NFL POWER RANKINGS

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BRIAN BILLICK'S Brian Billick is an acclaimed NFL game analyst for FOX Sports and a Super Bowl-winning coach.

Preseason Power Rankings


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Posted September 06, 2011 05:40 PM EDT

Sure, no regular-season games have been played, but so what? I've got a line of who's hot and who's not going into Week 1. Enjoy.

FOX SPORTS NFL POWER RANKINGS

RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

0-0 - 1/1
Even without signing a single new player, the defending champions were the biggest winners in free agency, based on the healthy return of key players who ended up on IR last season (Jermichael Finley, Ryan Grant, etc. ).
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2

0-0 - 2/9
I have concerns about the offensive line, but Ben Roethlisberger is an elite QB and as long as Dick LeBeau is running the defense, the Steelers will be dominant. Add an embarrassingly easy schedule, and you have a recipe for success.
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3

0-0 - 2/22
My favorite for MVP, Philip Rivers, and my candidate for coach of the year, Norv Turner, will finally find the formula to win early and not have to start the season in the hole. The Chargers will also benefit from solid defensive additions.
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4

0-0 - 2/7
Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft are the best QB, coach and owner trifecta in the business. The maturation of the young defense will be key.
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5

0-0 - 5/14
The Falcons boast the best young QB in the game and have surrounded him with the best offensive talent in the game. The draft-day deal to select Julio Jones was brilliant, but watch out for Harry Douglas. This is a solid defensive unit that swarms to the Expand Description
The Falcons boast the best young QB in the game and have surrounded him with the best offensive talent in the game. The draft-day deal to select Julio Jones was brilliant, but watch out for Harry Douglas. This is a solid defensive unit that swarms to the ball better than any other.Collapse Description
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6

0-0 - 2/7
The drafting of Mark Ingram will allow them to return to their winning offensive formula of 2009. Darren Sproles will balance the loss of Reggie Bush, and new nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin will anchor the markedly improved defensive front seven.
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7

0-0 - 6/23
They have veteran talent, but do they have a veteran team? Miami Heat anyone? Not completely sold on the Dream Team's offensive line or Michael Vick's ability to sustain his level of play for 16 games, but this may be the best-run organization in the NFL.
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8

0-0 - 2/10
Scary, but this could be the best and most balanced team the Ravens have fielded in years. Receiver Lee Evans was a huge addition for the offense, and Joe Flacco will benefit in all facets of the passing game because of his speed. This aging team needs toExpand Description
Scary, but this could be the best and most balanced team the Ravens have fielded in years. Receiver Lee Evans was a huge addition for the offense, and Joe Flacco will benefit in all facets of the passing game because of his speed. This aging team needs to take advantage it they still can.Collapse Description
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9

0-0 - 4/17
The Jets have all the elements in place to live up to Rex Ryan's Super Bowl prediction, but Mark Sanchez is the last piece of the puzzle. He will need to play like a top 10 QB to lead them to a championship.
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10

0-0 - 8/30
Josh Freeman is the real deal, and I am buying whatever Raheem Morris is selling. Morris' exuberance is refreshing, and he has a long, bright future in Tampa Bay. If his young front seven can stay healthy, the defensive firepower will match that of a veryExpand Description
Josh Freeman is the real deal, and I am buying whatever Raheem Morris is selling. Morris' exuberance is refreshing, and he has a long, bright future in Tampa Bay. If his young front seven can stay healthy, the defensive firepower will match that of a very effective offense.Collapse Description
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11

0-0 - 5/13
Talent and ownership demands they perform better this season, but I have been burned one too many times to include them in the top 10. With that said, I believe this is the Texans' year to finally dethrone the Colts in the AFC South. Wade Phillips and J.JExpand Description
Talent and ownership demands they perform better this season, but I have been burned one too many times to include them in the top 10. With that said, I believe this is the Texans' year to finally dethrone the Colts in the AFC South. Wade Phillips and J.J. Watt are the difference.Collapse Description
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12

0-0 - 7/22
Chicago will see success if, and only if, Mike Martz sticks to the formula he found after the bye week last season and if Jay Cutler doesn't crumble under the pressure. Those are two big ifs.
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13

0-0 - 13/32
I'm totally on the fence with the Colts. With Peyton Manning, they will contend as usual. Without him, they are likely a sub-.500 team. Their early schedule will present a problem to a less-than-100 percent healthy Manning.
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14

0-0 - 9/21
Will talent finally prevail? I'm worried about keeping Tony Romo healthy, with raw rookie right tackle, Tyron Smith. He has all the skills, but he'll experience a noticeable learning curve. Their schedule, including the anemic NFC West, will help.
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15

0-0 - 4/15
I love what Jim Schwartz and Martin Mayhew are building, and the first-half schedule should allow them to get on a roll. If Matthew Stafford stays upright, the Lions will creep up these power rankings.
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16

0-0 - 5/19
For a 10-6 team, the Giants have pretty much flown under the radar. The defense should see improvement in the second year under defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. Injuries in the preseason and the emotional health of the team could be a distraction and aExpand Description
For a 10-6 team, the Giants have pretty much flown under the radar. The defense should see improvement in the second year under defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. Injuries in the preseason and the emotional health of the team could be a distraction and an eventual concern.Collapse Description
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17

0-0 - 17/32
Although the Chiefs appeared to have had a solid draft and free-agency period, it has yet to show up on the field after four exhibition games. A solid win over Buffalo in Week 1 can fix all that. How they endure a tough early schedule will make or break tExpand Description
Although the Chiefs appeared to have had a solid draft and free-agency period, it has yet to show up on the field after four exhibition games. A solid win over Buffalo in Week 1 can fix all that. How they endure a tough early schedule will make or break the Chiefs' ability to recapture the division crown.Collapse Description
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18

0-0 - 18/31
With Colt McCoy and Peyton Hillis as the centerpieces, the Browns are making solid moves toward respectability. The Browns have a legitimate chance of posting eight wins through November, but don't be fooled. Cleveland has to face Baltimore or Pittsburgh Expand Description
With Colt McCoy and Peyton Hillis as the centerpieces, the Browns are making solid moves toward respectability. The Browns have a legitimate chance of posting eight wins through November, but don't be fooled. Cleveland has to face Baltimore or Pittsburgh in four of the last five games.Collapse Description
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19

0-0 - 14/30
Kevin Kolb was a great acquisition, and that alone may be enough to win the division. Under new defensive coordinator Ray Horton, the Cardinals' defensive front seven is being built using the Steelers' blueprint. But it doesn't match up just yet.
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20

0-0 - 2/21
The 49ers have the best talent in the NFC West, but the QB position is the wrong place to have your biggest uncertainty. The fans will have such a short leash on Alex Smith, it will feel like a choke chain. Trust me, I know!
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21

0-0 - 15/31
Pete Carroll has tried to restock his offense to stay atop the woeful NFC West, but the rotating personnel leaves this team without an identity. The Seahawks' early schedule will test whoever is under center and mold the overall personality of this team.
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22

0-0 - 10/22
Playing .500 ball doesn't seem like a big deal, but when an organization has experienced seven years of double-digit losses, it is. Building off an undefeated divisional record and the player/coach continuity for Jason Campbell will help.
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23

0-0 - 13/31
The Titans still have a ways to go, but agreeing to terms with Chris Johnson and acquiring Matt Hasselbeck will give them a chance to be competitive. I wouldn't expect this year's draft class to have a major impact, but linebackers Akeem Ayers and Colin MExpand Description
The Titans still have a ways to go, but agreeing to terms with Chris Johnson and acquiring Matt Hasselbeck will give them a chance to be competitive. I wouldn't expect this year's draft class to have a major impact, but linebackers Akeem Ayers and Colin McCarthy have some potential.Collapse Description
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24

0-0 - 24/31
I like this team, but have you seen their first-half schedule? Who did Steve Spagnuolo tick off to deserve that? Even though Sam Bradford is the real deal, I don't see them overcoming what could easily be a 1-6 start to the regular season.
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25

0-0 - 10/28
There is Eli Manning, Tony Romo, and Michael Vick and then there are Rex Grossman and John Beck. This division will be won with quarterback play, and the Redskins' options just don't compare.
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26

0-0 - 22/32
Donovan McNabb may give them a puncher's chance, but the loss of Sidney Rice is hard to overcome. The Vikings will once again need to rely on their running game and their defense, and that defense isn't getting any younger.
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27

0-0 - 20/32
I have no idea what to expect from a team playing with a coach and QB they spent a good deal of time trying to replace.
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28

0-0 - 8/30
In typical John Fox fashion, the Broncos will eventually play good defense for the first time in a decade, but it may take some time, especially with the shortened offseason. They did right in retaining Kyle Orton, as he will be a solid leader, but only iExpand Description
In typical John Fox fashion, the Broncos will eventually play good defense for the first time in a decade, but it may take some time, especially with the shortened offseason. They did right in retaining Kyle Orton, as he will be a solid leader, but only if the Tebow thing doesn't get in the way.Collapse Description
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29

0-0 - 26/31
Let me get this straight. You tell the coach he has to make the playoffs to keep his job and then draft a QB with his first-round pick and give up his second-round pick to get it done? If this were Twitter, I'd say … #unfair
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30

0-0 - 6/30
I've scratched my head raw trying to understand how they let young talent like Lee Evans and Paul Posluszny get away. The Bills haven't been to the playoffs in a decade, and they will be absent for another 10 years if they don't start making better personExpand Description
I've scratched my head raw trying to understand how they let young talent like Lee Evans and Paul Posluszny get away. The Bills haven't been to the playoffs in a decade, and they will be absent for another 10 years if they don't start making better personnel decisions.Collapse Description
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31

0-0 - 10/31
A favorable early season schedule might hold hope for this team, but that is it. Cincinnati is in total rebuild mode.
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32

0-0 - 20/32
What do you do when you earn the first pick of the 2012 NFL draft and Andrew Luck is sitting there staring you in the face?
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NFC STANDINGS

East Division 

TEAM W L T
Cowboys    11 4 0
Eagles    9 6 0
Giants    6 9 0
Redskins    4 11 0
 

West Division 

TEAM W L T
Seahawks    11 4 0
Cardinals    11 4 0
49ers    7 8 0
Rams    6 9 0
 

North Division 

TEAM W L T
Lions    11 4 0
Packers    11 4 0
Vikings    6 9 0
Bears    5 10 0
 

South Division 

TEAM W L T
Panthers    6 8 1
Falcons    6 9 0
Saints    6 9 0
Buccaneers    2 13 0
 

AFC STANDINGS

East Division 

TEAM W L T
Patriots    12 3 0
Dolphins    8 7 0
Bills    8 7 0
Jets    3 12 0
 

West Division 

TEAM W L T
Broncos    11 4 0
Chargers    9 6 0
Chiefs    8 7 0
Raiders    3 12 0
 

North Division 

TEAM W L T
Bengals    10 4 1
Steelers    10 5 0
Ravens    9 6 0
Browns    7 8 0
 

South Division 

TEAM W L T
Colts    10 5 0
Texans    8 7 0
Jaguars    3 12 0
Titans    2 13 0