Welcome to For The Win’s NFL power rankings. We’re starting these a little late, but we just wanted to make sure we had a firm grasp on the league in 2018 before jumping to any wild conclusions.
Here’s the approach we’ll use for these weekly rankings: Records don’t matter much. We’re basing this on which teams we feel are currently playing at the highest levels – whether or not the results show it so far.
With that out of the way, let’s power rank some teams…
Result: 38-31 W vs. MIN
The Rams defense is going to play better moving forward. I’m not sure the offense can play better than it did against the Vikings on Thursday night. Jared Goff has killed the “System QB” talk with a genuinely impressive start to the season. The Rams are the best team in football and I’m not even sure it’s close.
Result: 26-14 W at PIT
The Ravens defense made a strong case for being the best in the league on Sunday night in Pittsburgh, and it will only get stronger with Jimmy Smith returning this week. Joe Flacco isn’t playing at an elite level, but this is the best he’s played since that Super Bowl run.
Result: 31-12 W vs. NYJ
The Jaguars are the best team in the league when Blake Bortles isn’t over-throwing receivers by 10 feet. We got good Blake on Sunday against the Jets and the result was a comprehensive victory. A showdown with the Chiefs offense will tell us just how good this defense will be in 2018.
Result: 38-31 L at LAR
I’m not overreacting to one bad half against the Bills and a “schedule loss” against the Rams on the road with only three days to prepare. This is still the most balanced team in the league, though Everson Griffen’s absence is a concern.
Result: 27-23 W at DEN
The defense is still a major issue, which is the only reason Kansas City isn’t at the top of this list, but Monday night’s performance in Denver proved the Chiefs offense can still put up points against a good pass rush. Forget what the numbers say, that was easily Patrick Mahomes’ best performance of the season.
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