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Way to Early NFL Power Rankings

Posted on: July 2, 2009 6:56 pm
 
1. New England Patriots - Brady + Belicheck = Super Bowls
2. Philadelphia Eagles - A spectular off-season solidifies a team that went to the NFC Championship Game last year.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers - The Defending Super Bowl Champions.
4. Atlanta Falcons - Ryan and Turner provide a deadly combo.
5. Minnesota Vikings - Having Adrian Peterson always gives you a chance to win.
6. Arizona Cardinals - An outstanding run in the playoffs last year. Should see similar success if Boldin plays.
7. Washington Redskins - Haynesworth improves an already great defense. If Portis has another big year, this team could challenge for the divison.
8. Carolina Panthers - The best rushing attack in the NFL.
9. Baltimore Ravens - Defense should still be great even without Bart Scott. Joe Flacco now has a year under his belt.
10. Houston Texans - A plethora of young talent.
11. San Diego Chargers - LT is probably done, but Phillip Rivers has quietly become a top QB. Merriman anchors a solid defense.
12. Chicago Bears - Cutler provides a major boost, but they lack the receiving to be an elite team.
13. New York Jets - Rex Ryan and Bart Scott gives this defense Top 5 potential. They also may have found their QB in Sanchez.
14. New York Giants - One of the best defenses in the league, but major off-season losses on offense will plague Eli.
15. Indianapolis Colts - There offense isn't what it used to be.
16. Buffalo Bills - Owens creates chaos wherever he goes, but he does score points.
17. Tennessee Titans -Vince Young is still unproven. The defense will struggle without Haynesworth.
18. New Orleans Saints - Reggie Bush has to step up this year.
19. Dallas Cowboys - Unless Roy willaims has a breakout season, Dallas wills struggle to get the ball in the endzone.
20. Green Bay Packers - Good overall, but not great in any areas.
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Look for OchoCinco to have a big year.
22. Miami Dolphins - Will Defensive Coordinators figure out the Wildcat this year?
23. Oakland Raiders - A lot of speed on offense, but Russell is still a mystery at QB.
24. Seattle Seahawks - Houshmandzadeh should give Hasselback more success this year.
25. Kansas City Chiefs - Hopefully Matt Cassell is the real deal.
26. Cleveland Browns - The standard question marks that are Brady Quinn and Braylon Edwards
27. Jacksonville Jaguars - This team still has a lot of holes to fill.
28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Derrick Ward was a great pick-up. How much will they get out of Josh Freeman?
29. Denver Broncos - Josh McDaniels, your team is falling quickly falling into the abyss.
30. Detriot Lions - A solid draft should lead to some wins.
31. San Francisco 49ers - A potential star in Crabtree is the only positive for this team.
32. St.Louis Rams - No more then 3 wins for this team next year.


Comments

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2009 12:36 am
 

Way to Early NFL Power Rankings

Waste of time!

As a Giants fan I know Eagle fan BS when I see it.



Since: Jun 29, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2009 11:31 pm
 

Way to Early NFL Power Rankings

Ok so you are high on the eagles and for good reason.

  1. You are an eagles fan.
  2. They did have a solid offseason, I wouldn't say spectacularm but good.
  3. They are a good team!

I want to thank you for giving the Minnesota Vikings some love.  I've seen a great many rankings that had the vikes anywhere from 12-16.  I mean cmon what is that?? Overall, nice rankings.




Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: July 2, 2009 11:16 pm
 

Colts??

You have the colts ranked 15th because you claim their offense isn't what it used to be? They lost an aging Marvin Harrison who will be replaced by steadily improving Anthony Gonzalez. Other than Harrison, they have lost nobody of significance on offense from last year. I think you just needed a plug reson to put the Colts so low on your list. The demise of the Colts and their offense has been overblown for the past few years now, but they have remained a top 5 team and I don't see why that would change next season.



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2009 10:54 pm
 

Way to Early NFL Power Rankings

Oy - I wish there was an edit button on the above.  I meant to say that Rodgers was coming into his second year as a starter, not as an NFL player.



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2009 10:47 pm
 

Way to Early NFL Power Rankings

I like your list above, and it seems reasonable.  Except as a fan in the NFC-North, I do take issue with your placement of the Packers.  First of all, they are near the top of the NFC (if not the top) for their receiving core (esp. with Jennings, Driver, Nelson) and a top notch quarterback just coming into his second year. We'll see how the revamped offensive line goes. Ok, offense aside, they had defense issues last year due to injuries and lack of depth.  Their defense is back to health and well upgraded in depth and scheme (obviously, there's a question mark on the switch to 3-4 though).  Nonetheless, in 2007, it was one of the top defenses, and it is arguably as good this year, if not better.  Special teams remains to be seen - that was a liability last year.  If I had to be honest, it's going to be a close call between 3 top notch teams in the NFC north, which obviously could make the chips fall with huge dispersion in the overall NFL rankings.  So your scenario of Packers at #20 is possible if the Vikings and Bears do relatively better than the Packers, but I wouldn't put a lot of money on that since that's about as predictable as the stock market when they're so evenly matched in many regards.  I see the Packers in the top 10 as a very possible scenario.  A good sleeper team that is reeling from a bad season last year (with many of those losses close call losses).  I guess it makes it all the more fun that so many folks are putting the in the lower tier this season - we shall see :-)



Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2009 9:01 pm
 

Way to Early NFL Power Rankings

Basically speaking, shouldn't the top 12 teams (ranking wise) be the ones that wind up playing in the postseason? As such, there should be 6 NFC and 6 AFC teams in the top 12, right? You have 7 NFC teams and 5 AFC teams in your top 12 which just doesn't work for me. I am sorry. Please try again!


I see you conveniently placed your Eagles at #2 as the highest ranked NFC team of them all, huh? Falcons at #4 in the league and #2 in the NFC, really? Do you really think they are that good? I don't. They need to get by the Saints and the Panthers to get there and I just don't see that happening this year. Saints at #18 is about 6 spots or more too low IMO but I'm a homer so what does my opinion count in something like this?


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