1. Atlanta Falcons (↑1)
The win was anything but pretty. If it wasn’t for the upgraded defense in the offseason the Falcons might have taken a loss in Chicago.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (↑8)
A huge win on opening night against the defending Super Bowl Champions, and the introduction of rookie running back Kareem Hunt. The Chiefs defense somehow made Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski look like average players, but the loss of Eric Berry could see them drop.
3. Oakland Raiders (↑1)
An inspired Derek Carr helped lead the Raiders to a win, and Marshawn Lynch brought Beast Mode back. This game could have been a bigger margin of victory but Amari Cooper had problems with dropped passes.
4. Dallas Cowboys (↓1)
The Cowboys looked good in the first half and silenced the Eli “Cowboy Killer” Manning. If Odell Beckham JR. plays in this game though, Dallas would have taken an L.
5. New England Patriots (↓4)
No Julian Edelman ended up killing the Patriots more than anyone expected. Danny Amendola also went down, and the Patriots defense was shredded by Alex Smith, Tyreek Hill and a rookie running back in Hunt. It’s a good thing they play in the atrocious AFC East…
6. Green Bay Packers (↔)
A-Aaron Rodgers and Co. stuck it to the Seahawks at Lambeau and the defense didn’t look like swiss cheese. An interesting concept, but former Packer running back Eddie Lacy was stymied in his old stomping grounds.
7. Pittsburgh Steelers (↔)
Antonio Brown was popping but Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell looked rusty after not playing this preseason. The Cleveland Browns are obviously improved, but rookie linebacker T.J. Watt had a great defensive performance.
8. Philadelphia Eagles (↑7)
9. Seattle Seahawks (↓4)
No running game against a weak Packers defense and Russell Wilson still looked like the 2016 version of himself. If the offensive line doesn’t get fixed quick, Seattle can expect Wilson to leave when his contract expires.
10. Minnesota Vikings (↑6)
The Vikings defense made Drew Brees look like an old man and they were continuously taking his walker out from underneath him. Hosts are supposed to treat their guests nicely, but rookie running back Dalvin Cook and his 127 rushing yards pulled the welcome mat off the front porch.