All week we have seen the pretenders put out their power rankings.
Now it’s time for the OFFICIAL preason power rankings...
1. Eagles: They won the Super Bowl with their back up QB. Without Hicks. Without Sproles. Without the MVP (in my eyes).
Eagles will be in the top 5 all season barring disaster.
ERTZ, JEFFREY, AGHOLOR, GOEDERT, and a healthy Darren Sproles?? Wentz might throw for 5,000 yards. See ya in January and February, Eagles.
2. Falcons: These rankings are for this year, not last year. The Falcons were a Julio Jones catch in the end zone away from potentially winning the Super Bowl. They come into this year stacked. I’m expecting a huge bounce back year from Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. They are the team that scares me the most in the NFC. The Super Bowl is in Atlanta and they will be hungry.
3. Patriots: Until Tom Brady proves someone wrong, having him outside of your top 3 would be idiotic. He torched the Eagles in the Super Bowl. If it wasn’t for Nick Foles and the Philly special, Tom and Bill would have yet another ring.
4. Saints: I said it last year but may have been a year too soon. Will this be the year that Brees and Payton go out on top? They have the talent on both sides of the ball and easily could have (and should have) been playing in Philly for the NFC Championship last year. One gigantic disaster kept this team from potentially hoisting the Lombardi. 4 games of no Ingram won’t be a problem. Good luck stopping Alvin Kamara. Then Ingram comes back to form the best 1-2 RB combo in the league. Buy stock in the Saints.
5. RAMS: Young, talented, and scary. Adding some key pieces like Suh, Peters, Talib, Cooks should only help them build on what they started last season. To quote Bob Ryan from Entourage...”what if I told you you could have an 11-5 team and add a bunch of key players in the offseason, would that be something you might be interested in.”
6. STEELERS: Until Brown or Bell leave, the Steelers are always going to be high on the power rankings list. JuJu is an excellent complimentary piece to the best receiver and best running back in the league. I expect Bell to be back before week 1. This team will be EXPLOSIVE.
7. PACKERS: Because I would never put Blake Bortles or Kirk Cousins ahead of Aaron Rodgers and unfortunately they are up next.
8.JAGUARS: Blake Bortles and the Jaguars are Super Bowl contenders. I don’t trust Blake Bortles but his defense is the best in the league and will carry him. He can manage games all the way to playoffs and a 10+ win season.
9. VIKINGS: Everyone can rank this slightly above mediocre team in their top 3 (which is what I have seen in other rankings and is absolutely insane) but everyone can also be proven wrong.
Here’s my hot take: Vikings miss the playoffs.
Detroit and Green Bay twice is tough. Chicago will be decent this year as well. The only reason they make this list is because they made the NFC championship last year when they lost 38-7. Not buying into the Vikings. 9-7 and 3rd in their division. Don’t get used to them on this list.
10. PANTHERS: Some will say they are too high on the list. But Cam Newton has Christian McCaffrey who will only be better in year two. CJ Anderson and Torrey Smith are actually upgrades from what they had last year, and they made the playoffs. I fully expect them to be a playoff team again this year.
11.CHARGERS: Their division stinks. The Raiders and Gruden don’t scare me. Chiefs don’t scare me (yet). Denver doesnt scare me. The Chargers coming in at 11 is perfect for Rivers. It’s a mediocre spot for an above average QB who loves being average. Can’t see them making a Super Bowl run, but they have the weapons on both sides of the ball to win their division.
12.Texans: This team will be scary if Deshaun Watson is healthy. They should challenge the Jaguars for the NFC South title. The Texans could be a team that makes a huge jump in the rankings this year.
On the bubble...
Titans: The team that everyone forgets about because they aren't really memorable. But they won a playoff game and have a new coach. If Mariota develops they could be back in the playoffs.
Giants: A new coach, a new stud running back, and the return of Odell should motivate Eli Manning.
Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes is the wildcard. If he’s good (big if) then they can contend in the AFC West. They are loaded with talent.
Lions : Can Matt Patricia finally take the Lions to the next level, or will his pencil run out of lead?
Bucs: Thier roster is filled with underachievers, but they’re talented.