These are the first ever NFL Power Rankings post published by Tops Sports.Com. However, instead of ranking all 32 teams in the league, Tops Sports will only focus the top 15 teams in the game right now. These rankings will most likely change as the season progresses.
1. New England Patriots
This team is red hot right now. They recently defeated the first major test of the season in the New York Jets. They will not go undefeated this season like they did in 2007, however; this year’s version of the Patriots could be one the best teams that we have seen in years.
2. Green Bay Packers
Wide Receiver Jordy Nelson goes down with a season-ending injury in the preseason, no problem. The Packers re-signed veteran wideout James Jones. Jones was already familiar with the Packers offense when he played with the team a few years ago. Now that he’s reunited with Aaron Rodgers, Jones is once again a premier receiver in the NFL. Even with the loss of Nelson the Packers are still a very dangerous team. This roster is loaded with weapons at every position, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
3. Cincinnati Bengals
Some football analyst is calling the Bengals the “most complete team in the National Football League.” That statement can be debatable, however; the Bengals have successfully overcome every test that they have faced so far this season. The next test for the Bengals will be their division rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
4. Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton has single handily carried the Carolina Panthers to a 6-0 record and first place in the once awful NFC South. The only weapon that can do some serious damage in the passing game is Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen.
5. Denver Broncos
Who would have thought that the Denver Broncos would transition to a defense oriented team? The Broncos have talented players such as Peyton Manning, Emmanuel Sanders, and Demaryius Thomas, but still have not found their groove yet on offense. In each of the Broncos six wins this season, their defense has been the determining factor in regards to them winning ball games. Back in August, I thought the Broncos would have to deal with a talented Chiefs team to win the division, so far that has not been the case. They should easily run away with the AFC West this season.
6. Atlanta Falcons
Mike Smith is out, and Dan Quinn is in as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. So far it has been a pretty good transition for the “Dirty Birds” this season. The Falcons have the potential to go at least 11-1 before they take on the division-leading Carolina Panthers on December 13th. Their remaining schedule is that easy.
7. Arizona Cardinals
Right now I thought the Seattle Seahawks would be on top of the NFC West right now. The Arizona Cardinals had something to say about that. Carson Palmer’s season ending injury last season shows that he is indeed a top 15 quarterback in the league right now. Imagine what could have happened if Palmer did not suffer the injury?
8. New York Jets
New Jets head coach Todd Bowles has installed a new attitude in the New York Jets football team. They are no longer the Jets of old who would always try to make the big headline in the New York media. Even though they lost to arch rival the New England Patriots, I still believe that they will indeed contend for a playoff spot this year.
9. New York Giants
The Giants have managed to take the lead in the inconsistent NFC East. If it had not been for a few miscommunication issues, the Giants would be at least be 6-1 right now. This team is capable of doing a lot of damage in the second half of this season.
10. Minnesota Vikings
At the beginning of the season, I was skeptical on how running back Adrian Peterson would perform after missing the rest of the 2014 season due to off the field issues. So far he has clearly proven me wrong. A.P. is third in the league in rushing right now with 530 yards on the ground. With Peterson in the lineup and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater improving every week, the Vikings will be a tough out for anyone in the NFC in 2015.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers undoubtedly miss their starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as the team went 3-3 without him in the lineup. We apparently did not see the explosiveness that this ball club is capable of when Roethlisberger is under center.
12. St. Louis Rams
The St. Louis Rams are one of those young football teams that is trending upward in the National Football League. They clearly have one of the best rosters in the game today, in regards to the defensive side of the ball. When it’s all said and done, this could be one of the best teams that coach Jeff Fisher has ever had.
13. Oakland Raiders
Not saying that they will win the AFC West, the Oakland Raiders are a team headed in the right direction. They had finally gotten it right when it comes to finding a solid starting quarterback when they drafted Derek Carr out of Fresno State in the 2014 NFL Draft. Expect this team to play the role of spoiler in the second half of the season.
14. Indianapolis Colts
The only reason they are in the rankings is because they are in first place in the dismal AFC South. I’ll leave it at that.
15. Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks are in an unfamiliar position right now. They are in third place in the NFC West right now. We do not know if they have gotten back on track because the 49ers team that they defeated on Thursday Night is not the 49ers that we are accustomed to seeing. With that being said, the Seahawks still have a chance to take the division lead away from the Arizona Cardinals.
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