Seahawks.NET Power Rankings

On the eve of the 2005 NFL regular season, Seahawks.NET's Dylan Johnson ranks them from 1-32 in his first Power Rankings of 2005.

Welcome to the Week One edition of the Power Rankings. As usual, the top and bottom of the rankings were easy to fill, and the middle ground was extremely difficult. Parity has brought chaos to the middle of the pack in the NFL and I would expect the rankings to shuffle quite a bit during the first month as the annual surprises begin to shape up. No doubt one of the Playoff teams from last year will suffer a precipitous slide and an also-ran will climb out of the cellar. Injuries will drastically affect some teams fortunes and unheralded players will have career years. It’s Opening Weekend in the NFL, and every team from #1 all the way down to #32 is tied in the standings. All across the country, fans are planning BBQ’s, tailgate parties, buying face paints and foam fingers, digging out their jerseys and ball caps from the closet, and kissing goodbye to yard work on Sundays in anticipation of Football.

I can’t wait.

“There’s glory in the legends of this hard-muscle life,
And there’s poetry in each season made of sweat and strife.
Winds whisper of high hopes, victory is in the skies
A season awaits with glory in her eyes.”

-- John Facenda & Sam Spence, “A Season Awaits” from “The Power and the Glory: The Original Music & Voices of NFL Films"

This Week
Team
Commentary
Last Year
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Last year's Super Bowl Champions enter the season with some serious question marks on defense. Of course, they entered the AFC Championship game with some serious questions, too, and we all know how that ended.
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Reggie Brown and Greg Lewis have impressed in the preseason, which could spell big trouble for secondaries all across the NFL. Philly has a deep bench which should translate into another deep run into the post-season. If you don't know who Ryan Moats is, you will by the end of the season.
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NFL MVP Peyton Manning will lead the league's most potent offense back to the division title again this year. The Defense, maligned as the team's Achillies heel, finished the season just outside of the Top 10 (at #11). Now, if they could just figure out how to beat New England ...
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4
Conventional wisdom says no team can win 15 games in back-to-back seasons. Still, I never thought Pittsburgh would win 15 games last year, either. Until Big Ben and the Steelers ground game show signs of slumping, the Steelers will perch high on top my rankings.
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Last year's Big Surprise won't catch any teams napping this year, but their offense is powerful enough to remain the favorite in the AFC West.
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6
These guys were in the Super Bowl two years ago and were decimated by injuries last year. They are healthy this year and will challenge the Falcons for supremacy in the NFC South.
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Last year's number two defense will continue to keep the youngsters on offense in the game. Buffalo was one team noone wanted to face at the end of last season, and I see no reason to think that's going to change this year.
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If Vick ever figures out how to consistantly pass the football, the NFL is going to look like Shooter McGavin when Happy Gilmore learned how to putt. "Uh-oh, Michael learned how to pass."
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9
The Jets managed not to collapse in December last year, a very good sign that this ain't your Daddy's Jets. They have all the tools in place to make a run in the post-season, but they, more than most teams, need to keep injury-free to do it.
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Kyle Boller remains the big question mark for the Ravens this year. If he can cut down the mental errors, Baltimore will make the Playoffs. One can only imagine how good this team would have been over the last few years if they'd had any stabilty behind center.
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The one-two punch of Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson in the backfield spell big trouble for KC's opposition this year. If the defense can manage to keep the opponent's score under 20, the Chiefs will have double-digit wins this year.
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A team with a lot of unrealized potential. Clearly the front office believes the problem wasn't the talent level but the willpower and intestinal fortitude of the players. Until we see this theory in action on game day, the Seahawks sit in the middle of the pack.
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The Vikings improved their defense this offseason, and the loss of Randy Moss shouldn't impact anything except perhaps Culpepper's yardage totals. If Minnesota doesn't dominate the NFC North this year, Mike Tice will be looking for a job in January.
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The NFL changed rules about blocking this past offseason and I think that will translate to lower production in the running game for Denver. The passing game was streaky last year although the defense was solid. Frankly, this is a team that could put together 10 wins this year and could just as easily lose 10. So they sit in the middle of the pack until I see a few games.
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15
Sigh. The NFL's perennial underachievers enter another campaign looking for the spark that could ignite this team to the next level. The team is hoping the spark will be Carson Palmer; the potential is there, but potential don't win games.
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Tampa Bay is this year's enigma. They've got the talent but seemed to lack team cohesiveness last year. I wouldn't expect them to wind up with only 5 wins this year, but with Carolina and Atlanta in front of them in the NFC South, the prospects for the Playoffs don't look so good.
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Houston won't be satisfied with another decent season. They've got good players in skilled positions on offense and a decent defense.
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The questions for the Cowboys are all on offense. Can Bledsoe and his WRs remain healthy all year long? Is Julius Jones as good as he looked at times last year? One thing's for sure, the defense will keep the scores close.
30
19
The Jags will try to build on last year when their stout defense allowed the team to hang around and win some game. The question is can Leftwich realize his potential as a big-time NFL quarterback?
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Offensive Line injuries will impact this team early in the season. There's a lot of buzz around the Cardinals this year and there are certainly talented players in key positions, but it remains to be seen if that can translate into the "W" column on Sundays.
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This team only managed to beat 5 teams last year that weren't from Seattle. Steven Jackson and Tory Holt should make the Pro-Bowl but the defense that gave up an average of 24.5 points per game doesn't look any better this year.
25
22
The Giants are on the rise and any team that looks past them or expects an easy win is going to be surprised at how much this team has matured. However, being on the rise means that you aren't that good … yet. If the offensive line ever gels, the Giants could make it as a Wildcard.
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The Saints claim they will rely more heavily on the running game this year which translates to fewer opprotunities for Aaron Brooks to give the ball away. If Haslett sticks to his guns the Saints will improve on last year's record. The secondary is still a major concern, and might conspire to keep the Saints out of the playoffs.
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Joey Harrington will be on a short leash with so much money and talent invested in the skill positions that surround him. The Lions have no excuses for not being .500 or better this year.
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Farve will certainly be motivated in what appears to be his final season and he has the players around him to succeed. But, he can't score from the sidelines, and I'm not convinced the Packer defense can get the ball into his hands.
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26
The Redskins have been the NFL's paper tiger for the last few years; with so many talented players, Washington should be much better than they've been. I take the Missouri approach with the 'Skins: Show me.
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27
The Titans lost a lot of talent to free agency this past offseason and I'm not convinced the gaps have been filled. Jeff Fisher has his work cut out for him this year
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28
The return of Ricky Williams and the debut of first round draft pick Ronnie Brown should make the 'Fins more competative this year. Too bad they're in a division with 3 other teams that are much better than they are.
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29
Getting Randy Moss: Good. Trading away your most talented young defender to get him: Bad. In a division with 3 explosive offenses, getting weaker on D wasn't a good idea.
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I'm really pulling for Trent Dilfer to do well, but the Browns front office has made so many catastrophic choices on draft day that I'm afraid his team just isn't that good. One thing is for sure, you won't hear the QB complaining to the press about it.
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31
Another rebuilding year for the 49ers. Alex Smith will get some starts later this year, so there's something to look forward to in San Francisco.
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When your #1 QB goes down in preseason and your #2 is so dreadful that you cut him before the final preseason game, the future doesn't hold many wins.
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