2014 NFL Power Rankings: Analyzing Spots 18-22
The 2014 NFL season is just days away and teams are making their final cuts. Naturally, NFL fans are getting excited with anticipation for another thrilling year of pro football. But there is still time to second guess and to hope, which leaves the door open for just about any team to take a major leap or tumble to the bottom of the league.
For now, all we can really judge teams off of is how they looked last year and what they’ve done to try to get better. With that, we’re running through all 32 NFL teams (we started from the bottom earlier in the week) and we should find ourselves to the top before the first game of the year.
To keep that process going, here’s a look at the teams that fall in line from spots 18-22 in the preseason NFL Power Rankings:
22. New York Giants
The Giants started 0-6 last year and were mostly dreadful. They turned it around thanks to good coaching and a defense that refused to give up. Despite major changes, their offense remains a huge weak link. So far, Eli Manning and co. arguably look even worse. It’s understandable if you want them even lower on our preseason power rankings.
21. Miami Dolphins
Miami isn’t really a bad team, but nothing about them screams “we’re good”, either. Ryan Tannehill improved a lot last year, but his offensive line and running game are huge question mark.s The Fins can play some defense, but overall remain a fairly inconsistent and unpredictable bunch. They could easily make a big leap, but they could also just as easily crater.
20. Dallas Cowboys
Sean Lee is out for the year, so a defense that was already destined to be awful probably has zero hope in 2014. It’s all on the offense, as an aging Tony Romo will try to will the ‘Boys to the playoffs – bad back and all. He can do it, but he probably won’t.
19. Detroit Lions
Jim Caldwell enters as the new head coach, and as boring as he sounds he at least brings fundamentals and stability to a team seemingly severely lacking both. Detroit can run with anyone on offense, and they’ll be even better in that department. It’s the inconsistent defense that remains worrisome.
18. Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton has had rib and ankle issues and he lost offensive linemen and receivers this year. Still, he’s been pretty darn good in his first three seasons and he still has a solid running game and elite defense backing him. Carolina took a major step up last year, but it’s possible they take a minor step back in a really competitive NFC.
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