2016 NFL Power Rankings: Preseason Edition

Who is the team to beat in the NFL this year according to the analytics?

Every year, all 32 NFL teams begin the season with an unblemished record, but not all of them truly begin on equal ground.

Which teams do our algorithms think are legitimate contenders based on their nERD scores -- the expected point differential against an average opponent -- entering the 2016 season?

Let's find out what the numbers -- nERD and our points-above-expectation-level metric, Net Expected Points (NEP) -- have to say about the upcoming season.