NFL Power Rankings: Where Do Things Stand at Start of Preseason?

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NFL Power Rankings: Where Do Things Stand at Start of Preseason?
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Which team is the best in the NFL heading into the 2013 season?

The reigning Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens have undergone a dramatic makeover in the offseason, leaving their status at the top in question. Their competition in the Super Bowl, the San Francisco 49ers, have talent, but they are relying on a second-year quarterback and a cast of wide receivers juggling injuries and new playbooks.

Will last year's elite teams be able to remain near the top for another season?

Each year we run a weekly power rankings article, and it's important to note that these are not standings. Early-season power rankings are based on expectations for each team, and that isn't always based on how well they played in the previous season. Coaching changes, injuries and player turnover go a long way in dictating where a team is ranked to begin the season. From there, it's all about how they play.

Who's No. 1?

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