NFL Power Rankings 2018, After Week 1 - Sports Illustrated

NFL Power Rankings Poll: Patriots Still Holding Off Philly, Bucs Surge Behind FitzMagic

It was a historic 15-spot jump for the Bucs after their upset in New Orleans, but the battle at the top remained steady
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The first week of the NFL regular season is in the books, so we can extrapolate with almost complete certainty precisely how the final regular-season standings will stack up. We have 16 teams that will finish 16-0, while another 16 will finish 0-16. (UPDATE! Make that 15 teams at 16-0 and 15 at 0-16. The Steelers and Browns will both go 0-0-16.) Clearly, the postseason tiebreakers will play a big role. May we suggest the NFL uses the MMQB Power Rankings Poll to sort out who’s in and who’s out…

This week’s voters:

Andy Benoit, Senior Analyst/Staff Writer
Andrew Brandt, Business of Football Columnist
Gary Gramling, Senior Editor
Jonathan Jones, Staff Writer
Kalyn Kahler, Editorial Assistant
Bette Marston, Senior Producer
Mark Mravic, Executive Editor
Jenny Vrentas, Senior Writer

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1. New England Patriots (1-0)

Last Week’s Rank: 1

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 251

Last Week’s Result: Win vs. Houston, 27-20

Next Game: at Jacksonville

All Signs Point To an Improved Patriots Defense

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2. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)

Last Week’s Rank: 2

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 244

Last Week’s Result: Win vs. Atlanta, 18-12

Next Game: at Tampa Bay

Doug Pederson Relieved To Be Back in a Familiar Place After Eagles’ Win vs. Falcons

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3. Green Bay Packers (1-0)

Last Week’s Rank: 4

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 239

Last Week’s Result: Win vs. Chicago, 24-23

Next Game: vs. Minnesota

Analyzing How Aaron Rodgers Played on One Leg—and Became Unstoppable

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4. Minnesota Vikings (1-0)

Last Week’s Rank: 3

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 236

Last Week’s Result: Win vs. San Francisco, 24-16

Next Game: at Green Bay

In His Vikings Debut, Kirk Cousins Showed Kyle Shanahan What Could Have Been

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5. Los Angeles Rams (1-0)

Last Week’s Rank: 5

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 218

Last Week’s Result: Win at Oakland, 33-13

Next Game: vs. Arizona

The Rams and the Case Against the Draft

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6. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0)

Last Week’s Rank: 7

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 216

Last Week’s Result: Win at N.Y. Giants, 20-15

Next Game: vs. New England

Why Jalen Ramsey Truly Won the Matchup With Odell Beckham Jr.

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7. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)

Last Week’s Rank: 12

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 208

Last Week’s Result: Win at L.A. Chargers, 38-28

Next Game: at Pittsburgh

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8. Atlanta Falcons (0-1)

Last Week’s Rank: 8

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 197

Last Week’s Result: Loss at Philadelphia, 18-12

Next Game: vs. Carolina

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9. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0-1)

Last Week’s Rank: 9

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 193

Last Week’s Result: Tie at Cleveland, 21-21

Next Game: vs. Kansas City

After Sunday, Should Le’Veon Bell Be Worried?

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10. Carolina Panthers (1-0)

Last Week’s Rank: 11

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 183

Last Week’s Result: Win vs. Dallas, 16-8

Next Game: at Atlanta

Cam Newton and Norv Turner Off To a Promising Start in Carolina

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11. San Francisco 49ers (0-1)

Last Week’s Rank: 13

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 164

Last Week’s Result: Loss at Minnesota, 24-16

Next Game: vs. Detroit

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12. Los Angeles Chargers (0-1)

Last Week’s Rank: 12

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 154

Last Week’s Result: Loss vs. Kansas City, 38-28

Next Game: at Buffalo

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13. New Orleans Saints (0-1)

Last Week’s Rank: 6

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 153

Last Week’s Result: Loss vs. Tampa Bay, 48-40

Next Game: vs. Cleveland

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14. Houston Texans (0-1)

Last Week’s Rank: 14

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 145

Last Week’s Result: Loss at New England, 27-20

Next Game: at Tennessee

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15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0)

Last Week’s Rank: 30

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 137

Last Week’s Result: Win at New Orleans, 48-40

Next Game: vs. Philadelphia

FitzMagic Forever (Or At Least For Now), Erratic Dak Comes Up Short, Browns Refuse to Win—But Avoid Losing

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16. Baltimore Ravens (1-0)

Last Week’s Rank: 22

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 122

Last Week’s Result: Win vs. Buffalo, 47-3

Next Game: at Cincinnati (Thursday)

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17. New York Jets (1-0)

Last Week’s Rank: 24

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 118

Last Week’s Result: Win at Detroit, 48-17

Next Game: vs. Miami

Sam Darnold Shines, With a Defense Behind Him

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18. Washington (1-0)

Last Week’s Rank: 26

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 116

Last Week’s Result: Win at Arizona, 24-6

Next Game: vs. Indianapolis

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19. Miami Dolphins (1-0)

Last Week’s Rank: 21

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 111

Last Week’s Result: Win vs. Tennessee, 27-20

Next Game: at N.Y. Jets

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20. Denver Broncos (1-0)

Last Week’s Rank: 27

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 110

Last Week’s Result: Win vs. Seattle, 27-24

Next Game: vs. Oakland

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21. Chicago Bears (0-1)

Last Week’s Rank: 19

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 109

Last Week’s Result: Loss at Green Bay, 24-23

Next Game: vs. Seattle (Monday)

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22. New York Giants (0-1)

Last Week’s Rank: 16

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 97

Last Week’s Result: Loss vs. Jacksonville, 20-15

Next Game: at Dallas

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23. Cincinnati Bengals (1-0)

Last Week’s Rank: 25

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 96

Last Week’s Result: Win at Indianapolis, 34-23

Next Game: vs. Baltimore (Thursday)

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24. Seattle Seahawks (0-1)

Last Week’s Rank: 17

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 90

Last Week’s Result: Loss at Denver, 27-24

Next Game: at Chicago (Monday)

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25. Dallas Cowboys (0-1)

Last Week’s Rank: 17

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 76

Last Week’s Result: Loss at Carolina, 16-8

Next Game: vs. N.Y. Giants

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26. Detroit Lions (0-1)

Last Week’s Rank: 15

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 66

Last Week’s Result: Loss vs. N.Y. Jets, 48-17

Next Game: at San Francisco

NFL’s New Head Coaching Hires Go Winless in Week 1

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27. Indianapolis Colts (0-1)

Last Week’s Rank: 23

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 47

Last Week’s Result: Loss vs. Cincinnati, 34-23

Next Game: at Washington

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28. Tennessee Titans (0-1)

Last Week’s Rank: 19

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 39

Last Week’s Result: Loss at Miami, 27-20

Next Game: vs. Houston

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29. Oakland Raiders (0-1)

Last Week’s Rank: 29

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 36

Last Week’s Result: Loss vs. L.A. Rams, 33-13

Next Game: at Denver

Derek Carr, Jon Gruden Disappoint in First Chance to Prove They’re the Future of the Raiders

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30. Cleveland Browns (0-0-1)

Last Week’s Rank: 30

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 25

Last Week’s Result: Tie vs. Pittsburgh, 21-21

Next Game: at New Orleans

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31. Arizona Cardinals (0-1)

Last Week’s Rank: 28

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 19

Last Week’s Result: Loss vs. Washington, 24-6

Next Game: at L.A. Rams

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32. Buffalo Bills (0-1)

Last Week’s Rank: 32

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 9

Last Week’s Result: Loss at Baltimore, 47-3

Next Game: vs. L.A. Chargers

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