Posted on: December 14, 2010 6:01 pm

Week 14 Rankings

1 Patriots 11-2 Pats fans should start to book flights to Dallas. This appears to be a Super Bowl team. 
2 Falcons 11-2 Falcons' second-ranked third-down offense has converted at least 50 percent in six of past seven games. 
3 Steelers 10-3 Pittsburgh's D is allowing an average of only nine points per game in its past four. 
4 Saints 10-3 Yes, Drew Brees has too many picks, but Saints lead NFL in third-down conversion rate. 
5 Ravens 9-4 Baltimore beat Houston in overtime. But the Ravens' lack of killer instinct is concerning. 
6 Eagles 9-4 Andy Reid could seal the deal for the NFC East if his Eagles can beat the Giants
7 Giants 9-4 The short week from the unexpected Monday night game and the injury list could make playing the Eagles even tougher.  
8 Bears 9-4 Does Brian Urlacher still think the Bears are better than the Patriots? 
9 Jets 9-4 The Jets still might make the playoffs, but opponents have figured out the Jets' defense and QB Mark Sanchez.  
10 Packers 8-5 With no running game, the Packers proved they cannot thrive without QB Aaron Rodgers (concussion). 
11 Jaguars 8-5 Now the Jags travel to Indianapolis for the AFC South game of the year. How many saw that coming?  
12 Chargers 7-6 The way the Chargers played against the Chiefs, no one would want to face them in the playoffs. 
13 Buccaneers 8-5 The Bucs are running out of players when they need them the most.  
14 Chiefs 8-5 Would things have been different against San Diego with Matt Cassel?  
15 Colts 7-6 Titans were good medicine for Peyton Manning. Now can the Colts stop Maurice Jones-Drew in huge game?  
16 Dolphins 7-6 Tony Sparano's conservative style has the Dolphins hanging around at a respectable 7-6.  
17 Raiders 6-7 Raiders wasted a great day by Darren McFadden by failing to stop the Jaguars' running game.  
18 Rams 6-7 Winning twice during three-game road trip put Rams in NFC West driver's seat. 
19 Texans 5-8 The Texans made the Ravens look like an offensive juggernaut, which they are not. 
20 Cowboys 4-9 Jason Garrett could be in good shape to be the full-time coach until Jeff Fisher is freed from Tennessee. 
21 Browns 5-8 Watching this team play offense can be bad for your health.
22 Titans 5-8 A big finish could still help Jeff Fisher's cause, but even 8-8 might not be good enough.
23 49ers 5-8 Division games against Rams and Cardinals trump Thursday night matchup with San Diego. 
24 Seahawks 6-7 All seven of the Seahawks' defeats have come by double-digit margins. 
25 Redskins 5-8 Mike Shanahan isn't on the coaching hot seat, but a lot of his players are on their own hot seats.  
26 Vikings 5-8 The Brett Favre streak is over, but will he play another game? 
27 Cardinals 4-9 Kicker Jay Feely's 25 points Sunday were more than Cardinals have scored in 10 of their games.  
28 Bills 3-10 The only bad luck for the Bills is that their third win could cost them a chance at Andrew Luck.                                         29 Lions 3-10 The Lions finally got over the hump and got a big win over Green Bay.                                                                         30 Broncos 3-10 Life in Studesville didn't appear any different than "McDanielsville." They're getting worse by the week. 
31 Bengals 2-11 QB Carson Palmer has six multi-interception games this season. 
32 Panthers 1-12 Opponents have outscored Carolina 100-32 in the fourth quarter this season. 



Category: NFL
Posted on: December 9, 2010 10:30 pm

My Own Power Rankings

  1 Patriots 10-2 The Patriots look unbeatable at home, which bodes well for the playoffs.    2 Falcons 10-2 The 10-2 Falcons have to like their chances with two of their final four games against Carolina. 

  3 Steelers 9-3 There's not a better defensive closer in the NFL right now than safety Troy Polamalu
  4 Ravens 8-4 Despite big names, the offense needs to score more consistently to win down the stretch.  
  5 Saints 9-3 The Saints have scored at least 30 points in their past four games after hitting that mark just once in their first eight.  
  6 Jets 9-3 The Jets talked a great game. Too bad they couldn't play one against the Patriots.  
  7 Packers 8-4 WR Donald Driver is still breaking 49ers' tackles.  
  8 Bears 9-3 QB Jay Cutler is shaking his "loser" label with a 9-3 start.  
  9 Eagles 8-4 With as many hits as Michael Vick takes, it's good that he trains at the NovaCare Complex.  
  10 Giants 8-4 Injuries have forced Tom Coughlin to add more blockers and gain more yards on the ground. 
  11 Chiefs 8-4 Who among us didn't predict that the Chiefs would have the biggest division lead in the league through 12 games? 
  12 Jaguars 7-5 The Jaguars are neck and neck with the Chiefs as the most improbable division leaders, and they're just fine with that.  
  13 Buccaneers 7-5 The Bucs' next three opponents have a combined four victories in the past six weeks.  
  14 Chargers 6-6 Just when it seemed as though they had a handle on things, they got handled by the Raiders.  
  15 Colts 6-6 The Colts take their three-game losing streak to Tennessee; the Titans have a five-game losing streak. 
  16 Raiders 6-6 The Raiders rushed for 230 more yards than San Diego en route to an upset that kept them undefeated in the AFC West. 
  17 Rams 6-6 Like the 49ers, the Rams own no victories over teams that currently have winning records. 
  18 Dolphins 6-6 Could the Chad Henne era really be coming to an end this quickly? 
  19 Texans 5-7 The Texans still have a chance at the playoffs, but Baltimore probably will kill it Monday night. 
  20 Seahawks 6-6 The only injury break banged-up receiver Mike Williams has gotten was a compound fracture to one of his fingers. 
  21 Browns 5-7 The Browns are fighting hard to get closer to .500.  
  22 Titans 5-7 In the Titans' five-game losing streak, they've allowed opponents a time-of-possession advantage of almost 75 minutes. 
  23 Vikings 5-7 The Brett Favre drama never ends. Only the angles change. 
  24 Cowboys 4-8 Have you noticed that the Cowboys are averaging 33 points since Jason Garrett took over?  
  25 Redskins 5-7 Only a fast-food restaurant has as many minimum-salary skilled co-workers as Donovan McNabb
  26 49ers 4-8 Facing an elimination game, the 49ers appear ready to go down swinging with Alex Smith at quarterback. 
  27 Bills 2-10 The injuries along the offensive line and to the defensive front seven finally caught up to the Bills. 
  28 Broncos 3-9 Goodbye, Josh McDaniels. Hello, Eric Studesville. Can he do as well as the other interim coaches? 
  29 Cardinals 3-9 The Cardinals have one touchdown in their past three games, a garbage-time score against Kansas City

  30 Bengals 2-10 Pat Sims jumping offside on fourth down is further proof that the "Bungles" are back.

 31 Lions 2-10 The Lions will have 10 or more losses for the ninth time in 10 seasons.                                                                        32 Panthers 1-11 Jumping to a 14-0 lead and dominating early only made the Panthers' most recent defeat hurt more.

Category: NFL
Posted on: December 7, 2010 9:30 pm


The New England Patriots improved to a 10-2 record and claimed first place in the AFC east with a 45-3 victory over the New York Jets on Monday Night Football. This week, the Patriots will begin the first of two consecutive contests against the NFC North when they travel to Chicago to face the 9-3 first place Bears. Following the Chicago game, the Patriots will return to Gillette Stadium for a Sunday Night Football game against the Green Bay Packers. These two games are the hardest contests left for the Patriots and if they manage to win both, they have solidified themselves as the team to beat in the playoffs if they haven't done so already.
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