NFL Power Rankings Week 1: 3 Teams Destined to Tumble After Week 1

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 25:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles in action against the Cleveland Browns during their pre season game on August 25, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Joseph HealyCorrespondent ISeptember 9, 2011

Ranking teams in the preseason is always a risky proposition. The preseason often gives you very little insight into how well or how poorly a team will play when the regular season hits.

It doesn't take long for the teams that have been overrated to be exposed. In the NFL, no one team is good enough to beat any other if they don't play the game well.

That parity makes Week 1 really interesting.

The following are three teams that won't inspire confidence with their play in Week 1, and in turn, they will find themselves further down the rankings before next week.


Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles are certainly talented. They have put together a collection of talent that will rival any other team in the league. They might even be the best team in the league.

It's just that there's no way they can live up to all that hype.

It doesn't help that they will be playing a pesky St. Louis Rams team. The Rams have a great core of young talent and there's no doubt that they will love the fact that they have the first shot to expose the Eagles as overrated.

NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 27:  Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears blocks Jason McCourty #30 of the Tennessee Titans as quarterback Jay Cutler #6 drops back to throw during a preseason game at LP Field on August 27, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by G
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I'd still pick the Eagles to win, but they won't be nearly as dominant as they are expected to be.


Chicago Bears

Coming off a playoff appearance, there is hope that the Bears will continue to establish themselves as real contenders in the NFC. In Week 1, though, they will stumble out of the gate.

The Atlanta Falcons will expose the Bears defense, which has been slipping in quality for a few seasons. The Falcons don't have a great pass rush or defensive stars, but with the offensive line woes continuing in Chicago, they will look great.


Dallas Cowboys

With all the talent they have on the roster, the Cowboys are getting the benefit of the doubt with a lot of people. They missed the postseason last year, but there is a lot of hope that they will find themselves back in the picture in 2011.

In Week 1, they will face a motivated New York Jets team.

The Jets will be eager to back up head coach Rex Ryan's prediction that they will be in the Super Bowl. That's to say nothing of the fact that the Jets are just the better team at this point.


Joseph Healy's Week 1 NFL Power Rankings

1. Green Bay Packers

2. New England Patriots

3. Pittsburgh Steelers

4. Philadelphia Eagles

5. New Orleans Saints

6. Atlanta Falcons

7. New York Jets

8. Baltimore Ravens

9. San Diego Chargers

10. Houston Texans

11. Dallas Cowboys

12. New York Giants

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

14. Chicago Bears

15. Indianapolis Colts

16. St. Louis Rams

17. Detroit Lions

18. Kansas City Chiefs

19. Jacksonville Jaguars

20. Minnesota Vikings

21. Arizona Cardinals

22. Denver Broncos

23. Tennessee Titans

24. Miami Dolphins

25. Seattle Seahawks

26. Oakland Raiders

27. Cleveland Browns

28. San Francisco 49ers

29. Buffalo Bills

30. Washington Redskins

31. Carolina Panthers

32. Cincinnati Bengals

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