• They lost only twice all of last year, so what's stopping the Panthers from topping our season-opening Power Rankings? Other than the 31 teams with designs on that No. 1 spot, of course.
By Chris Burke
September 07, 2016

Football. Finally.

The 2016 NFL season arrives Thursday to dominate the sports landscape and TV ratings for the next five months or so, culminating in Super Bowl 51 on Feb. 5, 2017. Which teams will be left standing for that final game in Houston? Who will be this year’s surprise?

The first regular-season Power Rankings of the year begins sorting it all out:

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