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NFL Power Rankings: Champs are No. 1

Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes, left, and Tyrann Mathieu celebrate after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

JACKSONVILLE – Senior writer John Oehser's pre-Week 1 2020 NFL power rankings. And we all know how important these are …

Rank. Team (record) | Comment

1.Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) | The champs are No. 1 until they show otherwise

2.Baltimore Ravens (14-2) | Easy choice for No. 2; could be No. 1 soon

3.San Francisco 49ers (13-3) | Dominant defense could let them overcome runner-up hangover

4.New Orleans Saints (13-3) | Oddly overlooked for a team this good – with a QB as good as Drew Brees

5.Green Bay Packers (13-3) | Aaron Rodgers is still Aaron Rodgers

6.Seattle Seahawks (11-5) | Defense must improve to give QB Russell Wilson a chance

7.Houston Texans (10-6) | AFC South's team to beat until they show otherwise

8.Minnesota Vikings (10-6) | Is this the year they finally break through in postseason?

9.Buffalo Bills (10-6) | Solid choice for this year's breakout team

10.Tennessee Titans (9-7) | Can playoff magic translate to the regular season?

11.Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9) | The Brady Era begins … but what will that mean?

12.Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) | Haven't missed three consecutive postseasons in two decades

13.New England Patriots (12-4) | Start of post-Tom Brady Era makes this NFL's most fascinating team

14.Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) | QB Carson Wentz playing full season is the key here

15.Dallas Cowboys (8-8) | New coach, new era – and the usual big expectations

16.Indianapolis Colts (7-9) | Play of QB Philip Rivers could determine everything here

17.Atlanta Falcons (7-9) | Falcons, QB Matt Ryan have look of an improving team after late '19 surge

18.Los Angeles Rams (9-7) | Many questions for a franchise recently on the rise

19.Cleveland Browns (6-10) | This year has a more promising feel than last year's startup …

20.Chicago Bears (8-8) | Can QB position support a playoff-level roster?

21.Las Vegas Raiders (7-9) | Vegas, baby … Vegas

22.Denver Broncos (7-9) | It's all about QB Drew Lock

23.Arizona Cardinals (5-10-1) | Is QB Kyler Murray really the next great thing?

24.New York Jets (7-9) | Late '19 surge, QB Sam Darnold gives them hope of ending playoff drought

25.Los Angeles Chargers (5-11) | Defense could give this young team a chance

26.Miami Dolphins (5-11) | Five victories in last nine games means serious momentum for 'Fins

27.New York Giants (4-12) | Is Big Blue now headed in right direction?

28.Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10) | Start 'em here and see where they go

29.Carolina Panthers (5-11) | The rebuild begins now

30.Detroit Lions (3-12-1) | Big pressure for HC Matt Patricia/GM Bob Quinn to improve – a lot

31.Washington Football Team (3-13) | Second-year QB Dwayne Haskins already facing early pressure

32.Cincinnati Bengals (2-14) | No. 32 until they're not

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