AST’s NFL Power Rankings…
1. Seattle Seahawks (This is their year. With a good head coach in Pete Carroll and an roster, that doesn’t feature a noticeable weakness, they’re easily the best team in the NFL right now).
2. Denver Broncos (Von Miller’s absence could have a negative impact, but a player whose impact will be felt more in a positive way will be Peyton Manning. He is the master of filling in voids and maintaining the ship. In other words, they will be fine!)
3. San Francisco 49ers (I don’t believe, they will win their division but there is no denying the obvious fact: Even as a Wild Card, they’re one of the best teams in the NFL.)
4. Atlanta Falcons (They are one of the best regular season teams in recent NFL History. With a loaded offense and a division for the taking, expect them to get the job done in impressive fashion.)
5. New England Patriots (Yes there is no Welker, Hernandez and possibly Gronk, but did you forget Brady won three Super Bowl’s with the likes of Caldwell, Branch and Givens? Dobson and Thompkins are two young receivers who have a lot of potential. Amendola if healthy, should fill in Welker’s shoes. Oh BTW, Brady might have a powerful running game this year with Ridley, Blount and Vereen. Stop counting them out!)
6. Baltimore Ravens (There is no question, that GM Ozzie Newsome did a good job reloading this roster, but the questions remain: Is Joe Flacco an elite quarterback? Is Torrey Smith a legit #1 Receiver? Will the defense live up to their reputation? We’ll see if the SB Champs answer them all.)
7. Houston Texans (This team just like Atlanta is another regular season juggernaut whose in a division that’s for the taking. There’s no denying JJ Watt though. He denies you!)
8. Cincinnati Bengals (More people are buying into the Bengals and I understand why. They’re young, talented and most importantly they’re on the rise. Can we say the same about Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Cleveland? Exactly.)
9. Green Bay Packers (They’re hoping their defense can get back on track. They’re hoping their offense can be more balanced, but there are two things, they don’t have to hope for: A great season by Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the NFC North not catching up. You’re welcome.)
10. Washington Redskins (The NFC East is the weakest it’s been in years, IMO. Their main competition at the moment is the Cowboys. Advantage Washington)
11. Indianapolis Colts (They’re entering this season with a more improved defense and an offense, that features more familiarity along with weapons for QB Andrew Luck. What’s not to like?)
12. Chicago Bears (I may not trust Jay Cutler, but I do trust the other parts of this team. Great defense, great special teams and a balanced running game to go with it. Time for Jay to step up!)
13. St. Louis Rams (Don’t let their 7-8-1 record fool ya, they were a tough team to play. Jeff Fisher has created a solid squad for himself in St. Louis. Defensively they’re getting better and offensively, they can take a huge step thanks to a improved offensive line and dynamic play-maker Tavon Austin).
14. Pittsburgh Steelers (Even with the injuries they’re battling right now along with unanswered questions, they still have QB Ben Roethlisberger and Head Coach Mike Tomlin in place. They will make it work.)
15. New Orleans Saints (Drew Brees is still the quarterback right? Sean Payton came back right? Don’t worry about New Orleans, they will be fine… unless their defense is pathetic for some reason.)
16. New York Giants (I’m really not sure about this team at the moment. They don’t have a lot of players, I can trust, but they do have 2X Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning… and Victor Cruz… and Hakeem Nicks. You get the point.)
17. Dallas Cowboys (I like the chemistry, Tony Romo and Dez Bryant are developing at the moment. TE Jason Witten is still one of the best at his position. A healthy Miles Austin is one of the best #2 Receivers in the league. What about their defense though? What about Romo in the big games? We still have too see)
18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (We know this is a make or break year for Josh Freeman. It’s not for the rest of this team though. Offensively and defensively, they have certified Pro Bowlers. There should be improvement in Tampa Bay. Possibly a Wild Card team.)
19. Minnesota Vikings (If Adrian Peterson has another 2,000 Yard Season, they’re in serious trouble. Seriously. They will only go as far as, QB Christian Ponder takes them. He should improve with new additions WR Greg Jennings and 1st Round Pick Cordarrelle Patterson at his disposal.)
20. Kansas City Chiefs (There will be some improvement in Kansas City, but not enough for them to make the playoffs. Alex Smith will be a quarterback that’s efficient and turnover free. Andy Reid will establish a competitive and winning environment. Not bad for the Chiefs at this moment.)
21. Arizona Cardinals (The only thing that could hold back the Cardinals, is their offensive line. Offensively, they should be a solid group led by QB Carson Palmer. The best part of their team, is clearly their defense. This group has playmakers at every position. They could be top ten honestly. Watch out for the BIRD GANG!)
22. Miami Dolphins (I’m not sure about their running game or offensive line, but I am sure QB Ryan Tannehill will improve since he has the best deep ball wide receiver in the NFL, Mike Wallace.)
23. Carolina Panthers (I pray to the football gods every night, that QB Cam Newton takes the next step. If he does then the Panthers as a team, will take that step with him. Period. No debating this.)
24. San Diego Chargers (QB Phillip Rivers is the only non question mark on this football team, and that’s not a good thing. Despite his thirty five interceptions combined from the last two seasons, Mr. Rivers hasn’t gotten the help he’s needed on both sides of the ball. That has to change or else, there will be a roster makeover next off-season.)
25. New York Jets (A lot of members of the media will be wrong, when it comes to this team. Defensively, they’re filled with top ten talent. Offensively they have one of the best offensive lines in the league. Yes we know about their rookie quarterback and tough first half schedule, but they will NOT be the worst team in the league. No way, no how.)
26. Philadelphia Eagles (I truly believe Michael Vick and their offense will have some type of success under new head coach Chip Kelly… but the rest of their team won’t. Expect five-seven wins.)
27. Detroit Lions (I’m just not sure about their team, this season. Too many question marks on their defense and outside of Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush, who will emerge as a weapon for their offense?)
28. Cleveland Browns (I do expect QB Brandon Weeden to improve under new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, but not by a lot. This team still needs a lot of work, before it can even think playoffs in the near future.)
29. Tennessee Titans (I am aware of the moves, they made on both sides of the ball. I am aware that RB Chris Johnson wants to have a bounce back season, but I can’t trust hem. Why? Jake Locker that’s why! He’s holding them back in a lot of ways. At some point, they need to move on.)
30. Buffalo Bills (EJ Manuel will be one of the few bright spots, this team has in 2013. They still have a few weaknesses that can be exposed, and a tough schedule to add along with that. Hope for the best, Bills Mafia).
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (Blane Gabbert is still the starting quarterback? Oh he is? Don’t expect much from Jacksonville, with him under center. Two to four win team.)
32. Oakland Raiders (Oakland can go 0-16 this season. Seriously. In reality, they will go 2-14 or 3-13 but a 0-16 record is not crazy, when you think about it. They’re just bad on every side of the ball. Hello Teddy Bridgewater or Jadeveon Clowney!