Looks like we're going to pick up right where we left off following ESPN's post-draft rankings -- the New England Patriots are No. 1 and the Atlanta Falcons are No. 2 in ESPN's preseason Power Rankings. Now, to find out where teams fall in at which position after the Super Bowl LI teams go 1-2, it's best to keep reading.Here's how ESPN's power panel (a group of more than 80 writers, Bart Starr Jerseyseditors and TV personalities) voted in the preseason version of the Power Rankings. ESPN Stats & Information research contributed the following information.

Also, ESPN's NFL Insiders answer the big questions: Which team is most overrated, and which is most underrated?

Look back at our post-draft Power Rankings here and our post-free agency Power Rankings here.

The defending champions may have only gotten better this offseason with the additions of Brandin Cooks, Stephon Gilmore and Kony Ealy. The team is poised to make Tom Brady the second 40-year-old quarterback to start a playoff game, Aaron Rodgers Jerseysjoining Brett Favre in 2009.

The Falcons' offense is still as potent as it was last season, Clay Matthews Jerseysand a defense that relied heavily on rookies and finished 27th in points allowed in 2016 could see big improvements. A return to the Super Bowl isn't out of the question, Randall Cobb Jerseysand ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI) trends that way as well, giving Atlanta the sixth-best odds of making the big game.

Things are quiet in Seattle right now. Eddie Lacy JerseysMaybe a little too quiet? This could be bad news for the rest of the NFL, as a healthy "Legion of Boom" could stop a trend of three straight seasons for the Seahawks' defense allowing more points than the year before.

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Lisa moved back to Mankato 8 years ago after 16 years away criss crossing the country with her husband who was in the U.S. Coast Guard. Although neither she nor her husband are Mankato natives, the region always felt like home which is why they decided to raise their four children here. Lisa works at KEYC News 12 on special segments such as Thrive! (a local health segment) and Hometown Business Connection (a local business segment). She is also Editor of Connect Business Magazine and has her own freelance writing/voiceover business, Good Life Publishing LLC (lisacownie.com). Community service is important to her; she is president-elect of Greater Mankato Rotary, on the Advisory Board of Dream Closet, a Cavalier for Greater Mankato Growth, and a member of the executive board for Mankato West Booster Club. She looks forward to serving on the Lasting Imprints board.

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