It is time for our NFL power rankings as we continue to build up to the NFL regular season!
|1.||TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS|
|2.||KANSAS CITY CHIEFS|
|4.||GREEN BAY PACKERS|
|7.||SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS|
|12.||NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS|
|16.||WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM|
|17.||NEW ORLEANS SAINTS|
|24.||LAS VEGAS RAIDERS|
|26.||NEW YORK GIANTS|
|28.||NEW YORK JETS|
POWER RANKINGS ANALYSIS
Father Time shows no interest in Tom Brady and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers. At the age of 44 and in his 22nd season, Tom Brady show little signs of slowing down. Returning all 22 starters from 2020 it is easy to see why the Buccaneers are one of the favourites to win this seasons Super Bowl and sit at the top of our power rankings.
The Chiefs and The Bills are the closest to gaining that top spot. Both their quarterbacks, Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen, were in the MVP conversation in 2020 and they have every chance of repeating that feat if they perform to the standard they did last year.
The chasing pack is a large one. From the Packers at #4 to the Seahawks at #10, each team could make a push early in the season. The Cleveland Browns sit at #6 and with a win in week 1 against the Chiefs, will enter the top 3 conversation.
Tennessee look like they should have a promising season, but may have a settling in period with Todd Downing taking over as offensive coordinator.
By week 2 the power rankings landscape between 11-16 will alter dramatically. The Chargers have improved in the off season and could be real challengers if Justin Herbert can build upon his rookie season.
The Dolphins have settled in with Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback. They have surrounded him with weapons, but with a poor offensive line and in a difficult division, can they improve upon last seasons win total?
Washington are also a team who could rise up power rankings with a good start. Sitting at #16, They should have one of, if not the best defence in the league. They just are unconvincing at the quarterback position.
Two teams who are lower on than most are the Saints & Steelers. The Saints are relying on perennially unreliable Jameis Winston to replace Drew Brees, meaning the workload on Alvin Kamara may be heavy. For the Steelers, does Ben Roethlisberger still have it and can the defence be as brilliant as they were in 2020?
The Vikings, Colts and Panthers could also have good seasons. The Colts and The Panthers bring in fresh faces at the QB position. Both of Carson Wentz and Sam Darnold really need to show why they should be franchise starters moving forward.
Towards the bottom the Giants, Jaguars and Jets are closely matched. Daniel Jones really needs to start proving he was worthy of being drafted #6 overall, while rookies Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson will be looking to turn their franchises around after years of suffering.
Both Philadelphia and the Bengals will be hoping they don’t get dragged into the bottom 2 anytime soon. Philadelphia will be rolling with Jalen Hurts at QB. He needs to prove he was worth the commitment and an opening game against The Falcons is a good place to start.
Respectively, Joe Burrow will be looking to bounce back after his injury in 2020. The issue is the offensive line and for Joe Burrow’s health and sanity, hopefully they can protect him in 2021.
It was a straight shoot out for the bottom 2 teams. The Texans are proving to be an absolute shambles and while the Lions have done a good job of collecting picks for next year’s draft, they have lost a ton of talent over recent seasons.