I did my May power rankings...since then, my feelings have changed, so here goes:
1) New Orleans Saints - Again, if you win the superbowl, you deserve to be the best team until the season starts.
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2) Indianapolis Colts - The Colts have sucked in the preseason as of late. Regular season? Not so much. I do agree that the AFC South has gotten stronger, with the Texans being a potential playoff team, and the Jags and Titans have been trading good records/playoff appearances this decade.
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3) Baltimore Ravens - Baltimore drops a spot not because I don't think they can do well, but because from what I saw from the Steelers preseason game against my Giants, they'll be tougher than I previously thought. Also, the Bengals picked up Terrell Owens, making them tougher to beat as well.
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4) Dallas Cowboys - The more that I think about it, I can't really find a glaring weakness on the 'Boys. Probably the biggest concern is the offensive line, but I feel like it has been overstressed. That being said, the East beats up on each other, and though they are a top 5 team on paper, there's every bit the potential that Dallas could end up being the 3rd place team in the division.
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5) Green Bay Packers - They drop a spot because of the Favre effect. In May, I thought that they'd sweep the Vikings, now I say that the Vikings take 1 from them. Aaron Rodgers has been ridiculous.
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6) New York Jets - Yes, Darrelle Revis is still holding out and it definitely hurts. But, the Jets still produce an insane amount of pressure from their defense, and Mark Sanchez, while still the weakness of the team, definitely looks a bit more mature.
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7) San Francisco 49ers - I'm still a believer in the 49ers. Alex Smith is in the 2nd year of the same system, which should help. Crabtree can show us what he can do. Frank Gore and Vernon Davis are sick. Yes, Brian Westbrook is on his last legs, but those are some damn shifty fast legs. Oh, and Patrick Willis is disgusting. Disgusting. Combine that with a weak NFC West, and the 49ers run away with the division.
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8) San Diego Chargers - They'll probably be the division winners again, but the defense looks significantly weaker than in previous years. Rookie nose tackle, Shawne Merriman not playing well, Cromartie traded. Phillip Rivers is sick of course, but he's lost his prime target Vincent Jackson for part of the season which hurts. Ryan Matthews has a world of potential, but we said the same thing about Knowshon Moreno, and his rookie season was solid, but not All-Pro worthy.
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9) Atlanta Falcons- They have a high octane offense, that's for sure. The question now becomes, can they generate pressure on the defensive side of the ball?
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10) New England Patriots - Lots of new rookies, but they look like they'll be able to contribute right away, especially Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. Wes Welker is the gutsy player and gives the offense that next dimension.
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11) Minnesota Vikings - I really, really don't like Favre, but he is who he is and does whatever he does, and does it well. The biggest problem with this team, I think, is the overdependence on Favre, which may lead to a lot of unhappy players a la the 2008 Jets.
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12) New York Giants - I guess I might get some flak for acting like a homer, but based on what I've seen, all of the new pieces are working well. Antrel Rolle is looking like a stud, Keith Bulluck is motivated and a natural leader, and we have incredible depth on our defensive line. Eli Manning, say what you want, is a top ten QB and capable of leading the offense. Our wide receivers, as a group, are strong. The big question marks will be the health of our offensive line and the play of our running backs.
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13) Houston Texans - The offense is high powered, and the defense, particularly the linebacking corps is strong. The secondary loses Deunta Robinson but picks up Kareem Jackson. Losing Tate hurts, so Slaton and Foster need to step up.
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14) Philadelphia Eagles - From what I've seen from Kolb, he looks like the real deal. Definitely not over his head. Still, in a division with Justin Tuck, Osi Umeniyora, Demarcus Ware, Jay Ratliff, Brian Orakpo and Albert Haynesworth, veteran leadership at the most important position in football doesn't hurt. The wide receiver corps is one of the strongest in the league, and the defense looks hungry. I'm not sold on Philly's Oline and secondary, however.
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15) Cincinnati Bengals - If anything, the Bengals are entertaining. Ochocinco and T.O. should be a spectacle, but I'm worried about the offensive line (Andre Smith is a POS). I also think the division is much tougher than I first thought.
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16) Miami Dolphins - I've definitely cooled off on the Dolphins. For all of their offseason additions, I'm beginning to think the Marshall transition will be a little bumpy. Also, I'm worried about the secondary besides Vontae Davis. I also am not sold on Chad Henne YET. I thought it was a mistake to let Ted Ginn go, even if he wasn't producing.
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17) Tennessee Titans - They've got the pieces there, but I believe Vince Young takes a step back this year. Hopefully, Kenny Britt turns into a legit threat this year. I think they lose a lot of leadership by letting Bulluck go.
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18) Pittsburgh Steelers - Again, no Ben drops them this far. However, Dennis Dixon has been really solid, more so than Leftwich. Obviously, losing Holmes hurts as well, but Mike Wallace is a beast. Like, legit beast. He's got a Desean Jackson-like potential in the Steel City
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19) Washington Redskins - They are supremely talented, even if one of their talents is acting like a baby. McNabb definitely brings in at least 2-3 more wins than they had last year.
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20) Arizona Cardinals - They lost a lot of pieces, the most important being Kurt Warner. They won't be the same on defense without Rolle or Dansby. And Boldin is in Baltimore. Ouch. But I see superstar potential in Beanie Wells, and just superstar in Larry Fitzgerald.
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21) Carolina Panthers - This is a team that I really don't know how to gauge. Matt Moore has had only a few games so its hard to gauge JUST how good he is. The defense will suffer without Peppers, so I'm interested in seeing if they have enough to pressure the quarterback this year.
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22) Denver Broncos - From what I've seen, their offense seems to be solid. Orton is a solid game manager and will be until Tebow develops. The loss of Dumervil hurts a ton, but I guess its time to see if Ayers can pay dividends.
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23) Seattle Seahawks - Carroll will definitely have some growing pains, but he's got talent to work with. Aaron Curry really needs to step up this year, and I want to see if Forsett can reproduce some of the success he had last year.
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24) Jacksonville Jaguars - I've seen some encouraging signs from the Jags this preseason, but the biggest sticking point for me is the pass rush. If Kampman and Alualu can generate pressure, the defense as a whole will function much better. I also want to see someone besides Sims-Walker step up in the WR corps.
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25) Oakland Raiders - Jason Campbell will make this offense better by leaps and bounds, but I don't have much faith in the running game with Bush and McFadden. The secondary (besides Asomugha) also doesn't really scare me.
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26) Chicago Bears - I'm dropping the Bears this low because of question marks with Cutler, with Forte, with the defensive secondary, and the line backing corps. Hopefully Peppers makes a strong impact.
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27) Detroit Lions - They have a strong offense, and Best looks like the real deal. But I'm just getting really concerned with the defense. It depends on the push upfront, and hopefully the addition of Suh will help out.
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28) Kansas City Chiefs - The Chiefs are only this low because even though I think they could potentially be good, I feel like the other three teams in the division are better. The WR corps needs help.
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29) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Still are missing key parts, especially at defensive end and offensive line, but Mike Williams at WR could be a potential star.
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30) St. Louis Rams - Sam Bradford will definitely have growing pains. I like the potential of the WR corps, and Steven Jackson is awesome. The defense needs to really, really step up.
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31) Cleveland Browns - I can't think of many positives besides Jerome Harrison and Mohammed Massaquoi. Hopefully they can compete in the tough AFC North.
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...Have fun tearing this one apart.