's not exactly on pace for the record-breaking season that he predicted. Not even close, really.

19. Panthers, 0-1
They lost to a stifling Seattle defense, and really weren't able to do anything with the ball. Let's see what they do next week against the Bills.

20. Cardinals, 0-1
Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald will be an impressive combo this year.

21. Giants, 0-1
Eli Manning, known for his clutch play at the end of games, pulled a Romo and threw a game-losing interception against the Cowboys. Whomp whomp.

22. Redskins, 0-1
Robert Griffin III looked a bit tentative at first, but he stepped up late in the game and started to engineer a comeback. Alas, it was too little, too late.

23. Chargers, 0-1
Even with Norv Turner gone, the Chargers are finding innovative new ways to lose. How did that even happen?

Sep 8, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) scrambles during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports24. Chiefs, 1-0
They won, and won big. But they beat the Jaguars. The Chiefs might be a good team with the additions of head coach Andy Reid and QB Alex Smith, but I need to see more.

25. Titans, 1-0
Are the Titans really any good? Or are the Steelers just that bad?

26. Jets, 1-0
I honestly can't believe the Jets won. This was an absolute shock to me.

27. Buccaneers, 0-1
Losing to the Jets in week 1? That's embarrassing. There's not much else to say about that.

28. Steelers, 0-1
The Steelers looked about as bad as they could possibly look against the Titans. What a terrible performance.

29. Bills, 0-1
They were surprisingly competitive against the Patriots, but once again, the Bills were just the Bills. They're now 2-21 against the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick combo.

30. Browns, 0-1
They got beat by two touchdowns against a Miami team that really hasn't shown that they're anything impressive. These Browns are still just the Browns.

Sep 8, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) carries the ball against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts defeated the Raiders 21-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports31. Raiders, 0-1
Terrelle Pryor actually had the most rushing yards out of anyone playing Sunday, and he looked like he might do some good things for this team. Still, that's all they've got.

32. Jaguars, 0-1
They got crushed against the Chiefs, and now Blaine Gabbert is out for week 2. That might be a blessing in disguise, since he's horrible anyway.


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