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Some surprises in the NFL Preseason Rankings

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    Looking over the NFL.com preseason power rankings.. Some usual suspects, then a few that I'm surprised to see so high on the list. Top 3 make total sense to me:

    1. Patriots
    2. Falcons
    3. Packers

    Then it gets interesting.

    4. Raiders
    5. Steelers
    6. Giants
    7. Seahawks
    8. Cowboys
    9. Chiefs
    10. Buccaneers

    I guess adding Marshawn Lynch in Oakland is believed to make them an immediate Super Bowl contender. The way they played in stretches last year, especially on offense with a rb committee, I can see that. Just really surprised to see them #4, ahead of the Seahawks and Steelers.

    Same with the Bucs. I know Winston is expected to be a lot better this year, but I would like to see that first before you put them over teams like the Colts, Redskins and the Cardinals.

    The rest of the list:

    11. Titans
    12. Cardinals
    13. Lions
    14. Texans
    15. Dolphins
    16. Redskins
    17. Broncos
    18. Vikings
    19. Panthers
    20. Eagles
    21. Colts (this one seems really low to me, I would think they would be 10-15)
    22. Saints
    23. Bengals
    24. Chargers
    25. Bills
    26. Jaguars
    27. Rams
    28. Ravens
    29. Bears
    30. 49ers
    31. Browns
    32. Jets

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    I'm actually all about the Raiders this year too. As long as Carr stays healthy, I think they are #4 right now. Arguably the 2nd best O-line in the league. (behind the Cowboys). Crabtree and Cooper at wideout, Lynch at tail, Carr's ability to run.. good offensive no doubt. Then they were a top 5 D last year I think as well. Or at least 10. So all around solid team.
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    A few days before the season starts, of course, changes have happened. Here's the latest on all this:

    Top 8:

    1. Patriots
    2. Seahawks (moved up 5 spots, not sure I understand why)
    3. Falcons
    4. Packers
    5. Steelers
    6. Raiders
    7. Giants
    8. Cowboys