With the 2009 NFL Draft a thing of the past and free agency wrapping up, it’s time to start breaking down the teams for the 2009 season. Here are the teams on top of our NFL power rankings:
1. Pittsburgh Steelers
After winning the Super Bowl last season, the Steelers will be able to bring back nearly all of their most important pieces. Add in a bunch of solid young players who could make a splash this season and the Steelers could very well make a repeat run at Super Bowl titles. As always, the key will be whether or not the Steelers can remain an elite defensive unit.
2. New England Patriots
With Tom Brady back at the helm of the offensive ship, the Patriots will once again be a very good team in 2009. They should be able to score a bunch of points, with Brady and Randy Moss doing most of the heavy lifting. On defense, they have a few question marks but chances are that Bill Belichick will be able to figure it out on that side of the ball.
3. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts have been somewhat forgotten heading into the 2009 season. Without Tony Dungy and Marvin Harrison, these Colts were be a totally different team. That said, they still have Peyton Manning and he should be enough to keep the franchise elite. Last year, Manning struggled with a knee injury to begin the year. If he can return to 100%, the Colts should win 10-12 games once again.
4. Atlanta Falcons
With Matt Ryan going into his second year and a number of talented players around him, who isn’t excited to watch the Falcons this year? Michael Turner is a very good running back and Tony Gonzalez should make their offense even more devastating. The questions will be on defense because the offense looks deadly.
5. Arizona Cardinals
The losers of the Super Bowl last year, the Cardinals should be feared. As long as Kurt Warner can stay healthy, he can help this team put a lot of touchdowns on the board. Larry Fitzgerald is blossoming into a superstar wideout and the defense got better and better last year. If Arizona can continue their momentum, they could make another run at winning a Super Bowl.