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1. Chargers -- The Bolts run game improves with rookie Ryan Mathews, and they play just two playoff teams in the first 10 games.

2. Ravens -- WR Anquan Boldin plus RB Ray Rice plus QB Joe Flacco makes this offense as fearsome as the defense.

3. Cowboys -- This team boasts enviable depth. If it can survive its early schedule -- including a highly anticipated rematch with Minnesota in Week 6 -- watch out.

4. Colts -- The beefed up offensive line should help, and the returns of WR Anthony Gonzalez and S Bob Sanders add more firepower on both sides.

5. Packers -- A second season playing the 3-4 defense and a better offensive line with the addition of rookie tackle Bryan Bulaga make this the team to beat in the NFC North.

6. Bengals -- The defense might be the most physical in the AFC. Carson Palmer needs to regain his form. He has more wide receiver (Antonio Bryant) and tight end (Jermaine Gresham) threats.

7. Falcons -- CB Dunta Robinson and rookie LB Sean Weatherspoon change the tenor of the defense. RB Michael Turner is already in shape to return to form.

8. Saints -- Like Indy's Peyton Manning, N'awlins' Drew Brees will have the Saints in the thick of things. The O-line is really good and DE Alex Brown should improve the defensive front.

9. Vikings -- Even if Brett Favre is back, there's no telling if he'll be as money as last season. Minny has to be better in all areas, especially in the secondary.

10. Jets -- Something about all their high-profile moves seems like there's a trap door ready to sink the ship, but Rex Ryan can coach with the best of them, giving N.Y. an edge in the AFC East.

11. Patriots -- The Pats could start slow, but by the end of the season when Wes Welker is back and some of the young players have their footing, New England could be fearsome.

12. Texans -- Losing LB Brian Cushing for four games hurts. Adding CB Kareem Jackson and RB Ben Tate helps. Matt Schaub needs to take the next step, and Houston needs to win in the division.

13. 49ers -- QB Alex Smith doesn't have to do anything great. He just can't make mistakes. If he keeps improving, San Francisco should win the NFC West.

14. Titans -- The youth movement should benefit the Titans. Some common ground needs to be found with RB Chris Johnson, otherwise his contract demands could be a distraction.

15. Giants -- Defensively New York should be better, but there aren't any assurances of that. The running game and the offensive line play could determine if this is a playoff team.

16. Dolphins -- Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan will have the defense better and unpredictable. WR Brandon Marshall will change the dynamic of the offense. QB Chad Henne is the key.

17. Eagles -- The switch to QB Kevin Kolb and the overall youth push could help chemistry but cause the team to take a step back. Not a radical one. Philly should get better as the season progresses.

18. Cardinals -- The offensive identity will turn more to the ground game to ease the pressure off Matt Leinart. Ken Whisenhunt is an excellent coach, but this transition could stall things.

19. Steelers -- S Troy Polamalu's return will re-ignite the defense, but the Big Ben/QB situation could disrupt the offense -- and team chemistry. They may miss the playoffs for the second straight year.

20. Seahawks -- Coach Pete Carroll has re-energized the troops and QB Matt Hasselbeck is really dialed in, but there are still a lot of holes that need to be plugged.

21. Raiders -- Oakland could emerge as a playoff team, but that's if QB Jason Campbell shows that he's that type of quarterback. He's an upgrade from JaMarcus Russell, but he's still a question mark.

22. Buccaneers -- Tampa Bay could be this season's sleeper team -- if the rookies all step up. That's asking a lot. They should be a lot better, especially on offense, but not quite yet.

23. Jaguars -- Another possible sleeper. The young O-line should be better as should the offense as a whole, but the defense still is unsettled. Not good in a division where offense is king.

24. Broncos -- Forget the Tim Tebow hysteria, Denver has to fix its defense and hope that OT Ryan Clady rebounds from a knee injury. QB play, of course, is an issue.

25. Redskins -- Donovan McNabb should make the offense better, but the line is still unsettled. The change to a 3-4 defense disrupts a solid unit that doesn't have all the parts for the switch.

26. Chiefs -- A unified coaching staff and better players should help, but a lot depends on QB Matt Cassel. Rookie S Eric Berry could be a difference-maker.

27. Bears -- Jay Cutler will be much better, but will the running game and offensive line improve too? It also hurts to have defensive uncertainties in this division.

28. Lions -- A solid draft class in '09 and the potential of the '10 class, as well as some nice free-agent additions should help. They're still far away overall.

29. Browns -- Cleveland seems to have made upgrades, but you can't win if you don't have a quarterback, which they don't.

30. Panthers -- There is bad karma in Carolina. There is still talent and a lot of gritty players, but a lame duck coach and underlying morale issues could undermine this season.

31. Rams -- First overall pick Sam Bradford is going to take some lumps, but he'll also make some plays. St. Louis still lacks too much talent.

32. Bills -- RB C.J. Spiller was a nice draft choice, and he could be a bright spot if he ever gets room to run. New coach Chan Gailey will have to work miracles to make something of this offense.

Is Wyche just showing his homer love from the team he covered? Or is he being realistic?

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Both. There is not really a logical reason to think the Falcons will overtake the Saints this year, but that doesn't make it unrealistic.

You disappoint me. I was checking in on this thread to see your typical sarcastic slam at anyone who posts a power ranking.....and that wasn't meant as an insult to you. I actually agree with you on this subject and enjoy your responses to these threads.

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You disappoint me. I was checking in on this thread to see your typical sarcastic slam at anyone who posts a power ranking.....and that wasn't meant as an insult to you. I actually agree with you on this subject and enjoy your responses to these threads.

LOL OK my bad being lazy.

Listen. I was down at the 7-Eleven earlier today, talking to my favorite assistant manager Sybil. Now she is pretty hot for a chick of 50 years old or so.....well....wait, don't let me get off track...she is a big football fan, specifically the Cowboys, but she follows the whole league really close. She told me that the Saints are probably going to be garbage this year because they got rid of that security guy who wanted to keep a close count on the Vocodin. Now that anybody can just go in there and pick up a couple of Vicodin whenever they want, ole Sybil thinks they are going to struggle. She also told me that the addition of Bear Woods is going to put the Falcons over the top. Apparently her 2nd cousin went to Troy State and had a class with him and says that he is just a beast, and he actually wears that rediculous amount of eye black he likes to wear even to class. The intensity of that guy.

So Wyche has the Falcons passing up the Saints, and so does my favorite 7-Eleven assistant manager Sybil. Consider it a done deal.

How's that?

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LOL OK my bad being lazy.

Listen. I was down at the 7-Eleven earlier today, talking to my favorite assistant manager Sybil. Now she is pretty hot for a chick of 50 years old or so.....well....wait, don't let me get off track...she is a big football fan, specifically the Cowboys, but she follows the whole league really close. She told me that the Saints are probably going to be garbage this year because they got rid of that security guy who wanted to keep a close count on the Vocodin. Now that anybody can just go in there and pick up a couple of Vicodin whenever they want, ole Sybil thinks they are going to struggle. She also told me that the addition of Bear Woods is going to put the Falcons over the top. Apparently her 2nd cousin went to Troy State and had a class with him and says that he is just a beast, and he actually wears that rediculous amount of eye black he likes to wear even to class. The intensity of that guy.

So Wyche has the Falcons passing up the Saints, and so does my favorite 7-Eleven assistan manager Sybil. Consider it a done deal.

How's that?

Much better.....The world feels right again.

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Those rankings are suspect from start to finish. Cowboys set to do big things this year? Puh-lease.

Yeah , it is like they forget that every year Romo loses his effing mind in the playoffs. It is gonna be good to see them fail to live up to the hype once again in that nice shiny new stadiem

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I think it's a very fair ranking based on all our injured players coming back healthy, The addition of Dunta Robinson, and a Another solid draft by TD who filled several needs with players who have intelligence and good character (Not to mention the further maturation of Matt Ryan :) ).

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Yeah , it is like they forget that every year Romo loses his effing mind in the playoffs. It is gonna be good to see them fail to live up to the hype once again in that nice shiny new stadiem

Yeah, during the off-season, Peyton Manning spent a couple of months going over EVERY SINGLE SNAP from last year- Romo is trying to qualify for a golf tournament. I think there may be a reason for Romo's late season, playoff failures.

I think these rankings are fun- I just don't put any stock into them.

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