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NFL Power Rankings (Week 17)

December 31, 2009 Leave a comment

1)  Colts (14-1) – LW 1

2)  Chargers (12-3) – LW 3

3)  Saints (13-2) – LW 2

4)  Eagles (11-4) – LW 5

5)  Vikings (11-4) – LW 4

6)  Cardinals (10-5) – LW 6

7)  Bengals (10-5) – LW 8

8)  Packers (10-5) – LW 7

9)  Patriots (10-5) – LW 9

10)  Cowboys (10-5) – LW 10

11)  Ravens (8-7) – LW 11

12)  Broncos (8-7) – LW 13

13)  Steelers (8-7) – LW 15

14)  Falcons (8-7) – LW 18

15)  Jets (8-7) – LW 19

16)  Texans (8-7) – LW 21

17)  Giants (8-7) – LW 12

18)  Titans (7-8) – LW 14

19)  Dolphins (7-8) – LW 16

20)  Jaguars (7-8) – LW 17

21)  Panthers (7-8) – LW 21

22)  49ers (7-8) – LW 22

23)  Bears (6-9) - LW 25

24)  Raiders (5-10) – LW 23

25)  Bills (5-10) – LW 26

26)  Seahawks (5-10) – LW 24

27)  Browns (4-11) – LW 29

28)  Redskins (4-11) – LW 27

29)  Bucs (3-12) – LW 30

30)  Chiefs (3-12) – LW 28

31)  Lions (2-13) – LW 31

32)  Rams (1-14) – LW 32

NFL Power Rankings (Week 16)

December 29, 2009 Leave a comment

1)  Colts (14-0) – LW 2

2)  Saints (13-1) – LW 1

3)  Chargers (11-3) – LW 4

4)  Vikings (11-3) – LW 3

5)  Eagles (10-4) – LW 5

6)  Cardinals (9-5) – LW 8

7)  Packers (9-5) – LW 6

8)  Bengals (9-5) – LW 7

9)  Patriots (9-5) – LW 10

10)  Cowboys (9-5) – LW 11

11)  Ravens (8-6) – LW 13

12)  Giants (8-6) – LW 14

13)  Broncos (8-6) – LW 9

14)  Titans (7-7) – LW 17

15)  Steelers (7-7) – LW 19

16)  Dolphins (7-7) – LW 12

17)  Jaguars (7-7) – LW 15

18)  Falcons (7-7) – LW 18

19)  Jets (7-7) – LW 16

20)  Texans (7-7) – LW 21

21)  Panthers (6-8) – LW 22

22)  49ers (6-8) – LW 20

23)  Raiders (5-9) – LW 27

24)  Seahawks (5-9) – LW 24

25)  Bears (5-9) – LW 23

26)  Bills (5-9) – LW 25

27)  Redskins (4-10) – LW 26

28)  Chiefs (3-11) – LW 28

29)  Browns (3-11) – LW 30

30)  Bucs (2-12) – LW 31

31)  Lions (2-12) – LW 29

32)  Rams (1-13) – LW 32

NFL Power Rankings (Week 15)

December 20, 2009 Leave a comment

1)  Saints (13-0) – LW 1

2)  Colts (13-0) – LW 2

3)  Vikings (11-2) – LW 3

4)  Chargers (10-3) – LW 4

5)  Eagles (9-4) – LW 8

6)  Packers (9-4) – LW 7

7)  Bengals (9-4) – LW 5

8)  Cardinals (8-5) – LW 6

9)  Broncos (8-5) – LW 9

10)  Patriots (8-5) – LW 11

11)  Cowboys (8-5) – LW 10

12)  Dolphins (7-6) – LW 14

13)  Ravens (7-6) – LW 16

14)  Giants (7-6) – LW 12

15)  Jaguars (7-6) – LW 13

16)  Jets (7-6) – LW 19

17)  Titans (6-7) – LW 17

18)  Falcons (6-7) – LW 18

19)  Steelers (6-7) – LW 15

20)  49ers (6-7) – LW 21

21)  Texans (6-7) – LW 23

22)  Panthers (5-8) – LW 20

23)  Bears (5-8) – LW 22

24)  Seahawks (5-8) – LW 24

25)  Bills (5-8) – LW 26

26)  Redskins (4-9) – LW 27

27)  Raiders (4-9) – LW 25

28)  Chiefs (3-10) – LW 28

29)  Lions (2-11) – LW 29

30)  Browns (2-11) – LW 32

31)  Bucs (1-12) – LW 30

32)  Rams (1-12) – LW 31

NFL Power Rankings (Week 14)

December 10, 2009 Leave a comment

1)  Saints (12-0) – LW 1

The Saints capitalized on a chip-shot missed field goal and came away with a 33-30 victory in overtime against the Redskins.

2)  Colts (12-0) – LW 2

The Colts kept their undefeated season alive with a win against the streaking Titans.

3)  Vikings (10-2) – LW 3

Favre finally looked human against a stifling Cardinals defense.

4)  Chargers (9-3) – LW 4

The Chargers are on an impressive 7 game win streak.

5)  Bengals (9-3) – LW 5

They clinched their first winning record since 1991 with their win against the Lions last week.

6)  Cardinals (8-4) – LW 6

The Cardinals are a surprising 3-3 at home and 5-1 on the road this season.

7)  Packers (8-4) – LW 10

The Packer’s defense, which is rated #1 overall, was flying around the field in their MNF win against the Ravens.

8)  Eagles (8-4) – LW 9

They took advantage of an injury plagued Falcons team last week.

9)  Broncos (8-4) – LW 12

An absolute rout of the Chiefs helped the Broncos keep pace in the top-heavy AFC West.

10)  Cowboys (8-4) – LW 8

Their usual December woes began with their loss against the Giants last week.

11)  Patriots (7-5) – LW 7

They just can’t get it done in Miami.

12)  Giants (7-5) – LW 14

The only time the Giants show some spirit is when they play the Cowboys.

13)  Jaguars (7-5) – LW 17

A win against the Dolphins next week will put them in great position to make the playoffs.

14)  Dolphins (6-6) – LW 19

Chad Henne is growing into a better qb everyday.

15)  Steeleres (6-6) – LW 11

They’re to good to keep blowing these leads.

16)  Ravens (6-6) – LW 13

Their offense has struggled for most of the season.

17)  Titans (5-7) – LW 15

Wasted opportunities stopped the Titans 5 game win streak.

18)  Falcons (6-6) – LW 16

Injuries to Matt Ryan and Michael Turner were too much to overcome against the Eagles.

19)  Jets (6-6) – LW 21

Rookie Mark Sanchez will not play next week due to a knee injury.

20)  Panthers (5-7) – LW 22

Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers.

21)  49ers (5-7) – LW 20

Vernon Davis has emerged as a legitimate, consistent threat in the passing game.

22)  Bears (5-7) – LW 23

Not an impressive win against a bad Rams team.

23)  Texans (5-7) – LW 18

They have the talent but they don’t know how to play a complete 60 minutes.

24)  Seahawks (5-7) – LW 25

One week they’re impressive, the next week they look horrible.

25)  Raiders (4-8) – LW 28

Gradkowski to Murphy is looking like a solid combination the past 3 weeks, just ask the Steelers.

26)  Bills (4-8) – LW 24

No offense and a poor run defense aren’t a great combination for success.

27)  Redskins (3-9) – LW 27

Tough loss against the undefeated Saints. Suisham has to make that chip-shot field goal.

28)  Chiefs (3-9) – LW 26

Embarrassing outing at home against the Broncos.

29)  Lions (2-10) – LW 29

Stafford is out next week due to a shoulder injury.

30)  Bucs (1-11) – LW 30

Rookie qb Josh Freeman’s 5 interceptions were too much for the Bucs to overcome and beat the Panthers.

31)  Rams (1-11) – LW 31

Injuries have absolutely dismantled the Rams.

32)  Browns (1-11) – LW 32

Another loss at home, they’re now 0-5.

No Longer On Top?

December 7, 2009 2 comments

Coming into the season the Patriots and Steelers were seen as hands down legitimate Super Bowl contenders, but after week 13 they are both in a battle just to get into the playoffs. Have the Steelers’ and Patriots’ dynasties ended? Can we no longer call them “elite?”

Patriots

At 7-5 overall and 1-5 on the road this season, the Patriots do not look to have their usual swagger and aura surrounding them as in years past. Tom Brady and the offense look to have things looking pretty much normal, but the defense is what has let them down time and time again this season. The once bend but don’t break, get the stops when you need them defense of old has lost some key veterans like Teddy Bruschi, Richard Seymour, Asante Samuel, Rodney Harrison, Mike Vrabel, and others that had a nack for key plays in big moments. The Patriots defense is ranked 11th in total yards per game allowing 322 yards. They also rank 14th in pass defense allowing 214 yards per game and 15th in rush defense allowing 108 yards per game and 4.3 yards per carry. The most surprising stat is that the usually opportunistic Patriot defense is only towards the middle of the pack in the NFL in terms of takeaways with 22. If the Patriots can’t find a way to develop their young defense and have them playing in true form on a consistent basis then we might be witnessing the end of Bill Belichick’s and the Patriots’ dynasty and thus their “elite” stature.

                                                                      

Steelers

The defending Super Bowl champion Steelers have dropped 4 straight, the latest loss coming courtesy of the now 4-8 Raiders and a touchdown pass from Bruce Gradkowski to Louis Murphy with 9 seconds remaining in the game. The Steelers seemed to have lost their killer instinct and have had a huge amount of trouble putting teams away and holding onto the lead, especially in the 4th quarter. The 6-6 Steelers are in danger of missing the playoffs after winning 2 Super Bowls in the last 4 seasons. The Steelers have struggled within their own division, compiling a 1-4 record against division foes with their only win coming against the horrendous Browns. The Steelers offense hasn’t been the problem as they rank in the top half in every major offensive statistical category, rather it has been the struggles in the defensive secondary. The Steelers pass defense ranks 17th in the NFL allowing 220 passing yards per game. They have also allowed 15 passing touchdowns already this season and have only 8 interceptions. This comes in contrary to last years Super Bowl winning team that was ranked 1st in passing defense, gave up only 12 touchdowns through the air the entire season, and had 20 interceptions. The Steelers have to win their last 4 games in order to potentially put themselves in the playoff picture, but the first thing they have to attend to is finding a way to get that nasty, confident attitude back. If they can find their swagger then they have a chance, but for now they look to be just another average team, and their “intimidation factor” is rapidly dwindling week after week.

NFL Power Rankings (Week 13)

December 2, 2009 Leave a comment

1)  Saints (11-0) – LW 2

The Saints showed they’re the real deal after a Monday Night thrashing of the Patriots.

2)  Colts (11-0) – LW 1

The Colts have looked human the past couple of weeks, so watch out for the streaking Titans next week.

3)  Vikings (10-1) – LW 3

The Vikings have been overshadowed by the Colts and Saints so far, but they are a solid, deep team that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

4)  Chargers (8-3) – LW 5

The Chargers are on a 6 game win streak. Have they finally learned how to play up to their potential for a whole season?

5)  Bengals (8-3) – LW 7

Solid defense and a strong running game are essential for a playoff run and the Bengals have both.

6)  Cardinals (7-4) – LW 6

Leinart held his own last week, but the Cardinals need Warner back for the passing game to get back to true form.

7)  Patriots (7-4) – LW 4

The Patriots have some serious issues on defense.

8)  Cowboys (8-3) – LW 8

Yet another Thanksgiving Day win for the Boys.

9)  Eagles (7-4) – LW 10

We all know that Maclin and Jackson are dangerous deep threats, but Jason Avant has emerged as the big third down possession receiver for the Eagles.

10)  Packers (7-4) – LW 12

The Packers have won 3 straight and look to have their offensive line problems fixed.

11)  Steelers (6-5) – LW 9

The Steelers have lost 3 straight and desperately need Roethlisberger back next week.

12)  Broncos (7-4) – LW 13

A convincing win over the Giants may get them back to original form.

13)  Ravens (6-5) – LW 15

Although they have been somewhat of a letdown so far this season, they still have a great shot at a wild-card spot.

14)  Giants (6-5) – LW 11

The Giants have no room for error as their schedule gets tougher with the Cowboys and Eagles coming into the Meadowlands the next 2 weeks.

15)  Titans (5-6) – LW 19

The Titans are riding their 5 game win streak into Indy to face the undefeated Colts.

16)  Falcons (6-5) – LW 16

Without Matt Ryan the Falcon’s chances of beating the Eagles and staying alive for a playoff spot seem slim.

17)  Jaguars ( 6-5) – LW 14

The inconsistent Jaguars floundered last week against the 49ers.

18)  Texans (5-6) – LW 18

After losing 3 straight and blowing another game to the Colts the under-achieving Texans look to be all but finished.

19)  Dolphins (5-6) – LW 17

Chad Henne finally looked like a rookie last week, throwing 3 interceptions in the fourth quarter.

20)  49ers (5-6) – LW 21

With a win against the Seahawks the 49ers can get back to .500 and continue their undefeated streak within the division.

21)  Jets (5-6) – LW 22

Good win for the Jets at home last week, but it might be too little too late.

22)  Panthers (4-7) – LW 20 

More turnovers by Jake Delhomme last week and he capped off his dreadful outing against the Jets by suffering a broken finger.

23)  Bears (4-7) – LW 23

It’s not a good sign when your quarterback has 20 interceptions and your most reliable receiver is running back Matt Forte.

24)  Bills (4-7) – LW 27

The Bills showed some life through the air for their new interim head coach.

25)  Seahawks (4-7) – LW 25

A struggling running game doesn’t help Hasselbeck feel any more comfortable as opposing defenses pin their ears back and come after him on almost every down.

26)  Chiefs (3-8) – LW 24

Just when you thought the Chiefs were making strides to get better they get blown out by 29 points to the Chargers.

27)  Redskins (3-8) – LW 26

The Redskins have too many injuries to withstand any form of consistent football.

28)  Raiders (3-8) – LW 28

I say it’s time to clean house in Oakland, and that includes Al Davis stepping down as owner.

29)  Lions (2-9) – LW 29

Another poor showing by the Lions on Thanksgiving.

30)  Bucs (1-10) – LW 30

At least it looks like they have a quarterback to build around for the future in Josh Freeman.

31)  Rams (1-10) – LW 31

Not a good first season for new coach Steve Spagnoulo.

32)  Browns (1-10) – LW 32

After their offensive explosion against the Lions the Browns came back to Earth last week against the Bengals.

NFL Power Rankings (Week 12)

November 26, 2009 Leave a comment

1)  Colts (10-0) – LW 1

They haven’t played particularly well of late, but they keep finding ways to win.

2)  Saints (10-0) – LW 2

The Saints high-octane offense might meet its match next week against the Patriots and Tom Brady.

3)  Vikings (9-1) – LW 3

The old gunslinger isn’t playing like a 40-year-old.

4)  Patriots (7-3) – LW 6

The Pats hope to crush the Saints quest for an undefeated season.

5)  Chargers (7-3) – LW 8

The Chargers lead their division and are playing solid, complete football.

6)  Cardinals (7-3) – LW 7

At 7-3 the Cardinals have a healthy 3 game lead in their division.

7)  Bengals (7-3) – LW 4

Bad loss in Oakland last week, but they can get back on track as they face the Browns.

8)  Cowboys (7-3) – LW 10

Ugly win against the Redskins last week, but they are still in first place in the NFC East.

9)  Steelers (6-4) – LW 5

Bad loss at home against KC and Roethlisberger’s status is uncertain.

10)  Eagles (6-4) – LW 11

They won a close game and kept pace in the tight NFC East.

11)  Giants (6-4) – LW 16

They snapped their 4 game losing streak at home against Atlanta last week.

12)  Packers (6-4) – LW 14

The defense has played better of late, but the Packer’s success lies in the hands of the offensive line.

13)  Broncos (6-4) – LW 9

After a 6-0 start the Broncos have lost their last 4 games.

14)  Jaguars (6-4) – LW 17

They’ll get a test next week on the road against the 49ers.

15)  Ravens (5-5) – LW 12

A tough schedule and an inability to win close games has the preseason Super Bowl contenders at a mediocre 5-5.

16)  Falcons (5-5) – LW 15

Another tough loss for the Falcons, this time to the Giants in overtime.

17)  Dolphins (5-5) – LW 18

With Ronnie Brown out for the rest of the season, Ricky Williams has to step up and play like he did in his first 4 years in the NFL.

18)  Texans (5-5) – LW 13

They have to learn how to close out games.

19)  Titans (4-6) – LW 21

The combination of the reemergence of Vince Young and the MVP candidate Chris Johnson have the Titans on a 4 game winning streak.

20)  Panthers (4-6) – LW 19

The ground game has been carrying them this season, but in order to win Delhomme has to show that he can stretch the defense.

21)  49ers (4-6) – LW 20

Alex Smith and Vernon Davis have shown great chemistry, but they have to start scoring sooner rather than later.

22)  Jets (4-6) – LW 22

Too many turnovers have put the defense in a position to fail.

23)  Bears (4-6) – LW 23

The Bears have lost 5 of their last 6 games and look to be spiraling downward.

24)  Chiefs (3-7) – LW 27

They get better and better every week and they showed their progress with a win against Pittsburgh last week.

25)  Seahawks (3-7) – LW 24

They get a great chance at win number 4 against the Rams next week.

26)  Redskins (3-7) – LW 25

With Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts injured it’s hard to picture a late Redskins run at a playoff position.

27)  Bills (3-7) – LW 26

They’re searching for a new head coach and Mike Shanahan is a very appealing option.

28)  Raiders (3-7) – LW 29

Bruce Gradkowski got the Raiders a much-needed win against a very good Bengals team. Is this the end for JaMarcus Russel?

29)  Lions (2-8) – LW 30

Matt Stafford exploited the porous Browns defense to the tune of 400+ passing yards and 5 tds including the game winner with no time left on the clock.

30)  Bucs (1-9) – LW 28

First they fire the offensive coordinator 10 days after hiring him, now they fire the defensive coordinator 10 weeks into the season.

31)  Rams (1-9) – LW 31

With Marc Bulger out at least 3 weeks, Kyle Boller will start for the Rams who will be searching for their next franchise qb.

32)  Browns (1-9) – LW 32

A pass interference call in the end zone gave the Lions a chance to win and they capitalized on the Brown’s mistakes.

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