Wednesday, September 10, 2014

2014 NFL Power Rankings Week 1

Justin's 2014 NFL Mock Draft

1. Seattle Seahawks

Since the NFL began Thursday season kickoffs featuring the defending Super Bowl Champions, only two teams have lost the opening game. Seattle showed no signs of rust and picked up where they left off.

2. Denver Broncos

Though Andre Luck almost engineered another comeback, Denver held off the Colts, allowing Peyton Manning to become the second QB in NFL history to defeat all 32 NFL teams.

3. San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers defense showed little signs of rust despite playing without NaVorro Bowman and Aldon Smith.

4. Cincinnati Bengals

It took an A.J. Green juggling performance to get the win, but beating division rival Baltimore on the road is never easy. The win marked the first Bengals win at M&T Bank Stadium since 2009.

5. Philadelphia Eagles

On one hand, they were down 17-0 to the Jaguars, on the other, they scored 34 unanswered points to win. A Monday night game in Indianapolis may show what this team really is.

6. Indianapolis Colts

The Colts defense still needs improvement, but Andrew Luck almost engineered another fourth quarter comeback. A prime time game against Philadelphia could result in a shootout.

7. Atlanta Falcons

Matty Ice got hot at the right time and the Falcons made an early statement that they are not going 4-12 again this season.

8. New Orleans Saints

Matt Ryan was able to knife through the Saints pass defense, but you can never count out Drew Brees in a shootout.

9. Carolina Panthers

No Cam Newton and a new fleet of wide receivers and the Panthers were still able to beat the lowly Bucs. A healthy Newton returns this week as the team takes on Detroit.

10. Green Bay Packers

There's hope that Eddie Lacy will play this week and they will be home, but they face another tough defense in the Jets.

11. Miami Dolphins

The running game looks good and the Dolphins were able to hand Tom Brady his first Opening Day loss since former teammates Drew Bledsoe and Lawyer Milloy joined the Bills smacked him in 2003. Miami will look to keep the momentum going against Buffalo.

12. New England Patriots

The Patriots are in last place and Tom Brady is dead last in completion-percentage, but he has also never gone 0-2 in his career. Look for him to bounce back against Minnesota.

13. Arizona Cardinals

It took a late rally, but Arizona was able to walk away with a win over San Diego. Carson Palmer made a few bad passes, but Michael Floyd finally looked like the heir to Larry Fitzgerald on Monday night.

14. Detroit Lions

Calvin Johnson looked like Calvin Johnson and the Lions played well on both sides of the ball in a win over the Giants. The team is still undisciplined, however, gifting the Giants with three first downs off of penalties during a New York scoring drive.

15. New York Jets

The running game looked good and the Jets defense showed to be too much for the Raiders to handle. Geno Smith still needs improvement.

16. Tennessee Titans

Tennessee forced Alex Smith to throw three interceptions (he threw seven in all of 2013) and Jake Locker looked like a smart quarterback in a win over Kansas City.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers

Antonio Brown will likely be suspended for his hurdle-turned-crane kick, but it isn't stopping the NFL from trying to get likes on their Instagram page.  Pittsburgh let Cleveland come back late and needed a time-expiring field goal to prevent Cleveland from winning in Pittsburgh for the first time since 2003.

18. Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Smith threw three picks, but the bigger story here is the poor play calling by Andy Reid. All-World running back Jamaal Charles only had seven touches the entire game.

19. San Diego Chargers 

The Bolts revamped defense didn't show up when it mattered: in the fourth quarter. Now San Diego will need to face Seattle.

20. Buffalo Bills

In one of the more shocking results of the weekend, Buffalo took advantage of a weak rush defense to stun the Bears. Up next: a divisional battle against Miami for first place.

21 Chicago Bears

The Bears failed to address their poor run defense during the offseason and it came back to bite them in a Week 1 loss to Buffalo. 

22. Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco made a really stupid pass attempt in the red zone and A.J. Green's theatrics helped Cincinnati defeat the Ravens, and that's not even the worst thing to happen to this franchise this week. The team will now look to move on from the Ray Rice fiasco.

23. Houston Texans

Houston looked like a clearly superior team in a win over Washington, but it came at the cost of losing Jadeveon Clowney until late October.

24. Minnesota Vikings

Cordarrelle Patterson looked like a stud and the Vikings blew the doors off of St. Louis to open the season. Adrian Peterson, however, was not successful in his guarantee of a touchdown on his first carry.

25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs were unable to take advantage of a favorable situation against Carolina. Maybe they will get a second chance against the Rams third-string quarterback.

26. New York Giants

The Giants lost the battle of the trenches and decided not to cover Calvin Johnson in the first half. Only Alex Smith and Tom Brady have a lower completion percentage than Eli Manning.

27. Dallas Cowboys

So much for a shootout. Tony Romo tossed three picks off of a play-action pass, he threw zero in all of 2013.

28. Washington Redskins

The man Washington gave up three first round draft picks for looked terrible again and some fans are already calling for Kirk Cousins.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars

The good news: Allen Hurns' preseason play translated to the regular season and the Jaguars took a 17-0 halftime lead over the Eagles. The bad news: they played the second half and looked like the same old Jaguars.

30. Cleveland Browns 

Brian Hoyer almost led this team to a comeback over Pittsburgh, but the Browns still fell short. Rookie running back Terrance West showed some potential.

31. Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr faced a tough Jets defense in his NFL debut, but his running game didn't make his life any better. This week, Oakland returns to the West Coast to face Houston.

32. St. Louis Rams

With Shaun Hill injured, the Rams turned to Austin Davis against Minnesota. Could Case Keenum take over next week?

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