The NFL preseason is just 2 months away and it is time to start thinking about the NFL Power Rankings.Over the next while, we will take a look at where teams in the NFL rate in the top, bottom and middle tiers of the power ratings.
32. New York Jets - Doesn't matter which list you look at, the New York Jets are probably going to make the bottom of the list. There is much uncertainty about who the starting quarterback will be in New York, and on top of that, who's going to catch the ball from the corporate. Brandon Marshall left to head to the other New York team, and their top wide receiver is now a one hit wonder in Quincy Enunwa.
31. Cleveland Browns - No surprise that if they weren't at the bottom of the list, they were going to be the second to the worst team in the NFL…it’s the Cleveland Browns. There will be new faces all over the field on Sundays this year. There will be early-season quarterback controversy with Brock Osweiler and DeShone Kizer battling it out for the top of the depth chart. The Browns lost wide receiver Terrelle Pryor and longtime Brown's tight end Gary Barnidge in the off-season. In addition, the Browns open the 2017 season against the Steelers, Ravens and Colts, which should guarantee them 0-3 start to the season.
30. San Francisco 49ers - Coming in at the 30 spot is none other than the San Francisco 49ers. They will be managed from up top with a new rookie general manager, John Lynch. Kyle Shanahan will take over the reins as the head coach this year and will also serve as the offense of coordinator. They are a new team all over the field and will have early-season struggles. The scores and odds won’t be pretty.
29. St. Louis Rams - Many people will say that this spot should belong to the Chicago Bears but I'm putting the Rams here. They not have a first round draft pick this year, but picked up TE Gerald Everett in the second round. They did sign wide receiver Robert Woods away from Buffalo, and picked up wide receiver Cooper Kupp in the third round. Sean McVay was hired as the new head coach of the Rams and that the early age of 30 years old, he becomes the youngest head coach in modern-day NFL history. He still has a lot to learn…this is gonna be a long year for the new head coach.
28. Buffalo Bills - Wait....wasn't this spot supposed to be the Chicago Bears? It would have on paper but with new head coach Sean McDermott running the team, we slid the Bills into this spot. Over the past few years, we’ve seen Rex Ryan employee a 3-4 defense but this year under defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, the Bills will switch back to a 4-3. Only time will tell if the 4-3 defense will work in Buffalo, but no matter what I see early-season struggles in the future.
27. Chicago Bears - The Bears surprised everyone this year signing Mike Glennon and Mark Sanchez to contracts in the off-season, then turning around and trading up in the NFL draft to acquire quarterback Mitch Trubisky. If the Bears can get reliable play out of one of their quarterbacks, they could put up some points this year. At wide receiver, they already had Kevin White and Cameron Meredith, and signed former Pittsburgh Steeler Markus Wheaton, former Titan Kendall Wright and a pair of New York Giants, Rueben Randle and Victor Cruz in the offseason. The issue with the Bears is going to be on defense..... or lack thereof.
26. Jacksonville Jaguars - The Jacksonville Jaguars could've landed the golden gem in this year's NFL draft in Leonard Fournette, RB from LSU. He is the one thing that Jacksonville has been lacking over the last few years, a talented running back. He has breakaway speed and has the power to make the big cuts needed through the middle. The Jaguars are still stacked with wide receivers and permitting they can stay healthy, this team could skyrocket to the top of this list in the first quarter of the season.
25. San Diego Chargers - Did I say San Diego Chargers… what, I meant to say was Los Angeles Chargers. This team has a lot of optimism coming into the 2017 season. They're going to get Keenan Allen back, who missed the majority of the 2016 season and picked up wide receiver Mike Williams in the draft. Those two are going to cause many headaches for opposing corners this year. The issue becomes players that the Chargers have lost this year. Danny Woodhead is gone, King Dunlap is gone, Stevie Johnson gone, Brandon flowers is gone....oh yeah and Manti Te'o and his Internet girlfriend are both gone. That's a lot of empty holes to fill for a Chargers team that is working with a new coaching staff. The potential is there but it won't be easy.
The Rex Factor has some bad news for the Chargers too. He says Rivers is primed for a regression. See who else is on his list here.
24. Cincinnati Bengals - The Cincinnati Bengals will have a speedy offense this year. They have wide receiver John Ross coming in with 4.22 speed and will have running back Joe Mixon running around the ends. The Bengals will return their entire coaching staff in what could be Marvin Lewis' last attempt at making the postseason and possibly saving his job.
23. Houston Texans - Part of me wanted to rank the Houston Texas much higher as they will still possess one of the best defenses in the NFL, but the other part of me makes me scratch my head at this offense and how they will fare this year. The Texans will most likely start the season with quarterback Tom Savage leading the team, but how long will that last before first round draft pick, quarterback DeShaun Watson takes over? The defense will be good but how are they are score points? George Godsey lost his job as offensive coordinator and now Bill O'Brien will take over those duties. How he mends with the QB’s on the roster remains to be seen.
22. Indianapolis Colts - The Indianapolis Colts are going to basically be a duplicate team that they were in 2016. There are no major shakeups on the roster to report, and other than a new general manager, they are basically the same team. The Colts needed to bolster their offense of line but failed to do so.