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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.


Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2009 10:44 am

My NFL pre-season rankings.

Bears and Packers have a QB, Bears have Forte, Packers have Recievers.

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2009 10:22 am

My NFL pre-season rankings.

I agree with 1-4, beyond that...... Not so much.

1) Cowboys, Texans and Packers over the Giants??????

2) The Ravens go to the AFC Championship game with a Rookie QB and they are 16th? They lost Ryan but the D will be fine, maybe a little less so than the last few years, but still in the Top 10.

3) I doubt the Texans take a Wildcard, there can only be two. Titans, and Ravens are my vote.

4) Greise was cut, so where do you put the Bucs now that you have the facts?

5) The Bengals are underrated here. And I hate the Bengals!

6) The Bills picked up TO Because he has amazing talent. Teams double team TO, Evans is open. Whats not to understand. TO changes the dynamic of that offense. Lynch and Jackson in the backfield, c'mon. Give the Bills some credit. Statistically speaking the only reciever better than TO is a dude named Jerry Rice. Ever heard of him?

7) The 49ers are also underrated.

Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: August 10, 2009 8:52 pm

My NFL pre-season rankings.

Way too much dumping on the Broncos.  Fact Cutler and Orton were near statistical twins up to game 7 of last year when Orton got injured.  If Marino couldn't get the Dolphins to the promised land I sincerely doubt that Cutler will be able too.  Broncos will be the Miami of last year, the league surprise team.  Why?  Everyone expects us to suck and will underestimate us.  Our O-Line is perhapse the best in the league managing to get scrub to have us have the 12th best ground game, and now w/ Moreno/Hillis we will be much improved.  Orton--see aforementioned.  Defence totally revamped and must be better than the 29th ranking...  Just watch us climb the power rankings this year. :)

Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: August 10, 2009 4:07 pm

My NFL pre-season rankings.

And the colts in the top 5? Not a chance.

You are on crack if you think the Giants are at 14.

Bills are way to low, titans to high, Panthers way to low and so are the Jets.

Terrible rankings

Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: August 9, 2009 5:11 pm

My NFL pre-season rankings.

Other than your first two (and last two) picks, I have a lot of problems. I think the NFC East, for one, will finish in a much different way than you have layed out. I also think some teams in the 15-20 range you have will surprise.

Since: Jul 23, 2007
Posted on: August 7, 2009 8:08 pm

My NFL pre-season rankings.

While I agree with the majority of what you put I have some things I would like to say.

Here are the teams that I feel are ranked too high:
  1. Patriots are a bit too high because we don't know how Tom Brady will play. I think he will be good but not the second best team in the league. On top of that how will their pass rush be and how will their secondary hold up if they don't get any pressure. Derrick Burgess was good but hasn't played a full season in 3 years.
  2. I love the Cardinals but I think they will become victims of the super bowl slump. They lost and will not be as good this year.
  3. The Chargers are also too high. I like them to win a weak AFC west but how will Shawne Merriman play this year? He is in a contract year so we will see. I like them in the top 15 but not the top 10.
  4. I get a feeling that the Falcons will not be as good due to their personnel losses on defense.
  5. The Packers are transitioning from a 4-3 to a 3-4 and almost nobody is good their first year in that kind of transition.
  6. I don't know who Jay Cutler is going to throw to but their defense should be good.
  7. This is probably the worst one on the whole list, the Chiefs! While Matt Cassel may be the real deal who is going to protect him. He was the most sacked QB last year and that was with one of the best O-lines in the league. On top of that they too are transitioning to a 3-4 defense and have a rookie head coach who has ZERO head coaching experience. No way they get even close to a .500 record.    &nbs
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Here are a few teams that shoud be at least a few spots higher:
  1. The Jets will be a competitive team simply because Rex Ryan knows how to get the most out of his players and he brought a couple of them from Baltimore to help his new team with the transition. They have a great running game to go with that defense so Mark Sanchez will not have to do much.
  2. The Raiders are not as disfunctional as everyone thinks. They have made some bad decisions in the recent past. Hello Randy Moss, how do you let him go? Art Shell? Why did he get rehired and why did he have 2 different offensive line coaches? I am not saying they will make the playoffs or anything like that but they will be a better team by at least 2 more wins.
  3. The Buffalo Bills! Just because they have TO now doesnt mean they will implode. TO is always good in his first year and he will be again. They will be a decent team but not good. Maybe 6-10 or 7-9, not awful but not good either. 
So there are my thoughts on your power rankings.

Since: Apr 5, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2009 5:25 pm

My NFL pre-season rankings.

23. Tampa Bay - Lots of questions for these guys, first and foremost does Brian Griese start?
What?!?  Brian Griese isn't even on the Buccaneers anymore.  They showed him the door.  Why not do a little reseach before ranking the teams.  You have the Bucs around the position they should be in but the analysis is terrible.  Why not have Barry Sanders start for the Lions and Dan Marino for the Fins?

Since: Mar 15, 2009
Posted on: August 5, 2009 5:00 pm

My NFL pre-season rankings.

i cant see vikings getting even a wildcard berth as of now. they still have to find their qb and i dont believe in all this viking hype that if they have a good qb they are an instant superbowl contender. jay cutler will do good but idont think hes their savior. i think packers have a chance to win NFC north if they can improve their defense. lions might win a couple games..
heres my NFC north precitions:

packers- 11-5/12-4 win NFC north
bears-11-5/10-6 possibly win NFC north or get a wildcard
vikings-9-7/8-8 most likley miss playoffs altogether
lions- 2-14/3-13/4-12....sad

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2009 1:36 am

My NFL pre-season rankings.

thats horriable...the ravens are easily in the top 8 and u have them 16?? hmm

Since: Sep 13, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2009 10:15 pm

My NFL pre-season rankings.

Everybody has an opinion, and I will voice mine.

The Vikings are rated very high for a team with a Defense that was very good, but has the Williams missing 4 games and an O quarterbacked by scraps.  The Giants have far more Defensive talent which is totally overlooked and underestimated.  Trading those two likely comes close to the reality.  Vikings also replace nearly half of their O line... never a formula for success.

Other than those two, I see only a couple of minor issues, Arizona as SB loser will likely slide, not sure why but the statics over the last 15 years tends to doom them.

Chicago D is not going to get better, they could have a rough year, probably too high --- about 10 spots too high, hard to find 7 wins.

Rams have a lot of very good young talent, they ar maybe underrated.

Saints will still have to outscore everyone to win and be as high as this ranking.

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