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NFC Power Rankings: Top Five

I revealed me bottom eleven teams in my preseason power rankings in two segments this week.  The two posts can be read here and here.  Now, onto my top five teams in the NFC:

#5  Green Bay Packers

The Packers are the media darling of the moment, but as I recently pointed out I am a tad more skeptic given the recent age and behavior issues surrounding their roster.  With that being said, if suspensions and age don’t catch up with the Pack this year, they could be an elite NFC team.  Outside of the injured Aaron Kampman, they had no real players of note leave the team.  They also added two offensive lineman and two defensive lineman which could help improve this team in the trenches.  All the pieces are in place on this team, but the ages of Donald Driver, Charles Woodsen, Chad Clifton, Al Harris, and Mark Tauscher are cause to be concerned about a complete disaster of a season.  For now, however, we will assume that this team is a force to be reckoned with because, on paper, they are just that.

#4  Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys aren’t without some question marks.  Their O-Line and secondary were both absolutely horrid against the Vikings in the playoffs and neither was really addressed during the offseason, other than the signing of mediocre tackle Alex Barron and a few late draft picks.  Over the offseason they lost Flozell Adams, Bobby Carpenter, Ken Hamlin, and who knows who will end up being their kicker.  All negatives aside, their offense is loaded with talent and got even more talented with the addition of Dez Bryant who has Moss-like expectations heading into his rookie season.  The defense has holes in it, but the pass rush creates a lot of havoc and makes a weak secondary look better than it is.

#3  San Francisco 49ers

This pick probably is the one that will get criticized the most in the comments below.  Much like Favre’s last second throw to Lewis to beat the Niners, I felt like this team was always just one step behind their competition all season long.  The Niners traded mediocre talent for mediocre talent during the free agent season, but what I think will put them over the top is their commitment to addressing the offensive line in the draft and their willingness to rally behind one quarterback.  That quarterback is Alex Smith, but I truly feel like he is going to finally revamp his career utilizing the incredible talent around him including Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree, and Vernon Davis.  The defense is solid all the way around starting with the NFL’s best linebacker in Patrick Willis, and the addition of rookies Taylor Mays and Navorro Bowman provides an adequate amount of competition and depth.  Look for the Niners win at least 10 games this year, six of which could come from their incredibly weak division (the bottom three teams of my power rankings).  This year, the Niners won’t be one step behind against anybody.

#2  New Orleans Saints

Somehow the Saints really managed to avoid the pillaging of their roster that normally follows a Super Bowl win.  In fact, Scott Fujita and Charles Grant are probably the biggest names that left their team this year and that really isn’t a big deal at all.  Meanwhile, they added some power to their defensive line by snagging Alex Brown and Jimmy Wilkerson.  The offensive line has been an area of skepticism for the Saints, but the drafting of tackle Charles Brown and center Matt Tennant should provide some stability.  In addition, rookie corner Patrick Robsinson, rookie tight end Jimmy Graham, and rookie defensive tackle Al Woods should be able to have a positive impact on this roster.  There is an argument to be made that they should top this list, but considering that they are going to start the season 0-1 has to count for something, right?

#1  Minnesota Vikings

Yup.  The Vikes are on top.  If you don’t know why the Vikings are listed here, then you need to read Vikings Gab much more often and keep that habit up between now and when they attend the Super Bowl in February.

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2 Responses to “NFC Power Rankings: Top Five”

  1. c.carterhof says:

    Good list Adam. I would change-
    Falcons too low, Panthers too high. And Saints too high. I do believe 49ers are gonna be pretty good, but not #3.

  2. B. Grant says:

    Adam, does your Viking rank change if the Wrangler pulls another surprise and decides to farm full time?

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