2010 Power Rankings: Preseason
Note: Some teams I rank higher than others might have a worse records then a team lower than them but some of the better teams have harder schedules.
1 Colts 14-2-0: I don't care who won the Super Bowl last year, but the Colts are the team to beat this year.
2 Cowboys 14-2-0: It is all about Tony Romo and his O-line. If the O-line holds and Romo play as good as he did during the regular season last year they have the NFC in their lap.
3 Saints 12-4-0: They will have to be able to play some stronger defense to beat Cowboys for the NFC. BTW, my NFC game of the year is Week 12, November 25, Saints vs. Cowboys.
4 Ravens 13-3-0: If the Ravens can find a way to improve their defensive backs then they are the AFC champs, if not Peyton and company will kill them.
5 Packers 12-4-0: If the Packers can get enough pressure on opposing teams then they will give the Cowboys and Saints a run for their money. I think this year in the NFC the big three will be Cowboys, Saints and Packers
6 Vikings 11-5-0: They're main focus of the season will be trying to hold off the Packers for the NFC North, and if their line doesn’t protect Favre they won't have him to help them for very long.
7 Patriots 11-5-0: I think the offense will have Brady back at full strength and the defense should also improve.
8 Jets 11-5-0: I think that a 11 win season will be very good for the Jets, I personally don't think they are as good as people think. I do think they are a playoff team but they definitely think they are not the top dog of the AFC.
9 49ers 11-5-0: I think it is all about Alex Smith this year, if he is good this is a playoff team to fear, if he is bad they will still win the division but won't get far in the playoffs.
10 Bengals 10-6-0: I think of all the playoff teams on here the Bengals have the hardest schedule. They will need to pull a few tricks out of the hat to get 10 wins.
11 Chargers 10-6-0: I think the loss of Jackson and McNeil will hurt them but not enough to keep them from the playoffs.
12 Falcons 11-5-0: Lucky for the Falcons they have a pretty easy schedule. I think they need the defense to play a little better before they can challenge for the NFC.
13 Dolphins 10-6-0: The Dolphins are a team I think are way under radar. They do have a hard schedule and they did lose Ferguson but they're offense will be unstoppable. With Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams beating down the defense and Chad Henne and Brandon Marshall tarring up the field this offense will be something to see.
14 Eagles 10-6-0: They might have a new QB but this is a strong team and they won't put to much pressure on Kolb.
15 Giants 9-7-0: I think this is a good team that is cursed by being in the hardest division in the league.
16 Texans 8-8-0: The passing game is one of, if not the best in the league, they haven't been able to get a running game going, they haven't been able to stop the pass and they can't get enough pressure on the QB this season.
17 Titans 9-7-0: I think this offense will be unstoppable but this defense will not be that impressive.
18 Steelers 7-9-0: I think this could be a good team but with all of the stuff swirling around them right now I think this season will be a tough one, look for them next season though to be at Super Bowl shape again.
19 Redskins 7-9-0: I think Donavon will help them a lot this season but he can't get them to the playoffs.
20 Bears 6-10-0: I think the Bears are better than their record says but their season schedule is brutal.
21 Broncos 8-8-0: I think Orton will have a good season and the only thing stopping the Broncos from the playoffs is a weak defense and multiple injuries.
22. Cardinals 6-10-0: I think they will have a major setback as Leinart tries to get used to being a starter again. Plus, they lost a couple of good guys in free agency.
23. Panthers 5-11-0: This is another team that is half way decent but has a pretty hard schedule.
24 Chiefs 7-9-0: I think the Chiefs have a schedule in which they play teams that they can beat. I think if the offense line can hold and rookies Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey can start playing well this could be a 500. win team or even more.
25 Raiders 6-10-0: I think their defense will play better, but they still have no O-line and they have a young QB, young runningbacks and young wide receivers.
26. Seahawks 6-10-0: I think they might be able to pull out a little better record just because they have an easy division but there is still a good chance they don't. I'm not sold on Whitehurst and I think they gave too much for a QB who hasn't proven himself.
27 Jaguars 4-12-0: I think their first couple of games they will lose which means they will fire Del Rio and then the rest of the season will be tough for players with a new coach.
28 Buccaneers 4-12-0: I think the Buccaneers are building a good team but it is going to take a while for all the young talent to blossom.
29 Lions 3-13-0: This is a team that is building quickly and I think Stafford will prove to be the franchise QB that the Lions have been looking for.
30 Browns 2-14-0: I think the Browns have some talent on their team but they still don’t have the pieces to build a winning team.
31 Bills 1-15-0: I think the only thing that the Bills have to look forward to is Jack Locker, Andrew Luck and Ryan Mallet in the 2011 draft.
32 Rams 1-15-0: I think the Rams have a lot to do before they can start to compete. I like what Spagnuolo is doing but it is going to take a while to rebuild, although I do think Bradford is the first step in becoming competitive.
AFC North: Baltimore Ravens
AFC South: Indianapolis Colts
AFC East: New England Patriots
AFC West: San Diego Chargers
AFC Wildcard: New York Jets
AFC Wildcard: Cincinnati Bengals
NFC North: Green Bay Packers
NFC South: New Orleans Saints
NFC East: Dallas Cowboys
NFC West: San Francisco 49ers
NFC Wildcard: Minnesota Vikings
NFC Wildcard: Atlanta Falcons