The 2018 NFL season has begun. And in Week 1, there were the usual pleasant surprises and big-time shockers that affected the Power Rankings.
By the end of week 1, there will be 16 NFL fan bases convinced that their team is going to win Super Bowl LIII. On the other hand, the other 16 fan bases will have it stuck in their heads at their team will be vying for the No. 1pick in April of 2019.
Of course, that’s more than a slight exaggeration. But welcome to Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season and the overreaction that comes will eventually come with it. It was quite the first Sunday, featuring one game delayed by lightning, another contest delayed twice for the same reason and a pair of longtime rivals playing to a tie.
No need jerk reaction here. Here’s a look at how the NFL teams stack up in our power rankings stack up from bottom to top, starting with a new No. 32.
Buffalo Bills 0-1
Last week: L, 47-3 at BAL
Last rank: 18th
Recap: It’s quite the drop but Sunday’s performances warranted the plunge. After one quarter at Baltimore, Sean McDermott’s club was down 14-0 and dominated in the total yardage battle by an astonishing 130-2 count. Things only got worse as the Bills trailed 26-0 at halftime and outgained by 200 yards (233-33) entering intermission. The 47-3 setback saw quarterbacks Nathan Peterman and rookie Josh Allen each sacked three times, with the former serving up a pair of interceptions. And Buffalo’s ground game managed only 83 yards on 22 carries. It was quite the dismal showing for a team trying to build off last season’s playoff appearance.
Next Week: The Bills prepare to host Anthony Lynn’s Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. You will recall that the current sideline leader of the Bolts was the interim head coach in Buffalo for a grand total of one game in ‘16. And a year ago, Peterman threw five first-half interceptions in a forgettable 54-24 road loss.
Playoff hopes: The team’s performance at Baltimore was simply disastrous. McDermott and Co. have a lot of work to do if they want to be competitive for the home opener vs. the Chargers. All told, Buffalo’s play on both the offensive and defensive lines are major causes for concern.