The OBR NFL Power Rankings: Week One

The OBR staff got back together for their NFL Power Rankings after Week 1. Who rose? Who fell? How far down for the Cleveland Browns.

  No. 1 New England Patriots

New England takes over the top spot after taking care of the Steelers. Only one of our experts had them lower than #1, at #2.

Last Week: #3, Up 2

  No. 2 Green Bay Packers

A team with Aaron Rodgers should never be counted out.  The Packers rise quickly up to #2 with one first place vote and two votes for third.

Last Week: #5, Up 3

No. 3 Arizona Cardinals 

Arizona's defense was great last year. Getting Carson Palmer back will be huge for the team as they have Super Bowl aspirations.

Last Week: #4, Up 1

  No. 4 Seattle Seahawks

Seattle is still a very talented team but what they do with Kam and how they fix their offensive line could play a big role in their season.

Last Week: #1, Down 2

  No. 5 Indianapolis Colts

The Colts have high expectations, their loss to the Bills in Week 1 was surprising.

Last Week: #2, Down 3

No. 6 Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys pulled off a big victory but lost Dez Bryant for awhile. Can they maintain their high ranking?

Last Week: #8, Up 2

  No. 7 Denver Broncos

Denver moves up 2 spots but did not look good against the Ravens. Was it Baltimore or is Peyton Manning done?

Last Week: #9, Up 2

  No. 8 Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles lost to the Falcons but our group still feels good about them. The Falcons played very well at home and the Eagles seem to have to learn to play together.

Last Week: #6, Down 2

  No. 9 Buffalo Bills

The team that Browns fans wish they could be with Sammy Watkins, Charles Clay and Tyrod Taylor. A big surprise win has spiked hope. 

Last Week: #12, Up 3

  No. 10 Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals destroyed the Raiders but our group doesn't seem to value the win over the Raiders. They will have to prove it against a much better team.

Last Week: #10, N/A

  No. 11 Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens looked terrible and lost Terrelle Suggs for the season. Are they ready for the final downturn or can they pull it together?

Last Week: #7, Down 4

  No. 12 San Diego Chargers

With the leap of the Bills, the Chargers actually fall one after a win. I had them rated the highest at 10 while Andrea and Hayden have them at 13. Can they take advantage of Broncos struggles in the AFC West?

Last Week: #11, Down 1

  No. 13 Kansas City Chiefs

The media was high on the Chiefs after their Week 1 win. They jump up 4 spots and will battle with the Chargers if Peyton Manning really is washed up.

Last Week: #17, Up 4

  No. 14 Atlanta Falcons

At home, with Kyle Shanahan's offense, the Falcons were hitting on all cylinders. Can they sustain it? Will their defensive improvements be real or just a part of Eagles struggles?

Last Week: #19, Up 5

  No. 15 Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins won but go no love after beating the laughingstock team in Washington. With the Patriots, Bills and Jets all winning, the AFC East could be tough.

Last Week: #15, N/A

  No. 16 Detroit Lions

The Lions have a lot of talent but got beat underneath by the Chargers and need to get Calvin Johnson involved more often.

Last Week: #13, Down 3

  No. 17 Pittsburgh Steelers

They do not have a defense that scares anyone, especially their terrible secondary. Doesn't help that they lost to the Pats but the Steelers and Ravens both have some huge questions to answer.

Last Week: #14, Down 3

No. 18 St. Louis Rams

The Rams knock off their rival Seahawks in overtime after letting the game slip away in the 4th quarter. They have a great defensive front.

Last Week: #22, Up 4

No. 19 New Orleans Saints

Where is Drew Brees in his career? He threw the ball 48 times but the offense just couldn't get going. Can the Saints balance their offense enough and will Rob Ryan's defense flashback to two years ago?

Last Week: #18, Down 1

  No. 20 Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings were a pick as a surprise team this year but fell to the 49ers in an uncompetitive game. Adrian Peterson needs to get the ball and get going more.

Last Week: #16, Down 4

  No. 21 Carolina Panthers

Beating Jacksonville didn't get the Panthers a lot of credit. They still have big questions at OL and WR but their defense is very good and Cam Newton can make up for a lot of ills.

Last Week: #23, Up 2

  No. 22 San Francisco 49ers

A team that many thought would looking at the league's worst record beat the Vikings surprisingly. Can they maintain the emotion from Monday Night throughout the season?

Last Week: #27, Up 5

  No. 23 New York Giants

Do the Giants overcome the poor choices that led to their loss to the Cowboys or has the roster, especially on defense, aged too much?

Last Week: #20, Down 3

  No. 24 Houston Texans

So Brian Hoyer wasn't the solution some in Cleveland thought he was. Already he is battling for the starting job and the QB spot may keep an already talented roster from going anywhere.

Last Week: #21, Down 3

  No. 25 New York Jets

Their offensive line, defensive front 7 and solid QB play helped them beat the Browns. Can they ride that formula to new heights in their tough division?

Last Week: #29, Up 4

No. 26 Chicago Bears

Losing to the rival Packers isn't surprising. They were surprisingly balanced on offense and need to minimize Jay Cutler's impact on the team, easier said than done.

Last Week: #25, Down 1

  No. 27 Tennessee Titans

Those who have followed my writing for awhile know that I was all in for Marcus Mariota. Was that a fluke because they played the Bucs? We will get a first hand account this week.

Last Week: #30, Up 3

  No. 28 Cleveland Browns

If the Browns would have only limited turnovers, that was a game. Sadly they didn't and now we have to rely on medical fortune, either Josh McCown's head or Johnny Manziel's elbow, to give the team hope this week. They deserved to fall but aren't as bad as fans are making them out to be.

Last Week: #24, Down 4

No. 29 Jacksonville Jaguars

Maybe Blake Bortles isn't that good. The highest drafted passer last year, Bortles didn't look like he had developed much in that season. A lot rides on him making that turn.

Last Week: #26, Down 3

  No. 30 Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr getting hurt didn't help anything but the Raiders didn't look good against the Bengals. They have a lot of high end talent but very little depth, the opposite of the Browns. They will struggle a lot this year against good teams.

Last Week: #28, Down 2

No. 31 Washington

Washington is bad, RG3 is playing scout team safety and it looks like Jay Gruden will be back as an assistant by the end of the year.

Last Week: #31, N/A

No. 32 Tampa Bay Bucs

The Bucs did nothing to change our experts minds that they are the worst team in the league. Jameis Winston threw a lot of interceptions last year in college and it is likely to continue in the pros, at least to start.

Last Week: #32, N/A

Looking forward to your thoughts on our rankings.

Below is the raw data from our experts rankings:

Team Last Rank W or L Record Jared Barry Lane Andrea Rick Fred Hayden
1 New England 3 W 1-0 1 1 2 1 1 1 1
2 Green Bay 5 W 1-0 3 3 1 2 2 2 2
3 Arizona 4 W 1-0 2 2 4 4 4 4 6
4 Seattle 1 L 0-1 4 5 3 3 3 3 7
5 Indianapolis 2 L 0-1 8 6 5 11 7 5 10
6 Dallas 8 W 1-0 7 7 8 5 5 10 3
7 Denver 9 W 1-0 12 9 6 6 6 6 4
8 Philadelphia 6 L 0-1 5 8 9 7 10 7 11
9 Buffalo 12 W 1-0 9 4 13 10 11 8 12
10 Cincinnati 10 W 1-0 6 10 12 8 9 11 9
11 Baltimore 7 L 0-1 14 12 7 12 8 9 8
12 San Diego 11 W 1-0 10 11 10 13 12 12 13
13 Kansas City 17 W 1-0 11 16 11 9 14 16 16
14 Atlanta 19 W 1-0 15 17 19 15 13 14 19
15 Miami 15 W 1-0 13 13 16 20 18 15 15
16 Detroit 13 L 0-1 17 15 15 14 15 20 17
17 Pittsburgh 14 L 0-1 19 14 14 17 17 19 14
18 St. Louis 22 W 1-0 16 20 17 19 16 13 20
19 New Orleans 18 L 0-1 21 19 20 18 21 18 18
20 Minnesota 16 L 0-1 20 18 26 23 20 17 17
21 Carolina 23 W 1-0 18 21 18 24 24 25 21
22 San Francisco 27 W 1-0 25 22 24 16 22 22 22
23 Giants 20 L 0-1 26 23 21 22 19 21 23
24 Houston 21 L 0-1 22 24 22 21 25 23 27
25 Jets 29 W 1-0 24 25 23 26 27 24 25
26 Chicago 25 L 0-1 27 26 25 28 23 26 26
27 Tennessee 30 W 1-0 23 27 28 25 26 29 24
28 Cleveland 24 L 0-1 28 30 27 27 29 27 31
29 Jacksonville 26 L 0-1 29 29 30 29 28 30 28
30 Oakland 28 L 0-1 30 28 29 32 30 28 30
31 Washington 31 L 0-1 31 31 31 30 31 31 29
32 Tampa Bay 32 L 0-1 32 32 32 31 32 32 32

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