JACKSONVILLE – Senior writer John Oehser's pre-Week 1 2018 NFL power rankings. And we all know how important these are:
Rank. Team (record) | Comment
1.Philadelphia Eagles (0-0) | No. 1 until they're not
2.New England Patriots (0-0) | No. 1 in the AFC until they're not
3.Jacksonville Jaguars (0-0) | A chance for something special
4.Minnesota Vikings (0-0) | As talented as anyone
5.Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0) | Where Art Thou, Le'Veon?
6.New Orleans Saints (0-0) | Still feels like a team on the rise
7.Green Bay Packers (0-0) | Aaron Rodgers is healthy – so they are, too
8.Los Angeles Rams (0-0) | Feels like the team to beat in the NFC West
9.Atlanta Falcons (0-0) | Feels like a team that can push for the Super Bowl
10.Dallas Cowboys (0-0) | Can they live up to this Top 10 ranking?
11.Los Angeles Chargers (0-0) | Philip Rivers' best chance in a long while
12.Kansas City Chiefs (0-0) | New quarterback, new era … still a threat
13.Baltimore Ravens (0-0) | Always consistent, usually contending, always tough
14.Houston Texans (0-0) | Development of the young quarterback is everything
15.San Francisco 49ers (0-0) | Development of the young quarterback is everything
16.Tennessee Titans (0-0) | New coach, coordinators need Mariota to bounce back
17.Carolina Panthers (0-0) | Seeking first division title since 2015
18.Seattle Seahawks (0-0) | Is Russell Wilson enough anymore?
19.Detroit Lions (0-0) | Can new head coach Matt Patricia get Lions to double-digit victories?
20.Arizona Cardinals (0-0) | Look for a new, run-oriented look under new Head Coach Steve Wilks
21.Washington Redskins (0-0) | Alex Smith Era begins
23.New York Giants (0-0) | Has the look of a very improved team
23.Cincinnati Bengals (0-0) | Has the window closed?
24.Denver Broncos (0-0) | Defense still elite, but the offense?
25.Chicago Bears (0-0) | Roster improving rapidly
26.Indianapolis Colts (0-0) | First few weeks could tell a lot about Andrew Luck
27.Buffalo Bills (0-0) | Quarterback questions must be answered quickly
28.Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0) | Jameis' early suspension not only issue
29.Miami Dolphins (0-0) | Is this Tannehill's last chance?
30.Oakland Raiders (0-0) | The Jon Gruden era begins – as does the post-Khalil Mack era
31.New York Jets (0-0) | Let the Darnold Era begin
32.Cleveland Browns (0-0) | No. 32 until they're not