The next season of the NFL is on the horizon. So for now, let’s take some time to look back at the last season. More specifically, let’s look at the Power Rankings of each team based on their performance last year, as well as any changes that have occurred since their training began.
32. Houston Texans
The Texans have dropped to the bottom of the Power Rankings for this season, in large part due to the team’s quarterback, Deshaun Watson. It’s becoming increasingly unlikely that he’ll get the opportunity to play this season, due to the many lawsuits being filed against him. Until that situation is resolved, the Texans will likely remain at the bottom of the league.
31. Detroit Lions
The Lion’s have jumped up a little from 32nd to 31st in the rankings. They don’t have any of the same issues as the Texans and actually have somewhat of a rising star in the form of T.J. Hockenson.
30. Cincinatti Bengals
The Bengals have dropped one place since they were last examined for their Power Rankings, and it has to do with Joe Burrow. The quarterback is still recovering from a knee injury, and the damage done is still noticeable from the way he plays during practice.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars
Moving up due to the Bengals issue, it’s been noted that the Jaguars have been shopping around one of their rookies, C.J. Henderson. It’s rather strange, as the Jaguars showed a great interest in the rookie. However, he was brought on when the Jaguar’s new head coach, Urban Meyer, was off the clock, so he’s outside of Meyer’s circle of trust.
28. New York Jets
The Jets have also dropped a spot in the overall Power Ranking. It seems this is in relation to their 22-year-old rookie, Zach Wilson. Everything’s being put on him, and he might not be ready for the pressure. Hopefully he’ll be able to learn from his mistake and grow into his role in the team.
27. Carolina Panthers
Switching places with the Jets, the Panthers seem to be on a road to turn things around. After a particularly bad time under Adam Gase with the Jets, Sam Darnold will be getting a far better supporting team with the panthers. Perhaps their offense will impress us this season.
26. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles have dropped a spot since the last time they were ranked. It seemed as though the Eagles would be “divorcing” their Super Bowl hero Zach Ertz, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. He’s become a regular target of new quarterback Jalen Hurts, and the more veteran player will likely help make the rookie even better.
25. Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons have actually dropped two places since the last time they had been ranked. They had been running a proficient offense, but have since lost their superstar, Derrick Henry. Without someone of equivalent talent, it makes one wonder how the team will fair this season.
24. Denver Broncos
The Broncos have gone up two places since the last time they were ranked. The team’s been having a rivalry between the quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock. It’s possible that they’ll both be starting different games, and inconsistent playing like that could cost the Broncos in the long run.
23. New York Giants
The Giants have dropped one spot since the last time they were ranked. Recently, the team made headlines for a full-on brawl between members of the team and head coach Joe Judge’s response to the entire thing. He handed out extra conditioning as a punishment. Whether or not the Giants will be able to find themselves remains to be seen.
22. Washington Football Team
Moving up two places from their previous ranking, the Washington Football Team has a pair of promising pass-rushers. Chase Young and Montez Sweat have even voiced their intention to go for the all-time record for the duo with the most sacks on the quarterback in a single season.
21. Las Vegas Raiders
Despite having dropped a place, the Raiders are still notable for having a fairly strong offense. Their team is stacked with strong wide receivers and their running back Josh Jacobs isn’t anything to scoff at either, especially since he’s healthy now.
20. Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys have gone up one since their last placement, switching with the Raiders. It seems as though many of their previously injured teammates are on the road to recovery, and they should be able to play again by the time the season begins.
19. Chicago Bears
This team hasn’t shifted since their last ranking, staying at 19. Only seven of their defensive starters that got the Bears an NFC North title in 2018 remain. It’ll be interesting to watch and see how the modern Bears’ defense handles itself.
18. Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals have dropped two places since the last time they were ranked. In 2020, a 3-6 tailspin ruined their season. People seem to be putting all their hopes on their coach and their recovered quarterback, Kyler Murray.
17. Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings are another team whose Power Ranking hasn’t shifted. It seems as though the biggest issue with the Vikings are their discussion surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine. Coach Mike Zimmer has been outspoken about his frustration with players that choose not get vaccinations. Quarterback Kirk Cousins has been adamant that he’s fine, but the friction between him and the coach is still there.
16. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts have had one of the biggest drops in the NFL Power Rankings currently, dropping 3 places. It might have something to do with quarterback Carson Wentz and guard Quenton Nelson being out 5-12 weeks for the same foot surgery. The two of them were immensely important to the Colts offense.
15. Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins have dropped one place in the current Power Rankings. They managed to hold on to Xavien Howard after working out a new contract and salary with him. The Dolphins really shouldn’t trying to trade off their best players over salary disputes.
14. New England Patriots
The Patriots have actually had the largest increase to their overall Power Ranking since the last time the teams were ranked, going up 4 places. It seems as though Cam Newton needs to step up his game, or else he might lose his starting quarterback position. Rookie Mac Jones has been outperforming him in practice as of late. Perhaps he’ll pull himself together, or perhaps he’ll lose out to the rookie.
13. New Orleans Saints
The Saints have dropped three places since their last ranking. There’s been a lot of issues with the team as of late in terms of availability. Surgeries on Michael Thomas and Wil Lutz will cause them to miss extended time. David Onyemata’s been suspended after a positive PED test. Not to mention, Marshon Lattimore was arrested for receiving a stolen firearm.
12. Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers have gone up three places in the Power Ranking since last time. All eyes are on Derwin James. After an injury took the safety out of commission, he practically missed his rookie season. He seems to be on the up and up, so everyone’s got their fingers crossed that he can make a real difference this time.
11. Tennessee Titans
The Titans have moved up a place in the Power Rankings. Derrick Henry was a true monster of a man, however, his importance to the team may be decreasing in the near future. While the previous offensive coordinator’s (Arthur Smith) Henry-centric plans managed to skyrocket his professional career to new heights, it’s unlikely that his replacement, Todd Downing will make the same plays.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers have gone up a place since their last Power Ranking. T.J. Watt has been avoiding team drills until the Steelers extend his contract. Considering he was the runner-up for defensive player of the year, it seems like a no-brainer to keep him.
9. San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers are another team whose placement has not shifted. It seems as though there’s new blood preparing to supplant the old. Trey Lance from April’s draft has been outperforming incumbent quarterback Jimmy Garappolo. It seems as though its only a matter of time before Garappolo is replaced.
8. Cleveland Browns
The Browns have dropped 2 places since the last time they were ranked. With Jadeveon Clowney arriving in Cleveland and Myles Garret making a full recovery following his contraction of COVID-19, it seems as though the Browns are on the up-and-up.
7. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks have gone up one place since their last placement in the Power Ranking. With the Seahawks running low on manpower following their mega trade, it seems as though Jamal Adams currently holds all the cards for negotiating his salary. This is especially true considering the fact that it’s the last year of his contract. He may become the highest-paid safety in the NFL. Him and left tackle Duane Brown have been missing practices as well, seemingly for the same reason.
6. Los Angeles Rams
The Rams have gone up a place since the last time they received their Power Ranking. The Rams suffered a pretty major loss when second-year running back, Cam Akers received a season-ending injury to his Achilles tendon. However, this also gives some of the other running backs on the time to show their stuff. Alternatively, a free agent could also be brought in to help fill the hole in their team.
5. Baltimore Ravens
From this point on, the remaining teams haven’t had any shifts to their placement on Power Rankings chart. While top 5 in the Power Rankings right now, Lamar Jackson has already caught COVID-19 twice, and that’s twice as many playoff wins he’s had in his career. While still on the fence about getting vaccinated, the Ravens can just hope that their most valuable player doesn’t disappear again.
4. Green Bay Packers
It seems as though the Packers have become laser-focused on improving and winning this season. They might be willing to do anything they can within the rules to get a Super Bowl victory this year. Franchise executive, Brian Gutekunst was apparently forced to bring Randall Cobb back into the fold. However, Gutekunst won’t let his ego get in the way of victory.
3. Buffalo Bills
Josh Allen produced perhaps one of the best seasons a quarterback has ever had with the Bills. And as a reward he was given a $258,000,000 extension to his contract. The confidence in him is really there.
2. Kansas City Chiefs
Its seeming like Patrick Mahomes is going to produce a season for the ages. He’s in his prime after all. Not just him though, the offense is prepared to go all out. Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are going to perform tremendously as usual. And let’s not forget Mecole Hardman, who will be filling in the role left by Sammy Watkins.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers do seem to have one of the strongest quarterbacks in the NFL right now. Not to mention there’s the myriad of strong receivers he has to choose from, including Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Antonio Brown. After winning the Super Bowl last year, there’s a chance they could still do it again.