Category:NFL
Posted on: August 1, 2009 11:58 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2009 12:45 am
 

Sports Cards: Anyone Interested in Buying?

I have boxes and boxes full of sports cards--mainly football--that I am trying to sale. I have cards of every major player of this era and rookies of most of them as well. If you are interested please comment here and let me know which player you are interested in collecting, or which card you are looking for.

Some of the big names I have include:

A few of these cards--mainly the rookies of Brady, Big Ben, McNabb, Rodgers, Young, and Sanchez would require a pretty good deal. The rest are pretty much reasonably negotionable. The only other one that would require a fantastic bargain would be the last one mentioned--the three jersey card of DiMaggio, Gretzky, and Bird--mainly because it is worth hundreds of dollars and is a once in a lifetime find. Only 250 of the card were made.

Current Stars:
Parenthesis are included for players that I also have a special card of. I have multiple cards of almost every player listed below.
Tom Brady (Rookie Card)
Peyton Manning
LaDainian Tomlinson
Edgerrin James (Jersey Card)
Carson Palmer
Devin Hester (Rookie card)
Randy Moss
Terrell Owens
Eli Manning
Ben Roethlisberger (Rookie card)
Donovan McNabb (Rookie card)
Clinton Portis (Rookie card)
Brian Westbrook
Jason Campbell (Multiple Rookie Cards)
Aaron Rodgers (Multiple Rookie Cards)
Reggie Bush (Multiple Rookie Cards)
Carnell Williams (10+ Rookie Cards)
Ronnie Brown (10+ Rookie Cards)
Brian Urlacher (Rookie Card)
Thomas Jones
Adrian Peterson
Michael Vick
Ed Reed
Ray Lewis
Steve Slaton
Todd Heap
Heath Miller
Braylon Edwards (Multiple Rookie Cards)
Matt Hasselbeck
Santana Moss
Marion Barber (Multiple Rookie Cards)
Julius Jones
Adam "Pacman" Jones
Alex Smith (Multiple Rookie Cards)
Vince Young
Leon Washington
Chad Johnson/Ochocinco
Derrick Mason
Larry Johnson (Rookie)
Dwayne Bowe
Santonio Holmes (Rookie)
Mark Sanchez (Rookie)
LenDale White

Retired Stars:
Curtis Martin
Jerome Bettis
Drew Bledsoe
Shaun Alexander (currently not playing)
Steve McNair (RIP)

Jersey Cards Include:
Manny Rameriz
Peter Warrick
Brandon Stokley
Orlando Pace
Justin Gage
Vince Young (Rookie)
Leon Washington (Rookie)

Autograph Cards:
Tim Duncan
Anthony Davis and a few others

Special Card:
2002-2003 UD Superstars Legendary Leaders Joe DiMaggio, Wayne Gretzky, Larry Bird (Features all three jerseys)--Only 250 made
Posted on: May 30, 2009 2:00 pm
 

NFL Mailbag: Why do fans hate on Dallas so much?

This article is from OnlineSportsFanatic.com. I have copied/pasted it here because I know you guys probably have some good questions/feedback for the Mailbag.

I’ve been wanting to start a NFL Mailbag for a long time now. It seemed like the right time to get one going, so I asked people to send me questions. I got some great questions, better than I ever expected to receive for my first mailbag, and enjoyed reading through them all.

To send questions for my next mailbag (which will be about a week from now, depending on when I get enough questions) email the question here or post it on the message board here .

From what I’ve read from Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, the only guy on the planet lucky enough to get anywhere near close enough to Brady for an interview at this point, I think it’s great. Brady learned early in the recovery process what would happen if he tried to do too much too soon. Setback after setback. Brady has taken the time he was asked to take and is now back fully at work. From what I understood he has absolutely no pain and is as good as new.

From the NFL standpoint of things I think its the best thing that can happen for the league. Brady is one of the classiest people in all of sports today and he’s a great ambassador for the league.

I would like to ask what is the purpose of Roger Goodell’s vision for the NFL  with his proposals to expand the regular season , moving the Pro Bowl, having the Super Bowl in London? (Robbo24 -Yardbarker.com)

Goodell is always trying to improve upon his product and make it more appealing to other fanbases. In his opinion the best way to make the league even more popular than it already is is to change things. Personally I think that if it isn’t broken, that you don’t fix it.

By expanding the regular season the commissioner believes that it will get NFL fans talking about the season earlier than ever before. Only two preseason games would keep more star players on the field and make the starters actually play a little bit more in the restricted preseason. That’s really what we all want to see isn’t it? As many star players as possible, playing as deep into the season as possible.

Moving the Pro Bowl doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. I’m completely against it. Goodell’s take is that the Pro Bowl is forgotten about because it is a week after the Super Bowl, which is when we all turn off the football parts of our minds until the draft in April. Moving the Pro Bowl has pluses and minuses. Moving it would mean that it would get more viewers, but the players in the Super Bowl would not be eligible to play. By leaving it where it is every non injured player selected has no excuse to not play, other than losing in the Super Bowl.

Again, not to sound repetitive, but Goodell wants to keep things moving. I personally think he’s overdoing the overseas football games a little bit. The two NFL football games in London have been successful for the league, but it doesn’t mean we need to do something crazy like moving our nation’s most Americanized sports championship game off of American soil. Goodell has dreams of the league expanding into other countries, but I don’t even see that happening. At least not right now.

What is Rodger Goodell’s vision for the NFL in the foreign markets? We have seen the NFL put preseason games, regular season games and now rumors of the playoffs or Super Bowl potentially going overseas. What countries would the NFL start in and where does it go from there? (Jaymz77-Yardbarker.com)

Goodell has enjoyed the feedback from European football fans so far. If the league keeps growing and expanding, like I’m sure it will, the commissioner wants to expand the league into a European country. This would likely mean a division just overseas. By doing this the league would become one of the few sports leagues that are popular worldwide, and the only American sport that is popular enough to claim franchises outside of North America.

As far as what countries the obvious first choice is England, which is where the two regular season games overseas have been played so far. After the United Kingdom it’s really hard to pick another country that would get a good look from the NFL. England could probably field at least a couple of teams. Remember this is something that probably won’t happen for a long long time. There’s a lot more speculating still to be done.

Why do people hate on Dallas so much? (Monster-Yardbarker.com)

There are many reasons for this one.

First of all, have no doubts that the Dallas Cowboys are the New York Yankees of the NFL. Jerry Jones compares to Hank Steinbrenner because they both spend money to bring in star players. Yet neither team has been able to win a championship in recent years.

Next is that Dallas has had success in the past. Look at all the major sports. Most people dislike the already mentioned New York Yankees, Notre Dame football, Kentucky basketball, and the Los Angeles Lakers. That’s because in their histories they have had a lot of success. That’s one of the first reasons fans choose to dislike a team.

Also, the Cowboys have a lot of arrogant fans. Nothing against Dallas fans, because all fanbases obviously have their fans that even supporters of the team would rather choose not to claim as part of their team’s fanbase. Dallas has arguably more fans than any other NFL team, meaning there’s probably more cocky Cowboys fans than other teams have.

The most important reason is probably because everyone is tired of hearing about all the drama out of Dallas. Now that Terrell Owens is gone it will get better, but for the last two years every morning something new was coming out of Big D. The last thing fans want to wake up and read about is the same stuff over and over about a team that can’t even get out of its own way long enough to win a playoff game.

Just so it’s known I’ve been a lifelong supporter of the Cowboys. I don’t put bias in my writing because I work extremely hard to avoid it. Not mentioning that I have supported Dallas seemed wrong though. This will stop Cowboys fans from telling me I’m a ‘Dallas hater’ just because I spoke the truth about why people dislike the team.

Why does the NFL refuse to have the Super Bowl in a cold weather city? (ganzman-Yardbarker.com)

A lot of the fans on Yardbarker have answered this one for me, but I will try to go a little more in depth. Most fans are willing to pay more to go to a warm city in January than they would to go to a cold city. The other factor is weather. I don’t think the NFL wants the weather to affect its championship game, although it only seems fitting since seemingly every single playoff game is affected by weather.

Where do you think Michael Vick ends up? (Jacob)

This is one of the hardest questions to answer at this point. Vick could end up nowhere honestly, although I don’t believe that’s likely. Assuming Vick is in good shape and still has the will to play in the NFL, both huge assumptions nonetheless, I believe Vick will end up in an offense with a coordinator that wants to experiment. Rumors are claiming that Washington is in the running, which makes sense considering the Redskins seem to be tired of inconsistent Jason Campbell.

A lot of teams would make no sense because they already have a mobile quarterback and others would never take a chance on Vick. When I started narrowing the list I found a lot of teams that I think could be interested. Personally, I believe Oakland would be one of one the frontrunners. Al Davis loves to take chances on guys like Michael Vick. He’s explosive and he sales tickets. Other teams I think will be among the early frontrunners include Kansas City, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Carolina. These teams either need an offensive spark, have an old quarterback, or have shown some offensive creativity.

Who do you think wins it all? (Jacob)

There’s nothing quite like a Super Bowl prediction in May. I love it because you guys can look back and laugh when I change the prediction before the season (which I rarely do). Plus there’s nothing like somehow being right a full eight months before the Super Bowl takes place.

Right now I’d pick the Eagles to knock off the Patriots. Donovan McNabb is one of the NFL’s most underrated players and has been in position to win a championship too many times not to finally capture one. This could be one of the last years that Andy Reid and McNabb have together if they don’t win the Lombardi Trophy. Philadelphia fans are getting impatient.

On paper Pittsburgh is the best AFC team (I correctly picked them to win the title last season around week eight) but a healthy Tom Brady completely changes the landscape. If New England gets back in rhythm offensively, like they were two years ago during their undefeated regular season, then it’s going to be very hard to knock off the Patriots.

Remember the last Super Bowl between Philadelphia and New England? It was pretty good. I say we see it again.


Category: NFL
Posted on: April 30, 2009 12:23 am
 

2010 NFL Draft: Everything You Need to Know

I am working my butt off on stuff for the 2010 NFL Draft. I know the 2009 Draft just ended but it's time to get started on 2010 before it's already here. I've got position rankings, mock drafts, and all kinds of stuff ready to go.

Big Board of 50 Players:
1) Sam Bradford (QB-Oklahoma)
2) Brandon Spikes (LB-Florida)
3) Russell Okung (OT-Oklahoma State)
4) Ciron Black (OT-LSU)
5) Terrance Cody (DT-Alabama)
Full list here!

NFL Mock Draft 2010 :
1) Rams (via trade with Detroit): QB Sam Bradford (Oklahoma)
2) Raiders: LB Brandon Spikes (Florida)
3) Bengals: RB C. J. Spiller (Clemson)
4) Lions: S Eric Berry (Tennessee)
5) Dolphins: DE Carlos Dunlap (Florida)
Full mock draft here!

Position Rankings :
Top QB: Sam Bradford (Full QB List )

Top RB: C. J. Spiller (Full RB List )
Top WR: Dez Bryant (Full WR List )
Top TE: Jermaine Gresham (Full TE List )
Top OT: Russell Okung (Full OT List )
Top G: Rodney Hudson (Full G List )
Top DE: Carlos Dunlap (Full DE List )
Top DT: Terrance Cody (Full DT List )
Top LB: Brandon Spikes (Full LB List )
Top CB: Joe Haden (Full CB List )
Top S: Eric Berry (Full S List )
Category: NFL
Posted on: April 26, 2009 10:51 am
Edited on: April 27, 2009 1:19 am
 

09 NFL Draft Grades: Rate Your Teams Performance

How did your favorite team do in the 2009 NFL Draft? Tell us! Below each team has its own grading system where fans can critique the team with a letter grade. Did you not like the quarterback you took in round one or the wide receiver in round two? Tell us about it!

The best comments will get posted on another post describing each team’s draft performance from a fan’s perspective very soon! There will be more and more polls as the 3rd-7th round continues at the NFL Draft so stay tuned!

MY RANKINGS OF EACH TEAM 1-32

Who Had the Best NFL Draft?
Who will be the rookie of the year?

AFC East
Miami
Dolphins
New England Patriots
Buffalo Bills
New York Jets

NFC East:
Dallas Cowboys
New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Washington Redskins

AFC North:
Pittsburgh Steelers
Baltimore Ravens
Cleveland Browns
Cincinnati Bengals

NFC North:
Detroit Lions
Chicago Bears
Green Bay Packers
Minnesota Vikings

AFC South:
Indianapolis Colts
Tennessee Titans
Houston Texans
Jacksonville Jaguars

NFC South:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New Orleans Saints
Atlanta Falcons
Carolina Panthers

AFC West:
Denver Broncos
Kansas City Chiefs
San Diego Chargers
Oakland Raiders

NFC West:
San Francisco 49ers
Arizona Cardinals
St. Louis Rams
Seattle Seahawks


Category: NFL
Posted on: April 25, 2009 4:24 pm
 

Live NFL Draft Thoughts

I will be here with live thoughts from today’s NFL draft. As each pick is made I will grade the selection based off of need, availability, and my thought on the selection. It should be a lot of fun to see what happens today. Link: http://onlinesportsfanatic.com/?p=69

Unfortunately my site was hacked over the last few days and everything was deleted. I have now fixed it with a new layout.
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Draft
 
Posted on: June 19, 2008 1:41 am
 

2009 NFL FAN MOCK DRAFT--VOTE NOW!

Go vote on the 2009 NFL Fan Mock Draft! It's pretty cool, NFLmocks.com is allowing fans to create their own 2009 NFL mock draft by voting daily on the team on the clock.
Category: NFL
Posted on: June 1, 2008 2:27 am
 

2009 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: June Edition

THIS IS FROM ONLINESPORTSFANATIC.COM......CHECK OUT THE ARTICLE HERE!

Before anyone criticizes our draft order we did it as fairly as we could. Four of our writers helped with the draft and we all agreed on our 12 playoff teams before we did anything. So we then drew team names out of a hat for the non playoff teams, positions 1-20. After that we stuck our 12 playoff teams in a hat and drew for positions 21-32. Amazingly Carolina got the top pick, which it traded to Philadelphia in the 2008 NFL Draft. There are a lot of happy Eagles fans out there.

The biggest loser in our second NFL Mock Draft? The Atlanta Falcons who fall all the way from the #1 pick to the #9 pick. That means no Michael Crabtree or Michael Oher to compliment QB Matt Ryan. This time they select Travis Beckum, a very athletic tight end from Wisconsin. He should still help Ryan a lot.

Some of the tougher picks of this mock draft were the Chargers, Saints, Patriots, and Colts picks at the end of the first round. Those four teams are all solid in a lot of areas (especially NE and IND). Guards aren't usually selected in the first round and we have San Diego selecting Duke Robinson. Robinson is a special talent and San Diego selected him in that spot because he probably would be gone by the time they selected in round two.

Fili Moala is the big gainer in this mock draft. He gains 17 spots. Just to be honest, we knew he was too low in our initial mock draft but we just couldn't find anywhere to put him.

The biggest faller was Tyson Jackson, falling 13 spots, but at least he made this draft. Brian Cushing fell considerably from the first mock draft, mainly due to need. Cushing fell from #19 out of the first round. Michael Johnson is a guy we have ranked fifth on our big board but he also tumbled out of this first round, once again mainly due to need for his position. These guys will eventually move their way back into the first round more than likely. Others that fell out of the first round were Brian Robiskie, Gregg Middleton, Chase Daniel, and Brandon Lafell.

One major difference you will notice is that there are no trades in our mock draft. In our first one there were many, but this time around we just didn't see any trades happening although they were considered for every single team. One of the most considered spots to trade in this draft was #24 when San Diego was on the clock. They took Duke Robinson, a guard (as noted above) instead when no trade partner could be thought of. Chicago is a team that could jump in that position by trading future picks to take a quarterback like Sam Bradford or Chase Daniel. That would've also allowed San Diego to move back into the early second round into a spot where Robinson would more than likely be available.

If you like this mock draft then please tell people about it. It takes a lot of work to do this every month.


1. Eagles (via trade with Panthers): WR Michael Crabtree (Texas Tech)
How about the luck of the Eagles? When we drew the team names out of a hat Carolina was drawn first, having the worst record in the NFL but the Panthers had already traded their pick in the 2008 draft to Philadelphia. That means Philadelphia has to take Michael Crabtree. Donovan McNabb has needed a big play receiver since Terrell Owens left town and the Texas Tech wide receiver would be that guy.

2. Texans: OT Michael Oher (Ole Miss)
Michael Oher is the most talented offensive lineman in the draft. He does it all, and would help any team he goes to, especially the Houston Texans, who give up lots of sacks.

3. Chiefs: QB Matthew Stafford (Georgia)
Stafford is the pick over Tim Tebow here. Matthew plays in a pro style offense and would probably be more NFL ready than his Florida counterpart. The Chiefs (just like the Jets in our initial mock draft) select a QB #3 overall.

4. Rams: CB Michael Jenkins (Ohio State)
The Rams have nobody to hang with big, tall receivers. Jenkins is 6'3" and has excellent coverage skills. He anchored the top pass defense in the country in 2007, so the transition to the NFL should be pretty smooth. St. Louis gets the same guy as last team, only a bit higher

5. Raiders: LB James Laurinaitis (Ohio State)
In our first mock draft the Raiders took Laurinitus at #4 overall. This time they have the fifth pick and they still get their guy. This pick will help a linebacking core that needs a playmaker, plus Oakland has went offense the last two years.

6. Broncos: DE George Selvie (South Florida)
The Denver Broncos choose Selvie to complement Elvis Dumervil. Selvie is very quick off the line, and he makes a ton of backfield stops. He runs a 4.5 40, and should be able to help out Denver's D-Line right away. This guy is the real deal, and will likely impact this team immensely as a rookie.

7. Lions: QB Tim Tebow (Florida)
The choices here were Chris Wells or Tim Tebow. Last time we went with Wells. This time we go with Tebow. Why? Well Jon Kitna is 35 years old and he keeps guaranteeing 10 win seasons for the Lions. That is going to get old in a hurry.

8. Falcons: TE Travis Beckum (Wisconsin)
The Atlanta Falcons have no real tight end, and unless one of their current five emerges as a star in the 2008 season, they will look to bolster that position in the draft. Travis Beckum is the best tight end in the draft, and the Falcons scoop him up at number 8.


9. Bills: DT Fili Moala (USC)
Wow. Buffalo is loaded. There really wasn't an area of weakness here with Buffalo being set at every position. Marcus Stroud is recovering from an ankle injury so that's the only hole we can find at all.

10. Vikings: WR Percy Harvin (Florida)
Bernard Berrian is not a number one receiver. The Vikings really need help at this position, so they take Percy Harvin, the do-it-all receiver from Florida. Harvin will give Tarvaris Jackson a safety outlet, because he can make something out of nothing with his quickness.

11. Bears: RB Chris Wells (Ohio State)
Cedric Benson has not been the answer at running back for Chicago. They need someone else so they take Wells here, the first running back taken at #11 overall.  He would make an immediate impact.

12. Seahawks: S Myron Rolle (Florida State)
Last time we had Andre Smith picked here, but with Scott Locklear and Walter Jones at OT and a rookie joining the depth chart it appears the Seahawks will go somewhere else here. Myron Rolle would help a secondary that could use use some depth.

13. 49ers: QB Curtis Painter (Purdue)
This could be a reach because Painter is not really a top rated player but San Francisco needs a quarterback badly. Alex Smith has not grasped the NFL offense and San Francisco has to give up on him eventually don't they? This would be moving past the AS Era in SF.

14. Redskins: LB Ray Maualuga (USC)
Maualuga would be an absolute steal here. In the last mock draft we had Washington taking Brian Cushing but by gaining five spots the Redskins can take the even higher rated USC linebacker, Maualuga.

15. Dolphins: WR Derrius Heyward Bey (Maryland)
Derrius Heyward-Bey is the choice over Byrd, Robiskie, and Maclin. The Dolphins just drafted Ted Ginn Jr.in 07, but he is never going to be a star receiver. He is mainly just an electrifying return man. Their other choices at wideout are Earnest Wilford and Derek Hagan.

16. Bengals: OT Andre Smith (Alabama)
Willie Anderson is getting up in years and Smith is a top offensive lineman. The Alabama lineman would be a great choice for the Bengals because he would open up holes for Rudi Johnson and Kenny Watson.

17. Bucs: WR Demetrius Byrd (LSU)
Jon Gruden loves big receivers. With Joey Galloway at 36 and Ike Hillard at 31 it is time to go young. The Buccaneers don't know how who their QB of the future is but when they figure it out that guy will need a young receiver to throw the ball to.

18. Jets: RB Knowshon Moreno (Georgia)
We all know what happens when a running back hits 30 and Thomas Jones will do just that this season. If he does slow down then New York will have to draft a running back for the future. Moreno has quick feet and runs through the SEC's best defenses.

19. Ravens: OT Alex Boone (Ohio State)
The Ravens selected Michael Oher in our last mock draft but in this draft they are selecting 17 spots later which means they get Boone, the third highest rated OT in this draft. They select him because Jonathon Ogden is 33 and getting up there in years.

20. Browns: DE Tyson Jackson (LSU)
Robaire Smith will turn 31 this upcoming season and he will eventually lose a step. Without any major need positions to fill the Browns draft Jackson, who stumbles 13 spots from our last draft just because of lack of need.

21. Cardinals: RB C. J. Spiller (Clemson)
Edgerrin James will turn 30 this season and has struggled since he signed with the Cardinals. Whether of not he struggles in 2008 is a guess but either way Arizona needs to grab a young running back. Spiller would be a great addition.

22. Saints: CB Victor Harris (Illinois)
Mike McKenzie is one of the NFL's première corners but is already 32 years old.  The Saints just drafted a cornerback, Tracy Porter, this year but they need a big time defensive back. Harris could be that guy for New Orleans if given the chance.

23. Steelers: LB Brandon Spikes (Florida)
James Farrior is entering his 12th season and will probably retire within the next three seasons. If Pittsburgh wants to look towards the future then Spikes would be a great choice. He brings lots of athleticism and has a nose that takes him to the football.

24. Chargers: G Duke Robinson (Oklahoma)
Guard is a position that is usually filled in the second round or later but Robinson is too good to pass up for the Chargers. Mike Goff is 32 years old at one of the most grueling positions in the NFL, so San Diego has to prepare for the upcoming years.

25. Giants: CB Vontae Davis (Illinois)
Sam Madison will play his 12th NFL season this year. R. W. McQuarters will play his 11th. It's time to draft a cornerback if you're the Giants and Vontae Davis is the playmaker they need. He's not afraid to be aggressive off the line and is quick enough to recover if the receiver makes a move to get by him.

26. Cowboys: WR Aaron Kelly (Clemson)
I'm not sure how Dallas missed out on taking a receiver in the 2008 NFL Draft but they did, making it an absolute must in the 09 Draft. The Cowboys are so desperate that they are going to use Pacman Jones at receiver due to the Terry Glenn situation.

27. Patriots: S Taylor Mays (USC)
Mays is more of a free safety but the Patriots need a strong safety to replace Rodney Harrison when he loses a step. They already have Brandon Merriweather to play free safety. Mays is a great player and would be a steal at #27 overall. In our last mock draft we had him going #16 overall.

28. Titans: WR Jeremy Maclin (Missouri)
This pick would do two things for Tennessee. First of all we know Tennessee has to grab a receiver in this draft because their receiving corps is just not getting it done, so this would fill that need. Secondly Maclin would be a return man that electrifies crowds the same way PacMan Jones did before he was traded to Dallas.

29. Packers: CB Wopamo Osaisai (Stanford)
The Al Harris-Charles Woodson era in Green Bay cannot last forever. With Davis (the guy Green Bay took in our initial mock draft) gone the Packers go to the next wave of defensive backs. Osaisai will be a late first to mid second round pick.

30. Colts: TE Chase Coffman (Missouri)
Dallas Clark is a young guy that the Colts move around in the slot and put in many different places. Coffman would be a true tight end that could block and help Peyton Manning in the passing game. Clark is a do it all guy. Coffman would be strictly a tight end, something Indianapolis doesn't already have. They are basically set in every position.

31. Eagles: S Nic Harris (Oklahoma)
Brian Dawkins is 34 and although J. R. Reed and Sean Considine are decent players neither are in the same league as Dawkins. The Eagles hope Harris can fill the void that Dawkins will leave when he retires when they select him here.

32. Jaguars: DT Senderrick Marks (Auburn)
The Jaguars continue working on their defensive line after taking Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves in the 08 Draft. Rob Meier is 30 so the Jaguars take Marks in a toss up over Al Woods from LSU here as the final pick in the NFL Draft.
Category: NFL
Posted on: May 28, 2008 3:11 pm
 

NFL Power Rankings: Very Early

This is the NFL Power Rankings off my site, OnlineSportsFanatic.com

1. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts over the Patriots, I'm sure I will get some flack for that. San Diego put them out in the playoffs but you have to figure Manning will lead them back.


2. New England Patriots
18-1 last season, but now they have to face something they've never faced before. Losing a Super Bowl, can the Patriots recover mentally?


3. Dallas Cowboys
If Tony Romo can perform in the postseason like he does in the regular season then Dallas will be playing for the Super Bowl.


4. San Diego Chargers
They are loaded with talent but when you play in the same conference as Indy and NE talent just isn't enough.


5.Pittsburgh Steelers
Big Ben knows how to get to the Super Bowl. If he hopes to get back Santonio Holmes is going to have to continue developing into a top receiver.


6. Jacksonville Jaguars
If only this team didn't play in the AFC South. The Jaguars have become one of the NFL's most consistent franchises.


7. New York Giants
I've never had a Super Bowl champion ranked this low but the NFC is weak and top to bottom the Cowboys are just better than the Giants.


8. New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees is one of the NFL's première QBs but he can't do it alone. The Saints need their defense to improve in a hurry to get back to the top of the NFC.


9. Philadelphia Eagles
A lot of experts like this team to make the playoffs after missing them last season. I agree with that statement, they just have too much talent.


10. Seattle Seahawks
Not sure what to expect from the Seahawks this year. No Shaun Alexander but still enough talent to be the overwhelming favorite in the NFC West division.


11. Washington Redskins
How good is the NFC East? I have the four teams ranked 3-11. This is partly because the NFC is the weaker conference and partly because of the division's strength.


12. Green Bay Packers
The Packers begin their first season without Brett Favre in the time I've been alive, and they fall to #12 because of it.


13. Cleveland Browns
The Browns came just one game from the playoffs last season and look to compete for them this season. I expect them to go around 8-8.


14. Tennessee Titans
This is really a huge year for Vince Young and his time to develop into a passer. If Tennessee is ever going to win with him then his time is now.


15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Can the Bucs win the NFC South again? Jon Gruden hopes he can find his QB and that whoever that guy is can lead his team. Good luck.


16. Arizona Cardinals
Shhh.....don't say it too loudly but I actually like Arizona to win the NFC West this year.


17. Denver Broncos
Denver always finds a way to field a winning football team. Playing the Chiefs and Raiders four times it shouldn't be hard to win 8-10 games again.


18. Houston Texans
If Houston played in the NFC then they'd probably be a playoff team every season. In the AFC South 8-8 is good enough for the cellar.


19. Minnesota Vikings
It look Adrian Peterson just one season to become the NFL's best running back. Now if he could only find the QB to make the Vikings real contenders.


20. Cincinnati Bengals
The offense is still explosive. The defense is still the problem here. Can Cincy turn it around in time to become contenders in the AFC?


21. Chicago Bears
We've been saying the same stuff about the Bears for years and it's still the problem in Chicago. Can Red Grossman finally become the answer at QB? Probably not. The guy has had three years.


22. Detroit Lions
Jon Kitna is guaranteeing that the Lions will win 10 games again this year. Good luck Jon.


23. Buffalo Bills
Trent Edwards will begin the season as the starter for Buffalo. His development will show the Bills success.


24. Carolina Panthers
Steve Smith needs to get back to the top of his game. Of course that means Jake Delhomme will have to get the ball to him.


25. St. Louis Rams
The Rams have too much talent to limp through another season.


26. San Francisco 49ers
Alex Smith is probably looking at his last opportunity to show he is a NFL caliber quarterback.


27. Baltimore Ravens
If Joe Flacco doesn't turn their offense around then Baltimore is in trouble. Another four years waiting for another QB to develop...well that would be terrible.


28. Oakland Raiders
JaMarcus Russell handing off to Darren McFadden. If both become what Oakland believes they can then the Raiders are an up and coming franchise.


29. New York Jets
The Jets have to find their quarterback before they can even get a sniff at the postseason.


30. Kansas City Chiefs
Living in Alabama I will be the first to tell you that Brodie Croyle is not the longterm answer at QB for the Chiefs.


31. Miami Dolphins
Yes the 1-15 team from last year isn't even last in my power rankings. Bill Parcells will turn them around, and they start one spot at a time.


32. Atlanta Falcons
I love the pick of Matt Ryan. Michael Vick is no longer the face of their franchise. A great first step.
Category: NFL
 
 
 
 
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com