Week 1 in the NFL had several surprises and disappointments. Here are my updated NFL Power Rankings on NBCSportsRadioAM1060.com. Don’t forget to check out my NCAA Top 25, posted on Thursdays during the season.
1 – Denver Broncos (LW: 1)
Seven touchdowns passes. Need I say more?
2 – San Francisco 49ers (LW: 4)
Anquan Boldin had a stellar debut for the 49ers. San Francisco could be that rare Super Bowl loser that wins it all the next season. They looked scary good.
3 – Chicago Bears (LW: 9)
Jay Culter rallied the Bears in an impressive season opening win over the Bengals. Can Chicago slow down Adrian Peterson this week?
4– New Orleans Saints (LW: 8)
The Saints opened the season by beating division rival Atlanta at home. Expect a close finish between these two teams in the NFC South, as usual.
5 – Seattle Seahawks (LW: 5)
Seattle struggled against the Panthers in Week 1, but it was a road game and that’s somewhat expected with this team. Russell Wilson will have to play better if this team wants to contend of a Super Bowl.
6 – New England Patriots (LW: 6)
Tom Brady and Co. squeaked out win in Buffalo, but the Patriots offense just did not look the same. Losing Danny Amendola (shocker) and Shane Vereen only makes matters worse.
7 – Houston Texans (LW: 7)
Houston struggled stopping Philip Rivers for the first three quarters on Monday night. That sentence alone is why I have a tough time believing in this team.
8 – Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 3)
The Bengals let a double-digit lead slip away in Chicago. However, the AFC North looks terrible, which gives this young, talented team the edge in their division.
9 – Atlanta Falcons (LW: 2)
Atlanta was in position to steal a win against rival New Orleans, but fell just short. The Falcons will face another tough defense this week against the Rams.
10 – Indianapolis Colts (LW: 13)
Indianapolis needed another 4th quarter comeback from Andrew Luck to beat the Raiders. The Colts defense could be the reason this team misses the playoffs.
11 – Dallas Cowboys (LW: 15)
The Cowboys finally beat the New York Giants at Jerryworld. Sure, it took the G-Men shooting themselves in the foot six times to do it.
12 – Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 18)
Chip Kelly’s offense was on full display on Monday Night Football against the Redskins. I still have questions about the Eagles, but if Philly play like that they can win the NFC East.
13 – St. Louis Rams (LW: 19)
St. Louis rallied from 11 down to steal a win from the Arizona Cardinals. The Rams face a tougher test on the road this week in Atlanta.
14 – Baltimore Ravens (LW: 10)
Baltimore looked really bad last Thursday in Denver. I don’t think the Ravens are in bad shape. However, Anquan Boldin having a huge game in San Francisco didn’t help matters.
15 – Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 29)
Andy Reid and Alex Smith and a great season opener. Sure, it was the Jaguars, but in the AFC, Kansas City could steal a wild card berth.
16 – New York Giants (LW: 11)
The lack of a running back and the defensive issues hurt the Giants in Dallas. Eli Manning will have to put this team on his shoulders to get back to the postseason.
17 – Washington Redskins (LW: 14)
Robert Griffin III looked rusty in his first game since tearing his ACL. However, RG3 showed good signs in the second half, getting the Redskins back in the game.
18 – Green Bay Packers (LW: 16)
The Packers were determined to let Colin Kaepernick beat them with his arm. He did just that. Pretty easily, I might add.
19 – Detroit Lions (LW: 22)
The Lions somehow won their season opener, despite all the discipline problems that remain. Reggie Bush look really good in his Detroit debut, however.
20 – Minnesota Vikings (LW: 17)
Christian Ponder’s struggles continued against the Lions. Once again, the Vikings best bet will be giving Adrian Peterson the ball 25-30 times a game.
21 – Tennessee Titans (LW: 26)
The Titans began 2013 will a stunning win over Pittsburgh. I think that says more about the Steelers than it does about Tennessee.
22 – Miami Dolphins (LW: 23)
The Dolphins started the season with a win, but Miami’s offense clearly missed Reggie Bush.
23 – Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 12)
Is it too late to go back and change my Steelers making the playoffs pick? I don’t think I’m overacting either.
24 – Carolina Panthers (LW: 20)
It appears the way to slow down Cam Newton is to have Ron Rivera as your head coach. Baffling.
25 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 21)
Tampa Bay gave a way a win to the Jets on Sunday. That could be a recurring theme for the Bucs this season.
26 – Arizona Cardinals (LW: 25)
The Cardinals blew an 11-point 4th quarter lead to a division opponent on the road. Yes, Arizona looked improved, but that cannot happen.
27 – New York Jets (LW: 30)
The Geno Smith Era start with a win, thanks in large part to a bone-headed penalty by Tampa Bay. I’m interested to see what happens tomorrow against New England.
28 – Buffalo Bills (LW: 27)
The Bills have Tom Brady and the Patriots on the ropes, but could not deliver the final blow. Buffalo’s win total could be inflated this year because they play in the pitiful AFC East.
29 – Oakland Raiders (LW: 32)
Maybe the Raiders aren’t as bad as I initially thought. Or maybe the Colts defense underestimated Terrelle Pryor.
30 – San Diego Chargers (LW: 24)
Same ‘ol Chargers. It’s really amazing how quickly this team has fallen to meritocracy.
31 – Cleveland Browns (LW: 28)
So maybe the Browns won’t be taking that step forward this season. Brandon Weeden looked awful and Cleveland had no run game against Miami. Yikes.
32 – Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 31)
Two points. That’s all Jacksonville got against the Chiefs. Two points. Pathetic, but still better than having Tim Tebow.