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Old 09-08-2010, 12:33 PM   #1
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Default Running out of things to bitch about? Pete Prisco's NFL Power Rankings

Week 1

1 Colts - Don't get caught up in their preseason showing. It never matters with this team. They are the best team heading into the season, no matter what they showed the past month.

2 Cowboys - Their offensive line has injury issues, but there is too much talent on this roster to rank them lower. Getting back 20 of 22 starters means something. Wade Phillips is likely coaching for his job again.

3 Falcons -Are they higher than most will rank them? Probably so, but this is a talented team with a quarterback ready to take the next step. Those types of teams usually make big jumps.

4 Saints - They will again have an explosive offense. I worry about the defense duplicating what it did last season. It will be hard to get 39 takeaways again.

5 Chargers -They will have an easy time in their division. The tough part for Norv Turner is turning talent into a title.

6 Packers -They are the trendy Super Bowl pick. I love Aaron Rodgers, and he just might be the MVP. But I think they're a year away from winning it all.

7 Patriots -Too high? Not with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. The defense has concerns, but they will score a ton.

8 Bengals -They've added some nice pieces to an offense that needed it. Carson Palmer bounces back in a big way. The defense will be suffocating.

9 Vikings -Yes, they have their gunslinger back in Brett Favre. But they've lost a lot around him because of injuries. If they can handle things until they get truly healthy, they'll be around playoff time. That is, if Favre holds up.

10 Ravens -This is Joe Flacco's team now. And he has weapons. That should translate to more points. They might need them. The corner situation on defense isn't good, and Ed Reed isn't around to save them

11 Giants - Don't forget the Giants were 5-0 to open the 2009 season. There is talent on this roster. The key will be how improved defensive coordinator Perry Fewell can make his unit

12 Jets - Here's what I have to say to all those out there putting the Jets in the Super Bowl: %*$@#. That's Ryan-speak for, "You're nuts."

13 Eagles - It's all about Kevin Kolb. If he can show the Eagles made the right move to jettison Donovan McNabb, the Eagles will be in the playoffs. If not, Andy Reid will be open to a Philadelphia-style rip job. And he's a big target

14 Steelers - Four games with Dennis Dixon or Charlie Batch at quarterback would scare the heck out of me if I were the coach. Then there's the four-game layoff for Ben Roethlisberger. How will that hurt him? That's a lot to overcome.

15 Dolphins - They are better than a year ago, but how much better? Chad Henne didn't wow people in the preseason. He has to be better if the Dolphins are to make the playoffs and validate the Tuna making all that money.

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This is good comedy.
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Old 09-08-2010, 12:43 PM   #3
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There's plenty of "if's and but's" in there... too bad it's not christmas.
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pete prisco writes for grade schoolers.
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Old 09-08-2010, 01:02 PM   #5
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pete prisco IS a grade schooler
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Prisco ranking the Steelers at 14 makes him an optimist

ESPN has the Black & Gold at 18

http://espn.go.com/nfl/powerrankings?year=2010&week=1

As does Don Banks at Sports Illustrated

I was fairly certain the Steelers were going to weather their Roethlisberger-less first month of the season in decent 2-2 shape, but now I'm thinking that might have been optimistic. I do believe the more mobile and athletic Dennis Dixon was the right call over Charlie Batch at QB, but if Pittsburgh hits its Week 5 bye at 1-3, I'm not going to be all that surprised.


http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/201...1.2/index.html

The consensus on sports talk radio in Atlanta is that the only question is what the margin of victory for the Falcons will be as Dixon is getting trashed

Either a lot of sportswriters are missing the boat or by around 4 pm on Sunday a lot of us are going to start realizing it will be a tough time at least until the first Cleveland game comes around
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It's all about Ben, can you blame them?
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I think a lot of sportswriters are going to be wrong and Atlanta fans will rue the fact that the prognosticators are ranking them so high when Matt Ryan gets rocked around Heinz Field on Sunday. The Steelers D is going to be taking this personally especially the part where Vegas is calling them a home dog. They are never a home dog and they will not lose this game. Harrison, Woodley and Timmons are going to have a lot to say about that.
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Neither Matt Ryan nor Mike Smith have seen an AFC North defense yet.

Neither Matt Ryan nor Mike Smith have seen a Dick LeBeau Zone Blitz yet.

The Falcons are a paltry 6-10 on the road under Matt Ryan.

They Falcons have nevr won a football game in Pittsburgh.

The Steelers have ranked #3 or better for three straight seasons at stopping the run.

And yet Atlanta is a 2.5 point favorite at Heinz Field on Sunday?

What gives?
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What gives?
The Falcons are a trendy pick to make the playoffs even outside of Atlanta (the adulation for Matt Ryan escapes me but it is there) and if those sorts of teams have a good year it often involves a road win against a traditional power early in the season - so if the Falcons are going to have a good year it is assumed this is a game they should win

But I think what gives is that the Steelers national TV preseason game against Denver featured Dixon wetting the bed in the second quarter - the assumption is that is what is coming on Sunday
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