THE POINT: To rank each of the NFL’s 32 teams based on performance, perception and potential rather than merely by record.

THE PANEL: Our 10-man committee consists of:

Joe Bendel, 970 ESPN, Steelers Radio Network; Tim Benz, 105.9 The X, Steelers Radio Network; Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 970 ESPN, Steelers Radio Network; Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News; Jeff Legwold, Denver Post; Cole Pepper, Studio Host Jaguars Radio Network; Mike Prisuta, WDVE, 970 ESPN, Steelers Radio Network; Jon Saraceno, USA Today; David Todd, 970 ESPN, Steelers Nation Radio; Matt Williamson,

THE PROCESS: Each panelist ranks the teams from No. 1 to No. 32. Teams receive one point for their spot in the rankings (the No. 15 team gets 15 points, etc.). An aggregate score is compiled from the 10 ballots and the teams are stacked in reverse order, with the lowest score achieving the No. 1 ranking and the highest score checking in at No. 32.

THIS WEEK’S POLL: The Houston Texans are No. 1, but the designation isn’t unanimous (Bendel and Dulac opted for San Francisco, Saraceno tabbed Atlanta No. 1).

The panel also disagreed on the NFL’s worst team, as the Cleveland Browns (five), New York Jets (three), Kansas City Chiefs (one) and Jacksonville Jaguars (one) were all so designated.

The Steelers check in this week at No. 15 after being ranked as high as No. 11 (Prisuta) and as low as No. 21 (Benz).


No. 1- Houston Texans (7)-13

No. 2-Atlanta Falcons (1)-24

No. 3-San Francisco 49ers (2)-29

No. 4-Baltimore Ravens-48

No. 5-Arizona Cardinals-60

No. 6-New England Patriots-65

No. 7-Green Bay Packers-74

No. 8-Philadelphia Eagles-91

No. 9-Chicago Bears-95

No. 10-San Diego Chargers-104

No. 11-New York Football Giants-109

No. 12-Cincinnati Bengals-111

No. 13-Denver Broncos-118

No. 14-Minnesota Vikings-132


No. 16-Dallas Cowboys-169

No. 17 -Washington Redskins-171

No. 18-Seattle Seahawks-176

No. 19-St. Louis Rams-199

No. 20-Detroit Lions-202

No. 21-Buffalo Bills-215

No. 22-Carolina Panthers-222

No. 23-New York Jets-241

No. 24-Tampa Bay Buccaneers-245

No. 25-New Orleans Saints-252

No. 26-Miami Dolphins-265

No. 27-Oakland Raiders-268

No. 28-Tennessee Titans-271

No. 29-Kansas City Chiefs-279

No. 30-Indianapolis Colts-281

No. 31-Jacksonville Jaguars-291

No. 32-Cleveland Browns-307