28. Miami Dolphins (+0)
The Miami Dolphins looked pretty good in their first game of the season, and sometimes a team is going to win or lose and they won’t move in these power rankings. As such, the Dolphins aren’t going to move this week because I think they are the 28th best team in the NFL right now.
I understand you can’t really do this, but if you take away Ryan Fitzpatrick’s performance, the team didn’t look bad. Knowing that this team is going to be graded on how well they do once Tua Tagovailoa takes over, the most important thing to pay attention to right now is the supporting cast.
27. Atlanta Falcons (-3)
My biggest concern with the Falcons is that I just don’t think they are good on defense despite resources being spent on it and a head coach who got his job on that side of the ball. In fact, this is what I said last week:
"“Defensively, there has to be a way to get Grady Jarrett, Dante Fowler, Takk McKinley, and Marlon Davidson on the field together in an effective way and Dan Quinn should be spending all night making sure that he finds the perfect way to use them together. There is no reason this team should be in the bottom half of these rankings based on their talent.”"
And those guys did well with Fowler, Jarrett and McKinley combining for 3 sacks, but that didn’t stop the Seahawks from going to the air early and often and attacking the defensive backs. If they can’t slow down a one-dimensional offense like they say today, then they are in trouble.