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Stadium Food Power Rankings: Week 15 Recap

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Updates on The Daily Meal's quest to find out which NFL teams have the best stadium food

So far in The Daily Meal's Stadium Food Power Rankings, we have eight wins and four losses in our predictions.

You may have heard, football and food lovers, of our Stadium Food Power Rankings series, the battle to find out which NFL teams have the best stadium food. Instead of a coin toss, we're flipping burgers. Instead of flags, we're counting health code violations. And instead of referees... well, there's us.

Each week we feature at least one marquee matchup of two NFL rivals. Prior to game day, we assess the food offerings available at each team's stadium, measure them against a select list of criteria, and decide which franchise does a better job of keeping their fans satisfied… gastronomically speaking.

So far, our results have matched up with the games' eight out of twelve times. Here's the breakdown:

(Win) Week 8: Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans
(Win) Week 9: Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals
(Win) Week 10: New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons
(Loss) Week 10: Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings
(Win) Week 11: Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(Win) Week 11: Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
(Loss) Week 12: New England Patriots vs. New York Jets
(Win) Week 13: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens
(Loss) Week 13: San Francisco 49ers vs. St. Louis Rams
(Win) Week 14: Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks
(Loss) Week 14: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cleveland Browns
(Win) Week 15: Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears

This week, our matchup will feature the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins. Stay tuned for who we think will take the win.

And don’t forget to give us feedback! We’re judging based on the following criteria, and we take our food matchups seriously: Unique Items/ Variety/Presentation; Cleanliness/Preparation/Health Code Violations; Allergy-Minded Options; Healthy/Organic Options; and Most Popular Items.

Tyler Sullivan is The Daily Meal's assistant editor. Follow her on twitter @atylersullivan.


Broncos NFL power rankings tracker: How national experts rank Denver entering Week 15

The Broncos clung on to their razor-thin chances at making the playoffs after beating the Panthers, 32-27, on Sunday.

Second-year quarterback Drew Lock had a breakout game, completing 21 of 27 passes for 280 yards and a season-high four touchdowns.

Next up: Hosting the AFC East-leading Buffalo Bills (10-3) on Sunday.

Here’s a look at how various national experts rated the Broncos in their power rankings entering Week 15:

Bleacher Report (No. 19) | Last week: No. 25

“It was important game for a young quarterback who has had an up-and-down second season. The Broncos need to decide upon (Drew) Lock’s future as the starter in the offseason, and games like this don’t hurt his chances of keeping his role in 2021. But one of our analysts remains skeptical about Lock’s potential.” See the full rankings.

CBS Sports (No. 22) | Last week: No. 24

“They have to be excited about Drew Lock going forward. His four-touchdown game against the Panthers was impressive,” Pete Prisco writes. See the full rankings.

ESPN (No. 22) | Last week: No. 23

“The special-teams units — Diontae Spencer’s punt return TD in Sunday’s win not withstanding — have had plenty of migraine moments this season, likely more than that rating indicates. But this team’s fortunes have fallen the hardest because of an offense that has turned the ball over far too often and scored touchdowns too few times. The turnovers are the red-alert number. The Broncos are last in the league in turnover margin, at minus-18, and their quarterbacks have thrown the most interceptions, with 21. The interception total, even with none against the Panthers on Sunday, is five more than that of the next-worst team. That is not a recipe to win,” Jeff Legwold writes. See the full rankings.

NFL.com (No. 20) | Last week: No. 24

“How could you not love the play call by Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who dialed up a deep shot to KJ Hamler to ice Sunday’s 32-27 win over the Panthers? Running the ball to burn clock served as the logical strategy, but the Broncos instead put their faith in Drew Lock, who responded with his fourth touchdown pass of the day. It was a dream opportunity for Lock, a born gunslinger who lives to throw deep. Lock’s second season has been a disappointment on balance, but a hot finish can only help in what will be another offseason of scrutiny at the quarterback position in Denver,” Dan Hanzus writes. See the full rankings.

Sporting News (No. 23) | Last week: No. 25

“Drew Lock needed that performance against the Panthers for his team to have more confidence in him for 2021. Maybe everyone was simply a year early on their emergence with him,” Vinnie Iyer writes. See the full rankings.


The DVR is cleared and ready for this week. That means I’m ready to view the damage from the college football betting carnage last weekend. I think I had a solid week, but it’s a little more difficult to sort through with all of the canceled games.

2020 has been a weird year to be sure, but college football has been particularly wacky. We lost a staggering 14 games last week, including Michigan-Ohio State and Oklahoma-West Virginia for a second time.

I’ve dug myself a rather large hole at the beginning of this season. I had another week under .500 in a month last week. I need to get back on the right side of things. Time is running out to salvage my numbers on the season.

Here we will recap week 15 of the 2020 college football betting season. The winner against the spread will be in BOLD. My result will follow. The picks themselves will recover. My ego and wallet? That could be a different story. One is more fragile than the other, but both were dealt a rough blow.

Now we get to check out the damage, but first we have to start with the Thursday and Friday games.

Florida Atlantic(-8.5) at Southern Mississippi: HIT! I didn’t expect the Eagles to score 45 on that defense or to win outright, but Frank Gore Jr. had his coming out party. It’s a win for me. I’ll take what I can get.

Pittsburgh(-6.5) at Georgia Tech: HIT! I was wrong about one thing. It wasn’t Kenny Pickett that won this game. It was Vincent Davis and his 247 rushing yards that stomped the Wreck into the turf.

UTEP(-10.5) at North Texas: HIT! Easy money. I should have put five on it. So much for the UTEP defense…..

Arizona State(-13.5) at Arizona: MISS! This should count as two losses. Sparky rolled the Mildcats. 70 points on them in a rivalry game. Wow!

Nevada at San Jose State(-2.5) at Las Vegas: HIT! I should have put more on this. I lost faith in Nick Starkel. I shouldn’t have.


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Ravens steady, Patriots continue slide in Week 15 of NFL Power Rankings

More movement in the top ten, but not at the top. The Ravens continue to rule. As for the Patriots, they continue to drop, losers of two straight to AFC division leaders. They’re not alone. The Seahawks and Saints were also losers. That allowed the Niners and Chiefs to move up. Here’s how the rest of the NFL Power Rankings in Week 15 shape up:

1. Baltimore (12-2) – Their playoff berth is locked up. All that’s left is securing the AFC’s top seed, and that looks more like a formality.

2. San Francisco (11-2) – Do game managers win 48-46 shootouts? Jimmy Garoppolo is doing more and more to help win games down the stretch.

3. Seattle (10-3) – Can’t remember the last time the Seahawks were held without a touchdown. For once, Russell Wilson didn’t look like an MVP against the Rams.

4. New Orleans (10-3) – Drew Brees and the offense couldn’t be stopped. The problem? The Saints defense had the same problem with the 49ers offense.

5. Kansas City (9-4) – They ended Pats 21-game home winning streak, got a measure of revenge for last year’s AFC Championship loss, and clinched a playoff berth. The bad news? Patrick Mahomes still doesn’t look right.

6. PATRIOTS (10-3) – If losing two straight to AFC division leaders wasn’t enough of a kick in the pants, throw in a round of illegal videotaping by a production crew. Sounds like the perfect recipe for a winning streak.

7. Green Bay (10-3) – The Packers have been short on style points of late, and that has some people worried.

8. Minnesota (9-4) – At this stage, they’ll take any win, whether it’s good, bad or boring.

9. Buffalo (9-4) – The Josh Allen that showed up the previous three games was a distant memory against the Ravens.

10. Tennessee (8-5) – They might wind up the Texans worst nightmare before all is said and done.

11. Houston (8-5) – Trapped by a trap game. At home. Unforgivable this time of year.

12. L.A. Rams (8-5) – Defending NFC champs aren’t going down without a fight. The offense has really come alive the past two weeks.

13. Pittsburgh (8-5) – At worse, they’ll finish .500. At best, they’ll stay the course and finish with a wild card spot. Both amazing feats considering they started 1-4 and lost Ben Roethlisberger.

14. Chicago (7-6) – Give Matt Nagy points for resurrecting Mitch Trubisky from the dead and making him look good in recent weeks.

15. Dallas (6-7) – Jason Garrett might be in place, but the coaching search has begun behind the scenes. Effort against the Bears Thursday night had to make Jerry Jones ill.

16. Philadelphia (6-7) – Season-saving comeback win over the Giants. Carson Wentz found a way with no receivers. Tight ends still work.

17. Indianapolis (6-7) – The Colts have forgotten how to close out games. No lead has been safe, including the one they had atop the division.

18. Oakland (6-7) – Three straight losses have tossed the Raiders into the Black Hole and left them with little or no shot of a playoff berth.

19. Cleveland (6-7) – The Browns have won four out of the last five, but there’s more attention on Odell Beckham Jr.’s future with the team, and Baker Mayfield ripping the training staff.

20. L.A. Chargers (5-8) – Phillip Rivers had one of his best games of the year on his 38th birthday. Still bittersweet, with Chargers eliminated from the playoffs.

21. Tampa Bay (6-7) – Jameis Winston had his 23rd multiple interception game. He countered that with four touchdown passes while running for another to account for five scores.

22. Denver (5-8) – Amazing what the Broncos can do with a quarterback. Drew Lock just might save the franchise and a few jobs.

23. Carolina (5-8) – The housecleaning began with head coach Ron Rivera. Looks like Cam Newton might be on his way out, too.

24. Atlanta (4-9) – Better late than never. The Falcons have actually been playing pretty well in recent games.

25. N.Y. Jets (5-9) – They avoided the embarrassment of being swept by the Dolphins on Sunday. Their reward? A date with Ravens. With Lamar Jackson touching them up for 5 touchdown passes Thursday night, they still wound up looking bad.

26. Arizona (3-9-1) – The losses are starting to pile up. Kyler Murray can’t save the Cardinals from their woeful defense.

27. Detroit (3-8-1) – Not much solace in the fact they’ve led in just about every game this year.

28. Jacksonville (4-9) – Tick, tick, tick. You have to figure time is running out on Doug Marrone. He’s about to expire as head coach.

29. Miami (3-10) – Ryan Fitzpatrick did his best Fitzmagic act with 65 rushing yards. Too bad he couldn’t find the endzone. They had to settle for seven field goals.

30. Washington (3-10) – At least the Redskins have been battling and playing hard for their interim coach.

31. N.Y. Giants (2-11) – No storybook return for Eli Manning. Just another crushing loss.

32. Cincinnati (1-12) – At this point, Andy Dalton is basically auditioning for his next team.


John McClain's Week 16 NFL power rankings

1. (1) New England (12-3): Since the Patriots began 2-2, they won 10 of 11 and have home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

JOHN McCLAIN'S POWER RANKINGS

2. (3) Seattle (11-4): In their five-game winning streak, the Seahawks have given up 6.6 points per game.

3. (5) Dallas (11-4): After clobbering Indianapolis at AT&T Stadium, the Cowboys try to put a bow on an 8-0 record on the road at Washington.

4. (8) Green Bay (11-4): If the Packers defeat Detroit at Lambeau Field for the 24th consecutive time, they'll secure a first-round bye.

5. (7) Detroit (11-4): The Lions have a 23-game skid at Lambeau. If they upset the Packers, they'll sweep the NFC North series and win the division.

6. (2) Denver (11-4): The passing game isn't as dangerous as it has been. The Broncos must beat Oakland to clinch a first-round bye.

7. (9) Pittsburgh (10-5): The Steelers have a three-game winning streak. They can clinch the AFC North if they win at home over Cincinnati.

8. (11) Cincinnati (10-4-1): If the Bengals win at Pittsburgh, they'll secure the AFC North title. They have a four-game road winning streak.

9. (4) Arizona (11-4): Injuries at quarterback have been the primary cause for the Cardinals losing three of their last five games.

10. (15) San Diego (9-6): The Chargers' overtime victory at San Francisco means they'll earn a wild-card berth if they win at Kansas City.

11. (6) Indianapolis (10-5): The Colts had been playing poorly but still beat Cleveland and the Texans. The Cowboys exposed their weaknesses.

12. (10) Baltimore (9-6): The Ravens must beat Cleveland and have San Diego lose at Kansas City for Baltimore to earn a wild-card berth.

13. (12) Philadelphia (9-6): The Eagles have been a disappointment. Super Bowl talk has disappeared with the three-game losing streak.

14. (16) Houston (8-7): If the Texans beat Jacksonville, they'll make playoffs if San Diego loses at Kansas City and Cleveland wins at Baltimore.

15. (18) Miami (8-7): The best part of the season has been the improvement of Ryan Tannehill, who's completed 67 percent to go with 26 TDs.

16. (13) Buffalo (8-7): Their quest to make the playoffs for the first time since 1999 ended with the loss to Oakland.

17. (14) Kansas City (8-7): The Chiefs have been a disappointment, losing four of five. They must beat San Diego to have a chance at a wild card.

18. (21) Carolina (6-8-1): The Panthers take a three-game winning streak into Atlanta, where the winner will secure the NFC South title.

19. (25) Atlanta (6-9): The Falcons can win the NFC South title if they can escape the Georgia Dome with a win over Carolina.

20. (17) San Francisco (7-8): In what should be Jim Harbaugh's last game as 49ers coach, they host Arizona riding a four-game losing streak.

21. (20) St. Louis (6-9): The Rams couldn't have a worse place to end. They are at Seattle in a game that could decide NFC home-field advantage.

22. (20) Cleveland (7-8): Quarterback problems have contributed to the Browns' four-game losing streak entering the Baltimore game.


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          Texans at Broncos Week 7: Highlights, score and recap

          The Denver Broncos ran all over the Houston Texans on Monday night, as Devontae Booker and C.J. Anderson each rushed for a touchdown in the victory. Booker, a rookie out of Utah, scored the first touchdown of his NFL career, plunging in from one yard out in the third quarter. It was the Broncos’ first touchdown in a third quarter this season, and gave the team a 21-9 lead.

          The Texans actually got out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter, as two Nick Novak field goals were the only scoring in the opening frame. Denver would strike twice in the second quarter, as Anderson scored from seven yards out. Demaryius Thomas caught a four-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Siemian to give the team a 14-6 half time lead, as the Broncos took complete control of the game.

          Houston tried to make a game of it in the second half, as another Novak field goal closed the gap to five points. After a nice stop, the Texans got the ball back and were driving, but the first turnover of the game proved to be a killer.

          Alfred Blue was rocked by Darian Stewart and T.J. Ward, losing control of the ball, and falling into the arms of Todd Davis. The turnover led to a touchdown drive by the Broncos, capped off by Booker’s one-yard score.

          More on FanSided:

          On the first play of the fourth quarter, Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler lost control of the ball as he went to throw, and it was ruled a fumble. With the ball already deep in Texans territory, the Broncos attempted to give themselves a huge lead, but had to settle for a field goal. McManus would boot another field goal with under two minutes left in the game, as the Broncos beat the Texans, 27-9.

          Highlights

          Three Stars

          1. Demaryius Thomas

          Thomas is one of the best wide receivers in all of football, and proved why once again on Monday night. He made big play after big play, helping the Broncos move the ball efficiently throughout. For the fourth game out of his last five, Thomas scored a touchdown, and his four-yard score in the second quarter would actually prove to be a backbreaker.

          Having Thomas has been a Godsend for Trevor Siemian, who is able to take shots downfield in the passing game. Thomas has the ability to go up and get it, and is one of the better receivers in the NFL in the red zone. Denver relies heavily on the running game, but that has not stopped Thomas from putting up solid numbers this season.

          2. C.J. Anderson

          With all the talk as to whether his role would be diminished with the emergence of Devontae Booker, C.J. Anderson just puts his head down and produces. He had another big game on Monday night, running all over the Houston Texans. Anderson scored his first touchdown in three games against the Texans, and appears to be ready to continue to lead this backfield.

          Booker is definitely a talent, but having Anderson in the lineup is so huge for Trevor Siemian. Anderson is the kind of running back who can be productive in both the running and passing games, but he did all of his damage on the ground on Monday night. He led the team with 107 yards rushing, as he went over 100 yards for the first time this season.

          3. Devontae Booker

          Looks like the kid from Utah is a keeper. Devontae Booker found the end zone for the first time in his NFL career, scoring from one yard out in the third quarter. The rookie ran the ball hard all game long, and teamed with Anderson to form a dominant 1-2 punch in the backfield. If both backs run the way they did on Monday, the Broncos are going to be hard to beat.

          For the game, Booker rushed for 83 yards on 17 carries, which were both career highs. Booker also caught a pass for four yards, and really played well on the national stage. The Broncos felt coming into this game that they had something special in Booker, and he proved them right against the Texans.

          Next Week

          Both teams will be at home next week, as the Denver Broncos play host to AFC West rival San Diego. Houston will take on Detroit at NRG Stadium.


          NFL Power Rankings entering Week 2

          Week 1 in the NFL saw its share of upsets and stunning performances—and a whole bunch of missed kicks. Some teams managed to figure how to lose, while others were able to pull out victories. So, where does that leave everyone in the power rankings? List Wire takes a look as we head into Week 2.

          32. Detroit Lions (Last week: 29)

          You have to earn your place in the cellar just as you would a spot at the top. The Detroit Lions, somehow home favorites, watched as Mitchell Trubisky threw three TD passes to give the Chicago Bears a stunning victory. Getting beaten by Trubisky is upsetting but in this manner is nothing short of shocking.

          31. New York Jets (Last week: 25)

          The Jets did what they were supposed to do and went into Buffalo and lost to the Bills. The fashion they took the defeat was unimpressive and didn’t leave a lot of hope. Sam Darnold is beginning to look like he will carry on the tradition of USC quarterbacks who fail to deliver in the pros.

          30. Cleveland Browns (Last week: 15)

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          A massive drop from the first rankings! Cleveland could have been in the bottom two, but we’re factoring in the opponent—and the fact the Ravens had revenge on their minds after last season’s home loss. The Kevin Stefanski era has begun with the same kind of stink bomb other Browns coaches have had in their debuts. Ugly, smelly, and futile.

          29. Indianapolis Colts (Last week: 17)

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          The Colts were another road favorite that failed. Philip Rivers was accurate and threw for 364 yards. He also threw a pair of interceptions, which you have to expect from the veteran as his years wind down. Marlon Mack is lost, and the defense allowed Gardner Minshew to go 19-for-20. That’s Gardner Minshew.

          28. Carolina Panthers ( Last week: 31)

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          Matt Rhule’s debut was predictable. The Panthers were exciting on offense and terrible on defense. That is going to equate to a lot of losses, which might not be awful with Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence as the jewel of the draft. However, Teddy Bridgewater was rock solid. Christian McCaffrey was his usual dual-threat self and they may have a good thing in Robby Anderson, who came over as a free agent from the Jets. Keep the expectations low.

          27. Atlanta Falcons (Last week: 27)

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          The Falcons are similar to the Panthers—they appear to be heading nowhere. Yes, the Seattle Seahawks are among the best in the league. Still, you have to do something to try and stop Russell Wilson & Co. It was like water through a sieve. Three receivers over 100 yards, Matt Ryan goes for 450, and the scoreboard shows 25 points. The defense is gonna have to do better than how it played to keep Dan Quinn around.

          26. Cincinnati Bengals (Last Week 30)

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          Some teams find every way imaginable to lose. Joe Burrow looked dependable as a rookie and put together a drive that should have tied the game until Randy Bullock came up gimpy.

          25. New York Giants (Last week: 22)

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          The Giants are strong on defense and weak on offense. The Steelers stuffed Saquon Barkley. He had one big play down the sideline, on a reception, but he couldn’t break one big run. That’s a problem. This team is going to live by the defense and die by offense until it matures.

          24. Denver Broncos (Last week: 21)

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          The Broncos had the game, and then they didn’t. The defense was stalwart without Von Miller. Drew Lock and the offense had moments and also sputtered. The bottom line, this team lost a lot of games late last year and started 2020 with a similar loss. The offense has to find itself, or Denver could suffer a lot of heartache and heartbreak once again. By the way, what was Vic Fangio thinking not using any of his three timeouts to preserve clock for when his team got the ball back?

          23. Miami Dolphins (Last week: 24)

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          Is it too soon to think about Tua? Of course, it is. However, Ryan Fitzpatrick had a rough go against a rugged Patriots defense. The improvement is in how far this team has come from the start of last season. Losing by 10 at Foxboro is not a tragedy. The hope has to be Fitzpatrick simply had an off-day.

          22. Jacksonville Jaguars (Last week: 28)

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          Surprise! The Jaguars shocked the Colts as Gardner Minshew II went 19-for-20. We are (tentatively) chalking this up more to Indy’s flaws than Jacksonville being strong. But we shall see.

          21. Los Angeles Chargers (Last week: 26)

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          The team that found every way to lose close games in 2019 survived in Cincinnati as Randy Bullock missed a field goal and injured himself in the waning second. Anthony Lynn has to be content with the defense’s job, but the offense is a work in progress. Not a good sign when Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler combined for five catches and 40 yards.

          20. Philadelphia Eagles (Last week: 8)

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          There is no excuse for what the Eagles did at Washington. You roll to a 17-0 lead and then see Washington put the next 27 on the board, stunning Philly. Throw in a reported squabble between management and tight end Zach Ertz, and this season has started off on the wrong foot. Maybe that explains Dallas Goedert’s eight catches for 101 yards.

          19. Houston Texans (Last week: 16)

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          The final score was 34-20, but don’t be fooled. The Texans scored first and were ripped for 31 straight by the Super Bowl champions. One has to feel for Deshaun Watson, one of the good guys, who is in a bad situation—and just got rich to stay and play in Houston.

          18. Washington Football Team (Last week: 32)

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          The victory was inspirational. Coach Ron Rivera took an IV at halftime to remain on the sidelines in the second half. (Rivera is going through cancer treatment.) Dwayne Haskins didn’t make any mistakes, and the running game had 80 yards. All credit to the defense, which had eight sacks, and picked Carson Wentz twice.

          17. Chicago Bears (Last week: 19)

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          We are not ready to get all fired up after Mitchell Trubisky’s career quarter. The first 45 minutes made one continue to wonder when Nick Foles will take over. Fifteen minutes does not make a season. And though they were favored, these still were the Lions. Matt Patricia is now 9-23-1.

          16. Minnesota Vikings (Last week: 10)

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          Talk about starting on a downer. Green Bay controlled the Vikings’ offense until a couple of meaningless late scores. The Vikings’ defense was devoured by Aaron Rodgers & Co, while Kirk Cousins’ numbers were meaningless.

          15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last week: 12)

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          The New England Patriots and Tom Brady were not built in a day, and neither will the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the G.O.A.T. There were hiccups and a couple of pickoffs. They played one of the best teams in the league in their house. Too soon to jump to conclusions. The one point that must be made: Todd Bowles needs to tighten the defense.

          14. Las Vegas Raiders (Last week: 23)

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          Josh Jacobs is a rockstar—three TDs and 93 yards rushing. Derek Carr managed the game and managed to lead Vegas to victory. The defense has to be a concern as there was one sack of Teddy Bridgewater and a lot of porous play.

          13. Arizona Cardinals (Last week: 20)

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          Moving up! Sure, one mighty victory does not make a playoff team. But when the Arizona Cardinals show they took the next step by winning a close one over San Francisco, rather than losing, it is eye-catching. Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins’ chemistry was also eye-catching. Look out if this team keeps moving forward.

          12. Tennessee Titans (Last week: 13)

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          Talk about an unlikely hero. Stephen Gostkowski had a nightmare night missing three field goals and an extra point before kicking the game-winner. The positive is nothing dismayed Tennessee, which kept going in the face of an astonishingly bad night for its kicker. They came through in the clutch and are 1-0. The negative: If they can’t fix the kicking game, which accounted for eight field goals in 2019, this season will be perilous.

          11. Dallas Cowboys (Last week: 9)

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          They came so close to forcing overtime against the Rams except for the late OPI. Both teams are similar, and that is why they line up back-to-back. The loss doesn’t do anything to make people think the NFC East is more of a force than a farce.

          10. Los Angeles Rams (Last week: 14)

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          A great way to open SoFi Stadium as the Rams hang on against the Dallas Cowboys. The defense looked strong. The offense had its moments. Will this team revert to a consistency like in 2017 and 󈧖, or will it tread water like in 󈧗?

          9. New England Patriots (Last week: 18)

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          Cam Newton looked great in his debut in New England. The defense, as per usual, was spectacular. The opponent was the Miami Dolphins, who are improving, but far from menacing. This is a nice spot, and the drop from 18 doesn’t feel too overzealous.

          8. Buffalo Bills (Last week: 7)

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          This team did what it had to do—and did it nicely—in breaking the Jets. Josh Allen accounted for almost 370 yards with his arm and legs. Not sure throwing 46 times a game will be the recipe for success in the long run.

          7. Pittsburgh Steelers (Last week: 11)

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          The defense was primed from the start and shut down Saquon Barkley. T.J. Watt and Cameron Heyward picked off Daniel Jones. The latter was a backbreaker as it was on the 19th play of a Giants drive. Big Ben and the offense got in sync in the second half. This Steelers team is dangerous with a capital “D.”

          6. San Francisco 49ers (Last week: 4)

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          Some teams simply give others fits. That is the case over the last three meetings between the 49ers and Cardinals. Last year, the turnaround team managed to escape twice. Not so lucky in the opening game of 2020. The key is to bounce back strong.

          5. Green Bay Packers (Last week: 6)

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          There were plenty of naysayers about Aaron Rodgers and the Packers coming into the season. All it took was just one look at the Green Bay offense and defense against Minnesota to realize the 13-3 in 2019 wasn’t flukey.

          4. Seattle Seahawks (Last week: 5)

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          Russell Wilson was remarkable as the Seahawks throttled Atlanta. The team is a threat through the air and on the ground because of their great quarterback. Atlanta scored late, so don’t be fooled—the defense is still strong.

          3. Baltimore Ravens (Last week: 3)

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          The best team in the 2019 regular season came out blazing in 2020 against the Cleveland Browns. Call it to revenge the lone home loss last year. Can’t rank Baltimore ahead of KC in the AFC, though … not yet.

          2. Kansas City Chiefs (Last week: 2)

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          The Chiefs were as dominant in their season opener as they were in the title run last year. Houston may be more flawed than some want to believe, but Kansas City definitely added some clarity. Clyde Edwards-Helaire had a great debut. However, he may not be the goal-line back.

          1. New Orleans Saints (Last week: 1)

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          The Saints made Tom Brady look ordinary, and they had an excellent offensive game without getting a ton out of Michael Thomas. Hard to knock down a team that won a game against a formidable opponent, although let’s see how the Bucs are in the long run.