NFL power rankings: Where do Packers stand entering Week 1?

The Packers have to prove themselves without Aaron Rodgers.
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12. Baltimore Ravens

Is this the year the Ravens get back into Super Bowl contention? Lamar Jackson has an improved receiving corps featuring Mark Andrews, Zay Flowers, Rashod Bateman, and Odell Beckham. If Jackson gets back to his MVP best, the Ravens will be tough to beat.

11. Detroit Lions

Expectations are high for the Lions, who enter the season as NFC North favorites. Can Dan Campbell's team build on their 8-2 finish to last year? The defense should improve, but can Jared Goff replicate last season's success?

10. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars went from 3-7 to the divisional round last season. Trevor Lawrence took a big step, throwing for 4,113 yards, 25 touchdowns, and just eight interceptions. Expectations are quickly rising for the Jaguars. They are the clear favorites in the NFC South.

9. Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers should compete. They have a deep roster powered by a dominant passing attack. But Los Angeles has fallen well short of expectations recently, suffering an early playoff exit last January after missing the postseason three straight years.

8. Dallas Cowboys

Defense wins championships, and Dallas has one of the best in the NFC. While a lot of focus is on the Trey Lance trade, it's the defense that gives the Cowboys a chance of keeping pace with the Philadelphia Eagles.

7. Miami Dolphins

A dominant defense, along with an offense featuring receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, gives the Dolphins every chance of competing in the AFC East. If Tua Tagovailoa stays healthy, Miami can make a deep playoff run.