NFL 2013-14 Preseason Power Rankings

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With one week of the NFL preseason in the books it feels great to have football back. Now that we have seen how some of the teams looks it is time to put together the preseason power rankings for all 32 NFL teams. Find out where your favorite teams off season leaves them coming into a new season. Many surprises are in these rankings but many questions are still unanswered. Throughout the season I will be updating this list. Much can change from now until even week one of the regular season.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars

Sorry Blaine Gabbert, you quarterbacked the worst team in the NFL. Luckily the number 1 pick in the draft will likely be defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Unluckily Jay Cutler, Josh Freeman, and Michael Vick are all free agents, so you very well may lose your job, Gabbert. I wish you the best on your next team.

31. Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders may be pretty good… if… umm… Ok! So the Raiders flop again. Can someone just let Terrelle Pryor see what he can do?

30. New York Jets

The New York Jets are going to be a fun team to watch this season. Not because they will play exciting football, but it’s going to be fun to see how long it takes them to finally let go of Mark Sanchez. I do believe this is the year though.

29. Cleveland Browns

I like Trent Richardson. I like the lines on both sides of the ball. That is as far as it goes. This team could pull off more wins than expected, but don’t expect it.

28. Tennessee Titans

The Titans improved their offensive line, to help out Chris Johnson and newly acquired Shonn Greene. This is a passing league however and I do not believe Jake Locker is the guy.

27. Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills are going to be a different team than a year ago with new quarterback EJ Manual and C.J. Spiller tacking complete control over the run game. Not better, but different.

26.  San Diego Chargers

I am hoping that things turn around for the Chargers. I have always thought Philip Rivers is the type of quarterback who could lead a team to a super bowl. With the question marks at running back and receiver, however, I just do not see this team being the one right now.

25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Josh Freeman will be playing on a contract year, Doug Martin is a rising star, and Vincent Jackson is arguably a top ten NFL receiver. It seems as though the Buccaneers have a real shot at something here but their defense is just brutal. Darrelle Revis is a bright spot, but who knows how big that island is after his injury.

24. Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs have done a lot to prove themselves for a team that ended last season with the worst record in the NFL. Some people say this team could even make the playoffs but I think 24 is a fair ranking for them until we actually see in games what Alex Smith and Andy Reid can put together here in KC.

23. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been known for their toughness for year. Well not this years. The Steelers toughest player, James Harrison is gone, they lost one of the fastest receivers in the league with the departure of Mike Wallace, and Troy Polamalu is another year older.

22. St. Louis Rams

How long does Sam Bradford have to prove himself? This teams needs a winning season right now and with Steven Jackson gone, Bradford has no veteran to fall back on. Better get rookie receiver Tavon Austin and newly added tight end Jared Cook ready to make immediate impacts.

21. Philadelphia Eagles

Chip Kelly is going to make this team one of the most fun and explosive offenses to watch play. Unfortunately, that will not translate to too many wins. Hopefully Jeremy Maclin is fully healthy when Chip Kelly-year-two rolls around.

20. Arizona Cardinals

I am hearing nothing but great things about rookie Tyrann Mathieu. If Carson Palmer can get back to his Bengal days, we could see this team as a sneaky playoff contender.

19. Miami Dolphins

Miami went out and spent a ton of money this off season and it has pushed them into playoff contention. A fairly easy schedule and a very weak AFC is definitely helping their cause as well.

18. Carolina Panthers

Despite being ranked one spot better than the Dolphins, their odds of making the playoffs are much worse. The NFC is very tough, especially when you need to play the Saints and the Falcons twice each year. Cam Newton has the talent to lead this team to bigger things, but we have yet to see it.

17. Detroit Lions

With the addition of Reggie Bush, the Detroit Lions Offense will open up some. Quarterback Matt Stafford just needs to make good decisions and this team could be something special. The team did also lose a few defensive players but outside of Cliff Avril I do not think it will hurt them too much.

16. Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings made a surprise run into the playoffs a season ago thanks to one of the most prolific season performances we have ever seen by running back Adrian Peterson. They have added three first round picks so a lot is expected of the rookies on this team. Like most teams the success of this team will depend on the success of the quarterback. If Christian Ponder can open up the play action and stay productive, it could be a good season for the Minnesota Vikings.

15.  Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck is the future face of the NFL. Unfortunately that is still for the future. The Colts are good and will fight for a playoff spot but they cannot yet compete with the top tier teams in the league.

14. Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals have a lot of questions on offense this year. The only safe thing we can say is that Andy Dalton to A.J. Green is a great combination. If the new rookie weapons — running back Giovani Bernard and tight end Tyler Eifert — can prove to be valuable pieces and the talented defense can keep taking strides in the right direction, I think this team could go far.

13. New York Giants

Eli Manning is an elite quarterback so regardless of many injuries and contract disputes, this team is good. The defense needs work, however, after finishing second-to-last in total team defense a year ago.

12. Dallas Cowboys

For the (feels like) 457348764th year in a row, the Dallas Cowboys have one of the NFL’s best roster on paper. Until I see Tony Romo play at a high level when it matters most consistently, I refuse to put this team a tier higher. Don’t try to tell me that football is a team sport either because, even though that is true, the entire team looks to the quarterback to lead the team.

11. Chicago Bears

The Bears have a new offensive line so this team should be much better than a year ago. I expect to see sophomore receiver Alshon Jeffery take a big step up this year as well. If Jay Cutler plays to the top of his ability it will be an exciting year in Chicago.

10. New Orleans Saints

They’re back. With the return of head coach Sean Payton and some of their defensive leaders the Saints are ready to return back to full form. I still need to see that they still have it but with Drew Brees and some good offensive weapons leading the team, I feel good with having this team crack the top ten.

9. Seattle Seahawks

A lot of hype has built up around this team and I am not sure why. The most noise they made a season ago was when they won a game, which they did not really win. They made a great signing this off season in receiver Percy Harvin, but already lost him due to injury. The talent on the team is there but Russell Wilson played last year as an underdog, now he is expected to win a championship in only his second year. That is a different type of pressure. The defensive backs and Marshawn Lynch are the reason this team will be in contention for the playoffs.

8. Washington Redskins

How healthy is Robert Griffin III? Healthy enough to guarantee he will be playing in Week 1 and wants to play right now. This being said, technically the Redskins are still riding a seven game win streak with RGIII playing. The defense is very good and should be even better with the return of defensive leader Brian Orakpo.

7. Baltimore Ravens

The defending super bowl champion Baltimore Ravens are getting some credit from me despite losing a few of the best leaders on the team in Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Matt Birk and Anquan Boldin. They lost more key pieces than this but have added as well. Key additions include, Chris Canty, Michael Huff, Elvis Dumervil, and Dallas Clark. Not to mention they drafted extremely well, finding four rookies who could start week one.

6. Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers may have the most well rounded defense in the NFL and that goes along with arguably the best quarterback in Aaron Rogers. What held this team back a year ago, was the offensive line. Rogers was hit a lot and unfortunately they lost one of their best lineman, left tackle Brian Bulaga, to injury. I do not expect the line to be much better but maybe with two talented rookie running backs the offense can open up a bit.

5. Houston Texans

The Houston Texans are definitely a complete team. This team could find themselves in a super bowl for the first time in Franchise history. Matt Schaub just need to become the guy. You know… that guy.

4. New England Patriots

So many people are expecting so little from the Patriots offense this year because the receiving weapons are gone. Newsflash everyone: Tom Brady is still throwing the ball. When old receivers leave, new receivers come in. Danny Amendola is going to play a big role along with new rookie receivers Aaron Dobsin, Josh Boyce, and Kenbrell Thompkins. The new group they have at tight end is very solid as well. The defense has also taken a big step this year. Regardless of all the naysayers, the New England Patriots will be strong contenders once again.

3. Denver Broncos

If this were a ranking of the AFC teams, the list would be over and the Broncos would hold the top spot. Unfortunately for them it is the entire NFL and the NFC holds both of the top spots. Do not let third place fool you though, the Denver Broncos have as good of a chance as anyone to take home a super bowl this year. With the addition of Wes Welker, the Broncos offense and Peyton Manning are going to be great.

2. San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco has come a long way in the last two seasons. Consecutive deep runs in the playoffs but consecutive disappointing finishes. Well the 49ers plan to finish what they started in 2014. The team is looking as good as ever with Colin Kaepernick leading the offense. Veterans Frank Gore and Vernon Davis are hungry for a championship and they could very well get it this year. With the best linebacker group I have ever seen it is safe to say that the San Francisco 49ers are a team everyone will be looking out for.

1. Atlanta Falcons

The number one team in the NFL coming into the 2013-14 NFL season is the Atlanta Falcons. Matt Ryan showed often last season that he can make all of the throws necessary in the NFL and got his first playoff victory under his belt. Now that his draft buddy Joe Flacco has ponied up with a ring the pressure is on Matty Ice to be next. With receivers like Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez and a new running back presence in Steven Jackson, there are no excuses for this team to not make a deep run in the playoffs. Osi Umenyiora has also joined the team to provide a pass rushing presence along the defensive line. If 2013 goes the way I see it, the Atlanta Falcons will hold up the Lombardi Trophy at season’s end.

Comments

  1. SteveStevens says:

    3/10

  2. zackvargulish says:

    Solid. Great points all around . . .