NFL power rankings: Bills, Chiefs among league's top teams through Week 1

NFL power rankings: Bills, Chiefs among league’s top teams through Week 1

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The first week of the 2022 NFL season is on the books and there’s plenty to cry about.

The Buffalo Bills looked dominant against the defending Super Bowl champions, while Lamar Jackson seemed to have upped his game in a big win over the New York Jets.

In between, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense held firm against the Dallas Cowboys. The Minnesota Vikings looked like a high-powered offense against their division rivals and the Kansas City Chiefs looked pretty normal even without Tyreek Hill.

Read the first edition of the NFL Power Rankings through Week 1 of the season below.

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1). Buffalo Bills (1-0)

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford, No. 9, and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, No. 17, meet in midfield after an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022 in Inglewood, California.
(AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Previous rank: Unclassified

Result week 1: 31-10 victory against the Rams

Game of week 2: Monday vs. Titans

The Bills looked like Super Bowl favorites in their Thursday night win over the Rams. Josh Allen had four total touchdowns. Allen threw three touchdown passes to three different receivers and rushed for another score.

2). Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)

Previous rank: Unclassified

Result week 1: 44-21 victory against the Cardinals

Game of week 2: Thursday vs. Chargers

Patrick Mahomes had five touchdown passes and didn’t seem to miss Tyreek Hill that much in the blowout win over the Cardinals.

3). Minnesota Vikings (1-0)

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson, No. 18, celebrates after catching a pass for a first down during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, September 11, 2022, in Minneapolis.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson, No. 18, celebrates after catching a pass for a first down during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, September 11, 2022, in Minneapolis.
(AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

Previous rank: Unclassified

Result week 1: 23-7 victory against the Packers

Game of week 2: Monday @ Eagles

Justin Jefferson had a breakout game against the Packers. He had nine catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns. He warned the whole league and Minnesota could be one of the best teams in the league.

4). Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0)

Previous rank: Unclassified

Result week 1: 19-3 victory against the Cowboys

Game of week 2: Sunday @ Saints

Tampa Bay has proven that if the offense fails, the defense can defend. The offense only managed to get one touchdown, but only needed one. Leonard Fournette ran for 127 yards on 21 carries.

5). Baltimore Ravens (1-0)

Previous rank: Unclassified

Result week 1: 24-9 victory against the Jets

Game of week 2: Sunday vs Dolphins

Lamar Jackson proved just how valuable he can be in a win over the Jets. While in a contract dispute, Jackson was 17 for 30 for 213 yards and three touchdowns.

6). Los Angeles Chargers (1-0)

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, right, passes as Las Vegas Raiders defensive tackle Bilal Nichols, No. 91, applies pressure during the second half of an NFL football game in Inglewood, California, Sunday, September 11, 2022.

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, right, passes as Las Vegas Raiders defensive tackle Bilal Nichols, No. 91, applies pressure during the second half of an NFL football game in Inglewood, California, Sunday, September 11, 2022.
(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Previous rank: Unclassified

Result week 1: 24-19 victory against the Raiders

Game of week 2: Thursday @ Chefs

The Chargers thwarted a comeback attempt by the Raiders to hold them off for the win. Justin Herbert had three touchdown passes, but losing Keenan Allen could prove detrimental in the long run.

seven). Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)

Previous rank: Unclassified

Result week 1: 20-19 victory against the Bengals

Game of week 2: Sunday vs. Patriots

The Steelers allowed the Bengals to force overtime, but Chris Boswell was ultimately able to pull off the win. TJ Watt was injured in the win, as was Najee Harris. Mitchell Trubisky was 21 for 38 with 194 yards and a touchdown.

8). Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, No. 1, heads the ball against the Detroit Lions during the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, September 11, 2022.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, No. 1, heads the ball against the Detroit Lions during the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, September 11, 2022.
(AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

Previous rank: Unclassified

Result week 1: Victory 38-35 over the Lions

Game of week 2: Monday vs. Vikings

The Eagles’ new offense had four rushing touchdowns in the win over the Lions. Miles Sanders, Jalen Hurts, Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott were all in the scoring column. AJ Brown had 10 catches for 155 yards.

9). New Orleans Saints (1-0)

Previous rank: Unclassified

Result week 1: Victory 27-26 against the Falcons

Game of week 2: Sunday vs. Buccaneers

The Saints needed Will Lutz to win the game for them in the end, but it was the re-emergence of Michael Thomas who was of most interest. He had five catches for 57 yards, including two touchdowns.

ten). Washington Commanders (1-0)

Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz, #11, celebrates with wide receiver Jahan Dotson, #1, after scoring a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first half of an NFL football game , on Sunday, September 11, 2022, in Landover, Maryland.

Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz, #11, celebrates with wide receiver Jahan Dotson, #1, after scoring a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first half of an NFL football game , on Sunday, September 11, 2022, in Landover, Maryland.
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Previous rank: Unclassified

Result week 1: 28-22 victory against the Jaguars

Game of week 2: Sunday @ Lions

Carson Wentz battled the Jaguars and emerged victorious. He was 27 for 42 with four touchdown passes, helping the Commanders get off to a good start.

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11). Miami Dolphins (1-0)

12). New York Giants (1-0)

13). Cleveland Browns (1-0)

14). Seattle Seahawks (1-0)

15). Chicago Bears (1-0)

16). Indianapolis Colts (0-0-1)

17). Green Bay Packers (0-1)

18). Los Angeles Rams (0-1)

19). Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)

20). Tennessee Titans (0-1)

21). Las Vegas Raiders (0-1)

22). Detroit Lions (0-1)

23). Houston Texans (0-0-1)

24). Atlanta Falcons (0-1)

25). Denver Broncos (0-1)

26). Carolina Panthers (0-1)

27). Arizona Cardinals (0-1)

28). Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1)

29). Dallas Cowboys (0-1)

30). New England Patriots (0-1)

31). San Francisco 49ers (0-1)

32). New York Jets (0-1)

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