PFT’s Week One Power Rankings

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1. Patriots (0-0): Winning the Super Bowl comes with two benefits: Hosting the game that opens the season (unless the local baseball team has a game and refuses to change it . . . we’re still looking at you, Orioles) and occupying the top spot in the next year’s initial power rankings. Barring an Elway-to-Brister-style change at quarterback, the Super Bowl champ always lands here.

2. Ravens (0-0): Bears fans will be shocked to learn that any team that employs Marc Trestman would be regarded so highly, but the latest example of the NFL’s Peter Principle will do well now that he has fallen one spot below the level of his incompetence.

3. Packers (0-0): Ted Thompson showed the patience of Teddy KGB (sans Oreos) while waiting for the Giants to set James Jones free. They’ll still miss Jordy Nelson, but not nearly as much.

4. Broncos (0-0): A little less Manning plus a little more defense could be the key to replicating what the team did nearly 20 years ago with a little less Elway and a little more everything else.

5. Seahawks (0-0): Even with two straight years of playing into February, the worst hangover of the Super Bowl era, and a bizarre contract impasse with one of the most important players in the locker room, the Seahawks remain one of the best teams in all of football.

6. Cowboys (0-0): Jerry Jones has said he’d write a huge check to win a Super Bowl. His refusal to write a big check to DeMarco Murray shows that plenty of guys can move the chains at the NFL level.

7. Colts (0-0): Coach Chuck Pagano and G.M. Ryan Grigson need to start treating this year’s marathon like a three-legged race. Otherwise, a two-legged Alabama coach could be trading crimson for the four-leaf clover of a franchise quarterback.

8. Steelers (0-0): With the Steel Curtain becoming tin foil, many see the Steelers taking a step back. But that’s when this franchise usually finds a way to overachieve. Having a great offense doesn’t hurt, either.

9. Bills (0-0): Same defense, better coach, better running back, better receivers, plus a quarterback that can’t be any worse than Kyle Orton gives the Bills an edge entering the season. The challenge will be keeping the new coach and the pre-existing G.M. on the same page.

10. Chiefs (0-0): Written off last year after a disastrous Week One home loss to the Titans (yes, the Titans), the Chiefs nearly turned it around. This year, their talent on both sides of the ball isn’t getting nearly the credit it deserves.

11. Cardinals (0-0): The more things change, the more coach Bruce Arians keeps things on the right track. His toughest test comes this year, with a new defensive coordinator, a quarterback who holds the ball just long enough to get himself injured, and an unsettled running game.

12. Bengals (0-0): How many years can a team go to the postseason without winning a game there? There’s a good chance that the limit is four.

13: Texans (0-0): This feels like a team that will remain on the fringes of the postseason until it finds a long-term replacement for Arian Foster and a year-in, year-out answer at quarterback.

14. Eagles (0-0): The defense is better than advertised, the offense is full of question marks. This season, Chip Kelly will either cement his genius or be exposed as a fraud.

15. Vikings (0-0): On paper, this Vikings should be a lot better than they were last year. Now they have to prove it. At a time when many presume they will, there’s still a chance they won’t.

16. Dolphins (0-0): Even with the addition of Ndamukong Suh, the franchise feels like a middle-of-the-pack team. It’s on Suh and Ryan Tannehill to make the Dolphins something more than mediocre.

17. Lions (0-0): They can say they won’t miss Ndamukong Suh because what other choice do they have? With solid Packers and Vikings teams and a strong out-of-division schedule, the chances of two straight playoff berths aren’t great.

18. Chargers (0-0): Teams that could be moving claim they aren’t distracted. They are. And when it’s time to summon that extra something to win key games that will become the difference between playing in January or packing the bags for L.A., the unsettled issues regarding the team’s home in 2016 could become a ball and chain.

19. Panthers (0-0): Last year, coaching overcame a so-so roster. It wasn’t good enough to get to 8-8, but it was good enough to get to the playoffs and win a game there. This year, it feels like the rest of the division is on the verge of catching up.

20. Saints (0-0): Of all the offseason experiments, none was as significant as giving up on Jimmy Graham in the hopes of pumping up a paltry defense. The ability of coach Sean Payton and G.M. Mickey Loomis to stay on the same page despite more than a few roster misfires is a strong example for all other NFL teams, and their partnership could produce another playoff berth against competitors whose top two non-playing employees are more concerned about pointing fingers than solving problems.

21. Rams (0-0): The pieces seem to be in place for a playoff run. Will the looming run to L.A. derail it?

22. Falcons (0-0): Two straight horrible seasons after a half-decade of above-.500 performances makes their placement entering the season deserved. But with a franchise quarterback, a great receiver, and a defensive-minded coach with experience in a gold-standard franchise, the Falcons could climb the ladder, quickly.

23. Giants (0-0): The team’s refusal to spend significant cash on good players has caught up with the roster, leaving only a sprinkling of greatness and not nearly enough help for Eli Manning. The offensive line and defensive line — key components of both Super Bowl runs under Manning and coach Tom Coughlin — aren’t anywhere close to what they used to be.

24. Browns (0-0): Every time it seems like the Browns are ready to emerge from 16 years of dysfunction, something happens to pull them back into the quicksand. At least the new uniforms look good.

25. 49ers (0-0): Has an elite team ever fallen so far, so quickly? Then again, has any team ever undergone so much turnover and turmoil in one offseason? Anything better than 6-10 should make Jim Tomsula a candidate for coach of the year.

26. Raiders (0-0): Last year at this time, I said that the Raiders were the only team in the NFL that had no chance at making it to the playoffs. This year, they at least have a chance. Especially if Khalil Mack and Derek Carr continue to improve in their second seasons.

27. Jets (0-0): The clouds could be parting soon. At some point, they have to. For now, suspensions and sucker punches and a lingering sense of malaise will make it hard to compete with the Patriots, Bills, and Dolphins.

28. Jaguars (0-0): G.M. Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley continue to dig out of the mess that was left for them. The only question is whether the owner will give them the time they need to get there.

29. Bears (0-0): The blunders of Phil Emery, who tied the team to Jay Cutler for at least 2015 and maybe 2016, can’t easily be erased. While new coach John Fox has done plenty with lesser quarterbacks, the transition to a 3-4 defense and real questions about the quality of the offense and the ability of former Bronco offensive coordinator Adam Gase to do the job without Peyton Manning to run the show keeps this team low, for now.

30. Titans (0-0): They made the smart move in drafting a guy who can become the face of a franchise that had become irrelevant nationally. Now they need to use him the right way. Otherwise, someone like Chip Kelly could be the guy using Marcus Mariota the right way as coach of the Titans in 2016.

31. Buccaneers (0-0): They earned the ability to get Jameis Winston by being the worst team in football a year ago. They could be a lot better than that this year (especially with an actual offensive coordinator) but it’s going to take time.

32. Washington (0-0): Glass half full outlook? Securing the first overall pick will eliminate all temptation to trade up for the next potential franchise quarterback.

187 responses to “PFT’s Week One Power Rankings

  1. Eagles at 14? Really? There are a lot of teams with much bigger question marks than the Eagles ahead of them.

    Isnt the power ranking based on just this week? If thats the case, youre way off here bud.

  2. The Steelers are way too high. #18 would be closer to the truth. Heck of an offense but not a great defense.

  3. This year should be interesting. About as even as it’s ever been. Nobody really stands out way above the rest like they normally do.

  4. Well I can absolutely guarentee that this will go through weekly if not daily changes in rankings. especially the top 10 or 15 where I predict every team listed will change positions before week 8.

  5. I’m a Packers fan and think the Seahawks should be ranked ahead of Green Bay at least to start the season. I also think the Eagles are too low on this list and Texans way too high.

  6. I think you guys forgot Brady has to play the required amount of air in the footballs. And doing that so far this year he looks real stiller. Just like his passing rating for throwing balls more than 20 yards and his passer rating without Gronk the last 4 years.

  7. Regarding Houston, you say they feel like a fringe playoff team until they find a replacement for one of their best players (Foster)? that makes no sense. He is a top 5 back in this league when healthy. And they need him as a sure thing. You can’t just pick players in the draft and assume they will be stars. Quarterbacks included. That is why you go with the sure things when you have a TEAM built to compete.

  8. Hold on… The Bills are 9th? The 6th ranked AFC team 2nd in the AFCE ahead of the Chiefs for the AFC wildcard spot…and none of you had them picked to make the playoffs? Consistency gentlemen please.
    ” So your saying there’s chance?”

  9. Raiders are going to win the West:
    Broncos did not get that much better on defense plus I think it was JDR that was one of the reasons why that defense was playing so good. JDR now is in OAK.
    Chargers have No defense and they did not help out Rivers at all for WR. Chiefs just are terrible and got lucky they played a string of backup QBs last year. We seen what happened down the stretch. They looked awful.
    Raiders will win the WEST this year. The Only sad part IMO Raiders will do it being 8-8

  10. Why is everyone so high on the Ravens? depending on a rookie TE, rookie WR (who hasn’t been able to practice, lost Ngata, and their banged up secondary still stinks. I don’t get it.

  11. Is this boxing or something? Every year, and every team, is different; it makes no sense to put a team at #1 because they won the title the previous year. The Ravens at #2 makes about as much sense; what’s their trump card over the Packers? Don’t tell me Joe Flacco; he’s definitely not a better QB than Aaron Rodgers.

  12. As a Ravens fan, how can you put them at the two spot? That seems high for what I saw in the preseason. Top 9f the AFC North, sure. Top of the AFC behind the reigning champs? Not ready to go that far yet.

  13. The cowboys weren’t a top 6 team last year, and only lost pieces

    Niners, Jets and and Bills should be lower (Buffalo in the top 10 is a joke)

    Titans (who I would take before Jags/Jets/Bears), the Rams (who’d defense alone should have them above 20) and Philly (behind the Texans? Really?) should all be higher

    Doesn’t matter, power rankings mean nothing except that nerdy bloggers want to prove the know nothing

  14. Lions were 11-5 and lost a soon-to-be-suspended-again DT, and suddenly the 7-9 Vikings are the better team?

    I can’t wait until the season is over and all these Viking bandwagoners are coming up with excuses.

  15. The reason the Packers will do well is they waited for a player that was cut by 2 teams? Good reasoning!

  16. Let me preface this by saying I am a die hard Ravens fan and while I appreciate the #2 Power Ranking spot I sincerely disagree.

    The Ravens are a solid team but there are way too many question marks at Cornerback and Wide Receiver. We have also had a plethora of injuries on our O-line, WR, CBs, Safety, and RB.

    Go Ravens!

  17. I disagree on my teams ranking, but so will a lot of folks, because that what we do. But if I told you a team that plays in the NFLs toughest division won 10 games last year without 7 of its starters for most of the year but are healthy this year, why would you not have them in the top 10? And not not the playoffs this year? Ravens and Steelers have more holes to fill this year than the Bengals for sure. .02 worth

  18. Bengals fans will cry about Ravens being that high when Joe Flacco has more playoff wins (10) than the Bengals do in their entire franchise history (5)

    Bengals fans think just making the playoffs is good enough lol.

    The Ravens have been the most accomplished team in the NFL since 2008 when Harbaugh and Flacco arrived.

    Ravens have 10 playoff wins since 2008. More than any other team in the NFL not to mention a SB trophy and 3 AFC championship game appearances.

    Ravens have the best road winning% in the playoffs in NFL history.

    Ravens have 15 playoff wins since 2000 which is 2nd in the NFL only to the cheating Patriots.

    The Ravens in the last 5 years alone have beaten the following AFC teams in the playoffs

    Patriots (2 times) which is impressive when considering the Patriots cheat

    Colts

    Broncos

    Steelers

    The Ravens deserve where they are ranked.

  19. How is the Ravens being ranked number 2 a joke?

    Your team doesn’t have more playoff wins than the Ravens since Harbaugh and Flacco arrived on the team in 2008.

    The Ravens have won a playoff game every year they have made it since 2008. That’s a joke?

    Super Bowl trophy is a joke too? Fools.

  20. Patriots won two Super Bowls this year, one against the Seahawks, and then another one against a league office that stacked the deck against them and lied to the public and other owners about the true facts for months. They should be at both #1 and #2, and the Jets should be bumped to 33.

  21. PFT’s power rankings troll power: 1,000,000.333. Seriously, Buffalo Top-10? Top-16 would be more accurate. However, if they unseat the Colts this weekend, I’ll say you know something I didn’t. Guess it’s time to sweep for bugs.

  22. 1) Ravens at #2 is ridiculous

    2) Not an Eagles fan but Chip Kelly has had 2 seasons now with good records. Very hard to do – especially in your first 2 seasons. If they lose this year that will hardly make him a “fraud”.

  23. The Vikings are going to surprise a lot of people this year. Wait and see. Something really good is happening in Minnesota.

  24. I think you were overimpressed by Hard Knocks.

    Texans 5 places higher than say, the Chargers? Higher than Miami, Panthers and Eagles?

    What’s up with that.

  25. Ravens might be top 10, but 2? Not so much. Btw, I am a Ravens Fan. I hate people being kind to us!

  26. Were you high when you made these picks? Ravens at #2? Don’t see them outscoring GB, DEN, or INDY…. sorry

  27. So NE gets a pass because they won the Superbowl even though they now don’t have Revis, but SEA doesn’t get even though they won the NFC and added Graham. Your logic is flawed but hey, you can’t always get it right.

  28. curious to see where they placed the Lions said what?? then looked who wrote it and said ahh not surprised

  29. microcuts0719 says:
    Sep 9, 2015 9:16 AM
    Why is everyone so high on the ‘Boys this year? I just don’t see it tbh…..

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    They aren’t, they are hating on Chip. Can’t talk about him being a fraud while talking about how he has the best team in his division. Can’t convince a dog that the Giants or Redskins are better, so it goes to Dallas

    A team that lost it’s RB, who the offense was built around, and lost it’s best DB (by far), and wasn’t a top 6 team before they lost those guys, are somehow a top 6 team now…clearly it’s not because of what they did

  30. Rivers has a focus others are jealous of. 18…not a chance. If the defense only moves up five spots, they’ll win the afc west.

  31. Fair play to PFT for having some balls. Most lists just have the playoff teams from the year before at the top when we all know nearly half the playoff teams will be new year to year

  32. Eagles slotted exactly right with the QB’s they have. Bradford is one hit away from IR at anytime & and after all Sanchez is Sanchez…
    Nice job with the slotting this week.

  33. OMG I fell over laughing at the last comment and forgot what I was typing. Raiders at 5 or 6, unbelievable.

    The Patriots are rated too high. Yes, they have a ton of motivation, but so do their opponents, especially now as the veil is being lifted on Bellichick and we get a much better understanding of just what a cheater he is. Yes the motivation is there, but so will be the distractions. Half the games will be played where Brady and his cheating compatriots will be hounded by fans, before during and after every game. It will be a circus and circuses don’t make for very good football teams.

    The Ravens at 2 are bold, very bold considering the previous story where it explains the Ravens have 5 of 7 games to start the season on the road, two back to back in which they never even fly back to the east coast. Gutsy call.

  34. steelcurtainn says:
    Sep 9, 2015 9:21 AM
    Ravens at 2 lol. You might as well put the jaguars there too.
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    The Ravens and the Jaguars are the last 2 teams to beat the Steelers at Pittsburgh in the playoffs LOL

  35. Bills fan here and I can honestly say at this point I’d put the Bills at 15. That being said its nice to see someone acknowledge the potential of a 9-7 team that only got better in the off season. By some of the troll comments around here you’d think they went 3-13 last season. Now if the beat Indy and NE and start 2-0, then the #9 position will be justified.

  36. 4. Broncos (0-0): A little less Manning plus a little more defense could be the key to replicating what the team did nearly 20 years ago with a little less Elway and a little more everything else.
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    It was a LOT more Terrell Davis, which made the difference. Elway’s losses were in the Super Bowl against clearly superior NFC teams. Peyton’s losses are against anyone he plays in the post season. Most of the time in games his teams were favored to win.

  37. Texans and Bills too high. Chargers, Saints, Seahawks and Jets too low. Jets are certainly in the top 20 (ranked 26th) with potentially the best defense in the league. Ravens somewhere in the top 5 is fine with me.

  38. Back-to-back SB appearances is tough.

    Bold Prediction: I say “Smitty” (Steve Smith/WR, Ravens) goes on a “Bus” (Jerome Bettis) and “Bob” (Michael Strahan/retired DE, Giants) journey this season, capped off with an SB ring.

  39. For the Steelers fans bashing everyone, the Steelers are hoping for a winning record this year, much less a playoff berth. When it comes to defense, well, the Steelers have none. A line that is porous, a bunch of underachieving high draft picks at linebacker and a bunch of unknown kids in the secondary. Most pop warner teams could score on the Steelers, routinely.

  40. As a Bengals fan, I’d never count the Ravens out, nor do I disagree with them being ranked above my team, but number 2? Yikes. They’re a tried and true team with good management (as much as I hate to say that), but I don’t see how they’ve appreciably improved this offseason, and they’ve had losses.

    Bills at number 9? You’ve bought into the Rex Ryan hype. Again. You’d think people would learn by now.

    Bengals at 12 is about right, I think, though I think we’ll do better than some of the teams above us. We basically barely qualified for the playoffs and lost in the first round last year, which means we should probably be in the 9-12 range.

    What confuses me, though, is how you can have them in a playoff spot in the power rankings and yet no one on staff picked them to make the playoffs in the predictions.

  41. fsstnotch says:
    Sep 9, 2015 9:24 AM

    Were you high when you made these picks? Ravens at #2? Don’t see them outscoring GB, DEN, or INDY…. sorry
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    Post season is about defense; as those 3 teams have demonstrated recently.

  42. I have a hard time believing in the Pats at #1 with all of their losses on defense. I know Brady will be out for blood (so to speak), but they don’t win it all last year without Reavis and Browner.

  43. #1 should be Seattle….

    New England has lost all 4 starting RBs from last year along with all 4 starting DBs….

  44. I really don’t have a problem with this list other than I would like to know the logic behind Ravens at #2. Solid team year in/out that can make a huge run if they get past the WC Round. But their schedule this year in looking at it is pretty difficult.

    IDK how they get 2.

  45. Was this done by the same guys that did the predictions article or did a different group of staffers do that one? Just asking because a few of the rankings are not even close to what was predicted.

  46. As a steeler fan I think they should be around 10 or 11 at this point, if not lower. Until they get Bell back and then Bryant that offense won’t be in full stride. If they’re not scoring at least 25, they’re not winning.
    As for the D, it looked terrible in the preseason. We’ll learn a lot tomorrow night as to where they really are. Very young, somewhat new scheme. I’m expecting them to suck early and get better throughout the year.

    I feel the need to comment on the Ravens ranking. I think they’re the best in the AFCN but have a lot of holes/unknowns in their receiving corp. I also think Trestman will become pass heavy and take the Ravens away from their strength which is a top 3 Oline in football. Pound the ball and use play action. Flacon killed it last year on those plays. D will be very good. But secondary could be suspect sans jimmy smith. I think a large part of the ranking comes from the trust of Ozzie and just betting that his picks will work out.

  47. i’m a very level headed jets fan and almost always gauge the squad well. i honestly don’t know how so many experts are sleeping on their roster. the defense is stacked the offense should actually be competent even if geno starts. they basically have the same exact kind of team as the bills who i think will be a darn good team this year as well.

    oh, and no chance the browns, raiders and giants will be better. the gmen might have the worst d in the league this year and the browns are starting mccown.

  48. Let’s see, Chargers are rated 18 because they might be moving in two years which will ultimately hold the team down this season, yet the Raiders, who are having a worse time trying to get a stadium and are more likely to move than San Diego, have a glimmer of a shot at the playoffs….

    Nothing makes sense anymore.

  49. NFL Whining Ratings

    1. Colts
    2. Ravens
    3. Washington
    4. Vikings
    5. Miami
    6. Bills

    After that it tails off to teams that don’t whine anywhere near as much.

  50. “15. Vikings (0-0): On paper, this Vikings should be a lot better than they were last year. Now they have to prove it. At a time when many presume they will, there’s still a chance they won’t.”

    It’s the preseason. Everyone always says this is the Vikings year in the preseason.

    Then they end up 7-9 and not being able to beat a team that wins more than half their games.

    7-9 is this team’s ceiling.

  51. The Patri*ts in the top spot is laughable.

    Having to play with fully inflated footballs will knock them down at least 5 spots and a severe lack of talent in their secondary will knock them down two more.

    The Patri*ts are barely a wildcard team at best and maybe not even that.

  52. I cannot wait to revisit all of this as the season rolls on.

    The Buffalo Bills are right where they’re supposed to be. You just watch!

  53. “Hmm, we need some comments. Put out the Power Rankings.”

    I can’t see Jordy-less GB or the Vikings ahead of the Lions. Can’t see it. Rodgers is good, but guys gotta catch the ball.

  54. I actually like the Bills at 9 and that will look smart when they beat Indy this weekend. Of course if they don’t they should fall about 5 spots.

    And how exactly do you have Buffalo at 9, yet not a single one of you has them making the playoffs?

  55. Looks pretty good for the most part. I think the Patriots and Cowboys could slip a little, and the Colts go up a couple notches. Lucks fourth year, third with this offensive coordinator, getting Robert Mathis back, and some good D-Linemen through the draft. Phillip Dorsett, Andre Johnson, Frank Gore. Wow, the Colts might go up more than just a couple notches. Eagles might surprise some people.

  56. 29 for the Bears. Wow, that’s pessimistic. I’d expect no less from this site, frankly, but yeah. Ah, well. It’s time for John Fox & Gase to earn their money and eventually your Bears-hating/Rodgers-taint-licking, begrudging respect.

    As for the Ravens & Trestman, I’m not surprised at all by the Peter Principle. He was an awful head coach, and doesn’t have the stuff. He may do well as an O.C. again. Plenty of people in the NFL like that: Wade Phillips & Norv Turner come to mind. Maybe Whisenhunt too.

  57. Worse power rankings I’ve seen here in a long time. I’m wondering if they are a joke?

    The Ravens at 2? They look awful. The Cowboys at 6? Who is running the ball, E. Smith? The friggin BILLS at #9?

    The worst ranking is the Eagles. They decimated the Colts, Ravens and Packers, all of whom are ranked much higher. After the GB game, their odds of a SB win went from 16/1 to 8/1. You have the TEXANS ranked above them. SERIOUSLY?

    My List:

    Patriots
    Seahawks
    Packers
    Eagles
    Cowboys
    Broncos
    Vikings
    Chiefs
    Steelers
    Bills
    Cardinals
    Bengals
    Lions
    Panthers
    Saints
    Who cares no one is reading beyond this

  58. Chip Kelly takes a 4-12 mess in Philly and turns it into two 10-6 seasons with the arrow pointed up. Might be a “fraud” if he doesn’t win this year.

    Gus Bradley takes a 3-13 mess in Jacksonville and continues to go…3-13 and land at the bottom of the power rankings at the beginning of the 3rd year. But oh…will that owner give him enough time to right the ship?

  59. Cowboys will be lucky to go 8-8 this year, got worst in the offseason, and phillys offense is better, and their defense is lightyears better then dallas.. top 10 at best for Dallas. . Ravens at 2 and philly in the teens lets you know the guys who came up with this are a clown… Ravens at 2 is just ridiculous, they may not be the 2nd best team in their own divison. . Let alone the nfl, did they play bingo with these ranking and just pulled names out a hat?

  60. Even with a promising Marcus Mariota at QB, I think the Titans’ No. 30 ranking is justified. Thanks to free agency and the draft, their roster has the talent to be a Top 20, perhaps even Top 15 team. However, the head coach is Ken Whisenhunt. And after the game and clock management, authoritarian approach to relationships, and foolish stubbornness I saw from him last year, I don’t have even moderate expectations.

    That said, Whisenhunt’s demeanor (non-verbals with players during camp, etc.) has been dramatically more relaxed, even playful, this year. … Hopefully, that’s a sign he’s had a major wake-up call and change of heart like Tom Coughlin did months before his first Super Bowl win.

  61. backinphilly says:
    Sep 9, 2015 8:53 AM
    Bengal, Bills, Chiefs, and Texans all better than the Eagles? Yeah, ok…
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    Andy Dalton > Sam Bradford
    Jeremy Hill/Gio Bernard = D.Murray/R.Matthews
    AJ Green > Entire Eagles WR corp
    Bengals o-line (2nd fewest sacks)> Eagles o-line
    Bengals d-line (Atkins, Dunlap, M.Johnson > Eagles d-line
    Bengals LB’s (Burfict, Maualuga, Hawk) > Eagles LB’s
    Bengals DB’s > Eagles DB’s

    Bengals >>> Eagles

  62. If the Bills beat the Colts or come close the prediction will look pretty damn good, especially considering the Colts are ranked higher. #GoBills

  63. Seahawks fan here. I agree with everyone who said the Seahawks should be #1.

    Hard to rank the Pats 1st after they lost Browner, Revis and Wilfork off an OK defense. Who replaces them?

  64. silvernblacksabbath says:
    Sep 9, 2015 9:55 AM

    #1 should be Seattle….

    New England has lost all 4 starting RBs from last year along with all 4 starting DBs….
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    If the Patriots started 4 running backs Harbaugh would lose his mind.

  65. Belichick probably got the source code to this website, hacked it and moved the Patriots up 5 notches. No way should they be ahead of all the Angels and Mother Teresa types in Indy, baltimore, denver, Seattle and all the other choir boys!!!!!!!!!

  66. This is, hands down, my FAVORITE bit on this site. Why? Because I LOVE LOVE LOVE reading the comments. I mean, yeah, it’s always fun to bandy about “lists”. But the commentary here is epic.

    And not picking on anyone. I join in as well.

  67. Bills ahead of the Dolphins? You call the Dolphins a middle of the pack team with a QB who’s trending upwards but put the Bills in the top 10 with no QB to lead them.

  68. The Raiders had the worst yards per offensive play average in the league last year. Carr will have to have the best year in recorded QB history for them to have a chance.

  69. jchipwood says:
    Sep 9, 2015 8:50 AM
    I think you guys forgot Brady has to play the required amount of air in the footballs. And doing that so far this year he looks real stiller. Just like his passing rating for throwing balls more than 20 yards and his passer rating without Gronk the last 4 years.
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    I think you forgot in the second half of the COLTS game and most scrutinized game of the year you remember don’t you THE SUPER BOWL those balls were guarded and monitored and oh yeah we won.

  70. You have the Bills as the 6th best AFC team, but not a single one of you picked them to make the playoffs.

    No problem…this site is my 2nd favorite NFL news source…all the others are tied for first.

  71. Philbin CAN’T coach these guys to play 60 minutes STILL!!! It will be up to Tannehill & Suh/Wake to get us wins!!! 10 is possible for the Fins 12 if we can 5-6 in our own division but Philbin takes our own division too lightly!!! Fire Philbin if we cant get 10 wins!!! O.C. take over mid season if Philbin can’t win!!!

  72. I don’t know, now that the Patriots have to use legal footballs they might not be able to rush for 7000 yards and 14 touchdowns a game against Indianapolis. Luck might not throw 4 INTS again and finally break that 21 point barrier now.

  73. Where is this love affair with the Bills coming from? A top ten team? Really? A great defense–which they definitely have–can’t mask the shortcomings of a mediocre offense. Rex Ryan is rehashing the blueprint from his days as Jets coach: big defense, bland offense. How well did that work out in NY?

  74. It’s makes me laugh when people clamor about winning a Super Bowl 3+ years ago to justify why this years team is a top 5 selection. As with Baltimore and Pittsburg, time will tell if their defenses can hold opposing offenses under 25 points. I have the greatest respect for both teams, but I guess that’s why we play 16 games. Preseason means zilch.

  75. Ladies and Gentlemen, the 52nd installment of “The Vikings are building a dynasty.”

    Stage 1: (Insert quarterback) is destined for the Hall of Fame. Our newest coach is a leader of men the likes of Churchill, JFK and Vince Lombardi rolled into one. Talent oozes out of this team. The Pack is on the decline. We are greatest, most die hard fans in sports history!

    Stage 2: Mathematical elimination from playoff contention in early November.

    Stage 3: Season ticket packages available starting at $5. “We don’t care about football anyway…Minnesota is the most amazing place on Earth! Malls, parks…they don’t even have those in Wisconsin, all they have is football. We don’t need football like the fat losers in Wisconsin, we are a more sophisticated, elite society (drinks Mich Golden while eating a hot dog)”.

  76. With AP back the Vikes are a top 12 team (they made the playoffs with Christian freaking ponder! when AP was active all season).

    Lions: Looking at statistics and trends, even if you don’t factor in the loss of Suh, their defensive uptick last year was an anomaly. One that similar bad defensive teams have had and in the following year suffer a severe plunge back into impotent range.

    Bottom of the rankings is accurate.

    Packers should be moved down, their top talent is aging and rookie RB’s with big rookie seasons typically plummet back to earth in year 2 (a la chris johnson.)

  77. SomeTHING pulled the Browns back into the quicksand? As a Browns fan, I can tell you, it isn’t just something. It is many things!

    I’ve got a bad feeling that 24 will be as good as it gets. I hope we score that many points in a game sometime this season.

  78. There’s an obvious error here. #3 and #15 must somehow have been flipped.

    I’m sure you can correct this oversight.

    Thank you.

    And I’ll have another glass of the Kool-Aid, please.

  79. Tough to see the Redskins, who represent our great nations Capitol and POTUS, be so low. Titans and Bucs will still be worse but can’t believe they’ll be in line To draft another QB next year. P.S. Vegas disagrees on most of these.

  80. microcuts0719 says:
    Sep 9, 2015 9:16 AM

    Why is everyone so high on the ‘Boys this year? I just don’t see it tbh…..

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    It’s not just this year. Their ranked high every preseason and even during the season. Their ranking only slips once they lose in the playoffs and their not in the running for the SB anymore.

    Don’t take my word for it, check the weekly PFT rankings and you’ll see, win or lose, they’re up there.

  81. purplepackerhater says:
    Sep 9, 2015 11:50 AM

    Lions: Looking at statistics and trends, even if you don’t factor in the loss of Suh, their defensive uptick last year was an anomaly. One that similar bad defensive teams have had and in the following year suffer a severe plunge back into impotent range.
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    The common denominator is defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. They had the same players last year and went from average to the best run defense in a decade. These rankings are laughable. Most PFT staff picked Da Bears to make the playoffs last year.

  82. Too high: Panthers, Colts, Chiefs, Texans, 49ers

    Too Low: Cardinals, Eagles, Dolphins, Lions, Chargers

    You are way out on a limb: Vikings, Cowboys, Bills, Steelers

  83. eaglesw00t says:

    Eagles at 14? Really? There are a lot of teams with much bigger question marks than the Eagles ahead of them.
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    Eh, one year ago PFT had them at #11 and they didn’t even make the playoffs. They had Dallas at #27 behind the Redskins even and we see what happened there heh

  84. razzmatazzcomics says:
    Sep 9, 2015 12:25 PM
    Eagles will win their division. Anyone with any football knowledge whatsoever can see that.
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    How, why? The Eagles have been ‘good’, not ‘great’, the last two years. Time will tell, but I can’t see why they would be a lock over the Cowboys.

  85. hyzers says:
    Sep 9, 2015 12:36 PM
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    The common denominator is defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. They had the same players last year and went from average to the best run defense in a decade. These rankings are laughable. Most PFT staff picked Da Bears to make the playoffs last year.
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    Check out PFO. They looked at a handful of teams that had huge upticks in Defense from one year to the next and then plunged back down the following year. Regardless of who was D.C. Also the Lions defense wasn’t “average” before last year. It was bottom of the barrel. The loss of your two DL’s won’t help the cause.

  86. Wow, only half way thru the comments and people say Steeer fans live in the past. The power rankings are not about a team since ’08, it’s not about a team since ’00. It’s about what they will do this year. Since its preseason the best way to look at a team is what they did last year and in the preseason. Who did the Ravens add? They are way too high. They struggled against every team they played that had a winning record. They barely skated by some of the losing teams too. This year will be a much tougher task and I am not buying they will win the AFCN, hard to say they will be a wildcard team. They are heading into a major rebuild with that bad secondary and aging defense, trust a steeler fan who just went thru it. This whole ranking is pretty much garbage aside from a handful of teams.

  87. I can see why Eagle fans are upset. They put a lot of stock in the preseason. They’re already standing in line for SB tickets.
    The Ravens @ # 2? We don’t like that much love. We’re used to the hate, and like it that way.

  88. “Why is everyone so high on the Ravens? depending on a rookie TE, rookie WR (who hasn’t been able to practice, lost Ngata, and their banged up secondary still stinks. I don’t get it.”

    I don’t get it either. As a Patriot’s fan, I sure as hell don’t want to see the Raven’s or Flacco in the playoffs…. but the preseason #2 in the power rankings? Maybe a bit too high?

  89. I get a kick out of fans that don’t want to see Joe Flacco in the playoffs, Dave. He avg. 10 wins in the reg season too. Teams don’t want to face him anytime.

  90. Interesting that your power rankings do not reflect your playoff/SB predictions. Seems like you would have your SB/playoffs predictions ranked as the 12 highest teams in your power rankings.

  91. Baltimore #2? They finished 3rd in their division last season and didn’t add much of anything on their roster that will help them this year. If anything, I see this team doing worse with the loss of T. Smith and ppl now know what Forsett can do.

  92. Check out PFO. They looked at a handful of teams that had huge upticks in Defense from one year to the next and then plunged back down the following year. Regardless of who was D.C. Also the Lions defense wasn’t “average” before last year. It was bottom of the barrel. The loss of your two DL’s won’t help the cause
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    So then what exactly caused the Lions defense to go from “bottom of the barrel” as you claim, to the second best in the NFL, with the same players?

  93. Some interesting picks here & the Ravens at #2 was my first laugh. Let’s wait & see how we start before putting them in the AFCCG against the Pats. Let’s also not forget the Pats lost their starting CB duo. Just too early for power rankings with only a preseason to bank it on. Let’s see how everyone looks after say………week 6.

  94. The only thing faster than the way the Eagles will score and pile-up victories is just how quickly they will shoot-up your rankings. But the fact that you have them this low to exposes just how terrible you are at evaluating teams/talent, so I guess anything’s possible.

  95. jacktheraven says:
    Sep 9, 2015 1:12 PM
    I get a kick out of fans that don’t want to see Joe Flacco in the playoffs, Dave. He avg. 10 wins in the reg season too. Teams don’t want to face him anytime.

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    I agree. The only team the Pats have ever been afraid of in the playoffs is the Ravens. I don’t think they s/b ranked 2 at this point but I do believe they are a well balanced team that will be there in the end.

  96. jacktheraven says:
    Sep 9, 2015 1:12 PM
    I get a kick out of fans that don’t want to see Joe Flacco in the playoffs, Dave. He avg. 10 wins in the reg season too. Teams don’t want to face him anytime.

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    Joe Flacco has been the starting QB of the ravens for 7 years, averaging 10.26 wins a year. In the 7 years prior, the Ravens averaged 9.86 wins a year.

    That means that Joe Flacco accounts for 0.44 wins on his own…. i.e., not even HALF A GAME!

    I’m trying to be nice here… the man is the personification of “meh” until he’s in the playoffs, and, specifically, playing the Patriots.

  97. “I’m trying to be nice here… the man is the personification of “meh” until he’s in the playoffs, and, specifically, playing the Patriots.”

    I feel I should add: this isn’t exactly an insult. I consider him the anti-Peyton Manning; essentially, that’s a compliment coming from me.

  98. Honest question… After the rankings of each team is it a “prediction” as to why there ranked in whatever spot, or your reason why their currently ranked where they are?

    I ask bc I sure pray to gawd your DA didn’t just say the Seahawks have a hangover!! I nor anyone I know has yet to see Seattle struggle bc their in their own heads, especially without the season starting.

    While Kam is a tone setter and elite SS the seahawks could easily still finish as the top defense this year if he doesn’t play. Wayy to much talent in secondary and front 7 for them to slide very far not to mention the seahawks have been among league leaders in players on IR the last 3 seasons and have still finished with an extremely elite defense and team. Also, us seahawks fans have noticed a balance of power going from the secondary to the front 7 over the last year plus. The NFL is about evolution and the seahawks are evolving like their supposed to do based on injuries age and areas of weakness.

    I honestly do not know how you could say they have a hangover, their still the best overall team in football personnel wise so show a little respect.

    I won’t gripe on others rankings or even the seahawks ranking which is belive is wrong. But atleast use logical arguments.

  99. hyzers says:
    Sep 9, 2015 1:21 PM
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    So then what exactly caused the Lions defense to go from “bottom of the barrel” as you claim, to the second best in the NFL, with the same players?
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    Probably the emerged dominance of Suh. Could be a lot of things though, ease of schedule, lack of injuries, sudden appearance of confidence. Football is as much mental as it is physical and with Suh upfront I’m sure the rest of the Defense felt more confident. It’s possible Detroit will buck the trend, but don’t be surprised if they follow the pattern of their predecessors with anomalous dominant defensive seasons.

  100. “silvernblacksabbath says:
    Sep 9, 2015 9:55 AM

    #1 should be Seattle….

    New England has lost all 4 starting RBs from last year along with all 4 starting DBs….”

    The Patriots started 4 RBs? And not one of them was named “Blount” or “Bolden”?

    Did you get this info from Mort?

  101. I have never commented on a “power rankings” article on any website in however many years they’ve been available on the internet. I have to this time to ask Mike Florio just one question.

    What did some Eagles fan say to you to make you so angry that you would be so absurd as to rank them so low and behind several obviously inferior teams?

  102. After looking at the comments about the Vikings, you’d think they had been ranked in the top three. They’re #15! If you don’t think the Vikings will be at least slightly above mediocre this year, you might not be paying close enough attention. It almost makes you think the opinions are based on hatred rather than an objective assessment of the state of the team.

  103. “The Patri*ts in the top spot is laughable.

    Having to play with fully inflated footballs will knock them down at least 5 spots and a severe lack of talent in their secondary will knock them down two more.”

    You people really are hilarious. Does it make you feel better to be so illogical and nonsensical?

    Brady’s performance in the SB, second half of the AFCCG, and ALL road games ever (if you are insane enough to believe .4PSI at home actually happened and gave him an “advantage”) makes you look really, really dumb. =)

  104. jchipwood says:
    Sep 9, 2015 8:50 AM
    I think you guys forgot Brady has to play the required amount of air in the footballs. And doing that so far this year he looks real stiller. Just like his passing rating for throwing balls more than 20 yards and his passer rating without Gronk the last 4 years.

    Maybe you missed it but Brady torched the Colts in the second half of their playoff game with the balls inflated properly and also torched the Seahawks for two td’s in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl, also with properly inflated balls. As far as passing ratings for throwing balls more than 20 yards, well I think that worked pretty well don’t you. Keep looking hard for things that make you feel better.

  105. denverdude7 says:
    Sep 9, 2015 10:19 AM
    The Patri*ts in the top spot is laughable.

    Having to play with fully inflated footballs will knock them down at least 5 spots and a severe lack of talent in their secondary will knock them down two more.

    The Patri*ts are barely a wildcard team at best and maybe not even that.

    They did pretty good the last 6 quarters of the season with fully inflated footballs, wouldn’t you agree?
    Reports of the Patriots demise have been greatly exaggerated for several years and someday will come true but only time will tell. One day you will be right. Will it be this year? Maybe!!!

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