NFL Power Rankings

We are four days out from the NFL season. Therefore, it is time for the first power rankings of the year!

  1. New England Patriots
  2. Green Bay Packers
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers
  4. Seattle Seahawks
  5. Atlanta Falcons
  6. Oakland Raiders
  7. New York Giants
  8. Kansas City Chiefs
  9. Dallas Cowboys
  10. Tennesse Titans
  11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  12. Denver Broncos
  13. Arizona Cardinals
  14. Philadelphia Eagles
  15. Detroit Lions
  16. Cincinnati Bengals
  17. Minnesota Vikings
  18. Los Angeles Chargers
  19. Carolina Panthers
  20. Baltimore Ravens
  21. New Orleans Saints
  22. Houston Texans
  23. Washington Redskins
  24. Indianapolis Colts
  25. Miami Dolphins
  26. Jacksonville Jaguars
  27. Buffalo Bills
  28. Chicago Bears
  29. Los Angeles Rams
  30. Cleveland Browns
  31. San Francisco 49ers
  32. New York Jets

Teams Who Will Disappoint

Before the season begins I want to give out a few teams who I think will underperform this upcoming season. Those teams are the Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos. The Atlanta Falcons are going to have a tough time matching their Super Bowl appearance last year. I do think they will be one of the best teams in the NFC, but I think they are a first round exit in the playoffs this year. A lot of people are forgetting that the Cowboys lost two key pieces to their offensive line. Left guard Ronald Leary left to sign a contract with the Broncos and right tackle Doug Free retired. Not to mention no one really knows what is going on with Ezekiel Elliott . I think they miss the playoffs this year. The Denver Broncos have an elite defense, but their lack of talent at the QB position will hold them back. They have a chance of missing the playoffs as well.

Teams Who Will Surprise

I talked about teams who I think will disappoint, now it is time to talk about teams who I think will surprise. These teams are the Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Chargers and Cleveland Browns. Let me explain the Browns first. I do not think they are going to make the playoffs by any means, but I do think they will be a lot better than people are giving them credit for. They have a very good offensive line, some nice offensive weapons and a young, up and coming defense. The only thing holding them back is a quarterback. They will compete with teams this year and shock a few. I think the Eagles have a chance to win the NFC East this year. They have added some good pieces to their team in Alshon Jeffrey, Torrey Smith, Chris Long, LeGarrette Blount, Timmy Jernigan, and Ronald Darby. Improvements all across the board will help the Eagles compete for a division title this year. The Los Angeles Chargers have the talent, but the problem is staying healthy. If they can have a healthy team for all 16 games this year I think they can fight for a Wild Card spot.


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Nicholas LoPrinzi

I'm a washed up D3 college baseball player who is pursuing their MBA in Accounting. I love baseball, basketball, and football; while rooting for the New York Mets, New York Knicks, and New York Giants. Most of the time it is full of misery. I have recently found a passion for writing about sports. I have posted a few articles for Last Word on Sports and I have now created my own website ( You can check out my articles there and also follow the twitter account @_thesportstalk.

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