NFL Week 1 Power Rankings

San Francisco 49ers (1-0)
San Francisco 49ers (1-0)
#1 If you thought Colin Kaepernick had to run to win big games, you were wrong. Don’t worry. So was I. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos (1-0)
Denver Broncos (1-0)
#2 Wow. What else do you say? This is the team to beat in the AFC. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
Seattle Seahawks (1-0)
Seattle Seahawks (1-0)
#3 The running game was surprisingly atrocious (26 carries for 70 yards), but Russell Wilson was efficient through the air, and the defense made plays when it had to. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers (0-1)
Green Bay Packers (0-1)
#4 Yes, they lost, and no, I’m not dropping them in my rankings. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Houston Texans (1-0)
Houston Texans (1-0)
#5 The deficit was disconcerting. The comeback was encouraging. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
#6 No Urlacher? No Smith? No problem. A solid start for Jay Cutler and Marc Trestman. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
New England Patriots (1-0)
New England Patriots (1-0)
#7 The optimist says a win is a win, the pessimist says the Patriots won’t make the playoffs and the realist says this is not a legitimate AFC contender – not right now, anyway. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
Indianapolis Colts (1-0)
Indianapolis Colts (1-0)
#8 His stats weren’t gaudy, but Andrew Luck was in complete control. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
New Orleans Saints (1-0)
New Orleans Saints (1-0)
#9 Sean Payton is back. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Atlanta Falcons (0-1)
Atlanta Falcons (0-1)
#10 The Falcons blew a first-half, double-digit lead. Hmm, where have we seen this before? (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)
Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)
#11 You can’t turn the ball over three times and realistically hope to win – especially on the road. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Baltimore Ravens (0-1)
Baltimore Ravens (0-1)
#12 That was arguably the worst season-opener for a defending Super Bowl champion in NFL history. Anquan Boldin probably looks awfully good right about now. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys (1-0)
Dallas Cowboys (1-0)
#13 It got a little dicey at the end, but Dallas will take it. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Detroit Lions (1-0)
Detroit Lions (1-0)
#14 This might be the perfect offense for Reggie Bush. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
(Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)
St. Louis Rams (1-0)
#15 Great win for the Rams. Sam Bradford’s two new weapons – Jared Cook and Tavon Austin – combined for 13 catches, 182 yards and two touchdowns. (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)
(Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)
Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)
Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)
#16 The offense was efficient, and the defense didn’t allow a point, sacking Blaine Gabbert six times. Yes, Jacksonville is awful, but it was still a good start for the Andy Reid era. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)
Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)
#17 Durability will almost certainly be an issue, but this offense looks dangerous. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Washington Redskins (0-1)
Washington Redskins (0-1)
#18 The Redskins need to respond to adversity better – and sooner. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
New York Giants (0-1)
New York Giants (0-1)
#19 Somehow, the Giants actually had a chance to win, five turnovers in. Six turnovers in, not so much. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Miami Dolphins (1-0)
Miami Dolphins (1-0)
#20 The Dolphins rushed 23 times for just 20 yards, but the defense was superb. So were Brian Hartline and Caleb Sturgis. As for Mike Wallace? Get over it. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Tennessee Titans (1-0)
Tennessee Titans (1-0)
#21 No Titan stood out, but a road win is a road win. Tennessee had just two of those all of last season. (Photo by Vincent Pugliese/Getty Images)
(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Minnesota Vikings (0-1)
#22 Three touchdowns by Adrian Peterson, three interceptions by Christian Ponder. We’ll probably see more of this in the future. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)
Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)
#23 Five sacks allowed and less than 200 yards of total offense. If not for a touchdown with 1:23 to go, the Steelers’ only points would have come an opening-kickoff safety that was handed to them. Translation? They looked even worse than Baltimore. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Carolina Panthers (0-1)
Carolina Panthers (0-1)
#24 Carolina didn’t score in the second half, which usually makes winning difficult. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
New York Jets (1-0)
New York Jets (1-0)
#25 The defense and special teams outscored the offense. This might not be the only time that happens this season. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-1)
#26 There’s no way around it. This team simply finds ways to lose. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Arizona Cardinals (0-1)
Arizona Cardinals (0-1)
#27 Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald will be a force this year, but that’s a game – up two scores in the fourth quarter – the Cardinals need to win. (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)
Cleveland Browns (0-1)
Cleveland Browns (0-1)
#28 Technically, Cleveland is in first place in the AFC North. Enjoy it while it lasts, Browns fans. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
San Diego Chargers (0-1)
San Diego Chargers (0-1)
#29 When you’re up three touchdowns in the second half at home, you have to win. Period. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Buffalo Bills (0-1)
Buffalo Bills (0-1)
#30 He didn’t get the win, but given the circumstances, it was a solid debut for E.J. Manuel. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Oakland Raiders (0-1)
Oakland Raiders (0-1)
#31 His mistakes were costly, but Terrelle Pryor, with 112 rushing yards, should be the starter in Oakland. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1)
Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1)
#32 With 178 yards of total offense, Jacksonville is officially painful to watch. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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