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2004 Power Rankings: Week 1

Rank Team Rec. Comment

1 Patriots 14-2-0 Their talent says they should be back in the Super Bowl. Recent history says they might not even make the playoffs.

 

2 Eagles 12-4-0 Donovan McNabb? Terrell Owens? Andy Reid? Take your pick, they're all under pressure in Philly this year.

 

3 Colts 12-4-0 With Edgerrin James and Marvin Harrison free agents at the end of the season this could be the final run for the Big Three in Indy.

 

4 Chiefs 13-3-0 Gunther Cunningham alone isn't going to fix the defense. It's still up to the players, who are the same as last year and that could be a problem.

 

5 Seahawks 10-6-0 Some might have scoffed at Matt Hasselbeck's 'we want the ball and we're going to score' statement. But to us, it's just a confident QB who has fun playing the game.

 

6 Ravens 10-6-0 Jamal Lewis IS the Ravens offense and despite what they say, any missed games would be a big blow.

 

7 Vikings 9-7-0 Last year Randy Moss had career highs in catches (117), yards (1,632) and TDs (tied at 17). We're expecting nothing short of that this year.

 

8 Panthers 11-5-0 While the Panthers looked poised to follow up last year's success, the turnover on the offensive line has to be a concern.

 

9 Titans 12-4-0 Titans fans won't forget what Eddie George meant to the franchise, but Tennessee's running game is going to be just fine with Chris Brown.

 

10 Broncos 10-6-0 The Broncos are definitely better on defense. But with unproven RBs and questions at WR, it's the offense that could be a problem.

 

11 Packers 10-6-0 If Mike McKenzie remains out of the lineup the secondary could end up keeping the Packers from being a Super Bowl team.

 

12 Cowboys 10-6-0 Can the Cowboys be a legitimate contender with a 40-year old QB? We'll find out because Vinny isn't going anywhere for a while.

 

13 Saints 8-8-0 This team looks talented enough to be a playoff contender. Of course, hasn't that been the case the last few years?

 

14 Jets 6-10-0 With Pennington, Moss, Martin and Co., the offense will be good. But can the defense raise its level of play under new coordinator Donnie Henderson?

 

15 Bengals 8-8-0 We think Carson Palmer is going to be a stud. But it will be interesting to see how he -- and Marvin Lewis -- reacts if he gets off to a rough start.

 

16 Rams 12-4-0 Steven Jackson looks legit, but a healthy Marshall Faulk is still the best offensive weapon the Rams have.

 

17 Jaguars 5-11-0 We love Byron Leftwich's potential, but the talk about a surprise Super Bowl run is a little premature.

 

18 Bills 6-10-0 If Drew Bledsoe can get back on track the Bills could be a team to watch out for.

 

19 Falcons 5-11-0 With DeAngelo Hall out for 6-10 weeks and Michael Vick still gimpy, it hasn't been a good preseason for the Falcons, who were No. 7 when we did our offseason rankings in May.

 

20 Redskins 5-11-0 Joe Gibbs walking in the door instantly made this team better.

 

21 Buccaneers 7-9-0 The Bucs were one of the NFL's most active teams this offseason, but we're not sure they're any better.

 

22 Steelers 6-10-0 He might not see the field for a while, but Ben Roethlisberger is going to be a stud.

 

23 Raiders 4-12-0 They might not bounce all the way back, but this team will win more than four games.

 

24 Dolphins 10-6-0 The Dolphins had a terrible offseason, but the defense should still be decent and that could keep them in games.

 

25 Lions 5-11-0 With Harrington, Rogers, Williams and Jones, this could be an exciting team to watch.

 

26 Texans 5-11-0 Carr, Johnson and Davis give the Texans a talented foundation on offense. But they're not going to catch the Titans or Colts this year.

 

27 Bears 7-9-0 Thomas Jones will get the chance to shine in a system that should be a great fit for his skills.

 

28 Giants 4-12-0 The Giants are going to struggle on the offensive line which isn't good when your QBs are a battered veteran and a rookie.

 

29 Browns 5-11-0 As long as he doesn't get hurt, the Offensive Rookie of the Year award is Kellen Winslow's to lose.

 

30 49ers 7-9-0 It's not a good thing when a team loses all it's skill position starters on offense.

 

31 Chargers 4-12-0 It's going to be interesting to see how long LaDainian Tomlinson can keep going without getting frustrated.

 

32 Cardinals 4-12-0 Dennis Green will make the Cardinals a better team, but it's going to take a while to turn the Cardinals into contenders.

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Northern Illinois survives, beating I-AA #1 ranked Southern Illinois 23-22 for their 8th consecutive home win at Huskie Stadium, and bouncing back to 1-1 on the year despite a poor overall performance and despite having our 2 best receivers, Shatone Powers and Sam Hurd suspended, as well as QB Josh Haldi still injured.

 

NIU lead 23-9 in the 4th, but SIU had 2 consecutive TD drives to make it 23-22 with about 50 seconds to go. SIU went for 2 points and the win, but their pass conversion attempt failed, and NIU survived to win.

 

Wow, scary game....next week we travel to Ames to take on Iowa State.

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The Raiders barely lose to the Steelers, :( . Gannon showed that his arm is 100% with 2 nice deep TD passes to Gabrial and Whitted but the defense cant hold on in the end the Steelers steal one on a last second field goal. I have confidence that the Silver and Black are going to make this a very intresting season, gotta love parity in the NFL.

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Raiders suck and you can go to hell!!

 

GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

:mad : :mad : :mad : :mad : :mad :

 

:o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o

 

:mischief

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We'll see the Raiders had a few missing pieces today but I have confidence in this team as soon as Harris is healthy and Gallery is starting. As for your team you shouldnt be as happy as you are, I'll give it to you that you guys got the win today but I think this was more of the Raiders beating themselves than you guys being the better team.

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