Week 1 NFL power rankings

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By SAM SPIEGELMAN
XN SPORTS

The 2014 NFL season is just over 48 hours away, meaning it's overdue that we begin to rank every team based on where they stand in their quest for the Lombardi Trophy.

Every week, XN Sports will rank every NFL team its power rankings. Here is the Week 1 edition based on each team's 2013 campaign, their free agent additions and losses, draft and other off-season happenings.

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32. Buffalo Bills

E.J. Manuel is already in a make-or-break year. So far, it doesn’t look too bright.

(AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

31. Oakland Raiders

Starting Derek Carr should help, but there are many questions marks on this team.

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

30. Houston Texans

J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney should be nasty. Can Bill O’Brien muster together an offense?

(AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

29. Dallas Cowboys

A lot of offense, but not a lot of defense. They’ll need to win in shootout fashion.

(AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

28. St. Louis Rams

The loss of Sam Bradford hurts. The front four has the chance to be the best in football.

(AP Photo/David Richard)

27. Jacksonville Jaguars

Blake Bortles looked legit in the preseason. He can be the spark this franchise needs.

(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

26. Tennessee Titans

Can offensive guru Ken Whisenhunt help Jake Locker live up to the first-round status?

(AP Photo/Wade Payne)

25. Cleveland Browns

Johnny Football is looming in the shadows.

(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

24. Minnesota Vikings

How long before the Teddy Bridgewater era begins? What impact will Zimmer have on the D?

(AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

23. Washington Redskins

Is this the RGIII of 2012 or the RGIII of the 2014 preseason?

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

22. Carolina Panthers

A lot of losses in the Panthers receiving corps and offensive line, as well as the defensive backfield.

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

21. Miami Dolphins

What will the offense look like under Bill Lazor’s tutelage?

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

20. New York Giants

Will Eli Manning continue to struggle, and can the Giants generate a pass rush?

(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

19. New York Jets

Will Geno Smith take a step forward with new target Eric Decker? Can the Jets overcome a weak secondary?

(AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

18. Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Smith doesn’t have many weapons aside from Jamaal Charles but their defense should be solid.

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

17. Arizona Cardinals

The offense looks very, very dangerous, but there are a lot of question marks surrounding the Cards’ defensive front seven.

(Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Lovie Smith is re-establishing the Tampa 2 in Tampa Bay. Will Josh McCown continue where he left off in Chicago?

(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

15. Detroit Lions

First-year coach Jim Caldwell should be a good presence for Matthew Stafford. The Lions could be primed for a surprising year.

(Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

14. Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan has a new left tackle and his top two receivers back. The defense is transitioning to a 3-4.

(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

13. Indianapolis Colts

Reggie Wayne is back in the fold, but can the Colts find a running game? This defense doesn’t look better than mediocre.

(Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

12. Baltimore Ravens

Gary Kubiak and Joe Flacco seem like a perfect pairing. Can C.J. Mosley solidify this defense?

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

11. San Diego Chargers

The Bolts addressed their secondary, which was a weakness in 2013. Can Philip Rivers continue to his ascension back to the “elite” group?

(Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

10. Pittsburgh Steelers

A revamped front seven on defense should allow the Steelers to return to what they do best.

(Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

9. Philadelphia Eagles

DeSean Jackson is gone, and injury prone Jeremy Maclin needs to step up as a No. 1 receiver. Has the defense improved?

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

8. Chicago Bears

A healthy Jay Cutler at the helm should propel Chicago’s offense to among tops in the NFL. The defense is relying on a lot of new faces.

(AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

7. Cincinnati Bengals

The team lost both coordinators, so we have to see how the offense looks under Hue Jackson and if the defense shows up without Mike Zimmer.

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

6. San Francisco 49ers

This is a low position for San Fran, but so many losses on the defensive side of the ball due to injuries and suspensions make me worry.

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

5. Green Bay Packers

A healthy Aaron Rodgers is all the difference, plus Julius Peppers gives the defense a complimentary pass-rusher opposite Clay Matthews.

(AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

4. New England Patriots

With Rob Gronkowski back in the fold, Tom Brady finally has a playmaker. This defense is re-tooled.

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

3. New Orleans Saints

The team added more weapons for Drew Brees, while Rob Ryan has assembled a very turnover-prone defensive unit.

(AP Photo/Bill Haber)

2. Denver Broncos

The loss of Eric Decker and possibly Wes Welker hurts, but the offense could be more balanced and the defense looks poised to be an elite unit.

(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

1. Seattle Seahawks

They’re the defending Super Bowl champs, and they might be morphing into an even more dynamic offensive team. Look out.

(AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
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