NFL Season Week 1 Preseason Power Rankings

The NFL season kicks off in earnest in less than two weeks, but we’re already hitting our stride here at Around The NFL. How do you know? Because we’ve been cranking out preseason power rankings like clockwork.

Below, you’ll find our pre-Week 1 edition of the power rankings. Dan Hanzus, Chris Wesseling and Gregg Rosenthal are all working hard to get you prepared for the 2016 season while Marc Sessler continues to bask in the glory of the first-ever Around The NFL preseason power rankings championship. (Seriously, do not mess with Marc on this subject.)

As always, teams are listed from worst to first because that’s how we roll around these parts. Well, that and a little something called “science.”

The NFL season is right around the corner, and there’s a lot to look forward to. How will the new-look Patriots look? Will the Browns finally get their act together? And most importantly, will any of the new rule changes make a difference? I’m not sure about any of those things, but I am sure that our Preseason Power Rankings (developed using an advanced, proprietary formula) are totally accurate.

1. Pittsburgh Steelers

2. New England Patriots

3. Philadelphia Eagles

4. Los Angeles Rams

5. Green Bay Packers

6. Minnesota Vikings

7. New Orleans Saints

8. Atlanta Falcons

9. Jacksonville Jaguars

10. Kansas City Chiefs

The NFL season is almost upon us. The time has come to make our way-too-early predictions and declare our preseason power rankings.

We know what you’re thinking: How can we possibly rank all 32 teams when a handful of those squads haven’t even taken the field? Well, that’s just it. There are a number of factors that affect our rankings, and we’re not just looking at wins and losses.

The team’s quarterback situation, coaching staff, front office and offseason moves were all taken into account as well. And no, there aren’t any bold predictions in here—just straight talk from the experts at Sports Illustrated. Let’s get to it.

The NFL season is upon us. Every team is 0-0 and has hope for a Super Bowl run. Now, that doesn’t mean that every team has a legitimate shot at the Lombardi Trophy — no matter how many preseason games they win — but it’s still fun to believe.

In the preseason, fans get their first taste of football in six months. The starters go in and out of the game early, but this time of year is often thought to be the best time to scout talent on the depth chart or see how rookies have progressed over training camp.

In this week’s power rankings, we’ll tell you which teams impressed us most throughout the first week of preseason action and why they’re ranked where they are in this list.

With a little more than two weeks remaining before the regular season begins, we thought it would be a good time to take another look at the NFL power rankings. We checked in on these teams back in May, but since then they’ve made some major changes and additions. And as we look ahead to what should be an exciting 2016 campaign, let’s see where everyone stands.

32. Cleveland Browns

The Browns have been stuck at the bottom of the NFL for several years now and things don’t appear to be getting any better in 2016. They are currently the only team with less than 30/1 odds to win Super Bowl 51 and that’s because there is no hope for this franchise over the next several seasons.

31. San Francisco 49ers

For a team that won three straight NFC titles from 2011-13, the 49ers have fallen off quite a bit. The organization cut Colin Kaepernick and didn’t do much to improve its roster this offseason, which means they will likely be one of the worst teams in football again this year.

30. Los Angeles Rams

The Rams could easily rise up the rankings over the next few seasons, but right now they are very weak offensively. They ranked dead last in passing

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers finished last season ranked No. 1 in our power rankings, and they would have been a popular pick to repeat that feat even before the Patriots were docked a first-round draft pick for Deflategate. With Tom Brady likely missing at least the first month of the 2015 campaign, Pittsburgh’s path to AFC supremacy has never looked clearer.

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys addressed their biggest offseason need with their selection of La’el Collins in the seventh round of this year’s draft. The former LSU star is expected to compete for playing time at guard and gives Dallas an impressive amount of flexibility up front. If he earns his way into the starting lineup, the Cowboys are suddenly looking at one of the better offensive lines in football.

New England Patriots

It is hard to imagine a scenario in which Tom Brady is not still an elite quarterback when he returns from his four-game suspension, but New England will be tested during his absence. The Patriots enter the season with question marks along the defensive line and at receiver, while Rob Gronkowski is recovering from another surgery on his troublesome hamstring/knee area.

Green Bay Packers

What do you do when your offense scores 486 points, second-most in franchise history? You improve your

1. New England Patriots: They are the best team in the NFL. They have Tom Brady, who is the best quarterback in the league. They also have one of the deepest and most dangerous offensive lines in the league.

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