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NFL power rankings after Week 1

Randall Cobb #18 of the Green Bay Packers

Randall Cobb #18 of the Green Bay Packers receives a 5-yard pass against Sherrick McManis #27 of the Chicago Bears for a touchdown in the fourth quarter at Soldier Field on Sept. 13, 2015 in Chicago. Credit: Getty Images / Wesley Hitt

1. PACKERS: Another successful dissection of an NFL defense for Aaron Rodgers, whose game is at an historically high level. Rodgers improves to 13-3 lifetime against the Bears.

2. PATRIOTS: A week after getting a reprieve from a federal judge presiding over the "DeflateGate" saga, Tom Brady was once again masterful on the field, destroying the Steelers with plenty of help from go-to tight end Rob Gronkowski.

3. CARDINALS: Looking for an early comeback player of the year candidate? How about Carson Palmer, who put up three touchdown passes in his first game back from a knee injury.

4. SEAHAWKS: The Seahawks needed a yard once again, and this time, they gave the ball to Marshawn Lynch. But just like last time, when Russell Wilson's ill-fated pass fell into the hands of the opponent, it didn't work. Lynch was stuffed on 4th-and-1 in overtime and the Seahawks couldn't shake the Super Bowl hangover in the opener against the Rams. At the Packers on Sunday in an NFC Championship Game rematch. Can 0-2 be far off?

5. BRONCOS: Not time to panic - after all, the Broncos did beat the Ravens - but Peyton Manning just didn't look like himself. Again. Good thing the defense was up to the task in the opener.

6. BENGALS: A fine way to start the season for Andy Dalton's Bengals, who roll over a Raiders team that showed almost zero pass rush.

7. COWBOYS: Make that 24 fourth-quarter comebacks for Tony Romo, who rallies the Cowboys back from a 10-point deficit against the Giants and finishes it off with a touchdown pass to ever-reliable tight end Jason Witten. The win doesn't come without a cost, though, as Dez Bryant will be out several weeks with a fractured bone in his right foot.

8. STEELERS: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin complained about headset problems at Gillette Stadium, but that had nothing to do with his team's myriad mistakes, which included a failure to adequately deal with Rob Gronkowski, poor tackling and inconsistent red zone play against the defending Super Bowl champs.

9. CHARGERS: You're never out of a game when Philip Rivers is your quarterback. He pulls off a massive rally against the Lions at home, overcoming a 21-3 deficit with 30 straight points. Money well spent on the man's contract extension.

10. COLTS: Opening-day hiccup, or sign of things to come? Andrew Luck didn't get much help from his offensive line, and the Colts' defensive issues were on full display in a stunning Week 1 loss to the Bills.

11. CHIEFS: The Chiefs win with the time-tested formula of strong defense, excellent running game and efficient quarterback play. Three touchdown passes from Alex Smith was good enough to get past the Texans.

12. RAMS: The Rams' pass rush might be the best in the league, as evidenced by a six-sack performance against Russell Wilson. A fine showing in his Rams debut for quarterback Nick Foles in a 34-31 OT thriller.

13. BILLS: The Rex Effect leads to immediate results as the Bills win Rex Ryan's debut in Buffalo in convincing fashion against a Colts team many think will wind up in the Super Bowl.

14. RAVENS: The loss to Denver hurt badly enough. The loss of Terrell Suggs to an Achilles injury is even worse. Not only an elite pass rusher but the undisputed leader of the defense. Crushing blow.

15. LIONS: Life after Ndamukong Suh didn't look so hot for the Lions, who gave up 30 unanswered points to the Chargers after taking command early.

16. FALCONS: A promising debut for first-year coach Dan Quinn, who solves Chip Kelly's offense and sees Matt Ryan do just enough on offense to get things started in the right direction.

17. EAGLES: So much for using high-priced running back DeMarco Murray when you need him most. Instead, it's Ryan Mathews who gets stuffed on third down and prompts Chip Kelly to go for a field goal. Cody Parkey misses wide right, and the Falcons hold on for the win.

18. PANTHERS: Hardly an auspicious start for the Panthers, who do just enough to get by the woeful Jaguars.

19. Dolphins: It's Jarvis Landry to the rescue with the game-winning punt return for a touchdown in an otherwise non-descript opener for the Dolphins, who rally from a 10-0 deficit to the 17-10 win.

20. TITANS: There's no better way to start off a career than perfection. Marcus Mariota put up a spotless 158.3 QB rating with a four-touchdown performance against Jameis Winston. Looks like the Titans picked the right guy.

21. JETS: Todd Bowles gets his first win the way he likes: smothering defense, relentless running game and solid quarterback play from Ryan Fitzpatrick. Jets get five turnovers against the Browns after getting just 13 takeaways in 2014.

22. 49ERS: After a host of retirements, suspensions and free-agent defections, first-year head coach Jim Tomsula has his team ready to go in a 20-3 win over the Vikings. Welcome to the NFL, Carlos Hyde, who outshines Adrian Peterson to lead the way.

23. VIKINGS: With Teddy Bridgewater showing plenty of improvement as a rookie and Adrian Peterson returning from suspension, the Vikings came into the season as a team to watch in the playoff mix. That might turn out to be the case, but not in a desultory loss in San Francisco on Monday night.

24. SAINTS: Not much chirping these days from Rob Ryan. Mostly because the outspoken defensive coordinator doesn't have much reason to puff his chest. Another woeful effort in a 31-19 loss to the Cardinals. Drew Brees put up a ton of yards, but he sure missed Jimmy Graham in the red zone, as the Saints were consistently forced into field goals.

25. GIANTS: A rare brain cramp for Eli Manning, who loses track of the Cowboys' timeouts and blows some critical clock management decision in a devastating loss on the road. Cowboys respond by coming back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit in the final eight minutes.

26. BEARS: Bears get the moral victory in keeping it close against the Packers, but it's still 0-1 just the same. Excellent showing by Matt Forte with 141 rushing yards and a touchdown.

27. TEXANS: Not even 60 minutes into the season, and already a quarterback controversy for Bill O'Brien. Good luck with that, coach.

28. WASHINGTON: Two more interceptions for Kirk Cousins, who came into the season as the starter but may not last much longer if he continues turning the ball over.

29. RAIDERS: Can't imagine a worse start for coach Jack Del Rio, who sees starting quarterback Derek Carr go out with a hand injury and his defense go out and veteran safety Charles Woodson leave with a dislocated shoulder. Nothing good about a 33-13 Week 1 embarrassment at home.

30. BUCCANEERS: Bucs still think they made the right call by taking Jameis Winston over Marcus Mariota, but they're obviously taking the longer view on this. The shorter view: a 42-14 clunker at home, with Mariota throwing four touchdown passes and Winston throwing a pair of interceptions to go with two meaningless touchdowns.

31. BROWNS: Another interception and two fumbles for Johnny Turnover as the Browns' misery continues. Manziel took over for an injured Josh McCown, but the Browns never had a chance in a 31-10 loss, Cleveland's 11th straight Week 1 loss.

32. JAGUARS: New and improved Blake Bortles? Not exactly. The second-year quarterback put up only three field goals and had a pick-6 in a 20-9 home loss to the Panthers.

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