NFL Division Power Rankings: AFC North tumbles after 0-4 week

Trent Richardson was the AFC North's Week 1 rushing leader: he had 47 yards. (USATSI)
Trent Richardson was the AFC North's Week 1 rushing leader: he had 47 yards. (USATSI)

If you watched any game involving an AFC North team in Week 1, here's what you saw: the team that's not in the AFC North won. And the other team didn't just win, they won by an average score of 28-17. The AFC North went 0-4 and was outscored 112-67. 

It gets worse too. Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy almost outrushed the entire division by himself. McCoy went for 184 yards in the Philadelphia Eagles 33-27 win over the Washington Redskins , that's only 16 yards less than the 200 yards the Cleveland Browns , Baltimore Ravens , Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers combined to rush for in Week 1. 

Here's with this all means: the AFC North will be taking the biggest tumble in this week's divisional power rankings. The AFC North was ranked second in our preseason rankings, its not ranked second anymore.

NFL Division Power Rankings after Week 1

1. NFC West: The NFC West only lost a game in Week 1 and that's only because it had too: the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals played each other. Yes, St. Louis and Arizona could've tied, but that would've been boring so lets be happy they didn't. The most exciting news out of this division is that Colin Kaepernick or Russell Wilson might have one less eyebrow next week. Preseason ranking: 1. (1-0 vs. NFC North, 1-0 vs. NFC South)

2. NFC North: The Green Bay Packers game against the 49ers wasn't a complete loss, mainly because Green Bay had the two fans below to cheer them on. The Packers might need those fans in Green Bay for the Redskins on Sunday, because if they lose, the Packers will drop to 0-2. The Chicago Bears win over the Bengals is why the NFC North gets to move up to the AFC North's spot in the rankings. Preseason ranking: 3. (1-0 vs. AFC North, 0-1 vs. NFC West) 

Cheeseheads are hoping Green Bay doesn't fall to 0-2 with a loss to Washington. (USATSI)
Cheeseheads are hoping Green Bay doesn't fall to 0-2 with a loss to Washington. (USATSI)

3. NFC East: The Chip Kelly division moved up this week because the Eagles offense moves three times faster than the speed of sound. Going into the year, the Eagles looked like they might be the weakest team in the division and if your weakest team is good, that means your division is good, so the NFC East is up two spots. Preseason ranking: 5. 

4. NFC South: NFC South teams combined to lose three games in Week 1, but unlike the AFC North, the South lost in style. The three losses came by a combined 12 points, including Tampa Bay's improbable 18-17 loss to the New York Jets . It's also hard to punish the division for Carolina's five-point loss to the Seattle Seahawks . So I won't. Preseason ranking: 4. (0-1 vs. AFC East, 0-1 vs. NFC West)

5. AFC East: Here's what we learned about the AFC East this week: The New England Patriots may or may not be worse than we thought, the Buffalo Bills may or may not be better than we thought, the Jets may or may not have gotten lucky and the Miami Dolphins beat a bad Cleveland team. So really, we learned nothing about the AFC East. We will this week though when Buffalo takes on Carolina and Miami takes on Indianapolis. Preseason ranking: 7. (1-0 vs. AFC North, 1-0 vs. NFC South)

6. AFC South: The AFC South was ranked sixth in the preseason division rankings and they're ranked sixth now. Despite the 3-1 Week 1 record the AFC South isn't moving up because there's nothing impressive about barely winning two games against the AFC West. Preseason ranking: 6. (2-1 vs. AFC West, 1-0 vs. AFC North) 

7. AFC West: If NFL games were only three quarters long, the AFC West would've gone 4-0 this week and would probably be ranked No. 3. However, even if the San Diego Chargers try to tell you otherwise, NFL games are four quarters long, so the AFC West didn't go 4-0. This division could see a big jump next week if San Diego can beat Philadelphia or if Kansas City can beat Dallas. Preseason ranking: 8. (1-0 vs. AFC North, 1-2 vs. AFC South)

8. AFC North: As you read above, the AFC North didn't just go 0-4, it was an ugly 0-4. When the best thing that happened to your division was the Bengals blowing an 11-point lead, you have to drop far. The AFC North will be in the cellar until Week 3 because they can't prove anything this week, they only play each other -- Steelers at Bengals, Browns at Ravens. Sorry AFC North, your two Super Bowl wins in the last five years mean nothing in these 2013 rankings. Preseason ranking: 2. (0-1 vs. AFC East, 0-1 vs. AFC West, 0-1 vs. AFC South 0-1 vs. NFC North)

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John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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