NFL Power Rankings: Patriots loss sets up Sunday night duel between top two teams

The New England Patriots looked vulnerable on defense, while the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens looked dominant on that side of the ball.

The Seattle Seahawks, New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals have offensive line issues that might be too tough to overcome.

The Indianapolis Colts look dreadful without Andrew Luck, while the Kansas City Chiefs should be making Super Bowl reservations based on what they did to the Patriots in the opener.

Slow down. It's just one week.

We have a tendency to overreact to everything that happens in the first week of the NFL season, especially now in the social-media era. One bad play turns a player into a terrible one, while one highlight play makes him a social-media star.

Same with units and coaches and everything else associated with the game.

That's why we have to step back and breathe a little when it comes to what happened during the first NFL weekend. Don't overreact.

The Patriots will fix their defensive issues -- I think. The Seahawks will be good enough to win despite their offensive line play. The Jaguars can't be as good as they looked in their blowout of the Texans, can they?

The Patriots' loss drops them from the top spot in my Power Rankings to the fifth spot, with the Green Bay Packers, fresh off their victory at home over Seattle, taking over as the No. 1 team. The No. 2 team is the Atlanta Falcons, the Packers' opponent this week in Atlanta.

The NFL season usually doesn't crystallize until October, so let's slow down on the knee-jerk reactions. These rankings will look a lot different come next week. That much I know.

Biggest Movers
14 Lions
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1 Packers They looked much improved on defense against the Seahawks, which is a good thing going forward. But they get a real offensive test against the Falcons this week. 1 1-1-0
2 Falcons It wasn't a pretty opener in winning a close one at Chicago, but a road win is important. Now comes a barometer game this week against the Packers at home. 1 2-0-0
3 Steelers It wasn't easy against the Browns, but they found a way. They have to be cleaner going forward. 1 2-0-0
4 Chiefs That was an impressive opener against the Pats, and the best thing was the play of Alex Smith. If he can continue that, this team could be a deep playoff team -- and more. 9 2-0-0
5 Patriots The defense was terrible against the Chiefs, and faces a stiff challenge this week against the Saints. It has to show improvement -- or else. 4 1-1-0
6 Cowboys Their defense looked better than expected against the Giants, but that could also be because the Giants' offense isn't very good. Having Ezekiel Elliott available is huge for this team. 3 1-1-0
7 Raiders The good sign coming from the victory over the Titans was the improvement of the defense. We know the offense will be good. 4 2-0-0
8 Seahawks Losing on the road at Green Bay isn't horrible, but the way that offensive line played doesn't bode well for the future. Is that unit any better than a year ago? 3 1-1-0
9 Lions After falling behind 10-0, they dominated the Cardinals the rest of the way Sunday. Matt Stafford threw an early pick-six, but threw four touchdown passes after that. 14 2-0-0
10 Buccaneers Their scheduled opener was postponed, so now their season opener comes at home against the Bears. Playing 16 straight without a bye will be tough. 2 1-0-0
11 Dolphins With the scheduled opener postponed, they now open at Los Angeles against the Chargers. That won't be easy. 1 1-0-0
12 Broncos They nearly blew the game to the Chargers in the fourth quarter, but that's a big division victory. The defense will have to carry this team. 5 2-0-0
13 Eagles Carson Wentz got off to a good start, but the most impressive thing from their road victory over the Redskins was how well the front seven played. 5 1-1-0
14 Vikings Sam Bradford was sensational against the Saints. The key: The line was better. If that continues, watch out for this team. 7 1-1-0
15 Panthers It's hard to gauge their blowout of the 49ers because the 49ers aren't very good. But they did dominate on defense. 4 2-0-0
16 Ravens That defensive effort against the Bengals was impressive. Can they keep it up? If so, they will be the same Ravens we've come to expect. 8 2-0-0
17 Giants That offense was putrid against the Cowboys. They need to get Odell Beckham, Jr., healthy in the worst way. 11 0-2-0
18 Rams Getting the Colts without Andrew Luck was a nice way to open the season. But they looked good blowing them out. 8 2-1-0
19 Cardinals That was not a pretty showing at Detroit. The offense looked bad, especially Carson Palmer. 12 1-1-0
20 Chargers They showed some fight coming back against Denver, which you expect from a team with Philip Rivers. They get home this week to play the Dolphins, who have yet to play a game. 10 0-2-0
21 Titans Their defense was a disappointment against the Raiders. They have to be better on that side of the ball to be a playoff team. 7 1-1-0
22 Jaguars They sure didn't look like the team we saw in the preseason when they blew out the Texans on the road. The defense could be dominant. 6 1-1-0
23 Texans It's time for DeShaun Watson to take over at quarterback. And what happened to the defense against Jacksonville? 8 1-1-0
24 Bengals The offensive line was a disaster against the Ravens and will be a season-long issue. The heat is on Marvin Lewis. 8 0-2-0
25 Redskins The Kirk Cousins watch has officially begun. He wasn't good against the Eagles in the first game of a money year. 5 1-1-0
26 Saints So much for the idea that the defense would be improved. It wasn't against the Vikings. 4 0-2-0
27 Bills They can't play the Jets every week, but that was a solid start to their season. Now comes at much tougher test at Carolina. -- 1-1-0
28 Browns There were a lot of good things that showed up in the loss to the Steelers. They will be feisty all season long. 1 0-2-0
29 Bears They competed against the Falcons and had a chance late to win it, which is a nice sign going forward. Mike Glennon did some good things, but was inconsistent. Even so, he will stay as the starter. 1 0-2-0
30 Colts No Andrew Luck means no chance. They just don't have a lot of talent at other spots. 5 0-2-0
31 49ers They did little on offense against the Panthers, which isn't a good sign for new coach Kyle Shanahan, a supposed offensive wizard. -- 0-3-0
32 Jets Was that loss at Buffalo the start of the 0-16 season? They didn't do anything to change that thinking. -- 0-2-0
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Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. When he's not watching game tape, you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an... Full Bio

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