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Arizona Sports NFL Week 1 Power Rankings: Patriots on top

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates his touchdown against the Houston Texans during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Week 1 in the NFL’s 2018 season offered a little bit of everything. There were marquee matchups, the usual suspects coming out on top and trendy Super Bowl picks falling on their faces.

And then there were the Bills.

Every week, I’ll take a look at what transpired in the league and rank teams 1-32, because it’s been scientifically proven that people love them some lists.

Unlike years past, there is no panel determining the rankings. It’s one man’s view based on the eyeball test, quality of competition, statistical analysis and the old Janet Jackson motto “what have you done for me lately?”

RankTeamRecordResultLast WkComment
1.New England Patriots1-0beat Houston 27-20Brady to Gronk connection still unstoppable
2.Philadelphia Eagles1-0beat Atlanta 18-12Style points missing, but a good win nonetheless
3.Minnesota Vikings1-0beat San Francisco 24-16Good first effort from Kirk Cousins
4.Los Angeles Rams1-0beat Oakland 33-13Dominant second half, outscoring Oakland 23-0
5.Jacksonville Jaguars1-0beat NY Giants 20-15Defense wasn’t dominant, but a good road win
6.Green Bay Packers1-0beat Chicago 24-23Aaron Rodgers puts his uniform on in a phone booth
7.Kansas City Chiefs1-0beat LA Chargers 38-28Mahomes impressive, and Tyreek Hill is ridiculous
8.Carolina Panthers1-0beat Dallas 16-8Stingy D shackled Dallas attack
9.Baltimore Ravens1-0beat Buffalo 47-3It was only the Bills, but a DOMINANT performance
10.Washington Redskins1-0beat Arizona 24-6Washington did everything well in Week 1
11.Tampa Bay Buccaneers1-0beat New Orleans 48-40Bucs pull biggest upset of Week 1; Fitzpatrick was amazing
12.New York Jets1-0beat Detroit 48-17Darnold bounced back after shaky start; three-phase win
13.Cincinnati Bengals1-0beat Indianapolis 34-23Impressive come-from-behind win on the road
14.Denver Broncos1-0beat Seattle 27-24Von Miller, meet Russell Wilson
15.Miami Dolphins1-0beat Tennessee 27-20Outlasted Titans in 7-hour marathon
16.Pittsburgh Steelers0-0-1tied Cleveland 21-21Blocked FG helps Pitt avoid becoming a trivia answer
17.Atlanta Falcons0-1lost to Philadelphia 12-18Ryan and the Falcons shaky in the red zone; 3 points on 5 trips
18.Chicago Bears0-1lost to Green Bay 23-24Dropped INT away from pulling the upset
19.Houston Texans0-1lost to New England 20-27Call the timeout, O’Brien. It IS your job
20.New York Giants0-1lost to Jacksonville 15-20They’ve got OBJ and Barkley, they should be fine
21.San Francisco 49ers0-1lost to Minnesota 16-24Jimmy G experiences a new feeling
22.New Orleans Saints0-1lost to Tampa Bay 40-48Defense looked nothing like Super Bowl-quality
23.Los Angeles Chargers0-1lost to Kansas City 28-38See Saints comment
24.Seattle Seahawks0-1lost to Denver 24-27Six sacks, 64 yds rushing…when will they fix the OL?
25.Indianapolis Colts0-1lost to Cincinnati 23-34Luck is back, but the result is familiar
26.Oakland Raiders0-1lost to LA Rams 13-33Hindsight: I would’ve paid Mack over Carr
27.Cleveland Browns0-0-1tied Pittsburgh 21-21Still win-free since 2016
28.Tennessee Titans0-1lost to Miami 20-27Worse than playing a 7-hour game? Losing a 7-hour game (and your QB)
29.Dallas Cowboys0-1lost to Carolina 8-16Offensive concerns look real after Week 1
30.Arizona Cardinals0-1lost to Washington 6-24Steve Wilks says they deserved the boos. It’s hard to argue
31.Detroit Lions0-1lost to NY Jets 17-48Looked helpless after being tied 17-17
32.Buffalo Bills0-1lost to Baltimore 3-47Bold prediction: Bills stay here all year
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