Week One power rankings

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1. Eagles (0-0): The champs get the top spot until they lose. These champs may not have the top spot for as long as Rocky Balboa did.

2. Patriots (0-0): Brady is still there. Belichick is still there. The rest of the AFC East is still there. So the Patriots are still here, near the top of the stack.

3. Saints (0-0): Falcons fans will spend the whole year worrying that the Saints will be celebrating their second Super Bowl win to cap the second season of Atlanta’s new stadium.

4. Packers (0-0): The arrival of Jimmy Graham and the long-needed termination of Dom Capers could be the thing that catapults the Packers back to the Super Bowl.

5. Jaguars (0-0): Can a young, talented team handle the weight of their sky-high expectations?

6. Falcons (0-0): The best team that no one seems to be talking about.

7. Steelers (0-0): They’ll be relegated to also-rans as long as the Patriots remain the Patriots, and possibly as long as the Jaguars remain the Jaguars.

8. Rams (0-0): Can Wade Phillips keep a highly talented but volatile defense from imploding?

9. Vikings (0-0): Expectations are way too high for a team that dumped three starting-caliber quarterbacks and paid a ton of money for a potential franchise quarterback who is new to the franchise.

10. Chiefs (0-0): Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill could be the one-two punch that could propel the Chiefs back to the Super Bowl, sooner than later.

11. Seahawks (0-0): Too many people are writing off a team that boasts one of the best coach-quarterback combinations in the league.

12. Panthers (0-0): If Christian McCaffrey stays healthy and produces, the Carolina offense could go a long way toward helping the team thrive in a very tough division.

13. Chargers (0-0): The Chargers have become the new annual “this is their year” team.

14. Titans (0-0): A final-eight team underwent too much change to stay there in 2018.

15. Texans (0-0): If Deshaun Watson stays healthy, the Texans win the division.

16. 49ers (0-0): The presumption of a resurgence may be a little premature.

17. Ravens (0-0): They start here, and they quite possibly will finish at or near the top.

18. Dolphins (0-0): They start here, and they quite possibly will finish in the postseason.

19. Cowboys (0-0): They start here, and they quite possibly will finish by just missing the playoffs.

20. Lions (0-0): They start here, and they quite possibly will finish right here.

21. Bills (0-0): They start here, and they quite possibly will finish at or near the bottom.

22. Bengals (0-0): Is is better to lose in the first round of the playoffs or not to make the playoffs at all?

23. Bears (0-0): Khalil Mack makes them relevant, which is something they haven’t been in a while.

24. Raiders (0-0): The last year in Oakland has gotten off to a bad start, and they still haven’t played a game that counts.

25. Giants (0-0): The Giants look like a resurgent team, until you look at their schedule.

26. Broncos (0-0): The over/under on Chad Kelly starting is Halloween.

27. Colts (0-0): Andrew Luck is getting healthy just as the rest of the AFC South is becoming dominant.

28. Jets (0-0): Sam Darnold may eventually become Joe Namath. For now, Darnold will be closer to Joe Houlihan Callahan.

29. Cardinals (0-0): Hey, someone has to be No. 29.

30. Washington (0-0): Hey, someone has to be No. 30.

31. Buccaneers (0-0): Hey, someone has to be No. 31.

32. Browns (0-0): It’s a new day in Cleveland. With a coach who has gone 1-31 in two years.

153 responses to “Week One power rankings

  1. IS there anything more ludicrous than “ranking” teams that not only haven’t played a real game, in most cases they haven’t even showed their starters?

  2. Ya know, if actual regular season NFL games matched the hype we may have something. Last year’s opening day was putrid. So much bad football, so much hype. Hope Sunday is isn’t a repeat of last year’s stinker.

  3. I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Packers fan but will have to defer to Vikings until the Pack proves otherwise. You gotta know I threw up in my mouth a little bit just now.

  4. When will this Packer love from media of constantly marking them as SB favorites end? They appeared in ONE super bowl off of a flukey wild card spot and every year the media proclaims them as a Top 3 or 4 team no matter how much talent they lose and no matter how many 10 or less win seasons they’ve had since 2010…

  5. No argument here and it’s too early. I did laugh at the Jags being ranked #5 but the “weight of expectations” caveat makes sense. I might have written something about “a fluke season” happening two years in a row.

  6. Wow. I agree with Florio on the Vikings. I still don’t get how they paid an unproven journeyman QB like he is the equivalent of Rodgers, Brees, or Brady. Insane.

  7. These power rankings start here, and they quite possibly will finish with them being either accurate or inaccurate.

  8. With all the photos of Vikings you post, it makes me forget that you’re a pack fan at heart. Only a Packer Homer would pick them that high or for the SB as you did. ARodge is the best QB in the league, but the rest of that team is just garbage. 9-7, missed playoffs.

  9. 20. Lions (0-0): They start here, and they quite possibly will finish right here.

    Heads should roll if that proves to be the case. No way you fire a coach that got you to the playoffs but couldn’t win to hiring a coach to do worse.

  10. Classic Florio, talking up the Packers and down playing the Vikings.

    The amateur psychiatrist in me thinks this way he’s either wrong and happy or right and p’d off.

  11. That is right around where I would start each team. The only one I would slip further down is the Patriots. This is the year Tom Brady shows his age. Swap them with the Chargers, Who I think will be top 5 by week 3 or 4.

  12. I can’t believe Clara isn’t top 10 coming off JimmyG’s undefeated garbage time epic run. I hear a book is about to be published about it,after Peterson’s went over so well.

  13. Falcons won’t get back to the Super Bowl for one reason… The quarterback.

    Matt Ryan had a career year under Kyle Shanahan and then threw his OC under the bus and blamed the Super Bowl loss on him not getting the plays in on time. Which was proven a complete falsehood by the play-by-play numbers. I don’t know how this guy got the nickname of Matty Ice??? I’ve never seen him come up big in a high pressure situation. Ryan has an elite team around him. But he will never be an elite quarterback.

  14. I guess it’s what the NFL wants in terms of parity, but nobody really sticks out as a great team. Lots of pretty good teams, but no potential matchups to get excited about like years past when we’d get Brady vs Manning every year

  15. 15. Texans (0-0): If Deshaun Watson stays healthy, the Texans win the division.

    ^Thats very crazy. THey wouldntve won last year if hed been healthy. The div will prolly go to Leonard Fournette and the Duval County Jaguars

  16. I have a hard time believing the Packers are that much better than the Vikings at this point.

    I do believe that was done to churn the cauldron of viking bile about to be unleashed on this comment section.

    Too funny. Good work Mike!!!

  17. aarons444 says:
    September 6, 2018 at 1:28 pm
    Jimmy Graham = Super Bowl???

    How quickly we forget how that worked out for the Seahawks…….

    \\\\

    He has a worthwhile QB now.

    You’ll get through it…..

  18. I’m sorry, but the Packers are not better than the Rams, Saints or even the Vikings, even with Rodgers back. Someone needs a reality check.

  19. All-American Voltron says:
    September 6, 2018 at 1:19 pm
    When will this Packer love from media of constantly marking them as SB favorites end? They appeared in ONE super bowl off of a flukey wild card spot and every year the media proclaims them as a Top 3 or 4 team no matter how much talent they lose and no matter how many 10 or less win seasons they’ve had since 2010…

    ———-

    Ever since the Packers won the SB they’ve been a top favorite to win the SB at the beginning of the year. Every. Single. Year. I wish there was a way to short the Packers….

  20. NFC South bias? Why are the Saints thought to be so good? And why do you think the NFC South is a tough division? Yes the Saints won the division and the Panthers and Falcons made the Playoffs too. Does that mean they are all good, or does that mean they played a soft schedule? And I realize the Panthers and Falcons went to the Super Bowl fairly recently. Outside their division, the Saints beat the Seahawks, Cardinals, Rams, and Chargers. They lost to the Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders, Giants, and Lions.
    The Saints, Panthers, and Falcons are decent teams, they have QBs and skill positions, but I think this list over values the fact that they made the playoffs.

  21. hmmm….
    Buffalo at 21 and Cleveland at 32….
    gotta call BS on that one based on rosters alone.
    Mike, it appears you have started happy hour VERY early….

  22. Browns still have terrible coaching/ownership but a ton of talent. Someone will be worse than them.

    Washington is much better than #30. (and I am NOT a LOLskins fan).

    Green Bay has one superstar QB and a terrible roster.

  23. rho1953
    Sep 6, 2018, 1:22 PM EDT
    Wow. I agree with Florio on the Vikings. I still don’t get how they paid an unproven journeyman QB like he is the equivalent of Rodgers, Brees, or Brady. Insane.
    ——————-

    I don’t think that means what you think it means.

  24. andrwken says:

    I have a hard time believing the Packers are that much better than the Vikings at this point.
    ###

    One of your rare honest posts.

  25. I love how far Florio has come, so quietly, on Pete Carroll. At one point there was a post on here, with a featured photo of Pete’s book cover for “Win Forever”, but it had been changed to “Cheat Forever” by Florio. He also came onto Seattle radio talking about how the Seahawks org had Pete on a short leash after the USC scandal, and that there was no way Pete would ever have a chance again at being a HC at a major Division 1 School in college football. Now he’s calling the Seahawks one of the “better Coach-QB” combos in the league. Ya know…standing firm.

  26. I got lost in the analysis for #29-31. If that’s your witty analysis then the same could be said about every single spot on this. “Someone had to be (insert ranking)!”

  27. All-American Voltron says:
    September 6, 2018 at 1:19 pm
    When will this Packer love from media of constantly marking them as SB favorites end?
    ==================================================================

    Look at the bright side:

    Week One power rankings
    Posted by Mike Florio on September 12, 2017, 11:27 AM EDT

    1. Packers (1-0): Maybe the defense is finally fixed.

    2. Raiders (1-0): Marshawn Lynch is still Marshawn Lynch.

    3. Chiefs (1-0): Alex Smith is no longer Alex Smith.

    4. Cowboys (1-0): Dak Prescott is Dak Prescott 2.0.

  28. andrwken says:
    September 6, 2018 at 1:35 pm
    I have a hard time believing the Packers are that much better than the Vikings at this point.

    I do believe that was done to churn the cauldron of viking bile about to be unleashed on this comment section.

    Too funny. Good work Mike!!!
    /////////////////////////

    Good honest post, in its’ entirety.

  29. gtodriver says:
    September 6, 2018 at 1:47 pm
    andrwken says:

    I have a hard time believing the Packers are that much better than the Vikings at this point.
    ###

    One of your rare honest posts.

    —–

    Feel free to point out on any post where I said the Vikings weren’t.

    The extent of my criticism this offseason was with not keeping Keenum over Cousins. I still think it could blow up. The amount of cash dropped on Cousins means he has to play a lot better than Keenum, right? Will he or can he? I liked keenum’s escapability, reminded me of Favre a little.

    Otherwise a solid football team. If they ever win a superbowl, the fans will mellow out as well. (There’s my rib)

  30. As a Falcons fan I honestly haven’t even thought of that happening in regards to your comments on the Anit’s coming in at number 3.

    Saints are a good team, but they were over achieving last year imo. They won’t be as good this year.

    Lastly Falcons fans like myself love the under the radar and underestimated team role with the “expert” writers.

  31. aarons444 says:
    September 6, 2018 at 1:55 pm
    He has a worthwhile QB now.
    =====

    Russell Wilson QB rating 2015-present; 98.9

    Aaron Rodgers over the same period; 98.4

    —–

    So tell me you will trade Rodgers for shorty, even up, right now.

    Wilson has never made the throws a good TE needs.

  32. This has got to be the worst ranking I’ve seen. Florio just mailed it in on this. How the heck are the Bills not near the bottom? There are some other doozies in there too. Washington is a middle of the pack team, as they’ve been for a while. They aren’t a bottom feeder.

  33. The Packers have a good team surrounding Rodgers. They bombed out last year not because they were missing Rodgers, but because they played Hundley. Hundley is terrible. He can’t throw accurately, probably because he needs glasses. McCarthy should’ve lost his job.

    Anyway…..this team has gotten much better this year, albeit on paper, and they made it to the NFCCG two out of three years prior to the Hundley experiment/disaster. This Power Ranking is fairly accurate as far as the Packers are concerned.

  34. So tell me you will trade Rodgers for shorty, even up, right now.

    Wilson has never made the throws a good TE needs.
    =====

    Not a chance.

    Wilson is a top 5 QB.

    Graham is the problem in this equation. Quitter. Pouter. Loafer.

    “Cannot play with them. Cannot win with them. Cannot coach with them. Can’t do it!”

  35. The Packers have a good team surrounding Rodgers.
    =====

    They have solid building blocks on D.

    The offense is at a crossroad. They’re getting pretty thin across the board. They need one of those young RBs to step up. Same story at WR, they need someone other than Adams to be a threat.

    They’ll go as far as Rodgers carries them.

    /broken record

  36. So many panties in a bunch over the Packers ranking. Gotta love it. Hate to tell you guys, but we’ve improved every facet of the team vs the 2016 squad.

  37. aarons444 says:
    September 6, 2018 at 2:12 pm
    So tell me you will trade Rodgers for shorty, even up, right now.

    Wilson has never made the throws a good TE needs.
    =====

    Not a chance.

    Wilson is a top 5 QB.

    Graham is the problem in this equation. Quitter. Pouter. Loafer.

    “Cannot play with them. Cannot win with them. Cannot coach with them. Can’t do it!”

    —–

    Wilson does not make good throws to the TE. It does not matter what the rest of his stats are.

    Did Jimmy Graham turn you down for a date???

    🙂

  38. Sooo… In one breath you describe Case Keenum as a “starting caliber quarterback” (under the Vikes write up), then you assert that Chad Kelly will be starting by October (under the Broncos)? I don’t follow.

  39. getyourownname says:
    September 6, 2018 at 1:18 pm
    IS there anything more ludicrous than “ranking” teams that not only haven’t played a real game, in most cases they haven’t even showed their starters?
    ======

    Yes, there is. It’s getting worked up about people predicting things.

  40. andrwken says:
    September 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm
    aarons444 says:
    September 6, 2018 at 1:55 pm
    He has a worthwhile QB now.
    =====

    Russell Wilson QB rating 2015-present; 98.9

    Aaron Rodgers over the same period; 98.4

    —–

    So tell me you will trade Rodgers for shorty, even up, right now.

    Wilson has never made the throws a good TE needs.

    ————————————————–
    Rodgers hasn’t made the throws TE’s need either… because Rodgers doesn’t incorporate TE’s into the offense. Bennett and Cook (the last 2 trans-formative TE signings by GB) both averaged less yards per game with Rodgers as their QB than they did on stops before and after Green Bay.

    This offseason GB’s offense elevated a slot WR to #1 in Adams, got rid of Rodgers favorite weapon ever and replaced him with a guy that won’t sniff 800 yards at position Rodgers rarely looks at… lets hope the great coaching in GB will get him involved.

  41. 9. Vikings (0-0): Expectations are way too high for a team that dumped three starting-caliber quarterbacks and paid a ton of money for a potential franchise quarterback who is new to the franchise.
    __________

    So expectations are too high because they had three good quarterbacks and didn’t keep any of them? What difference does that make if the guy they brought in is an upgrade? How does the amount of money they paid him impact how good they’re going to be this year? Teddy Bridgewater’s knee couldn’t be trusted to be a starter and now he’s a backup in New Orleans. Sam Bradford’s knee couldn’t be trusted to be a starter and now you’re counting the days until the knee explodes and/or he’s replaced by a rookie. Last year, Case Keenum was also new to the franchise, but he wasn’t a potential franchise quarterback, he was a journeyman who had little success previously. This year you’re writing articles about when he’ll be replaced by a former 7th-round pick who was third string in training camp.

    I don’t care where you have teams ranked because the rankings are meaningless and guaranteed to be wrong at the end of the season (or even after Sunday). What I don’t like is the lazy “analysis” trying to explain the ranking. Just try to say something funny.

  42. pkrlvr says:
    September 6, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    So many panties in a bunch over the Packers ranking. Gotta love it. Hate to tell you guys, but we’ve improved every facet of the team vs the 2016 squad.
    ____________

    Congratulations. But the Vikings have improved every facet of the team vs. the 2017 squad and you think they’re going to be terrible.

  43. Hate to break this to you Vikings trolls, but Florio is just a honest, realistic, knowledgeable, lifelong Vikings fan.

    #100Seasons

    #TitleTown

    #2018GreenBayPackers

  44. gtodriver says:
    September 6, 2018 at 1:47 pm
    andrwken says:
    I have a hard time believing the Packers are that much better than the Vikings at this point.
    ###
    One of your rare honest posts.
    ===============================================================================================
    Said the pot to the kettle.

  45. Yes!!!
    It’s Finally Here!!!
    It’s the PFT Weekly Power Rankings, also known as the Weekly Barney Whine Post!
    Without a doubt, one of my favorite PFT features on this site.
    It’s the gift that will keep on giving, All Year Long.

    P.S. Your tears are delicious.
    Go Pack! Celebrating 100 Glorious Years…………….and counting.

  46. dejc421 says:
    September 6, 2018 at 1:46 pm
    I’ll pay attention to the power rankings sometime after Thanksgiving, otherwise meaningless.
    ___________________________

    Power rankings are opinion based. Even after Thanksgiving they are still meaningless. Oh and just in case you all forgot, Myles Jack wasn’t down.

  47. aarons444 says:
    September 6, 2018 at 1:55 pm
    He has a worthwhile QB now.
    =====

    Russell Wilson QB rating 2015-present; 98.9

    Aaron Rodgers over the same period; 98.4
    ———————————–
    A statistical oddity, I’ll grant you that. But very few people would take Wilson over Rogers. No way.

  48. Did you cut the entire 2017 squad and bring back the 2016 squad in its entirety? If not then I don’t see your point pkrlvr.

    Nevermind that he put the Packers above the vikings, but he put them ahead of 27 other teams!? Almost every one of those other teams has a better defense so even if rodgers makes up for some of that, he can’t make up for all of it. Packers, even optimistically shouldn’t be in the top 10.

    I foresee a Dallas resurgence. With Dez/drama gone and the suspension issues no longer looming they can play at their full potential behind an awesome O-line.

  49. This is the lowest you will see the Ravens on this list. The best draft pick in April, hands down, was LJ. Because of that pick you are going to watch Flacco light up the NFL this year. He is a man on a mission.

    Go Ravens

  50. The Truth says:
    September 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm
    So glad PFT recognizes the advantage the Patsies have playing in the tomato can division

    ………………………………….
    But…but…but…statically speaking blah blah blah says every Patsie fan.

  51. purplepackerhater says:

    “Almost all of those teams have a better defense than the Packers”

    ================

    And you have rated the Packers 2018 defense how? I realize Vikings fans feel their only shot this season is if Aaron Rodgers gets hurt or if Mike Pettine’s defense flops. Can we let the games be played before you have a meltdown over everyone not lying like you and saying the 2018 Packers defense sucks?

  52. Wilson does not make good throws to the TE. It does not matter what the rest of his stats are.
    =====

    Wilson V Rodgers – td passes to TEs

    2012 – 6 | 4
    2013 – 6 | 3* injured
    2014 – 6 | 6
    2015 – 4 | 9
    2016 – 8 | 3
    2017 – 15| 2* injured

    Wilson doesn’t use the TE, eh?

    .. and keep in mind, Rodgers had Finley for 2 years there at the top, pretty much the exact same skillset as Graham.

  53. I would rather start out in the bottom half of the rankings and surprise everyone but nobody called me prior to this article. The mere fact that the Packers are ahead of the Vikings is enough to trigger a meltdown in Minneapolis. There is time enough for that to happen and judging from last 57 years, the Vikings are guaranteed to find a way.

  54. I love that Vikes fans say that the addition of Cousins automatically makes the Vikes better, however they completely discount the possibility that the addition of a D-coordinator that has had a top 10 defense every year he’s coached D could make the Packers D better. You better hope you’re right on both accounts.

  55. That post by Michael E showing last year’s power rankings wins the internet for the day — and also is reason #1 why this article should be read with a mouthful of grains of salt.

  56. The anti-jet bias is at work again with Florio. He’s high if he thinks the bills and dolphins are better than the Jets. Bills and Dolphins will be lucky to win 4-5 games this year.

  57. Wahhhh wahhhh wahhh my team isn’t ranked high enough in a subjective pole but I’m going to read the article and post on it anyhow, all while calling it trash. It really hurts my feelings when my team isn’t ranked high enough

  58. If the purpose is the generate comments from overly sensitive fans, then you hit a home run. From a football perspective it is possible this ranking is accurate, but not likely.

  59. nathanp2013 says:
    September 6, 2018 at 2:31 pm
    andrwken says:
    September 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm
    aarons444 says:
    September 6, 2018 at 1:55 pm
    He has a worthwhile QB now.
    =====

    Russell Wilson QB rating 2015-present; 98.9

    Aaron Rodgers over the same period; 98.4

    —–

    So tell me you will trade Rodgers for shorty, even up, right now.

    Wilson has never made the throws a good TE needs.

    ————————————————–
    Rodgers hasn’t made the throws TE’s need either… because Rodgers doesn’t incorporate TE’s into the offense. Bennett and Cook (the last 2 trans-formative TE signings by GB) both averaged less yards per game with Rodgers as their QB than they did on stops before and after Green Bay.

    This offseason GB’s offense elevated a slot WR to #1 in Adams, got rid of Rodgers favorite weapon ever and replaced him with a guy that won’t sniff 800 yards at position Rodgers rarely looks at… lets hope the great coaching in GB will get him involved.

    —–

    Rodgers throws the best downfield touch pass in the game. This plays right into a TE like Grahams skill set.

    He will be better this year with Rodgers than he was with Wilson.

    He has never had a TE of Grahams potential either.

  60. Mike shows again he is clown with no clue. Every site in the world have the Vikings in top 3 and here they are 9. Even at 9 he makes it feel like he wants them lower, despite being a better team than they were last year. No guarantees any team can equal their play from a year earlier but this ranking is pathetic!

  61. Whatever, as a Vikings fan I will just embrace the lowered ranking. Seems like every time people think the Vikings will be bad they ended up being good. My expectations as a fan are tempered. I think we will go 10-6 or 11-5 and might win the division, but I also see the Packers being in the midst of contending for the division as well. Anyways, I’m just glad to have football back tonight.

  62. getyourownname says:
    September 6, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    IS there anything more ludicrous than “ranking” teams that not only haven’t played a real game, in most cases they haven’t even showed their starters?
    ——————

    Yep. Bitching about it.

  63. aarons444 says:
    September 6, 2018 at 3:24 pm
    Wilson does not make good throws to the TE. It does not matter what the rest of his stats are.
    =====

    Wilson V Rodgers – td passes to TEs

    2012 – 6 | 4
    2013 – 6 | 3* injured
    2014 – 6 | 6
    2015 – 4 | 9
    2016 – 8 | 3
    2017 – 15| 2* injured

    Wilson doesn’t use the TE, eh?

    .. and keep in mind, Rodgers had Finley for 2 years there at the top, pretty much the exact same skillset as Graham.

    —–

    You lost all Credibility when you put Finley in the same county as Graham.

    Again,

    Graham is a receiver first TE. His size and Rodgers accuracy are a great compliment.

    Rodgers may not have had a WR since Jennings in his prime as good as Graham.

    Now look at a good qb with a good TE like Brady to Gronk. Only 3 seasons since 2010 without double digit TD’s.

    Brees to Graham is similar. 4 out of 5 years in double digit scoring.

    Wilson is not even close to those numbers and Rodgers has never had a talent like Graham at TE.

    I’ll take the bet that Graham has a similar years to when he played with Brees lined up with Rodgers.

    And before you bring it up again,

    For a guy who says Graham quit on Wilson, why is it Graham and Wilson had their best year together last year with 10 td’s. Only 2 and 6 prior. That argument has no credence based on the stats.

  64. All I can say to Packer fans is you better hope Rodgers doesn’t get dinged again. Your team is border line bad outside of #12. Mediocre at best. You saw it last year. You maybe added a few pieces in the off season, but don’t forget that other pieces got another year older and run down (I.e. Matthews).
    If ARodg can stay healthy, no doubt you can win any game. If he’s not….expect more of what you got last season.
    There are plenty of teams in the NFC this year that are talented throughout….Saints, Falcons, Vikings, Eagles, Rams, etc. And others on the rise….Bears, Giants, etc
    ARodg or bust!

  65. How to ensure suicide rates go up in Minnesota:

    1. Have the Vikings ranked lower than #1 in any power rankings ever
    2. Have the Packers ranked higher than #32 in any power rankings ever
    3. Talk about Super Bowl wins
    4. Honor NFL history
    5. Insinuate in any way that every Viking player, back up or starter, isn’t the best to ever play the game at their position.

  66. Remember when the Broncos fans were predicting back to back SBs no matter who the QB is? Now they are 26th on the power ranking. Another one year dynasty.

  67. andrwken,

    Jennings > Jordy Nelson?.. Looks whos lost their credibility now!

    I suggest you revisit the numbers there, friend. 85 was nearly my favorite Packer receiver ever, but there’s no question who the best has been in the late-Favre/Rodgers era.

    .. and I showed you the numbers on the TEs, you’re wrong about Wilson. He’s been more effective with the TE than Rodgers has.

    Whats cute about this; you were probably one of the guys who anointed Jared Cook as a savior. How’d that turn out? 1 td.. count it..

    As for Graham quitting; fact. 59 catch% last year. Led all TEs in drops. 9.1 yards/rec… real dominant force there, huh?! Put that on the scales against the 10 tds. Does it balance out?

  68. ALways absolutely wrong with the Raiders. At least you are consistent. Consistently wrong. Do you get paid for this?

  69. thefappingbearcutler says:
    September 6, 2018 at 4:40 pm
    Chicago will be in line for a top 5 pick. Oh wait, they gave that away. Better luck next year, oh wait they gave that one away too. Maybe in 5-10 years they may be a contender.
    ======================================================================================================================================
    What have the Lions’ done with their recent first round picks? Ebron was a miss at the 10th pick in 2014 and is gone from the team. Tomlinson was worth a 5th round pick 2 years after he was drafted. Taylor Decker was injured for half of his second year. Nick Fairley was a waste, Jahvid Best played 2 seasons, and the jury is still out on Jarrad Davis, who was merely average in his first year. Ansah and Rieff were good picks, although Reiff couldn’t even crack a Pro Bowl and the Lions liked him so much that they let him go to the Vikings.

    Game changers such as Mack, in his prime, rarely become available. Mack is more than likely the equivalent of any player the Bears would have taken in the first round next year. That leaves the 2020 pick out there, as well as a 3rd and a 6th, but the Bears get a 2nd rounder from the Raiders in 2020 as well. I hope he crushes great fantasy QB Matt Stafford, who puts up great numbers, but is not a winner when it counts.

    No one knows yet what the Bears will be like this year. However, the true beauty of this post lies in the fact that it’s from a Lions’ fan, cheering for a team that hasn’t won a playoff game in 27 years.

  70. If the Patriots beat the Texans this Sunday, they will already be 7 and 0; too bad they don’t play in a real division.

  71. chumpley says:
    September 6, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    The No. 30 Washington is the worst one of this lot. Mark my words in December.

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    Don’t think it’s possible for them to be worst so long as they have Alex Smith. A steady QB who makes very few mistakes is still one of the most valuable things in all the NFL.

  72. 9. Vikings (0-0): Expectations are way too high for a team that dumped three starting-caliber quarterbacks and paid a ton of money for a potential franchise quarterback who is new to the franchise.

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    I personally do not care for “power rankings”.
    That said, if you REALLY feel this way about Minnesota, then why do you have them ranked at #9
    I’m also curious, you said “3 starting calibur QBs. I see maybe 1, in who they let go of. Bridgewater has not been tested
    since his return from horrendously injuring his knee. Bradford cannot seem to stay healthy, and is more of a “Game Manager”.
    Keenum, I LOVE the guy, but he is maybe the only QB that they let go of, who is “starting calibur”, and that is a large maybe.

  73. Always giving the Packers #1-5 every year! when are you clowns going to check into reality?
    The Vikings have beaten them what is it now…oh yeah, 4 of the last 5 times they have played and Rodgers played in 4 of those games.. bunch of chuckle Heads, Why not give the Browns the number 2 or 3 spot they only had a zillion draft picks this year!

  74. Jazzeppi says:
    September 6, 2018 at 6:03 pm
    If the Patriots beat the Texans this Sunday, they will already be 7 and 0; too bad they don’t play in a real division.
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    Yet the Pats finish around 12-4, 13-3, 14-2. Where/how are they getting the other 7+ wins?
    Answer is either all of the other divisions are trash too or perhaps, just maybe, the Pats are a great team, with the same head coach and QB for 18 years. You don’t get lucky for 18 years

  75. fwippel says:
    September 6, 2018 at 1:40 pm
    I’m sorry, but the Packers are not better than the Rams, Saints or even the Vikings, even with Rodgers back. Someone needs a reality check.
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    You already got your reality check, the Packers near the top and ahead of the Vikings right where they belong. Glad to see the skol trolls are triggered already triggered about the Packers’ ranking before the season has even started.

  76. aarons444 says:
    September 6, 2018 at 4:39 pm
    andrwken,

    Jennings > Jordy Nelson?.. Looks whos lost their credibility now!

    I suggest you revisit the numbers there, friend. 85 was nearly my favorite Packer receiver ever, but there’s no question who the best has been in the late-Favre/Rodgers era.

    .. and I showed you the numbers on the TEs, you’re wrong about Wilson. He’s been more effective with the TE than Rodgers has.

    Whats cute about this; you were probably one of the guys who anointed Jared Cook as a savior. How’d that turn out? 1 td.. count it..

    As for Graham quitting; fact. 59 catch% last year. Led all TEs in drops. 9.1 yards/rec… real dominant force there, huh?! Put that on the scales against the 10 tds. Does it balance out?

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    I never thought of Jordy as an elite reciever. You never heard me shed tears when he left. Good reciever, great qb, great repoire. Ill take Jennings at his best over Jordy. Ran better routes, better hands.

    I never cared for Cook, I actually had high hopes for Bennett. That turned out to be a disaster.

    I watch enough of Wilson to see a guy whos best ball is deep down the sideline, probably on a roll out. I do recall a lot of Wilson balls inaccurately thrown. Catch percentage can be a lot of variables. An overrated qb might be one of them. I wonder how many of wilsons te touchdown throws are at the one yard line. Another deceiving stat. If Graham can play anywhere near to potential, he will be catching 25 yard darts or over the top touch passes from rodgers

  77. Jordy Nelson – 550 rec 7848 yds 14.3 yds/rec 69 td
    Career best year – 98 rec 1518 yds 15.5 yds/rec 14 td (2014)
    4 1000 yard seasons, 3 double-digit td years

    Jennings – 425 rec 6537 yds 15.4 yds/rec 53 td
    Career best – 76 rec 1265 yds 16.6 yds/rec 12 td (2010)
    3 1000 yard seasons, 2 double-digit td years

    I love Jennings. Prob 1 of my 5 favorite Packers, but this just isn’t a contest.

  78. You really need to quit with the Wilson is overrated bit.

    He’s the 2nd highest rated QB all-time.

    He’s won 68% of his games as a starter.

    He was responsible for all but 1 of his teams offensive scores last year. That’s almost incomprehensible.

    He’s carried that team since Lynch left. Moreso than Rodgers has over the years with an absurd stable of WRs, until now.

  79. aarons444 says:
    September 6, 2018 at 8:55 pm
    Jordy Nelson – 550 rec 7848 yds 14.3 yds/rec 69 td
    Career best year – 98 rec 1518 yds 15.5 yds/rec 14 td (2014)
    4 1000 yard seasons, 3 double-digit td years

    Jennings – 425 rec 6537 yds 15.4 yds/rec 53 td
    Career best – 76 rec 1265 yds 16.6 yds/rec 12 td (2010)
    3 1000 yard seasons, 2 double-digit td years

    I love Jennings. Prob 1 of my 5 favorite Packers, but this just isn’t a contest.

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    Career mumbers are misleading. If your using packer stats, which Im sure you are, then Greg only played 7 years, Jordy was 9.

    125 catches and 1300 yards different with two more years? I call that a wash. Ill still take his hands and his route running.

    Neither one is Sterling. My all time favorite.

  80. Surprised to see Vikes so low and Pack so high, even though I would pick the Pack in a matchup.

    The one that I really think is waaaay off, is the Cardinals. They have the potential to challenge for NFC West title, and in my opinion, are much better than the 49ers.

    As a Seahawks fan, I find it hard to be objective about them, but I do think it’s odd that so many people have written them off when they had one down year, at 9-7, after 5 straight years of winning at least one playoff game. And they might have been 10-6 or 11-5 last year had they not outsmarted themselves by trusting Blair Walsh. Just saying

  81. aarons444 says:
    September 6, 2018 at 9:07 pm
    You really need to quit with the Wilson is overrated bit.

    He’s the 2nd highest rated QB all-time.

    He’s won 68% of his games as a starter.

    He was responsible for all but 1 of his teams offensive scores last year. That’s almost incomprehensible.

    He’s carried that team since Lynch left. Moreso than Rodgers has over the years with an absurd stable of WRs, until now.

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    When you lay off Brady, I’ll lay off Wilson.

  82. “Brady is still there. Belichick is still there. The rest of the AFC East is still there.”
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    Yep that AFCLeast division that gives the Pats no distinct advantage whatsoever right Pats fans

  83. The Vikings went out and got the best free agent QB on the market. If you watch the Kirk Cousins story on vikings.com he actually took less than what the Jets were offering. Was this a good move for the Vikings? Viking fans will let you know in about 17 weeks.

  84. Kirk Cousins may have been the best free agent QB on the market, but he isn’t much better than what Case Keenum was last year.

    If you have totaled your Toyota corolla and you have to buy a car from a local dealership (for the sake of this example), and their best vehicle is a Toyota camry, that doesn’t mean you’ve upgraded to a Mercedes.

    Plus he’s been saying the offense is difficult to learn.

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