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BlackGold4vr
05-12-2008, 08:14 PM
2008 ESPN Power Rankings: Offseason

Rnk | Prev Rnk | Team | Record | Narrative |
1 | (1) | Patriots | 16-0-0 | A healthy Tom Brady and a happy Randy Moss make the Patriots championship contenders this season and for years to come. |
2 | (2) | Colts | 13-3-0 | They haven't had a lot of offseason turnover and they already were very good. Continuity means a lot. |
3 | (6) | Chargers | 11-5-0 | If the Chargers can get over their injury issues, they could be in the Super Bowl mix all the way to Tampa. |
4 | (3) | Cowboys | 13-3-0 | Felix Jones should help the running game immediately. But who will emerge as the No. 2 receiver? Patrick Crayton wasn't up to the task in late '07. |
5 | (4) | Jaguars | 11-5-0 | They sometimes get overshadowed by division rival Indianapolis, but the Jaguars have an elite roster and an elite coach in Jack Del Rio. |
6 | (9) | Giants | 10-6-0 | Teams other than the Patriots aren't supposed to repeat as Super Bowl champions. Will Michael Strahan retire? Can they compensate for free-agent losses at LB? |
7 | (8) | Steelers | 10-6-0 | A very strong draft catapults the Steelers into Super Bowl contenders. RBs Willie Parker and Rashard Mendenhall should be one of the best 1-2 punches. |
8 | (7) | Seahawks | 10-6-0 | New O-line coach Mike Solari stands out as the Seahawks' top offseason acquisition, perhaps allowing them to keep their edge in the NFC West. |
9 | (13) | Browns | 10-6-0 | The 2007 darlings face high expectations. The offense will score. Can the D, anchored by additions Shaun Rogers and Corey Williams, hold up its end? |
10 | (5) | Packers | 13-3-0 | This is an unpredictable team in the wake of the retirement of Brett Favre. Who will step up and make the big plays this year? |
11 | (18) | Saints | 7-9-0 | The offense already was very good. Defensive improvements will make the Saints one of this year's biggest turnarounds. |
12 | (15) | Vikings | 8-8-0 | If they settle on a QB, the Vikes could become a playoff team. RB Adrian Peterson is at the top of the list for MVP candidates. |
13 | (14) | Eagles | 8-8-0 | Last season, they hit their stride when it was too late. With a fully healed Donovan McNabb and an improved secondary, the Eagles could be dangerous. |
14 | (10) | Redskins | 9-7-0 | Too many questions: a new coach, young QB and a pair of rookie WRs. Hard to get a good read.
15 | (12) | Buccaneers | 9-7-0 | They didn't make any splash offseason moves. But RB Warrick Dunn's return is going to help more than many recognize. |
16 | (11) | Titans | 10-6-0 | They didn't get as much help from QB Vince Young as they should have. But he's going to become good enough to carry the offense. |
17 | (17) | Cardinals | 8-8-0 | Ken Whisenhunt and staff changed the culture in Arizona. Kurt Warner provides top-notch insurance at QB. Depth along the O-line and on defense in general remain the question. |
18 | (23) | Panthers | 7-9-0 | The return of QB Jake Delhomme might be enough to get them to the playoffs. But there are no guarantees with Tommy John surgery. |
19 | (19) | Bills | 7-9-0 | Marcus Stroud turns 30 this summer and his starts have declined over three seasons. Will he be healthy enough to help the Bills in December? |
20 | (16) | Texans | 8-8-0 | They reached respectability in 2007. Improving will be difficult because their division is so tough. |
21 | (30) | Jets | 4-12-0 | An offseason spending spree upgraded the roster without answering the Jets' most pressing question: Do they have the right QB? |
22 | (25) | Ravens | 5-11-0 | Are the 2008 Ravens more like the 13-3 team in 2006, or the 5-11 unit last season? This is certain: QB play is key. |
23 | (21) | Broncos | 7-9-0 | This is the second-best team in the AFC West. That is an indictment of the division, not a pat on the back for this team, which has many holes. |
24 | (20) | Bears | 7-9-0 | Seems like ages ago the Bears were NFC champs. For better or worse, fans will have to endure another season of good Rex Grossman and bad Rex Grossman. |
25 | (22) | Bengals | 7-9-0 | If WR Chad Johnson sits out, the Bengals will suffer. If Johnson shows, he's a distraction. Neither situation is good. |
26 | (27) | Raiders | 4-12-0 | The Raiders' offense won't make people sick anymore, but their defense might. |
27 | (26) | 49ers | 5-11-0 | New offensive coordinator Mike Martz provides credibility on offense, but head coach Mike Nolan still must prove he can manage the team more smoothly. |
28 | (29) | Rams | 3-13-0 | Quietly, Jim Haslett has turned the defense into a respectable unit. The Rams could contend for a playoff spot if their offensive line can keep Marc Bulger healthy. |
29 | (24) | Lions | 7-9-0 | QB Jon Kitna says it will be a disappointment if the Lions don't win 10 games this season. Perhaps he doesn't realize Detroit hasn't won 10 games since 1995. |
30 | (28) | Chiefs | 4-12-0 | The Chiefs' rebuilding project has begun, but it's unrealistic to believe they will become contenders anytime soon. |
31 | (32) | Dolphins | 1-15-0 | A rookie head coach and an unsettled QB situation add up to growing pains, even though the Dolphins have upgraded their talent base. |
32 | (31) | Falcons | 4-12-0 | New coach Mike Smith is the right guy to turn this team around, but it's going to take a few years.


Decent rankings IMO. The teams ahead of the Steelers deserve to be there and if we are going to move up in those rankings we have some proving to do. I believe we will be amongst the elite teams at the end of the year! :yesnod:

TEEMONT
05-12-2008, 08:17 PM
Considering how unproven our O-line is, this ranking my a be a little high.

I'm glad to see ESPN is actually ranking based on whats been going on, not what they think is going to happen.

BlitzburghRockCity
05-13-2008, 02:14 AM
Yeah those are accurate IMO; right now on paper things may look completely different than they will come the start of the season but overall we're probably right about where we should be based on FA and draft and the team we already had in place.

Black@Gold Forever32
05-13-2008, 02:28 AM
Only problem I have it is the Giants isn't number 1....The team that won the Super Bowl the year before should enter the early power rankings number 1....But I really don't put much stock into power ranking anyway...Its fun to debate them of course...

K Train
05-13-2008, 05:32 PM
Only problem I have it is the Giants isn't number 1....The team that won the Super Bowl the year before should enter the early power rankings number 1....But I really don't put much stock into power ranking anyway...Its fun to debate them of course...

theres no way the giants should be default number one...theres no way they are or even were the best team...they beat the mighty patriots yeah, but they had a great playoff run after a pretty ****** season but anyone can make the playoffs in the nfc. i think NYG not making the playoffs is a great possibility this year

TEEMONT
05-13-2008, 06:08 PM
I agree with BG...if you win the SB, you are number 1 until someone proves you aren't.

steelcityrockers
05-13-2008, 06:41 PM
I disagree. This is a power ranking of now and ow teams could shake up. The Giants are still a decidedly average team that got hot at the right time.

I could give you a breakdown of every position but I am not really in the mood right now.

BlackGold4vr
05-13-2008, 06:46 PM
How many people picked us to repeat after SB XL? ZERO! For the same reasoning already stated here, we weren't the best team in 2005, we were the hottest team. There is a difference. The Giants clearly aren't one of the elite teams in football and in their division they might not even make the playoffs this year. I agree with the rankings. :yesnod:

Hawk Believer
05-13-2008, 07:10 PM
Do the Browns deserve to be at #9?

BlackGold4vr
05-13-2008, 07:42 PM
Do the Browns deserve to be at #9?


You are on the wrong site if you are looking for people to talk up the Stains! :lol:

SteelerSteve
05-13-2008, 07:51 PM
Do the Browns deserve to be at #9?I think the ranking is a bit high for a team that didn't even make the playoffs and won against weaker opponents, but oh well.

Mike Tomlin
05-13-2008, 08:33 PM
Rankings ain't worth ****:2cents:

Black@Gold Forever32
05-13-2008, 08:57 PM
theres no way the giants should be default number one...theres no way they are or even were the best team...they beat the mighty patriots yeah, but they had a great playoff run after a pretty shiatty season but anyone can make the playoffs in the nfc. i think NYG not making the playoffs is a great possibility this year

Yes they should be since its just power rankings......I'm not saying everybody should be picking them to win the Super Bowl again or even make the play-offs....But until the season starts they should be number 1 since they won the Super Bowl.....

For the record I don't think they will repeat but I still would give the respect for being Super Bowl Champs so thats why I would rank them number 1.....Again its just power rankings and these rankings are useless....But its fun to debate them.....:yellowthumb:

steelcityrockers
05-13-2008, 10:04 PM
You are on the wrong site if you are looking for people to talk up the Stains! :lol:

I say from 15-10 for them.