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NFL Week 1 Power Rankings

You’ve had time to dissolve the injuries, upsets, heartaches, and triumphs from the opening week of NFL action. Newly appointed starter for the reigning Super Bowl champs, Trevor Siemian, lead his team to victory against the high-powered Carolina Panthers after only taking one career NFL snap before the match was set. Rookie QB’s Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott also got a chance to showcase their talents, while savvy veterans Aaron Rodgers and Matt Stafford led their teams to victories.

This year’s rankings will take many things into account such as: body of work, injuries, strength of schedule and weekly opponent, and of course – wins and losses.

Please, make yourself comfortable for this year’s installment of NFL Power Rankings on NEOSI.

  1. DENVER BRONCOS 1-0

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Much like Stipe Miocic defending his title here in Cleveland over the weekend, the Broncos were looking to stake their claim as the best team in the NFL, a title given to them after defeating the Panthers this past February. C.J. Anderson was a workhorse, tallying two total touchdowns on 20 carries and 4 receptions. Look for the Broncos to rely heavily on the young back to ease Trevor Siemian into the field general role.

  1. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 1-0

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106.7 – Jimmy Garopollo’s QB rating for week 1. Filling the shoes of a sure-fire first ballot hall of famer is never an easy task, if only for four weeks. However, Jimmy could’ve fooled with his poise in the pocket and quick delivery. The possible heir to the throne at the helm will get another chance to grow when the Pats’ take on the divisional foe Miami Dolphins this week.

  1. CAROLINA PANTHERS 0-1

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Cam Newton was hit a total of 17 times in the ceremonial season opener against the team two spots above. Despite the loss, there were some bright spots that are encouraging for fans of this team as Kelvin Benjamin looks like a bona-fide superstar wide-out when on the field, a sigh of relief after being sidelined last year due to injury.

  1. GREEN BAY PACKERS 1-0

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Winding a yard shy of 200 passing and tossing two touchdowns, Aaron Rodgers looks relaxed. Many fantasy owners are looking for a bounce back from the big man – Eddie Lacy. The running back out of Alabama had a decent weekend, totaling 4.8 yards per carry on 14 attempts for 61 yards.

  1. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1-0

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Russell Wilson and 12th man members took a deep breath after the QB got up from a funky ankle injury earlier in the game against the Dolphins. Reliable receiver Doug Baldwin had no problem finding the end-zone this past week gathering two touchdowns and catching 9 passes on 11 targets. Without Marshawn Lynch to carry the load for the backfield this year, Thomas Rawls and Christine Michael shared carries for Seattle and will look to continue to do so.

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Born and raised in Cleveland, Vince Miller has a strong passion for North East Ohio sports. A graduate of Medina High School and alumni of The Ohio Center for Broadcasting, Vince is in pursuit of a degree in sports journalism. While attending OCB he was awarded the opportunity to cover the Cavaliers and Indians, recording and editing audio from post-game interviews given by players and coaches. Give him a follow on Twitter @VinceMillerCLE and join in on some sports conversation!

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