2012 NFL Power Rankings | Preseason Edition

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With the 2012 NFL Season set to start in a few weeks we put together our preseason power rankings based upon the free agent signings, NFL Draft, and the preseason thus far. Week 2 of the preseason continues tonight with six games scheduled and concludes Sunday night after the Eagles at Patriots game. While we don’t truly get to see how teams’ starting rosters will look until the third preseason game, we have plenty of information to start formulating our thoughts.

1. New England Patriots (13-3)

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The Patriots added depth on their defense and should have some more speed on offense while giving the bulk of the carries to Stevan Ridley this season. The addition of Brandon Lloyd gives Brady and Belichick yet another toy to play with.

2. Green Bay Packers (12-4)

The team with the best record in the 2011 regular season was abruptly knocked out of the playoffs by the Super Bowl champs. This team’s weakness is clearly their rushing attack and NFL-worst total defense. Aaron Rodgers clearly covers up many of their blemishes but he needs more help if they expect to be at the top.

3. New York Giants (11-5)

I find it quite shocking that after their second Super Bowl in the last five years this team is still being overlooked. Their defense is better, Eli Manning is in his prime, and they replaced Brandon Jacobs with a humble David Wilson who is far more athletic.  Read More…

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