Finishing our NFL power rankings it's the top eight teams.
8) Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles and Chip Kelly are probably the team I am most looking forward to watching this season. I've tipped them to dominate in the NFC East. On the offensive side of the
ball they have an inventive coach, explosive players and great offensive line.
The defense though is not good enough. The transition to a 3-4 base from a 4-3 base has not been completed yet and the personnel the Eagles will be playing are not ideally
suited to the new system. So whilst the Eagles will be exciting to watch this season they are not yet ranked as one of the 'elite' teams.
7) New England Patriots
Tom Brady will have a big year this season with Gronkowski back and fit but the rest of the New England offense is not brilliant. They will score points but when you compare
the weapons Brady has to the weapons Kaepernick, Peyton Manning, Rodgers or Brees has you can see a clear difference in class.
6) Chicago Bears
Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffrey, Brandon Marshall. Three of the top offensive playmakers in the NFL are on the Bears roster. Playing in a Marc Trestman offense with a Jay Cutler
that looked great when he was fit last year the Bears will score plenty of points.
Unlike last season though where the defense let the offense down, giving up an average of just under 30 points per games, there are reasons for defensive optimism. This
isn't to say that the Bears are going to be a great defensive unit but the drafting of rookies Kyle Fuller, Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton shows promise and free agents Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston should be enough to see them improve enough to close out games.
5) San Francisco 49ers
Something tells me that the 49ers will regress slightly this season. Keapernick's inability to work through his progressions worries me. Meanwhile on defense Navarro Bowman and Aldon Smith will be huge losses.
The 49ers are a strong side but it is tough to see them picking up a championship ring this year.
4) Green Bay Packers
With a fully fit Aaron Rodgers playing for them any team would be looking to go deep in the playoffs. Green Bay now also have a top tier running back in the shape of Eddie Lacey and a solid looking offensive line.
Couple this with a defense that looks much improved on last years and the Packers are a real Superbowl contender.
3) New Orleans Saints
With a quarterback like Drew Brees on your team you are going to win at least 10 games a season. Give that quarterback a weapon like tight end Jimmy Graham and you can call that 12 games. Give Brees a first round pick like Brandon Cooks and fully fit Marques Colston and you are going to score a lot of points.
Couple this offense with a defense that includes players like Jairus Byrd, Keenan Lewis and Cameron Jordan and you have a legitimate Superbowl contender.
2) Seattle Seahawks
Possibly the most impressive team in pre-season but I've only ranked them at number two. I worry that the offense will be ever so slightly less effective this season. Aged 28
Marshawn Lynch's time in Seattle seems to be winding down and Christine Michael is talent he is unproven. Whilst the passing game relies a lot on the talented but injury-prone Percy Harvin.
1) Denver Broncos
It's win NOW mode for the Broncos and Peyton Manning looks like he means business. The Broncos took that Superbowl defeat hard and will out for vengence in 2014. Add into this the free agency signings of Aqib Talib and DeMarcus Ware and the Bronocs are my favourites to lift the Lombardi Trophy.
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