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Falcons take the 5th spot in PFT preseason power rankings

The Falcons took care of the stigma of not winning a playoff game last year. What they weren’t able to do this offseason was take care of all the problems they’re facing. With the return of Tony Gonzalez and the addition of Steven Jackson, the Falcons should have one of the best offenses in the…

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Preseason Power Rankings No. 6: Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals rarely are the trendy pick to do anything other than not be very good.  Heading in to the 2013 season, the Bengals are better than very good.  The Bengals are becoming one of the elite teams in the NFL. Even at No. 6, there’s a long way to go to get to the…

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Patriots are No. 7 in PFT preseason power rankings

The Patriots had a fairly turbulent offseason, but it hasn’t knocked them down too far in our preseason power rankings. They came in at No. 7 in the vote conducted by the PFT staff, a spot that makes them one of the top four AFC teams in the rankings. Whether they finish the year that…

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Preseason Power Rankings No. 7: New England Patriots

It was just another quiet offseason for the big dogs of the AFC East. Except for Wes Welker signing to play with Peyton Manning and the Broncos, of course. And Rob Gronkowski having surgery a couple of times qualifies as a notable development. Signing Tim Tebow might not turn out to be much more than…

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Packers check in at No. 8 in our preseason power rankings

The Packers made it to the Elite Eight before losing in the playoffs last season. We expect them to be that kind of team again this season. The Packers come in at No. 8 in our countdown of our preseason power rankings, as voted on by PFT’s six writers. As long as Aaron Rodgers and…

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Preseason Power Rankings No. 8: Green Bay Packers

The Packers have been at or near the top of the NFL for four years running, and there’s every reason to believe that they’ll remain at or near the top of the NFL this year. That’s the ultimate takeaway from our preseason look at the Packers: They’re the clear favorites to win the NFC North…

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Saints at No. 9 in PFT preseason power rankings

They no longer have to talk about bounties. They no longer have to worry about interim coaches. But that doesn’t mean the Saints don’t have anything to worry about. They have head coach Sean Payton back, which should spark one of the game’s best offenses led by quarterback Drew Brees. But they have so many…

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PFT Preseason Power Rankings No. 9: New Orleans Saints

The Saints have some obvious issues. But they have their leader, and their edge back. After a year’s suspension, head coach Sean Payton is back, and the Saints feel like they have something to prove after last year’s 7-9 mess. They have a new defensive scheme, which seems like a good move, since they had…

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PFT Preseason Power Rankings No. 10: Houston Texans

The Texans had a long climb to respectability. But now that they’ve achieved it, there’s suddenly a sense of unfulfilled potential. The Texans have looked like Super Bowl contenders the last two years, but have lost in the Divisional Round of the playoffs both years. The year before it unraveled when their quarterback went down,…

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Texans take 10 spot in PFT preseason power rankings

They had a top 10 defense, including perhaps the best player in the game last year. The offense was also very good, and all the key parts are back. So why is there a nagging sense of letdown about the Texans? It’s probably just the fact they blew a tire down the stretch, falling flat…

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Browns sign third-rounder Leon McFadden

The Barkevious stands alone. Entering the day, two of the Browns’ five draft picks had been signed.  Now, two more are under contract. The team has announced that third-round cornerback Leon McFadden has agreed to terms.  Like all other rookie draft-pick contracts, it’s a four-year deal. McFadden, who started 45 of 51 games at San Diego…

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Redskins garner No. 11 spot in PFT’s Preseason Power Rankings

We have a (preseason) winner. The Redskins, who check in at No. 11 in PFT’s Preseason Power Rankings, are the highest-rated NFC East team in our ratings. They are two spots head of the Giants, three spots in front of the Cowboys and 15 spots clear of the Eagles. Three games below .500 with seven games…

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PFT Preseason Power Rankings No. 11: Washington Redskins

For Redskins fans, this is the “fingers crossed” portion of the 2013 campaign. If quarterback Robert Griffin III continues to recover from his January knee injury, and if he returns to the field at full strength, then Washington fans can move from crossing fingers and knocking on wood to grinning and dreaming. The Redskins’ best…

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PFT Preseason Power Rankings No. 12: Indianapolis Colts

The Colts were the surprise team of 2012, vaulting from 2-14 the previous season to 11-5 in the playoffs based on a combination of a new quarterback and some old-fashioned emotion. Now that the strong feelings have subsided, and a new baseline of expectations has been set, it’s reasonable to wonder whether they’ll be able…

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Colts come in 12th in PFT preseason power rankings

Coming out of college, Andrew Luck was almost too good to be true. The same could be said of the Colts last season. A nine-win swing from 2011 was incredible, and coming at the same time  new head coach Chuck Pagano was battling leukemia made it seem like their General Manager was Frank Capra and…

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