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NFL Power Rankings: Who Are The Most Powerful Teams?

Magnus JohnsonCorrespondent IMay 2, 2009

ASHBURN, VA - MAY 1:  Jason Campbell #17 of the Washington Redskins throws a pass during minicamp on May 1, 2009 at Redskins Park in Ashurn, Virginia.   (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Last season was full of surprises and huge questions.

This coming season looks to be even better, especially since there are so many questions.

Can Tom Brady lead the Pats back to the top?

Will the Titans fall?

Can the Dolphins, Cardinals, and Falcons repeat their Cinderella seasons?

All these questions and more will be answered with my 2009-10 season NFL Power Rankings. 

32. St. Louis Rams

Bulger is not performing well and with Holt as well as Bruce gone, nothing seems to be going right for this rapidly falling club. 

31. Kansas City Chiefs

Tony Gonzalez is gone and receiver help is definitely key in making Matt Cassell the QB they need in KC. If they don't get it, their in for another hard season. 

30. Cincinnati Bengals

With T.J. gone and Ocho Cinco not cooperating, Carson Palmer will have little help in his rehabilitation season. 

29. Oakland Raiders

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28. San Francisco 49ers

Their incredible draft moved them up the list, but Michael Crabtree and Glen Coffee won't be quite enough to cure their depressing offense, especially without a set QB.

27. Detroit Lions

Detroit, in my opinion, had a great first round and an entire draft in general. Matthew Stafford should help them a little with his great accuracy and arm strength, but without Roy Williams and Mike Furrey, Johnson and Petttigrew will be his only real receiving help. 

26. Cleveland Browns

In one season, they went from having close games with Pittsburgh on a daily basis, a great QB as well as receiving core, and nearly making the playoffs, to a predicted to be bad team and no WR or TE to help Anderson, or Quinn. 

25. Buffalo Bills

T.O. will get them some attention, but not much more success than last year. 

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

Josh Freeman, the projected starter, will have a team full of inexperienced starters. It won't be easy for the Bucs to compete in a tough NFC South division with that type of roster. 

23. Chicago Bears

Jay Cutler will help them get some young, speedy talent, but not much better. Minnesota still looks better than them in their division after the big trade. 

22. Green Bay Packers

With Aaron Rodgers under center, the Pack will never be able to get back to their old ways of 2007. Raji will help on defense, but they don't have much help anywhere else. 

21. Arizona Cardinals

Fitzgerald and Warner will be great again, but the overrated Cards' offense will be no match in a tough division race with Seattle. 

20. Washington Redskins

The Skins' RB Portis would make the team better if he could do two things; stay healthy and preform like a leader. You can say the same about inexperienced QB Jason Campbell, if he's still on the team that is.

19. Denver Broncos

Jay Cutler will be a huge loss any way you cut it, and without a set starting RB, who will be a leader for a Denver team dying to make it to the playoffs again?

18. Houston Texans

Houston looks okay with Andre Johnson and Mario Williams leading the team. With Sage Rosenfels gone though, David Carr will have to step up and be another leader if they look to compete in the AFC south. 

17. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jags are another AFC South team that will need leadership from their QB, David Garrard, to compete. Another player that needs to perform for the Jags is RB Maurice Jones-Drew, as Fred Taylor is gone. 

16. New York Jets

Mark Sanchez, with a young spark to his game, will help the Jets replace Brett Favre. Maybe, just maybe, he and Bart Scott can complete what Brett Favre couldn't; make the playoffs for the Jets. 

15. Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco and Ray Lewis will find it tougher to make the playoffs this season with New England and Jacksonville back on the board.

14. Miami Dolphins

Anquan Boldin looks like he's not coming over, no new star can emerge to be a hero this year like Chad Pennington did last year. Can they do it again?

13. New Orleans Saints

Reggie Bush has yet to do anything spectacular like the Saints expected him to. He now has the starting job and many more chances to light up the field. He needs to take pressure off Drew Brees if the Saints are to be successful next year. 

12. Dallas Cowboys

With T.O. gone, Tony Romo needs to get help from Jason Whiten and Roy Williams if the cowboys can compete in arguably the toughest division in football, the NFC East. 

11. San Diego Chargers

The Bolts had a tough season without LT, and although they made it to round 2 of the playoffs, LT needs to play well for them to get past the Colts again. 

10. Indianapolis Colts

Although Marvin Harrison is now gone, Payton Manning and Reggie Wayne can handle the passing game for the horse shoes, while Joesph Addai takes some pressure off of them. 

9. New York Giants

They had a great draft, Hakeem Nicks looks to be what the Giants wanted in the passing game. With Derrick Ward gone, Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs will be taking over the running game completely. Will they be great again?

8. Atlanta Falcons

Gonzalez was an incredible pickup for a developing Matt Ryan. Roddy White and Michael Jenkins look to be as great as they were last year, those three receivers should definitely bring them back to the playoffs. An interesting Falcon season is ahead of us. 

7. Philadelphia Eagles

Brian Westbrook and Donovan McNabb have to stay healthy this season, as the two stars are their only chance to stay alive and make the playoffs again. 

6. Pittsburgh Steelers

For this Pennsylvania team, it won't be easy to repeat with the Pats and the Titans in their way. With Nate Washington gone, MVP Santonio Holmes and Hines Ward will have to play well to make up for his loss. 

5. Seattle Seahawks

Aaron Curry was the right pickup for the Hawks. He replaces the lost piece of the defense puzzle, they can now focus on getting some chemistry between T.J. Houshmandzadeh and the rest of the no-longer-injured Seattle offense. 

4. Minnesota Vikings

Adrian Peterson should be great again this year, and when Percy Harvin comes back from his dehydration, the offense should be great. I wish I didn't have to mention it, but Brett Favre's possible joining of the team would definitely fix their predicament at the QB position. 

3. Tennessee Titans 

A mixture of "Smash and Dash" running and an improved receiving game, with the addition of Nate Washington, should be the perfect mix for the Titans. The only problems for them are as follows; How will they replace Haynesworth and which QB is better, Vince Young or Kerry Collins?

2. Carolina Panthers

"Double Trouble" should be one of the strongest running attacks in the league, and who's to say Dellhhome won't prove himself with the help of Steve Smith and Musshin Muhhammad? The Julius Peppers situation won't be too much of a loss because of their still great defense. 

1. New England Patriots

Tom Brady's return and Fred Taylor's arrival should highlight this powerhouse team's triumphant return to the playoffs. Joey Galloway should be great too, and even the loss of Mike Vrabel won't shake the defense. There's only one thing on the Pats' minds right now, and that's Superbowl or Bust. 

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