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    Default Offseason power rankings: AFC North

    Yea... I'm with many of you in the thinking that power rankings are meaningless, ESPECIALLY in the pre-season... But the news is slow, so here it is....
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    Offseason power rankings: AFC North
    April, 30, 2010
    By James Walker

    It's that time of year again.

    With the draft complete and free agency slowed to a snail's pace, ESPN.com decided to produce its latest NFL power rankings.

    Here is a quick reminder: Similar to last year, I am not part of the voting process. So if you have complaints, please make sure to take it up with the proper participants and not our division inbox.

    With that said, here is how the AFC North ranked:

    [HIGH-LIGHT]Baltimore Ravens[/HIGH-LIGHT]

    Power ranking: No. 7

    Analysis: The Ravens have created quite a buzz this offseason with the addition of Anquan Boldin and a solid draft. But ESPN.com's panel placed them at No. 7. Personally, I would have had the Ravens a little higher -- certainly ahead of Green Bay -- but that's just me. The only weakness the Ravens have on paper right now is the secondary, and that could be patched up if Lardarius Webb (knee) and/or Fabian Washington (knee) make it back in time for Week 1, when a huge matchup against the New York Jets awaits.

    [HIGH-LIGHT]Cincinnati Bengals[/HIGH-LIGHT]

    Power ranking: No. 11

    Analysis: The reigning AFC North champs can begin the season playing the disrespect card. The Bengals are four spots behind the Ravens, a team Cincinnati swept last season. The Bengals have a solid chance to post back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in 28 years, and they certainly have the roster and the talent to do it. But avoiding injuries will be key, and Cincinnati has had trouble doing that in recent years.

    [HIGH-LIGHT]Pittsburgh Steelers[/HIGH-LIGHT]

    Power ranking: No. 19

    Analysis: The conditional six-game suspension of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had a tremendous impact on this voting, as it should. With Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh is a top-10 team. Without him, I believe this ranking is pretty accurate. The Steelers will have to win games early with defense and running the ball next season. Dennis Dixon, Charlie Batch or Byron Leftwich do not have the capability to throw for 350 yards every week. So it's going to be a struggle for Pittsburgh to score points in September. An average or slow start could be looming.

    [HIGH-LIGHT]Cleveland Browns[/HIGH-LIGHT]

    Power ranking: No. 27

    Analysis: The addition of Mike Holmgren as Cleveland's new president didn't do much for the Browns' ranking this offseason. The Browns have made several roster upgrades this offseason, particularly in the secondary. Still, I'm getting the sense from our panel that they believe the talent deficiency was so vast that Cleveland is still lagging behind most of the league. Only five teams were rated lower than the Browns -- the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions and St. Louis Rams.

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    An average or slow start could be looming.
    Does this count as a "No ****, Sherlock!" moment? A slow start? Fer sure?
    'I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ***-kickers, ****-kickers and Methodists.'

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    Does this count as a "No ****, Sherlock!" moment? A slow start? Fer sure?
    LoL!..... Yea, that might just be the understatement of the century....
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    Default Re: Offseason power rankings: AFC North

    The Bengals have a solid chance to post back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in 28 years





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    Don't laugh - they'd be Champions in Perpetua if it was a wanking contest!
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    It is a funny stat..... But mark my words, the Bungholes will be a worthy opponent again this season..... Hell, they beat us twice last year, so things need to change.

    .... I pride myself as being your "Friendly Neighborhood Bungle Basher", but we haven't had the success lately to gloat.... It's all about "most recent performances" IMO....
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    Default Re: Offseason power rankings: AFC North

    puh leeze ! who would have guessed ?

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    puh leeze ! who would have guessed ?
    Guessed what?
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    Default Re: Offseason power rankings: AFC North

    Guessed that we wouldn't be ahead of the Ravens and the Bengals. I hope Tomlin post these ratings in the locker rooms or at a minimum, last seasons record.

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    Guessed that we wouldn't be ahead of the Ravens and the Bengals. I hope Tomlin post these ratings in the locker rooms or at a minimum, last seasons record.
    At the least, it would be good bulletinboard fodder for some early adgitation, as you said....
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