NFL Power Rankings – Week 1

NFL Power Rankings for Week 1 – These are our official rankings before the 2010 season starts.

1 Green Bay Packers (11-5)
The Green Bay offense looks likes the Vikings offense of 1998. With a pretty good defense it’s hard to imagine them losing many games
2 Indianapolis Colts (14-2)
The Colts didn’t win a preseason game, but when they do that it almost guarantees a 12 win season
3 New Orleans Saints (13-3)
Will they have a Super Bowl hangover? Only 6 of the past 11 Super Bowl winners have made the playoffs the next season
4 Baltimore Ravens (9-7)
If the secondary doesn’t give up a lot of plays that offense will give them a chance every week. Their offense will be rolling this year now that Flacco has some great Receivers.
5 Minnesota Vikings (12-4)
Losing Sidney Rice for at least 8 weeks really hurts, but unless the corner backs get/stay healthy this year, it will be a long season.
6 Dallas Cowboys (11-5)
Their offensive line is decimated already, but they have so much talent at the skill positions it’s hard to rank them lower
7 Miami Dolphins (7-9)
Brandon Marshall leads the league in yards after contact over the past 3 years, if Ronnie Brown can stay healthy this could be a Super Bowl team
8 New England Patriots (10-6)
The Patriots could be first team to lead the league in points scored and points allowed
9 New York Jets (9-7)
If LaDainian Tomlinson can rush for 600 yards and 7 TDs, I think that means playoffs for this team or Shonn Greene is hurt.
10 Cincinnati Bengals (10-6)
There is so much hate regarding Terrell Owens this year that I actually like him, I think he gives the Bengals a nice deep threat.
11 Atlanta Falcons (9-7)
Michael Turner was on pace for 20 TDs before he got hurt in week 8 last year. A healthy Turner could mean a division title for the Falcons
12 San Diego Chargers (13-3)
It’s hard to buy into the Chargers with a rookie running back and no Vincent Jackson. Are Naanee and Floyd #1 and #2 NFL receivers?
13 San Francisco 49ers (8-8)
They have a much improved offensive line and that should mean a career year for Frank Gore, but can Alex Smith be serviceable?
14 Tennessee Titans (8-8)
Will Chris Johnson run for 2500 yards? No. Will he run for 1500 yards? Don’t think it’s likely with that passing game
15 Arizona Cardinals (10-6)
Can Kurt Warner come back? If the Beanie Wells injury is serious, the Cardinals will plummet in next weeks rankings
16 Philadelphia Eagles (11-5)
They’re starting a QB who has two career starts and their star WR is crying about his contract. That doesn’t bode well for the season
17 Houston Texans (9-7)
Andre Johnson is the best WR in football, but can Arian Foster carry the load with the running game?
18 New York Giants (8-8)
Their defense will keep them in a lot of games, but Brandon Jacobs looks terrible (and frustrated), it’s hard to imagine the offense scoring a lot of points
19 Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7)
If Dennis Dixon can hand Big Ben a 2-2 team when he comes back the Steelers have to be happy
20 Jacksonville Jaguars (7-9)
Maurice Jones-Drew is hurt already, he’s one of the few players in the league with 3 consecutive 10 TD season, that’s not good for the Jags
21 Denver Broncos (8-8)
Knowshon Moreno is hurt already and unless you think Jabar Gaffney is an elite NFL WR it’s hard to imagine more than 6 wins this year
22 Washington Redskins (4-12)
Hard to say what will happen with the Skins.  I think McNabb is talented, but it is the line and his core of receivers that bother me.  Can Albert Haynesworth play left tackle?
23 Kansas City Chiefs (4-12)
The Chiefs could actually be the sleeper team this year. They play in a terrible division, and if they can get things rolling with Jamaal Charles they could win a few games.
24 Seattle Seahawks (5-11)
The Seahawks are in a transition year, it is really hard for me to imagine them making the playoffs.  I think you might see some spurts of brilliancy, but it is not their year.
25 Carolina Panthers ()
The Panthers running game will be solid, so expect people to put 11 men in the box to force Matt Moore to throw.
26 Chicago Bears (7-9)
I don’t think the Mike Martz offense is really made for Chicago.  Expect a lot of INTS for the bears, especially when it gets cold out this year. 30-30 for Cutler?
27 Oakland Raiders (5-11)
The Raiders have the play makers to be a good team, but they still have Tom Cable as their coach, and Al Davis as their owner. Expect them to be competitive, but lose it in the end.
28 Detroit Lions (2-14)
I expect the Lions to do better than the Bears this year, they may not win their first game against them, but overall I like the Lions chances for a better season this year.
29 Cleveland Browns (5-11)
Delhomme should actually work out well for the Browns.  Maybe they can actually develop a young  QB now, instead of just throwing them into the fire. Delhomme, the chance is yours to become a Cleveland savior.
30 Buffalo Bills (6-10)
I expect the Bills to be the worst team in the league this year. They have an inexperienced offensive line, and are in one of the toughest divisions in football.  Outlook not good.
31 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-13)
This team has a lot of hope, they could make a lot of big plays, but their offense is young, and will make too many mistakes.
32 St. Louis Rams (1-15)
You can only go up from here right?  The Rams may be better than a 1-15 team, but until they can prove me otherwise in a real game they will stay here.