2012 NFL Power Rankings: Kickoff Day Edition

We begin the season with our first edition of weekly NFL power rankings.

<p> <em style="font-size: 14px; ">Athlon Sports weekly look at all 32 NFL franchises and where they fall in the most recent Power Rankings</em></p>

The NFL season officially kicks off tonight with the New York Giants taking on the Dallas Cowboys. To celebrate, Athlon Sports is bringing you the first of many weekly looks at all 32 NFL franchises and where they fall in the most recent Power Rankings:

2012 Athlon Sports NFL Power Rankings and Team Previews:

1.  (Week 1: SF)
Only question is depth on defense and losing Desmond Bishop hurt. Still led by the best player in the game.

2.  (Week 1: at GB)
Gritty defense packaged with stellar OL and caretaker QB. Home field in the NFC is on the line this Sunday.

3.  (Week 1: MIA)
Health on offense might be the only concern this team should have entering what could be a landmark 2012 season.

4.  (Week 1: at TEN)
Tom Brady has a stacked collection of pass-catchers and the best head coach in the game upgraded the defense.

5.  (Week 1: DAL)
Can the defending champs stay on top of a league with so many questions on defense?

6.  (Week 1: at DEN)
The running game needs to be healthy, but Big Ben and aggressive defense still lead the charge.

7.  (Week 1: CIN)
Will the preseason offensive philosophy translate to the regular season? Only time will tell.

8.  (Week 1: at KC)
Explosive offense could be one of the league's best, so can Mike Nolan improve the defense?

9.  (Week 1: IND)
Jay Cutler and Matt Forte return to the line-up with a loaded defense — which needs a healthy Brian Urlacher.

10.  (Week 1: STL)
Record-setting offense is championship caliber. Has the defense joined the party yet?

11.  (Week 1: PIT)
Could be good enough to earn a bye in the playoffs and has enough holes to finish third in the AFC West.

12.  (Week 1: at NYG)
Might be optimistic for a team with issues swirling all over the roster. Can Tony Romo hold them together?

13.  (Week 1: WAS)
What sort of impact does off-season have on Drew Brees and the Saints playoff hopes?

14.  (Week 1: at CLE)
Michael Vick must stay healthy for this team to make a playoff push. And that has only happened once in his career.

15.  (Week 1: at BAL)
Fundamentally sound, uninpiring team will prove to be very competitive week-in and week-out.

16.  (Week 1: at OAK)
Norv Turner begins a critical season needing a playoff berth to save his job in San Deigo.

17.  (Week 1: NE)
Can sneaky good defensive line make up for young, inexperienced offense in Nashville?

18.  (Week 1: at NYJ)
Defense should be markedly improved, so can offense stay consistent for 16 weeks?

19.  (Week 1: BUF)
You have to have (Tim Tebow) thick skin to pick this team (Tim Tebow) to make the playoffs (Tim Tebow).

20.  (Week 1: at TB)
Will all of that talent translate into wins...or just statistics? The defense should only get better.

21.  (Week 1: at ARI)
Is Russell Wilson ready to lead a team with a developing defense into the playoff mix?

22.  (Week 1: at NO)
The Skins should be better with RG3, but how much better? He needs some help.

23.  (Week 1: SD)
An intriguing team with some upside — if the coaching staff develops quickly.

24.  (Week 1: ATL)
Like the rest of the West: A team with nice pieces and interesting upside but lots of question marks.

25.  (Week 1: CAR)
Josh Freeman and a host of young players will attempt to ease Greg Schiano into pro game.

26.  (Week 1: SEA)
Offensive line issues could end this season before it begins while solid defense is wasted.

27.  (Week 1: at CHI)
Already up a few spots from the preseason due to quick development of stellar rookie class.

28.  (Week 1: at HOU)
A completely non-descript team that will have loads of growing pains. Both on and off the field.

29.  (Week 1: at DET)
The offense should be healthier and more talented, but this team will struggle.

30.  (Week 1: PHI)
Can rookie backfield help the Browns out of the cellar? Only time will tell.

31.  (Week 1: JAC)
All-Day Peterson is back but this team has major issues on defense.

32.  (Week 1: at MIN)
Getting MoJo Drew back was huge, but it will be a long year in Jacksonville.

-by Braden Gall

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