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TheOak 03-19-2013 11:48 AM

NFL Power Rankings: Saints on the rise
 
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The first edition of the ESPN.com Power Rankings for the offseason are out, and I have to admit Iím more than a bit surprised by where two of the NFC South teams landed.

The Atlanta Falcons came in at No. 4. Thatís down two spots from where the Falcons were in the final rankings for the 2012 season. Are the Falcons really a worse team than they were when they were No. 2 at the end of last season?

I donít think so. I think their offense is markedly better with the arrival of running back Steven Jackson. Yes, they still need to upgrade their pass rush, but I think the Falcons might be a little bit better than No. 4. But, hey, theyíre four spots ahead of the Baltimore Ravens, who won the Super Bowl.

The other surprise is that the New Orleans Saints are No. 12. I donít disagree with the ranking, but itís a huge leap for the Saints. Theyíre up seven spots from where they were at the end of last season and I donít think itís just because they signed free-agent cornerback Keenan Lewis. I think the voters are looking at the return of coach Sean Payton and assuming that will make the Saints a much better team, which is probably true.

There are no major surprises when it comes to the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Theyíre right about where youíd expect them to be.

The Panthers are No. 20, down two spots from the last rankings. If the Panthers had the cap room to do much of anything in free agency, they probably would be ranked higher.

The Buccaneers are No. 21 -- the same spot they finished last season in. The Bucs have added safety Dashon Goldson, which should help. But I think the voters want to see the Bucs improve at cornerback before giving them a better ranking.




http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/74382/power-rankings-the-afc-south

RockyMountainSaint 03-19-2013 12:09 PM

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They' re baaaaaaaaaack!

FinSaint 03-19-2013 01:05 PM

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Cue Euphoria. :-D

QBREES9 03-19-2013 01:44 PM

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Doesn't mean a thing till we get on the field.

Euphoria 03-19-2013 01:59 PM

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Ugh...

And we haven't even issued out pads yet and this crap is coming out.

TheOak 03-19-2013 02:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Euphoria (Post 488021)
Ugh...

And we haven't even issued out pads yet and this crap is coming out.

I know huh.... 12 with out pads, imagine with pads... May as well just give us the trophy.

xan 03-19-2013 02:37 PM

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Originally Posted by TheOak (Post 488023)
I know huh.... 12 with out pads, imagine with pads... May as well just give us the trophy.

Which trophy? The one that says "Dumbsbit" or the one that says "Dumbsbitier"?

Really? The team is measurably worse than last year, and we're not even through cutting our detritus.

Power rankings are the festering boils on an otherwise pleasant face.

NinthWardJay 03-19-2013 02:45 PM

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The Falcons had one of the worst pass defense and this offseason the only thing that they have done is cut Dunta and let Grimes explore other options... i think that until they can get that pass defense a little more beefed up then i can understand why they dropped

TheOak 03-19-2013 02:46 PM

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Originally Posted by xan (Post 488038)
Which trophy? The one that says "Dumbsbit" or the one that says "Dumbsbitier"?

Really? The team is measurably worse than last year, and we're not even through cutting our detritus.

Power rankings are the festering boils on an otherwise pleasant face.

1. A trophy is a trophy, just take the damn thing ans be happy.

2. Quantify measurably worse.

QBREES9 03-19-2013 02:52 PM

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writers need things to write about.


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