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Week Zero power rankings

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[Editor’s note:  This is a snapshot as to where each team stands entering Week One, not necessarily a prediction of how they’ll finish.]

1. Packers:  Sure, they barely made the playoffs.  But they won the games that mattered most.  They’ll stay atop the mountain until someone knocks them off.

2. Saints:  They could be that someone.

3.  Chargers:  If they can get off to a fast start, they could finally have a special finish.

4. Falcons:  Atlanta’s motto for 2011 — “if you can’t beat ‘em, try to outscore ‘em” — could result in an Arena League outcome when the Falcons face the Packers.

5. Steelers:  After three prior Super Bowl trips since 1995, the Steelers have missed the playoffs the next year.  So maybe they should be a lot lower than this.

6.  Jets:  If Mark Sanchez can play in the regular season like he plays in the postseason, the Jets will be No. 1 before too long.

7.  Patriots:  The team that hasn’t won a postseason game since 2007 needs to save a few of those regular-season victories for January.

8.  Ravens:  To get to the Super Bowl, the Ravens could use a home playoff game or two.  To make that happen, they need to knock off the Steelers at home on Sunday.

9.  Eagles:  Questions on the offensive line and at linebacker could keep this team’s dreams from coming true.

10.  Cowboys:  Complacency in 2010 could give way to hunger in 2011.  Which could carry the Cowboys farther than expected.

11.  Bears:  The No. 2 seed in the 2010 NFC playoff field could be heading a lot lower than this.

12. Texans:  Last year, the Texans triumphantly beat the Colts in Week One.  It was the 5-10 record the rest of the way that screwed things up.

13. Buccaneers:  Those 10 wins in 2010 notwithstanding, failing to beat the Lions at home in December raises questions about whether this franchise is ready to succeed.

14. Lions:  No team that has won eight games in three years has ever been so widely assumed to be a playoff contender.

15.  Giants:  With each snapped ACL, the Giants slide farther and farther into oblivion.

16. Chiefs:  The departure of Charlie Weis will hurt this team more than anyone realizes.

17.  Cardinals:  The Kevin Kolb trade already was a success; Larry Fitzgerald has signed an extension.

18.  Colts:  Serious concerns regarding No. 18 justifies putting the Colts at that same position.

19.  Jaguars:  With more than $35 million in cap space and Luke McCown as the starting quarterback, it’s hard not to wonder whether Wayne Weaver simply wants to stuff his mattress with cash this year.

20.  Raiders:  That 6-0 record in the AFC West gets tested immediately on Monday night.

21.  Rams:  A new offense and limited opportunities to teach Sam Bradford to run it could cause the Rams to take a step backward this year.

22.  Vikings:  If the offense clicks quickly, the Vikings could end up much higher than this.

23.  Seahawks:  If/when Charlie Whitehurst becomes the starting quarterback, the Seahawks will climb the ladder.

24.  Bills:  I still think the Bills could swipe a playoff spot this year.  But last year’s finish forces them to start from the back of the pack.

25.  49ers:  With Jim Harbaugh running the show, they likely won’t be in the 20s for long.

26.  Browns:  See the 49ers.

27. Titans:  For a team that had the same head coach for 17 years, too much is changing, too quickly.

28.  Panthers:  Six games against the Falcons, Saints, and Bucs will make it very hard for the Panthers to compete this year.

29. Dolphins:  The owner wanted Jim Harbaugh, but settled for Tony Sparano.  Sparano wanted Kyle Orton, but settled for Chad Henne.  The fans want the Heat, but may have to settle for the Dolphins.

30.  Broncos:  The fumes of Josh McDaniels are hanging in the mile-high air like the remnants of rancid pork burrito night.

31.  Redskins:  Maybe Dan Snyder can get Joe Gibbs to unretire again.

32.  Bengals:  Every Sunday, Cedric Benson will feel like one of his assault victims.

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262 Responses to “Week Zero power rankings”
  1. sadskinsfan89 says: Sep 6, 2011 10:56 PM

    Honestly y are the Redskins so low? 31? R u kidding? They may be bad but I can think of worse teams. Im think 9-7 for them. Just look at their schedule is all I ask.

  2. talkintrashallday says: Sep 6, 2011 10:56 PM

    The Chargers seem to always be in the top 5 every year….and EVERY SINGLE YEAR, they’re watching the Superbowl at home.

  3. myspaceyourface says: Sep 6, 2011 10:56 PM

    Steelers missed the playoffs after WINNING THE SB.

    NEWS FLASH THEY LOST: Translation they go 19-0 of course.

  4. perry1977 says: Sep 6, 2011 10:57 PM

    Denver’s a lil low.

  5. mojosmagic says: Sep 6, 2011 10:58 PM

    Falcons? Chargers? Give me a break.

  6. tiffpats4eva says: Sep 6, 2011 10:58 PM

    I want us under the radar.

  7. itsmammoth says: Sep 6, 2011 11:00 PM

    I get it…

    so, last year you said the Redskins were going to the Superbowl. This year you put them at the bottom.

    Your witchcraft is fooling no one.

  8. whodeykid says: Sep 6, 2011 11:00 PM

    How are the Panthers not dead last? I’m fine with the Bengals being next to last, but there is no way Carolina has done enough from the last horrible game of last year till now to be considered better. Worse team on paper, adjusting to new coaches and scheme as is Cincy.

  9. wethog66 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:00 PM

    The 49ers are ranked ahead of the Skins? lol Say what you want about the Skins QB situation, but so long as Alex Smith is the starting QB the 9ers are truely in the “Suck for Luck” sweepstakes.

  10. shaggytoodle says: Sep 6, 2011 11:00 PM

    Packers barely made the playoffs.
    ————-

    The Packers also barely trailed games by more than 7 points.

  11. littledill says: Sep 6, 2011 11:01 PM

    Queue the fanboys…

    My team is too low! Stop your crying.

    These rankings seem pretty solid considering we haven’t seen a game yet.

  12. Nikhil Balakumar says: Sep 6, 2011 11:02 PM

    seahawks and jaguars should be at the bottom of this list. if healthy the titans have a dangerous offense so dont be surprised if they move into the top 15

  13. eminenemas says: Sep 6, 2011 11:02 PM

    Todd Haley will soon realize that Cassel does not have the arm for his air it out attack!

  14. paul197343 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:02 PM

    The Redskins @ 31…COME ON PFT. The Skins deserve more respect than that. HTTR

  15. mydailyff.com says: Sep 6, 2011 11:04 PM

    Falcons should not be ahead of the Pats.

    Chargers at 3 is ridiculous–they are about 10.

    Jaguars at 20 is ridiculous–they should be 31.

    Dolphins that low is ludicrous.

    Other than that, nice job! :)

  16. jasontaylor9944 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:04 PM

    Although I don’t agree with the Dolphins at 29, the post was hilarious and true.

  17. drumzan says: Sep 6, 2011 11:07 PM

    I love seeing the Dolphins get no love. Love it. They’ll shock the world this year…mark my words!

  18. smellslikemike33 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:08 PM

    So the Pats are 7th because they haven’t won a playoff game since 2007? How have the Falcons and Chargers done in the postseason?

  19. sterilizecromartie says: Sep 6, 2011 11:08 PM

    Jim Harbaugh is running the Browns too?

  20. faeadagbee says: Sep 6, 2011 11:08 PM

    It’s also pretty original…you know, trying to sound funny by bashing Dan Snyder. What does Joe Gibbs have to do with the 2011 season dude? If that is your reason for ranking the Redskins so low, then you’re an idiot. Plain and simple. You’re not a comedian, you’re a sports writer.

  21. krashie21 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:08 PM

    NO ONE is a bigger Cowboys fan than me.

    But even I wouldn’t put them in the Top-10.

    Sorry guys, but that’s a bit of a reach this year and it will be an even bigger reach in 2012.

    But, just you all wait for 2013…….

  22. ddavis88 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:08 PM

    P.S. —> Editor’s note = cop out

  23. levingibbs says: Sep 6, 2011 11:09 PM

    So….Mike Shanahan is in the middle of putting together a stable football team….they’ve looked solid all preseason (very impressive against Baltimore)….and you’re saying Joe Gibbs needs to come out of retirement? Why are you employed?

  24. jdnales says: Sep 6, 2011 11:10 PM

    What a joke. Even with a crappy Chad Henne the Dolphins are not that bad.

  25. wyldsoul says: Sep 6, 2011 11:10 PM

    Hatin’ on your soul MF.

  26. thekingdave says: Sep 6, 2011 11:10 PM

    I won’t argue with the Texans spot. AFC South Champions.

  27. ipeefreelyagain says: Sep 6, 2011 11:11 PM

    I like it.

    Good spot for Cowboys. When they beat the Jets, that means you bump them to #6.

  28. 49ersmang says: Sep 6, 2011 11:12 PM

    The Cedric benson comment is priceless !!

  29. krashie21 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:13 PM

    Daniel Snyder’s new toy next year will be Andrew Luck……..

  30. vincentbojackson says: Sep 6, 2011 11:13 PM

    Jets, 49’ers and Panthers too high.

    Pats and Steelers too low.

    Other than that, looks pretty much like the majority of the preseason projections making the rounds.

  31. rectumnearlykilledem says: Sep 6, 2011 11:14 PM

    If the Jets fate depends on Sanchez, they’re done.

  32. billsfan27 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:15 PM

    Hope you’re right.

  33. schemefactory says: Sep 6, 2011 11:15 PM

    goog to see everyone. glad you made it. now let’s revisit this subject after about week 5, and see where everyone’s at, eh?

  34. sadskinsfan89 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:16 PM

    When the skins suprise everyone remember these power rankings. Everyone thinks the skins are a joke. They are absolutely not that. Rex will manage the game while they ride a solid zone run game. Their defense should be solid. Finally have the right players to run 3-4. Rem this……

  35. typicaleaglesfan says: Sep 6, 2011 11:16 PM

    Eagles > falcons, chargers, jets and probably even with the saints. It’s ok they’ll price it during the season!

  36. scudbot says: Sep 6, 2011 11:17 PM

    Actually the Packers never trailed by more than 7.

  37. firstroyal says: Sep 6, 2011 11:17 PM

    i honestly wish jobs were on the line when unfounded power rankings are posted. Maybe then there would be a lot less stupid on the internet.

    Good luck scrambling to correct this mess after week 3

  38. richm2256 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:18 PM

    Atlanta and the Chargers????

    Seriously?

    What did either team do to improve that much?

  39. birdsnooper2 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:18 PM

    Seahawks and Vikings have massive holes on their o-lines, not to mention all of the other fissures.

    They will both sink like stones…

  40. nekelund says: Sep 6, 2011 11:18 PM

    Sanchez can’t; Jets won’t. They and the Cowboys are both far too high on your list and I don’t think either will make the playoffs (barring catastrophic collapse of the Patriots, in the former case).

  41. mad55555 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:18 PM

    sadskinsfan89 says:Sep 6, 2011 10:56 PM

    Honestly y are the Redskins so low? 31? R u kidding? They may be bad but I can think of worse teams. Im think 9-7 for them. Just look at their schedule is all I ask
    ———————————————
    9-7? dude lay off the black tar herion. they’ll be lucky if they get 6 wins. please show me 6 wins on their schedule. THEY ARE A LAUGHINGSTOCK AND 1 SEASON AWAY FROM CHANGING THEIR COACH AND QB AGAIN.

  42. kilo0986 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:19 PM

    How are the saints no 2? If thats the case put seattle at no 1 rofl.

  43. chrishousand says: Sep 6, 2011 11:20 PM

    The Saints beat the Packers? haha good one.

  44. chatham10 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:20 PM

    These rankings are a joke just like the college top 25 before anybody plays a game. I think you guys like to look like fools and by the end of the year, you will.

  45. thegreatwhitemidget says: Sep 6, 2011 11:20 PM

    I’m sorry but the pats should be ranked above the jets

  46. hail2tharedskins says: Sep 6, 2011 11:20 PM

    There is no way the Redskins should be below the Panthers!!!

  47. riverhorsey says: Sep 6, 2011 11:20 PM

    [Editor’s note: This is a snapshot as to where each team stands entering Week One, not necessarily a prediction of how they’ll finish.]

    ——————————————————

    Master of the Obvious

  48. Kaz says: Sep 6, 2011 11:20 PM

    Browns and 49ers won’t be in the 20’s for long alright… 30’s here they come. Bengals smacked the Panthers around with ease. No way they are worse then them or the Chiefs who look absolutely lost on O.

  49. canetic says: Sep 6, 2011 11:21 PM

    The Jets should be 10-12. They might limp into the playoffs, but it will be a short stay.

  50. thegreatwhitemidget says: Sep 6, 2011 11:21 PM

    And again cowboys overrated what a surprise

  51. kehav1 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:21 PM

    shut up with the dream team remarks….not funny…and eagles are much better than ranked….

  52. jharmon64 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:21 PM

    Ranking the Chargers where you have them is silliness. No team under Norv Turner can go to the SB. Have you noticed how they have done nothing but go downhill since he got there?

  53. dirtydrynn27 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:23 PM

    year after year everybody over rates and over hypes the Cowboys and year after year,they fall flat on their faces.Did you even look at their secondary before you posted this? More than likely you have them rated this high because of popularity!.That secondary has to be the worst in the league!!!!

  54. jsbrasha says: Sep 6, 2011 11:23 PM

    I really, really hope this list is blown up and put on a board at Redskins Park. Dallas at 10 after finishing with the same record as the Skinz in ’10 and losing more key guys than they gained?? Mike, seriously, put away the crack pipe.

  55. grandpoopah says: Sep 6, 2011 11:24 PM

    Skins fans consistently have the most absurd preseason delusions of grandeur for their team. How do you knuckleheads see promise with Grossman and Beck, a heap of junk at WR and RB, and a weak O line in a tough division?

  56. grandpoopah says: Sep 6, 2011 11:25 PM

    You’re not taking the Redskins to win the Super Bowl again this year?

  57. fdlor says: Sep 6, 2011 11:25 PM

    Newsflash: The Steelers won the AFC Central in 1996, the year after losing to Dallas in Super Bowl XXX. If you’re going to write something supposedly witty, you should at least look up your facts.

  58. discosucs2005 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:28 PM

    @wethog66

    Whose the Redskins QB?

  59. realitypolice says: Sep 6, 2011 11:29 PM

    tiffpats4eva says:
    Sep 6, 2011 10:58 PM
    I want us under the radar.
    ==================

    What team do you play for?

  60. dino2997 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:30 PM

    This is a list that will completely change after week 1

  61. dtob79 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:30 PM

    I’m confused by your comment about the Browns… Jim Harbaugh is running them, too? I think that violates some kind of rule!

  62. minnysoda says: Sep 6, 2011 11:31 PM

    The Packers also got some starters back.
    Seriously how many teams could do what they did
    with so many injuries to key players and key backups. Then lose 3/4 of their starting backfield and their # 2 receiver and still win the Superbowl

  63. minnysoda says: Sep 6, 2011 11:32 PM

    Make that defensive backfield

  64. oxycode30 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:35 PM

    Already taking potshots at the Bears, eh?
    That’s ok… while the know-it-alls mock and deride Chicago just wins, baby. Going to be a good year in Chicago and at some point its clear that even were we to go 16-0 some people just love to hate.

  65. tampajoey says: Sep 6, 2011 11:35 PM

    The Jets will be number one soon? What the hell are you smoking? Mark Sanchez would have to turn into Matt Ryan or even Josh Freeman for the Jets to be a real Super Bowl contender.

    Jets will NEVER win a Super Bowl while Mark Sanchez is the QB. The state of New York already used all it’s luck for crabby QB’s winning a Super Bowl when Eli got his.

  66. henson58 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:35 PM

    without manning the colts should be ranked 32nd they have no defense no running game. the one thing they have is receivers but no one to throw to them

  67. drboogerlips says: Sep 6, 2011 11:37 PM

    I will bet anyone on this planet any amount of money that the Redskins finish better than 31st in the league.

  68. ninerdynasty says: Sep 6, 2011 11:38 PM

    wethog66 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:00 PM

    The 49ers are ranked ahead of the Skins? lol Say what you want about the Skins QB situation, but so long as Alex Smith is the starting QB the 9ers are truely in the “Suck for Luck” sweepstakes.
    —————————————————–
    I think they are judging the overall talent. So far i think the niners could be a little more talented as a team than the skins. Both teams were 6-10 but the niners were being ran by a lousy HC. New better coaching staff makes the niners a little better.

  69. dwaynewade20 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:38 PM

    You are an absolute moron. U seriously put the Dolphins behind the Bills and the Panthers, not 2 mention the Raiders, Browns, Seahawks, Vikings, etc. I am convinced you know absolutely nothing about the teams ur writing about. The Dolphins will have a top 5 defense this year that will win them 6 games on their own. The offense is much improved with the addition of Reggie Bush. he opens up the offense with his speed and now when Henne throws a dump pass, it will result in positive yards. But of course, i wouldn’t expect you 2 understand the way football works and matchup problems, etc. U don’t know anything about football so just stop writing about it.

  70. youboettcha says: Sep 6, 2011 11:40 PM

    @shaggytoodle

    And by barely, you mean never. The Packers never trailed by more than 7 points all season long.

  71. giorgiom3 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:40 PM

    Surprise team of the year? The Browns. Good running game, McCoy will have a decent season and oh yeah, they have by far the easiest schedule in the league….

    Schedule: Bengals, Colts, Dolphins, Titans, Raiders, Seahawks, Niners, Texans, Rams, Jags, Bengals, Ravens, Steelers, Cardinals, Ravens, Steelers.

  72. baddegg says: Sep 6, 2011 11:41 PM

    Why are the Cowboys picked as a playoff team every year, no matter what? Seriously…#10?

  73. rexismybff says: Sep 6, 2011 11:41 PM

    If Cutler doesn’t bust a leg, Packers don’t even make it to the Super Bowl. If Pouncey doesn’t bust a leg, Pack doesn’t win there either – probably not even close. Pack need to prove they are a legit #1 this season, and not just rely on luck.

  74. sc5000 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:41 PM

    Denver is better than 30. They had no chance last year, there best player didn’t play a down. Dumervil being back is a huge addition, you don’t just replace the 17 sacks he had in 2009. Pass rushers change games, this guy has that ability. Take Clay off the Pack, Harrison off the Steelers, Peppers off the Bears, and that is the type of impact they were missing last year.

  75. nepatriots128154 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:42 PM

    How do you penalize the Pats for not winning a playoff game in 3 years yet have the Chargers, who didn’t even make the playoffs last year, number 3? And aren’t the Chargers Super Bowl favorites every year than end up disappointing?

  76. jrfrom508 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:42 PM

    MF… honestly what is it with you and your discern for the patriots? Like I don’t get it. You aren’t stupid, at least I don’t think you are. What is the bias? This is so dumb. I can see GB as #1 being justifiable because they’re the defending champs. But you’re honestly going to say that there are six teams better than NE? I take it back, you’re dumb. Stupid. Beyond mind numbing. This article is the literary equivalent of swallowing a pint of ice cream in one gulp. The pats lead the league in wins and points last season, have almost everyone returning plus HANESWORTH AND OCHOCINCO. Congratulations moron. You make me sick. I wish I knew which team you secretly support so I know why you’re being ridiculously dumb. Idiot. Idiot wrapped in a moron. Watch NE dominate and eat your words. Duuuuuuumb.

  77. trbowman says: Sep 6, 2011 11:42 PM

    There is no suck for Luck sweepstakes. It’s the NFL not the NBA kids.

    The Dolphins are too low I think.

  78. kokoskmr says: Sep 6, 2011 11:43 PM

    Ravens are about right. They’ll have to earn their way to the top.

  79. dlr4skins says: Sep 6, 2011 11:44 PM

    You made yourself look really bad with this one.

    Stick to what you know best like …………….??????

    I no longer believe you are/were some sort of practicing agent of law and my faith in you analyzing the NFL is at an all time low. Just report rumors and leave the rest alone.

    This site used to be worth visiting but that started to change with NBC.

  80. cusoman says: Sep 6, 2011 11:47 PM

    shaggytoodle says:
    Sep 6, 2011 11:00 PM
    Packers barely made the playoffs.
    ————-

    The Packers also barely trailed games by more than 7 points.

    ———

    Barely losing a game and barely winning a game, what’s the difference? Nothing, you still get a W when you win and a L when you lose.

  81. chris4599 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:48 PM

    Steelers #5 based on total non-sense reason with an even stupider “So maybe they should be a lot lower than this”;
    A) what happened almost 20 years ago is COMPLETELY irrelevant.
    B) That leaves us with a sample size of two.
    C) One of those times Ben smashed is face in on the side of a car a before the season and was not back to himself before it was too late.

    Did you guys watch the preseason? Did you look at rosters? Or do you just make this stuff up based on what sounds clever?

    Stick to gossip and stop pretending you understand the game.

  82. spfripp says: Sep 6, 2011 11:49 PM

    “25. 49ers: With Jim Harbaugh running the show, they likely won’t be in the 20s for long.

    26. Browns: See the 49ers.”

    Hey Mike, you do know Jim Harbaugh is the head coach for the niners and not for both teams, right? Just saying……..

  83. 4d9erdynasty49 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:49 PM

    Wethog the skins belong down there no talent always buying players past there time. Say wat u want bout the 49ers and Alex smith. grossman and beck no room to talk u guys might be seeing luck also next year.

  84. stevincinci says: Sep 6, 2011 11:50 PM

    The Bengals play #26,#30, #25, and #24 their first 4 games of the season. I think they won’t be #32 very long. #22 by the 5th week.

  85. jrfrom508 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:51 PM

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/powerrankings/_/year/2011/week/1

    ESPN shows PFT

    Someone non-moronic is running the show over there.

    Follow suit.

    Idiot.

  86. whichiwhichwawa says: Sep 6, 2011 11:51 PM

    25. 49ers: With Jim Harbaugh running the show, they likely won’t be in the 20s for long.
    26. Browns: See the 49ers.

    So Jim Harbaugh is running both the 9ers and the Browns???

    hand him the coach of the year!!

  87. sdw2001 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:52 PM

    Ravens, chargers, jets ahead of the Eagles? WTF

  88. sdw2001 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:53 PM

    The Bears? LOL

  89. duncanthecat says: Sep 6, 2011 11:54 PM

    What The Dream Team at 9!

  90. elliotlc says: Sep 6, 2011 11:55 PM

    Is this a list of teams or actually your rankings? Wow I hope you guys are better at rankings as the season goes along.

  91. ramofsteel says: Sep 6, 2011 11:55 PM

    Wait a minute, why are the Rams offense gonna “take a step back” while the Cards are suddenly better b/c of Kolb? Didn’t he go through a lockout as well? And the Jags w/ now Luke McCown and a rookie are better as well? Matthew Stafford didn’t get a chance to rehab w/ the tema and get extra time during the lockout too, why won’t he take “a step back?” Maybe if you weren’t pumpin out 135647636472134536 headlines a day about Peyton Manning’s neck, you’d know that Bradford is very comfy w/ the new O in STL and based on preseason hasn’t been a problem. Rams should def. be around 15, 16.

  92. bdert says: Sep 6, 2011 11:55 PM

    No way the Saints are better than the #PATS!! who’s kid made this list??

  93. vikesfansteve says: Sep 6, 2011 11:55 PM

    McNabb looks really sharp & comfortable. Glad to catch the Chargers week 1 since they always start slow. We will find out Sunday but this Vikings offense could be explosive. The D has so many holes in the secondary it could be a long year of needing to score 30 plus to win. Rebuilding my butt. This team could easily make the playoffs.

  94. djaehne says: Sep 6, 2011 11:55 PM

    Um, more like Packers, Patriots, Steelers, Ravens,
    Lions, Texans, Saints, Bucs, Chargers, and Falcons. The rest are for the guys that get paid
    to print lists.

  95. dilberry says: Sep 6, 2011 11:56 PM

    Dolphins are the 29th worst team in the NFL? You cannot be serious.

  96. seneca1ss says: Sep 6, 2011 11:56 PM

    the Bucs could drop fast. Defense: lack of experience & depth.

    Thanks Glazer family for doing jack squat in Free Agency but $ is free-flowing for Manchester United players

  97. bigd7387 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:59 PM

    Ok so the Panthers are better than the Bengals? The Ravens are 8? The Chargers prove year after year they can’t win early but their 3rd? I guess we can add super intelligence to the benefits of being in West Virgina. LOL

  98. cdwains says: Sep 6, 2011 11:59 PM

    How can the Panthers be ranked ahead of Cincinnati, when in the 3rd preseason game where the starters played well into the third quarter, the Bengals kicked there teeth in? What has changed in the last 2 weeks to make the Panthers 4 spots better than the Bengals? The bottom 7 teams are all screwed up. Should look like this:

    25. Bill’s
    26. Jaguars
    27. Bronco’s
    28. Brown’s
    29. Dolphin’s
    30. Seahawks
    31. Bengal’s
    32. Panther’s

    I would throw a Peytonless Colt’s into the bottom five as well but all indications are he will play the majority of the season.

  99. mistakenny says: Sep 7, 2011 12:03 AM

    Um skins fan … Niners beat yall last time they played … And i actually think the niners are a lil low say what u want bout alex but the defense is improved and will help the O out , and akex will be better .. Hopefully lol

  100. boltschick says: Sep 7, 2011 12:03 AM

    Chargers’ rushing D finished preseason ranked #27. They look horrendous right now. I’m not optimistic about a top 5 finish, let alone a win against the Vikings (despite the oddsmakers’ predictions). Could be another record-setting day for AP.

  101. dannymac17 says: Sep 7, 2011 12:06 AM

    lol @ the charger bashing

    get a life you schmucks

  102. pilot2011 says: Sep 7, 2011 12:11 AM

    I’m surprised yall have the Panthers 28 too…(although I would put them around 24)

    Finally a healthy Williams and Stewart.

    Finally a healthy O-line that could be one of the best in the league.

    Finally a healthy Linebacking core that is top 5 in the league.

    Finally a QB that doesn’t duck, dip, and dive to 3 and outs all game long.

    Finally a Head Coach with some balls.

  103. ctiggs says: Sep 7, 2011 12:13 AM

    What has dallas done to deserve a ranking of being in the top ten, you sports riders need to quit overrating dallas and notre dame people dont care about these teams anymore.

    Duck Fallas!!!!!!!!!

  104. footballfanman says: Sep 7, 2011 12:14 AM

    Maybe Snider can get Gibbs to un-retire? Shanahan has had one season. Give him a chance before being dismissive.

  105. cornellsteelers says: Sep 7, 2011 12:14 AM

    Steelers at 5?
    Patriots at 7?
    Ravens at 8?
    FAIL

  106. j0hnny63 says: Sep 7, 2011 12:16 AM

    The Dolphins aren’t in nearly as bad of shape as the media seems to think. They’ve brought in a new OC with a scheme that should really open things up on offense and have a potentially top 5 D. 29 is more than a little harsh and really only serves to point out just how uninformed you guys can be sometimes.

  107. orthodoxdj says: Sep 7, 2011 12:18 AM

    33. Roger Goodell
    34. NFLPA

  108. funkylovemonkey says: Sep 7, 2011 12:19 AM

    wethog66 says:
    Sep 6, 2011 11:00 PM
    The 49ers are ranked ahead of the Skins? lol Say what you want about the Skins QB situation, but so long as Alex Smith is the starting QB the 9ers are truely in the “Suck for Luck” sweepstakes.

    ————————————–

    You mean the same Redskin’s who starting quarterback Rex Grossman put up worse numbers then Alex Smith last year? The Rex Grossman who completed only 55% of his passes compared to Alex Smith’s 60%? Or the Grossman who averaged only 6.4 yards per completion compared to Smith’s 7? The Grossman who almost lost the starting job to John Beck?

    Or the team that last year was ranked 31st in the league on Defense? That team? The 9ers deserve to be higher on the list based on defense alone.

  109. TurdSandwich says: Sep 7, 2011 12:20 AM

    Ever notice that these power rankings change every week?

  110. eldv45 says: Sep 7, 2011 12:21 AM

    ok….I disagree with…
    1. The Chargers have done nothing and will continue to do nothing with Norv Turner as head coach. 9-7 last year, 8-8 the year before. The fact you have a team that didn’t make the playoffs as your #3 team is ridiculous and pretty much destroys the credibility of this list.

    2. The Carolina Panthers have no business being anywhere but last. Period.

    3. The Cardinals, Bears, Buccaneers, Lions, Chiefs, and Texans are better than the Colts? Last I heard Peyton Manning was missing a game or two-not retiring! 18! One place ahead of the Jaguars?

    4. Bills? Playoffs? Playoffs. You wanna talk about playoffs? Playoffs?

    5. The Redskins are certainly not the second worst team in the league, cmon…they are no playoff team but they arent 31st place bad. You mean to tell me that the Broncos, Panthers, Dolphins, 49ers, Bills, Rams, Raiders, are better. They are younger, have improved defensive personnel, bolstered their O-line, and have a young stable of talent at RB- Mike Shanahan’s forte.

    But if you read point #1, you would need to read no further because having the Chargers at 3 proves this list is a big load of crap.

  111. bullethead527 says: Sep 7, 2011 12:21 AM

    Go Panthers, we going to beat Green Bay week 2 after shocking the Cards by sacking Kolb at least 6 times and getting 3 picks, with one to the house!!! With Cam the Man, throwing 5 TD’s for 400 yards combined in both games, while D Will and Stewie run the ball down both there necks!!!!!

  112. spacincasen says: Sep 7, 2011 12:22 AM

    Hey Mike, it would be nice to hear some facts every once in awhile in support of your opinions.

    Exhibit A: What in the world makes the Saints the #2 team in football? It’s OK to have that opinion, but can you at least TRY to make a compelling argument? Why should we believe you over the hundreds of other sites who have writers with ACTUAL football credentials? You’re a lawyer for crying out loud, state your damn case and make us believe you actually know what you’re talking about.

  113. pastorbobs says: Sep 7, 2011 12:22 AM

    Another skins fan here… We are better in all phases compared to a year ago. Also continuity where many teams have new schemes. It’s a strike year, you know what’s happened the last two times a strike occurred? Super Bowl :)

  114. claymatthewsisonsteroids says: Sep 7, 2011 12:23 AM

    Seahawks 23? That’s way too high for T-Jack and his jump passes…

  115. botkins24 says: Sep 7, 2011 12:26 AM

    “Bengals: Every Sunday, Cedric Benson will feel like one of his assault victims.”

    LOL

  116. quarterbacksdontwinorlosesuperbowls says: Sep 7, 2011 12:28 AM

    Cowboys at 10! Ha! I don’t get what people see in the Tony Romo led ‘Girls every year. They used to dominate the regular season, and then choke in the playoffs. Now they suck in the regular season and don’t even sniff the playoffs. What exactly happened in the offseason to make you think they’ve improved? They only have three ballers – DeMarcus Ware, Jason Whitten, and Dez Bryant.

    Meanwhile, you have the Redskins at 31? WTF? The D line is going to be much improved, even with the departure of Haynesworth (he barely played anyways last season). And pairing Orakpo with 1st rd draft pick Ryan Kerrigan is going to give the ‘Skins quite a formidable line-backing corps. Plus, you know D Hall is good for several pick 6’s.

    On the offensive side of the ball, Washington obviously has some question marks at QB and WR. But Shanahan has a proven track record with his zone blocking schemes and running game. The run game has looked mighty impressive, even with a pedestrian passing game. And I think Rex Grossman is going to shut a lot of people up this year.

    HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!

  117. rodge1 says: Sep 7, 2011 12:29 AM

    Mike is trollling everyone… Now way he’s that stupid to believe those rankings are accurate.

  118. zinn22 says: Sep 7, 2011 12:32 AM

    6. Jets: If Mark Sanchez can play in the regular season like he plays in the postseason, the Jets will be No. 1 before too long.

    —————————————————————

    Did you all actually watch Sanchez in the playoffs? The Colts game was one of the worst games ever played by playoff QB. The Jets had to stop throwing the ball almost the entire second half because Sanchez was so bad. If not for a great kickoff return and 2 great catches by Edwards the Jets do not win. Sanchez had nothing to do with that win and everything to do with why the Jets did not win by 20+ points.

    The Pats game is deceiving. Sanchez put up good numbers but was highly inaccurate and was bailed out big time by his receivers. He had 3 TDs but each TD was a pretty amazing player by the receiver to get the TD. The first TD Sanchez nerves got the best him gunning a 3 yard pass to Tomlinson. The pass was awful and high requiring a great reaction by Tomlinson to save the play. Edwards and Holmes made a number of fantastic catches on high Sanchez throws to prevent INTs. Cotchery’s 2nd and 3rd effort turned a 7 yard pass into a 60 yard gain. The list could go on and on. The Jets WR’s picked up their play big time in the playoffs and carried the Jets offense despite Sanchez’s poor play.

    Thw Steelers game was mainly the defenses fault but Sanchez’s 1st half inaccuracy and fumble helped out the Jets in a 24-0 hole.

    Sanchez has so innacurate even when he comepletes a pass it is almost always behind or high. His timing of when to throw the ball is always off. He has no feel for the game. He is nervous and has happy feet in the pocket. He does not see the field and cannot progress through his reads. This is al lplaying against defenses expecting the Jets to run and daring him to pass. He routinely faces 8-9 men in the box and still cannot complete passes to wide open players. When he is rushed he gets a deer in headlights look and freezes. He is simply the most unnatrual QBIi have ever seen.

    Watch McElroy this preseason. While raw and not possessing a strong arm he plays with instinct, finesse and without fear. He is the anti-Sanchez He can throw the ball accurately and with touch. Sanchez can only throw the ball one speed. No touch. That is why the only pass Sanchez can throw with any accuracy are quick slants.

    As a Jet fan please do not let Sanchez play like he did in last years playoff. Rather hope that he can improve his play and be as good as a mediocre QB like Henne, Alex Smith or some other journeyman. That would be a huge upgrade for the Jets. Hopefully the Jets will be drafting QB next April.

  119. procre8te says: Sep 7, 2011 12:35 AM

    Skins 31st? Hmm seems about right. Its easy to see a team that went 6-10 and lost 6 games by 3 points or less regress. Especially In light of the fact they have

    A. Significantly upgraded their roster in almost every position. D and O Line, WR, DB, LB, RB, and some would argue QB with putrid McNugget play last year.

    B. Have very favorable schedule.

    C. 2nd year in system

    D. Flushed Turds, i.e. Albert and Donny

    So yes, I think they could easily finish 0-16, although they will probably luck out and pull off a victory in the stretch where the play the Panthers, Bills, 49′ers, Dolphins, and Seahawks.
    But I’m not holding my breath as all of those teams as well as the Bengals, titans, browns, jaguars and broncos are clearly superior teams.

    So yeah, 31st sounds about right.

  120. botchedextrapoint says: Sep 7, 2011 12:37 AM

    Liked the call on the dolphins. Every once in a while the PFT guys actually manage some humor.

  121. Mike Tomlin says: Sep 7, 2011 12:37 AM

    Wow, that was intense. Don’t necessarily agree with the rankings but those were some solid one-liners.

  122. hendeeze says: Sep 7, 2011 12:39 AM

    wethog66 says:
    Sep 6, 2011 11:00 PM
    The 49ers are ranked ahead of the Skins? lol Say what you want about the Skins QB situation, but so long as Alex Smith is the starting QB the 9ers are truely in the “Suck for Luck” sweepstakes.

    Funny I came to the same conclusion when Shanny announced Grossman as QB

  123. goawayeverybody says: Sep 7, 2011 12:43 AM

    It takes stones to rank the Patriots outside the top 5, that’s for sure. Then again, without cheating, this team just doesn’t have the same edge.

  124. aaronitout says: Sep 7, 2011 12:44 AM

    whodeykid says:
    Sep 6, 2011 11:00 PM
    How are the Panthers not dead last? I’m fine with the Bengals being next to last, but there is no way Carolina has done enough from the last horrible game of last year till now to be considered better. Worse team on paper, adjusting to new coaches and scheme as is Cincy.

    ————————————————————
    It’s pretty much a wash every way you look at it. Maybe Cincy has a better defense but hard to say with the loss of J. Joseph…I’d give Carolina the edge because their running game should be better with Williams and Stewart. But why argue over which piece of sh*t smells better?

  125. jacksaysfu says: Sep 7, 2011 12:45 AM

    These are my rankings , get ready to hate ….#1)GB , #2)NE(14-2 last yr) , #3)Philly(way too much talent) , #4)Pitt , #5) NO , #6)Jet , #7)Atl , #8)SD(gotta make the playoffs first) #9)Balt , #10)TB , #11)Dallas , #12) NYG(cause of injuries) , #13)Det , #14) Stl , #15)Texans , #16) OAK(could go either way , #17)Chi , #18) KC , #19)Ariz , #20)Indy , #21)Den , #22)Mia , #23)Tenn , #24) Buff , #25)Minn , #26)Seattle , #27)Clev , #28)Wash , #29)Carolina , #30)Jax , #31)49ers , #32) Cincy….My AFC playoff teams(in no particulat order) are NE,Pitt,NYJ, SD ,Balt,Texans ,with Oak , .Tenn,KC,and Indy on the bubble .My NFC playoff teams are
    Philly,GB,Stl,NO,Atl, and Det (yes
    Detroit) .With Dallas, Ariz,nyg,TB, and
    maybe Chicago all possibilities .
    My Super Bowl prediction is Patriots vs.
    Eagles , PHILLY WINS !!!! Thumbs up if you think im right , thumbs down if your wrong…..

    NFC playoff picture consists of
    Philly,GB, Ariz or Stl , NO , Atl , Det(yes Detroit)

  126. rc33 says: Sep 7, 2011 12:58 AM

    Falcons? Chargers?
    The Saints at #2?

    I think 5-9 might be better than any of them.

  127. jimmysimpson55 says: Sep 7, 2011 12:59 AM

    This must be the “all hype” power rankings. No way Tampa Bay is better than Chiefs, or Falcons better than Steelers.

  128. seattlecvd says: Sep 7, 2011 1:00 AM

    Putting the Redskins at 31 is just plain retarded. I recognize that their QB situation is a joke and that there is no way in hell that they sniff the playoffs, but you obviously haven’t even bothered paying attention. Their defense will keep them in plenty of games that they finish with 6-7 wins easily. You ranked Carolina, Seattle and Minnesota ahead of them. Are you seriously high? You know that it’s the 2011 version of McNabb that plays in Mionnesota, right? And Luke’s Jaguars are 19th. Yeah. Just don’t bogart that thing, man.

  129. stonecld33 says: Sep 7, 2011 1:05 AM

    49ers,Panthers,titans,Bills and seahawks are ranked ahead of the dolphins.I mean that is just plain stupid.I lost all respect for PFT to report nonsense

  130. charmcityalum says: Sep 7, 2011 1:09 AM

    Can we lockout Power Rankings for the season?

  131. cured76 says: Sep 7, 2011 1:11 AM

    #29: well done LOL

  132. staffordsyear says: Sep 7, 2011 1:17 AM

    I’ll take the lions at 14..why not.5 days till the games count! Can’t wait!

  133. tommynatorii says: Sep 7, 2011 1:18 AM

    I wouldn’t have minded the Fins being worse than 29 in your little list.
    Underdog mentality is a good thing.
    Please, everyone think this way.

  134. kevpft says: Sep 7, 2011 1:19 AM

    “Packers: Sure, they barely made the playoffs.”

    But they beat the Giants, Bears (twice), Eagles, Falcons, and Steelers in their final 6 games to win the Super Bowl.

    They had some dodgy losses earlier in the season, but that killer stretch fully legitimizes them.

  135. sieg1234 says: Sep 7, 2011 1:34 AM

    If Jim Harbaugh had done ANYTHING in his coaching career to give credence to your statement to the 49ers well that would be fine, unfortunately that’s not the case. You see, John took over a great team…and they remained very, very good and sometimes great. Jim has taken over a terrible team, and there is no reason to think they are getting any better given the depth chart. He needs a miracle to move them into the teens in the next few years. It’s not his fault, completely, but he just hasn’t done anything yet…and this preseason was very, very, very bad.

  136. nemyx1 says: Sep 7, 2011 1:36 AM

    Bengals are too high imo

  137. sieg1234 says: Sep 7, 2011 1:39 AM

    Let me rephrase, anything in his NFL coaching career…big difference.

  138. tbtrojan says: Sep 7, 2011 1:39 AM

    “Buccaneers: Those 10 wins in 2010 notwithstanding, failing to beat the Lions at home in December raises questions about whether this franchise is ready to succeed.”

    The only problem with that is the league itself said an apology for the officials screwing up in that game and costing us the win that would have made us 11-5 and a playoff team while knocking the Packers out of the playoffs.

    Those officals completely changed the NFL landscape for last year from that point on.

    BTW shouldnt you be questioning how good the Pats are? Forget tat they won 14games, that loss to a 5-11 team surely means nothing but that game matters, afterall 6-10 is worse than the Lions record of 7-9.

    How about for once somebody give Tampa credit for the 10 wins they officially had last year without adding some kind of negative remark. You beat the teams put on your schedule, the Bucs schedule only differed from the Falcons and Saints by 2 games but you never hear how they had had an easy season, they are just proclaimed great teams.

  139. RussianBreadMaker says: Sep 7, 2011 1:40 AM

    Yeah, like you’re qualified to rank teams. Cowboys at 10? Man you’re bad, real bad.

  140. dansnyder says: Sep 7, 2011 1:41 AM

    Ok so while I want to say I understand you ranking for the Redskins(even though I really don’t) I just ask you this.

    Let’s say the colts have an extended time period without Manning, do you really believe they are better then the Redskins? Can you name me one person on their defense besides Dwight Freeny?

    Robert Mathis? Ok. Now can you name me someone else? That’s what I thought.

    Now I could name you every play on the Skins defense but I will just name names of players people know and are at least quality players.

    London Fletcher
    Brian Orakpo
    Deangelo Hall
    O.J. Atogwe
    Laron Landry
    Barry Cofield

    Some with a little more football knowledge would know quality players in(Adam Carricker, Stephen Bowen, Josh Wilson, Rocky McIntosh, Ryan Kerrigan#16overall rookie)
    Again can you name me anyone else besides the very light and passrush oriented DE’s on the Colt’s defense?

    Do you honestly believe the Colt’s offense will still be better with Kerry Collins at the helm than the Redskins offense? How would you feel about the Colts knowing they will not always be playing from a lead without Peyton?

    I use the Colts as an example and I am sorry for any Colts fans for that example but I just have no clue how a 6-10 team that picked 10th in the draft, meaning nine other teams picked before them, that lost 6 of their games by 4 points or less, that has approximately only 15 players on the roster from a little more than a year ago when Shanny initially took over from the Zorn years, that is in their second year of a brand new offense and defense, deserves the 31st rank in the league.

    Don’t mention the fact that while people think the Redskins had a trainwreck last year they actually improved by TWO games over the year before with Zorn that was a 4-12 team.

    As much as you want to hate on Rex Grossman as the quarterback do you really think at this time and moment in the league that 80+% of the bottom half of your rankings, the QB’s are truly better than him?

    The offense got BETTER over last year, the defense got BETTER over last year, the coaching is in year two, the malcontents have been traded/released, the team is more than 3+ years younger on average than a year ago. I’m sorry and this is not my fan bias talking, this is just simple logic. It’s not like I’m a Cardinals fan here seriously thinking that 10-6 or 11-5 is almost a given this year. I just do not see how you expect 30 NFL teams to fair better than the Redskins.

    But it’s cool bro, keep sleeping on them. You are probably doing the skins a favor.

  141. tuesdaysaregreat says: Sep 7, 2011 1:55 AM

    I don’t understand why the dolphins get crapped on so much… They had the 6th best defense last year, with all of their starters returning except for an upgrade from Crowder to Burnett… The offense can’t get WORSE than last year with the addition of Reggie Bush and it being Chad and Marshes 2nd year together. 29th is just ridiculous.

  142. ksb2010 says: Sep 7, 2011 1:59 AM

    Your bias is appalling, and it is very difficult to take your predictions seriously. The Jets at 6, and Bills 5 spots ahead of Miami? Stick to reporting football news and leave the predictions to those who perenially suck at it, just not at the same level as you do.

  143. Phintastic says: Sep 7, 2011 2:03 AM

    Mike,

    Let me first say I enjoy your website, and a good majority of your reporting.

    However…. The Dolphins are not now, nor will they ever be the 29th ranked football team this season. Mark my words!

  144. smackingfools says: Sep 7, 2011 2:04 AM

    Dolphins at 29? Lmao. Yeah right.

  145. revengeofthefilthymcnasty says: Sep 7, 2011 2:06 AM

    #31 Mike?

    I KNOW you know better.

    You’ve been hanging out with Peter King a lil too much, my friend.

  146. mikeb4u says: Sep 7, 2011 2:13 AM

    ROTFLMFAO…The Lions, the detroit lions at #14? Ya gotta be kidding. Right? No offense with a glass jawed QB, and no running game. De-troit will finish in their permanent home–the NFC-North Cellar–BWAHAHAHAHA.

  147. redskinsrt says: Sep 7, 2011 2:15 AM

    Jim Harbaugh is running the Browns too?

  148. ny82jy says: Sep 7, 2011 2:25 AM

    Wow the saints chargers and falcons three teams that did nothing last year all ahead of the jets and pats. Ok right.

  149. ctattles says: Sep 7, 2011 2:28 AM

    What do you humans think about this draft? 12 Team League Standard scoring non-PPR flex.

    Andre Johnson
    Vincent Jackson
    L. Blount
    B. Loyd
    Beanie Wells
    Reggie Bush
    Sam Bradford
    Brandon Pettigrew

  150. mcconnellrules says: Sep 7, 2011 2:30 AM

    THis is the worst most unrealistic article I have ever read on PFT. Cowboys 10??? They started 0-8 last season 10th???? And I agree Greenbay barely lost a game last season.

    HTTR!

  151. dafranchize says: Sep 7, 2011 2:31 AM

    Leave it to the lawyer to tell fans how good teams are or aren’t.

    I assume offensive lines mean nothing in these rankings, as do a lack of a running attack, a QB with minimal experience and a terrible line backing corps. But hey the Cardinals got a wide receiver, so they must be good….LMFAO

    There’s a reason no one takes what PFT says seriously. Go sniff Peter Kings fat ass some more.

  152. kendiesel says: Sep 7, 2011 2:36 AM

    I love the knock on the Patriots is their playoff wins as of late, but forget about the Chargers not even making the playoffs.

  153. slickrick971 says: Sep 7, 2011 2:39 AM

    As soon as I saw the Cowboys were number 10, I knew this list was crap…

  154. keeponhating says: Sep 7, 2011 2:44 AM

    rofl i love the coulda woulda shoulda San Diego super sparkler crowd. beginning of every league year same story “SD among leagues most talented this COULD be the year” end of every league year same story “SD falls short again” hahahahaha i love it though you guys get the sparklers fans hopes up and they get crushed every year. keep up the good work

  155. keeponhating says: Sep 7, 2011 2:46 AM

    oh also i find it funny everyone ready to hand the lombardi to the lions next year, yet you use them as an excuse to knock the bucs down? inconsistent

  156. xxakshunxx says: Sep 7, 2011 2:53 AM

    this list is terrible from top to bottom… just goes to show, you can know very little about football and alot about the internet and that’s all that matters

  157. dannomac21 says: Sep 7, 2011 3:02 AM

    green bay’s a lil low.

  158. coachliquoredup says: Sep 7, 2011 3:04 AM

    Sorry Mike but you showed you don’t know jack snot with these rankings. You do have the brass to put them out there however. Can we revisit your tripe in a few weeks ?

  159. greenbay4ever says: Sep 7, 2011 3:05 AM

    What does Cedric Benson have to do with power rankings? Off topic a little?

  160. sharkcatcher says: Sep 7, 2011 3:26 AM

    How are the Chargers ranked #2 When the Raiders are winning of AFC West?

  161. mrcincinnati says: Sep 7, 2011 3:28 AM

    really!!! can we get someone that knows a little somethin about football to create a power ranking that makes sense..

  162. bossplayer213 says: Sep 7, 2011 3:30 AM

    wethog66 says: Sep 6, 2011 11:00 PM

    The 49ers are ranked ahead of the Skins? lol Say what you want about the Skins QB situation, but so long as Alex Smith is the starting QB the 9ers are truely in the “Suck for Luck” sweepstakes.

    ————-

    LOL…oh the irony. When you have a sucky QB, you shouldn’t get to talk about how other teams have a sucky QB. I’m a fan of neither team but Alex Smith is a lot better than anything the Skins have on there roster.

  163. halo81 says: Sep 7, 2011 3:35 AM

    Eagles are a bit low at 9 man. Don’t think they’re world beaters, but 9 is low.

    You pick apart their LB and OL problems and ignore the issues on the teams above them?

    I guess the Jets WRs, RBs and OLBs are excellent now?

    The Chargers don’t even have a starting RB. Not one.

    The Falcons? Seriously? I guess.

    And you’re right, YOUR Steelers should be a lot lower, despite their preseason excellence.

  164. prior0knowledge says: Sep 7, 2011 3:51 AM

    I don’t see how the Patriots are not in the top 5. Nor how the Chargers are.

    Dallas @ 10? Impossible. Lucky if they finish in top half.

    Redskins #31? I’d say closer to 20 than 31.

  165. brewcrewchamps says: Sep 7, 2011 4:10 AM

    Did you just put all the teams in a hat and pick them that way?

  166. vbe2 says: Sep 7, 2011 4:17 AM

    Worthless garbage.

  167. asublimeday says: Sep 7, 2011 4:21 AM

    Dolphins “fans” are hardly transcendent to the heat. Miami fans are so fairweather they can’t muster the energy to leap on and off the bandwagon of two teams.

  168. savannahrose44 says: Sep 7, 2011 5:00 AM

    Raiders above Seahawks? Are you joking? I’m not saying they should be at the top of the list, but the Seahawks won their division last year as small a feat as that may seem…they did win a playoff game against the #2 Saints on your list…not to mention they embarrassed the Raiders in the preseason even with Tavaris Jackson throwing the ball.

  169. woodyg says: Sep 7, 2011 5:10 AM

    These rankings look about right for the end of the season also …….

    Look for the Pack to be the most improved team in 2011 …… Hard to imagine the SB Champ being the most improved but it will be …..

    Say it with me …… It’s so sweet to be a PackFan in the 21st century …….

  170. patpatriotagain says: Sep 7, 2011 5:24 AM

    retarded.
    saints – injured RB’s and colston has had two knee microfracture surgeries already.

    Jets – declining O-line, D-Line, + free agent losses. not to mention Sanchez and Shonn Greene haven’t proven that they are reliable playmakers in their first two years.

    Steelers o-line is atrocious. hines ward is old. harrison will inevitably get suspended.

    and congratulations – you have the vegas favorite at #7 in your poll. #2 i could see since the packers are champs and finally healthy, but the pats at #7 ?!?

    retarded.

  171. tom35mt says: Sep 7, 2011 5:27 AM

    I’m not buying the Saints, they’ll be terrible on defense like the cowboys last year.
    they’ll still win 8 to 10 games, but they wont contend

  172. jagmania65 says: Sep 7, 2011 5:27 AM

    25. 49ers: With Jim Harbaugh running the show, they likely won’t be in the 20s for long.

    26. Browns: See the 49ers.

    ————————————–
    Jim Harbaugh is coaching two teams?

  173. blackqbwhiterb says: Sep 7, 2011 5:36 AM

    I’m going to print this and mail it to youfor Christmas….

  174. brasho says: Sep 7, 2011 6:09 AM

    The Bucs showed they aren’t ready for success because they couldn’t win a game at home vs the Lions late in the year? You mean the same game that went to OT after the Bucs had to settle for a FG after a TD to Winslow was incorrectly called offensive pass interference and the league issued an apology for? That hardly proved anything other than sometimes you don’t just have to beat your opponent, but you have to beat the guys in stripes too.

    Bucs won 10 games last season with the league’s youngest roster… and you think the Lions AND Texans AND Cowboys will be better… despite all 3 winning 6 games a piece? Makes sense considering you predicted the Bucs wouldn’t win 7 games in the next 3 years… clearly you have no clue when it comes to the Bucs.

  175. clevelandismycity says: Sep 7, 2011 6:43 AM

    Dude the business end of your crack pipe must be hot to the touch at all times.. But your one liners are pretty funny.. Have fun pissing off the general fan base and getting paid for it.. But seriously lay of the crack

  176. blueintown says: Sep 7, 2011 7:10 AM

    Methinks people take the Week Zero Power Ranking a bit too personally. Although the proclamation that Jim Harbaugh also runs the Browns is a bit confusing. Perhaps he could also resume QB duties for the Colts.

  177. geniusesq says: Sep 7, 2011 7:27 AM

    Skins 31 and Cowboys 10?? FAIL

  178. ajknox88 says: Sep 7, 2011 7:31 AM

    The bears are wayyy too high other than that I agree

  179. ampats says: Sep 7, 2011 7:35 AM

    These rankings are about as accurate as Liam’s Moms

  180. duece5 says: Sep 7, 2011 7:36 AM

    For all the love given to the packers catching lightning in a bottle late in the season, one loss anywhere doesn’t even put them in the playoffs.

    So, hardly a dominating performance from them.

    It is curious that Rodgers has not won a division title for all the love given to them.

    In fact it’s ironic that favre in 2207 was the last QB to guide them to one. The Vikes won it in 08, 09, and the bears in 2010.

    To put it in a more specific context, freaking Tavaris Jackson guided a team to a division title, while Erin has not…..interesting!!

  181. dewalt2990 says: Sep 7, 2011 7:37 AM

    Wait a minute…once all the games are played in a couple days, Tuesday morning will be week 2…if this is week 0, when is week 1?…HINT(this is week 1, right now)

  182. spunjmunke says: Sep 7, 2011 7:39 AM

    So with their new leadership the 49’ers shouldn’t be in the 20’s very long. Yeah, they’ll be back in the 30’s where they belong soon enough.

  183. johnnyb14z3 says: Sep 7, 2011 7:43 AM

    I can’t wait for the day the Jets win another Superbowl .. it’ll shut all of you trolls up for good

  184. whoplayswhere says: Sep 7, 2011 7:55 AM

    The Bengals are too high. Who Dey!

  185. eaglesblow says: Sep 7, 2011 8:05 AM

    THis is the worst most unrealistic article I have ever read on PFT. Cowboys 10??? They started 0-8 last season 10th???? And I agree Greenbay barely lost a game last season.

    ==============

    funny how you say that gb barely lost a game well guess what, 8 of the Cowboys 10 losses were by a touchdown or less!

  186. wethog66 says: Sep 7, 2011 8:05 AM

    You 9-er fans are funny. Alex Smith has proven he sucks, yet you all defend him. Now he has yet another offense to learn and he somehow will be respectible? Based on what?

    The Skins QB situation is not great, but I will take Grossman, who has 3 years in the system and knows what its like to play in the playoffs, over a former #1 overall bust that has proven he cannot play at the NFL level.

    Good luck though, both this season and surviving your tailgate without getting beaten over the head. Oh wait, you guys can’t tailgate anymore can you? Did Mommy and Daddy ground you guys from that for the entire season, or just a couple weeks? Shoot I hope they didn’t take your driving privledges away to. That would really suck.

  187. spungy says: Sep 7, 2011 8:08 AM

    Did it hurt when all this came out? Or did you take a laxative?

  188. eaglesblow says: Sep 7, 2011 8:09 AM

    I am laughing at all of the butt hurt fans who’s teams didnt get ranked where they wanted them to be!

  189. southpaw2k says: Sep 7, 2011 8:10 AM

    cdwains said,

    “How can the Panthers be ranked ahead of Cincinnati, when in the 3rd preseason game where the starters played well into the third quarter, the Bengals kicked there teeth in? What has changed in the last 2 weeks to make the Panthers 4 spots better than the Bengals? The bottom 7 teams are all screwed up. Should look like this:

    25. Bill’s
    26. Jaguars
    27. Bronco’s
    28. Brown’s
    29. Dolphin’s
    30. Seahawks
    31. Bengal’s
    32. Panther’s

    I would throw a Peytonless Colt’s into the bottom five as well but all indications are he will play the majority of the season.”

    Two questions:

    1. Why do you care so much about the bottomfeeders of the league? Those teams all suck anyways; it’s merely a question of who sucks more than the others.

    2. Why do you have such a deeply-rooted love for apostrophes?

  190. oranjellojones says: Sep 7, 2011 8:16 AM

    Power Rankings are hilarious for no other reason than the rabid responses they inspire. Who gives a crap folks? It’s one man’s opinion…the same guy who predicted the Redskins would reach the Super Bowl last year and inspired raucous laughter throughout the D.C. area.

    I think ranking the Redskins 31st reflects a lack of insight or someone who hasn’t payed very close attention during the last month of gameplay or taken into consider the change in roster…that is if he’s ranking a team with the same record last year, who did zero to improve their roster 21 spots higher.

    Either way who cares? It’s an opinion.

    bossplayer213 says: Sep 7, 2011 3:30 AM

    “LOL…oh the irony. When you have a sucky QB, you shouldn’t get to talk about how other teams have a sucky QB. I’m a fan of neither team but Alex Smith is a lot better than anything the Skins have on there roster.”

    You’re kidding right? Based on exactly what? Tell ya what, when Alex Smith plays in a Super Bowl come back and make that point again, until then you’ve got two things holding water in this argument…jack and squat. Some people would do well to grab both ears and pull their head out of their a$$ before posting.

  191. bohicainpit says: Sep 7, 2011 8:25 AM

    Talk about a SWAG! This list is designed to generate controversy… and it did.

    The Steelers @ Ravens may be the most critical opening game of the season. The loser will be forced to win the rest of their games to make up for the loss.

    A great test for two great teams. But, I’ll take Ben over Flacco any day. Not sure about the Steelers DB’s though.

    Fire away!

  192. skinsnut says: Sep 7, 2011 8:30 AM

    According to you, the Redskins, who finished ahead of the Cowboys last year, have gotten much worse and Dallas has shot up to be the tenth best team in the league? What a crock of do-do! Your dislike of Synder has made you stupid.

  193. bucforever says: Sep 7, 2011 8:43 AM

    You may have hit a nerve here with the observation on the Bucs. The team is well aware of what happened to in that game with the Lions. It may be some kind of karma that our opening game is against Detroit. I feel it will be a grudge match for the players that were there and revenge should be on their minds. A win here may set the tone of the Buc’s season. GO BUCS!

  194. skins23 says: Sep 7, 2011 8:46 AM

    Hmmm. Cowboys and Redskins both finished 6-10 last year. Redskins added a bunch of good system players and draft picks, got rid of “me” guys and old players. Cowboys did …….. um, ??? So Cowboys are back in top 10 and Skins are 2nd worst team. Please tell me how the Skins got worse. Really. Other than you think Rex is SO much worse than McNabb. Apparently you didn’t watch McNabb last year.

    If you really think the Skins are gonna be worse than the Jags, Seahawks, Broncos, Bills, 49ers, Panthers….. then I really don’t know what to tell you.

    The loss of Jenkins and Landry/Cooley to start the season hurt, but the Skins are still gonna be fine.

    I get it though… its fun to hate the Skins and fun to slurp the Cowboys. Carry on, sheep.

  195. dspyank2k11 says: Sep 7, 2011 8:48 AM

    Cowboys… 10th?

    Good to see the friendly neighborhood PFT crack dealer made his shipment on time!

  196. dspyank2k11 says: Sep 7, 2011 8:51 AM

    also…

    25. 49ers: With Jim Harbaugh running the show, they likely won’t be in the 20s for long.

    26. Browns: See the 49ers.

    Sooooooo….

    Browns: With Jim Harbaugh running the show, they likely won’t be in the 20s for long.

    Jim Harbaugh is coaching TWO teams this year???
    :)

  197. bturner032002 says: Sep 7, 2011 8:53 AM

    cowboys at 10, redskins at 30, and you think the bills are going to make the playoffs? puff puff pass brother, puff… puff… pass

  198. chemguy12 says: Sep 7, 2011 9:07 AM

    Mike ever since you got hired @ NBC you seem to like you drink or something else before you post these rankings ? Id like to know how you put the Dolphin 29 when A they have upgraded their defense from last season. B they upgraded there offense also . Jake long hasent played all preseason did you forget this? 29 is just plain dumb or your bitter about them

    Seriously Mike think for yourself ok !

  199. ecarlso8 says: Sep 7, 2011 9:08 AM

    Jags at 19? really? with Luke McCown?

  200. wtf__seriously says: Sep 7, 2011 9:08 AM

    jrfrom508 says:
    MF… honestly what is it with you and your discern for the patriots? Like I don’t get it. You aren’t stupid, at least I don’t think you are. What is the bias? This is so dumb. I can see GB as #1 being justifiable because they’re the defending champs. But you’re honestly going to say that there are six teams better than NE? I take it back, you’re dumb. Stupid. Beyond mind numbing. This article is the literary equivalent of swallowing a pint of ice cream in one gulp. The pats lead the league in wins and points last season, have almost everyone returning plus HANESWORTH AND OCHOCINCO. Congratulations moron. You make me sick. I wish I knew which team you secretly support so I know why you’re being ridiculously dumb. Idiot. Idiot wrapped in a moron. Watch NE dominate and eat your words. Duuuuuuumb
    ———————————————–
    jrfrom508 = Giselle, or maybe Tom??

  201. We'reFineThere says: Sep 7, 2011 9:12 AM

    I still don’t understand why the Falcons are always so high in everybody’s rankings. Even if Julio Jones manages to live to the hype, teams ranked below them such as the Steelers, Patriots, and Eagles all have at worst equal weapons and also come with a defense.

  202. weneedlinemen42 says: Sep 7, 2011 9:18 AM

    Power Rankings are pretty meaningless but they do raise some spectacular questions about the consistancy of thinking that went into this list.

    The Redskins end up 31st presumably, if your NFC East review is to be believed, because this league is all about the QB.

    You then follow it up with this gem: “If/when Charlie Whitehurst becomes the starting quarterback, the Seahawks will climb the ladder.” When the already sit in the low twenties with Tevaris Jackson.

    Let’s see, Grossman is maddeningly inconsistant but has actually won a Conference Championship as a starter. He’s won a number of games on the back of strong passing performances.

    Jackson has always struggled and looked poor in pre-season. Whitehurst has hardly played in the NFL and didn’t get a chance to do much of anything this pre-season.

    Grossman played competently in the ‘Skins offense last year. They improved the receiving corps during the off-season and he played like a competent, starting quality QB during the preseason. (Incidentally in a pre-season that the Redskins starters outscored the opposing starters in all four games).

    Tell me, what is it about Charlie Whitehurst that makes him so good.

    You seem pretty confident about Cam Newton as well. What about his preseason makes you think that he’ll perform better than a 10-year pro, playing his third year in the same offense. Newton has got huge upside, but there was nothing to suggest that he will do anything but struggle as a passer in his first year.

    I don’t think Grossman is a good QB. The fumbled snaps are both maddening and baffling. Yet, if you really do think this league is all about the QB, you seem to be prepared to ignore how they actually play and base it off their salary, draft position or picks exchanged in a trade.

  203. ampats says: Sep 7, 2011 9:20 AM

    johnnyb14z3 says,

    I can’t wait for the jets to win another SB..it will shut all you trolls up.

    Well, you have been waiting for 42 years already, what’s another decade or two?

  204. chemguy12 says: Sep 7, 2011 9:22 AM

    Mike is Peter King a realative? some long lost uncle maybe ? because you are sounding just like him.

    Mike all jokes aside be more professional , ok and take your emotions out of these rankings because all you doing to creating a soapbox and you willhave to change the name to amaturefootballtalk.com

  205. gregjennings85 says: Sep 7, 2011 9:26 AM

    Vikings: “If the offense clicks quickly, the Vikings could end up much higher than this.”

    Spoken like a true homer.

    Kudos, sir.

  206. bostontim says: Sep 7, 2011 9:31 AM

    Ok. There are no odds on Favorites to win the Superbowl. So the odds are AGAINST my Pats winning. But the smart money (i.e. nearly every book in Vegas) has the pats as the favorite,

    With you having them PR’d at seven, that makes you

    THE STOOPID MONEY.

    Cheers, BostonTim

  207. goawayeverybody says: Sep 7, 2011 9:32 AM

    Btw, I guess all the people complaining here have not been paying attention at all to the preseason. The Chargers starters have looked way sharper than last year. And they have Vincent Jackson back. The Saints made some powerful additions this offseason. And the Packers are still the Packers.

  208. dolphan23 says: Sep 7, 2011 9:35 AM

    dolphins at 30? really? I don’t understand at all. you obviously didn’t pay attention to what we have on defense. finished as the 6th best D. Henne had a few bad games but Reggie will help and with other weapons we should be fine! proving the haters wrong this year!

  209. dclogicatlast says: Sep 7, 2011 9:38 AM

    Cowboys #10, hahahaha. Ya lost all credibility right there. These media power rankings are so unoriginal.

  210. jetsarestacked says: Sep 7, 2011 9:41 AM

    patpatriotagain

    Jets oline in decline? It’s the same one they had in the playoffs. Mangold and brick are in their primes. How is the dline in decline? Nothing but youth there. And as for sanchez, well he has shown he can make plays vs your pats

  211. orakpownd says: Sep 7, 2011 9:44 AM

    HAHAHA Skins at 31…the crushed Gmen at 15 and Dallas at 10!!….oh man…this is a mess.

  212. jahbird says: Sep 7, 2011 9:45 AM

    I would like to reiterate that the Cowboys suck, and ranking them at 10 when they have the worst secondary in the NFL and are coming off a 6-10 year where they did nothing to improve (and some would argue only got worse) completely destroys the validity of these power rankings.

    Homerism aside, even Cowboys fans are cringing at that ranking.

  213. sadskinsfan89 says: Sep 7, 2011 10:02 AM

    @ mad55555. The skins wins will come by the 49ers, dolphins, panthers, cardinals, bills and seahawks. U said find six wins that the skins can pull out there u go. I also believe they can split with the giants and cowboys.

  214. axespray says: Sep 7, 2011 10:16 AM

    henson58 says:Sep 6, 2011 11:35 PM
    “without manning the colts should be ranked 32nd they have no defense no running game. the one thing they have is receivers but no one to throw to them.”

    But but but… Jamie Dukes said that Peyton’s Wide Receivers are the reason that he’s an all pro and that Brady makes the guys around him into all pros (even thou Cassel went 11-5 with NE).

  215. eodmike says: Sep 7, 2011 10:22 AM

    Mike:

    May I suggest you redo your article for the fans…maybe something like this:

    1. Reader’s favorite team
    2. Reader’s well-respected, out-of-conference other favorite team
    3. – 30. All other teams, with small notes as to why they suck
    31. Reader’s hated rival
    32. The Bengals

    This should cut down on the complaints a bit.

  216. bullcharger says: Sep 7, 2011 10:48 AM

    This ranking goes against fan consensus and expert consensus at every major sports network and web site.

    You guys are either geniouses or fools. We’ll see in a few weeks, but I suspect the latter.

  217. vegas2phx says: Sep 7, 2011 10:52 AM

    If you’re basing this list on how teams will do in the regular season, the Steelers or Ravens should be #1. I don’t think either is the best but if you look at their schedules they play the two worst divisions in the game and the Browns and Bengals twice. The winner if this division will have 14 wins…not because they are that good but because their opponents are that bad.

  218. whodeykid says: Sep 7, 2011 10:55 AM

    aaronitout says: Sep 7, 2011 12:44 AM

    It’s pretty much a wash every way you look at it. Maybe Cincy has a better defense but hard to say with the loss of J. Joseph…I’d give Carolina the edge because their running game should be better with Williams and Stewart. But why argue over which piece of sh*t smells better?

    —————————————————–

    I see what you’re saying, they’re both bad. However, every major publication all summer has picked Cincy last in everything imaginable. It’s to the point where people are just flat out being lazy and putting them last by default. Cincy beat them last year, beat them very conveniently during the “dress rehearsal” 3rd preseason game. Cincy had a lot of injuries and rookies playing on their D last year, and at the end of the year when people got healthy and rookies got confidence they shot up the rankings (and were #4 the year before because they had guys healthy). I know J. Joe will be missed, but not enough to make the D fall off that much. Better defense, similar offense (Both teams with new coaches, Benson & Scott as good as Williams & Stewart). Carolina picks 1st overall next year and Cincy is right behind them.

  219. shallowfan says: Sep 7, 2011 10:55 AM

    “This ranking goes against fan consensus and expert consensus at every major sports network and web site.

    You guys are either geniouses or fools. We’ll see in a few weeks, but I suspect the latter.”

    ——————————

    You do realize that pretty much everyone’s rankings at the beginning of the year get blown out of the water by the end of the year?

    I agree it might go against expert consensus…but who cares. I think talking heads have proven over the years they don’t know what they are talking about. It’s all opinion, that’s why they play the games…

  220. nac89 says: Sep 7, 2011 10:56 AM

    The Redskins at 31?? As Bart Scott says “CANT WAIT” to make PFT and everyone else eat their words. Last year the Skins beat the Packers, Bears, Eagles, and Cowboys and this off season they’ve quietly improved their roster through the draft and free agency. The Skins are in the second year of the 3-4 and should be greatly improved. The O line is more stable than any of the other teams in the NFC east. AND let me point out that pre season DOES matter, the progress and continuity a team develops is important. The record in the preseason doesnt matter at all though. CANT WAIT!

  221. bullcharger says: Sep 7, 2011 11:03 AM

    axespray says:Sep 7, 2011 10:16 AM

    But but but… Jamie Dukes said that Peyton’s Wide Receivers are the reason that he’s an all pro and that Brady makes the guys around him into all pros (even thou Cassel went 11-5 with NE).

    ————————–

    It was once true that Manning’s receivers were helping him to succeed, With Marvin Harrison there the Colts were nearly unstoppable for a few seasons. However, the last few years Manning has been carrying the team with non-superstars. Manning is no different than Brady. He makes the receivers look way better than they are. I don’t even think Wayne would be great without Manning.

    Don’t forget when Brady went down in 2008 the Patriots had a team that went 16-0 the year before and a back up that is now a starter in the league and knew the system well. 11-5 was achievable only because of Cassel.

    Indy has no such option and Manning is more important to the Colts than any QB to their team as he is really the coordinator too.

    Indy can’t win the division or make the playoffs without him.

  222. pskotte says: Sep 7, 2011 11:16 AM

    If the Cowboys met an unfortunate end in a plane crash you would still pick them in the top ten.

  223. bullcharger says: Sep 7, 2011 11:23 AM

    shallowfan says:Sep 7, 2011 10:55 AM

    “This ranking goes against fan consensus and expert consensus at every major sports network and web site.

    You guys are either geniouses or fools. We’ll see in a few weeks, but I suspect the latter.”

    ——————————

    You do realize that pretty much everyone’s rankings at the beginning of the year get blown out of the water by the end of the year?

    I agree it might go against expert consensus…but who cares. I think talking heads have proven over the years they don’t know what they are talking about. It’s all opinion, that’s why they play the games…

    ————————-

    I realize that… I just think this particular ranking will be blown out of the water more than most. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but respected experts should at least base the rankings on some kind of supportable facts.

    I don’t see how anyone could put Dallas and Philly beside eachother… I don’t see how anyone could put San Diego at number 3. As a Patriots fan, I obviously don’t agree with Patriots at 7, but even if I say that is a biased opinion and 7 is the correct spot, the rest still doesn’t make sense to me.

  224. finfan713 says: Sep 7, 2011 11:35 AM

    You’re really writing that the Jags, Panthers, Browns, Titans, Bills, and Raiders are better than the dolphins? Really? What do you base that on?

  225. calloustongue says: Sep 7, 2011 11:50 AM

    Musta killed you to put the Packers on top. Where they will stay all year. I bet you’re dying to put all the overrated east coast teams 1-5. Too bad America’s Heartland and the World Champion Green Bay Packers will be on top all year. No swearing or anything offensive, yet I bet you won’t post this!

  226. thunderskins007 says: Sep 7, 2011 11:51 AM

    bills, raiders, panthers, jags. all better than the skins? your a joke! what;s up with the gibbs comment? h8ter!

  227. bigredngreenmachine1418 says: Sep 7, 2011 12:06 PM

    They are # 1 until someone kicks them off… dumbest reason to put a team # 1 I ever heard of… so why not make Pittsburgh # 2 for this reason (They were second so they stay there until someone knocks them off) and then we could go on to the Jets as a tie for 3rd as AFC title loser and say well I know they were a wildcard team but they won the games to get to the AFC title game when it coutned so they are tied for 3rd until someone knocks them off… and so on… be consistent… if you rank a team 14th because of what they have and haven’t done this off season, then rank the others the same way!

  228. oraclepz1 says: Sep 7, 2011 12:08 PM

    So Henne had his worst year ever last year and the dolphins went 7-9 beating the Jets, Green Bay, and Robbed of the Steelers game but we drop to 29. Ok got it… We have a top 5 Def. and got rid of our dinosaur OC , result Henne looks much improved. Cant wait to sneak up on teams this year…

  229. jjbadd says: Sep 7, 2011 12:48 PM

    Ok, first I’m not here to proclaim my beloved Broncos are a top 15 team. But I guarantee you after watching them the last 20 + yrs, they will be at the very least 7 – 9 or 8 – 8. I certainly am hoping for better, but their secondary has me worried most of all. However, I believe with the addition of V. Miller, & a healthy Dumerveil, that’s a serious pass rush that will help offset that weak 2ndary. They won’t have serious trouble scoring, so i put them between 15 and 20 at the worst. But its why they play the game

  230. huejackson says: Sep 7, 2011 1:27 PM

    Ok so now evryon cn e how much the writrs on this site hate the raiders, They might actually hate them ore than ESPN which I thought was impossible..
    Every LEGIT sports writer ranks the Raiders in the op 10 some like Yahoo ranks them in the top 5 and predict them to go to AFC Champioship.
    They ranked the following teams ahead of the raiders!
    Lions…do i really need to say more?
    Bucs…. someone smokes crack
    JAGS!
    CHEIFS1 (p.s Riders beat them TWICE last year
    Cardinlas? Ok we get it now… YOU REALLY HATE THE RAIDERS..
    Raiders are the 3rd best team in the NFL and will win the divison…My guess i they will win the superbowl as well

  231. shaggytoodle says: Sep 7, 2011 1:57 PM

    youboettcha says:
    Sep 6, 2011 11:40 PM
    @shaggytoodle

    And by barely, you mean never. The Packers never trailed by more than 7 points all season long.
    ___________________________

    Exactly, but whenever GB gets talked about someone always says how GB BARELY made the playoffs.

    They make it sound like they backed in and its annoying.

    They forget that almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

  232. Deb says: Sep 7, 2011 5:09 PM

    Yeah, yeah, the Steelers missed the playoffs following their last three Super Bowl victories. However, you keep forgetting they won the division the year following their only other Super Bowl loss.

    Obviously the Chargers are the Notre Dame of the NFL–the team everyone loves to stick at the top of the polls even though no one can find them at season’s end (and that’s no reflection on their top-notch QB).

    The Browns are better than you think. And despite the Bengals’ troubles, like Marv, I believe they could better last year’s record and will avoid coming in dead last.

    Detroit at 14? Behind Dallas, Houston, Chicago, and Tampa?? Chomp, chomp, chomp. The sound you hear is the Lions feasting on unsuspecting opponents on their way to a Wildcard berth.

  233. nickfalzone10 says: Sep 7, 2011 5:17 PM

    @ hughjackson,
    Are you looking at power rankings from 2001?!? I looked at several rankings including ESPN and Yahoo! and no one has them higher than 22.

  234. discosucs2005 says: Sep 7, 2011 5:33 PM

    @nickfalzone10

    I haven’t found a single (legitimate) power ranking that has the Raiders in the top ten either. There are a couple bleacher report type things, but even if you count user power rankings I’ve only found a few. Like all other Raider fans, it’s best to just ignore Hue Jackson. Pretend he doesn’t exist, and maybe he’ll go away.

  235. visible4 says: Sep 7, 2011 6:51 PM

    Major flaws in the Power Rankings.

    1. Falcons are too high. They are good but not a top 5 team.

    2. As much as I cannot stand the Patriots, they will will win the AFC this year. They should be ranked 3rd behind the Pack and Saints.

    3. The Bears are way overrated and they have a brutal schedule this year. They are a 6 win team at best this year. They open up with Atlanta, New Orleans, Green Bay, Carolina and Detroit. They will be 1-4 by week 6 and the season will just simply fall apart after that considering they play the Packers and Lions again, as well as Tampa, Philly and San Diego.

    4. Lions are tricky. If Stafford stays healthy they are a top ten team. If Shaun Hill has to come to the rescue, the Lions are in the 15-20 range. But since a QB injury would alter most teams performance, the Lions need to be judged assuming Stafford plays all 16 games. If he plays 16 games, the Lions are top ten team no doubt. They will have one of the best passing games in the NFL and one of the best Pass rushes in the NFL. Since it’s a pass first league, the Lions should do very well. Unless they pull a San Diego and let their Special Teams sabotage their season.

    5. Cowboys will be 7-9 or 8-8 even with their favorable schedule. They are definitely not better than the Giants.

    6. I don’t see many teams the 49ers can beat. I like Harbaugh and I think the future is bright, but they will be the ones selecting Luck next year and then it will be all up for the 49ers.

  236. billsjetsfan says: Sep 7, 2011 7:13 PM

    Nice to see the Bills aren’t ranked somewhere between 30-32 haha.

  237. drew05 says: Sep 7, 2011 8:06 PM

    9. Eagles: Questions on the offensive line and at linebacker could keep this team’s dreams from coming true.

    My oh my…just ignore the fact my Iggles go 3 deep at just about every other position…

    Having said that…I can live with a 9.

    I love the Pats comment…what happened in 07 that they started losing playoff….OH YEAH! they got caught cheating!

    Bill-a-cheat…love it.

    G.B. has a great QB and D…and deserve the #1 slot….

    Man did they get lucky last season. I doubt that will continue.

  238. wicky888 says: Sep 7, 2011 8:39 PM

    As a Falcons fan, I think its absolutely retarded that they are ranked that high. They were a fake 13-3 team last year (easy schedule and should have lost to 49ers, Ravens, Packers, and Saints)

    Compile that with their difficult schedule this year and I see 9-7, 10-6 TOPS

  239. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Sep 7, 2011 9:05 PM

    Redskins have to PROVE THEY CAN WIN before they get any respect.

    Skinsfans, it’s not your fault. It’s your idiot midget owner’s failures.

  240. transam7816 says: Sep 8, 2011 12:50 AM

    Why are we all killing ourselves to get in? If we’re all as good as we say we are, we should make our own league right now. Draft will be tomorrow at 5:45 est.

    Let’s do a 10 team league
    Email me at transam7816@gmail. If 9 people send me their email, I’ll make the league for us. Will be done at espn. And it’s not automatic draft. It will be snake.

  241. boothisman says: Sep 8, 2011 10:21 AM

    Ravens should be nowhere near that top 10. The only way they can have any chance of making the playoffs is if the Steelers have another post-suberbowl crappy year.

  242. waitingguilty says: Sep 8, 2011 10:36 AM

    Sure fire way to 200+ comments?

    Rank a mediocre, likely 7-9/8-8 Redskins team 31st.

    I see ya working!

    But really, it’s a cheap way to go, you know they are not a worse football team than 31 other clubs.

  243. ron69 says: Sep 8, 2011 11:02 AM

    We got a bunch of comedians around here with Mike being the cherry on top, I love it!

  244. ravensworknotsteel says: Sep 8, 2011 2:16 PM

    chargers recievers are too slow they lost sproiles and their d has been exposed smh redskins dline is looking good and they can run thr roc ravens number 1 over phi get it right sanchez was on a leash in the playoffs and hes scared of big defenses cowboys cant cover and sucked they are too high cincy should be last then carolina cam newton can run but cant reed prgressions fast enough j clausen will be a good qb for the colts and pittsburgh is over the hill to slow on d and small recievers oppossing defenses can beat them with 2 man under baltimore were here and bringing it all you so called media glutes know the obvious and never played football shutdown 2011 ravens

  245. boothisman says: Sep 8, 2011 3:01 PM

    ravensworknotsteel says:
    Sep 8, 2011 2:16 PM
    chargers recievers are too slow they lost sproiles and their d has been exposed smh redskins dline is looking good and they can run thr roc ravens number 1 over phi get it right sanchez was on a leash in the playoffs and hes scared of big defenses cowboys cant cover and sucked they are too high cincy should be last then carolina cam newton can run but cant reed prgressions fast enough j clausen will be a good qb for the colts and pittsburgh is over the hill to slow on d and small recievers oppossing defenses can beat them with 2 man under baltimore were here and bringing it all you so called media glutes know the obvious and never played football shutdown 2011 ravens

    ——————————————-

    Ok…. can you repeat that in English so we can understand what you are trying to say? I know you’re a Ravens fan but I have faith there is a brain in there somewhere.

  246. savannahrose44 says: Sep 8, 2011 4:32 PM

    I love the haters saying the Seahawks will be at the bottom of the barrel. How did that work out for you last year? It’s alright I’m cool with everyone poking fun at my team…continue to underestimate them. Just remember no team can suck forever and they got the last laugh in 2010 when they sent the Saints home.

  247. whodey14 says: Sep 8, 2011 6:00 PM

    The Bengals are going to be bad this year, no doubt. However, they will surprise some teams. They have a better defense than people give them credit for. They certainly aren’t going to win the Super Bowl, but i bet they win more games than you think. Just sayin’!

  248. texmexdeux says: Sep 9, 2011 10:37 AM

    As good a list as anyone else could produce. Enjoyed the comments.

    Chargers starting at #3? They couldn’t even make the playoffs out of the AFC West last season. Every year we have to hear how great they are. They must be the #1 team on paper from the last five years.

    Cowboys shouldn’t be stating at #10, though I think they could end up that high.

    Good points on the Jets, Giants and Lions. Sanchez has the elusive QB magic that can’t be taught or developed. If he can improve on the QB aspects that can be developed, like some better accuracy, he could be a great one. Giants looking like a team on creaky stilts, ready to topple. Lions should have a great d-line, yes. But will Stafford last through team introductions?

    Don’t think Bills will swipe a playoff spot, but I do think they could wind up 8-8 and higher up the rankings.

    As much as I hate the Dolphins and Redskins, I grudgingly admit that they seem ranked too low. Maybe move the up one spot each? (And no, that’s not an objective consideration of how they will do.)

    God bless the faithful Skins fans who don’t have the eyes to see that “Grossman vs Beck” is a duel for 2nd and 3rd string on any other team. And yes, that includes the 49ers.

  249. MVQB7 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:11 PM

    Browns Vs. Brown for the first pick in the 2012.

  250. beil1984 says: Sep 9, 2011 1:12 PM

    @savannahrose you say the Seahawks beat up on raiders in pre season so they should Be ahead of them in the rankings? You don’t know how silly you sound.

  251. dadsource says: Sep 9, 2011 9:46 PM

    Tiki is flabbergasted.

  252. itsmebobd says: Sep 10, 2011 9:01 AM

    Ok, as a bengals fan I disagree with a few of your rankings here.

    The Cardinals snuck into the playoffs a couple years ago, and shocked the world playing hot all the way to the superbowl behind kurt warner. They finally have a franchise QB replacement in Kevin Kolb. He is the real deal, hes a franchise QB. He isnt the next JOE MONTANA or other HOF QB name here, but the guy can get it done. I say they go 11-5 and are a top 12 team easily.

    The Chargers dig themselves in a hole every single year, no way they are that high of a team. They are good, but vastly overrated and always flunk out on the playoffs every year. Remember, they lost to the bengals dec 26th last year, I was there, and it was BAD. Not to mention there was no TO or Chad Ochostinko in the game either, they were torched by jerome simpson all game. And since when do they have a running game? A few years ago they had 3 solid RB’s in LT, turner burner, and sproles, thye let all 3 go like idiots…..

    And Finally my bengals. Go ahead, rate them last, we love it. We always respond well to a 4-12 year under marvin lewis, and nothings going to change this year from years past. Name 1 team who ran on the bengals all preseason? None, you cant run on the bengals this year. Our pass rush is getting ALOT better with dunlap and michael johnson getting sacks. A good pass rush will improve the secondary, as they wont have to do as much. This coupled with the fact andy dalton has progressed every week of the preseason, and of all the QB’s drafted (besides mallet) he will have the best career. AJ Green is forgotten for now, but not by the end of the year. Jerome simpson came alive at the end of last year when given his chance to start, and Jermaine Gresham is in his 2nd year, and will be the safety net of andy dalton. Cedric Benson will be heavily relied upon this year, and with him getting such a big workload, we will see more of bernard scott as a spell back, and Brian Leonard on more 3rd downs. Bscott always has the potential to break a BIG ONE and take it ot the house, and brian leonard always seems to make the most of every rushing attempt he gets which always seems like he is getting 6 yards a carry. Bengals impress and shock all of you, going 7-9 this year behind bensons great running and daltons game managing and promising rookie year.

  253. nyyankeedave says: Sep 10, 2011 11:31 AM

    2 things I’ve taken away here: 1-Just how ignorant fans are of other teams(just ’cause says its so doesn’t make it so, folks) 2-A new team to root against: Redskins

  254. nyyankeedave says: Sep 10, 2011 11:40 AM

    And 3-Stop with the stupid “Harbaugh’s coaching the Browns too” comments. It was only funny the first time.

  255. ozzie8 says: Sep 10, 2011 11:48 AM

    Kudos to itsmebobd for seeing some light at the end of the Bengals tunnel. I posted similiar comments a few days age but somehow my post was deleted, probably because I mentioned the indecrestions of a Steeler QB and a Raven LB in response to the constant lame comments about Cedric Benson. I’m not a Mike Brown fan by any stretch of the imagination but I do see some positive things to look for, thanks again itsmebobd for pointing these things out. But by all means don’t diss the criminals on the roster of the other division’s team or your comments will be censored.

  256. steelerheaven says: Sep 10, 2011 2:26 PM

    Horrible list. The Chargers don’t belong in the top 10. Who the hell is on there team besides Rivers at this point? Gates is getting old and they have a horrible head coach.

  257. dspohn55 says: Sep 10, 2011 3:59 PM

    Cardinals are way too high

  258. goforgin01 says: Sep 10, 2011 7:25 PM

    Chargers and Ravens belong. They always do.

    Browns and Lions…whisper picks that will still be below .500….improved, but schedules too tough

  259. pencepost says: Sep 11, 2011 8:56 AM

    About the Bucs: “failing to beat the Lions at home in December raises questions about whether this franchise is ready to succeed”

    Another team that lost to the Lions last December: the Packers.

  260. jimmysee says: Sep 12, 2011 9:18 AM

    “3. The Bears are way overrated and they have a brutal schedule this year. They are a 6 win team at best this year. They open up with Atlanta, New Orleans, Green Bay, Carolina and Detroit. They will be 1-4 by week 6 and the season will just simply fall apart after that considering they play the Packers and Lions again, as well as Tampa, Philly and San Diego.

    The Bears didn’t look overrated yesterday.

  261. waltdawg says: Sep 12, 2011 9:31 AM

    Skins at 31 Huh? Bet you feel stupid now…Gibbs can stay retired and we can stay on top in the NFC EAST! HAIL!

  262. mattyk72 says: Sep 12, 2011 4:16 PM

    Tell me again how 30 teams were ranked higher than Washington?

    Somebody wasn’t paying attention all preseason.

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