Vito Stellino's power rankings

August 30, 1996

1. Dallas: Still the best if it ever get its team on the field.

2. San Francisco: The 49ers have everything but a running back.

3. Green Bay: The Packers are the popular choice this year.

4. Buffalo: This is a last-hurrah year for the Bills' old guard.

5. Pittsburgh: The quarterback is the big question mark.

6. Kansas City: The Chiefs will be the regular-season champions.

7. Detroit: Lions would be even better with a real coach.

8. Atlanta: Jeff George is playing for a big contract.

9. New England: Bill Parcells will go out a winner.

10. San Diego: Bobby Ross changed the team's attitude.

11. Denver: John Elway always makes the Broncos dangerous.

12. Washington: Terry Allen, not Gus Frerotte, will carry Redskins.

13. Philadelphia: The lack of talent catches up with Ray Rhodes.

14. Indianapolis: The Colts should have kept Ted Marchibroda.

15. Cincinnati: Ki-Jana Carter, Garrison Hearst boost running game.

16. Miami: Jimmy Johnson no longer has Emmitt Smith.

17. Ravens: Overrated in Cleveland, underrated in Baltimore.

18. Chicago: Bryan Cox can't make that much difference.

19. Tampa Bay: The Bucs will improve under Tony Dungy.

20. Houston: The Oilers will find it tough being a lame-duck team.

21. St. Louis: Steve Walsh isn't the answer at quarterback.

22. New Orleans: Jim Everett isn't, either.

23. Oakland: Al Davis has lost his touch.

24. Seattle: It's time for Rick Mirer to step up.

25. New York Jets: The Jets prove you can't buy a winner.

26. New York Giants: This is Dan Reeves' swan song.

27. Minnesota: Warren Moon will start showing his age.

28. Arizona: The Cardinals always lose.

29. Carolina: Still an expansion team.

30. Jacksonville: See above.

Pub Date: 8/30/96

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