NFL Power Rankings: Preseason

Tom Brady

Tom Brady is an absolutely incredible quarterback. Can he get his sixth ring in 2017?


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Rank
Last Season
Team
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27
new-jetsNew York is legit tanking for Sam Darnold. Makes sense with their actions this offseason, coupled with Josh McCown being the starting quarterback.
31
32
clevelandThey are the Cleveland Browns, but they have DeShone Kizer starting for them. There is hope but it is expected that they'll hang around these parts of the rankings for the year.
30
31
san-franciscoThe 49ers are in full rebuild mode. Either their sights are on a NCAA quarterback in the upcoming draft or Kirk Cousins in free agency. It'll be a long season for San Francisco.
29
30
chicagoChicago seems to be trending in the positive direction, just not fast enough. Jordan Howard will be a stud this year but a lack of solid quarterbacking and any good wide receivers, the offense will likely go no where fast.
28
20
indianapolisThe Colts just traded a first round wide receiver (albeit flamed out) to New England for a third-string quarterback. Andrew Luck is still recovering from another injury (thanks to a swiss cheese line) - things look bleak in Indianapolis.
27
28
los-angelesLos Angeles has themselves a new head coach and a new direction but they still seem a little ways away from being a competitive team in the NFC West. Enjoy the ride.
26
30
jacksonvilleWe're playing Doug Marrone football in Jacksonville. The rest of this message has been preemptively punted on 4th and 1.
25
19
buffaloIt sucks to be a Buffalo Bills fan (x18). The team has a direction (finally) but it is towards a few season rebuild. 8-8 is possible but 4-12 is more likely.
24
25
cincinnatiCan the Bengals bounce back after their first season under-.500 since 2010? Signs point to yes.
23
22
arizonaArizona still has a talented franchise but has their window of opportunity closed? With David Johnson, *extremely Kevin Garnett voice* anything is possible.
22
18
new-orleansDrew Brees will have to throw for over 5,000 yards if the Saints even want to sniff the playoff picture.
21
17
baltimoreJoe Flacco is not elite. Same goes for this Ravens squad. They'll either miss the playoffs narrowly or flame out in the first round of the playoffs.
20
21
minnesota
Minnesota has a dynamic backfield again with Cook and Murray leading the way. If Sam Bradford can put in a little more than a managed game, Minnesota might be going places.
19
24
carolinaCam Newton hasn't played a snap this preseason, coming off of rotator cuff surgery. The team says he is healthy and will be fine to play this season. We'll be the judge of that.
18
26
san-diegoAhh, yes - the redheaded stepchild of franchise relocation. The Chargers should be able to compete in the Wild Card race but the AFC West is all but spoken for.
17
15
denverTrevor Siemian will be entrusted to lead this franchise to glory. We'll see you next season, Broncos fans.
16
23
philadelphiaCarson Wentz has quite an arm on him, that's for sure. After an offseason of new weapons being added to his personal arsenal, expect Wentz to catapult this Eagles team a little higher.
15
8
miamiMiami, your quarterback is Jay Cutler. I really don't know what else to tell you.
14
4
kansas-cityAlex Smith is not the answer at quarterback but he might be able to help Kansas City get to the playoffs. We want to know when Pat Mahomes will get under center.
13
13
washingtonIs this the last year of Kirk Cousins in Washington? After an abstract failure of contract talks, it might be. Either way, Cousins' motivation might help (and ultimately hurt) this team.
12
12
detroitMatthew Stafford is now the highest paid quarterback in the history of the NFL and why not? He is indeed good, it's the rest of the team around him (we're looking at you, Lions defense) that has failed to pick him up.
11
11
houstonHouston has fallen on some tough times as of late with Hurricane Harvey ripping through. Thankfully, Texans fans will have another mediocre offense to watch!
10
16
tampa-bayOh boy, these Buccaneers are something I want to see more of. Last season, they appeared ready to make the jump and now it is time to shit or get off the pot. The NFC South will be lit, folks.
9
10
green-bayAaron Rodgers should never have to win six straight games to make the playoffs, but he can put the team on his back doe. Expect Green Bay to run away with the NFC North.
8
14
tennesseeThe Titans were a Marcus Mariota leg away from making a spirited run in last year's playoffs. They loaded back up and Mariota is ready to pick up where they left off.
7
7
new-giantsNew York is always hanging around, it seems. Eli Manning may not have much gas left in the tank, but he has a lot of weapons this season and might just be able to make magic happen again.
6
9
seattleSeattle's defense continues to be absolutely terrifying. Russell Wilson, dogged by nagging injury last season, should be back to normal. They'll enter as favorites in the NFC West.
5
2
dallasDallas had a stellar year in 2016, thanks to Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott. Can those two replicate their play in 2017? If yes, Dallas will be tough to beat.
4
6
pittsburghAfter winning the AFC North for the second time in three years, Pittsburgh appeared ready to step back into the "super" spotlight but were stopped in their tracks by New England. Look for the Steelers to be knocking on that door again, in hopes of a February trip to Minnesota.
3
3
oaklandOakland was another team obstructed by a broken leg last season. Derek Carr is healthy, Marshawn Lynch (!!!) is in Oakland and we are all ready for this to happen. Don't pay attention to their impending move to Las Vegas.
2
5
atlantaThe Falcons blew a 28-3 lead. Should have mixed in a few runs there, eh champ?
1
1
new-englandTom Brady is the greatest quarterback we will ever see. No reason to believe that the Patriots will not be in the thick of things come January and February.

Written by Ryan Wolfe

Ryan Wolfe is the founder and editor-in-chief of BLTD Sports. He can be heard on the BLTD Podcast. Ryan's writing is also featured over at TheHockeyWriters.com.

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