NFL Power Rankings: 2008 Training Camp edition

Updated: July 21, 2008, 11:13 AM ET
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The official kickoff of the 2008 NFL season still is more than six weeks away, as training camps open this week.

What better time to poll our NFL experts for their updated ESPN.com power rankings, training camp edition?

There were few changes from our 2008 offseason power rankings published in May. The top seven spots remain unchanged.

ESPN.com's Power Rankings
The rankings were determined by a poll of ESPN.com's NFL staff: writers John Clayton, Matt Mosley, Pat Yasinskas, Bill Williamson, James Walker, Kevin Seifert, Paul Kuharsky and Mike Sando; and Scouts Inc. Insiders Jeremy Green and Matt Williamson.

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•  Our vote: Panelist breakdown

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Our experts still maintain that the New England Patriots, despite enduring more Spygate drama in the offseason, reign as the NFL's strongest unit. The Indianapolis Colts and San Diego Chargers are virtually deadlocked just behind the Patriots. The Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars fill out the Nos. 4 and 5 spots, respectively.

The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants still have something to prove to our pollsters, as they remain embedded in the No. 6 slot. The Pittsburgh Steelers are seventh.

Then the poll becomes interesting.

Despite the uncertainty revolving around their quarterbacking situation, the Green Bay Packers moved two steps up the ladder from No. 10 to No. 8. The Seattle Seahawks slipped a peg from No. 8 to No. 9, and the Cleveland Browns bowed from No. 9 to No. 10.

Elsewhere, the Washington Redskins and New York Jets each slipped two pegs.

To take a look at teams entering training camp, we've called upon some of our voting members to provide the team-by-team commentary. Thus, for your reading pleasure, you'll have:

• John Clayton on the AFC East
• James Walker on the AFC North
• Paul Kuharsky on the AFC South
• Bill Williamson on the AFC West

• Matt Mosley on the NFC East
• Kevin Seifert on the NFC North
• Pat Yasinskas on the NFC South
• Mike Sando on the NFC West

Our voters also include Scouts Inc. Insiders Jeremy Green and Matt Williamson.

Sando has a look at how our panelists voted here. Click here to submit your ranking.

(Editor's note: LW indicates each team's ranking last week -- or in this case, our May edition.)

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