Mr. N’s #NFL Preseason Power Poll Teams # 24-17 #NFLTrainingCamp #NFLPreseason

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Here is part 2 of my preseason prognostication…


24 – Miami Dolphins – This team was a top 15 in my early thinking and then they lost Tannehill and brought in Cutler. Nuff said.

If all goes Bad Cutler – 3-13
If all goes likely Cutler – 5-11
if Cutler doesn’t play like a total putz – 7-9


23 – Philadelphia Eagles – They have Wentz getting better but now have a bit of a mixed bag of receivers and still are trying to get their legs under them with RB and TE. The D can be solid but without a fully functional O this could be another rough year in Philly.


If all is bad – 4-12
In all likelihood – 6-10
If Wentz is super – 8-8


22 – Indianapolis Colts – This team wasn’t very good with Andrew Luck healthy and now he is dinged up and coming back slowly from injury. This is not going to be a good year for the Colts.


If all bad – 5-11
If they are ok – 7-9
If Luck is superb – 9-7


21 – Cincinnati Bengals – They missed the playoffs last year for first time in 5 years and this year…it will be twice in a row. They are getting old and not getting better and their hope is based on people who haven’t played well yet will play better. Good luck with that.


If the year explodes – 5-11
all likely – 8-8
if Dalton has a little magic – 10-6


20 – Detroit Lions – A team that persistently has a dark cloud over their head and never gets any breaks or luck. They aren’t much better and they plan to dump tons of $$$ on Stafford who has never done anything. He is the dictionary definition that throwing for 5,000 yards doesn’t mean much any more.


If very Detroit like – 4-12
If they play like they could – 8-8
If they play 60 all the time – 9-7


19 – Washington Redskins – The only break they have caught this year is to have Elliott suspended on Dallas. They have a QB who is probably mad at management and they seem to lack a lot on D. No Division title here.


if it’s bad – 4-12
they are probably – 8-8
Their best is – 9-7


18 – New Orleans Saints – Brees and his O take this team as far as it goes. The D still (STILL) has issues. They are the same team they have been for years.


if they are bad – 5-11
If they are who they are – 8-8
if the outscore many – 10-6


17 – Baltimore Ravens – A team that did a lot for D but did Nothing for O except lose 2 starting linemen. They are getting old and can’t score any points.


If they get old fast a dismal – 3-13
If they are ok – 8-8
If Flacco has a great year – 10-6.


There you have it!


Top 16 left…


either in 4’s or 8’s time depending!


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Mr. N’s #NFL Preseason Power Poll Teams # 32-25 #NFLTrainingCamp #NFLPreseason

NFL Power Rankings


Hey everyone! The off-season has come to an end, the regular season is just about 4 and a 1/2 weeks from now and now is the time to whet people’s appetites for the fun that is to come!


I will be doing my Preseason power poll as a backwards countdown from 32 to 1.


We start with the bottom 8…


32. The New York Jets – A team that has embraced the word tank. They divested themselves of most key veterans and have done little to put any talent out at the majority of their positions. They are aiming to get QB Sam Darnold with the first pick *the fly in that ointment is that Darnold may not go pro but that would be Jet luck.


Worst and most likely case – 0-16
Best case scenario – 3/13


31. Chicago Bears – A team that traded the moon for a QB and now must pay the piper. They have RBs, a decent O line and better D than before but there is an atmosphere of free falling here and they play a tough schedule.


Worst Case – 1/15
Likely – 2/14
Best Case – 4/12


30. Buffalo Bills – The Ralph will be the scene of much Ralphing this year with this group on the field. Led by an ownership group that doesn’t seem to have any direction, this team is going to struggle.


Worst Case – 2/14
Likely – 3/13
Best – 5/11


29. San Francisco 49ers – New regime and they are building a good base but they need to grow together and get experience and that will take time. They are also in a pretty tough division so the learning part may not be pretty early.


Worst Case – 3/13
Likely – 4/12
Best Case – 5/11


28. Miami Dolphins – This team was going to be a top 15 but then Tannehill got hurt and they dug the rotting corpse of Jay Cutler out of his football grave and gave him the starting QB job. Any hope this team had went south with Cutler trying to sign his contract but over throwing the pen and signing the plant on the desk.


Worst Case – 2/14
Likely – 4/12
Best – 5/11


27. Cleveland Browns – They are not going to be as bad as they have been lately simply because other teams are worse and they get to play them. They are getting a bit more talent and may challenge teams more consistently as they grow.


Worst case – 2/14
Likely – 4/12
Best case – 6/10


26. Los Angeles Rams – A team trying to grow with a young QB who needs to learn fast. They may yet get something going with Goff but this is a tough Division and they have a hard sked.


Worst case – 3/13
Likely 6/10
Best case – 7/9


25. Los Angeles Chargers – A new town, an old QB and a tiny little stadium to play in this year. A head coach with no experience but a D that is getting better. They have already suffered a key injury losing who was touted as potential offensive rookie of the year (Mike Williams WR).


Worst case – 4/12
Likely – 6/10
Best – 8/8


Next post starts with team 24…


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Oakland Raiders – yes I have drunk the kool-aid and for this to come to pass Oakland will have to find it in them to win easy games, win easy games ON THE OTHER COAST and win tough games *at least half of them*

I like Carr, Cooper, Murray and the D lead by Mack and think this is the year

if all goes superbly and the Silver and Black is back then 12-4 is possible.
If it all goes as it should then 11-5 is it
if they can’t man up it could be a disappointing 8-8

I think 11-5 and Division Champs

Kansas City Chiefs – They have a balanced if not exciting O and a D that can be a force sometimes. And a tough schedule.

If they exceed expectations then 11-5 is possible
if they are who I think they are then 9-7 is their record
if it all falls apart then 7-9 is what is will be

I say 9-7.

Denver Broncos – the laughable world champs will be preseason #1 in my poll but they will fall from that spot as soon as the season starts. No QB, no real offense, a D beset by losses and a tough schedule.

if somehow their QB can complete a pass and not butt-fumble they could be 10-6
If Butt-fumble is their QB and he is who he is then 8-8 it will be.
If they are completely destroyed they could be 5-11

I say 8-8 and an ugly 8-8.

Speaking of ugly I present…

San Diego Chargers – They have destroyed any hope of success with their top pick. They didn’t take a LT at #3 as they had paid their bad LT a lot of money so he is their guy. They have an aging O, a D with major issues and a tough schedule. Combine with a team likely being voted out of their town and run by morons…

If they scrape together some success they could be 6-10
If they are a complete mess then 5-11
if it all collapses then 3-13 is possible.

I say 5-11 but for the life of me I can’t see 5 wins on their schedule.


Preseason Power Poll will be out on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

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NFC South


Carolina Panthers led the way last year and this year have somewhat of a nice schedule and most pieces back including Benjamin at WR to have another nice road to the playoffs.

If all goes well they could end up 14-2 and have home field throughout
If they lose a few then they go 13-3 and just win the division and maybe have no bye as there are a LOT of 13-3 NFC teams.
If they struggle they will still go 11-5

I like 13-3 and third seed so they are home against a Wild Card team.

New Orleans Saints have a superb offense but really need the D to show up some or this will not be fun and I don’t think the D will show up.

If they find D to go with scoring then 10-6 is on the plate
if the D does what it can then 8-8 is what they will be
If the O can’t work either then 5-11 is that nightmare

I say 8-8 and watch the fun as Brees throws for 5000 yards

Tampa Bay Buccaneers are back with Winston a year older and maybe he can connect with his WR a bit better, especially with long passes. The D needs to step up to.

If they find it all comes together then I say 9-7 is their record.
if they have some Winston and D issues then 7-9
If the D is bad then 6-10.

I expect 7-9 which is one better than last year and perhaps playoffs in 2017.

Atlanta Falcons won their first 5 last year and I don’t think they may win 5 in 2016. This is a team led by a poor excuse for a QB and has issues at WR and O line and D. Boy do they have D issues.

If they have success then they could be 7-9.
If they are what they really are then 4-12 is it.
If it blows up then 3-13 is likely.

I give them 4-12 and another ugly year in Atlanta.


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This division has belonged to New England for so long that…it will again this year.

New England – they have no Brady for 4 games, an O-line looking for consistency, questions at RB too. They do have Brady and Belichick for 12 games and a pretty easy schedule.

If they split without Tom and roll their late schedule they could be 13-3

All things equal they will be 11-5

If they get swept early and the O-line collapses it could be 9-7

I expect 11-5 and win the division.

New York Jets – they got Fitz back but have questions on D and at O-line. They have a tough schedule too and they are relying on Fitzpatrick to get them to the playoffs.

If Fitz has one more year in him and O-line is stout they could be 11-5

If Fitz is Fitz then 9-7 is expected

If the team collapses they could be 7-9

I expect 9-7 and out of the playoffs again.

Miami Dolphins – Tannehill is better but the team is lacking D and depth at O and have a tough sked.

If it all works they could be 9-7

If they tread water expect 7-9

If it collapese 5-11 and a new QB in Miami

I think, 7-9 and more turmoil in South Florida

Buffalo Bills – so long since the playoffs…one more year…beset by injuries and suspensions and a tough schedule and a stupid name change at the Ralph and it is not a good year for the Bills.

If it all works they could be 9-7

If it is what it should be then 6-10

If it fully collapses in a heap they will be 4-12

I think 6-10 and last in the the division


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This is the shot for Arizona. * Bruce Arians health issues could derail this *

Arizona Cardinals – They are built for a run. They seem to have everyone healthy and have reasonable depth (everywhere but QB). The schedule is favorable and if any team is going to do it…

If all goes well then 14-2 is likely
If it is as it should be then 13-3 division champs and Homefield throughout
If Carson Palmer gets hurt then 11-5 is likely

I believe 13-3 and in control in the NFC

Seattle Seahawks – Perennially a contender they will be again. With Coach and QB they indeed are the Pats West. Questions abound on the O line and at the efficacy of the running backs.

If all goes well then 11-5 is likely
If all is at it should be then 10-6 is it
If the O line collapses then 8-8 is the end result.

I think 10-6 in wild card hunt.

Los Angeles Rams – good news for LA is football is back and this team isn’t San Francisco, however…

A team beset with questions and growth issues could have a long year

if all goes well then 7-9 is likely
If all is as it should be then 6-10
If it’s a mess then 3-13 and Fisher may be gone

I think 6-10 as Goff takes over about week 5.

San Francisco 49ers – they used to be the cream of the crop in the NFL. Those days are long gone. A team with a gimmicky O and a D with only 1 talented player. The whole NFL knows how to beat Chip Kelly’s O and that O will just exhaust a bad D. Not a good combo.

If all goes well then 2-14 is the high water mark
If all is as it should be then 1-15 will be it
This team could go 0-16

I think they win 1 and it’s another ugly year in the Bay


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AFC North


Cincinnati Bengals – a team that is built with few holes. One only wonders why this team can’t win a playoff game. By far the most talented and balanced team in the division and they are not beset with drug suspensions. Depth at QB/RB/WR/OL/DL/LB/CB. Built to dominate in the regular season. The post season is another story.

If all goes well they will be 13-3 and vie for home field throughout

If all is as it should be they will be 12-4

If they have troubles then 10-6 is likely.

I say 12-4 and win the division.

Pittsburgh Steelers – A team that has great talent (on O) but a touch lack of inner discipline. Missing a key WR for a year long suspension (Bryant), probably missing LeVeon Bell for 4 games due to suspension. Some issues on O line and a D that is build on top picks but needs to step up – especially in the secondary. I think the suspensions kill their chances.

if all goes amazing they will be 11-5

if it is as it should be they will be 10-6

if they stumble bad then 8-8 is likely.

I think 10-6 and sniffing around a wild card spot.

Baltimore Ravens – a team with about two dozen ifs and that is too many to deal with successfully. They have a lot of key players coming back from injury or bad years and they need health and good play everywhere. A long year ahead.

if all ifs come home then 10-6

if many ifs don’t work 9-7

if no ifs come but lots of buts 8-8

I say 9-7

Cleveland Browns – Building for 2018 but have to play in 2016. A team that is lacking in nearly every position and where they have talent it is either untested or has no depth. They have a tough schedule and have all their hopes on RGIII.

If all goes super for them they will be 5-11

if they manage to just sneak a few they can be 3-13

They could lose them all and be 0-16.

I say 3-13 and another top 5 pick.


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