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

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 09: Derek Carr
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NFL Power Rankings
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The Cincinnati Bengals managed to finish just 6-9-1 last season after going 12-4 and winning the AFC North in 2015. However, they may have added enough talent to get back into contention for the division title this season. Particularly on offense where through the draft, they took running back Joe Mixon in round 2 and wide receiver John Ross in the round 1. Both add speed and play making ability in the passing game for quarterback Andy Dalton along with star receiver A.J. Green. On defense, linebacker Vontaze Burfict will be suspended for the first three games of the season, but the defense should be able to weather the storm until he returns.. . . Cincinnati Bengals. 16. team. 56

team. 32. The Arizona Cardinals have quality talent on both side of the ball. They have arguably the best running back in the league in David Johnson. His skills not only as a runner but as a receiver gives quarterback Carson Palmer a great weapon out of the backfield. Larry Fitzgerald is still a great receiver and along with John Brown who brings the deep threat. On defense, the Cardinals have a great set of pass rushers in Chandler Jones and Markus Golden. Patrick Peterson is a top cornerback and when healthy Tyrann Mathieu is a big time play maker. The Cardinals will make a run at NFC West title.. . . Arizona Cardinals. 15