ESPN put out their first batch of power rankings, and your Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles top the list.
As it should be, yes? The Birds return most of their championship squad minus a few defensive starters, and the question marks surrounding the team heading into the season opener have more to do with injury and less to do with overall talent. Sure, you need to find a slot corner and somebody has to assume the weakside linebacker role, but this is pretty much the same group that won it all half a year ago.
Here’s the rest of the top ten:
There are some familiar names at the top of the preseason NFL power rankings. pic.twitter.com/oKFYaHLHOi
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 15, 2018
Hmm.. mostly accurate, I guess. You could make a case for the Rams in the top five based on what that roster looks like. The Packers are ranked too high just because they have the league’s best quarterback. The Chargers in the top ten might be a stretch. Maybe KC/Carolina/Tennessee sneaks in there. ESPN has those teams ranked 11, 12, and 14, with the Cowboys at 13 overall. The Texans round out the top 15.
A few more top ten lists –
I haven’t come across a power rankings list that doesn’t have the Birds at #1. Of course, it’s not like these lists mean anything, but it’s at least interesting to see how national outlets are viewing the Eagles as we near the season opener.