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Power Rankings: Hungry? Time to set the table

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Updated Aug. 16

I know you missed the NFL during the lockout, like a dieter misses pizza.

But I know what you really missed was my CBSSports.com Power Rankings. Just admit it.

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With no league activity, and no players changing teams until the past couple of weeks, we haven't had a batch of rankings in a while.

Now that camps have opened and NFL teams have played one preseason game, it's time to rank them 1-32. Some will say, why rush? It's just a good time to set the table for the season.

Don't read into these rankings and try to figure out my playoff picks or Super Bowl teams. That will come later. These rankings are as of right now.

A lot can change. We will have injuries, as sad as that is, that will impact the seasons of some teams. So it's far too early to call any team a "dream team," like some are calling the Philadelphia Eagles.

It's also way too early to pick the team that will have the right to take Andrew Luck next April.

This is just a start, a way to give you a taste of what's to come every Tuesday during the regular season: My power rankings, the one column that angers the readers more than any other.

The NFL is back.

Go ahead, let the venom go. It's that time again.

I know you've been waiting to strike.

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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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