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June 21, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin (33) during minicamp at Titans training facility at Baptist Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE
June 21, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin (33) during minicamp at Titans training facility at Baptist Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE

Yesterday the new Around the League blog from the NFL Network put out there power rankings. Instead of just listing the teams 1-32, they broke them out into tiers- top shelf, next level, contenders, not sold, searching for mediocrity and bottom feeders. Where do you think they put the Titans?

I guessed contenders when I first read it, and I would assume if you are reading this and are a Titans fan you guessed the same. That is not the case, however. They have the Titans lumped in with the Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers in the not sold category with just this comment:
The Titans could make noise in a weak division.

I can understand the case for the not sold tier for the Titans, but when you look at where they listed some of the other teams it is pretty ridiculous. They put the Chiefs in the "next level" category. Huh?

They added the Seattle Seahawks and the Carolina Panthers to the contender category. The Seahawks will contend because they are in a weak division, but what makes the Panthers more of a contender than they were last season when they finished 6-10?