Results matching “preseason power rankings”

Leonard Williams sets a goal of a sack a game

The Jets’ offseason didn’t do much to generate predictions of good things ahead in the 2017 season and the summer hasn’t changed the outlook for the team that ranked 32nd in our Preseason Power Rankings. If the Jets do surpass the low expectations set for them, it will likely come because their defense is able [more]

The official PFT preseason power rankings landing page

It’s over. It’s done. The full 32-team PFT preseason power rankings are posted, with all teams ranked from top to bottom. We’re not saying you should click every single link and then come back here, but you should click every single link and then come back here. And then you should insert comments about how [more]

PFT preseason power rankings No. 1: New England Patriots

Two weeks. 16 days. 31 individual snapshots of the various NFL franchises. One to go. You already knew which team it would be after we unveiled No. 2 (hell, you probably knew who it was before we unveiled No. 32). The Patriots. Five-time Super Bowl winners. Two in the last three years. And, most importantly, [more]

PFT preseason power rankings No. 2: Atlanta Falcons

The thing people will remember about the 2016 Falcons is that they blew a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl. That’s reality, but also a shame, because there was so much positive about their season and what it portends for the future. The Falcons have traditionally had skill-position talent, but they pushed it to another [more]

PFT preseason power rankings No. 3: Green Bay Packers

Seven years ago, the Packers barely made it to the playoffs. And then they went on the road for three straight playoff games, made it to the Super Bowl, and won the whole damn thing. Since then, the Packers rarely have had to struggle to get to the postseason, but they’ve been unable to get [more]

PFT preseason power rankings No. 4: Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers have six Super Bowl trophies. They’d likely have more but for the team that has won five in the last 16 years. And in a year that the Patriots hope to match the Steelers at six, the Steelers may be the primary impediment to New England. But here’s the problem. In an offseason that [more]

PFT preseason power rankings No. 5: Oakland Raiders

The biggest news of the Raiders offseason had little to do with the team they’ll be putting on the field in September. That news was, of course, that they’ll be moving to Las Vegas after a long and fruitless attempt to find a stadium deal in Oakland. The fact that they’re on their way out [more]

PFT preseason power rankings No. 6: Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott has proclaimed the Cowboys are going to win the NFC East again. If so, they will accomplish some things they haven’t in a long time. The Cowboys haven’t repeated as division champions since 1996, the year after the franchise’s last Super Bowl championship; they have not posted back-to-back winning seasons since 2008-09; and [more]

Josh McCown respects Brandon Marshall’s dim view of the Jets

Former Jets receiver Brandon Marshall recently said he wouldn’t have made it through another season with the team “knowing that we didn’t have a chance.” The man who likely will be the Week One starting quarterback, and who played with Marshall in Chicago, has reacted to that assessment of his new team. “That’s Brandon’s opinion [more]

Bucs soon to begin effort to be “badass”

Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter declared after the draft that he wants his team to be “badass.” The effort begins this week, with the NFL Films/HBO cameras rolling and microphones engaged. But first the players need to be on the same page as to what it means to be badass. “A badass team means someone is [more]

PFT preseason power rankings No. 7: Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots are the only two teams in the NFL to have won at least one playoff game in each of the last five seasons. The Seahawks had few departures from last year’s roster that lost in the Divisional Round to the Atlanta Falcons. They’ve added an 11-man draft class [more]

PFT preseason power rankings No. 8: Kansas City Chiefs

While the Chiefs may not be knocking on the door of the Super Bowl, they’ve been loitering on the porch. For 2017, the question is whether they’re deliberately taking a few steps down toward the sidewalk in order to getting a running start that will knock it down. In three of coach Andy Reid’s four [more]

PFT preseason power rankings No. 9: New York Giants

The Giants got back to the playoffs last season and their defensive turnaround was the biggest reason for their return. They signed defensive end Olivier Vernon, defensive tackle Damon Harrison and cornerback Janoris Jenkins and saw those players team with defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and defensive player of the year candidate Landon Collins to form [more]

PFT preseason power rankings No. 10: Tennessee Titans

The Titans lost both their quarterback and their playoff chances on Christmas Eve when Marcus Mariota went down with a broken ankle. The fact they were that close underscores how solidly they’re built, and how close they are to making their turnaround real. After solidifying both lines (their offensive line doesn’t get the publicity of [more]

PFT preseason power rankings No. 11: Miami Dolphins

Five weeks into the 2016 season, it looked like the change to Adam Gase at head coach wouldn’t do anything to change the franchise’s fortunes. They were 1-4 and a competent kicking performance from the Browns in Week Three would have had the Dolphins looking up at the rest of the league with an 0-5 [more]