NFL Power Rankings: Where the Eagles Are Ahead Preseason Finale originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
The NFL preseason is ending this week, which means we’re that much closer to real, meaningful football being played.
The Philadelphia Eagles started 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 South Florida practice week was anything but normal.
Elsewhere, Tom Brady has returned from his sabbatical training camp to an even more dubious offensive line situation ahead of him, the Chargers have lost a key defensive player for quite some time, and the Cowboys are heading in the wrong direction after losing their left winger. starting lineup for at least the first half of the 2022 season.
So here’s our Power Rankings still very early with the pre-season finals on deck.
32. Seattle Seahawks: I have my eye on the Seahawks live and it’s ugly. I wonder how Bryce Young feels about the Pacific Northwest.
31. Houston Texans: Get comfortable with defeat, 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 your list, it might be the only good news they get for quite some time.
29. Chicago Bears: The Bears have a list of holes and many players currently dealing with injuries. The HITS principle has taken hold, but that can only take you so far. Eventually, you need talent.
28. Atlanta Falcons: Marcus Mariota spent two seasons getting healthy on the bench in Las Vegas. He appears to finally be back to the player who burst onto the scene for the 2015-2017 Titans.
27. New York Jets: I like a lot of the Jets’ offseason moves. But an early-season challenge and questions about Zach Wilson make it hard for me to see them make a massive leap forward in playoff contention this season.
26. Jacksonville Jaguars: Doug Pederson has yet to leave the Jags to spend time at his own personal beer house. This is the progress of last season in Duval.
25. Detroit Lions: The Lions are doing the rebuild the right way, filling roster holes with talent with a veteran quarterback. If Aidan Hutchinson and Jameson Williams get it right and the Lions finish the season in a position to draft 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 he could say he “remains innocent” and only apologized because some people “have been fired”, why did the NFL bother to appeal? Negligible.
23. Carolina Panthers: Baker Mayfield defeated Sam Darnold for the starting quarterback position. Now he has to swim against the trust of Matt Rhule and Ben McAdoo.
22. Washington Commanders: Carson Wentz, Dan Snyder and the Washington football franchise are a perfect match for each other. Ron Rivera deserves better.
21. Titans of Tennessee: The Titans are an excellent candidate for regression. AJ Brown is gone and the miles will eventually wear out Derrick Henry.
20. New England Patriots: In shocking news, the Matt Patricia-Joe Judge offense doesn’t seem to be working out in New England. Hoodie should have brought in a real offensive coordinator to replace Josh McDaniels.
19. Dallas Cowboys: Tyron Smith’s hamstring injury means the Cowboys have now lost 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 can get a useful quarterback game. Can Mitchell Trubisky or Kenny Pickett deliver this? Do not bet on it.
17. Saints of New Orleans: If you want to earn a little extra cash, Chris Olave could be a good bet to win Offensive Rookie of the Year. Expecting great things from him at NOLA.
16. Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins are reportedly interested in trading with Mike Gesicki. There’s no point taking a gun out of the Tua before a season of trials. He stays.
15. Cardinals of Arizona: The Cardinals offense scored more points with Kyler Murray calling the plays than Kliff Kingsbury. Maybe it’s not that hard, huh, 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 on his way to a primetime playoff loss.
13. Indianapolis Colts: After a year of Carson Wentz’s experience, the Colts went and got a trusted veteran in Matt Ryan to orchestrate Frank Reich’s attack. They will be much better for it.
12. Denver Broncos: After struggling through the 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 about what could have been. cold world.
10. Baltimore Ravens: Lamar Jackson is betting on himself by not signing an extension in his fifth year. 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 fight for the Super Bowl title. It all comes down to how much Jalen Hurts has improved in the offseason.
8. San Francisco 49ers: Inner offensive line concerns and a young quarterback with precision concerns? Perhaps the Bears are catching the 49ers at the best of times.
7. Cincinnati Bengals: As long as the Joe Burrow-Ja’Marr Chase connection is intact, it should be another fun year in the wild.
6. Los Angeles Shippers: In classic Chargers style, the preseason hype was met with a major injury as star cornerback JC Jackson will be out for two to four weeks following ankle surgery. Maybe the Bolts are cursed.
5. Green Bay Packers: I need to go on one of Aaron Rodgers’ cleanses after watching all these preseason games.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tom Brady is back after a tropical vacation with his family (Masked Singer?) and is ready to get back to work. Over twenty years of elite play and seven Super Bowl rings mean you can take 10 days off 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 standing.
2. Los Angeles Aries: Did the all-in Rams find another draft gem in tight end Brycen Hopkins? It’s starting to look like this.
1. Kansas City bosses: Has any elite quarterback ever had as much shadow in an offseason as Patrick Mahomes? Some people need their heads checked.