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NFL Power Rankings 2007

It looks as if other’s are just as anxious for this coming season as I am. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Anyway, Mr Dumas over at 411mania, put out his version of NFL Power Rankings.

Here is his Top 10.

1. Indianapolis Colts-Defending Super Bowl Champs, ‘nuff said.

2. New England Patriots- Made it to the AFC title game last year and added some key players. Randy Moss was a good move but adding the do-it-all defenseman Adalius Thomas is where the Pats will get the most bang for their buck.

3. Baltimore Ravens- Losing the aforementioned Thomas hurts, but defense is still the premier unit in the NFL. Adding Willis McGahee will take pressure off their aging QB Steve McNair. Look for this team to give the Pats and Colts all they can handle in the chase for the Lamar Hunt trophy.

4. Chicago Bears- Defending NFC Champs. Assuming LB Lance Briggs plays, DT Tommie Harris stays healthy, and QB Rex Grossman learned from last season’s rollercoaster ride, this team will once again represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

5. San Diego Chargers- Best RB in the NFL—check. Best TE in the NFL—check. Young, efficient QB—check. Starting the season against the Bears and Patriots might have them off to a slow start, though. If new coach Norv Turner doesn’t screw things up and somehow gets the secondary to make some plays, the Chargers will be right back in the thick of things.

6. New Orleans Saints- QB Drew Brees is a proven passer (4,418 yds, 26 tds in ’06) and RB/WR/KR/PR Reggie Bush showed flashes of what he’s capable of doing in the near future. If defense can continue it’s better than average play (13th in points allowed per game), this team has a shot at revenge against the Bears.

7. Denver Broncos- It was the best offseason, it was the worst offseason. Worst because the team saw two players meet untimely deaths (CB Darrent Williams and RB Damien Nash), the best because they cleaned up in the free agent market. CB Dre’ Bly, RB Travis Henry and TE Daniel Graham will all contribute. Former Florida pass rusher Jarvis Moss will help immediately. Inexperienced QB Jay Cutler only question mark.

8. Philadelphia Eagles- QB Donovan McNabb was on his way to an MVP season before he got hurt. He’ll be healthy and playing with a chip on his shoulder. RB Brian Westbrook will have another superb year and the defense might surprise people with the addition of LB Takeo Spikes. This team will be in the playoffs.

9. Dallas Cowboys- Squeaked into the playoffs in ’06 but ’07 depends on QB Tony Romo. He plays well, this team goes far. He doesn’t, they don’t. RB tandem Marion Barber and Julius Jones will be tough to stop and defensive-minded new head coach Wade Phillips will use his talented personnel wisely.

10. Cincinnati Bengals- QB Carson Palmer and WR Chad Johnson are the best big-play duo in the NFL. Off-the-field issues ruined everyone’s Super Bowl pick last year but look for the opportunistic defense to put Palmer and Co. in position to put up some serious points in ’07.

I can’t say I agree with the placement of the Denver Broncos. I don’t think they should be any lower than 4, and certainly not behind any NFC team. Denver has had some very key additions this off-season. The gaps in last years team seem to have been filled. With such players as Dre Bly, Travis Henry, Daniel Graham, Sam Adams, Jimmy Kennedy, Brandon Stokley, among others. has a good list of the additions and subtractions.

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The niners should be in there.
they top 6 easy!!!

Posted by clint | June 25, 2007 | 06:01 pm | Permalink

I think the Browns Should be number 1!! oh yea at least top 5. I mean they got Brady Quinn and wow what a college player! ND baby!

Posted by Janel | July 19, 2007 | 03:37 pm | Permalink


Posted by Fernando Uroico | July 19, 2007 | 03:41 pm | Permalink

Ummmm nobody gives the rams any respect they are such a threat with jackson, bulger, mcmichael, dante hall, drew bennet, bruce, holt, and they have a recontructed defensive. Wheres the love.

Posted by KEEP IT REAL | August 17, 2007 | 12:32 am | Permalink

Hey the bears have obviusly got some respect… and obviously the NFC is not playing at the same level as the AFC but the bears have improved there offense enough with the adition of a great tight end. And there same awsome D they should be considered at least number 2 but it is understood because. of the power of the AFC

Posted by stone | August 20, 2007 | 10:57 am | Permalink

Not bad reasoning. The Browns fans postings are delusional. Denver is a good team but not a top 4 although I agree they should be ahead of any NFC Team. There are 5 AFC teams that should be favored over any NFC team in no particular order, Baltimore, San Diego, Denver, Indy, and New England.

Posted by Kenster | August 20, 2007 | 11:41 am | Permalink

Looks like a pretty good list. But I’d have the Chargers ahead of the Bears though. I’m a Saints fan, I have them ranked 5th or 6th. The Bears and the Saints are the two top teams in the NFC.

Posted by James K. Rangel | August 29, 2007 | 05:20 am | Permalink

You got to earn respect!!!

Posted by Titans | September 1, 2007 | 01:05 am | Permalink

Let’s keep it real. The Browns are definitely rebuilding, and just keep them flying under the radar until they bust a .500 season. Be a threat to the division before you dream about a superbowl. They’ll get there soon enough.. and don’t bust Quinn down until he gets the line to gel a bit more, and he has a chance to excel!!

Posted by reality check | September 2, 2007 | 01:13 pm | Permalink

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