PFT’s countdown of the top 10 teams begins Friday

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On Friday, we’ll start counting down the top 10 teams in PFT’s preseason power rankings. In all, five NFC teams and five AFC clubs have landed in the final 10.

To recap, here’s how we’ve ranked the clubs thus far, with a link to our team-by-team previews. Each club’s conference ranking is in parentheses:

11. Arizona Cardinals. (NFC rank: 6.)

12. Chicago Bears. (NFC rank: 7.)

13. Philadelphia Eagles. (NFC rank: 8.)

14. Atlanta Falcons. (NFC rank: 9.)

15. Pittsburgh Steelers. (AFC rank: 6.)

16. San Diego Chargers. (AFC rank: 7.)

17. Kansas City Chiefs. (AFC rank: 8.)

18. New York Giants. (NFC rank: 10.)

19. New York Jets. (AFC rank: 9.)

20. St. Louis Rams. (NFC rank: 11.)

21. Detroit Lions. (NFC rank: 12.)

22. Cleveland Browns. (AFC rank: 10.)

23. Washington Redskins. (NFC rank: 13.)

24. Dallas Cowboys. (NFC rank: 14.)

25. Houston Texans. (AFC rank: 11.)

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (NFC rank: 15.)

27. Minnesota Vikings. (NFC rank: 16.)

28. Buffalo Bills. (AFC rank: 12.)

29. Jacksonville Jaguars. (AFC rank: 13.)

30. Tennessee Titans. (AFC rank: 14.)

31. Miami Dolphins. (AFC rank: 15.)

32. Oakland Raiders. (AFC rank: 16.)

89 responses to “PFT’s countdown of the top 10 teams begins Friday

  1. Several AFC teams in the top ten are going to be rated too high. Bears, Cards and Eagles deserve to be there.

  2. As a Colts fan, I’m guessing 10th. Hmm. Maybe too high, but then again, who’s going to outscore that (healthy) offense this year?

  3. 1. Denver
    2. Saints
    3. Patriots
    4. Seattle
    5. Packers
    6. Bengals
    7. Colts
    8. Panthers
    9. Ravens
    10. San Francisco

  4. The fact the Panthers will hit the top 10 when their WR corps should pretty much be bagging groceries is patently hilarious. It’s become a passing league, and Cam Newton has nothing more than Greg Olsen and hope to throw to.

  5. how are the ravens top 10? the chargers are 16 and the chiefs are 17. both made the playoffs, the ravens didnt. someone at PFT is obviously a ravens fan. putting the ravens in the top 10 is like putting the jets or the lions in the top 10. no credibility.

  6. Ravens in top 10! I prefer people keep sleeping on this team but it’s nice to be recognized and show that some power rankings with the Ravens 20th and finishing behind the Browns in the division are just cries for attention.

  7. This ranking lost all credibility after #31. Probably the most flawed power ranking I have ever seen. Of course the good news is it simply doesn’t matter, except for maybe giving some teams greater inspiration and others overconfidence.

  8. And once again, the Pats have no competition for the AFC East. Check off those 6 wins right now. Like for pretty much the entire Belichick era in New England.

  9. Admitted Panthers fan, and a little surprised by a top-10 ranking. A totally rebuilt WR corps that hasn’t had much time to build rapport with a rehabbing Newton; a front office hoping that lightning can strike twice with a cheap, patchwork secondary composed of UFAs and discarded veterans; and an offensive line with one set position (center), two young, presumably starting guards coming off injuries, and offensive tackles that consist of a known liability (Byron Bell) and an undrafted converted defensive tackle/tight end (Chandler). And the Panthers are still in a secondary with the Saints, a Falcons team that’s finally healthy, and a Bucs team with a dominant defense and a competent head coach.

    Not saying it’s impossible, but a whole lot has to go right for the Panthers to contend. 2015 is more promising.

  10. Calvin…..please explain how the Ravens are a fluke team. the fluke was that for the first time in 6 years they missed the playoffs…and were still 8 and 8. as far as “bandwagon fans” that’s even more laughable. their stadium has been sold out since it opened. I would be happy to debate this further. just bring out some facts

  11. How do we make this into a drinking game at the end of the season?

    Teams who failed to finish within 5 (or 10, or 15) spots of where they were projected? Teams that exceeded expectations?

  12. Ranking the Cards and Bears over the Eagles is a joke. Same with ranking the Chiefs in the bottom half of the league, and the Falcons at 14. I mean, really.

  13. Philadelphia being ranked 8th in the NFC is absurd. Im sorry PFT panel but you really screwed the pooch on this years list. Arizona had a good year in a tough division but they’re old and they are only going to decline.

  14. Considering the 11th team was listed on Thursday, it sort of figures the top 10 would begin on Friday. Not sure you really needed to tell me that in the headline.

  15. Ravens are the only team that don’t belong in the top 10. Fluke team, fluke SB wins, fluke fans >>>>Wagonjumpers~!!!

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    I’d probably be bitter if my team hadn’t won multiple Super Bowls this century.

    But the Ravens have.

    So I’m not.

  16. There is no way the Ravens should be top 10. The Eagles, Cardinals, Chargers, and Chiefs (and probably a few more teams) are all better than the Ravens. BUT, out of the teams remaining, here is how the top 10 should look:

    1. Seattle
    2. San Francisco
    3. Denver
    4. New Orleans
    5. New England
    6. Green Bay
    7. Cincinnati
    8. Carolina
    9. Indianapolis
    10. Baltimore

  17. Seattle is #1, they have the rings and trophy, they flattened Denver, your argument is invalid.

  18. Going into the season this is how I would rank them, but it is not how they will finish.

    1) Seattle
    2) San Francisco
    3) New England
    4) New Orleans
    5) Denver
    6) Green Bay
    7) Indianapolis
    8) Cincinnati
    9) Baltimore
    10) Carolina

  19. I love all of the hate the ravens are getting in these comments, just keep it coming…. and as far as flukes go when a team does something for the first time that they haven’t done in ummm like 5 years, let’s say miss the playoffs and go 8-8 for example, that would be a fluke

  20. 1. Seattle
    2. San Francisco
    3. Denver
    4. New England
    5. Green Bay
    6. Carolina
    7. New Orleans
    8. Indianapolis
    9. Cincinnati
    10. Baltimore

    SEA and SF would have won the SB last season over DEN and NE. GB at 5 b/c with Rodgers there a full year, they win more games.

    CAR won 11 of their last 12 games to finish out the regular season (11-1 after 1-3 start) and we have a great defense, NO was dominate in the first half of last season but lost some games they should have won.

    INDY has improved in the off-season, and CINCY and BAL at the bottom because of inconsistency.

  21. matt2calvin says: Jul 17, 2014 8:18 PM

    To include Carolina and Baltimore in the top ten completely invalidates the entire list…

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    It really doesn’t.

    Panthers won 11 of their last 12 games and have a top5 defense. When our offense gets clicking watch out.

    Ravens lost so many key parts on defense BUT they were still in contention for a playoff birth near the end of the season. And they added Steve Smith and drafted Jernigan and C.J. Mosley. They could win the division this year.

  22. Bearshaterseverywhere the coolest guy on here. He is so intelligent and has the best posts I’ve ever seen. I don’t know what this site would do without all his insight regarding the last place bears. Keep up the solid reporting!

    Lions 12-4
    Pack 10-6
    Viks 7-9
    Bears 5-11

    You can take it to the bank son!!!

  23. Seattle and SF are 1-2 until proven otherwise. They are the most complete teams.
    Saints, Packers, Broncos, and Patriots can light up the scoreboard, but have questions on D.
    The Panthers and Bengals have top-5 defenses and established QBs, so they will be competitive every week. Panthers #1 receiver was Greg Olsen, who is returning, and the new WR cast plus Benjamin is an upgrade from last year, so the media need to find another story there. Dalton has some serious weapons around him. Panthers and Bengals also look to have relatively easier schedules than last year.
    Colts will be exciting, Ravens are the most questionable team left.
    1-Seattle
    2-SF
    3-Denver
    4-New Orleans
    5-New England
    6-Carolina
    7-Cincinnati
    8-Green Bay
    9-Indianapolis
    10-Baltimore

  24. I love all of the hate the ravens are getting in these comments, just keep it coming…. and as far as flukes go when a team does something for the first time that they haven’t done in ummm like 5 years, let’s say miss the playoffs and go 8-8 for example, that would be a fluke

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    The 2012 Ravens were not the best team in the league that year. Not even close. Theyre defense ranked in the bottom half of the league and the offense was slightly above average (at least until the playoffs, when Boldin hopped in a time machine). They got hot at the right time and rode an emotional wave through the playoffs. They won the damn thing though, so I can’t take too much away from them. But if they had to play ten games against Denver, Seattle, SF, NE, ATL, or GB that year, they would have lost at least 7 to each. They were the hottest team at the time, but not the best. I think even Ravens fans knew that deep down inside– though they will never admit it.

  25. Regardless, this list is still bad.

    The Cards regressed and the Steelers and Eagles are top 10 teams.

    Stop “trusting your gut!!!” Why? Because all it is is an uneducated guess with no research or junk science.

  26. 1. Seattle
    2. Denver
    3. San Francisco
    4. Indianapolis
    5. Green Bay
    6. New England
    7. New Orleans
    8. Cincinnati
    9.Carolina
    10. Baltimore

  27. I also was shocked that the Bengals are in the top ten and ahead of the Steelers — times are a’changin’ — Who Dey

  28. hey Dom. diehard ravens fan here and I will freely admit that the 2012 Ravens weren’t the best team in the league. the 2011 team was actually better. but they won the super bowl and that’s all that matters. so let me ask you this…prior to last year when was the last time the best team won the super bowl. it’s about getting hot at the right time. ask the Ravens, packers, giants twice, Steelers, etc

  29. Scoobie, you are 100% correct. I was just trolling for no good reason I guess. Winning the trophy is all that matters. They all count the same. With regard to the 2010 Packers, however, they were more than just a hot team. By the time the SB came around, they were legitimately the best football team in the in the league. It wasn’t a matter of them playing above their heads like the Giants and Ravens did.

    You are totally correct though, winning the SB the only thing that matters, no matter how you do it. Its almost just as impressive when a team can persevere through an enigmatic season and go on to win the SB.

  30. Sorry, but the steelers were hands down the best team in the league for 40, 43, and 45. GB’s 45 win was a total fluke and ever since Rodgers has been viewed as a god. He is not a better all-around qb than Roethlisberger. I know most people will disagree but Ben has way more skill

  31. Saints are better than Denver and SF.

    1. Seattle
    2. NO
    3. SF
    4. Denver
    5. NE
    6. Indy
    7. GB
    8. Baltimore
    9. Cincinnati
    10. Carolina (although they should be more like 14)

  32. handsofsteelhartofstone says:
    Jul 17, 2014 11:57 PM

    Sorry, but the steelers were hands down the best team in the league for 40, 43, and 45. GB’s 45 win was a total fluke and ever since Rodgers has been viewed as a god. He is not a better all-around qb than Roethlisberger. I know most people will disagree but Ben has way more skill

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    I LOL’d! You said Roethlisberger has way more skill than Rodgers. That’s hilarious!!!

  33. Lets not just simply go with the obvious. Lets make some real predictions.

    1. Seattle
    2. Cincinatti
    3. SF
    4. Indy
    5. GB
    6. New Orleans
    7. Denver
    8. New England
    9. Carolina
    10. Ravens

    Here comes the thumbs down………

  34. blacknole08 says:
    Jul 17, 2014 9:27 PM
    matt2calvin says: Jul 17, 2014 8:18 PM

    To include Carolina and Baltimore in the top ten completely invalidates the entire list…

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    It really doesn’t.

    Panthers won 11 of their last 12 games and have a top5 defense. When our offense gets clicking watch out.

    Ravens lost so many key parts on defense BUT they were still in contention for a playoff birth near the end of the season. And they added Steve Smith and drafted Jernigan and C.J. Mosley. They could win the division this year.

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    I didnt really like this list. Not just because I think the Steelers should be higher (even everyone without knowledge say they were too high), but I cant stand the Ravens being at least 5 spots higher because they are pretty much on the same level. I mean, its ok for me to put the steelers at 15, but the ravens should be at 14 or 13 in that case.
    I mean, probably every fan with knowledge of their team situation, knows this ranking is not really good. Thats why it is a preseason ranking.

    But, you cant deny the ravens dont deserve being there. They had a playoff chance and they blew it, Big time. Cincy and NE whooped their butts around. They just baaaaaaarely beat the Lions after they started going down with Justin Tucker.
    They just keep Ngata and Suggs of their SB roster on defense. Nothing personal, but CJ Mosley could be the next Rolando McClain. He just seems to me (and some guys Ive talked to) to have a high bust potential. And this is something I have said even before the draft. And to me, they have no offense right now. Flacco had a horrible year, their RB situation is ugly, and they lack a good reciever. Steve Smith is old, Torrey smith is just a little above average. Jacoby jones is average. Marlon Brown may grow to be an ok starter, but that will likely not happen this season.
    I gotta admit their OL seems stronger, but thats no reason to put them on the top 10. Eagles, Chiefs, Chargers deserve that spot more than they do.
    Idk why I bother since this countdown is a joke.

    Anyways, see yah at week 2, ratbirds.

  35. Most definitely the Ravens are a top tier team. If your response is based of last season I get it your point however that’s top three organization and have retooled for this upcoming season. No way you can mention the jets or Lions in the breath as the Ravens! I agree the chiefs should be higher but the chargers?

  36. Lol… Fluke? You don’t make the post season 5 straight years, 3 AFC champions games and win a Super Bowl by being a fluke team. Unless your a Broncos fan than I see your point.

  37. The Colts are a major player in the chase for the Lombardi this year. You are look at a 10 offense and top 15 defense. This team is in a position to beat anyone. I am not a fan of the colts but just call it like I see it.

  38. Not to mention this team finished 8-8 with no offensive line, now that those holes are filled and getting healthy running backs as well, you should expect the Ravens to return to top tier in league.

  39. Umbra Aeternus says:

    Me thinks you are looking at the Ravens through a strong pair of hate glasses. You took every player of note on the team and said how they suck, or will suck. No point in arguing. If you don’t like the way PFT ranks them go look at any other ranking. Ravens are always higher. Then again it’s preseason and you should just take them all with a grain of salt and enjoy your summer. Carrying your hate through the offseason isn’t healthy.

  40. ssorry hands. the Steelers were not the best team in the league in either of their last 2 super bowl wins. in 40 they were a wild card and against Arizona they were the 2 seed in the conference. and the lost to the packers so that’s not even part of the conversation. but in any event even tho they weren’t the best team, they won those super bowls which was the point.

  41. Ravens in the top 10 is a joke…they will be a mediocre team again. Ray Rice had been their entire offense until Boldin arrived…well Boldin is gone (saw the effect that had on offense last year) and Rice is on the decline. Offensive line is not good. Suggs is getting old too, Ngata seems to always be injured…needless to say, way to many question marks. Also, can’t replace the effect Lewis had on that locker room…although he was basically washed up by end of his career, somehow he got those guys to play over their heads…they got hot at the right time that year and rode his cheerleading to a SB. They are definitely not on the same level as the elite teams though…of course the AFC is pretty weak right now, but that just means the top 10 should be more tilted to NFC. All this is definitely not something an aging mini-WR and a few rooks will fix. They’ll be lucky to win 8 games this year. Bengals win North, Steelers/Ravens finish 2-3 (both around .500) and Brownies finish last (again).

  42. I don’t think any AFC North team belongs in the top 10.

    MAYBE, at best, Cincy could scratch at the 10 spot.

    Ravens are moving in the wrong direction as a franchise – I think we’re seeing their era of being perennial contenders coming to an end.

    I’d put the Chiefs, for one example, ahead of any of the AFC North Teams.

  43. The Chiefs ahead of any AFCN team? Did you just start watching football last season? Chiefs barely held off the Browns last year. The magic of Andy will be expired this season and especially when they play the Steelers in 16. Did you not hear Elvis Dummervil say he underestimated the physicality of the AFCN? That means the AFC West must be all flash and little muscle. (I guess Seattle did expose that didn’t they)

    I’m a Ravens fan but loyalty is team, division, league.

  44. Canton Bulldogs says:
    Jul 18, 2014 7:56 AM
    Umbra Aeternus says:

    Me thinks you are looking at the Ravens through a strong pair of hate glasses. You took every player of note on the team and said how they suck, or will suck. No point in arguing. If you don’t like the way PFT ranks them go look at any other ranking. Ravens are always higher. Then again it’s preseason and you should just take them all with a grain of salt and enjoy your summer. Carrying your hate through the offseason isn’t healthy.

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    Not really hate vision. I dont like them because they are division rivals, but they have a lot of unknowns.
    You can say about their consistency going to the playoffs 5 years in a row, but then again, they have just Ngata and Suggs from their SB defense. They have Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith, Dumervile, and some others name I dont remember, but I dont say they are a bad team, I just said they are no way top 10.
    But, meh, I’ll just read PFTs reasons and stop complaining

  45. Just remember… The Ravens are only 17 months from SB Champs. They’ll be fine this year. At least the “experts” think so. They didn’t ask us.

  46. Umbra. There are actually a few more than two from the SB defense but in any case it wasn’t that productive. So the other perspective is it’s fine there aren’t many left because they weren’t that good. They retooled it. Anyway I think we’d agree the season can’t start soon enough.

  47. 1. Seattle
    2. San Fran
    3. Denver
    4. New Orleans
    5. Arizona
    6. New England
    7. Cincinnati
    8. Green Bay
    9. Indy
    10. Carolina

    This is based on how good the teams are, not final record. The NFC West is so good I could almost put the Rams in Indy’s spot…I mean Indy spent weeks 10-12 last year like this: lost to Rams 8-38, beat the lowly Titans by a field goal, lost to Cardinals 11-40.

  48. The Bears are pretty horrible and have a braindead coach, therefore they should be way lower than this.

    Carolina made the top ten? After Cam revealed his “new clothes” to everyone in his only playoff game.

    The Panthers will fall apart this year, you will see.

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