NFL Week 1 Power Rankings: Baltimore Ravens in top 10
Andy Dalton had the Bengals in a position to shock the league and pull out a week one, upset victory in Seattle. Cincinnati entered the fourth quarter down four, but could only muster a field goal losing 21-20. Dalton threw for over 400 yards and two scores. This game shocked a lot of people, as the Bengals have been an afterthought in the league. Maybe this game was a coming out party for the Bengals as more of a competitor then anyone thought.
15. Carolina Panthers
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After a slow start in the first half, scoring only a field goal, the Panthers made a late push but fell short 30-27 to the Rams. Christian McCaffrey had a fantastic day, scoring a pair of touchdowns on the ground. Carolina lost a game they could’ve won, but fighting their way back and only losing by three, is a small confidence boost.
In the season’s opening game, the Packers and Bears provided a snooze fest. A defensive heavy game, made for a bad night for Mitchell Trubisky and the rest of the Bears offense. Trubisky threw for 228 yards and an interception. He was very inconsistent and looked uncomfortable in the pocket. On the flip side, Chicago’s defense was stout, holding Aaron Rodgers to 203 yards and the only touchdown of the game. They were able to sack Rodgers five times as well. If Trubisky and co. can find a rhythm on offense, the Bears could be a force once again in the North.
In what could be a make or break year for quarterback Marcus Mariota, he started the season off right, blowing out the Cleveland Browns, 43-13 on the road. Mariota threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns, while Derrick Henry added 84 yards and a score on the ground. The defense was stout, forcing three interceptions off of Baker Mayfield. The Titans looked like a possible competitor in what is a wide open AFC South.