Training camp is rocking and rolling, and today we take a look at where the Steelers as well as the other 31 teams in the NFL fall into place in terms of early camp power rankings.
1. Denver – Peyton Manning is getting older, which puts this as maybe the last real window for the Broncos to get the job done.
2. San Francisco – Still a very good, young team, and should be able to repeat as NFC Champs.
3. Atlanta – Matt Ryan just got a new deal, and this team has continued to take steps, and if the Niners stumble, they will win the NFC.
4. Seattle – Maybe the best young team in the NFC, Russell Wilson needs to avoid the sophomore slump.
5. Green Bay – Always dangerous with Aaron Rodgers, will be interesting to see if this team finally gets a run game to help him out.
6. Cincinnati – Best young team in the AFC North, question is are they good enough to get out of the wild card round.
7. Houston – Offense has a lot of stars, but after fast start last season couldn’t seem to keep it up, which is a concern.
8. New England – Offense mess has this team clearly on the outside looking in on the AFC’s best, but with Brady you can never count them out.
9. Chicago – Defense needs to finish games, and this could be the season that Jay Cutler is a top 3 QB in the NFL.
10. Washington – RG III’s knee will be the biggest question all season for a team that surprised with their star rookie QB a year ago.
11. Baltimore – Lost way too much to be able to find its way back to the big dance. Look for a struggle just to get to the postseason.
12. NY Giants – Like the Manning-Cruz combo, but the other 51 guys have to step up and do their job, something they didn’t do last year.
13. Indianapolis – Luck is a star in the making, but don’t be stunned if they go back a bit after an emotional 2012.
14. Dallas – Could be the final shot for Romo-Garrett, as Jerry Jones won’t put up with another non-playoff season for Boys.
15. Pittsburgh – All about keeping Big Ben healthy, and finding a run game along with having their defense step up and finish games.
16. New Orleans – Sean Payton returns, but this team doesn’t have a defense that will be able to stop the likes of Seattle and SF.
17. St.Louis – Jeff Fisher got them believing last season, and with a young core this team could shock more teams in 2013.
18. Minnesota – AP can’t do it alone, and while the D played great last year, they will need to do it again in 2013 to challenge in the North.
19. Tampa Bay – Bucs got an attitude with a new coach and staff a year ago, now they need Josh Freeman to play better in his maybe last year.
20. Miami – Turned their roster over a lot in 2012, now with Mike Wallace they feel their offense will be better, not so sure about that.
21. Carolina – All comes down to Cam Newton playing better than he did to start last season, and that defense really suffered at times too.
22. Tennessee – Not sure about this team, their D was young a year ago and should be better, and Chris Johnson has to get off to a quicker start.
23. San Diego – New coach and a new offense, sounds like the Bolts will have big growing pains with Philip Rivers not liking it one bit.
24. Philadelphia – Chip Kelly is going to get a rude wake up call to the NFL with a team that doesn’t even know who will start come opening day.
25. Kansas City – Andy Reid needs a lot more than one season to get this team turned around, though it should be a much more fun team to watch.
26. Arizona – While Bruce Arians will have this team more in step, they still have issues at QB and their defense needs a lot of work.
27. Detroit – Great combo of Stafford and Johnson, but the rest of the offense lacks, and the defense really fell flat last year.
28. New York Jets – Geno Smith will start by week four, and Rex Ryan and the Jets will once again be the butt of many jokes.
29. Oakland – Dennis Allen has a lot of work to do in order to get the Raiders back to being a competitive team in the AFC. Won’t be in 2013.
30. Cleveland – New coach, same old Browns. Feel they have added a lot in the offseason, but really are lacking in a number of positions.
31. Buffalo – Surprise with hire of Doug Marrone, and he’ll get an education with a rookie QB and a fan base that will be on him from day one.
32. Jacksonville – Gus Bradley will be pulling his hair out by week three. Oh wait, he already doesn’t have any. Good thing.