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2010 Rankings by Division

Ya, it's the end of May. Mandatory Camps are starting soon, teams are getting ready, and that means it's time to start ranking teams. I'm setting it up by division, so it should be clearer to read. At the end of June, I'll come out with another one, but included in that will be my playoff predictions as well.

 

AFC

East

New York Jets 11-5

New England Patriots 10-6

Miami Dolphins 10-6

Buffalo Bills 1-15

 

It's a strong division, I expect 2, if not 3 teams from this division to make the playoffs. The Bills are currently the worst team in the NFL. The questions at QB and LT spell a difficult season for C.J. Spiller and co.

 

North

 

Baltimore Ravens 11-5

Cincinnati Bengals 10-6

Pittsburgh Steelers 8-8

Cleveland Browns 4-12

 

Anquan Boldin will help the Ravens offense out. The Bengals don't drop much, but Cedric Benson's job is going to be tougher this year. They better hope the additions at WR and TE pan out. The Steelers lose Ben Roethlisberger for the first 6, and Santonio Holmes is gone too. If they don't start well without Big Ben, it's going to be a long season. The Browns haven't done enough, and Scott Fujita wishes he didn't leave.

 

West

San Diego Chargers 12-4

Denver Broncos 7-9

Oakland Raiders 7-9

Kansas City Chiefs 4-12

 

Easily one of the worst divisions in football, the Chargers are the only legitimate playoff team of the bunch. Oakland gets better, but not by enough. Denver and KC haven't done enough to put themselves in the playoffs.

 

South

 

Indianapolis Colts 13-3

Tennessee Titans 10-6

Houston Texans 9-7

Jacksonville Jaguars 4-12

 

Peyton Manning continues to own that division. Tennessee builds off of last season's late push. Houston is going to miss Brian Cushing for the first 4, and Jacksonville didn't really do anything in the offseason to get better. Tyson Alualu better have a good season or the questions about his draft position will intensify.

 

Playoff Teams:

Indy, SD, NYJ, Baltimore, NE, Cin

 

NFC

East

Dallas Cowboys 11-5

Washington Redskins 10-6

Philadelphia Eagles 8-8

New York Giants 6-10

 

Disappointing season for the Eagles and Giants this year. The Giants haven't really filled any holes from last year, so they really need to get that pass rush going or they're sitting ducks again. Losing Donavan McNabb and Brian Westbrook will have a bigger impact than the Eagles think. The Redskins, meanwhile, got some big upgrades and might just make the playoffs.

 

North

Minnesota Vikings 11-5

Green Bay Packers 10-6

Detroit Lions 6-10

Chicago Bears  5-11

 

Brett Favre coming back pretty much solidifies the division for the Vikings. The Packers O-line got stronger thanks to the addition of Bryan Bulaga, and if their secondary can stay healthy, they should be a strong team again. The Lions had some very good offseason moves, bringing in Kyle Vanden Bosch, as well as rookies Ndamkukong Suh and Jahvid Best. The Bears offseason acquisitions won't help them enough. We know from experience that Julius Peppers takes a bunch of plays off, and now the Bears get to find that out for themselves.

 

West

San Fransisco 49ers 9-7

Arizona Cardinals 8-8

Seattle Seahawks 7-9

St. Louis Rams 3-13

 

Another very bad division. Kurt Warner retiring leaves the Cardinals with Matt Leinart and Derek Anderson- two guys who haven't done much to prove they can lead a team. San Fran's offseason moves, as well as the development of younger players and continued amazingness of Patrick Willis, means they should be the front-runners for the division. Seattle will be better, but I wouldn't expect them to make the playoffs yet. Sam Bradford is going to have a long season if that o-line doesn't hold up.

 

South

 

New Orleans Saints 13-3

Atlanta Falcons 10-6

Carolina Panthers 5-11

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3-13

 

Not too many games that I expect us to lose. The Falcons should get better with Matt Ryan's improvement, and Michael Turner back at full health. Carolina hasn't done anything to replace Peppers, and that offense still has a big question mark at the Quarterback position. The only thing good I can say about them, is that running game is still very strong, and will remain the focal point of their offense. Josh Freeman's second year isn't going to go any better than his first, especially now that #1 target Antonio Bryant is with the Bengals.

 

Playoff Teams

NO, Min, San Fran, Dallas, Atlanta, GB.

 

Let me know what you think

This FanPost was written by a reader and member of Canal Street Chronicles. It does not necessarily reflect the views of CSC and its staff or editors.

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