The Depth Chart: 2010 Preseason Power Rankings

September 7th, 2010 - 6:35 pm

Here’s a look at my power rankings for the preseason.

(Previous Rank; Rank Change; Previous Result)

1. New Orleans Saints
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
Defending champions will keep the throne until unseated. Return a wealth of talent all over the field.

2. Indianapolis Colts
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
The abundance of talent they have on the offensive side of the football is scary.

3. Green Bay Packers
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
Could have one of the most explosive offenses in the league paired with an opportunistic defense.

4. Dallas Cowboys
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
A solid run game with an elusive quarterback joined by a stout defense.

5. San Diego Chargers
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
They may be missing a few weapons but they still have the important ones in Rivers and Gates along with a promising rookie running back.

6. Minnesota Vikings
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
They get the benefit of the doubt due to last year’s results but they’ll struggle this year and Favre has nowhere to go but down.

7. Baltimore Ravens
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
They have their sights set on the Super Bowl but is Flacco good enough to get them there?

8. New England Patriots
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
They’ve gotten a little younger and Brady gives them an edge over division rival New York.

9. New York Jets
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
Great defense paired with a solid offense makes the Jets legitimate contenders in the AFC.

10. Cincinnati Bengals
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
Intriguing team that turned heads with their run game and defense last year. If Palmer can return to glory, they’ll be tough to beat.

11. Atlanta Falcons
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
Failed to live up to potential last year but could be back in the mix this season if Ryan and Turner return to glory.

12. Pittsburgh Steelers
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
Not ready to believe in Mendenhall 100% just yet and they’ll have to play four games without Roethlisberger.

13. Houston Texans
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
They seem to float around .500 every year but their passing offense keeps lighting up scoreboards and their defense continues to improve.

14. Tennessee Titans
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
Started the season 0-6 before finishing on a tear. Chris Johnson will be tough to bring down and that’ll help Vince Young improve.

15. New York Giants
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
Have some talented young receivers and a good quarterback but could have issues on defense.

16. Miami Dolphins
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
I’m not completely sold on Chad Henne, but they have a solid offensive line and a great run game.

17. San Francisco 49ers
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
I need to see something from the quarterback, but with Gore handling the ball and a solid defense, they could make noise.

18. Washington Redskins
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
Shanahan should have this team improved and playing solid football with McNabb leading the helm.

19. Philadelphia Eagles
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
A lot of people are on the Kevin Kolb bandwagon, but I haven’t found my seat just yet. I’m not sold on how they can improve losing both McNabb and Westbrook.

20. Arizona Cardinals
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
They may have torched the Bears in the preseason, but they’ve otherwise looked bad without Kurt Warner. It could be a miserable year.

21. Chicago Bears
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
A team with noticeable holes facing a tough schedule. Even the best-case scenario doesn’t look very promising and a .500 season seems more likely.

22. Denver Broncos
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
The team started out 6-0 last year but don’t expect an encore performance.

23. Carolina Panthers
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
Jake Delhomme was a turnover machine the last two years, but he still was a veteran presence and a calming influence and the Panthers may struggle to replace him. This team will go only as far as their solid run game can take them.

24. Jacksonville Jaguars
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
This could be a last chance for Jack Del Rio and I don’t see much talent on this team to help him survive in a tough AFC South.

25. Oakland Raiders
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
Can it really be true? Are the Raiders climbing their way out of the league’s cellar? They’ve got an improved defense and a better quarterback.

26. Seattle Seahawks
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
Hasselbeck returns to command the offense and the defense has some nice young pieces, but there’s holes everywhere and Pete Carroll is a terrible NFL coach.

27. Kansas City Chiefs
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
Can Charlie Weis turn this offense around? I’m not so sure. I still think they’re missing pieces on offense to be considered legit.

28. Detroit Lions
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
They’re improving. Ndamukong Suh is a beast and is going to be a dominant player for years to come. It takes time to pull a franchise out of a deep hole dug by a terrible former GM/President.

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
They practically gutted their roster last year and are still in a rebuilding mode. I’m curious to see how Josh Freeman progresses because they’ll need him to succeed to be good.

30. Cleveland Browns
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
A disaster of a franchise. It was a mistake to hire Eric Mangini and unless they want to eat his salary, they’re stuck with him for a while. Delhomme ought to sink them deeper than they are.

31. St. Louis Rams
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
I was surprised at some of the good things I saw from Sam Bradford in the preseason. Sure, it was just preseason, but he looks promising and that’s good for a floundering Rams franchise.

32. Buffalo Bills
(N/A; N/A; N/A)
They very well may not win a single game all season. However, since it’s almost impossible not to win a single game, I’ve predicted them to win one game: at home against an equally bad Browns team.

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