During this slow time during the year concerning football, ESPN decided to do something quite innovative and interesting. They gathered a panel of analysts (Trent Dilfer, Mel Kiper, Gary Horton, and Matt Williamson) and made a power rankings list for NFL franchises in the year 2015. Where were the Titans on this list? Number 23. Let that sink in for a moment. It's not only the Titans that I disagree with, but other teams as well so let's just get into it.Here is the power rankings list:
10. Baltimore Ravens
13. Atlanta Falcons
14. Dallas Cowboys
16. New York Jets
17. Chicago Bears
18. Denver Broncos
21. Seattle Seahawks
22. Buffalo Bills
23. Tennessee Titans
24. St. Louis Rams
28. Miami Dolphins
29. Oakland Raiders
32. Cleveland Browns
Where should I begin? Let's just start at the top. I agree with the Packers being #1. They do have the best quarterback in the NFL, and are one of the most iconic franchises in the NFL. They will continue to put talent around Rodgers and that team will compete for Super Bowl for years to come.
#2 is where things get interesting. We all know that the Patriots window is closing so what on Earth makes these analysts think in 2015 the Patriots will be the second best team in the NFL? By 2015 Brady will be 38 years old and starting to lose his abilities. Let's not forget the 2009 and 2010 seasons when the Patriots were eliminated in the first round. I see that and much worse in their future.
The Giants as #3 is overrated, but I do think the Giants will still be up there maybe as #8 or #9. The 49ers as #4 don't come as much of a surprise, but #5 on the other hand is ESPN showing no creativity once again. The Pittsburgh Steelers will not be the fifth best team in the NFL period. Unless the Steelers find an overwhelming amount of defensive talent in the upcoming drafts they will continue to slide. I've never been a fan of Ben Roethlisberger, and I really don't think he will be able to continue to lead the Steelers offense.
The Lions, Eagles, Saints, and Texans are exactly where they should be. However, The Ravens being #10 is slightly overrated. We don't know what their defense is going to look like in three years.
The Panthers and Bengals are slightly underrated. I would push both of them in the top 10. The Falcons are just right, but could sneak into the Top 10 if they live up to expectations.
The Chicago Bears are very underrated at #17. Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall are still very young and will lead this Bears' team for years. The defense is older and questionable, but I still would have liked the Bears in the Top 10.
The Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills, and Washington Redskins are fine where they are because we don't know how good they will be, but have a recent history of disappointing seasons, but they could be sleepers.
The Tennessee Titans as #23. It's not a mystery that the Titans get no respect when it comes to anything ESPN or NFL Network does. They're a small market team and hard to get a read on from the outside. But it's frustrating to hear the crap these networks put out. I can't wait for our team to shut them up.
The Indianapolis Colts will be better than the 27th team in the NFL. It may hurt some of you to hear that, but we all know it's true, so let's not beat around the bush.
The rest of the teams on the rankings I don't have a problem with them because they have too many question marks surrounding them. This is the reason I don't buy ESPN Insider and why I never will. When they run out of ideas they put crap like this out to keep the consumer happy.