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2015-2016 NFL Power Rankings: Week 8

1. Patriots (+0)

There were some people foolish enough to say the Dolphins might contend with the Patriots on Thursday. My response: HAHAHAHAHAHA

2. Broncos (+7)

Denver ousts the Packers handedly and jump to the two-spot. Who can pick apart this defense? When will Peyton’s inability at quarterback and this desolate offense finally cost Denver a game?

3. Bengals (+0)

They struggled against the Steelers and had it not been for Ben clearly not looking like himself and throwing three interceptions, they would have lost. They didn’t but Denver passes them up for the two spot.

4. Panthers (+2)

A close win over the Colts isn’t what you want to see as a Carolina fan but it’s good enough to get them into the top-five. Cam’s having the best year of his career.

5. Jets (-1)

As soon as Fitzpatrick left the game and Geno Smith took over at quarterback, the team quit. The team has no faith in Smith. I expect the Jets to look themselves if Fitzpatrick starts next week.

6. Packers (-4)

Where was Aaron Rodgers? Because he wasn’t in Denver.

7. Vikings (-2)

Another struggle against a division rival. They need to find their game again real quick or they’re out of the top-ten.

8. Rams (+0)

A win over the 49ers is no big accomplishment but it’s enough to get keep them at eight.

9. Cardinals (-2)

The Cards were picked apart by McCown but the Browns being the Browns managed to let Arizona take control and get the win.

10. Raiders (+4)

A big win over the Jets, one of the better defenses in the league. The Raiders are contending for a playoff spot right now. Who would have thought?

11. Falcons (-1)

As a Falcons fan, I’m disgusted. They have one more chance to get their game together or they’ll fall quite a couple spots.

12. Steelers (-1)

As a Steelers fan, I’m equally disgusted if not more so. The Steelers defense is a top-ten squad right now, harassed Andy Dalton all night long and the Steelers offense, mainly Ben, managed to hand the game right back to them. At home and against a division rival, that’s unacceptable. Le’Veon Bell is out for the season, only making the wound from the game that much deeper.

13. Bills (+0)

Bye. Hopefully the Bills can get their starters back from injury for next week.

14. Giants (+1)

The Giants have no defense and no way to attack the quarterback. Luckily, the offense has shown they can stick around in a shootout, which seems to be all you need to do to win the NFC East this year.

15. Seahawks (-3)

Seattle almost loss to Matt Cassel and Darren McFadden. Take a second to let that soak in. Dan Quinn’s departure has been the thorn in the side of Seattle all year long.

16. Chiefs (+0)

A Charles-less Chiefs squad put up 45 on Detroit. Let me repeat. Detroit.

17. Eagles (+0)

Bye. Philly didn’t start showing up until week 5 but it doesn’t look like it matters this year in the battered NFC East when you show up.

18. Browns (+0)

Josh McCown put the Browns up by a large margin against Arizona and then vanished. They’re starting Manziel at quarterback next week.

19. Colts (+5)

Colts decided to play this week. I’m sure they’ll decide not to next week and will fall back to 24 again.

20. Ravens (+3)

The Ravens get a much-needed win against the Chargers but have lost their biggest weapon, Steve Smith, for the season. It’s looking pretty dismal in Baltimore.

21. Redskins (+0)

Bye. The Kirk Cousins meme continues to run through my memories.

22. Cowboys (-3)

Let’s take a minute to laugh at a team with the best offensive line at football still managing to suck. Hahahaha. If we’ve learned anything this year, it’s that Dallas has no depth on offense.

23. Dolphins (-1)

It seems unfair to lower someone in the rankings for losing to New England this year, so Miami only falls one spot. Who expects you to contend, honestly?

24. Chargers (-4)

The Chargers injury bug continues. Keenan Allen’s done for the year.

25. Saints (+2)

The Saints have no defense. Coincidentally, neither do the Giants!

26. Jaguars (+0)

Bye. Bortles and Jacksonville has impressed me this year even though they’ve haven’t climbed the board much yet.

27. Buccaneers (+3)

Tampa over Atlanta. There’s something I never thought would happen.

28. Titans (-3)

The Titans need Mariota desperately. He’ll return next week.

29. Texans (+2)

Houston responded to their throttling by beating Tennessee.

30. Bears (+1)

Bears will be Bears and Cutler hate aside, they’re looking better as is Cutler. Forte’s injury will cost them, however.

31. 49ers (-3)

Kaepernick is being benched and I’m overjoyed. Blaine Gabbert will start, lol.

32. Lions (+0)

Lions don’t have any fight in them this year. None at all.

Biggest Climb: Broncos (+7)

Biggest Fall: Packers, Chargers (-4)

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2015-2016 NFL Power Rankings: Week 7

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, fans, but I assure you the wait is over. Also, these rankings were made prior to the next week’s contests, so they’re not biased in anyway from the last few weeks’ results.

1. Patriots (+0)

New England refuses to be deterred. Another big win, this week 30-23 over the New York Jets.

2. Packers (+0)

Bye. They have a huge match-up against Denver next week.

3. Bengals (+0)

Bye. Face division-rival Pittsburgh on the road next week.

4. Jets (+3)

They are the only team that’s been able to stick with New England until the end.

5. Vikings (-1)

They shouldn’t have struggled with Detroit but it was a division match-up. Cincinnati always struggles against the Steelers so I’m willing to give Minnesota a break to an extent.

6. Panthers (+0)

They put on the heat later then I would have liked, but Carolina’s a top-ten team right now.

7. Cardinals (-2)

Again, Arizona doesn’t show up, beating Arizona late by one score. Where’s this team?

8. Rams (+2)

Dominant win over Cleveland might not be saying much but the defense has looked like it should and the emergence of Todd Gurley has been huge. I’m unsure how high they can go with only one true offensive weapon, however.

9. Broncos (+0)

Bye. At home against the Packers next week.

10. Falcons (-2)

Dan Quinn’s group looked so good through the first five weeks. That team hasn’t shown up the last two.

11. Steelers (+0)

A tough loss against Kansas City, but I’m not dropping Pittsburgh in the rankings this week. The defense has looked good and Ben is expected to return next week.

12. Seahawks (+1)

They beat San Francisco. Whoopie.

13. Bills (-1)

A loss to Jacksonville would normally drop a team much farther than this, but Buffalo’s struggles are because of a laundry list of injuries. That excuse won’t buy them much time.

14. Raiders (+2)

They beat San Diego handedly in the first half but let them get back in the game. With that said, let’s give a round of applause to Oakland. They look like a football team this year and a good one at that.

15. Giants (-1)

The NFC East is in complete shambles when a barely average team is leading the division.

16. Chiefs (+4)

No Jamaal Charles, no problem. Kansas City gets a big win against Pittsburgh at home and has an easy contest versus Detroit next week.

17. Eagles (+4)

It took forever, but the engine is starting to churn in Philly, which is not to say Chip Kelly is off the hook just yet. The team’s struggling in a struggling division.

18. Browns (-3)

One week Cleveland shows up and the next it doesn’t. Who knows what they’ll do next week against Arizona.

19. Cowboys (-1)

They haven’t won a game since Romo’s departure from the starting lineup. When will the streak end? Who knows, but if they lose next week, they enter the 20’s.

20. Chargers (-3)

No team has lost more to injury than San Diego, but a team’s potential is demonstrated by how it battles adversity. Melvin Gordon hasn’t made any sparks this year.

21. Redskins (+1)

*Insert Kirk Cousins meme here

22. Dolphins (+2)

They bombed Houston all day long. Now let’s calm down and remember they played Houston.

23. Ravens (+0)

They’ve lost by single scores multiple times this year. They’ve been in them, just can’t seem to finish.

24. Colts (-5)

Another team that doesn’t seem to show up week to week. The team’s fall from grace has been hard.

25. Titans (+2)

I’m unsure whether to credit Tennessee for hanging in there or to accredit the score to the Falcons’ disappearance.

26. Jaguars (+0)

Blake Bortles is impressing, Allen Hurns is a fantasy stud and they beat an injured Bills squad. They almost blew a huge lead though, meaning they earn no points with me this week.

27. Saints (+3)

New Orleans has no defense. Coincidentally, neither do the Colts!

28. 49ers (+0)

They loss to Seattle and aren’t likely to catch my interest any time soon.

29. Texans (-4)

They were hogtied and whipped last week by Miami. How will they come out next week?

30. Buccaneers (-1)

They blow another lead, this time to Washington. They continue to choke when victory is mere minutes away.

31. Bears (+0)

Bye. How long will the Bears hibernate?

32. Lions (+0)

Detroit’s struggles are not because of coaching, yet I feel Jim Caldwell’s firing is doomed to happen by season’s end. Detroit should have put more value into signing their defensive line, the only thing keeping the team together. That and Matt Stafford is awful.

Biggest Climb: Chiefs, Eagles (+4)

Biggest Fall: Colts (-5)

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2015-2016 NFL Power Rankings: Week 5

1. Patriots (+0)

Another dominant win for the Patriots over an injured Cowboys team. The Patriots have not faltered against a single opponent thus far.

2. Packers (+0)

Aaron Rodgers is apparently human. He threw two interceptions at home. With that said, he’s a very talented human. The Packer defense picked off Foles all day long and Green Bay is 5-0.

3. Bengals (+0)

What a win for Cincinnati. According to Trey Wingo, the teams down at least 17 points in the fourth quarter had lost 427 straight games. Dalton and the Bengals broke the streak. One of the best games I’ve ever seen. Bravo.

4. Cardinals (+0)

Back to the Arizona way, Palmer and the Cardinals destroyed Detroit on both sides of the ball.

5. Seahawks (+6)

They blew a 17-point lead, something you cannot do, but Seattle finally looked like the Super Bowl contender we were missing the last four weeks. It was a painful loss I’m sure, but Seattle fans should have hope after this game. They looked competitive.

6. Falcons (+0)

Matt Ryan struggled, committing three turnovers on the day, but Devonta Freeman had a huge day for the third straight week. It was a narrow win, but the Falcons have had three comeback wins on the season.

7. Vikings (+0)

Bye. They narrowly lost to Denver and now they face a Chiefs team that’s trending down.

8. Broncos (-3)

The dynamite offense that once was is completely gone. Peyton is 13th in passing yards and has thrown six touchdowns and seven interceptions. The Broncos offense didn’t score a touchdown against the Raiders. If the struggles on offense continue, Denver will find itself outside the top ten, even if they do have the best defense in the league.

9. Jets (+0)

Bye. Washington comes to New York. Let’s see if they continue their return to form.

10. Rams (+3)

The Rams probably aren’t a top-ten team right now, but there’s no one else that deserves this spot. The Rams flustered Aaron Rodgers on Sunday and Todd Gurley looks like he was worth the pick thus far.

11. Bills (-1)

No Sammy Watkins, no LeSean McCoy, no Karlos Williams. There’s little offense to be had in Buffalo right now and until one of those guys comes back, it’s going to be a tough stretch for Tyrod Taylor, who injured his knee in the Bills’ last game.

12. Panthers (+0)

Bye. They’ve played four mediocre opponents to make it to 4-0. Now they play a real contender, the Seattle Seahawks. Let’s see how real they are.

13. Steelers (+2)

Huge win on the road against the Chargers. Le’Veon Bell is holding the team together and after three horrid quarters, Mike Vick played football. Antonio Brown, meanwhile, is being ignored and that’s got to change. The defense is looking leagues better than anyone could have predicted.

14. Giants (+0)

They barely beat the 49ers, but again, this is a case of not seeing anyone on this list that deserves to be above them.

15. Chiefs (-7)

I want to believe in Kansas City but they failed to upset Green Bay, Denver or Cincinnati and I feel they needed to win one of those games. Losing to Chicago at home, as well as the loss of their best offensive weapon, Jamaal Charles, leaves Kansas City downtrodden.

16. Raiders (+4)

What a day for the Raiders. I don’t know how they do it and I’m hesitant to give them too much credit but they lost 16-10 to Denver. That, plain and simple, is stunning. Oakland looks like a real team right now.

17. Browns (+6)

Last week, I asked where Johnny Manziel was. Josh McCown went nuts this week in response, throwing for 457 yards and two touchdowns against the Ravens. I’m still asking where’s Johnny, but McCown was great on Sunday.

18. Cowboys (-1)

Dallas is losing pieces weekly. Bryant, Romo and Dunbar. The Cowboys have already announced they’re benching Brandon Weeden in favor of Matt Cassel and they’re considering a change at running back as well. I think they could come to regret both of these decisions. They’re being hasty.

19. Redskins (+5)

A comeback win against Philly and a narrow loss against Atlanta. The Redskins are trending upward. However, they’re benching a top-ten running back in Alfred Morris in exchange for Matt Jones, who had one good game. They need to get over themselves and start putting their best players on the field.

20. Chargers (-4)

San Diego’s injuries continue to pile up. Their offensive line is a bunch of new guys who’ve never played together before, leaving Melvin Gordon with little space to run and Rivers with little time to throw. Great teams find a way to beat adversity and the Chargers aren’t doing it.

21. Ravens (-3)

The Baltimore Ravens continue to fall. The defense that looked so good against Denver week one has disappeared. They just got shredded by Josh McCown. Baltimore is in the cellar of the AFC North for the first time in a long time.

22. Colts (+0)

I give props to Matt Hasselbeck for leading the Colts to victory. For an athlete his age to perform the way he did, it’s admirable. With that said, the Colts still suck and no matter who starts, they’re going to get crushed against New England.

23. Eagles (+2)

They beat the Saints. Big whoop. I want to see them execute against an average team before I move them out of the bottom of the barrel.

24. Texans (-5)

Houston’s struggles continue. The Texans used to have a top-ten defense. I have no clue where that defense went. Foster isn’t healthy yet and the quarterback roulette continues.

25. Titans (+4)

They were so close to beating a depleted Bills team before they choked away the lead again. They’ve blown leads in two straight games.

26. Jaguars (+2)

A high-scoring affair led to a narrow loss to Tampa Bay but Allen Hurns is a top receiver right now and Blake Bortles looks serviceable.

27. Dolphins (+0)

Bye. Let’s see how much a team can change after two weeks.

28. Bears (+4)

Jay Cutler and the Bears have stepped up in back-to-back weeks. They deserve some credit.

29. Buccaneers (+1)

A high-scoring win for Tampa Bay against Jacksonville. I guess you’ve got to start somewhere.

30. 49ers (+1)

A narrow loss to the Giants gets San Fran a point.

31. Saints (-5)

Saints looked like a team with Brees last week, but not this week. They just lost to a decrepit Philly team.

32. Lions (-11)

And finally, the Detroit Lions. I held them off from the bottom for as long as I could, but they’re giving me nothing to work with. They just got crushed by Arizona. They’ve given up on the run, again, and Stafford is left throwing the ball way too many times, again. They continue to make the same stupid mistakes.

Biggest Climb: Seahawks, Browns (+6)

Biggest Fall: Lions (-11)

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2015-2016 NFL Power Rankings: Week 2

1. Patriots (+0)

Tom Brady had one of this week’s top passing performances against the Bills’ defense, going 38/59 for 466 yards and three touchdowns. Dion Lewis has become a target out of the backfield and the defense sacked Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor eight times.

2. Packers (+0)

A 27-17 win over the Seahawks secures the Packers’ number two spot.

3. Cardinals (+3)

No Andre Ellington? No problem. Chris Johnson ran for 72 yards, rookie David Johnson made an impact, Carson Palmer is a top-five quarterback right now after going 17/24 for 185 yards and four touchdowns and Larry Fitzgerald just caught three touchdown passes. The Cardinals put up 48 points on the Bears.

4. Seahawks (-1)

Marshawn Lynch struggled again, this time against a team known for being blasted on the ground. Lynch had 41 yards on 15 carries. The Seahawks in the playoffs is a certainty but they’ve got to get Lynch going or this team’s chances at a playoff run are slim.

5. Broncos (-1)

Peyton Manning finally looked himself on Thursday night, throwing three touchdown passes and the defense held, but C.J. Anderson is nowhere to be found, as I expected. The question is, how long does it take Kubiak to make Ronnie Hillman the starter.

6. Jets (+5)

The New York Jets, one of the worst teams last year, are now in the top ten after an impressive win over the Indianapolis Colts and one of the league’s best quarterbacks, Andrew Luck. The offense should have scored more points on the lost Colts then they did, but they did their part.

7. Bills (+2)

The Bills battled it out with the Patriots and scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to make it close before Taylor’s third interception sealed the game. However, the Bills demonstrated if their defense struggles, their offense can keep them in the game. LeSean McCoy had 89 yards, showing some production against a top-ten defense.

8. Chiefs (+4)

A tough loss on Thursday to the Broncos, the Chiefs hung in there to the very end and against one of the best defenses in the league no less. The worries I have about the offense, at least in these first two weeks, seem to be ill-founded.

9. Bengals (+13)

I hate moving any team up this much in one week, but I’ve looked at the results and see no team that should surpass the Bengals outside of my top eight. A dominant win over the Raiders followed by a win against the Chargers at home is a good way to start the season and Andy Dalton looks competent.

10. Chargers (-5)

They lost to Cincy in a close one. Giovanni Bernard torched the defense and Dalton threw for three touchdowns, so that’s a concern but I still believe in this team’s offense. 3 AFC East and 3 AFC East teams in the top ten this week.

11. Cowboys (-1)

The loss of Tony Romo is huge and I expect the Cowboys to fall much farther after this week’s contest with the Falcons. I’m hesitant to give too much credit to the defense for their performance against the Eagles, who seemed to be shooting themselves in the foot all night.

12. Vikings (+3)

The Vikings got it done against the Lions, who are faltering the way I expected them to. Adrian Peterson looked more himself on Sunday. He was the league’s top rusher last week, carrying the rock 29 times for 134 yards. The Vikings defense was fine, causing fits for Stafford, who had to throw the ball 53 times.

13. Steelers (+2)

I’m tough on my hometown team and I acknowledge that the win came against one of the weakest teams in the league, but they looked unstoppable on Sunday against San Francisco. They bottled Carlos Hyde, didn’t allow any big plays and sacked Kaepernick five times. Next week, Le’Veon Bell is back from his suspension and DeAngelo Williams, who has looked very good, will be a backup. That should make for quite a tandem.

14. Falcons (+6)

No one can cover Julio Jones right now. Antonio Brown and Julio Jones are currently the top two receivers in the league and in fantasy. I have both in one of my fantasy leagues, so I’m a happy camper. Matt Ryan is Matt Ryan, but the real story is the emergence of the Falcons’ defense. Quinn’s made big chances to this squad and I look for that to continue against a crippled Cowboys team.

15. Ravens (-7)

Out of the top ten and falling, Baltimore needs a win, but I’m unsure if they get it against Cincy or Pittsburgh, their next two opponents. A defense that made Peyton look like a novice struggled with Derek Carr. That’s embarrassing.

16. Rams (-9)

One week after beating the NFC champions in a high-scoring game, the St. Louis Rams offensive and defensive units disappear against the lowly Redskins and lose handedly 24-10. The offense was nowhere to be found and neither was the ferocious defensive squad that throttled Lynch. My worries about the Rams are a reality.

17. Colts (-4)

As I mentioned in my preview, the Colts lost their entire defensive front. They still have no running game and the offensive line isn’t blocking for Luck. Indianapolis turned the ball over five times on Monday night. That’s unacceptable. The only good news for the Colts is that no one in the AFC South looks any better.

18. Panthers (+6)

They haven’t battled anyone a decent team yet. Their wins have come against Jacksonville and Foster-less Texans squad. Next up on their schedule are the Saints and Buccaneers. This team, despite their limited offense, could go 4-0 to start the season.

19. Lions (+0)

When your quarterback throws the ball 53 times, chances are you’re not going to win. The Lions running attack? A combined 16 carries for 38 yards. Depth like that won’t lead to wins, but for now, the Lions stay at 19.

20. Browns (+3)

A 28-14 win over the Titans brings the Mariota bandwagon to a stop. The Browns had three takeaways and Manziel did what was required of him. The Browns are reportedly starting McCown this Sunday against the Raiders. This game will show us where the Browns are really at.

21. Dolphins (-4)

There’s no reason the Dolphins should have come anywhere close to losing in Week 1 against the Redskins and there’s no reason they should have come close to losing to Jacksonville. Not only did they come close, they did. Allen Robinson burned the Fins multiple times and when you’re getting scorched by Blake Bortles, you’ve got problems. The Suh signing is looking like a poor one, as he’s done nothing thus far. It’s not going to get any easier with the Bills coming to town.

22. Texans (-4)

Ryan Mallett threw 58 times against Carolina. No quarterback should be approaching 50 pass attempts in a game let alone 60. The Texans need to find their running game. Their defense has been a big disappointment for me thus far.

23. Giants (-2)

The Giants managed to choke again. With the Redskins coming up next, is it possibly they do it a third time?

24. Redskins (+4)

The defense has given up 27 points in two games against the Dolphins and Rams. For the Skins, that’s pretty good. Cousins was 23/27 for 203 yards and a touchdown.

25. Eagles (-11)

This team looks awful on every level. Sam Bradford has no help, DeMarco Murray had more carries than yards last game and the defense is on the field the whole game because of Kelly’s insistence on an up-tempo style. Embarrassing. The Cowboys’ loss of Romo and Bryant has left the door to the division crown wide open for Philly, but I don’t see them jumping through it any time soon. They face the Jets so good luck with that.

26. Buccaneers (+5)

The Bucs broke their losing streak to the Saints. Not much else to report here.

27. 49ers (+0)

Obliterated by the Steelers. Was definitely a wake up call for San Fran.

28. Raiders (+4)

Big win over the Raiders and a bigger day for Derek Carr. Let’s see how they do against the Browns secondary.

29. Jaguars (+1)

Narrow win over the Dolphins but a win’s a win.

30. Titans (-1)

Mariota played great against a terrible defense Week 1. He had to play a great secondary in Cleveland and was thrown off guard.

31. Saints (-6)

Brees might miss time and if he doesn’t, hasn’t looked himself. Mark Ingram last week had 53 yards.

32. Bears (-6)

The new cellar dwellers should get comfortable. The defense is nowhere to be found and Jay Cutler is still a joke. However, Bears fans will wish they had him when Jimmy Clausen steps on the field against the legion of boom. This game might be aired on Comedy Central.

Biggest Climb: Bengals (+13)

Biggest Drop: Eagles (-11)

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2015-2016 NFL Power Rankings: Preseason

Hey guys! This year I’m doing my own NFL Power Rankings each week. Here’s what I’ve got going into week one.

1. Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks had few changes over the offseason and looked like a strong favorite for Super Bowl 50.

2. Packers

Even with the incredible loss of Jordy Nelson, the Packers look like the only team in the NFC who could contend with the Seahawks right now.

3. Broncos

Denver’s playoff struggles aside, Peyton Manning is still there last time I checked as is their more than serviceable defense.

4. Colts

Andrew Luck has advanced further into the playoffs every year since he entered the league and one would think that the addition of veterans Frank Gore and Andre Johnson only strengthen his case for a serious playoff run.

5. Patriots

Tom Brady’s suspension lifted, I can’t see how I can put the Super Bowl champions outside the top five. The receiving core is the same as last year and while the loss of Shane Vereen will hurt, it can’t compare with the huge losses of Revis and Cromartie. Their front seven should carry them through.

6. Cardinals

Bruce Arians is one of the best coaches in the league, demonstrated by his continual persistence and ability to coach a team despite nagging injury concerns. A healthy Palmer might be the only thing needed to put this team over the hump.

7. Chargers

If Rivers’ receivers can bounce back from last year’s woes and Melvin Gordon is the back we think he is, the Chargers are certain to grab a wild-card spot.

8. Ravens

The front seven is dangerous and Forsett was huge last year. Will they be able to handle the losses at receiver though?

9. Cowboys

The Cowboys’ offensive line is the best in the league, hands down. In a division with little defense, the Cowboys should own.

10. Eagles

However, the Eagles are right behind them. If the Eagles flop this year, the hate that Chip Kelly will get will be insurmountable and will surely end in his firing. The moves he made must work out because last year they had a great team and fans spent the offseason watching Kelly tear it apart and trade for Sam Bradford.

11. Vikings

I’ve got to believe the addition of Adrian Peterson boosts the Vikings a couple spots up. Mike Zimmer is one of the best defensive minds in football and a young squad should be up to the task.

12. Jets

The Jets are a whole different team after this summer’s additions. A whole different team. On paper, that defense looks scary.

13. Dolphins

I got to believe the Fins are right behind them. The Fins’ defense has a lot of potential and the addition of Suh is huge. Tannehill and Miller are a solid tandem.

14. Chiefs

The addition of Jeremy Maclin was huge for Kansas City. The defense is sturdy with last year’s sack-leader Justin Houston. I just worry there aren’t enough weapons on this offense for this team to succeed down the stretch.

15. Texans

I have the same concerns with Houston as I do with Kansas City. The defense is great and Vince Wilfork should be a huge addition for the defensive line. DeAndre Hopkins is a great up-and-coming receiver and Arian Foster, when healthy, is a top-five back. The when healthy part is becoming an issue for this team and I wouldn’t be surprised if they trade Foster or draft a running back next summer.

16. Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell may very well be the best trio in the league, but that secondary is one of the worst in the league.

17. Rams

Same story as with Kansas City and Houston. Where is the offense? This team’s offensive line is a huge problem and especially in the NFC West, will lead to struggles in division play.

18. Bills

The Bills are lower on this list than they should be but again, where’s the offense? Watkins wasn’t lights-out last year and uncertainties at quarterback make me skeptical.

19. Lions

The loss of almost their entire defensive line will reveal how weak this team’s secondary actually is.

20. Giants

This team’s defense? Where is it exactly?

21. Buccaneers

The defense has the talent to perform leagues better than they did last year.

22. Browns

Cleveland would have made the playoffs last year if they hadn’t choked down the stretch.

23. Bengals

This team has got to be better. They have the talent. Time to execute.

24. Falcons

Dan Quinn’s new team should make some strides on defense.

25. Panthers

This team’s receiving core is dry without Benjamin. Jonathan Stewart has big holes to fill. Can the defense take the pressure early on?

26. Saints

The loss of Jimmy Graham stings and the defense was putrid last year.

27. Bears

The defense was so bad last year. The Bears have lost their identity and are more offensive then they have been in a long time.

28. Jaguars

The defensive line had a lot of sacks last year and Posluszny returns. Bortles needs to step up to the plate.

29. 49ers

After quite possibly the worst offseason in sports history, the 49ers look doomed to struggle.

30. Redskins

All the talent on offense is there except for the quarterback position, which is what has led to continual struggles for the offense. The defense, on the other hand, is one of the worst in the league.

31. Raiders

Oakland holds a place in the bottom five once again.

32. Titans

Last and certainly least, Tennessee has a long way to go.

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