2014 NFL Power Rankings: Breaking Down Spots 13-17
The 2014 NFL season is rapidly approaching, as we are literally just four days away from the Green Bay Packers heading to Seattle to take on the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks.
Needless to say, prep time for fantasy football is eroding and all predictions for the 2014 NFL season are in that classic “now or never” state. With the deadline approaching, we continue our breakdown of the 2014 preseason NFL Power Rankings, this time analyzing the teams that slide into spots 13-17:
17. St. Louis Rams
All we’ve been hearing about the Rams is how Michael Sam hasn’t made the team and how Sam Bradford is hurt again. With Shaun Hill leading the way, it’s very likely the Rams finish much lower than 17th. However, they do have a good running game and nasty defense and were actually quite competitive without Bradford last year.
16. Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh got a little younger in some areas on defense and seems poised to pick up where they left off on the offensive end. They are still a well coached and balanced squad, so it’s tough to bet against them. Until they prove they are officially back, however, they can’t be moved up much further.
15. Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs had two different seasons in 2013, as they started off 9-0, but finished just 2-5. They seem to be built well on both sides of the ball, but can Alex Smith really do much more with this team than he did a year ago?
14. Chicago Bears
The Bears look to be a little bit better on defense and still have that elite offense, so they certainly have a chance to get back into the playoff mix in 2014. It likely all hinges on the health of quarterback Jay Cutler, who hasn’t been around for a full season in seemingly forever. If he’s healthy and on the top of his game, Chicago could be a tough out in the playoffs.
13. Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck has the Colts as potential Super Bowl contenders, as the passing game in Indy work and the defense is slowly catching up. Just how good this Colts team can be probably depends on running back Trent Richardson, who has thus far been a pretty big disappointment.
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