The first week of the 2016 NFL season is officially a wrap. The San Francisco 49ers closed things out in style, stomping on the Los Angeles Rams by a final score of 28-0. It was not pretty for extended stretches, but the 49ers put together a butt-whupping. The defense had no trouble against the Rams offense, and the 49ers offensive line did a great job against the renowned Rams defensive line. There is a lot of work to do, but all in all, it was a good night.
I’m back with my Week 2 NFL power rankings. It’s hard to fully assess where things stand right now because we have such a small sample size. The 49ers currently lead the league in point differential, but as much fun as it would be to rank them No. 1, we know that’s not the case. They’re better than last year after one week, but they are not the best team in the league.
You know what? Screw it. These are just power rankings. 49ers get the No. 1 slot!
I bumped up Pittsburgh to the spot right behind them (power rankings purists can declare them No. 1 in this ranking!). I think Washington is going to take a step back this season, and Kirk Cousins is not the answer. That being said, going in against a playoff team from last season and taking care of business is worth the bump. I also bumped up New England following their road win in Arizona. I was tempted to put the Patriots on top, but I look at it as more of a 2, 2a type of situation. I do think the Seahawks and Cardinals will right the ship from questionable Week 1 performances, but for now, the Patriots and Steelers are off to a good start.
The Los Angeles Rams do not quite bring up the rear after how bad they looked Monday night. I think the defense will clean things up, but that quarterback position is a disaster right now. However, Cleveland was abysmal, and rightfully gets to start Week 2 at the bottom of the power rankings.