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Posted on: September 21, 2010 7:20 pm
 

2010 NFL Power Rankings, Week 2

With a second week of games in the books, eight teams are 2-0, another eight are 0-2, and the rest are 1-1.  Parity, you say?  Or is it mediocrity?  We'll see over the next fifteen weeks.

1.) New Orleans (2-0) [no change]
 The defending champions looked "aight" against San Francisco.  Count me among those who think that losing Reggie Bush is more of a story among the media than the team itself.  They're also the only team not to move an inch since last week.  Lots of turmoil all over the league is the reason.

2.) Green Bay (2-0) [+1]
 After winning on the road in Philly, Green Bay's encore was a resounding beatdown of the Bills.  That's what I like to see.  As a result, they move up.  Now the question is, are they better than the Saints?

3.) Pittsburgh (2-0) [+2]
 Now Dennis Dixon is out.  Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch between them have to keep the train rolling.  It sounds like a difficult task, but both of the Steelers' games were won by defense and the running game.  So I don't expect much different in Week 3.  Heck, I might even pick them to win this time.

4.) Houston (2-0) [+5]
 One of the many teams I love to hate made good by beating...another of the teams I love to hate.  Consequently, I'm not really sure what to say.  Having been around this team since the beginning (2002), I've seen a lot that indicates this start is nothing more than a fluke.  That said, the Texans had never won an overtime game before 2010, and they were a measly 1-15 against Indianapolis as well.  Now both of those have been emended.  Does that mean playoffs for the Texans?  Or will Houston fans have to wait another year?  The big clash with the Cowboys is this week, and I don't think it could be more weird.

5.) Miami (2-0) [-]
 They won, and they're not looking too bad.  That's about all I know about this year's Miami team.  It's been bandied about that Cameron Wake and Koa Misi were the most important additions; they're on the defensive line and are expected to pressure the opposing QB (thank you, Peter King).  So far, they've been productive, and the Dolphins have won as a result.

6.) Chicago (2-0) [-]
 I'm as surprised as anybody that the Bears are in my Rankings.  As far as I know, this is a first...because since I started doing these in 2007 or 2008, the Bears haven't really been "good".  Or there were other teams that were clearly a step ahead.  Now the Bears are tied with Green Bay for the division lead, and despite what some say is a "porous" offensive line (I didn't see it after the first half, to be honest), Jay Cutler and his boys have done well for themselves.  Who do we credit more here, Cutler, or Mike Martz?  Martz is the supposed genius here, so I'll go with him.

7.) Kansas City (2-0) [-]
 Color me surprised, again.  Thanks to some stumbles by teams I figured would win (and one I figured would get crushed anyway), the middle and bottom of the Rankings are populated by surprise 2-0 teams.  The Chiefs debuted on Monday Night Football to great acclaim and lots of cheering from the fans at Arrowhead.  This week, they took on Cleveland and got the win.  The Browns look like an also-ran again, while the Chiefs are clearly trending upward.  I think this is good; at least the Chargers have some competition now to keep them from getting stale.

8.) Tampa Bay (2-0) [-]
 Dealing a loss to Carolina was big to me.  That means the Bucs are now in the Rankings again, along with their surprising 2-0 record.  I figured they would find a way against Cleveland, but the fact that they beat a division rival was huge.  Not only that, Carolina is now 0-2, while Tampa is tied with the Saints.  Atlanta is still a dangerous team, of course, but now that the Bucs and Saints have gotten a leg up, it should be an interesting race.  Tampa is another team winning with defense, and just enough contributions from QB Josh Freeman to not be one-dimensional.  Will this run last?  Probably not, but who knows.

9.) Atlanta (1-1) [-]
 Speaking of the dirty birds, here they are at 9.  After a tough OT loss to Pittsburgh last week, they came out firing on all cylinders this week.  It was an ugly game against Arizona, at least on the scoreboard.  I'm sure Falcons fans were pleased, though.  The beatdown had to have been welcome.  This puts them at 1-1 after the first two weeks.  I contend that they're still dangerous.  Carolina's going to a rookie QB, and Matt Ryan is clearly better than Moore, Clausen, or Freeman.  Is he up there with Drew Brees?  No, not yet.  But I don't imagine it'll be too long before he's accounted among the elite QB's.

10.) Indianapolis (1-1) [-]
 Though they're only coming in at 10 this week, Indianapolis had one of the better victories from Week 2.  They absolutely owned the Giants from kickoff to the final whistle, running up and down the field at will.  Joseph Addai and Donald Brown were pretty much unstoppable.  Peyton Manning didn't throw as much as he did last week, but he didn't need to.  Still, the throws he did make were crisp and on-target, and he's without an INT as well.  I guess the loss in Week 1 was an aberration.  Maybe it was needed to wake them up.  In any case, I expect great things from the Colts again this season.

See you next week.  Thanks for reading.
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Posted on: September 14, 2010 5:37 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2010 11:26 pm
 

2010 NFL Power Rankings, Week 1

Do we really know who is good (and more importantly, who isn't) after one week of games?  Probably not.  But I'm going to give it a try anyway.  Here we go!

1.) New Orleans (1-0)
 Why?  They're the defending champs.  Sean Payton might disagree, but since they're returning pretty much the same team....

2.) Baltimore (1-0)
 OK, so they didn't play well.  At all.  But they won, and they're expected to go far.  So one could say I'm drinking the Kool-Aid on them at this point.

3.) Green Bay (1-0)
 A more impressive win than Baltimore, sure.  I'm not certain about Philadelphia.  Green Bay played quite well.  Even Aaron Rodgers looked pretty good (and his game-winning TD toss was to Greg Jennings, who last I checked was his #1 receiver).

4.) New England (1-0)
 The Patriots with Tom Brady are perennial Super Bowl contenders.  And supposedly, they actually played some defense on Sunday.

5.) Pittsburgh (1-0)
 I'm impressed that they won with Dennis Dixon at QB.  Nothing against the former Oregon Duck (who is the cousin of Donald Duck, my sources tell me), but without Roethlisberger I was expecting a Dirty Bird Beatdown.  What the *%&$* happened, Atlanta?

6.) NY Giants (1-0)
 Bias alert!  I hate the Giants.  Still, I can't deny them what was an impressive win.  OK, so Carolina isn't expected to do much.  And Eli Manning threw three INT's (ouch).  They're still in first place.  Or tied, whatever.

7.) Tennessee (1-0)
 Holy crap, Vince Young is a quarterback.  Meaning, he doesn't just run around, he can hang back in the pocket and hit some receivers where it hurts.  Right in the nuts.  Now THAT is some accuracy.

8.) Arizona (1-0)
 I should probably lower AZ to 10th.  Why?  They barely beat St. Louis.  And by barely, I really do mean barely.  Ouch.

9.) Houston (1-0)
 Bias alert!  I hate the Texans.  They might have had the most impressive win of the week, though.  OK, so Indianapolis kinda stunk.  But the Texans were 1-15 against them overall.  1-15, OUCH.  Well, one fabulously historic day by Arian Foster later...the Texans are now TWO AND FIFTEEN against the Colts.  I also think the Texans are not going anywhere this year.  Just like last year.  And the year before that.  And the year before that.  You see where I'm going here.

10.) Washington (1-0)
 Bias alert!  I really hate the Redskins, especially after that fluke of a win against the Cowboys Sunday night.  Trust me, I'm angrier with the Cowboys for playing as badly as they did.  But the Redskins took advantage of the Cowboys acting like total idiots, and even I have to give them credit for that.

See you next week.  Thanks for reading.
Category: NFL
Posted on: December 22, 2009 4:48 pm
 

2009 NFL Power Rankings, Week 15

1.) Indianapolis (14-0) [+1]
 By virtue of their win at Jacksonville and the Saints' loss on Saturday, Indianapolis takes the #1 spot this week.  They had been in #2 for a while now, mostly because the Saints hadn't tripped up and I don't like moving a team down when they win.  Also, I think the MVP chatter can subside for a little bit, at least until the Colts lose one (assuming they actually do).  The only other guy with a claim on the trophy at the moment is Philip Rivers; Brees and Favre both fell off the wagon, and Chris Johnson plays for a .500 team.  It remains to be seen how the Colts play it down the stretch regarding rest vs. going undefeated.  Personally, I'd want to play every snap as long as I was healthy.  Heck, even if I was a little banged up I'd probably want to play just for the historical value of going 16-0 and maybe 19-0.

2.) New Orleans (13-1) [-1]
 New Orleans finally took a tumble, losing at home to the Cowboys, a team many predicted had no chance of winning.  Drew Brees looked decidedly un-MVP like in his performance.  Of course, any QB getting pressured like that is bound to make a few mistakes.  It doesn't mean Brees isn't great, it just means he probably cost himself the MVP since Peyton Manning has given his opponents no margin for error.  I think we could see the Saints bounce back the next two weeks, motivated by their lack of perfection.  And no, I have no good reason for keeping them ahead of San Diego, other than 13-1 > 11-3.

3.) San Diego (11-3) [no change]
 Rivers + Turner in December = gold.  Who knew?  Certainly not me, or the hoards of people criticizing Turner's hiring a couple years back.  Even without LaDainian Tomlinson at his MVP form, the Chargers are a legitimately great team.  I won't go overboard with predicting playoff success for them, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Chargers go far.

4.) Philadelphia (10-4) [+2]
 Philly made some questionable decisions in their game against San Francisco, yet it didn't stop them from laying a beatdown on Sunday.  Donovan McNabb is playing very well, and it doesn't hurt that DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy are two of the best weapons the Eagles have gotten for him.  Even without Brian Westbrook and Jeremy Maclin (for the last couple games, at least), McNabb and the offense are firing on all cylinders.  This team will be a tough out in the playoffs.

5.) Dallas (9-5)
 Why is Dallas in the fifth spot, you might ask?  Because they beat the Saints.  Does this mean anything for the next two weeks?  Nope, not a chance.  But the Cowboys did get the biggest win of the season (maybe the past two or three seasons, even), and that's worth a lot this week.  They have a favorable schedule, at Washington next week and home against Philly in the final week; they already beat Philly in Philly, so that's not a terrible matchup (though I'm not betting the house on the Cowboys just yet).

6.) Minnesota (11-3) [-2]
 The Vikings lost again, so down they go.  They lost to a terrible team in Carolina, but this is likely a temporary (as in one week) move since they're playing Chicago next week and Dallas isn't likely to keep on winning (as much I think they will).  They're still the second seed in the AFC, and I fully expect them to advance to the title game.

7.) New England (9-5) [+1]
 An up-and-down season for New England continues, though they've now won two in a row.  They're looking a lot better in the AFC East thanks to some timely tripping up by Miami and the NY Jets.  Of course, I never thought either of those teams had enough to pass the Patriots anyway, even with the Pats playing like stink is the new black.  Brady-to-Moss was a working combo again, and even though Wes Welker didn't contribute his usual mammoth's share, the Pats won decisively.  I still don't see how they go out in the first round of the playoffs, since the AFC wild card teams are likely to be pretty weak.

8.) Arizona (9-5) [+2]
 Nice bounce back for Kurt Warner and the Cardinals; he fumbled another ball and threw a 100-yard INT returned for a touchdown.  Despite those gaffes, the Cardinals won.  They also won their division after San Francisco's loss in Philadelphia.  So they're in the playoffs, and now they're fighting for position.  It might not be unlikely that Warner sits in the 2nd half of the next couple of games, to try and rest for the playoffs.  I'm not predicting it, exactly, but it wouldn't surprise me to see Matt Leinart get some more playing time in the next two weeks.

9.) Green Bay (9-5) [-4]
 The Packers take a dive after losing late to Pittsburgh.  It'll be hard for them to not get a wild card, though.  Green Bay could be a dangerous team in the playoffs, especially if Aaron Rodgers is shooting straight to the right guys (meaning Greg Jennings and Donald Driver).

10.) Cincinnati (9-5) [-3]
 The Bengals drop after a tough loss in San Diego.  One good sign was Carson Palmer's "revival" of sorts, as he threw for 300 yards for the first time in a while.  They played about as well as could be expected, and the only reason they lost is because San Diego is just a better team at this point.  Cincy should be in the playoffs, though, and they should be hosting a game.  That gives them a good shot at advancing.
Category: NFL
Posted on: December 15, 2009 1:10 pm
 

2009 NFL Power Rankings, Week 14

1.) New Orleans (13-0) [no change]
 It's possible that the Saints are just making things exciting for themselves.  Either that, or something is up with them as they've had more than a few close shaves in recent weeks.  It might be something to worry about if they were playing a good team this coming Saturday.  Instead, they have the Cowboys in full swoon.  If it's as competitive as New Orleans' recent games have been, I'll be pleased.

2.) Indianapolis (13-0) [no change]
 Peyton Manning threw 3 INT's and won.  Does that say more about him and his team, or the team they were facing (at home)?  At this point it might be saying more about Denver, though they certainly were trying hard.  Indy pulled out another win, though, and stay in second place where they've been for quite awhile.  They take on the Jaguars on Thursday in a game where some starters will get rested.  I'm not sure where I come down in that debate; obviously, I've seen what happens to teams that rested and I saw what happened two years ago when the Patriots went for broke and failed.  I'm not certain that momentum really means anything, especially when you have Manning running the offense.  As long as he's right, the Colts will continue to win.  Even when he throws two or three picks, the Colts STILL win.

3.) San Diego (10-3) [no change]
 The Chargers are the third-best team, despite being down in the standings to Minnesota.  Sure, they had a couple bad losses (and a bad win in Oakland the first Monday night of the season), but they've won eight in a row and are well-prepared for their playoff push.  It has to be AFC Championship or bust for the Chargers, especially with Cincinnati looking beatable.  The Chargers also have favorable recent history with the Colts; I'm not a complete believer in San Diego just yet.  Nor am I going to go out on a limb and say that the Chargers would definitely beat the Colts in Indianapolis.  Let's just say that the odds are on San Diego's side, and the Colts might want to hope for someone else knocking them off before they head to Indy.

4.) Minnesota (11-2) [+5]
 Adrian Peterson produced one of those games that fantasy owners go nuts for.  Brett Favre was back to his efficient form of every game besides the one in Arizona, and the defense was tough as usual.  I figured Cincinnati would put up a better fight, but Minnesota was prepared in every way to take them out.  They likely won't catch the Saints for home-field, but they've got the #2 seed locked up for the playoffs unless something really bad happens.

5.) Green Bay (9-4) [no change]
 Somehow, the Packers have maneuvered themselves into a very favorable position for the playoffs.  Of course, they won't win their division, which means they have to go on the road, but they're still doing better than most other teams in the NFC.  Aaron Rodgers had a mediocre game in Chicago, and outside of Ryan Grant the rest of the offense was pretty moribund.  The Packers still have Pittsburgh and Arizona on their schedule, which could mean two more tough tests (though with the way both teams have played lately, it's a toss-up).

6.) Philadelphia (9-4) [no change]
 Philadelphia leads the NFC East with their win and Dallas' loss.  But the division title isn't theirs just yet.  They still have to go to Dallas in the final week of the season (and Dallas fans know how having the last game be against the Eagles doesn't really work out).  I think the one thing the Eagles' win says is that the Giants are all but eliminated as playoff contenders.  Dallas and Philly showed that their defense still isn't where it needs to be.  And the Eagles won thanks to big plays and a long 4th quarter drive that was made out of grit and efficiency.  The Eagles' defense might not be the best, but with their offense, it's hard to see how they don't make the NFC Championship Game.

7.) Cincinnati (9-4) [-3]
 The Bengals were one of the bigger disappointments in Week 14.  They couldn't get it going on offense and were fairly abysmal on defense.  Dirty little secret: When they're not playing the AFC North, they're not very good.  They swept their division, but are 3-4 in games outside of it.  Cincy has also been pretty inconsistent too.  Despite that, they're in decent shape, as they'll be hosting a Wild Card game with an excellent chance of advancing.  The teams below them aren't much better than the Bengals, if at all.  They'll likely be in a position where one or two playoff wins is expected, and a first-round loss is indefensible.

8.) New England (8-5)
 Speaking of disappointments...oh wait, the Patriots won this week.  It wasn't the best game for Brady and co., but I'm sure they'll take it.  In fact, it might provide some needed motivation for the coming weeks.  The AFC East looks more wide open than it did a couple weeks ago, with the Pats sliding and the Dolphins and Jets coming on, for the most part.  I would still pick the Pats to win the division, though; they have the better team, and more importantly the best QB of the contenders.  If their defense shapes up even slightly, they could be in a comparable position to Philadelphia in the NFC.

9.) Denver (8-5) [-2]
 The Broncos had a tough matchup going in, so it's not surprising that they lost.  What may have been surprising was the emphasis they put on the passing game, and how well Kyle Orton dealt with the increased workload.  He and Brandon Marshall have some chemistry, to be sure, as Marshall set an NFL record for receptions in a single game that was previously held by Terrell Owens.  I wasn't expecting that kind of performance from Orton or Marshall, to be honest.  The loss does hurt, but the rapport between QB and WR bodes well for the future; during the Broncos' midseason swoon, their offense was worse than moribund, particularly in the passing game.  So if Orton can keep it up, their chances of taking one in the playoffs go way up.  I wouldn't put any money on it, but it wouldn't surprise me either.

10.) Arizona (8-5) [-2]
 Finally this week we have the once again disappointing Arizona Cardinals, who couldn't stand their own prosperity (again, it must be said) and laid an egg in San Francisco.  Division rivalry aside, that was a game that Arizona should have won, and they should have won it by about 20-25 points.  I guess that because it is a rivalry, SF was ready for them and had the proper motivation to run their gameplan.  Whatever the case may be, Arizona stunk, and look like near-total frauds after convincingly making Minnesota their pinata last week.  I think Arizona wins the toothless NFC West, but I'm not all that sure.  The schedule is not terribly difficult; they play Detroit, St. Louis, and Green Bay.  So they should be 11-5 when all is said and done (though Green Bay might be up for their game), and 10-6 at worst.  Of course, that assumes that they don't do anything mind numbingly stupid against the two bad opponents remaining.  After yesterday's game, who knows what will happen.
Category: NFL
Posted on: December 8, 2009 1:59 pm
 

2009 NFL Power Rankings, Week 13

1.) New Orleans (12-0) [no change]
 They might have won on some fluke plays, but I'm a firm believer that teams that want to go undefeated have to be lucky and good in near-equal measure.  Robert Meachem is a heck of a player, especially with Drew Brees! throwing him the ball.

2.) Indianapolis (12-0) [no change]
 More than a few teams that were expected to win did not.  Mostly unheralded Indianapolis took the field against Tennessee and took care of business.  They didn't even struggle like New Orleans did.  Tough game next week against Denver, though.

3.) San Diego (9-3) [+1]
 San Diego continues to surprise, despite allowing 23 points to Cleveland (and killing one of my fantasy teams in the process, ouch).  If they beat the Cowboys next week (pretty likely), they probably lock up the AFC West, since I don't see Denver winning IN Indy.

4.) Cincinnati (9-3) [+2]
 Cincinnati is another de facto division winner, locking up the AFC North with losses by their two rivals.  The Bengals might not have played their best game against Detroit, but Cedric Benson is back healthy and Carson Palmer throws it downfield well.  They're a huge threat in the playoffs.

5.) Green Bay (8-4) [+2]
 Ugly game last night on the (cue overly self-important voice) Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field.  The Packers played well when it counted, though (not well enough to save my other fantasy team, but I digress) and beat the Ravens, sending them spiraling further into oblivion.  I'm not quite buying Aaron Rodgers; not until he learns that Greg Jennings and Donald Driver are his #1 and #2, respectively, not #8 and #1.

6.) Philadelphia (8-4) [+2]
 Lots of people are jumping on the Eagles bandwagon all of a sudden.  I guess that's because unlike the Cowboys, Philly has won a few games in December in recent history (44-6 last year comes to mind, ouch).  I don't think they'll win the NFC East (give me Dallas or the NY Giants), but they'll take a Wild Card easily.  Green Bay could easily slip up, and there are very few teams behind them and Philly pushing hard for the Wild Card.

7.) Denver (8-4) [+2]
 If you don't know what to make of the Broncos, raise your hand.  So they started out 6-0, and have now won two in a row after a disastrous tailspin.  Now they have to go to Indy, where they haven't won recently (and have lost quite memorably) to face the super-hot Peyton Manning and his Colts.  It would seem like the game is a must-win, especially since San Diego has a decent matchup this week.  With the Broncos, it's impossible to tell which team will show up.

8.) Arizona (8-4)
 After a one week absence, Arizona returns with a stunning beatdown of the previously third-ranked Vikings.  Kurt Warner was questionable with a head injury before the game, but came onto the field and absolutely carved up Minnesota.  For once, he concentrated on getting the ball to Larry Fitzgerald, producing one of the WR's best games this season.  They have a division game next Monday against San Francisco that gives them the division with a win.

9.) Minnesota (10-2) [-6]
 One of the most disappointing teams this week was Minnesota.  Brett Favre wasn't great, yet he wasn't the worst offender on Sunday night.  That award goes to Adrian Peterson and Jared Allen, in a two-man tie of booshy badness.  Neither of them did anything worth mentioning.  At least Favre threw a TD.  Adrian Peterson couldn't even gain five yards in a single carry (though his receiving yards prevented him from being totally worthless).  I hope for their sake they haven't been exposed, but they're playing Cincinnati next week and that is a tough game.

10.) Dallas (8-4) [-5]
 Another team that disappointed heavily was the Cowboys.  For all the BS talk about December swooning, Sunday's game really came down to two plays: Brandon Jacobs' TD run, and Domenik Hixon's punt return TD.  Poor tackling on both plays prevented the Cowboys from winning.  Tony Romo completed 41 passes, but most of them didn't go down the field.  There was no running game to speak of, with Barber, Jones, and Choice all getting stuffed repeatedly.  The Cowboys have a tough schedule down the stretch, too, so it's unlikely to get any easier, or for the talking heads to shut up about how much they suck in December.
Category: NFL
Posted on: December 1, 2009 2:38 pm
 

2009 NFL Power Rankings, Week 12

1.) New Orleans (11-0) [no change]
 They just dismantled the Patriots and have a couple more games before their next big showdown with Dallas.  As a Cowboys fan, I have a bad feeling about that game.
2.) Indianapolis (11-0) [no change]
 Keep on trucking, Peyton Manning.  The Colts let nothing faze them.  They aren't as dominant as New Orleans, but they get it done when it counts, close and late.  Or far behind and late.  Just not early, most of the time.
3.) Minnesota (10-1) [no change]
 Speaking of dismantling; Brett Favre is still the pick du jour for MVP, but I have to give it to Manning.
4.) San Diego (8-3) [+1]
 The Chargers continue to win, even if they're picking off lollipops.
5.) Dallas (8-3) [+1]
 Dallas had an easy win on Thanksgiving, plus a whole bunch of time off to think about it.  How they respond is key, as usual.
6.) Cincinnati (8-3) [+4]
 Not exactly a riotous comeback win for the Bengals, but I'm sure they'll take it.  Having swept their division means they're pretty much a lock for the playoffs.
7.) Green Bay (7-4) [+1]
 The Packers had an impressive win on Thanksgiving in Detroit.  Yeah, I know, it was Detroit they beat; with a QB who had a bum shoulder, no less.  Still, they're rounding into form at the right time and have a tough matchup on Monday with the Ravens.
8.) Philadelphia (7-4) [+1]
 They looked unimpressive against the Redskins, but the Eagles got the win nonetheless.  I get the feeling they're holding on until January 3, when they come down to Dallas.
9.) Denver (7-4)
 After beating the lackluster (to put it mildly) Giants, the Broncos make a roaring comeback to the Rankings.  Honestly, the only reason they're REALLY in is because they won and Arizona didn't.  Whoops.
10.) New England (7-4) [-3]
 Most teams that take a beating like that on Monday night don't make it back into the Rankings.  New England is lucky, and damn good.  Let's not get ahead of ourselves in proclaiming anything about New England.  They'll be fine.
Category: NFL
Posted on: November 24, 2009 1:52 pm
 

2009 NFL Power Rankings, Week 11

1.) New Orleans (10-0) [no change]
 The Saints kept it rolling against Tampa Bay.  Next Monday could be the Game of the Year as New England comes to town.
2.) Indianapolis (10-0) [no change]
 Indianapolis made another great escape in Baltimore.  Oh, the irony.  Next, they come down to my stomping grounds in Houston.
3.) Minnesota (9-1) [no change]
 Favre for MVP?  It's not completely ridiculous, even if I wouldn't vote for him.
4.) Arizona (7-3) [+1]
 Kurt Warner bowed out after he felt "not perfect".  How he bounces back will undoubtedly affect the Cardinals' postseason chances; with him, they win the division.  Without him, who knows?  Matt Leinart isn't ready for prime time, still.
5.) San Diego (7-3) [+1]
 Talk about beating down a division rival.  San Diego crushed Denver, likely killing whatever playoff chance the Broncos had.
6.) Dallas (7-3) [+2]
 A win is a win, but these guys can do much better.  I really shouldn't even move them up.
7.) New England (7-3) [+2]
 The Patriots proved once again that they're mentally tough, despite whatever happens in previous games.
8.) Green Bay (6-4) [+2]
 They followed a dominant win with a somewhat fluky win.  Obviously, they're not catching Minnesota, but a Wild Card isn't out of the question yet.
9.) Philadelphia (6-4)
 Donovan McNabb and LeSean McCoy came up big when the Eagles needed it.  There was also a Michael Vick sighting, and it was a nice run too.
10.) Cincinnati (7-3) [-6]
 Most disappointing team of the week?  It's either these idiots or the Steelers, who aren't even in the Rankings this week (I'd still have them in, but Philly won, and I like to keep winners in).
Category: NFL
Posted on: November 17, 2009 2:04 pm
 

2009 NFL Power Rankings, Week 10

1.) New Orleans (9-0) [no change]
 Another week, another win for the Saints.  Some might wonder when they'll get it back in gear...I say that happens when New England comes to town in a couple weeks.
2.) Indianapolis (9-0) [no change]
 The Colts keep their spot based on their narrow defeat of the Patriots.  That had to be the Game of the Year so far.
3.) Minnesota (8-1) [no change]
 Maybe not the offensive explosion some were expecting, but the Vikings handily defeated the Lions anyway.
4.) Cincinnati (7-2) [+2]
 One of the surprise teams of the season, they're still rolling after beating Pittsburgh for the second time this season.
5.) Arizona (6-3) [+3]
 Arizona looks like they're rounding into form now.  Maybe.
6.) San Diego (6-3)
 The Chargers held serve at home against another NFC East team.  After last week's trip to NYC, I wasn't sure they'd pull out another one.  But they did, and they get props for that by appearing here.
7.) Pittsburgh (6-3) [-3]
 Oh, they are so lucky that there are only about six good teams right now.  The Steelers' offense gagged the entire game.
8.) Dallas (6-3) [-1]
 Speaking of lucky...wow, are the Cowboys lucky there are only six good teams.  They were worse than Pittsburgh by many, many lengths, and I wonder why they even bothered showing up in Lambeau.
9.) New England (6-3) [-3]
 Losing to the Colts is no shame.  Losing the way they did, on the other hand....
10.) Green Bay (5-4)
 The Packers get in solely based on their win over Dallas.  They're not a good team at all, no matter how dominant they were on Sunday.
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