By Gillikin and the Caveman
It’s the best time of year once again – football is just around the corner. And just like we do every year, Gillikin and I have each compiled our own pre-season power rankings. Here it goes!
Gillikin’s 32 – New York Jets. This team was going to be bad even before their QB went and got himself sucker punched for not paying a plane ticket and really Fitzpatrick will likely be better than Geno Smith…still, this team is terrible and at least a few years away from winning much of anything.
Caveman’s 32 – Washington Redskins. The ‘Skins were horrendous last year and haven’t changed a thing. Well, nothing that matters (coughRG3).
Gillikin’s 31 – Washington Redskins. The Skins are already decimated with injuries after the first pre season game and that doesn’t bode well for an already crappy team. RG3 had his 15 minutes of fame but is another stupid decision to not duck out of bounds before getting killed away from ending what was once a promising career.
Caveman’s 31 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They were the worst team in the league last year, and I don’t think that first overall draft pick Jameis Winston is going to single-handedly change that in his first year.
Gillikin’s 30 – Tennessee Titans. The Titans have a bright future with Marcus Mariota but it’s very unlikely he will be a guy that will succeed in his first year in the league. Add the QB inexperience to a bad team and well…..it’s not usually a good thing.
Caveman’s 30 – Tennessee Titans. Just as Winston alone cannot lift the sorrows of Tampa, so too Marcus Mariota will fail to raise Tennesse from the depths of NFL suckitude.
Gillikin’s 29 – Jacksonville Jaguars. I really like the direction the Jags are going and Bortles showed some good signs last year but…they’re still the Jaguars. Several sites have shown that they have the least all around talent than any other team in the NFL and it’s not even close.
Caveman’s 29 – New York Jets. The names on their defense look impressive. But New York is about to discover how much Rex Ryan was worth.
Gillikin’s 28 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jameis Winston is the next big things according to most folks who followed the crab eating big man from FSU. I’m not sure I agree but even if he turns into the next Cam Newton, he’s a few years away and this year will be rough for a young team.
Caveman’s 28 – Jacksonville Jaguars. They will be better this year. But that’s not saying much.
Gillikin’s 27 – Cleveland Browns. I will always have a soft spot for the Brownies and I actually like Johnny Manziel but it’s Josh McCown who will be the starter. Yikes. Go check out his career stats and you’ll be blown away by the whelmingness. They do have a good defense though and that’s what kept them out of the bottom four spots.
Caveman’s 27 – Cleveland Browns. If they had a good quarterback, they’d be a decent team. They do not.
Gillikin’s 26 – Oakland Raiders. I actually think the Raiders are going to be significantly improved and they have some young players to keep an eye on in RB Murray and WR Cooper. Still, they just don’t have the talent and they play in a very good AFC West division. Hope is on the horizon though for Oakland.
Caveman’s 26 – San Francisco 49ers. Competing in the Super Bowl just three short years ago, the Niners continue their slump into mediocrity.
Gillikin’s 25 – San Francisco 49ers. The Niners had one of the roughest offseasons that I have ever seen. They lost their head coach, four starters on defense and their star running back and they didn’t seem to make any improvements. They have a coach who at least SHOULD be clueless and a QB in whom I have absolutely zero faith.
Caveman’s 25 – Oakland Raiders. The fact that they’re this high is a compliment. It’s actually cute how some analysts think the Raiders will be okay this year.
Gillikin’s 24 – New Orleans Saints. This is one of my bigger surprises to start the year but I don’t have much belief in the Saints. Brees had an iffy year and then lost his best target in Graham and the team added nothing on offense. Their defense has never been a strength and I think they seriously struggle like the 49ers and totally turn things over after this season.
Caveman’s 24 – Chicago Bears. They could very easily go 0-6 in their division. It’s going to be fun watching how Cutler and Foxy interact.
Gillikin’s 23 – Houston Texans. I love J J Watt as everyone does but he’s not their Quarterback. Who is their QB?…Seriously I’m not sure…..
Caveman’s 23 – New York Giants. I can’t wait to count how many total fingers the defensive line will have thanks to fireworks noob Jason Pierre-Paul. 38 or so? Sorry, that’s mean. But oh so funny.
Gillikin’s 22 – Chicago Bears. They actually have a lot of talent on this team and I can see this ranking change as the year goes on. They do, however, also have Jay Cutler as their ball slinger. Dude is a proven loser and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Even Brandon Marshall thinks Cutler is a failure…bwa bwa bwa….
Caveman’s 22 – Atlanta Falcons. I don’t see them climbing out of the mediocrity into which they’ve plunged the past couple of years.
Gillikin’s 21 – Buffalo Bills. I love Rex Ryan and I love this defense but I just don’t think you can win without a QB. Defense wins championships but Tyrod Tailor doesn’t win games. ‘Nuf said.
Caveman’s 21 – New Orleans Saints. I love Drew Brees. But who’s he going to throw to?
Gillikin’s 20 – Kansas City Chiefs. Kansas City is going to be solid…decent…they’ll do some things right and occasionally they’ll look okay. That’s KC…in one word… “Meh”.
Caveman’s 20 – Philadelphia Eagles. What were they thinking? Trading occasionally-injured Nick Foles for always-injured Sam Bradford? Playing time for Tebow is definitely a possibility.
Gillikin’s 19 – Minnesota Viking. I think they’r a borderline playoff team but #19 is borderline. If anyone is bound for a sophomore slump, it’s Teddy Bridgewater.
Caveman’s 19 – Houston Texans. This is actually bordering on a serious suggestion: put J.J. Watt in at QB.
Gillikin’s 18 – Cincinnati Bengals. The Ginja Ninja can’t succeed on iffy talent forever. I think they’ll be okay this year but they finally don’t make the playoffs.
Caveman’s 18 – Minnesota Vikings. Teddy Bridgewater looks to be the best QB taken in the 2014 NFL draft. I’d rather have him than Blake Bortles. And let me think about it…hmm…yep, I think Teddy is better than Johnny Manziel too.
Gillikin’s 17 – New York Giants. The Giants have some offensive firepower but they have bleh on defense and Eli “pickmaster” Manning as QB.
Caveman’s 17 – Miami Dolphins. When your biggest free agent acquisition is Greg Jennings, you haven’t made a whole lot of progress. I prophesize missing the playoffs due to (in my mind) the two-headed division monster of New England and Buffalo.
Gillikin’s 16 – St Louis Rams. IF they had a Quarterback I believed in, they would be higher but Nick Foles just doesn’t do it for me. I do like their coach and defense and a stellar defensive line.
Caveman’s 16 – Kansas City Chiefs – Won’t be bad, won’t be great. The ever-annoying Chiefs take the coveted half-way spot at #16.
Gillikin’s 15 – Atlanta Falcons. They are a team that has a chance to big things this year. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones could really thrive under new OC Kyle Shanahan. I MIGHT have put money on the Falcons at 50-1 odds.
Caveman’s 15 – St. Louis Rams – I’m very jealous of the Rams’ trenches. With the Nick Foles acquisition, they have broken into the legitimate playoff contender discussion.
Gillikin’s 14 Philadelphia Eagles. The Iggles are again going to be exciting and fun to watch but can Bradford stay healthy? After losing a large amount of playmakers can they still be explosive? Can Murray run as well with them as he did with the Cowboys? Lots of questions for Philly.
Caveman’s 14 – Cincinnati Bengals – I made a really risky (please note dripping sarcasm) prediction last year that came true: the Bengals would make the playoffs, and then lose their first game. Here’s one for this year: they just miss the playoffs due to tough AFC Wild Card competition.
Gillikin’s 13 – Baltimore Ravens. I hate them so much but they’ll still likely be a playoff team. They’re well coached, always seem to find talent and have a solid Quarterback in Flacco.
Caveman’s 13 – San Diego Chargers – The Chargers gave their playoff spot away to the Ravens last year. They’ve improved since, and will be tough competition for our Denver Broncos.
Gillikin’s 12 – San Diego Chargers. I actually really like them this year and I can’t say why. My gut tells me that they will find a way to challenge the Broncos for the AFC West but maybe that’s a stretch. Love me some Melvin Gordon.
Caveman’s 12 – Baltimore Ravens – Very nearly beat the Super Bowl Champion Patriots in the playoffs. You can never count Baltimore out.
Gillikin’s 11 – Carolina Panthers. Like them, don’t love them. If not for an aggressive coach and phenomenal defense, Cam Newton would be okay at best.
Caveman’s 11 – Carolina Panthers. The Panthers will absolutely feast on their pathetic division. Cam Newton is a very good QB, and may crack into the “elite” range this year.
Gillikin’s 10 – Miami Dolphins. This is their year to do something. They have a chance to win this division for the first time since……forever it seems. Tannehille could be a beast and he finally has some weapons.
Caveman’s 10 – Detroit Lions. They are emphasizing the run this year. Combined with a very good passing game and defense, they could be dangerous.
Gillikin’s 9 – Detroit Lions. That NFC North is going to be fun to watch this year and they still have one of the most underrated QBs in football with Stafford. They have some explosive receivers and I really like their rookie RB Abdullah.
Caveman’s 9 – Arizona Cardinals. This is the year the Cards finally break through and win a playoff game.
Gillikin’s 8 Dallas Cowboys. I’ll believe it when I see it that their running game will be just as good without Murray. Romo gets them into the top ten but I’m not completely sold on this team.
Caveman’s 8 – Buffalo Bills. My sleeper pick for 2015. Rex Ryan took a Jets team to two straight AFC Championships with Mark Sanchez as his QB. With the talent he has on both sides of the ball, particularly defense, the Bills could challenge the Pats for the AFC East title.
Gillikin’s 7 – New England Patriots. They will likely lose Brady for a few games they lost almost their entire defensive backfield and they really don’t have a running game to speak of. I think this is a liberal spot for the Pats.
Caveman’s 7 – Pittsburgh Steelers. Their offense could be terrifying. Gone are the days of losing 13-7 to the Steelers. Here come the days of losing 38-35.
Gillikin’s 6 – Pittsburgh Steelers. Steelers have a questionable defense but their offense could be the best in football. They seem to add pieces every year and Big Ben could have a mammoth season.
Caveman’s 6 – Denver Broncos. A Kubiak offense with CJ Anderson and PFM. A studly defense, coached by Wade Phillips, that could be top-3. Why so low, Caveman? I still have a sour taste from the complacent poop-show that was the Colts playoff game. They need to prove to me that they have grit, and that they really really really want to win.
Gillikin’s 5 – Denver Broncos. Big changes in the offseason as the coaching staff was completely flushed and a new one brought in. Kubiak should do big things with this talent and they could actually have a top five offense and top five defense. The only reason they’re at five is because I’m not totally sold on their O-line and if PFM can stay healthy.
Caveman’s 5 – New England Patriots. The Pats lost some key defensive players, and Brady’s suspension looms large. But they’re still the #$@%$&# Patriots. They still have Tom Flat-Balls Brady and Bill B.S. Belichick.
Gillikin’s 4 – Arizona Cardinals. Another team I put a bit of money on this Spring. If Carson Palmer can stay healthy, they can be one of the best teams in the NFL.
Caveman’s 4 – Dallas Cowboys. Put the Cowboys’ offensive line on the Denver Broncos, and just hand the Lombardi trophy to us.
Gillikin’s 3 – Seattle Seahawks. I just can’t yet take them out of the top three. They are nearly the same team they were last year but PLUS Jimmy Graham…They should be a force yet again.
Caveman’s 3 – Seattle Seahawks. Paying Russell Wilson was a no-brainer, but it’s the beginning of the end for the Seahawks. Also, the Super Bowl loser’s curse is a very real thing. This dynasty is officially on the downhill slope.
Gillikin’s 2 – Green Bay Packers. Aaron Rodgers. Yup, that’s all I need to say.
Caveman’s 2 – Indianapolis Colts. What do you get when you take a really good team and make it much better? You get the team-to-beat in the AFC. The Colts could very easily go 15-1.
Gillikin’s 1 – Indianapolis Colts. The Colts are LOADED on offense and they have the best QB in football. Luck with his new toys should be absolutely lethal and nearly unstoppable. If this defense can be even solid, they could push for an undefeated season.
Caveman’s 1 – Green Bay Packers. If the Packers didn’t have a completely epic second-half collapse in their playoff game against the Seahawks last year, I truly believe that they would be the reigning champs. I put them ahead of the Colts for one reason: the Packers are built from the ground up, while the Colts (with the exception of Luck) are mostly free-agent built.
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