Posted on: April 28, 2010 3:47 pm
Edited on: May 5, 2010 9:45 am

NFL Power Rankings

#1 - Jets  (14-2)
#2 - Colts (14-2)
#3 - Ravens (13-3)
#4 - Chargers (14-2)
#5 - Cowboys (11-5)
#6 - Packers (11-5)
#7 - Dolphins (11-5)
#8 - 49ers (12-4)
#9 - Vikings (10-6)
#10 - Saints (10-6)
#11 - Steelers (9-7)
#12 - Redskins (9-7)
#13 - Bengals (9-7)
#14 - Giants (8-8)
#15 - Bears (8-8)
#16 - Falcons (9-7)
#17 - Chiefs (9-7)
#18 - Eagles (7-9)
#19 - Seahawks (8-8)
#20 - Patriots (6-10)
#21 - Titans (7-9)
#22 - Cardinals (6-10)
#23 - Texans (6-10)
#24 - Buccaneers (5-11)
#25 - Panthers (5-11)
#26 - Rams (5-11)
#27 - Raiders (5-11)
#28 - Browns (4-12)
#29 - Broncos (4-12)
#30 - Jaguars (3-13)
#31 - Lions (2-14)
#32 - Bills (1-15)

#1 -Jets - This team had the best defense in the league last year...and actually improved it during the offseason. Trading for Antonio Cromartie and Drafting Kyle Wilson and then signing Donovan Warren...GL passing the ball NE, Miami, well....anyone. Losing TJ and Leon wont affect much as Shonn Greene will prove he can be an everydown back while getting plenty of tips from LT, who will spell here in and there. Year Two for Mark Sanchez...it's going to be "dirty, filthy, and NASTY." With Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery on one side, and Superbowl MVP Santonio Holmes on the other....I am betting the farm the Jets are AFC Champions 2010.

#2 -Colts - Peyton Manning won't miss a beat this season. His WR's need to stay healthy (see Pierre Garcon, Anthony Gonzalez) let alone Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie. Dallas Clark is a top 3 TE in the league and will continue to move the chains with Manning. Their draft focused on some defense and refused to focus on a young QB. Mike Hart is far behind Donald Brown and Joseph Addai, but shouldnt be forgotten. Jerry Hughes (1st round) will most likely be set at defensive end to become a speedy pass rusher around the outside. Jacques McClendon (OG - fourth round) should be a strong asset in the OL rotation this season, giving Manning an even larger edge against the opposing secondary. With a decent schedule running through the NFC east, the Colts still show they will be hunting for another trip to the superbowl.

#3 -Ravens - Joe Flacco has two more weapons this season in Dante Stallworth and more importantly, Anquan Boldin. Anquan has great sideline ability and Stallworth can cut across the middle for those dumpy slant route passes. MarK Clayton and Derrick Mason wont be forgotten either. Ray Rice is projected to gain even more yards than last year with the upgraded WR core and is a solid target in your fantasy draft for at least 1500+ 12+ TDs this season. Depending on the health of Todd Heap, the Ravens could move ahead as a top offensive team, which will have people doing a double take when they see them leading the score boards and yardage leaders. Players like Dominque Foxworth and Lardarius Webb need to improve this offseason in order for the secondary, the team's only recognizable weakness, to keep this team from slipping. Ray Lewis? I dont think he'll ever stop playing this game, let alone stop playing it well.

#4 -Chargers - ***Running situation? Coaching?***

#5 -Cowboys - I don't care how bad Wade Phillips is as a coach, or how much Romo is over rated, the offensive weapons, and Felix Jones being in his 3rd season, subplanting Marion Barber as starter, the Cowboys are this year's New Orleans Saints. Roy Williams hasnt shown much, but he will when he's pushed the entire preseason and regular season by rookie Dez Bryant. Miles Austin? Pro Bowl. Don't forget about Jason Witten. They will have questions on defense...none to label specificaly, but it will be enough, Romo will finally do it after tasting blood last year, the Cowboys, as much as I hate saying it, will be NFC Champions 2010. (Only if McNabahan doesn't turn the skins into an outstanding team, and the Madden Curse doesn't skip a beat in New Orleans.)

#6 -Packers - ***Improved Defense***

#7 -Dolphins - ***Henne and Marshall + CB's***

#8 -49ers - Alex Smith....being argued as a #1 Bust and with all the Jemarcus Russel talking, his name pops in here and there. This year, will be different. I'm pulling a Jason Campbell logic (already this sounds like crap, I know) but he's under the same consecutive offensive coordinator and play calling for the first time in his pro career. His shoulder should be back to %100, and has been given a new talented young o-line (Mike Iupati and Anthony Davis) to protect him, as well as the organization backing him %100 now and have shown theyre comitted solely to him. Let's also mention that he "should" be starting with better field position off of kick and punt returns with the acquisition of Ted Ginn Jr. Other key points that drasticaly improve the 49ers is Vernon Davis' head has shrunk back to earth thanks to Mike Singletary (genius without pants) and Michael Crabtree will play in games 1 thru 5. You're a fool if you dont think Michael Crabtree is a great player and has a large impact on the offensive push. Josh Morgan is in his third season and is projected to have a breakout season. You also never know if Ted Ginn might actually work on his catching skills this offseason.......you never know, but im not counting on that. Dont forget that Glenn Coffee is a backup. And to who? the perennial injury machine Frank Gore. But Frank Gore is plenty enough to dominate day in and out as a dual threat RB easily a top 10 in the league. I also want to point out that the 49ers have the best LB in football, Patrick Willis. He's young, he's a tackling machine, and everyone would pay top dollar for him. Let's also not forget about Manny Lawson and Takeo Spikes. But adding someone like Taylor Mays at Safety....a freak hard hitting athlete that only dropped in the draft because of off the field intangibles, please...Mike will just drop his drawers and he'll be under the Singletary spell. This team has a lot of talent, and is ready to use it. With one of the easiest schedules in the NFL this season, It's a lock that the 49ers are in the playoffs, making a run at a superbowl.

#9 -Vikings - ***Favre or Jackson, Harvin and Peterson***

#10 - Superbowl Champion Saints - Congratulations to New Orleans for their victory in their Team's first trip to the superbowl. Here's what to prepare for: Your quarterback is jinxing the entire season by agreeing to become the cover of Madden 11 (voted by the fans,) your team, and city, wont give the same energy and motivation because it's no longer your team's "first" superbowl, and you're still the same team as last year, but with a schedule a bit harder. I don't doubt your youth and talent, but why havnt you re-signed Pierre Thomas yet? What's with signing 14 undrafted free agents? I know you're the champions, but you have to believe your competetion is improving during the offseason, why not at least make an effort? Maybe I'm just not paying enough attention, or as many say I know nothing about football. Perhaps Darren Sharper will continue to help your team and give some great leadership, but Shockey doesnt run your team, so who cares what he says. Dallas, Minnesota, San Fran, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh....and maybe even Arizona losses with a split with Atlanta. I see (and so does Miss Cleo) at least 4 losses in there.

#11 -Steelers - Ben's out for Six games. The Steelers improved with the pickup of a young center, where theie offensive line is possibly the worst in the league (side by side with Washington.) Their draft focused on their defensive ends and snatched Jonathan Dwyer in the sixth. The only problem is Baltimore improved dramaticaly and the Browns are looking less like an easy win with their defense improving. Roethlisberger's immaturity off the field IS going to have an affect on this team, but he'll rally them in his return to just barely beat out cincinnati and KC for the wild card.

#12 -Redskins - ***McNabbahan and Runningback Committee***

#13 -Bengals - ***TE and Cedric Benson***

#14 -Giants - ****Coughlin youre in or out, Brandon Jacobs?***

#15 -Bears - Jay Cutler isn't the greatest, but he just needs some time to get better....one thing that seems to frustrate JC is his team's lack of defense last year that would have saved many games (not to mention Cutler's Ints either....) But with his young receivers (Devin Aromashodu, Johnny Knox) and the WR Project Devin Hester, can you blame him?  TE Greg Olsen is a major impact on Cutler's offense and will continue to grow into a top receiving TE. Will Matt Forte turn back into his rookie year form? Even if not, Chester Taylor and Brandon Minor will be waiting to fill in. Landing Julius Peppers should improve leaps and bounds, as well as having a healthy Brian Urlacher for hopefully the entire season. In the draft Chicago addressed their defensive needs just fine.  Wakeup, NFC North, Chicago is gonna be grizzly. Shame their schedule is super tough.

#16 -Falcons - ***Michael Turner, Michael Turner, and Tony Gonzalez, and Michael Turner***

#17 -Chiefs - ***New SS, Matt Cassell a bust?Dwayne Bowe wakeup***

#18 -Eagles -***Kevin Kolb or Vick week 4? Young***

#19 -Seahawks -***Great Draft, Hasselback Healthy***

#20 -Patriots -
Everyone (except Dolphin, Jet, and Bill fans (wait bills fans dont really care)) wants Tom Brady to return to form. If he does, he's going to have some trouble anyways. Rookie Rob Gronkowski will need to be useful this season, Wes Welker will be sorely missed with injury, and Randy Moss is being Randy Moss again (the Bad one, not the Good one.) Let's hope he keeps interest in winning with the Patriots rather than wanting to win with another team sometime midseason. BenJarvus Green-Ellis should become the featured back, how soon will it be necessary though? Look for Rookie linebacker Jermaine Cunningham to turn some heads, and hopefully give NE the pass rush they need in order to pressure the young QBs in their division. The Patriots are falling behind and really need to pick it up with their very tough schedule this season. (Now bring on the hate for their 6-10, but look at the schedule...Chi, GB, Minn, Balt, Cin, Pitt, Indy, San Diego....Not to mention the Jets and Dolphins twice.)

#21 - Titans - ***Chris Johnson has a slow year after all those carries last year, Vince Young lol***

#22 -Cardinals - ***No more Warner, Lienhart a bust***

#23 -Texans - ***no more Kyle Shanahan, Slaton continues woes***

#24 -Buccaneers - ***Improving, but just not there yet***

#25 -Panthers - ***Moore blowsup first game, Clausen takes over, but team can't get it going on defense***

#26 -Rams - Sam Bradford out performs Matt Stafford by leaps and bounds this year. Steven Jackson has proven to be one of the elite dual threat runningbacks in the league, now let's see if he can continue while theyr prep the Rams young franchise QB. Rams are going to steal a few wins here and there from unsuspecting teams and really show that theyre ready to make a run at a winning season......soon, just maybe not this year. Perhaps signing on Brian Westbrook to help spell Jackson will help add more running plays and let Bradford manage an easier game focusing mostly on the run. Roger Staffold should add enough protection to help Sam Bradford get 20 comfortable throws a game.

#27 -Raiders - ***Campbell doesnt fix anything, defense improves, but cant win games***

#28 -Browns -***Awful...rely heavily on running game and just can't stop the offensive monsters they match up to play***

#29 -Broncos - ***Wide Receivers cant get the ball into their hands, because noone can throw them.***

#30 -Jaguars - ***Where are they headed? Vegas? SouCal?***

#31 -Lions - ***Stafford does fine, the defense does not***

#32 -Bills - Sorry Buffalo, your management and coaches wanted more "Pow, Pizazz, and excitement" on your team, not wins, so they drafted C.J. Spiller. There were so many other options available that would have helped your team immediately, or even trading down for a possible QB project in McCoy or Clausen (dont need to mention Tebow, thats just R-tarded) The Bills failed to bite, and being in the second toughest division in football, you will squat on 32nd place this season. 2011, Jake Locker is all yours.

Playoffs - NFC - West - San Fran (12-4)
            - NFC - South - New Orleans (10-6)
            - NFC - North - Green Bay (11-5)
            - NFC - East - Dallas (11-5)
            - Wild Card - Minnesota (10-6)
            - Wild Card - Washington (9-7)

            - AFC - West - San Diego (14-2)
            - AFC - South - Indianaoplis (14-2)
            - AFC - North - Baltimore (13-3)
            - AFC - East - New York Jets (14-2)
            - Wild Card - Miami (11-5)
            - Wild Card - Pittsburgh (9-7)

***Teams with this will be in detail later***

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