Re: 2010 NFL Power Ratings
posted at 9/10/2010 9:19 AM EDT
In Response to 2010 NFL Power Ratings
[QUOTE] At last, for better or for worse, the 2010 NFL season is upon us! Rather than break the teams down by division, I've assigned my predicted rank for each team, in a worst to first order. I injuries are impossible to predict, and will undoubtedly serve to skew these ratings as the season rolls on. Nonetheless: 32.) St. Louis Rams : Don't be swayed too much by their 36-35 pre-season win at Foxborough. The Rams are a bad football team. Their defense is one of the worse in the NFL. Though rookie QB Sam Bradford does show promise, like any QB, he needs time to throw. Look for poor Sam to be spending lots of time on his backside, as the veteran DC will blitz him early and often. Before the season is out, don't be surprised if star RB Steven Jackson is traded; 31.) Chicago Bears: The wheels fall off the Jay Cutler bandwagon this season. The Vikings, Packers, and even the Lions all appear to be better teams. Cutler is the second coming of Jeff George. Somehow, someway, he'll eventually be reunited with Mike Shanahan in Washington. Even the addition of Julius Peppers won't save this bunch from a horrific season; 30.) Cleveland Browns: Playing in perhaps the toughest division in football certainly will not enhance Eric Mangini's chances of keeping his job. I mean really, how can any fan base get excited when their offense is led by Jake DelHomme? Who does Jake have to throw to? How much longer can kick returner, RB/WR Josh Cribbs continue to carry their anemic offense? 29.) Buffalo Bills : The Bills' front seven makes the Pats front seven look like the reincarnation of the Steel Curtain. Although RB C.J. Spiller looks like a true game breaker, the Bills weak OTs will ensure that he has little running room. I'm also not sold on Trent Edwards as an NFL QB, or Chan Gailey as an NFL coach; 28.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers : Although I really their draft, their season rides on the development, or lack thereof, of QB Josh Freeman. The kid certainly has all the physical attributes desired of an NFL QB, so did JaMarcus Russell. Look for their offense to continue to sputter, as Freeman continues his learning process. New DTs McCoy and Price should fortify their defense for years to come; 27.) Seattle Seahawks: Despite the additions of Pete Carroll, and some pretty good college prospects, the Seahawks are going nowhere with Matt Hasselbeck as their QB. You have to question why they traded a couple of high draft choices to San Diego for their back-up QB, Charlie Whitehurst, if they intended to start Hasselbeck all along? If Whitehurst isn't good enough to unseat the mediocre at best Hasselbeck, that deal was a huge personnel error. 26.) Detroit Lions: Though the Lions are not ready to challenge the Vikings or Packers, they'll be better than the grossly overrated Bears...and finally appear to be heading in the right direction. But, lets' not get too carried away this bunch. There's still plenty of work to done on the OL, at RLB, and in the secondary, before these Lions can begin to roar; 25.) K.C. Chiefs : Still too many holes on the OL and front seven, in particular, for the Chiefs to become a serious challenger to the Chargers, in the AFC West. But, like the Lions, they do appear to be heading in the right direction. QB Matt Cassel needs more weapons, and more protection, before the Chiefs show noticeable improvement. It will be interesting to see what Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel can do with this young group; 24.) Arizona Cardinals: Going from Kurt Warner to Derek Anderson is a huge drop off. Anquan Boldin knew what he was doing, when he manuevered his way out of Arizona to Baltimore. Their defense was exposed by the Green Bay Packers in back to back games last year. The only thing that prevented me from dropping the Cards further down on this list is the fact that they play in the weakest division in the NFL. Indeed, if the AFC West were an apartment house, it would be condemned. 23.) Jacksonville Jaguars: Believe it or not, Jack Del Rio is an underrated coach. How many coaches could compete in the NFL with David Gerrard as their QB, with a stable of below average WRs, and with a mediocre defense? For the past two years, RB Maurice Jones-Drew has carried the offense on his relatively diminutive shoulders. How much longer can he hold up? Most pundits agree that the Jags had the worst draft of any team, last April; 22.) Denver Broncos: Too many pre-season injuries has ruined their season before it began. Losing their best pass rusher, Elvis Dumervil, was a crushing blow. The injury situation at RB has practically left the position vacant. No team can lose a talent like Brandon Marshall, and expect to be a better offensive team. Only some great coaching by Josh McDaniels, and playing in the weakest division in the AFC, will keep them respectable. 21.) Atlanta Falcons: Some may be surprised that I hold the Falcons in such low regard. Like the Pats, their defense struggles in applying pressure to opposing QBs. Their hopes lie with RB Michael Turner. Though most credited then rookie QB Matt Ryan with their resurgence two years ago, it was Turner who caused the turn-around with a youthful LT-like season. Ever since, Turner has been bitten by the injury bug...perhaps due to the 376 carries he logged during his aforementioned brilliant season. A relatively weak draft, an aging Tony Gonzalez, and the speedy yet inconsistent Roddy White creates visions of mediocrity, rather than of a legitimate SB contender; 20.) Oakland Raiders: For the first time in years, the Raiders appeared to have a strong draft. the release of JaMarcus Russell appears to be a case of addition by subtraction. The same could be true if QB Jason Campbell loses his job through injury to Bruce Gradkowski, who appears to be the better leader. How well the Raiders do will largely depend on ther play of their OL and DL. Though many tout Darren McFadden as a key player, he appears to be a bust. 19.) Philadelphia Eagles: Kevin Kolb has to show me. It's a lot easier to play as a back-up, with limited expectations, than to be The Guy. Kolb is now The Guy in Philly. He has some great weapons, including DeSean Jackson...who is perhaps the most dangerous player in the game. But, their running game and OL is questionable. Their defense has never been the same since the untimely death of DC Jim Johnson. 18.) Carolina Panthers: The Panthers' season will depend upon the ability of their defense. On offense, they appear to have a very good OL, and a great set of RBs. But, QB is a concern. Matt Moore did a good job in his stint last season. His weapons at WR are Steve Smith, and...well?? Carolina will win games when they are able to hold teams below 20 points per game...which will enable them to rely on their fine running game. But, don't expect them to win any shoot-outs. 17.) Washington Redskins: There will be lots of parity this season...with many 9-7, 8-8, and 7-9 teams. The 'Skins should do no worse than that, if for no other reason than the presence of their new coach, Mike Shanahan. Their biggest question mark is their OL. If they can establish the run, and do a decent job of protecting Donavan McNabb, they likely will reach 9, even 10 wins. But, thats' a big if; 16.) Houston Texans: For the past few seasons, the Texans look like they're ready to challenge the Colts in the AFC South. Yet every season, they disappoint. Their offense can be explosive, but is turn over prone. Their defense can at times be dominant, but tends to give up too many big plays. This team is too leaky a vessel to depend upon ; 15.) San Francisco 49ers : This team is the favorite to win the AFC West, pretty much by default. The biggest concern in SF is stability at QB, where Alex Smith has once again be handed the reins. Such is the state of the NFC West that the 49ers could win the division with an 8-8 record...although 9-7 seems well within their reach; 14,) Tennessee Titans: This team could surprise. Keep in mind that the Kerry Collins lead Titans finished with the league's best record, just two short years ago. Whether than happens again depends largely on the revamped Tennessee defense. RB Chris Johnson and QB Vince Young make this a fun team to watch ; 13.) San Diego Chargers: The Bolts will be good enough to win the weak AFC West. But, the loss of WR Vincent Jackson and, possibly, Marcus McNeill, will be too much to overcome for them to be a serious SB contender; 12.) N.Y. Jets: Has there ever been a more overrated team? Now that Darrelle Revis is back, their "D" will be a force to reckon with. But, Mark Sanchez scares nobody...and is a slip or hit away from re-injuring his damaged knees. In the bull=pen, Kullen Clemens?? LT has shown flashes during the pre-season. Shonn Greene appears to have some fumbling problems. Lets' not forget that last year, the Jets were a 9-7 club, that only nade the play-offs due to the cowardice of Bill Polian; 11.) Cincinnati Bengals: One has to like their young defense. Don't forget that this team beat the Steelers and Ravens twice, en route to winning the AFC Central. But, Carson Palmer doesn't appear to have ever fully regained his form coming off of his horrific knee injury in 2005. Though Chad Ochocinco and TO sound formidable on paper, both appear to be past their primes. The running game will dictate just how well the Bengals perform. 10.) Dallas Cowboys: Questions on the OL and in the secondary make the 'Boys vulnerable. Tony Romo is no Roger Staubach, or Troy Achman. Expecting rookie Dez Bryant to be the second coming of Randy Moss is a lot to ask ; 9.) Miami Dolphins : Chad Henne appears to be the rdeal deal. But, despite that, and the addition of WR Brandon Marshall, their running game and "D" will determine how far the 'Fins go; 8.) New England Patriots : The offense looks as good as ever...but there's still a question mark at #3 WR, and with regards to the OL...with the loss of Logan Mankins to whining.The trouble with this team is their defense...which looked horrible for the most part during the pre-season. The "D" will be BB's greatest challenge ; 7.) Pittsburgh Steelers: With the return of a healthy Troy Palamalu, the Steelers should be right back on track defensively. Though their running game isn't what it was, Ben Roethlisberger remains one of the NFL's top 5 QBs ; 6.) NY Giants : I love their depth on the DL. Their OL once again seems solid. Eli Manning is a better QB mow than he was two years ago...and he has a corp of good young WRs to throw to. The achilles heel on this team appears to be MLB, and their secondary. But, if their defense can consistently apply a pass-rush, the Giants will win the NFC East ; 5.) Minnesota Vikings : Ican't see Brett Farve repeating his success from last season. His ankle trouble appears to be affecting him...he's without Sidney Rice and, maybe, Percy Harvin...and Adrian Peterson must show that he can hold onto the ball; 4.) Baltimore Ravens: Though I really like their additions on offense, their defense appears to be somewhat vulnerable. Who knows how much Ray Lewis, and some of their other veterans on "D", have left? Remember, the Colts blew them out last year in the play-offs ; 3.) New Orleans Saints : Defending champs should be tough once again...and could repeat; 2.) Green Bay Packers: Their defense will determine whether the Pack can ultimately earn a ring; 1.) Indianapolis Colts : Barring an untimely injury to Dwight Freeney, and the cowardice of Bill Polian, the Colts might have gone unbeaten last season. Pick tonight: Saints: (-5). Take Saints.
Posted by TexasPat3[/QUOTE]
Looks like an amateur made this list up....
It is pretty funny....Indy #1? they barely won most of their games last year....
#5 Vikings? They have Rice is out for 8 games.....
Giants #6? LOL! WOW!
Pitt, ahead of the Pats is hilarious! QB out for 4 games!
There is no rhyme or reason to this list....just dart board picks.