TOJ Pre-Training Camp NFL Power Rankings

TOJ Staff Writer Dalbin Osorio delivers his NFL Power Rankings pre-training camp

We are sure you have had a steady diet of power rankings as we barrel towards training camp. Here is another one to throw in the mix. Please feel free to leave your comments below. Let’s get to it!

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New York Jets – Wide Receiver Power Rankings – Halfway Point Edition

Connor Rogers with New York Jets Wide Receiver Power Rankings heading into week 3 of the pre-season

The second week of the preseason is complete and the New York Jets wide receiver power rankings are beginning to look more clear. While the back end of the receiver depth chart is still a shot in the dark, the front end is solidifying itself as many expected. Let’s dive in to the updated rankings

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New York Jets – Preseason Week 2 Running Back Power Rankings

Connor Rogers ranks the New York Jets running backs heading into week 2 of the pre-season

The first preseason game has come and gone, showing us very little of what to expect from the New York Jets running backs. Chris Ivory, Joe McKnight, and Lex Hilliard did not play due to injuries. Mike Goodson’s GPS is still re-routing him as he struggles to find Cortland, which left the Jets with Bilal Powell, seventh round draft pick Tommy Bohanon, and mostly camp bodies to receive the bulk of carries. Let’s see how things are shaping up. Continue reading “New York Jets – Preseason Week 2 Running Back Power Rankings”

Turn On The Jets AFC Power Rankings: Pre-Training Camp Edition

Turn On The Jets with their AFC Power Rankings heading into training camp

Power Rankings for the AFC heading to training camp, which for the New York Jets will kick off on July 26th in Cortland, New York. Feel free to vehemently disagree or praise my precision and intelligence in the comment section below. Make sure you are following TOJ both on Twitter and Facebook

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TOJ Week 14 NFL Power Rankings

TOJ with his NFL power rankings after three-fourths of the season

Your NFL Power Rankings, three quarters of the way through the season. Please feel free to discuss my idiocy in great detail in the comment section or on theTwitter and Facebook page –

1. Green Bay Packers (12-0) – It is fair to say that they should go 16-0 at this point. It was unbelievable how quick they went down the field for that winning field goal on Sunday.

2. Baltimore Ravens (9-3) – If they could handle subpar competition, they’d be 12-0. Their three losses have come to Jacksonville, Seattle, and Tennessee.

3. New Orleans Saints (9-3) – I am vaulting them over San Francisco because of how dominant they looked the past two weeks against potential playoff teams in the NFC.

4. San Francisco 49ers (10-2) – They should roll to the number two seed.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3) – Looking like the number five seed unless the Ravens slip-up.

6. New England Patriots (9-3) – Don’t be surprised if they finish 13-3.

7. Houston Texans (9-3) – Their defense and running game is good enough to carry them to a AFC South title with T.J. Yates under center.

8. Denver Broncos (7-5) – I keep thinking the next week will be the one when Denver finally gets burnt in a close game but it hasn’t happened yet.

9. New York Jets (7-5) – Too high? Look at the 7-5 teams below them.

10. Oakland Raiders (7-5) – Was getting obliterated by the Dolphins an aberration or the sign of a late season meltdown?

11. Dallas Cowboys (7-5) – An absolutely brutal loss to Arizona, means the NFC East is going to be a dogfight.

12. New York Giants (6-6) – There is some pride in losing to Green Bay only by 3, but a loss to Dallas this weekend would be their fifth straight and could be a nail in the coffin to their season, then again a win puts them in the driver’s seat for the NFC East.

13. Atlanta Falcons (7-5) – It has been a disappointing season for Atlanta but if they beat the teams they should, they will end up in the playoffs.

14. Chicago Bears (7-5) I put them below Atlanta out of anger for Brett Favre rumors starting again.

15. Cincinnati Bengals (7-5) – A humbling loss in Pittsburgh shows the injuries may be too much for this young team to overcome.

16. Tennessee Titans (7-5) – If Chris Johnson is really back, they could be very dangerous down the stretch.

17. Detroit Lions (7-5) – Undisciplined and dirty.

18. Miami Dolphins (4-8) – Imagine if they had won some of those close games early in the year.

19. Seattle Seahawks (5-7) – Sneakily not really that bad of a team.

20. Arizona Cardinals (5-7) – See above.

21. San Diego Chargers (5-7) – Philip Rivers looked like himself for the first time this season last night.

22. Kansas City Chiefs (5-7) – A good defense keeps them competitive, despite Tyler Palko.

23. Buffalo Bills (5-7) – It feels like a hundred years ago that they were the feel good story of the NFL.

24. Philadelphia Eagles (4-8) – A very different 4-8 than the Miami team they are facing this week.

25. Carolina Panthers (4-8) – They are going to give Atlanta everything they can handle this week.

26. Washington Redskins (4-8) – I guess you can’t win with Rex Grossman under center.

27. Cleveland Browns (4-8) – The most boring team in football?

28. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-9) – They shouldn’t be allowed on prime-time for another few years.

29. Tampa Bay Bucs (4-8) – What a disappointing year for the “youngry” Bucs.

30. Minnesota (2-10) – Well Percy Harvin is pretty good…

31. St. Louis Rams (2-10) – Maybe they are the most boring team in football.

32. Indianapolis Colts (0-12) – It is fair to say that they should go 0-16 at this point.

Where Do New York Jets Fit As Super Bowl Contender?

ESPN released their first edition of NFL Power Rankings today, which always provides an interesting talking point. The New York Jets came in a somewhat surprisingly low seventh place, here is a look at the top ten –

  1. Green Bay
  2. New England
  3. Philadelphia
  4. New Orleans
  5. Pittsburgh
  6. Atlanta
  7. New York Jets
  8. Indianapolis
  9. Baltimore
  10. San Diego

Also of note, the Giants came in 11th place, the Dolphins 24th, and the Bills 31st.

I think the general consensus around the league is that the Jets haven’t got better this off-season and you can make a fair argument for that. We haven’t seen Plaxico Burress on the field yet or Derrick Mason work with Mark Sanchez in a real game. Their passing game is a work in progress, although hasn’t it been the past two years? They still have the tools to execute the Ground and Pound, which carried them to the AFC Championship Game in 2009 and 2010.

Let the entire league pick New England as the AFC Super Bowl favorite, they did it last year and we saw how that turned out in the playoffs. Atlanta hasn’t won a playoff game in the Matt Ryan era, which has to count for something. Philadelphia is receiving the expected hype from a big off-season and most people expect a New Orleans bounce-back this year after an ugly first round playoff exit.

According to these rankings, the Jets are the third best team in the AFC. It is time for them to find a way to win a division title by being consistent enough in the regular season to finish ahead of the Patriots. Regardless of recent history, the Jets need to host playoff games and make their road to the Super Bowl easier.

TOJ NFL Power Rankings: Week 17 – Extended Edition

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Our final installment of the NFL Regular Season Power Rankings…don’t shed a tear on me. Don’t worry, the show doesn’t stop in the playoffs, but here is a very special edition of TOJ NFL Power Rankings…

The Favorite

1. New England Patriots (13-2) – There is no way around it, New England is the team to beat heading into the 2010 playoffs. How many hours are going to be spent pouring over the game tape from when Cleveland beat them way back on November 7th? They are the best but not unbeatable because of a sometimes shaky defense and young players in many key spots.

The Top Contenders

2. New Orleans Saints (11-4) – They know what it takes to win in the playoffs and regardless of likely being a wild-card, their road to the Super Bowl isn’t looking too intimidating. Big win over Atlanta last week in their building, showed they are still the team to beat in the NFC.

3. Baltimore Ravens (11-4) – The team I am most confident can knock off the Patriots in the playoffs. However, they will likely have to get by Peyton Manning first which will be no easy task.

Super Bowl Capable

4. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-4) – They need to handle business against the Browns or Sunday or risk falling all the way to a #6 seed. It would be a tall task for any wild-card team to come into Heinz Field and get a victory.

5. Atlanta Falcons (12-3) – The road to the Super Bowl still goes through Atlanta in the NFC but they now have it in their head that New Orleans can beat them in their building. Beyond that, the Falcons simply aren’t a dominant team who could be knocked off by any playoff team in their conference.

6. Chicago Bears (11-4) – Clinched a bye thanks to Philadelphia laying an egg last night. If Jay Cutler plays like he did against the Jets, they will be a tough out. It will be interesting to see how they handle the Green Bay game on Sunday, which is meaningless to them.

7. Philadelphia Eagles (10-5) – I know, I know…they looked awful last night but Mike Vick makes them a scary match-up for anybody in the NFC. They will have to beat Chicago at some point, however, who banged them up earlier in the year.

Dangerous

8. Kansas City Chiefs (10-5) – 7-0 at home and they are peeking at the right time. However, it remains to be seen how the key young players on their team handle their first playoff action.

9. Green Bay Packers (9-6) – Chicago would be doing the rest of the conference a favor by doing everything in their power to keep them out of the playoffs.

10. Indianapolis Colts (9-6) – It doesn’t matter how banged up they are, Peyton Manning makes them capable of reaching February.

11. New York Jets (10-5) – If they remember how to play defense and to give Shonn Greene the football, they could roll off a few wins in January especially if Mark Sanchez stays hot. After all the talk, a one and done showing would be a major disappointment.

Just Kill Them Already

12. Tampa Bay Bucs (9-6) – The young Bucs exceeded everybody’s expectations this year and are going to be a serious contender for a long time. However, it is doubtful they will receive enough help to reach the playoffs this time around.

13. New York Giants (9-6) – There is no overcoming the meltdown they had against the Eagles, which looks like it will take them from a potential #2 seed to having a new head coach.

14. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-7) – They had every chance in the world to take advantage of the Colts struggles but failed to do so.

If Only They Were in the NFC West

15. Oakland Raiders (7-8) – Not a bad year for the Raiders, who helped the Jets out just a little by not being their usual 4-5 win selves which would have resulted in a top 10 pick for the Patriots in next year’s draft.

16. San Diego Chargers (8-7) – Inexcusable let down in Cincinnati ended their playoff hopes. Oh well, they weren’t going to win a playoff game anyway.

Pulling For You Sunday Night

17. St. Louis Rams (7-8) – Is there anybody who would rather see the pitiful Seahawks in the playoffs than the young, surprising Rams led by Sam Bradford and Steven Jackson?

A Moment to Laugh

18. Washington Redskins (6-9) – For the way they handled the Albert Haynesworth and Donovan McNabb situation, along with thinking they could be a playoff team by starting Joey Galloway at receiver.

19. Miami Dolphins (7-8) – For thinking Chad Henne was a franchise quarterback and to everybody (I am looking you Bill Williamson) who argued they’d rather have him than Mark Sanchez.

20. Minnesota Vikings (6-9) – To how much better they would have been starting Joe Webb all along.

21. Dallas Cowboys (5-10) – To people like me who thought they were a Super Bowl contender.

22. Detroit Lions (5-10) – To them throwing the ball on third down when the Jets had no timeouts with Drew Stanton way back in November.

Deserve Some Respect

23. Buffalo Bills (4-11) – They have fought hard every week and are a handful of plays away from being a 7 win team despite lacking talent on both sides of the ball.

24. Cleveland Browns (5-10) – Fought hard all year but then dropped some winnable games late in the season that will likely cost Eric Mangini his job.

Deserve No Respect

25. Tennessee Titans (6-9) – Completely meltdown and quit in the second  half of the year…kind of like Vince Young when he gets taken out of games.

26. Houston Texans (5-10) – Kind of funny to think about what everyone was saying about them after they beat the Colts in week one.

Just Awful

27. Seattle Seahawks (6-9) – If you haven’t been able to tell yet this year, it absolutely disgusts me that Seattle can still make the playoffs. Over the last 9 games, Seattle has lost by 30, 34, 15, 18, 19, 16, and 23 and beaten the Cardinals and Panthers aka a pair of college teams. Just disgusting that we have to watch them on Sunday night.

28. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11) – It would have been real interesting to watch how their season would have went without T.O. and Ochocinco.

29. Denver Broncos (4-11) – At least they have Tebow to look forward to next year.

30. San Francisco 49ers (5-10) – Mike Singletary was always entertaining.

31. Arizona Cardinals (5-10) – Funny to see Kerry Rhodes run his mouth on Twitter about the Jets as he is a key part of one of the NFL’s worst defenses.

32. Carolina Panthers (2-13) – Should be in last place for a long, long time in the NFC South.

TOJ NFL Power Rankings: Week 16

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It is hard to remember a year when so much of the seeding could be shakenup in the final two weeks, and I know there has never been a year when one division has been so putrid…

1. New England Patriots (12-2) – Bill Belichick won’t let them take the foot off the gas in the final two weeks, as they face the basement dwellers of the AFC East.

2. Atlanta Falcons (12-2) – A quiet 12-2. Let’s see how they handle New Orleans this Monday Night, but either way they have all but locked up home field advantage.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (10-4) – Players like Mike Vick and Desean Jackson mean the Eagles are never out of a game.

4. Baltimore Ravens (10-4) – Impressive win over the defending champs kept their NFC North title hopes alive.

5. Chicago Bears (10-4) – How many people picked them to win the NFC North?

6. New York Jets (10-4) – The best way to shoot up in the power rankings is by beating a quality opponent in their building. Can they do it two weeks in a row?

7. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-4) – Their offense has been inconsistent and their defense isn’t anywhere near the same without Troy Polamalu in the line-up.

8. New Orleans Saints (10-4) – They can be happy with likely playing the NFC West winner in the first round of the playoffs.

9. New York Giants (9-5) – Went from a potential number two seed to playing for their playoff lives in Lambeau this Sunday.

10. San Diego Chargers (8-6) – They’ll win out, but will they get the help needed to win the AFC West?

11. Kansas City Chiefs (9-5) – The Chiefs should be able to handle business to become the surprise winners of the AFC West.

12. Green Bay Packers (8-6) – Do or die against the Giants at home this week.

13. Indianapolis Colts (8-6) – One of the weaker Colts teams in recent memory but they will still be hosting a home playoff game, unless something strange happens.

14. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-6) – It was only a matter of time until the Colts caught them. Who wanted to watch Jacksonville host a playoff game anyway?

15. Tampa Bay Bucs (8-6) – Nothing for this young team to hang their head about, if they fall short of the playoffs this year.

16. Oakland Raiders (7-7) – The Colts will have their hands full with the Raiders in Oakland this Sunday.

17. Dallas Cowboys (5-9) – They have played very good football since Jason Garrett has taken over.

18. Miami Dolphins (7-7) – Another mediocre season for the Dolphins, who have some major questions to answer this off-season.

19. Tennessee Titans (6-8) – Took a few weeks too long to wake up out of their mid-season funk.

20. Houston Texans (5-9) – Are you really surprised the Texans were a “disappointment” this year?

21. St. Louis Rams (6-8) – The only team in the NFC West that I have a small amount of respect for.

22. Buffalo Bills (4-10) – Way too high? I don’t think so. They play with heart and remain competitive every single week.

I have to be honest…I can’t even rank beyond this point. It is just a pile of crap, that doesn’t deserve to be sorted through. It feels like the Seahawks lose by 30 every week and yet they could still host a playoff game. The 49ers are four games under .500 and could still host a playoff game. The Vikings have clearly quit. The Browns appear to have quit. The Bengals are a disaster. The Lions…well hey, they won a road game. The Cardinals and Panthers are unwatchably awful, and of course are both playing prime-time games this week.

TOJ’s Favorite Moments Of Week 15…

TOJ NFL Power Rankings: Week 15

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The Jets are falling down these power rankings faster than Mark Sanchez’s quarterback rating…

1. New England Patriots (11-2) – For the first time this season, there is a clear cut best team in the NFL. The Patriots are looking like they will roll to a 14-2 record and homefield throughout in the playoffs.

2. Atlanta Falcons (11-2) – There is no reason the Falcons shouldn’t be able to at least win 2 of their last 3 and wrap up the #1 seed in the NFC.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3) – Their defense must be licking their chops after watching Mark Sanchez’s game tapes from the past three weeks.

4. New Orleans Saints (10-3) – Funny enough, they might have to go on the road to beat the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the playoffs after smacking them around this past week.

5. Philadelphia Eagles (9-4) – They can basically wrap up a NFC East title with a win on the road over the Giants this Sunday.

6. New York Giants (9-4) – They are back to running the football and playing superior defense, which makes them tough to beat.

7. Baltimore Ravens (9-4) – They are far from a dominant team but will still be dangerous in January.

8. Chicago Bears (9-4) – Embarrassment to the Patriots doesn’t hurt as much because of the Packers loss.

9. Green Bay Packers (8-5) – Bad timing to finally lose to the Lions, even worse timing to have Aaron Rodgers banged up with a trip to New England on the schedule.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-5) – The Jaguars can clinch the AFC South by beating Peyton Manning in his own building this Sunday.

11. Tampa Bay Bucs (8-5) – With Detroit and Seattle coming up on the schedule, there is no reason the young Bucs shouldn’t be playing for a playoff spot in week 17.

12. San Diego Chargers (7-6) – There is no reason they shouldn’t run the table with their remaining schedule, but will it be enough for a division title?

13. Kansas City Cheifs (8-5) – They need Matt Cassel back as soon as possible because playing in St. Louis won’t be a gimme with Brodie Croyle under center.

14. Indianapolis Colts (7-6) – Do or die this week against the Jags.

15. New York Jets (9-4) – It is hard to see 9-4 not turning into 9-6 very quickly with road games upcoming against the Steelers and Bears.

16. Miami Dolphins (7-6) – They need to run the table and get major help for a shot at the playoffs.

17. Oakland Raiders (6-7) – The Raiders should at least be a .500 team this year, which is a major step in the right direction.

18. Dallas Cowboys (4-9) – Too bad they aren’t in the NFC West.

19. Houston Texans (5-8) – Still have no clue on how to win close games. It is shame because they wasted a great comeback last night.

20. St. Louis Rams (6-7) – Tough day at the office for Sam Bradford but he is going to dominate the NFC West for years to come.

21. San Francisco 49ers (5-8) – If they can upset the Chargers on Thursday, they will be in pretty good shape to steal a division title.

22. Washington Redskins (5-8) – Botched extra point snap only added to a miserable season for the Redskins.

23. Tennessee Titans (5-8) – It feels like it has been 5 years since the Titans have won a game.

24. Minnesota Vikings (5-8) – Didn’t show any heart in competing against the Giants on Monday Night Football.

25. Cleveland Browns (5-8) – Eric Mangini might need to win out to save his job.

26. Buffalo Bills (3-10) – Ryan Fitzpatrick has put together a very good year for the Bills under center.

27. Seattle Seahawks (6-7) – Yes, I am saying I think the Bills would beat the Seahawks right now.

28. Detroit Lions (3-10) – Nice to see them finally beat Green Bay.

29. Cincinnati Bengals (2-11) – Starting to become impossible to picture Carson Palmer under center for them in 2011.

30. Arizona Cardinals (4-9) – Larry Fitzgerald is still counting the seconds until this season is over.

31. Denver Broncos (3-10) – Why not give Tim Tebow a look?

32. Carolina Panthers (1-12) – Not really a positive thing you can say about this team right now.

TOJ NFL Power Rankings: Week 14

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As the Jets tumble down…down…down

1. New England Patriots (10-2) – Flexed their muscle as the NFL’s best team by thrashing the Jets in front of the whole country. If they can take care of business in Chicago, no reason they can’t finish with at least 13 wins.

2. Atlanta Falcons (10-2) – Not as dominant as New England but they find a way to keep winning each week.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3) – Gutsy win in Baltimore, puts them in great position for a AFC North title and a bye week.

4. Chicago Bears (9-3) – The Bears have a chance to show they belong in the discussion as the NFL’s best team this week when they host New England.

5. Baltimore Ravens (8-4) – No shame in losing a hard fought game with Pittsburgh and settling for a season split. However, they will likely be stuck in the wild-card again.

6. New Orleans Saints (9-3) – They have kept themselves within striking distance of Atlanta.

7. Green Bay Packers (8-4) – The Packers took care of business this week but after next week’s match-up with Detroit, they have a brutal finish against New England, the Giants, and Chicago.

8. Philadelphia Eagles (8-4) – Need to avoid slipping up against resurgent Cowboys to set stage for showdown with Giants.

9. New York Giants (8-4) – Need to avoid slipping up against resurgent Vikings to set stage for showdown with Eagles.

10. Kansas City Chiefs (8-4) – The Chiefs can bury the Chargers by beating them for the second time this year.

11. New York Jets (9-3) – A little harsh? 45-3. They are lucky to be this high.

12. Tampa Bay Bucs (7-5) – Their inability to beat any team with a winning record will keep them out of the playoffs.

13. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-5) – It is starting to look like they have an actual chance to steal the AFC South.

14. Oakland Raiders (6-6) – Impressive win over San Diego kept their slim playoff chances alive.

15. San Diego Chargers (6-6) – Brutal loss to the Raiders, took a big shot into their playoff hopes. However, they can make up for it by beating the Chiefs this week.

16. Indianapolis Colts (6-6) – If they can’t handle the imploding Titans on Thursday night, than it may be time to throw in the towel on them as a playoff contender.

17. St. Louis Rams (6-6) – Very interested to see how they play the Saints this weekend.

18. Cleveland Browns (5-7) – The Browns should be able to pull to .500 in the next two weeks with games against Buffalo and Cincinnati.

19. Miami Dolphins (6-6) – Can play the role of spoiler by beating the Jets on the road this weekend.

20. Houston Texans (5-7) – Any playoff hope they have left should be buried by Baltimore this week.

21. Minnesota Vikings (5-7) – T-Jack didn’t look so bad out there.

22. Seattle Seahawks (6-6) – It would truly pain me to watch this team in the playoffs this year.

23. Dallas Cowboys (4-8) – Not sure anybody wants to play them the rest of the year.

24. Washington Redskins (5-7) – Their season has quickly turned into an absolute disaster.

25. Tennessee Titans (5-7) – See above.

26. San Francisco 49ers (4-8) – Sadly, could very realistically only be 1 game out of first place after next week.

27. Denver Broncos (3-9) – That Josh McDaniels sideline celebration after moving to 6-0 last year feels like 100 years ago.

28. Buffalo Bills (2-10) – They were due to get blown out…they are a 2-10 team after all.

29. Cincinnati Bengals (2-10) – Time to draft a new quarterback.

30. Detroit Lions (2-10) – Have no idea how to win a football game.

31. Arizona Cardinals (3-9) – One of the hardest teams to watch in recent years.

32. Carolina Panthers (1-11) – No stops on the 1-15 train.