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These are my frank and candid opinions, if that leaves a bad taste in your mouth, I suggest you move along.


#1 Ravens
- The additions of Mason and Clayton will give Todd Heap the freedom to roam the middle he has never had. Along with the return of Jamal Lewis, Kyle Boller only needs to put on a Trent Dilfer like performance this year for the Ravens. 3rd downs won't be between 8 yards and impossible anymore. They turned their secondary from great, to legendary with the addition of CB Samari Rolle. This team has great leadership, great players, and a potential probowler at almost all positions. And the coaching isn't half bad either.

-Offense 7.5
-Defense 10
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#2 Eagles

- The return of T.O. is up in the air, but he'll likely return in 2005.. Brian Westbrook signed the 1 year tender and is going to play this year. Ryan Moats is heir to the RB throne, along with rumors of a Travis Henry trade. The Eagles have some questions at TE with Chad Lewis leaving. Otherwise a solid offseason, the defending NFC champs are in their end of days. But look to go out with a big bang.

-Offense 7.5
-Defense 8
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#3 Steelers

- Big Ben is now without Plaxico, but gains Heath Miller who should make an immediate improvement at the position. Staley hopes to rebound for his injury plagued off-season and improve that throwback running game. The Defense is a wall, with an average secondary strong at safety. Teams playing the Steelers are likely to give up running early.


-Offense 7
-Defense 9
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#4 Patriots

- The defending champs have had a rough off-season, but I am not going to be the first idiot to throw them in the gutter (yet).
The loss of Charlie Weis is huge for this team, his passing game has been anti-Martz in style, but one of the most effective in the last decade. The loss of Teddy Bruschi is all but for certain, while there has been some positive reports about a comeback. I would put the chances at 30%. The secondary looks to regains some health, but it will be without the services of Ty Law. BB has lost the 3 cornerstones of this team for the past 10 years. It is going to be interesting to see how he fairs without them.

-Offense 8
-Defense 8.5
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#5 Colts

The 100 Million Dollar man returns, without his starting guards. Which may not be a huge loss with the promising youngster Lilja, who filled in very well for Peko last season.
The Colts offense isn't likely to lose firepower, and Marlin Jackson was a solid pick at CB, I however, doubt it's effect on a defense in shambles. But, even despite the lack of talent, Tony Dungy manages to keep this defense from becoming completely useless in every game.

-Offense 10
-Defense 5
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#6 Chargers

I assure you Drew was no fluke, and neither is Gates. The Chargers add to a very good front 7 in the draft, but didn't do anything to help out that secondary. With the wonderful job the Chargers offensive line did last season, and a top 3 run defense, this team was created in the exact image of MartyBall.
Look for 2nd year Tackle Shane Olivea to make a huge impact, he is one of the NFL's rising stars in the trenches.

-Offense 7
-Defense 8
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#7 Panthers

The first rebound team of the year, the Panthers will miss Moose, and the loss of Sam Mills will have an emotional impact, but there is no denying that defense. The Panthers were an injury train wreck last season, and still rallied hard , but short of the playoffs.
Monster rookie Eric Shelton joins an already strong backfield with a returning Stephen Davis and Deshaun Foster. And Jake Delhomme reminds me of a poor mans Brett Favre. This team could once again, be in the super-bowl this year. That defense is a terror with Jenkins Peppers and Rucker.

-Offense 6.5
-Defense 9
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#8 Falcons

Atlanta took no steps forward and no steps back wards this off-season. They added strong depth to a lot of areas, but did nothing to help their secondary. Rookie CB Hall is going to have a full off-season under his belt, along with no broken bone. He may give them some boost but it will be marginal. The Falcons top ranked Run defense is even more solid with the addition of Babineaux and Hartwell. Even rotten crotch isn't going to slow Mexico down.

Offense - 7 (depends on which Vick you get in a game)
Defense- 8.5

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#9 Jaguars

Last years dark-horse team is a late bloomer, The offensive line leaves something to be desired, and the defense lacks a pass rush, but there is no doubt that this is a solid balanced Team.
Lefty has some big weapons in his vertical passing game. Taylor when healthy is solid. And that DT, MLB, S combo makes this team one of the strongest up the gut. HC Jack Del Rio is also a personal favorite.

Offense - 7.5
Defense -7.5
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#10 Cheifs

What? The Chiefs? You're Crazy!
No, I am completely sane, and thinking clearly, the Cheifs made a lot of good moves this off-season. They acquired Kendrell Bell, Sammy Knight, Patrick Surtain, and Derrick Johnson. The defensive line is still lacking, but they actually have 4 players that can stop the run now. The Offense is still an NFL powerhouse. And they have depth at every position.
Trent Green may be the most overlooked QB in the NFL, but he'll get a lot more looks this year.

Offense - 9
Defense -6
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#11 Seahawks

The poor disappointing seahawks. Last years superbowl contender takes a step back in 2005, fielding a draft with few starters. They have a some big questions in the front 7, but field a solid secondary and have one of the better offenses in the league, despite the anemic hands of the WR's. Matt and the oil slick will lead the division just because they are the best of the rest.
1 and done in the playoffs again though.

Offense - 7
Defense -6.5

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#12 Your Detroit Lions.

Gasp, Shock, Fear!!! For the world must surely end, the Lions sneak in the back-door and become a real football team. Did Barry Sanders come out of retirement? Injuries have been the norm the past few years, but this years team fields one of the most exciting young offenses in the NFL. The Defense is deep in the front 7 but with some questions and youth at linebacker, The secondary is a improvement at safety, and pro-bowler Dre Bly is going to need to have a healthy season to help this team. The offense has 1 hole at Right Tackle. Joey Harrington was an average QB last year with nothing and stands to make a huge improvement with a flurry of new weapons. If he doesn't Jeff Garica certainly can.
Kevin Jones is itching for a big pro-bowl year, instead of facing 8 and sometimes 9 in the box, he'll be running free all year long.
But a team with this much youth is going to have to prove they can move up the rankings.

Offense - 8.5
Defense - 7

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#13 Bills

Buffalo did not have a great draft, but made a few improvements on the offensive line, and a mobile upgrade at QB. Moulds and Evans make for a dangerous duo. Kevin Evert may just be the best TE in this draft that no one talks about. Mcgahee proved he was well worth the gamble with his play last season.. That Bills defense is very solid, but is missing a decent pass rush and depth.
Unfortunately for the Bills, they have all this talent, but can never seem to do better than 3rd fiddle in the stacked AFC east.

Offense - 6.5
Defense- 8

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#14 Vikings

Minnesota had a very nice draft , but took 2 players that could boom or bust. If they boom, they will be in a neck and neck fight with the lions for the division crown, if they bust, they are in really bad shape. Solid on the lines is the key to a good franchise, and Minnesota does it well this year. They have BIG questions at linebacker and their secondary is above average except for Winfield who is a very good, but tiny corner in a division full giant #1 WR's. I am not going to sit here and tell you trading Randy Moss will help this team. Randy Moss was apart of the greatest season in Vikings history, and the biggest weapon on their offense. Daunte Culpepper for the first time ever, is without a Probowl WR to throw to. That stable of Running-backs, are going to see 8 in the box for the first time in almost a decade. Having Mike Tice as a head coach is going to account for a few losses. And the edge for the Lions.

Offense 7
Defense 7

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#15 J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets

Chad Pennington had a major throwing arm injury that hurt the production of the offense. Curtis Martin is once again coming into a season healthy. He is the type of RB that age takes slow. He isn't fast, he isn't strong, but he plays the position without error.
He is Emitt Smith without the rings.
The defense suffered in the secondary, but the team is still pretty good up the gut. Vilma is another in a line of fantastic Miami linebackers. With the return of Coles the Jets plan to add more vertical elements to the offense , to give Martin some breathing room. But this team is losing steam, and is going to need to look for a wild card berth.

Offense 7.5
Defense 6.5

#16 Redskins

Joe Gibbs didn't have a happy return to the NFL, but his offensive concept can still work in this league if one of his 3 QB's steps up. (sound familiar?) Greg Williams is becoming one of the best Defensive coaches in the league. The Skins defense has already surpassed what he built in Buffalo. Clinton Portis suffered from the lack of Oline last year, which that counter trey needs. Samuels and Jansen need to be healthy for this team to click. Still though, if you have 3 QB's you really don't have any. I am not high on Campbell, but I can't deny that Gibbs has done this before.

Offense 6
Defense 8
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#17 Cowboys

Tuna is well known for getting his talent to step up. And there is talent there to do it. But the NFC east belongs to the Eagles, and I am not sure the cowboys have much edge on the Skins. Parcells does have Bledsoe, who is an upgrade over Vinny. Bledsoe knows how to use a great TE, and Parcells is likely to focus his passing game through Whitten. Along with a solid oline, runningback, decent WR's. Bledsoe could have one last stand before retirement. The defense desperately needs to get a pass rush. And spending 2 first round picks on the front 7 is likely to yield some results. The Cowboys can be a boom or bust team this year. But look to go no farther than 2nd in the NFC east.


Offense -7
Defense-7
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#18 Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay fell into a lot of cap hell, but they are surviving it. Rice and Booger up front still dominate. And Brooks isn't dead yet. The defense is good, but a shell of it's former self. As long as Monte Kiffin hasn't given himself a heart attack, this team will play with fire.
I like the changes on offense, and this team could steal a few games this year. Brain Griese is saying no place like home throwing to Clayton Galloway and Brown. The oline is pretty average, but Gruden always seems to get something out of them.
Tampa got the best RB for their system. And he'll make a big impact this year.

-Offense 6
-Defense 7.5
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#19 Raiders

This team is stacked at WR (Porter, Moss, Curry), has a coach that uses the vertical game, and a QB that can throw perfect long passes with some protection. But the defense is falling apart. They have a pretty good line, but no linebackers, and Woodson can never seem to stay on the field. Lamont Jordan is everyone's favorite backup, and likely to have a 1000 yard year with that WR support. The Raiders are going to produce some fireworks on offense, but so is every team they play. Kerry Collins isn't going to be able to sleep all summer waiting to play with these new toys.

Offense 8
Defense 5

#20 Bengals
Well, as nice of a team as the Bengals, have. They can't make the playoffs. Not with the Ravens and Pitt in the same division. Carson Palmer is an impressive young QB, and with Peter Warrick coming back, Chad Warrick and TJ make a nice combo to play with. The Oline is solid for the running game, and Rudi is a decent back. The offense can beat you, but it won't dominate anyone.
The defense is going in the right direction with Pollack and Thurman. But they still have bleeding holes all over. The Bengals are a team on the way up, but are doomed to the same fate as the Bills. 3rd team in a stacked Division.

Offense 7
Defense 5.5


#21 St Louis Rams

The Greatest Show on Turf is starting to peal, without the support of any kind of defense this year, it is likely to be on the field a lot.
Teams are going to be blitzing like crazy. Poor Marc Bulger is a dead man walking. Martz leaves his QB out to dry more than any coach since Stever Spurier left. Still, this offense is able to win 8 games by themselves. And any starters from their rookie defenders will be an improvement. Marshall Faulk is fast becoming a 3rd down back, but 2nd year RB Stephen Jackson is ready, willing, and able to carry the load.

Offense 7.5
Defense 3

#22 Broncos

Jake Plummer had a a lot of Ints last year, but he also had a lot of everything else. The Snake is still a good player, but everything around him is coming apart. The Oline isn't going to be a RB factory this year, a combination of age injuries and change are pulling it apart. Alex Gibbs has long since gone to Atlanta. Rod Smith is almost done. Ashely Lelie is a deep threat, but Plummer isn't a deep passer. The defense is pathetic on the line. They have good linebackers and the Champ, but it isn't enough. There is a reason this team picked 3 CB's in a row in this draft. The secondary is bad..... This also may be the last season for John Lynch.
Shanny is a good coach, but this year he is going down with the ship.

Offense - 6.5
Defense -5.5

#23 - Bears

The Bears have a pretty solid defense. Now that we have that out of the way. Their offense is terrible, none of the QB's have even tasted the NFL. Kruetz is the only offensive lineman that plays to his name. Brown and Tait were overrated years before they made the trip to chicago. The WR's are young but not that talented. Moose is solid, great player, but he will find himself very alone.
Cedric Benson is a good fit for this team, and he'll do very well running right up the gut for this football team. The offense is still a work in progress, 2-3 years of building yet to go.
The defense, Solid. Good Dline, Great Linebackers. I think Lance Briggs was one of the best in the NFL last season. They have very good young Corners and depth with quality at safety. Watch out for CB Nathan Vasher. One positive for the Bears, They will beat the ever loving crap out of the Packers.

Offense 4.5
Defense 7.5

#24 Arizona Cardinals

Denny Green is building something nice here.

The Cardinals have a very nice little team, Boldin and Fitz should play well together this year. Denny knows how to get every single drop out of an old dog, and I expect he will. Warner is going to get more protection from the Oline in zona than he did in NY. The defense doesn't have anyone that will wow you, but they added a few guys that can play. Rolle was a good addition to the defensive backfield. I love Arrington at RB, pure joy to watch. They aren't great, but they aren't horrific like their reputation and heat.

Offense 6
Defense 5
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#25 Greenbay

Oh, how have the mighty fallen. Favre, you still have a chance to retire. And you really should consider it while you still have yet to have a losing season or major injury. This team has a good RB, has a few pieces left of a Good oline. And has a decent core of WR's But the defense is really hurting. Batman, Harris, Grady, Barnett, are good players, but they aren't impact players. KGB is the only thing this team really has going for it. The Packers defense looks a lot like the Indy Colts light. And they don't have Tony Dungy to save them.

Offense -7
Defense 4


#26 Saints

Aaron Brooks took a step back last year, but he isn't as bad as his hilarious highlights. The good thing for the Saints, is they won't get much worse. Jammal Brown is a rock on the line, and Bullocks is every Lions Fan favorite at FS. The offense will do well if Stallworth doesn't pull his Hammy. McAllister runs with power, and a lot of speed for such a large back. A healthy year for him, means watchable Saints football. The sad story is the defense, there isn't much here. Howard and Grant make a nice DE pairing, McKenzie is a solid CB. But after that, bone dry. Things look to get worse before they get better too, unless this team starts to put together a few great drafts in a row. And start trying to pick up Free Agents.

Offense 6.5
Defense 4
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#27 New York Giants.

The G men came on strong to start last season, but injuries and the sub of Eli Manning halted all progress. Eli has the tools to play in the NFL. And I am not going to dismiss any Mannings knowledge of the position. Tiki Barber learned to hold on to the ball. Micheal Strahan should give a boost to this team. But the offense and defense have a surplus of questions. Tom Nazi really whipped this team into shape. You can't call them losers, because they play hard. They are a team I root for. I like the turn around in spirit.

Offense 5
Defense 5

#28 Tennesee Titans

They have a average offensive line, but that doesn't seem to matter with Steve Mcnair, he finds a way to get hurt. Mason is going to be missed. As nice as Bennett was last year. I wouldn't expect that to replace the void. Calico has bricks for hands, he just flat out can not catch a football. Brown is a good RB, but he too can't seem to avoid the injury bug. Most of the Titans team is playing somewhere else this year. And what is left isn't good. Keith Bulluck is going to keep being ignored by the media and fans because of the way his team plays, and that's a crying shame.

Offense 6
Defense 4.5
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San Francisco

They had a hell of a draft. If Frank Gore stays healthy , but when you draft #1, you are bound to have a good draft. There is some talent on this team, the returning Julian Peterson is going to make an impact. The bad news is that oline isn't good, they are in cap trouble, they overpaid for Jennings who is NOT a good player. And this year they'll be starting a Rookie QB who only has one really dependable target, TE Eric Johnson.
Baas is going to need to come in and make an impact to save Alex Smith. Because the rest of those bums aren't. New coach, New QB, and a lot of question marks. Never amounts to anything good. You know a team is bad when the Cardinals look like the more talented team.

Offense 5
Defense 5.5
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#30 Miami Dolphins

They have no QB. The best player on that offensive line is Stockar McDoughnut. Chris Chambers is a solid player, and Randy McMichael is likely to get a lot of passes. But no QB on that roster starts on any other team. I like the defense, but it's not what it was last year. Again, new coach, no QB, never amounts to much. It also doesn't help to be in the AFC east, and have no ability to win in cold weather.
I sure do like Ronnie Brown though. But I don't think the poor boy is going to average past 3.6 behind that car wreck.

Offense 4.5
Defense 6.5
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#31 Houston Texans

This team "was" going in the right direction. But what the hell!
They trade away their LB's, they have a terrible draft. They don't even attempt to fix that horrific oline. Their secondary is basically Dunta Robinson. The Defensive line is going to need something from Travis Johnson, and DT's rarely break out their first year.
It's a damn good thing David Carr is mobile and can throw deep. Because he is going to be looking for Andre Johnson every play and running for his freaken life.
I have been following the Texans for awhile, and I really was starting to enjoy this team, but this expansion team just blew itself up, and is now on another rebuilding cycle. Gorsh, I am so mad at that pinheaded Charlies Casserly.

Offense 4.5
Defense 4.5

#32 Cleveland

They have no defense....none....
Bray and Winslow should be great for a fantasy team, since the Browns should be passing on just about every down. This team is not going to stop anyone.
Brodney Pool is on the island out there, he might as well be the ONLY player out there. Hopefully injury victim Sean Jones can provide some help, but this team is going to be painful to watch.
Another season, another season picking a QB #1. Cleveland fans start to regret getting their franchise back.

Offense 6
Defense 3
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While you may disagree with my ranking, and I expect it. At-least you can get a little bit of a perspective on where your lions will stack up with the rest of the NFL.

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April 29th, 2005, 9:28 pm
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BubblesTheLion wrote:
These are my frank and candid opinions, if that leaves a bad taste in your mouth, I suggest you move along.
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Shouldn't San Fran and Washington be tied for last?

That was a lot of work. I thought your ratings were pretty accurate. Probably much more accurate than the media's that will put GB and MN too high. They always like last year's teams.

I am not sure about Baltimore being #1. Their QB is not good enough.

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I think the Cowboys will be a shocker this year...doing pretty well. But with Bledsoe at QB, I have to question that. Either way, kick rectum job on the ratings, that must have taken a long time. I agree with Yorick, Baltimore at #1? I think you way underrated Cinci's defense. They are in a stacked division, I agree, but they're going to be a very good team. The Lions/Bengals game is going to be interesting.


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This is one problem that the Cowboys will be facing:

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Jamal Lewis spent the offseason in prison, that cant be good for business. I'd look for teams like the Bengals, Bills, and Bucs to have strong seasons this year. Hope the Lions do as well as your rankings.


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Wow, I'm surprised you put the Redskins at 16. I hope you're right though. I can't stand to be stuck watching that suckfest for 16 weeks, so if they do well, I'll be pleased. I am, however, preparing myself for them to be tied for last. :)

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The Titans at 28 might be a little generous. That team, and I use that term loosley, might lose 19 games this year. Baltimore at no.1 is also pretty generous. I agree that they will be in the upper echelon, but not setting the bar. IMO, this is the year the Steelers bring glory back to PA, even without Plaxico.

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N8Dog wrote:
IMO, this is the year the Steelers bring glory back to PA, even without Plaxico.


The Steelers are going nowhere!! Last year was a fluke!! The defense played very well, I'll give you that. But don't expect Rothlesburger (however you spell it) to be as good. I know I don't. They will go only as far as their defense takes them. :x :x :x :x Just like last year :!:


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N8Dog wrote:
IMO, this is the year the Steelers bring glory back to PA, even without Plaxico.


You are all forgeting about Plaxico's replacement, WR Cedric Wilson, who was the major weapon on last year's awe-inspiring San Francisco 49er offense, spearheaded by offensive genius Mr. Ted Tollner (he must be good because he's been part of different offenses!).

:crybaby: Why? Why?

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I always like to look at the odds to win the super bowl, when determining power rankings around this time of the year.

You know the old saying, put your money where your mouth is...

http://www.vegas.com/gaming/futures/superbowl.html

New England Patriots 7/2
Philadelphia Eagles 7/2
Indianapolis Colts 4/1
Pittsburgh Steelers 8/1
Atlanta Falcons 10/1
San Diego Chargers 12/1
New York Jets 15/1
Denver Broncos 15/1
Baltimore Ravens 15/1
Green Bay Packers 15/1
Minnesota Vikings 17/1
Kansas City Chiefs 17/1
Carolina Panthers 17/1
Jacksonville Jaguars 17/1
Buffalo Bills 18/1
Dallas Cowboys 20/1
Oakland Raiders 20/1
St. Louis Rams 22/1
Seattle Seahawks 25/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30/1
Washington Redskins 30/1
Tennessee Titans 35/1
New Orleans Saints 40/1
Cincinatti Bengals 40/1
New York Giants 50/1
Detroit Lions 50/1
Chicago Bears 60/1
Houston Texans 60/1
Arizona Cardinals 70/1
Miami Dolphins 70/1
Cleveland Browns 80/1
San Francisco 49ers 200/1


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How could the titants have better odds than we do. :?

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Brian wrote:
...Green Bay Packers 15/1 ...
...Detroit Lions 50/1 ...




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What am I not getting here?!


I can see Minnesota having a good year - but how do they see Green Bay better than the Vikings or Lions? I don't get it!


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LionFan57 wrote:
Brian wrote:
...Green Bay Packers 15/1 ...
...Detroit Lions 50/1 ...




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What am I not getting here?!


I can see Minnesota having a good year - but how do they see Green Bay better than the Vikings or Lions? I don't get it!



I would say history and Favre are the reason that GB is ranked so high right now

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Don't forget, odds are posted by betting houses to maximize the return on all bets placed. They don't nessesarily reflect rankings 1-32, although there is a definate correlation. They set them to get the maximun number of bets placed and to get what they feel will be the maximum return on those bets. I'm sure they look at the past history of how a team is bet on, and set their odds accordingly.


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