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NFL Power Rankings: Defending Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks claim the top spot in Week 1.

By Chris Burke
September 03, 2014

The 2013 NFL season was an unusual one in that the balance of power did not shift all that much from start to finish. Yes, a few teams tumbled unexpectedly (Houston was No. 6 in our post-Week 1 Power Rankings, only to finish 2-14), and a few others exceeded expectations (Carolina and Arizona sat Nos. 26 and 28, respectively, after 0-1 opens).

But the Seahawks, Broncos, 49ers and Patriots -- the four teams that participated in the division-title round -- all maintained consistent spots atop the NFL pecking order throughout the season.

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They all are still at or near the top as 2014 opens, too. Will this season hold to form?

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