14. Houston Texans
-The Texans are so interesting because they could be great. Honestly, there is an idea floating around that a new OC combined with no WR1 for the defense to focus on, could allow Deshaun Watson to make a presnap read and trust it instead of trying to take as many risks.
However, there is another scenario where Watson has lost his security blanket and now he will have no one to throw it to when he is panicking in the backfield. Then that leads to more sacks, more hits, a much worse offense, and more pressure on a bad defense.
I tend to think that the second option is the most likely, but Watson has earned the benefit of the doubt even if Bill O’Brien hasn’t.
13. Cleveland Browns
-How can I put a team that has so many weapons on both sides of the ball, any lower than this in these power rankings? It seems like the Browns did exactly what they were supposed to this offseason by bolstering the offensive tackle position and now it is all on Baker Mayfield to thrive.
The linebackers on the team aren’t anything to be excited about and neither are the safeties, but those positions don’t make a defense. What makes a defense is EDGE and CB, and they have plenty of talent there.
Now, can they beat the Steelers and Ravens? That is where the question gets tougher.