Team Rankings

Week Seven: Nfl Preview

October 24, 2004|By Comments by Bob Glauber, Newsday

Rankings are a compilation of opinions of eight NFL writers from Tribune Publishing papers across the country (last week's ranking in parentheses):

1. Patriots (1) Offensive coordinator Charlie Weis also deserves credit.

2. Eagles (2) Bet you didn't think the defense would be this good.

3. Colts (3) Look for Peyton Manning to pick up where he left off.

4. Vikings (4) Five more TD passes for Daunte Culpepper. Can you say MVP?

5. Jets (5) Jets don't play as well as their record.

6. Broncos (7) Mike Shanahan might be the best designer of rushing offenses.

7. Steelers (9) Does Ben Roethlisberger's rookie season remind you of Dan Marino?

8. Giants (8) At home against erratic Lions. Can 5-1 be far behind?

9. Seahawks (6) We now know the truth about the defense: It's average.

10. Falcons (10) Michael Vick gets it done when game is on the line.

11. Rams (12) Rams are back on top in NFC West.

12. Ravens (11) Jamal Lewis won't be missed this week, but next against Philly.

13. Jaguars (14) Jags will need a better effort against Indianapolis.

14. Texans (20) Texans come up with huge win against Tennessee.

15. Lions (13) Steve Mariucci's team still not good enough to think playoffs.

16. Browns (22) Does coach Butch Davis think Jeff Garcia is skittish now?

17. Packers (24) Brett Favre isn't done just yet.

18. Chargers (17) Chargers still prefer LaDainian Tomlinson to Vick.

19. Cowboys (16) Dallas goes down again. Looks like a long year, Tuna.

20. Titans (15) Look like world-beaters one week and also-rans the next.

21. Panthers (18) Looks like another NFC Super Bowl team missing playoffs.

22. Saints (21) Evidence mounts that Jim Haslett is a goner.

23. Redskins (28) It's time to give Patrick Ramsey a chance at QB.

24. Chiefs (19) It's looking like golf is this team's playoff activity.

25. Raiders (23) At least Jerry Rice doesn't have to stick around anymore.

26. Buccaneers (27) Jon Gruden's Bucs show flashes of offense.

27. Bengals (25) Apprenticeship of Carson Palmer continues.

28. Cardinals (29) Life won't get easier with home game against Seahawks.

29. Bears (26) Without a quarterback, you don't have a chance.

30. 49ers (30) Tim Rattay has a tale of two very different halves.

31. Bills (31) Only the Dolphins are more boring than the Bills.

32. Dolphins (32) Does Ricky Williams want to come back to this team?

Comments by Bob Glauber, Newsday

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