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Ranking the NFL Divisions After Preseason Week 3

Power Ranking the NFL Divisions

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In the NFL, all the divisions are not ranked equally. Some have better talent top to bottom than others. Injuries have affected some teams in major ways and that has caused a shift in terms of power. Here are the power rankings of the NFL divisions.

8. AFC South

Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
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8. AFC South

Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
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This division has one team that people can make a legitimate case for a Super Bowl run, the Indianapolis Colts. The Houston Texans are going to be held back by Ryan Fitzpatrick even though they have two of the best defensive linemen in the league. Plus, the Jacksonville Jaguars are rebuilding and starting Chad Henne. There is also a lot of questions about the Tennessee Titans' defense and Jake Locker's health.

7. AFC East

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7. AFC East

Tom Brady, New England Patriots
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This is another division that appears to be a one-team race. The New England Patriots have a great shot at the Super Bowl. While the Jets have questions about their defensive backs. The Dolphins could sneak up on teams, but are a couple years away from contending. Finally, I am not a believer in E.J. Manuel at quarterback.

6. NFC East

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6. NFC East

Lesean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
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The Philadelphia Eagles made a great run last year and their offense should be better under Chip Kelly. The New York Giants have looked terrible on offense through the preseason and they have questions along their defensive line. The Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins both have big questions on defense. Outside of the Eagles, there are a lot of questions with the teams.

5. AFC West

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5. AFC West

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The reigning AFC Champions, the Denver Broncos could make another run at the Super Bowl. While the San Diego Chargers are quietly very talented on offense and made a good run last year in the playoffs. The Kansas City Chiefs are probably going to take a step back with the loss of talent in the secondary. While Oakland is still rebuilding, so it isn’t a factor yet in winning the division.

4. AFC North

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4. AFC North

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
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The Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens all can make a big run at the division title this year and even a wild card spot. All three are talented on both sides of the ball. Cleveland is going to have to figure out its offense now that Josh Gordon is suspended for the entire year.

3. NFC South

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3. NFC South

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This division has talent top to bottom and it wouldn’t surprise me if any of them won the division. The New Orleans Saints have Drew Brees and he will always give them a chance. Atlanta has a healthy Julio Jones and improved offensive line. The Carolina Panthers' defense could lead them to a division title. The Buccaneers could make a run under new head coach Lovie Smith and have an improved defense.

2. NFC West

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2. NFC West

Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks
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This division took the biggest hit when it came to injuries. When the St. Louis Rams lost Sam Bradford, that was a major hit. Arizona is going to take a step back with offensive line questions and holes within its front seven. The 49ers have not looked good on offense, while their defense is going to miss NaVorro Bowman, and probably Aldon Smith for parts of the year. Seattle is still Seattle -- it will win the division.

1. NFC North

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1. NFC North

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
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Talk about loaded teams -- this division is full of them. The Green Bay Packers have Aaron Rodgers back and some new additions on defense. The Chicago Bears have a scary offense with Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. The Vikings and Lions both have new coaches and the best players at running back and wide receiver, respectfully. All four teams could probably make a playoff run in any other division in football.

Christopher Pimentel is a writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter, or add him to your network on Google.