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Week 1 NFL Power Rankings

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NFL Power Rankings

1

New Orlean Saints

New Orleans Saints

The champs until proven otherwise.  The Saints return all of the key pieces from their Super Bowl run and are ripe to begin a season-long defense of that title.  They won’t be sneaking up on anyone this year, but that doesn’t mean that you can prepare for New Orleans’ high-octane attack.

2

Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis Colts

One of the only teams that can make the NFL re-think a rule change, the Colts will be near the top of the NFL every season that #18 is under center.  Manning had his second best season of his career for passing yards and touchdowns, so age certainly isn’t slowing him.  As long as he’s healthy, take the Colts.

3

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers is on the verge of breaking through into the “Elite QB’s club” and many people believe that it will happen this year.  The Packers are also stacked on the defensive side of the ball with Dom Capers’ 3-4 scheme giving people fits.

4

New England Patriots

New England Patriots

Brady and Moss are both playing for new contracts and the Welker has had a sooner-than-expected return from surgery.  There are still questions on the defensive side of the ball, and the Patriots are not the overwhelming favorites in the AFC East.  Still dangerous though.

5

Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens

For the first time since, well, they were the Ravens, Baltimore might be better on the offensive side of the ball.  Joe Flacco now has countless weapons around him as he continues to develop as a standout quarterback in the league.  Picking up Boldin and T.J. Hoosyourmomma will made defenses respect the pass enough to let Ray Rice do work.  Trust me, Rice. Does. Work.

6

Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings

Hate the fact that these guys put it all on the like for #4, but I’m also a hater skeptic.  Losing Sidney Rice for have the season hurts as well, if Favre and Rice play the whole season together this is a Super Bowl contending team.  Now they will be fighting for Wild Card spots.

7

San Diego Chargers

San Diego Chargers

Vincent who?  Jackson came into San Diego without a ton of noise and pouted his way right out.  I’ll make it easy for you (whisper: It was the quarterback).  Ryan Matthews will get a chance to make a difference right away and Rivers will make everyone around him better, like he always has.

8

Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys

God they looked bad in the preseason, but that shouldn’t be a reflection of how this team should perform in the regular season.  Their defense is tough as nails and if Dez Bryant is have the talent he was in college, he will make for a dangerous threat across from Austin.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I need Roy Williams to take out his pad and carry it home. (Get it?)

9

Green Bay Packers

Philadelphia Eagles

Among the many new faces at quarterback across the league, Kolb has gone relatively unnoticed.  Granted, he has already had some experience under center, but he is inheriting a playoff-contending offense with a crop of young speedsters at WR.  Eagles were never sneaky-good with McNabb, but I think they might be this year.

10

Denver Broncos

Cincinnati Bengals

One of the biggest surprises of the 2009 season was the Bengals defense.  They finished 4th in the league in total defense, and expect to be among the elite again this year.  With all the attention on T.O. and Ocho, look for rookie tight end Jermaine Gresham to surprise people up the seam with a few big games.  Palmer was high on him at the end of camp, and if he stays healthy he could be a threat later in the season.

11

Arizona Cardinals

New York Jets

The Jets expect to be Super Bowl contenders.  We know this because we heard it on Hard Knocks 20394830980 times.  But just because they have the names doesn’t mean they can turn it into production on the field.  There is no doubt they have the bodies to get it done, but they need all those bodies healthy and willing.  Willing is the key word.

12

Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons have all the pieces in place to try and give the Saints a run for their money in the NFC South.  They also are the beneficiaries of a much easier schedule than the gauntlet they had to survive last season.  Their season will likely be determined in the last 5 weeks, with 4 games against division opponents.

13

Pittsburgh Steelers

San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers have not made the playoffs in eight years, but if there is any season to get it done it is likely 2010.  The NFC West is as weak as it’s been in recent memory and Mike Singletary’s squad seems to be finally gelling as a cohesive unit.  Vernon Davis has gone from banished to the showers to a fully evolved team leader.  If that can happen, the former Bears linebacker might have made himself a squad of believers in San Francisco.

14

Jacksonville Jaguars

Houston Texans

The Texans have put together too many “almost” seasons to not get it done this year.  With Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson coming off the best seasons of their careers, and the defense finally figuring out how to get to the quarterback.  Look for a breakout year from Arian Foster, and maybe the Texans will find themselves in the playoffs.

15

New York Giants

Pittsburgh Steelers

Word from Steelers’ camp is that Pittsburgh’s defense is extra-motivated this year to prove wrong the doubters.  I expect them to eventually rise above this position in the power rankings, but until Big Ben is back under center and I see proof that Rashard Mendenhall is over his fumbling issues, I’m a doubter.

16

Tennessee Titans

Tennessee Titans

Any team with Vince Young and Chris Johnson has a chance, but never a sure thing.  The Titans will be fighting for their lives to reach the playoffs this season in the AFC South.  Their starting defense lacks consistency and hopefully Stephen Tulloch will get that with new acquisition Will Witherspoon joining him in linebacking corps.

17

Baltimore Ravens

Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins front seven will have some fresh faces in 2010, and unfortunately for them, they have to unite facing one of the tougher schedules in the NFL.  But as long as the Wildcat continues to score touchdowns, they are a threat to most defenses.

18

Houston Texans

Washington Redskins

The Redskins upgrade with McNabb will also come with the same McNabb frustrations.  He’ll get hurt, be questionable, battle through injury, have a few good games, but never really regain full form since he never fully heals.  His first injury came in the preseason and he will start Week 1.  Andddd Action!

19

Miami Dolphins

New York Giants

The New York football Giants will be hungry to erase the memories of last season’s second half collapse after starting the season 5-0.  Interested to see who will be getting the late-game carries between Bradshaw and Jacobs now that it looks like the starting job has been handed off.

20

San Francisco 49ers

Carolina Panthers

The Jake Delhomme era in Carolina was packaged and punted to Cleveland and now it’s time for Matt Moore to prove himself as a starter.  He excelled in the last 4 weeks of last season as the Panthers were able to morally salvage a potentially horrific season.  Now they need to focus on making up for a preseason where they failed to score an offensive touchdown.

21

New York Jets

Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City has been dubbed as a AFC West sleeper by several pundits.  While they should have a better season than 4-12, they certainly will not overtake the Chargers for division champion.  Thomas Jones will do Thomas Jones things, which usually means running well every new place he goes.

22

Buffalo Bills

Chicago Bears

I’m tired of hearing how a Mike Martz scheme will change the Chicago Bears offense to a point where it makes them a contender.  You know what would make them a contender?  Throw less interceptions and tell Matt Forte he needs to find 2008 form or find a new job.

23

Seattle Seahawks

Oakland Raiders

The Silver and Black do look better, but that does not mean they look good.  Michael Bush was sure to have a breakout season, allowing McFadden to be a specialized third-down back.  Now with Bush’s thumb injury McFadden will have to step up, hopefully new QB Josh Campbell will be able to get the ball downfield to stretch out a defense.

24

Chicago Bears

Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals have been in headlines for all the wrong reasons so far in 2010.  With Derek Anderson now fully in control and Larry Fitzgerald healthy they have a fighting chance, but the Cardinals still look far different from the team that made the Super Bowl run in 2008.  Unfortunately, Ken Wisenhunt doesn’t seem to acknowledge that.

25

Carolina Panthers

Denver Broncos

The Broncos are well-coached and have a lot of players that play with a lot of heart and effort.  They will execute well at times and probably surprise some teams in big games.  But effort doesn’t get you to the playoffs, playmakers do, and there aren’t many of those on the roster in Denver.

26

Kansas City Chiefs

Seattle Seahawks

The Pete Carroll era begins in Seattle with a very scary sign.  He pulled a Spurrier.  When Steve Spurrier was in Washington he brought in Danny Wuerffel because he didn’t understand why no one else could get him to play the way he did at Florida.  It was awful.  Carroll did that with wide receiver Mike Williams.  Don’t hate, I’m just saying.

27

Washington Redskins

Detroit Lions

The Lions will look better this season.  Stafford supposedly has progressed significantly as a quarterback and leader, running back Jahvid Best shows promise, and defensively they are supposed to be much stronger.  If all that is true, then compared to last season they are Super Bowl contenders.  Operative phrase there being “compared to last season.”

28

Oakland Raiders

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars made some much needed personnel moves on defense, bringing in Kirk Morrison and Aaron Kampman, but when you have the 5th toughest schedule in the NFL you’ll have to do some more than that.  Making matters worse are these concerns about Maurice Jones-Drew’s knee problems..

29

Detroit Lions

Cleveland Browns

Eric Mangini has one last chance to save his job in Cleveland.  Mike Holmgren already stripped him of all his managerial duties, so hopefully Mangenius will have some kind of answers for Browns fans in Cleveland.

30

St. Louis Rams

St. Louis Rams

Sam Bradford has already received the keys to the offense, but as soon as he got them he lost Donnie Avery for the season.  The Rams are bad, but Steven Jackson is good.  The combination will give them 4-5 wins this season.

31

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I’m excited to see rookie DT Gerald McCoy start causing havoc out on the field, but the Bucs’ lake the right combination of playmakers to really scare, well, anyone.

32

Cleveland Browns

Buffalo Bills

I’m telling y’all: C.J. Spiller is going to do this at least once a game.

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