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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: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2009 6:25 pm

My NFL pre-season rankings.

2. New England  -    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  and .
Tom Brady will be back too his normal self by Week 10, but no earlier.

32. Detroid ????? Detroid??

3. Philidelphia Eagles 4. Indianapolis How exactly are the Eagles better than the Colts?? Answer me! Really, N.E. and Philly are overrrated this year!!!! There is no way either is better than Pitt, (you have Pitt at #1 which is correct) and exactly WHAT makes NE and Philly suddenly the best 2 teams??? Really?! What?
They got better in the offseason only question and this is a big one is  OK?
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   He is the silent superstar and if he is not right I don`t think they go anywhere.

Since: Aug 3, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2009 5:47 pm

My NFL pre-season rankings.

Wow! I agree for the most part, but I would like to see Atlanta at #4. Matty Ice will be a force at the QB position this season. Turner will cut loose for record a record breaking season(or near it).

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2009 4:59 pm

My NFL pre-season rankings.

The Giants are waaaaaaaay too low! They finished 12-4 and still have most of their offensive and defensive weapons. Plus, they get Umenyoria back. Nicks will be fine as a potential #1 WR.

And my Rams, you probably think things are bad because you likely don't follow them as much. We have a good amount of core players on D: Long, Carriker, Atogwe, Bartell, Ryan, Laurinaitis, Witherspoon, and Little. All are no more then 4 years with the team. Little is the oldest and 'Spoon is 28. Plus ample depth on the DL.  On offense, we got a really young OL that has all the potential in the world: Barron (servicable), Bell, Jason Brown, Cogs, and #2 pick Jason Smith. Oh and there's Steven Jackson. We got the potential to win 7 or 8 games. Don't look @ 2-14 and automatically write the Rams off.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2009 4:14 pm

My NFL pre-season rankings.

Nicely done.  It’s easy to criticize anyone’s rankings,  so I’ll give 5 teams I would have ranked higher in order of who I think you most undervalued and 5 teams I think you overvalued in order:


Undervalued –

Ravens – I think the core of the team is still intact, and I’ve seen enough of Flacco to think he’s the real deal and will get better – not sure they get to the AFC championship game, but they are a playoff team

Giants – they can still pressure the QB and run the ball – you have them in middle of the pack, I think they should be top 10

Panthers – I know Jake can have some horrible games, but this is a solid team and I like their two running backs as much as any tandem in football

Bengals – You’re right, Palmer’s health is a key, but this team should be much better on defense and I think  a winning season is possible – WRs are suddenly an area of concern

Jags – I actually struggled as to who I put 5<sup>th</sup> here, but I don’t think the Jags of two years ago was a fluke and if Gerrard gets back to mistake free football, a wildcard if possible


Overvalued –

Eagles – I agree they should be a playoff contender, but this team is too streaky to be put at #3.  McNabb is not any younger and I think Dawkins was a big part of the defenses aggressiveness.  Also, I’m always skeptical until I see new faces all blend in as expected.  They’ll be good, but  I think there are safer bets for number 3

Falcons – I think they we helped by an easy schedule last year, and were able to surprise teams.  We’ll l find out this year, but I think they take a step back – BTW, they need Roddy White

Vikings – This could be a great team with the right QB, but with Travaris and Sage, I can’t put them at number 7

Packers – I just don’t think they are any better than last year – I agree Rodgers if for real, but I think they are the third best team in their division and 8-8 is in the cards

Texans – They seem to be a lot of peoples up and coming team – I heard that last year too, they seem to finish strong every year and then disappoint early the next year – I’m expecting that again this year

Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2009 3:52 pm

My NFL pre-season rankings.

Although it hurts to see my beloved Panthers so low on the list it is hard to argue for them to be much higher. I do however believe that they should not be as low as they are. Delhomme is not reliable as a QB, I realize this; however every QB has the game that they would like to forget, it just happens to be, that he has had a few of them that he would like to forget and well the last one was a catastrophe at the end of the season, making it very hard to forget and some of us to forgive.

As much as it pains me to say this, I do believe that the Patriots are the team to beat. I know that Pittsburgh is the defending champions and rightfully so, but I do think that the Pats would give them a run for their money. Living in New England myself, and listening to their fans, well it makes me want to hurl myself off the Tobin Bridge, but as long as Brady is healthy, I think that he will be out to prove something.

I think your power rankings are pretty accurate; however I would have to say I am not as big of a believer in the Chargers as everyone else. In a sense your argument for the Panthers could be used for the Chargers as well... they have all the tools to be a great team, but they continue to be just a run of the mill team... I would drop the Chargers and the Cards a couple spots and I would move the Panthers and Baltimore up a couple spots. (I am a little biased on the Panthers of coarse). Oh and lastly, sorry Bears Fans, but I dont think that Cutler is your saving grace, I think he will help the team out, and you nailed it on the head, "who is he going to throw too?", I think with this and the fact that their defense has gone down a little since their superbowl run a few years back, well I think that should take them down a notch in the rankings.

Since: Jun 3, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2009 2:59 pm

My NFL pre-season rankings.

I think that you are pretty close.

I would move the Ravens up from 16th though. They are much better than that. I can not stand the Ravens, but my Stellers always have a hard time with them and with 11 wins last year, if Joe Flacco does not have a Sophmore slump they will probably be pretty close this year. At least a wild card team.

I do not give San Diego all the hype though. Shawn Meeriman has to show us that he can remain injury free and LT must have another trick up his sleeve or they will be pretty thin at the running game. Also Jackson came out of nowhere last year. Where has he been before that.

I would have switched the Ravens and the Chargers positions.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2009 2:42 pm

My NFL pre-season rankings.

Pretty good analysis, and I would agree with most of it. You have the Eagles higher than I would have. I’m not sure Westbrook is durable enough, and without him, the Eagles are a different team. I can’t believe I am saying this, but the Jets are better than you have them here too. They are definitely better than the Chiefs.


One that stuck out was Oakland. On a different thread, I was pretty critical of Oakland’s organization. Their draft picks are borderline busts and the players they bring in to play don’t live up to their hype. I got a ton of criticism back, which I thought was unwarranted, given’s how the Raiders have played the last 5 or so seasons. One example was Randy Moss, and as soon as he left the Raiders, became an elite receiver again. Looks like we are in agreement on that one in that they have no idea how to run a football team.


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