By Torey Ziska.
The NFL is amazing.
There are hundreds of reasons why I love the NFL, but one of them is the way teams can surprise us.
Of the top four teams in this week’s rankings, only the Vikings started the season ranked in the Top 10—No. 10 to be exact.
Anyway, congratulations to the New Orleans Saints on their first Super Bowl Championship. They were undoubtedly one of the best teams all season long.
In fact from Week Two through the end of the season, they were never lower than No. 3 in the rankings and were either first or second for 14 consecutive weeks.
Congratulations as well to the Indianapolis Colts and first-year head coach Jim Caldwell. Starting in Week Five, they were in the Top three of the rankings every week to close out the season, including being first or second 11 straight weeks to end the season.
It was yet another great season of NFL football. As usual there were surprising teams and disappointing teams, but in the end, it was clearly the best against the best in Super Bowl XLIV.
The 2010 season should be just as interesting, or even more so, with the possibility of an uncapped season and the potential for a lockout the following year. With free agents all over the place, the draft in April and six more months of Brett Favre stealing headlines of whether or not he’s coming back (at last check, he wasn’t. Wait, now he is! Hold on, now he’s uncertain), it should be another whirlwind offseason.
Here are the final power rankings of the 2009 NFL Season.
Teams preseason ranking in ( ).
1. New Orleans Saints (13)
The Saints finish the season ranked No. 1, a spot they held nine times during the season. It was a great run, with a great ending, for a great city. Questions remain for next year though as they have 29 (more than half their team) players that are restricted or unrestricted free agents. They may have a new look next year, but expect them to be right there at the end—barring injury.
2. Indianapolis Colts (12)
The Colts came up just short of their goal, but reaching the Super Bowl in their head coach’s first season is nothing to frown at. They have uncovered two very young and very solid wide receivers in Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon. QB Peyton Manning has had a special career, but all people seem to be talking about is his struggles in big games. The Colts have no major glaring issues, and are currently the early favorite to take home the crown next season.
3. Minnesota Vikings (10)
The Vikings finish the season in a familiar No. 3 spot—a spot they sat at for seven straight weeks during the season. Favre and the Vikings impressed me quite a bit throughout the season, but they still showed at times that they can still be an average football team. There is no doubt the addition of Favre made everyone play better and if he finally decides to hang ‘em up, don’t expect this team to be a contender next season unless they find a solid quarterback...