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PFT’s Week Zero power rankings

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[Editor’s note:  The five PFT writers will vote each week on every NFL team, top to bottom.  We were going to call it something really cool like Pro32, but the AP beat us to it.  So here they are as we prepare for the first week of the season — power rankings.]

1. Packers (four first-place votes):  The best team on paper entering camp remains the best team on paper entering the season.  But who really uses paper anymore?

2. Giants (one first-place vote):  Lost in their conference, lost in their division, and lost in even their hometown, it’s still impossible to overlook the defending champs, who have a knack for winning when they need to.

3. Patriots:  The best team in the AFC doesn’t need its defense to get much better to make another run at another Super Bowl win.  It’s been eight years since the last one, and nearly all of the guys in the locker room don’t have rings of their own.

4. Ravens:  The offense keeps improving and the defense keeps hanging on.  The best news for the Ravens would be a season from quarterback Joe Flacco that forces the franchise to pay him like the elite quarterback he believes he is.

5. Texans:  Despite plenty of changes, the Texans continue to be among the league’s elite team until they prove otherwise.  And Matt Schaub will continue to be regarded as an injury-prone quarterback until he proves otherwise.

6. Steelers:  If the Steelers were any team but the Steelers, the transition and turmoil they’ve experienced would have been enough to knock them out of the top 15.  But the Steelers under coach Mike Tomlin typically find a way to contend, regardless of the changes.

7. Saints:  The key to getting to the Superdome for the Super Bowl will be making the road to the Superdome go through the Superdome.

8. 49ers:  Perhaps the most complete team in the NFL lacks the one thing it needs to get to the next level — a franchise quarterback.

9. Eagles:  They’ll need to finish higher than ninth to get Andy Reid a 15th season.

10. Falcons:  Better than they’re perceived, the Falcons won’t be taken seriously until they win a playoff game.

11. Bears:  A playoff team in 2012 but for injuries to Matt Forte and Jay Cutler, the Bears are in better position to contend than many realize.

12. Lions:  The ability of this team to take the next step hinges on quarterback Matthew Stafford staying healthy and the defensive backfield finding a way to keep the opponents under 50 points.  And, yeah, the ability of certain players to stay out of jail.

13. Cowboys:  All this talk about when the window is closing presumes it was ever open.  One playoff win in 16 years suggests otherwise.

14. Broncos:  Yes, Peyton Manning is now in town.  Unless he can play like he did before his 2011 neck surgeries, it may not matter much.

15. Panthers:  Ryan Kalil’s prediction of a Super Bowl win could be a little premature, but the arrow is pointing up for a team that could be in possession of the next great franchise quarterback.

16. Seahawks:  Then again, maybe the Seahawks have the next great franchise quarterback.

17. Bengals:  They’ve never made it to the postseason in two straight non-strike seasons.  That streak could end in 2012.

18. Bills:  They haven’t made it to the postseason at all since 1999.  That streak could end in 2012.

19. Chiefs:  If Matt Cassel can play like he did in 2008 and 2010, the Chiefs could be climbing, quickly.

20. Chargers:  Having a franchise quarterback and not much more makes for an interesting experiment in San Diego.  It also could make for a new G.M. and head coach by next year.

21. Titans:  If Chris Johnson can play like he did before 2011, the Titans could give the Texans a real fight for the AFC South crown.  It also would help if Kenny Britt can get healthy, stay healthy, and stay out of trouble.

22. Jets:  In an era of new-school, high-octane offense, a team built on an old-school, ground-and-pound approach seems destined to struggle.

23. Raiders:  To move in the right direction over the long term, this team needed to move in the wrong direction in the short term.

24. Redskins:  After 27 starting quarterbacks in 27 years, the Redskins finally have real hope at the position.  Here’s hoping that there’s not ultimately a repeat of the Shuler-Frerotte fiasco of 18 years ago.

25. Cardinals:  The Cardinals would welcome a Shuler-Frerotte fiasco right about now.

26. Colts:  Andrew Luck looks the part.  Then again, so did Peyton Manning as a rookie.  And he won only three games.

27. Buccaneers:  A year ago, there was plenty of hope in Tampa.  At least they now have an excuse for being unable to sell tickets.

28. Jaguars:  Barring significant improvement, playing one game per year in London won’t necessarily be the best way to build a fan base there.  Or anywhere.

29. Vikings:  The last time the Vikings won only three games, Bud Grant came out of retirement to save the day.  This time around, re-animating Lombardi wouldn’t be enough to make a difference.

30. Rams:  At some point during his first year of getting paid to coach the Rams, Jeff Fisher will long for his year of getting paid to not coach the Titans.

31. Dolphins:  At least they’ll outscore the Marlins.  Most of the time.

32. Browns:  Jimmy Haslam wants to know where the line is to return a $1 billion football team.

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66 Responses to “PFT’s Week Zero power rankings”
  1. henrytb4 says: Sep 4, 2012 7:02 AM

    The Buccaneers are very high on this list at 27. Not sure they are the top team in Florida. The Jaguars pounded them last year!

  2. eastsideballa says: Sep 4, 2012 7:08 AM

    You guys forgot to put the asterisk next to the Patriots.

  3. youarewrongandthisiswhy says: Sep 4, 2012 7:10 AM

    Redskin look a little high at 24 but let their fans have this moment. All down hill from here.

    Still not sure if the Packers did enough to improve the D.

    Would love to see Giants vs 49ers and Saints vs Packers in Division Round.

  4. mancave001 says: Sep 4, 2012 7:10 AM

    The Eagles go 4-0 in the preseason for the first time in 17 years, and they drop a spot from the preseason rankings? Uh, OK. Also:

    –Giants at No. 2 is a joke. They have almost no chance of repeating with their depth/injury issues.

    –The 49ers at No. 8? Really? They should be #2 without question.

    —I don’t buy the Steelers at No. 6. Nothing against them, but Ben is the way everyone predicted he would (less mobile), and the defense is not what it used to be…especially with a Troy Polamau that’s going to be this year’s Brian Urlacher by 2013. Don’t forget the makeshift OL.

  5. august1969 says: Sep 4, 2012 7:13 AM

    Giants over the Patriots? BWAAHAHHAHHAA…..oh wait….

  6. youarewrongandthisiswhy says: Sep 4, 2012 7:14 AM

    How does Norv Turner still have a job? Seriously, this guy is so mediocre the Browns would pass on him.

  7. faithful209er says: Sep 4, 2012 7:14 AM

    That’s fine for now, but there’s gonna be a shake-up when #8 rolls over #1 in week one….

    Whooo’s got it better than us????

  8. eaglesfan94 says: Sep 4, 2012 7:15 AM

    I would swap the Giants and Packers, since they’re the defending champs. I would also put the Cowboys a little lower, and the Broncos, Panthers and Seahawks a little higher… but that’s just me.

  9. voiceofreason says: Sep 4, 2012 7:17 AM

    IF the Lions take another step, they’ll be nearly un-beatable….People act like the Bears were the only team with decimating injuries…it’s called depth, glad you looked into it. But your depth is full of FAs, which are always a gamble. Just imagine if every FA worked out for every team….but that doesn’t happen does it?

  10. skoobyfl says: Sep 4, 2012 7:18 AM

    Bills #18 & they can make the playoffs ?

  11. mrzazz41387 says: Sep 4, 2012 7:20 AM

    You could have said any number of things to say the Jets will do bad, but referring to an “outdated” ground and pound is not the reason. The Jets went to 2 AFCCGs with the ground and pound. The 49ers and the Ravens were 1 fluky play each away from having an all run 1st Super Bowl.

  12. richkotitte says: Sep 4, 2012 7:22 AM

    My gut tells me the Jags are a top 14 to 16-ish team this year. It’s not too late for 8 and 8! wooohooooo GO JAGS !

  13. egetto says: Sep 4, 2012 7:26 AM

    As we expected, spin the London thing, and thanks, we will work on “building a fan base” Jacksonville averages 62,000 fans a game as a losing team, wonder what happens when they start winning…..

  14. ddogdaddy says: Sep 4, 2012 7:28 AM

    As a Colts fan, I didn’t think much of your preseason list that had us at #32. I still don’t think that much oh it at #26 but at least you have us going in the right direction. Go Blue.

  15. dway096 says: Sep 4, 2012 7:28 AM

    The chiefs beat the packers last season, should they be ahead of them? No, everyone beat the Bucs last season, but this is this years list, and the Bucs are looking much better than the Jags this season.

  16. idoesthis25 says: Sep 4, 2012 7:31 AM

    Of the top 16 top teams on this list, 11 are from the NFC..the packers and giants might be victims of a crowded field not necessarily being worse than last year.

    But as we know records mean squat in this day and age and power rankings are a joke. Media says Giants are overlooked but educated fans know they are dangerous( im a cowboys fan).

    Too many heroes and villains created by media perception in a league of parity and close competition. But whatever its fun to debate I guess

    Cheers to the start of the season my football brethren.

  17. trefkennedy says: Sep 4, 2012 7:45 AM

    How do you know when football season is back?? Pro football talk power rankings which I’ve been keeping up with since the 09 season

  18. houseofbacon says: Sep 4, 2012 7:45 AM

    This would mean the Bucs only draft 1 spot later than their original 5th overall pick last year, before they traded out of it.

    I think out of the 3 teams in Florida, the Bucs have done by far the most to improve their team. Better free agency, better draft.

  19. fatoldsun1 says: Sep 4, 2012 7:48 AM

    I like pft, but the snide comments ending every article tells me that Florio wasn’t hugged enough as a child.

  20. eventhorizon04 says: Sep 4, 2012 7:57 AM

    Specific rankings are near meaningless – I think the Giants were ranked around 15 last year, yet their season had a pretty happy ending.

    That being said – these ranking do give a general sense about what “tier” a team is in.

    You have the top 8 teams (Top Tier): expected division winners/Super Bowl-contenders

    Next 8 teams (Second Tier): expected Wildcard contenders/darkhorse Super Bowl picks (the New York Giants last year)

    Second to last 8 teams (Third Tier): Mediocre teams/darkhorse wildcard contenders

    Bottom 8 teams (bottom tier): sub-0.500 teams, Matt Barkley-sweepstakes contenders

  21. eaglesw00t says: Sep 4, 2012 8:05 AM

    Wow…49ers are awful low, and the Texans and Ravens are awful high.

    But, this is week 0, after all.

    Something tells me this list will be nowhere near accurate in 4 weeks.

  22. jimmysee says: Sep 4, 2012 8:13 AM

    The Packers went wire-to-wire at #1 last season and open right there again.

    Has any other team ever done that?

  23. pftwstbshmc says: Sep 4, 2012 8:16 AM

    I think it will be interesting to see how you guys change your tune here just a few weeks into the season. There are teams in the top ten that will be swapping places with those in between 10 and 20 by then. And a couple of them will surprise people who are casual fans and haven’t really been paying attention to what teams have done to better themselves and those who have stood pat that shouldn’t have.

  24. oriolesvsravens says: Sep 4, 2012 8:23 AM

    I hope the Ravens, especiaally their defense, play like they’re deservant of a #4 ranking this year.

  25. nav711 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:24 AM

    Dolphins should be last. Even the Browns can beat them any day. Dolphins fans are saying Tannehill is the next Marino. These same idiots were saying Davis was better than Revis. LOL

  26. ianwetpantscom says: Sep 4, 2012 8:43 AM

    No one is talking about Todd Haley, he will take us to the promise land, just ask him!

  27. southpaw2k says: Sep 4, 2012 8:53 AM

    I think the two teams in the bottom half of the rankings most likely to find themselves in the playoffs are the Bills and Chiefs. I expect them both to win around 10 games, with the Bills grabbing a Wild Card spot and the Chiefs stealing the West.

  28. detroitkitty says: Sep 4, 2012 8:54 AM

    You’ve got the Steelers ranked WAY too high. O-Line is a mess, running game will be non-existant and the defense (after years of overacheiving) is suspect.

  29. east96st says: Sep 4, 2012 8:54 AM

    I can handle the Giants not being number one. Truth is, I prefer it that way. But Green Bay? Giants crushed GB in the playoffs and if it wasn’t for a blind/or crooked ref, it would have been a complete blowout. At least put San Fran ahead of the Giants. They gave a NY a REAL football game. GB got exposed in Lambeau by NY, just like the Giants exposed the “unbeatable” Pats during Super Bowl XLII. I would put San Fran, the Saints, and, it pains me to say this, even Philly, all before Green Bay. Great QB, maybe the best out there today, but pretenders on defense.

  30. jtfawver says: Sep 4, 2012 8:58 AM

    This is why the NFL should be like the WWE. Have a championship belt. You’d have a new champion week to week and always have big time games that meant a title was on the line.

    Ok, before someone tears into me…yes thats sarcasm.

  31. wicky888 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:00 AM

    I can’t believe the Cardinals arent last, I doubt they win 4 games this year.

  32. walter0247 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:06 AM

    In a strike year when 2 QBs beat out a 20 year standing yardage record and 2 were less than 100 yards off of it, it doesn’t surprise me that some garbage team won the superbowl.

    My point is that the Giants shouldn’t be that high.

  33. walter0247 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:07 AM

    The Giants stumble through the entire season AND the playoffs. Take off your fan blinders.

  34. aintthenazz says: Sep 4, 2012 9:08 AM

    The Bears will be doing well to finish 8-8 this year.

  35. wydok says: Sep 4, 2012 9:25 AM

    Do you think Alex Smith gets ticked off when people say the 49ers don’t have a franchise quarterback?

  36. ninefingers9 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:28 AM

    How in the hell are the Vikings ranked twenty ni…oh wait!

  37. m1000be says: Sep 4, 2012 9:31 AM

    Giants should be number one. They actually have a defense unlike Green Bay.

    The Colts will win at LEAST eight games this season. Mark my words.

  38. louisvillepride says: Sep 4, 2012 9:31 AM

    I agree w/ the gentlman that said that this is more of a ‘tier system’ than anything else. With that being said, I think where the Raiders are ranked is respectable. They can go either way at this point. Carson Palmer didn’t look too bad in the preseason but needs to improve on his decision making. Some of the interceptions were on his receivers & some he should’ve just taken a sack (the back peddling screen pass that the d-lineman intercepted comes to mind). McFadden is in ‘beast mode’ but can he stay healthy for entire season? I think the ‘line will hold it’s own although I rather we go back to the power blocking scheme. There will not be too much of a drop off w/ Taiwan Jones backing up McFadden but, after that, Mike Goodson doesn’t give me much confidence. WR depth are hurting & Louis Murphy could’ve helped but Reggie made the right call being he wasn’t in Oakland’s future & got a 7th off him. D-line is our strength w/ Shaugnessy, Kelly, Seymour, & Houston. LB. is a little shaky but I think McClain will prosper in the new scheme. Phillip Wheeler looks like a steal & there will be some growing pains w/ Miles but in the end, he’ll grow & contribute. Secondary is the biggest concern! Bartel looks like he will be solid, Spencer is just here because he was a bargain, this will be Huff’s last year in Silver & Black (or if he is back, they’ll draft his replacement & battle it out in the preseason), & Branch is the only player that will be here for the long run! ST outside Seabass & Lechler also worry me too. They looked awful in the preseason. Overall depth behind the starters will come back & bite us in the *** if the starters (outside of DL) get injured. All in all if Palmer cuts down on the turnovers & McFadden stays healthy, we can sneak in as a wildcard because the division is up for grabs & NO ONE is a lock to win it!

  39. kidpresentable says: Sep 4, 2012 10:00 AM

    “Giants crushed GB in the playoffs and if it wasn’t for a blind/or crooked ref, it would have been a complete blowout… GB got exposed in Lambeau by NY, just like the Giants exposed the “unbeatable” Pats during Super Bowl XLII. I would put San Fran, the Saints, and, it pains me to say this, even Philly, all before Green Bay. Great QB, maybe the best out there today, but pretenders on defense.”

    By your logic, the Redskins should outrank the Giants then. After all, the Redskins were 2-0 and outscored the Giants 51-24 in their match-ups last year. Good teams have bad games. If it happens in the playoffs, you go home. The Packers had a top 5 defense in ’09 and in ’10. Last year they were 32nd. Nick Collins and Cullen Jenkins were good, but they’re not exactly Ronnie Lott and Reggie White.

    In sports, if you see drastic swings in stats, there’s usually some market correction or regression towards the mean the following season. Even if the regression towards the mean puts the Packers as the 15th ranked defense, with that offense (which now has a decent running back), that’s enough for a 12-13 win team and home field advantage.

    Also, the easiest schedules in the league belong to the Patriots and Packers. There’s nothing like stacking the deck. The toughest schedule: NY Giants.

  40. howiehandles says: Sep 4, 2012 10:01 AM

    Why is everyone getting worked up over this?

    “The Eagles go 4-0 in the preseason for the first time in 17 years, and they drop a spot from the preseason rankings? Uh, OK”

    The preseason doesn’t mean squat, unless you’re trying to make the team.

  41. classactcalvin81 says: Sep 4, 2012 10:10 AM

    Let’s go D we will take #12 and SMILE!! Stafford plays another 16 and Calvin beats the curse we def find the playoffs!!!!

  42. cnote94 says: Sep 4, 2012 10:22 AM

    Note sure if your Seahawk one-liner is tongue-in-cheek, but let’s let Russell Wilson play a regular season game against defenses gameplanning for him before we start talking about him in the same vein as Newton.

  43. gosuhgo says: Sep 4, 2012 10:24 AM

    Good thing the Bears were a playoff team except for their injuries. It’s not like the Lions had similar issues with every DB or anything. Never had to put 5th string wideouts in as corners in some games. Every team has injuries. Some deal better.

  44. bigbrad184 says: Sep 4, 2012 10:48 AM

    Man the NFC is loaded this year. I know it’s just preseason rankings, but 11 of the top 16 teams are from the NFC. That’s going to be a tough road to the Super Bowl for all of those teams.

  45. hatesycophants says: Sep 4, 2012 10:52 AM

    The Packers are not the best team on paper.

  46. ripseau says: Sep 4, 2012 10:55 AM

    Alll it takes is a clever wrinkle and a bad team turns good and a good team turns superbowl champs. See: Dolphins wildcat and 85a Bears 46 defense.
    You NEVER know in the NFL.

  47. renaissanceman87 says: Sep 4, 2012 11:19 AM

    God am I spoiled. I’m a Packers fan, and rather than be happy that we’re #1, I merely ‘expect’ us to be #1. What’s going to happen in a few years when the Packers are ranked 9th going into a season and predictions are “Packers might make some noise in the North, potentially a 10-6/11-5 type season and maybe a playoff run?” I should be happy for such a talented team, but damn, are we Packer fans spoiled.

  48. fuzzynuts55 says: Sep 4, 2012 11:29 AM

    Looks good other then gaints.. they should be 8 or 9..

  49. kingpel says: Sep 4, 2012 11:33 AM

    Jump on that Rams bandwagon while you can! NFC WEST CHAMPIONS!

  50. glazed61 says: Sep 4, 2012 11:48 AM

    Bucs high. Jags low.

  51. denverdude7 says: Sep 4, 2012 12:12 PM

    Weren’t there at least 3 Canadian League teams between the #31 Dolphins and the #32 Browns?

  52. glenne81 says: Sep 4, 2012 12:12 PM

    Lets be clear. I am a Vikings.

    But, you can put the Jets and the Seahawks on any field in the world and there is no question who would win. Get real.

  53. ceschatz says: Sep 4, 2012 12:24 PM

    Awwwww, I guess youre allowed to complain about these rankings unless it’s against the Eagles. This site is getting pretty pathetic when it comes to deleteling comments for no reason.

  54. ceschatz says: Sep 4, 2012 12:27 PM

    Giants will be lucky to get 3rd place in The East.

  55. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Sep 4, 2012 12:56 PM

    jimmysee says:Sep 4, 2012 8:13 AM

    The Packers went wire-to-wire at #1 last season and open right there again.

    Has any other team ever done that?

    Congratulations on winning the PFT Power Rankings Championship last season. Obviously, the power rankings didn’t continue into the playoffs.

  56. jimbrashear says: Sep 4, 2012 1:04 PM

    “renaissanceman87 says:
    Sep 4, 2012 11:19 AM
    God am I spoiled. I’m a Packers fan, and rather than be happy that we’re #1, I merely ‘expect’ us to be #1…”

    Closet Bears fan alert.

  57. sicklnick121 says: Sep 4, 2012 1:14 PM

    RAIDERS WIN THE WEST!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I find it amusing that the Broncos, Chiefs and the Chargers are ranked higher then the Raiders. We controlled that division the last two years.. And what step back did we take? Getting better Linebackers? A better Defensive system? Or wait Maybe its the Better wide receivers? Palmer threw for almost 3,000 yards without McFadden, In a half a season. Yea he throws picks but Jackson never called any short passes after Palmer started it was all 10 yard or better routes

  58. brenenostler says: Sep 4, 2012 1:19 PM

    Not at all a Chargers fan, but I’m pretty sure they’re better than Seattle.

  59. millerhour says: Sep 4, 2012 2:08 PM

    egetto says: Sep 4, 2012 7:26 AM

    As we expected, spin the London thing, and thanks, we will work on “building a fan base” Jacksonville averages 62,000 fans a game as a losing team, wonder what happens when they start winning…..


    How many of them are Jags fans and how many are opposing team fans? I am going to the Bears game just because it is cheaper for me to go to a game in Jax than in Chicago, including the flight down there. Season ticket holders are getting rid of their tickets at face value and businesses and the Jags are buying up the rest. Don’t fool yourself.

  60. nodaclu says: Sep 4, 2012 4:04 PM

    My gut says it’s probably close, but I can’t help but feel that the Raiders at 23 are a little low.

    Yes, they needed to shed salary and the team is scary thin behind its starting cast, but this team essentially returns the same core on offense the got them to 8-8 last year (including a healthy McFadden, a full off season for Palmer, and more experience for the young WR’s).

    The defense couldn’t possibly be any worse than last years, with some serviceable vets being added to the secondary to replace young DB’s who looked overmatched at times last year.

    I don’t see this team as any worse than 7-9, and 8-8 for a third straight year is a distinct possibility if they stay reasonably healthy.

    Call it a ceiling of #16, and a likelihood of about #20.

  61. derklempner says: Sep 4, 2012 5:04 PM

    “east96st says:
    Sep 4, 2012 8:54 AM
    I can handle the Giants not being number one. Truth is, I prefer it that way. But Green Bay? Giants crushed GB in the playoffs and if it wasn’t for a blind/or crooked ref, it would have been a complete blowout. At least put San Fran ahead of the Giants. They gave a NY a REAL football game. GB got exposed in Lambeau by NY, just like the Giants exposed the “unbeatable” Pats during Super Bowl XLII. I would put San Fran, the Saints, and, it pains me to say this, even Philly, all before Green Bay. Great QB, maybe the best out there today, but pretenders on defense.”


    It’s a shame that whatever happened last year has nothing to do with the rankings this year, right? Or else the Redskins would be ranked ahead of the Giants for beating them twice. And the Packers would be TIED with the Giants for beating them once before the playoff loss.

    It’s a NEW season. It’s the NEW power rankings. Try to remember that.

  62. texmexdeux says: Sep 4, 2012 6:49 PM

    Putting the Giants at #2 seems odd. They should either be #1 before any games have been played, because they are the defending champions, whether I like it or not; or you should put them somewhere further down the list, if we’re playing the ever-elusive “best team on paper” game. But not #2.

  63. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 4, 2012 11:15 PM

    Very close to the one I did on my site. In my opinion, Eagles are ranked too high and 49ers too low.

  64. crackbubba says: Sep 5, 2012 11:01 AM

    Am I the only one that thinks the Browns won’t be the worst team in the NFL? As long as Richardson is in 50% of their games, I think they have a legitimate chance at an improved record. Last season they lost only 2 games by more than 2 touchdowns, and that was with an erratic passing game and no semblance of a running game. I think that if their offense can produce a few points, their defense can win them some games. They almost always surprise the Steelers with a close game (with 2010 being an aberration) or a win. With a decent offense, that close game could be a win. Or 2. I think 6-10 is definitely doable by them. Games vs the Bengals (who lost any semblance of a run game they had) Steelers, Ravens (who are also prone to playing down to competition, see Jacksonville last season) could produce up to 3 or 4 wins, Colts can be a win Raiders can flop with the best of them, And the Cowboys are destined to be mediocre again. Toss in an upset or 2 (probably due to a major injury…) and they can easily reach that mark. That being said, they have potential to totally flop too. And I’m not even a Browns fan. The Cardinals will be the worst team in football, just in time to snatch up Matt Barkley to be their QB of the future only to watch him turn out to be another Matt Leinart. Who will play the Kurt Warner part though?

  65. florio4prez says: Sep 6, 2012 2:32 AM

    Steelers turmoil? Already the national press (sic) has started with this stuff?

    Let’s see. IR’d TE David Johnson and rookie LB Spence. OG DeCastro will be back for the stretch drive. A few other nicks and bangs. Wallace held out until the last minute but looks great and knows the playbook. #2 TE Saunders serving 4 games.

    That’s turmoil? What am I missing here?

    Good bye Arians. Hello Haley.

    OL is in much better shape this season. Big Ben looks ready for a big year. WRs Wallace, Brown, Sanders and Cotchery stand to be scary good. You’ve seen RB/KR/PR Rainey, right? RB stable is simply loaded.

    When isn’t the Steelers D the best or one of the best in the league? This year won’t be an exception.

    Reasonably tough schedule but we’ll compete for #7 this year.

  66. thommyberlin says: Sep 7, 2012 3:54 PM

    See… that’s the thing. Had you been watching the Jags, you’d have seen significant improvement…

    I have no idea where they end up this year, my guess is 8-8 to 10-6 if moderately healthy.

    But hey! I’m getting great odds, so keep it up 😉

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