Posted on: February 10, 2010 12:05 am

Super Bowl Revelation #1: Brady > Manning

But I'm back.. and posting stuff :)   First of a couple of them thanks to a certain Super Bowl win :)

Okay, let's start wtih something I realized after Sunday:    Tom Brady is currently a better Quarterback than Peyton Manning .

It's a different position that I'm using for the example, so just follow with me here for a moment.

I'll admit I've been on the fence in regards to the Manning vs. Brady debate, but a realization today made me decide i have to jump to the side of the Brady supporters at the moment.

Plain and simple, single playoff wins didn't matter to me.. they were impressive on a resume, but that was just it, playoff wins/losses.  There has to be a payoff...

Previously I had ranked Jim Mora as the best Saints coach of all time... why?  Because of his success over time.  93 wins as the coach of the New Orleans Saints. 
Unfortunately, he lost all four of his playoff appearances.
When Jim Haslett won a playoff game, there was a possibility that you could have ranked Jim H. higher than Jim M.   But honestly, what is one playoff game?  It's good, yes but it's still short of the primary goal.. the Lombardi Trophy.   

Playoff Wins can equal up to Regular Season wins... eventually.   But not one win.   (I'm thinking 1 Playoff win would be the equivalent of a 10-6 season?   But I'd have to think about that exact number for a while.)

Sunday however, that changed....

Mora's had taken the Saints to the playoffs 4 times.  

Then in '06 a "kid" by the name of Sean Payton stepped in and took the Saints to the playoffs.. He won his first playoff match, but the 93 wins that Mora had as a coach kept them on an even keel, (same reasoning behind Haslett's 2000 season) and still gave Mora the advantage.

Then Sunday rolled around and Sean Payton got the most important thing.. a certain trophy.

In my mind, at that point, Payton became the _better_ of the two head coaches of the New Orleans Saints.

If the head coach on the sidelines got the "better" label because of one trophy... then why shouldn't the more decorated field general on the field deserves the "better" label, because he engineered drives that got them more trophies.   (note, i dont' care about regular season MVP's or Super Bowl MVP's. or Pro-Bowls)

Could Payton's legacy take a backward step (as Jim Haslett did for instance)?  Yep... as could both Brady and Manning.. but at this point and time I have to say that neither men took that step backwards, so I have to go with the man who has the trophies right now... and that's Brady at the moment.
By the same logic, as much as the Regular season wins mean something for Peyton Manning, he's only got the 1 trophy to his name.   Brady's got 3.   You can argue who's involvement was more important in those three trophies, but the one fact you can't dispute is that Brady still has the multiple rings.

I wrote somewhere, if I wanted a regular season QB, I'd take both Peyton Manning and Drew Brees over Tom Brady.
If it's the post-season, I'd have to take Brady and Brees over Manning..

If Peyton and/or Brees gets another ring before Brady does, you have to revisit the equation, but until that happens, I have to give the edge to Brady (and in a way, Roethlisberger).
Posted on: December 2, 2009 1:48 pm

Where are my playoff calculators?

Why can't anyone get a playoff calculator active after Week 10? That's when it gets fun on trying to figure out who to root for/not to root for?  Although I KNOW I'm rooting for the *Gag/cough/wheeze/hack*IGGLES?!?!*cough/gag/hack/wheeze*. 

Yahoo's can't be considered correct until next week (Week13), hasn't even put there's up yet (usually have it up by now?)...  Playoffpicture doesn't have one.

I know the "playoff scenarios" are out ther for clinching.. but what happened to the fun days, when you could figure out if a GB win or loss to Baltimore could lock up a wild card birth for your team if you were say the Falcons?
Category: NFL
Posted on: November 26, 2009 3:04 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2009 3:05 pm

Here's why the BCS will forever be questioned

While suffering through a poor Detroit Lions performance (yeah, I was rooting for the upset... want GB out of teh playoff hunt :) ), i got to thinking about something that a coworker told me today (considering Alabama/Auburn were playing today).

If Alabama wins against Auburn and faces Florida in the SEC-Championship team.
Texas loses to a&M...
TCU wins out...

Alabama beats Florida in the SEC championship game....

A coworker of mine heard a report saying that a 1-loss Florida SEC team would still end up with a better point standings in the BCS than TCU does, and by their own guildelines, the BCS would be obligated for a rematch with Alabama/Florida...  or so he claims?   Or am i missing something?

T?   Didn't we just see this game?    And what happens if Florida were to win the matchup?  

Alabama:   We beat you in the SEC-Title!  We're the best!
Florida;      We beat you in the Bowl Championship Game!  We're no 1

What then?  A rubber match?   Or was my friend misinformed about the standing of Florida?  If not, can the BCS simply turn down a higher pointed team?  (that opens up another kettle of fish...)

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Alabama, BCS, Florida, SEC, TCU
Posted on: October 12, 2009 11:07 am

Apparently, Glad I didn't watch this saturday...

WHAT THE ... you iknow what?   I never thought I'd say this, but I swear this team is falling apart at the seams.   You get the lead back and then... If it's not the defense it's the specail teams.. if it's not the special teams it's the fumbles.

I really don't know what else to say about this team at the moment.

THe worst feeling is, as quoted by CBS:  "give Louisville its first win over a Football Bowl Subdivision team in nearly a year".

I'm just sick to my stomach (and no, not from the swine flui) now from the performance of our team the last two weeks.. it's almost as if they said, Okay, we can't beat Kansas, so we're not good enough to play for 60 minutes.

I really thought L-Fed would have this team back on track after ripping into them over the UAB game... now.. I dont' know what the hell he (or our defensive coordinator in particular)  are doing.
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: October 7, 2009 12:49 pm

KU loss, disappointment.. UAB loss, frustration!

Okay, I can forgive the KU loss for USM.   We just got outgunned by the time it was done.. but we were in that game.

The UAB loss... I don't get it.   I know, I know, the fumbles by Parham, the loss of Davis, the non-attendance by Fletcher and the ongoing injury to DeAndre Brown.  But I honestly don't get this loss.

Fedora said we were a BCS contending team.. so WHY, why is it when you're playing a team that cannot pass the ball at all (no offense UAB fans), you simply play pass defense ALL Game?    USM got beat by 3 basic plays.. Run left, run right, and QB draw.  That was it!   That's what beat us.

You cannot tell me that the UAB quarterback was more dangerous than Sewell or Reesing.. or any harder to bring down.  ALl season our defense has struggled to bring down scrambling quarterbacks when we'd even make those mythical arm tackles.. but that performance was just PATHETIC.

I know LFed's got this program going the right way, and we're still one game over .500...but if our defensive coordinator doesn't wake up, that winning seasons streak is in definite danger this season, especailly with Tulsa, Rice, and Houston still on the schedule...

Fortunately, i think this is Bye week (don't have my handy-dandy schedule in front of me), to get it right, and I hope Fedora rips into his own coaching staff, and challenges the DL to DO THEIR JOBS!

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Larry Fedora, UAB, USM
Posted on: October 6, 2009 11:10 am

Tier Rankings #4 - Preseason no more!

Tier Rankings – now that 1 month of games are in the books for (all but the bye teams), it’ s time to take the preseason predictions off of the tier ranking charts, so there will be ‘some’ drastic changes.  For instance, Denver gets a huge boost, due to the removal of the low preseason expectations, while Tennessee now begins to really fall down the chart from the original contender status.

A teams this week:

Chicago    4    11    2.75

For half of a game, the Lions actually played up to the Bears.  The Second half, the Bears defense took over, and brought Cutler and company along for the ride.

Indianapolis    4    15    3.75

What more can you say about this offense.    And I’m officially on the Garcon for Rookie of the Year bandwagon.   As much as I admire the other guy that’s getting the headlines, Garcon has them saying “Marvin who?”.

Jacksonville    4    10    2.5

This game was more of a blowout than the score showed..    Now if the Jags can get some more consistency and the defense keeps showing up like this, they could get back in the Wild Card hunt.  It may already be too late to get into the AFC-South crown, but you never know.

Minnesota       4       16      4

Right now, the two most complete teams are New Orleans and Minnesota.   Green Bay dared the "old man" to beat them with a pass, and the Packers forgot about the other "old man" in J. Allen, so both old men beat the Pack, multiple times.   At the moment, it's a three-horse race for the NFC crown. 

New England    4    13    3.25

Don’t look now, but the Pats are looking like the Pats of old on offense _and_ defense.   And yes, the Roughing the passer call was bad.  A lot of the attention was on the bad drop by Mason on 4th and 4.. but what was missed was two fantastic coverage plays by the Pats just prior to that drop.

New Orleans    4    16    4

Okay, Week 1, they win because of the passing offensive showing.  Week 2, it was the passing offense and special teams, Week 3, it was the Defense and Special teams, Week 4 ,it was all on the defense.   This is a “Pick your poison” team right now.

New York Giants    4    15    3.75

Okay, as much as it hurts, I still have to rank these guys as a 4 for their domination of the Chiefs.  That being said, 1-4 in the redzone.  Am I the only one who sees this as a problem?    

San Francisco    4    12    3

Rams or not... 35 points on offense and special teams and 0 points by your defense.  What more can you ask for?   They get the "A" grade just on general principle.   If Harbaugh didn't have the Ravens at 3-1 with a huge passing offense, I'd put Singletary as my coach of the year nominee right now.

B weeks:

Baltimore    3    15    3.75

Patriots punched, Baltimore counter punched.  Really, I don't know what else to say, except that was one fantastic game to be watched, for all 60 minutes.   But I will say this, Ray Lewis is right.  This roughing the passer penalty stuff is getting totally abused by quarterbacks, and not just a certain patriot quarterback.   Tarkenton and Manning and Blanda and Graham would be ashamed of the wimps our NFL has allowed the QB position to become.  But it was hard not giving Baltimore the "A" grade in a loss, but a loss is a loss.

Cincinnati    3    8    2

Gutsy call by Palmer on 4th and 11, either he makes that play, or the game ends in a tie.  All the attention has been on Brady's return to the field, if you ask me, Palmer's return has been just as important, if not more so, now that they got the week 1 debacle out of their system.

Denver    3    11    2.75

I'm guessing that "D" I gave to Denver in Week one was way off, considering how well their defense is playing.  They've yet to put together an "A" game in all facets (1 D, 3 B's), but they're doing enough to win their division at the moment, and have continued to climb up the grade charts.

Houston    3    9    2.25

Now that's the Houston team I remember seeing being talked about every presesaon.  They need to string it together for a while, before Jacksonville wakes back up.   Plus they have to beat someone that's a 'good' team.

Miami    3    9    2.25

238 rushing yards.  I mean opponents KNOW what's coming at them, and they still do it.  I know they wanted Henne to be their QB of the future, but I think they're still going to miss the leadership of Pennington on the field, and it may cost them a Wild Card shot down the road.  

New York Jets    3    13    3.25

Yes, Sanchez took a step back, but it happens.  But other than that, this was still the same Jets team we saw for games 1 through 3.   And that may be good enough to contend for the AFC-East title.   They just have to figure out how to overcome mistake days by the rookie, and if they do that, they're still going to be contenders.

Pittsburgh    3    12    3

You know that I would give the Steelers an A... but when you're up by 28, and STILL nearly blow a game in a 4th quarter.  Funny thing was the NBC announcers were criticizing the Steelers for running up the score with the halfback pass option.  First thought i had was "You're playing against Phillip Rivers, there's no such thing as running up a score".

C Weeks:

Cleveland    2    3    0.75

Okay, I was stuck between giving Cleveland a B and a D.  Because other than a gutsy 4th and 15 call, this game was going to end in a tie.   Anderson still looked horrendous for the first half though.   Mangini needs to find someone to quarterback this team, because it's not Ander-son and it's not Quinn.

Dallas        2    10    2.5

I'm not in the "Bench Romo" band yet, but I have to question the wisdom of throwing at Champ Bailey three times in a goal to go situation, especially when he's covering your #4 receiver.   OH yeah, and that time management with about :25 seconds left.. Horrendous playcalling to end the game.

Green Bay:    2    10    2.5

Much like San Diego, it was a great comeback attempt by the Packers, but when you let the "old men" of Favre, Allen, and the rookies like Peterson and Harvin beat you, it's kind of hard to go any higher than a "C" game.

San Diego    2    8    2

I was going to give these guys a “D” or an “F”, simply because they have NO defense at the moment.  But just because the offense didn’t quit, I think I"m kind of forced to move them up to the "C" level for this last game.

D Weeks:

Buffalo        1    8    2

Where oh where has the Buffalo Defense gone?
Where oh where can it be?
It's been run over, and the skid marks are long..
Where Bills' defense, can you be?

Seattle        1    7    1.75

This team is settling into oblivion quickly.  If Hasselbecks' out for two more weeks, this season is a lost cause, and it's time to consider moving into the hunt for a new heatlthy QB for the future.

Detroit        1    3    0.75

From Stafford to Culpepper.. If Stafford's out, I guess the question is, how long does this next losing streak last?   Hopefully the defense can step it up while Stafford's on the sidelines, because that's where the Microscope will be for the next few week

Washington    1    2    0.5

Believe it or not, but as pathetic as these guys are, the next three games on their schedule could all be wins...  5-2 Washington?   It's not out of the realm of possibility.


Tennessee    0    8    2

See, now this was a loss that the Titans truly earned an "F" for.  I'm still in shock as to how much the loss of Schwartz has killed this defense.  You have something that works, you tweak it, you don't completely revamp it -    rookie coordinators, sheesh.  They do have an easy schedule (other than the AFC-South matchups) remaining, so anything is still possible for these guys.

St. Louis    0    1    0.25

I'm really regretting that I gave these guys 1 point in the Washington loss.  Because they are the worst team in the league, even with the quarter-point rating average.   The good news, they'll have a shot at McCoy/Bradford.  The bad news.. Stephen Jackson may want out by that point.

Oakland    0    1    0.25

Too bad I can't retract scores... Honestly, after the loss to the Chargers, I think this team just gave up on offense.   When 1st rounders McFadden and Russel combine for somewhere around 127 total offensive yards, don't you think there's a problem, either in your war room or in your player development?  Doesn't Al have a granddaughter or something he can hand the team over to?

Kansas City    0    0    0

5 FUMBLES?  5?  5?   No wonder these guys are playing so poorly.. 10 fumbles on the season (although somehow, they’ve only lost 2 of them.).  Somehow they're at a "0" Turnover differential, even with that 'ungodly' stat.

Tampa Bay    0    0    0

Stellar day for Talib.  Too bad the rest of the team barely showed up.  

Overall Rankings:

4.0 -  New Orleans, Minnesota
3.75 - Indianapolis, NYG, Baltimore
3.25 - New England, New York Jets
3.00 - San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia
2.75 - Chicago, Denver
2.50 - Jacksonville, Green Bay, Dallas
2.33 - Atlanta
2.25 - Miami, Houston
2.00 - Cincinnati, San Diego, Buffalo, Tennessee
1.75 - Seattle
1.67 - Arizona
0.75 - Cleveland, Detroit
0.67 - Carolina
0.5 - Washington
0.25 - St. Louis, Oakland
0.0 - KC, Tampa Bay

So our playoffs would currently be:

NFC - NO, minn, NYG, SF, Philly, Chicago
AFC - Indy, Baltimore, NE, NYJ, Pitt, Denver

#1 draft pick contender:   Right now I think Kansas City has the higher-strenght-of-schedule, so it looks like the honor currently belongs to Tampa Bay.

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 30, 2009 12:18 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2009 12:19 pm

Over my Saturday Disappointment

Yes,, USM Lost to Kansas University...  We had our opportunities to get ahead of Kansas and change the entire complexion of the game.  How well would Kansas play from behind?  I don't know.. I know they had troubles kill our momentum when we got it (and when we gave it back), but that week they were the better team and they won.. not much you can argue on that one.

Austin Davis finally looks like he knows what he's supposed to do with those Option pitches.    GO back and watch the first three games.. he'd run the play, and regardless of whether or not 3 players were honing in on the pitchman, he'd pitch it anyway.  If I didnt' know better, he was acting afraid that he'd be hit... but then came the Kansas game... and boy has Austin matured in just one week.

He took chances, ran quarterback draws, kept the ball on option plays.. he was looking like an all-American athlete out there.  Unfortunately, it came in a loss (and was due in part to that screwball 4th and 1 call at the end of the first half), but it was his play that kept us in the game.

Now as for Deandre Brown... i know you're worried about that leg, D.. but you gotta be wiling to admit your'e going to be hit.    Look at the other guys... Look at what Parham and Baptiste did... they went up for balls and they took shots...   Right now, D.. you're a 'Big play" receiver and that seems to be all... too many drops, too many worrying about the incoming hit from the opposing players.   (although pulling in that underthrown bomb in the middle of the field was a thing of beauty, even though it hurt your shoulder on the landing).

If you don't get hit now, you're going to get hit later.. find out how good your body really is, take the shot and hold on to those balls.

We could have been 4-0 going into C-USA play, but I'll be willing to take 3-1... now we just need to run the table.. and make sure we containt that Houston offense in a few weeks...

Posted on: September 29, 2009 9:53 am

Tier rankings - Week 3. Slow changes

A performances of the week:

Baltimore    4    16    4

These ladies and gentlemen, are no longer your Daddy's Cleveland Br.. er, Baltimore Ravens.    No longer is it run, run, run, and defense.   Joe Flacco has turned the Baltimore Ravens into the current #2 offense in the NFL.    Yes, folks, the Baltimore Ravens are making their play for the top team in the AFC, if not the NFL, and I don't see anything to dispure that fact.

Denver        4    8    2

It's a contest between the Broncos and the Jets for the top defense in the NFL.   I stood by the better record for Orton over Cutler, BECAUSE of the Broncos defense.  The defense has carried the Broncos to a 3-0 start, and that includes a defensive win over the Bengals.  But they've got some challenges coming up to keep the streak going.

Indianapolis    4    15    3.75

Trust Payton not to take that "trailing in the TD total" stat lying down.   After those first 3-and-outs by the Colts, 4 touchdown passes, and I'm of the opinion, if he had wanted it,  he could have just played catch to Dallas Clark all night in the middle of the field and probably scored about 3 or 4 more.

Minnesota    4    16    4

Get ready for a whole week of ESPN-Favre love.   But in this case, I think I"ll just let it slide.  But let's not say he's ready to carry the whole team yet.  Let's not forget, the 49ers didn't have Frank Gore in there to test the defense, and Brett was "less than stellar" for most of the rest of the game. 

New Orleans    4    15    3.75

No touchdowns for Drew Brees?   Under 200 yards for Drew Brees?   No problem.. Just hand the ball of to Hamilton, BUsh, and Thomas, and watch the running game go.  Not to mention, a huge game ball for the defense, who held the Buffalo offense to an anemic total, and broke TO's reception streak.

New York Giants    4    15    3.75

After getting chastised for giving up 100+ yards to the Cowboys on the ground, I think the Giants took note of the doomsayers, as they only gave up 28 yards on the ground to the anemic Buccaneers.   And they held the Bucs to 36 total plays, at 2.4 yards per play.   2.4 per play.  Against the Bucs or not, that's a great defensive showing. 

New York Jets    4    11    2.75

With Buffalo having an off-game, it looks like Sanchez is that much closer to the Rookie of the Year.   But that being said, it's the defense that's making the difference.   Shutting down primary receivers, and the line getting the sacks and pressure at just the right time.

Philadelphia    4    13    3.25

I really ,really, really feel for Kolb.   All the attention was on Michael Vick's 11 plays.  And what did Kolb do in the meantime?  He only threw for 2 touchdowns and 327 yards.    And for the second week in a row, that Kolb-Jackson connection over the middle paid off, yet again.   They have to do better on 3rd downs though, (only 46%) to challenge the Giants for that East crown.

B Teams:

Chicago        3    9    2.25

Quietly and methodically, the Bears continue to stay in the competitive NFC-North, ,despite an anemic 71.7 yards per game rushing average. They have Detroit next, but then the challenge in containing Atlanta and Cincinnati, which could be more difficult than it first looked.

Cincinnati    3    7    1.75

I would have ranked the Bengals a 4.0, but Carson Palmer had to overcome some early dumb decisions.  The defense stood up at exactly the right time in this game to salvage this one, and the stretch on the 4th and 10 at the end of the game just said that Cincinnati was not going to go away empty handed.

Green Bay    3    11    2.75

The offense continues to shine (including a highlight catch by Driver), but this game was much closer, as it took 2 4th quarter TD's to put this one away, but to give up 2 offensive touchdowns to the Rams

Jacksonville    3    7    1.75

Okay, I'll give them the bump this week, just because they ran over the "vaunted" front 7 of the Texans.  That being said, the defense has to come up with something, anything to improve on the 31st pass ranking in the league, or quite a few AFC-South QB's will be circling their matchups as the day to inflate their stats even more than usual.

New England    3    13    3.25

I come to praise him, not bury them.  The reports of the Patriots demise are premature.   Are they perfect?  Nope, but it looks like they're getting back.  Atlanta helped when they basically seemed happy to just send the DL and get nobody through the Patriots OL.   However, being forced to settle for FG's in the RZ says they're not back to the dominant team they were, yet.

Pittsburgh    3    13    3.25

How did the Steelers squander this game with the Bengals?  You score on the first three drives of the game, and then... just fall apart on defense.   This is a team that can rebound from a 1-2 record, but they have got to put together two full-halves of football.

San Francisco    3    9    2.25

Now the challenge... Gore is out for a while with an ankle injury.  That puts the game in the hands of their QB's and their defense.  Just when you think you have a chance to run away with the division, despite the loss to the Vikings, now the NFC-West is back up in the air.

C Teams:

Buffalo        2    8    2

They get rated higher than a D, only because their defense was actually outstanding in the first half, basically shutting down the vaunted Saints offense before getting worn down.   But get ready for the T.O. blow up to occur in the very near future, especially if they get shutdown against Miami.   The fake field goal was nicely implemented by the Bills, but that's about all you can say for their offensive (literally) output.

Houston        2    8    2

What has happened to that vaunted front 7?  There have been no major injuries.. it's just almost as if they forgot how hyped up they were.   They've been run over and passed on both the Jets and Jaguars, despite being in the latter game, they were definitely not in the former.  The offense is still working, which keeps them at "average" for the week, but like Tennesse, some improvement needs to be shown soon.

San Diego    2    10    2.5

This game was not even as pretty as the score indicates.    Again, Rivers airing it out, and I really am surprised the Dolphins didn't smack him around a few more,because the power-running game for the Chargers has been horrible. If LT's not back soon, it could be a very rough next 3 weeks, with Pitt and Denver just around ther corner, and we know they're not afraid to go after the QB.

Tennessee    2    11    2.75

Okay, the wheels are falling off this team. They are 0-5 in their last 5 games up to last year.  At some point, we have to wonder if the Tennessee Titans truly are contenders any longer.  THey've found every possible way to lose a game that can be imagined.  This is a team that could be the "best" 0-8 team in hitory if they don't find a way to beat the Jaguars twice in the next four weeks.

D teams:

Atlanta        1    10    2.5

Wow.. you know Brady's rattlable.. and you continue to only send 3 and 4 rushers every play and drop 7 and 8 into coverage?  Am I missing the logic here?  They tightened up when New England got to the redzone, but they should have never let them make it that far that many times.

Dallas        2    11    2.75

Maybe I"m just being harder on Dallas than I should be?  But once again, I was not  impressed by the showing of the Cowboys in their home stadium.   The offense was less than stellar, but that might be because of the defense of the Panthers, that while, despite being left in horrendous positions thanks to their offense, never quit.  THe defense finally scored their first sack of the season.  Where is Ware?

Detroit        1    2    0.5

The streak is over, congratulations, Lions.  But I have to admire the comment of Stafford after the game.  Something along the lines of "Making sure we never have to celebrate a win like this again".  Now, here's the problem, it was against the inept offense of the Redskins, so you've still got a lot more work to do.

Miami        1    9    2.25

Wow.. how the mighty have fallen.   It seems that the sneak-up-on-you Dolphins just can't get anything working.  I said this after the loss to the Colts, they needed to make sure their psyche wasn't broken.   I think this game may have shown that offensively, the Miami offense played right into the hands of the SD defense though.   SD has stopped the run and the Dolphins still can't pass the ball.

Seattle        1    9    2.25

ALl I have to say is.. BURN THOSE JERSEYS!!  For the love of god and all that is holy, BURN them, and then douse them in holywater... perform an exorcism, whatever it takes.. and then pray that Hasselbeck is due back sometime soon?   And then see if you can find a Seattle defense that can stop someone

St. Louis    1    1    0.25

The Rams actually get a point, because their offense looked.. well, like an offense at some points, and they did get at Rodgers.  But Bulger's time in St. Louis may be done.  And Steven Jackson may be wondering why he agreed to that contract extension, considering just how much work needs to be done on this team.  0-13 in the last 13 games really shows you how bad this team is.

F teams:

Arizona        0    8    2

Bad, Good, Bad... so that means the Texans are probably in trouble in 2 weeks.   Unless the Bye-Week takes out the next "Good" game.  How could you leave Dallas Clark open in the middle of the zone time and time again, or only cover him with a linebacker on a crossing route.  Did they not learn anything from the Miami-Indy game from last week?

Carolina     0    4    1

How do you have a total of 8 yards rushing in nearly a quarter and a half, when you're only down by 7?   Yes, that's what my stat screen showed me from the 3rd quarter to part of the 4th.  8 yards.  And for what it's worth, Jake Delhomme is probably begging the NFL statisticians to come up with a new stat, "INterceptions by WR Stupidity", because his own numbers would probably look a lot more respectable after they added it.
Cleveland    0    2    0.5

DOes it REALLY matter who's the quarterback on this team?  The controversy isn't over who's starting next week, it's over "Who actually is able to play quarterback". And I'll have to say this.. Mangini is not head coaching material.  The sooner the Browns realize that, the better.

Kansas City    0    0    0

The Chiefs should be thankful that they've got the Rams down the road and Oakland in the same division, otherwise we would be talking about this team as being the potentially most horrendous, yet discussable team.   Larry Johnson has a 2.7 YPC average, and Cassel gets 2 touchdowns on 90 yards passing... Is that even remotely possible?   I guess this season, anything is.

Oakland        0    1    0.25

We've tried, tried, tried to give JaMarcus Russell the benefit of a doubt, and when your number one pick, Heyward-Bay can't haul in the easy catches (or even the acrobatic ones) it goes in Russell's favor.  But right now, just pick a position in Oakland and it needs some serious work. .  If it weren't for the Bucs, we'd be taking about Oaklands ineptitude on the offense even more than Tampa BAy.   And people wonder why nobody wants to coach this organization?

Tampa Bay    0    0    0

_NO_ first downs until 4 minutes left in the 3rd quarter.  86 total yards.   The Freeman experiment may have to start sooner than we thought.  (I was predicting week 6, looks like I may be off by a week, as they'll give Leftwich one more week I believe).

Washington    0    1    0.25

THe over under on Zorn surviving the season?  Week 9 or 10?   If the offense doesn't turn around, both Zorn and Campbell will be looking for a job somewhere outside the nation's capital.   I'm wondering if I shoudl take back that point I gave the Redskins last week, because they are (as originally predicted) playing like one of the worst teams in the league.

Playoff teams so far this season based on rankings:

Total Rankings:

4.0 -  Baltimore, Minnesota
3.75 - New Orleans, Indianapolis, New York Giants
3.25 - New England, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia
2.75 - Dallas, New York Jets, Green Bay, Tennessee
2.5 - San Diego, Atlanta
2.25 - San Fran, Chicago, Miami, Seattle
2.0 - Arizona, Denver, Houston, BUffalo
1.75 - Cincinnati, Jacksonville
1 - Carolina
0.5 - Detroit, Cleveland
0.25 = St. Louis, Washington, Oakland
0.0 - Kansas City, Tampa Bay

Note that obviously a couple of teams were hurt by their preseason rankings; Denver in particular, while Cincinnati was killed with the week 1 disaster.   Ironically, the arguably weakest division, the NFC-West, is showing exactly why, with their highest ranking being a 2.25 (San Fran and Seattle), while Tennnessee has dropped down only slightly, due to their performances, not on their wins/losses.

Playoffs based on rankings (and yes, the playoff teams don't include certain 2.75 teams, due to the divisional requirements. Hey, nobody said life was fair.)

AFC -  Baltimore, Indy, New England, Pitt, NYJ, San Diego
NFC -  Minnesota, New Orleans, New York GIants, Phiadelphia, Dallas (by tie breaker (more 4.0 games than GB)), San Francisco

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