It's time for me to update my NFL power rankings based off each team's performance through their first three games. There have been some significant surprises across the league, with teams who have started the year much better or much worse than most people anticipated. My rankings here will be based solely on prior performance, not on where I expect the teams to end up by the end of the season. Therefore, my list will take into account a combination of current records, head-to-head matchups, competitiveness in losses, and overall quality of each team as they stand heading into week 4.
I will include the change that each team experienced from my preseason rankings as well, color coded as green for teams that have moved up, red for teams that have moved down, and gray for teams that have not changed in ranking.
1. Los Angeles Rams (3-0) - UP 4
Week 3 Result: W, 34-24 vs. Buccaneers
My life would be better off if the NFL didn't exist.
I don't say this lightly, as I was just as excited for the return of professional football as anyone in the world. There's almost nothing, entertainment wise, that I enjoy more than turning on five different games on five different devices at 1:00 PM on Sunday, following the rest via Yahoo StatTracker and rooting for my favorite team, players on my fantasy teams, and teams I placed bets on. On the typical NFL Sunday, I'll be in front of a plethora of screens for about 10 hours consecutively, and I would have it no other way.
Unfortunately, the first two weeks of the 2021 NFL season has been very unkind to me. I'm going to break down what has gone wrong for me in this young season. This will be more of a vent than an article, but I need to release my frustration upon my keyboard before I take it out on my insufferable roommate and fellow BSSR writer, Alex.
The greatest time of the year is officially back now that the NFL has kicked off their full slate of opening week games. And like always, there are some players and teams that performed significantly better or worse in their first game than everyone was expecting. I'm going to discuss which teams I was most surprised by in week 1, both positively and negatively, as well as whether or not I think those teams' first games are truly indicative of how they will perform going forward.
Let's talk about the good surprises first. That is, the teams who played much better than I expected in the opening week. Before we get rolling here, I would like to point out that just because a team played really well or really poorly does not mean they will be included in the following paragraphs. These are strictly the teams whose performances I was most shocked by.
(W, 32-6 at Atlanta)
Tonight's Bucs - Cowboys game is why I hate betting on sports.
For those who don't know, I give out NFL betting picks that I like for every week of the season. Each week, there's a single bet that I hold in higher regard than all others. A bet that is guaranteed to hit. A bet that I would almost bet my house on (if I owned a house). I call it the Lock of the Week. What was my Lock of the Week for week 1? You guessed it: Tampa Bay -8 at home against the Cowboys on Thursday night.
We have less than a week until NFL football is back, and since the preseason has officially wrapped up, it's time to focus on week 1. Like any week across the league, there are certain matchups that the majority of fans look forward to more than others, even if they do not pledge allegiance to either squad. Let's take a look at a few of the games I'm most excited to watch in the NFL's opening week.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills