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Steelers Gab Training Camp Week One NFL Power Rankings


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.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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