Scout.com's NFL pre-season Power Rankings

BY foxsports • July 21, 2012

As the 2012 NFL season approaches, fans are likely to grab onto any morsel of info they can.  o here's another morsel;
Scout.com has their preseason Power Rankings out.  Personally, I could argue with a lot of their rankings - for example, the Steelers at #3?  I think they're going to have a lot of trouble in 2012, and I don't see them winning the division, but rankings (especially preseason) are not an exact science.  Let's debate it at least.
Here's the list (AFC North teams have their explanations left in).  To read all the rationale, go to Scout's page and read them all.


1. Green Bay Packers

2. New England Patriots

3. Pittsburgh Steelers

The injury-ravaged Steelers let the Ravens wrestle away the AFC North title from them last year and they suffered what they consider an embarrassing playoff loss. A healthy Steelers team will be a refocused unit that will compete for another Super Bowl. 

4. San Francisco 49ers

5. Dallas Cowboys

6. New York Giants

7. Atlanta Falcons

8. Houston Texans

9. Chicago Bears

10. Baltimore Ravens

Many will think 10th is a little low for a Baltimore team that came within one incompletion away from the Super Bowl but the Ravens may be without Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs for a large part of the season. No matter what Joe Flacco tells us, the jury is still out on him and he's not an elite quarterback.

11. San Diego Chargers

12. Buffalo Bills

13. Detroit Lions

14. Kansas City Chiefs

15. Denver Broncos

16. Philadelphia Eagles

17. New Orleans Saints

18. New York Jets

19. Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals are yet to have two winning seasons in a row under head coach Marvin Lewis. That status will remain as the league began to figure out Andy Dalton near the end of last season. 

20. Carolina Panthers

21. Jacksonville Jaguars

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

23. Washington Redskins

24. Seattle Seahawks

25. Tennessee Titans

26. Arizona Cardinals

27. Cleveland Browns

The Browns are starting over yet again with rookie Brandon Weeden at quarterback. Again, there will be many bumps in the road for a rookie signal caller with a very questionable set of weapons on the outside. 

28. St. Louis Rams

29. Oakland Raiders

30. Indianapolis Colts

31. Miami Dolphins

32. Minnesota Vikings



Let the debate begin!
- Jeff Seemann


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