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PFT’s Week One Power Rankings

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 01:  Quarterback Trevor Siemian #13 of the Denver Broncos runs onto the field before the preseaon NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Broncos 38-17 (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

[Editor’s note: Every Tuesday during the season, PFT posts a top-to-bottom list of all teams in the league. This week’s opening effort comes a day early, with yet another money-back guarantee. To all of the fans of the teams in the second half of the rankings, keep two things in mind: (1) someone had to be there; and (2) this list and a dollar will buy you a newspaper, if they actually still sell newspapers.]

1. Broncos (0-0): The defending champion gets two things: A regular-season home opener on Thursday night (unless the local baseball team is in town) and the top spot in the initial PFT power rankings until they lose. Which could happen very, very soon.

2. Panthers (0-0): Three straight division titles, a 15-1 regular season in 2015, the reigning league MVP, and a general sense that the team isn’t getting nearly enough respect.

3. Patriots (0-0): Even without Tom Brady for four weeks and the Broncos clutching the latest Lombardi Trophy, the Patriots are still the team to beat in the AFC.

4. Seahawks (0-0): They got better last year after Marshawn Lynch was injured. Now that he’s gone for good, they may be as good as they were in 2013.

5. Cardinals (0-0): “All or Nothing” ultimately ended up in “nothing” last year. Whether they get the “all” in 2016 depends on whether they get “anything” out of Carson Palmer when it counts.

6. Steelers (0-0): The defense quietly has improved to the point where not having Martavis Bryant for a year or Le’Veon Bell for three weeks doesn’t really matter.

7. Packers (0-0): Yes, they would have been higher if they hadn’t dumped Josh Sitton on Saturday.

8. Bengals (0-0): If Andy Dalton runs his ass to the sideline, the Bengals may be riding to their first playoff win since the week before they destroyed Bo Jackson’s hip.

9. Washington (0-0): Coach Jay Gruden used his team’s placement on this list at No. 32 last year as motivation. This year, he’ll have to find motivation somewhere else.

10. Chiefs (0-0): With all the talk about the Broncos fading and the Raiders rising, the Chiefs get lost in the shuffle. They won’t once the games begin.

11. Vikings (0-0): Whether the Sam Bradford trade becomes Herschel Walker Part II or the Second Coming of Randall Cunningham remains to be seen. The rest of the roster is good enough to keep the team on the fringes of the top 10, for now.

12. Raiders (0-0): Expectations for 2016 may be a bit high, but the Raiders are on the verge of bringing a much-needed Darth Vader vibe back to the NFL, allowing the league office to perhaps stop being the primary villain in the nation’s ultimate reality show.

13. Texans (0-0): The division is tightening up; as long as Brock Osweiler doesn’t, they should win the division.

14. Cowboys (0-0): Dak Prescott will soon learn the difference between preseason and regular-season games.

15. Colts (0-0): Andrew Luck currently is closer to Archie than Peyton on the Manning scale, and Luck can thank the organization for that.

16. Ravens (0-0): If they can stay healthy, they can get back to the playoffs and give the Patriots all they can handle, again.

17. Jets (0-0): The Jets surely hope that, when it’s time for Ryan Fitzpatrick to perform in the clutch, he’ll perform better than their offseason contract offers to him suggest.

18. Jaguars (0-0): How will the franchise respond to the sudden weight of outside expectations and not-so-subtle internal mandates? We’re about to find out when the Packers roll into town.

19. Dolphins (0-0): The Dolphins are on the right track. The question is how long it will take to get to the destination.

20. Buccaneers (0-0): Few teams in the 20s ever have a realistic chance to get all the way to the Super Bowl. This one does.

21. Rams (0-0): The Climb to 7-9 begins, with the latest evidence of the same-old outcome coming from the failure of the No. 1 overall pick to be higher than No. 3 on the depth chart.

22. Saints (0-0): The Saints love being off the radar this year. They definitely are, at least for now. It may not last long.

23. Lions (0-0): If Calvin Johnson truly is a Hall of Famer (he’s not), not having him will be anything but a good thing for the Lions.

24. Falcons (0-0): Someone has to be in the fourth spot in the most wide-open division in football. And the Falcons could still find a way to win the thing.

25. Bears (0-0): The defense will be better in Year Two of the John Fox regime, but it’s hard to think the offense will be as good with Adam Gase and Matt Forte gone.

26. Titans (0-0): To get respect, a team has to earn it. Lately, the Titans haven’t. They have a great chance to starting doing it with the Vikings coming to town to start the season.

27. Giants (0-0): Am I convinced that firing Tom Coughlin, keeping everyone else, and promoting Ben McAdoo will make the team better? The placement of the team says it all.

28. 49ers (0-0): The Colin Kaepernick situation has become a nice distraction from the rest-of-the-roster situation.

29. Bills (0-0): It’s always better to easily overcome a low bar set by someone else that to run under a high bar set by yourself.

30. Chargers (0-0): If you climb out of this hole by November and more people vote for the hotel tax, you can thank us.

31. Eagles (0-0): Fly, Eagles, fly. Right into a window, given the decision to start the season with a former FBS quarterback who already has bad ribs.

32. Browns (0-0): Someone has to be in this spot, even when everyone is 0-0. Some think the Browns secretly hope to be in this spot when the season ends, so that they can land DeShaun Watson.

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108 Responses to “PFT’s Week One Power Rankings”
  1. mkesfinest says: Sep 5, 2016 11:50 AM

    Calvin Johnson isn’t a HoFer?

  2. jakec4 says: Sep 5, 2016 11:50 AM

    How on earth is Dallas that high?

  3. rho1953 says: Sep 5, 2016 11:51 AM

    Never overpay a player. Sitton wasn’t worth six million a year.

  4. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Sep 5, 2016 11:51 AM

    New Cheat-land without Brady should be ranked no higher than 20th.

  5. wedemboyztripled says: Sep 5, 2016 11:53 AM

    How does Washington crack the top 20

  6. theparadoxx82 says: Sep 5, 2016 11:53 AM

    I have to put Packers as #1 (even as a Panthers fan)

    That schedule is too easy (although to be fair..it wasn’t as bad before injuries and no one can plan that).

    I’ll be happy with 12-4 in Carolina but that’ll be a poor showing for Green Bay this year (unless they coast the last 3 games.. a real possibility)

  7. araidersfan says: Sep 5, 2016 11:54 AM

    Power rankings are fun and it’s kinda nice to see my Raiders ranked pretty high. But for me the only rankings that matter are the standings after 17 weeks.

  8. gregwilliamspodcasts says: Sep 5, 2016 11:54 AM

    Let’s remember some of experts (Peter King from SI) predicted the Ravens to win the SuperBowl. They ended up 5 and 11.

  9. tyelee says: Sep 5, 2016 11:55 AM

    How the Bucs, Rams And Lions are so high is beyond me but until they actually play a game it is arguable I guess… Very Generous!…

  10. skinstowin says: Sep 5, 2016 11:55 AM

    The Huskies at #9 are in college, Pac 12? why they on here? Wheres the REDSKINS at?

  11. intrafinesse says: Sep 5, 2016 11:56 AM

    Broncos #1 with Trevor Siemian (a 6th round pick last year) as their starter?

  12. tennesseeoilers says: Sep 5, 2016 11:57 AM

    The Titans’ starters have looked great in the pre-season. But I learned long ago, that means Jack. … That said, this is without a doubt the most pure talent our team has had since 2008 and at the skill positions, even longer. … I also love the newer players’ work ethic. I’m thinking 8 and 8 or better. From worst to …?

  13. bassplucker says: Sep 5, 2016 11:59 AM

    In what universe did the Redskins make enough offseason improvements to be at 9? Josh Norman isn’t THAT good.

    Points for using the name at least, though.

  14. kyleprofootballtalk says: Sep 5, 2016 12:00 PM

    Dallas at 14 lol

  15. headwoundharry says: Sep 5, 2016 12:01 PM

    Avid Bronco fan here but just because they won it all last year doesn’t make them the best right now. Your rankings must reflect today, not last February. I would have Denver somewhere between 5-10. Just sayin’

  16. wabbitslayer says: Sep 5, 2016 12:01 PM

    I never knew ND State was an FBS program.
    I learn something new here every day.

  17. weepingjebus says: Sep 5, 2016 12:04 PM

    Thus marking the last time the Bills are above .500.

  18. gofor2with3pointlead says: Sep 5, 2016 12:06 PM

    The old weak division argument. AFC East is the weakest division in football. Has been since bloviating NE fans hopped on the bandwagon.

  19. coloradobucsfan says: Sep 5, 2016 12:07 PM

    Who every came up with this ranking showed their lack of insight.

  20. streetyson says: Sep 5, 2016 12:08 PM

    A tad surprised you’re giving the Bills (8-8 last year) so little love (29th!) compared to the Phins (6-10) but 19th! I don’t like Rex’s mouth but he’s not a terrible coach and his team will fight for him and his brother, and I’d rate them up around the Jets & Phins right now.

  21. switchwitch59 says: Sep 5, 2016 12:13 PM

    Andrew Luck currently is closer to Archie than Peyton on the Manning scale, and Luck can thank the organization for that.
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    I’ll agree… since I put the Mannings: Eli, Pay-a-ton then Archie.

  22. janvanflac says: Sep 5, 2016 12:13 PM

    Washington #9. LOL.

  23. tylawspick6 says: Sep 5, 2016 12:14 PM

    Pats will run roughshod over the league once Brady returns.

    Until then, 3-1 is just fine coming out of Sept.

    Reinforcements will trickle back in come Oct, too.

    Ahh…Another season of anger, jealousy and behind the scenes scheming to try to cheat the Pats with Goodell leading the way.

  24. aj66shanghai says: Sep 5, 2016 12:20 PM

    1. Do the Falcons play in a wide-open division or is Carolina the class of the NFC at #2?

    2. How are the Vikings so low when they just got a lot better at QB, their one glaring weakness?

  25. newsletterczar says: Sep 5, 2016 12:21 PM

    Redskins too high in a bad division. Cowboys way to high in a bad division. Jets may start 1-5 (look at there first 6 games).

  26. patsbrat says: Sep 5, 2016 12:22 PM

    Giants jump out as too low.

  27. revelation123 says: Sep 5, 2016 12:23 PM

    Green Bay is top 5 easy. They’re favored to win every single game this season.

  28. followme2boston says: Sep 5, 2016 12:24 PM

    Buffalo has incredibly low expectations from the national media this year. Folks are saying a .500 year team is going to regress after returning entire offense except and having another year in the defense which returns entire secondary from last year and be one of the worst in the league. Maybe .500 again but a three or four win season is a bit much.

  29. EJ says: Sep 5, 2016 12:24 PM

    I’ve always had respect for you Mike Florio… but that day has come and is gone… Buffalo at #29 is a huge insult… we look forward to making you look like you were drunk or high when you wrote this post. #BillsMafia #NoBuffaLove #FlorioFail

  30. j huber says: Sep 5, 2016 12:24 PM

    Deadskins are way to high. They are in a conference where everyone is a loser. My gut says 8-8 at best, maybe one more with Romo out.

  31. oscarxray says: Sep 5, 2016 12:29 PM

    I think Appalachian St should be ranked ahead of Tennessee.

  32. hamlet423 says: Sep 5, 2016 12:30 PM

    Some of the rankings are really surprising. The Cowboys are starting a ROOKIE QB. Yes, he looked good in pre-season–that doesn’t mean squat for the regular season. Its a big jump.

    And who do they have on defense? Greg Hardy is gone, how many of their starters are suspended or hurt?

    Doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Is Jason Garrett’s coaching really all that respected outside of Jerry Jones.?

  33. rageviral says: Sep 5, 2016 12:31 PM

    You Say the titans have to earn respect but you put the jags at 18? When did they earn their respect? In the off season?

  34. iamapatsfan says: Sep 5, 2016 12:31 PM

    ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Sep 5, 2016 11:51 AM
    New Cheat-land without Brady should be ranked no higher than 20th.

    —-

    I’d ask how Catholic School is going for you, but based on your comments, you’re headed for valedictorian! Congrats!

  35. RexCanCoach says: Sep 5, 2016 12:32 PM

    Make sure you flip-flop the Jets and the Bengals when Gang Green spanks them week #1 please.

  36. Mike Florio says: Sep 5, 2016 12:34 PM

    They hung 50 on the Colts last year. In six of their losses, the Titans scored a total of 50 points.

  37. lingsun54 says: Sep 5, 2016 12:36 PM

    The Lions should be much higher than 23rd. They should go at least 9-7 given that they play the NFC East and the AFC South teams this year. Plus, they have a much better QB than many of the teams ahead of them.

  38. toddsuperbowles says: Sep 5, 2016 12:40 PM

    tylawspick6 says:
    Sep 5, 2016 12:14 PM
    Pats will run roughshod over the league once Brady returns.

    Until then, 3-1 is just fine coming out of Sept.

    Reinforcements will trickle back in come Oct, too.

    Ahh…Another season of anger, jealousy and behind the scenes scheming to try to cheat the Pats with Goodell leading the way.

    You’re a paranoid clown

  39. joetoronto says: Sep 5, 2016 12:42 PM

    29. Bills (0-0): It’s always better to easily overcome a low bar set by someone else that to run under a high bar set by yourself.
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    Buffalow, where the bar is set so low it’s lying on the ground.

  40. hamlet423 says: Sep 5, 2016 12:46 PM

    I assume the Bills ranking is mainly due to Florio’s non-love of Rex Ryan.

    This is a make or break year for Rex. The problem is, his top 2 draft picks are hurt. Ragland is out for the year. The other might miss a large chunk of their rookie year.

    And he can’t get rid of EJ Manuel.

  41. corkspop says: Sep 5, 2016 12:48 PM

    Major adjustments coming after Week 1. Cowboys and Vikings will drop. Bills and Giants will be back in the teens where they belong.

  42. priestlightning says: Sep 5, 2016 12:48 PM

    Say what you will about Chargers ownership. Or their front office. But I think 30 is much too low for my Bolts. We have decent talent on both sides of the ball. I think every facet of our team has improved except for the safety position, losing a declining Eric Weddle in free agency. This list seems sort of lazy, it almost seems like the draft order in reverse, we picked 3rd overall so we are ranked 30th. Despite last years record I feel we have better talent than half the teams on this list.

  43. bucsorbust says: Sep 5, 2016 12:51 PM

    Saints, Jags, Pats, Bengals, and Cardinals are all way too high. This looks like the obligatory let’s knod to those who made the playoffs last year and go from there. I look forward to the PFT Week One Predications and Week 2 Power Rankings. Think we’ll see it stabilize by Week 5, and will look very different! TGFIH.
    (Thank Goodness Football is Here!)

  44. shadywarrior says: Sep 5, 2016 12:56 PM

    I need the Pats to win it all more than I ever have before. Start crafting your excuses and fabricating the next scandal, Hate Squad. Can’t wait to see what you come up with this time.

  45. firecracker87 says: Sep 5, 2016 1:00 PM

    The Bills won the off season; why aren’t they at #1?

  46. flash1287 says: Sep 5, 2016 1:02 PM

    gofor2with3pointlead says:
    Sep 5, 2016 12:06 PM
    The old weak division argument. AFC East is the weakest division in football. Has been since bloviating NE fans hopped on the bandwagon.

    “AFC East has been the weakest division in football”

    Actually that’s not true. But it makes the crybabies feel better.

    They need to come up with excuses as to why the Patriots are good and the team they root for sucks.

  47. farfig says: Sep 5, 2016 1:03 PM

    How in the world can the Browns be ranked so high?…………..

    Your pre-conceived notions are showing!!!…..

  48. TheDPR says: Sep 5, 2016 1:04 PM

    As an Eagles fan I’d like to be able to complain about the ranking but really I can’t. I think the 49ers and Browns are probably worse than they are but aside from that, I don’t see them any higher than #30 for the time being. Wentz may pan out well and Mathews might stay healthy, giving the defense – which should be good – enough of a breather to keep them in games. For now, though, yeah. Not until they show it on the field.

  49. ddeck00 says: Sep 5, 2016 1:04 PM

    weepingjebus says:
    Sep 5, 2016 12:04 PM
    “Thus marking the last time the Bills are above .500.”

    I’m no mathematician. But 0-0 is not above .500, it is technically not even .500. It’s actually just 0.

    And yea, 29th is a spit in the face of Rex and the rest of the franchise. Far behind the Jets and Dolphins who the Bills swept last year. No worries though, only a few days til the season kicks off and the Bills will quite the haters.

  50. lumas101 says: Sep 5, 2016 1:10 PM

    I’m infuriated by seeing Buffalo at #29, because I don’t see how a team that has gone 9-7 and 8-8 the past two years is supposed to regress that much, but I’m also sick of coming to their defense and being made to look stupid. Prove people wrong, Buffalo.

  51. quizlingclinic says: Sep 5, 2016 1:13 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Sep 5, 2016 12:42 PM
    29. Bills (0-0): It’s always better to easily overcome a low bar set by someone else that to run under a high bar set by yourself.
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    Because Rex Ryan teams get worse every year. That’s what he does. It’s his trademark. Same for his brother for that matter and now they are combined!

  52. revansrevenant says: Sep 5, 2016 1:22 PM

    As a Bills fan, I should resent where the Bills are in this list. I should, but I don’t. I have no hopes for this season.

  53. bleedgreenphilly says: Sep 5, 2016 1:23 PM

    Wentz is from FCS, not FBS.

  54. shadywarrior says: Sep 5, 2016 1:23 PM

    gofor2with3pointlead says:
    Sep 5, 2016 12:06 PM
    The old weak division argument. AFC East is the weakest division in football. Has been since bloviating NE fans hopped on the bandwagon.

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    Funny how no one ever said that about Peyton and the Colts. The AFC South was always just as weak, but they didn’t win four Super Bowls, so no one complains. And in any case, I don’t care how you get to the playoffs, all that ultimately matters is what you do once you’re there.

  55. arwiv says: Sep 5, 2016 1:29 PM

    Giants will finish these rankings way better than where they currently are, but after the last 3 seasons they had its hard to argue against their detractors.

  56. greg2geez says: Sep 5, 2016 1:31 PM

    As power rankings go, week one power rankings are more meaningless than the rest, which may moderate the ridiculousness of this week’s power rankings.

  57. stew48 says: Sep 5, 2016 1:35 PM

    To comment that a certain former Lions wr is not a HOFer confirms you thought the pass against the Bears was incomplete. Both opinions seriously flawed.

  58. las0023 says: Sep 5, 2016 1:40 PM

    Last year we heard they were out for blood and it ended up with Brady losing another AFC Championship by getting intercepted in the end zone again.

    “Pats will run roughshod over the league once Brady returns.”

  59. abninf says: Sep 5, 2016 1:41 PM

    The name of the team is the Redskins. And no they will not lose their trademark.

  60. stealthjunk says: Sep 5, 2016 1:48 PM

    Could you have possibly written up a less confident, less flattering description of your #1 team? And as if that wasn’t enough, we’re reminded in the ranking of the #3 team that you really don’t think the #1 team is the #1 team. So the real question is — why even bother putting Denver at #1?

  61. streetyson says: Sep 5, 2016 1:51 PM

    Wow, idiotic trolls hate the Pats so much they’re prepared to insult the whole division by falsely claiming the AFC East is the weakest! Look at the stats and you’ll see the division has long been typically above average and that Belichick-era Pats’ results outside the division are usually stronger than inside it. So if the AFCE is bad then what does that say about your own division, trolls? The Jets, Phins and Bills are not weak, it’s just that the Pats have really been THAT GOOD – and the stats back that up.

  62. duffelbagsports says: Sep 5, 2016 1:52 PM

    After the butt whipping in the Super Bowl the Panthers are too high

  63. screamingyellowzonkers says: Sep 5, 2016 2:02 PM

    Please just stop comparing the Bradford trade with the Hershel trade. The Vikings gave up 10 players for Walker.

    It isn’t even close.
    I can list all kinds of two players for one player trades, yet they NEVER get compared to the Hershel trade.

    Just STOP already.

  64. stoneydog1000 says: Sep 5, 2016 2:04 PM

    “The Curse of Bo”. Thanks for bringing that up, Mike, you just prolonged the curse. Darn it!

  65. jim699 says: Sep 5, 2016 2:09 PM

    Some of these rankings are ridiculous.

    1) Broncos
    13) Texans
    14) Cowboys
    27) Giants

  66. PFT loves the Steelers says: Sep 5, 2016 2:09 PM

    The Bengals won the division, beat the Steelers in Heinz, nearly beat them in the playoffs with a backup QB and TBH, had fewer losses/suspensions for this season. No reason the Steelers should be ahead in a power ranking. This ain’t the team that won a couple Super Bowls a decade ago, and no, that defense is still very flawed.

  67. konspikuous says: Sep 5, 2016 2:15 PM

    9. Redskins (0-0):

    FIFY

    Oh, and motivation this year will be provided by reporters and commentators who can’t handle typing or announcing the Redskin’s team name.

  68. MostlyRight says: Sep 5, 2016 2:15 PM

    The Broncos, Panthers and Seahawks all got worse since last year’s rosters. The Pats we will have to see, but 1/4 of the season with no Brady will take a toll. I’d nudge the Cardinals up over most if not all…they have their entire offense back and lost only Massie and Cooper on the Oline, replaced by 1st rounder OT Humphries and stud G Mathis. Lost a so-so S and so-so slot CB, but gained several DBs, Corey Peters, 1st rounder Nkemdiche, and Chandler Jones who should fix the one big hole they had last year…pass rush.

  69. filthymcnasty3 says: Sep 5, 2016 2:16 PM

    The Vikings are ranked outside the Top 10 and below every single other division winner including the Green Bay Packers who advanced further than they did.

    Why don’t they ever get any respect?

  70. raiderrob21 says: Sep 5, 2016 2:20 PM

    I don’t put any stock into power rankings BUT Redskins and Cowboys are way too high.

  71. bleedingfacemask says: Sep 5, 2016 2:20 PM

    Let me get this straight…

    Packers have one of the best QBs in the league and appears to have the easiest schedule of any team this season, yet their ranking was dropped because they dumped a lineman over the weekend.

    Meanwhile the Broncos didn’t name a starting QB until last Monday, we barely know how to pronounce the kid’s name, and they get ranked number one?

    So, if this is because the Broncos dumped Sanchez over the weekend, just say so. Fess up.

  72. lambeaudungbarn says: Sep 5, 2016 2:24 PM

    Just watch this list in 4 weeks it will be totally different, but again the Packers get a bye and are higher than they deserve. Didn’t anybody watch them play the 2nd half of the season last year?
    They were embarrassed by the Cards and Lions(nearly twice save a Hail Mary and uncalled offensive interference call), beat by the bears and Vikings (AT HOME). Rodgers receivers dropped close to the most passes in the League.

  73. icallitlikeiseeit67 says: Sep 5, 2016 2:41 PM

    4. Seahawks (0-0): They got better last year after Marshawn Lynch was injured. Now that he’s gone for good, they may be as good as they were in 2013.

    ***********************************************

    This may be the dumbest thing i have ever read on this site……….You comparing half a season to ML career (in Seattle) and you think they will be better??……Marshawn was the straw and will be sorely misses…….. much respect for #24

  74. nhpats says: Sep 5, 2016 2:49 PM

    ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Sep 5, 2016 11:51 AM
    New Cheat-land without Brady should be ranked no higher than 20th.

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    Chin up…..your Bills are ranked right where they should be!

  75. dasboat says: Sep 5, 2016 2:49 PM

    So if this order holds, the Browns get the top 2 picks in the draft…

  76. nhpats says: Sep 5, 2016 2:51 PM

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    filthymcnasty3 says:
    Sep 5, 2016 2:16 PM
    The Vikings are ranked outside the Top 10 and below every single other division winner including the Green Bay Packers who advanced further than they did.

    Why don’t they ever get any respect?

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    Because they have won zero championships and always find a way to lose….

  77. braceyourselffor12 says: Sep 5, 2016 2:52 PM

    The Niners at #28? Well ok.

  78. bigart619 says: Sep 5, 2016 2:57 PM

    Chargers should be higher than 30th. A lot of young talent, one of the best qb/wr/te combo in the game and easy schedule! Come on bro pay attention that’s just stupid or lazy, even if you hate the chargers they are far from the 3rd worst team in the league!

  79. stogie31 says: Sep 5, 2016 3:22 PM

    This list is ridiculous. Denver isn’t going to be anywhere near one with Trevor Siemien as a starter. I’m a Bills fan, and certainly I’m not expecting playoffs, but they are not the 4th worst team in football. If you put them at #17, I’d say that’s about right. I’ve seen a few publications that have the Bills 2nd in the East.

  80. 49tinakane says: Sep 5, 2016 3:58 PM

    Vikings trade in 2008 a 1st an 3rd for J. Allen. No mention of h. Walker trade…vikings qb goes down, they upgrade the qb position by trading a 1st an 4th an the h. Walker trade is crammed down our throats. News flash it was over 25 years ago an 3 1’s an 3 ‘2s is,no where near a 1 an 4….btw packers release their best o line man an bring back jordy an some how magicly there sposed to be this better team then the vikes…get real

  81. haywoodjablomey says: Sep 5, 2016 4:17 PM

    Seahawks will not make the playoffs. (no O line)
    Packers will not make the playoffs. (no O line)

    A fractured QB no O line makes.

  82. bleedingfacemask says: Sep 5, 2016 4:44 PM

    haywoodjablomey says:
    Sep 5, 2016 4:17 PM
    Seahawks will not make the playoffs. (no O line)

    A fractured QB no O line makes.
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    If I recall correctly (and I do…) somebody has said this every year for five years now. The worst PFF rank for the O-line during that period was last year, when they finished the season ranked 30th…and they made the playoffs.

    Second-worst season of that period, their O-line finished the year ranked 27th…they won the Super Bowl a month later.

    And oddly enough, Russell Wilson has never once been listed on a weekly injury report, much less fractured.

  83. key740 says: Sep 5, 2016 5:02 PM

    Does PFT attract all the losers? The IQ of some of you is way too low

  84. xcerebus1 says: Sep 5, 2016 6:28 PM

    There’s no way the Washington Washington’s finish that high.

  85. malleng says: Sep 5, 2016 6:31 PM

    Good job listing all of the 32 NFL teams in an order of your choosing.

  86. dreemeagle says: Sep 5, 2016 6:49 PM

    how is it Calvin is not HOF calibre, yet overrated Colts WRs and ridiculously average Buffalo Bills WRs are?

    aren’t his stats better than a number of championship Steelers WRs from any of the last 40 years?

    in his prime, literally three DBs couldn’t cover him because he was a runaway locomotive, a LB with the hands of a Parisian casino dealer and the speed of an Olympic 4×100 sprinter;

    what more does a man have to do, play for Dallas or NE or GB?

    all three of those clubs can’t put together a package of WRs containing all the assets and ability CJ brought to the game;

    he played sick and hurt and still drew double coverage from terrified secondaries;

    sir, you amount to ten pounds of it stuffed in a five pound bag;

  87. catquick says: Sep 5, 2016 7:54 PM

    Bills at 29???? LOL!!!! You know less aboit football than my 4 year old granddaughter

  88. youknowiknowitall says: Sep 5, 2016 8:13 PM

    Even without Tom Brady for four weeks and the Broncos clutching the latest Lombardi Trophy, the Patriots are still the team to beat in the AFC.
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    The idiots (you know who you are) are not liking the thought of this at all.

  89. youknowiknowitall says: Sep 5, 2016 8:18 PM

    shadywarrior says:
    Sep 5, 2016 12:56 PM
    I need the Pats to win it all more than I ever have before. Start crafting your excuses and fabricating the next scandal, Hate Squad. Can’t wait to see what you come up with this time.
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    Well currently the idiots (you know who you are) all fixated on Brady’s missing helmet sticker as the latest crime against humanity. That and his haircut.

  90. lindacaseauthor says: Sep 5, 2016 8:38 PM

    nhpats says:
    Sep 5, 2016 2:51 PM
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    filthymcnasty3 says:
    Sep 5, 2016 2:16 PM
    The Vikings are ranked outside the Top 10 and below every single other division winner including the Green Bay Packers who advanced further than they did.

    Why don’t they ever get any respect?

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    Because they have won zero championships and always find a way to lose….
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    Two Cheesehead trolls commenting about their greatest fear, the Vikings, instead of their own team. Totally obsessed with Minny and its potential.

  91. EJ says: Sep 5, 2016 9:12 PM

    Florio, Is Buffalo’s position at where it is because you dislike Rex Ryan or because you really think they are doomed?

    Tyrod Taylor is in year two and looks more poised than last season… He has also taken that leadership role by the horns…
    The Bills Offensive line is coming back as a whole group…
    The Running Backs are just as good with McCoy, Gillislee & J. Williams…
    Yes, the loss of Hogan will show, but with a healthy Watkins, Woods & our band of misfit 3rd wr’s in Powell, Goodwin & Salas they should be just fine……
    Clay stands alone at the TE position, but that is the only big change to the offense…

    The Defense is looking brighter with the addition of Rob Ryan, Ed Reed and Kathryn Smith… also, Roman is in his second season, so he will be much more comfortable…
    Yes, the Linebacker situation is not perfect, but Ryan is very good at getting the best out of his players, regardless how well they are known.
    The back 4 of Darby, Gilmore, A. Williams & Graham are all returning together…
    Mario Williams may be gone, but the laziness goes with him… Kyle Williams, Spikes, Hughes and Brown will lead the other defenders into getting the job done.
    So why #29 Florio?

  92. dhwight says: Sep 5, 2016 9:58 PM

    My local paper is $1.25 Florio😉

  93. bobbyhoying says: Sep 5, 2016 10:10 PM

    So Cleveland could hold the first and second picks in the next draft?

  94. snakeplizkn says: Sep 5, 2016 10:46 PM

    Eagles start a rookie QB…31. Dallas starts a rookie QB, and finished last place in a garbage division, 14.
    Stupidity.

  95. footballfan825 says: Sep 6, 2016 11:11 AM

    My team should be ranked higher because we got all these players nobody’s ever heard of! And every other team should be lower because last year they only won because my team was hurt and they cheated!! And we got a new coach and my qb is a future hall of famer!!! This list is ridiculous. Go my team!!!! …..Also the Browns are too high

  96. buffalostarwarsfan says: Sep 6, 2016 1:30 PM

    Funny how no one ever said that about Peyton and the Colts. The AFC South was always just as weak, but they didn’t win four Super Bowls, so no one complains. And in any case, I don’t care how you get to the playoffs, all that ultimately matters is what you do once you’re there.

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    Why are Patriots fans so obsessed with Peyton Manning? Is it because he owned Brady on the biggest stage? 3-1 against him in the AFC Championship, the biggest stage they ever could have faced each other.

  97. jvw1982 says: Sep 6, 2016 2:04 PM

    Too High-Steelers, Vikings and Raiders

    Too Low-Bills, Jets and Bucs

  98. simplesimon1 says: Sep 6, 2016 3:59 PM

    I don’t care about power rankings…. It means nothing.

    But the moment you said that Calvin Johnson isn’t a HOF’er, you lost all credibility.

  99. usdcoyotesfan says: Sep 6, 2016 6:33 PM

    Cue to the Viking trolls to say the Packers are ranked too high…..

  100. steelcity333 says: Sep 6, 2016 7:08 PM

    How is Calvin Johnson not a Hall of Famer? Easily the dumbest thing said on here.

  101. steelcity333 says: Sep 6, 2016 7:11 PM

    Cowboys too high. Giants too low.

  102. sportsarepredetermined says: Sep 6, 2016 8:02 PM

    Colts v Vikings Super Bowl 51 – Colts win v Kaepernick.

  103. lambeaudungbarn says: Sep 6, 2016 8:32 PM

    switchwitch59 says:
    Sep 5, 2016 12:13 PM
    Andrew Luck currently is closer to Archie than Peyton on the Manning scale, and Luck can thank the organization for that.
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    I’ll agree… since I put the Mannings: Eli, Pay-a-ton then Archie.
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    This just goes to show how much people DON’T know about the NFL, Archie Manning was an amazing Quarterback He was STUCK on a new Orleans team whose owner used them as a loss tax write-off! For years he was the only bright spot on a team long before free agency, back when once drafted a team OWNED a Player for life or unless traded. You young guys need to go back and look at some of the amazing passes he made that bounced off of receivers numbers or hands 50 yards down the field!
    It isn’t very often a Pro players kids end up as good as their parent, in this case it shows how great of a player AND Coach he was getting his boys ready for the NFL.
    I am not putting ANY of the Mannings down, I wouldn’t be surprised to see another generation or two of Manning QB’s

  104. benwaballs11 says: Sep 6, 2016 10:41 PM

    Browns will beat the Eagles this weekend, but they might not win another game the rest of the year

  105. natelan69 says: Sep 7, 2016 6:43 AM

    Chargers at 30? Crack heads. 20 is better, middle-to-low, but not 30. We’ll go 7-9 or 9-7 just like we always do. And that is NOT 30th material.

  106. newmancave2016 says: Sep 7, 2016 10:52 AM

    I know we all like to complain about where our teams are ranked, but that Eagles ranking is absolutely crazy. As in “insane And should be committed” crazy. The defense is going to be absolutely dominate this year and the offense looks to be much better than expected. Yes, there will be some growing pains with a rookie quarterback. No one is predicting a Super Bowl here. But come on, man.

    There are many other insane parts of those rankings as well. Having the Cowboys and Raiders where they are is lunacy.

  107. jjackwagon says: Sep 8, 2016 8:38 AM

    intrafinesse says:
    Sep 5, 2016 11:56 AM
    Broncos #1 with Trevor Siemian (a 6th round pick last year) as their starter?

    Siemian was a 7th round pick and was only six picks away from going undrafted. But I digress.

    Florio, based on the information above and the fact that Siemian has never thrown a pass in the regular season, the Broncos should not be #1 in the “power” rankings.

  108. cromagarmy76 says: Sep 8, 2016 1:09 PM

    Cleveland is ranked WAY too high.

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