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Preseason power poll

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 6, 2007

NFL preseason power rankings
1. San Diego: With playoff-cursed coach Marty Schottenheimer gone, L.T. will really make Clevelanders wonder "What if?"

2. Indianapolis: Joining Manning and Co., rookie slot receiver Anthony Gonzalez was the real Luckeye.

3. New England: Tom Brady-Randy Moss chemistry needs time; best pickup may be ex-Raven LB Adalius Thomas.

4. New Orleans: Drew Brees, Reggie Bush and Deuce McAllister on verge of Super Bowl if defense improves.

5. Dallas: Even without Parcells, young ’Boys looked primed for the future if Tony Romo rocks.

6. Philadelphia: Clock ticking on Eagles' run; key is whether Donovan McNabb has recovered from torn ACL.

7. Baltimore: Top-ranked defense could carry Ravens to AFC championship, but Steve McNair must hold up.

8. Carolina: Ex-Browns offensive coordinator Jeff Davidson looks to prove his worth in same role with Panthers.

9. Chicago: Super Bowl runner-up's lineup is talented but unspectacular except for Devin Hester, Brian Urlacher.

10. Pittsburgh: Ben Roethlisberger should bounce back from miserable sophomore season; Santonio Holmes will become his go-to guy.

11. Denver: Jay Cutler is the real deal, but Browncos experiment on defense set them back.

12. Cincinnati: Carson Palmer needs to put up 30 points a game since grumbling has already begun (i.e. Levi Jones).

13. Seattle: Defensive upgrades will help, but Matt Hasselbeck, Shaun Alexander must stay healthy.

14. St. Louis: Marc Bulger, Steven Jackson lead talented offense, but defense ranked 31st in league against the run in '06.

15. Buffalo: J.P. Losman coming into his own, but rookie LB Paul Posluszny can't make up for loss of 3 key defenders.

16. N.Y. Jets: Impact rookie defenders Darrell Revis and David Harris can't cover for weak running game.

17. Tennessee: Doesn't have all the pieces yet, but Vince Young should make more magic.

18. Jacksonville: Second-ranked defense and rushing tandem of Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew gives Jags hope.

19. Miami: New QB Trent Green needs Ted Ginn Jr. to be more than the next Hester.

20. N.Y. Giants: Can ex-Browns coach Chris Palmer turn Eli Manning into an elite QB?

21. Green Bay: Easy to root for Brett Favre in his race for the record books, but run game is suspect.

22. Minnesota: If 2nd-year QB Tarvaris Jackson isn't ready, Kelly Holcomb will be handing off to Adrian Peterson.

23. Arizona: Matt Leinart completed 57 percent in '06 and has upgraded o-line; 29th-ranked defense the issue.

24. San Francisco: Coach Mike Nolan improving Niners' depth, but Alex Smith has few reliable targets.

25. Washington: Team could be another year away from respectability even with Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs.

26. Tampa Bay: We all know the gamble Jon Gruden is taking by banking on Jeff Garcia.

27. Houston: New QB Matt Schaub, who has two career starts,19YO rookie DT Amobi Okoye and LB DeMeco Ryans make Texans worth watching.

28. Cleveland: Eric Steinbach, Joe Thomas and Jamal Lewis make the offense dramatically better no matter who's behind center.

29. Oakland: No. 3-ranked defense must hold the fort while 32 YO coach Lane Kiffin fights turf war with owner Al Davis.

30. Detroit: Second overall pick Calvin Johnson can't do it all as o-line, defense under the gun.

31. Atlanta: Michael Vick saga has new coach Bobby Petrino wishing he brought Brian Brohm with him.

32. Kansas City: Quarterbacks Damon Huard and Brodie Croyle look more shaky than the Browns' corps.

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