2010 NFL Power Rankings: The Initial List
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17. Cincinnati Bengals
We are low on the Bengals because, like their most vocal player, they are too streaky. Could they make the playoffs? Yes. Will they advance far in them? No.
18. Arizona Cardinals
The drop-off from Kurt Warner to Matt Leinart is huge. Beanie Wells will have a monster season and the Cards are aided by playing in the NFC West, but will it be enough?
19. Oakland Raiders
Mark it down: the Raiders will contend for the AFC West title. The defense is solid and Jason Campbell is light-years ahead of JaMarcus Russell.
20. Tennessee Titans
The Titans came on strong over the last half of the ’09 season, but they have a bunch of questions surrounding them right now, i.e. Will Vince Young get suspended? Is Chris Johnson going to hold out?
21. Carolina Panthers
The Panthers’ defense is pretty awful and their only big-play threat on offense is constantly double-teamed.
22. Chicago Bears
New Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz always makes his offense perform better, but it is usually at the cost of the success of the defense.
23. Denver Broncos
What is coach Josh McDaniels’ strategy in Denver? If it is to alienate and rid himself of the team’s best players, then he should have won Coach of the Year last season.
24. Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs are a sleeper in what we think will be a suddenly competitive AFC West. They have a solid quarterback and a rejuvenated rushing attack.
25. Washington Redskins
A lot of people think the acquisition of Donovan McNabb will make Washington competitive again. We don’t.
26. Detroit Lions
The Lions are finally on the right track. After securing the offensive building blocks of the future, they are now concentrating on the defense.
27. Jacksonville Jaguars
David Garrard is a stable quarterback and MJD is a beast, but the Jags’ defense (particularly their pass-rush) is atrocious.
28. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks have finally secured their quarterback of the future. Oh, now wait. . .
29. Tampa Bay Bucs
The Bucs’ talent may actually be the worst in the league, but we like Josh Freeman.
30. Cleveland Browns
And the award for the most awkward quarterback in the NFL goes to. . . .for the seventh straight year, Jake Delhomme!
31. St. Louis Rams
The Rams are probably worse than the Bills, but at least Sam Bradford gives fans hope.
32. Buffalo Bills
The Bills have a ton of holes on both offense and defense, so their first-rounder was a player at arguably their strongest position. Makes sense.
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