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CantStop85
08-30-2007, 12:05 AM
Courtesy of ESPN:

1 (1) Patriots 12-4-0 Now that last year's NFL interception co-leader Asante Samuel has signed, the Patriots really have no excuses not to fulfill the expectations of the multitudes who already have handed them the Lombardi trophy. Right?
2 (2) Colts 12-4-0 Presumably, Peyton Manning & Co. will be more relaxed this year now that the can't-win-the-big-one albatross has finally disappeared. In fact, Manning has looked very comfortable in the 483 commercials he's appearing in right now.
3 (3) Chargers 14-2-0 Memo to new coach Norv Turner: Don't screw it up. You have Super Bowl-caliber talent, so if you don't win, only one person gets the blame. Just like your predecessor.
4 (5) Bears 13-3-0 In the past few years, Super Bowl losers generally haven't fared well the next season. But if Rex Grossman can find consistency in 2007, the Bears could have an easy time in the NFC.
5 (4) Ravens 13-3-0 Besides having younger legs at RB (Willis McGahee), the Ravens have loads of experience. But the flip side of being a veteran team is being an injury-prone one. Which way that pendulum swings might determine their fate.
6 (6) Saints 10-6-0 The feel-good story of 2006 hopes to take the next step this season. New Orleans has never been to the Super Bowl, but Saints fans can taste it like the jambalaya waiting for them at home.
7 (8) Eagles 10-6-0 It's easy to say that as Donovan McNabb goes, so go the Eagles. But their fortunes might rest more on whether Brian Westbrook can continue to run like one of the NFL's elite backs.
8 (9) Cowboys 9-7-0 Expect new coach Wade Phillips to turn up the tempo on defense, but his legacy in Dallas ultimately will be tied to Tony Romo. And Romo hopes his legacy won't forever be tied to that botched field goal snap last year.
9 (7) Broncos 9-7-0 Gotta love those lockdown cornerbacks, Champ Bailey and Dre' Bly. New D-coordinator Jim Bates certainly does, as their presence will allow the Broncos to play an aggressive 4-3.
10 (11) Seahawks 9-7-0 It wasn't always pretty last season, but the Seahawks did make the playoffs. But whether they can recapture the magic of two years ago ... well, that might be asking too much.
11 (10) Bengals 8-8-0 Remember when the Bengals used to be the league's biggest off-field embarrassment? Thanks to Michael Vick and Pacman Jones, the Bengals now seem like choirboys (yes, it's difficult to say that with a straight face).
12 (14) Jaguars 8-8-0 Jack Del Rio has never hesitated to make changes to his coaching staff. But if the Jags don't improve on an eight-win 2006 season, the change in Jacksonville could be Del Rio's employment status.
13 (13) Steelers 8-8-0 Just like when predecessors Chuck Noll and Bill Cowher were hired, new coach Mike Tomlin is young and eager to prove his worth. In Pittsburgh, that requires just one thing: a Super Bowl win.
14 (12) Jets 10-6-0 Last year, QB Chad Pennington started every game in a season for the first time in his career. Does that mean he's due for an injury, or has that pesky black cloud finally disappeared?
15 (16) Panthers 8-8-0 If the club's yo-yo record in recent years continues, you should count on double-digit wins in 2007. Don't be surprised if DeAngelo Williams emerges as the feature back.
16 (15) 49ers 7-9-0 Here's your sexy pick to be the breakthrough team of this season. And yes, Alex Smith and Frank Gore make a nice combo. But do the Niners need another year of seasoning?
17 (18) Rams 8-8-0 Stephen Jackson touched the ball 436 times last season and produced a career year. Now the goal is to get the same productivity in fewer touches.
18 (17) Giants 8-8-0 Tiki Barber is gone. Michael Strahan might join him. This is a team that's clearly in transition, which would be a perfect time for Eli Manning to step up and truly become this club's leader.
19 (28) Redskins 5-11-0 Will RBs Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts rush for 1,000 yards apiece this season? As coach Joe Gibbs says, who knows? But you can bet they'll get every opportunity.
20 (26) Dolphins 6-10-0 A defense led by Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas should keep the Dolphins in most games, but the offense could be spotty. Even so, the future looks promising with the preseason performance of rookie QB John Beck.
21 (23) Bills 7-9-0 Hey, the Bills are ending their Monday night drought, making their first MNF appearance since 2000 when they play Dallas on Oct. 8. So who's to say they also can't end their playoff futility (no postseason appearances since 1999) this year?
22 (21) Titans 8-8-0 Vince Young will make this team enjoyable to watch. Making it a playoff contender will be much more difficult. But it's never good to underestimate him.
23 (22) Cardinals 5-11-0 One thing is certain: Arizona fans will get an up-close view of the Super Bowl this season. Another thing we're fairly certain about: Those fans won't be cheering on the hometown team. But we are pretty certain the weather will be nice on Feb. 3.
24 (24) Packers 8-8-0 Anytime you write the name Brett Favre, the phrase 'retirement plans' is sure to follow. But if this is it, you can expect Farve to go out slingin'.
25 (30) Lions 3-13-0 Jon Kitna must be pinching himself. Roy Williams? Calvin Johnson? Any quarterback would love to have that combination, especially a few years from now.
26 (20) Chiefs 9-7-0 Larry Johnson has returned from his holdout but is not in football shape. And who knows what shape Priest Holmes is in after sitting out 22 months. But at least the QB situation (Damon Huard over Brodie Croyle) is figured out -- for now.
27 (25) Vikings 6-10-0 Whew! The Kelly Holcomb Sweepstakes are over, and the Vikings are the big winners. And their prize? A journeyman quarterback with 21 starts who'll provide backup for Tarvaris Jackson.
28 (27) Buccaneers 4-12-0 Hey, Jon Gruden, what you have done for us lately? That's what Bucs fans are asking, and Gruden will need to answer this year to avoid the hot seat.
29 (29) Texans 6-10-0 Let the Matt Schaub era begin. Don't be surprised if there are growing pains -- after all, Schaub started just two games in his first three years in the league.
30 (32) Raiders 2-14-0 Does anyone really believe someone other than Daunte Culpepper will be the starting QB in the season opener against Detroit? First-year coach Lane Kiffin may not be proven, but at least he can throw a veteran out there who has skins on the wall.
31 (19) Falcons 7-9-0 New coach Bobby Petrino will get to prove immediately whether his reputation as a passing game guru is justified. Yeah, the Michael Vick saga was a cruel blow, but if Petrino can make Joey Harrington a star, he'll be the toast of Atlanta.
32 (31) Browns 4-12-0 Will rookie Brady Quinn start the season opener against the Steelers? Latest reports indicate he won't. That'd be the smart move. No need to rush the QB of the future for a team unlikely to go anywhere this season

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/powerranking?season=2007&week=1

tony hipchest
08-30-2007, 12:14 AM
pure rubbish

4 (5) Bears 13-3-0 In the past few years, Super Bowl losers generally haven't fared well the next season. But if Rex Grossman can find consistency in 2007, the Bears could have an easy time in the NFC.

although its nice to know that if a proven qb like ben can find consistency in 2007, the steelers will be 13-3 and ranked as the #4 team.

my problem is the neglect of any teams finishing 11-5, and the multitude of teams finishing 8-8....

oh and the 3-13 lions being ranked above the 9-7 cheifs.

pure garbage. granted the lions can finish with a better record than the cheifs, but the author shouldnt be such a puss about it.

again, this is undecided trash full of waffels.

CantStop85
08-30-2007, 12:34 AM
pure rubbish



although its nice to know that if a proven qb like ben can find consistency in 2007, the steelers will be 13-3 and ranked as the #4 team.

my problem is the neglect of any teams finishing 11-5, and the multitude of teams finishing 8-8....

oh and the 3-13 lions being ranked above the 9-7 cheifs.

pure garbage. granted the lions can finish with a better record than the cheifs, but the author shouldnt be such a puss about it.

again, this is undecided trash full of waffels.

The team records are last year's records. They're week 1 power rankings, not season predictions.

tony hipchest
08-30-2007, 12:56 AM
The team records are last year's records. They're week 1 power rankings, not season predictions.AHA! i knew it seemed all to generic and cribbed for a reason!

i do agree on the jets fall but 75% of last years teams to make the playoffs being named as the top 12 is generic, safe, and typical, yet not historically accurate.

what i love is how the steelers are constantly downgraded for making a coaching change and the bengals are applauded for keeping a stiff.

historically speaking 9since the bengals have been in the league), the steelers get better when they change a coach and the bengals get worse when they keep the one they have.

im interrested in the seahawks and rams battle, and the cowboys are probably ranked too high. romo hasnt even ben given the opportunity to have a down year before he is being annointed.

just remember... a hall of fame coach said ben reminded him of marino while he warned everybody not to annoint romo. i guess parcells is pretty smart.

Livinginthe past
08-30-2007, 02:00 AM
Fer chrissakes....Patriots No.1 again?

What is it with these sports networks and their outlandish predictions/assessments?

Steelman16
08-30-2007, 03:42 AM
I think we should have learned long ago, the media is in love with the Pats, and for some reason hates our beloved Steelers. I've ceased to listen to anyone's opinion on my team, they're always so wrong.

:helmet: :cheers:

The Duke
08-30-2007, 08:04 AM
32 (31) Browns 4-12-0 Will rookie Brady Quinn start the season opener against the Steelers? Latest reports indicate he won't. That'd be the smart move. No need to rush the QB of the future for a team unlikely to go anywhere this season

They mean- No need to rush the QB against a defense that's going to rip his arms apart

fansince'76
08-30-2007, 10:41 AM
Power rankings. :yawn: :coffee:

onthebus36
08-30-2007, 11:35 AM
Power Rankings... "A tale told by a fool, full of sound and fury, signifying... nothing."

OneForTheToe
08-30-2007, 03:14 PM
They mean nothing, of course, as to what will actually happen. Although, other than the "bungles" (and the "cryhawks") being ranked above us, I can't really say our position is all that low considering we haven't played a game yet with the new coach and adjusted systems. I'm actually surprised they ranked us above the Jets.

Even if it doesn't mean anything, it is nice to see the Browns ranked last. I wonder though ..... maybe the USC Trojans should be ranked above the "brownies?" .... I 'm sure USC has a better coach.

HometownGal
08-30-2007, 04:30 PM
11 (10) Bengals 8-8-0 Remember when the Bengals used to be the league's biggest off-field embarrassment? Thanks to Michael Vick and Pacman Jones, the Bengals now seem like choirboys (yes, it's difficult to say that with a straight face).


Uhhhhh - they still are....collectively. "Biggest Off Field Embarrassment" is the only title that bunch of thugs is ever going to hold, other than "Most Overrated Bunch of A$$ holes".

CantStop85
08-30-2007, 05:23 PM
Uhhhhh - they still are....collectively. "Biggest Off Field Embarrassment" is the only title that bunch of thugs is ever going to hold, other than "Most Overrated Bunch of A$$ holes".

As long as we're not the biggest on-field embarassment anymore...trust me, that was a lot worse. :wink02:

MasterOfPuppets
08-30-2007, 05:42 PM
what i love is how the steelers are constantly downgraded for making a coaching change and the bengals are applauded for keeping a stiff.


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yeah i've brought that up several times ( not here). its just as you said ,the talking heads penalize the steelers in there assessments because tomlin is ...."unproven"....yet the cowboys and chargers , with ...."proven"... loosers as thier new coaches , seem to be getting more luv from these morons.

revefsreleets
08-31-2007, 07:24 PM
I love how all the teams are almost exactly ranked where they ended last year. It's lazy sports journalism at best, hack sports journalism at worst. The top half of this list will probably be almost upside down by week 5.