Week 1 power rankings

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Rank. Team (rec) | Comment

  1. New York Giants (9-7) | Defending champs start No. 1 in these rankings
  1. New England Patriots (13-3) | Super Bowl runners-up start No. 2, too
  1. Green Bay Packers (15-1) | Will be at or near top all season
  1. Baltimore Ravens (12-4) | Gut feeling: they're at the top spot before long
  1. New Orleans Saints (13-3) | An awful lot to overcome, but they're Top 5
  1. Houston Texans (10-6) | A chance to be really good; team to beat in AFC South early
  1. San Francisco (13-3) | In for a fall?
  1. Detroit Lions (10-6) | Can they maintain what they began last year?
  1. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) | Different team than last year; must prove themselves
  1. Chicago Bears (8-8) | Better than many believe; all depends on Cutler
  1. Atlanta Falcons (10-6) | Three straight playoff appearances; they want more
  1. Philadelphia Eagles (8-8) | Around here, we'll wait and see
  1. Cincinnati Bengals (9-7) | Waiting to see how Andy Dalton fares Year 2
  1. Denver Broncos (8-8) | Manning>Tebow, but what will than mean for record?
  1. Tennessee Titans (9-7) | Tough to prognosticate, so put 'em in middle
  1. San Diego Chargers (8-8) | We'll see if window is closing
  1. Oakland Raiders (8-8) | This ranking could improve in a hurry
  1. Dallas Cowboys (8-8) | A lot to prove in Big D . . . again
  1. Seattle Seahawks (7-9) | Will Pete Carroll's gutsy quarterback call pay dividends?
  1. New York Jets (8-8) | This ranking could drop in a hurry
  1. Kansas City Chiefs (7-9) | Tougher division gives them tall task
  1. Carolina Panthers (6-10) | Could be better; gotta prove it first
  1. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11) | Better than the analysts believe – but how much?
  1. Washington Redskins (5-11) | Critical year for Shanahan?
  1. Arizona Cardinals (8-8) | Another candidate for a big slide
  1. Buffalo Bills (6-10) | As good as they were early last season? Or as bad as they were late?
  1. Minnesota Vikings (3-13) | It's Christian Ponder time in Minneapolis
  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12) | Is offseason enough to clean up last year's mess?
  1. Cleveland Browns (4-12) | A long climb in brutally tough division
  1. Indianapolis Colts (2-14) | Offensive line could negate their Luck
  1. Miami Dolphins (6-10) | Hard to pick them much higher than this
  1. St. Louis Rams (2-14) | Finished here last year; will start here again
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