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)

  1. San Francisco 49ers (NR)(0-0) — The best and deepest team in the league. Can Kaepernick pick up where he left off?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Atlanta Falcons (NR)(0-0) — They have all the pieces but just can’t seem to make playoff noise. Steven Jackson upgrades run game.
  5. 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.
  6. Houston Texans (NR)(0-0) — If they can avoid serious injuries, they have the talent to make a push for a title.
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Chicago Bears (NR)(0-0) — How the offense grows and performs under new coach Marc Trestman is the most intriguing story line.
  13. Minnesota Vikings (NR)(0-0) — Adrian Peterson was a beast last year returning from injury. But Christian Ponder is such a woeful quarterback.
  14. 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.
  15. New York Giants (NR)(0-0) — Eli Manning had an off year in ’12 and injuries are causing issues already for this team.
  16. 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.
  17. Miami Dolphins (NR)(0-0) — The Dolphins lack any pizazz, but they’re a well-rounded team. They have to play solid, fundamental football.
  18. St. Louis Rams (NR)(0-0) — I’m curious to see what Jeff Fisher does with this young, athletic bunch.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Arizona Cardinals (NR)(0-0) — Palmer was a nice upgrade at QB, but how long will it take for him to get acclimated?
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. Tennessee Titans (NR)(0-0) — Chris Johnson needs to have an outstanding year and Jake Locker needs to play above average.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.