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This week the Ravens take the lead in a highly contested spot.

Place Team (1st Place) Points Last Week
1 Ravens (3) 220 2
2 Steelers (2) 215 3
3 Jets (2) 214 1
4 Falcons 202 6
5 Colts 194 9
6 Patriots 186 8
7 Bears 178 11
8 Saints 171 5
9 Packers 166 4
10 Giants 162 17
11 Chiefs 150 10
12 Titans 145 16
13 Redskins 142 19
14 Texans 141 7
15 Eagles 130 20
16 Buccaneers 116 25
17 Dolphins 110 14
18 Jaguars 98 23
19 Chargers 96 12
20 Cardinals 92 26
21 Cowboys 87 15
22 Vikings 80 18
23 Bengals 72 13
24 Broncos 70 21
25 Seahawks 51 24
26 Raiders 51 28
27 Rams 45 22
28 Lions 41 30
29 Browns 29 27
30 49ers 20 29
31 Panthers 15 31
32 Bills 7 32

The Bears and Giants are the new additions to the Top 10. They replace the Texans and the Chiefs, who fall to 14th and 11th, respectively. Shuffling in the Top 10 is evident, as the Saints fall a few spots. But the Bengals fell the most–10 spots. And the Bills were unanimously voted for–in last place.

Risers:

Buccaneers 9
Giants 7
Redskins 6
Cardinals 6

Fallers:

Bengals -10
Texans -7
Chargers -7
Cowboys -6

ProFootballTalk.NbcSports.com, CBSSports.com, FOXSports.com, USATODAY.com, NFL.com, and espn.com were used in the making of these rankings.

Comment on where YOU think the teams should land! Or yell at me because my rankings don’t place your team up high. Enjoy.

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Apologies for missing last week’s rankings, but I made sure this week’s were on time! As a bonus, I’ll let you see how I voted.

Place Team (1st Place) Points Me
1 Jets (3) 214 Jets
2 Ravens (3) 212 Steelers
3 Steelers (1) 210 Saints
4 Packers 204 Packers
5 Saints 201 Falcons
6 Falcons 196 Ravens
7 Texans 181 Patriots
8 Patriots 172 Texans
9 Colts 172 Colts
10 Chiefs 161 Bears
11 Bears 148 Chiefs
12 Chargers 143 Chargers
13 Bengals 118 Bengals
14 Dolphins 138 Titans
15 Cowboys 121 Vikings
16 Titans 117 Giants
17 Giants 114 Redskins
18 Vikings 111 Eagles
19 Redskins 107 Cowboys
20 Eagles 105 Broncos
21 Broncos 81 Dolphins
22 Rams 73 Buccaneers
23 Jaguars 68 Jaguars
24 Seahawks 65 Seahawks
25 Buccaneers 63 Rams
26 Cardinals 52 Cardinals
27 Browns 44 Browns
28 Raiders 32 Raiders
29 49ers 28 49ers
30 Lions 20 Panthers
31 Panthers 18 Lions
32 Bills 7 Bills

The Jets take the lead in a hotly contested race this week. Voters split between the Ravens and the Jets, and one lone dissident proclaimed the Steelers masters of the world. Meanwhile, the Packers, Saints, and Falcons are the best in the NFC. The Texans and Patriots took 7th and 8th respectively. In a surprising move, the Chiefs are now one place ahead of the Colts in the rankings.

Risers:

None this week, because there were no rankings last week!

Fallers:

See above.

ProFootballTalk.NbcSports.com, CBSSports.com, FOXSports.com, USATODAY.com, NFL.com, and espn.com were used in the making of these rankings.

Sorry about the lateness of this week’s rankings.

The Saints were almost unanimously voted into first place, while the Bills were voted unanimously–into last place.

Place Team (1st Place) Points Last Week
1 Saints (6) 223 1
2 Packers (1) 216 2
3 Texans 208 6
4 Steelers 202 7
5 Colts 191 5
6 Dolphins 182 14
7 Jets 176 11
8 Patriots 170 3
9 Bears 156 21
10 Bengals 155 16
11 Falcons 152 15
12 Chargers 151 13
13 Ravens 135 4
14 Titans 125 10
15 Giants 114 12
16 Eagles 114 18
17 Chiefs 113 23
18 Redskins 112 17
19 Buccaneers 103 28
20 Cowboys 94 9
21 Vikings 93 8
22 Broncos 79 25
23 Jaguars 75 20
24 Cardinals 66 19
25 Seahawks 56 22
26 49ers 53 24
27 Raiders 45 29
28 Panthers 34 26
29 Lions 32 27
30 Browns 21 30
31 Rams 18 31
32 Bills 7 32

The Saints stayed in first, while the Packers stayed put in second. behind them are the Texans, who moved up a few with their defeat of the Redskins last week. Then come the Steelers and the Colts. After them, the Dolphins, Jets, and Patriots, all from the AFC East. The Bears and the Bengals finish up the top 10, with only a point separating them.

Risers

Bears 12
Buccaneers 9
Dolphins 8
Bengals 6
Chiefs 6

Fallers

Vikings -13
Cowboys -11
Ravens -9
Patriots -5
Titans -4

The Bears fly up the rankings, from 21st all the way to ninth. The Buccaneers go from 28th to 19th. The Vikings, Cowboys, and Ravens all fall hard, with the Vikings down to 21st, the Cowboys to 20th, and the Ravens to 13th.

NBCSports.com, CBSSports.com, FOXSports.com, USATODAY.com, NFL.com, and espn.com were used in the making of these rankings.

This week the Saints stay on top despite an interesting twist:

Place Team (1st Place) Points Last Week
1 Saints (3) 221 1
2 Packers (4) 217 3
3 Patriots 206 9
4 Ravens 203 5
5 Colts 189 2
6 Texans 182 13
7 Steelers 175 14
8 Vikings 172 6
9 Cowboys 162 4
10 Titans 158 18
11 Jets 155 8
12 Giants 153 17
13 Chargers 145 7
14 Dolphins 130 12
15 Falcons 129 10
16 Bengals 125 11
17 Redskins 120 19
18 Eagles 105 15
19 Cardinals 90 20
20 Jaguars 86 24
21 Bears 85 22
22 Seahawks 84 25
23 Chiefs 77 27
24 49ers 61 16
25 Broncos 55 21
26 Panthers 45 23
27 Lions 43 28
28 Buccaneers 42 30
29 Raiders 33 29
30 Browns 21 26
31 Rams 18 32
32 Bills 9 31

Even though the Packers had 4 first-place votes, they did not place well enough in the other 3 rankings to take the top spot from the Saints. The Colts only fell 3 spots, while the Patriots moved up 6 spots. The Texans and Steelers are new entries into the top 10, as are the Titans, who round it out.

High Risers:

Titans 8
Steelers 7
Texans 7
Patriots 6

Low Fallers:

49ers -8
Cowboys -5
Falcons -5
Bengals -5

NBCSports.com, CBSSports.com, FOXSports.com, USATODAY.com, NFL.com, and espn.com were used in the making of these rankings.

It’s that time again! Time for weekly NFL rankings of all the teams.

This week:

Place Team (1st Place) Points
1 Saints (3) 220
2 Colts (2) 219
3 Packers (2) 203
4 Cowboys 200
5 Ravens 194
6 Vikings 190
7 Chargers 178
8 Jets 176
9 Patriots 173
10 Falcons 160
11 Bengals 159
12 Dolphins 136
13 Texans 136
14 Steelers 131
15 Eagles 127
16 49ers 122
17 Giants 117
18 Titans 111
19 Redskins 95
20 Cardinals 87
21 Broncos 80
22 Bears 79
23 Panthers 68
24 Jaguars 68
25 Seahawks 46
26 Browns 44
27 Chiefs 41
28 Lions 33
29 Raiders 31
30 Buccaneers 17
31 Bills 15
32 Rams 14

The Saints are on top like last year, and the Colts behind by only 1 point. Packers and Cowboys are fighting for the number 3 spot, and the Ravens round out the top 5. The Vikings are right behind them, as the Chargers Jets and Patriots are all separated by 5 points. The Falcons finish up at 10th.

This is still the preseason (until tomorrow night), so these rankings are loose, and have not been based on actual performance. True, there were the preseason games, but those mainly had backups playing, and did not offer a full glance at a starting lineup on a team.

Leave comments below on where you would have ranked the teams.

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2009-10 NFL Preview

Posted: September 12, 2009 in Football Talk
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‘Twas the night before football and all through the house,

Not a creature was stirring, not even a fantasy football-exhausted computer mouse,

The father and sons slept with dreams of footballs in their heads,

The remotes were cleaned and the TV was shined,

Extra batteries by their chairs, chips and burgers smelled divine,

When all of a sudden… “Bwoooooooop”,

Power outage! Wait, it was just a dream. Well, here we are once again. The start of another amazing football season. A chance for the slate to be wiped clean. (I bet the Detroit Lions couldn’t wait.) And once again it’s time for my NFL Preview Post “Fake studio applause”. I’m your host, thisoldsoul.

AFC East: I will take the Patriots here. They would have won the division last year, had it not been for Tom Brady’s injury. The Jets, Dolphins, and Bills just can’t contest this year. Possible wild card for 1 of those 3.

AFC North: This will be contested between the Steelers and Ravens. The Bengals will fight valiantly but lose out, and the Browns will acknowledge another poor season. Steelers will most likely win, with Ravens being in the lead for a wild card.

AFC South: Titans vs. Colts here, with the Jaguars and Texans slipping in here and there. ┬áTough call but whatever team doesn’t win the division will win a wild card. Best guess: Titans. Texans may have a possible wild card.

AFC West: Plain and simple: Chargers. They may be slightly contested by the Broncos, but the Chiefs and Raiders will not even pose a threat.

AFC Wild Cards:  Colts and Ravens.

NFC East:  Quite possibly the strongest division in the NFL at this point. I will take the Giants here with Eagles and Cowboys, and quite possibly the Redskins in wild card contention.

NFC North: I’ll take the Packers, with the Vikings and Bears lurking in the wild card and possible division contention again. The Lions should pop champagne if they get one win, celebrate by going out to eat if there are two, and if they win three, they should sit around and just stare in amazement. Give them a clap. Or two if they deserve it.

NFC South: Falcons will most likely win, but Buccaneers, Panthers, and Saints should all contend also. Expect those four to fight to the finish.

NFC West: Flat out Cardinals here. Rams, Seahawks and 49ers will not even contend for anything. Except possibly first pick in next year’s draft.

NFC Wild Cards: Eagles and Vikings.

AFC Championship: Patriots over the Steelers. (Sorry, pal.)

NFC Championship: Eagles over the Giants.

Super Bowl: Patriots over the Eagles.

Well, it’s all over, and boy, was this one for the ages. (Don’t we hear that every year?) The game┬á was a close one with some new records set, but finally the Steelers won it 27-23 and became the first franchise to win 6 championships.

The game’s first score was a rushing touchdown by Gary Russell, which put the Steelers up 7-0.┬áNext, Jeff Reed kicked the shortest field goal in Super Bowl history, an 18-yarder which made it 10-0.┬á The Cardinals scored off a touchdown pass by Kurt Warner, who had stumbled earlier during the play, but kept his balance and threw it in the corner.┬áNext, they drove deep to the end zone again, but on the next play the ball was picked off by James Harrison. Harrison followed blocking all the way to the end zone for the longest interception return for a touchdown ever-100 yards.┬áHe made a fumble recovery but it was declared incomplete.

Pittsburgh made another field goal which put them up 20-7, but Arizona came roaring back with a 1-yard pass for a touchdown to Larry Fitzgerald. The Steelers were then put deep on their own 1-yard line off of a punt with 3rd and 20 to go, or something like that. Ben Roethlisberger made a great pass to Santonio Holmes for a first down, but what?!? Holding, offense. Safety. Then the Cardinals scored again with a long touchdown pass and run to Fitzgerald. Yet again, he evaded all defenders and made his way for a touchdown putting them up 23-20. With 2 minutes left the Steelers drove all the way to the end zone. Then, a Ben Roethlisberger pass to Santonio Holmes. In the corner of the end zone. With 3 DBs on him. The world held its breath. He came down to earth.

TOUCHDOWN!!!

When the Cardinals got the ball back, they tried to drive for the touchdown, but to no avail. Lamar Woodleyforced a fumble and the Steelers fell on it, clinching the game. Penalties plagued the Cardinals all game long, and they led to some costly first downs for the Steelers. Santonio Holmes was awarded the MVP award, as he well deserved.

But the season is over and I can’t┬á wait for next year!!!

P.S. Sorry, but Wednesday I’ll preview the Nationals future for the upcoming baseball season.