PFT’s Week One power rankings

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1. Patriots (preseason ranking No. 1): As Nick Saban says, once you get to the top of the mountain, you are the mountain. The Patriots are officially a mountain range.

2. Chiefs (No. 2): LeSean McCoy gives this team a late kick in the butt that could come in handy against Team Mountain Range.

3. Eagles (No. 3): Has an elite team ever been so overlooked?

4. Cowboys (No. 4): Zeke is back, and now the question is whether they’ll give in to the temptation to overuse him.

5. Bears (No. 5): It’s on Mitchell Trubisky to take this team to the next level, or two.

6. Seahawks (No. 9): The Jadeveon Clowney bump is real, especially since the Seahawks already were legitimate contenders before he arrived.

7. Rams (No. 7): We’ll quickly find out whether a three-point output from Super Bowl LIII lingers into 2019.

8. Saints (No. 8): Between Father Time chasing Drew Brees and Lady Luck ripping out the team’s heart in two straight postseasons, it could be hard for the Saints to remain among the top of the league.

9. Steelers (No. 10): The Steelers couldn’t beat Tom Brady in Foxboro with Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell on the team. They’ll soon try to beat Brady without both of them.

10. Chargers (No. 11): Last year’s impressive showing keeps them high on the list as the season starts. Now, they’ll have to try to stay there.

11. Vikings (No. 12): They scored one of the most underrated hires in the offseason by luring Gary Kubiak to town. The question becomes whether they’ll stick with a meat-and-potatoes approach to offense, despite having caviar-priced quarterbacks and receivers.

12. Browns (No. 13): How this team handles inevitable adversity continues to be one of the biggest questions looming over 2019.

13. Ravens (No. 14): If Lamar Jackson improves as a passer, the Ravens will be moving up, all year long.

14. Colts (No. 6): The Colts believe in Jacoby Brissett, but he’s still not Andrew Luck.

15. Jaguars (No. 16): Nick Foles ensures 2019 will be more like 2017, less like 2018.

16. Packers (No. 15): The offense is an unknown; what is known is that Aaron Rodgers already has won his first power struggle with his new head coach.

17. Panthers (No. 18): Last year’s sluggish finish puts them in the middle of the pack to start the season. A healthy Cam Newton will put them in the playoff hunt, again.

18. Falcons (No. 19): The NFC South is sufficiently wide open to give an underrated Matt Ryan a chance to take control of it, again.

19. Titans (No. 20): They can beat anyone, and they can lose to anyone. They’ll bump significantly higher next week if they can beat the Browns.

20. Bills (No. 21): Either the Jets or the Bills will contend for an AFC wild-card spot; on Sunday, one of them gets a leg up in their head-to-head competition.

21. Texans (No. 17): They may be better offensively after a Saturday that eventually could make people quit talking about the Herschel Walker trade. But there’s a growing funk of dysfunction that not even a high-end coach like Bill O’Brien can fully escape.

22. 49ers (No. 22): Jimmy G is on the spot, and I didn’t mean that to be a double entendre when I typed it but what the hell.

23. Broncos (No. 23): As goes Joe Flacco will go the Broncos.

24. Jets (No. 24): There’s a big upside, including a potential playoff berth. But they’ve earned their placement in the lower third of the league.

25. Lions (No. 25): No one is paying attention to the Lions, and the Lions surely like it that way.

26. Buccaneers (No. 26): A boom or a bust is coming. However it plays out, it should be fun to watch.

27. Washington (No. 27): Some would say No. 27 is a little high.

28. Raiders (No. 28): The NFL is better when the Raiders are competitive, but for now I’m skeptical that they will be in their last year in Oakland.

29. Bengals (No. 29): Who precisely did the Bengals piss off to get sent to Seattle in Week One?

30. Giants (No. 31): The sooner they go with Daniel Jones, the sooner they become relevant again.

31. Cardinals (No. 32): They’ve shown us nothing about their new offense in the preseason, so there’s no way to bump them out of this hole.

32. Dolphins (No. 30): Tanks for nothing? Tanks for everything!

77 responses to “PFT’s Week One power rankings

  1. When they rate you #32 there is only one way to go. Bill….at least you get a better draft slot then 6-10 where Miami has lived for many years. Bill

  2. So the Texans are the lowest rated team in the AFCS and dropped after improving their O-Line and WR core … makes as much sense as giving Goff $100MM+ guaranteed

  3. LOL. Gotta love power rankings before a single game is played. So dumb.
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    At least we’re not talking about Zeke. Go Browns!

  4. “30. Giants (No. 31): The sooner they go with Daniel Jones, the sooner they become relevant again.”

    Wasn’t it as few as 3 months ago that Daniel Jones was a big joke and the worst draft pick ever?

  5. El Guapo – just confirm since moving to the NFC West the Seahawks have never finished 4th and 3rd only twice. They have finished 1st or 2nd

  6. The faster Brady and Belichick win the Patriots their 7th super bowl, the quicker they’ll be out of this league.

  7. sportoficionado says:
    September 4, 2019 at 1:14 pm
    If Cowboys are not top 5, then who is?

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    I would easily put the Seahawks, Bears, Rams, Steelers, Chargers, Browns and Packers all above the Cowboys.

  8. The Browns have earned exactly nothing. They cannot be in the top half until they show they won’t implode at the first sign of trouble and Baker can be a real NFL QB and not just another talented frat boy.

  9. The Cowboys were the NFC East Champs last season. It makes no sense that the declining Eagles are rated higher.

  10. Both you and Simms have Jaguars in AFC championship…doesn’t that make them automatically a Top 4 (or 6 at least) team? I love reading these for the jokes about the bottom feeders, but some logic must prevail at the top of the table.

  11. Trying too hard make something out of the Tunsil trade. No way it’s close to being on the level of the Herschel Walker trade.

  12. Wentz hasn’t played in over a year, and nobody knows how he will look on the field, but put them at #3. Got it. That’s why fans laugh at these “power” rankings every week, because they’re idiotic at best.

  13. Seahawks finished 10-6 last season, LA Rams finished 13-3. Both games played against eachother came down to the final minute with the Rams sweeping Seattle. Flip those 2 games and Seattle is 12-4 Rams 11-5. Seahawks upgraded their kicking position, and replaced Frank Clark with Clowney and Ansah. Kendricks is back healthy to go along with the leagues best linebacker in Bobby Wagner along with KJ Wright to make up the best 3 starting LB combination in the NFL. Seahawks might have the better offensive line now over the Rams. It’s very possible this is Seattle’s division to win in 2019.

  14. Bears and Seahawks ahead of the Rams seems off to me. I know the Rams didn’t perform well in the SB, but they still got there.

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    Let’s not forget,

    Not only did the Rams embarrass themselves in the SB, but they only got there because of a missed call. The Rams will be taking a major step back this year.

  15. That Eagles bandwagon is getting thick.

    Words like “Superbowl bowl Champions” and “elite” are being thrown around.

    Lets check back again in 3months to see if they even make the playoffs

  16. Please don’t include the Dolphins in this. They may start their punter at QB just to make sure they come in last every week in pft rankings.

  17. The Browns are not deserving to be in the top 20 until they win, and that comes from a long time fan and season ticket holder. Jags are underrated and Eagles overrated imo. Nick Foles > Carson Wentz.

  18. Based on “starting” talent, I can’t argue too much with the Cowboys in the top 5. However, the Cowboys never seem to construct a roster with any depth. As soon as a few starters go down, they never seem to have any capable back-ups. I’m sure most Cowboy fans will agree with that. A couple years ago when Zeke was suspended and Tyron Smith went down, the Cowboys were a train-wreck during that time. Meanwhile, the Eagles who lost 1/4 of their starters that same year, went on to win the Super Bowl.

  19. The Bengals started 4 – 1 and after with their starting quarterback, top receiving targets, defensive playmakers missing a significant amount of time ended up 6 -10. Most said that all they needed was to replace Marvin Lewis. So they replaced him with an innovative coach, got everyone back except for AJ Green but somehow they are worst? Not saying they are making the playoffs, but they should at least repeat the same record, if not improve it given the easier schedule.

  20. Two things: 1. Don’t take these rankings so serious. Meant to have a little fun. 2. For those fans that think their team is ranked too low based on last year’s record(ie: Rams should be higher than Seahawks,etc) remember last year’s record means little to this year. Every year approx 6 teams make the playoffs that didnt the year before and vice versa. Last year’s record doesnt get you any wins for this season.

  21. It’s very possible this is Seattle’s division to win in 2019.
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    That is until you consider who is calling the plays for each team. The Rams and Cardinals and 49ers all have offensive playcallers with modern playbooks, the Seahawks’ OC is still using his dad’s playbook from 1991.

  22. Redskins will break into the upper teens quickly. That defense is silly good. If they can take the air out of the ball, they’ll physically beat up a lot of teams. Not saying they’re great, just saying they are a mid level team.

  23. biffbiffington says:
    September 4, 2019 at 3:35 pm
    Redskins will break into the upper teens quickly. That defense is silly good. If they can take the air out of the ball, they’ll physically beat up a lot of teams. Not saying they’re great, just saying they are a mid level team.
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    Their D-Line is very good, but their secondary is garbage and their offense is garbage. Maybe they’ll go on an early ‘out of nowhere run’ and break in to the teens, but at the start of the season, but they’re right where they should be as of now.

  24. Once again the Patriots are at the top of the power rankings…..and they will be there again this time next year as well. Meanwhile by Dolphins don’t even deserve to be on the list

  25. phlyeaglesphly says:
    September 4, 2019 at 2:23 pm
    The Titans can beat anyone? Am I missing something here. Very strange to have Texans last in that division.

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    They have beat a bunch of top tier teams (including curb stomping the Pats last season) the last couple seasons while losing to some gutter dwellers.

  26. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    September 4, 2019 at 1:55 pm
    Wentz hasn’t played in over a year, and nobody knows how he will look on the field, but put them at #3. Got it. That’s why fans laugh at these “power” rankings every week, because they’re idiotic at best.

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    If I remember correctly, Wentz played thru mid-December, so it’s been less than a year.

  27. So you must think Deshaun Watson goes down in game1. Watson is 13-1 when the opponent scores under 24 points and he has not been beaten in the regular season by more than one score. He very quietly had numbers comparable to Mahomes in the second half of 2018 and he is about to take it to another level.

  28. In what world are the Saints the #6 team in the NFC? Who did these rankings? Maybe a guy who played QB in the NFL?

    The Saints are a better overall team this year than last year. They also have more depth at most positions. This Drew Brees is getting old theme is really getting old. He had a beat up and wounded Offensive Line at the end of the season and a beat up WR corps. That was his “slump” not any physical slump with him. See you in Florida in February, after the NFC Championship game in New Orleans.

  29. JoshAllenishotgarbage says:
    September 4, 2019 at 1:33 pm
    The bills should be ranked in the top five with the great Josh Allen leading them
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    I agree with you Joe!

  30. I’m a former Seahawks season ticket holder transplanted to Pensacola, Florida and even I think #6 is a little high right now. Seahawks always start slow, all 11 rookies made the team., and while Ziggy Ansah and Jedeveon Clowney bring many Pro Bowls to their position of greatest need, neither of them had even a week of practice yet. When Jarran Reed comes off of suspension in week 7 I can see it, if they do well through the toughest part of their schedule this year. Rams need to be at #2 so their precipitous fall will be all the more beautiful at the end of the year.

  31. philadelphiafan says:
    September 4, 2019 at 4:20 pm
    ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    September 4, 2019 at 1:55 pm
    Wentz hasn’t played in over a year, and nobody knows how he will look on the field, but put them at #3. Got it. That’s why fans laugh at these “power” rankings every week, because they’re idiotic at best.

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    If I remember correctly, Wentz played thru mid-December, so it’s been less than a year.

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    You are correct. That is not accurate the folks that like to run the narrative that Wentz cant last more than half a season. He’s shown he can hold up for a good three quarters.

  32. Here is my own power ranking:

    Rams Patriots Chiefs Saints Steelers Jaguars Chargers Packers Eagles Vikings 49ers Cowboys Bears Ravens Browns Falcons SeaDorks Titans Lions Texans Panthers Bills Broncos Raiders Cardinals Bengals Bucs Colts Redskins Jets Giants Dolphins

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