NFL Power Rankings: Which teams improved the most this off-season?

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Thursday May 4th, 2017

All 32 NFL teams will say they got better this off-season, and as much as we poke fun at that cliché this time of year, all 32 NFL teams are probably right.

Most contracts are engineered to allow teams to cut bait just as players stop adding value, as evidenced by the roster attrition that takes place just before the new league year opens. Add in the fascination with tinkering shared by fans and front offices alike, and you have talent churn en masse, usually for the better. The teams looking to climb the standings (or maintain their place at the top) know the success of their transactions only matters relative to the success of their opponents’ moves—they need to beat the curve, or else they’ll end up treading water at best.

So with free agency and the draft settled, who beat the curve this year? This off-season edition of Power Rankings sets the pecking order heading into the summer and recognizes the teams that made the most significant upgrades since the lights went down on Super Bowl LI.

32
32Cleveland Browns
2016 Record: 1–15
Beat the curve.
31
31Chicago Bears
2016 Record: 3–13
Didn’t beat the curve.
29
29Los Angeles Rams
2016 Record: 4–12
Didn’t beat the curve.
28
28Jacksonville Jaguars
2016 Record: 3–13
Beat the curve
26
26Cincinnati Bengals
2016 Record: 6-9-1
Didn’t beat the curve.
25
25Philadelphia Eagles
2016 Record: 7–9
Beat the curve. According to Philly.com
24
24Baltimore Ravens
2016 Record: 8–8
23
23Los Angeles Chargers
2016 Record: 5–11
Beat the curve.
22
22New Orleans Saints
2016 Record: 7–9
Didn’t beat the curve. this gif from two years ago
20
20Carolina Panthers
2016 Record: 6–10
Didn’t beat the curve.
19
19Buffalo Bills
2016 Record: 7–9
Beat the curve.
18
18Minnesota Vikings
2016 Record: 8–8
17
17Arizona Cardinals
2016 Record: 7-8-1
Didn’t beat the curve
15
15Houston Texans
2016 Record: 9–7
Beat the curve.
14
14Indianapolis Colts
2016 Record: 8–8
Beat the curve.
13
13Seattle Seahawks
2016 Record: 10-5-1
Didn’t beat the curve.
12
12Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2016 Record: 9–7
Beat the curve.
11
10
10Miami Dolphins
2016 Record: 10–6
Didn’t beat the curve.
9
9Tennessee Titans
2016 Record: 9–7
Beat the curve.
7
7New York Giants
2016 Record: 11–5
Didn’t beat the curve. Sunday Night Football
6
6Pittsburgh Steelers
2016 Record: 11–5
Didn’t beat the curve.
5
5Oakland Raiders
2016 Record: 12–4
Didn’t beat the curve.
3
3Atlanta Falcons
2016 Record: 11–5
Beat the curve.
2
2Dallas Cowboys
2016 Record: 13–3
Didn’t beat the curve.
1
1New England Patriots
2016 Record: 14–2
Beat the curve.
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