Seahawks, 49ers Top First Edition of 2014 NFL Power Ratings

By: Matty Simo | Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Power Ratings

With the NFL regular season kicking off in three weeks, now is the perfect time to take a look at the first release of the Don Best Advantage NFL Power Ratings from Don Best COO and oddsmaker Kenny White. It's no surprise that the top two teams both reside in the NFC West division, led by the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks in the top spot and the San Francisco 49ers right behind them at No. 2.

The Seahawks (101.5) and 49ers (101) were so close last year that it came down to an incomplete pass from San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the final minute of the NFC Championship Game to decide who would represent the conference in the Super Bowl. Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman had the last laugh, deflecting the throw to 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree in the end zone, resulting in what turned out to be the game-clinching interception by teammate Malcolm Smith.

Sherman and Crabtree had words after arguably the most memorable play of the postseason, and the feud has continued and will likely grow even larger in this fierce rivalry approaching the first regular-season meeting of 2014 on Nov.27 at CenturyLink Field. The teams actually square off twice in three weeks towards the end of the year, so there will definitely be plenty to debate from now until then.

The defending AFC champion Denver Broncos (100.5) are the No. 3 team in White's NFL Power Ratings despite getting thumped 43-8 by the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. The Broncos should be stronger this year with the return of left tackle Ryan Clady, linebacker Von Miller and cornerback Chris Harris from injuries plus the addition of defensive end DeMarcus Ware makes their defense even scarier. One key injury to key keep an eye on though is LB Danny Travathan, who fractured his knee earlier this week and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks (click here to check our latest NFL injury report).

Rounding out the Top 5 in DBA's NFL Power Ratings are the Green Bay Packers (99) and New England Patriots (99), who are currently tied at No. 4. The Packers will face a tough test in the NFL regular-season opener at Seattle (-5.5, O/U 45) on Sept. 4 (click here for updated NFL odds). Green Bay returns to the site of the infamous game-winning touchdown catch by Seahawks WR Golden Tate two years ago and will have the opportunity for revenge with Tate now a member of the Detroit Lions. Meanwhile, the Patriots remain the second-best team in the AFC behind Denver, as QB Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick gun for an impressive 12th AFC East division title in 14 seasons.

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