The Depth Chart: 2013 NFL Week 1 Power Rankings
September 4th, 2013 - 8:12 am
Here’s a look at my NFL power rankings for Week 1 of the 2013 season.
RANK. TEAM NAME (PREVIOUS RANK)(RECORD)
- San Francisco 49ers (NR)(0-0) — The best and deepest team in the league. Can Kaepernick pick up where he left off?
- Denver Broncos (NR)(0-0) — They’ll miss Von Miller early and the RB situation is a mess, but they have a top-notch offense.
- Seattle Seahawks (NR)(0-0) — Was last year’s offense under Russell Wilson a “flavor of the month” as PIT coach Mike Tomlin called the read-option? We’ll find out.
- Atlanta Falcons (NR)(0-0) — They have all the pieces but just can’t seem to make playoff noise. Steven Jackson upgrades run game.
- Baltimore Ravens (NR)(0-0) — Normally I place last year’s champions atop my rankings but I just can’t do it with this bunch. Lots of holes, particularly defense.
- Houston Texans (NR)(0-0) — If they can avoid serious injuries, they have the talent to make a push for a title.
- Cincinnati Bengals (NR)(0-0) — Much hype surrounds the long-time dismal franchise. Defense could be one of the best this year. Can offense follow?
- New England Patriots (NR)(0-0) — Between injuries, arrest, and free agency, this offense was gutted. But they do have a guy named Tom Brady.
- Green Bay Packers (NR)(0-0) — Similar to the Patriots, as long as the Packers have Aaron Rodgers, they’ll be good. But problems up front with injuries doesn’t help.
- Indianapolis Colts (NR)(0-0) — Andrew Luck is only going to get better, and last year he was pretty darn good to begin with. They’ll make lots of noise again this year.
- Washington Redskins (NR)(0-0) — The key to this team is obviously the health of RG3. They have the pieces to win the NFC East, though.
- Chicago Bears (NR)(0-0) — How the offense grows and performs under new coach Marc Trestman is the most intriguing story line.
- Minnesota Vikings (NR)(0-0) — Adrian Peterson was a beast last year returning from injury. But Christian Ponder is such a woeful quarterback.
- Dallas Cowboys (NR)(0-0) — Tony Romo got the big bucks (and I don’t know why) and he’d better prove himself this year if they want to go anywhere.
- New York Giants (NR)(0-0) — Eli Manning had an off year in ’12 and injuries are causing issues already for this team.
- New Orleans Saints (NR)(0-0) — The Saints could quickly rise in the rankings if the offense picks up where it left off under Sean Payton.
- Miami Dolphins (NR)(0-0) — The Dolphins lack any pizazz, but they’re a well-rounded team. They have to play solid, fundamental football.
- St. Louis Rams (NR)(0-0) — I’m curious to see what Jeff Fisher does with this young, athletic bunch.
- Pittsburgh Steelers (NR)(0-0) — My, how far the mighty have fallen. They lost Mike Wallace, running back is a question mark, and the defense is not as strong as it used to be.
- Carolina Panthers (NR)(0-0) — They have a lot of firepower when healthy, but running back is decimated. Defense will have to elevate its performance.
- Detroit Lions (NR)(0-0) — They add Reggie Bush in the offseason and they think their problems have been solved? That won’t happen until Jim Schwartz is out the door.
- San Diego Chargers (NR)(0-0) — It’s amazing how bad the Chargers’ offensive line has got. Fluker is an upgrade, but I don’t think the line will give Rivers enough time this year.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NR)(0-0) — Big addition in Revis on defense; offense still has problems with Freeman at QB. They’ll need a big year from Martin and the run game.
- Arizona Cardinals (NR)(0-0) — Palmer was a nice upgrade at QB, but how long will it take for him to get acclimated?
- Philadelphia Eagles (NR)(0-0) — This is clearly one of the most intriguing teams in the league with new coach Chip Kelly. Will his up-tempo, college offense work in the NFL? He’s got the athletes.
- Cleveland Browns (NR)(0-0) — The woeful Browns don’t have much to trot out on the field this year. The team will go as far as Trent Richardson can take them.
- Kansas City Chiefs (NR)(0-0) — The Chiefs have some talent on their roster but couldn’t put it together last year. Andy Reid was brought in to change that.
- Buffalo Bills (NR)(0-0) — The Bills need an identity and they’re hoping it comes with new head coach Doug Marrone. I would say a strong defense and healthy dose of Spiller would help.
- Tennessee Titans (NR)(0-0) — Chris Johnson needs to have an outstanding year and Jake Locker needs to play above average.
- New York Jets (NR)(0-0) — What a mess of an organization. Instead of Tim Tebow being a sideshow, it’ll be head coach Rex Ryan this year.
- Jacksonville Jaguars (NR)(0-0) — The Jaguars have a little bit of talent at the skill positions but their defense needs work and I don’t think Blaine Gabbert scares defenses.
- Oakland Raiders (NR)(0-0) — Can this team legitimately go after the 0-16 Detroit Lions’ record? I think they’ll win one game, but they’re pretty bad.