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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: November 3, 2009 1:11 pm
 

2009 NFL Power Rankings, Week 8

1.) New Orleans (7-0) [no change]
 Atlanta played tough to the end, but the Saints held on and got an impressive win.  They'll be on the lookout for Coy Wire the next time they play.
2.) Indianapolis (7-0) [no change]
 No TD's for Peyton Manning, and the winning score is thrown from Joseph Addai to Reggie Wayne.  A weird week for the Colts, but they'll take the win anyway.
3.) Minnesota (7-1) [+4]
 Brett Favre went back to Lambeau and played well in another win against his former team.
4.) Pittsburgh (5-2) [no change]
 The Steelers maintain their position thanks to the bye week.
5.) New England (5-2) [no change]
 The Patriots got the bye at the perfect time after their London excursion.
6.) Cincinnati (5-2) [no change]
 The Bengals are also well-rested after a week off.
7.) Dallas (5-2) [+2]
 Dallas took advantage of their schedule, beating a bad team and setting up an important game against Philadelphia next week.
8.) Denver (6-1) [-5]
 Despite losing to the Ravens, the Broncos aren't out of the Rankings just yet.  Truth be told, they're still one of the best teams in the league...they just had to slide after the loss.
9.) Philadelphia (5-2)
 The Eagles return to the Rankings after a strong showing against division rival NY Giants.  As stated above, they have another important division game next week.
10.) Houston (5-3)
 The Texans enter the Rankings for the first time (possibly ever, as far as mine are concerned) after an impressive display against Buffalo.  Ryan Moats could be the go-to guy for the next couple weeks if Steve Slaton doesn't learn the Tiki Barber ball protection method.

A Look at Week 8:
Week 8 was a bit odd and unpredictable.  Good teams lost, teams we thought were good but maybe aren't lost, and plenty of bad teams played as badly as we figured they would.  As far as the Rankings go, Arizona's loss was a big one.  Not only are they 4-3, but they have a problem with winning at home.  The expectation after last week was that they were ready to take off and go on a long run of winning.  Obviously, that didn't happen, as they lost to Carolina.  It's really an inexcusable loss.  And the way they lost it was particularly bad: the run defense that had served them so well in previous weeks crumbled.  Other than Arizona, Green Bay and Atlanta losing meant that a three-loss team had to go into the Rankings for the first time.  I'm never really a fan of that until it's completely necessary.  This year it's been necessary in a couple weeks to do things that I don't really care for as far as the Rankings are concerned.  It goes hand-in-hand with how I do them, though, so I got no one to blame but myself for being too stubborn to change.  Of course, I can always blame teams for losing....

Spotlit:
A further recap of Week 8's best.

Denver (3) at Baltimore (unranked):
 Well, what do you know.  The consensus was right, for once.  The desperate team that had just lost three in a row got it done, even without a Herculean effort from Joe Flacco.

San Francisco (unranked) at Indianapolis (2):
 I was concerned about this game for good reason, as it turns out.  The offense was mostly Matt Stover kicking FG's for the Colts, which surprised the hell out of me.  Peyton Manning threw for almost 350 yards, but no TD's.  As big a surprise as anything that happened in Week 8, easily.

Minnesota (7) at Green Bay (10):
 Aaron Rodgers couldn't complete the comeback, again, but both QB's played well in this one.  I do have to say that Rodgers must be frustrating the hell out of fantasy owners who have his top two receivers, Greg Jennings and Donald Driver.  While Rodgers is throwing TD's to no-names like John Kuhn, Spencer Havner, and James Jones, Jennings and Driver are languishing.  And don't even get me started on Ryan Grant.

Atlanta (unranked) at New Orleans (1):
 New Orleans overcame a late fumble and an inexcusable muff of an onside kick to win.  That right there sums up a #1 team.  Yes, it's terrible that they fumbled and screwed up the onside kick recovery, but the fact that both those things happened and the Saints still won anyway speaks volumes about their greatness.

Spotlight:
The best games coming up next week.

Baltimore (unranked) at Cincinnati (6):
 I really do hope Cincinnati is well-rested, because this return match is going to be killer.

Miami (unranked) at New England (5):
 The Wildcat vs. Tom Brady's right arm.  Miami is already 3-0 vs. the AFC East, but they haven't played the Patriots yet.

Houston (10) at Indianapolis (2):
 Houston's run defense had been the major bugaboo for them until the last couple weeks.  Now they don't have to worry about it much, since they get Peyton Manning and the Colts.  I'm sure Manning will be raring to throw some TD's.  Like, five or six.
Carolina (unranked) at New Orleans (1):
 This game begins the easy stretch of New Orleans schedule before they play New England at home.  Good luck.

Dallas (7) at Philadelphia (9):
 First place in the NFC East, anybody?  Bring it!

Pittsburgh (4) at Denver (8):
 Game of the Week?  Possibly.  The Steelers are a tougher nut to crack than Baltimore, and we already saw what happened when Denver took them on.
Category: NFL
Posted on: October 27, 2009 8:17 pm
 

2009 NFL Power Rankings, Week 7

1.) New Orleans (6-0) [no change]
 An impressive comeback keeps the Saints in the top spot for this week.  The schedule gets a little harder as they face Atlanta, but after that they have three gimmies until they face New England.
2.) Indianapolis (6-0) [+2]
 The Colts took advantage of another easy opponent and thrashed the Rams.  Peyton Manning didn't throw for 300 yards, yet they still won by a huge margin.
3.) Denver (6-0) [no change]
 Bye week for Denver means they stay in the same spot.
4.) Pittsburgh (5-2) [+2]
 The Steelers defense secured the win against previously undefeated Minnesota.  Ben Roethlisberger played below par, and has the bye week to think it over.
5.) New England (5-2) [+2]
 Going to London didn't affect Tom Brady or the Patriots in the slightest.  They beat another outmatched team.
6.) Cincinnati (5-2) [+3]
 A stunning blowout by the Bengals moves them up after a bad loss to the Texans.
7.) Minnesota (6-1) [-5]
 They lost to Pittsburgh, so down they go.  Luckily for the Vikings, there aren't a whole lot of good 1-loss teams.
8.) Arizona (4-2) [+2]
 Big win for the Cardinals, but how do they follow it up?
9.) Dallas (4-2)
 Same as above.  How do they follow it up?
10.) Green Bay (4-2)
 The Packers face off against Minnesota in one of the biggest games of the week.

A Look at Week 7:
It seems that more than ever, Week 7 illustrated the disparity between good and bad teams.  The good teams played really well in Week 7.  The bad teams looked pretty terrible.  There were also a couple exceptions: Houston, Buffalo, and Arizona beat teams that I thought were sure-fire winners (yeah, that's what I get for picking Carolina).

Spotlit:
A further recap of Week 7's best.

Minnesota (2) at Pittsburgh (6):
 As it turns out, neither Big Ben nor Mendenhall was the difference between the Vikings winning and losing.  It turned out to be the Steelers defense, which turned two Brett Favre turnovers into 14 points.

Atlanta (5) at Dallas (unranked):
 Surprisingly, Dallas outplayed Atlanta and forced Matt Ryan to look pretty bad.  Tony Romo was the difference here; his ability to evade the defense was key to scoring TD's.

Arizona (10) at NY Giants (8):
 Arizona showed up, the Giants kind of didn't.  Kurt Warner outplayed Eli Manning, but the Cardinals defense is what made the difference.

Spotlight:
The best games coming up next week.

Denver (3) at Baltimore (unranked):
 It seems that the consensus is that Denver is going down against Baltimore.  They're 6-0, but not everyone is on the bandwagon yet.  A win here further cements the Broncos as a contender, if they're not already.

San Francisco (unranked) at Indianapolis (2):
 Not so much a game to watch because of the game, but because of how great Peyton Manning is playing this season.  San Francisco might be a tougher challenge.  They looked more explosive in the second half of Week 7 than they had at any time this season.  Whether their defense can keep up with the Colts offense is another story.

Minnesota (7) at Green Bay (10):
 Could be the game of the week, if you happen to ignore the Monday night matchup.  It's the Brett Favre bowl all over again, except the stage is Lambeau Field.

Atlanta (unranked) at New Orleans (1):
 The #1 team in my rankings takes on their last tough game for the next four weeks.  With a win here, they can easily hit the New England game 10-0.
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