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NFL preview: San Francisco 49ers top The Tribune's power rankings

Published September 9, 2012 12:21 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

1) San Francisco 49ers • Unyielding defense, and added offensive weapons, too.

2) Green Bay Packers • The most explosive offense in the league.

3) New England Patriots • With Brady will always have a chance.

4) Dallas Cowboys (1-0) • Road win at the Giants was huge.

5) Denver Broncos • AFC West is there for the taking.

6) Chicago Bears • NFC North should be fun.

7) Baltimore Ravens • The defense ages another year

8) New Orleans Saints • Despite losses, still has Drew Brees

9) Pittsburgh Steelers • May not be the same team.

10) Houston Texans • Has three of the best offensive weapons in the league.

11) Philadelphia Eagles • Could this finally be the season?

12) New York Giants (0-1) • Secondary looked vulnerable.

13) Detroit Lions • Could struggle to make postseason.

14) San Diego Chargers • Can they get off to good start?

15) Atlanta Falcons • Always good, but never good enough.

16) New York Jets • Only great defense keeps them this high

17) Seattle Seahawks • Could be a sleeper playoff pick.

18) Cincinnati Bengals • Green on his way to being top wideout.

19) Carolina Panthers • The year of Newton?

20) Oakland Raiders • Slowly building

21) Washington Redskins • Offensive line is a mess.

22) Tampa Bay Buccaneers • Has to prove it offensively.

23) Buffalo Bills • Had a great start in 2011, then bottomed out.

24) Jacksonville Jaguars • Jones-Drew is back in the fold.

25) Minnesota Vikings • Could be in for a rough season.

26) Tennessee Titans • Has encountered issues.

27) Arizona Cardinals • Quarterback spot is a mess.

28) St. Louis Rams • Is Sam Bradford a good player?

29) Cleveland Browns • Weeden is the man.

30) Miami Dolphins • Had a soap opera-like offseason.

31) Indianapolis Colts • There's hope in Luck.

32) Kansas City Chiefs • Anemic on both sides of the ball.