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Pro Football Weekly’s Week 1 Power Rankings

September 8, 2018

Pro Football Weekly’s Power Rankings are updated every Tuesday during the NFL’s regular season and are intended to rank teams based on their talent and performance to date. Rankings will change each week because of personnel changes, injuries and performance, and a team’s ranking in any given week has no impact on where they might rank in weeks to come. Rankings will fluctuate a great deal more the first few weeks of the season as teams seek their levels and schedules balance out. These are PFW’s Power Rankings entering Week 1 as teams head into the 2018 season.

Rank / Team / 2017 Record / The Skinny

1. Eagles (13–3) — Champs forced to go back to Foles in Week 1

2. Patriots (13-3) — Will ‘D’ be improved enough to win it all again?

3. Vikings (13-3) — Pressure is on now for Captain Kirk

4. Rams (11-5) — Aaron Donald signed, team loaded with star talent

5. Saints (11-5) — Should weather four games without Ingram well

6. Steelers (13-3) — Is Le’Veon Bell fully on board? Hard to know

7. Falcons (10-6) — Don’t snooze on dangerous team as title contenders

8. Jaguars (10-6) — Defense elite, but Bortles still gives us the willies

9. Chargers (9-7) — Keys: avoiding slow start, kicking woes, injuries

10. Packers (7-9) — Rodgers makes them legit again, but ‘D’ must do its part

11. Panthers (11-5) — Blocking out all the turmoil so far

12. Ravens (9-7) — Not sexy but takeaway defense keeps them competitive

13. Cowboys (9-7) — Do they have the perimeter weapons to thrive?

14. Chiefs (10-6) — Excitement for Mahomes, but major defensive questions

15. Texans (4-12) — Return of Watson, J.J., Mercilus has arrow pointed up

16. 49ers (6-10) — Are we graduating them a year too soon?

17. Bears (5-11) — Offseason overhaul exciting, but tough division looms

18. Titans (9-7) — Time for Mariota to take step forward after playoff W

19. Lions (9-7) — Poor preseason not too concerning, but backslide possible

20. Bengals (7-9) — Big-play talent, improved OL give them actual hope

21. Seahawks (9-7) — Have they lost far too much to make playoff push?

22. Cardinals (8-8) — Health good for now, and defense should still do work

23. Jets (5-11) — If Darnold is solid, this emerging team could surprise folks

24. Broncos (5-11) — Better roster than 2017, but will it be enough?

25. Washington (7-9) — How much Adrian Peterson has left is big worry

26. Bucs (5-11) — Could start 0-3 with Jameis out, brutal schedule

27. Giants (3-13) — Offensive firepower should be better this season

28. Dolphins (6-10) — Ryan Tannehill needs a career revival this year

29. Colts (4-12) — Excitement for Luck, sure, but have you seen that ‘D?’

30. Raiders (6-10) — Gruden’s return features more skepticism than excitement

31. Browns (0-16) — Something exciting brewing, but tough slate keeps W’s down

32. Bills (9-7) — Going young, seemingly punting on 2018 season

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