Grant Cohn's power rankings is so dumb. Can't agree with him at all about the Giants.
2012 NFL Power RankingsPosted on May 14, 2012 by Grant Cohn
1. New York Giants
Key losses: WR Mario Manningham, RB Brandon Jacobs, TE Jake Ballard (microfracture knee surgery).
Key additions: RB David Wilson, WR Rueben Randle, WLB Keith Rivers, TE Martellus Bennett.
Forecast: The champs got better. Wilson is an upgrade over Jacobs, and Randle is an upgrade over Manningham
2. New England Patriots
Key losses: DE Andre Carter, DE Shaun Ellis, DE Mark Anderson, RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB Kevin Faulk.
Key additions: WR Brandon Lloyd, WR Jabar Gaffney, DE Chandler Jones, LB Dont'a Hightower, DE Jonathan Fanene, S Steve Gregory, CB Alfonzo Dennard.
Forecast: The Patriots upgraded their defense and their wide receivers, and now they're the best team in the AFC by far.
3. Green Bay Packers
Key losses: LT Chad Clifton, S Nick Collins, RB Ryan Grant, QB Matt Flynn.
Key additions: OLB Nick Perry, C Jeff Saturday.
Forecast: Still the best passing offense in the NFL, now the defense has two good pass rushers as Nick Perry teams up with Clay Matthews at outside linebacker.
4. San Francisco 49ers
Key losses: WR Joshua Morgan.
Key additions: WR Randy Moss, WR Mario Manningham, WR A.J. Jenkins, RB LaMichael James, QB Josh Johnson.
Forecast: The best defense in the league and arguably the best roster top-to-bottom too. The offense wasn't good enough on third down or in the red zone last season to reach the Super Bowl. So, the front office added four playmakers whom they hope will improve the Niners third-down and red-zone offense from awful to good enough. But the young and unproven right side of the offensive line (RG Daniel Kilgore and RT Anthony Davis) cannot be the weak link this season – they must mature quickly and hold their own, or else Vernon Davis and Moss and Mannigham will never get the ball. If the offensive line holds up, the level of success of the entire offense will fall squarely on Alex Smith's shoulders. Can he consistently move the chains, especially in the playoffs? If he can, the Niners can win the Super Bowl this season. If he can't, his backup deserves a shot.
[ Edited by Joecool on May 15, 2012 at 8:35 AM ]