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The NFL preseason wraps up this week, which means we’re that much closer to actual, meaningful football being played.
The Philadelphia Eagles began Year 2 under Nick Sirianni with a 1-1 record. The Birds take the field against the Miami Dolphins in Week 3 of the 2022 NFL preseason. The week of practice in South Florida was anything but normal.
Elsewhere, Tom Brady returned from training camp over the weekend to an even more miserable offensive line in front of him, the Chargers have lost a key defensive player for some time and the Cowboys are headed in the wrong direction after losing their starting left tackle tackle for at least the first half of the 2022 season.
Well, here are the still very early Power Rankings with the preseason finales on deck.
32. Seattle Seahawks: I’ve seen the Seahawks live and it’s ugly. I wonder how Bryce Young feels about the Pacific Northwest.
31. Houston Texans: Comfortable with the loss, Houston. This rebuild will take a while.
30. New York Giants: Giants fans can breathe a sigh of relief after the Kayvon Thibodeaux scare. Based on their roster, it might be the only good news they have for a while.
29. Chicago Bears: The Bears have a roster with holes and many players currently dealing with injuries. The HITS principle has prevailed, but that can only take you so far. After all, you need talent.
28. Atlanta Falcons: Marcus Mariota had to spend two seasons getting healthy on the Las Vegas bench. It looks like he’s finally back to the player that burst onto the scene for the Titans from 2015-2017.
27. New York Jets: I like a lot of the Jets’ offseason moves. But an early season glove and questions about Zach Wilson make it hard to see them making a huge leap into playoff contention this season.
26. Jacksonville Jaguars: Doug Pederson hasn’t left the Jags to spend time in his own little house just yet. This is progress from last season at Duval.
25. Detroit Lions: The Lions are doing the rebuild the right way, filling holes on the roster with talent with a veteran quarterback. If Aidan Hutchinson and Jameson Williams hit and the Lions finish the season in position to land a top quarterback, Dan Campbell will be in business.
24. Cleveland Browns: If Deshaun Watson was only going to be suspended for 11 games and then be allowed to say he “maintains his innocence” and only apologized because some people were “triggered”, why did the NFL bother to appeal? Despicable.
23. Carolina Panthers: Baker Mayfield beat out Sam Darnold for the starting quarterback job. Now he has to swim upstream against the brain trust of Matt Rhule and Ben McAdoo.
22. Washington Commanders: Carson Wentz, Dan Snyder and the Washington Football Franchise are a perfect fit together. Ron Rivera deserves better.
21. Tennessee Titans: The Titans are a prime candidate for regression. AJ Brown is gone and the miles will eventually go to Derrick Henry.
20. New England Patriots: In shocking news, the Matt Patricia-Joe Judge offense doesn’t seem to be clicking in New England. The Hoodie should have brought in a real offensive coordinator to replace Josh McDaniels.
19. Dallas Cowboys: Tyron Smith’s hamstring injury means the Cowboys are now down their LT, LG and RT from last season. But hey, at least they have Ezekiel Elliott.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers are convinced they have all the pieces to win as long as they play waiters. Can Mitchell Trubisky or Kenny Pickett deliver? Don’t bet on it.
17. New Orleans Saints: If you want to make some money on the side, Chris Olave might be a good bet to win offensive rookie of the year. Expecting big things from him in NOLA.
16. Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins are reportedly interested in trading Mike Gesicki to the franchise tag. It doesn’t make sense to take a weapon away from Tua before a proven season. He is staying.
15. Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals offense scored more points with Kyler Murray calling plays than Kliff Kingsbury. Maybe it’s not that hard, eh, Kliff?
14. Minnesota Vikings: Minnesota has slowly climbed those rankings from the offseason until now. I can’t trust Kirk Cousins to win the big games, but he can put up some good numbers en route to a primetime playoff loss.
13. Indianapolis Colts: After a year of Carson Wentz experience, the Colts went and got a reliable veteran in Matt Ryan to orchestrate Frank Reich’s offense. They will be much better for it.
12. Denver Broncos: After fighting through lean years with Paxton Lynch, Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler, Case Keenum, Joe Flacco, Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater, the Broncos finally got their quarterback. But can Russell Wilson deliver?
11. Las Vegas Raiders: It’s been two years since Tom Brady was a free agent, and Derek Carr is still catching stray arrows for what could have been. Cold world.
10. Baltimore Ravens: Lamar Jackson is betting on himself not to sign a fifth-year extension. The last time a Ravens quarterback chose to do this, Joe Flacco won a Super Bowl. The Ravens will be happy if history repeats itself.
9. Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles have all the pieces to contend for a Super Bowl title. It all depends on how much Jalen Hurts improves in the offseason.
8. San Francisco 49ers: Concerns about the interior offensive line and a young quarterback with accuracy concerns? Maybe the Bears are taking on the 49ers at the best time.
7. Cincinnati Bengals: As long as the Joe Burrow-Ja’Marr Chase connection is intact, it should be another fun year in the Jungle.
6. Los Angeles Chargers: In classic Chargers fashion, the preseason hype was met with a major injury, as star tight end JC Jackson will be out two to four weeks following ankle surgery. Maybe the Bolts are cursed.
5. Green Bay Packers: I have to go on one of those Aaron Rodgers cleanses after watching all these preseason games.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tom Brady is back from a tropical vacation with his family (Masked Singer?) and he’s ready to get back to work. Twenty-plus years of elite play and seven Super Bowl rings mean you can take 10 days off from training camp.
3. Buffalo Bills: As long as Sean McDermott lets Ken Dorsey and Josh Allen cook, the Bills will be among the final teams to beat.
2. Los Angeles Rams: Did the all-in Rams find another draft gem in Brycen Hopkins? It’s starting to look that way.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Has an elite quarterback ever had as much shade in an offseason as Patrick Mahomes? Some people need their head checked.