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2009 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on: February 5, 2009 3:44 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2009 7:28 pm

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.

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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: Jan 30, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2009 7:28 pm

2009 NFL Power Rankings

1. Pittsburgh Steelers. Returning champions which now have the advantage of playing the leagues secondest easiet strength of schedule next year, compared to last years hardest strength of schedule. They will be the favorites to win their 7th Lombardy trophy.

2.New England Patriots. As much as I hate to admit it, anything is possibly when Brady is playing healthy. And with the franchise tag put on Cassel, it looks like New England has a plan A and plan B.

3.New York Giants- If Eli needs to gets a #1 receiver, whether Burress comes back or not. They must get the running game all figured out with Ward and Jacobs but another championship run seems obtainable

4. Carolina Panthers- two words.... Steve Smith

5. Baltimore Ravens- Flacco had a great rookie season, depending on where most of the linebackers (Lewis, Suggs, Scott) end up, this Raven team good be a top contender in the AFC

6. Arizona Cardinals- Supposedly the Cards are offering Warner 10-12 million a year, is it me or does that seem a bit steap?

7. Miami Dolphins- This young team must build around its star players. Miami is very dangerous when it gets momentum

8. Philedelphia Eagles- They always seem to be contenders year in and year out, but the second I personally start to route for philly (like against Arziona) they find a way to lose.

9. Tennessee Titans- Talented group of players in their defensive line and running backs.  However because Bullock blew his nose in the Terrible Towel last season then proceded to stomp on it, they are gonna get punched in the mouth when they meet Pittsburgh...mark my words

10. Indianapolis Colts- How do you replace a legendary coach? You cant, you hire someone else and hope for the best.  Indy will once again be contenders, but Manning with have some scheduling conflicts w/ TV commercials/ads/not funny sketches

11. Atlanta Falcons- They need to build off their success they had during the end of last season.  The way they played towards the end of the season (in week 14+15) showed their will and desire to win.

12.Minnesota Vikings

13. Green Bay Packers

14. San Diego Chargers

15. Dallas Cowboys

16. New York Jets

17. Denver Broncos

18. Seatlle Seahawks

19. Jacksonville Jaguars

20. Washington Redskins

21. Chicago Bears

22. San Francisco 49ers

23. Cleveland Browns

24. Houston Texans

25. New Orleans

26. Buffalo Bills

27.Tampa Bay Bucs

28. Kansas City

29. Cincinatti Bungholes

30. Oakland Raiders

31. Detroit Lions

31. St Louis Rams


Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2009 10:48 am

2009 NFL Power Rankings

I think the rams need a little more credit than you are giving them. they may not deserve it but  need it. they won two games and where in many more until their usual fourth quarter/ 2nd half meltdown. the rams have moved on and healing well after the removal of the tumor also known as jim haslett. with the new regime and the entire team focusing on one thing they should get 5 or 6 wins.if they replace bulger with a qb with a clue the may go 500...... atogwe rules. 

Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2009 4:11 pm

2009 NFL Power Rankings

This is pretty good stuff, but there is a bit of uncertainty at the top of your rankings. Steelers at number one is a no brainer, but after that it gets pretty cloudy, because we don't know what going to happen in free agency let alone the draft.

Carolina: Peppers is rumored to want out of Carolina. Delhomme is starting to get to age where you dont know what to expect from him. Jordan Gross will get offers from several teams, can the Panthers match them. If they lose Gross, Williams and Stewart are all of a sudden less effective. If they lose Peppers, that whole defense will likely suffer and who knows how Delhomme will play next year, especially after that horrific game he put up against AZ.

Eagles: A unique situation on offense for them as they have a lot of promise for the future(DeSean Jackson, Jason Avant, Shawn Andrews, Brent Celek) and also a lot of uncertainty because of age and inconsistency(Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook, Reggie Brown, and Jon Runyan). They're defense should be fine given their free agency situation and defenseive coordinator. Eagles in the top 5 is a pretty safe bet.

Patriots, Giants, Titans, and Cardinals is where things begin to fall apart for me. Sure, if they keep everything together, they'll be amoung the best in the league, but I doubt they all will. Giants will likely not have Plax and will probably lose either Brandon Jacobs or Derrick Ward. Its hard to think the Pats won't be in the top 5-7 next year simply because their coach is Bill Belichick, but even so their defense is huge question mark and hows their QB situation going to be. Titans are probably the team that has the most to lose this offseason if they make the wrong decisions. If Haynesworth leaves and they screw up on their QB decision, they could fall into the cellar in the AFC but if they keep it all together they are super bowl contenders again. Cardinals, super bowl or not, were a 9-7 team last year, so even if they bring everyone back(Karlos Dansby, Kurt Warner, Anquan Boldin) they still figure to be a middle of the pact team. And if they do lose those players, they could win games with Leinart, Fitz, Arrington, Breaston, a good pass blocking O-Line and a defense that makes plays..especially in the NFC West.

I think I would put the Falcons and Ravens above the Cards and because I think CArolina will lose some players, I'm droppin them outta the top 10. But we'll have to see what happens in the offseason before any of this makes sense.


Browns: Brady looked alright last year, Braylon can have as many drops as he did last season and remember he was hurt last season, I think they'll find a better option in the offseason at RB, and when their defense is healthy they make plays and can stop some teams(Ex: Completely outplayed the Giants on monday night in 08). Plus, all their talent on D is young up-and-comers: Brandon McDonald, Eric Wright, Sean Jones, D'Qwell Jackson.

Bills: The core players on the team should all be back. Trent Edwards, Marshawn Lynch, Lee Evans, Marcus Stroud, Puz, Terrance McGee, and Donte Whitner. If they stay healthy, add some playmakers on offense, and some depth on the defense this team could get to the playoffs and make a deep run when they get there.

Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2009 11:34 pm

2009 NFL Power Rankings

who is this tactowngiant guy? not having the steelers below number 1 is dumb...they are the superbowl champs, and will be returning with the same put them #1 simply out of respect...and stop bringing up the giants game that happened in what week 8? where the giants in the week of the superbowl?

Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2009 7:11 pm

2009 NFL Power Rankings

Yea i see these power rankings every year and every year the same teams that did good last year are on top in the power rankings but that is just nothow it works im sure u didnt have the steeler and cards 1 and 2 last year and u probally said the titans, falcons and ravens were in the bottm half. I think the pats are way to high, we have no idea how brady's return is going to end up and cassel will lead them to the bubble of the playfoffs again. The homer in me has to let it be known that the Seahawks are far to low, we were very injured, 9 starting Wr's.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2009 5:11 pm

2009 NFL Power Rankings

Here's where I disagree with your rankings:

Saints at 21 - and here are several reasons why:
1) The Saints finished 8-8 with two starting CB's and a quality nickel CB on IR, a starting caliber DT on IR, a quality reserve DT on IR, Bush missed what, 6 games, Grant missed several as well.
2) Everyone's healthy with the possible exception of McKenzie
3) Coupled with all of the injuries, 6 of the Saints losses were by a TD or less. 3 of those losses were because of a bad kicker situation that has since been corrected.
4) Greg Williams as DC will improve the win total by 2 games BY HIMSELF.

My prediction for the Saints: 11-5
Probable Wins: Tampa, Carolina, Detroit, Atlanta, Dallas (we've owned them the last few seasons), Jets, Bills, Redskins, Rams
Potential Losses: Carolina, Atlanta, New England
Toss-ups: Jets, Dolphins, Eagles, Tampa

I don't see the AFC East being as tough this year as in years past. Miami will regress a bit, Favre will throw 40 picks, the Bills will be an 8-8 team (take a look at how the Saints held down Peterson, Tomlinson and Portis last year).

Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2009 4:36 pm
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Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2009 3:44 pm

2009 NFL Power Rankings

Typical childish Patriot fan.

That's funny.

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2009 1:58 pm

2009 NFL Power Rankings

No real surprise on the upswing on your list, you step out on a downside limb with the Cowboys and Chargers, both of which I can certainly see, but otherwise your picks are very similar to last seasons final numbers.  The last 6-8 years is all about some cow dung team coming from nowhere to win their dividion or go to the SB ala Cards.

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2009 1:35 pm

2009 NFL Power Rankings

All I can say it that it silly to even put together something like this list now.  There are no favorites in the NFL at this time of year.  No one knows how the draft will go, or where free agents will land.  Perfect have the Panthers #2, yet they are going to lose Peppers for sure, there is a chance they will replace Jake Delhomme, and Mushin Muhammed may be gone.  All three were key players this year.  You have no respect for the AFC East, the Bills will be a much better team next year, another year of grooming for Trent Edwards and tehy are a scary team, the Jets are certainly not going to set the world on fire, but they are better than more than 3 teams, no matter who is playing QB.  The Chargers will be a dominant team again next year, too much talent on that team for them be bad again. 


Again though I will repeat, its a silly thing to create a list like this now. 

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