The 2010 NFL season finally kicks off tonight, and I think it’s safe to say that everyone is ready for some football. I’m back with the No Guts weekly power rankings to go along with the start of the new season. There’s no love for the weak in this year’s rankings, so I’m expecting to get a lot of hate from Jacksonville fans this year. Here we go with the preseason rankings.
1. New Orleans Saints – They’re the champs and deserve to be number one everybody’s list. At least for week 1.
2. Indianapolis Colts – I usually would never have the Colts ranked this high to start the season, but between all the paper champions in the AFC, the Colts are still the champs of the conference.
3. New York Jets – They surprised me last year and I can’t deny the defense. The Jets season rests upon Mark Sanchez shoulders.
4. Minnesota Vikings – A lot of people are sleeping on the Vikings this year. I’m not one of them and expect another strong season.
5. Green Bay Packers – As much as I love the Vikings, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the Packers were to take the next step this year and win the division.
6. Dallas Cowboys – Once again there is a lot of hype about Dallas, but that’s all they have been for the past 4 years. The Cowboys have got to win when it counts and stop being the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NFL.
7. Baltimore Ravens – That always dependable D is getting older as well as getting injured. But with that said, this is probably the best offense Ray Lewis has ever had to play with and that should motivate him.
8. Cincinnati Bengals – If Carson Palmer can sync with Ochocinco and T.O. the Bengals will be tough this year.
9. San Diego Chargers – San Diego will probably win the AFC West again this year and that’s about it.
10. New England Patriots – Usually any Tom Brady led team will be in the top five, but the defense doesn’t look to have gotten too much better from last year and that will hurt come playoff time.
12. Atlanta Falcons – The Durty Birds have a solid team built around 3rd year QB Matt Ryan and while I’m not saying they will win the division, the NFC South has a different division champ each year.
13. Tennessee Titans – Vince Young should take the next step this year and play like a Pro Bowl quarterback, or at least what made him an All – American in college, with teams focusing ALL of their attention on Chris Johnson.
14. New York Giants – The G Men will look to replicate their start to the beginning of last year’s season and completely forget about what went down from the middle to the end.
15. Philadelphia Eagles – Things are tense in Philly this season as they embark on the start of the Kelvin Kolb era.
16. San Francisco 49ers – I’m picking them to win the division only because I really don’t like the look of Arizona’s quarterback situation.
17. Arizona Cardinals – Derek Anderson doesn’t bring that calmness and veteran leadership to this team that former QB Kurt Warner did.
18. Houston Texans – Last year was their chance to really make some noise in the AFC South, but now they will be in a dog fight with the Titans and Colts the entire season.
19. Denver Broncos – I like the way our offense is shaping up, but once again our season will depend on how the defense holds up.
20. Carolina Panthers – The outlook on the season doesn’t look too good for the Panthers this year.
21. Washington Redskins – Donovan McNabb is the sole reason I wouldn’t be shocked if Washington won the NFC East this year.
22. Chicago Bears – Over/Under on Jay Cutler 25 interceptions this year?
23. Miami Dolphins – I’m not sold on Chad Henne just yet, but this year is as good as any to make me a believer.
24. Jacksonville Jaguars – The Jags really lost the season in April when they didn’t take Tim Tebow.
25. Seattle Seahawks – Pete Carroll has a lot of work to do if he wants to make his 2nd stint in the league a long one.
26. Oakland Raiders – Jason Campbell is guaranteed to make the offense a little better, but you never know with the Raiders with Al still running things.
27. Detroit Lions – The Lions are making strides but I don’t see them doing much better than last year.
28. Buffalo Bills – C.J. Spiller could provide the much needed spark the Bills entire organization needs to become relevant again.
29. Kansas City Chiefs – Jamaal Charles should have a nice season for the Chiefs as they continue to rebuild…what ever happened to Dwayne Bowe?
30. Cleveland Brown – At least the Browns will once again be the most talked about team in Cleveland.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – I wonder how many people pick this team in Madden; they have nothing going for them.
32. St. Louis Rams – If Sam Bradford is as good as he showed in the preseason the Rams could win more than one game this year.