The 2012 NFL season has officially begun as several teams have reported for training camp. With the season under way, it’s time for the Preseason Power Rankings.
I’ll do one more set of power rankings right before the regular season begins and then weekly power rankings throughout the season.
32. Cleveland Browns – With Brandon Weeden starting, it’ll be hard for Cleveland to win more than two or three games this season.
31. Indianapolis Colts – The Colts have a bright future, but they aren’t ready to compete just yet.
30. Minnesota Vikings – With Adrian Peterson out for the beginning of the season, this offense will struggle to score many points.
29. St. Louis Rams – This Rams team is young, and it will take some time for those young players to develop.
28. Jacksonville Jaguars – The Jaguars are a talented team, but with Blaine Gabbert at quarterback, this team isn’t going to get any better.
27. Miami Dolphins – The team’s receiving corp may be the worst in the league, and with three average quarterbacks on the roster, the Dolphins won’t finish any better than 5-11 this season.
26. Arizona Cardinals – The only thing holding this team back from being playoff contenders is the quarterback situation. Neither John Skelton nor Kevin Kolb can lead this team to the playoffs.
25. Seattle Seahawks – Like Miami and Arizona, Seattle’s quarterback competition of average quarterbacks will hold the team back.
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The additions of Vincent Jackson, Carl Nicks and Doug Martin should make things much easier for quarterback Josh Freeman this season.
23. Oakland Raiders – Carson Palmer has an offseason in Oakland under his belt, which should help the Raiders at least compete for the AFC West crown this season.
22. Washington Redskins – With a solid defense and the addition of Robert Griffin III, the Redskins will make big strides in 2012.
21. Tennessee Titans – Drafting Kendall Wright helps to open up the offense, but the Titans are still a year away from being playoff contenders.
20. Kansas City Chiefs – With Eric Berry and Jamal Charles healthy again, this team should return to the playoff form of 2010.
19. New York Jets – Regardless of who the starting quarterback is for the Jets, the team could still end up making the playoffs.
18. Buffalo Bills – Their defense could be one of the best in the NFL, but the team’s season lies in the hands of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
17. Detroit Lions – The Lions made big strides in 2011, but their defense will severely hold the team back again this season.
16. Carolina Panthers – Cam Newton is committed to being one of the best players in the NFL, and he can singlehandedly carry this team to the playoffs.
15. Cincinnati Bengals – If Andy Dalton can avoid a sophomore slump, the Bengals will make the playoffs for a second straight season.
14. San Diego Chargers – Losing Vincent Jackson sets this offense back, but the team can still very well make the playoffs.
13. Denver Broncos – If Peyton Manning is back to 100%, there’s no reason why this team shouldn’t win the wide-open AFC West.
12. Dallas Cowboys – After a stellar 2011 campaign for Tony Romo, the Cowboys are poised to make a return to the playoffs.
11. Philadelphia Eagles – This team is talented at every position, but if Michael Vick can’t stay healthy, the Eagles will finish 9-7 at best.
10. Atlanta Falcons – The addition of Asante Samuel helps the Falcons defense, and they could easily win the NFC South.
9. New Orleans Saints – Despite several suspensions from the bounty program, the Saints are still a Super Bowl-caliber team.
8. Chicago Bears – The addition of Brandon Marshall will take the Bears offense to the next level.
7. Pittsburgh Steelers – The Steelers addressed the offensive line in the draft and if Big Ben stays healthy, this team can win the AFC North.
6. New York Giants – The defending champions barely made the playoffs last year, so it’ll be interesting to see if the team can even return to the playoffs this season.
5. Baltimore Ravens – The Terrell Suggs loss will set Baltimore’s defense back, but the Ravens are still legitimate Super Bowl contenders.
4. Houston Texans – With Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson healthy again, the Texans are poised for another playoff run.
3. San Francisco 49ers – With the best defense in the league and some solid offensive weapons, the 49ers could be playing in New Orleans in February.
2. New England Patriots – If the defense can improve, the Patriots will repeat as AFC champions.
1. Green Bay Packers – There’s no reason to believe that the Packers can’t win a second Super Bowl in three seasons.