Welcome everyone to the first edition of the Amplification Nation NFL Power Rankings. Each week, I’ll be updating my list of the Top 10 NFL teams after the week’s action.
1. Arizona Cardinals (ESPN #4) – Of course Arizona is my number one team going into the regular season. If you listened to the Amplification Nation Podcast Episode #5, and I’m sure you did, you already know that I picked Arizona to win the Super Bowl this year. Their offense is built to win in the NFL with a veteran QB in Carson Palmer and a nice mixture of size, speed and experience in the Wide Receiver group, with Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, John Brown and JJ Nelson. Oh and let’s not forget they have one of the best young running backs in the league with a year under his belt now, in David Johnson. Oh yeah, and their defense isn’t bad either with Patrick Peterson and Tyronn Mathieu running around in the secondary.
2. Carolina Panthers (ESPN #5) – Cam Newton is one of the best QBs in the league and biggest threats and the defense is stout. They’re returning most of their starters except Josh Norman, which they replaced with a piece of burnt toast.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers (ESPN #2) – Another offense built to win with some of the best position players in the league with Antonio Brown and LeVeon Bell. Ben Roethlisberger leading the team and another team that always has a solid defense.
4. Seattle Seahawks (ESPN #1) – I think Seattle may start taking a step back. The loss of Marshawn Lynch hurts more than they realize, but the running game should still be solid with Thomas Rawls and CJ Prosise.
5. Green Bay Packers (ESPN #6) – This offense is going to take a huge step forward with the return of Jordy Nelson. Aaron Rodgers had a down season by his standards, but returns to the elite status this season and a slimmer Eddie Lacy will have an improved season.
6. New England Patriots (ESPN #3) – As much as I hate the Pats, you can’t count them out, ever. Tom Brady sitting for four games may actually help his 38 year old body. He may be a bit rusty when he returns, but the Patriots will still find a way to make the playoffs.
7. Denver Broncos (ESPN #8) – Having the Super Bowl Champions this low, almost feels like an insult. But they’re going into the season with a QB that hasn’t played a down in the NFL and a rookie backing him up. They still have arguably one of the best defenses ever assembled, which will keep them in every game.
8. Cincinnati Bengals (ESPN #7) – The duo of Andy Dalton and AJ Green is one the best combos in the NFL. A good running game with Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard, and another team that always has a good defense.
9. Kansas City Chiefs (ESPN #9) – Andy Reid always finds a way to make sure his team is in playoff contention. This may be the year for Andy and the Chiefs to grab the division and maybe more, with a weakened, but still competitive division.
10. Indianapolis Colts (ESPN #18) – I think Andrew Luck is going to have a huge year for the Colts this season. The only thing that worries me is that offensive line. If they can keep Luck upright, this team will compete and return back to the playoffs.
Just outside my Top 10: New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, and Houston Texans
The Amp Nation team is comprised of two best friends, Mark and Sebastian. We started this podcast as a way to keep in touch while living thousands of miles apart. We're just here to express our opinions on the world of pop culture, from comics & superheroes to fantasy sports & real sports, and everything in between.