Weekly NFL Power Rankings for E2G Sports with Buddy Andrade, MJ Alvira and Jonathan Walton. As the season moves along watch as your favorite team climbs the ranks or your biggest rival falls out of the top 10.

Who will finish the season at #1? What rookie quarterback-led team has a shot to finish in the top 10?

Stay tuned all season long to find out.

  • Buddy (NFC North, AFC West)
  • MJ (NFC East, AFC East)
  • Walton (NFC South, NFC West, AFC North, AFC South)

Let’s take a look at this week’s rankings:

32. Houston Texans

A decision was finally made under center for the Texans, as they are going with Tyrod Taylor. Houston’s lone preseason defeat was a seven-point loss at the hands of the top-ranked Bucs. Small signs of life for a team my colleague ranked lower than Alabama (NCAA). – JW

31. Philadelphia Eagles

Just four years ago the Eagles were the class of the NFL and won the Super Bowl. The organization seems to have imploded within the last year, making changes at head coach with Nick Sirriani and at quarterback with Jalen Hurts. Rumors of Deshaun Watson in Philly have been circulating, but until his legal troubles clear up it’s Hurts under center. Could be a long year for the city of Brotherly Love. -MJ

30. Detroit Lions

I’m not buying in on Dan Campbell.  The WR group is one of the worst in the league and they downgraded at QB with Goff instead of Stafford.  The defensive side of the ball has no one you can look at as the best player. -BA

29. Jacksonville Jaguars

I can’t remember the last time a new head coach was on the hot seat without coaching a game yet, but Jaguars head Coach Urban Meyer seems to already be in that position. Questionable off-season decision-making has earned Meyer plenty of critics. He can silence them with a win over Houston this weekend. -JW

28. New York Jets

The Jets are on the right track towards gaining respectability in the NFL. Zach Wilson is the new hot ticket in the Big Apple and he’s surrounded by good talents at running back and wide receiver. They still have a lot of work to do and may still be a year or two out from competing in the AFC. -MJ

27. Cincinnati Bengals

Burrow is back under center for Who Dey nation as the Bengals host Minnesota on Sunday. They are in the toughest division in the AFC and are still a few years away from contending again. The best-case scenario will be seeing Burrow improve on his play from last season, and finish the season standing upright. -JW

26. Las Vegas Raiders

Spinning in neutral.  They’ll win a game they shouldn’t, then cough one up to a team they should handle.  The game has passed Gruden by, 10 years at 100 million gets a lot of leash. -BA

25. Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons host the Eagles on Sunday in a battle of teams searching for answers. They were a combined 0-5-1 in the preseason. Rookie tight end Kyle Pitts looked great in practice for Atlanta and could turn in a huge week 1 performance. -JW

24. Dallas Cowboys

With Dak Prescott, seeming to be fully healthy and ready to go, Dallas is the most talented team in the NFC East. In a division that takes it down to the wire every year, the Cowboys should be playing meaningful games in December and January. -MJ

23. Carolina Panthers

The Sam Darnold era officially begins in Carolina. A solid showing from him and All-Pro Christian McCaffrey this week against the Jets should vault the Panthers out of the 20s in the NFL power rankings. Wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. outshined former LSU teammate Jamar Chase this preseason. -JW

22. New York Giants

The NFC East is always a hard division to predict, with there being a different champion each season since 2004. Any team can jump into contention at any point during the regular season. The Giants have surrounded quarterback Daniel Jones with as much talent as possible in this make-or-break season for him. If he doesn’t produce the Giants will be looking for a new signal-caller in 2022. -MJ

21. Minnesota Vikings

I look and see pieces, not a team.  Cook, Jefferson, Thielen on the offensive side need to rely on Kirk Cousins and I just don’t see that working.  The defense looks like it put the offense in a lot of shootouts. -BA

20. New Orleans Saints

Hurricane Ida has displaced the Saints and forced them to open the season hosting Green Bay in Jacksonville, Florida. Though doubters are low on Jameis Winston, his fit in Sean Payton’s system should make for some offensive fireworks against Rodgers and the Packers. -JW

19. Chicago Bears

The Defense has so many solid pieces that not only get to the QB but turn turnovers into defensive scores.  Bears nation is waiting for Justin Fields to get on the field and replace Andy Dalton.  Let’s see how long that takes! -BA

18. Denver Broncos

Vic Fangio needs this defense to be great in the four games against Kansas City and the L.A Chargers.  The depth at cornerback is for those KC games. Teddy Bridgewater needs to get the ball in the hands of his playmakers, the return of Sutton gives. – BA

17. Pittsburgh Steelers

Big Ben put off retirement for one more season to try and win one last time. He’s got the offensive weapons and premier defense to potentially do so. Definitely keeping an eye on sack leader TJ Watt’s status as he has yet to fully participate due to contract disputes. -JW

16. Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins have the most unknown potential in the league right now. We still don’t know if Tua is the answer at quarterback, however, head coach Brian Flores has quickly become one of the best young coaches in the NFL. If Tua can live up to his draft position (5th overall in 2020) and play like he did at Alabama when teams were tanking for him, Miami has a chance to earn a playoff spot in the competitive AFC. -MJ

15. Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson has voiced his frustration in Seattle, following several early playoff exits for the Seahawks. After two Super Bowl runs in his first three seasons, the Seahawks defense and offensive line have broken down and may have ultimately broken the relationship between Wilson and the organization. Doesn’t help that they’re in the toughest division in football. -JW

14. Washington Football Team

One of the most surprising stories of the 2020 season was the dominance on the defensive side of the ball for Washington. The players bought into head coach Ron Rivera‘s system and they made an unlikely playoff run. Washington has made key acquisitions this offseason including quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. If he can manage games and limit mistakes they can be in the mix once again for the NFC East crown. -MJ

13. New England Patriots

In a stunning move, Bill Belichick made the decision to go with the rookie Mac Jones at quarterback. There will be some ups and downs for the first-year signal caller but expect for the Patriots as a team to contend once again in the AFC. The roster has been retooled and Belichick is still at the helm. -MJ

12. Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis is one of a few teams that made the playoffs last season and could miss them this year. The biggest knock on Carson Wentz coming in was his inability to stay healthy. Cue his mid-training camp foot surgery. They may be in trouble against the Seahawks this weekend. -JW

11. Arizona Cardinals

This is a Cardinals team on paper that should make waves this season. To what degree it’s hard to tell. The NFC West is a tough place to play these days with the Niners, Rams, and Hawks making several playoff runs over the last decade. Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury have to believe their time is now… and play like it. -JW

10. Los Angeles Chargers

I’m a huge fan of Staley, the new head coach for the Chargers.  He gets Derwin James back along with a lot of chess pieces on the defensive side of the ball. Justin Herbert tore it up as a rookie and should make that great 2nd-year leap.  Austin Ekeler gives great stability to the run game. -BA

9. Baltimore Ravens

The top-ranked rushing offense from a season ago is limping into the season at the running back position. Starter JK Dobbins and 3rd string back Justice Hill are both out for the season. Leaving Gus Edwards to carry the load with help from Ty’Son Williams and a couple of free agent pick-ups. A matchup against the Raiders in Vegas should help get them going in the right direction. -JW

8. San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco returns several key players from injury in 2021. Almost every position suffered injuries last season, costing them a chance at a strong playoff run. With the gang back together, the 49ers are a formidable team and could challenge for a Super Bowl bid. -JW

7. Los Angeles Rams

Jalen Ramsay and Aaron Donald both landed in the top 15 of the NFL’s top 100 players for 2020, and each was the highest ranked at their positions. We’ve all wondered as football fans what it would look like if Matthew Stafford had a defense. We finally get that chance! -JW

6. Tennessee Titans

King Henry and his court are on the verge of greatness. Tough, physical, and dynamic. The highest-ranked AFC South team has been knocking on the Kansas City door for a few years now. 2021 might be the year they break it down. -JW

5. Green Bay Packers

Back to Back Title game appearances and the return of Aaron Rodgers after an offseason where that wasn’t a certainty.  Davante Adams and Aaron Jones are solid weapons at their respective positions while Jaire Alexander is becoming an elite shut-down corner. -BA

4. Cleveland Browns

OBJ hasn’t had a double-digit touchdown season since 2016 after starting out his career with three straight. There shouldn’t be expectations that he’s going to get back to that former player this year either. If the Browns want to win this season and be a threat in the playoffs they should give everyone a healthy dose of Chubb and Hunt. -JW

3. Buffalo Bills

The Bills have quickly become the cream of the crop in the AFC. After a noticeable downfall in the Patriots lure. Josh Allen seems to be posed to lead the Bills for another AFC East title. The Bills are getting a lot of love in Super Bowl predictions, if Allen and the offense can emulate what they did a year ago, I see them returning to the AFC Championship Game for the second straight year. -MJ

2. Kansas City Chiefs 

Three straight AFC Championship game appearances with a Super Bowl title thrown in the mix.  The key elements of an explosive offense are back for Mahomes along with a new-look offensive line.  The team learned a lot of lessons in Tampa at the Super Bowl. They’ve got the Golden State Warriors 3-point barrage ready to go in any game. -BA

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Defending champs did their work in the offseason to return all 22 starters. Rookie edge rusher Joe Tryon had a great preseason forcing multiple fumbles, adding to their prominent defensive unit. Will be hard to knock this team out of the top spot. -JW

 

You may have predicted Tampa to be #1, but the Browns at #4? Safe to say they’re the real deal right now.

 

Matchup to watch this week: #4 Cleveland Browns at #2 Kansas City Chiefs

 

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