2010 NFL Power Rankings: Bleacher Report's Season Opener Edition

Daniel WolfSenior Writer ISeptember 8, 2010

2010 NFL Power Rankings: Bleacher Report's Season Opener Edition

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    NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 02:  Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints, who did not play, watches during an exhibition game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on September 2, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. Tennessee won 27-24.  (Photo by
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    The 2010 NFL regular season is nearly upon us.

    There will be the ups and downs, the surprises and disappointments, and there will also be the weekly power rankings too.

    I am Daniel Wolf and I am the AFC Team Leader and AFC Assignment Desk Editor here at Bleacher Report (B/R) and this will be B/R's official weekly power rankings for the 2010 NFL season.

    Some will like the weekly updates and where I have their beloved team ranked and others will not, but I promise to be as non-biased as possible to give you an accurate depiction of the NFL power rankings.

    Without further delay, here is B/R's first power ranking list prior to the NFL season starting.

    This list is solely based on how teams finished in 2009 along with the move that were made in the offseason too.

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32. St. Louis Rams

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    ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 2: Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams passes against the Baltimore Ravens during an NFL preseason game at the Edward Jones Dome on September 2, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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    2009 Record: 1-15

    This season really falls onto the shoulders of No. 1 overall draft pick Sam Bradford and his progression and development into the role of being the Rams' team leader and field general.

    Bradford's best friend in 2010 will be running back superstar Steven Jackson, who will get a ton of yards both running and receiving this season to help Bradford get comfortable behind center.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hands the ball off against the Atlanta Falcons during the game at Raymond James Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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    2009 Record: 3-13

    With a very young defensive line and two rookies at wide receiver with Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn, the Bucs will rely on second-year quarterback Josh Freeman to make plays and get the offense running smoothly early in the 2010 season.

    If he hits some road bumps early, the Freeman and the rest of the Bucs could have another long season ahead of them while they continue to rebuild the roster.

30. Buffalo Bills

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    LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 13:  Trent Edwards #5 of the Buffalo Bills hands the ball off to C.J. Spiller #21 during the preseason game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on August 13, 2010 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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    2009 Record: 6-10

    Who isn't still on the fence with Trent Edwards at quarterback?

    At least C.J. Spiller is be the weekly highlight reel for the Bills on ESPN.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars

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    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 31:  Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars reacts aftrer a touchdown during the 2010 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 31, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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    2009 Record: 7-9

    The Jags have a lot to prove to not only their fan base, but the rest of the NFL too; some of their moves in the offseason could be questioned, but the bottom line is that Maurice Jones-Drew is the focal point of the offense and he will get the ball often.

    Perhaps someone like tight end Marcedes Lewis might step up and have a break out year in 2010 to help move the Jags up this ranking list.

28. Seattle Seahawks

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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 02:  Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks looks on against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL preseason game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 2, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty I
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    2009 Record: 5-11

    Head Coach Pete Carroll step into the NFL for his third attempt and so far three times has been a charm, since Seattle had by far one of the best and most interesting drafts of any NFL team is recent memory.

    Though Carroll has blown up this roster he is making this team of his quickly, but it might be too quickly with so many new faces that still need to play with each other to develop chemistry.

27. Cleveland Browns

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    DETROIT - AUGUST 28:  Jake Delhomme #17 of the Cleveland Browns throws a first quarter pass while playing the Detroit Lions during preseason game on August 28, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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    2009 Record: 5-11

    The 2010 Browns success really rides on the shoulders of veteran quarterback Jake Delhomme.

    So far in the preseason, Delhomme has impressed by having a 110 quarterback rating and throwing zero interceptions.

    You read that right.

    If Delhomme can continue his preseason play in the regular season, then the Browns will surprise many by moving up this ranking list.

26. Detroit Lions

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    DETROIT - AUGUST 28: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions signals a first down after a second quarter catch during a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on August 28, 2010 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Imag
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    2009 Record: 2-14

    This year is the year the Lions make major strides as a team and win more games than in the past few seasons.

    With a strong young foundation that includes Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Jahvid Best, Ndamukong Suh, Louis Delmas, and Brandon Pettigrew, the Lions will shock a few NFL teams that do not properly prepare for the explosive talent Detroit brings to the football field this season.

25. Oakland Raiders

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    OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 28: Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders p asses againsthe San Francisco 49ers during an NFL preseason game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 28, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    2009 Record: 5-11

    Does Jason Campbell lead the Raiders out of the basement of the AFC West in 2010?

    Thousands of fans in Raider Nation will be ready to cheer him on if he can do just that, but do not doubt that Raider Nation will boo him if he struggles too.

    The former sounds a bit more like how Campbell will work out in Oakland though.

24. Kansas City Chiefs

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 02:  Defensive Coordinator Romeo Crennel of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on from the sidelines alongside head coach Todd Haley during the game against the Green Bay Packers on September 2, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas Ci
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    2009 Record: 4-12

    Can the coordinator combo of Charlie Weis on offense and Romeo Crennel on defense bring the same magic to the Chiefs that they brought to the dynasty that was the New England Patriots?

    The Chiefs have a good mix of youth and veteran talent and could easily surprise in 2010.

23. Chicago Bears

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    CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 2: Jay Cutler #6 talks with Greg Olsen #82 of the Chicago Bears against the Cleveland Browns during the preseason game on September 2, 2010 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Bears 13-10. (Photo b
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    2009 Record: 7-9

    The key to the 2010 season for the Bears is Cutler's ability to buy into Mike Martz's offensive system and to stay away from turnovers too.

    If Cutler cannot to both of these, then it could be a very long season for Chicago and "Da Bears."

22. Carolina Panthers

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 21:  Quarterback Matt Moore #3 of the Carolina Panthers throws during a preseason game against the New York Jets at Bank of America Stadium on August 21, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Mary Ann Chastain/Getty Images)
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    2009 Record: 8-8

    This is the season that will define Head Coach John Fox and whether he stays or goes as their coach.

    With that said, the pressure is all on their young starting quarterback Matt Moore to perform high and win games.

    If he struggles, at least he has two work horse running backs in D'Angelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart to bail him out.

21. Arizona Cardinals

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    GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 02:  Quarterback Derek Anderson #3 of the Arizona Cardinals prepares to snap the ball during the first quarter of the preseason NFL game against the Washington Redskins at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 2, 2010 in
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    2009 Record: 10-6

    The Cardinals are really going into the 2010 season with Derek Anderson as their starting quarterback?

    Did head coach Ken Whisenhunt not see Anderson's stats the past two seasons since hitting a huge slump after his 2007 Pro Bowl season in Cleveland?

    Well, if there is anyone who can make Larry Fitzgerald look bad, it is Anderson—sorry, but it is true.

    Cardinals fans better be ready for a very, very long year in 2010.

20. Denver Broncos

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    DENVER - AUGUST 29: Head coach Josh McDaniels of the Denver Broncos congratulates quarterback Tim Tebow #15 following his fourth quarter touchdown pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers at INVESCO Field at Mile High on August 29, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.
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    2009 Record: 8-8

    All Tim Tebow talk aside, this is Kyle Orton's team in 2010—that is, so long as he doesn't struggle and the Broncos don't start losing games early in the season.

    Head coach Josh McDaniels must improve on his record from 2009 and if he does not, then he will likely be on the chopping block sooner than later.

19. Washington Redskins

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    LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 21:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins throws a pass during the preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens at FedExField on August 21, 2010 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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    2009 Record: 4-12

    With the acquisition of quarterback Donovan McNabb, the Redskins jumped up the power ranking chart more so than any other NFL team because McNabb is a proven winner in the league.

    But he needs to come out of the gate strong like so many other quarterbacks already on this power ranking list and the season really lies on his shoulders.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 02: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers drops back to pass against the Carolina Panthers during the preseason game on September 2, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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    2009 Record: 9-7

    Another team on this power ranking list, more quarterback talk.

    If Big Ben doesn't make up for his offseason debacle with stellar regular season play, then most Steelers fans are really ready to show him the door.

17. Tennessee Titans

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 28:  Runningback Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans walks on the sidelines before  the start of their preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on August 28, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (P
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    2009 Record: 8-8

    The likelihood of Chris Johnson running for over 2,000 yards on the ground are slim to none.

    But Vince Young's development is key for the Titans to get back to the playoffs.

16. Philadelphia Eagles

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    PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 02: Andy Reid, head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles stands on the sidelines during a preseason game against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on September 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansk
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    2009 Record: 11-5

    Head Coach Andy Reid faces what might be his biggest challenge as a head coach—without the quarterback who has been with him since he got to Philly and he turns to not only a new quarterback, but new running back and many other new faces on the roster too.

    Many will question Reid if the Eagles cannot continue their ways this year with all the changes.

15. New York Giants

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 27:  Brandon Jacobs #27 of the New York Giants rushes against the Carolina Panthers at Giants Stadium on December 27, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    2009 Record: 8-8

    Eli Manning will be Eli Manning, so moving on to more interesting things with the Giants.

    This season will lie heavily on both Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw running the ball.

    No running game, no playoffs.

14. Miami Dolphins

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    DAVIE, FL - JUNE 06:  Executive Vice President of Football Operations Bill Parcells watches practice on during Miami Dolphins Mini Camp on June 6, 2008 at the Dolphins practice facility in Davie, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    2009 Record: 7-9

    Bill Parcells has stepped down and that is not the way to start a brand new season.

    The Dolphins would have been ranked higher, but this will hurt the team throughout all aspects of the franchise.

13. Cincinnati Bengals

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    CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 15: Carson Palmer #9 and Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals look on against the Denver Broncos during a preseason game at Paul Brown Stadium on August 15, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals won 33-24. (Photo by Joe Robb
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    2009 Record: 10-6

    The 2010 NFL season will forever be remembered as the first year of the Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco show on the field, but will it work?

    If so, then the Bengals will have a high-flying offense and quarterback Carson Palmer will have huge stats.

    If not, then the T.O. and Ocho show will only last this one season.

12. Houston Texans

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    GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 14:  Wide receiver Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans during preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 14, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Texans 19-16
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    2009 Record: 9-7

    Receiver Andre Johnson has quietly cemented himself as one of the top two or three premier receivers in the game today.

    He and the rest of the Texans will look to make their first ever playoff appearance in franchise history.

    Will 2010 be that historic year in Houston?

11. Atlanta Falcons

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    MIAMI - AUGUST 27:  Running back Michael Turner #33 (L) of the Atlanta Falcons runs against the Miami Dolphins during a preseason game at Sun Life Stadium on August 27, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    2009 Records: 9-7

    Running back Michael Turner kind of took the 2009 season off and let his body go a bit, but now he is refocused and ready to run over all defenses that oppose him in 2010.

    Falcons look to push for a playoff spot this year as long as all cylinders are firing.

10. San Francisco 49ers

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    SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 02:  Head coach Mike Singletary of the San Francisco 49ers watches his team during their game against the San Diego Chargers at Candlestick Park  on September 2, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Image
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    2009 Record: 8-8

    Do not doubt that this is head coach Mike Singletary's team and not Michael Crabtree's or Vernon Davis' or even Patrick Willis'.

    Singletary will get his team focused and disciplined to play every week and they look to come out on top of the NFC West are division champions in 2010.

9. Dallas Cowboys

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    HOUSTON - AUGUST 28: Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys calls out a play at the line of scrimmage during a football game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on August 28, 2010 in Houston, Texas. Houston won 23-7. (Photo by Bob Levey/
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    2009 Record: 11-5

    With the Cowboys' offense struggling in the preseason, it does not bode well for them as they enter the new season.

    Hopefully, they were able to shake all the cobwebs off in those first four preseason games and are now ready to play as America's Team should play on the football field.

8. New England Patriots

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 02:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots throws a first quarter pass against the New York Giants on September 2, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    2009 Record: 10-6

    Quarterback Tom Brady has seen the ages of players surrounding him slowly starting to drop as head coach Bill Belichick has begun to rebuild the roster while still contending each year.

    The Pats' really young defense could be a blessing in disguise or cause for alarm this season; Pats fans will have to wait and cross their fingers to see how their team plays.

7. New York Jets

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 16:  Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets looks on during their game against the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on August 16, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    2009 Record: 9-7

    With all the talent the Jets have brought onto their roster in 2010, how can you not like them on paper?

    That is the biggest question is if all these big names can put their differences aside for the common goal of winning a championship.

    The entire NFL Nation will be sitting back eating their snacks while watching this team unfold this year.

6. San Diego Chargers

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    NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 27:  Ryan Mathews #24 of the San Diego Chargers in action against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on August 27, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    2009 Record: 13-3

    So many changes in the offseason for the Chargers, but at least one of those changes still kind of looks the same on the field.

    Rookie running back has huge shoes to fill with LaDainian Tomlinson gone, but it looks like he kept the dark visor thing as LT had, so it still appears to be the same back even though it is not.

5. Baltimore Ravens

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    BALTIMORE - AUGUST 28:  Anquan Boldin #81 of the Baltimore Ravens makes a catch during the game against the New York Giants at M&T Bank Stadium on August 28, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens lead the Giants 17-3. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images
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    2009 Record:9-7

    Anquan Boldin, Donte' Stallworth, Dennis Pitta, Ed Dickson, and now T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

    Who wouldn't want to be in quarterback Joe Flacco's shoes?

    He just walking into a Christmas present that will last 16 weeks and hopefully longer barring any injuries.

    Oh yeah...don't forget Ray Rice too.

    Such a scary offense, but their defensive secondary is the real question right now.

4. Minnesota Vikings

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    MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 02:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings yawns during warmups prior to an NFL preseason game against the Denver Broncos at the Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, on September 2, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesot
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    2009 Record: 12-4

    With Brett Favre on the roster, the Vikings are No. 4.

    Without Favre, probably somewhere in the teens.

    Oh look...Favre is bored now so moving on.

3. Green Bay Packers

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    GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 26: Jermichael Finley #88 of the Green Bay Packers signals, along with a referee, a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during a preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 26, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Dan
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    2009 Record: 11-5

    Aaron Rodgers is scary good for how young he is, but the real story in 2010 will be tight end Jermichael Finley, who looks to absolutely explode on the NFL scene.

    As if the Packers' offense wasn't already dangerous, now you add a highly-talented tight end.

    This should be fun to watch in 2010!

Indianpolis Colts

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    INDIANAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 02:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts watches from the sidelines during the NFL preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 2, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Ge
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    2009 Record: 14-2

    Peyton Manning will win games until the day he hangs up his cleats and calls it quits.

    Until that day comes, the Colts will always be ranked at the top of the league.

1. New Orleans Saints

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    NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 27:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints in action against the San Diego Chargers at the Louisiana Superdome on August 27, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    2009 Record: 13-3

    Do you remember how scary good and entertaining it was to watch the Saints' high-octane offense in 2009?

    How about their defense that outscored the Cleveland Browns' offense until the Browns started scoring points in Week 11.

    The Saints only lost a few players and look to defend their Super Bowl championship with a repeat as only a select few teams have ever done before.

    This should be a great 2010 NFL season!

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