Scout.com's NFL pre-season Power Rankings
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 Packers2. New England Patriots3. Pittsburgh SteelersThe 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 49ers5. Dallas Cowboys6. New York Giants7. Atlanta Falcons8. Houston Texans9. Chicago Bears10. Baltimore RavensMany 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 Chargers12. Buffalo Bills13. Detroit Lions14. Kansas City Chiefs15. Denver Broncos16. Philadelphia Eagles17. New Orleans Saints18. New York Jets19. Cincinnati BengalsThe 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 Panthers21. Jacksonville Jaguars22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers23. Washington Redskins24. Seattle Seahawks25. Tennessee Titans26. Arizona Cardinals27. Cleveland BrownsThe 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 Rams29. Oakland Raiders30. Indianapolis Colts31. Miami Dolphins32. Minnesota Vikings
Let the debate begin!
- Jeff Seemann