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2010 NFL Preseason Power Rankings: New Orleans Saints Assume Top Spot

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer ISeptember 4, 2010

After one of the most boring offseason in years, it's finally just a few days till the season opener.  Donovan McNabb being traded to the Redskins, Terrell Owens signing with the Bengals, and a number of big-name holdouts headline this offseason.  Oh yeah, and Brett Favre took over ESPN waiting till mid-August to make his decision to return again.

In this first edition of NFL Power Rankings a quick statement will be given about each team's offseason and/or season preview. 

Warning: Your team may be made fun of.  If you can't take it: tough.

1. New Orleans Saints – Offensive weapons Lance Moore, Reggie Bush, and Jeremy Shockey missed a total of 14 games due to injury last season and Drew Brees still led the league in touchdown tosses.  One word: terrifying.

2. Indianapolis Colts – Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Pierre Garcon, Austin Collie, and Anthony Gonzalez make up the deepest receiving core in the league for Peyton Manning.  Don’t expect any kind of offensive drop off in 2010.

3. Minnesota Vikings – The Vikings were the most talented team in the league last season, but like in the past, couldn’t make it to the big dance.  They could very easily become the team to beat again with the return of Brett Favre and a five month prescription for Adrian Peterson’s fumblitis.

4. Baltimore Ravens – When Joe Flacco was in need of some serious offensive firepower, they traded for Anquan Boldin, and drafted Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta.  When the defense needed an injection of youth, they drafted Sergio Kindle, Terrance Cody, and Arthur Jones.  Can you say perfect offseason?

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5. New York Jets – The additions of Antonio Cromartie, Santonio Holmes, LaDainian Tomlinson, and Jason Taylor headline their offseason, but the return of All-Pro nose tackle Kris Jenkins and another year of experience for Mark Sanchez take this team to another level.  The championship quest could all be for not if Revis Island is taken off the map.

6. Green Bay Packers – Aaron Rodgers finally has a franchise left tackle to protect his blind side.  Al Harris is back to form one of the best cornerback tandems in the league with Charles Woodson.  The Packers are a top Super Bowl contender.

7. Dallas Cowboys – Jerry Jones believes he drafted Randy Moss v2 in Dez Bryant.  In a stacked NFC East, this team is the most stacked.  Anything less than a Super Bowl victory for the Cowboys is a huge disappointment with February home field advantage.

8. New England Patriots – The Pats who won their division title six out of the last seven years will have to battle to maintain dominance with the Jets star-studded roster.  Wes Welker obviously isn’t ready to give up AFC East supremacy as he will most likely start week one after tearing his ACL late in 2009.

9. San Diego Chargers – LaDainian Tomlinson out, Ryan Matthews in.  Philip Rivers only big-name down field weapon will be Antonio Gates if Vincent Jackson is traded.  Will Malcom Floyd, Legedu Naanee, and now Patrick Crayton be enough if that’s the case?

10. Houston Texans – This could be the Texans' year.  How many times have you heard that before?  They have plenty of big names, but that last playoff spot has managed to elude them without fail.  As long as Matt Schaub can stay on his feet they have a great chance to be playing in January.

11. Philadelphia Eagles – If your rivals can’t defeat you, give them your franchise quarterback and tell them to try again.  In all seriousness, losing long time team leaders Brian Dawkins, Donovan McNabb, and Brian Westbrook in just two years can’t be good for the young locker room.

12. New York Giants – It’s crazy how they went from a beastly running team with no receivers to a having three solid receivers with a shaky running game.  Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks, and Mario Manningham form one of the best receiving trio’s in the league.

13. Pittsburgh Steelers – Trading the team’s number one wide receiver for pennies and the suspension of the franchise quarterback is most likely not what Mike Tomlin had in mind entering the offseason.  It wouldn’t be as bad if two division rivals weren’t quickly on the rise.

14. Tennessee Titans – Chris Johnson is the definition of explosive and Vince Young looks more composed in the pocket than ever, but if the Titans don’t fix their secondary, they won’t stand a chance against high flying offenses in the Cowboys, Chargers, and the Colts and Texans twice each.

15. Cincinnati Bengals – The whole thug nation creation is hilarious and a major head-shaker at the same time, but if the Bangles hit big on each of their gambles they could be title contenders.  If nothing else, Ochocinco and T.O. should provide some amazing touchdown celebrations.

16. San Francisco 49ers – With Arizona depleted, and Seattle and St. Louis rebuilding, it’s finally the year the 49ers return to the playoffs.  A head coach’s demeanor rubs off on his players, and Mike Singletary has the mindset and focus of a winner.

17. Carolina Panthers – The last Smash and Dash left standing; DeAngelo Williams and Johnathan Stewart form the best backfield duo in the league.  Don’t tell Steve Smith the Panthers have a running offense as he is primed for a break out year.  Smith has 378 receiving yards and three touchdowns in the final four games in which Matt Moore was the starting quarterback.

18. Miami Dolphins – They finally have a good receiving core after trading for Brandon Marshall and trading away Ted Ginn.  The addition of Karlos Dansby and the development of Vontae Davis and Sean Smith should solidify the defense.  Minus the Bills, the AFC East is one the rise.

19. Atlanta Falcons – Matt Ryan’s third year in the league must be a breakout one if the Falcons wish to earn one of the NFC’s coveted Wild Card spots.  Michael Turner at full health will help open up opposing secondary’s for Ryan.  Their defense has been less than stellar in the past, but the front office has really added talent to that side of the ball the last two off seasons.

20. Washington Redskins – Larry Johnson, Clinton Portis, and Willie Parker make up the Washed-up Redskins running back core in 2010.  The brilliant trade for Donovan McNabb makes the Redskins better and the Eagles worse.  The biggest question mark is how Albert Haynesworth and friends, if you can call them that, and if Haynes worth even starts, can adjust to playing in a 3-4 defense.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars – Hold on, I’m still trying to catch my breath over laughing my head off over their draft class.  TYSON ALUALA!  Talk about pulling an Al Davis. Speaking of Al Davis, if the Jaguars don’t start selling tickets they’ll be Davis’s new neighbors in Los Angeles.

22. Arizona Cardinals – When your future Hall of Fame quarterback, and the heart and soul of the offense and defense leave in one offseason, somebody better step up.  Saying Kurt Warner, Anquan Boldin, and Karlos Dansby will be missed this season is a massive understatement.

23. Oakland Raiders - All of a sudden the joke of the NFL has a quarterback that can get the ball to all its track stars. The defense isn’t looking too bad either.  Second place in the AFC West is theirs to lose.

24. Chicago Bears – They may possess the most explosive trio of receivers in the league in Johnny Knox, Devin Aromashodu, and Devin Hester.  If those three improve and Matt Forte can produce even remotely close to his 2008 campaign, the Bears offensive could be good.  The return of Brian Urlacher doesn’t hurt either.

25. Denver Broncos – A team that finished the season on a 2-8 collapse traded away reception machine Brandon Marshall, and lost all-world pass rusher Elvis Dumervil for the season to injury.  For the offense to absorb the blow and bounce back, Knowshon Moreno must have a breakout season, or Tim Tebow….never mind.

26. Detroit Lions – They are just one or two years away from being legit contenders.  Yes, those 0-16 Lions have some serious potential.  Matt Stafford to Calvin Johnson could be a top quarterback-receiver combo for the next decade.

27. Kansas City Chiefs – They selected the most talented player in the draft in Eric Berry who will be a top center field safety for a long time.  The offense has potential to be explosive with Jamal Charles and Dexter McCluster.

28. Seattle Seahawks – Russell Okung, Earl Thomas, and Golden Tate were part of the league’s best draft class, but Seattle doesn’t have the talent to compete for a playoff spot just yet.  Taylor Mays will have two chances to take out everyone on Seattle’s offense as revenge against Pete Carroll.

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The Bucs added a ton of talent to their interior defensive line and receiving core through this year’s draft.  Look for Sean Jones to be one of the steals of free agency as he recorded 14 interceptions in his three years prior to a down year in Philadelphia.

30. St. Louis Rams – Poor Sam Bradford.  Hopefully he can survive this season with a beaten up offensive line and no one even close to resembling a number one receiver.   If he can for just one year without his confidence or body being crushed there are four superstar receivers in next year’s draft.

31. Cleveland Browns – Guess who’s paying a 35 year old quarterback who threw eight touchdowns to eighteen interceptions last season seven million dollars this year?  Jake Delhomme is a thief.  Talk about money management, and the team’s best player Josh Cribbs had to practically demand a trade to get paid.

32. Buffalo Bills – C.J. Spiller better not only be the offenses one bright spot, but become a human highlight reel if he prefers the city off Buffalo to Toronto.  If not, he can just take the season off and watch the front office’s decision to not upgrade the quarterback position backfire in their faces.

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