NFL Power Rankings – Week 1: Who starts out on top?

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 09: Derek Carr
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 09: Derek Carr /
6 of 16
NFL Power Rankings
NFL Power Rankings /

team. 60. The Minnesota Vikings will again be in contention in the NFC North. They have a very good defense that features pass rushers like Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes is an emerging force in the secondary. On offense they have found a potential star in rookie running back Dalvin Cook. However, the Viking starting offense struggled to score during the preseason. So quarterback Sam Bradford will be under pressure to put points on the board early in the season.. . . Minnesota Vikings. 22

The Philadelphia Eagles will be a better team this season than they were last. Quarterback Carson Wentz will have a year of experience under his belt, so his performance should improve. The Eagles brought in more weapons for Wentz on offense in wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and running back LeGarrette Blount. The Eagles defense should make a jump in 2017 as well. There young stars like defensive tackle Fletcher Cox who has emerged as one of the top interior pass rushers in the league.. . . Philadelphia Eagles. 21. team. 54