NFL energy rankings: Bills on high, Jets on backside — and Cowboys fall how far?

By David Helman
FOX Sports activities Dallas Cowboys Author

Let’s get offended. 

The primary 16 video games are within the books, and we will lastly begin evaluating this 2022 season. What else is there to do bounce to conclusions about who’s good and who’s dangerous based mostly off one recreation?

There isn’t any one approach to do energy rankings, however for the aim of this text, we will base the rating as a lot off Week 1 as doable, with out worrying an excessive amount of about preseason expectations.

Let’s get to it:

1. Buffalo Bills

The Bills entered the season because the Tremendous Bowl favourite, they usually delivered on that hype by boat-racing the defending champs in their very own stadium on Banner Night time. You’ll be able to’t open a season stronger than that.

Bills expose Matthew Stafford’s Rams in 31-10 Week 1 win

The Buffalo Bills spoiled the Los Angeles Rams’ Tremendous Bowl banner reveal get together with a dominating 31-10 win, one thing many followers didn’t anticipate. Josh Allen dominated regardless of throwing two interceptions, ending with 353 whole yards and 4 touchdowns.

2. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs

To not be outdone by the Bills, the Chiefs beat down a 2021 playoff staff in a 44-21 drubbing of Arizona. Patrick Mahomes seems to be like he will be simply high quality with out Tyreek Hill, judging by his 5 landing passes towards the Cardinals.   

3. Los Angeles Chargers

That is flawed logic, but it surely’s laborious to disregard the opposition if you’re evaluating Week 1. We can’t really know what any of those groups are for a number of extra weeks, however we do know that Justin Herbert and the Chargers confronted off towards one among final yr’s playoff groups — a staff that added Davante Adams within the offseason — and got here out on high. We’ll see how properly it ages, but it surely’s a nice-looking win right here in mid-September. 

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Not the prettiest effort from Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay offense, but it surely would not matter when your protection so totally dominates a recreation. The Cowboys did not precisely appear like a juggernaut, but it surely’s nonetheless spectacular that Todd Bowles and his Buccaneers protection have been in a position to maintain them and not using a landing.

5. Minnesota Vikings

At this actual second in time, we do not understand how good the 2022 Packers are. However we do know the Vikings completely dominated the reigning NFL MVP in one of the crucial spectacular wins of the week. Justin Jefferson seems to be like he is able to take over the league.

Justin Jefferson goes for 184 receiving yards, two TDs within the Vikings’ victory towards the Packers

Justin Jefferson goes for 184 receiving yards, two TDs in the Vikings' victory against the Packers

Justin Jefferson could not be stopped towards the Packers, as he went for 184 receiving yards and two touchdowns to assist the Minnesota Vikings seize a 23-7 victory.

6.  Baltimore Ravens

It was a little bit of a ho-hum day on the workplace for Baltimore, they usually nonetheless managed to get a 15-point highway win. It would be an enormous growth for Lamar Jackson if younger receivers Rashod Bateman and Devin Duvernay can construct off Sunday’s scorching begin. 

7. Philadelphia Eagles

Beating Detroit is not going to lift a ton of eyebrows, however the Eagles have been in management for the overwhelming majority of Sunday’s win. Extra importantly, Jalen Hurts received out to a strong begin.

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8. Los Angeles Rams

I am keen to provide the defending champs the good thing about the doubt, given the quantity of expertise coming back from final yr. However man, everybody on that offense not named Cooper Kupp has some work to do.

9. Miami Dolphins

Nothing about Mike McDaniel’s debut was notably noteworthy, however the Dolphins have been in management all through towards a divisional rival, and Tua Tagovailoa seemed respectable sufficient.

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10.  Inexperienced Bay Packers

It is means too early to press the panic button on the Packers — we have realized that lesson by now. Nonetheless, it is truthful to say that this offense was banged up and ineffective in Minnesota, and it’ll take fast growth from some younger gamers if that is going to alter.

11. Pittsburgh Steelers

Not the prettiest effort, particularly on offense. However you do not apologize for a highway win towards the defending AFC champions. If the Steelers’ protection can proceed to get takeaways the way in which it did towards Joe Burrow, it could possibly hold their offense in lots of video games.

12. Las Vegas Raiders

We’re not large on penalizing groups for powerful losses. The Raiders opened their season by occurring the highway to face one of many league’s most gifted rosters. They performed it shut, getting the ball near midfield with an opportunity to win the sport earlier than Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack did their factor. There isn’t any disgrace in that.

13. Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals need to really feel like they aged 5 years in a single afternoon. Props to Joe Burrow and Co. for clawing again out of a 17-3 deficit, however 5 turnovers ain’t going to get it accomplished. It’d in all probability be good to scrub up these particular groups points, too.

14. New Orleans Saints

Credit score to the Saints for rallying from a 16-point deficit in simply 12:41 of recreation time to provide Dennis Allen a debut win. However that does not fully absolve them of how lifeless they seemed by means of three quarters.

15. Cleveland Browns

Jacoby Brissett’s efficiency will not go down as very memorable, however he did maneuver the Browns into place for Cade York’s game-winning area objective with 1:13 to play and no timeouts.

16. Washington Commanders

It took only one week for Carson Wentz to provide his new fanbase the complete spectrum of Carson Wentz Moments. He threw jaw-dropping touchdowns in addition to mind-numbing interceptions, although he did in the end rally Washington for a win towards Jacksonville. Buckle up for a wild journey, Commanders followers.

Carson Wentz throws 4 touchdowns, leads Commanders to 28-22 victory in Washington debut

Carson Wentz throws four touchdowns, leads Commanders to 28-22 victory in Washington debut

Carson Wentz had himself a debut for the Washington Commanders, throwing for 313 yards and 4 TD within the 28-22 victory.

17. Chicago Bears

It is laborious to know what to make of a recreation that befell in two toes of standing water, however the Bears have been projected to lose by a landing and got here away with a two-possession win. It undoubtedly wasn’t fairly, and an undermanned offense has a ton of labor to do. However in Week 1, simply take the win and hold pushing.

18. San Francisco 49ers

By any logical metric, the 49ers appear like a greater staff than the Chicago Bears — however they did not show it at Soldier Discipline on Sunday. As time goes on, we’ll have far more knowledge to precisely slot groups within the energy rankings. However going off one recreation, we’re not going to rank them above a staff that simply beat them by 9 factors.

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19. New York Giants

The New York Giants seemed … enjoyable? Time will inform how good they’re, however Saquon Barkley seemed like his previous self and new head coach Brian Daboll received gutsy with the late determination to go for 2 and the win. It has been a very long time for the reason that Giants have been a enjoyable watch, so that is actually a step in the correct path.

20.  Seattle Seahawks

Give it up for the one 1-0 staff within the NFC West – similar to all of us predicted. In all honesty, Monday night time’s win towards Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos was an unsightly fumble-fest, however you must by no means apologize for an NFL win. Kudos to Geno Smith particularly for a rock-solid begin that helped the Seahawks upset their former franchise QB.

21. Indianapolis Colts

That is Frank Reich’s fifth yr in Indianapolis. Throughout that point, he’s now 0-4-1 in Week 1. The earlier 4 losses got here towards groups that completed with shedding information, and Houston is extensively anticipated to be one among this yr’s worst groups. Tying the Texans is not a season ender, however the constant early struggles are a head scratcher.

22. Tennessee Titans

Most individuals thought the Titans may take a step again in a crowded AFC, but it surely nonetheless stings for final yr’s No. 1 seed to catch a house loss to one of many worst franchises over the past 5 years. It is laborious to think about Tennessee working the offense it will want with out higher outcomes from the run recreation.

23. Jacksonville Jaguars

This was a recreation that dangerous groups lose. The Jags dedicated foolish errors and had missed alternatives, and Washington made them pay. There have been brilliant spots, although. Travon Walker and Devin Lloyd appear like dudes. 

24. Detroit Lions

The Lions gave it their all in a scrappy, one-possession loss — which is a story that ought to sound acquainted by now. It is nonetheless a good guess that this Detroit staff goes to take its share of lumps, however the Lions proceed to provide the impression that they are not going to lie down for anybody.

25. Arizona Cardinals

Burn the tape and check out once more. The Cardinals received run off their very own area, however a minimum of they will take solace in understanding the Chiefs are one of many NFL’s most constant groups. Week 1 is not an indictment of a complete season, however what a disgusting begin.

26. Denver Broncos

So many questions. Why did Denver give Russell Wilson all that cash, solely to accept a 64-yard area objective? Why did Nathaniel Hackett save all of his timeouts till it was too late? How did the Broncos make 4 journeys to the purple zone and are available away with simply six factors? Gross, all the way in which round.

27.  New England Patriots

It by no means actually felt just like the Patriots have been on this loss to the Dolphins previous the halfway level of the second quarter. A blah effort from the offense, which must hope Mac Jones is wholesome for Week 2.

28. Dallas Cowboys

It could be laborious to attract up a worse begin to a season. The Cowboys have been the one staff within the league that failed to attain a landing, they usually misplaced Dak Prescott to a damaged thumb for good measure. Even when Prescott was wholesome, his offense seemed abysmal. Now, Dallas should flip issues round with out him for the foreseeable future.

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29. Carolina Panthers

The Panthers finally received their act collectively, piecing collectively three second half scoring drives. However woof, that first half was brutal and helped set the stage for a heartbreaking loss.

30. Houston Texans

Credit score the Texans for astonishing the league with a hard-fought tie towards a staff that was closely favored to beat them. Penalize the Texans for enjoying so conservatively in additional time, guaranteeing that we would all be aggravated by their document for the remainder of the yr.

31. Atlanta Falcons

Simply if you assume the Falcons have run out of the way to tug a Falcons, they do it once more. Atlanta was en path to one of the crucial stunning and spectacular outcomes of Week 1, they usually choked it away in a span of 10 minutes. 

32. New York Jets

Not often do NFL video games go precisely in accordance with script, however this was an exception. The Jets did not rating to chop the deficit to 24-9 till the ultimate minute of regulation.

David Helman covers the Dallas Cowboys for FOX Sports activities. He beforehand spent 9 seasons protecting the Cowboys for the staff’s official web site. In 2018, he received a regional Emmy for his position in producing “Dak Prescott: A Family Reunion” concerning the quarterback’s time at Mississippi State. Observe him on Twitter @davidhelman_.

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