Continuing our move through the NFL power rankings it is teams 24 through 17...
24) Washington Redskins
Possibly the hardest team to rank on this list because so much depends on RGIII and it is hard to tell in what kind of state he is in. If RGIII is anything like the QB he was in his rookie season then the pass catching talents of Jackson, Reed and Garcon could take the Redskins far.
Equally though, if RGIII is poor then Washington's season could implode. So far in pre-season RGIII has looked like he does not know how to play quarterback. He has been terrible.
It is only pre-season but his form is hardly encouraging. I've got the Redskins as being just slightly better than the Cowboys this season although it is a tossup.
23) New York Jets
I fear Rex Ryan is coming to the end of his rope in New York. The cornerback position looks awful. The Jets best cornerback Dee Milliner has a high ankle sprain and it is starting to look like the Jets will be rushing him back for week one before he is fully fit.
As risky as this is, the Jets don't seem to have much of a choice because the roster at the rest of the position is equally awful. Third round draft pick Dexter McDougle is out for the season with an ACL tear whilst Dimitri Patterson and Jeremy Reeves are also nursing injuries.
A weakness in one position would not be fatal if there were strengths in the rest of the roster to balance things out or even if the front office was setting clear directions.This is not the case though.Take the Geno Smith-Michael Vick situation.
They brought in Michael Vick saying that there was going to be a competition for who starts. Then it wasn't. Then it was again until finally it wasn't. Then apparently all along it never was. Whatever the truth of this the media speculation was unnecessary and unhelpful. Even worse the Jets should have known all this after the Tim Tebow circus. The Jets are going to struggle this season.
22) Miami Dolphins
I'm not buying the idea of a Bill Lazor revolution in Miami. No doubt he has interesting ideas and could well develop an exciting offense over the next few seasons. For this season though the personnel in Miami will surely hamper the Dolphins offense.
Knowshon Moreno will find life hard trying to rush against defenses that aren't terrified of Peyton Manning passes. Ryan Tannehill is still at best an unproven commodity. Whilst the pre-season match against Tampa Bay showed that the offensive line can still be Swiss cheese like.
21) Atlanta Falcons
After seeing the Falcons in Hard Knocks it is just hard to get excited about the Falcons prospects this season.
Essentially they are a better version of the Cowboys. The Falcons will score lots of points on offense but the defense will let them down.
20) New York Giants
The Giants have looked poor in pre-season but remember pre-season doesn't mean anything. In coach Tom Coughlin the Giants have a great coach who has vast amounts of experience to draw on.
Coughlin will harness this experience to get the absolute most out of the players at his disposal. This won't be enough to make the Giants playoff contenders but it should make them the second best team in the NFC East.
19) Cleveland Browns
Despite, the Josh Gordon year long suspension being handed down this season I still think that the Browns will be a half decent team.
The offensive line looks solid. Tight end Jordan Cameron should be top five in his position. The running backs Terrence West and Ben Tate look dangerous. Most importantly though the Browns defense has a shot at being a top five defense and this will keep them in enough games to be competitive.
18) Indianapolis Colts
I'm down on the Colts this season. Andrew Luck has papered over cracks on the Colts roster for the last couple of years but these weaknesses will catch up to them this year.
In particular the interior of the offensive line looks like a disaster waiting to happen. What is so bad about this weakness of course is that it puts Andrew Luck at serious risk of getting hurt and that is the one thing that the Colts can absolutely not afford.
17) Jacksonville Jaguars
I'm tipping the Jaguars to improve on their 4-12 record this season and just about post a winning record. I like what Gus Bradley is doing in Jacksonville. They have brought in a number of solid ex-Seahawks on defense.
Toby Gerhart looks like a smart choice at running back whilst Blake Bortles looks like he could develop into a franchise QB in the next couple of seasons.
The Jaguars will just about be the best team in the AFC South this season as the franchise looks to shake off its reputation for underachievement.
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