SportsPulse: Week 1 is in the books and we break down the risers and fallers in our first regular season power rankings of the year.
NFL power rankings, 2020 post-Week 1 edition (previous rank in parentheses):
1. Chiefs (1): May as well just keep them parked here for a minute – or an hour. QB Patrick Mahomes has never lost a start in September nor thown an INT before October.
2. Ravens (2): They’ve scored at least 38 points in seven of their last 17 regular-season outings. And it seems QB Lamar Jackson’s command of offense is only expanding.
3. Saints (3): Glass half-full – they won with almost nothing from (injured) WR Michael Thomas. Glass half-empty – it might be that way for a while.
4. Steelers (6): Big Ben is back … meaning WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is back, too. And it doesn’t appear that intimidating defense has gone anywhere.
5. Packers (9): Did you know WR Davante Adams’ 42 TD catches since 2016 lead NFL? Did you know his 14 catches Sunday tied Hall of Famer Don Hutson’s team record for one game?
6. Seahawks (12): Sure seems they’ve got a pretty good plan in terms of deploying newly acquired all-pro S Jamal Adams (12 tackles, sack), who was all over the Falcons.
7. Titans (5): If former first-round WR Corey Davis – his fifth-year option was declined – is going to be this productive, Tennessee’s offense could be tough to handle.
8. Cardinals (21): Yes, QB Kyler Murray could be on track for big sophomore year. But Arizona’s defense deserves ample credit for knocking off Niners.