The New York Giants may be the defending Super Bowl champions, but they are only third in the Associated Press' new NFL pro 32 power rankings.
That would leave them two spots behind the Green Bay Packers, who were voted to the top spot. The Giants are also staring up at the New England Patriots, who own the second spot.
The Patriots made some nice additions in the offseason, so it is not surprising to see the Super Bowl runners-up in the second spot.
It is also not a shock to see the Packers in the top spot. This is the team that nearly rolled through the regular season undefeated, and it returns largely intact from last season. Still, the Giants have to feel slightly slighted, which seems to work out OK for them anyway.
No. 10: Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos have been one of the hot topics this offseason, and that is thanks in large part to the huge acquisition of future Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning.
Despite this addition, the voters for the poll didn't appear to give the Broncos much of a boost. This is a team that advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs last season, and they are ranked No. 10 here.
The hesitancy to give them a boost is understandable. It is still up in the air how effective Manning will be, and Denver also had a few key losses this offseason, like DT Brodrick Bunkley.
No. 15: Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys will enter this season with a Super Bowl-or-bust mentality, but if these rankings are to be believed, it is going to be all bust.
The Cowboys didn't undergo a tremendous amount of change via free agency, but they did get a huge pickup in the draft when they took talented corner Morris Claiborne.
This is a team that showed flashes of brilliance last season. If it can sustain those flashes, it can make some serious noise this year.
No. 32: Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts were terrible last year. So terrible that they landed the No. 1 pick and were able to draft coveted QB Andrew Luck.
The voters in this poll obviously do not feel that Luck will have an instant impact on the Colts success. Their 32nd rating is not terribly surprising. This team is now gearing up for the future, and rookie quarterbacks do not typically enjoy instant success—especially when they have questionable talent around them.
The AP poll is voted on by 12 members of the media. The Associated Press released the voters:
The voters in the ranking this year are Chris Berman, ESPN; Clifton Brown, Sporting News; Cris Collinsworth, NBC Sports; Rich Gannon, CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio; Bob Glauber, Newsday; Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News; Clark Judge, CBSSports.com; Ira Kaufman, Tampa Tribune; Pat Kirwan, SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com; John Lynch, Fox Sports; Alex Marvez, Foxsports.com; and Dan Pompei, Chicago Tribune.
View the AP's release of the rankings here.
|1||Green Bay Packers||15-1||374|
|2||New England Patriots||13-3||369|
|3||New York Giants||9-7||362|
|4||San Francisco 49ers||13-3||336|
|9||New Orleans Saints||13-3||272|
|16||San Diego Chargers||8-8||216|
|17||New York Jets||8-8||189|
|18||Kansas City Chiefs||7-9||182|
|26||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4-12||100|
|28||St. Louis Rams||2-14||55|