GJ Power Rankings written by Ziegernick
Allright ho's, spent some time putting this together. I'll release the bottom 8 today, next middle 8 tomorrow and then the top 8 teams on game day (thu). I put all the teams OL, DL, LB and DB #'s in a spreadsheet and ranked them. I created F7 (front 7) to be fair since I don't know if you run a 4-3 or 3-4. You'll see those rankings by your team name (The T is for Tied). I might post position rankings in another thread if you guys want. And then I used judgement on injuries, etc. to create the power rankings. I'm more of a stats man than writter (should have recruited one of you for that part) but hope ya like. Oh, and I'm sure I missed some things, like trades etc, saying I'm sorry now.
24. Las VegasSaburz OL: 24th F7 24th DB: 24th
Key players: O: QB Tavaris Jackson, RB Ryan Grant, WR SteveSmith, TE Kyle Rudolph
D: DL Muhammad Wilkerson, LBPatrick Angerer, S Jordan Babineaux
Not too many people in Vegas will be betting on the hometeam to win this season. The Saburz rank last or second to last in all major position rankings. Having the #1 pick next year should help with the rebuilding mode the Saburz are in.
23. Deerfield Owls OL: 7th F7: T 17th DB: 22
KeyPlayers: O: QB Peyton Manning,Kevin Kolb, RB LeGarrette Blount, Pierre Thomas, WR Andre Johnson, AJ Green, TEAaron Hernandez
D: DL Randy Starks, DE Jabaal Sheard, ILB BartScott, S Eric Berry
Injuries will shoot the Owls down this season but will be scary good come next year. Success running the ball behind a top 10 Oline will be key for some Wís.
22. Lake ShoreDrive 352ís OL: 21st F7: T 15th DB:21st
Key Players: O: QB Tim Tebow, RBísSteven Jackson and Matt Forte, WR Earl Bennett, Jacoby Jones, TE Marcedes Lewis
D: DL Henry Melton, ILBBrian Urlacher
The 352ís will have to hope for a lot of Tebowing to besome Wís in the win column this GJ season. They are setup to pound the ball down teams throats, thatís a must to take pressure off a statistically weak defensive unit.
21. Oakland GrimReapers OL: T 10th F7: T 17th DB: 23rd
KeyPlayers: O: QB Andy Dalton, RBDeAngelo Williams, WR Brandon Lloyd, Dwayne Bowe
D: DE Chris Clemons, ILB Paul Posluzsny, S LaRonLandry
It looks grim for Oakland this season. The defense ranks towards the bottom and the Reapers lack an elite runner to take over games. On the bright side, rookie Andy Dalton looks like a QB to build a team on.
20. Erie Predators OL: T 15th F7: 21st DB: T 18th
Key Players: O: QB Matt Hasselbeck, RB Fred Jackson, DeMarcoMurry, WR Torrey Smith, Jordy Nelson, TE Kellen Winslow Jr.
D: DT Dan Williams, LB James Laurinatiis, CBJason McCourty, S Kerry Rhodes
The Predators are putting together a nice young nucleus of players on offense but the defensive talent is surprisingly lacking this year. Rich has a way to keep his team in games, heíll have to work harder this season.
19. RochesterTrippin Billies OL: 8th F7: T 19th DB: T 12th
KeyPlayers: O: QB Alex Smith, RBKendall Hunter and Ricky Williams (Jamaal Crawford), WR Brandon Marshall, EricDecker, TE Evan Moore
D: DE Charles Johnson, ILB Brandon Spikes, SMichael Griffin
The Billies possess a top 10 Oline but the injury to Jamaal Crawford will cause pain in other places, like the win column. With the front 7 ranked towards the bottom of the league, Billies might have to rely on QB Alex Smith a little too much.
18. Jacksonville Waterboys OL: 15th F7: T 10th DB: 3rd
Key Players: O: QB Matt Cassell, RB Jackie Battle, WR JeremyMaclin, Demaryius Thomas, TE Owen Daniels
D: DT Jay Ratliff, OLB Demarcus Ware, CB Jonathan Joseph, S Earl Thomas
The Waterboys could easily have a top 10 defense and a below top 20 offense this season. If the offense canít move the ball and eat up some time, the D will request a namechange from Waterboys to Whiskyboys to help with the pain of playing so many snaps.
17. Long IslandVooDoo OL: 19th F7: T 10th DB: 18th
KeyPlayers: O: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick,RB Cedric Benson, WR Victor Cruz, Anquan Boldin, TE Jake Ballard
D: DE Jeremey Mincey, OLB/DE Mario Williams, ILBDíQwell Jackson, CB Richard Sherman, D Jim Leonhard
The VooDoo will be competitive and as you all know, talk some trash. This team has some talent on the F7 but when Super Mario goes down, will take a curse of all the other 23 teams to suck if they want to make the playoffs.
16. Denver Deacons OL: 22nd F7: T 17th DB: T 12th
Key Players: O: QB Mark Sanchez, RB MJD, WRDeion Branch, TE Daniel Graham
D: ILB Curtis Lofton, OLB LaMarr Woodley, CB Charles Tillman, S Dawan Landry
Please bow your head for the Deacons game prayer, ďPlease dear Lord, since we have no strength on the offensive and defensive lines, give us yours, and please protect our QB and his physical appearance for his next spread in GQ. Also help us to some how stop the run so that we can get the defense off the field before evening service starts in 6 hours. Yes, they are that bad Lord. We thank you so much for the blessing of MJD Lord, please give him super human powers for he is the only shot we have at making the playoffs. Amen.Ē
15. Tampa Bay Bulldogs OL: 23rd F7: 9th DB: T 5th
Key Players: O: QB Mike Vick, RB Shonn Greene, WR Mike Wallace, TE Jermaine Gresham
D: DT Vince Wilfork, OLB Von Miller, CB Lardarius Webb, S Dashon Goldson
The Bulldogs will have some bite on defense, unfortunately, scoring points could leave them chasing their tails. An offensive line that ranks close to the bottom wonít help the fragile Vick or open too many holes for an average Shonn Greene. This defense is good though, and will keep them in a lot of games.
14. Pittsburgh Rattlesnakes OL: 9th F7: 15th DB: T 18th
Key Players: O: QBMatthew Stafford, RB Ryan Matthews, WR Vincent Jackson, Mario Manningham, TEFred Davis
D: DT NdamukongS uh, ILB Brian Cushing, CB Chris Houston
Pitts could be in the pits if Matthews doesnít hold up all season. The Rattlesnakes offense will have to score a lot of points to keep them in games. But they could easily be on the outside of the playoffs because of their defense.
13. Ocala Mustangs OL: T 15th F7: T 19th DB: T 12th
Key Players: O: QB Cam Newton, RB LeSean McCoy, WR Nate Burleson, Kenny Britt, Jabar Gaffney, TE Jermichael Finley
D: DE Dwight Freeney, ILB Ray Lewis, LB Aldon Smith, CB Brandon Carr
The Mustangs have a nice posse, yee haw, with Newton and McCoy, they should mount up to give a many GJ teams a nice ride. Iíd expect a bank raid or 2 from Aldon Smith and Freeney if I were you. Unfortunately, the not so good front 7 could corral the Mustangs on a winning season.
12. Carol City Convicts OL: T 10th F7: 14th DB: T 3rd
Key Players: O: QB Tom Brady, RB Rashard Mendenhall, WR Pierre Garcon, TE Greg Olson
D: DE Chris Long,OLB Daryl Smith, CB Carlos Rogers, S Kenny Phillips
When you have Tom Brady at the controls, thereís always achance. A decent OL should be able to protect Brady for the most part, while a very good defensive secondary holds opposing teams QBís to nothing more than un-ARM-ed burglary. Get it? Un-ARM-ed, oh never mind. I see a trip to the playoffs and not prison in the convicts future.
11. Springfield Hitmen OL: 5th F7: 22nd DB: T 9th
Key Players: O: QB Big Ben, RB Marshawn Lynch, WR Julio Jones, TE Dustin Keller
D: OLB Calvin Pace, ILB Erin Henderson, CB Nnamdi Asomugha, S Eric Weddle
You donít want to talk too much trash about the Hitmen because, well, their hitmen! I like living!! And if it wasnít for a not so good front 7, this team would be ranked higher (and I wouldnít be looking over my shoulder). They are going to move the ball and take time off the clock, just except it. But if the defense doesnít keep the score close, could spell trouble and an early playoff exit.
10. Philadelphia Revolutionaries OL: T 12th F7: T 7th DB: 11th
Key Players: O: QB Christian Ponder, RB Ray Rice, WR Reggie Wayne, Santonio Holmes, TE Rob Gronkowski
D: DE JJ Watt, DE Jason Babin, OLB Brian Orakpo, CB Jabari Greer, S Roman Harper
The Gronk baby! Heís libel to gronk one up Ponderís ass if he canít get him the dang ball. Ponder, ranked 54th in the player rankings, oh Drew, if you only had him a year later, this team would go places. All I can say is, wait till next year. Oh, and our Saints suck. 1-4, really?
9. Pembroke Pines Phantoms OL: T 12th F7: 23rd DB: T 5th
Key Players: O: QB Drew Brees, RB Reggie Bush and Jonathan Stewart, WR Roddy White, TE Antonio Gates
D: OLB Rob Ninkovish, ILB Desmond Bishop, CB Cortland Finnegan, S Jarius Byrd
Brees to Roddy White, get ready to read that a lot in the weekly game stats, what a nice combo. Even though itís going to be super hard to stop this offense, this is another team that will be hurt by the front 7. Triple P (that's for Pembroke Pines Phantoms hello) will need to score early and make teams try to pass on a group of top 5 DBís to win.
8. Buffalo Warzone OL: T 15th F7: T 10th DB: T 12th
Key Players: O: QB Eli Manning, RB Ahmad Bradshaw, WR Nate Washington, Steve Johnson, TE Kevin Boss
D: DE Michael Bennett, DE Trent Cole, ILB Darryl Washington, CB Antonio Cromartie, S Louis Delmas
Can the Warzone O-line protect Eli and be able to run block well enough to take time off the clock? Can they handle expect injuries? Can the 2 solid DEís get pressure on opposing QBís? Is Antonio Cromartie really as good as Revis? And can we really pull our troops out of Afghanistan? Ooops, different war, sorry.
7. Hialeah Quiet Storm OL: 3rd F7: T 7th DB: T 5th
Key Players: O: QB Josh Freeman, RB Michael Turner, WR Larry Fitzgerald, Emmanuel Sanders and Kevin Walters, TE Jimmy Graham
D: DE Jared Allen, DT Kevin Williams, ILB David Hawthorne, CB Corey Webster, S Antoine Bethea
Thereís a Storm brewing, it may be quiet and you won't know itís there, but then it appears and kicks your GJ teams butt! Iím I saying take shelter and hide? Heck no, I ainít scared, well, unless thereísÖ, oh $h!t, is that Jared Allen barring down on my franchise QB, nnnnoooooooo!!!!! This is one heck of a defense boys, be ready. And you better double Jimmy Graham and not try to cover him with an OLB or S, just saying.
6. Bismark Bison OL: 20th F7: 13th DB: T 5th
Key Players: O: QB Aaron Rogers, RB Chris Johnson, WR Charles Johnson, Doug Baldwin, TE Tony Gonzalez
D: DE ElvisDumervil, OLB Terrell Suggs, ILB Navarro Bowman, CB Champ Baily, S AdrianWilson
If it wasnít for the O-line this team might be ranked higher. The Bison having the NFL MVP on offense and the defensive player of the year make this herd ready to stampede. They will be in every game and probably come out on top in most. Thereís a very good chance they will win the Jerry Rice division and meet up against the Outlaws in the Levy conference championship. The late pick up of Champ Baily might have made all the difference.
5. Northeast Lancers OL: 6th F7: T 2nd DB: T 12th
Key Players: O: QB Joe Flacco, RB Chris Wells and Darren Sproles, WR Michael Crabtree, Heyward-Bey and Malcom Floyd, TE Heath Miller
D: DE Jason Pierre-Paul, DL Richard Seymour, DE Brett Keisel, ILB David Harris, S Tyvon Branch
I was googling Lancers for some terms and Lance Bass came up in the search, sweet. N Sync and Northeast do both start with a N but I ainít about compare a gay guy and the half Lancers owner Brad, no way man, have you seen his icon pic, heíd squash me! Just like what this team will do to a lot of opponents this season. Is Brad tougher than this front 7, I doubt it, the 2nd best unit in the league will create some havoc. If Brad is defense, then GB (you canít see it but Iím saluting ya bro, for protecting our country and putting a heck of a team together) must be the offense. A nice 1, 2 punch with Wells and Sproles, a better than average QB, and more than 2 quality WRís to account for. Hard to see them beating out the Outlaws in their division but a definite playoff team.
4. Miami Thugs OL: T 12th F7: T 5th DB: 1st
Key Players: O: QB Matt Ryan, RB DMAC and Frank Gore, WR Marques Colston, Dez Bryant, TE Vernon Davis
D: DE Calais Campbell, OLB Kamerion Wimbley, ILB London Fletcher, CB Brandon Flowers, S Troy Polamalu
The Thugs thonít thuck, they thery thood, they thock! Thatís you after suffering one too many concussions from the pounding this team is going to give ya. And the headache of trying to figure out who to stop on offense, migraine! The #1 DB unit will force you to run and thatís not going to be any easier against a top 5 front 7. Thugs should win the Barry Sanders division and have a great shot of representing the Lambardi conference in the championship.
3. Little Rock Razors OL: 1st F7: T 2nd DB: T 9th
Key Players: O: QB Phillip Rivers, RB Adrian Peterson, WR Wess Welker and Antonio Brown, TE Jason Witten
D: DE Julius Peppers, DT Alan Branch, OLB Cameron Wake, OLB Lance Briggs, CB Brent Grimes
Iím going to do my darnest to win the line of scrimmage with the 1st and 2nd ranked units, my mentor Bill Parcells taught me that. Iíll pound AP, dink and dunk with two 1000 yard WRís, go middle with Witten and pray you canít stop me. On D, I actually have some pass rushers this season, a new twist in the Razors arsenal. Injuries could easily kill any chance I have at making it back to the playoffs. An early week 1 test against the #1 Outlaws should tell me if I can compete for the big game.
2. L.A. Playas OL: 2nd F7: T 2nd DB: T 12th
Key Players: O: QB Tony Romo, RB Arian Foster, WR Greg Jennings, DeSean Jackson, TE Brandon Pettigrew
D: DL Cullen Jenkins, OLB Tamba Hali, OLB James Harrison, ILB Derrick Johnson, S Donte Whitner
He tries to say heís down this season, I call BS on that! This team is stout at the point of attack and throw in Arian Foster, momma! Teams will try to attack through the air but even that wonít be easy if heís getting to your QB like a Playa coached team does. Game planning skills #1, OL and F7 thatís ranks 2nd, know what that means? Just another ticker tape parade in downtown L.A is all.
1. Oklahoma Outlaws OL: 4th F7: 1st DB: 2nd
Key Players: O: QB Matt Schaub, RB Willis McGahee, WR Hakeem Nicks, Percy Harvin and TE Todd Heap
D: DE John Abraham, DL Justin Smith, DT Naloti Ngata, OLB Clay Matthews, ILB Patrick Willis, CB Darrelle Revis, CB Charles Woodson, S Ed Reed
I only interviewed 1 owner in the making of the power rankings, here is what he had to say:
ďI am the Outlaw and this is a stick up! You can just give up now GJers! I have the best team on paper! Me, the Outlaw. You have no chance against the best F7 unit ever assemble in GJ history. And just for kicks, I have the second best defensive backfield so that I can assure you wonít even score 1 freakin, stinkin point! I will run McGahee behind the 4th best O-line in GJ, and you wonít be able to do a dang thing about it! Or I may just go deep to Hakeem Nicks or short across the middle to Percy Harvin just to have fun with your crappy ass bunch you call a team! Just watch, Iíll piss all over that team from California. Itís my time to hold the trophy and Iíll go undefeated doing it! All of you will bow down and say, all hail the Outlaw, all hail the Outlaw, all ÖĒ
I had to cut him off after 2 more minutes of all hail theOutlaw but I have to agree with him, this team will probably be hosting the championship trophy in the end.