NFL Power Rankings: Week 1

Staff

Yes! Finally! ‘Tis the season for football!

The Denver Broncos ended the 2015 season on top by defeating the Carolina Panthers by a score of 24-10 in Super Bowl 50. Yet, they open the 2016 campaign with a former 7th-round pick under center in Trevor Siemian.

A boisterous offseason included quarterback Peyton Manning retiring from football (but not from his lucrative marketing campaign), Calvin Johnson announcing his retirement and taking his talents off the field to Dancing with the Stars, and Marshawn Lynch hanging up his cleats – quite literally.

The Judge, Jury, and Executioner named Roger Goodell brought an end to the so-called Deflategate saga, culminating in Tom Brady’s four-game suspension to start the season. The league also handed down a bevy of suspensions to notable players including: Steelers’ running back Le’Veon Bell (three games) and wideout Martavis Bryant (at least one year); delinquent free agent quarterback Johnny Manziel (four games); Jets’ defensive end Sheldon Richardson (one game); Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict (three games); Cowboys’ pass rushers DeMarcus Lawrence (four games) and Randy Gregory (at least four games), and linebacker Rolando McClain (10 games); Patriots’ edge rusher Rob Ninkovich (four games); Giants kicker Josh Brown (one game); Eagles’ right tackle Lane Johnson (10 games, pending appeal); Bills’ defense tackle Marcell Dareus (four games); as well as reinstatement, and suspension, of Browns’ wideout Josh Gordon (four games). Just to name a few.

As always, teams selected draft picks far and wide, made trades for the present and the future, and hired and fired coaches at will. Notably, the Minnesota Vikings completed a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles for Sam Bradford after losing franchise quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to a season-ending knee injury. Six teams begin the 2016 season with new head coaches including: the Browns (Hue Jackson), Buccaneers (Dirk Koetter), Dolphins (Adam Gase), Eagles (Doug Pederson), Giants (Ben McAdoo), and 49ers (Chip Kelly).

For more related information, check out our divisional previews by clicking the desired link below:

AFC East | AFC West | AFC South | AFC North

NFC EastNFC West | NFC South | NFC North

Your fantasy drafts are done. You’ve ordered the keg to pick up on Sunday morning. You clipped out all the Domino’s and Papa John’s coupons in preparation for an all-day food coma. Let’s get to it!

Rankings for each week will be posted every Thursday around noon, and will be based on a composite score of each voter’s individual score. The rankings for Week 1 were completed by Carlos Mainor, Jake DeWitt, and TJ Lovenduski. Enjoy!

Voter
Team Jake TJ Carlos Ranking
Patriots 5 1 1 1
Seahawks 3 2 3 2
Cardinals 1 5 4 3
Packers 2 4 5 4
Panthers 4 6 2 5
Steelers 6 3 7 6
Broncos 8 7 6 7
Chiefs 7 8 8 8
Bengals 9 9 9 9
Cowboys 19 10 10 10
Vikings 11 15 14 11
Jets 10 17 15 12
Raiders 14 13 17 13
Bills 12 20 16 14
Texans 15 16 19 15
Colts 24 14 12 16
Jaguars 13 19 18 17
Redskins 17 23 11 18
Eagles 20 18 13 19
Giants 18 12 22 20
Chargers 23 11 20 21
Ravens 25 21 21 22
Buccaneers 16 26 26 23
Lions 22 28 23 24
Saints 21 25 27 25
Dolphins 26 22 30 26
Falcons 27 24 28 27
Bears 30 27 24 28
Rams 29 29 25 29
Titans 28 31 29 30
49ers 31 30 31 31
Browns 32 32 32 32

 

 

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Amateur sports journalism blog, primarily posting about the latest happenings in EPL, MLB, NFL, and Boxing.

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