Blog Entry

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.

Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2009 2:10 pm
 

NFL Power Rankings

Do you really believe want you posted. Im embrassed for you because this makes no sense.

Both your AFC and NFC and totally wrong.
How do you not have Indy in top 6 in AFC.They are the most successful franchise in the last 12 seasons?(most wins) They made drastic changes for the better especaily on runing game and stopping the run this offseason.  I dont know if you are paying attention but Jacksonville will be terrible this season and Tennessse will barely have winnning record. They did nothing to improve themselves this offseason. In fact they both lost key players. It will be a battle between Indy and Houston for AFC south.

1.New England
2.Pittsburgh
3.Indy
4.Balitmore
5.San Diego
6.Houston

Do you really think Atlanta is the best in the NFC? No way.  Hands down it will be New York Giants.  Atantla is getting better each year but they are not the best in NFC.  Dont see how you left Philly and Caroline off the list. Dallas and Green Bay both need to be taken off that list.  Did yuo see what Philly did this offseason.  They are going to be explosive on offense and defense is still going to be good even with some players gone.

1.New York Giants
2.Philly
3.Arizona
4.Atlanta
5.Carolina
6.Minnesota

I respect your opinion but you are off, if you are basing your ranking on the best in each conference not basing it on divsions and who will do better in there divsion.  Example is San Diego will be ok because they have a weak divison.



Since: Aug 28, 2008
Posted on: June 22, 2009 1:52 pm
 

NFL Power Rankings

The assertation that the Bears are better than the Vikings is a fool's folly. The Vikings have a markedly better defense, offensive line, wide receiver corps and the RB comparison is not even close. Cutler has never won anything and while he is better than Rosenfels or T Jackson, he isn't going to make a single tackle or sack. Until the Bears address some serious defensive issues, the Vikings are the team to beat in the NFC North. However, until the Vikings show they can win in the playoffs, they are not a top 10 team.



Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2009 12:42 pm
 

NFL Power Rankings

It should go...
1. New England
2.Pittsbugh
3. Indianapolis
4.Philadelphia
5.Giants
6.Baltimore
7.Arizona
8. San Diego
9.Atlanta
10.Panthers



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2009 12:18 pm
 

NFL Power Rankings

The Browns are 32nd?! If you can't name 3 guys on their D, just maybe you shouldn't be ranking the teams in the NFL.

Shaun Rodgers, Kamerion Wimbley, D'Qwell Jackson.

You have the Raiders too high, and the Bronco's have derailed. Get your shit together!




Since: Oct 10, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2009 11:40 pm
 

NFL Power Rankings

This is a first for me - giving respect to a Cowboy's fan from a Steeler's fan.



Since: Oct 10, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2009 11:36 pm
 

NFL Power Rankings

I couldn't agree more



Since: Oct 10, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2009 11:34 pm
 

NFL Power Rankings

Key defensive stat - 3rd down conversions given up.  How did the Bengal's fare?  They allowed the 5th most conversions in the AFC...the 5th most!!!  They gotta learn to stop a team from rolling before you can rave about their D.....(the strawberry koolaid left red stains on the corners of your mouth....just thought you might like to know)
GO STEELER'S!!!



Since: Oct 10, 2008
Posted on: June 21, 2009 11:25 pm
 

NFL Power Rankings

The Cardinal's should have one of THE best running back tandem's this year.  This offense should be very productive.



Since: Jun 23, 2007
Posted on: June 21, 2009 1:28 pm
 

NFL Power Rankings

Ok let me start by saying that I make my predictions based on how teams performed the previous season, Off-season moves, and Returning players. So let’s get started on my rankings for this season

 

AFC East
1. New England Patriots*
2. Miami Dolphins
3. Buffalo Bills
4. New York Jets

-Okay it’s obvious these standings are fueled by the return of Tom Brady to the explosive Patriots offense, but I think the Pat’s reign of complete dominance behind Brady has finally come to an end. The #1 spot in this division will no doubt be a battle between NE and Miami. Miami behind Tony Sparano is obviously a completely different team than that of 2 years ago. Powered by the Wildcat and with the addition of Multi-Talented Pat White to this formation Miami should definitely make a run this year. Buffalo should no doubt make #3 but I don’t see them competing with the powerhouse offense’s at the top of the division. Based on how Trent Edwards performs Buffalo should be looking forward to an 8-8 season at best, despite the addition of TO. I’m sorry to say but New York’s only chance is the defense behind Rex Ryan, the defensive Guru. With the loss of Favre that leaves an open battle between Sanchez and Clemens, but the loss of Laverneus Coles to the receiving core should take a bit of a hit on the offense. Rex Ryan should be looking forward to a rebuilding stage. All in all there should definitely be a battle at the top of this division.

 

AFC North
1. Pittsburgh Steelers*
2. Cincinnati Bengals/Baltimore Ravens*
3. Baltimore Ravens/Cincinnati Bengals
4. Cleveland Browns

-The Super Bowl champions should again be at the top of this division led by their dominating defense, despite the loss of Foote and McFadden. Although their Reign at the top is definitely in jeopardy due to their weak o-line and beat up backfield. Big Ben has proven he can take a beating in the past but how much can one person really take? Even with all of this it should still add up to a playoff berth for Pittsburgh. The #2 spot is questionable though, with Baltimore’s always dominating defense and the quickly maturing Joe Flacco running their ground and pound offense they could easily make a push for the wildcard spot. Though this push won’t be easy with the young and fresh Cincinnati team. Cincy no doubt had one of the best drafts, and have signed many key players this offseason. The additions of Tank Johnson, Row Williams, and Rey Maualuga, plus the return of Keith Rivers, should give the push this #13 ranked defense needed into the top 10 this season. On the offense’s side of the ball, a return of a healthy Carson Palmer, a happy and hungry Chad Ochocinco, a hopeful running game behind Cedric Benson, and the addition of Laverneus Coles to this great receiving core could quite possibly rejuvenate this once explosive offense. The Bengals could quite possible make a tough run for the wild card spot. Now there’s not really too much you can say about Cleveland this year especially with the undecided QB situation, an aging Jamal Lewis, an unhappy Braylon, the loss of Kellen Winslow, and a No-Name defense, Cleveleland should definitely be looking for a rebuilding stage behind Mangini.

 
AFC South
1. Indianapolis Colts*
2. Houston Texans*
3. Tennessee Titans
4. Jacksonville Jaguars

-Indy should definitely be making its push back to the top of this division, despite the loss of Dungy. Last season’s MVP Peyton Manning returns as the leader of this offense with a refreshed receiving core. Reggie Wayne takes his rightful spot as #1 receiver and the young Anthony Gonzales moves up to #2. Don’t forget Peyton’s favorite target Dallas Clark at TE. Whether or not Indy’s defense performs or not Indy will no doubt make a run with a top 5 offense this season. A young team in Houston is finally ready to make a playoff run. A great defense led my Mario Williams takes the pressure off of the young explosive offense. A quickly developing Schaub has an amazing target in Andre Johnson, and will likely be a top 10 offense this year. With this solid team Houston should make a push for that wild card spot this year. Coming off of an amazing season Tennessee will be looking to repeat that success. An aging Kerry Collins should be running the show again this year, and the tandem of Chris Johnson and Lendale White will fuel their explosive running game. But with the defense’s loss of Haynesworth can they really have that same defense? Tennessee has a shot but I don’t see it happening in such a tough division this year. Jacksonville will finally have MJD providing the running game and David Garrard leading the offense at QB. This young team is looking at the start of their rebuilding and won’t be going anywhere any time soon.

 

AFC West
1. San Diego Chargers*
2. Kansas City Chiefs
3. Denver Broncos
4. Oakland Raiders

- San Diego coming off a sub-par season will be looking towards a championship season. A healthy return of LT and Antonio Gates to the offense should provide that spark needed. Phillip Rivers coming off the best season of his career, leading the league in passer rating and tieing for touchdowns, should lead this offense in the right direction. The defense’s leader Shaun Merriman coming back health and the addition of the versatile Larry English to this dominate defense will fuel a no doubt top 10 defense this season. Kansas City’s addition of Matt Cassell could possibly help, but KC doesn’t really have the receiving core NE had for Cassell, who will definitely be looking to prove himself. Larry Johnson will be hungry and looking for a great season and this sub-par defense should look forward to an 8-8 season at best. Denver made a huge mistake in trading an unhappy Cutler, and getting practically nothing out of the deal, and with their star receiver Marshall wanting out now, not too much you can say about this team. An aging defense won’t perform too well this season, and this team doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Can Josh McDaniel’s turn this show around? Only time will tell. The Oakland Raiders…well let’s just leave it at that.

 

NFC East
1. Philadelphia Eagles*
2. New York Giants*
3. Washington Redskins
4. Dallas Cowboys

-Coming off a great season Philly will be looking towards a championship and this could be their year. With the addition of Jason Peters to the line, Jeremy Maclin to the already decent receiving core, and LeSean McCoy to tandem with a healthy Brian Westbrook Philly’s offense should be explosive this year. The loss of veteran Brian Dawkins may have dampened the defense a little bit but the strong secondary and D-Line of the Eagles should propel them to the top of their division. The New York Giants have a lot of potential, despite the weakened receiving core. Their dominating defense will keep them rolling this season. The return of Umenyiora opposite of Justin Tuck will provide a pass rush like no other to this stacked defense. Washington with the addition of Haynesworth and Orakpo, to compliment their great linebacker core and secondary should also have a great D. If Jason Campbell doesn’t get it done with the offense there’s always young star Brennen waiting to take the reins. Least of all there’s the Dallas Cowboys. No doubt in the toughest division in all the NFL the Cowboys has a pretty weak team. Besides DeMarcus Ware, there’s really no outstanding player on their defense, and the loss of Terrel Owens could really affect Romo’s performance this season.

 

NFC North
1. Minnesota Vikings/Chicago Bears*
2. Chicago Bears/ Minnesota Vikings
3. Green Bay Packers
4. Detroit Lions

-The Vikings are pretty much set at every position besides QB but that could soon change with the addition of Favre. With a solid passing game to fuel the explosive running of AP the Minnesota offense should be fine. Last year’s #1 rush defense could be at risk due to the Williams’ possible suspension, but all in all Minnesota should have a solid D. Chicago just added a young talented QB to fill their desperately needed position. A great RB in Forte should give the running game a big push, and the always solid D of Chicago will no doubt push the Bears back to the top. Green Bay’s performance this season is based on how well their transition to a 3-4 defense goes and if Aaron Rodgers can continue to play at the level he’s playing. A solid team in a tough division sums up this spot in the rankings. Finally there’s Detroit. Had a great draft and looks to be on the right path towards rebuilding this team.

 

NFC South
1. Atlanta Falcons*
2. Carolina Panthers*
3. New Orleans Saints
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 -Atlanta has a great team that could quite possibly make a run for the big game this year. Young QB Ryan should be playing at the top of his game and RB Michael Turner will be looking to repeat his amazing 08 season. With the addition of veteran Tony Gonzales the passing game should be phenomenal going into the 09 season. Carolina has a solid team and a great tandem at RB with Deangelo Williams and Johnathan Stewart. An unhappy Julius Peppers doesn’t look to good for this sub-par defense but as long as the offense holds up they should be able to look forward to a tough fought wild card. The Saints have one of the best passing attacks in the game behind Drew Brees, and Reggie Bush will be looking to come back healthy and prove himself this season, but with the very weak defense that only made a few additions, New Orleans will remain in the bottom of the conference. Now as Tampa Bay starts its rebuilding stage with the acquisitions of Kellen Winslow and Derrick Ward to this possibly strong offense they will be looking towards first round pick Josh Freeman at QB to propel this offense.

 

NFC West
1. Arizona Cardinals*
2. Seattle Seahawks
3. San Francisco 49ers
4. St. Louis Rams

 - Arizona will be looking for a repeat of last season’s success. QB Kurt Warner will return with his threats at WR including Larry Fitzgerald and possibly Anquan Bolden. A hopeful boost in the running game with the addition of Chris “Beanie” Wells will fuel this already explosive passing game. The Seattle Seahawks are looking forward to the healthy return of of QB Matt Hasselbeck to help their impaired offense. Also with the addition of WR TJ Houshmandzadeh this should aid in the offense. On the defensive side of the ball 1<sup>st</sup> round pick Aaron Curry will be teaming with veteran Lofa Tatupu to give the defense a much needed spark. The 49ers don’t have much to look forward to with an injury prone Gore at RB and an undecided QB but WR Michael Crabtree could have a great season still. Then there are the Rams. Finishing with one of the worst records in the league, and not making improvements in the offseason leads the Rams to another disappointing season in 09.

 All in all these are my predictions for the 09 season, controversial as they may be.

Super Bowl
Philadelphia Eagles-W
San Diego Chargers-L




Since: Jun 23, 2007
Posted on: June 20, 2009 11:46 pm
 

NFL Power Rankings

Ok, to start, i COMPLETELY agree on Philly's spot at #2, especially with their offseason performance. Although the Pats at #1? Not too bad of a prediction, too bad its not going to happen. Yeah Tom Brady is back, and MIGHT live up to his reputation. Most people are confident in his return, but i think its a mistake. Yes its completely possible he could return at full ability, but their line is aging and won't be able to provide the protection of old. Also the run game isnt secure enough with a declining Fred Taylor, the only hope there is the healthy return of Laurence Maroney. But enough with the Pat's. Although the Bengals do deserve a higher ranking in my opinion, they have still yet to prove anything and that will be determined when the season starts, despite the fact that Carson's coming back healthy to a rejuvenated recieving core and for once a HAPPY Chad. And not to forget the upgraded defense with the additions of Tank, Roy Williams, and Rey Maualuga. Last season the D was ranked #13, and will no doubt make a push into the top 10. Other than these I actually like the rankings, Good Job =]


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com