NFL Power Rankings: Week 1

The NFL season finally kicks off tonight with a matchup between the Cowboys and the Giants. But before things get underway, let’s look at our NFL power rankings heading into week 1.

1. New York Giants

The Giants are the defending Super Bowl champions so they’ll start off in the top spot.

2. Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers is still the quarterback and he still has ample weapons at his disposal. The defense should be better and if it is, the Packers could be making a Super Bowl appearance.

3. New England Patriots

Brady and Belichick head into the season as the team to beat in the AFC.

4. Houston Texans

The Texans proved that they could win in the playoffs without Matt Schaub. Now with Schaub back, the Texans are poised to take the next step.

5. San Francisco 49ers

They have the running game. They have the defense. Now can Alex Smith take the passing game to the next level?

6. Chicago Bears

Offensive line is still a concern. But with a healthy Jay Cutler and Matt Forte and the additions of Brandon Marshall and Michael Bush, the Bears are looking really strong.

7. Philadelphia Eagles

The “Dream Team” hasn’t quite lived up to expectations, but you just can’t ignore all that talent.

8. Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons shook things up by bringing in new offensive and defensive coordinators. If the defense is improved and Matt Ryan continues to improve, the Falcons could be a contender.

9. New Orleans Saints

Bountygate or not, the Saints still have the talent to make a run.

10. Baltimore Ravens

It’s time for Joe Flacco to step it up because he won’t be able to rely on the Ravens’ defense as much as he has in prior seasons.

11. Detroit Lions

There are issues in the secondary, but a potent offense and nasty pass rush could be enough to mask those issues

12. Pittsburgh Steelers

You can never count the Steelers out, but they have issues on the offensive line and key players recovering from injuries.

13. Dallas Cowboys

Once again, the Cowboys are talented. Can they finally put it together?

14. Cincinnati

Nothing is flashy about the Bengals. They just play solid on both sides of the ball.

15. Denver Broncos

We’re still not sure what Peyton Manning will be, but the Broncos still have a solid running game and defense.

16. Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs have quietly put together a very talented team. The only question mark? Matt Cassell.

17. Carolina Panthers

Year two for Cam Newton with a good defense to support him.

18. San Diego Chargers

Norv Turner is still the coach. That’s all you need to know.

19. Buffalo Bills

The defense should be much improved. If everyone can stay healthy, the Bills could be competing for a playoff spot.

20. Seattle Seahawks

The defense should be fine. Now what will the offense do with rookie Russell Wilson at the helm.

21. New York Jets

The players are there, but it’s the Jets.

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

We think they’ll be drastically improved, but until they actually show it, they start this low.

23. Oakland Raiders

Another team that has potential to be good, but can they put it together?

24. Tennessee Titans

The Titans are now Jake Locker’s team. Will he take them to the playoffs or make the Titans regret not starting Matt Hasselbeck

25. Washington Redskins

RG3 has a few weapons around him to have a decent rookie season.

26. Arizona Cardinals

Good defense, but the offense doesn’t have a proven commodity at quarterback.

27. St. Louis Rams

Steve Fisher will at least make the Rams competitive.

28. Jacksonville Jaguars

With MJD back in the fold, the Jaguars look to improve upon last season.

29. Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill doesn’t have many weapons at his disposal so you know how this will end.

30. Minnesota Vikings

They’ll be improved. They’ll also be the punching bag in the NFC North.

31. Cleveland Browns

We’ll see if Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson can change things in Cleveland.

32. Indianapolis Colts

The Colts start at the bottom, but we don’t expect them to finish here.

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