Week 1 of the 2023 NFL season is finally behind us, but the Week 1 NFL Power Rankings from 97.5 The Fanatic are just beginning.
The expected sloppy brand of football after an inactive preseason played itself out. Plenty of preseason favorites took unexpected losses, but how did it impact the overall rankings?
Philadelphia Eagles Outlook
A 25-20 victory against the New England Patriots kept the Eagles in the top spot. It wasn’t the most impressive performance in the league, but it got the job done on the road against a coach with six Super Bowl rings.
The new coordinators have a lot of work to do. The expected prolific offense didn’t show itself. However, preseason expectations shouldn’t change in Philadelphia. Therefore, the Eagles deserve to retain the top spot.
Strong performances by Jalen Carter, Jordan Davis, and Josh Sweat also provide a key source of optimism that the Eagles can replicate the strength of a defensive front that carried them last year.
Week 1 NFL Power Rankings
The Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers made big jumps with convincing double-digit victories. They were the two most impressive teams in the preseason top tier of the NFL out of the gates.
The expected AFC powers weren’t nearly as impressive. Three of the four teams who played in the AFC Divisional Round lost. The Kansas City Chiefs, the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Buffalo Bills all dropped in the rankings.
The Los Angeles Rams made a big leap from 24th to 18th with an impressive road victory. The Detroit Lions equally jumped six spots with a victory over the defending Super Bowl champions.
Best Matchup of Week 1
The Miami Dolphins outlasted the Los Angeles Chargers in a battle of teams looking to join the top powers of the AFC. Tyreek Hill scored the game-winning touchdown to cap off a 215-yard day.