Top Ten Best NFL Teams of Week 1, 2019The season started with blowouts and close ones, and we have made our early predictions on which teams will be good this season. Here, we’re looking at the top ten best NFL teams of Week 1, 2019.
In a 59-10 drubbing of the tanking Dolphins, Lamar Jackson proved his doubters wrong and showed that he can pass the ball as well as run. Granted, it was against the Dolphins, but they had quality guys in the secondary in Xavien Howard and Minkah Fitzpatrick (though he had a rough game). Perhaps this is a Ravens team to look out for as they sit atop the AFC North with a 1-0 record, while everyone else is 0-1.
Well, the Patriots are still dominant. Tom Brady continues to prove age is just a number as he crushed the Steelers while unveiling their newest Super Bowl banner. Now just wait until they get Antonio Brown involved in the offense. They basically get a free game against the Dolphins in Week 2.
The Titans looked good on both sides of the ball. Marcus Mariota got going, and the defense intercepted Baker Mayfield three times. The AFC South is wide open right now, and the Titans currently lead it. Many had them in last place, but right now, this looks like a good team.
Patrick Mahomes came back right where he left off last season, embarrassing a good Jaguars defense. Even with Tyreek Hill out most of the game, Mahomes still produced with Sammy Watkins. He can make anyone look good. The Chiefs are off to a good start.
Were we all wrong about Dak? I sure hope not. Ezekiel Elliot was quiet, but Dak had an elite game. It pained me to see Randall Cobb score a touchdown there, but I am happy that he is still producing. What is in store for this Cowboys team this season?
I wasn't expecting the Vikings to obliterate the Falcons, but that's what they ended up doing. Kirk Cousins only attempted ten passes, which meant Dalvin Cook would carry the offense. He sure did do that, and proved me wrong about him. The defense is also as good as ever, intercepting Matt Ryan twice. These aren't the same Vikings as 2017, but they can get close to that if they keep playing the way they did against the Falcons.
Drew Brees still has it, leading the Saints to a comeback win that ended in Will Lutz kicking the game winner in a Monday Night Football thriller. While they struggled in the first half, they really picked up the tempo in the second half. While the defense almost gave up the game, the offense came in the clutch, allowing the game winning kick from hero Will Lutz.
The Chargers came into the season with Super Bowl aspirations, but after injuries to Derwin James and Russell Okung, they looked a little worse. Still, after going into overtime with the Colts, they proved two things. One, they are still Super Bowl contenders. Two, they do not need Melvin Gordon. Austin Ekeler ran all over the Colts defense, and had three touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime. They have competition in the AFC West right now in the Chiefs and maybe even the Raiders. This could be an interesting race.
Initially down by a few scores, the Eagles came back in a big way. Carson Wentz threw to DeSean Jackson, and he ended up with two 50+ yard receiving touchdowns. Even in his 30s, Jackson is still one of the NFL's best deep wide receivers. Right now, the Eagles have to catch up to the Cowboys. Right now, they're basically tied in the division.
It was a close game against the Panthers. Surprisingly, their big three trio of players didn't do much. Jared Goff struggled a little bit, Malcom Brown scored two touchdowns while Todd Gurley sat, and Aaron Donald was kept in check. Still, a win is a win, and now they're in a three-way tie in the division with the Seahawks and 49ers. They have to pull ahead.