NFL rosters are now down to 53 with the first game of the year just over a week away. The new year brings with it a clean slate that allows fans of every team to dream of a Super Bowl Title. However hopeful fans feel now, reality will come crashing down over the next few weeks and months as the true contenders are separated from those still a year (or more) away from contention. Curious to get an idea where your team stacks up? You have come to the right place! Without any further ado, let’s dive into the Week 0 NFL Power Rankings!
1. Buffalo Bills
The Bills were a coin toss (or not giving up a FG drive in 13 seconds) away from a trip to the AFC Championship game last season. Josh Allen continued to build chemistry with WR Gabriel Davis in the playoffs and the team added dynamic RB James Cook in the draft while adding CB Kaiir Elam and EDGE Von Miller on defense. Brian Daboll is no longer with the team after accepting the New York Giants Head Coach job, but Josh Allen is more than ready to sink or swim on his own.
Up Next: @ LAR
2. Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers deserve all of the hype that they are getting and more. Justin Herbert is a star on the rise at QB. A season ago, the Chargers’ defense prevented them from making the playoffs. This offseason they prioritized fixing their defensive woes by adding Khalil Mack to rush opposite Joey Bosa and signing J.C. Jackson in free agency. The only real hole left on the roster is at RT and it didn’t seem to bother Herbert last season in route to throwing for 5,014 yards and 38 TDs.
Up Next: vs. LV
3. Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs have issues at the running back position and lost WR Tyreek Hill via trade this offseason. So why are they so high on the list? Because they have the best QB on the planet in Patrick Mahomes and an offensive mastermind in Andy Reid. The Chiefs may not look the same on offense as they did a season ago, but JuJu Smith-Schuster should fit in nicely with the offense that will always be among the best in the NFL.
Up Next: @ ARI
4. Los Angeles Rams
The Rams look to defend their Super Bowl crown, but they do so with some major question marks, none of which are bigger than Matthew Stafford’s elbow injury. Assuming Stafford is okay, the team will still have to deal with the losses of WR Robert Woods, WR Odell Beckham Jr., and EDGE Von Miller. Allen Robinson will look to revive his career after a dismal 2021 in Chicago by stepping into the WR2 role for the Rams.
Up Next: vs. BUF
5. Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens are coming off of a disappointing 2021 campaign that was plagued by injury. According to Football Outsiders Adjusted Games Lost (AGL) metric, the Ravens were inflicted with the worst injury luck of any team in NFL history last season and still managed to claw their way to an 8-9 record. Lamar Jackson enters this season fully healthy and playing for a contract. While the Ravens traded away WR1 Marquise Brown they added TE Isaiah Likely in the draft signaling an offensive shift from a play-action vertical style of offense into more 12 personnel and underneath passing. Jackson has never had the best weapons to work with and this year is no exception, but that has never stopped him before.
Up Next: @ NYJ
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers’ offensive line is in shambles and may be the Achilles heel for the team this season. After losing both of their starting guards (Ali Marpet to retirement and Alex Cappa via free agency), the Buccaneers fleeced the Patriots for Shaq Mason to help shore up the interior offensive line. Unfortunately, C Ryan Jenson sustained a knee injury in training camp that placed him on IR. If Tom Brady has a weakness to exploit, it is through getting quick, interior pressure and he finds himself with 3 new interior offensive line starters heading into week 1.
Up Next: @ DAL
7. Green Bay Packers
The Packers’ season ended in heartbreaking fashion last year with a 13-10 loss at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers. To address their offensive struggles the Packers traded star WR Davante Adams for picks and then selected 2 defensive players in the 1st round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Wait, what? You read that right. The Packers have made the decision to double down on building a spectacular defense and trusting Aaron Rodgers to find a way to make the offense work. Sammy Watkins, Allen Lazard, and Randall Cobb aren’t exactly fear-inspiring weapons, but with the additions of Romeo Doubs and Christian Watkins at least Rodgers has some options to work with.
Up Next: @ MIN
8. Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals came out of nowhere last season to make a Super Bowl appearance and almost walked away with the title. So why do they come in at #8 on this list? They improved their offensive line, but they didn’t do much else in the offseason. They spent a 1st round pick on Daxton Hill, an apparent replacement for Jesse Bates who was refusing to sign his franchise tender. Bates finally signed the tender last week, but it is unclear what the future holds for the star safety and cornerback is still concerning. On top of that, the Bengals barely won the division last season with the best injury luck in the history of the AGL metric.
Up Next: vs. PIT
9. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles entered the offseason with weaknesses at WR, S, LB, and CB2. They filled those weaknesses with AJ Brown, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Kyzir White, Nakobe Dean, Haason Reddick, and James Bradberry. The Eagles’ roster doesn’t contain any notable holes and they managed to build such a stacked roster while retaining 2 1st round picks in the 2023 NFL Draft. Playing in a weak division in the weaker conference, the Eagles have the chance to push for the #1 seed in the NFC, but they aren’t without question marks. Chief among them is the Jalen Hurts question. Can he take another leap and prove that he is the face of the franchise moving forward? The table is set for Hurts to do just that.
Up Next: @ DET
10. San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers only have one question mark: Trey Lance. The QB that they traded 3 1st round picks to move up and draft, the QB who didn’t beat out Jimmy Garoppolo a year ago, the QB who was a Raw prospect from an FCS school who has thrown only 101 real game passes in the last 32 months, the QB who now has to look over his shoulder amid the 49ers decision to keep Jimmy Garoppolo on the roster. The 49ers were a dropped Jaquiski Tartt interception away from a Super Bowl appearance a year ago and if Trey Lance can live up to his potential, they will certainly be in contention this year. That is a lot of pressure to put on what is essentially a rookie QB.
Up Next: @ CHI