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The Bankroll Sports handicapping columnists have put together their 2008 NFL Football preseason power rankings with team ratings and preview information on every team in the National Football League.
Bankroll Sports Handicapping Writers 2008 NFL Preseason Power Rankings Team Rankings List
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New England Patriots – This team went 16-0 last year. Sure, they didn't win the Superbowl, but that just means they will be even hungrier this season. Hopefully Brady can put some of this media frenzy behind him and throw the ball to Randy Moss. We expect Moss to have a monster year. Many experts say the Patriots have the easiest schedule ever, with their opponents having a 99-157 record last year. How is that even possible? It's very rare to see the same teams remain just as bad for too long.
- Dallas Cowboys – The highest scoring team in the NFL last year seems to have gotten better in the off season with the addition of Adam 'don't call me Pacman' Jones. Will Jones be reinstated? If he does, will he finally keep his nose out of trouble? We don't think they will match their offensive numbers from last season, but look for an improved defense, and an overall better Cowboys team.
- San Diego Chargers – Many questions were asked after last season when the Chargers scored 15 less touchdowns on offense then the 2006 squad, but regardless, anytime you have LaDainian Tomlinson, Philip Rivers, and Antonio Gates you are going to be good. The question with these guys is: are they healthy, and can they stay healthy? Rivers is pretty tough, but how much is too much?
- Indianapolis Colts – Manning is having pre-season surgery. Will he miss part of training camp, and if he does, how much will it affect him? 'Bursa sac' is the same injury Marvin Harrison had in 2007, and we all know how that went for him. Joseph Addai is going to need to have another monster year for the Colts, and I say he does. He is a monster, and great inside the red zone. He led the league in red zone carries last year with 56, scoring 15 touchdowns. Look for the Colts to be near the top when the dust settles in 2008.
- Jacksonville Jaguars - This team is good. And you ask why? And we don't have an answer, except they are deep, talented, and physical. David Garrard had a very nice season last year, but is he a one-year wonder? He finished with the 3rd best passer rating last year. Look for Jacksonville to be among the AFC's best again this season.
- New York Giants – The defending Superbowl Champs start the season at #6? Harsh! The Giants will be a strong running team again, no doubt about it. With Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward, and Ahmad Bradshaw, they will be on the ground a ton. How will Eli Manning return after winning it all? His 56.1 percent passing ratio needs to improve, and it'd be beneficial for him to lower his 20 interceptions from 2007.
- New Orleans Saints - This is a pick that may come back to haunt us. The Saints were a huge disappointment last year. This team needed help defensively, and they may have gotten it in rookie Sedrick Ellis along with offseason aquisitions, Jonathan Vilma and Randell Gay. We all know the Saints can put the ball in the end zone. Drew Breese has a dynamite arm. Reggie Bush, Aaron Stecker and a healthy Deuce McAllister can carry the load in the backfield. Is it finally time for Reggie Bush to have that break-out season.
- Pittsburgh Steelers – We are now a season deep into the new Mike Tomlin era in Pittsburgh. We think the Steelers have the pieces of the puzzle with Big Ben behind center, Willie Parker running the ball, and Hines Ward receiving. We really think that you can count on Pittsburgh passing the ball more this year then you have in the past. This puts a lot of pressure on Roethlisberger. Can he handle it? Will he finally stay healthy?
- Philadelphia Eagles – Unfortunately for them, they play in a loaded competitive NFC East. In that division the difference between first and fourth is very slim. McNabb had health problems which appear to have been solved. If so, the Eagles can compete at the top of the East with the Cowboys. The Eagles were 8-8 last year, but many do not realize their opponents were a combined 136-104, this year their schedule appears to be a little easier, and a lot of their success will hinge on McNabb and Westbrook's health.
- Green Bay Packers – This pick is another that could come back to haunt us. We see this team being really good, as in the top ten, or really bad, as in bottom 10. We'll give Aaron Rodgers the benefit of the doubt right now. Let's just hope Brett Favre finally shuts up by opening day. 13-3 last year, the Pack are going to rely once again on Ryan Grant running the ball, and the receiving combo of Donald Driver and Greg Jennings.
- Cleveland Browns - Some that say that this team could finally win a division. But, we're still going with Pittsburgh, but a slip up or two in the Steel City, and I think Cleveland is ready to pounce. Derek Anderson, at quarterback is going to have to do a better job of not throwing the ball to the other team. If he does, and Jamal Lewis can continue being a man-child, this team has a lot of potential to be good. The receiving core of Winslow and Edwards is scary.
- Seattle Seahawks - We have always felt Seattle is a bit overrated, but they always seem to come away with the division title, and with a solid record. Look for the same this year as well. #12 may not be appropriate for Seattle, especially if Hassleback has a big year and Shaun Alexander runs wild. We also expect a breakout season out of Nate Burleson.
- Minnesota Vikings - This team may have Brett Favre by the time week 1 rolls around. They better hope so. Tavaris Jackson isn't going to win a division for them, and probably isn't going to get to the playoffs. Adrian Peterson could do it by himself though. This is a team that needs an upgrade at quarterback...if they get Favre, they could do some NFL damage.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jeff Garcia is still in the league? Brian Griese is the backup? Now you ask the question; How is this team any good? John Gruden! The Bucs are going to be solid on defense and the combo of Garcia/Griese will overachieve like every Gruden quarterback does. One problem is their aged receivers in Ike Hilliard and Joey Galloway, but some times oldies are goodies. Tampa sure hopes so.
- Tennessee Titans - Last year the Titans loved to run the ball. That's going to have to change a little this year for them to be a playoff team. Vince Young is going to have to be more effective throwing the football, or another AFC South disappointment may ensue.
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- Buffalo Bills - How will Marshawn Lynch respond to his second year in the league? A lot of times, second year players will suffer a "sophomore slump". With the Bills relying on Trent Edwards, we're just not real sure how effective the Bills can be in 2008.
- Carolina Panthers - Can anyone figure this team out. Just when you count them out, they beat someone they shouldn't, and vice versa. So, we went conservative, and threw them in at #17. This team has potential to be better. Jake Delhomme's elbow should be 100% by the start of the season. The Panthers need to find a way to run the ball more effectively for them to have their best chance.
- Washington Redskins - The Jim Zorn era has begun in Washington. Will his West Coast scheme be effective for the Redskins? The Redskins look to be going with Jason Campbell at the quarterback position, but in the waiting is Todd Collins. Clinton Portis is an absolute stud for the Skins, who would be better off making sure he has the ball in his hands a lot. Look for Antwaan Randle El to make his presence felt a little more this season.
- San Francisco 49ers - With Mike Martz in San Francisco, the 49ers offense should see some improvement. With their additional offseason acquisitions on both sides of the ball, we may see a highly improved 49ers team, that is if someone steps up to play a leadership role at Quarterback.
- Houston Texans – Gary Kubiak's squad is still trying to make that push towards the playoffs. His running style has faltered, at least to his standards the last two seasons. Matt Schaub at quarterback and Ron Dayne at running back seem to be part of the problem. We're not sure if either of these two have what it takes to take a team to the postseason.
- Chicago Bears- Just 2 years removed from their Superbowl appearance, the Bears still have a major quarterback problem. Like Minnesota, if they can find a way to get Brett Favre by opening day, they may be in business. But, don't count on it. Lovie Smith is going to have to sew the quarterback position together a little nicer this season, or this team will be looking in from the outside again come postseason. Instead, they could just give the ball to Devin Hester...EVERYTIME.
- Cincinnati Bengals - After such a quick start last season, what happened to Carson Palmer? After throwing 8 touchdowns in the first two games of the season, he only threw 18 in the last 14 games. Will Chad Johnson just shut up and play or we he cause more drama this season? We're guessing it will be the latter, plus some. This team has underachieved for years.
- Denver Broncos - Jay Cutler has had a solid start to his career in the Mile High City. This team has the potential to be a lot better than #23, but then again, they are hard to figure out. With a great offensive line, who is going to emerge as the Broncos go to guy on the ground? That question will need to be answered before we give these guys any more credit.
- Arizona Cardinals - Still the same ol' Cardinals. Different year, same team. Now the Cardinals claim they are going to reduce Edgerrin James workload. Hopefully for Arizona Matt Leinart finally becomes the star that he was once expected to be.
- New York Jets - - Kellen Clemens or Chad Pennington? That is the (very lame) question.
- Baltimore Ravens - Another year with Kyle Boller as their starting quarterback means another losing season. However, it's difficult to do any worse then five wins.
- Miami Dolphins - Here's a bold statement; Miami will win more than one game in 2008. Bill Parcells hiring Tony Sparano was good news, but Dolphin fans are going to need to have some patience. If they show up and care, maybe the process will go faster.
- St. Louis Rams - Last season was pretty disappointing for Rams fans. But, there is nowhere to go but up for this Rams team. Marc Bulger needs to seriously improve his sub-par play from last season. A new offensive coordinator may save Scott Linehan's job. The new coordinator has a 700-page playbook, so smart players are needed in St. Louis.
- Kansas City Chiefs - There are far too many rookies and young players to rely on here. Chiefs fans shouldn't expect any major improvements.
- Oakland Raiders - Now it's finally time to throw JaMarcus Russell into the fire. Yikes! As poor as he looked last season, expect another long season Raider fans.
- Atlanta Falcons - Bobby Petrino left for a reason; The talent in Atlanta isn't very good!
- Detroit Lions - Is Jon Kitna going to blow some more smoke before the start of the season? This team probably won't be the worst team in the NFL, but isn't it fun seeing them at #32? That's what they get for all the years of horrible decisions, top to bottom.
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