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NFL Power Rankings

Posted on: May 31, 2009 2:21 am

1. New England Patriots - Two words. Tom Brady, and hes baaaack. He's not alone either, welcome vetrans Fred Taylor and Joey Galloway to the offense. Along with a younger defense in the draft. They had 4 2nd round picks. Also drafted 4 DTs in the draft. Bodden, Springs, and Butler will do fine at corner. The Pats are the real deal... again.

2. Philadelphia Eagles - Amazing Offseason. Jason Peters, Ellis Hobbs then Maclin and McCoy in the draft. Dont forget 5 rounders Ingram and Harris. The Eagles are going to have a deep dynamic offense and a solid defense. Tough divison.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers - You rebuilt your O-Line a little. But you lost McFadden, Washington, and Foote. Hopefully your secondary can step it up. Last year rookies Mendenhall and Sweed are looking for playing time. Big Ben is getting better every year.

4. Indianapolis Colts - You lost Dungy, thats big. But your still ok. You brought in Donald Brown he'll do good. If you can establish some running game and your defense stays healthy your set. I mean you have Peyton Manning.

5. New York Giants - Plaxico is gone. Theres about 5 WR who can play, someone must step it up. Nicks and Hixon look good. Jacobs is a beast. Your DL with Osi back is going to be amazing. Michael Boley is going to be good. Your front 7 is amazing. If Eli can put it together and get some WR involved your going to be set.

6. Arizona Cardinals - Your team last year + McFadden (cb) and Beanie Wells. You lost very little. No matter what Anquan does your going to be one of the best offenses.

7. Baltimore Ravens - Your looking good. Your lost Bart Scott. Oher was a good pick. Bringing in LJ Smith, Domonique Foxworth, Chris Carr, and Fabian Washington brings depth into your secondary. Flaccos in his 2nd year. Ray is getting older, is he the same Ray? Your looking like another strong season in Baltimore.

8. Tennessee Titans - Haynesworth < 100Mil. Theres 4 DT that are going to rotate and do better than Haynesworth. LenDale White and Chris Johnson will dominate. An improved passing game with the additons of Kenny Britt, Jared Cook, and Nate Washington will help. One of the best OL around. If the defense can dominate like it has the last few years look for a deep(er) playoff run.

9. Atlanta Falcons - Ryan will be lights out. Turner also. Improved OL. Young defensive players added but your secondary is looking a little weak now. But I still think your going to great in the NFC.

10. San Deigo Chargers - Two main guys are back from injuries Shawne Merriman and LaDainian Tomlinson if they can return wow. Your drafted Larry English who is very dynamic. What happened to Cromartie last year. If your players play how expected look for a completely different season that last year.

11. Chicago Bears - Jay Cutler is going to be great. Hes happy. He has some targets : Hester, Davis, Iglesias, Olsen, and Bennett (college bud). Recently signee Pisa Tinoisamoa adds an even stronger LB. Your defense is always solid. Forte will be great. Your looking good not to mention your have the easiest schedule.

12. New Orleans Saints - Drew Brees is great. Its up to Reggie to show what he can do if not Pierre Thomas might take over. As for defense you added Malcom Jenkins and Jabari Green and dont forget vetran safety Darren Sharper. You look like a surprise team this year but your on my radar.

13. Carolina Panthers - Everyone has the Panthers as a top 5 team, I don't see it. Yes theres DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart which everyone thinks is the best rushing game well its actually #4. Delhomme is 34/35 now. Steve Smith is great, Mushy is old. Jarrett is looking better. Lost a couple players in your secondary and Julius Peppers wants out. Your LBs are solid. I still see you as a good team but not an elite team.

14. Minnesota Vikings - Adrian Peterson is amazing, duh. Your WR are getting great Berrian, Harvin, Rice, and Wade the bad thing is you have Rosenfels who is too much of a risktake and a wannabe Vick in Jackson. Sharpers gone and can the Williams (DTs) stay out of trouble? Lucky that you have the 2nd easiest schedule.

15. Washington Redskins - Improved Defense with Haynesworth and Brian Orakpo along with a great secondary all around. Portis is always good. You have some young targets in Thomas, Kelly, Mitchell, and Davis can they step up. Hows Jason Campbell going to do or does Todd Collins get another chance... Colt Brennan? Chase Daniel?

16. Dallas Cowboys - T.O. is gone. Roy Williams and Witten its up to you. Romo can you even play without T.O? Barber / Felix are going to be great. Besides DeMarcus Ware your defense is weak.

17. Houston Texans - Your young, and doing better every year. Mario Williams, Steve Slaton, Andre Johnson, DeMarco Ryans and company are good. Your in a tough divison and your schedule is hard. Going to make a playoff push. Give it one more year and your set.

18. Green Bay Packers - Ryan Grant might be a fluke. Aaron Rodgers did pretty good. Im still not set on GB doing well. With the Vikings and Bears improving so much can you keep up?

19. Buffalo Bills - T.O. = N.O. He's going to do fine. But Lee Evans dont say a word all year. If you catch a ball your going to get yelled at. Lynch will miss some games. And your defense stepped up last year and will again. Look for a late playoff push.

20. Seattle Seahawks - Matt Hasselbeck is always hurt. Your defense has got a leader now in Aaron Curry. Your looking better but with an older OL and a QB whos always hurt its still going to be hard.

21. New York Jets - New Coach thats all defense. Sanchez I think is a bust. He started like 15 college games and had 3 good ones. Coles is gone, Thomas Jones will do alright. Bart Scott and Gholston might work well. Need some time tho.

22. Miami Dolphins - Wildcat + Pat White o my. To bad the DCs know its coming. And you have the hardest schedule. Your going to have trouble this year.

23. San Francisco 49ers - QB is wack. Gore is always hurt. Crabtree will do ok, Vernon Davis STEP UP. Your defense is looking nice tho.

24. Kansas City Chiefs - Cassell is going to make changes. Larry Johnson/Charles can run. Dwayne Bowe to throw too. You had a young offense and brought in two vetran LB, Thomas and Vrabel.

25. Cincinnati Bengals - OchoCinco is going to be mad. You added Coles. Your defense is still wack. Palmer is always hurt, and whos your RB?

26. Denver Broncos - You got help you needed on defense. But then you trade Dre Bly. You got a young D. And your starting QB is Orton, and is Marshall going to stay out of trouble. Moreno will be great.

27. Jacksonville Jaguars - MJD is now your #1 back, thats alot of wear and tear. Torry Holt is old and is not the savor. Garrard isn't so hot. Your defense is just ok. Also in a tough divison.

28. Oakland Raiders - DHB + McFadden + JaMarcus = Young Core. You have some offense, your D is slacking beside the best corner on the league. You'll sneak some wins.

29. Detriot Lions - Your going to win, finally. Lets name some new players: Stafford, Pettigrew, Delmas, Jon Jansen (OL), Bryant Johnson, Ronald Curry, Julian Peterson, Larry Foote, Phillip Buchanon,Eric King, and Anthony Henry. Along with the freak, Calvin and Ernie Sims your rebuilding starts out well. Good luck Jim Schwartz.

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Your in so much trouble you can't even sell your season tickets. Your GM is already talking about blackouts. You have 3 aveage QBs and 3 average RBs. Winslow is still unproven. And you let go of Derrick Brooks. Going to be a long season.

31. St.Louis Rams - Re-Building Stage is now. Your have Marc Injury Bulger. Rebuilding your oline. You release Holt, Pisa, Pace. You've added some young keys. Steven Jackson will still have a decent year. But you wont win more than 3 games.

32. Cleveland Browns - You dont even know your QB. Braylon Edwards and Shaun Rodgers want(ed)out. No longer have a TE. Jamal Lewis is getting old. I can't even name 3 players on your D.

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Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2009 11:36 am

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Don't need Kool Aid to figure out who the best team is.  The same team that has been the best team since 01, the same team that didn't lose but 1 game two years ago ( on  A FLUKE) and the same team who was only one game worse than the eventual SB champs, despite suffering the most injuries including the best player in the game, and substituting a QB who has barely played in 7 years.  All improvements that teams make in the offseason are just paper moves until they prove how good they were on the field.  That being said, the Patriots look to have improved thier weakest area this offseason ( CB), why wouldn't they at least be in the mix? 

Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: June 30, 2009 11:17 am

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How can the Patriots be first i mean they are good and all but look at who they got at quaterback i mean a guy who "may" never come back. Look at all the other quaterbacks that did the same thing like carson palmer did he was never a beast after that surgery and also look at donovan mcnabb he wasnt "great" last year. Also the patriots got rid of  Matt cassel which means that if Tom Brady sucks this year they will have no back up plan. Because the patriots can not run the ball at all so there is no way they can win it all.

Also Miami at 22 they got the hardest schedule and the wildcat really hurts some teams so if they can keep it up then maybe they can win the AFC EAST AGAIN!!! Also i beleive that Pat White was a fantastic pick for the Dolphins.

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: June 30, 2009 9:34 am

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i am a huge patriots fan ... but you are mistaken.... if i remember right i think philly was about 5 minutes away from a superbowl appeareance last year... if that is not superbowl contending... idk what is

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2009 8:55 am

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Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2009 2:36 pm

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Even being a Browns fan, until the season begins, the Steelers are number 1. I also believe the Chiefs, Rams, Lions, Raiders & Bucs will lose more than my Browns. Wink

Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2009 2:12 pm

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I think the colts might be a little bit further down the list since they lost Dungy, Moore, and Mudd. Donald Brown will have a good season as long as he is healthy, but they should be the AFC South Champions.

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2009 11:58 am

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OK, I'll shut up because I found another mistake, I meant Reggie in his first 3 seasons has more than anyone else in that time frame.  There you go, we're even. 

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2009 11:53 am

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I realize I made a mistake too...I meant question your credibility.

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2009 11:50 am

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12. New Orleans - is great. Its up to Reggie to show what he can do if not might take over. As for defense you added Malcom Jenkins and Jabari Green and dont forget vetran safety . You look like a surprise team this year but your on my radar.

As a Saints fan, I do say thank you for realizing that they are much closer to a top 10-15 team than most professional rankings have them (19-25?????).  With that being said, there are some mistakes you made that will make people your credibility of writing such an extended piece.  First, it's been pretty well known that Reggie doesn't have to prove that he's an all around back to keep his job because he's an explosion player...not an every down back.  For all of the haters of Reggie out there, comparing him to running back stats is ridiculous because he's not asked to be the only back.  Pierre will be the feature back with Reggie picking up sweeps, screens and even lining up at slot or reciever.  He has more receptions than anyone in the history of the NFL...and that includes Anquan Boldin who is #2.  Who cares if a lot of them are dump offs in the flat?  What that does is eliminate his weakness of being near the line when he first touches the's brilliant play calling because there are very few players in the league as good as Reggie once he turns the corner.  To the shock of many, he will even take a handoff once in a while....OOOOoooooo.  Also, on a technical note, it's Jabari Greer.  That's all I have, but again, I appreciate the ranking.

Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2009 6:03 am

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