POWER RANKINGS WEEK 1
Every week of the season, The Augusta Chronicle's Ray Beasock will rank the pro teams.
1. New England: Looked like the same efficient team Thursday.
2. Philadelphia: T.O. will get the ball, no matter how hard he tries to mess things up for the team.
3. Atlanta: If Vick stays healthy and improves as a passer, they'll be very dangerous again.
4. Indianapolis: Corey Simon helps the defense, but Peyton gives them a bigger edge.
5. Pittsburgh: Will Big Ben hit the sophomore jinx? Will the running game stay healthy?
6. Carolina: Their defense should be No. 1, and Stephen Davis' return is almost complete.
7. Minnesota: Daunte Culpepper will still put up big numbers.
8. Baltimore: Defense will keep the Ravens near the top.
9. San Diego: 12 wins will be tough in a division with some of the most potent offenses.
10. Kansas City: Derrick Johnson's arrival on defense is big, but he can only do so much.
11. Jacksonville: Could be the big mover this year, especially if Fred Taylor can stay healthy.
12. Arizona: Quarterback Kurt Warner has big-game ability.
13. Denver: Can Jake Plummer finally shake his inconsistency?
14. Oakland: Getting Randy Moss and LaMont Jordan should elevate Kerry Collins' game.
15. New York Jets: Chad Pen- nington's shoulder is a concern.
16. Buffalo: The defense is great, but J.P. Losman needs to be worth the investment.
17. St. Louis: The offense keeps you awake and the defense makes you want to go to sleep.
18. New Orleans: Hurricane Katrina's effects could motivate or hinder them greatly.
19. Seattle: Matt Hasselbeck and the receivers are inconsistent.
20. Cincinnati: Carson Palmer and the defense keep improving.
21. Dallas: Revamped defense could produce a lot of pressure.
22. Green Bay: Offense remains lethal, but the Packers have to hope losing starters on the offensive line won't slow them.
23. Detroit: It's now or never for Joey Harrington.
24. Tampa Bay: Finally have a 25-carry-per-game back, and the defense is always at the top.
25. Houston: The Texans can make a big jump, but will they?
26. Chicago: Can Kyle Orton transfer his college success to the pro level?
27. Washington: The quarterback situation is the biggest thing holding it back.
28. Tennessee: Steve McNair can't stay healthy, and neither can the running backs.
29. New York: Tiki Barber is one of the NFL's best backs, but he can't get the ball the entire game.
30. Miami: Nick Saban's next step is to find a quarterback.
31. Cleveland: Romeo Crennel will have defense ready, but they might not be able to perform.
32. San Francisco: It can't get much worse by the Bay.
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