I’m back giving my 21 – 13th power rankings. If you missed the 32-22 NFL power rankings you can check them out here.
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- Chicago Bears
The Bears had a filler season, as in it was QB Mitchell Trubisky’s first season in the league. It seems like he is fitting right in the Bears scheme, so it looks hopeful. Chicago has acquired a new tight end and wide receiver to help out the offense, and of course they hired their new head coach, Matt Nagy. Being a former quarterback and the OC for the Kansas City Chiefs, he will be teaching Trubisky a lot.
- Denver Broncos
Now even with the signing of Case Keenum and a similar team like the Vikings, there will still be a feeling out process. The Broncos lost both quarterbacks, Brock Osweiler and Trevor Siemian, so if Keenum does not work out right away they will have to rely on Paxton Lynch, or Chad Kelly.
- Houston Texans
Houston is ready to pick up where they left off when quarterback Deshaun Watson went down with a torn ACL. Also, if JJ Watt comes back healthy they will have a mean and dangerous defense. They made some signings in S Tyrann Mathieu and QB Brandon Weeden. Hopefully, the Texans will have a better season than 4-12 like they did last year.
- Detroit Lions
With the change in head coach, now Matt Patricia, the former DC of the New England Patriots decided they are going to be sound on defense and finally create a running game for Matthew Stafford. They look to create it from signing LeGarrette Blount, drafting Kerryon Johnson, and by still counting on Ameer Abdullah & Zach Zenner. Even the offensive line said they are ready and have been talking about proving it.
- Baltimore Ravens
This was a good offseason for the Ravens; they made signings of wide receivers Michael Crabtree and John Brown. Look for these two to become immediate targets. The Ravens even traded up to get QB Lamar Jackson out of the University of Louisville. Now do not get too crazy about this, I know the first snap of the regular season will be taken by Joe Flacco.
- Kansas City Chiefs
KC finished last season 10-6, 1st in the AFC West, but with the loss of QB Alex Smith and CB’s Darrelle Revis and Marcus Peters it leaves them a little exposed. They are trusting Patrick Mahomes to lead, so hopefully the talent that surrounds him will make him play harder. Patrick Mahomes will have a new face at the wide-out position, as the Chiefs signed WR Sammy Watkins.
- Oakland Raiders
Oakland finished 3rd in the AFC West last season, but made a bunch of moves that will help them win. They signed guys like Jordy Nelson, Doug Martin, and Martavis Bryant. The Raiders even hired a new head coach in Jon Gruden, he has been criticized for his approach, but if everyone buys in, then everyone better watch out.
- Dallas Cowboys
Dallas is going to have some shoes to fill with the retirement of Jason Witten, and the loss of WR Dez Bryant. However, they remain optimistic by signing WR Allen Hurns, Hurns has 2,669 yards and 21 touchdowns in his career, so maybe Dallas is what he needs to gain a little more boost. QB Dak Prescott looks to remain a top QB and do his thing. As long as there is not too much spotlight left on after Jerry Jones remarks and nobody in the locker room goes against it, look for a good season.
- Los Angeles Chargers
LA Chargers had a problem of consistency and staying healthy last season. Out of the players they added one guy they might depend on is C Mike Pouncy to hold up the offensive line. The Chargers lost TE Antonio Gates, but they sign Austin Roberts, so hopefully he will be able to step in after Hunter Henrys injury.
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