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Football.com's NFL Power Rankings: Week 1

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Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images.
Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images.

There were a lot of memorable moments from Week 1 of the 2013 NFL season. From Peyton Manning’s historic night to the slugfest between the 49ers and Packers, the season is off to a great start.

So who were the studs and duds from the first week of action, and which surprise teams shook up the rankings?

The Football.com NFL Power Rankings are based on votes tallied each week by a panel consisting of Football.com editors Evan Grossman, Allen Kim, Brett Spielberg, Christopher Smith, Danny Webster, David Seigerman, Jake Ciely, Mike Greger and Zachary Doleiden.

Rank

Team

Record

Last Week

Comments

1

Denver Broncos

1-0

3

Peyton Manning was in vintage form against the Ravens on opening night, and it’s tough to see how any defense can slow this team down.

2

San Francisco 49ers

1-0

2

Colin Kaepernick picked apart the Packers defense, doing more damage through the air than on the ground. It doesn’t look like he’ll miss Michael Crabtree at all with the addition of Anquan Boldin.

3

Seattle Seahawks

1-0

1

While Seattle’s offense didn’t look as crisp against Carolina, they made enough plays to get the W. Most importantly, their defense looks as stout as ever.

4

Houston Texans

1-0

4

The Texans started off slow, but they rallied behind Matt Schaub for an impressive comeback win over the Chargers.

5

New England Patriots

1-0

6

New England can’t seem to escape the injury bug, but with the return of Rob Gronkowski right around the corner, they’ll be just fine moving forward.

6

Green Bay Packers

0-1

7

The Packers may have lost to the 49ers, but they were playing one of the league’s elite teams and only fell a couple plays short of winning the game. They’re still one of the best the NFC has to offer.

7

Atlanta Falcons

0-1

5

The Falcons may have lost to the Saints, but they’ll continue to be dangerous even with Roddy White hobbled by an ankle injury.

8

New Orleans Saints

1-0

14

New Orleans shocked Atlanta in Week 1, and it looks like Sean Payton is making his presence felt already. Their defense was surprisingly better than expected, and it looks like the Saints are itching to get back to the playoffs.

9

Cincinnati Bengals

0-1

8

Cincinnati’s offense looks crisp, but a late penalty cost them the game. They're still the team to beat in the AFC North, and one of the top teams in the conference.

10

Chicago Bears

1-0

13

Marc Trestman is off to a good start in Chicago. Perhaps he’s the answer to Jay Cutler and the Bears offense.

11

Baltimore Ravens

0-1

9

Baltimore’s defense looked a step slower after getting burned by Peyton Manning, and they need a boost on offense.

12

Dallas Cowboys

1-0

15

The Dallas Cowboys had their miscues against the Giants, but it looks like they may finally be ready to turn things around.

13

Indianapolis Colts

1-0

10

Their defense is still suspect, but Andrew Luck already looks like a seasoned veteran. Their offense should only get better once Ahmad Bradshaw is up to full strength.

14

Detroit Lions

1-0

18

The Lions have needed a consistent option out of the backfield to help take some pressure off of Calvin Johnson, and Reggie Bush may be exactly what the doctor ordered.

15

Philadelphia Eagles

1-0

25

Chip Kelly’s uptempo offensive attack was simply too much for Washington’s defense to handle, and it won’t be easy for defenses to adjust to all the surprises Kelly has in store for the rest of the league.

16

St. Louis Rams

1-0

16

Sam Bradford looks poised to finally get his career back on track, and the Rams could be one of the surprise teams out of the NFC this year.

17

Kansas City Chiefs

1-0

24

The new-looks Chiefs were impressive in their first game under Andy Reid, but let’s see how they fare against some stronger competition.

18

New York Giants

0-1

12

New York played awful against Dallas, yet they were within striking range of a comeback win. Things were ugly and they were exposed in Week 1, but expect things to improve.

19

Washington Redskins

0-1

11

RGIII was rusty, and the offense just wasn’t very sharp. However, things will improve once they get into a rhythm.

20

Miami Dolphins

1-0

21

The Dolphins won easily against the Cleveland Browns, but we need to see a little more out of them before we get a better grasp of where they truly stand.

21

Carolina Panthers

0-1

20

Carolina’s defensive line was dominant, and their defense is certainly improved. Now it’s up to Cam Newton to give the offense a boost.

22

Tennessee Titans

1-0

22

Tennessee may have bottled up Pittsburgh, but their offense was pedestrian against the Steelers.

23

Arizona Cardinals

0-1

22

Arizona held a lead over St. Louis, but they collapsed down the stretch. However, the offense is certainly much improved with Carson Palmer at the helm.

24

Minnesota Vikings

0-1

19

Adrian Peterson can only do so much on his own. The passing attack and defense need to step up before they can make any noise.

25

San Diego Chargers

0-1

28

The Chargers nearly shocked the Texans, but after dialing up some pressure on Phillip Rivers, they fell apart.

26

Buffalo Bills

0-1

29

Buffalo nearly beat the Patriots, but their second-half collapse was all too familiar.

27

Pittsburgh Steelers

0-1

17

Pittsburgh has been decimated by injuries, and their offense was putrid against Tennessee.

28

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

0-1

23

Lavonte David’s gaffe aside, they shouldn’t have been in that situation against the Jets in the first place. Greg Schiano needs to instill some discipline in the team.

29

Cleveland Browns

0-1

27

Cleveland was awful against the Dolphins, but they could turn things around by getting Trent Richardson more involved on offense.

30

New York Jets

1-0

30

The Jets managed to steal a win behind Lavonte David’s blunder, but don’t expect gaffes like that to bail them out every week.

31

Oakland Raiders

0-1

32

Oakland was surprisingly competitive against the Colts, and Terrelle Pryor adds another element to their offense.

32

Jacksonville Jaguars

0-1

31

Jacksonville’s offense was anemic against Kansas City, and their defense was completely overmatched. They could very well be looking at the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft.