2012 Power Rankings

PFW staff
Pro Football Weekly
2012 Power Rankings

PFW ranks the NFL teams heading into Week One.

 1. New York Giants: Secondary issues push Michael Coe into forefront role.

 2. New England Patriots: Pats say bye to Deion Branch, Dan Koppen, Brian Hoyer, but have reloaded plenty this offseason.

 3. San Francisco 49ers: Have the NFL's best defense and special teams and an efficient, creative offense that does not make mistakes.

 4. Green Bay Packers: Offense could possibly be even better than it was last year, which is saying something.

 5. Philadelphia Eagles: Have offensive speed to torch shorthanded Browns "D" early and often.

 6. Baltimore Ravens: No-huddle attack adds intrigue to offense.

 7. Houston Texans: Can RS Trindon Holliday keep the magic act going in the regular season?

 8. New Orleans Saints: Talent bountiful, but defense still offers cause for concern.

 9. Pittsburgh Steelers: Secondary has something to prove in rematch with Denver.

10. Chicago Bears: Feels strange to say offense looks more promising than defense at the moment.

11. Atlanta Falcons: Biggest question is whether they can hold up in the trenches.

12. Denver Broncos: Peyton Manning opens a new era of his career with three 2011 playoff teams, starting with Pittsburgh.

13. Detroit Lions: RB, DB depth primary worries entering season.

14. Cincinnati Bengals: Injuries to O-line are a concern.

15. Kansas City Chiefs: Defense might be really shorthanded against explosive Falcons.

16. San Diego Chargers: A healthy Ryan Mathews would be helpful, but expect Philip Rivers to chuck it often against Raiders’ shaky pass “D.”

17. Dallas Cowboys: Tony Romo clearly tired of having to answer for everything Jerry Jones says.

18. Buffalo Bills: An 0-4 preseason certainly tempered the high expectations in Buffalo.

19. Carolina Panthers: Still seems like a promising club not quite ready to make the big jump.

20. Tennessee Titans: Only losing Kenny Britt for one game has to feel like a win.

21. Seattle Seahawks: Russell Wilson is a great story line, but he poses just one of many questions on Seattle’s offense. But the defense is a playoff-caliber unit.

22. Washington Redskins: Mike Shanahan is 14-4 in openers, facing Aaron Kromer in his first game.

23. New York Jets: No unit in football is happier the preseason is over than the Jets’ offense.

24. Arizona Cardinals: Shaky QB situation, made worse by tattered O-line, keeps Cardinals hovering around .500.

25. Oakland Raiders: Probably will take at least a small step back as they move forward.

26. Cleveland Browns: Multiple defensive injuries a tough blow to rebuilding team.

27. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jacksonville has its Mojo back — but how soon will he be working?

28. Miami Dolphins: A healthy Brian Hartline would be a big boost to a very limited receiving corps.

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Early schedule won’t let Greg Schiano ease into first season at the helm.

30. Minnesota Vikings: Don't expect to see full treatment of Adrian Peterson in Week One.

31. St. Louis Rams: Jeff Fisher will need a little time to get Rams going in right direction. His presence alone, though, should double win total from last year.

32. Indianapolis Colts: This is an important time for GM Ryan Grigson, who is making the most of his club’s No. 1 waiver standing.