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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17.) Tennessee Titans (0-1)

Despite coming into 2017 with some high expectations, the Titans were unable to get a big win at home against the Raiders. Oakland did a pretty good job slowing down the dangerous rushing attack of the Titans, and the Titans’ defense didn’t slow down the Raiders nearly enough. While one loss doesn’t kill the Titans, it might show that they aren’t ready to take a big step forward this season.

16.) Denver Broncos (1-0)

The Broncos were able to survive a bit of a scare on Monday Night Football to earn their first win of the season. With a comfortable lead going into the fourth quarter, the Broncos allowed 14 unanswered points to the Chargers. If not for a blocked field goal, the Broncos would have had to play in the first overtime game of the season. One of the bright spots in the win was that they did run the ball effectively with C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles. That will be very important for them moving forward.

15.) Carolina Panthers (1-0)

The Panthers were able to get their first win of the 2017 season on the road against the 49ers, but it wasn’t a great performance by the offense. While the Panthers’ defense looked great against the 49ers, Cam Newton and the offense did not. Newton missed a lot of throws in this game, as it really could have been a lopsided win. It may have just been rust for Newton, but the Panthers will certainly need him to be better moving forward.