Yeah it’s early, I know. There’s also a few big things to be figured out that will drastically impact teams outlook. Aaron Rodgers and Deshaun Watson being the biggest question marks. I’m excited to get completely roasted for my rankings because it’s impossible to make power rankings everyone will love. Either way, lets get into my 2021 NFL Power Rankings.
32. Houston Texans (1-16)
This is assuming Deshaun Watson doesn’t play a single snap for them this season. If that’s the case, this team is a dumpster fire. I think they’ll be lucky to win 1 game.
31. Detroit Lions (1-16)
The Lions were already one of the worst teams in the NFL last season and that was with Matt Stafford, Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones. This offense is going to atrocious and Jared Goff will struggle without McVay.
30. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-14)
This might be a hot take, as there’s quite a bit of hype around this team with Trevor Lawrence and Urban Meyer. I don’t buy into them being very efficient this year though, they need some time.
29. New York Jets (5-12)
This team is in the same boat as the Jaguars, but they’ll win a couple more games due to an easier schedule.
28. Atlanta Falcons (5-12)
This team gets some hype to return back to that super bowl form every year, but not this year. Nothing about this team excites me.
27. Cincinnati Bengals (4-13)
Yeah, yeah, I have them projected for a worse record than the Jets and Falcons, but they’re ahead in the rankings. Teams can be better than others with a worse record! I really like this offense, but the defense is terrible and they’ve got a very tough division. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them go 0-6 in division, which isn’t great for their overall outlook.
26. New York Giants (5-12)
Daniel Jones is terrible. That’s all that needs to be said. Sure they’ve added some nice weapons, but if the guy giving them the ball can’t get it to them, they’re useless.
25. Carolina Panthers (6-11)
The Panthers brought in Sam Darnold who is likely an improvement from Bridgewater, but I don’t think it’ll be enough to see them become a playoff team.
24. Philadelphia Eagles (6-11)
This team doesn’t have the pieces to get back to where they were a few years ago. Hurts has the potential to prove me wrong, but the defense isn’t great and the weapons are average at best.
23. Minnesota Vikings (6-11)
The issues at the QB position are starting to get bigger for the Vikings and I think some players want the team to move on from Cousins. Disfunction like that usually doesn’t result in good things.
22. Las Vegas Raiders (6-11)
I don’t believe in Gruden, or what this team is building. They’re still a decent team but probably now the worst team in the division.
21. Chicago Bears (7-10)
For the sake of this offense I hope they move on to Fields ASAP, but who knows with Matt Nagy. Andy Dalton can get them a solid 7 wins though.
20. Denver Broncos (8-9)
This team looks really good everywhere with the exception of quarterback. If they can get Rodgers or Deshaun they’ll become an instant top contender, but until then, they’re just average.
19. Washington Football Team (8-9)
Fitzpatrick is better than anyone they had last season so I could see them being able to pull off a playoff spot. However with Dak back for Dallas they won’t win the division with a terrible record anymore.
18. Arizona Cardinals (9-8)
Unfortunately the Cardinals are in the toughest division in the league, otherwise they’d have potential to be a top 10 team. This offense is going to have some great games, it just won’t be enough with how tough their schedule is.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-8)
The Steelers incredible undefeated start to last season was incredibly fraudulent. They’re still a decent team but Big Ben is declining and they’re likely just the 3rd best team in that division now.
16. New England Patriots (9-8)
When Brady left last years, shit hit the fan in New England. I think they’ll get it together a little bit this year with an improved defense and some added weapons. Still just a fringe playoff team, they’ll be fighting to make it in.
15. Indianapolis Colts (10-7)
I don’t fully believe in the Carson Wentz addition, but I think he should at least be able to match what Rivers did last year. This team has a high ceiling if Wentz returns to his MVP season, but for now I think they’re just fighting for a playoff spot.
14. Miami Dolphins (10-7)
This team has looked really good since Brian Flores took over. Tua has his limitations, but the team is good enough to likely make the playoffs this season. However the Bills are still better so at best they’re a wildcard team.
13. Dallas Cowboys (10-7)
This could easily be the highest scoring offense in the league with Dak coming back. The defense will prevent them from being an elite team, but with a weak division I’d be shocked not to see them win it.
12. New Orleans Saints (10-7)
With Brees gone, people are probably going to fade the Saints. I’m not on that boat. We’ve seen what the Saints can do without Brees, and they’re still a great team. I don’t see them as a super bowl contender but they’ll make the playoffs.
11. Cleveland Browns (11-6)
This is arguably the best all around roster in the NFL, with average to above average QB play and coaching. However they’re still in a tough division and I don’t see them winning it.
10. San Francisco 49ers (11-6)
This team got destroyed by injuries last season, with everyone healthy again, this is a top 10 team in the NFL. There’s question marks at QB, but the rest of the team is elite.
9. Green Bay Packers (11-6)
Assuming Rodgers stays in Green Bay, they won’t quite be that 13 win team they were last year, but they’ll still win the division. Unless Rodgers doubles down on a MVP season, this team falls back a bit.
8. Los Angeles Chargers (12-5)
Probably my biggest surprise pick. Herbert is absolutely an elite QB. Plus with Anthony Lynn gone, this team has a very high ceiling. They’re getting their team back and healthy, Derwin James, Austin Ekeler, Joey Bosa all fully healthy. If the Chiefs weren’t in their division, I’d rank them even higher. I just don’t see them not being massively improved this season.
7. Seattle Seahawks (12-5)
Russell Wilson will make whatever team he’s on elite. I don’t quite think they’re a super bowl contender, but a surefire playoff team contending to win the toughest division in the league.
6. Tennessee Titans (12-5)
Tennessee will have one of the best offenses in the league this year. AJ Brown, Julio Jones, Derrick Henry and Ryan Tannehill? Yeah that’s a super bowl contending offense. The defense is a little weak, but they have some nice pieces and will be good enough.
5. Baltimore Ravens (13-4)
Lamar Jackson had a bit of a down year last year after being the MVP in 2019. I expect a bit of a bounce back from him and that offense overall. This is a great roster, with a great coach and organization, I think people are sleeping on them a bit this year.
4. Buffalo Bills (12-5)
Josh Allen looked like one of the leagues best QBs last season. That won’t change in 2021. The Bills are one of my favourite super bowl picks this year, as they’re bringing almost everyone back and getting another year together.
3. Los Angeles Rams (13-4)
The Rams had arguably the best defense in the league last year, just lacking a competent QB to be true contenders. Bringing in Matt Stafford shoots them way up that list. I don’t see any holes on this team, and if Stafford does his thing without getting hurt, I could easily see them take it all.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4)
They just won the super bowl, and they’re bringing back everyone in 2021. Top 3 offense, top 3 defense, definitely tough to bet against them winning the NFC again.
1. Kansas City Chiefs (14-3)
Patrick Mahomes is the best quarterback on the planet right now and they just invested a whole lot into revamping their offensive line. This team will always be elite as long as Mahomes is there, and to me, they should be the favourites to win it all this year.
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