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    Preseason power rankings

    Preseason power rankings
    By Jason Cole and Charles Robinson
    July 23, 2007

    Every Tuesday during the regular season, Yahoo! Sports NFL writers Jason Cole and Charles Robinson rank every team and provide some analysis. Here's how they rank the teams going into training camp.

    TOP 12
    Cole rankings
    1. San Diego Chargers
    2. New England Patriots
    3. Indianapolis Colts
    4. Baltimore Ravens
    5. Chicago Bears
    6. New Orleans Saints
    7. Philadelphia Eagles
    8. Cincinnati Bengals
    9. Denver Broncos
    10. Jacksonville Jaguars
    11. New York Jets
    12. Seattle Seahawks

    Robinson rankings
    1. San Diego Chargers
    2. New England Patriots
    3. New Orleans Saints
    4. Indianapolis Colts
    5. Chicago Bears
    6. Baltimore Ravens
    7. Cincinnati Bengals
    8. Dallas Cowboys
    9. Denver Broncos
    10. New York Jets
    11. Jacksonville Jaguars
    12. Philadelphia Eagles

    Cole: I can't wait until all the Patriots fans tell me how stupid I am for putting the Chargers in the top spot. Why not Colts fans, you say? Indy fans are way too milquetoast to get in anybody's face. More telling is the fact that AFC teams occupy eight of the top 11 spots. That's a pretty strong eight and just about any one of them could beat the best the NFC has to offer. Robinson: New England's got the talent to be in the top spot, but there's no guarantee Randy Moss, Donte' Stallworth and Kelley Washington won't undermine the chemistry on offense. Starting Indianapolis in the No. 4 spot may not seem sensible, but the Colts have pressing defensive questions after losing their starting cornerbacks and a playmaking linebacker in Cato June.
    MUDDLED MIDDLE
    Cole rankings
    13. Dallas Cowboys
    14. New York Giants
    15. San Francisco *****
    16. Pittsburgh Steelers
    17. St. Louis Rams
    18. Kansas City Chiefs
    19. Miami Dolphins
    20. Tennessee Titans
    21. Green Bay Packers
    22. Carolina Panthers

    Robinson rankings
    13. San Francisco *****
    14. Seattle Seahawks
    15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    16. Carolina Panthers
    17. Miami Dolphins
    18. Detroit Lions
    19. New York Giants
    20. Pittsburgh Steelers
    21. Arizona Cardinals
    22. Kansas City Chiefs

    Cole: Everybody likes to pick a team or two that could jump from the middle of the pack to the top. In this group, the best preseason candidates for a jump are San Francisco and Dallas. The ***** showed progress at the end of last season and Dallas has great talent on defense. Robinson: San Francisco at No. 13 might seem a bit high, but the ***** will be better offensively and have added enough defensive pieces to be drastically improved in a notoriously soft division. If Detroit's defensive line can finally come together, the Lions can take a jump up from the NFL's lower echelon. Atlanta is poised to drop like a rock with Michael Vick's federal case hanging over the franchise all season long.
    BOTTOM OF THE PACK
    Cole rankings
    23. Buffalo Bills
    24. Minnesota Vikings
    25. Detroit Lions
    26. Houston Texans
    27. Arizona Cardinals
    28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    29. Washington Redskins
    30. Cleveland Browns
    31. Atlanta Falcons
    32. Oakland Raiders

    Robinson rankings
    23. Houston Texans
    24. St. Louis Rams
    25. Green Bay Packers
    26. Atlanta Falcons
    27. Washington Redskins
    28. Buffalo Bills
    29. Tennessee Titans
    30. Minnesota Vikings
    31. Oakland Raiders
    32. Cleveland Browns

    Cole: The Michael Vick news dropped the Falcons from a spot in the middle all the way down to the bottom of the league. Wait, you say, Oakland is at the bottom of the league. Well, the Raiders are so bad that they are in a class by themselves at the bottom of the barrel. Robinson: Tennessee made a surprising step forward last season, but is staring down plenty of issues going into this season. Who will be Vince Young's receiving targets? Who is going to carry the load at the running back spot? And how will the Titans react to losing its No. 1 corner and return man? Minnesota, Oakland and Cleveland all have major quarterback issues to be sorted out.


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    Re: Preseason power rankings

    Well that Robinson guy is an idiot. NO WAY can you have the Cardinals ranked about the Rams until the Cards actually PROVE something.

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    Re: Preseason power rankings

    And the texans and Dolphins?!?

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    Re: Preseason power rankings

    Robinson,:x

    BOTTOM OF THE PACK
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    Are we sure this isn't Mrs. Robinson?:x

    Maybe she doesn't like our team logo or colors?

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    Re: Preseason power rankings

    This Robinson guy sure is funny, i bet he heard Jon Kitna talking about the 10+ wins they're gonna have and partly believed him. Calvin Johnson is good but i don't think he's gonna lift a whole team from the 31st best team to 18th

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    Re: Preseason power rankings

    Predicting football power rankings is tough for the mentally ill. I'm just glad they could slip those rankings out before the psych nurse knocked them silly with more thorazine.
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