[caption id="attachment_17556" align="aligncenter" width="565"] Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press[/caption] They're gaudy, overly simplistic and generally a little biased, but let's face it: the preseason wouldn't be complete without some Power Rankings! Take a look at my ranks below and tell us what you think!
2012 NFL Preseason Power Rankings32. Arizona Cardinals - Well what a tumultuous preseason the Cardinals have had. It's quite obvious Kevin Kolb and John Skelton are not the answer. This once great team under Kurt Warner has plummeted to the dregs of the NFL. Sorry Cardinal fans but the only thing you should be looking forward to is who your number one pick will be next April.
31. Oakland Raiders - With the Al Davis era in Oakland over the Raiders are looking in deep trouble come this year. That said, with a young crop of speedy talented recivers and perhaps the best running back in football - when healthy - the Raiders have some upside. Primed to move up the ranks.
30. St Louis Rams - After watching the Rams get eaten alive by Tony Romo and his backup receivers during week 3 I am convinced this franchise is in for more misery this season. There are question marks over the entire offense, including former number 1 pick Sam Bradford. Rams will be easy beats this season.
29. Miami Dolphins - All you need to do is look at the depth chart of this team to come to the conclusion that they are not going to win many football games. There are glaring holes at wide receiver and the secondary. The only shining light I can see out of this team is Lauren Tannehill.
28. Minnesota Vikings - Minnesota will look to rest the team firmly on Ponder's shoulders in his second year. All Pro Adrian Peterson is back only 9 months after tearing his ACL & MCL and will be limited, forcing the coaches to make this Team Ponder. Lucky Jared Allen is around to hold fort on defense.
27. Jacksonville Jaguars - There is a pulse in Jacksonville. Gabbert has looked better this preseason with his new toy in Justin Blackmon - who looks every bit as advertised. The shadow looming over Jacksonville is the ongoing holdout of Maurice Jones-Drew, the NFL's reigning leading rusher. They will be better but maybe not right away.
26. New York Jets - Welcome to the worst offense in football everybody! After 3 preseason games the New York Jets are touchdown-less. The wonder team of Tebow and Sanchez has come up empty and now all the pressure to win games truly lies in the defence.
25. Cleveland Browns - The Browns used a first round draft on 28 year old Brandon Weedon, which looks to be a good move right now in that tough AFC North. With "The best back since Adrian Peterson," in Trent Richardson to return healthy after surgery to clean up his knee I believe they can be competitive in more games this year.
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - To me the Buccaneers made the best offseason moves of any franchise. They got their deep threat in Jackson, they fixed up their O-line with Carl Nicks. That said, Freeman still looks shaky at quarterback with his deep ball the big issue.
23. Indianapolis Colts - Andrew Luck makes this team much better. After only a handful of preseason games I'm sure we all can agree Luck looks ready to go and win. The Colts will cause many upsets this season and by the end of the year they might even be looking at a winning record.
22. Washington Redskins - The hope is nearly reaching intolerable levels in Washington after drafting the Heisman Trophy winning QB at #2 in Robert Griffin III. As usual they made a splash in free agency but can all this translate to the field? If it weren't for the NFC East probably!
21. Cinncinatti Bengals - Anyone else smell a sophomore slump? Last year the Bengals consistently outperformed expectations after being everyone's pick for worst in the league. In a tough division and with a tougher schedule they might find things a little harder this year.
20. Tennessee Titans - Here is a smokey playoff contender for you. Last year when given the chance Jake Locker set the world alight with some terrific under-the-radar games. Now he is the starter and if Chris Johnson can get it together and Kenny Britt stays healthy the Titans
19. San Diego Chargers - The unique team that is the Chargers might find themselves out of the picture this year. With Manning rolling into the AFC West suddenly the Chargers aren't a lock to win it. The pressure could be off but this team just doesn't shout out Super Bowl. Where are the stars?
18. Atlanta Falcons - Julio Jones might have a breakout season but Matt Ryan just doesn't seem to have what it takes to go to the next level. Add an aging defense and an old Michael Turner and I don't think this team can go all the way. Should Ryan go to the next level, then we can talk Super Bowl.
17. Carolina Panthers - TOOT-TOOT! ALL ABORD THE CAM EXPRESS! But seriously, who knows what to expect out of the Panthers this season? Injury decimated their defense last year. However this year they were bolstered by drafting star MLB Luke Kuechly. Can Cam have a similar or even better year then last year? That will be decisive of their playoff aspirations.
16. Seattle Seahawks - Can the Seahawks become relevant this season? I think so. Russell Wilson has shot into stardom in Seattle after winning the starting QB job decisively over Matt Flynn. San Francisco, you have a division challenger.
15. Kansas City Chiefs - Decimated by injury. That is how you sum up the Chiefs 2011/12 season. With their key players back such as Charles, Flowers and Cassel the Chiefs look ready to roll. They didn't lose much during the offseason and this young team will be on the rise.
14. New Orleans Saints - Well! what an offseason these trouble-makers have had! The bounty-gate that won't go away could trouble this team early but come playoffs however they could easily win it all on the back of Brees.
13. Baltimore Ravens - A season ending injury to Terrell Suggs (Reigning Defensive player of the year) has left me concerned about the Ravens. Although their offense looks like a good bet to pick up the slack. Watch out for Torrey Smith.
12. Buffalo Bills - Early last year the Bills were the wonder team of the NFL. The defense has dramatically improved along with the singing of dominant DE Mario Williams. Expect the Bills to make some noise by the time the season swings around.
11. Philadelphia Eagles - The ever-confident Eagles have reason to be confident in the upcoming season. They had a great draft and a reasonable offseason. After disappointing last season I'm not getting my hopes up about this team. I consider the Cowboys and Giants superior.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers - The Steelers have been flying ever so quiet this off season which is just the way they like it. If Big Ben stays healthy and gets a good performance from their O-line the Steelers will be a playoff powerhouse yet again.
9. Dallas Cowboys - The Cowboys made the big move in April's Draft by trading up for Maurice Claiborne, Cornerback out of LSU. They also added Brandon Carr from the Chiefs. This team certainly has the talent, they just need to get it together.
8. Detroit Lions - This playoff team is everyone's "sexy" tip for the Super Bowl this year. Matt Stafford entered into the elite last season along with Megatron. Their pass defense woes may be fixed to help aid their playoff chances. Only problem is that they share the NFC North with the Packers and Bears.
7. Chicago Bears - Chicago town is feeling up recently even after a season broken by injuries. Cutler is back and Brandon Marshall is here to help the non-existent passing game in a big way. We know what to expect on defense the only thing that appears to be slowing them down is their division.
6. Denver Broncos - You might be surprised by this but think about it for a moment. This team made the playoffs and even won a playoff game with Tim Tebow at the helm. Now insert Peyton Manning. Sounds exciting right? Yes, Peyton actually has a defense so watch out world.
5. San Francisco 49'ers - The 49'ers were oh-so-close to the Super Bowl last year and seem to have improved this off-season. Only concern here is the passing game, including Alex Smith.
4.New England Patriots - Fresh off a Super Bowl loss the Patriots will be looking for redemption. I have no doubt they will rule their weak division and get a top seed in the AFC. Only question is who will threaten them?
3. Houston Texans - This is the team that everyone is fearing to make a run from the AFC this season. Matt Schuab will be back in the lineup to give them a real passing attack and they might just have the best defense in the AFC, if not the league. Fear the Texans.
2. Green Bay Packers - At one point last year we were asking ourselves if this was one of the best teams of all time. With Aaron Rodgers at the helm the Packers are set for a deep playoff run yet again. Although they have had preseason struggles don't hold that against the Packers.
1. New York Giants - I'm a firm believer in the team that wins the Super Bowl should be considered the number 1 team the following season. Most likely the Giants will struggle to stay at number 1 but they have looked in mid-season form during the preseason and the only area that is a glaring need is at the cornerback position. That's it! Which team would you have ranked differently? (How about the Eagles back there at 11th and Saints at 14th! Madness! - Editor Dom.)