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NFL 2018 NFC Week 1 Power Rankings

It’s the 2018 First Week of Power Rankings. This isn’t standings. Enjoy our insight into how we think it will all shake out.

The NFC Power Ranking will post weekly with regular ProFootballTalkLine.com analyst, authors, and pundits from your favorites team creating an individual list that we then add together for the combined (and final) ranking.

Below the chart, each contributor will list their reason(s) for the biggest move up or down their board from the previous week as well as discuss any detail they feel important to their rankings.

You can sort the ranking from any individual contributor by clicking on their name. You can also use the series links at the top and the bottom of the post to navigate to any specific 2018 NFC Power Ranking.

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James Torres

Tom McAlister

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Steven Van Over
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Los Angeles, Rams, NFC West22111
Minnesota, Vikings, NFC North14222
Philadelphia, Eagles, NFC East31653
Green Bay, Packers, NFC North43374
Washington, Redskins, NFC East77435
Carolina, Panthers, NFC South65746
Tampa Bay, Buccaneers, NFC South59567
Atlanta, Falcons, NFC South1061388
New Orleans, Saints, NFC South9101099
Chicago, Bears, NFC North81481010
New York, Giants, NFC East1112111211
San Francisco, 49ers, NFC West141391112
Seattle, Seahawks, NFC West128141313
Dallas, Cowboys, NFC East1311121414
Detroit, Lions, NFC North1515161515
Arizona, Cardinals, NFC West1616151616
MINN and LAR start as the top dogs with a strong Week One performance, like mid-season form good. The Champs of PHI hobbled into a win. GB received a gift from the football gods. TB looks legit on the road. CAR's has decisive win over a lousy coached DAL team. WAS took advantage of a rebuild in AZ but I smell fool's gold.
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CHI is my team to watch in the NFC. NOLA gave up 48 to a backup QB at home... ATL stinks in the red zone with a tremendous looking roster. NYG are  not enough for the AFC South champs (Jaguars). SEA came up short. Dallas lacks a competent NFL head coach, talent is there...  SF and DET combined for seven INTs, cannot win games giving away freebies. AZ is rebuilding and boy did it show. They dropped a dud or are a dud. I will leave the rest to your imagination.    
Eagles will be on top of the conference until someone defeats them or the Superbowl Hangover kicks in. As long as the Packers have Aaron Rodgers at quarterback the Cheeseheads will be a contender. The Falcons had red zone issues against the Eagles and if Matt Ryan and company can fix that they will be formidable. On the disappointment, side looks like the 49ers will not take a leap forward this year based on the week 1 result. Plus. the Saints gave up 48 points at home to a backup quarterback at home. Looks like the Saints defense is not in 2017 form.
After Monday night’s games, you’ll know why the Rams are number one and the Lions are dead last in the NFC. The Rams’ offense picks up right where it left off last season and their all-star defense may have gotten off to a slow start against the Raiders, but after what they displayed in the second half, who will want to face them? The Vikings and the Packers can easily make a push for the number one spot. The Rams do play the Vikings in Week 4 and the Packers in Week 8. If the Bears can learn on how to close out games, the playoffs could go through the NFC North in January.
Rams earned the top spot. Vikings look as solid as predicted. Washington earned their #3 spot. Panthers look solid top to bottom. The Eagles are at #5 waiting for Wentz. Bucs surprised. Packers are at #7 waiting on word from Aaron Rodgers wheel. Falcons are a mess but have the talent. New Orleans needs to find last seasons defense. The Bears need to find themselves. 49ers aren't as far off as people believe. Giants played tough. Can they improve? Seahawks talent is depleted. Cowboys are one-dimensional. Lions are a hot mess and the Cards ... well ... I have no words.

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Tom McAlister
Tom has an extreme passion for sports has he has participated as a player, coach, and referee of many different sports. Now he has started to illustrate his love of athletics by becoming a sports writer. Tom founded his own blog dfends.com and is now a SportsTalkLine.com writer covering the New York Giants Desk.
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Matt Woolsey

Matt Woolsey

Writer San Francisco 49ers Desk at Sports Talk Line
I was a December baby born in 1980. Married to my beautiful bride Jen for the past 15 years, and father of 3. Been a 49ers fan since the days of Joe Montana, Steve Young, and Jerry Rice. I've been playing fantasy football for almost 20 years, been playing dynasty for the past 5 years. All I can say is I love the game.
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Steven Van Over

Steven Van Over

Senior Analyst, Editor, Photographer, Podcaster at SportsTalkLine
Senior Analyst, Editor, Podcaster & Photographer for @SportsTalkLine Network. Started covering the Cowboys on CowboysNation.com. Moved to the same gig here and now head the NFL desk. Catch me on Twitter @StevenVanOver
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