2014 NFL Power Rankings: Who Takes the Top Spot?
With the 2014 NFL season opener set for tomorrow, it’s about time we put the finishing touches on our break down of this year’s preseason Power Rankings. We’ve run through all the bad and middle of the road teams, but now we’re to the elites.
Who has a shot at making a deep run in the playoffs and who starts off 2014 as the favorite to win it all? Count down with us from the seven spot as we unveil our top team in our 2014 NFL Power Rankings:
7. Cincinnati Bengals
Cincy lost their offensive coordinator and a stud pass rusher, but they still have solid coaching and fantastic balance across the board. Let’s not kid ourselves, though. This team is only going as far as Andy Dalton takes them.
6. New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees and co. are tough to stop at home. It doesn’t get much simpler than that. New Orleans boasts one of the most potent offenses in the league and now even has an aggressive defense to match it. If they can steal home field advantage for the playoffs, they’re as dangerous as anyone.
5. San Francisco 49ers
The Niners are going to have to find their way through some tough injuries and suspensions on defense, but still have fantastic coaching and are built for the long haul. There should be more pressure on Colin Kaepernick to win from the pocket this year, so it will be interesting to see if he can rise to the occasion.
4. Green Bay Packers
We saw last year that the Packers are painfully average without Aaron Rodgers and about as tough to beast as anyone with him. If their defense got even remotely better this off-season, they’ll be a top-five team in 2014.
3. New England Patriots
The talk of Tom Brady having a down year in 2013 is laughable, as he completely carried a ravaged roster to a 12-4 finish and a game within reach of the Super Bowl. Like usual, as long as the Pats are healthy, they’ll be in the running for another title.
2. Seattle Seahawks
Seattle still has a stacked defense and a very efficient offense, but winning back to back titles is never easy. They might get back, but beating a team like the Broncos twice is probably not going to happen.
1. Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning and co. were embarrassed in last year’s big game and there’s no doubt they’ll come back with one goal: to finish the job. They beefed up their defense and added more weapons on offense. They’re ready to take the crown.
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