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2009 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on: February 5, 2009 3:44 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2009 7:28 pm
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The NFL season may have just ended, but for my first official blog I would like to give a preview of next years NFL. I will give you my pre-season NFL rankings. Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Steelers for winning the Superbowl, by the way.

         Pats1211 2009 NFL Power Rankings

1. Pittsburgh Steelers - The Steelers just won their 6th Super Bowl, and they are the fvorites to win a 7th next year. They have the best defense in the country, and Big Ben has evolved into probably the 3rd best QB of this era.

2. Carolina Panthers - Last year the Panthers dominated with the run, and that is exactly what they are going to do this year. Jonathan Stewart is now a more experienced back, which will make him even more deadly, especially in a 1-2 with DeAngelo Williams. Look for the Panthers atop the NFC next year.

3. Philadelphia Eagles - If you saw how the Eagles were able to end the year, then you know why I put them up here. I think that the Eagles will pick up some key free agents, and have a great draft. Expect them to knock the Giants off their perch in the NFC East.

4. New England Patriots - The Patriots didn't make the playoffs, but they showed they could come a tiebreaker away without a starting QB, not to mention losing Rodney Harrison, Adalius Thomas, and other members of the defense. Look for another good draft, and for the Patriots to make the playoffs with Tom Brady or with Matt Cassell.

5. Arizona Cardinals - After making it this far this year, we all know Arizona is a threat. I predict both Boldin and Warner will end up staying, so they will another dominant passing attack. They will use the off-season to patch up some serious holes on the defense, and will make a run deep into the playoffs, especially with the less-then-stellar NFC West.

6. New York Giants - Th Giants are a great all around team, and with the return of Osi Umenyiora, they will be great. I do not expect them to let Plaxico Burress to return though, and I don't think Eli Manning can do as well without him in the starting lineup.

7. Tennessee Titans - After a great season last year, I don't think the Titans will be quite so great again. Their "smash" (LenDale White) could not seem to be productive at the end of the year, and I don't think a young Chris Johnson could handle the entire runnung game by himself. The defense will be good, but not good enough to take them to the Super Bowl.

8. Baltimore Ravens - The Ravens will give the Steelers some serious competition in the north. Joe Flacco looked great last year, so imagine how good he will be this year. The defense will be steallar again, and I predict Ray Rice will be a great help in the running game.

9. Atlanta Falcons - Mike Vick who? Atlanta can bearly remember their fomer #1 draft pick. Nowadays it is all about Matt Ryan. Ryan can throw the ball much more acurately, and is the type of QB the Falcons need. Michael Turner will be back carrying the load and leading them to victory.

10. Indianapolis Colts - Many of you would expect them much higher, but I think the loss of Tony Dungy will hurt them. They will still make the playoffs though, with Peyton Manning throwing to Reggie Wayne all over the field. The defense is doing great as of late, and they could make a serious run in the playoffs.

11. Minnesota Vikings - Adrian Peterson seems to be the only bright spot for the Vikings. Their QB, whether Tavaris Jackson or Gus Frewrotte, is not a franchise QB, and their star defensive players get fined and into trouble. Look for a great personel change though, that will let them take over the north.

12. Chicago Bears - At one point last year, it looked like Chicago had a great QB in Kyle Orton, but then he got hurt and wasn't the same when he came back. Matt Forte is great, but will not be able to support this team, especially when thir defense is not how it once was.

13. Miami Dolphins - After a great season, 11-5, to come back from their horrendous 1-15 season, I do not think they will be able to have repeat results in 2009. People will be ready for them and the Wildcard now, so look out Ronnie Brown. They will make a run for the playoffs, but ultimately I see them on the outside looking in.

14. Denver Broncos - Finally someone from the AFC West., although it isn't who you might expect. I think that with new coach, Josh McDaniels, the Broncos will do great. Jay Cutler will work well with the new coach, and they will have an easy time winning the not-so-tough AFC West.

15. Green Bay Packers - Even though they wre 6-10 last year, I think the Packers will be much improved. Aaron Rodgers will be even better, and Ryan Grant can carry the load.

16. Washington Redskins - The Redskins are a good team, they just have to find a way to put all of the pieces together. Look for Clinton Portis to be back at the top of his game in 2009.

17. Houston Texans - The Texand did great last year, going 8-8 out of the blue. They had one of the most dominating offenses in the NFL, and Mario Williams is going to get better year after year. Steve Slaton was the best rookie running back last year, even better then C. Johnson and M.Forte. Kevin Wlater and Andre Johnson are great receivers, and they will definitely improve their holes on defense.

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Buccaneers fans are still crying after their 4 game collapse last year. This years record will be close to the same, but around the same all year.Nobody, not Jeff Garcia or anyone will get this team into the playoffs.

19. Dallas Cowboys - Ya, I know the Cowboys are probably the most talented team, but they don't have the teamwork. Their whole team is all about ME, and Philips is a bad excuse for a coach. Their is too much talk on camera and not enough on the field.

20. Kansas City Chiefs - With new GM Scott Pioli, the Chiefs will be much improved, and overtake the Chargers in the West. I think Tony Gonzalez will stay, and it doesn't matter whether or not they keep Larry Johnson.

21. New Orleans Saints - The Saints are good, but they don't have the defense. They are in a now tough NFC Southy, and they will have to play the AFC East. They will have Drew Brees moments of greatness, but no playoffs.

22. San Diego Chargers - After just squeaking into the playoffs, I dont think the Chargers can accom[plish anything this year. Philip Rivers is all mouth, and Ladanian Tomlinson is not as good as he once was. You might say Darren Sproles can fill that gap, but I dont agree. Only the Raiders finish lower in the West.

23. Jacksonville Jaguars - I can't explain why, but they will continue last years slumps. Maurice Jones-Drew and Fred Jones make a great 1-2, and David Garrard is a good QB, but they cant get it done.

24. San Francisco 49ers - Frank Gore is the bright spot of this team, and for success they will have to build there team around him. Unless they have a good off-season, they will end up near the bottom.

25. Buffalo Bills - The slump from last year continues. The Bills will only be able to beat the Jets in the east, and wont be able to compete with the NFC South. Sorry Biils, but I got no love for you.

26. Seattle Seahawks - This team has question marks all over the field and will not amount to much. They ight win a few games but not much.

27. Detroit Lions - Yup they aren't last, and they are going to win a game, actually about 4! The off-season will improve their team greatly, and they will be after almost every hot free agent. They dont have too tough of a schedule, and they are going to have a party after every win. Conbgratulations Detroit fans, you are going to win a game!

28. Cleveland Browns - In a tough NFC North, what can you expect from this team. They have to get ready for the future, instead of trying to bring in guys to get to the Super Bowl right away.

29. New York Jets - I know they went 9-7 last year, and I have them pretty low, but they are not going to be a great team. They will lose Brett Favre, or if he stays he will play like crap. The AFC East is good, and they have to play the NFC South.

30. Oakland Raiders - Unfortunately, Tom Cable will not get the time he needs to rebuild this team. It is going to take time, but Al Davis is going to fire anyone who wins less then 8 games.

31. Cincinatti Bengals - Not much too say. They need serious help, and not even /chad Johnson will be able to help them

32. St. Louis Rams - Marc ?Bulger is not a great QB, and Steven Jackson is the only good player. 1 or 2 wins is all to expect from this team.

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Since: Nov 19, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2009 2:36 am
 

2009 NFL Power Rankings

Let's see here.
Bengals lay out the Ravens and the world champion Stealers.
And you have them predicted at 31!!!
Somebody should be feeling pretty stupid about now.
I need your paycheck.



Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2009 3:20 pm
 

2009 NFL Power Rankings

I use power rankings every week during the NFL season and I wanted to reach out to some of the best power ranking writers.  My website ) is launching nationwide in time for the 2009 NFL season and I would love to know what you and your readers think of it.  Briefly, it's a great "add-on" league for anyone who plays fantasy football but also a great game for those who have said "I love the NFL and would love to play fantasy football but never have the time."  Please let me know what you think.  Thanks!  Dean



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: May 31, 2009 1:37 am
 

2009 NFL Power Rankings

Clever insult, if the Chargers are going to suck so bad though then they will at least be better then the colts only having brought back a healthier roster then the one that has sent Peyton home with a frown on his face time and time again. 
Early playoff exits for the Colts are on sale at the Chargers box office, get em while there hot ;)



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2009 1:57 am
 

2009 NFL Power Rankings

The Rams last? I will bet you on that one. Put your money where your mouth is jackass.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2009 1:55 am
 

2009 NFL Power Rankings

The Rams last???? I will bet you on that one. Put your money where your mouth is jackass.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2009 1:52 am
 

2009 NFL Power Rankings

You have the Rams last. That's ok. We were rated last in 1999, and look what happened!!!!!! One of the greatest NFL teams of all time!! We love being underdogs!!! GO RAMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2009 1:03 am
 

2009 NFL Power Rankings

My Top 5:

#1 Eagles
#2 Steelers
#3 Patriots
#4 Giants
#5 Titans/Colts
     (too close to call)

Giants look good again, yeah they lost a few players. But Osi's back. Tuck is good. Plax is gone, but they got players.

Patriots have Tom Brady and Randy Moss now with Fred and Joey Galloway. And all those rookies, looking good.

Eagles had the BEST off-season. Peter is great. They brought in other OL, and Maclin with DeSean and westbrook has help. Along with Ellis Hobbs there now. Daaang i wish Dawkins was still there tho.

Steelers lost too much to repeat. Foote, Washington, McFadden. The OL has been weak, and not McFadden gone theres wholes in the corners. They'll still be good but not a repeat team.


ALSO the Saints are looking good!!! Thomas and Bush rushing. Brees is Brees. Vilma is looking good, Sedrick Ellis and there DL and now Malcom Jenkins, they'll be another good team this year.



Since: May 20, 2009
Posted on: May 23, 2009 5:35 pm
 

2009 NFL Power Rankings

I think you did a pretty good job but for a few problems.  You have the panthers way too high, Jake Delhome will kill any chance of the Panthers have of being a top 5 team.  You have Kansas City too high also, they might have new GM but Todd Haley isn't the answer at coach.  Their defense still sux.  You have Seattle to low, with the additions of Hushminzadah their offense will improve big time, Hasselback will have a solid season and they have a good defense.  The Jets are also ranked too low, they have a top 5 defense, a real nice running game and nice receivers,  If they hold strong at quarterback they will make playoffs easy.  Other than that I think you did good.



Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2009 11:59 pm
 

2009 NFL Power Rankings

Um... By looking at how the playoffs are actually set-up, where 6 in the AFC get in, and 6 in the NFC get in, The Dolphins would actually be in the playoffs through your rankings and the Bears would be out.



Since: May 11, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2009 9:36 pm
 

2009 NFL Power Rankings

surprise team: Bears and dolphins both around 10-6
Worst: oakland (lots of uncertiny among staff)
Superbowl winner: Pats, steelers, new york, maybe panthers (depending on coaching)

Obviously this was posted before the Bears traded for Cutler, The Bears now have, hands down, the best QB in the division.

Discounting the Bears will be a huge mistake for any team that has to play them (or any fans that bet against them). With the addition of Cutler, the massive upgrading of the O-line (including the addition of Pace, Omiyale, Shaffer, as well as their #1 draft pick from last season, OT Williams finally getting to play after sitting out last year due to back surgery) and the Drafting of Iglesias, Forte will run at will and easily surpass his phenominal rookie season. Hester will continue to build on a very successful WR improvement of last year, where he doubled his production from the year before (w/ Orton throwing to him, no less), and Olsen will make the leap to top 5 scoring and rec’g TE in the league. Iglesias and at least one other drafed WR will make an impact with Cutler throwing to them.

Defensively, the Bears aren’t as old as everyone says they are. Urlacher is getting a bit long in the tooth (but he’s still only 30 and still has a couple good seasons left in him), and that’s about it. They drafted good back-up/starter material for Hillenmeyer, and excellent competition on the D-line. Gilber will be an animal. Don’t forget the upgrade at D-line coach; Marinelli. This should be a huge help to getting Harris back to top form. Briggs was an animal last year and in his prime, as are Vasher and Tillman at corners. Saftey is a concern, but with lots of competition now to fill that one hole.

Special teams? The Bears have the best ST’s in the division, if not the league.

And finally, as of this past weekend (5/2/09) at theMGM Grand in Vegas, the Bears are 7/2 odds to win the NFC championship. Those would be the best odds of any of the other teams in the conference. Someone in Vegas is paying attention.

Bears should be ranked fourth

thats 4 in nfl.



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