NFL Power Rankings

Scout.com NFL experts recently weighed in and ranked each of the 32 teams from first to worst. Check out which teams are expected to flourish, and which are expected to flop, in 2011.

It seems as if a trip to the NFC Championship game didn't earn the Chicago Bears any respect from the media analysts. Recently, Scout.com publishers individually ranked all 32 teams from first to worst. After tabulating the results, the team that won the NFC North last year, was just one touchdown away from a Super Bowl birth and will be returning almost all of the pieces of a dominating defense, is expected to be the 12th best team in the NFL next year.

Of the four teams to make it to their respective conference championships, the Bears ranked the lowest and were the only team whose average position fell outside the top 10. One publisher even went so far as to rank the Bears 17th in the league. And to top it off, two of the teams Chicago beat last season, the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles, were rated higher.

But such is life for the Chicago organization. Nothing short of a Super Bowl title will earn the Bears any respect from the media. This is nothing new. These rankings, in essence, are just par for the course.

Earning top honors on the list were the Green Bay Packers, followed by their opponent in last year's Super Bowl, the Pittsburgh Steelers, who barely beat out the New England Patriots for the runner-up spot. The New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens round out the top five. And despite drafting Cam Newton with the first pick in the draft, the Carolina Panthers are still expected to reside in the cellar.

Below are the full rankings, which include each team's best and worst individual ranking. Enjoy.


Rank
Team
2010 Record
Win %
Hi Low
1  Green Bay Packers 10-6 .625 5 1
2  Pittsburgh Steelers 12-4 .750 7 2
3  New England Patriots 14-2 .875 10 1
4  New Orleans Saints 11-5 .688 9 1
5  Baltimore Ravens 12-4 .750 11 3
6  Atlanta Falcons 13-3 .813 10 2
7  Indianapolis Colts 10-6 .625 11 2
8  New York Jets 11-5 .688 10 2
9  San Diego Chargers 9-7 .563 16 5
10  Philadelphia Eagles 10-6 .625 16 5
11  Kansas City Chiefs 10-6 .625 16 9
12  Chicago Bears 11-5 .688 17 5
13  New York Giants 10-6 .625 16 6
14  Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10-6 .625 20 9
15  Houston Texans 6-10 .375 28 9
16  Dallas Cowboys 6-10 .375 23 12
17  Detroit Lions 6-10 .375 25 14
18  St. Louis Rams 7-9 .438 30 13
19  Miami Dolphins 7-9 .438 25 17
20  Oakland Raiders 8-8 .500 27 16
21  Seattle Seahawks 7-9 .438 30 15
22  Minnesota Vikings 6-10 .375 31 11
23  San Francisco 49ers 6-10 .375 31 15
24  Jacksonville Jaguars 8-8 .50 32 18
25  Cleveland Browns 5-11 .313 31 18
26  Cincinnati Bengals 4-12 .250 30 13
27  Tennessee Titans 6-10 .375 31 17
28  Buffalo Bills 4-12 .250 31 21
29  Washington Redskins 6-10 .375 32 22
30  Denver Broncos 4-12 .250 32 21
31  Arizona Cardinals 5-11 .313 32 18
32  Carolina Panthers 2-14 .125 32 27


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