NFL Power Rankings Week 1: Where Commanders Stand After Win vs. Jaguars originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
In typical NFL fashion, Week 1 did not disappoint.
The Bears shocked Trey Lance and the 49ers at the rain-soaked Soldier Field. Meanwhile, Justin Jefferson set fire to the Green Bay Packers a few hours to the west, while the Eagles stomped the Detroit Lions to the east.
The 49ers weren’t the only expected title contender to lay an egg in Week 1. The Packers, Rams, Bengals, Cowboys and Colts all stunk too.
Alarm bells are ringing in Dallas, Green Bay, Arizona and Indianapolis, as dreams of surprise playoffs are surfacing in Chicago, New York (not the Jets) and Washington.
Water eventually finds its level. But for now, 1-0 is 1-0.
Here’s where each team stands after Sunday’s week 1 action:
32. New York Jets (0-1): Bah.
31. Atlanta Falcons (0-1): Things were looking good for the Falcons until the fourth quarter hit, after which the Saints took in 17 points in a row to steal a Week 1 win. Falcons still can’t finish it.
30. Seattle Seahawks (0-0): The Seahawks appear to have hit rookies Charles Cross, Boye Mafe, Abraham Lucas, Coby Bryant and Tariq Woolen. That’s an excellent way to start a rebuild. Next comes the hard part: finding a quarterback.
29. Detroit Lions (0-1): Hard Knocks is over and the Lions are still the Lions.
28. Houston Texans (0-0-1): Curious coaching by Lovie Smith cost the Texans a week 1 win. There won’t be many this season, so that’s stinging.
27. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1): At least their head coach boarded the plane with them back to Duval after the loss in DC Baby steps.
26. Tennessee Titans (0-1): The Titans are no strangers to unexpected losses early in the season. But those Titans teams had a lot more talent than what that puked in itself against the Giants.
25. Carolina Panthers (0-1): Is Matt Rhule already coaching Nebraska?
24. New England Patriots (0-1): I don’t know why Bill Belichick was so optimistic after the Patriots’ Week 1 loss to the Dolphins. Things are bad, and there doesn’t seem to be an easy way to fix the cause of the violation.
23. Arizona Cardinals (0-1): Look on the bright side, cardinals, at least it can’t get much worse. Probably.
22. Dallas Cowboys (0-1): If Dak Prescott’s hand injury is serious, could Dallas be a trade candidate for Jimmy Garoppolo? Or do the 49ers need him more after what they saw of Trey Lance on Sunday?
21. Chicago Bears (1-0): The Bears’ defenses impeded the 49ers in a soggy game at Soldier Field. It was a good start to the Matt Eberflus era, but let’s not overreact… not yet.
20. New York Giants (1-0): Saquon is back. Fantasy teams everywhere rejoice.
19. Cleveland Browns (1-0): So much for Baker Mayfield’s revenge tour.
18. Indianapolis Foals (0-0-1): The winner of the AFC South will be 8-8-1.
17. Washington Commanders (1-0): The commanders looked much more competent than I expected. They played the Jaguars, but credit where credit is due.
16. Las Vegas Raiders (0-1): The Raiders had zero sacks and zero takeaways against the Chargers on Sunday. That’s a recipe for loss.
15. San Francisco 49ers (0-1): The 49ers were sloppy, undisciplined and generally disappointing in a surprise loss to the Bears. A good game against the Seahawks is a must in Week 2.
14. Saints of New Orleans (1-0): Welcome back, Michael Thomas.
13. Miami Dolphins (1-0): Mike McDaniel showed some good things against the Patriots in his coaching debut, but the Finns have a lot of problems to work out.
12. Cincinnati Bengal (0-1): It was a disappointing opener for the defending AFC champions. However, the way they withdrew against the Steelers was a bright spot.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0): The Steelers won, but at what cost? TJ Watt’s chest injury now threatens to become major during the Pittsburgh season.
10. Denver Broncos (0-0): How will the Seattle faithful welcome Russ to his former home? Expect a rowdy night out of the 12s on Monday.
9. Green Bay Packers (0-1): Aaron Rodgers may need another body cleanse/vision quest to get Sunday’s performance out of his system. It turns out that replacing Davante Adams isn’t that easy.
8. Los Angeles Rams (0-1): The Rams looked like Ed Helms waking up in a Vegas hotel after a bachelorette party gone overboard. Shake it off, champions.
7. Baltimore Ravens (1-0): Lamar Jackson turned down $250 million and hung it on the Jets to kick off his “bet on myself” tour. Not bad.
6. Minnesota Vikings (1-0): The Vikings are about to become a problem this season.
5. Los Angeles Chargers (1-0): Keenan Allen’s injury put a damper on the Bolts’ season-opening win, but Khalil Mack looks rejuvenated outside of Chicago.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0): The Eagles’ hype train is about to jump the rails after the Lions’ steamrolling.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0): If this is Tom Brady’s final season, rest assured that The GOAT won’t go quiet.
2, Buffalo Bills (1-0): The prettiest girl at the NFL ball showed up on Thursday night and lived up to their bill. The bills are real.
1. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0): Yes… Patrick Mahomes will be fine without Tyreek Hill.