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Week 1 NFL Power Rankings

The defending champs start 2023 where they left off.

Our NFL Power Rankings are back for Week 1! To check out more of our season predictions, click here.

1 – Kansas City Chiefs

With Patrick Mahomes throwing passes and Andy Reid calling plays, the Chiefs will always be contenders. Many thought that they wouldn’t be the same without Tyreek Hill, but all Kansas City did was win another Super Bowl. Even with Travis Kelce looking questionable for Thursday’s opener, the champs stay on top for our Week 1 rankings. 

2 – Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles probably had the best full roster in the NFL last year, and not a whole changed in the offseason. This is almost the same squad that came so close to winning it all, and we’re expecting them to come out of the gates strong with something to prove.  

3 – Cincinnati Bengals

After two consecutive trips to the AFC Championship game, Cincinnati should remain a powerhouse in the conference. Joe Burrow’s health at the start of the season may be questionable, but if he’s good after the first few games, Cincy’s offence will remain one of the strongest in the league. 

4 – Buffalo Bills

The Bills are still a great team, but years of tough defeats in the playoffs may be starting to take a toll on the organization. Although the rumors of Stefon Diggs’ unhappiness seem to have been cleared up, there’s a legitimate chance that the team could look a little different if this season once again ends in disappointment. Expect to see them come out strong in Week 1. 

5 – San Francisco 49ers

They may not have a premier quarterback, but the 49ers have studs at just about every other position on the field. If Brock Purdy can build upon last year and continue to just not make the big mistakes for this offence, San Francisco will once again be one of the best teams in the NFC. If he takes a step, they might be the best team in the NFL. 

6 – Dallas Cowboys

Dallas is a very good team. They may not have the roster to inspire much confidence against the 49ers and Eagles right now, but things could certainly change. If the Cowboys do have aspirations of going deeper in the playoffs at the end of the year, though, they’ll have to get more consistent play out of Dak Prescott.  

7 – New York Jets

The Jets that take the field in Week 1 will be a very different team than the one that ended 2022 at 7-10. Aaron Rodgers is a future Hall of Famer, but can he elevate this team like Brady did with the Bucs in 2020? He’s got the weapons around him to do it, but only time will tell just how good the Jets will be this season.  

8 – Miami Dolphins

If Tua Tagovailoa can stay healthy this year, the Dolphins should once again find themselves in the AFC playoff picture. Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill will be a problem for every defence they go up against, so expect to see a lot of points in Miami again this year. 

9 – Baltimore Ravens

Things were looking bleak in Baltimore at the end of last season, but the vibes have changed completely in a few short months. Lamar Jackson is signed to a five year-deal, and he’s finally got the receivers he’s been waiting for to help in the pass game. Not only did the Ravens sign Odell Beckham Jr., but they also used their first round pick to select receiver Zay Flowers in the 2023 NFL Draft.  

10 – Detroit Lions

We’ll get to see just how real the Lions are immediately this year, as they’ll be in Kansas City for Thursday Night Football in Week 1. After starting the season 1-6 last year, Detroit stormed back to finish with a record of 9-8 and barely missed the playoffs, which has led to optimism being at an all-time high for the Lions right now. 

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