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  • Introducing the Power Poll, as The MMQB staff ranks the 32 NFL teams from first to worst
By Gary Gramling
September 06, 2017

We here at The MMQB are introducing a new approach to power rankings. Rather than relying on one mind to determine the 1 to 32 ranking, every week we will conduct a staff vote among all MMQB/Sports Illustrated NFL staffers for the most definitive ranking of the NFL teams (aside from maybe win-loss records), going by the classic Peter King “if they met on a neutral field in Des Moines...” scale.

So with that, we present the best 32 football teams in the world. As for how the initial vote went: No surprises at the top. And the Jets did make the cut, edging out the Calgary Stampeders.

This week’s voters:

Ben Baskin, NFL Reporter
Andy Benoit, Analyst and Staff Writer
Andrew Brandt, Business of Football Columnist
Chris Burke, NFL Writer
John DePetro, NFL Video Producer
Adam Duerson, Assistant Managing Editor
Jacob Feldman, NFL Reporter
Gary Gramling, Senior Editor
Jonathan Jones, Staff Writer
Kalyn Kahler, Editorial Assistant
Peter King, Editor-In-Chief
Robert Klemko, NFL Writer
Bette Marston, Senior Producer
Mark Mravic, Executive Editor
Tim Rohan, NFL Writer
Tom Taylor, NFL Technology Columnist
Jenny Vrentas, Senior Writer

Last year: 14–2, Super Bowl champions

First-Place Votes: 14

Lowest-Place Vote: Second (3)

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 541

Week 1 Opponent: vs. Kansas City (Thursday Night)

Last year: 10–6, NFC North champions

First-Place Votes: 3

Lowest-Place Vote: Sixth

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 509

Week 1 Opponent: vs. Seattle

Last year: 11–5, AFC North champions

Highest-Place Vote: Second (5)

Lowest-Place Vote: Fifth

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 499

Week 1 Opponent: at Cleveland

Last year: 11–5, NFC champions

Highest-Place Vote: Second

Lowest-Place Vote: Ninth

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 485

Week 1 Opponent: at Chicago

Last year: 10-5-1, NFC West champions

Highest-Place Vote: Second (3)

Lowest-Place Vote: 13th

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 484

Week 1 Opponent: at Green Bay

Last year: 13–3, NFC East champions

Highest-Place Vote: Second

Lowest-Place Vote: 12th

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 440

Week 1 Opponent: vs. N.Y. Giants

Last year: 12–4, AFC West champions

Highest-Place Vote: Second

Lowest-Place Vote: 12th

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 438

Week 1 Opponent: at New England (Thursday)

Last year: 12–4

Highest-Place Vote: Fifth (2)

Lowest-Place Vote: 14th

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 437

Week 1 Opponent: at Tennessee

Last year: 11–5

Highest-Place Vote: Seventh (2)

Lowest-Place Vote: 15th (2)

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 381

Week 1 Opponent: at Dallas

Last year: 9–7

Highest-Place Vote: Seventh

Lowest-Place Vote: 18th

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 350

Week 1 Opponent: vs. Oakland

Last year: 9–7, AFC South champions

Highest-Place Vote: Fifth

Lowest-Place Vote: 22nd

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 340

Week 1 Opponent: vs. Jacksonville

Last year: 9–7

Highest-Place Vote: Eighth

Lowest-Place Vote: 21st (2)

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 336

Week 1 Opponent: vs. L.A. Chargers (Monday)

Last year: 9–7

Highest-Place Vote: 11th

Lowest-Place Vote: 19th

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 330

Week 1 Opponent: at Miami

Last year: 8–8

Highest-Place Vote: Seventh

Lowest-Place Vote: 23rd

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 307

Week 1 Opponent: vs. New Orleans (Monday)

Last year: 7-8-1

Highest-Place Vote: Fifth

Lowest-Place Vote: 24th

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 304

Week 1 Opponent: at Detroit

Last year: 6–10

Highest-Place Vote: 10th

Lowest-Place Vote: 23rd (2)

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 280

Week 1 Opponent: at San Francisco

Last year: 10–6

Highest-Place Vote: 10th (2)

Lowest-Place Vote: 24th (2)

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 277

Week 1 Opponent: vs. Tampa Bay

Last year: 7–9

Highest-Place Vote: Ninth

Lowest-Place Vote: 25th

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 273

Week 1 Opponent: at Washington

Last year: 9–7

Highest-Place Vote: 11th

Lowest-Place Vote: 23rd (2)

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 243

Week 1 Opponent: vs. Arizona

Last year: 5–11

Highest-Place Vote: 14th (3)

Lowest-Place Vote: 26th

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 235

Week 1 Opponent: at Denver (Monday)

Last year: 8–8

Highest-Place Vote: 13th

Lowest-Place Vote: 28th

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 225

Week 1 Opponent: at Cincinnati

Last year: 8-7-1

Highest-Place Vote: 11th

Lowest-Place Vote: 26th

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 206

Week 1 Opponent: vs. Philadelphia

Last year: 6-9-1

Highest-Place Vote: 15th

Lowest-Place Vote: 27th

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 199

Week 1 Opponent: vs. Baltimore

Last year: 7–9

Highest-Place Vote: 13th

Lowest-Place Vote: 26th

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 196

Week 1 Opponent: at Minnesota (Monday)

Last year: 8–8

Highest-Place Vote: 14th

Lowest-Place Vote: 31st

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 145

Week 1 Opponent: at L.A. Rams

Last year: 4–12

Highest-Place Vote: 20th

Lowest-Place Vote: 30th

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 108

Week 1 Opponent: vs. Indianapolis

Last year: 7–9

Highest-Place Vote: 19th

Lowest-Place Vote: 31st (2)

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 97

Week 1 Opponent: vs. N.Y. Jets

Last year: 2–14

Highest-Place Vote: 24th (2)

Lowest-Place Vote: 31st (3)

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 86

Week 1 Opponent: vs. Carolina

Last year: 3–13

Highest-Place Vote: 25th (2)

Last-Place Votes: 1

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 79

Week 1 Opponent: vs. Atlanta

Last year: 3–13

Highest-Place Vote: 26th

Last-Place Votes: 1

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 67

Week 1 Opponent: at Houston

Last year: 1–15

Highest-Place Vote: 29th (4)

Last-Place Votes: 2

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 55

Week 1 Opponent: vs. Pittsburgh

Last year: 5–11

Highest-Place Vote: 28th

Last-Place Votes: 13

Points in MMQB Power Poll: 24

Week 1 Opponent: at Buffalo

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