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Training Camp Power Rankings

Posted on: July 22, 2008 9:32 pm

First blog. Here it goes.

So, with training camp coming up, I thought I would try to organize this crapshoot we call the NFL.

1. Indianapolis Colts- With Peyton Manning, you can't go wrong. Also, Joe Addai is a very underrated runningback.

2. New England Patriots- Once again: with Tom Brady, you can't go wrong. I would have them #1, but losing Asante Samuel was a bigger loss than we may think.

3. San Diego Chargers- The first team I rank without a great QB. But L.T. is the best back in the leauge, and their defense is in my top 5.

4. Dallas Cowboys- I hate to say it, but Tony Romo may be a *gulp* good QB. I think losing Julius Jones could hurt them, but we'll see how Marion Barber does with the majority of the handoffs.

5. New York Giants- You have to give some love to the defending champs. I think losing Strahan and Shockey will hinder their run at another superbowl title, but no one thought they could do it last year, right?

6. Jacksonville Jaguars- Now that David Garrard has his money, we'll see if he's Peyton Manning or Shaun Alexander. Their two runningback system is starting to be discovered throughout the leauge.

7. Seattle Seahawks- I know I might be a bit of a homer, but I honestly think the Hawks will be better than the Steelers, mainly because of their schedule, and the Packers, because of their QB situation.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers- A hard schedule will keep the Steelers fighting for the AFC North. But the Rashard Mendenhall pick was the steal of the draft.

9. Green Bay Packers- Despite the QB problems, their defense (and a terrible division) will lead them to an NFC North title.

10. Minnesota Vikings- My dark horse for a superbowl run. With just a little more assurance in their QB game would give them the division title. But, as far as I'm concerned, they aren't that Farve away. Gooood one.

11. Cleveland Browns- I'm not sure. They could be the best team in the AFC, or they could be a major disapointment. But the defense is MUCH improved because of their DT's.

12. Tennesee Titans- A playoff team last year, but I'm not sure if they'll return. Vince Young will need to benefit from new O-Coordinator Mike Heimerdinger.

13. New Orleans Saints- The Jonathan Vilma pick-up is my favorite of the offseason, and Jeremy Shockey gives them another dimension to their offense. In a weak NFC South division, they could be a suprise.

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- They weren't anyone's favorite to win the South last season, but they did it. We'll see if Earnest Grahm and Cadillac Williams provide enough of a running game.

15. Washington Redskins- Being a Seahawk fan, I know Jim Zorn's style of coaching. He is a great teacher, and I think Jason Campbell will flourish under his leadership.

16. Philadelphia Eagles- Most people have them alot higher, but Brian Westbrook HAS to stay healthy for their offense to run properly.

17. Buffalo Bills- I think Marshawn Lynch will suprise alot of people this year. The Bills, however, can not take the AFC East from the Patriots.

18. Arizona Cardinals- A talented offense, but their season's success depends on choosing the right quarterback.

19. Carolina Panthers- Once again, this team would be higher if it didn't have quarterback issues. But, Jake Delhomme did lead them to a superbowl.

20. Houston Texans- The Texans could have a brakeout season this year. But not good enough to make the playoffs in a tough AFC.

21. Denver Broncos- Jay Cutler is the key to the season for the Broncos. If he can stay healthy, the team will be improved from last season.

22. Cincinatti Bengals- Rudi Johnson needs to return to his all-pro form. Carson Palmer can't do it all himself.

23. Chicago Bears- As far as we know, everyone's happy. But the Bears need to decide on Orton or Grossman. The defense will be the strong point again this year. What else is knew?

24. Baltimore Ravens- Willis McGahee is a top tier back, but who will be their QB? My bet is their best chance of winning comes with Troy Smith.

25. St. Louis Rams- Keep everyone healthy in St. Louis, and we could be looking at an exciting, suprising season for the Rams.

26. Oakland Raiders- Darren McFadden will be a key to this offense. The question is: will Jamarcus Russel?

27. Detroit Lions- A weak defense holds this offense down. Or is it the other way around? Jon Kitna will lead this offense, but who will run the ball for them?

28. New York Jets- I don't expect much from the Jets this year. They need to decide who their QB will be.

29. Miami Dolphins- Ronnie Brown was heading for an all-pro year last year. But without a QB, what can the Fins do?

30. Kansas City Chiefs- Larry Johnson is still a great RB, but they didn't do enough to improve this offseason.

31. San Fransisco 49's- Patrick Willis is really the only bright spot to this defense. Frank Gore must be more consistent. For Alex Smith to show why he was taken #1 overall wouldn't hurt, either.

32. Atlanta Falcons- The Falcons will be one of the main contenders for the #1 overall pick in 2009. Arthur Blank should probably start preparing.

Category: NFL

Since: Apr 21, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2008 1:56 pm

Training Camp Power Rankings

I think your rankings are fairly good.  I would move Cleveland up to 9 and drop Greenbay down to 11.  I also would move Minnesota up higher.  They are going to be the "surprising" team of this season.  AP now has a season under his belt and looks to be the 2nd best RB in the league, second to only LT.  Cleveland looks like a really good young team and if they can improve on last season they could easily make the playoffs this season.  Greenbay is going to have trouble with the loss of Favre and the injury of Gregg Jennings, then added to that having to play twice vs the Vikings. 

I don't agree with the Dolphins being ranked higher than the 49ers, as the Dolphins were the worst team last year and the 49ers have a way better defensive unit.  I know the Dolphins made some moves in the offseason to improve, but I don't think they did nearly enough and losing Jason Taylor is going to vastly decrease their overall defense.  Overall you have a good ranking list and I would rate it high.

Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2008 4:41 pm

Training Camp Power Rankings

These are really solid rankings but the Pats are better than the Colts and Jaguars are worse than the Hawks and the Jets hve Favre.

Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2008 2:08 am

Training Camp Power Rankings

This year though they qualify for the playoffs via the wild card. From their it is just to difficult to make it to the dance, although not impossible.Agreed i think its the jags divsion to win or lose this year.

Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2008 2:03 am

Training Camp Power Rankings

After readin gthe rest of the posts im going to have to defend the browns pick they might not be as proven as other team but they did damn good last year and with shuan rodgers pluging up the middle and donte stallworth as another weapon for derrick anderson they are going to be better than last year. (and they werent bad)

Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2008 1:43 am

Training Camp Power Rankings

I like almost all the picks and i don think the hawks at seven is a homer pick i would put them even higher. My two main disagreements are that the vikings are not higher they were the best against the run last year and the best running team by far both are very impotant for controlling games (as someone said before its all on jasksons shoulders). Lastly i would have to greatly disagree with the giants being fifth they lost there second best player on offense and ther second best player on defense(they also were last in there divsion last year in yards/game). With jason taylor going to the redskins, asante samuels going to the eagles and the cowboys already being the beasts of the east. Im predicting that the giants DO NOT MAKE THE PLAYOFFS but thats the fun part about the nfl you never know a few plays here and there can change the whole season.

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2008 12:49 pm

Training Camp Power Rankings

Every team is where it's supposed to be, except for the Redskins, they should be around the 20's in power rankings, Jason Campbell will play good football and Clinton Portis will have a 1200 yard season if he doesn't get injured, but everybody else on the offense is mediocre.

Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: July 24, 2008 7:06 am

Training Camp Power Rankings

Good post, but I have to say I don't think the Giants, Seattle, Green Bay and Cleveland should be that high, those teams have had keys loses or have yet to prove what the players they picked up can do to help the team. Again good post... GO STEELERS

Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: July 23, 2008 11:56 pm

Training Camp Power Rankings

I disagree with about 8 of the teams you picked.

The Colts are not #1

The Packers are not #9, I know im a Vikings guy but #9 no way

The Vikings are not #10 they are around 12, there still not proven

The Dolphins should not be that high

Other than that you did a decent job for your first time.

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: July 23, 2008 7:51 pm

Training Camp Power Rankings

Julius Jones haters:

When I said that the loss of Jones would hurt the Boys, I meant he is someone that knows the offense at RB, compared to Felix Jones.

Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: July 23, 2008 7:41 pm

Training Camp Power Rankings

There is no way that the loss of Julius "knocked down by a gust of wind" Jones is going to hurt the cowboys. I think is just wishful thinking from a seahawks fan that he will turn your pathetic running game around. Sorry but ol' julius will drown in all that rain up there.

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