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    NFL Power Rankings Are Out

    Even though were ranked 19th we still got a good review. I don't know if this was posted but here it goes!

    http://www.sportsline.com/nfl/powerrankings

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    Re: NFL Power Rankigs Are Out

    Power Rankings: Sorting out sleepers is in Cards for May

    By Pete Prisco
    CBS SportsLine.com Senior Writer

    Updated May 16

    Which team will be the surprise of the NFL in 2006?

    We know there will be at least one. It happens every year, the team that comes from nowhere to make the playoffs or win a division, driving the preseason prognosticators mad.

    In 2005, it was the Chicago Bears. Look at any preseason power rankings from last summer, and you can bet the Bears were down near the middle. Win a division? Please.

    Somewhere out there is a team lurking near the middle that come December will be in the playoff mix.

    Speculating in May is a dangerous thing, particularly when training camp is two months away and the preseason can be a minefield of injuries. But with this new batch of CBS SportsLine.com Power Rankings, the third since the end of last season, it's time to start looking for that team.

    So who are some of the candidates? Here are three: the Ravens, Cardinals and Rams.

    The Ravens are a candidate only if they end up with Steve McNair, which looks likely. McNair would give the Ravens a legitimate quarterback for the first time in the Brian Billick era. The Super Bowl-winning team he coached had Trent Dilfer at quarterback. He wasn't in McNair's class.

    Getting McNair would finally allow us to answer the question as to what Billick would be like if he had a quarterback. Remember, he was once considered an offensive guru. Without a quarterback, that reputation has gone the way of Whitney Houston: Straight down the toilet. That rep needs rehab. McNair could be that help.

    The Rams have back the bulk of their offense and new coach Scott Linehan is an offensive wizard in the Mike Martz mold. He will make Steven Jackson the NFL rushing leader this year. You wait and see. If defensive coordinator Jim Haslett can turn the defense around, the Rams could be that team.

    For now, the choice is the Cardinals.

    Yes, they were my pick to win the NFC West last year. But as coach Dennis Green said a month ago, injuries crippled that team. The offensive line was a mess all year and the Cardinals could not run the football.

    Green believes this year's team is that much better, and he said it even before they acquired Edgerrin James and had a good draft.

    The Cardinals led the league in passing last year, even without a running game. Here's something that means even more: The Cardinals were the only team in the league to finish ranked in the top 10 in both offense and defense.

    The addition of James in free agency, coupled with that good draft and a bunch of rising young players, makes Arizona the early pick to be the surprise team.

    That's why the Cardinals have made a move up our Power Rankings. They are now in the 13th spot, and the feeling here is they might be higher when the pre-training camp rankings come out in July.

    Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast has a nice talent base to work with and he did a heck of a job with an injury-plagued group last season. On offense, the offensive line will be better with the addition of guard Deuce Lutui, a power player James will come to love.

    It doesn't help the Cardinals' chances of being the surprise team by playing in the same division with the Rams and the defending NFC-champion Seattle Seahawks. But Seattle could have a Super hangover and the Cardinals have better players than the Rams. Plus, they're younger.

    So the pick for this year's come-from-the-dumps team is the Cardinals. They were a trendy pick a year ago, and getting James will make them one again in some circles. But this choice is about much more than getting James. This team has talent, talent that is overlooked because of all the years of misery and all those empty seats in the desert.

    Of course, if the injury bug bites again all bets are off.

    I have to have some out, don't I?

    The rankings for May 16:
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    1 Pittsburgh Steelers 1
    Does this team have any holes? And please don't say anything about the loss of Jerome Bettis. He won't be missed. What's even more amazing is Ben Roethlisberger is still getting better. They are the team to beat.

    2 Indianapolis Colts 2
    Will they miss James? Not with Joseph Addai on board. This kid is explosive, something James was not. The offensive line remains a concern.

    3 New England Patriots 3
    Oh no. The Patriots have lost a ton of players and haven't added that many. That was the cry in March. In April, they had a great draft. Don't worry about this team. They'll be there again.

    4 Carolina Panthers 4
    They did well in free agency and then followed that up with a heck of a draft class. This is the team to beat in the NFC. The Panthers are loaded.

    5 Jacksonville Jaguars 6
    Losing Jimmy Smith to retirement hurts, but there is a lot of young talent at receiver that just needs to step up. The addition of tight end Marcedes Lewis will really help the passing game.

    6 Miami Dolphins 5
    Getting Jason Allen in the draft will help the secondary, but they lost Ricky Williams for the year and there is still some uncertainty about Daunte Culpepper. If he misses a month, they certainly won't be this high.

    7 Denver Broncos 7
    Adding Javon Walker -- if he's back to his pre-ACL injury form -- is something this team needed to help stretch the field. But what does the drafting of Jay Cutler say about Jake Plummer?

    8 Seattle Seahawks 8
    They've made some nice additions on defense and the draft brought a solid cover corner in Kelly Jennings to replace Andre Dyson. But losing Steve Hutchinson is not something they can get over easily.

    9 New York Giants 9
    Getting LaVar Arrington will help the defense, and taking Sinorice Moss in the second round will help the offense. The offensive line and the secondary have to play better for this team to improve.

    10 Dallas Cowboys 10
    Getting Bobby Carpenter in the first round of the draft gives the Cowboys two good edge rushers in their 3-4. The offensive line is still a concern, though.

    11 Philadelphia Eagles 11
    They had a heck of a draft, which will help right away on both lines. There still is a question mark about the receivers. Who is the go-to guy? Donovan McNabb appears focused.

    12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12
    Improving the offensive line was priority No. 1 for this team and they've added some players to make it more competitive, including first-round pick Davin Joseph. That will pay dividends.

    13 Arizona Cardinals 21
    There is some talk that Green will leave after this season. That makes this a huge year for him and this team. There might be a playoff game in that new stadium next January.

    14 Washington Redskins 14
    The draft didn't help much, so they better hope their free-agent signings do the trick. They’ve also added a good offensive coordinator in Al Saunders, which will help.

    15 Kansas City Chiefs 16
    They haven't done a lot in the offseason, aside from getting a new coach in Herm Edwards. Drafting Tamba Hali when they did should help the pass rush.

    16 San Diego Chargers 17
    Don't worry about Philip Rivers. He'll be fine. But this first year with him starting could be a step back for the Chargers before they take off next season.

    17 Minnesota Vikings 18
    They've made some nice moves since the end of last year, including drafting Iowa linebacker Chad Greenway in the first round. But can Brad Johnson be the answer at quarterback at his age? Will they regret letting Daunte Culpepper go?

    18 Cincinnati Bengals 15
    Why so low? It's the Carson Palmer factor. He suffered his knee injury just five month ago. When will he be ready? If he can't play for a month or so, this team is in big trouble.

    19 St. Louis Rams 19
    The offense should be explosive again, and they've added some good players on defense. Getting Ty Hill in the draft was a must to improve their coverage.


    20 Chicago Bears 13
    They were very good on defense last year and so-so on offense, yet they went strong on defense in the draft. What the heck was that all about?

    21 Baltimore Ravens 20
    If they get Steve McNair, they will move up some. But until it's official, we'll wait.

    22 Atlanta Falcons 22
    The defense should be better based on some free-agent signings and the draft, but that's not the issue. The issue is the passing game. Can Mike Vick improve in that area?

    23 Green Bay Packers 24
    Brett Favre decided to play again, which is a good thing. But they still have a lot of questions, starting with running back.

    24 Houston Texans 30
    They should have taken Reggie Bush, but they had a good draft anyway. If the line can protect David Carr, they'll be much improved.

    25 Tennessee Titans 23
    Is Billy Volek really a starting-caliber quarterback? Vince Young is a ways away, so he better be. Signing several high-priced free agents and then letting McNair walk is a strange mix.

    26 New Orleans Saints 25
    Reggie Bush will be a star, but when will Drew Brees be ready to play? That's the key issue facing this team in the next three months.

    27 Oakland Raiders 26
    They've added Aaron Brooks to play quarterback, which could turn out to be a good thing. The draft added much-needed help on defense.

    28 Cleveland Browns 27
    Is Charlie Frye ready to take the next step? That's the key question. The Browns must think so because they traded Trent Dilfer. They have added some good players in the offseason.

    29 Buffalo Bills 28
    If J.P. Losman makes strides, they'll move up this board. If not, they'll stay here. The offense still has a lot of holes which is why they're down so low.

    30 Detroit Lions 29
    If they think Jon Kitna and Josh McCown are the long-term answers at quarterback, they better think again. They're serviceable for now, but is that good enough?

    31 New York Jets 31
    New coach Eric Mangini has his hands full here. They had a good draft, but who plays quarterback? It's a two-year rebuild for this team.

    32 San Francisco ***** 32
    They're moving in the right direction, but there's a long way to go. Give this team at least another year of growing, then in 2007 they should be competitive.

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    Re: NFL Power Rankigs Are Out

    Cardinals are so overrated it isn't even funny!
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    Re: NFL Power Rankigs Are Out

    Quote Originally Posted by RamsFan16
    Cardinals are so overrated it isn't even funny!
    Well they might be, or they might not be. Just like us, it all depends on how things fall into place. I've said this before and I'll say it again, they concern me.

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    Re: NFL Power Rankigs Are Out

    They might reach playoff status, but when you’re in a division with the Seahawks and Rams don't look at them doing too much damage. The West will be good for the exception of the lowly forty whiners. I hope we are good I don't want to waste my money on NFL ticket and be disappointed like last year.
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    Re: NFL Power Rankigs Are Out

    I think Cardinals will be much better than they were last year, but I still think that this is OUR division, I believe we will beat those teams in our division, and I think we will be very good this year, it brought a smile to my face when I saw Jackson with NFL rushing title of the year, that'd make me so happy!! we'll be back baby!!!


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    Re: NFL Power Rankigs Are Out

    He will make Steven Jackson the NFL rushing leader this year.
    Wow, that's quite a bold prediction. I just wish it was from someone more credible than Prisco.
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    Re: NFL Power Rankigs Are Out

    I dont know about the chiefs being that high..granted they had a good rushing attack last year but they havent made too many improvements in the off season. Larry Johnson was damn good but he didnt play a full season and I think opposing teams will now find a way to contain him much like they have with dante hall..he will do good as usual but not break out. The team i sorta agree with is the cards..towards the end of the year and about midway they showed potential. Given a decent running back I think there will be some more competetion in the NFC.

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    Re: NFL Power Rankigs Are Out

    Miami at #6 ?? - please. These rankings are almost as good as the Playboy picks. (re: ridiculous).

    GO RAMS!!


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    Oh I don't know, Playboy PICS can be rather entertaining 3057...



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    Re: NFL Power Rankigs Are Out

    Oh I don't know, Playboy PICS can be rather entertaining 3057...
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    That's why I never let my subscription lag !! Some things in life are worth paying for !! (Even though - my wife keeps telling me - the girls are young enough to be my Granddaughters!)
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    Re: NFL Power Rankigs Are Out

    Power Rankings in May are about as meaningful as the relationship 3057 has with his magazines (see how I tied everything together there?)

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    Re: NFL Power Rankigs Are Out

    We are a playoff team again, period. I'd love to knock Holmgren out of a job ASAP, and I think the Cardinals are still a couple of steps away.... though I'd like to see Kurt succeed
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    Re: NFL Power Rankigs Are Out

    With what finally appears to be a stable and common sensed thinking coaching staff, the Rams, barring the serious injuries we suffered last year, will be back in serious playoff contention this year.

    I predict no worse than a 10 and 6 season and at least one playoff win. And yes, I'm serious.

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    welcome back fortu...how you been?

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