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ON THE RISE

BRONCOS
Dre' Bly joins Champ Bailey (above) to give Denver the NFL's best cornercombo--but defensive guru Jim Bates is the biggest addition.

COWBOYS
Wade Phillips's aggressive 3-4 scheme will mean more sacks for OLB DeMarcusWare.

DOLPHINS
Rookie Ted Ginn Jr. boosts the return game, and LB Channing Crowder has ProBowl potential.

ON THEDECLINE

BILLS
Second-round pick Paul Posluzny alone can't make up for the free-agentdepartures of LBs London Fletcher-Baker and Takeo Spikes.

FALCONS
Injured LB Demorrio Williams and DT Rod Coleman won't be ready for the start ofthe season.

TITANS
They'll face a schedule laden with top-rated passers--and do it withoutsuspended CB Pacman Jones.

SLEEPERS

CARDINALS
Additions at safety and corner give Pro Bowl SS Adrian Wilson (above) moreopportunity to roam.

BENGALS
First-round pick CB Leon Hall improves the return game and a dismal secondary.Safety Marvin White is a fourth-round steal.

PACKERS
All 11 starters return from a surprisingly stout unit that allowed only 23points over the last three games.

SI TEAM RANKINGSFOR 2007 with 2006 stats

 

 

POINTS/GAME

YARDS/GAME

RANK (rush/pass)

RANK (total)

INTERCEPTIONS

SACKS

POINTS*

BYE WEEK

1.

Chicago Bears

15.9

294.1

6/11

5

24

40

50

9

2.

Baltimore Ravens

12.6

264.1

2/6

1

28

60

40

8

3.

New England Patriots

14.8

294.4

5/12

6

22

44

8

10

4.

Miami Dolphins

17.7

289.1

8/5

4

8

47

18

9

5.

San Diego Chargers

18.9

301.6

7/13

10

16

61

18

7

6.

Denver Broncos

19.1

326.4

12/21

14

17

35

12

6

7.

Philadelphia Eagles

20.5

328.1

26/9

15

19

40

30

5

8.

Dallas Cowboys

21.9

322.8

10/24

13

18

34

30

8

9.

Jacksonville Jaguars

17.1

283.6

4/10

2

20

35

12

4

10.

Minnesota Vikings

20.4

300.2

1/32

8

21

30

36

5

11.

Pittsburgh Steelers

19.7

300.3

3/20

9

20

39

18

6

12.

Green Bay Packers

22.9

320.9

13/17

12

23

46

30

7

13.

Carolina Panthers

19.1

296.1

11/4

7

14

41

14

7

14.

Cincinnati Bengals

20.7

355.1

15/31

30

19

35

6

5

15.

New York Jets

18.4

331.6

24/14

20

16

35

18

10

16.

Arizona Cardinals

24.3

349.4

16/30

29

16

38

24

8

17.

Oakland Raiders

20.8

284.8

25/1

3

18

34

26

5

18.

Seattle Seahawks

21.3

330.3

22/16

19

12

41

18

8

19.

Indianapolis Colts

22.5

332.2

32/2

21

15

25

12

6

20.

San Francisco 49ers

25.8

344.2

19/26

26

14

34

14

6

21.

New York Giants

22.6

342.4

14/28

25

17

32

14

9

22.

Kansas City Chiefs

19.7

328.9

18/18

16

15

32

6

8

23.

New Orleans Saints

20.1

307.3

23/3

11

11

38

6

4

24.

St. Louis Rams

23.8

335.1

31/8

23

17

34

12

9

25.

Atlanta Falcons

20.5

332.8

9/29

22

12

37

12

8

26.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

22.1

329.4

17/19

17

11

25

18

10

27.

Buffalo Bills

19.4

329.6

28/7

18

13

40

30

6

28.

Washington Redskins

23.5

355.5

27/23

31

6

19

14

4

29.

Cleveland Browns

22.2

344.8

29/15

27

18

28

18

7

30.

Houston Texans

22.9

337.5

20/22

24

11

28

18

10

31.

Detroit Lions

24.9

345.6

21/25

28

12

30

8

6

32.

Tennessee Titans

25.0

369.7

30/27

32

17

26

52

4


*Points scored by defense and special teams

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ICON SPORTS MEDIA (BAILEY)

PHOTO

KEVIN TANAKA/SPORTPICS (WILSON)