Passing judgment

September 07, 2006|By JAMISON HENSLEY

The Sun's Jamison Hensley ranks the NFL's passing attacks:

1. INDIANAPOLIS / / As far as passing games go, this is a true fantasy football team.

2. CINCINNATI / / A fully recovered Carson Palmer makes for a healthy passing attack.

3. CAROLINA / / Adding Keyshawn Johnson is an asset for the underrated Jake Delhomme.

4. ARIZONA / / Larry Fitzgerald-Anquan Boldin is the NFL's best young receiver combination.

5. ST. LOUIS / / Torry Holt still makes the Rams one of the better shows on turf.

6. N.Y. GIANTS / / Eli Manning isn't Peyton yet, but he's looking awfully good.

7. SEATTLE / / Injuries to Jerramy Stevens and Darrell Jackson put a dent in a strong air attack.

8. KANSAS CITY / / Age is starting to set in on this prolific passing game.

9. DALLAS / / After a rocky summer, Bill Parcells will grow to love T.O. in the regular season.

10. MIAMI / / The Dolphins essentially stole Daunte Culpepper from the Vikings.

11. PITTSBURGH / / Ben Roethlisberger led the NFL in yards per attempt (8.9).

12. RAVENS / / Steve McNair directed Tennessee's passing attack to four top-10 rankings in five seasons.

13. PHILADELPHIA / / Like it or not, the Eagles were more dangerous with T.O.

14. DENVER / / There has to be concern after the old Jake Plummer showed up in the playoffs.

15. NEW ENGLAND / / Besides Ben Watson, who will Tom Brady throw to?

16. SAN DIEGO / / Philip Rivers isn't as raw as many believe.

17. GREEN BAY / / Brett Favre looked like he was going through the motions last year.

18. NEW ORLEANS / / Will Drew Brees' surgically repaired right shoulder hold up?

19. OAKLAND / / Defenses will be triple-covering Randy Moss.

20. JACKSONVILLE / / The sudden retirement of Jimmy Smith still stings.

21. N.Y. JETS / / Chad Pennington won the quarterback job by default.

22. TAMPA BAY / / Still not sold on Chris Simms. Or Michael Clayton.

23. MINNESOTA / / The place where bad Ravens receivers are banished.

24. DETROIT / / Prime example why you don't draft receivers in the first round.

25. ATLANTA / / Falcons keep adding receivers, but Vick keeps running.

26. HOUSTON / / Over-under for sacks allowed by Texans is 65.

27. TENNESSEE / / Never good when you sign your soon-to-be starting quarterback just before the season.

28. WASHINGTON / / Remember when Mark Brunell could throw a pass longer than 10 yards?

29. CLEVELAND / / Charlie Frye is not the answer at quarterback. Neither is Ken Dorsey.

30. BUFFALO / / Reaching for a quarterback in the first round rarely works (ask the Ravens).

31. CHICAGO / / The Bears have finished 30th or worse in passing for three straight seasons.

32. SAN FRANCISCO / / Alex Smith wouldn't have been a top-three quarterback in the 2006 draft.

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