As the NFL offseason heads into high gear our own JT Olson lays out his power rankings for the entire league.
32) Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals are a bad team with an unproven coach. On top of that, their franchise quarterback will miss the 2023 season. Not good.
31) Houston Texans
I loved what the Texans did in the draft to add young talent, but the cupboard was so bare. This team still has a long way to go.
30) Los Angeles Rams
The Rams got their ring and have begun selling off key pieces. This team is about to enter an ugly rebuild despite still having a superstar or two.
29) Tennessee Titans
This was one of the worst offenses in the NFL last year and star running back Derrick Henry is another year older. Don’t be shocked to see Mike Vrabel as the first coach fired this season.
28) Chicago Bears
The Bears had the worst record in the NFL last year. And while I think their record will be noticeably improved, I don’t trust the trench play of this team.
27) Denver Broncos
I honestly have no idea what to expect from this offense. Can Russell Wilson bounce back? What will new head coach Sean Peyton bring to the table? This team has a lot to prove.
26) New York Giants
The Giants played above their head in 2022 and made the playoffs as a wildcard. However, it’s hard to see them sustaining that with the modest talent this team has on the roster.
25) Indianapolis Colts
The Colts are a true wildcard. With a new head coach and a rookie quarterback, they could surprise. However, that’s a lot to ask for them to drastically turn things around in one offseason.
24) Las Vegas Raiders
There are bits and pieces of a good team here, but I see a lot of top heavy talent and a roster that doesn’t impress beyond the top tier players.
23) New England Patriots
I will never doubt Bill Belichick as a coach. However, what he does as a general manager is a different story. This team just isn’t talented enough across the board.
22) New Orleans Saints
The Saints are aging at key positions on their defense. And while the offense may improve with Derek Carr, it seems like there are unanswered questions surrounding most of their playmakers.
21) Green Bay Packers
It’s the Jordan Love era in Green Bay. What will that look like? I don’t know, but it’s unlikely he elevates a group of young pass catchers in his first season.
20) Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons added a lot of players in the offseason. Despite this, pass rush and quarterback are still a massive question mark for Atlanta.
19) Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings were one of the worst defenses in the NFL last year and didn’t add a lot of talent to improve. Water will find its level when it comes to all the close games they won.
18) Pittsburgh Steelers
I don’t trust Kenny Pickett and this Steelers offense. Unless they show the offense is for real then it’s hard to see them being any better than aver in 2023.
17) Carolina Panthers
The addition of Bryce Young gives the Panthers hope. I like a lot of what they have on defense as well. This is a team on the rise.
16) Washington Commanders
Sam Howell could be the player that shocks the world this year. I like a lot of the defense, playmakers and the coaching staff.
15) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs will have one of the better defenses in the NFL this season. If Baker Mayfield can give them a shot in the arm at quarterback this is a sleeper playoff team.
14) Cleveland Browns
Deshawn Watson is talented and so is most of this Browns roster. It’s just a matter of putting everything together for this team.
13) Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars are strong at quarterback and head coach. They play in the worst division in the NFL, so this Jags team feels like they’re on a fast pass to the playoffs.
12) Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks had one of the better offenses in the NFL last year. They added two first round picks to the roster and should be in the mix for the post season once again.
11) Baltimore Ravens
Lamar Jackson has weapons! I have questions about what this offense will look like, but not about how much talent they have.
10) Dallas Cowboys
They Cowboys should be more of the same of what we saw last year. I expect them to comfortably be a wild card team at worst with their strong defense and well rounded offense.
9) New York Jets
The Jets flirted with the playoffs last year with one of the worst quarterback situations in the NFL. Now they add an old Aaron Rodgers who they hope can be the Aaron Rodgers of old.
8) Los Angeles Chargers
Justin Herbert is one of the best quarterbacks in the game today. His ability to get the ball to his playmakers combined to a defensive minded head coach should have them in the hunt once again.
7) Detroit Lions
This looks like one of the most impressive offenses in the NFL. They have the ability to run the ball and a solid passing game. I think the Lions not only make the playoffs, but could have an NFC championship game on the horizon.
6) Miami Dolphins
It just always seems like the Dolphins are getting faster and more dangerous. If the defense can take a step forward then this is a dark horse team to win it all.
5) Buffalo Bills
Josh Allen makes magic happen on the football field. We are watching the prime of a consistent MVP caliber player. Plus the team around him is pretty good too.
4) Cincinnati Bengals
Burrow and the Bengals passing attack might be the best in the NFL. It feels like it’s only a matter of time before this group breaks through.
3) San Francisco 49ers
With this offensive system and the defense in place, I don’t care who the quarterback is. This is my pick to win the NFC this year.
2) Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles are the NFC champions until proven otherwise. They return most of their team from last year and look primed to make another Super Bowl run.
1) Kansas City Chiefs
Never underestimate Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes. As long as these two are together in Kansas City they are the team to beat.