1 – New England (1-0)
The Patriots, without Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Rob Ninkovich and Dion Lewis, were supposed to fall to the Cardinals. Didn’t happen. Belichick 1, NFL 0.
2 – Pittsburgh (1-0)
Like the Patriots, no Le’Veon Bell, Martavis Bryant, and Heath Miller is retired. The Steelers dominated on both sides of the ball.
3 – Denver (1-0)
The defending champs showed that they’re not just going to go into rebuilding mode. C.J. Anderson may end up being a lot better than most think.
4 – Cincinnati (1-0)
The Bengals faced a difficult Jets team on the road without Tyler Eifert and Vontaze Burfict. Despite taking a beating from the Jets’ defense, Andy Dalton threw for 366 yards and score to A.J. Green (12-180).
5 – Green Bay (1-0)
Aaron Rodgers was able to make several great plays, despite defenders being in his face. The defense bent, but did not break and the Packers were able to get a road win over what could be a good Jacksonville team.
6 – Seattle (1-0)
Russell Wilson was able to pull a victory…er…rabbit from his hat as the Seahawks escaped a possible defeat at the hands of the Dolphins. The great teams win games they should lose, but offensive line situation is concerning, as is the status of Wilson’s ankle.
7 – Tampa Bay (1-0)
Number 7 may seem a bit high, but Tampa is a team on the rise. They were able to prove that they could win a big division road game by throttling Atlanta and limited Julio Jones.
8 – Oakland (1-0)
The Raiders are another team on the rise and you have to hand it to Jack Del Rio for going for the win by going for 2 in the closing seconds.
9 – Kansas City (1-0)
The Chiefs looked like they were done, but fought back against a good Charger team. The AFC West is going to be the best division in football this year.
10 – Houston (1-0)
The Texans look like a better team with Brock Osweiler and Lamar Miller in that offense.
11 – Minnesota (1-0)
The Vikings have work to do on offense, but their defense looks elite.
12 – Baltimore (1-0)
Anytime you have John Harbaugh, you have a chance to win. The Ravens should exceed expectations this year.
13 – New York Giants (1-0)
The Giants have a deep passing attack and an improved defense. It’s very possible that they win the NFC East.
14 – Arizona (0-1)
The Cardinals still have the most complete team, but they need to win the big games. The Patriots outplayed and outcoached them.
15 – New York Jets (0-1)
The Jets have a great defense and if the offense can improve, they should make the postseason.
16 – Carolina (0-1)
The offense looks very good, especially with Kelvin Benjamin back in the lineup. The Panthers just need to figure out how to win those close games.
17 – Jacksonville (0-1)
The Jaguars have nothing to be ashamed of as they nearly pulled off a win at home versus Green Bay. They were able to move the ball at will and get after Aaron Rodgers.
18 – New Orleans (0-1)
The Saints still have a bad defense, but as long as they have Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, Mark Ingram and of course, Drew Brees, the offense should keep them in most games.
19 – Detroit (1-0)
Most did not see Detroit posting 39 points, but it’s possible their offense is very underrated.
20 – San Francisco (1-0)
They’re not playoff-bound, but with an improved offensive line and a swarming front seven, the Niners should win more games than most would have thought a week ago.
21 – Indianapolis (0-1)
The Colts have a good offense, but a not-so-good defense. They will have to improve if they want to sniff the postseason.
22 – Dallas (0-1)
Rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot should make Dallas a threat, but with the several defensive stars absent, Dallas will likely miss the postseason.
23 – Washington (0-1)
Kirk Cousins and the offense weren’t able to get started, but this should still be a competitive team in 2016.
24 – San Diego (0-1)
With Keenan Allen sidelined for the season, the Chargers will be an exciting team, but will likely lack the things a team needs to make the postseason.
25 – Atlanta (0-1)
Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and an improved defense make the Falcons dangerous. The problem is, you don’t know which Falcon team will show up.
26 – Miami (0-1)
You have to credit Miami’s heart and strategy in Seattle. They just always seem to be a day late and a dollar short.
27 – Philadelphia (1-0)
They should probably be higher on this list. Just not sure who should move down.
28 – Chicago (0-1)
The Bears are another team that could climb this list even by next week. They just didn’t play well against Houston.
29 – Buffalo (0-1)
The Bills should challenge for a playoff spot, but need to play better.
30 – Tennessee (0-1)
The Titans have the talent, but this is probably not the year.
31 – Los Angeles (0-1)
The Rams could not have been more bad than they were on Monday Night Football. They may have to think about switching quarterbacks sooner than most thought.
32 – Cleveland (0-1)
They were barely competitive against the Eagles. Now with Robert Griffin out, they just seem destined to be in last.