16. New England Patriots (+2)
So far so good with Cam Newton and it was good to see the Patriots using Newton as a runner. If you are going to build an offense around him you can’t be afraid to put him on the front lines and use his legs.
Defensively the Patriots are a team that always makes the opposing offense look foolish because they always seem to be in the right place. They aren’t flashy, but it is so hard to move the ball on the Patriots effectively and that makes it much easier on the offense as they try to figure out how to move on post-Brady.
15. Cleveland Browns (-2)
Again, I am picking and choosing where I am going to overreact in these power rankings, but I am going to try to keep my powder dry here.
Jarvis Landry and David Njoku are still exactly what I thought they would be, but Odell Beckham continues to disappoint and so does Baker Mayfield whose commercials become a little less funny every time he throws an interception.
Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt looked great on the ground, but it is hard to give them the ball consistently when you mess up fake punts and find yourself down two scores so quickly.
Next week the Browns will take on the Bengals and then we will find out if they just had a bad day against an offense that is hard to simulate without the ability to tackle in training camp, or if they are just a team that doesn’t have it again this year and who could be in for a QB change just a few years into Baker Mayfield’s career.