2. San Francisco 49ers - Colin Kaepernick proved he is so much more than just a "read-option" quarterback.
3. Seattle Seahawks - The Seahawks found a way to come East against a good defensive team and sneak out with a victory.
4. Baltimore Ravens - It was a rough opening night for the Ravens, but they played better than the Broncos for a half, which gives them something to build on.
5. New England Patriots - The Patriots have to feel incredibly fortunate to sneak out of Buffalo with a come-from-behind win.
6. Green Bay Packers - The Packers couldn't avenge their playoff loss to the 49ers, but they were much more competitive this time around.
7. Houston Texans - The Texans ralled from a three-touchdown deficit on the road to avoid a bad loss in San Diego.
8. New Orleans Saints - For all the criticism of the Saints defense, they sure did a good job against the Falcons.
9. Atlanta Falcons - The Falcons had a chance to make a statement in New Orleans after falling in the NFC championship game, but their effort left a lot to be desired.
10. Chicago Bears - Chicago's new-look offense certainly performed well against a tough defense to open the season.
11. Cincinnati Bengals - It's only one game but the loss to the Bears was just another example of the Bengals being unable to beat a solid team.
12. Dallas Cowboys - It was as sloppy as it gets, but the Cowboys finally beat the Giants in their new stadium.
13. Indianapolis Colts - The Colts struggled with the element of surprise with Terrelle Pryor starting for the Raiders, but managed to hold off a late rally for the win.
14. Detroit Lions - Reggie Bush was everything and then some in his regular season debut with the Lions.
15. New York Giants - The Giants couldn't have played much worse and still had a chance to win on the road late in the fourth quarter. David Wilson's two fumbles are a huge concern.
16. St. Louis Rams - Jared Cook looks like he might finally be ready to break out and become one of the league's top tight ends.
17. Philadelphia Eagles - Chip Kelly's coaching debut was a roaring success. It remains to be seen whether the Eagles can stay healthy and play that quickly for 16 weeks, but that was an impressive offensive performance.
18. Washington Redskins - RGIII looked like a player making a quick return from ACL surgery who hadn't played a single snap in a preseason game. Holding him out until the season opener really didn't make much sense.
19. Minnesota Vikings - Other than a 78-yard touchdown run to start the game, Adrian Peterson was held in check by the Lions defense.
20. Kansas City Chiefs - It was only the hapless Jaguars, but the new-look Chiefs looked real good in the first game of the Andy Reid era.
21. Miami Dolphins - A big road win for the Dolphins and a huge step forward for Ryan Tannehill.
22. Carolina Panthers - The Panthers came up a bit short against Seattle, but their defense looks like the real deal.
23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - A critical penalty cost the Bucs a road win, but they played very poorly against a terrible team.
24. Tennessee Titans - It wasn't pretty, but the Titans were just much more physical on both sides of the ball than the Steelers.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers - I had a feeling the Steelers could be in for a long season, but it might even be worse than first thought, especially after the injury to Maurkice Pouncey.
26. Buffalo Bills - Very difficult loss to take for the Bills, who let the Patriots off the hook late in the fourth quarter.
27. Cleveland Browns - Brandon Weeden's Week 1 performance was a huge disappointment.
28. San Diego Chargers - The Chargers were much more competitive than I expected against the Houston Texans. Is it a sign of things to come?
29. Arizona Cardinals - A tough divisional loss on the road, but the good news is Larry Fitzgerald's career appears to have been revived by Carson Palmer, who can actually get him the ball.
30. Oakland Raiders - The Raiders came up short, but they put a serious scare into the Colts. Terrelle Pryor showed promise in his second career start.
31. New York Jets - The Jets got an absolute gift from the Bucs to pull off a surprising win in the season opener.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars - Maurice Jones-Drew was a non-factor and the Jaguars looked like they might possibly be the NFL's worst team.