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BillsCAfan
05-14-2003, 12:18 PM
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers テつ。V They are still at the top. The core of the team is back, but I think they might be lacking heart. The drive usually diminishes after winning the big one, look how the attitude of the pats changed from their winning season to last year. This is why I donテつ。テつヲt think they will repeat, but for now, they are champs, thus #1.

2. Philadelphia Eagles テつ。V They lost some players like Douglas, Barber and Mitchell, but picked up guys like Jon Ritchie and Nate Wayne. They did lose some fire power on defense, but they have something I think the bucs no longer have, the drive to win, and they have McNabbテつ。Knough said.

3. Oakland Raiders テつ。V I have a bit trouble putting them this high, but they kept their core together to make another run. But its only time till the fatigue of the old players will start affecting the team. They also lost some important defensive players like Adams and James, but I think Woodson will make up for that being healthy.

4. New Orleans Saints テつ。V This team is up and coming. Their offense is explosive with Deuce, Brooks and Horn. They also have Pathon and 2nd year man Stalworth. They also signed Conwel from the Rams. Their defense is also much improved. They traded for Tebucky Jones, Ashley Ambrose and picked up Jonathon Sullivan. This team will challenge the Bucs this year.

5. Atlanta Falcons テつ。V I think they are a team that will turn some heads this year. Their defense was above average last year, and the only glaring weakness was their receivers. Now that they got Price to go with Vick, Dunn and Duckett they will be very good. Vick will also be that much better with an extra year of experience.

6. Miami Dolphins テつ。V If Jay Fiedler stays healthy and Ricky produces like he did last year, they will make a legit run at the title. Their defense has to step up like they did last year, but the December slump could jeopardize their chances. Barring injury and slumps, they are very balanced.

7. Tennessee Titans テつ。V They always have a chance as long as they got McNair. Eddie George needs to step up more. Their defense was good last year, and I think they will improve. If McNair plays they are among the best in the AFC.

8. St. Louis Rams テつ。V I think they are a bit underrated. I think their offense will be back on track with Faulk, Warner, Bruce and Holt getting back into the grove. Their defense will also be good enough to win, and I can see Jimmy Kennedy coming in and helping immediately.

9. New England Patriots テつ。V their offense is still a little suspect with a one dimensional passing game and no running game, but their defense is scary. They made some good moves over the off-season, and they will contend as much as any other AFC team. With Harrison, Warren and Colvin coming in with Belichik running the schemes they will be very good defensively.

10. Buffalo Bills テつ。V I have to put the Bills in the top 10, not just because Iテつ。テつヲm a fan, but I honestly think they are among the elite of the league. Their offense will be very explosive despite the departure of Price, and their Defense is much improved. With additions of Spikes, Adams, Posey, McKenzie, Jones, Reese and the draft of Kelsey, this team has the offense and defense to win it all, but it wonテつ。テつヲt be easy in the east.

11. Green Bay テつ。V Brett Favre is playing, so they always have a chance. Their offense is very good with Green and Driver coming off solid season, but their defense needs to step up, especially at the LB and D-line positions.

12. Denver Broncos テつ。V They had one of the best defenses early last year, but they started to wear off. I think the defense will be very good again this year. They have a lot of talent on the offense with 2nd year guys like Lelie and Portis teamed with McCaffery, Sharpe and Smith. The success of this team will be based on how well Plummer plays. He could make the Broncos into title contenders or a team that made a bad QB decision.

13. Pittsburgh Steelers テつ。V Their defense will be very good with Porter, Gildon and Aaron Smith. They also picked up Polamalu who will make an impact as a rookie. The place this team will go wrong is on the offensive side of the ball. Maddox needs to prove that he wasnテつ。テつヲt a one year wonder, and their running game needs to improve whether it is with Jerome or Amos.

14. New York Jets テつ。V They lost a lot of talent on this team. Loosing Randy Thomas, Morton, Coles and Hall is no easy thing to overcome. Picking up Sowell, Nutten, Conway and Brien just wonテつ。テつヲt cut it to compensate for their losses. They also picked up Robertson in the draft who could be a true impact player. But no telling how Pennington will play with the loss of Coles, and whether Martin will be able to come back to play like his old self. They could be very good, but the division is very competitive, and I donテつ。テつヲt believe they are better than the teams I have mentioned ahead of them.

15. Indianapolis Colts テつ。V Their offense is as explosive as ever with Harrison, Manning and James. They need to become more consistent and include the TE in more of their plays. Pollard was underused last year. Their defense is also very good, but no telling how much the loss of Peterson will affect them.

16. New York Giants テつ。V They came on real strong at the end of the year and made a legit playoff run that was cut short because of a bad call. I think they will be able to make a run, but will have to get over the Eagles. Their special teams will be much more stable with the additions of Hollis and Mitchell.

17. San Francisco 49ers テつ。V I think this team is overrated. Garcia and Owens will always give fans something to cheer about, but Hearts lost a step last year and donテつ。テつヲt know if heテつ。テつヲll get back to form. Their defense has some holes at LB and CB. I think firing Mooch will come back to haunt this team. This is my candidate for disappointment team of the year.

18. Kansas City Chiefs テつ。V I would have put them higher, but Holmes status devalues the whole team. If Holmes comes back healthy this team is top 10 IMO. They already had a great offense, but a few other WR would help. They improved their defense with additions like Barber and Holliday, and I think they can make a serious run, but only if Holmes can come back healthy. I know they picked up Johnson in the draft, and while heテつ。テつヲs good, heテつ。テつヲs no Holmes

19. Baltimore Ravens テつ。V Their defense will be very scary with Lewis, Suggs, Boulware, McAllister, Reed and McCrary. They also bolstered their receiving corp. with Sanders and Robinson. Jamal Lewis also came back very strong, but the only real weakness I see is the QB position. Redman hasnテつ。テつヲt really proven anything to me, and as much potential Boller has, heテつ。テつヲll have some adjusting to do in the league. They might make a run at the playoffs if they get some consistent play from Redman. With that team, Redman can play the part of Dilfer: not to win games, but not to lose games, in that case they should be fine.

20. Washington Redskins テつ。V I donテつ。テつヲt know what to expect with from the Redskins and their new look. They definitely have the talent to be very good, but until they actually use all that talent on the field, I donテつ。テつヲt think they will be as productive as the money spent on the テつ。テつァrenovations.テつ。テつィ

21. Jacksonville Jaguars テつ。V I think they made some good moves in the off-season. I think new head coach Del Rio can bring new light to the team and get them winning again. The additions of Peterson and Douglas are huge for the defense, as well as retaining Darius. They also picked up Jermaine Lewis who should help the special teams. Taylor should come back and hopefully stays healthy. Brunell will be the success or the failure of this team, and hopefully the pick up of Leftwich wonテつ。テつヲt affect his morale.

22. San Diego Chargers テつ。V They lose Seau, but I think that was a good move for the chargers. They saved some cap and got rid of a player who was coming to the end of his career. The pickup of Boston was huge and should greatly help Brees and Tomlinson. They still have Wiley on the defense with Edwards, and recently added Sammy Davis and Drayton Florence with their first 2 picks in the draft to their backfield to play with Jammer. I think this spot is the worse they can do. I envision them being top 15 by beginning of the season.

23. Seattle Seahawks テつ。V I think this team could easily jump to top 15 or 10. Hassleback came on really strong by seasons end. Alexander is a stud RB, and Darrel Jackson and Koren Robinson make a good receiving corp. Their defense will also be much improved with the addition of Norman Hand and Okeafor. They also drafted stud CB Trufant to team with Springs to make a very good CB duo. This team definitely has potential to turn some heads.

24. Cincinnati Bengals テつ。V I think this team will surprise people this year. Marvin Lewis has made a statement that heテつ。テつヲs calling the shots and heテつ。テつヲs made some really good decisions, except for letting Spikes go, but he had no choice (I donテつ。テつヲt mind much either テ窶凖つコ). Bringing James, Thorton, Hardy, Powell will improve the defense tremendously. They also had a excellent draft, picking up 1st round projected players in their first 4 rounds with Palmer, Steinbach, Washington and Weathersby. I have never so impressed with this team. They will make a run at .500 IMO and will be contender in 2004.

25. Minnesota Vikings テつ。V They have a good core of players. Culpepper, Moss and Bennett on offense makes them very explosive. They signed Claiborne and drafted Williams to play along side Hovan. If this team wants to be good, they can, but they have motivation issues.

26. Carolina Panthers テつ。V I think Delhomme is a good QB that will start by the beginning of the year IMO. The addition of Davis will also make the offense flexible and they addressed their line problems by picking up Gross in the draft. However, their offense doesnテつ。テつヲt excite me too much. Dyson and Proehl might make a good group of receivers with Smith and Muhammed. Carolinaテつ。テつヲs defense was also top notch last year, and will be very good again this year. This is another team that could easily jump to top 15 IMO.

27. Dallas Cowboys テつ。V They definitely addressed their CB needs with Newman, and with Roy Williams they have a dominating backfield. Their run defense was always very good and Iテつ。テつヲd expect the same this year. Their offense is horrible IMO. Galloway and Bryant make a good duo, but who will throw to them? Iテつ。テつヲm not sold on Hutch or Carter, but maybe Parcells will be able to get something out of one of them. Their running game is also lacking, which is weird cuz Parcells loves to run the ball.

28. Chicago Bears テつ。V The addition of Kordell will make things exciting for the Bears, but I donテつ。テつヲt know how much it will actually help them. The A-Train has to come back strong, but he might have been a one year wonder like Antowain was with the Bills. They also lost Colvin on defense, which will hurt. I donテつ。テつヲt see this being a good year for them.

29. Cleveland Browns テつ。V If I had to chose a team that had the worst off-season, it would be the Browns. They cut Rudd, Holmes and Miller from their defense. Let Akins leave, and have added limited talent to their team. Their draft was ok, but nothing impressive. They have two good QB and William Green started to come on late in the season, but I just donテつ。テつヲt see this year being their year. I think the Bengals might even sweep them.

30. Houston Texans テつ。V well 2nd year as a franchise will be a better year than the first, but donテつ。テつヲt expect to have a home town super bowl. Texans made some good picks in the draft and picked up some good FA players, but are still a year or two away from contending.

31. Detroit Lions テつ。V Mooch will need some time to turn this team around. They definitely have the building blocks with Harrington and Rogers. They also have Hakim and Schroeder, but Stewart is to inconsistent. Their defense is anything but impressive. They lost Claiborne, and didnテつ。テつヲt really pick up any impact players. Tough year for them this year, but I have faith in Mooch, but Millen has got to go.

32. Arizona Cardinals テつ。V Last and definitely least. They have had a pourous off-season. They let Plummer go, they let Boston go, they couldnテつ。テつヲt pick up Colvin, they couldnテつ。テつヲt pick up Holliday, and blew their chance to get Suggs. They added Jackson and Emmitt, but its going to be a long season boys.

Predaphin
05-14-2003, 12:31 PM
Nice Assesment but Raiders and Bills are too high....

finfan54
05-14-2003, 12:32 PM
The new Orlean saints are going to suck. that is the only thing you are way off on. and maybe on Philly too. everyone was talking philly last year including me, and Philly blew it. mcnabb is proving as he did in college, that he cant win the big one. and i am a syracuse fan.

finfan54
05-14-2003, 12:36 PM
Originally posted by WCoastFin
Nice Assesment but Raiders and Bills are too high....

Oh yeah the raiders too, if ever their was a team to be called old, it is the faders. we own the raiders. if we go 12-4, which is very possible now, just has to be proven, we will have the best chance to go all the way. sorry, i am a homer but i call it like i see it. i think the top five are like this:

Tampa
Dolphins- once brian griese is a fin
Denver- if plummer shows how good he is suppose to be under shannahan.
Philly
Green Bay

Clumpy
05-14-2003, 12:39 PM
Dolphins are too high

minus
05-14-2003, 12:44 PM
Originally posted by clumpedplatelet
Dolphins are too high

Your high....;)

I agree with the everything except the Saint ..

zach13
05-14-2003, 12:48 PM
I think that this list is better than the ESPN rankings.
But, I think that the Giants will pass the Eagles this year, Oakland will fade, and Atlanta is ranked way too high.

rafael
05-14-2003, 12:49 PM
Good job! I think NO is way too high but the rest is well thought out.

Dolphan-B
05-14-2003, 12:57 PM
Very nice and well thought out power poll. Better than most of the dreck put out by the press. I agree with you basic breakdown of the AFC Beast teams relative to one another, but....

Buffalo could be better than NE this year.

Oakland's offense has been exposed.

The Eaglets were overrated last year and have lost ground since then.

The Jets will dwell in the cellar this year as Pennington comes down to earth like Brady did after his first partial season. I don't see an offensive weapon to worry about on that team.

The Aints will find a way to lose.

PhinBeck
05-14-2003, 01:01 PM
Nah the bills are good were they are, may end up higher. As much as I hate it they are a scary team this year. Their offense was very good last year and defense is very much improved on paper. Losing price hurts but watch out for Reed, he is no slouch. The question will be how many strides has their defense taken.

Clumpy
05-14-2003, 01:07 PM
Dolphins are still too high

Justasportsfan
05-14-2003, 01:11 PM
Originally posted by clumpedplatelet
Dolphins are still too high

:lol:

WCF didn't have the fins at no. 1 ? Even when the fins lost to the Patriots he had the fins rated no. 1 the next week. :lol:

wahwee
05-14-2003, 01:17 PM
I think you did a great job! Here's my insight:

Teams that are going to impress:

Jax- unless Brunell has a bad attitude from the Leftwich draft, I think Jax could contend for the AFC South title with the Titans

Balt.- Redman is going to play well and the defense is going to be great again.

Carolina- will make waves and cause the NFC south to be the 2nd toughest div. in the NFL (to the AFC east)

Teams that will disappoint:

SF-great call on the 49ers. Mooch was undervalued, and I think Owens may implode this year.

Oak-tough division with a rootipoo offense = missing playoffs

Atl- a step back since Price will falter, but next year, they'll be great

FinsGoToGuy
05-14-2003, 01:29 PM
BillsCAfan

You sure have a lot of spare time
;)

great job

WharfRat
05-14-2003, 01:33 PM
Good job.... well thought out....
I agree with most of it too... but this really belongs in General NFL....

Clumpy
05-14-2003, 01:36 PM
Dolphins are still too high

EddieIrvine13
05-14-2003, 02:04 PM
Of the teams listed:
Chiefs / Giants / Colts too high.
Chargers and Bears should be up another 5 or so spots.

PatsWin2002
05-14-2003, 02:17 PM
Nice job.

I think the Saints and Falcons are too high.
I'd also put the Chargers higher than 22.

Of course, the AFC East and AFC West are still the best and will beat the crap out of each other while Piggsburgh makes the playoffs again with an inflated record.

Fresh
05-14-2003, 02:20 PM
After I saw the Saints at number 4.. I just stopped reading it!

FinFan4Life814
05-14-2003, 02:46 PM
hey man, da bills r way too high, da saints might b a lil over-rated (they had alotta talent last yr n look how dat turned out, lol). n ATL, while i really like der chances n think der gonna contend for da division, is a LIL bit too high (too many question marks to b ranked so high up). my top 5 goes more like dis....

1) Dolphins-you notice how defense-oriented teams been havin alotta success lately? well heres one wit some potential firepower on O too

2) Bucs-they lost some players (Jackson, Singleton) but they still have their core and will do some damage in the NFC.

3) Eagles- They lost Douglas, Barber n some other guys...but they still have der defensive core, and you cant underestimate an Andy Ried coached team

4) Broncos- I think Jake da Snake is gonna turn it on up der now that hes got some decent weapons to work wit...add der solid D n da fact dat Portis should get even better wit experience... n daaaang, lol

5) Titans- Steve McNair is one of the NFL's better QBs, and his toughness and leadership will set an example for the rest of the team. I also like what they have on defense, real solid.


Suprise Team: Jacksonville (projected record: 11-5, 2nd in AFC South) I really like what Del Rio did after he was hired. The signings of Douglas and Peterson, among others, will make this a good defensive team. Brunell still has something left...so with him, Jimmy Smith and a healthy Fred Taylor they could b pretty good on offense even before Leftwich is ready to contribute.

Dissapointing Team: Oakland (projected record 8-8, 4th in AFC West)- This team is gettin really old and will wear down as the season goes along. Come playoff time, this will be a tired and beaten down squad (assuming they even make the playoffs). Miami seems to have the key to beating the Raider's short passing game that other teams have been killed by, and I think the rest of the NFL will pick up on what the Fins have been doing and use that against the Raiders, or should i say Faders? :-)

baccarat
05-14-2003, 03:07 PM
Green Bay isn't high enough on the original list.

Barbarian
05-15-2003, 01:00 AM
Very Well thought out.

The only big changes that I would make would be to move the Saints back to the middle of the pack and move Seattle up to the 10-12 range.

JM2CW

BillsCAfan
05-15-2003, 04:07 AM
Originally posted by FinFan4Life814
hey man, da bills r way too high, da saints might b a lil over-rated (they had alotta talent last yr n look how dat turned out, lol). n ATL, while i really like der chances n think der gonna contend for da division, is a LIL bit too high (too many question marks to b ranked so high up). my top 5 goes more like dis....

1) Dolphins-you notice how defense-oriented teams been havin alotta success lately? well heres one wit some potential firepower on O too

2) Bucs-they lost some players (Jackson, Singleton) but they still have their core and will do some damage in the NFC.

3) Eagles- They lost Douglas, Barber n some other guys...but they still have der defensive core, and you cant underestimate an Andy Ried coached team

4) Broncos- I think Jake da Snake is gonna turn it on up der now that hes got some decent weapons to work wit...add der solid D n da fact dat Portis should get even better wit experience... n daaaang, lol

5) Titans- Steve McNair is one of the NFL's better QBs, and his toughness and leadership will set an example for the rest of the team. I also like what they have on defense, real solid.


Suprise Team: Jacksonville (projected record: 11-5, 2nd in AFC South) I really like what Del Rio did after he was hired. The signings of Douglas and Peterson, among others, will make this a good defensive team. Brunell still has something left...so with him, Jimmy Smith and a healthy Fred Taylor they could b pretty good on offense even before Leftwich is ready to contribute.

Dissapointing Team: Oakland (projected record 8-8, 4th in AFC West)- This team is gettin really old and will wear down as the season goes along. Come playoff time, this will be a tired and beaten down squad (assuming they even make the playoffs). Miami seems to have the key to beating the Raider's short passing game that other teams have been killed by, and I think the rest of the NFL will pick up on what the Fins have been doing and use that against the Raiders, or should i say Faders? :-)

Dolphins at number 1? wow, didn't expect that on this site. Dolphins D is good, but Bucs D is a lot better. No one can beat the likes of Sapp, McFarland, Brooks, Quarles, Rice and Lynch. They also go Dewayne Rudd who will only better that LB corp.

dolfan06
05-15-2003, 08:47 AM
Originally posted by WCoastFin
Nice Assesment but Raiders and Bills are too high.... i think its a very honest opinion!:)

FinFan4Life814
05-15-2003, 09:13 PM
yo...BillsCAfan, i kno u just gotta go hatin on da dolphins, but u kno they're better den da bucs! lol peace

Barbarian
05-15-2003, 11:47 PM
Originally posted by FinFan4Life814
yo...BillsCAfan, i kno u just gotta go hatin on da dolphins, but u kno they're better den da bucs! lol peace


Well, untill our boys go out there and take that #1 Mantle away from Tampa then I have a hard time not keeping the Bucs in that #1 spot.

Hopefully next year that spot will be owned by Miami. :D

dolfan06
05-16-2003, 01:31 AM
Originally posted by Barbarian

Hopefully next year that spot will be owned by Miami. :D here here!;)