It’s that time of year again. Opening week for the NFL. AFter polling writers from Bustasports we came up with the first NFL Power Rankings for the season. Each writer tackled a different division. Check back every Tuesday during the season to see the updated Power Rankings.

1. Green Bay Packers (0-0) First place votes-4: The Packers return the top offense from last season with an improved defense. After spending their first six picks in the draft on defense, Green Bay should improve from one of the worst defensive units last year. Even if they are only an average defense it should be enough to hold onto the leads that the explosive offense led by Aaron Rodgers will give them. (Darryl Fetz)

2. New England Patriots (0-0) First place votes-2: The Patriots offense is one of the three best in the NFL, right there with the Green Bay Packers’ and New Orleans Saints’. For as good as they were last year, they actually got a significant upgrade when they signed Brandon Lloyd. A deep-threat guy who excels at beating defenders and winning jump balls, Lloyd makes the Pats’ offense that much scarier.  Their defense is actually probably a little below average, but they some instant help with rookies DE Chandler Jones and LB Dont’a Hightower, both taken in the first round. (Garrett Baker)

3. San Francisco 49ers (0-0): While you shouldn’t expect the 49ers to repeat their +28 turnover margin, consistency on offense (a first in Alex Smith’s career) and a starting eleven that return as the best defense in the game should give them the credibility to challenge for the title again. Harbaugh and Roman know how to design a game plan that wins. The additions of Manningham, Jenkins and Moss will finally give Smith the passing options he never had to go along with Crabtree and Davis. (Arif Hasan)

4. Houston Texans (0-0): The Houston Texans are clearly the class of this division, and should easily make the playoffs. Although the defensive unit did lose pass rusher Mario Williams, they did draft Whitney Mercilus to fill his void. The offense does return a health Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson. With a healthy offense and a defensive unit with another year to learn and improve within Wade Phillips 3-4, this team is a serious AFC contender. (Robert Alexander)

5. New York Giants (0-1): The defending champs are already banged up on the defensive front and in the secondary … sort of like last year. They lost their opening game to the Dallas Cowboys, the team they beat on the final Sunday night of the regular season to qualify for the playoffs but should rebound as the season continues. (Phil Watson)

6. Baltimore Ravens (0-0): The Ravens, who will have to overcome some injuries to key players early in the season, will have a great chance to repeat as division champions if their stars, frankly, play like stars. Another factor is the play of quarterback Joe Flacco. Either he will prove his doubters wrong and be a anchor for the team and not a weak point, the success of the Ravens this year will largely be impacted by his play. In the end, the older players on the Ravens will provide the team with a higher level of desperation, which will ultimately lead them to another division crown. (Harry Orbach Miller)

7. Philadelphia Eagles (0-0): Lost in the aftermath of last season’s disappointing 8-8 season was that the Eagles won their last four games. If Michael Vick can stay healthy—a big if—Philadelphia could make a run. Having a happy DeSean Jackson will help Vick a lot as well. (Phil Watson)

8. Atlanta Falcons (0-0): They will win the division with the high powered offense they will put on the field every week. The defense might have some holes in it, but the secondary is even better than last year with the addition of Asante Samuel. Matt Ryan will be able to throw to two elite receivers in Julio Jones and Roddy White, and Michael Turner will show he still has some carries left in him. (Sam Lancot)

9. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0): The Steelers will be competitive as always, with the one issue being their incredibly suspect offensive line, especially when they have a quarterback like Ben Roethlisberger. The experience of the Steelers will help them seal a second place finish in the tough AFC North. (Harry Orbach Miller)

10. Chicago Bears (0-0): The Bears upgraded their offense with the addition of Brandon Marshall this offseason. With Jay Cutler and Matt Forte both returning from injury, the Bears are looking to put a mediocre 2011-12 season behind them. With the Packers as the class of the NFC North, the Bears will most likely be battling with Detroit for a wild-card spot. (Darryl Fetz)

11. Detroit Lions (0-0): The Lions enter the 2012-13 season after coming off their most successful season in years. The offseason was marred by four different players being arrested a total of seven times, but none were starters from last year. The Lions are currently the bad boys of the NFL, and they’re style of play doesn’t seem to be changing the image. If Detroit can steal a few games from the Bears and Packers look for them to be a sleeper heading into the postseason. (Darryl Fetz)

12. Cincinnati Bengals (0-0): The Bengals were a surprise playoff team as they feasted off a weak schedule, this year will show if they are a future powerhouse or that last year was a bluff. Cincinnati plays in the tough AFC North however, so a third place finish behind the Steelers and Ravens looks likely. (Harry Orbach Miller)

13. Kansas City Chiefs (0-0): The top team in the AFC West, probably the most even division in football, is the Kansas City Chiefs.  The Chiefs essentially add four all-stars when they get back Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry, Matt Cassel, and Tony Moeaki.  They add the best right tackle in football, Eric Winston (the man Arian Foster has been running behind) and a 1000-yard rusher in Peyton Hillis to form a two-headed monster in the backfield. Derrick Johnson will lead the defense up front and Berry will lead one of the best secondaries in the NFL. (Jacob Frankel)

14. New Orleans Saints (0-0): All the drama aside, this is a talented team. They will start strong out the gates, but the lack of coaching will ultimately ruin the season. Drew Brees is still among the best, but this is just too much of a hurdle for any team to make. They will finish second in the division, but will end the poorly, leaving the teams long term future up in the air. (Sam Lancot)

15. Dallas Cowboys (1-0): Tight End Jason Witten is questionable for the next few games after a lacerated spleen (sounds uncomfortable). If Witten misses any time, it would be the first time Romo would be without his Pro Bowl tight end. Dallas addressed defensive needs in the offseason; a good thing considering they are in a division with Eli Manning, Michael Vick and Robert Griffin III. (Phil Watson)

16. Denver Broncos (0-0): Any team with Peyton Manning taking the snaps will certainly be contender.  The Bronco’s talented receivers finally have an accurate signal caller and are poised for a break out year.  The defense will be bringing Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller off the edge and Champ Bailey leads an inexperienced secondary.  The biggest question with this team is how Manning’s neck holds up. (Jacob Frankel)

17. Buffalo Bills (0-0): The Bills defense got a big jump when they signed Mario Williams to lead their pass rush. Last season the Bills stormed out of the gates only to sputter as the season wore on. But it was revealed that Ryan Fitzpatrick had injured his ribs but continued to play, which obviously made a big impact on the team’s performance. With a healthy Fitzpatrick, Buffalo should make a strong playoff push. (Garrett Baker)

18. Seattle Seahawks (0-0): The ‘Hawks have perhaps the most underrated defense in the league—they allowed as many yards per play as San Francisco and the New York Jets, while also grabbing the fourth most interceptions in the NFL. Surprisingly good offseason additions to the defense, as well as the emergence of the bottom of the receiver corps could push this team over the edge. If Baldwin continues to develop and Rice stays healthy, this team will easily challenge for a wild card spot, or even the division. (Arif Hasan)

19. Tennessee Titans (0-0): This team, while talented in most areas, is in somewhat of a rebuilding mode after now handing the reins to quarterback Jake Locker. Being Lockers’ first year as the full time starter, you can expect the offense to have some inconsistencies at times. Hopefully for them, having a healthy (and in prime playing shape) Chris Johnson should offset some of the problems they run into. The defensive line seems primed for another solid year, especially with the addition of defensive end Kamerion Wimbley. (Robert Alexander)

20. San Diego Chargers (0-0):  The San Diego Chargers start another season with Norv Turner (why?!?) as the head coach.  Philip Rivers awful season may have been a complete fluke but with the way this Chargers offensive line is looking and without his number one target, I wonder if Rivers will be able to redeem himself. (Jacob Frankel)

21. Carolina Panthers (0-0): Cam Newton won’t be the phenom he was as a rookie, but the Panthers won’t need him to be. The team looks to have developed on both sides of the ball, and rookie Luke Kuechley will emerge as the leader of the defense. They will shock a few teams on the way to a .500 record, just barely behind the Saints. (Sam Lancot)

22. New York Jets (0-0): The Jets are kind of a laughingstock at this point. Mark Sanchez is the quarterback, except when Tim Tebow is in there to run whatever strange play Rex Ryan & co. have drawn up. They have an average defense, and rely on Santonio Holmes, Dustin Keller, and Shonn Greene to be big playmakers. Things don’t look too bright for the Jets right now. (Garrett Baker)

23. Washington Redskins (0-0): Evan Royster is listed at the top of the depth chart at running back but not even he is convinced he will start against the Saints in Week 1. The RGIII Era begins in Washington (or Landover) with high expectations but Cam Newton be damned, rookie quarterbacks still face an uphill climb in the NFL. (Phil Watson)

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0): This team made some good signings in the offseason, namely Vincent Jackson and Carl Nicks  and brought in a great safety in rookie Mark Barron, but it won’t all come together this year. New head coach Greg Schiano has already started to leave his mark on the team, but it is a work in progress. The team will flash, but is at least one year away from seriously competing for the division title. (Sam Lancot)

25. Oakland Raiders (0-0): Seven coaches in the last ten years certainly is not a recipe for success and it certainly shows with this undisciplined Raiders team (most penalties in NFL last year).  They did not do much to improve lackluster secondaries or receiving corps, which are probably the fastest in the NFL but cannot catch the ball or stay with their man in coverage. (Jacob Frankel)

26. St. Louis Rams (0-0): The most expensive rookie deal in history has allowed an average quarterback to emerge with an aging running back, a mediocre receiver corps and an extremely thin line. The defense is starting players who could crack the 53-man squad, and no matter how well Long and Laurinaitis play, they can’t make up for players like Quintin Mikell and Rocky McIntosh. They may have made away like bandits with their Redskins trade, but it will take at least a year before any of those rookies emerge as impact players, especially with the injury to first-round pick Brockers. (Arif Hasan)

27. Indianapolis Colts (0-0): Exit Peyton Manning, enter Andrew Luck. While Luck has looked impressive during the preseason, he is still a rookie, and therefore prone to inconsistent play and growing pains during his first year. A rebuilt offense does not offer very many weapons besides college teammate Coby Fleener and aging Reggie Wayne. The defense, under their first season as a 3-4, has many players playing out of place, and could go through a tough season trying to turn themselves into a viable, top notch unit. (Robert Alexander)

28. Minnesota Vikings (0-0): The Vikings have many young weapons to build around, but don’t look for the improvement to happen this year. With the exciting Joe Webb and Christian Ponder at quarterback paired with Percy Harvin at receiver and Adrian Peterson returning this season from injury the Vikings have speedy weapons on offense. Unfortunately for them, they play in the NFC North, with three possible playoff teams. (Darryl Fetz)

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-0): The Jaguars have made improvements, but still have a long way to go. 2nd year quarterback Blaine Gabbart looked much improved during the preseason, having more weapons to throw to, such as free agent acquisition Laurent Robinson, and first round draft pick Justin Blackmon. The downside to their offseason was the ongoing holdout of Maurice Jones-Drew. While MJD has reported, nobody can clearly predict how soon it will take him to get into 100% playing shape, and if he can get back to his elite level he has been the past couple years. The defense could struggle with no real playmakers on the unit. (Robert Alexander)

30. Arizona Cardinals (0-0): The Cardinals have only one option on offense, and that’s to have the quarterback of the week throw to Larry Fitzgerald. That won’t be enough, with Floyd—circus catch or not—buried on the depth chart behind Andre Robert and Early Doucet while a returning Ryan Williams teams up with Beanie Wells to run behind the worst offensive line in football. Even with Campbell, Dockett, Washington and Wilson, the Cardinals ranked 20th in yards per attempt and yards per carry last year. They have to do better than that if they want to make up for an anemic offense that ranked 24th in points per game. (Arif Hasan)

31. Cleveland Browns (0-0): There will be three teams battling for the divisions titles and postseason births in the AFC North, while the Cleveland browns will once again be stuck in the cellar. With a rookie starting quarterback and running back, they simply aren’t ready to compete with the big boys of the NFL. Cleveland’s defense should improve this year but it won’t be enough to make up for their offensive growing pains. (Harry Orbach Miller)

32. Miami Dolphins (0-0): It’s pretty close between Miami and the New York Jets, and they’re both pretty bad teams. Miami has a first year head coach, rookie quarterback, and a dismal receiving corps. But they can run the ball, and they have a pretty good front seven, so that should keep them in games. Tannehill has a lot of talent, and if he plays well, they could win six games this year. (Garrett Baker)