Arizona Cardinals: Pre-Week 1 Power Rankings

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team. 48. What will first-overall-pick Jameis Winston be able to do in Tampa Bay? There are great receivers, and a respectable defense, but the running game is a perennial mess-by-committee. It may be years before the Bucs are able to challenge the division but they are on the upswing, even if Mike Glennon is probably the better QB on the roster.. (0-0). Previous: N/Ath. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 27

51. A team of perennial grit bestowed by a great coach the Rams have the ability to be pesky in the NFC West but the trade for Nick Foles, who is not a better quarterback than Sam Bradford, is questionable. A group of young receivers and a good defense will have the Rams in some games, but not challenging the Cardinals or Seahawks for the division crown.. (0-0). Previous: N/Ath. St. Louis Rams. 26. team

(0-0). Previous: N/Ath. Houston Texans. 25. team. 10. More of the same in Houston, even after a surprising run last season to finish above .500, Brian Hoyer is named the starting QB, which is a good move, but Arian Foster continues to be made of glass and is injured again. With the best defensive player in the league on the roster in J.J. Watt and a dynamic playmaker on both sides of teh ball the Texans could surprise in the AFC.

Aug 9, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) has his jersey pulled by Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Christian Tupou (67) during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Not even the soft-spoken, but hard-nosed Todd Bowles can keep the team from beating up on each other. Luckily, Geno Smith sitting out with a broken jaw actually moves the Jets <em>up</em> in the rankings. The defense is sure to excel, but the offense is still the definition of “meh.”. (0-0). Previous: N/Ath. New York Jets. 24. team. 30

23. team. 60. A team that’s nearly finished with a rebuild a core group of players is striving for great things in a very difficult division with the Packers and Lions. Like any time, the success of the season will be on the back the Quarterback, can Teddy excel?. (0-0). Previous: N/Ath. Minnesota Vikings

New York Giants. 21. team. 31. If Eli wants to be the highest paid quarterback in the league, he needs to play like it and that can only be good for the Giants this season. Even offseason fireworks turmoil can’t curb some enthusiasm in the Big Apple.. (0-0). Previous: N/Ath