Mr. Kenneth's work on his Un-Rankings has been fabulous, but some people have not been very happy with some-guy-who-they-will-never-meet's opinion.
Some fans are not satisfied by their own belief in their team; they require more recognition from others to validate their beliefs. They have low team-esteem and I would like to soothe their anxiety. These rankings are for them:
1 (Tie): Arizona Cardinals
Defense wins championships and the Cards have that in spades. Their D-line brings relentless heat, their LBs are ravenous coyotes and their secondary are raptors soaring high and waiting to kill. Any offense that plays against Arizona might as well be playing in the Sonoran Desert. Last years struggles should all be traced back to the QB play. Now that Big Red has a big red of their own in Carson Palmer, AZ's offense is ready to hitch a ride on the Larry Fitzgerald express all the way to NYC.
1 (Tie): Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan is so good. He is so strong and so smart and has finally shed the stigma of not winning a big game. Stephen Jackson has been such a great player for such a long time and there is no reason why he will stop now. Stephen has had a little history with injuries but that's all behind him now and he's ready to show the dirty south how nasty he can move the pile. The Falcons defense keeps improving every year and this year will be their coming out party.
1 (Tie): Baltimore Ravens
The reigning Super Bowl champs are just getting started. Joe Flacco is elite. Period. The departure of veterans will be more of a blessing than a curse. Anquan Boldin, Ed Reed and Ray Lewis were declining and there is so much young talent on the roster that the Ravens will not only sustain last years success, but I think they are poised to improve. Do I sense a repeat?
1 (Tie): Buffalo Bills
The Bills had a tough year last year but are poised to make a big leap forward. Their all-star defensive line has had a full year to get healthy and gel and should be crushing opposing quarterbacks with high frequency this year. This pressure upfront will strengthen what is already a young and hungry secondary filled with playmakers. On offense, EJ Manuel will show everybody why he was the first QB taken in the draft; he is a bit raw but has all the tools to turn in an incredible rookie performance. CJ Spiller should also see increased touches and is the healthiest he's ever been. CJ and EJ are gonna take the Queen City by storm.
1 (Tie): Carolina Panthers
After a disappointing sophomore season, Cam Newton is ready to prove that his rookie season was no fluke. Nobody has been working harder than Cam to make sure the Panthers take control of the NFC South and return to the playoffs. Carolina's depth chart is stocked with fresh, young talent and they are ready to explode. Watch out for their defense this year, they are going to take teams by surprise and are on their way to being #1. Luke Kuechly and Star Lotulelei are gonna take the Queen City by storm.
1 (Tie): Chicago Bears
This is a make or break season for Jay Cutler and I think he makes it. He's always had the tools and has shown flashes of brilliance, but this should be the season that he puts it all together and takes command of a transitioning Bears team. The addition of head coach Marc Trestman means that the Bears will be adding a more offense power to their dominating defense. Watch out Green Bay, there's a nasty sleuth of bears rampaging your way up I-43.
1 (Tie): Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals were very conservative during free agency, and why not? Their roster is stacked with young, cheap, all-star quality talent. Andy Dalton is proving he is an elite quaterback and A.J. Green is a HOF receiver in the making. Marvin Lewis could have been coach of the year the last two years and just might get it this year. The Bengals are going to take the Queen City by storm.
1 (Tie): Cleveland Browns
Trent Richardson. Need I say more? This young man is a stud and can take control of any game at any time. I expect the Browns to ride Richardson as far as he can go, and the sky is the limit. This should open up passing lanes for Brandon Weeden to make big plays with Josh Gordon and Gregg Little. Don't sleep on the Browns. They had a rough season last year, but their young offense is filled with playmakers and their defense can be outright dominant.
1 (Tie): Dallas Cowboys
Dallas had an injury-plagued year last year and still came so close to making the playoffs. Now that the team is healthy and rested, watch out NFC East, the Boys are back in town. Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and DeMarco Murray will be an unstoppable four-headed monster this year. This should be the year that Romo puts all the naysayers to rest and firmly plants himself in the upper echelon of NFL QBs. DeMarcus Ware is primed and ready for some All-Pro production and Morris Claiborne, while young, is ready to submit his name as top corner in the league. Opposing teams are going to really have to earn their points this year against Dallas. Washington might be one-and-done for the NFC East crown.
1 (Tie): Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning is arguably one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. His presence alone makes the Broncos contenders. And with another season to get stronger and heal from his neck surgeries, watch out! Peyton shows no sign of slowing down especially now that he has Wes Welker to throw to. Welker just might make the Hall of Fame from the slot and is poised for one of his biggest seasons yet. On defense, I expect Von Miller to take control of the defense and in turn take control of opposing offenses. I have a sneaking suspicion that the addition of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will be another feather in the cap of all-star executive John Elway. Broncos will take the Queen City by storm.
1 (Tie): Detroit Lions
Locking up Mathew Stafford was big. He is ready to show that his up/down performances of previous years are behind him and he is ready to be in the upper echelon of elite NFL QBs. The monster connection of Stafford to Megatron (Calvin Johnson) will be worth the price of admission alone this year at Ford Field. Adding Reggie Bush will pay big dividends. He'll help shift the Lions from Transformers into Fast & Furious overdrive. Ndamukong Suh will take Ezekiel Ansah under his giant wing and I foresee the two crushing the hopes, dreams and bodies of quarterbacks every week.The auto industry is making a comeback and I expect the Lions to lead the way. Watch out NFC North.
1 (Tie): Green Bay Packers
Last season left a very sour taste in Packer fans' mouths. Between getting robbed in Seattle, Adrian running wild over them week 17 and the San Fran demolishing their defense, the Packers are chomping at the bit prove that they are really the #1 Seed in the NFC. Aaron Rodger will have the offense humming with precision timing and the loss of Gregg Jennings will be hardly noticed as James Jones, Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson will all step up to make big time plays. And I know that Clay Matthews III will have the defense ready to go and prove that the Niner's game was a fluke. Titletown just might have something to celebrate come February.
1 (Tie): Houston Texans
Houston has been knocking at the doorstep for the last couple years and is ready to bust the door down this year. Matt Shaub will prove all his naysayers wrong with another monster year with future HOFer Andre Johnson. The Texans defense will be much improved this year and the addition of Ed Reed will be huge. Everything is bigger in Texas and that counts double for the Texan's chances this year.
1 (Tie): Indianapolis Colts
While the media swoons over RG3 and Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck is quietly going about his business and improving on what should have been a ROTY campaign. Luck made big strides during his rookie year and should take gigantic leaps going into his sophomore year. Colts fans will barely remember that Manning fellow when all is said and done. The Colts continued to add great young talent through the draft and will have a hungry defense this year that is eager to prove that they belong with the big dogs. Head Coach Chuck Pagano should be another strong candidate this year for Coach of the Year by leading the Colts through a pretty strong AFC South.
1 (Tie): Jacksonville Jaguars
Stranger things have happened. New head coach Gus Bradley will have the Jags defense ready hit opponents right in the mouth. The offense is coming along and Blaine Gabbert is ready to make pundits eat a whole lot of crow. The AFC South isn't a terribly strong division which will help Jacksonville get their feet under them at the beginning of the season. But by season's end, I expect the engines to be at full speed and these kitties will be purring.
1 (Tie): Kansas City Chiefs
After getting unfairly booted from the Niner's depth chart, Alex Smith has found himself in the perfect environment with head coach Andy Reid. I don't expect the Chiefs to win pretty, but I do expect them to win. They've got hard-nosed offensive and defensive lines that will nasty up games and drag opposing teams down to a level they don't want to go. Kansas City also has a huge advantage playing at Arrowhead where every game is a sellout and the fans are the loudest in the NFL. This will be a down year for the rest of the AFC West so it will be a great opportunity for the Chiefs to step in and take control.
1 (Tie): Miami Dolphins
Ryan Tannehill quietly had one of the best rookie seasons ever and should have been in the conversation for top rookie honors. I expect Ryan to instead make his case for MVP this year with an outstanding performance with new WR Mike Wallace. Wallace will bring something that was missing last year: a WR who can make plays all over the field. He can burn you, make you miss, go over the middle and everything inbetween. The Fin's defense will come up huge this year and I expect rookie Dion Jordan to play a big part in that. That young man is relentless. DROTY? I think so. With the Patriots heading towards a down year and the ineptitude of Buh-Buh-Buh-Buffalo and the Jets, my money is on the Magic City.
1 (Tie): Minnesota Vikings
Adrian Peterson could put this entire team on his back and they would still make the wild card. But that won't be necessary this year. Christian Ponder is going to make some big plays this year with the help of Kyle Rudolph and Greg Jennings. Between Peterson's 2000+ yards and Ponder's 4000+ yards, the Vikings offense is going to explosive. Add in a tough, hard-nosed defense lead by cagey veteran Jared Allen and you've got a recipe for some championship football. "Skol Vikings" will be sung on repeat this year.
1 (Tie): New England Patriots
Tom Brady is arguably one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. His presence alone makes the Patriots contenders. And with another season to get stronger and heal from his disappointing AFC championship game performance, watch out! Brady shows no sign of slowing down especially now that he has Danny Amendola to throw to. Amendola just might make the Hall of Fame from the slot and is poised for one of his biggest seasons yet. On defense, I expect Vince Wilfork to take control of the defense and in turn take control of opposing offenses. I have a sneaking suspicion that the addition of Tim Tebow will be another feather in the cap of all-star head coach Bill Belichick. Patriots will take the Walking City by storm.
1 (Tie): New Orleans Saints
Sean Payton is back and ready to put the debacles of last year in the past. Having Drew Brees on his roster will make that easy. Game in, game out, Brees will put up huge numbers this year and will have the Saints in every game. It will be easier this year since their defense will be much improved. Rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro has ROTY written all over him. The NFC South better look out, the Saints are marching back into town and have big chance to take down the Falcons.
1 (Tie): New York Giants
New York had an injury-plagued year last year and still came so close to making the playoffs. Now that the team is healthy and rested, watch out NFC East, the Giants are climbing down the beanstalk. Eli Manning, Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and David Wilson will be an unstoppable four-headed monster this year. This should be the year that Manning puts all the naysayers to rest and firmly plants himself in the upper echelon of NFL QBs. Jason Pierre-Paul is primed and ready for some All-Pro production and Aaron Ross, while young, is ready to submit his name as top corner in the league. Opposing teams are going to really have to earn their points this year against New York. Washington might be one-and-done for the NFC East crown.
1 (Tie): Oakland Raiders
Head coach What's-His-Face will have the Raiders ready to compete for the AFC West title. The additions of that one guy and that old cagey veteran will really increase performance on their respective sides of the ball. The roster is full of young talent that is eager to prove that they are the best at the position that each player is in. That one player has all-pro written all over him. Watch you guys, these guys are going someplace.
1 (Tie): Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia had an injury-plagued year last year and still came so close to making the playoffs. Now that the team is healthy and rested, watch out NFC East, the Eagles aren't gonna Take it Easy on you. Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Macklin and LeSean McCoy will be an unstoppable four-headed monster this year. This should be the year that Vick puts all the naysayers to rest and firmly plants himself in the upper echelon of NFL QBs. Trent Cole is primed and ready for some All-Pro production and Cary Williams, while young, is ready to submit his name as top corner in the league. Opposing teams are going to really have to earn their points this year against Philly. Washington might be one-and-done for the NFC East crown.
1 (Tie): Pittsburgh Steelers
With his checkered past far behind him and feeling as healthy as he's ever been, Ben Roethlisberger will be out to prove that last year was just a fluke. The loss of Mike Wallace should open the doors to the incredibly talented depth the Steelers have at wide receiver and the WR group as a whole seems much improved from last year. The defense continues to lose pieces to age and free agency, but Mike Tomlin is too good and I don't except to see any sort of drop off. With the injury bug far behind him, I expect Troy Polamalu to return to his all-pro caliber production. The AFC North has run through Baltimore the last couple of years, but they might have just been keeping the seat warm for Pittsburgh.
1 (Tie): Saint Louis Rams
Get ready for the Greatest Show on Turf version 2.0. Sam Bradford is a stud in the making and finally has a supporting cast. Tavon Austin will be ROTY, mark it, notarize it and put it in a safety deposit box. Austin can and will make plays all over the field and Bradford is the perfect QB to get the ball into his hands. The Rams defense is no push over either and can butt heads with anyone. Chris Long is ready to take huge strides and maybe even step out of the shadow of his HOF father. While the media bickers over San Francisco and Seattle, the Rams are positioned to slip ahead with the guidance of the masterfully, mustachioed Jeff Fisher.
1 (Tie): San Diego Chargers
This is a make or break season for Philip Rivers and I think he makes it. He's always had the tools and has shown flashes of brilliance, but this should be the season that he puts it all together and takes command of a transitioning Chargers team. The addition of head coach Mike McCoy means that the Chargers will be adding a more offense power to their dominating defense. Watch out Denver, there's a nasty lightning storm rampaging your way up the 215 to the 15 to I-70.
1 (Tie): San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers were one blown call away from being Super Bowl champs and this year they are out to prove the title belongs with them. The best team from the NFC (but really the NFL) only got better in the offseason. Collin Kaepernick is a flat-out star and should elevate his game to elite status. The kid can really sling it and will leave secondaries guessing. Frank Gore will continue to pound defenses into submission and the emergence of Kendall Hunter will provide a devastating 1-2 punch. The injury to Michael Crabtree will only be a slight setback thanks to the signing of Anquan Boldin who will be revitalized and will put up Pro Bowl numbers. I expect rookie safety Eric Reid to step in day one and not only be a contributor, but a big time playmaker. Plus with the addition of Nnamdi Asomugha, the 49ers secondary is arguably the top in the league... and I haven't even mentioned the HOF in the making production of Aldon Smith. Can anyone stop San Francisco this year? Probably not.
1 (Tie): Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ahoy me mateys and set a course for Revis Island! Folks down in Tampa are in for a treat this year. Dashon Goldson and Darrelle Revis in the same secondary hardly seems fair. Add in Eric Wright and it's just plain criminal how much talent is back there. Offensively, Josh Freeman continues to makes strides and is on the cusp of greatness. If Vincent Jackson keeps making all-pro caliber plays, I expect Freeman to make the pro-bowl and maybe even be the starter. Doug Martin rounds out would should be an imposing offense power. The folks down in Hillsborough County should get excited. It's going to be one hell of a season for the Bucs.
1 (Tie): Tennessee Titans
Now that Matthew Hasselbeck is gone, the Jake Locker era can finally begin. I expect great things out of Locker. He has already shown great poise and incredible play-making ability, he just needs to put it all together for a 16 game season. I think he does it this year. He'll get a lot of help from a vitalized Chris Johnson. 2,000 yards should be simple for him this year. Call me when he breaks 2,200. And don't sleep on the Titans defense, Bernard Pollard packs a big punch. You'll want to make sure you see these Titans coming. They should be able to take control of a weak AFC South.
1 (Tie): Washington Redskins
RG3 had an injury-plagued RG3 last RG3 and still came so close to making the RG3. Now that the RG3 is RG3 and RG3, watch out RG3, the RG3 aren't gonna RG3. RG3, RG3, RG3 and RG3 will be an unstoppable four-headed RG3 this RG3. This should be the RG3 that RG3 puts all the RG3 to rest and firmly plants RG3 in the upper echelon of RG3. RG3 is primed and ready for some All-Pro RG3 and RG3, while RG3, is ready to submit his RG3 as top RG3 in the RG3. Opposing RG3 are going to really have to earn their RG3 this year against RG3.
32 (Tie): New York Jets
32 (Tie): Seattle Seahawks
Despite some success in his rookie campaign, I'm not convinced I'm ready to board the Russell Wilson bandwagon just yet. I see far too many loose wheels. The read option saw some success last year but is still a gimmick and defenses have just about figured it out. Wilson is far too dependent on the read option, so once it is taken away, there goes 75% of his plays. Yikes. Seattle tried to improve their lackluster WR corps by selling the farm to get Percy Harvin. Harvin can make plays but hasn't shown that he can be a consistent contributor and is more likely to finish the season on IR than with 5 total touchdowns. The Seattle defense had some good games last season but their weaknesses were exposed against the Redskins and Falcons and I expect teams to copy and paste those plans. Richard Sherman has spent the entire offseason talking trash and has forgotten to work on becoming a better player. I expect a huge drop off from him along with the rest of the Seahawks defense... at least the ones that aren't suspended. Seattle will be lucky to break .300.