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Old 05-05-2008, 11:50 AM   #1
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Default Peter King ranks the Teams for 08

Interesting read if you have the time:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...ngs/index.html

Top 12 (with my comments)

1. New England (did they get better on defense and get a new running back I didn't hear about? Did their oline get better at pass blocking? Do they still have their 3 receivers?)
2. Indy (how's harrison doing anyway?)
3. Jacksonville (cause one good year means their QB is top in the league, yeah right)
4. Dallas (win a playoff game sometime this decade)
5. San Diego (cause we all know Norv Turner teams get better...don't they?)
6. Giants (Is Strahan even playing?)
7. Minnesota (One running back does not a top team make)
8. Green Bay (so they'll be just as good without Favre? yeah, ok.)
9. Cleveland (seriously? Cleveland as a top 10 pick? Don't they play the same teams as the Steelers this season? Don't they play Pittsburgh Twice?)
10. Carolina (Have they been even near mediocre in the last 4 years?)
11. Philadelphia (who? Did they get new receivers I didn't hear about?)
12. Pittsburgh (ok, a brutal schedule, but 12th? Put it on the Bullentin board please!)
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Old 05-05-2008, 12:03 PM   #2
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Default Re: Peter King ranks the Teams for 08

so basically you think none of them deserves a top 10

imo, only Carolina, minnesota, and philly don't deserve top 10. cleveland maybe, we'll see how they do this season

Jax should not be 3rd, they're good, but they need to win their division before cracking the top 3.

giants should be # 1. super bowl champions that showed lots of improvement late last season after all

as for our steelers, I'd say 7th.
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Old 05-05-2008, 12:08 PM   #3
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Default Re: Peter King ranks the Teams for 08

I can't argue with the top 7. I'd put us 8th, behind GB. Brooks is pretty good, IMO, and should keep them near where they were last year.

But even King himself says that rankings like this are worthless, that they only show the ignorance of the writer. But people like them, and like to read them, and like to argue with them, so he writes them.
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Old 05-05-2008, 12:27 PM   #4
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Default Re: Peter King ranks the Teams for 08

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The Patriots' response to almost getting Brady killed in the Super Bowl -- basically, doing nothing on the offensive line in free-agency or the draft -- tells me Dante Scarnecchia, New England's offensive line guru since the Hannah years, will figure out a way to seal the cracks.
....or they'll figure out a new way to cheat. 'sall good.

I hope Golden Boy gets the shit kicked out of him all year.
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Old 05-05-2008, 12:40 PM   #5
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Default Re: Peter King ranks the Teams for 08

The Patriots' pass protection was only really blown up in the Super Bowl. The Giants' defensive line is absolutely nasty. As of right now, our Offensive Line is going to be in a lot of trouble when we play them. Not having them, the Patriots, in the top 2, at this time, is absolutely impossible. A record breaking offense which didn't take much of a hit in the offseason.

I guess that rationale of having Cleveland ahead of Pittsburgh is offseason acquisitions. While I feel the Steelers made out in the long run (since they actually HAD draft picks), one could easily argue that the Browns made larger "now" additions, adding veterans.

Hey. we're in the playoffs here... Can't argue with that

That's all it takes to have a shot.
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Default Re: Peter King ranks the Teams for 08

I can't remember a single time in the last decade or so that some combination of New England and Indy hasn't been 1-2 in the experts' preseason predictions. It means absolutely nothing, except that it's getting so annoying by now that I hope the "experts" go die in a fire.

I really don't think any NFC team should be higher than 8th or 10th. Yeah, the Giants did a good job and I thank them, but let's face it -- most of the NFC teams with winning records only got that way because they have to play each other all the time, so someone's got to win by default. For the most part, it's just BAD football in that conference.
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Default Re: Peter King ranks the Teams for 08

You Read It Here First Folks!!!

The Steelers will be on top of that list before the season is finished in Tampa. The Steelers if they can stay healthy this year and Ben continues to improve on his accuracy then the Steelers are gonna be one of the teams to beat.. no doubt in my mind. Ben had 32 td's last year... and only 11 ints. The best year in Steelers history probably... Just imagine what kind of numbers he could have put up if he had some good blocking in front of him. I think that our offensive line will play better this season and the Steelers will be back on top of the NFL world come February 1st 2009!!
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Default Re: Peter King ranks the Teams for 08

It's from Peter King therefore it's use is pretty much for nothing more than starting a fire in my grill.

His words aren't worth the paper it's printed on. My 3 year old could formulate better predictions than he does.
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Steelers will be better than Cleveland, Carolina, Philly, Minnesota and Green Bay
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i think indy may be on the downside of their wonderful regime.
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