JACKSONVILLE – Senior writer John Oehser's preseason, Week 1 2019 NFL power rankings. And we all know how important these are:
Rank.Team (record) | Comment
1.New England Patriots (11-5) | - | No. 1 until they're not
2.Los Angeles Rams (13-3) | - | Last season's high bar will be difficult to clear
3.Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) | - | Jaguars face one of NFL's toughest tests Sunday
4.New Orleans Saints (13-3) | - | As good as any team in the top four
5.Los Angeles Chargers (12-4) | - | Early absence of S Derwin James, RB Melvin Gordon could hurt
6.Chicago Bears (12-4) | - | Often overlooked last season; is Trubisky for real?
7.Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) | - | Wentz's health could define season
8.Seattle Seahawks (10-6) | - | Clowney another piece in impressive rebuild
9.Dallas Cowboys (10-6) | - | Can 'Boys negotiate the negotiations, fulfill expectations?
10.Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6-1) | - | Always consistent Steelers open versus Patriots in prime time
11.Baltimore Ravens (10-6) | - | Lamar Jackson must maintain last year's late-season momentum
12.Houston Texans (11-5) | - | All in for '19
13.Minnesota Vikings (8-7-1) | - | Fewer expectations this season … could that mean better results?
14.Green Bay Packers (6-9-1) | - | New head coach, new OC … same elite quarterback
15.Atlanta Falcons (7-9) | - | Must reverse recent downward trend
16.Cleveland Browns (7-8-1) | - | Can they live up to the megahype? Stay tuned
17.Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11) | - | Elite defense, rebuilt offense ... have they found the right QB?
18.Carolina Panthers (7-9) | - | Cam Newton's shoulder remains No. 1 question
19.Indianapolis Colts (10-6) | - | Let Life Without Luck begin
20.Tennessee Titans (9-7) | - | Season could turn on consistency of QB Mariota
21.Detroit Lions (6-10) | - | Could be a surprise team in brutally tough division
22.Oakland Raiders (4-12) | - | Year 2 of Gruden era must be a step forward
23.Cincinnati Bengals (6-10) | - | A lot of adversity in first year of a new era
24.Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11) | - | Arians looking to pull Bucs out of long slide
25.New York Jets (4-12) | - | Hopes high that improved offense will mean playoff push
26.Denver Broncos (6-10) | - | Hopes for a rebound focused on Flacco
27.Buffalo Bills (6-10) | - | Second-year QB Josh Allen key to Bills rebuild
28.San Francisco 49ers (4-12) | - | All eyes on Jimmy G
29.New York Giants (5-11) | - | A QB transition waiting to happen … how soon?
30.Washington Redskins (7-9) | - | Another QB in waiting … how soon?
31.Arizona Cardinals (3-13) | - | Rookie coach, rookie quarterback could mean long season
32.Miami Dolphins (7-9) | - | All about the future, but what about the present?