2021 NFL Week 1: Power Rankings

2021 NFL Week 1: Power Rankings
Aaron Chou
September 8, 2021
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Welcome to the 2021 NFL season. Based on Cleat Street’s EPA model, we continue to have the Kansas City Chiefs rated as the #1 team in the NFL, which remains unchanged from last year:

Most Notable Callouts:

Houston Texans: #32 without Deshaun Watson

New Orleans Saints: #13 without Drew Brees

NFC West representation in the Top 10

The Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers remain our top 2 teams. Just a tier below them to round out the top 5 are the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, and Green Bay Packers.

Teams at the bottom of our power rankings have uncertainty at the most important position in all of sports - quarterback. We could see teams such as the Jaguars or Bengals make big moves up if their young quarterbacks perform above expectations.


Tune in next week for Offense and Defense Power Rankings. We will aim to release these weekly on Wednesdays.

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