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Power Ranking All 32 NFL Teams Before the Preseason

Power Ranking All 32 NFL Teams Before Preseason

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The 2014 NFL season is rapidly approaching, and Week 1 of the preseason is now upon us. Every team has the same record for now, but there are only a select few that stand out. Here's a look at the 2014 preseason power rankings.

32. Buffalo Bills

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32. Buffalo Bills

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The 2014 season is not going to be kind to the Bills despite some explosive talent on their roster. Buffalo's defense and running game are solid, but its quarterback is among the worst in the league. The team is still a few years away from prosperity.

31. Houston Texans

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31. Houston Texans

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Houston had the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft for a reason. The Texans don't have a franchise quarterback, and the Andre Johnson schism is a disaster. The Texans are in for a long season.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars

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30. Jacksonville Jaguars

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The Jaguars are undoubtedly heading in the right direction and are building a solid roster, but 2014 is not the year for it all to come together. Expect Blake Bortles to be starting before the halfway point of the 2014 campaign.

29. Oakland Raiders

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29. Oakland Raiders

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The Raiders are perennially in the bottom third of NFL power rankings, and despite some solid offseason additions, the team will not gain a ton of respect until it translates onto the field.

28. Cleveland Browns

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28. Cleveland Browns

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If the Browns decide to start the season with Brian Hoyer at quarterback instead of Johnny Manziel, the team will be in turmoil before their bye week. Media and fans alike will clamor for Manziel even if he doesn't give the Browns the best chance to win.

27. Washington Redskins

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27. Washington Redskins

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The Redskins just aren't a very good team. Robert Griffin III has been injured too much in his young career and when he does play, he seems to deflect blame away from himself when things don't go well.

26. Tennessee Titans

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26. Tennessee Titans

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It's safe to say if Jake Locker isn't going to get it done this season, he never will. The Titans have an explosive rookie in RB Bishop Sankey that will make their otherwise mediocre season interesting, but that is about it.

25. Miami Dolphins

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25. Miami Dolphins

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Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is underrated thus far in his career, but the team around him is not built very well. Question marks on the O-line and in the running game will hold them back.

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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The Buccaneers are certainly a team in transition under new head coach Lovie Smith. However, they had a great draft on the offensive side of the ball adding RB Mike Evans and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins. This team is going to surprise some people this season and will finish with a much better ranking.

23. New York Giants

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23. New York Giants

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The Giants have to get off to a fast start in 2014 to avoid flashbacks of their disastrous 0-6 start from last season. If Eli Manning turns the ball over at a similar rate as he did in 2013, they are done for.

22. Baltimore Ravens

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22. Baltimore Ravens

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Joe Flacco is going to have to prove he can still live up to his monstrous contract in 2014. The Ravens' defense has taken a step backward, and their running game is in trouble. Baltimore should have probably undergone a complete rebuild after its Super Bowl win two seasons ago.

21. Dallas Cowboys

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21. Dallas Cowboys

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The Cowboys simply did not do enough to address their defense over the offseason, which will hold them back no matter how many Houdini acts Tony Romo pulls off. The Cowboys are headed in the wrong direction once again in 2014.

20. Minnesota Vikings

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20. Minnesota Vikings

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The Vikings have talent on both sides of the ball, but Matt Cassel is just a placeholder until Teddy Bridgewater is ready. Cordarrelle Patterson carries so much hype into 2014 that he can only disappoint. The team is a season or two away from returning to the playoffs.

19. Detroit Lions

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19. Detroit Lions

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The Lions are a puzzling team to gauge heading into the preseason. They have dynamic talent on both sides of the ball, but never seem to be able to put it all together. Jim Caldwell is a great coach, and it wouldn't surprise me if he gets the team to gel and into the playoffs.

18. St. Louis Rams

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18. St. Louis Rams

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If the Rams get any semblance of consistency out of Sam Bradford and their offense, they could be one of the surprise playoff teams in 2014 because their defense is just that good. Health will be a huge factor in St. Louis.

17. New York Jets

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17. New York Jets

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The Jets could sink or swim in 2014. New York's defense is among the best in the game, but quarterback Geno Smith needs to take a huge step forward in his development if the team intends on making the playoffs.

16. Pittsburgh Steelers

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16. Pittsburgh Steelers

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It's probably the first time in years that the Steelers' offense will have to be the dominant side of the ball in order for them to compete. Expect no more than an 8-8 season.

15. Atlanta Falcons

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15. Atlanta Falcons

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The Falcons seem to be embracing the fact that they don't carry the same expectations into the 2014 season that they have in recent years, but talk is cheap. Until they prove they are back, they are nothing more than a middle-of-the-pack team with promising talent.

14. Arizona Cardinals

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14. Arizona Cardinals

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The Cardinals had a great season in 2013, going 10-6 but missing the playoffs in a tough AFC West. Carson Palmer has to stay healthy if they have any designs on making a postseason run.

13. San Diego Chargers

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13. San Diego Chargers

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The Chargers went 9-7 and cemented a surprise wild card berth in 2013 under new head coach Mike McCoy. Philip Rivers and Keenan Allen should be one of the most productive passing combinations in the league, but it remains to be seen whether or not San Diego's defense has what it takes to compete again in 2014.

12. Cincinnati Bengals

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12. Cincinnati Bengals

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The Bengals finally committed to QB Andy Dalton long-term as the team recently signed him to a huge contract extension. It's the same old story for the Bengals in 2014; they have above-average talent and will probably make the playoffs ... just to get sent out again in the first round.

11. Chicago Bears

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11. Chicago Bears

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The Bears should have one of the most explosive offenses if they can somehow keep QB Jay Cutler healthy in 2014. Chicago's defense will ironically be their Achilles' heel; but if it overachieves, the Bears could make some serious noise.

10. Philadelphia Eagles

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10. Philadelphia Eagles

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The Eagles added some depth in their secondary, but really didn't do enough considering the team was among the worst in the NFL in yards allowed in 2013. The Eagles will score and give up a ton of points, and likely not make a very deep playoff run.

9. Kansas City Chiefs

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9. Kansas City Chiefs

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With a healthy Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs should have just enough offense to cement another playoff berth in 2014 considering their stout defense. Kansas City probably isn't built for a championship run, though.

8. Carolina Panthers

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8. Carolina Panthers

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The Panthers are being underrated by many heading into the 2014 season. The loss of Steve Smith should not devastate their offense, and Carolina returned most of the same defensive players as they had in 2013, when they were the two-seed in a tough NFC.

7. New Orleans Saints

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7. New Orleans Saints

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Drew Brees is still a dominant quarterback, and the Saints' defense has improved under Rob Ryan. New Orleans has its head coach Sean Payton for the full season, unlike 2013 when he served a suspension. The Saints are going to be a tough out in the NFC playoff picture.

6. Indianapolis Colts

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6. Indianapolis Colts

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The Colts already know what they will get from Andrew Luck, but their defense is not nearly as reliable. The AFC Championship game could be in store in 2014, but a Super Bowl appearance is unlikely.

5. Green Bay Packers

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5. Green Bay Packers

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The Packers rely on the brilliance of Aaron Rodgers far too much, but additions to their defense such as Julius Peppers should go a long way in balancing out the two sides of the ball. Rodgers is good enough to bring this team to a Super Bowl, but they might need the No. 2 seed in the NFC to get it done.

4. New England Patriots

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4. New England Patriots

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New England will have another roller coaster season in 2014. The Patriots will win a ton of regular season games and make the playoffs, only to receive a premature exit prior to the Super Bowl. Brady's greatness can only get them so far, and the Patriots' running game is not championship caliber.

3. San Francisco 49ers

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3. San Francisco 49ers

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San Francisco has lost some depth to its running game due to injuries, but Frank Gore seems healthy, so it shouldn't prevent the 49ers from being one of the NFL's most dominant teams. The NFC is likely to come down to the 49ers and Seattle Seahawks again in 2014.

2. Denver Broncos

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2. Denver Broncos

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Peyton Manning narrowly missed having the best season for any player in NFL history in 2013, and would have undoubtedly obtained that honor if Denver had won the Super Bowl. The Broncos did not lose many important pieces over the offseason, and made significant upgrades on defense with Aqib Talib and DeMarcus Ware. Expect to see Denver in the big game again this season.

1. Seattle Seahawks

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1. Seattle Seahawks

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The reigning Super Bowl champions take the top spot and will be considered the best of the best until someone proves otherwise. A full season with Percy Harvin in their offense could be the difference between them repeating or taking an earlier playoff exit.

Timothy Downs is a St. Louis Rams/NFL writer for RantSports.com. You can add him on Google or follow on Twitter @Tidow1212.