New England Patriots drop in Week 1 NFL Power Rankings

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 7: Tom Brady (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 10: David Johnson /

23.) Arizona Cardinals (0-1)

In addition to their loss to the Lions, the Cardinals also suffered a huge loss a few days after, as running back David Johnson will be out multiple months with a wrist injury. Losing Johnson could be a crippling blow to the Cardinals. As one of the best running backs in the NFL, the Cardinals will have no way to replace his production.

22.) New Orleans Saints (0-1)

It was not a good start to the season for the Saints against the Vikings. In Adrian Peterson’s first game against his former team, he was held to under 20 rushing yards, as the Saints’ offensive line did not look good against a talented Minnesota defense. Drew Brees played well in the loss, but they were handled rather easily by the Vikings on the road.

21.) Miami Dolphins (0-0)

Due to Hurricane Irma, the Dolphins didn’t get to play in Week 1 against the Buccaneers. This might not be an awful thing for the Dolphins, as it gives Jay Cutler another week to get comfortable in the offense. In Week 2, the Dolphins will be playing the Chargers. This is certainly a winnable game for the Dolphins, and it will be a good indication of where they stand in the AFC.