NFL Power Rankings 2022: Where the Bears stand at the top of the first week

The last weekend without NFL football until February came and went. Now, it’s time that games become important.

Defending champion Los Angeles Rams and Super Bowl favorites Buffalo Bills opened the season Thursday at SoFi Stadium, and the NFL won’t stop until they are crowned champions.

Justin Fields and the Bears rolled through pre-season undefeated (flag hold?), but face Kyle Shanahan, Tre Lance, and Team 49 from off-chute. It will be a different kind of homecoming for Jimmy Garoppolo at this time, as the veteran quarterback will keep a portfolio as Lance begins his third NFL career.

Meanwhile, Mac Jones and the New England Patriots will take their devastating attack to South Beach to face the Dolphins in the first game of the Mike McDaniel era.

Tom Brady will open what could be his final season in Dallas when the Bucs face the Cowboys, while NFC favorites Jalen Hurts and the Eagles travel to Detroit to take on Dan “It’s OK if you think I’m stupid” Campbell and the Lions.

Here each team stands as they enter the first week:

32- Houston Texas: Luffy has a long, long way to go.

31 – New York Giants: Outside of Andrew Thomas and Evan Neal, I have a hard time seeing any member of this crime of giants as part of Brian Daboll’s long-term plan.

30. Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks seem to have beaten starters Charles Cross, Boy Maffei, Abraham Lucas, Kobe Bryant, and Tariq Wolin. This is an excellent way to start rebuilding. Next comes the hard part: finding the midfielder.

29. Atlanta Falcons: As long as Marcus Mariota can deliver the ball to Kyle Pitts and Drake London, the Falcons should at least be a fun team to watch on RedZone.

28. Chicago Bears: Pre-season 3-0 included a great game from quarterback Justin Fields in the Show Final against Brown. As long as the Bears leave the 2022 season clearly in the middle and head coach, they will be on the right track.

27 – New York Jets: I love what Gates did in the draft and free agency, but the grueling schedule early in the season won’t make it easy for Robert Saleh’s side to comment in the playoff picture.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars: The AFC South is weak enough for the Jaguars to do a surprising job if Trevor Lawrence can do great after eliminating Urban Meyer.

25. Detroit Lions: Lions fans are optimistic that a big leap could come in the second year of Dan Campbell’s era. But if they’re smart, they’re hoping for a five- or six-win season that sees Aidan Hutchinson and Jameson Williams shine as they pick the top pick for touchdowns Bryce Young, CJ Stroud or Anthony Richardson.

24. Cleveland Browns: Given the state of the AFC, Brown will likely be out of the knockout race by the time Deshaun Watson returns. Maybe for the better.

23. Carolina Panthers: Whether Baker says it or not, there is no doubt that he wants to get Brown to pay in the first week.

22 – Leaders of Washington: The leaders went 7-10 with Taylor Hynek in the quarterback. Can they take two or three more wins with Carson Wentz driving? It is possible, but a lot will depend on offensive coordinator Scott Turner’s system playing on Wentz’s strengths and not asking him to do much. When Wentz tries to carry a team, the complete Wentz happens. Don’t go full Wentz.

21. Tennessee Titans: In the end, the bill is worth even the best joggers. The Giants will not be able to survive the absence of Derek Henry if the bill is paid this season.

20- New England Patriots: If Bill Belichick can’t find a way to fix the mess that Matt Patricia and Joe Judge created in the attack, it’s going to be a long year at 1 Patriot Place.

19. Dallas Cowboys: Jason Peters once described the Cowboys as “arrogant” as a member of the Eagles. Despite this, money has a way of changing minds.

18- Pittsburgh Steelers The Steelers have never had a losing season under Mike Tomlin. Can he continue the streak with Mitchell Trubesky and/or Kenny Beckett behind the center?

17. New Orleans Saints: The last time we saw Dennis Allen as an NFL head coach, he was leading the Raiders to the ground. Some guys are just designed to be coordinated.

16. Miami Dolphins: The moment of truth is here for Tuanon followers. good luck.

15. Arizona Cardinals: No DeAndre Hopkins in the first six weeks and a tough slate early in the season. The Cardinals will need Kyler Murray to be Superman to keep them afloat until his supreme weapon is back.

14. Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings have one of the best skill center groups in the NFL, and I think new coach Kevin O’Connell will be able to maximize that talent. Minnesota should be a playoff team, but the Kirk Cousins ​​factor looms large.

13. Indianapolis Colts: The transition from Carson Wentz to Matt Ryan should go well for at least two more wins in Indy.

12 – Denver Broncos: Is Russell Wilson still capable of playing the top five midfielders? Given what the Broncos just paid him for, they’d better hope so.

11. Las Vegas Raiders: The Raiders have elite weapons in Davante Adams, Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow, and a first-class fast-pass duo in Maxx Crosby and Chandler Jones. But could their offensive and secondary line be good enough to help them make their way back to the playoffs?

10. Baltimore Ravens: Pay Lamar Jackson.

9. San Francisco 49ers: Trey Lance is the indisputable initiator of Bay, but Jimmy Garoppolo returns as backup after the 49ers are unable to find a trading partner. There is no chance of things getting awkward.

8. Philadelphia Eagles: General Manager Howie Roseman has done an amazing job in taking the Eagles from rebuilding the project to a Super Bowl contender in less than two calendar years. But has Jalen Hurts improved enough to put the Eagles on top?

7. Cincinnati Bengals: Most teams that lose the Super Bowl fall into the following season. Don’t think this will be the case with the Bengals as long as Joe Burrow is healthy.

6. Los Angeles Chargers: Charger’s injury history had Brandon Staley covered Justin Herbert in bubble wrap during pre-season. Now, the T-2000 can enter the season healthy and ready to tear through defenses with a howitzer mounted to its right side.

5. Green Bay Packers: Much has been said about the departure of Davante Adams and Marquis Valdez-Scantling, and rightly so. But I don’t think the Packers have taken enough credit for the defense they put together. There are five potential defenses in Green Bay.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Lots of indications are that this is Tom Brady’s final season. If this is for goats, get as much of a 12 as you can.

3. Los Angeles Rams: Replacing Andrew Whitworth and Von Miller will be tough, but the Rams feel as equipped as any team in the NFL to reload and bounce back.

2 buffalo bills: T.The noise is billed through the roof. Can a team with limited playoff success handle the pressure of being a Super Bowl favorite? Buffalo History tells us there will be no show at Orchard Park by February.

1 – Mayors of Kansas City: After watching Deshaun Watson and Russell Wilson for cash, Patrick Mahomes’ salary of $45 million a year (fifth highest AAV among QBs) is starting to look like a bargain.

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