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SI Scouting Reports 2001

 
Michael O'Neill
The 2001 NFL season is almost upon us. Gird yourself for all the gridiron action by checking out Sports Illustrated's comprehensive team-by-team previews. Click on any individual team to find a complete breakdown, including strength of schedule and Enemy Lines, a scout's inside look at each team.

Who's headed to New Orleans for Super Bowl XXXVI? Take a look below at the magazine's playoffs picks, and see where Dr. Z ranks all 31 teams.

AFC East Projected
1    Colts 10-6
2    Dolphins* 10-6
3    Jets 8-8
4    Bills 7-9
5    Patriots 6-10
 
AFC Central  
1    Ravens13-3
2    Titans* 12-4
3    Jaguars 9-7
4    Steelers 8-8
5    Bengals 4-12
6    Browns 4-12
 
AFC West  
1    Raiders 11-5
2    Broncos* 11-5
3    Seahawks 7-9
4    Chargers 6-10
5    Chiefs 5-11

AFC Wild-Card Playoffs
Colts over Dolphins
Titans over Broncos

AFC Divisional Playoffs
Raiders over Colts
Titans over Ravens

AFC Championship Game
Titans over Raiders

NFC East Projected
1    Giants 11-5
2    Eagles* 10-6
3    Cardinals 7-9
4    Redskins 7-9
5    Cowboys 2-14
 
NFC Central  
1    Buccaneers 11-5
2    Packers* 9-7
3    Vikings 7-9
4    Lions 7-9
5    Bears 4-12
 
 
NFC West  
1    Rams 14-2
2    Saints* 12-4
3    49ers 8-8
4    Falcons 5-11
5    Panthers 3-13

NFC Wild-Card Playoffs
Buccaneers over Packers
Saints over Eagles

NFC Divisional Playoffs
Rams over Saints
Giants over Buccaneers

NFC Championship Game
Rams over Giants

Super Bowl XXXIII
Rams 24, Titans 20

*Wild-card team

How Dr. Z Ranks 'Em
1      St. Louis Rams 17    Buffalo Bills
2      Tennessee Titans 18    Pittsburgh Steelers
3      Baltimore Ravens 19    Arizona Cardinals
4      Oakland Raiders 20    San Francisco 49ers
5      New Orleans Saints 21    Seattle Seahawks
6      Denver Broncos 22    Washington Redskins
7      New York Giants 23    New England Patriots
8      Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24    San Diego Chargers
9      Indianapolis Colts 25    Kansas City Chiefs
10    Philadelphia Eagles 26    Atlanta Falcons
11    Miami Dolphins 27    Cincinnati Bengals
12    Green Bay Packers 28    Cleveland Browns
13    Jacksonville Jaguars 29    Chicago Bears
14    Minnesota Vikings 30    Carolina Panthers
15    New York Jets 31    Dallas Cowboys
16    Detroit Lions   

Issue date: September 3, 2001

 

 

   
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