Sports NFL POWER RANKINGS: Where all 32 teams stand going into Week 1

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It's the Patriots and then everyone else to start the 2017 season.

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Football is finally back.

It was an eventful offseason, with big trades involving draft picks, players coming out of retirement, and some stars choosing not to "stick to sports."

Whether your team is getting ready for another year as odds-on favorites or busy rebuilding, every team for now is 0-0 and anything is possible over the next 17 weeks.

Now that we know who's starting (mostly), sitting, and ready to break out for a big year, here's a look at where all 32 teams stand entering Week 1 of the NFL season.

32. New York Jets

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32. New York Jets

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Last season: 5-11, fourth in AFC East

Week 1 opponent: at Buffalo Bills

One thing to know: The Jets appear to have taken on the ambitious goal of executing the most obvious tank the league has ever seen. Josh McCown will be starting under center, and once touted draft pick Christian Hackenberg has been relegated to third on the depth chart, bringing even more doubt into his NFL future. Godspeed to any Bilal Powell fantasy owners.



31. San Francisco 49ers

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31. San Francisco 49ers

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Last season: 2-14, fourth in NFC West

Week 1 opponent: vs. Carolina Panthers

One thing to know: The 49ers opted to keep just one quarterback behind Brian Hoyer: rookie C.J. Beathard. If Hoyer struggles, it will be interesting to see whether the 49ers seek out more experienced backups.



30. Chicago Bears

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30. Chicago Bears

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Last season: 3-13, fourth in NFC North

Week 1 opponent: vs. Atlanta Falcons

One thing to know: Despite trading up to draft Mitch Trubisky back in April, the Bears are riding with Mike Glennon as their starting quarterback to begin the season. There's no guarantee as to how long he'll hold on to the job, but it's safe to assume Bears fans may get a bit impatient if his play isn't up to snuff to start the year.



29. Cleveland Browns

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29. Cleveland Browns

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Last season: 1-15, fourth in AFC North

Week 1 opponent: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

One thing to know: After trading Brock Osweiler, the Browns made rookie DeShone Kizer the starting quarterback for Week 1. Have they finally found their answer under center?



28. Jacksonville Jaguars

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28. Jacksonville Jaguars

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Last season: 3-13, fourth in AFC South

Week 1 opponent: at Houston Texans

One thing to know: Leonard Fournette will most likely be the highlight of this team for the 2017 campaign. Beyond that, Blake Bortles was able to retain his starting job but lost his captaincy after two years of wearing a "C" on his chest, which doesn't bode well for his long-term prospects with the job.



27. Buffalo Bills

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27. Buffalo Bills

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Last season: 7-9, third in AFC East

Week 1 opponent: vs. New York Jets

One thing to know: Tyrod Taylor cleared concussion protocol and will start Week 1, but ESPN's Mike Rodak wonders how strong Taylor's grip is on the position, particularly if he doesn't deliver a win against the lowly Jets.



26. Los Angeles Rams

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26. Los Angeles Rams

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Last season: 4-12, third in NFC West

Week 1 opponent: vs. Indianapolis Colts

One thing to know: Sean McVay is the youngest head coach in NFL history, and he will do his best to turn Jared Goff and company into the top football product in Los Angeles. With star defensive tackle Aaron Donald still holding out for a better contract, the job will be tougher than anticipated.



25. Indianapolis Colts

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25. Indianapolis Colts

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Last season: 8-8, third in AFC South

Week 1 opponent: at Los Angeles Rams

One thing to know: Andrew Luck is officially out for Week 1, which will hurt the Colts' skill players, but the team has problems elsewhere. Starting center Ryan Kelly will also be out, as will cornerback Vontae Davis, hurting the Colts in two areas they're already weak.



24. Los Angeles Chargers

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24. Los Angeles Chargers

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Last season: 5-11, fourth in AFC West

Week 1 opponent: at Denver Broncos

One thing to know: It's another year with Philip Rivers at the helm of the Chargers, but the team finds itself in a new city, calling the 30,000-capacity StubHub Center home this season. The team was a distant last in attendance last year in terms of capacity filled, but in the smaller venue the Chargers could find themselves with a new type of home-field advantage.



23. Cincinnati Bengals

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23. Cincinnati Bengals

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Last season: 6-9-1, third in AFC North

Week 1 opponent: vs. Baltimore Ravens

One thing to know: The Bengals made Jeremy Hill their top running back on the depth chart, meaning rookie Joe Mixon will have to earn his carries during the season.



22. Miami Dolphins

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22. Miami Dolphins

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Last season: 10-6, second in AFC East

Week 1 opponent: Delayed until Week 11 because of Hurricane Irma

One thing to know: After Ryan Tannehill went down with a season-ending knee injury, the Dolphins called ever-brooding Jay Cutler out of the TV booth for a one-year, $10 million deal. The team has talent, but putting together a winning team with a new quarterback on such short notice is no easy task. Because of the hurricane heading toward Florida, the game between the Dolphins and the Buccaneers has been moved to Week 11, forcing both teams to lose their bye week.



21. Washington Redskins

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21. Washington Redskins

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Last season: 8-7-1, third in NFC East

Week 1 opponent: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

One thing to know: Redskins safety Su'a Cravens reportedly considered retirement but was talked out of it. The team still put him on the exempt list, giving him a month to consider his future.



20. New Orleans Saints

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20. New Orleans Saints

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Last season: 7-9, third in NFC South

Week 1 opponent: at Minnesota Vikings

One thing to know: This week is Adrian Peterson's return to the Vikings after signing with the Saints in the offseason. It'll be interesting to watch and see whether he comes out with a bit more attitude and burst than we're used to and how the crowd will react when he takes the field.



19. Baltimore Ravens

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19. Baltimore Ravens

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Last season: 8-8, second in AFC North

Week 1 opponent: at Cincinnati Bengals

One thing to know: The Ravens are already battling the injury bug. Joe Flacco (back) and Breshad Perriman (hamstring) returned to practice, but tight end Crockett Gillmore and cornerback Brandon Boykin landed on the injured-reserve list.



18. Detroit Lions

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18. Detroit Lions

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Last season: 9-7, second in NFC North

Week 1 opponent: vs. Arizona Cardinals

One thing to know: The Lions were streaky last year — at one point dominating the NFC North and winning eight of nine games in the middle of the season before losing three straight games to end the season and hand the division to the Packers. Fans will be watching to see whether Matthew Stafford and company will be able to put it together for a whole season.



17. Carolina Panthers

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17. Carolina Panthers

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Last season: 6-10, fourth in NFC South

Week 1 opponent: at San Francisco 49ers

One thing to know: After missing much of training camp with an injured shoulder, Cam Newton is healthy and set to play in Week 1, giving an interesting glimpse into what the revitalized Panthers offense may look like.



16. Denver Broncos

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16. Denver Broncos

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Last season: 9-7, third in AFC West

Week 1 opponent: vs. Los Angeles Chargers

One thing to know: The Broncos still sport one of the toughest defenses in the league, but their talent is a year older and Trevor Siemian still has to show he's a quarterback who can help this team compete at the highest level. His teammates seem to have faith in him, though, with Von Miller saying he "has that Peyton Manning vibe."



15. Houston Texans

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15. Houston Texans

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Last season: 9-7, first in AFC South

Week 1 opponent: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

One thing to know: J.J. Watt's return to the field will surely help the Texans' defense, but his most important contribution this year may be leading the charge to send over $27 million in relief funds to victims of Hurricane Harvey.



14. Philadelphia Eagles

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14. Philadelphia Eagles

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Last season: 7-9, fourth in NFC East

Week 1 opponent: at Washington Redskins

One thing to know: After a hot start in his rookie season, Carson Wentz and the Eagles fell off a bit last year, finishing last in their division despite a not-that-terrible 7-9 record. Philly fans will look to see whether Wentz can put Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith to good use and win a competitive but wide-open NFC East.



13. Minnesota Vikings

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13. Minnesota Vikings

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Last season: 8-8, third in NFC North

Week 1 opponent: vs. New Orleans Saints

One thing to know: Week 1's contest will feature an interesting showdown between Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook and his predecessor — new Saints running back Adrian Peterson.



12. Arizona Cardinals

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12. Arizona Cardinals

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Last season: 7-8-1, second in NFC West

Week 1 opponent: at Detroit Lions

One thing to know: The Cardinals bring a lot of talent to the field and one of the most entertaining coaches in the league in Bruce Arians. In Week 1, fans will most likely watch Larry Fitzgerald line up opposite Lions safety Glover Quin on a few occasions — unclear is whether Quin will heed Fitz's request and keep his hits high.



11. Kansas City Chiefs

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11. Kansas City Chiefs

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Last season: 12-4, first in AFC West

Week 1 opponent: at New England Patriots

One thing to know: With the loss of running back Spencer Ware, the Chiefs now turn to rookie Kareem Hunt. According to ESPN, there is some worry in the NFL world about how the youthful Chiefs offense will handle the responsibility as the team turns a page.



10. New York Giants

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10. New York Giants

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Last season: 11-5, second in NFC East

Week 1 opponent: at Dallas Cowboys

One thing to know: Odell Beckham Jr.'s injury still has his status up in the air for the Giants' Sunday-night debut against the Cowboys, but he won't rule out making an appearance in the game. For fantasy owners, though, it may be best to sit the star receiver unless you have a solid backup option playing Monday night.



9. Dallas Cowboys

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9. Dallas Cowboys

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Last season: 13-3, first in NFC East

Week 1 opponent: vs. New York Giants

One thing to know: The Cowboys are awaiting word on Ezekiel Elliott as he makes his appeal against his suspension. But the loss of so many key offensive linemen and defensive players should still give the Cowboys some worry as they head into the regular season.



8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Last season: 9-7, second in NFC South

Week 1 opponent: Delayed until Week 11 because of Hurricane Irma

One thing to know: The focus of this year's "Hard Knocks," Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be under a bit of extra scrutiny from casual league fans. But because of Hurricane Irma's rampage toward Florida, the Bucs' game against the Dolphins has been rescheduled to their mutual bye week in Week 11.



7. Tennessee Titans

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7. Tennessee Titans

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Last season: 9-7, second in AFC South

Week 1 opponent: vs. Oakland Raiders

One thing to know: The Titans hype train has continued rolling throughout the preseason, as many expect the talented core to make the next leap this year. One thing is abundantly clear from Kevin Clark's piece on Marcus Mariota in The Ringer: The rest of the team believes in him.



6. Green Bay Packers

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6. Green Bay Packers

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Last season: 10-6, first in NFC North

Week 1 opponent: vs. Seattle Seahawks

One thing to know: While it's only Week 1, it's easy to see the Packers' opening game against the Seattle Seahawks having huge implications on the NFC playoff picture. Depending on how the season shakes out, both of these teams could be looking back on this game as the one that set their course for the year.



5. Seattle Seahawks

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5. Seattle Seahawks

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Last season: 10-5-1, first in NFC West

Week 1 opponent: at Green Bay Packers

One thing to know: The Seahawks' already solid defense got a major upgrade last week when the team traded for defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. The "Legion of Boom" may be aging, but adding an elite pass rusher won't hurt.



4. Pittsburgh Steelers

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4. Pittsburgh Steelers

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Last season: 11-5, first in AFC North

Week 1 opponent: at Cleveland Browns

One thing to know: After missing all of the preseason, Le'Veon Bell is back with the Steelers and reportedly ready to roll. Against the long-suffering Browns, Bell has a chance to impose his will and show he hasn't lost a step despite not going through training camp with his team.



3. Oakland Raiders

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3. Oakland Raiders

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Last season: 12-4, second in AFC West

Week 1 opponent: at Tennessee Titans

One thing to know: According to NFL Network's Mike Silver, Derek Carr and new running back Marshawn Lynch have forged an unlikely friendship through trash talk. What does that trash talk entail, exactly? Lynch said: "Mostly, just for being white."



2. Atlanta Falcons

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2. Atlanta Falcons

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Last season: 11-5, first in NFC South

Week 1 opponent: at Chicago Bears

One thing to know: Losing a Super Bowl is never easy, and losing in the fashion that the Falcons did last year is really as devastating as it comes. We've seen hangover seasons out of Super Bowl losers before, and this opening test against the Bears may be very telling for the Falcons' season. For now, though, they still hold the second spot in our power rankings — after all, they did have a 28-3 lead against the Patriots in the closing minutes of the third quarter of the Super Bowl.



1. New England Patriots

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1. New England Patriots

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Last season: 14-2, first in AFC East

Week 1 opponent: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

One thing to know: The Patriots made the surprising decision to trade third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett to the Colts for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett. The move leaves the Pats with just Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback this year, setting up what should be an interesting 2018 offseason.



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