Way too early 2024 NFL Power Rankings: Chiefs on top, Packers close gap on 49ers

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Another exciting NFL season comes to an end. The Kansas City Chiefs are back-to-back champions, winning their third Super Bowl in five years.

Green Bay Packers fans didn't know what to expect entering the regular season. Few would've been surprised if the league's youngest roster failed to compete, resulting in a top-five pick. But there was always a chance for immediate success if Jordan Love could prove he was the guy.

And he did, leading the Packers into the postseason before crushing the Dallas Cowboys in the wild-card round.

Love and the Packers aim to close the gap in the NFC next season, opening a new Super Bowl window in Green Bay.

As the page turns to the offseason, we look ahead to where every team stands in 2024.

2024 NFL Power Rankings after Super Bowl LVIII: Packers closing the gap

32. Carolina Panthers

The Panthers finished with the worst record in football, and they now have to watch the Bears draft Caleb Williams with their pick.

31. Tennessee Titans

The future is uncertain in Tennessee without Mike Vrabel and Derrick Henry. Is Will Levis the Titans' long-term answer at quarterback?

30. New York Giants

New York will need to trade up to land one of the top QBs in the draft, but Daniel Jones' contract likely rules that out, regardless. The big question: Can the Giants keep Saquon Barkley?

29. Washington Commanders

The Dan Quinn era is underway in Washington. Which quarterback will the Commanders land in the first round?

28. New England Patriots

What are the Patriots' biggest needs on offense? Everywhere. New head coach Jerod Mayo has a big task ahead of him.

27. Arizona Cardinals

Arizona must strengthen its offensive and defensive lines to compete in the NFC West. Adding a wide receiver should also be a priority.

26. Denver Broncos

Who is Denver's Week 1 starting QB? That's the million-dollar question this offseason.

25. Las Vegas Raiders

Antonio Pierce led an impressive turnaround in the final four games this season, but the Raiders must now find their long-term answer at quarterback.

24. New Orleans Saints

The Saints must clear $83 million in cap space before the start of the new league year. A long road is ahead.

23. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers must add a tackle early in the draft to remain competitive in the same division as Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Cleveland.

22. Minnesota Vikings

What's next for Kirk Cousins? Will the Vikings trade up for a QB? Big decisions await in Minnesota.

21. Seattle Seahawks

Priority number one is to add as much defensive talent as possible for new head coach Mike Macdonald to work with.

20. Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons have several offseason needs, but quarterback is at the top of the list.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs exceeded expectations to make the divisional round. Do they run it back with Baker Mayfield?

18. Chicago Bears

If the Bears get this offseason right, they will soon become serious contenders in the NFC North.

17. Jacksonville Jaguars

Can Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars bounce back in 2024? Improving the No. 22-ranked defense would help.

16. Indianapolis Colts

The Colts lost Anthony Richardson early in the season and still almost made the postseason. They are a team to watch in 2024.

15. New York Jets

Aaron Rodgers' return immediately increases the Jets' position in the rankings, but this team has a lot to figure out before September.

14. Los Angeles Rams

How far would the Rams have gone had they found a way past the Lions? Upgrading the defense is a priority to get back to the Super Bowl in 2024.

13. Cleveland Browns

Cleveland's dominant defense fell apart in the playoffs, but the Browns should remain competitive in the AFC North.

12. Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers are one of the teams to watch in 2024. Can Jim Harbaugh help this team reach its potential?

11. Houston Texans

C.J. Stroud is already one of the AFC's top quarterbacks. Exciting times are ahead for the Texans, who are ahead of schedule in their rebuild.

10. Philadelphia Eagles

It's hard to explain the Eagles' disastrous end to the season, but they should bounce back in 2024.

9. Green Bay Packers

Jordan Love proved he is the Packers' future. With improvements on defense, Green Bay can compete in the NFC next season.

8. Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys remain one of the NFC's top contenders, but the pressure is on Mike McCarthy, who enters the final year of his contract.

7. Miami Dolphins

Miami may need to secure home-field advantage to have a shot at the Super Bowl next season. Their playoff exit to the Chiefs was as disappointing as it gets.

6. Detroit Lions

The Lions proved they were for real. If not for a second-half meltdown, Dan Campbell's team would've shocked the world by reaching the Super Bowl. They'll be tough to beat in 2024.

5. Buffalo Bills

What will it take to overcome the Chiefs in the playoffs? The Bills need to figure out the answer to that question.

4. Cincinnati Bengals

But it's not just the Chiefs that the Bills have to worry about. Joe Burrow's return launches the Bengals back into the Super Bowl conversation.

3. Baltimore Ravens

Was this the Ravens' chance? A lot of key players are set to hit free agency this offseason.

2. San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers have won five straight playoff games against the Packers, but Green Bay still has the most recent Super Bowl win of the two teams.

1. Kansas City Chiefs

When the Niners had to settle for a field goal in overtime, it was game over. Maybe the 49ers should've asked Jordan Love for advice on how to beat the Chiefs.

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