I know it’s probably a bit early to do power rankings, but I’d like to rank the teams based on how they did regarding off-season moves. I will go into further detail on the first 10 this week then expand on the others in further detail, because lets be real most of you only care about the top 10, unless your team isn’t in there.
The Eagles top the list here for me because of a few reasons. The first and foremost would be the fact that they just won the Super Bowl AND retained most of their players from last years roster. Their losses are made up for by the additions of Michael Bennett and Haloti Ngata.
The Rams are by far the most improved team this off season. Adding big name big talent players like Ndamukong Suh, Marcus Peters, Aquib Talib, and Brandin Cooks. The Rams were already scary last year, and now they have added all these studs.
3. Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings were killing it last year with Case Keenum, and obviously they believe Kirk Cousins is significantly better for their organization. I still kind of disagree with their decision to pay Cousins that much when they probably could have gotten Keenum for much cheaper. However I can’t ignore the fact that they are a better team with Cousins.
4. New England Patriots
The Patriots lost a lot of talent this off season and should probably be lower on my list. However they still have Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, so they deserve to at least be top 5. They lost players like Brandin Cooks, Danny Amendola, Dion Lewis, and Malcom Butler. All of these guys were key players for the Pats last season. They added players like Adrian Clayborn, Jeremy Hill, and Danny Shelton so it’s not all negatives here.
The Saints extended Drew Brees and added Demario Davis, Alex Okafor and Patrick Robinson to their already stacked defense. I expect the Saints to be a serious contender next year.
The Steelers haven’t made any big moves this off season. Their biggest hurdle is going to be signing LeVeon Bell to a long term deal. With the success they had last season I believe they deserve to be at 6 on my power rankings.
The Jags added Guard Andrew Norwell and Tight End Austin Seferian Jenkins bolstering their offense. The Jags defense was already one of the best in the league so making their offense better would clearly put them higher on my list.
The Packers lost Jordy Nelson but honestly I think adding Jimmy Graham is a massive upgrade. They already had good receivers in Davante Adams and Randall Cobb. Now Rodgers has a massive target to lob balls up to in the end zone.
The 49ers have had a pretty good off season so far. Losing Carlos Hyde definitely hurt, but the addition of Richard Sherman, their defense gets a whole hell of a lot better. With Garoppolo ( who won all of his starts for the 49ers last season) at the helm, the 49ers will see a serious turnaround with their success in this league.
The main reason why the Texans break the top 10 is the return of their QB. I think Deshaun Watson is a lot like Russell Wilson, in the sense that if he’s their QB they will have a chance to win any game. Also the addition Tyrann Mathieu helps their much needed pass defense.
11. Los Angeles Chargers
12. Carolina Panthers
13. Atlanta Falcons
14. Tennessee Titans
15. Seattle Seahawks
16. Detroit Lions
17. Kansas City Chiefs
18. Dallas Cowboys
19. Washington Redskins
20. Oakland Raiders
21. Denver Broncos
22. Baltimore Ravens
23. Cleveland Browns
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
25. Buffalo Bills
26. Cincinnati Bengals
27. Arizona Cardinals
28. Chicago Bears
29. New York Giants
30. New York Jets
31. Indianapolis Colts
32. Miami Dolphins
Next week I will be talking about numbers 11-20 so make sure to check that post out too.
~Jon Tetreault ( @jtetreault13 )