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07-21-2008, 06:35 PM
Ok ESPN came out with their training camp power rankings:

1 (1) Patriots 16-0-0 The Patriots may have major question marks at CB. But with the NFL's easiest schedule, that shouldn't matter. The key is staying healthy. (JC)
2 (2) Colts 13-3-0 The Colts head to camp with health concerns about Marvin Harrison and Dwight Freeney, but won a lot of games without them in 2007. (PK)
3 (3) Chargers 11-5-0 The Chargers have to make sure the injuries don't mount because this team enters training camp smelling its first Super Bowl visit in 14 seasons. (BW)
4 (4) Cowboys 13-3-0 QB Tony Romo knows the only way he can validate his immense talent is to win a playoff game. With this team, he'll finally break through. (MM)
5 (5) Jaguars 11-5-0 The Jags' draft concentrated on pass-rushers who can give Peyton Manning and Tom Brady a harder time. (PK)
6 (6) Giants 10-6-0 New York didn't have to wait until training camp for the Super Bowl hangover to start. Losing four key players on defense won't help, and Jeremy Shockey's not the type of person to put his ego aside to help the team. (MM)
7 (7) Steelers 10-6-0 Ben Roethlisberger looked awfully good this spring. He might be primed to join the elite QB class of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. (JW)
8 (10) Packers 13-3-0 Yes, they've had some unexpected drama this summer. With or without Brett Favre, however, the Packers have assembled a deep and talented roster that is built for the long haul. (KS)
9 (8) Seahawks 10-6-0 Coach Mike Holmgren is looking for the defense to toughen up on the road, which could be key as the offense works its way through personnel changes. (MS)
10 (9) Browns 10-6-0 Recent injury setbacks for WR Joe Jurevicius (knee), OG Ryan Tucker (hip) and CB Daven Holly (knee) have hit this team hard. But the Browns are deep. (JW)
11 (12) Vikings 8-8-0 The Vikings hit a couple of offseason home runs, signing WR Bernard Berrian and trading for DE Jared Allen. Their arrivals, plus the development of QB Tarvaris Jackson, should be enough to get to the playoffs. (KS)
12 (11) Saints 7-9-0 LB Jon Vilma and rookie DT Sedrick Ellis should make the defense significantly better. The offense already had plenty of talent. (PY)
13 (13) Eagles 8-8-0 This is the wild-card factor. With a healthy Donovan McNabb and and an improved defense, the Eagles could get back to winning NFC East titles. Keep your eyes on speedy rookie DeSean Jackson. (MM)
14 (16) Titans 10-6-0 The Titans will rely on offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger to jump-start the pass offense, while the run game and defense remain the backbone. (PK)
15 (15) Buccaneers 9-7-0 The defense always will keep the Bucs close. If Warrick Dunn, Earnest Graham or a healthy Cadillac Williams can provide a consistent ground threat, this team is in the playoffs. (PY)
16 (14) Redskins 9-7-0 We're about to find out whether Jason Campbell is the answer at QB. Head coach Jim Zorn was hired to help Campbell, and so far, the two are getting rave reviews. (MM)
17 (17) Cardinals 8-8-0 Edgerrin James turns 30 next month, but he's confident superior conditioning will help him avoid injuries that strike older running backs. (MS)
18 (19) Bills 7-9-0 Dick Jauron has the Bills poised to be a surprise playoff challenger. Trent Edwards had a great offseason working with the offensive changes implemented by new coordinator Turk Schonert. (JC)
19 (20) Texans 8-8-0 Houston could improve and not have its record show it because of competition in the AFC South. (PK)
20 (18) Panthers 7-9-0 Coach John Fox is betting his future that QB Jake Delhomme can make a full recovery from Tommy John surgery. Rookie RB Jonathan Stewart will have to make an immediate impact. (PY)
21 (22) Ravens 5-11-0 Choosing the right QB this summer could be the difference between a winning and losing season. (JW)
22 (23) Broncos 7-9-0 If Jay Cutler can stay healthy and Brandon Marshall can stay out of trouble, this offense will be fun to watch. (BW)
23 (21) Jets 4-12-0 Eric Mangini plans to go heavy on the run this year, but will there be enough offense to make a playoff run? The big question is at QB. (JC)
24 (25) Bengals 7-9-0 If new coordinator Mike Zimmer can rally the defense quickly, the Bengals could surprise. (JW)
25 (24) Bears 7-9-0 The Bears are hoping Kyle Orton or Rex Grossman will emerge as a viable quarterback, but their histories suggest otherwise. It's a big risk to take. As with the Lions, the defense will have to take control. (KS)
26 (28) Rams 3-13-0 Getting LT Orlando Pace healthy -- and keeping him that way -- must rank as the Rams' top priority heading into training camp and the season. (MS)
27 (26) Raiders 4-12-0 Optimism is sky high in Oakland. It might not be warranted, but the Raiders will be more fun to watch than in recent years. (BW)
28 (27) 49ers 5-11-0 The 49ers have not yet committed to a starting QB, but the season could hinge on whether Alex Smith recovers from a brutal 2007 season. (MS)
29 (29) Lions 7-9-0 Converting from a pass-happy offense to a more balanced attack is a good move for the long haul, but will take some time. This team needs to rely on its defense, which is under development. (KS)
30 (30) Chiefs 4-12-0 This is one of the youngest teams in the NFL. Let the rebuilding phase begin. (BW)
31 (31) Dolphins 1-15-0 Bill Parcells has improved the roster with his type of tough, physical players, but the success of the season will depend on what happens at QB. It's anybody's guess who will start -- John Beck, Chad Henne or Josh McCown. (JC)
32 (32) Falcons 4-12-0 The roster was gutted -- not a bad thing. But it's going to take time to add enough talent to make this team a serious contender. (PY)

Let me just go off on a sound off/rant here. I know how schedules are made up etc....but give me a break. Last year the Pats* played in the worst division in football...and continually play in that division. Now they play basically noone on top of that? What a complete joke. The NFL covers up their mess and then give them THIS schedule? What a load of crap. I realize that they still play in a horrible division and they have to play those teams, but seriously...what a load of crap.

All I can say is that I HOPE NYJ and BUF really step up and take a piece out of the Pats* a$$.

As a side note...I completely disagree that the Browns are deep...again, what a load of crap.

Whatever...I hate ESPN...but I think I hate the Pats* more.

07-21-2008, 07:14 PM
The Bills are going to surprise a lot of people next year, mark my words.

I went to school up in Erie, PA, so I got to see plenty Bills games the past 2 years. They have one of the best O-Line's in the league, a stud RB, a QB who will do better, and 2 solid receivers now that they drafted Hardy out of Indiana.

They had a sick amount of players on IR last year. They will be healthy this season and will take one of the two games they have against the Pats*.

The Bills have lost 8 or 9 in a row against the Pats*, much like the Brown's woes against our Steelers. They are due.

07-21-2008, 08:20 PM
This schedule has been out for 5+ years. The NFL can be blamed for a lot of things regarding the Cheats, but giving them an easy schedule isn't one of them.

07-21-2008, 11:05 PM
This schedule has been out for 5+ years. The NFL can be blamed for a lot of things regarding the Cheats, but giving them an easy schedule isn't one of them.

I just hate the Pats* what a load of crap that they get to play in that division/that schedule too. I'd love to see them in the Indy/Titans/Jax division. That'd be fun to see them get beat up.

07-22-2008, 12:20 AM
These so called experts at ESPN are a joke. The Cleveland Browns are a deep football team huh, well I would hate to see a thin one! It doesn't get much thinner than what the Browns are. If they lose Jamal Lewis or Braylon Edwards their so called record breaking offense will be finished. I don't think I need to even talk about their defense. What a joke, this is why I can't watch ESPN anymore! If I want NFL news I will watch the Network cuz the clowns in Bristol have no clue!

07-22-2008, 01:13 AM
I understand the power ratings concept, but seriously training camp power ratings?
Another version of lest's all stroke the pats* hubbub, hype and hyperbole.