Looks like we're going to pick up right where we left off following ESPN's post-draft rankings -- the New England Patriots are No. 1 and the Atlanta Falcons are No. 2 in ESPN's preseason Power Rankings. Now, to find out where teams fall in at which position after the Super Bowl LI teams go 1-2, it's best to keep reading.Here's how ESPN's power panel (a group of more than 80 writers, Danny Trevathan Jerseyseditors and TV personalities) voted in the preseason version of the Power Rankings. ESPN Stats & Information research contributed the following information.
Also, ESPN's NFL Insiders answer the big questions: Which team is most overrated, Kyle Long Jerseysand which is most underrated?
The defending champions may have only gotten better this offseason with the additions of Brandin Cooks, Stephon Gilmore and Kony Ealy. The team is poised to make Tom Brady the second 40-year-old quarterback to start a playoff game, joining Brett Favre in 2009.
The Falcons' offense is still as potent as it was last season, Jordan Howard Jerseysand a defense that relied heavily on rookies and finished 27th in points allowed in 2016 could see big improvements. A return to the Super Bowl isn't out of the question, and ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI) trends that way as well, giving Atlanta the sixth-best odds of making the big game.
Things are quiet in Seattle right now. Walter Payton JerseysMaybe a little too quiet? This could be bad news for the rest of the NFL, as a healthy "Legion of Boom" could stop a trend of three straight seasons for the Seahawks' defense allowing more points than the year before.
The Steelers aren't opposed to resting players during preseason, so who knows if we'll see Ben, Bell, Brown and Bryant on the field at the same time until Week 1. But those Killer B's have the Steelers with the second-best odds at making the Super Bowl in the AFC.
One of the biggest question marks at camp so far has been Mason Crosby's accuracy in the kicking game. Alshon Jeffery JerseysOn the surface that might sound like small potatoes, but keep in mind, Crosby's leg saved the Packers last postseason with multiple late 50-yard field goals.