NFL Power Rankings Betting
Although power rankings are an integral part of anyone's handicapping arsenal, they not infallible nor the only resource to depend on. Power ratings, regardless of methodology, are compiled and devised by humans. With that comes all of the prejudices and biases that humans have. Power rankings, like any other handicapping tool, are a guide rather than an absolute. For the 2021 NFL season, it comes as no surprise that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Buffalo Bills boast the highest power ratings.
NFL Power Rankings
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers are a +556 choice to win Super Bowl LVI.
2. Kansas City Chiefs: Kansas City is shooting for their third consecutive Super Bowl appearance and is a +459 pick to win Super Bowl LVI.
3. Buffalo Bills: Buffalo fell one win shy of making Super Bowl LV and is a +1369 pick to win Super Bowl LVI.
4. Green Bay Packers: Until the Aaron Rodgers saga is resolved, the Packers' Power ranking should carry an asterisk.
5. Baltimore Ravens: 2019 NFL MVP QB Lamar Jackson and John Harbaugh are on a comeback quest after taking a step back in 2020. Gamblers see the power in the Ravens' rankings with a +1574 price to win the Super Bowl.
6. Cleveland Browns: Following their first playoff season since 2002, we'll discover if the Browns are here to stay in 2021.
7. Los Angeles Rams: Matthew Stafford's arrival as the quarterback has bolstered the Rams rating.
8. Seattle Seahawks: Seattle remains loaded with offensive firepower, but defense remains a drag.
9. San Francisco 49ers: San Francisco's ultimate power rating issue is player health. In 2018 and 2020, injuries wiped out their season. In 2020 good health put the 49ers in the Super Bowl.
10. New Orleans Saints: Jameis Winston inspires no confidence as a quarterback, yet the surrounding keep the Saints in the top ten.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers: The arrival of Najee Harris could be the ultimate game-changer.
12. Tennessee Titans: Tennessee's stock is down after their 2020 playoff flop.
13. Indianapolis Colts: Carson Wentz arrives as the new Colts quarterback, but that hasn't moved the power ranking needle.
14. Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa has bolstered the Dolphins power rating stock.
15. Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Herbert and new head coach Brandon Staley could be moving up quickly in the power ratings and AFC West standings.
16. Arizona Cardinals: Can the Cardinals maintain their defensive leap from 2020?
17. Minnesota Vikings: Minnesota remains the great unfulfilled promise in pro football.
18. New England Patriots: Cam Newton was clearly not the answer at quarterback, and Mac Jones is the ultimate unknown.
19. Chicago Bears: First-round draft pick Justin Fields is the latest great Bears hope as the quarterback. But he is unproven, and the Bears may be a reach.
20. Las Vegas Raiders: Chucky Gruden is yet to move the needle for the Silver and Black.
21. Dallas Cowboys: Jerry Jones media hype machine and a compliant dutiful press can't move the needle on the power rankings.
22. New York Giants: Daniel Jones enters his third season and is under the gun.
23. Atlanta Falcons: New head coach Arthur Smith inherits star quarterback Matt Ryan but not much else.
24. Washington Football Team: Well, someone had to win the putrid NFC East last year. This year coach Ron Rivera gets veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick under center from the Dolphins scrap heap.
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Well, the Eagles and their fans don't have Carson Wentz to kick around anymore. But Jalen Hurts hardly moves the needle.
26. Denver Broncos: Denver has a quarterback they don't want (Drew Lock) and a defense that failed to live up to the 2020 hype.
27. New York Jets: The Zach Wilson era begins at quarterback just as it did three years ago for Sam Darnold.
28. Carolina Panthers: Sam Darnold escaped the Jets for a new start with Matt Rhule and the Panthers.
29. Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow will return from a horrific knee injury to team up with his old LSU classmate, wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase, the Bengals 2021 first-round draft pick.
30. Jacksonville Jaguars: Rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence and head coach Urban Meyer begin an incredible effort to flip the NFL's worst franchise.
31. Houston Texans: Quarterback Deshaun Watson's situation has the entire franchise in flux with a potential legal disaster and his lack of desire to stay.
32. Detroit Lions: Jared Goff is the Rams refugee quarterback arriving at a franchise that can't get out of its own way.
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