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2021 Preseason NFL Overall Team Top 10 Grades/Rankings

Over the last five weeks, we have covered the top offenses and defenses using different categories. For offense, we graded and ranked passing offense, run offense, receivers, run blocking, and pass blocking. On the defensive side of the football, we graded and ranked the top pass-rush, run stop, and pass coverage defenses. The results of each, when combined, provide us with a preseason situational analysis grade for both the offense and defense of every NFL team that we use to determine NFL power rankings, the strength of schedule for all teams, and projected win totals.


About The Analysis

Today's analysis wraps up our total team grades combining pass offense, run offense, receiving, run blocking, and pass blocking team grades with the defensive grades, pass coverage, run stop, and pass rush. The average for each team determines how a team will be ranked heading into the 2021 NFL season.

The Grade Scale

The team grades use the individual player grades to get an average for each category. For offense, it's passing, run offense, run blocking, and pass blocking. As mentioned above, we use pass rush, run stop, and pass coverage for the defense. The scale is a 1 to 10 rating scale, with one being the lowest and ten being the highest. On average, based on preliminary analysis, a grade of 6 to 6.99 is a playoff-caliber position group, or if the entire offensive grade is in the area of 6 to 6.99, that will represent a playoff-caliber offense. A seven or higher average represents a Super Bowl Caliber offense, defense, or position group.


You can find all of our preseason NFL team grades by visiting our beta version of the Team and Player Grade Dashboard.



Top Ten (w/14 Teams Because of Ties) Projected NFL Teams Heading Into 2021

Today's analysis covers the top ten NFL teams using the grades from all offensive and defensive categories that we use to grade every NFL team.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TOTAL TEAM RANK: 1st

OFFENSE: 1st

DEFENSE: 1st


Cleveland Browns

TOTAL TEAM RANK: 2nd

OFFENSE: 2nd

DEFENSE: 6th


Los Angeles Rams

TOTAL TEAM RANK: 3rd

OFFENSE: 7th

DEFENSE: 2nd


Baltimore Ravens

TOTAL TEAM RANK: 4th

OFFENSE: 4th

DEFENSE: *9th (Tied w/Jets)


Kansas City Chiefs

TOTAL TEAM RANK: *5th (Tied w/49ers)

OFFENSE: 5th

DEFENSE: 17th


San Francisco 49ers

TOTAL TEAM RANK: *5th (Tied w/Chiefs)

OFFENSE: 11th

DEFENSE: 8th


New Orleans Saints

TOTAL TEAM RANK: *6th (Tied w/Packers, Steelers)

OFFENSE: 16th

DEFENSE: 5th


Green Bay Packers

TOTAL TEAM RANK: *6th (Tied w/Saints, Steelers)

OFFENSE: 8th

DEFENSE: *13th (Tied w/Colts)


Pittsburgh Steelers

TOTAL TEAM RANK: *6th (Tied w/Packers, Saints)

OFFENSE: 26th

DEFENSE: 3rd


Dallas Cowboys

TOTAL TEAM RANK: 7th

OFFENSE: 3rd

DEFENSE: 23rd


Denver Broncos

TOTAL TEAM RANK: 8th

OFFENSE: 21st

DEFENSE: 7th


Buffalo Bills

TOTAL TEAM RANK: 9th (Tied w/Colts)

OFFENSE: 9th

DEFENSE: 16th


Indianapolis Colts

TOTAL TEAM RANK: 9th (Tied w/Bills)

OFFENSE: 12th

DEFENSE: *13th (Tied w/Packers)


Washington Football Team

TOTAL TEAM RANK: 10th

OFFENSE: 25th

DEFENSE: 4th

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