Week 1 is in the books — and what a fun week it was!
It started with a classic on Sunday Night/Thursday Night Football (why do they do this?) — and then on Sunday, we had classics in Detroit and Kansas City. The week ended with what was probably the craziest matchup of them all in Las Vegas. More of the same next week, please.
This week’s voters were Pete Sweeney, Ron Kopp Jr, Matt Stagner, Jared Sapp, Stephen Serda, Rocky Magana, Bryan Stewart, Talon Graff, Mark Grunnels, Ethan Willinger and myself.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1st)
The Bucs were far from convincing on opening night, but I doubt they care. Tom Brady is all about taking care of business.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (2nd)
Was the result ever really in doubt?
3. Los Angeles Rams (7th)
Deep balls are back in play in L.A.
4. Cleveland Browns (5th)
They gave the Chiefs their best shot and still lost. That has to be disheartening. Still worthy of moving up a spot.
5. Seattle Seahawks (8th)
Tyler Lockett is criminally underrated.
6. San Francisco 49ers (9th)
What could be the worst possible start to the season for Jimmy G? Maybe losing the snap on the opening play of the year? After that, it was all pretty plain sailing for the ‘9ers — well, apart from the last two minutes.
7. Los Angeles Chargers (10th)
Austin Ekeler opened the first scoring on the first Sunday of the 2021 season. Chargers fans will be hoping that he scores the last touchdown on the final Sunday.
8. Buffalo Bills (3rd)
We saw the Josh Allen of 2018 and 2019 — not the Josh Allen of 2020.
9. New Orleans Saints (12th)
Talk about domination! You’ve got to be happy for Jameis.
10. Green Bay Packers (4th)
If only Aaron Rodgers had spent more of the offseason working on getting better every day.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers (14th)
The Steelers’ D continues to remind everyone that they are good enough to win games on their own.
12. Arizona Cardinals (19th) | This week’s high risers
Chandler Jones might end up ruining my Defensive Player of the Year bet.
13. Dallas Cowboys (16th)
Just let Dak throw the ball every single play.
14. Baltimore Ravens (6th) | This week’s big fallers
Please blitz Patrick Mahomes like that this week.
15. Miami Dolphins (15th)
They’ll be happy with scoring again over a division rival early — that is for sure.
16. New England Patriots (13th)
No opening day dub for New England and its returning stars.
17. Tennessee Titans (11th)
That defense is putrid.
18. Denver Broncos (24th)
It’s hard to get excited about a team that beat Daniel Jones. Tougher tests to come.
19. Carolina Panthers (23rd)
Did you see that mixed reality Panther? It looked like a remake of “Ghostbusters.” Terrifying.
20. Washington Football Team (17th)
We thought the offense would be the problem. We were right.
21. Las Vegas Raiders (27th)
Sometimes you just have to say “fair play.”
22. Indianapolis Colts (18th)
They were clearly outmatched against a far-superior opponent.
23. Philadelphia Eagles (28th)
Dominant on the road in Week 1. Could be a fun team to watch this year.
24. Cincinnati Bengals (26th)
Good for Joe Burrow & Co., scoring the upset.
25. Minnesota Vikings (21st)
After doing so well to force overtime, they fumbled the game away. Killer.
26. Chicago Bears (22nd)
Justin Fields HAS to start this week.
27. Atlanta Falcons (20th)
Matt Ryan scored 7 points in PPR fantasy scoring. I think that sums up the Falcons' offensive display.
28. New York Jets (30th)
Couldn’t protect Zach Wilson for love nor money. And the Darnold-to-Anderson connection must have hurt Jets fans a little bit.
29. New York Giants (25th)
Daniel Jones is just flat-out bad.
30. Houston Texans (32nd)
This group of old guys heard and read everything that was said this offseason.
31. Detroit Lions (31st)
So close to the comeback for the ages. Too little, too late.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (29th)
They might have more talent this year — but they already look a lot worse than last year’s team.