NFL Week 1 Power Rankings - who is the best team in football heading into the season?
Each week – or perhaps biweekly, depending on how busy we are at Aaron Torres Online – I’ll give you my NFL Power Rankings. One sentence per team. No nonsense.
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Now... Counting down from 32 to 1… let’s roll!
32. Houston: I like them to surprise Jacksonville in Week 1, but after that it’s all downhill for the Coach/QB combo of David Culley and Tyrod Taylor.
31. Jacksonville: One of the worst offensive lines with an overhyped rookie QB who is getting anointed The King too soon.
30. Detroit: I like them to hit their over on DraftKings Sportsbook, but it’s too early to put them ahead of anyone but Houston and Jacksonville.
29. Cincinnati: We gotta play the “wait and see” game with Joe Burrow’s health; they could surprise Minnesota in Week 1.
28. Chicago: The seat under Matt Nagy’s ass is piping hot and I can’t get behind another team inexplicably trying to use Andy Dalton.
27. Carolina: Gotta see it to believe it when it comes to a “reformed” Sam Darnold.
26. Jets: We’ll be a lot higher than 26 after a few weeks; GM Joe Douglas, HC Robert Saleh and OC Mike LaFleur bring real professionalism.
25. Las Vegas: They’ll start solid and taper off like always; not enough physicality or tenacity on this roster on both sides of the field.
24. Atlanta: Lying in the weeds as a possible sleeper team; same to be said for the next team up…
23. Philadelphia: The “juice” on their over is surprisingly high; wide-open division means anything is possible for Philly.
22. Giants: Very surprising D led by Bradberry and Williams last season; I still have zero faith in Daniel Jones.
21. Chargers: Justin Herbert is the real deal, but this is one of those “it never comes together” franchises for me.
20. Denver: Bridgewater is an upgrade over Lock and Denver has more offensive weapons than you think.
19. Indianapolis: A brutal offseason with injuries and annoying Carson Wentz headlines.
18. Minnesota: Suddenly people seem to have too much confidence in them because Detroit and Chicago are expected to be terrible.
17. Dallas: I’m convinced; so happy to see Dak Prescott looking like himself in the opener.
16. Washington: Could go any which way in this division; I’ll buy the foursome of Antonio Gibson, Terry McLaurin, Logan Thomas and Chase Young.
15. New England: Cam Newton held this franchise back last season; we’re still talking about Belichick and McDaniels, here.
14. Miami: I think they might regress, but they have earned this spot showing steady improvement in recent years.
13. Arizona: This stacked division hurts what could potentially be a top-10 team, if everything breaks exactly the way they need it to.
12. New Orleans: I buy into Sean Payton and this coaching staff end-to-end; not gonna abandon ship because of Brees’ retirement.
11. Pittsburgh: Everyone seems to be sleeping on them because of a tough division; still one of the top-five Ds in the game.
10. Rams: Aaron Torres and I are not Matt Stafford believers, but this is arguably the top D in the entire league.
9. Seattle: Can’t get behind this defense, but I can never argue with Russell Wilson, DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett and Chris Carson on the flip side.
8. Baltimore: BRUTAL losses of Gus Edwards and Marcus Peters right before the start of the season; could have possibly been a top-five all-around team.
7. Tennessee: Maybe overhyped; still not buying this defense at any level, really.
6. San Francisco: Just gotta see them get back to their winning ways before I put them in their rightful position in my top four.
5. Cleveland: All of the pieces seem to be in place on both sides of the ball; is now finally their time?
4. Buffalo: Josh Allen and Sean McDermott continue to dominate the “most improved” category on a yearly basis; steady ascension.
3. Green Bay: My Super Bowl pick; Aaron Rodgers wants to take his title and run after this year.
2. Kansas City: Lack of toughness and physicality in the Super Bowl was bordering on embarrassing to watch.
1. Tampa Bay: Clearly the best two-way team in the game; but, Dallas really did give them a run for their money…
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