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NFL Power Rankings: Who's the bozo who doubted Redskins and Texans?

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The last batch of my Power Rankings every year gives me a chance to look back on the first set and see how foolishly wrong I was putting that first set together.

If making myself look bad is entertaining to you, then this topper to the Power Rankings is exactly what you want.

Here are some of the stupid things from my Week 1 Power Rankings:

I had the Cowboys at No. 3, the Colts at No. 5 and the Ravens at No. 7 to open the season. Quarterback injuries to their stars impacted all three teams, especially Dallas with Tony Romo, but that looks bad now.

I had the Washington Redskins at No. 32. Oops. Apologies to coach Jay Gruden and quarterback Kirk Cousins.

I had the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 18 and the Houston Texans at No. 20. They will meet in a wild-card game on Saturday.

The Packers were first in my original set of rankings, and that hasn't played out. They are in the postseason, but far from the best team in the league and more like a team limping into the playoffs.

So laugh it up. That's what makes the NFL so great, the unpredictability of it all -- season-changing injuries included.

The Panthers, Cardinals and Broncos finish the regular season as the top three teams. (CBSSports.com Original)
The Panthers, Cardinals and Broncos finish the regular season as the top three teams. (CBSSports.com Original)

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Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and is the self-anointed star of CBS Sports' show, Eye on Football. When he's not watching game tape, you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.
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