Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL. Throughout the offseason, we send 32 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Los Angeles Rams fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.
No surprise for Rams fans this week. We went into Week 1 with a ton of confidence and got a win, so we knew our results were going to stay high. They did. In fact, our FanPulse respondents replied with a 96% confidence level...the exact same as prior to the season opener:
Our national question this week was which team disappointed in their first game between the Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns.
Given how much hype they got this offseason, it’s not surprising that the Browns picked up nearly 50% of the votes:
Now what was surprising? The Browns came into the season with so much confidence that they really didn’t plummet after getting walloped by the Tennessee Titans, 43-13. To begin the season, 99% of Browns fans, via Dawgs By Nature, reported confidence. After the buttwhoopin’ in Week 1, that only dropped to 68%:
Five teams had drops of more than 50% this week in fan confidence: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, Steelers and Falcons. Falcons fans, from over at The Falcoholic, actually dropped 66%!
That was the biggest decline of any team in the NFL. The Falcons’ loss to the Minnesota Vikings, 12-24, clearly shook up Dirty Bird fans this heading into their Week 2 game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football.
On the flip side, there wasn’t a TON of opportunity for big jumps in confidence. Half of the NFL’s fan bases were already closer to 100% than even 50% and only three teams were under 50%. Those three? The Arizona Cardinals, Washington FanPulse Respondents and Houston Texans. The Cards tied while the other two lost. But given how low their confidence was, Texans fans over at Battle Red Blog actually saw their confidence up 5% while the Cardinals’ tie inspired a 21% jump from the folks at Revenge of the Birds:
They’re up to 68% after not winning their first game of the regular season following them picking first overall in the draft.
Filed under the same strange effect? Cincinnati Bengals fans. The Bengals lost their first game to the Seattle Seahawks, 21-20. Nonetheless, Bengals fans from Cincy Jungle reported the biggest confidence increase of anyone going from 63% to 87%, the biggest jump of any fan base:
They’re up to 87% before even getting a single win.
Fans, man. We’re wacky.
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