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PFT preseason power rankings No. 9: New York Giants

The Giants got back to the playoffs last season and their defensive turnaround was the biggest reason for their return. They signed defensive end Olivier Vernon, defensive tackle Damon Harrison and cornerback Janoris Jenkins and saw those players team with defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and defensive player of the year candidate Landon Collins to form…

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PFT preseason power rankings No. 10: Tennessee Titans

The Titans lost both their quarterback and their playoff chances on Christmas Eve when Marcus Mariota went down with a broken ankle. The fact they were that close underscores how solidly they’re built, and how close they are to making their turnaround real. After solidifying both lines (their offensive line doesn’t get the publicity of…

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PFT preseason power rankings No. 11: Miami Dolphins

Five weeks into the 2016 season, it looked like the change to Adam Gase at head coach wouldn’t do anything to change the franchise’s fortunes. They were 1-4 and a competent kicking performance from the Browns in Week Three would have had the Dolphins looking up at the rest of the league with an 0-5…

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PFT preseason power rankings No. 12: Denver Broncos

The Broncos lost their quarterback after the 2015 Super Bowl season. They lost their coach after last season. Coach Gary Kubiak retired with health issues a year after Peyton Manning retired. General Manager John Elway hired Vance Joseph as head coach, with Joe Woods taking over the defense from Wade Phillips and Mike McCoy returning…

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PFT preseason power rankings No. 13: Houston Texans

Bill O’Brien’s Texans have been nothing if not consistent: 9-7, 9-7, 9-7. The Texans made the playoffs the past two seasons, going 1-2 in the postseason. That despite starting eight different quarterbacks in three years. The constant turnover at quarterback hasn’t stopped the Texans from competing in the AFC South, but it has prevented them…

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PFT preseason power rankings No. 14: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

It’s reasonable for the Buccaneers to think they’re on the cusp of something. In fact, if the new overtime rules were in place last season, they’d have been a playoff team (since their loss to the Raiders was a tie at the 10-minute mark, and that would have given them the edge over the Lions…

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PFT preseason power rankings No. 15: Detroit Lions

The Lions are coming off a surprise playoff season, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a lot of optimism heading into 2017. In fact, the optimism that abounded in Detroit mostly came to a halt over the end of last season, when the Lions lost their last three regular-season games to back into the playoffs…

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PFT preseason power rankings No. 16: Baltimore Ravens

It seems only yesterday the Ravens won the Super Bowl. But that came during the 2012 season. Baltimore has gone only 31-33 the past four seasons with just one postseason appearance. The Ravens, who had a long run of success under John Harbaugh, have become ordinary. Harbaugh and quarterback Joe Flacco are under pressure to…

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Doug Pederson: Eagles “probably” have more talent than 90s Packers Super Bowl teams

When the Packers went to back-to-back Super Bowls after the 1996 and 1997 seasons, one of quarterback Brett Favre’s backups was current Eagles head coach Doug Pederson. Pederson referenced those teams this offseason when discussing the talent level of this year’s Eagles squad. Pederson thinks the Eagles compare favorably to those Packers teams on that…

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PFT preseason power rankings No. 18: Philadelphia Eagles

At this point last year, the Eagles thought Sam Bradford would be their starting quarterback while Carson Wentz learned about life in the NFL. Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s knee injury changed those plans and led to Wentz starting every game in his rookie season. There were the expected ups and downs, but the end result…

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PFT preseason power rankings No. 19: New Orleans Saints

There are changes every year in the NFL, but a few things we have come to count on. Drew Brees is still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, Sean Payton’s one of the most creative offensive minds, and the Saints defense continues to serve as the anchor for both, dragging them to the…

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The official PFT preseason power rankings landing page

Due to popular demand (OK, one person asked for it), we’ve decided to park links to all of the 2017 PFT preseason power rankings in this spot. Obviously, the list will include only those teams we’ve unveiled so far. Because we know that nothing is more compelling than the slow reveal of the contents of…

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Melvin Gordon wants to send Antonio Gates, Philip Rivers out with a ring

The Chargers are getting ready to play in Los Angeles after making a move from San Diego this offseason and they hope running back Melvin Gordon will be one of the top players in their new home for some time. If that’s the case, Gordon will be playing after quarterback Philip Rivers and tight end…

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PFT preseason power rankings No. 20: Minnesota Vikings

A year ago, the Vikings had legitimate Super Bowl aspirations, for the first time since 2009. Then came the late August news that quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s knee had been shredded without contact, ending his 2016 season and maybe more. So much for the Super Bowl aspirations. Then came the stunning trade for quarterback Sam Bradford,…

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PFT preseason power rankings No. 21: Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals went 52-27-1 from 2011-15 with five consecutive playoff appearances. Not that anybody noticed. An 0-5 postseason record tends to make people disregard you as a contender. After sinking to 6-9-1 last season, the Bengals truly are forgotten heading into this season. Cincinnati, though, doesn’t mind the role of underdog. Although they are young,…

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