Jan 31, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) is interviewed by ESPN reporter Josina Anderson at a press conference at the Marriott New Orleans in advance of Super Bowl XLVII against the Baltimore Ravens. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

1st ESPN Power Rankings Published: Browns #28, Surprise At #1


Aug 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA;Cleveland Browns center Braxston Cave (68), quarterback Brian Hoyer (6), quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) and center Alex Mack (55) take the field before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN has published its first NFL Power Rankings for the 2013 season. Many people look forward to arguing about these rankings Tuesday around noon and today we get to begin. ESPN complies their rankings from their 6 voters and come up with a compilation ranking and comments. Not surprisingly this can be the cause of great debate.

Surprisingly the Seattle Seahawks are ranked #1 to start the season. While the ‘Hawks had a good year last year and a great off-season, the loss of Percy Harvin and the talent around the league makes this ranking seem a little high. They are followed by the Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos and the Green Bay Packers to round out the top 5.

The Browns are ranked #28 just above the Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders and New York Jets at the bottom, in that order, of the rankings. The note next to their ranking states “Brandon Weeden had the fifth-worst Total QBR on throws at least 15 yards downfield last year, but new offensive coordinator Norv Turner isn’t shy about throwing deep.” The San Diego Chargers, Philidelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals and Tennessee Titans are just above the Browns, ranked from 24 to 27 respectively.

Defending Super Bowl Champs the Baltimore Ravens are the highest rated AFC North team at #8.  The Cincinnati Bengals are ranked just behind the Ravens at #9. The Pittsburgh Steelers are ranked at #16, which may be their lowest starting point in many many years.

What rankings did they get right? Where were they way off? Let us know

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