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2014 NFL Power Rankings: Looking at Each Team Heading Into Preseason Week 2

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2014 NFL Power Rankings: Preseason Week 2

2014 NFL Power Rankings: Preseason Week 2
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It's only preseason, but we can't help but get excited to see where each team stands heading into Week 2 of the preseason for the 2014 NFL Power Rankings.

Without wasting any more time--here's a look at all 32 teams.

32. Houston Texans

Houston Texans
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32. Houston Texans

Houston Texans
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No team was more of a disappointment during the 2013 season than the Houston Texans as they went from contenders at the beginning of the year to battling for the top pick near the end of the year.

The Texans made plenty of changes during the offseason, but let's hope their 32-0 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on top of Ryan Fitzpatrick's two interceptions isn't a sign of what's in store for 2014.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville Jaguars
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31. Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville Jaguars
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The good news for the Jacksonville Jaguars is they not only won their first preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but rookie quarterback Blake Bortles (7 of 11 for 117 passing yards) looked decent in his preseason debut as well. As of now, the team planned on resting Bortles as a rookie, but if he continues to shine--those plans could easily change.

30. Oakland Raiders

Oakland Raiders
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30. Oakland Raiders

Oakland Raiders
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The starting job at quarterback is Matt Schaub's to lose with the Oakland Raiders as he was limited to just three series (3 of 7 for 28 yards) against the Minnesota Vikings. As bad as it sounds, this could be Schaub's final chance to prove himself as a starting quarterback in the NFL as he looks to bounce back from last year's disappointing season in which he started just eight games while throwing for 10 touchdowns with 14 interceptions.

29. Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns
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29. Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns
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Brian Hoyer's numbers (6 of 14 for 92 yards) were decent, but whether the Cleveland Browns want to admit it or not--these next few weeks will be the Johnny Manziel show.

Not only did Manziel complete 7 of 11 passes for 63 yards, but he led the Browns in rushing with 27 yards--which may become a common theme this year if he wins the starting job.

28. Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings
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28. Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings
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After recording a touchdown and field goal on their first two drives of the game, the Minnesota Vikings failed to score for the remainder of the game. One game wasn't enough to determine what to expect from the Vikings this year, but if they can figure out their quarterback situation between Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater--this team certainly has enough weapons on both sides of the football to be contenders.

27. Buffalo Bills

Buffalo Bills
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27. Buffalo Bills

Buffalo Bills
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The good news for the Buffalo Bills is EJ Manuel looked much better against the Carolina Panthers (9 of 13 for 96 yards) than he did against the New York Giants in the Hall of Fame Game. Manuel still has plenty of work to do as far as proving himself as an effective quarterback, but at least life will be easier with Sammy Watkins as his new favorite target.

26. Tennessee Titans

Tennessee Titans
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26. Tennessee Titans

Tennessee Titans
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Expectations are high for Bishop Sankey heading into his rookie season with the Tennessee Titans and after his first preseason game--the team has plenty to be excited about.

Sankey may have only finished with 37 rushing yards on 13 carries, but he also managed to catch three passes for 38 yards with one touchdown as well.

25. Washington Redskins

Washington Redskins
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25. Washington Redskins

Washington Redskins
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Obviously, their game against the New England Patriots would have been different with Tom Brady playing, but you have to give Jay Gruden and the Washington Redskins credit for their first preseason game. And the biggest surprise of all--Colt McCoy completing 8 of 9 passes for 102 yards with one touchdown.

24. New York Jets

New York Jets
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24. New York Jets

New York Jets
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Even if he doesn't earn the starting job at quarterback, Michael Vick still showed the New York Jets in his first preseason game he still has some gas left in the legs--which could lead to Rex Ryan finding a way to use him at times during the regular season.

23. Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta Falcons
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23. Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta Falcons
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The Atlanta Falcons were one of the biggest disappointments from the 2013 season, but expect this team to bounce back in 2014 with a healthier Julio Jones.

Even though he only played one series, the Falcons have to feel good about Matt Ryan completing all seven of his passes.

22. Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys
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22. Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys
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There isn't much to say about the Dallas Cowboys since most of the starters we're going to see in the regular season didn't play, but at least Brandon Weeden (13 of 17 for 107 yards with one touchdown) looked solid considering the team may need him if Tony Romo's back continues to be an issue.

21. Miami Dolphins

Miami Dolphins
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21. Miami Dolphins

Miami Dolphins
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The Miami Dolphins realize how important this season is for Ryan Tannehill when it comes to proving himself at quarterback and even though it was only one series--the team has to be pleased with the drive resulted in a touchdown. Not to mention Tannehill completed all six of his passes for 62 yards.

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Many believe the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have what it takes to compete in the NFC South this year and while the team is going all in with Josh McCown--the veteran quarterback looked a little nervous as he recorded an interception and fumble in the three series he was on the field.

No reason to worry though--it's only preseason.

19. Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers
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19. Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers
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2014 will be a big year for Ben Roethisberger as the quarterback will be looking for a new contract while helping the Pittsburgh Steelers return to the playoffs for the first time since the 2011 season.

The starters may not have seen much action against the New York Giants, but if this team is going to have any chance at being contenders--they're going to need the running game to step it up more (Le'Veon Bell only had 18 rushing yards).

18. New York Giants

New York Giants
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18. New York Giants

New York Giants
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The New York Giants have to love the production they've seen from Rashad Jennings over the first two preseason games as he rushed for a 73-yard touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Giants ranked 29th in rushing yards last season--so let's hope these performances by Jennings is a sign of what's in store for 2014 with this new offense.

17. St. Louis Rams

St. Louis Rams
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17. St. Louis Rams

St. Louis Rams
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Remember when we said Tre Mason could compete for the starting job at running back for the St. Louis Rams with Zac Stacy? Well, the rookie looked solid in his first preseason game with 51 rushing yards on 15 carries--even though 20 of those yards came on one carry.

16. Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions
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16. Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions
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The starters didn't see much action for the Detroit Lions, but it was interesting to witness the backup quarterback battle between Kellen Moore and Dan Orlovsky. As of now, Orlovsky seems to be the favorite to win the No. 2 job, but after Moore's performance (11 of 13 for 121 yards with one touchdown) against the Cleveland Browns--things could get interesting over the final three preseason games.

15. Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens
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15. Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens
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Whether he likes it or not, Ray Rice will be the center of attention for the Baltimore Ravens for a majority of the regular season thanks to his offseason misbehavior. Rice only received three touches in the team's first preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers, but let's hope he continues to use the rest of the preseason as a way to help bounce back from last year's disappointing year in which he finished with just 660 rushing yards.

14. San Diego Chargers

San Diego Chargers
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14. San Diego Chargers

San Diego Chargers
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The San Diego Chargers have to be pleased with their first preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys as the backups did a phenomenal job with getting points on the board--especially Kellen Clemens (5 of 5 for 134 yards with one touchdown). On top of the performance by Clemens, the team should also be pleased with the performance of Ryan Matthews as he finished with 19 yards on just five carries--minus the one fumble of course.

13. Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers
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13. Carolina Panthers

Carolina Panthers
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He may have only caught one pass for 29 yards against the Buffalo Bills, but early signs from camp are Kelvin Benjamin is most likely going to emerge as Cam Newton's favorite target during his rookie season. Benjamin will have an advantage over most opponents thanks to his height and the Panthers are excited to see what's in store for the rookie wideout over the rest of the preseason.

12. Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs
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12. Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs
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Even though they gave up 39 points to the Cincinnati Bengals in their first preseason game, early signs point to the defense and special teams having another big year for the Kansas City Chiefs. And as far as backup quarterbacks go, the team has to be pleased with the way Chase Daniel (8 of 10 for 126 yards with one touchdown and one interception) looked under center.

11. Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals
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11. Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals
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You want to know what's impressive? How about the quarterbacks of the Arizona Cardinals only throwing seven incompletions against the Houston Texans in their first preseason game?

This is a team that just missed the playoffs last year and with a defense on the rise--look out for the Cardinals in 2014.

10. Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers
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10. Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers
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If there's anything to take away from a Green Bay Packers game without Aaron Rodgers and Eddie Lacy, it would be a strong performance by James Starks--who finished with 49 rushing yards with one touchdown on just six carries. Until last year, the Packers were never considered a team with a strong running game, but hopefully Lacy and Starks will continue last year's trend once again in 2014.

9. Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals
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9. Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals
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We know it's only preseason, but let's talk about the performance of Matt Scott for the Cincinnati Bengals as the former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback completed 7 of 11 passes for 66 yards with two touchdowns. On top of that, Scott also led the team with 68 rushing yards on six attempts--which is quite impressive.

8. Chicago Bears

Chicago Bears
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8. Chicago Bears

Chicago Bears
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Not only did the defense of the Chicago Bears intercept Nick Foles twice (his total from 2013), but Jimmy Clausen showed us why it was wise for the team to sign him as a backup this offseason. The former Notre Dame star completed 7 of 13 passes for 150 yards with two touchdowns against the Philadelphia Eagles and knowing Jay Cutler's history of injuries--the Bears have to feel good about having a solid backup.

7. Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles
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7. Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles
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Speaking of the Philadelphia Eagles, let's not freak out about whether or not Nick Foles is in for a disappointing season after throwing two interceptions against the Chicago Bears--it's only preseason. The one key statistic to take away from this game would be the four catches for 60 yards against the Bears displayed by Zach Ertz--who has the potential to put up big numbers in his second season playing under Chip Kelly's offense.

6. Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis Colts
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6. Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis Colts
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This could become a popular trend for the Indianapolis Colts in 2014--Trent Richardson struggled once again during the team's first preseason game against the New York Jets. The fact that Richardson finished with just 13 yards on five carries makes the Colts look even more foolish trading for him at the beginning of last season.

5. New England Patriots

New England Patriots
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5. New England Patriots

New England Patriots
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In a meaningless game for the starters of the New England Patriots, wide receiver Brian Tyms emerged as the star of the game as the third-year wideout caught five passes for 119 yards with one touchdown that came on the team's final offensive drive.

Still, there's no reason to make a big deal over this considering Tyms has plenty of work to do before earning a roster spot.

4. San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers
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4. San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers
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Rookie running back Carlos Hyde may see more playing time in 2014 than originally expected considering all of the injuries surrounding the running backs for the San Francisco 49ers and so far--he seems to be taking advantage of it.

The former Ohio State star finished the game against the Baltimore Ravens with 39 rushing yards on just five carries--which shows potential to make an impact early on as a rookie.

3. New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints
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3. New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints
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The team made a smart decision to sit Drew Brees and turns out the New Orleans Saints didn't even need him as they held off the St. Louis Rams for a 26-24 victory. There's plenty of excitement surrounding rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks as a new favorite target for Drew Brees in the passing game and after catching five passes for 55 yards with one touchdown against the Rams--we can see why.

2. Denver Broncos

Denver Broncos
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2. Denver Broncos

Denver Broncos
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It won't make them feel better about their embarrassing Super Bowl loss, but the Denver Broncos have to feel good about their team looked in the first preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks. Peyton Manning only played two drives, but he did look like his normal self by completing 10 of 13 passes for 78 yards.

1. Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks
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1. Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks
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There's no question the Seattle Seahawks will be one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl once again and while the impact of Marshawn Lynch will be interesting moving forward after his holdout--fans are also interested to see who wins the backup job behind Russell Wilson.

Tarvaris Jackson may be the favorite at the moment, but you can count on Terrelle Pryor (9 of 16 for 137 yards against the Broncos) to do whatever it takes to win the job.

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