Updated: September 3, 2013, 3:16 PM ET

2013 NFL Power Rankings: Week 1


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Ready for some real football? Of course you are.

Week 1 is finally upon us, which means it's time for our voters (John Clayton, Ashley Fox, Dan Graziano, Jamison Hensley, Mike Sando and Kevin Seifert) to take their first crack at separating the contenders and pretenders.

So who's looking the best as things stand now? Russell Wilson and the Seahawks got the nod at No. 1, but it was far from a landslide. The Falcons (No. 2) and 49ers (No. 3) also received at least one first-place vote. The Broncos were a close fourth with a pair of second-place votes.

Does Week 1 have the potential to shake up the order? You bet. The Falcons open at division rival New Orleans (No. 13), so their stay in the top five could be short-lived. The Packers (No. 5) could make headway with a victory at San Francisco. Ditto for the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens (No. 8), who open at Denver.

Without a clear-cut favorite, change could be a constant in 2013. Get ready for a wild 17-week ride.

Note: The comments below are provided by ESPN Stats & Information. Team records are from the 2012 season. "Last Week" refers to the post-draft edition of the Power Rankings.

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Rk(LW)TeamRec
1(1)
Seattle
11-5-0
Russell Wilson and a dominant defense get headlines, but Marshawn Lynch and rookie Christine Michael will give the Seahawks balance. It's Super Bowl or bust in Seattle.
2(4)
Atlanta
13-3-0
The best offensive skill players in the league won't matter if the offensive line struggles. The departures of Todd McClure and Tyson Clabo leave big holes to fill up front.
3(2)
San Francisco
11-4-1
No Michael Crabtree hurts, but Anquan Boldin and rookie Quinton Patton look ready. As for the defense, rookie Eric Reid, Glenn Dorsey and Nnamdi Asomugha join an already fearsome unit.
4(3)
Denver
13-3-0
Missing Von Miller for six games will hurt, especially with Elvis Dumervil in Baltimore. At least the Broncos' offense looks more than capable of picking up the slack.
5(5)
Green Bay
11-5-0
The Packers haven't had a 100-yard rusher in 43 straight regular-season games, more than twice as long as any other team. Is Eddie Lacy or Johnathan Franklin the answer?
6(6)
New England
12-4-0
With Gronk's injury and Wes Welker gone, the Pats' offense rests on Tom Brady's chemistry with undrafted rookies Zach Sudfeld and Kenbrell Thompkins.
7(7)
Houston
12-4-0
How healthy is Arian Foster? Foster's 15 rushing touchdowns led the league last season, but his yards-per-rush average has dropped each year since 2010.
8(8)
Baltimore
10-6-0
Baltimore lost six Super Bowl starters and Paul Kruger on defense, but quietly reloaded. A defensive draft, plus Elvis Dumervil and Daryl Smith, will keep the Ravens' D formidable.
9(9)
Cincinnati
10-6-0
Andy Dalton has to handle the blitz better to win in the AFC North. Dalton was sacked a league-high 20 times facing at least five rushers last season.
10(11)
Washington
10-6-0
Will the Redskins change their offense to protect RG III? Griffin was hit 101 times between sacks and rushes last season, second to Cam Newton among quarterbacks.
11(10)
Indianapolis
11-5-0
New offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton established the run at Stanford to open up his tight ends in the passing game. Expect big things from Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener.
12(12)
NY Giants
9-7-0
As injuries pile up for Big Blue, no unit has been hit harder than the offensive line. Playing without center David Baas and tackle David Diehl will be tough.
13(14)
New Orleans
7-9-0
Rob Ryan wants to bring the blitz back to New Orleans. The Saints sent added pressure on half of drop-backs from 2009-11, most in the league.
14(13)
Chicago
10-6-0
New offensive-minded head coach Marc Trestman has work to do. The Bears' offense has finished above the bottom 10 in total yards once in the past 11 years.
15(15)
St. Louis
7-8-1
With upgrades at tackle, tight end and hopefully wide receiver, how long is Sam Bradford's leash? Bradford has never finished a season above 21st in Total QBR.
16(16)
Pittsburgh
8-8-0
Guy Whimper is the only offseason addition for the Steelers' offensive line, which produced a league-worst 1.7 yards before contact per rush last season.
17(17)
Minnesota
10-6-0
Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record survived Adrian Peterson's onslaught by 8 yards last year. In 2013, it might not be so lucky.
18(20)
Dallas
8-8-0
The defense ranked last in QBR allowed on throws deeper than 10 yards downfield last season. Monte Kiffin's Tampa 2 will help cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne.
19(22)
Kansas City
2-14-0
Andy Reid's Chiefs are more talented than last year's 2-14 record indicates. Top pick Eric Fisher, Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe provide a foundation for offensive improvement.
20(18)
Miami
7-9-0
Ryan Tannehill has a new toy. No player has more receiving touchdowns at least 20 yards downfield since 2009 than new Dolphins wideout Mike Wallace.
21(24)
Detroit
4-12-0
Get in the end zone! Lions receivers were tackled 23 times at or inside the 5-yard line, at least five more than anyone else.
22(19)
Tampa Bay
7-9-0
In a division with Brees, Ryan and Newton, it's no surprise the Bucs upgraded defensive backs. Darrelle Revis, Dashon Goldson and Johnthan Banks will fortify the secondary.
23(21)
Carolina
7-9-0
Panthers running backs are the sixth-most expensive unit in the league, yet QB Cam Newton led the team in rush yards and touchdowns. Carolina needs more from its rushing unit.
24(23)
San Diego
7-9-0
With limited offensive weapons and seven defensive starters gone from Week 1 last season, new coach Mike McCoy faces a transition year.
25(25)
Philadelphia
4-12-0
The Chip Kelly experiment begins with Michael Vick under center. Kelly's Oregon team averaged 20.9 seconds per play last season, four seconds faster than the NFL's fastest team (Patriots).
26(26)
Arizona
5-11-0
Not a good start for the revamped offensive line. Guard Jonathan Cooper, Arizona's seventh overall pick in April, will miss the season with a broken leg.
27(27)
Tennessee
6-10-0
Chance Warmack and Andy Levitre will beef up the Titans' offensive line, but consistency under center is a problem. Jake Locker has never played 12 games in a season.
28(28)
Cleveland
5-11-0
Brandon Weeden had the fifth-worst Total QBR on throws at least 15 yards downfield last year, but new offensive coordinator Norv Turner isn't shy about throwing deep.
29(31)
Jacksonville
2-14-0
The Jaguars ranked 28th in Total QBR and last in QBR allowed last year. Luke Joeckel is a building block for a team with plenty of room for improvement.
30(30)
Buffalo
6-10-0
Jeff Tuel is the starter (for now). Tuel ranked 64th in FBS in opponent-adjusted Total QBR last season at Washington State and gets the Pats in Week 1.
31(29)
Oakland
4-12-0
The Raiders' defense had a league-low 12 sacks with four or fewer rushers last season. That's just one problem of many on both sides of the ball.
32(32)
NY Jets
6-10-0
Muhammad Wilkerson is a bright spot for Gang Green. Wilkerson's 70 tackles last year trailed only J.J. Watt among defensive linemen. Other than that, it's not pretty.

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