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    The first week of the NFL season has come and gone, leaving all teams either undefeated or winless and setting up a perfect time for naysayers and pollyannas to come out of the woodwork and harp on their team. So, break out your doom-and-gloom crystal ball or rose-colored glasses, cuz it's time to get off the fence.

    Every week I'll be updating my own ClanRam NFL Power Rankings, and I encourage you to do so as well. Here are my Rankings after Week One:

    1. Patriots (1-0)- Tom Brady is no longer overrated in my mind, after seeing how he played against the Colts, and Corey Dillon can still run. Their only weakness is the rushing defense. You can tell they already miss Ted Washington.
    2. Eagles (1-0)- Everyone's talking about McNabb to T.O. in the red zone, but Brian Westbrook impressed me with a 17-carry, 119-yard game.
    3. Vikings (1-0)- Defense is a concern (Vinny Testaverde? Come on.), but Daunte Culpepper proved he's finally coming around as a consistent NFL quarterback after throwing for five touchdowns and - the biggest stat to me - zero interceptions.
    4. Titans (1-0)- Chris Brown will make fans in Tennesee forget about Eddie-three-yards-George.
    5. Seahawks (1-0)- They won on the road and stopped the run - two things they couldn't do last season. The loss of Shaun Alexander for a couple weeks might hinder their success early in the season.
    6. Packers (1-0)- They showed why they're a contender every year, as Ahman Green ate the Panthers alive on Monday Night.
    7. Broncos (1-0)- Looks like another 1000-yard rusher is in the works for Mike Shanahan, who takes his division rivalry games very seriously.
    8. Colts (0-1)- Peyton Manning and Edgerrin James, two guys Tony Dungy will have to rely on heavily this season, made two huge mistakes to lose the game.
    9. Jets (1-0)- The return of Chad Pennington was overshadowed by the performance of Curtis Martin; LaMont Jordan might just have to wait another year.
    10. Chiefs (0-1)- Priest Holmes will have to carry this team, as the receiving corps is depleted (Dante Hall started at WR?) and the defense showed no improvement under Gunther Cunningham.
    11. Rams (1-0)- Turnovers and a weak rushing defense don't help, but they always seem to find a way to win.
    12. Redskins (1-0)- The defense impressed me more than Clinton Portis, who took his first handoff 64 yards to the house.
    13. Steelers (1-0)- Everyone seems to look past this team, but if they can find a way to get Jerome Bettis three touchdowns with one yard rushing, they deserve a look.
    14. Panthers (0-1)- Are they a one-year wonder? The supposed best D-Line in the NFL didn't show me much against Ahman Green.
    15. Browns (1-0)- They surprised everyone by stomping the Ravens and could surprise a lot more teams this season.
    16. Falcons (1-0)- Michael Vick had an average game, but managed to squeak out a win against the worst team in the NFL.
    17. Ravens (0-1)- A big disappointment in Week One. After rushing for 500 yards and four touchdowns against the Browns last year, Jamal Lewis managed only 57 yards against Cleveland.
    18. Jaguars (1-0)- Everyone's sleeper pick this year, but their offense continued to struggle despite pulling out a win against the Bills.
    19. Cowboys (0-1)- The Dallas D didn't put up much of a fight against the Vikings, and a 40-year-old leads the offense.
    20. Bengals (0-1)- Carson Palmer showed he's for real, but Marvin Lewis must get that defense in shape.
    21. Lions (1-0)- Their young offense will struggle this season, and the loss of Charles Rogers (again) hurts, but the playmaking defense will upset some teams.
    22. Saints (0-1)- Why can't they win? Their speedy offense was shut down by the Seahawks and their defense was even worse.
    23. Buccaneers (0-1)- They looked pretty weak against the Redskins but could put up a fight in the inconsistent NFC South.
    24. Raiders (0-1)- Rich Gannon is still alive, but their aging offense will put this team six feet under.
    25. Cardinals (0-1)- Even with Marcel Shipp and Anquan Boldin out, they gave the Rams a game.
    26. Bills (0-1)- When they're in sync, they can beat anyone, but new coach Mike Mularkey will have problems doing that.
    27. Texans (0-1)- All that preseason hype and they open up the season by losing to the Chargers. After two fumbles, maybe Domanick Davis will finally shut his mouth.
    28. Chargers (1-0)- If Drew Brees can keep playing like he did Sunday, nobody will stop them. Just kidding.
    29. Bears (0-1)- David Terrell really stepped up after the team traded away Marty Booker, and my boy Thomas Jones looks promising, but they'll be battling to stay out of the cellar.
    30. Dolphins (0-1)- The whole team is in disarray, and they've already found out how much their quarterbacks suck.
    31. Giants (0-1)- Neither Kurt Warner or Eli Manning will survive behind a horrible line that gave up five sacks. At least Tiki Barber didn't fumble.
    32. Whiners (0-1)- Um... Uh... Hey, did anyone see Ken Dorsey play? Nevermind.

  • #2
    Re: ClanRam Power Rankings

    Nice job.


    I'd have to say that you have the Jets too highly rated, though. I think they are going to be in the playoff hunt, but will probably be outside looking in at the end.

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    • #3
      Re: ClanRam Power Rankings

      Pretty good list. Some thoughts...

      -The Eagles might be rated #2 right now, but in a division with Clinton Portis and the Tiki Barber/Ron Dayne combo, their run defense has to improve if they expect to remain there. Plus, better defenses won't allow three touchdowns in Owens' hands.

      -The Titans were impressed running the ball, but it's hard to gauge just how impressed to be against arguably the weakest team in the league. The Dolphins looked pitiful offensively, so it's hard to gauge the Tennessee defense at this point.

      -I think the Seahawks are hoping Alexander plays this weekend, but it's hard to tell how effective he'll be. I wouldn't be surprised if he saw some action, but at most, he'll be out a week, IMO. I hope Tampa Bay manages a better performance this weekend than they did against the Redskins.

      -I think the Chiefs are a bit too high after their loss. Priest Holmes looks like he's in midseason form (cliché alert!) but they didn't impress me after that. Green had some problems, Gonzalez was shut down, and the defense looked horrid.

      -I think more concerning for the Panthers is their O-line. Davis got, what, 26 yards on nine carries? They didn't look like they were opening up anything for him, and it didn't look like their offense as a whole responded well against the blitz. I think Delhomme's an up-and-coming talent but he's not going to have a great year without Smith in there.

      -I don't think it's an easy task going up against the Bills' defense. The Jags performed fairly well, IMO. Their defense came up pretty big I thought. One of the more underrated run defenses in the league, IMO.

      Just some minor thoughts. I enjoyed the list thoroughly though. Much better than reading ESPN's stuff.

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      • #4
        Re: ClanRam Power Rankings

        This is better than most the Power Rankings I've seen out. I think us over the Ravens is a big stretch though. I mean, I love my Falcons but.....well I think most the league would rather face the Ravens than the Falcons, just my opinion.

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        • #5
          Re: ClanRam Power Rankings

          Looks good, Jake.
          My only opinions:
          1. The Eagles will finish the year no better than 7th. TO is not going to be the saviour of Philly that they're expecting, and there are too many questions on that once elite D.

          2. The Cardinals will finish around the middle of the pack. This is not the same-old-Cards.
          The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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          • #6
            Re: ClanRam Power Rankings

            Originally posted by daredevil25
            This is better than most the Power Rankings I've seen out. I think us over the Ravens is a big stretch though. I mean, I love my Falcons but.....well I think most the league would rather face the Ravens than the Falcons, just my opinion.
            Yeah, I thought about that as well, but when I really thought about it, I'd take Ray Lewis and the Ravens defense against Michael Vick's hamstring and the first-year West Coast offense any day. It'd be a good game, that's for sure.

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            • #7
              Re: ClanRam Power Rankings

              Another thing...

              Monday Night's game will be something for everyone to watch. Vikings vs. Eagles - pretty much the battle for NFC favorite.

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              • #8
                Re: ClanRam Power Rankings

                I think you're rated Culpepper too highly. He has had a lot of great single games, but he's been inconsistent over the long haul. I don't think he'll ever deliver what it takes. Wasn't it last year, or previous, that Minn was doing great, then they just fell apart?

                But, the Pack and the Eagles sure looked very strong. Didn't some Eagles DL cheap shot the Giant's punter?

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                • #9
                  Re: ClanRam Power Rankings

                  Originally posted by coy bacon
                  But, the Pack and the Eagles sure looked very strong. Didn't some Eagles DL cheap shot the Giant's punter?
                  It was a legit hit technically, but reminded me of Sapp's hit on Clifton from two years ago. Clearly not necessary. And I think it was Trotter, so really, he was probably just making the best of an opportunity to take out the only guy he can anymore. :redface:

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                  • #10
                    Re: ClanRam Power Rankings

                    Originally posted by Evil Disco Man
                    Another thing...

                    Monday Night's game will be something for everyone to watch. Vikings vs. Eagles - pretty much the battle for NFC favorite.

                    This definitely should be a fun game to watch. The thing to watch for will be how both defenses fair against these offenses. That will really tell us who should be the NFC favorite.

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                    • RamWraith
                      WEEK ONE POWER RANKINGS by Jake
                      by RamWraith


                      The first week of the NFL season has come and gone, leaving all teams either undefeated or winless and setting up a perfect time for naysayers and pollyannas to come out of the woodwork and harp on their team. So, break out your doom-and-gloom crystal ball or rose-colored glasses, cuz it's time to get off the fence.

                      Every week I'll be updating my own ClanRam NFL Power Rankings, and I encourage you to do so as well. Here are my Rankings after Week One:

                      1. Patriots (1-0)- Tom Brady is no longer overrated in my mind, after seeing how he played against the Colts, and Corey Dillon can still run. Their only weakness is the rushing defense. You can tell they already miss Ted Washington.
                      2. Eagles (1-0)- Everyone's talking about McNabb to T.O. in the red zone, but Brian Westbrook impressed me with a 17-carry, 119-yard game.
                      3. Vikings (1-0)- Defense is a concern (Vinny Testaverde? Come on.), but Daunte Culpepper proved he's finally coming around as a consistent NFL quarterback after throwing for five touchdowns and - the biggest stat to me - zero interceptions.
                      4. Titans (1-0)- Chris Brown will make fans in Tennesee forget about Eddie-three-yards-George.
                      5. Seahawks (1-0)- They won on the road and stopped the run - two things they couldn't do last season. The loss of Shaun Alexander for a couple weeks might hinder their success early in the season.
                      6. Packers (1-0)- They showed why they're a contender every year, as Ahman Green ate the Panthers alive on Monday Night.
                      7. Broncos (1-0)- Looks like another 1000-yard rusher is in the works for Mike Shanahan, who takes his division rivalry games very seriously.
                      8. Colts (0-1)- Peyton Manning and Edgerrin James, two guys Tony Dungy will have to rely on heavily this season, made two huge mistakes to lose the game.
                      9. Jets (1-0)- The return of Chad Pennington was overshadowed by the performance of Curtis Martin; LaMont Jordan might just have to wait another year.
                      10. Chiefs (0-1)- Priest Holmes will have to carry this team, as the receiving corps is depleted (Dante Hall started at WR?) and the defense showed no improvement under Gunther Cunningham.
                      11. Rams (1-0)- Turnovers and a weak rushing defense don't help, but they always seem to find a way to win.
                      12. Redskins (1-0)- The defense impressed me more than Clinton Portis, who took his first handoff 64 yards to the house.
                      13. Steelers (1-0)- Everyone seems to look past this team, but if they can find a way to get Jerome Bettis three touchdowns with one yard rushing, they deserve a look.
                      14. Panthers (0-1)- Are they a one-year wonder? The supposed best D-Line in the NFL didn't show me much against Ahman Green.
                      15. Browns (1-0)- They surprised everyone by stomping the Ravens and could surprise a lot more teams this season.
                      16. Falcons (1-0)- Michael Vick had an average game, but managed to squeak out a win against...
                      -09-16-2004, 07:14 AM
                    • Yodude
                      Rams Move Up in ESPN Rankings
                      by Yodude
                      2004 Power Rankings: Week 2
                      Rank Team Rec. Comment
                      1 Patriots 1-0-0 The run defense might be a concern, but we're guessing Belichick and Co. will find a way to work around it.
                      2 Eagles 1-0-0 Apparently Donovan McNabb is pretty happy with his new toy at wide receiver.
                      3 Seahawks 1-0-0 Losing Shaun Alexander for any time would be a blow to this offense. Maurice Morris is decent, but he's nowhere near Alexander's league.
                      4 Titans 1-0-0 Not too many people saw this game, but trust us, Chris Brown is the real deal at RB.
                      5 Broncos 1-0-0 That move Quentin Griffin put on Jerome Woods on Sunday night was just flat out sick.
                      6 Vikings 1-0-0 Wow. We knew Minnesota's offense was going to be good, but they sure did put on a show Sunday.
                      7 Colts 0-1-0 The Colts can talk all they want about the best team not winning Thursday, but the fact remains the same: one team is 1-0 and the other isn't.
                      8 Packers 1-0-0 This week's bold prediction: Ahman Green will rush for over 2,000 yards this season.
                      9 Chiefs 0-1-0 Looks like the same story as last season. The Chiefs can score with anybody, but the defense is going to be a problem, especially against the good teams.
                      10 Jets 1-0-0 Obviously a healthy Chad Pennington helps Curtis Martin, but what we watched Sunday was more than that. Martin looked much more explosive than he was last season.
                      11 Rams 1-0-0 We heard it from Rams fans last week about their No. 16 rankings, and maybe it was too low, but they sure weren't all that impressive in Week 1 against the Cardinals.
                      12 Redskins 1-0-0 Things went about as well as they could have in Joe Gibbs return to the sideline in D.C.
                      13 Panthers 0-1-0 That Steve Smith injury was tough to watch. He really came into his own last season and was poised for even bigger things this year.
                      14 Steelers 1-0-0 At his current pace Jerome Bettis is going to carry the ball 80 times for 16 yards and score 48 TDs this year.
                      15 Ravens 0-1-0 Teams are going to stack the line against the Ravens and Jamal Lewis all season and if Kyle Boller can't make them pay, the Ravens are going to be in trouble.
                      16 Jaguars 1-0-0 Huge win for the Jags. Byron Leftwich might not have played well, but he got the W and that's what QBs are measured by.
                      17 Cowboys 0-1-0 The Cowboys aren't going to win too many games when they have to pass the ball 51 times
                      18 Bengals 0-1-0 All you Carson Palmer haters out there, if the Bengals stumble this year it's not going to have anything to do with the second-year QB.
                      19 Falcons 1-0-0 It wasn't an earth-shattering performance, but a lot of eyes were on Michael Vick and he got the Falcons a win.
                      20 Browns 1-0-0 What an effort by the Browns defense. We'll be the first to admit that this one caught us by surprise.
                      21 Saints 0-1-0 Looks like it could be the same old story for the Saints. Lots...
                      -09-14-2004, 11:43 AM
                    • evil disco man
                      Jake's Power Rankings: Week Two
                      by evil disco man
                      1. Patriots [2-0] - The rushing defense held up this time, but the offense faltered in the red zone. It wasn’t a dominant performance, but the Pats just keep on winning. (Last Week's Rank: 1)

                      2. Eagles [2-0] - They look just as good on the field as they do on paper. The offensive-defensive balance is what puts this team ahead of anyone in the NFC. (2)

                      3. Colts [1-1] - The word of the week for Peyton Manning and his Colts is resilience. Down 17-10 entering the final quarter, this team scored 21 points to blow away the Titans in Nashville. Opening up with two away games against New England and Tennessee will toughen this team up. (8)

                      4. Seahawks [2-0] - A win is a win for Mike Holmgrem’s team, and two wins on the road mean even more, as they’ve already matched last year’s total road victories. Youngsters Marcus Trufant and Michael Boulware earned their stripes, each coming away with an interception. (5)

                      5. Titans [1-1] - Once again, I say, Chris Brown will make fans forget about Eddie Three-Yard. One thing they’ll never forget is what Indianapolis did to them in the second half. They threw away opportunities to pull away in the game and were embarrassed in the fourth quarter. (4)

                      6. Vikings [1-1] - Playing in Philly isn’t an easy thing to do, as they found out Monday Night. The long ball was shut down all game and they crumbled under pressure by making costly mistakes to lose the game, but it’s early in the season. If the game was in the Metrodome, there might have been different results. (3)

                      7. Jets [2-0] - I, for one, am not surprised about the quick start for the Jets. The beautifully balanced offense, led by Chad Pennington and Curtis Martin, jumped out to a 17-0 lead and held on for the victory. (9)

                      8. Ravens [1-1] - Baltimore woke up, responding after last week’s whooping at the hands of Cleveland. Kyle Boller didn’t commit a turnover, and even Deion made a couple plays before his hammy started hurting again. (17)

                      9. Panthers [1-1] - The D-Line stiffened up against Priest Holmes, and DeShaun Foster cemented my opinion that he is better than Stephen Davis - I don’t care if it was against the Chiefs. They have some momentum going into the bye week. (14)

                      10. Packers [1-1] - It took this team until the end of the third quarter to score a touchdown against da Bears. Ahman Green spoiled another great individual performance with his fumbling. (6)

                      11. Broncos [1-1] - Quentin Griffin (who I benched this week in favor of D. Foster) sputtered against the tough Jacksonville defense. He’s a good running back, but please don’t ever compare him to Barry Sanders again. (7)

                      12. Jaguars [2-0] - The offense is still going through some struggles, but they’ve now won two close games to get a head start on the season. Jack Del Rio’s defense is stellar. (18)

                      13. Lions [2-0] - The Lions go...
                      -09-21-2004, 01:37 PM
                    • Nick
                      Nick's ClanRam 2012 NFL Power Rankings - Week Two
                      by Nick
                      Two weeks in a row, and my top ranked team goes down. I’m beginning to think there’s some kind of curse associated with my Power Rankings, and given who the new #1 team is, I’m hoping it works again this week!

                      With a win over Detroit in prime time, and losses by both New England and Baltimore, the San Francisco ***** have taken the top ranking this week. Rounding out the top five are the Falcons (2), who had a good showing on Monday night against the Broncos, the Texans (3), who continue to impress on both sides of the football, the Packers (4), who made short work of Jay Cutler and the Bears’ offensive line, and the Ravens (5), who dropped three spots after a close loss to the Eagles.

                      The Rams’ close victory over the media-darling Washington Redskins was enough to move them up four spots to #22. A win over the 14th-ranked Chicago Bears should see them break into the Top 20. The Redskins dropped three spots, representing the three points Josh Morgan cost his team by throwing a football at Cortland Finnegan.

                      If it’s worth pointing out a new top-ranked team on the rankings, Miami’s win over Oakland deserves a mention, as it propelled them from the bottom position. That honor now falls to Cleveland, who kept it close with Cincinnati but couldn’t squeak out a win.


                      NICK'S POWER RANKINGS – WEEK TWO

                      Rank -- Team – Last Week’s Ranking

                      1. San Francisco ***** (3)
                      -It pains me as much as anyone to put them here, but Rams fans know Detroit isn’t a pushover.

                      2. Atlanta Falcons (4)
                      -In the battle of Peyton Manning vs. Matt Ryan, the former Boston College Eagle won out.

                      3. Houston Texans (5)
                      -The combination of Foster/Tate may be the best tandem in football right now.

                      4. Green Bay Packers (6)
                      -In two games, Clay Matthews has already matched his sack total from last year. One word: monster.

                      5. Baltimore Ravens (2)
                      -The Baltimore Ravens appear to be the second stop on the Michael Vick Comeback Tour.

                      6. Philadelphia Eagles (8)
                      -If the Eagles are 2-0 while playing this poorly, imagine what they could do if they hit their potential.

                      7. New York Giants (9)
                      -A great statement game for the Giants, being able to come back from a 27-13 third quarter deficit.

                      8. New England Patriots (1)
                      -Really? The Cardinals? The Patriots should be thankful they’re still in my Top Ten.

                      9. Pittsburgh Steelers (13)
                      -The Jets put 48 points on Buffalo in Week One, but managed just ten against this Steeler defense.

                      10. San Diego Chargers (15)
                      -With 75% of his receptions going for touchdowns, I’m beginning to think Philip Rivers likes him some Dante Rosario.

                      11. Dallas Cowboys (7)
                      -The supposedly high-powered Dallas offense scored… once. Not impressive.

                      12. Buffalo Bills (18)...
                      -09-20-2012, 05:37 PM
                    • Nick
                      Nick's ClanRam Power Rankings - End of Preseason
                      by Nick
                      Back again this year are my Power Rankings, a completely subjective view of how I see the National Football League stacking up as we enter the 2012 season. I've given consideration to where these teams finished in 2011, what they've done to improve their rosters, what they've lost during the offseason, and where I think they'll stack up this year.

                      Remember, as this list represents my own personal ranking, I expect disagreement and that's fine. But let's do it respectfully and have a fun discussion about the rankings along the way. And please, if you see any mistakes (ie. doubles of teams, records, etc), please let me know so I can correct them as soon as possible.

                      Without further adieu!


                      NICK'S POWER RANKINGS - END OF PRESEASON

                      Rank -- Team -- 2011 Record

                      1. Green Bay Packers (15-1)
                      -Green Bay fields one of the NFL's most dangerous offenses, and adding Cedric Benson to the backfield was an upgrade at a weak position.

                      2. New England Patriots (13-3)
                      -The Patriots added Lloyd to the perimeter, have some promising youth in the backfield, and look to be improved on defense.

                      3. Baltimore Ravens (12-4)
                      -Baltimore was three points away from a Super Bowl appearance last year, and returns many of their starters.

                      4. New York Giants (9-7)
                      -The defending Super Bowl champs have done some shuffling along the offensive line, but will hope to regain post-season momentum in 2012.

                      5. Houston Texans (10-6)
                      -I think the Texans could really shine this season in a weakened AFC South division. They just need to stay healthy.

                      6. San Francisco ***** (13-3)
                      -This may be the most conservative offense in the league, but their defense will keep them a contender.

                      7. Atlanta Falcons (10-6)
                      -Julio Jones is primed for a big step up, and the Falcons are itching to prove they're better than the performance they put up in the Wild Card round last year.

                      8. Philadelphia Eagles (8-8)
                      -Can Michael Vick stay healthy? My fantasy teams depend on it. If he can, the Eagles will be a team to watch in 2012.

                      9. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)
                      -Between Rashard Mendenhall's injury situation, Mike Wallace's holdout, and the age of that defense, I worry about Pittsburgh. But they always find a way to be among the best.

                      10. New Orleans Saints (13-3)
                      -The suspensions will be tough to overcome, but the Saints have experience competing without their coach from last year, and Brees is simply amazing.

                      11. Detroit Lions (10-6)
                      -I'm looking for another big year out of the Lions' Stafford to Megatron connection, and I think their defensive front is one of the best in the league.

                      12. Dallas Cowboys (8-8)
                      -You can never trust the Cowboys, which made me hesitant to rank them this high. But if everyone is on the field, they're...
                      -09-04-2012, 07:33 PM
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