I think many preseason power rankings do automatically rank the Champs at #1 until they lose a game, which seems fair to me. Then again, the Ravens have had the biggest roster turnover of any Super Bowl Champ ever, so dropping them a spot or two seems justifiable... I guess. The only ranking that matters of course is who holds the hardware at season's end, and until someone takes it from us...
I am getting tired of the 49ers slobber-fest, though. They were a blown transformer away from getting completely blown off the Superdome turf a few months ago, yet now they're the best team in the league. Whatever.
BMann- I am sick of it as well. And Kaep. I want Clay to come around the edge and just BURY him in the ground week 1. If we come into SF and beat them up week 1 that will do a little bit, but not kill the hype. But on the other side, if we lose we will have to deal with "SF is Superbowl bound again, and the Packers are finished". Have to love the media.
With Lacy/Franklin we now have what I consider to be serviceable backs. We don't need anyone to come out and rush for 1500 yards, we just need some production to grind teams out with a lead. We had double digit leads going into the 4th quarter last year 9 times. We weren't able to sustain a running game so we reverted to passing to close games out.
I think we should be fine. It will be slightly improved in year 1 and move from that. Any improvement will help ARod leaps and bounds.
How the Fuck are the BroncHoes ranked ahead of the Ravens? I think aside from WR, we are better or even at almost every other position.
Their additions of ex Chargers is pretty impressive as well.
I don't have an issue with them at #2 right now. But that's the problem with power ranking. It can all change next week.
In some ways, I can see it. In other ways, I can't see it. They gained Shaun Philips, but is he really a 4-3 guy anymore? He's been in a 3-4 for a long time. He's still not the pass rusher that Dumerville is and Von Miller will now be suspended for four games. Their secondary is not spectacular to me.
On the other hand, Peyton can be in better rhythm with the Broncos offense now and Welker will be a welcome addition.