The biggest lesson the NFL teaches us is that Week 1 lies.
I say that as a preface to the season’s first power rankings after a wild Week 1 Sunday.
On Monday night, Aaron Rodgers’ highly-anticipated Jets debut lasted just three plays before the 40-year old quarterback suffered what is believed to be an Achilles injury. The Jets’ defense was able to rally and lead them to an upset win over the Buffalo Bills, but the Jets’ Super Bowl hopes likely vanished when Rodgers left Highmark Stadium on a cart.
San Francisco 49ers (1-0): With the Trey Lance cloud removed and Nick Bosa locked up for five years, the 49ers came out and strangled the preseason darling Pittsburgh Steelers. When healthy, the 49ers are the most complete team in the NFL. A wrecking ball that can demolish opponents in whatever way is needed.
Philadelphia Eagles (1-0): Jalen Carter recorded six pressures and a sack on 32 pass rushes on Sunday against the Patriots. I mention this for no reason in particular … Oh, Jordan Love converted another third-and-long.
Kansas City Chiefs (0-1): Patrick Mahomes’ first venture with Matt Nagy as play-caller was an exercise in pain. The Chiefs will be fine, but with no proven wide receivers and Nagy running the show, the level of difficulty has been ratcheted up for the face of the NFL.
Dallas Cowboys (1-0): A 40-point shutout win on the road. OK, Cowboys, you have my attention.
Miami Dolphins (1-0): Tua Tagovailoa threw for 466 yards and three touchdowns in Miami’s shootout win over the Chargers. Your first way-too-early MVP leader has arrived.
Detroit Lions (1-0): The Lions couldn’t have dreamed up a better way to start the season. Their much-maligned draft class shined, and they knocked off the defending champs on the road. But are they for real, or will this end up being a Week 1 mirage?
Baltimore Ravens (1-0): The Ravens were unspectacular in a Week 1 win over the hapless Texans. A win is a win, but Todd Monken’s new offense still has a lot of kinks to iron…