Peter Wiseman’s NFL Power Rankings 2015 Week 2

    
32. Oakland Raiders

The schedule makers weren’t kind to the Raiders by making them open their schedules again one of the strongest teams in the league. However, it didn’t seem to look like it would have mattered. In a season that had high expectations for the Silver and Black, they didn’t hesitate to fall flat on their faces.
  
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

In a game that would have been an afterthought in most cases, the whole NFL was curios to see which one of the two Rookie QBs selected with the first two picks of this year’s draft would come out on top. Even though he lost, Jameis Winston had a very decent day, without his top receiver. The Bucs will undoubtedly struggle at times during the season, but I think their fans could be in for some exciting times before the year is over.
   

 

30. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have a ton of talent, and are a better team than they think they are. The only question is when will they figure it out, and start playing like winners? The sad part is by the time they figure it out, it will probably be too late to matter.
  

29. Minnesota Vikings
This team game out completely flat against the 49ers on Monday Night Football. The good news for the Vikings? Christian Ponder is still on the market.

   28. San Francisco

Carlos Hyde was the bright spot for the 49ers in a game that seemed like it would never get going. This win should bring some hope to a team that had a dismal offseason.

  

27. Washington Redskins
Even after a tough loss at the hands of the Dolphins, the Redskins still seem to be trying to remain confident. Confidence is good, especially for a team surrounded by controversy. After yesterday’s game, I’m afraid it’s going to take a lot more than that for this team to achieve the success they hoped for in this young season.
  
 

26. Chicago Bears
In what seems to be their new trademark style, the Bears offense played a solid first three quarters before falling apart. If this continues to be the case, this team needs a new QB, and has a lot of work to do on defense, before they can hope to crawl out of the cellar in the NFL.

  
25. Cleveland Browns

The best thing that came out of this contest for Browns fans, was that they got to see Johnny Football throw his first TD. Hopefully that will be enough to sustain them through another long season.
  
 

24. Tennessee Titans

I know it’s only week one of their careers, but it looks like the Titans may have gotten the better deal out of the Rookie QBs taken in the first round of this year’s draft. Not only did Marcus Mariota look like he could be a franchise Quarterback, but he did most of the damage through the air, which could be a good sign for his durability. It’s a long season, but a lot of the arrows are pointing up for this young team.

 

  
23. Dallas Cowboys

Yes, the Cowboys did end up pulling out the victory, but they appeared lost through out most of the game. That seems to be the personality that Tony Romo brings to this team. If they ever want to move into the elite realm of the NFL, they need to start looking for a Quarterback with a killer instinct.
  

  22. Carolina Panthers 

The Panthers were given one of the easiest games possible to start out the season, and yet in typical fashion, they were somehow able to make it look difficult. Fortunately for them, they play in the weakest division in football, and should still have a chance to make some noise before the season is over.
  

 
 21. Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins needed 4th quarter heroics from their special teams to pull out a win against a very weak Redskins team. Ryan Tannehill threw his first touchdown of the season in the victory, but he is going to need to step up his game a bit if they are going to keep winning consistently.

  

20. New York Giants
The G-Men played an ugly game on the road in Dallas, and still should have won. That might make you excited if you are a Giants fan, unless you realize the Cowboys actually played worse and still won.
  

   
19. New Orleans Saints

The Saints appear to have the makings of a solid middle of the road team. They should be able to win the easy games, but after losing a large portion of their offense in the offseason, they seem to have given up the potency that once made them a serious contender.

  

  18. Detroit Lions

The talent on the field doesn’t seem to be an issue for the Lions who suit up some of the most talented players in the league from week to week. The problem seems to come from the guys on the sideline who struggle to get their stars to perform consistently. I know it’s only week one, but I believe the coaching staff is due for a complete overhaul.

   

 
17. Indianapolis Colts

Heralded as one of the most potent offenses in the league coming into the season, the Colts were flat out embarrassed in week 1. The Bills defense intercepted Andrew Luck twice, and held newly acquired additions, Andre Johnson and Frank Gore to a total of 55 yards. It may be too soon to completely give up on the Colts, but it seems obvious they will struggle to live up to expectations this year.

  

 

16. Atlanta Falcons

Julio Jones proved once again that when he and the Falcons O-Line are healthy he can be the most dominant player on the field. If he can keep it up, and the defense can provide a little help, this team can be very difficult to match up against.

  
  

15. New York Jets

It appears, that this could finally be the season in which Chris Ivory begins to realize some of that amazing talent he flashes of on occasion. If the Jets can establish a ball control offense to go along with their devastating defense, they could quickly become the nightmare of the AFC East.

  

14. San Diego Chargers

The Chargers offense looked extremely versatile as they dropped quite a number on one of the best defenses from last year. If Philip Rivers can stay consistent as the young talent develops around him, this could be a very exciting year for Bolts fans.

  

13. Houston Texans 

The Texans have the foundation for a very solid team. Unfortunately for them, they played against one of the most underrated teams in the league, and where left playing catch up most of the game. When they figure out who their starting QB should be, this team should be more than okay.
   12. Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens defense played good enough to win in this one, as they accounted for 1 more point then the offense in their matchup against Denver. Joe Flacco and company are going to have to step up if they want to be competitive in one of the toughest divisions in the league. I know Justin Forsett was a very pleasant surprise last year, but Baltimore would be wise to start looking for his replacement.

  

11. St. Louis Rams

Coming into the season, everyone knew the Rams defense was going to be solid. The question seemed to be, whether or not they could score. After week one that answer finally seems to be Tavon Austin. If he and Nick Foles can continue to spark this team, it will be the rest of the league who will be looking for answers.

  

  10. Philadelphia Eagles

The offense took awhile to get going on Monday night. Once they did they showed how versatile and deep they really are. As long as Sam Bradford stays healthy, and continues to gel with his receivers, this team will be electric.

 
   9. New England Patriots

With Tom Brady under the helm, and Gronk running wild, the Patriots offense looked strong at home. However, there defense was gashed by the Steelers second string running back. It will be interesting to see how they will hold up against a complete offense.

  

8. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers who were minus the best running back in the league, Le’Veon Bell, and playing on the road against the reigning Super Bowl Champions, only lost by one Touchdown. Look for them to get back on track at home against the 49ers next week.
 

  
 

7. Denver Broncos

The Broncos came out on top in a defensive struggle between two very evenly matched teams. Now the question is; can Peyton Manning keep leading this offense for a full season.

  

 6. Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Smith threw for 3 touchdowns against one of the best defenses in the league. Although none of them were to a wide receiver, expect that to change as he continues to familiarize himself with his new target Jeremy Maclin.

  
  

 5. Buffalo Bills

The Bills completely humiliated the Colts, who many were predicting as a strong Super Bowl contender, in Rex Ryan’s first game as head coach. This should be a confidence builder for a young team looking for an identity.

  
 

 4. Green Bay Packers
With James Jones back in “Title Town,” Aaron Rodgers and Co. once again look to be firing on all cylinders. However, if the Packers want to be taken seriously their defense is going to have to step up in a big way.

  

   3. Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals are very solid and consistent, and they proved it by continuing to plug along against a Saints team who was determined to give them a run for their money. If this team full of rising stars can keep Carson Palmer healthy, it won’t take long for NFL fans to realize this team is not only for real, but still a long way from reaching their peak.

 
2. Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks dropped a close one on the road against a very strong Rams team. For the 2nd game in a row ( going back to the Super Bowl) they lost a game due to poor decision making in the waning seconds. With the experience and strong leadership this team possesses, expect them to bounce back easily.
  

  

1. Cincinnati Bengals

Yes, it was the Raiders, but the Bengals came running out of the gates, and took care of business early. The “Red Rifle” had himself a solid game, and Tyler Eifert looks primed for a breakout season.

Peter Wiseman’s NFL Power Rankings 2015 Week 2

  

32. Oakland Raiders

The schedule makers weren’t kind at all to the Raiders by making them open their schedules again one of the strongest teams in the league. However, it didn’t seem to look like it would have mattered. In a season that had high expectations for the Silver and Black, they didn’t hesitate to fall flat on their faces.
  

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

In a game then would have been an afterthought in most cases, the whole NFL was curios to see which one of the two Rookie QBs selected with the first two picks of this year’s draft would come out on top. Even though he lost, Jameis Winston had a very decent day, without his top receiver. They Bucs will undoubtedly struggle at times during the season, but I think their fans could be in for some exciting times before the year is over.
  

30. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars have a ton of talent, and are a better team than they think they are. The only question is when will they figure it out, and start playing like winners? The sad part is by the time they figure it out, it will probably be too late to matter.
 

 
  
29. Minnesota Vikings

The good news for the Vikings? Christian Ponder is still on the market.
 


28. San Francisco

Carlos Hyde was the bright spot for the 49ers in a game that seemed like it would never get going. This win should bring some hope to a team that had a dismal offseason.
  
 
27.Washington Redskins

Even after a tough loss at the hands of the Dolphins, the Redskins still seem to be trying to remain confident. Confidence is good, especially for a team surrounded by controversy. After yesterday’s game, I’m just afraid it’s going to take a lot more than that, for this team to achieve the success they hoped for in this young season.
  
 
26. Chicago Bears

In what seems to be their new trademark style, the Bears offense played a solid first three quarters before falling apart. If this continues to be the case, this team needs a new QB, and has a lot of work to do on defense, before they can hope to crawl out of the cellar in the NFL.
  

25. Cleveland Browns

The best thing that came out of this contest for Browns fans, was that they got to see Johnny Football throw his first TD. Hopefully that will be enough to sustain them through another long season.
  
24. Tennessee Titans

I know it’s only week one of their careers, but it looks like the Titans may have gotten the better deal out of the Rookie QBs taken in the first round of this year’s draft. Not only did Marcus Mariota look like he could be a franchise Quarterback, but he did most of the damage through the air, which could be a good sign for his durability. It’s a long season, but a lot of the arrows are pointing up for this young team.
  

23. Dallas Cowboys

Yes, the Cowboys did end up pulling out the victory, but they appeared lost through out most of the game. That seems to be the personality that Tony Romo brings to this team. If they ever want to move into the elite realm of the NFL, they need to start looking for a Quarterback with a killer instinct.
  


22. Carolina Panthers 

The Panthers were given one of the easiest games possible to start out the season, and yet in typical fashion, they were somehow able to make it look difficult. Fortunately for them, they play in the weakest division in football, and should still have a chance to back in to a playoff spot.
 

 

21. Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins needed 4th quarter heroics from their special teams to pull out a win against a very weak Redskins team. Ryan Tannehill threw his first touchdown of the season in the victory, but he is going to need to step up his game a bit if they are going to keep winning consistently.

  


20. New York Giants

The G-Men played an ugly game on the road in Dallas, and still should have won. That might make you excited if you are a Giants fan, unless you realize the Cowboys played worse and actually did win.
   

 

19. New Orleans Saints

The Saints appear to have the makings of a solid middle of the road team. They should be able to win the easy games, but after losing a large portion of their offense in the offseason, they seem to have given up the potency that once made them a serious contender.
  
   
18.  Detroit Lions

The talent on the field doesn’t seem to be an issue for the Lions who suit up some of the best players in the league from week to week. The problem seems to come from the guys on the sideline who struggle to get their stars to perform consistently. I know it’s only week one, but I believe the coaching staff is due for a complete overhaul.

  

17. Indianapolis Colts

Heralded as one of the most potent offenses in the league coming into the season, the Colts were flat out embarrassed in week 1. The Bills defense intercepted Andrew Luck twice, and held newly acquired additions, Andre Johnson and Frank Gore to a total of 55 yards. It may be too soon to completely give up on the Colts, but it seems obvious they will struggle to live up to expectations this year.
  

16. Atlanta Falcons

Julio Jones proved once again that when he and the Falcons O-Line are healthy he can be the most dominant player on the field. If he can keep it up, and the defense can provide a little help, this team can be very difficult to match up against.

  
15. New York Jets


It appears, that this could finally be the season in which Chris Ivory begins to realize some of that amazing talent he lets us see flashes of on occasion. If the Jets can establish a ball control offense to go along with their devastating defense, they could quickly become the nightmare of the AFC East.

  

14. San Diego Chargers
The Chargers offense looked extremely versatile as they dropped quite a number on one of the best defenses from last year. If the Philip Rivers can stay consistent as the young talent develops around him, this could be a very exciting year for Bolts fans.
  

13. Houston Texans 

The Texans have the foundation for a very solid team. Unfortunately for them, they played against one of the most underrated teams in the league, and where left playing catch up most of the game. When they figure out who their starting QB should be, this team should be more than okay.
 

 

12. Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens defense played good enough to win in this one, as they accounted for 1 more point then the offense in their matchup against Denver. Joe Flacco and company are going to have to step up if they want to be competitive in one of the toughest divisions in the league. I know Justin Forsett was a very pleasant surprise last year, but Baltimore would be wise to start looking for his replacement.
  
11. St. Louis Rams

Coming into the season, everyone knew the Rams defense was going to be solid. The question seemed to be, whether or not they could score. After week one that answer finally seems to be Tavon Austin. If he and Nick Foles can continue to spark this team, it will be the rest of the league who will be looking for answers.
  
10. Philadelphia Eagles

The offense took awhile to get going on Monday night. Once they did they showed how versatile and deep they really are. As long as Sam Bradford stays healthy, and continues to gel with his receivers, this team will be electric.
   

 9. New England Patriots

With Tom Brady under the helm, and Gronk running wild, the Patriots offense looked strong at home. However, there defense was gashed by the Steelers second string running back. It will be interesting to see how they will hold up against a complete offense.
  

 

 8. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers who were minus the best running back in the league, Le’Veon Bell, and playing on the road against the reigning Super Bowl Champions, only lost by one Touchdown. Look for them to get back on track at home against the 49ers next week.
  

7. Denver Broncos

The Broncos came out on top in a defensive struggle between two very evenly matched teams. Now the question is; can Peyton Manning keep leading this offense for a full season.

  


 6. Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Smith threw for 3 touchdowns against one of the best defenses in the league. Although none of them were to a wide receiver, expect that to change as he continues to familiarize himself with his new target Jeremy Maclin.
  
 5. Buffalo Bills

The Bills completely humiliated the Colts, who many were predicting as a strong Super Bowl contender, in Rex Ryan’s first game as head coach. This should be a confidence builder for a young team looking for an identity.
  
 4. Green Bay Packers



With James Jones back in “Title Town,” Aaron Rodgers and Co. once again look to be firing on all cylinders. However, if the Packers want to be taken seriously their defense is going to have to step up in a big way.

  
 3. Arizona Cardinals



The Cardinals are very solid and consistent, and they proved it by continuing to plug along against a Saints team who was determined to give them a run for their money. If this team full of rising stars can keep Carson Palmer healthy, it won’t take long for NFL fans to realize this team is not only for real, but still a long way from reaching their peak.

  
2. Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks dropped a close one on the road against a very strong Rams team. For the 2nd game in a row ( going back to the Super Bowl) they lost a game due to poor decision making in the waning seconds. With the experience and strong leadership, expect this team to bounce back easily.
  
1. Cincinnati Bengals

It was the Raiders, but the Bengals came running out of the gates, and took care of business early. The “Red Rifle” had himself a solid game, and Tyler Eifert looks primed for a breakout season.

Peter Wiseman’s 2015 NFL Picks Week 1

Thursday, September 10, 8:30 ET

Steelers @ Patriots 

   
The NFL gave Bill Belichick way to long to scheme to win this game without his star quarterback. Now that Brady is back, and the Steelers are without Le’Veon Bell. I don’t expect anything less than a massacre.


Sunday, September 13, 1:00

Packers @ Bears

This one is at Soldier Field, but the Packers definitely have had the Bears number last year. With people already questioning his team in the preseason, expect Aaron Rodgers to make this a statement game.


Chiefs @ Texans

With a healthy Arian Foster, these two teams would almost seem to mirror each other. Without him, the Texans have a decent advantage on “D”, but the Chiefs offense is just too complete for Houston to keep up.


Browns @ Jets

Call me crazy but I think Ryan Fitzpatrick is the perfect fit for the Jets offense. Before they named him the starter I would have given the edge to the Browns. They have some decent pieces falling into place, and should get better as the year goes on. With home field advantage, and a devastating defense, I have to give the edge to the Jets.


Colts @ Bills

These two teams are coming into the regular season with very high expectations. Indianapolis is building what appears on paper, as one of the best offenses in the league, and Buffalo has already establish a rock solid defense. The Bills offense is still a bit sporadic with multiple new players, but I believe they will come together quickly against a defense that tended to resemble a sieve during different points of last season.


Dolphins @ Redskins

The Dolphins come into the season as one of the up and coming teams in the league. The Skins are currently skidding, and could do a huge favor for their city and fans by pulling out the upset here. However, its hard for me to picture anything but a blowout by the Phins, with rising star Ryan Tannehil continuing to make his mark on the league.


Panthers @ Jaguars

If Julius Thomas was healthy, I would have a hard time picking against the Jags upstart offense at home. The Panthers struggled to win seven games last year in the weakest division in the league. After losing, Kelvin Benjamin, arguably their best offensive threat for the season, they will probably struggle again. However I see them pulling out a close one in this one.


Seahawks @ Rams

All signs point a defensive struggle in this one. Although, I see the Seahawks, who have managed to put together one of the most solid teams in the NFL,coming on strong and taking this one with ease.


Saints @ Cardinals

If you are looking for an intriguing upset pick, this might just be it, since not even the Saints seem to know what they are going to do on offense, and could catch the Cardinals by surprise. For me,I will take the Cardinals with a healthy Carson Palmer at home, all daylong.


Lions @ Chargers

The Lions seem to always start the season way better than they finish. So even though they are playing away, and on grass, against a Chargers team that I see having a fairly decent season, I see Detroit dismantling San Diego in this one.


Buccaneers @ Titans

I’m not sure that many fans actually care about the outcome of this one,as much as we do about watching the top two picks from this year’s draft duke it out in the first game of each of their careers. I have a feeling its going to be a sloppy yet entertaining mess, and will give the edge to Jameis Winston and his massive targets in a barn burner.


Bengals @ Raiders

The only advantage I see for the Raiders in this one is home field. Besides that, I see the Bengals controlling this came in


Peter Wiseman’s NFL Power Rankings 2015

   
 32. San Francisco 49ers ~ The 49ers just suffered through a nightmarish offseason filled with injuries, suspension, and out of the blue retirements. This makes them the team with the most to prove in 2015. Their roster is still equipped with talent, but the problems seem to be filtering down from the top. Unless they can find a solution soon, this could be a forgettable season for a team who appeared to be on top of their game not that long ago.


  31. Washington Redskins ~ Just a few years back, this team was on the rise with a decent defense, devastating running back (Alfred Morris) and a hot shot QB (RG III). Now with a few crucial injuries and bad luck, they find themselves at the bottom of the pile in an improving division. With all the controversy surrounding the Skins, it seems unlikely they will turn things around anytime soon.


  30. Jacksonville Jaguars ~ The Jags were downright awful on both sides of the ball last season. Fortunately for them, a few of their recent draft picks seem to be paying off. So even though the near future still looks bleak, there appears to be a light at the end of their long dark tunnel.


  29.  Oakland Raiders ~ At the beginning of the offseason it looked like the Raiders might be one of the most stacked and exciting teams to watch this year. They had a ton of money to spend, and we’re going into a free agency pool loaded with big names. As we all know, that didn’t happen. Somehow they still have managed to create a buzz of excitement through their hungry fan base, even though they did little to improve their roster besides making a couple of strong picks in last year’s draft.


  28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers ~ With the fourth easiest schedule, three huge receiving targets, two hungry running backs, and a budding star at QB, the Bucs should be a very fun team to watch in 2015. Don’t get too excited just yet however, because that’s probably where it ends for them this season.


  27. Chicago Bears ~ The Bears offense seems to underachieve on a regular basis because of talented, but inconsistent quarterback Jay Cutler. Now that the defense has fallen to the same level of depravity, and they have encountered key injuries to their receiving core, there isn’t much hope for anything but a decent pick in next year’s draft.


  26. Tennessee Titans ~ There seems to be a recent trend in the NFL where scrambling QBs find success in their first season. The Titans are hoping rookie Marcus Mariota can prove that true, and get off to a hot start by connecting with a few of their dynamic young receiving options. If he does, they should have no problem adding a few wins to last year’s total.


  25. Cleveland Browns ~ Its scary to think how good this team could be if they hadn’t wasted so many high draft picks searching for a QB. It’s even scarier, that after one of their hottest starts in a long time, they have finally realized their folly, and started to spend the picks on bolstering the rest of the team.


  24. Atlanta Falcons ~ Despite a slough of injuries, the Falcons flashed signs of brilliance last year. If new Head Coach Dan Quinn’s defense can provide any form of support for their high powered offense, this team could make a push in their division. If not, look for another season of highscoring games in which they fall just short.


   
23. New Orleans Saints ~ Drew Brees had a “letdown” season in 2014, throwing for “only” 4952 yards, and 33 TDs. That was enough for the Saints to get rid of their best receiving threat, and switch their focus to running the ball. As cynical as I may sound about this, I think it could actually help get them win a few more close games. The catch is that it will most likely take away the dynamic edge which made them such a strong contender in the past.


  22. New York Giants ~ The Giants won the Super Bowl four years ago, and also, four years before that. I’m sure they hope that mini-streak continues this year. However, they have a couple of key players on offense (Victor Cruz), and defense (Jason Pierre Paul), fighting their way back from serious injury. So it seems highly unlikely that they will even compete in their own division this season.


  21. Detroit Lions ~ Its a known fact that the Lions have a ton of weapons on offense. Yet the stabilizing factor last season seemed to be the defense. Now with Ndamukong Suh gone, the offense will have to be more consistent. If rookie running back Ameer Abdullah can help bring a second dimension, and Calvin Johnson can stay healthy, this squad could  be a nightmare for opposing defenses.

 20. St. Louis Rams ~ The Rams defense is one of the best in the league and should be able to keep them in most games. The problem is, they have major questions at almost every skill position on offense. If and when those questions get answered, this team should be a force.


  

19. New York Jets ~ Ryan Fitzpatrick is not the future of the Jets. However, he is surrounded by a ton of offensive talent, and a superb defense. If he can resist his trademark competitive nature, and be happy with just not losing games, this team has the opportunity to exceed many expectations.


   
18. Houston Texans ~ The Texans are built on a crushing defense, and a run game driven by one of the best running backs (Arian Foster) in the league. Losing Foster is a big blow, but not a completely devastating one. The Texans have a number of strong backs waiting their turn, and one of the better young receivers in the league, in DeAndre Hopkins. They will be competitive, but lack the strong leader on offense to separate them from the rest of the pack.


  17. Minnesota Vikings ~ The Vikings have had talent on both sides of the ball for quite sometime, but still always seem to struggle to find a way to win. The emergence of Teddy Bridgwater, coupled with the return of Adrian Peterson, gives this offense led by Mike Zimmer a chance to make some noise. The challenge now, is to keep  tight end Kyle Rudolph healthy, and to find a couple of big play targets from their healthy stable of young receivers.


  16. Carolina Panthers ~ After losing big-play receiver Kelvin Benjamin for the year, and with Cam Newton coming off another questionable season, Carolina will be back to putting a ton of faith in their defense. The saving grace for the Panthers, is that due to playing in the weakest division in the league, they are blessed with a very soft schedule in 2015.


  15. Dallas Cowboys ~ The Cowboys front office wants you to believe that their offensive line was responsible for Demarco Murray’s stellar season running the ball last year. The truth is, Emmitt Smith (the all-time rushing leader) had arguably the best offensive line in NFL history, and still never managed to have the type of year Murray had in 2014. The most frightening part, is that we all are very familiar with what happens when Tony Romo comes under pressure. I’m afraid he will once again be facing a ton of it this season.


  14. San Diego Chargers ~ There wasn’t a more balanced team in the NFL last year than the Chargers. The Bolts scored exactly as many points as they gave up in 2014. That puts the pressure on rookie running back Melvin Gordon, to place the team on his back and push that balance forward into their favor. This team has a reputation for underachieving, but it appears that the pieces may have finally fallen into just the right place for them to start tasting some of the success that seems to slip just out of their reach on a yearly basis.


  13. Buffalo Bills ~ The Bills were one of the most exciting teams to watch in the offseason. They bolstered their offense by bringing in a top running back in LeSean McCoy, electric receiver in Percy Harvin, and versatile tight end in Charles Clay. The frightening part, is that with the naming of Tyrod Taylor as the starting quaterback, none of these key pieces took a snap for the same team last year. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think Rex Ryan is exactly known for bringing order to chaos.


  12. Baltimore Ravens ~ Watching the Ravens play on Sunday has a similar dramatic effect as a rain drop sliding down a window on a dark and dreary day. Fortunately for the Baltimore faithful, that effect translates well to the football field. Because of that, the Ravens have been a very consistently strong team for quite some time. If they can overcome a couple key losses on defense, and develop a couple of their young playmakers on offense, this systematic team could develop into a devastating storm.


  11. Indianapolis Colts ~ The Colts had very little trouble moving the ball last year, but also seemed to struggle to keep opponents from doing the same. So the front office made what they must have thought was the logical choice. They brought in a couple of injury prone, aging superstars to bolster their offense, and did very little to address their defensive needs. It is precisely this type of logic that can not only impede the development of a young team, but can also send them into a downward spiral. Instead of rewarding their young superstar QB by taking some of the pressure off of him, they will spend 2015 seeing just how broad Andrew Luck’s shoulders really are.


  10. New England Patriots ~  Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, Shane Vereen, Vince Wilfork, Stevan Ridley, Dan Connolly, Tom Brady and Legarrette Blount, are the main contributors from last years Championship team who won’t be on the field for opening night this year. We all know “the Hoodie” is one of, if not the greatest coach of all time, but even he might have his work cut out for him this time around.


  

 9. Kansas City Chiefs ~ It’s easy to think you know exactly what you have with Alex Smith. What he hasn’t ever had, is a top-tier playmaking receiver. Now with the addition of Jeremy Maclin, this offense has explosive potential at each position, and Alex Smith has a chance to show off the talent which once made him the number one overall pick. However, the big secret in K.C., that not even the experts seem to realize, is that opposing teams scored fewer points against the Chiefs last year, than any other team in the NFL.


  8. Miami Dolphins ~ Ryan Tannehill passed for only 64 less yards than Tom Brady last season. This year, the young rising star has the confidence of his team, and a fresh crop of receiving targets at his disposal. It should be a fun year for Phins fans, and a challenging year for opponents, as the Dolphins, who also added defensive stalwart Ndamukong Suh, carve out their place as one of the new powerhouses in the league.


  7. Denver Broncos ~ Before he was even drafted into the league, critics and the media have been trying to tell us that there is a better QB back out their than Peyton Manning. Back then they twisted facts and logic to make us believe that it was Ryan Leaf. Now they have labeled Manning a choker, and tried to convince us that collecting jewelry as a member of a championship team makes you a better quarterback than…well… being a great QB. No matter what they say, I have a feeling that Peyton will use what will probably be his last season, to remind us just how lucky we have been to have him in the league for the last 16 years.


  6. Arizona Cardinals ~ If I was convinced that we would see a healthy Carson Palmer for a full schedule this year, I would probably have the Cards at the top of this list. This team is loaded with talent, and ready to explode at almost every position. Without the consistent leadership however, they are just another young team trying to find their place at the top.


  5. Philadelphia Eagles ~ How did Chip Kelly make the Eagles the laughingstock of the league this offseason? First off he got rid of highpriced talent that didn’t fit his system. Then he added last years top running back in free agency, drafted a receiver who is faster then, and has the exact measurements as Jeremy Maclin, and then traded for a quarterback who had a better rookie season then Tom Brady and Big Ben in their first years as starters. Crazy right? It would just make sense that the same experts who have been trying to run Kelly out of town this offseason, were the same people who were the most excited over the Eagles “Dream Team” from a few years back.


 
4. Cincinnati Bengals ~ So much focus is put on Andy Dalton’s inability to win a playoff game, that you could almost forget he plays a team sport. Also lost in that discussion, is the fact that he is only one of two players in league history to take his team to the playoffs in each of his first four years in the league. With an improving offense and a solid defense backing him, my money is on the “Red Rifle” to finally start silencing his critics once and for all.


  3. Pittsburgh Steelers ~ When running back Le’Veon Bell is on the field, there is not a more lethal trio in the league than the Steelers “Killer B’s” (Quarterback Ben Rothelisberger and Wide Receiver Antonio Brown). The problem is he missed the playoff game that got them eliminated last year, due to injury, and will miss the beginning of the season this year, because of a drug suspension. If he can stay healthy and straight when he returns, he should finish as one of the top backs in the league, and help carry this team deep into the playoffs.


  2. Green Bay Packers ~ The loss of wide receiver Jordy Nelson could turn out to be the best thing that happened to the Packers. Green Bay has a stable full of young, talented receivers waiting in the wings for their chance to shine, and they are all in the exact right place for that to happen. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is a wide receiver making machine, who is always looking for his next favorite target. With a knack for turning average receivers into superstars, he could be enroute to the most exciting season of his career.


  1. Seattle Seahawks ~ What would happen if the Seahawks front office brought in a top tier receiving target and finally cut Russel Wilson loose to wreak havoc on the NFL with his arm, as well as his feet? Stayed tuned. I have a feeling we are all about to find out.