camps are opening in a month or so and
the cooler talk is starting to get heavy.
Here are my rankings for the NFL teams
from top to bottom.
- New England
Patriots – The coaching losses
of coordinators Charlie Weis (Notre
Dame and Romeo Crennel (Cleveland Browns)
are big but this team has plenty of
talent and experience and grabbing David
Terrell is a nice too!
Steelers – This team lost Plaxico
Burress but the defense is nasty and
Jerome "The Bus" Bettis is back for
one more run.
Eagles – Will Terrell Owens be
a distraction for the team or will the
idea of the long season with a lot of
expectations do them in?
Colts – After going crazy on defensive
draft picks in this years NFL draft
can the Colts stop the great teams when
it counts most?
Panthers – This team did more
with terrible injuries and just missed
the playoffs. This year Steven
Smith returns to partner with Keary
Colbert on offense and the defense is
always stout and Kris Jenkins will return.
Ravens – The team added some great
free agents like Samari Rolle on defense
and Desmond Mason on offense.
Tight end Todd Heap needs to stay healthy
and be that safety valve quarterback
Kyle Boller needs.
- New York
Jets – A missed field goal from
the recently departed Doug Brian cost
them last season but quarterback Chad
Pennington will be health and the defense
lead by Dewayne Roberson and Jonathan
Vilma in the middle will continue its
Falcons – The Falcons' Michael
Vick will have another year under his
belt in the "West Coast" offense and
the defense and special teams will be
improved with the addition of Ike Reese
Vikings – This team lost Randy
Moss but Daunte Culpepper will be more
vocal and play at an MVP level.
The defense added Darren Sharper and
Sam Cowart to an already improved defense.
The team will show more poise and will
have more confidence, as they should
remember what it took when they beat
division foe Green Bay in the frozen
Lambeau Field last playoffs.
- San Diego
Chargers – This is a young team
and their offensive horses LaDainian
Tomlinson and Antonio Gates are only
getting better. The defense added
Shawne Merriman at linebacker and will
look to shutdown teams in the wide open
Rest of The Bunch
- St. Louis
- New Orleans
- New York
- San Francisco
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