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My NFL pre-season rankings.

Posted on: August 3, 2009 11:53 am
Edited on: August 4, 2009 10:36 am
 
These are my power rankings, I`m just trying to breathe some sense into this wild west show we seem to have going on, anyone see the rankings that Eagles fan made....
The NFL is wide open and I think any of the top 15 teams could win the Superbowl, probably one from the top 10 though.

1. Pittsburgh Steelers   -   They won the NFL championship and retained their star players they stay on top.
                                     And the Ben Rothlisberger thing will blow over in no time.

2. New England Patriots -   Tom Brady is back in town and no matter what people say he is going to be fine,
plus the rest of their team is better this year than last with Fred Taylor and Joey Galloway.

3. Philidelphia Eagles    -   They got better in the offseason only question and this is a big one is Brian Westbrook OK?
He is the silent superstar and if he is not right I don`t think they go anywhere.

4. Indianapolis Colts     -   Some people will disagree but I think they got much better in the offseason.
they had a great draft, I know Tony Dungy is gone but I think he is a better person than he is a football coach.
If you follow what they have done and what they intend to do you`ll feel either exitement or fear.

5. Arizona Cardinals      -   They ALMOST won the superbowl.
Only thing is I think they lost more than they gained In the offseason.
I love these guys I just wish I were more exited about them this year, but I just dont see them challenging.

6. San Diego Chargers  -    You just don`t know about these guys,
Shawn Merriman is back so I think the defense will be better.
LaDainian Tomlinson may have one more special year in him and Phillip Rivers Made Huge Strides this offseason.

7. Minnesota Vikings    -     Very solid foundation. Sage Rosenfels is underrated he always has been.
Adrian Peterson is unstoppable so with an average passing game I dare you to imagine.
My only question is the defensive backfield.

8. Tennesee Titans       -    I think they got worse in the offseason,
I like some of what they did but Haynesworth leaves a unfillable gap
Especially in a team that MUST controll the ball defensively to win. Kerry Collins isn`t getting any younger.

9. Atlanta Falcons         -    I dont know what to say about these guys but, Matt Ryan wow lets see it again
                                          This time with Tony Gonzalez.

10. Green Bay Packers  -    Aaron Rodgers is the real deal fire anyone who had to do with the 49ers taking Alex Smith,
They get the nod over the Saints just because I think the defense is better, they have a tough divisoin.

11. New Orleans Saints -     Drew Brees can will these guys to the playoffs.
But the defense needs to show us something, anything. They remind me of the Colts of yesteryear.

12. Dallas Cowboys      -      Well I for one think not having Terrel Owens makes these guys better,
Time for Roy Williams to show us what he is made of the Detroit excuse just won`t cut it.
                                        If I thought more of Wade Phillips these guys would be higher.

13. Houston Texans     -      I really like these guys they just keep getting better, no way they take the division but,
wildcard anyone? Even if the answer is no firing Gary Kubiak would be a big mistake.

14. New York Giants     -       Well they have some young talent at wideout which is good but I think they lost more than they gained In the offseason. They will be back I just don`t think it is going to be this season.

15.  Chicago Bears       -      Well Jay Cutler is really good but who is he going to throw too?
If they had a decent number 1 wideout they could be higher.
why let Berrian go why? Maybe the defense will revert to what they used to be.

16. Baltimore Ravens   -      Getting Derrick Mason back helps and if the defense is the same as it was then they may do better than last year even. I want to see it first though.

17. Miami Dolphins      -       They won`t win the division this year, and all those special offensive packages are not going to suprise anyone. I think they still need to find a long term QB before they can truly compete for the Superbowl.

18. Washington Redskins -   Well they always do get some impressive FA`s and then it doesn`t translate into wins I want to see Colt Brennan compete for the starting job Jason Campbell doesn`t seem to be cutting it.

19. Carolina Panthers   -       I don`t know why they are not better than they are but all I know is that they are not, a great running game cannot carry a team that chronically underperforms. I think it is time for John Fox to go.

20. Seattle Seahawks   -       Is Matt Hasselback washed up?
I don`t think so which means with Housh in the WR position they should be back to their old selves.
Last year everything seemed wrong but lets see them rebound before anyone gets excited.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars -     Maybe this will be a big bounce back year for them, then again maybe not.
Jack Del-Rio seems frustrated. Even an ageing Torry Holt helps legitamize the passing game.

22. Kansas City Chiefs   -     I think Matt Cassel is for real.
They are here only because they have to prove that they are for real first.
A weak division should help them with that.

23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Lots of questions for these guys, first and foremost does Brian Griese start?
I say yes and I think that makes them a threat to win the division.
But like everyone else they have somethings to prove.
Coaching Changes and the loss of Monet Kiffin brings them down.

24. San Francisco 49ers   -    Can Mike Singletary bring reason to the Bay? I`m going to say yes.
                                     I really think we`ll see improvment here, The defense is a bright spot.

25. New York Jets           -     I am not on the Mark Sanchez bandwagon,
Pete Carrol didn`t think he was ready and neither do I.
Good news is the rest of the team is pretty good.

26. Cincinnati Bengals   -      Is Carson Palmer healthy? They could be decent if they would just play to potential.


27. Clevland Browns       -      I think Eric Mangini will get these guys in shape eventually, but lots of issues here.
Whats wrong with Braylon Edwards? Will Either Derrick Anderson or Brady Quinn play well?
Have they learned how to sterilize the surgical instuments? Anthing left Jamaal Lewis?

28. Denver Broncos       -      Thats right they are BELOW the Browns, I don`t think Josh McDaniels was ready for this.
                                         The defense is terrible, I don`t expect more than 5 wins all season.

29. Buffalo Bills             -      Why get TO why? That makes little sense I think they are headed downhill,
                                          which is bad because they are allready below sealevel.

30. Oakland Raiders      -      Al Davis must be getting senile becuase nothing they have done makes any sense,
                                          they are going to be bad for a long time.

31. St. Louis Rams        -       Things are bad here, real bad.

32. Detroit Lions           -       Well Calvin Johnson is good.









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Since: Sep 2, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2009 5:20 pm
 

My NFL pre-season rankings.

I agree mostly some teams i would move arond but mostly i agree




Since: Aug 29, 2009
Posted on: September 2, 2009 2:54 am
 

My NFL pre-season rankings.

Agree with most of the rankings with a +/- 1 to 2 position movement from about 5 on down maybe ... If you were to do one before this weekend is there any team that you would move 3 to 5 spots up or down?

I would move the Packers up a couple to three; and maybe the Colts down a couple .. not sold on them this year and not sold on the Vikings -- if they have their entire unit on defense healthy and also playing they could really be tough ...

Thanks for listening ...




Since: Aug 24, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2009 9:00 am
 

My NFL pre-season rankings.

Pretty realistic, though I have to agree with most that the Eagles are way overvalued. Though their offense is improved I see their defense taking a beating this year. Should make for some exciting shootouts. Giants should be much higher (if they get their act together and stay injury free).



Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2009 10:53 pm
 

My NFL pre-season rankings.

Very good effort with the rankings!  Agree with most assessments, except I can't see Arizona really maintaining the level of play they had during their playoff run.  Last year's 8-8 regular season is more what their team's level is like. And I'm not buying into the Vikings just yet.....but excellent job!



Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: August 28, 2009 10:46 am
 

My NFL pre-season rankings.

pmdvikes

Have you even looked at the GB roster. You say the roster is old. They have had the youngest or 2nd youngest roster in the NFL for the last 3 years. They only have 8 players on the roster with 8 or more years in the league (Woodson, Harris, Barnett, Driver, Taucher, Clifton, Kampman and Pickett)

Hell, more than 2/3 of the roster has less than 4 years in the league.

Do a bit of research next time before you talk out of your neck.

On  different note, the NFC North is a 3 pony race (Packers, Vikes and Bears) but I still see the Vikes winning the division unless Farve plays to the wonderful 6-10 record in the H dome or 21-21 record alltime in domes, then it could be an 8-8 record and watching the playoffs. Packers have a top 5 offense, but a huge question mark on D with the transition to the 3-4. Bears: solid running game in Forte, Cutler is the best QB they have had in 20 years, but WR is a question mark. TE and RB cant be your leading receivers if you hope to win a title.

GO Pack




Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: August 28, 2009 10:43 am
 

My NFL pre-season rankings.

Have you even looked at the GB roster. You say the roster is old. They have had the youngest or 2nd youngest roster in the NFL for the last 3 years. They only have 8 players on the roster with 8 or more years in the league (Woodson, Harris, Barnett, Driver, Taucher, Clifton, Kampman and Pickett)

Hell, more than 2/3 of the roster has less than 4 years in the league.

Do a bit of research next time before you talk out of your neck.

On  different note, the NFC North is a 3 pony race (Packers, Vikes and Bears) but I still see the Vikes winning the division unless Farve plays to the wonderful 6-10 record in the H dome or 21-21 record alltime in domes, then it could be an 8-8 record and watching the playoffs. Packers have a top 5 offense, but a huge question mark on D with the transition to the 3-4. Bears: solid running game in Forte, Cutler is the best QB they have had in 20 years, but WR is a question mark. TE and RB cant be your leading receivers if you hope to win a title.

GO Pack



Since: Feb 6, 2009
Posted on: August 26, 2009 4:15 pm
 

My NFL pre-season rankings.

Not a horrible rankings analysis, I have seen far worse.  I just can't understand everybody's obsession with the Eagles this year.  You can't just discount the loss of their longtime defensive coordinator as well as the fact that Brian Westbrook isn't getting any younger and his constant injuries are almost inevitable.  Not to mention they lost the heart and soul of their defense in Brian Dawkins.  I think they will be good, but there's no way that they are the 3rd best team in the NFL.  Also, the Ravens had a solid year last year.  While I don't think they are a top 5 team, they should be higher than 16.  Joe Flacco should improve and although they lost Bart Scott to the Jets, they got Gregg back, who was out all of last year.  The Cardinals are a good offensive team and they got hot at the right time last year.  Should be the favorites in the West, but not the 5th best team in the NFL.  Also, how do you put the NY Giants at 14?!?!?  They have, without question, the best offensive and defensive lines in the entire league.  And the motto - games are won in the trenches, isn't just cliche.  When you say "they lost more than the gained", I want to know your reasoning behind such a statement.  They got a Pro Bowler and one of the best D-ends in the game back after not having him all of last season in Osi Umenyora.  They signed 3 quality defensive players in Canty, Boley and Bernard.  Kenny Phillips has sole possession of Strong Safety and from all indications, should become a dynamic player.  I also believe that Ahmad Bradshaw is an upgrade over Derrick Ward as a RB2.  Furthermore, the Giants have shown that they have a nack for building through the draft and with the WR's brought in this year, along with the existing young WR's, I think the entire unit is being a bit overlooked and could surprise some.  Remember, the Giants have never been about throwing the ball down the field.  They're about wearing defenses out and stuffing the run down opposing teams throats.  I'm sure you are just one of those anti-NY fans that was going to put the Giants down there regardless if it made sense or not.  This is further proven by putting the Jets at 25.  I mean do I think the Jets are going to be a great team?  No, but they should battle for a wildcard spot.  And to have the 49ers, Seahawks, Jaguars ahead of them is borderline ridiculous. 



Since: Aug 22, 2009
Posted on: August 22, 2009 6:38 pm
 

My NFL pre-season rankings.

I think you hit it dead on, Wonder how you would rank with the recent Favre changes in Minnesota and if you think the team got better or added controversy to the season.  For the guys rooting for the Titans, Haynesworth was a monster loss and there will be no easy replacement.

My pic for sleeper this year is New Orleans.  I think the defense will finally come together and not force Brees to have to score 30+ points a game to get the win


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