2021 Power Rankings - Week 1

Rank (LW) Logo Team Record Rating Comment
1 (--) ND 0-0 Proj Points = 2179 QB RANK: #3, RB RANK: #5, WR RANK: #8, TE RANK: #7, PK RANK: #4, DEF RANK: #3

The defending champs, let me rephrase that, the back-to-back defending champs are in position to defend their double crown successfully. By default, they enter the season at #1. They invested their first two picks in RBs with one of them being a rookie in Najee Harris. North Dakota will be doing lots of cookin' with Russell Wilson as he primed for a 5th straight 30+ TD pass season.

2 (--) CTR 0-0 Proj Points = 2192 QB RANK: #1, RB RANK: #3, WR RANK: #12, TE RANK: #4, PK RANK: #7, DEF RANK: #6

The Triumph look to bounce back from an opening round playoff loss as the 4 seed. Chicago started off last season at 1-5 before reeling off 8 straight wins. They were surprised to see Dalvin Cook fall to them at #3 and took Patrick Mahomes for the first pick in the 2nd round. The Triumph looks like they have the best 1-2 punch of any team. They are weak at wideout but they took a chance on Michael Thomas who will be out for the first 6 weeks.

3 (--) ATL 0-0 Proj Points = 2181 QB RANK: #2, RB RANK: #1, WR RANK: #10, TE RANK: #10, PK RANK: #12, DEF RANK: #11

Atlanta had a fair showing last year with the #3 seed and 4th place finish. But they have lost 3 straight bowl games after going 14-4. The Jesters landed the unquestioned top overall pick at #2 as McCaffrey was gift wrapped to them. Like Chicago, they took a QB with their next pick and took home Josh Allen. They could struggle at wideout and tight end waiting to make selections in the 4th, 6th, and 8th rounds.

4 (--) DET 0-0 Proj Points = 2171 QB RANK: #4, RB RANK: #10, WR RANK: #2, TE RANK: #6, PK RANK: #8, DEF RANK: #7

The Devils made it back to back seasons as the Bronze Bowl champions. That translates to titles if they could find Week 16 success. Detroit was unfortunate to have the last pick in the first round but they made the right choice in Davante Adams. At the 10th pick in the second round, they locked in CEH for the second straight year. They also have the defending NFL MVP in Aaron Rodgers, who is back, despite having an offseason described as a "beautiful mystery".

5 (--) FW 0-0 Proj Points = 2137 QB RANK: #8, RB RANK: #9, WR RANK: #9, TE RANK: #3, PK RANK: #6, DEF RANK: #9

The Pistons missed the playoffs last year for their 10th time in 19 seasons. They currently own the longest streak without a playoff win going back to 2012. Fort Wayne made their first two picks on pure upside. Ekeler and Gibson show lots of promise. Of course Fort Wayne made one draft choice purely on heart and took Dak in the 4th round. Hopefully that ankle holds up because there is no one waiting in the wings on FW's roster.

6 (--) DEN 0-0 Proj Points = 2135 QB RANK: #10, RB RANK: #4, WR RANK: #11, TE RANK: #1, PK RANK: #2, DEF RANK: #10

The Diamonds come into the season missing the playoffs for the last 3 seasons. They can join two other teams if they make this season four straight. If it is a sign of things to come, Denver took Derrick Henry with the #1 overall pick. It was quite the shocker as he was #4 on most boards. They will also be relying on Kirk Cousins at QB who has been making headlines by opting not to vaccinate. The local Holland, MI hopspital has dropped him from advertising.

7 (--) LAB 0-0 Proj Points = 2113 QB RANK: #7, RB RANK: #12, WR RANK: #1, TE RANK: #2, PK RANK: #11, DEF RANK: #2

The Bombers squeaked into the playoffs at 6-8 last and then went winless in the post season. LA is still searching for their first title entering their 15th season. They defintely took a different approach at the draft selecting Travis Kelce at #9, the earliest a tight end has ever been drafted. They should field the best set of wideouts with Hopkins and Metcalf but they have nobody at RB with Drake and the Lions back-up.

8 (--) SH 0-0 Proj Points = 2109 QB RANK: #8, RB RANK: #11, WR RANK: #4, TE RANK: #5, PK RANK: #1, DEF RANK: #1

The Hooligans were the #8 seed and came 2 points away from knocking off the #1 seed who would eventually go on to win the championship. Sterling Heights had Saquon fall to them at #11. This could be the biggest steal in the first round if he shows that he completely recovered from his knee injury. On paper, they have the best kicker and defense they could win a bunch of close games for them.

9 (--) SF 0-0 Proj Points = 2094 QB RANK: #6, RB RANK: #9, WR RANK: #3, TE RANK: #9, PK RANK: #10, DEF RANK: #12

San Francisco made the finals last year only to get completely stomped in the final by 100+ points. Even with all of their studs playing, the Rattlesnakes would have come up woefully short. The Snakes took Aaron Jones at #7 and Tyreek Hill at #16 to maximize value with their first two picks. San Fran has by far the oldest arms ever totaling 83 years with Brady and Big Ben throwing the ball.

10 (--) ANC 0-0 Proj Points = 2074 QB RANK: #11, RB RANK: #7, WR RANK: #5, TE RANK: #8, PK RANK: #5, DEF RANK: #4

The Ice Knights made the playoffs as the #6 seed only to bow out in the first round. Anchorage really shook things up at the draft changing 5 picks around. They jumped from #9 to get LA's #4 overall pick, which they took Ezekiel Elliott. It cost them 11 spots in the 3rd round and 14 more picks, essentially giving up their 4th round pick for a 5th round pick. Then they swapped picks with Chicago in the 7th and 8th rounds which didn't involve too much risk.

11 (--) TB 0-0 Proj Points = 2070 QB RANK: #9, RB RANK: #8, WR RANK: #6, TE RANK: #11, PK RANK: #3, DEF RANK: #5

The Blizzard were the best of the non-playoffs teams last year. They enter this season with the league's longest championship drought of 21 years with SF. Tampa Bay opted for Nick Chubb at #6 which is a big reach considering he primarily rushes the ball. The Bliz took a former Lion (Golladay) who has yet to play a snap for his new team. Tampa Bay waited to take a tight end until the last 2 rounds, even coming after taking a second kicker.

12 (--) SD 0-0 Proj Points = 2062 QB RANK: #12, RB RANK: #2, WR RANK: #7, TE RANK: #12, PK RANK: #9, DEF RANK: #8

The Surge were the Toilet Bowl losers (for the 6th time) last year, and almost by default, enter this season at the basement of the rankings. Due to draft availability, they were forced to have a ghost team draft for them. Alvin Kamara and Joe Mixon make up an excellent 1-2 punch at RB. Jalen Hurts looks to have some magic from the QB whisper going from serviceable to elite. San Diego already watched Patrick, Lamar, and Kyler make the leap.

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