NFL Power Rankings Week 1
With less than a week to go before the NFL season kicks off here's a brief rundown of the NFL power rankings heading into Week 1.
Starting in Week 3, the new OddsShark.com adjusted power rankings will be in place, complete with dozens of mathematical and stat breakdowns. For the first two weeks, we have an opinion power ranking to help your NFL handicapping.
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TODAY. 1. New Orleans – The defending Super Bowl champs still have the core of their offense intact. 2. Indianapolis – Peyton Manning and Co. are ready for another Super Bowl run. 3. Minnesota – Brett Favre's back, but half a season without Sidney Rice might impact his numbers. 4. Baltimore – Joe Flacco welcomes Anquan Boldin to the fold, and don't forget about Ray Rice. 5. Green Bay – Aaron Rodgers and the offense look lethal. What about the defense? 6. Dallas – They put their playoff demons to rest last season. Can Tony Romo lead them further this time? 7. NY Jets – Mark Sanchez needs to avoid a sophomore slump. Defense could use a Darrelle Revis boost as well. 8. New England – Wes Welker's miraculous recovery is just what Tom Brady needed. 9. San Diego – No Vincent Jackson? No problem, with Malcolm Floyd and Legedu Naanee ready to step up. 10. Atlanta – If Michael Turner can rebound the Falcons will be ones to watch. 11. San Francisco – With Arizona taking a step back now is the time for the 49ers to take over in the NFC West. 12. Cincinnati – Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens could be a quarterback's dream, or a nightmare for Carson Palmer. 13. Houston – The Texans may finally make the postseason for the first time in franchise history.14. Miami – Will the arrival of Brandon Marshall quash the wildcat in Miami? 15. Philadelphia – Kevin Kolb takes over for Donovan McNabb, and he's loaded with talented receivers with DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. 16. Arizona – No Kurt Warner and no Anquan Boldin could mean no more playoffs for Arizona.
17. NY Giants – The once-mighty Giants defense has lost a step. 18. Pittsburgh – Can they stay afloat while Ben Roethlisberger is suspended? 19. Tennessee – Vince Young will define the Titans' season more than Chris Johnson. 20. Chicago – The Jay Cutler experiment enters its second season with Mike Martz calling the plays. 21. Washington – McNabb may start his Washington career on the sidelines if an ankle injury keeps him down in Week 1. 22. Denver – Lost their No. 1 receiver and had a horrible draft according to the experts. 23. Carolina – Time for a rebuild in Carolina where Matt Moore is simply keeping Jimmy Clausen's seat warm. 24. Seattle – Pete Carroll won't bring his winning ways from USC to Seattle with this bunch of underachievers. 25. Oakland – Jason Campbell is an improvement, but anything would have been over JaMarcus Russell. 26. Kansas City – Matt Cassel and Jamaal Charles could have a bright future in K.C, but where's the D? 27. Jacksonville – Maurice Jones-Drew will be great, but there's little else to be happy about in Jacksonville, home of the blackout. 28. Cleveland – Jake Delhomme is the answer in Cleveland? Only if the question was: What washed-up QB can take the Browns even lower? 29. Detroit – Matt Stafford has some tools to work with in Calvin Johnson and Jahvid Best, but there's still a lot of work to be done in Motown. 30. Tampa Bay – Josh Freeman has some new weapons from the draft to work with, but he'll have to break them in after missing almost the entire preseason. 31. Buffalo – Trent Edwards or Ryan Fitzpatrick will be their starting quarterback. Enough said. 32. St. Louis – Even if they only win two games it's an improvement over last season.