2013 NFL Power Rankings: Week 1

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The day has finally arrived. The 2013 NFL Regular Season officially begins today!

What better way to kick things off then to begin a run of weekly power rankings? My way-to-early NFL Preseason Power Rankings from a few months ago really exposed how wishful thinking and draft overvaluations can muck things up for an amateur prognosticator like myself.

It is apparent I oversold the Dallas Cowboys stock, since I am after all a Cowboy hater. Then I put far too much stock into the San Diego Chargers draft thanks in large part to my man love for Manti Te'o. My other huge foopah was dissing the Seattle Seahawks at seventh on my list. That team plays with a ferocity deserving of recognition now, but can they keep it up for 19 or 20 games? And lastly, putting the Oakland Raiders at 30th on my original list was simply the biggest joke I've made all season and it has no doubt cost me plenty of credibility around here. Deservedly so...

Aside from those few whoopsies, not much has changed with the main players this season. Only one team from my original top ten dropped out of the top ten, so there is that. And really, outside the top twelve teams we're splitting hairs anyway - since all those other teams suck, right?

So without further adieu...

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Seattle Seahawks

As I mentioned from the onset of this post, the Seahawks appear to be quite ferocious in their play. My only concern is whether they can keep that style of play up over the course of a long NFL season.

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Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons have been a solid football team ever since Michael Vick left and if they are ever going to win the Super Bowl its going to be now. 2013. This is likely Tony Gonzalez's last season and Stephen Jackson probably has one more good year left in the tank. Can they put it all together?

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San Francisco 49ers

Yes, that would be three straight NFC teams to start this ranking compilation. As much as it pains me to admit it, the NFC is once again the dominate conference. The defending NFC Champions are truly a threat to win it all again.

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Denver Broncos

It seems adversity has been a continuous problem for the Broncos this offseason, but even with all of those problems with Elvis Dumervil, Von Miller and now Champ Bailey's injury, this team could be peak at just the right time. The Playoffs. Von Miller gets two full months of rest and will be reaching his peak in January and February. His suspension could become a blessing in disguise for this talented football team.

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Green Bay Packers

The Packers have some questions on defense. They could easily be the best team in the league, provided Eddie Lacy can compliment Aaron Rodgers in the manner the Packers hope. If not, it will be up to Rodgers to win shootouts. This will bode well during the regular season, but will end up being a severe handicap come playoff season.

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Houston Texans

The Texans have an opportunity to compete for a championship, but they have the look and feel of a team that will continue to be close. Sort of like the Oilers of the early 90's and the Chargers of recent memory. In the Texan's case, the main thing holding them back is the lack of an elite quarterback. Not exactly an easy thing to come by...

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New England Patriots

The Patriots continue to get all of the love from the mainstream media, which I understand since they have won twelve of the last fourteen AFC East division titles. Not to mention 5 AFC Titles. At some point, the dearth of talent will catch up to this franchise. I think Tom Brady keeps them in the mix, but not enough to go all the way.

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Baltimore Ravens

I gave the Ravens more credit than they deserved in my original rankings, but that was entirely out of respect for the defending Super Bowl Champions. Now its time to call them what they are... a young and inexperienced team with an overconfident above average quarterback and few playmakers. They are still a playoff team, but its doubtful Joe Flacco will get lucky with the long ball for four straight playoff games again any time soon.

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New Orleans Saints

Nothing has changed my opinion about the Saints. I think they will be a playoff team and compete for one of the wild card spots. They will likely split games with the Falcons, but overall the Saints defense will limit this team come January.

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Cincinnati Bengals

If it wasn't for the history of a lack of discipline for this team, I'd rank them above the Ravens. However, history tells me this team will only go so far and will find ways to hold itself back. I liken them to a more talented version of the Detroit Lions.

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Chicago Bears

THE BEARS ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE.
Eleventh best team in the league.

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Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III is a freaking beast. I want to find reasons to knock the Redskins back a bit, but I can't. Looking back on RG3 last season and his presence alone - if he stays healthy - is good for ten wins. Damn you Mike Shanahan!

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Indianapolis Colts

I knocked the Colts way back in my preseason rankings because I really don't like the talent level of the team as a whole. I felt Peyton Manning masked the horrible drafting over the last decade and Andrew Luck needed four fourth quarter comebacks last year just to salvage a winning record. However, Luck is the real deal and always side with elite quarterbacks when it counts.

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New York Giants

Eli Manning and the Giants are probably an iffy playoff contender during the regular season, but a Super Bowl contender if they get into the playoffs. It must drive Tom Coughlin crazy to know he has a Super Bowl championship roster that consistently plays up or down to the level of team they are up against. Poor guy...

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Detroit Lions

The Lions simply have too much talent not to finish .500 this season, but with a team as undisciplined as this one you just never know what you'll end up getting. My hunch is they may end up unseating the underachieving Bears for the final wild card spot this year, but they could end up 4-12 again. Get your dart board, people.

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St. Louis Rams

The arrow might be red, but I am still a big believer in the Rams this year. The Seahawks and 49ers better not slip up, because this Rams team could easily finish with 9 wins this year. Bad luck of the draw to build a solid team in a division already so stack with talent.

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Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers are a proud organization, so don't expect them to wither away into obscurity. I just don't see the talent on the roster that will be necessary to compete with the Bengals or Ravens. Ben Roethlisberger needs weapons and he simply doesn't have many to speak of.

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Miami Dolphins

I never thought I would say this, but I'm starting to buy so Dolphins stock. The AFC East is so terrible that one of the other non-Brady teams will necessarily rise to the next level. The Jets are a completely disaster, so that leaves the Dolphins or the Bills. For now, I'll take Miami, but ask me again in a month!

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Kansas City Chiefs

It looks like the Chiefs are destined to be the second best team in the AFC West, yet that doesn't mean much because I've got them ranking 19th overall. I would dis them even more, but this franchise actually doesn't have their collective heads up their asses and as a Bronco fan looking forward to 2014, I'm mildly concerned.

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Dallas Cowboys

I dislike the Cowboys so much that I put them as far down my rankings as possible, but they truly are not that bad. This team has a glass jaw however and when the going gets tough they fold like a wet piece of paper. I also enjoy seeing arrogant owners ruin their own chances at success, so look for Jerry Jones to fire everyone but himself come January 2014.

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Cleveland Browns

Maybe I am too big of a believer in the Browns this year, but I really like how they play football at the point of attack. I probably also have a deeper connection with them based on our mutual hatred of all things Baltimore Ravens. That said, this team should find a way to scrap together 6-7 wins this year.

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San Diego Chargers

Okay, so my man-love affair with Manti Te'o is official over and my previous ranking of this team was a completely joke. This is a good thing though, since most of my family are Charger fans, so I will enjoy ribbing them on their teams completely failure this year. Go me!

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Minnesota Vikings

If anyone thinks the Vikings will somehow duplicate their 2012 campaign they can go move to Colorado and light up some killer gonge, cause it ain't happening. Christian Ponder is not even close to elite and Adrian Peterson would have to duplicate the impossible. And yes, judging by history, duplicating his effort is impossible.

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Philadelphia Eagles

God, if I hear someone from the mainstream media gush over Chip Kelly's "offense" one more time I will literally drive into a brick wall. Look at the talent on the roster. I see major holes on defense and in the trenches, so please enlighten me how a college style offense will succeed in the NFL with weaknesses at those positions? Yeah. Didn't think so.

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Carolina Panthers

Speaking of mainstream media talking heads, they are continuously talking about when Cam Newton will take that next step in maturity and lead his team to the playoffs. Sorry folks, that ain't happening. Cam Newton is Jay Cutler. Enough said. NEXT!

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Buffalo Bills

It was a toss up between the Dolphins and Bills as to who I felt would take hold of that meaningless #2 spot in the AFC East and even though I chose the Dolphins, I think the Bills found a real keeper in E.J. Manuel. Once Tom Brady retires, a major power shift could be in the works in this division and the Bills are poised to capitalize.

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Tennessee Titans

The Titans are honestly uninteresting. Out of all the teams in the NFL, I know almost nothing about them. So because of that, I'll stick their boring arses right here near the bottom. Hopefully, by Week 3, they will be on TV out here in California.

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Arizona Cardinals

The moral outrage of my previous rankings for the Cardinals made me laugh, but out of respect for those opinions I gave this team a huge bump this week to compensate. If you still disagree, why don't you look at their schedule and tell me where their wins will come from! Yeah, didn't think so. Carson Palmer ain't that good...

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Does anyone else find it sad that the worst team in the NFC isn't even down in the 30's on this list? Pathetic! I guess I should be happy about this, since it means the Broncos really only have a few teams to get past en route to another Super Bowl title.

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Jacksonville Jaguars

I really thought the Jaguars would be the worst team in football this year, but after watching the Jets and Raiders this preseason... well, let's just say the Jaguars are not that bad.

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New York Jets

Oh man. Rex Ryan and the Jets. Talk about a match made in heaven. At least John Fox had the cajones to play Tim Tebow when all seemed lost with Kyle Orton... and Orton was and is twice the quarterback Mark Sanchez will ever be. I think we all know why they are now referred to as the lolJets.

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Oakland Raiders

Leave it to Raiders fans to hate Carson Palmer for being an average quarterback and love Terrelle Pryor for being a terrible quarterback. That and other more obvious roster issues is why this franchise will likely bring up the rear for the entire 2013 regular season.

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