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NFL Power Rankings

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The Panthers and Broncos meet in a rematch of the Super Bowl as the 2016 season kicks-off. Don't expect either to back in the big game again, though, as the Cardinals are the team to beat this year.

32. San Francisco 49ers – Quarterback controversies never bode well, and the 49ers have one. Blaine Gabbert, likely the starter, hasn’t proven he can lead a team.

31. Tennessee Titans – A young offense looks good on the surface, but inexperience will catch up to the Titans.

30. Cleveland Browns – No matter how much the Browns seem to improve, there is always something standing in the way.

29. Los Angeles Rams – New city, same Rams. No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff is only part of what the Rams need.

28. San Diego Chargers – Ranked last in rushing in 2015, and won’t be much better in 2016. Defense is shaky.

27. Miami Dolphins – Coaching changes usually mean one thing, disappointment. However, some key additions on both sides of the ball could make for an interesting season.

26. Detroit Lions – Matthew Stafford will do his best to get by without Calvin Johnson, but those are big shoes to fill.

25. Buffalo Bills – New contract for Tyrod Taylor won’t stop the Bills from underperforming.

24. Philadelphia Eagles – Carson Wentz suffered broken ribs in the preseason, and Chase Daniel isn't the answer.

23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Health has been a concern for the Bucs in recent years, and a new coach will complicate things further.

22. Chicago Bears – Matt Forte was the key component to the offense for so long. Will he be missed?

21. Jacksonville Jaguars – Offense seems to have improved for Blake Bortles, and the defense has tightened up.

20. New Orleans Saints – The defense allowed 45 passing touchdowns in 2015 and only nine interceptions. That’s a lot to improve on.

19. Washington Redskins – Is Kirk Cousins a legitimate NFL quarterback? He proved he can be last season. Another strong season can silence any doubters.

18. New York Giants – With Tom Coughlin out, what will Ben McAdoo have to offer? Sustaining a lead will be the mantra in New York this year.

17. Atlanta Falcons – A disappointing season in 2015 would indicate the Falcons can do nothing but rise.

16. New York Jets – Ryan Fitzpatrick is back for at least one more year. Will it help or hurt the Jets?

15. Minnesota Vikings – With no Teddy “Two Gloves” Bridgewater, Sam Bradford inherits has a laundry list of weapons on offense. Defensively, the Vikings force turnovers.

14. Dallas Cowboys – When will Tony Romo get back on the field? The Cowboys are 1-13 when a quarterback not named Romo is under center.

13. Houston Texans – Following a smorgasbord of quarterbacks in 2015, the Texans may have found their guy in Brock Osweiler.

12. Baltimore Ravens – Some bad luck haunted the Ravens in 2015 on way to a disappointing 5-11 season, but they have a history of bouncing back.

11. Indianapolis Colts – Despite an injury plagued season, Andrew Luck struggled when healthy. The 2016 season should be a better outcome.

10. Oakland Raiders – The Raiders continue to improve on both sides of the ball. Khalil Mack leads an intriguing defense.

9. Denver Broncos – Trevor Siemian? Defenses have been known to bail out quarterbacks in the past — including Denver’s defense last season with Peyton Manning.

8. Kansas City Chiefs – We can’t discount the win streak from 2015, and Andy Reid seems to improve every season. However, health remains a concern.

7. Cincinnati Bengals – Still in search of a playoff win, the Bengals will challenge for a top spot in the AFC.

6. Carolina Panthers – Defensive backend will be softer without Josh Norman, but the return of Kelvin Benjamin will boost the offense.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers – Not having Le’Veon Bell to start the season, again, the Steelers still have an offense that can cause havoc for any opposition. If Steelers Antonio Brownthey can tune up the defense, look out.

4. New England Patriots – No Tom Brady for four games can hurt, but they still have Bill Belichick, and the defense is sharp.

3. Green Bay Packers – The high-powered offense that wasn’t present in 2015 should be back to form in 2016 with Jordy Nelson back in the lineup. Eddie Lacy went from eating cheeseburgers to salads in preparation for a strong year.

2. Seattle Seahawks – No Beast Mode, no problem. It’s hard not to have the Seahawks at the top of this list. The offense looks sharp, and the Legion of Boom is back together.

1. Arizona Cardinals – Head coach Bruce Arians led the Cardinals to a pair of franchise records in 2015, both in wins and points. Expect a similar, if not better, output in 2016 with a growing offense.

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