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NFL Power Rankings: The Denver Broncos are a lot better than people think

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Here is how the NFL is shaping up heading into Week 1 of the 2018 regular season. Who are the contenders and who are the pretenders?

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

This is my favorite week of the year. All of the hopes of dreams of 32 NFL fan bases all converge in one week of hope and excitement. Some fan bases will have that hope and excitement carry in through to January, others will lose it all by late September. But for right now, we’re all feeling the same.

Week 1 of the 2018 NFL regular season has arrived and with it comes the weekly power rankings. So, allow me to be the first to throw some cold water on most of those fan bases with the first of many weekly power rankings.

These rankings are based entirely on my personal view of each team and where they actually stand heading into Week 1. I may overvalue some teams and underrate others, but I think I’ll be pretty solid on most of these. Maybe...

Week 1 NFL Power Rankings

  1. Los Angeles Rams
  2. Philadelphia Eagles
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars
  4. New England Patriots
  5. Minnesota Vikings
  6. New Orleans Saints
  7. Green Bay Packers
  8. Houston Texans
  9. Atlanta Falcons
  10. Pittsburgh Steelers
  11. Carolina Panthers
  12. Denver Broncos
  13. Los Angeles Chargers
  14. San Francisco 49ers
  15. Seattle Seahawks
  16. Dallas Cowboys
  17. Tennessee Titans
  18. New York Giants
  19. Kansas City Chiefs
  20. Detroit Lions
  21. Cincinnati Bengals
  22. Washington Redskins
  23. Baltimore Ravens
  24. Cleveland Browns
  25. Chicago Bears
  26. New York Jets
  27. Miami Dolphins
  28. Indianapolis Colts
  29. Arizona Cardinals
  30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  31. Buffalo Bills
  32. Oakland Raiders