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The Patriots are No. 4 in PFT’s preseason power rankings

For most of Bill Belichick’s tenure as head coach of the Patriots, the question has not been whether the team would make it to the playoffs but rather how far they will get once the postseason gets underway. That appears to be the case this year as well. The Patriots enter the season as the…

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Preseason Power Rankings No. 4: New England Patriots

The Patriots were back in the AFC Championship Game last year, but their bid for another Super Bowl title were dashed by the Broncos. Making it there was a credit to coach Bill Belichick’s adaptability as he had to fill holes created by injuries while finding a way to keep the offense moving in spite…

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PFT’s preseason power rankings reach the Fab Four

Twenty-eight down, four to go. The top four teams in PFT’s NFL preseason power rankings will be unveiled over the next two days. The fourth-ranked team will be announced Monday morning, while the third-rated club will take its spot on the medal stand on Monday afternoon. The top two clubs will be announced Tuesday, with the runner-up in…

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Preseason Power Rankings No. 5: Green Bay Packers

Forget about Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, or anyone else not named Aaron Rodgers.  The best quarterback in the NFL currently plays in Green Bay.  And that’s good enough to get the Packers in the top five as the 2014 season approaches. They’d be even higher if Rodgers had the help that other franchise quarterbacks enjoy. …

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Preseason Power Rankings No. 6: New Orleans Saints

The Saints are in an interesting position. There might not be a team in the NFL as good as the thing they do than the Saints are at throwing the football. The combination of Sean Payton and Drew Brees continue to be one of the best coach-quarterback pairings, and now that the contract unpleasantness with…

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Saints march into 6th spot in Preseason Power Rankings

In the end, it didn’t matter whether Jimmy Graham was a tight end or a wide receiver. He’s back, and that means the Saints are still going to be in the thick of the NFC title chase. With Graham inked to a long-term contract, the Saints should still be among the most dynamic offenses in…

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PFT’s 2014 Preseason Power Rankings Countdown

Here are PFT’s 2014 preseason power rankings. Click on the team name for an in-depth preview entering training camp: 1. Seattle Seahawks. (NFC rank: 1.) 2. San Francisco 49ers. (NFC rank: 2.) 3. Denver Broncos. (AFC rank: 1.) 4. New England Patriots. (AFC rank: 2.) 5. Green Bay Packers. (NFC rank: 3.) 6. New Orleans…

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Ravens land at No. 7 in preseason power rankings

On the surface, it seems a bit ridiculous to put the Ravens in the top seven of the preseason power rankings, given a disappointing outcome to the 2013 season and plenty of changes for 2014. But these are the Ravens, guided by a superb front office and excellent coaching staff.  With some important additions, especially…

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Preseason Power Rankings No. 7: Baltimore Ravens

Yeah, the Ravens failed to make the playoffs last year.  Yeah, they’re facing a degree of transition and upheaval on par with last year’s post-Super Bowl retirements and free-agency defections. But the Ravens continue to be the Ravens.   The franchise that lives by the motto, “In Ozzie We Trust.”  The team with one of the…

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Colts take the 8th spot in our Preseason Power Rankings

For many teams, division titles are the measure of success. But for the Colts, that’s not as much of a challenge as for others. Running away from the Titans, Jaguars and Texans shouldn’t be much of a challenge, leaving the Colts to look for higher marks. Last year’s playoff win was a huge step for…

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Preseason Power Rankings No. 8: Indianapolis Colts

The Colts are realizing the true benefit bottoming out. With quarterback Andrew Luck at the helm of their offense, there’s a floor that they’re simply not going to fall through. Playing in a division that is unsettled at best and ridiculous at worst (it occupied three of the bottom eight spots in our Preseason Power…

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Bengals take the No. 9 spot in PFT’s power rankings

The Bengals check in at No. 9 in PFT’s preseason power rankings. They are the third AFC North team we’ve profiled, with the Steelers (No. 15) and Browns (No. 22) the others. They are the 12th AFC team we’ve previewed, which leaves them No. 5 among the conference’s clubs entering 2014, per the vote of…

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Preseason Power Rankings No. 9: Cincinnati Bengals

The 2013 Bengals won 11 games, third-most in their history. They outscored opponents by 125 points, a margin superior to their Super Bowl entrants of 1981 (+117) and 1988 (+125). They were 4-0 against eventual playoff teams, knocking off Green Bay, New England, San Diego and Indianapolis. But once again, Cincinnati was one-and-done in the…

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Preseason Power Rankings No. 10: Carolina Panthers

There were points last season when it appeared time to start writing the obituary for Panthers coach Ron Rivera and the team built by former General Manager Marty Hurney. Then Rivera’s team did a funny thing — they forgot how to lose. The Panthers won 11 of their final 12 games last year, and only…

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Panthers take the 10th spot in our Preseason Power Rankings

While there’s plenty of reason for optimism in Carolina, there are also plenty of reasons for concern. There’s clearly enough talent at the right spots for the Panthers to justify being slotted 10th in our Preseason Power Rankings, but there are also sufficient questions to be answered. Having a top defense intact for another year…

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