Benigno’s Best: Week 1 NFL Power Rankings

1. Green Bay Packers – Respect for the defending champs. Aaron Rodgers is the best young quarterback in the game and already has a Super Bowl ring. Jermichael Finley is back and they look poised to repeat.

2. Philadelphia Eagles – Champions of the off-season, now let’s see if it translates when they start playing for real. Can Michael Vick live up to his latest $100 million contract?

3. New England Patriots – Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are still the toughest combo in football and you just know that Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco will have big bounce-back seasons as Patriots.

4. Pittsburgh Steelers – This team certainly knows how to win. Maybe football’s best defense and a healthy Troy Polamalu make them the team to beat in the AFC North.

5. New York Jets – Anything short of a Super Bowl is not good enough. There are still major concerns with the running game, the pass rush and no depth on the O-line.

6. Atlanta Falcons – The addition of Julio Jones to go along with Roddy White and “Burner Turner” make for possibilities of a very explosive offense, but bottom line, does “Matty Ice” finally not melt in the playoffs?

7. New Orleans Saints – Maybe NFL’s best offensive football team. Drew Brees is still one of the elite QB’s in the game. In a tough division can they bounce back to Super Bowl form?

8. Baltimore Ravens – You know they’ll play defense. Can Joe Flacco take the next step into the quarterbacking elite? Still not better than the Steelers.

9. San Diego Chargers – You know they’ll score points with Philip Rivers, but there are questions in the running game and their special teams have to be better than last year. Unfortunately for San Diego, Norv Turner is still the coach.

10. Indianapolis Colts – Of course this is all predicated on the health of Peyton Manning. If Peyton’s healthy, you know this team is winning 10-12 games, if he’s not, they’d be lucky to win five

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  • idabagwell

    All important keys Dan, nice job!

  • Carl MacFadden

    Joe, your right on the money, as long as our young QB can step up and help the take pressure off the running game.

    O-line needs to help Sanchez take the next step!

    D should do what’s expected.

    9/11- NY 13- D 10

  • Steve

    “Anything short of a Super Bowl is not good enough.” Now that’s funny and the reason Bengino is saying this is because Ryan has promise a Super Bowl victory since he got here.

    The Jets schedule is tougher than last year. Sanchez is still questionable. He needs to be better than just average as a starting QB. He’s passing rating is terrible.

    In order for the Jets to be a playoff team Sanchez has to be in the top 10 as a passer. If he does not get better, without a good running game the Jets are in deep trouble.

    Funny, all the other top teams listed all have a great QB or better then average QB, except the Jets. Yet he has the Jets as Superbowl or Bust.

  • IRA

    Have to agree with most but i would remove the Colts and put in the Texans. And i felt that way even before Manning’s health issues. I think the Texans[Benny will love this] will finally get over the hump because of a stacked defensive side of the ball.
    As for our Jets Joe you are right on the money aboiut the concerns. The D will be the best Rex has had since he is the HC of the NYJ but the offense while it has a lot of weapons i am not sold on their running game until i see it.
    GO JETS!!!!

  • Adam Bartolo

    Hmm,Hmm, I did’t know Pittsburgh played in the NFC. You’re killing me bro…

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