TSN.ca NFL Power Rankings

Updated: Friday, August 29, 2014 3:17 PM

The reigning champ Seahawks start on top, ahead of the Broncos, Saints, 49ers and Eagles in the pre-season edition of the TSN.ca NFL Power Rankings.

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This Week1Last Week1Seattle Seahawks0-0-0

After a dominant display in last year's Super Bowl, the Seahawks are again the team to beat. There is high-end talent and depth throughout the lineup, but the health of WR Percy Harvin (always a question) may determine how high their ceiling ought to be this season.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week2Last Week2Denver Broncos0-0-0

Should be suitably humbled after the Seahawks thumped them in the Super Bowl, but the Broncos are still a power team. They've made some changes, bringing in WR Emmanuel Sanders, DE DeMarcus Ware and CB Aqib Talib, letting WR Eric Decker, CB Champ Bailey and RB Knowshon Moreno walk, and they should be contenders again.
Key Injuries: OLB Danny Trevathan (knee).

This Week3Last Week3New Orleans Saints0-0-0

QB Drew Brees guides a prolific offence, but the Saints need improved defence if they are going to take the next step. If CB Champ Bailey can handle his corner and FS Jairus Byrd adds a playmaking element to the secondary, then the Saints ought to be able to compete with the top teams in the NFC.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week4Last Week4San Francisco 49ers0-0-0

There's a certain amount of pressure on QB Colin Kaepernick now, with an upgraded receiving corps (adding Stevie Johnson along with a healthy Michael Crabtree), but raised expectations shouldn't be a problem. There may be some concerns on defence, at least early, with star ILB Navorro Bowman on the PUP list, OLB Aldon Smith facing suspension and three new starters in the secondary.
Key Injuries: DT Glenn Dorsey (bicep), ILB NaVorro Bowman (knee).

This Week5Last Week5Philadelphia Eagles0-0-0

If the Eagles can keep up their passing attack despite letting WR DeSean Jackson go -- a healthy Jeremy Maclin and rookie Jordan Matthews have opportunities to fill bigger roles and RB Darren Sproles will offer a new dimension -- then they're going to be among those teams in the mix of contenders. That will also require QB Nick Foles to play well, even if duplicating last year's ratio of 27 touchdowns and two interceptions is an unreasonable expectation.
Key Injuries: RT Lane Johnson (suspension).

This Week6Last Week6New England Patriots0-0-0

The health of TE Rob Gronkowski will play a big part in the Patriots' chances this year, though QB Tom Brady's supporting cast ought to be better with another year of experience. It will be interesting to see if the training camp trade of veteran G Logan Mankins (for TE Tim Wright) will have any dramatic effect on the Patriots' running game.
Key Injuries: CB Brandon Browner (suspension).

This Week7Last Week7Cincinnati Bengals0-0-0

The Bengals have a solid roster, with strong lines, a stout defence and a big-time playmaker in WR A.J. Green, but a lot will depend on QB Andy Dalton, who signed a huge contract in the offseason. Now's the time to prove he's worthy of that payday.
Key Injuries: WR Marvin Jones (foot).

This Week8Last Week8Green Bay Packers0-0-0

The Packers should have no trouble scoring, especially if second-year RB Eddie Lacy keeps running strong as he did last season. The question is if their defence can get the job done. Veteran DE Julius Peppers needs to prove that he can still be a playmaker for the Packers to keep up with other contenders.
Key Injuries: C J.C. Tretter (knee), DT B.J. Raji (biceps).

This Week9Last Week9Detroit Lions0-0-0

WR Golden Tate and rookie TE Eric Ebron add even more weapons to a potent Lions offence, but the Lions don't appear to have the defence, with big questions in the secondary, to compete at the highest level.
Key Injuries: OLB Kyle Van Noy (core).

This Week10Last Week10San Diego Chargers0-0-0

A revived Philip Rivers gives the Chargers more reason to be hopeful. There aren't enough playmakers on the D, but offensively, San Diego has depth that ought to give Rivers many options.
Key Injuries: RT Jeromey Clary (hip/ankle).

This Week11Last Week11Pittsburgh Steelers0-0-0

If the Steelers' passing game isn't quite up to past seasons, with Jerricho Cotchery and Emmanuel Sanders leaving, they could always turn their focus to the power running game with Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount. To get more competitive, though, they will need defensive difference-makers to emerge.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week12Last Week12Carolina Panthers0-0-0

The Panthers are trying to stay competitive despite having the league's worst receiving corps, unless rookie Kelvin Benjamin is an immediate impact player. Nevertheless, QB Cam Newton has tons of talent and the support of a strong defence.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week13Last Week13Chicago Bears0-0-0

Are the Bears ready to take a step forward in Marc Trestman's second season as head coach? If QB Jay Cutler can stay healthy, he has one of the league's best receiving duos -- Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery -- and a productive runner, Matt Forte. A re-shaped defensive line, with newcomers Lamarr Houston, Jay Ratliff and Jared Allen, will determine a lot of the Bears' fate when they don't have the ball.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week14Last Week14Kansas City Chiefs0-0-0

After a phenomenal start last seaeon, the Chiefs stumbled, going 2-5 down the stretch, so it's fair to wonder if they are really a double-digit winner. RB Jamaal Charles needs more help if the Chiefs are going to have enough offence to compete.
Key Injuries: RT Donald Stephenson (suspension), ILB Joe Mays (wrist), WR Dwayne Bowe (suspension).

This Week15Last Week15Indianapolis Colts0-0-0

Even with the addition of ILB D'Qwell Jackson, there are still too many holes on the Colts' defence to believe that they are contenders, but they should have little trouble scoring. QB Andrew Luck has a receiving corps bolstered by the addition of Hakeem Nicks, and the return of veteran Reggie Wayne, how missed more than half of last season with a torn ACL.
Key Injuries: RG Donald Thomas (quadriceps), DE Fili Moala (knee), OLB Robert Mathis (suspension), S Delano Howell (neck).

This Week16Last Week16Baltimore Ravens0-0-0

The Ravens have the personnel to still have a decent defence, at least better than last season, and their passing game gets a jolt with the addition of Steve Smith, but there will be a lot of pressure on RB Ray Rice to bounce back and drive the running game. With Rice suspended for the first two games, Bernard Pierce gets first shot at the No. 1 role.
Key Injuries: RB Ray Rice (suspension).

This Week17Last Week17Arizona Cardinals0-0-0

This could have been a big year for the Cardinals, but a season-long suspension for OLB Daryl Washington and season-ending knee injury for DT Darnell Dockett would seem to limit their collective upside. They should score enough to keep things interesting.
Key Injuries: OLB Daryl Washington (suspension), DT Darnell Dockett (knee).

This Week18Last Week18Tampa Bay Buccaneers0-0-0

Can QB Josh McCown handle a starter's role for a full season? He has started more than 10 games once, and it was in 2004, but he played well for the Bears last season and has quality pieces around him, from RB Doug Martin to WR Vincent Jackson and rookie WR Mike Evans. Add in spending on the offensive line and lots of talent on defence, including DT Gerald McCoy, OLB Lavonte David and CB Alterraun Verner, so the Bucs should be much-improved this season.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week19Last Week19New York Jets0-0-0

A depleted secondary could pose problems for the Jets, but they do at least have some pieces in place to improve offensively, with second-year QB Geno Smith supported by free agent additions RB Chris Johnson and WR Eric Decker.
Key Injuries: CB Dimitri Patterson (suspension), CB Dee Miliner (ankle).

This Week20Last Week20Dallas Cowboys0-0-0

There is a possibility that the Cowboys will have one of the worst defences in league history, a weak unit that lost its best pass rusher (DeMarcus Ware) to Denver and its top all-around defender (Sean Lee) to a knee injury. There's lots of talent on offence, with a strong offensive line to control the line of scrimmage, but getting into shootouts every week is hardly a blueprint for success.
Key Injuries: ILB Sean Lee (knee), CB Orlando Scandrick (suspension).

This Week21Last Week21Tennessee Titans0-0-0

The Titans have a solid enough team, but not enough playmakers that will make the difference. Maybe rookie RB Bishop Sankey can be one, and WR Kendall Wright has been productive, despite an inability to find the end zone, but they need QB Jake Locker to take a step forward to have a real shot at progress this year.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week22Last Week22Miami Dolphins0-0-0

Does RB Knowshon Moreno make the Dolphins' offence dramatically better? Probably not, so the Dolphins need continued improvement from young QB Ryan Tannehill if they are going to take steps forward this season.
Key Injuries: C Mike Pouncey (hip), SS Reshad Jones (suspension).

This Week23Last Week23Atlanta Falcons0-0-0

There's not much to like about the Falcons' defence, but getting WR Julio Jones back healthy and presuming that veteran WR Roddy White won't be hobbled by a high ankle sprain for most of this season, the Falcons do have a chance to bounce back from a disappointing season with their prolific passing game.
Key Injuries: LT Sam Baker (knee), ILB Sean Weatherspoon (Achilles).

This Week24Last Week24New York Giants0-0-0

The Giants' secondary is improved, with the additions of corners Walter Thurmond and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and the running game should be okay with newcomer Rashad Jennings and rookie Andre Williams, but it's going to be virtually impossible for the G-Men to get any better if QB Eli Manning doesn't perform at a much higher level than he did last season.
Key Injuries: G Geoff Schwartz (toe), MBL Jon Beason (foot).

This Week25Last Week25Houston Texans0-0-0

If RB Arian Foster is healthy, he and wide receivers Andre Johnson and De'Andre Hopkins provide the Texans with lots of weapons, but who expects QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to make that work? The Texans' defence, bolstered by first overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, should make them more competitive though.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week26Last Week26Minnesota Vikings0-0-0

Of course, the Vikings have RB Adrian Peterson and second-year WR Cordarrelle Patterson offers a big-play threat, but until rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater is ready, it's difficult to fathom that Matt Cassel is going to steer the Vikings' offence to consistently good results.
Key Injuries: None.

This Week27Last Week27Buffalo Bills0-0-0

The hype is for rookie WR Sammy Watkins, but he's dealing with a rib injury and QB E.J. Manuel is not showing signs that he's improved enough to take advantage of Watkins' promise. The running game and defence could keep the Bills' reasonably competitive, but without an established quarterback, it's an uphill battle.
Key Injuries: MLB Kiko Alonso (knee).

This Week28Last Week28Cleveland Browns0-0-0

The Browns weren't likely to be competitive even before their best player was suspended for the season. Their defence isn't bad, and upgraded with ILB Karlos Dansby and SS Donte Whitner, but probably can't take much of a step forward because of offensive limitations.
Key Injuries: WR Josh Gordon (suspension), DE Desmond Bryant (wrist).

This Week29Last Week29Washington Redskins0-0-0

The Redskins' personnel offers the hope that they can be better, as WR DeSean Jackson adds another dynamic talent at a skill position, but if QB Robert Griffin III isn't better, having all those weapons in the passing game won't mean much.
Key Injuries: SS Brandon Meriweather (suspension).

This Week30Last Week30Oakland Raiders0-0-0

There are a lot of new faces -- QB Matt Schaub (or rookie QB Derek Carr), RB Maurice Jones-Drew, WR James Jones, defensive ends Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley as well as rookie OLB Khalil Mack among them -- but that doesn't mean there is a coherent plan in place. If anything, change for the sake of change isn't the worst idea for a team that has been consistently bad.
Key Injuries: CB D.J. Hayden (foot).

This Week31Last Week31St. Louis Rams0-0-0

Expectations were already modest coming into the year, but losing starting QB Sam Bradford makes it even more challenging for the Rams, who have a strong defence, but massive questions offensively.
Key Injuries: QB Sam Bradford (knee), CB Trumaine Johnson (knee).

This Week32Last Week32Jacksonville Jaguars0-0-0

At some point, rookie QB Blake Bortles will get his shot, and RB Toby Gerhart gets a chance to start, so maybe there is some promise here, but the Jags' lineup still has many holes to fill.
Key Injuries: WR Justin Blackmon (suspension), WR Ace Sanders (suspension).

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