NFL Power Rankings: The Most Substantial Rankings Ahead of the 2012 Season

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NFL Power Rankings: The Most Substantial Rankings Ahead of the 2012 Season
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Last year I picked the New Orleans Saints to win the Super Bowl and had them atop my preseason power rankings at the beginning of the season.

That didn't go so well.

I missed.

It happens. In fact, I had been pretty lucky before that one because I had picked three Super Bowl winners in a row. You see, around this time every year, I jump into a little cave inside my house and delve into a week of analysing the state of each NFL team. The result? The result are my in-depth power rankings which you see below.

Most writers create power rankings for the sake of it. They explain their reasoning with one or two sentences and expect that to be justification enough. Personally, I prefer to use power rankings as my preparation for the beginning of the preseason. Because I do that, the end result is often the most comprehensive power rankings list you will read anywhere.

Forget about reputations or what you did last year, here is my ranking of the 32 teams in the NFL as they enter this year.

Please do let me know what you think!

*Rankings are not solely determined by grades of units. Leadership, consistency and other concerns were also taken into account while teams with franchise quarterbacks often got the edge over very similar teams.

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