By Jack Spencer

NFL training camps are preparing to open with the start of the regular season right around the corner. As we try to digest offseason moves through both free agency and the NFL Draft, it’s time to put together the first power rankings of the 2013 NFL season. This list is compiled after offseason moves and will change as the NFL starts their slate of preseason games. Not surprising, all the teams at the bottom of the rankings have serious quarterback questions.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars- The Jaguars made front office and head coaching changes this offseason but questions still surround QB Blaine Gabbert.

31. Oakland Raiders- Too many questions surround the Raiders heading into this season. Who plays quarterback and will this be the year Darren McFadden finally stays healthy?

30. Tennessee Titans- Improvements have been made on the offensive line but can Chris Johnson rebound? Is Jake Locker the answer at quarterback or will Ryan Fitzpatrick unseat him for the starting job?

29. Buffalo Bills- There have been a lot of changes from the coaching staff to personnel. Who starts the season at quarterback? Is E.J. Manuel ready to start? We’ll find out in the preseason.

28. Philadelphia Eagles- Another team with a log jam at quarterback and several questions surrounding the new head coach, Chip Kelly.

27. San Diego Chargers- Is Philip Rivers able to overcome his turnover problems which have plagued him over the past two seasons? Is Ryan Mathews running out of chances to prove he’s a legitimate threat?

26. Arizona Cardinals- Carson Palmer isn’t the Cardinals long term answer at quarterback but he’ll be an upgrade over anyone that started last season for the birds in the desert.

25. New York Jets- The Tim Tebow circus has packed up and moved out of town but can another drama be getting ready to unfold after the Jets drafted QB Geno Smith?

24. Carolina Panthers- Newly hired offensive coordinator has stated he wants QB Cam Newton to stay in the pocket more in 2013, we’ll have to see how that plays out.

23. Detroit Lions- Will Reggie Bush finally be the answer the Lions have been looking for at running back over the last two seasons?

22. St. Louis Rams- Improvement on defense last season, but now Sam Bradford needs to prove he’s ready to lead this team.

21. Cleveland Browns- Can Trent Richardson remain healthy? Is Brandon Weeden the answer or will Jason Campbell take over the starting role?

20. Miami Dolphins- QB Ryan Tannehill finally has some offensive weapons surrounding him, can he take advantage of the free spending the Dolphins had in free agency?

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- The Buccaneers appear to have upgraded their horrible secondary this offseason, on paper at least. Josh Freeman is auditioning for his job with Tampa after this season.

18. New York Giants- Can the Giants defense overcome some offseason losses? Is David Wilson ready to fill the lead back role?

17. Chicago Bears- Finally a few changes on the offensive line but can Jay Cutler adapt to rookie head coach Marc Trestman’s scheme?

16. Dallas Cowboys- Another mediocre year awaiting the “Boys in 2013?

15. New Orleans Saints- QB Drew Brees gets his head coach back but can Rob Ryan improve the Saints defense?

14. Minnesota Vikings- Can Adrian Peterson repeat his remarkable performance of 2012. Is Christian Ponder the answer at quarterback?

13. Washington Redskins- whether or not the Redskins return to post-season play depends on the health of QB Robert Griffin III’s surgically repaired knee.

12. Pittsburgh Steelers- The Steelers lost key pieces in free agency and the defense is getting older. Rookie RB Le’Veon Bell should help the offense.

11. Kansas City Chiefs- Most people are going to see this as a stretch at this point, but I feel that the Chiefs will be the most improved team in the NFL this season with the addition of QB Alex Smith and head coach Andy Reid. They should win 10 games.

10. Indianapolis Colts- Can QB Andrew Luck avoid a sophomore slump?

9. Cincinnati Bengals- It’s time for the Bengals to finally win a playoff game.

8. Houston Texans- Is WR DeAndre Hopkins the final piece to the Texans playoff puzzle?

7. Baltimore Ravens- Joe Flacco’s gamble paid off big time this offseason but this will be a vastly different Ravens team on the field in 2013 than the one that hoisted the Lombardi Trophy last year.

6. New England Patriots- It’s been a very busy offseason for the Patriots. The top five receivers for the Patriots last season won’t be on the field for the team’s opening game.

5. Atlanta Falcons- The Dirty Birds finally recorded a playoff win with Matt Ryan under center last year. Can they advance to the next level in 2013?

4. Green Bay Packers- QB Aaron Rodgers brings too much to the table.

3. Seattle Seahawks- The rich got richer in this year’s draft. A serious challenger to the Niners for the division title.

2. San Francisco 49ers- Can the Niners return to the Big Game in 2013? History is stacked against them.

1. Denver Broncos- If Manning stays healthy, this could be the team to beat in 2013.




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