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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.

NFL Power Rankings (Week 11)

November 19, 2009 Leave a comment

1)  Colts (9-0) – LW 2

Although they are still undefeated they have to work out their running problems in order to go deep into the playoffs.

2)  Saints (9-0) – LW 1

Drew Brees has come down to earth in his past four games and so have the Saints.

3)  Vikings (8-1) – LW 4

Favre and Sidney Rice look to be in sync on the deep ball.

4)  Bengals (7-2) – LW 5

The good, they swept the Steelers. The bad, they lost Cedric Benson to injury for at least a week. The ugly, they signed Larry Johnson. 

5)  Steelers (6-3) – LW 3

They can get right back on track after a loss to the Bengals with a win next week against the struggling Chiefs.

6)  Patriots (6-3) – LW 6

What was Belichick thinking?

7)  Cardinals (6-3) – LW 8

The Cardinals are quietly putting together another potential playoff season, and they play the Rams next week for a chance to go 7-3.

8)  Chargers (6-3) – LW 11

A win at Denver next week will put them in prime position to win the division.

9)  Broncos (6-3) – LW 7

If Orton can’t play next week the Broncos are in big trouble.

10)  Cowboys (6-3) – LW 9

The Cowboys looked like they were for real, but a bad performance against the Packers last week showed that they are just a middle of the pack team.

11)  Eagles (5-4) – LW 12

With Brian Westbrook expected to be out for at least a couple of weeks, rookie LeSean McCoy has to fill in for the crucial playoff run.

12)  Ravens (5-4) – LW 14

The offense isn’t playing up to their potential and the defense doesn’t look like the top 3 defense we are used to seeing.

13)  Texans (5-4) – LW 13

They get a chance to show the world that they are much improved as they play on MNF next week against the Titans.

14)  Packers (5-4) – LW 16

A much-needed win against the Cowboys after a disaster in Tampa last week.

15)  Falcons (5-4) – LW 10

The defense is young and inexperienced and Matt Ryan and Michael Turner don’t look to be the same all-stars we saw last season.

16)  Giants (5-4) – LW 15

They got lucky with the both the Eagles and Cowboys losing last week.

17)  Jaguars (5-4) – LW 21

MJD ran all over the Bills. Watch out for the dangerous Jags.

18)  Dolphins (4-5) – LW 17

They escaped with a win against the Bucs, but it came at a cost as Ronnie Brown was placed on the IR, ending his season.

19)  Panthers (4-5) – LW 22

Is this the same team we saw in the beginning of the season?

20)  49ers (4-5) – LW 20

Their trying to build on a solid defensive performance and a win last week against the Bears.

21)  Titans (3-6) – LW 23

Vince Young has played well, but Chris Johnson looks like a favorite for MVP this season.

22)  Jets (4-5) – LW 18

A rematch against the Patriots next week in the Meadowlands, but I don’t expect the same result as earlier in the season.

23)  Bears (4-5) – LW 19

They have lost four of their last five games, largely in part by turnovers by Cutler, especially in the red-zone.

24)  Seahawks (3-6) – LW 24

Under-achieving on offense and their defense can’t rush the passer.

25)  Redskins (3-6) – LW 26

They finally scored over 20 points and got an impressive win against a good Broncos team. 

26)  Bills (3-6) – LW 25

Head Coach Dick Jauron was fired and T.O. will certainly voice his opinions for the rest of the season.  

27)  Chiefs (2-7) – LW 27

Cutting Larry Johnson was the first step in their attempt to regain some respect.

28)  Bucs (1-8) – LW 29

Josh Freeman has played extremely well in his first two games as a starter. He has the Bucs somewhat interesting again.

29)  Raiders (2-7) – LW 28

They have no weapons on offense and they seemingly get worse and worse every week.

30)  Lions (1-8) – LW 30

One positive piece of news for the Lions, they play the Browns next week.

31)  Rams (1-8) – LW 31

The Rams have one of the best running backs in the league and a great defensive mind as their head coach so there is plenty of upside ahead. 

32)  Browns (1-8) – LW 32

I thought scoring zero points and not coming any where near field goal range against the Ravens was pretty bad, but Brady Quinn throwing two Hail Mary passes out of bounds is just pathetic.

Manning leads another 4th Quarter comeback with a little help from Belichick

November 16, 2009 Leave a comment

       

Arguably the best sports rivalry this decade was on center stage last night as two of the NFL’s best teams squared off. The undefeated Colts took on the surging Patriots for what was yet another instant classic. After the first quarter the score was knotted at 7, but the Patriots pulled away in the second quarter and took a 24-14 lead into halftime. After a scoreless third quarter the Pats opened up the fourth quarter with a 5 yard touchdown pass from Brady to Moss and it seemed that the Patriots had a strangle hold on the game. Peyton Manning responded with a touchdown pass two minutes later to Pierre Garcon, but after a Gostkowski field goal with 4 minutes remaining and the Patriots on the winning side of a 34-21 score it looked like it was too little too late for Manning and the Colts. But Peyton Manning never lost his composure as he led another scoring drive capped of by Joseph Addai’s second touchdown of the game with 2:23 left in the game. The Colts were now down 34-28 opted to kick it deep to the Patriots rather than try the onside kick because they still had three time-outs and the two-minute warning to stop the clock and potentially get the ball back with enough time to win the game. The Patriots ran the ball on first down and threw a short pass to Welker on second down. After the Colts stopped the clock on two time-outs the Patriots threw the ball on third and short in order to get the first down and basically seal the game. Brady took a quick three-step drop and threw to the right side in an attempt to hit Welker but rookie Jerraud Powers stepped in front of the pass and almost intercepted it. It was fourth down and 2 with 2:08 remaining in the game and with the Patriots backed up on their own 28 yard-line it was a no brainer to punt the ball away, but the mad-man behind the patented hoodie felt otherwise. After the Patriots burned their last timeout to think it over, Brady and the offense stepped onto the field and it was clear that the Pats were going for the fourth down conversion and the win. The Colts blitzed heavily on the play and forced Brady into a quick throw to the right side where he completed the pass to Kevin Faulk for what appeared to be a first down, but the referee motioned that Faulk was juggling the ball and therefore he doesn’t get the forward progress because he didnt have possession of the ball when he was initially hit. The play could not be reviewed by the booth because it came before the two-minute warning and the Patriots could not challenge the spot of the ball because they had just used their third and final timeout just before the fourth down play. Thus, the ball was spotted about a foot before the first down marker and the Colts took over on downs at their own 29 yard-line with 1 timeout remaining and 2 min left in the game, an absolute eternity for Peyton Manning. After a pass to Reggie Wayne and a Joseph Addai run the Colts were at the 1 yard-line with 4 chances at scoring the winning touchdown, but they only needed two chances as on second and goal from the 1 Peyton Manning threw a bullet on a slant route to Reggie Wayne who made a finger tip grab and the Colts took an unthinkable 35-34 lead. After a desperate lateral attempt by Wes Welker failed and the clock read all zeros the Colts emerged with an amazing fourth quarter comeback win, and the Patriots were left wondering and hoping that what had just happened was nothing but a dream.

NFL Power Rankings (Week 10)

November 12, 2009 Leave a comment

1)  Saints (8-0) – LW 1

They have to avoid a letdown against the dismal Rams next week, but I think they’ll jump on the Rams early.

2)  Colts (8-0) – LW 2

Colts vs Pats next week, I can’t wait.

3)  Steelers (6-2) – LW 7

They’re looking to even up the season series against the hated Bengals.

4)  Vikings (7-1) – LW 3

I suspect no rust coming off their bye week.

5)  Bengals (6-2) – LW 5

The Bengals are looking to sweep the Steelers next week.

6)  Patriots (6-2) – LW 6

They’re back in first place in the AFC East and playing better every week.

7)  Broncos (6-2) – LW 4

Their defense has been consistently solid, but their offense has less than stellar at times.

8)  Cardinals (5-3) – LW 14

The Cardinals are 1-3 at home this year, but 4-0 at home.

9)  Cowboys (6-2) – LW 9

Same talented Cowboys except this time it looks like they are more focused and have less distractions.

10)  Falcons (5-3) – LW 11

Despite not beating their big-time opponents the Falcons are still in a great position to win the wild-card.

11)  Chargers (5-3) – LW 16

Philip Rivers led a late fourth quarter game winning drive against the Giants. Lets see if this momentum can help the Chargers finally play up to their potential and sustain it.

12)  Eagles (5-3) – LW 8

Tough loss against the Cowboys last week. They need a healthy Westbrook to overtake first place in the NFC East.

13)  Texans (5-4) – LW 13

Mistakes at crucial times have killed them, exhibit A was last week folly against Indy.

14)  Ravens (4-4) – LW 10

Cedric Benson ran for 100+ yards in both games against the Raven’s defense. What happened to their heralded run-stopping defense?

15)  Giants (5-4) – LW 15

They have to start showing some sense of urgency if they want to stay in the race for the NFC East.

16)  Packers (4-4) – LW 12

Absolutely horrendous loss in Tampa Bay. There’s nothing more to say.

17)  Dolphins (3-5) – LW 18

Their schedule is rough, and they are a better team than their record insists.

18)  Jets (4-4) – LW 19

Their defense needs to get “nasty” again.

19)  Bears (4-4) – LW 17

The Cardinals had their way with a porous Bears defense, scoring on every possession in the first half.

20)  49ers (3-5) – LW 20

They lost 4 in a row but I wouldn’t panic yet, mainly because of their weak division.

21)  Jaguars (4-4) – LW 22

If their defense limits the damage, they can be dangerous because of their playmakers on offense.

22)  Panthers (3-5) – LW 23

If (this is a huge if) Delhomme can avoid turnovers then the Panthers can turn it around and contend for a playoff spot.

23)  Titans (2-6) – LW 26

Vince Young is playing well, but they’re winning because Chris Johnson is running out of his mind and the defense is playing much better.

24)  Seahawks (3-5) – LW 24

Must win against the Cardinals next week.

25)  Bills (3-5) – LW 21

Fitzpatrick has filled in admirably. Is there a qb controversy?

26)  Redskins (2-6) – LW 25 

Once again the Redskins talent doesn’t live up to their potential.

27)  Chiefs (1-7) – LW 28

A poor offensive line and a quarterback that holds on to the ball until the last possible second aren’t a good combination.

28)  Raiders (2-6) – LW 27

Let’s see if the bye week gave them time to regroup, I doubt it.

29)  Bucs (1-7) – LW 32 

Josh Freeman looked GREAT in his debut.

30)  Lions (1-7) – LW 29

Calvin Johnson comes back next week, that’s positive, I guess.

31)  Rams (1-7) – LW 30

They play the Saints next week, it keeps getting worse.

32)  Browns (1-7) – LW 31

Uh, really, I’m speechless.

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NFL Power Rankings (Week 9)

November 4, 2009 Leave a comment

1)  Saints (7-0) – LW 1

2)  Colts (7-0) – LW 2

3)  Vikings (6-1) – LW 4

4)  Broncos (6-1) – LW 3

5)  Bengals (5-2) – LW 5

6)  Patriots (5-2) – LW 6

7)  Steelers (5-2) – LW 7

8)  Eagles (5-2) – LW 12

9)  Cowboys (5-2) – LW 13

10)  Ravens (4-3) – LW 14

11)  Falcons (4-3) – LW 10

12)  Packers (4-3) – LW 11

13)  Texans (5-3) – LW 16

14)  Cardinals (4-3) – LW 9

15)  Giants (5-3) – LW 8

16)  Chargers (4-3) – LW 17 

17)  Bears (4-3) – LW 18

18)  Dolphins (3-4) – LW 19

19)  Jets (4-4) – LW 15

20)  49ers (3-4) – LW 20

21)  Bills (3-5) – LW 22

22)  Jaguars (3-4) – LW 21

23)  Panthers (3-4) – LW 24

24)  Seahawks (2-5) – LW 23

25)  Redskins (2-5) – LW 25

26)  Titans (1-6) – LW 30

27)  Raiders (2-6) – LW 26

28)  Chiefs (1-6) – LW 28

29)  Lions (1-6) – LW 27

30)  Rams (1-7) – LW 32

31)  Browns (1-7) – LW 29

32)  Bucs (0-7) – LW 31

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NFL Power Rankings (Week 8)

October 29, 2009 1 comment

1)  Saints (7-0) – LW 1

After a sluggish first half the Saints exploded for 36 second half points and came back from a 2 touchdown deficit to beat the Dolphins by a score of 46-34.

2)  Colts (6-0) – LW 2

Indy absolutely thrashed the Rams, 42-6.

3)  Broncos (6-0) – LW 4

 The bye week has given them a chance to prepare for another high-powered offense, the Ravens.

4)  Vikings (6-1) – LW 3

Maybe they forgot they had Adrian Peterson because Favre threw 51 times.

5)  Bengals (5-2) – LW 9

Absolutely pummeled the Bears, and Cedric Benson has quietly put together a terrific season thus far.

6)  Patriots (5-2) – LW 6

They go into the bye week with high spirits after manhandling the Titans and the Bucs.

7)  Steelers (5-2) – LW 8 

Great win against the Vikings, I think they’re back.

8)  Giants (5-2) – LW 7

Their secondary has been exposed the last two weeks against the high-powered offenses of the Saints and Cardinals.

9)  Cardinals (4-2) – LW 15

They look like the frontrunners to win their division.

10)  Falcons (4-2) – LW 5

With an average Michael Turner the Falcons have just an average offense.

11)  Packers (4-2) – LW 13

Brett Favre returns to Lambeau Field and the Packers would love to get a win.

12)  Eagles (4-2) – LW 16

They learned their lesson against Oakland, they had far from a let-down against the Redskins.

13)  Cowboys (4-2) – LW 17

Miles Austin has emerged as a big play receiver and he and Tony Romo have good chemistry early on.

14)  Ravens (3-3) – LW 10

They have to get their defense back to its old form.

15)  Jets (4-3) – LW 14

Rematch at home against the scrappy Dolphins.

16)  Texans (4-3) – LW 20

They held on against a resurgent 49er offense in the second half.

17)  Chargers (3-3) – LW 18

They have too much talent to have a .500 record.

18)  Bears (3-3) – LW 11

They got hammered by the Bengals.

19)  Dolphins (2-4) – LW 19 

They had the win against the Saints, but they couldn’t hold on.

20)  49ers (3-3) – LW 12

Vernon Davis has a emerged as a lethal weapon down the field.

21)  Jaguars (3-3) – LW 22

They can’t have a let down against winless Tennessee.

22)  Bills (3-4) – LW 25

Ryan Fitzpatrick has the Bills on a two game winning streak. 

23)  Seahawks (2-4) – LW 21

They’ve been off and on all season, but now that Tatupu is out for the season I think they’ll been off more than on.

24)  Panthers (2-4) – LW 23

Delhomme is fighting for his starting job with A.J. Feeley and Matt Moore, ouch.

25)  Redskins (2-5) – LW 27

New offensive play caller, same results.

26)  Raiders (2-5) – LW 24

JaMarcus Russell has made absolutely no progress since coming into the league.

27)  Lions (1-5) – LW 28

They can get a seldom win against the Rams next week if Stafford and Johnson can return from injuries.

28)  Chiefs (1-6) – LW 26

Larry Johnson basically summed up the Chiefs season in his twitter rant.

29)  Browns (1-6) – LW 29

All around awful.

30)  Titans (0-6) – LW 31

Vince Young gets a chance to get the Titans their first win of the season against the Jaguars.

31)  Buccaneers (0-7) – LW 32

The season is lost. They should start rookie Josh Freeman.

32)  Rams (0-7) – LW 30

Steve Spagnoulo has had a rough start to his tenure as head coach.

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NFL Power Rankings (Week 7)

October 21, 2009 1 comment

1)  Saints (6-0) – LW 3

Drew Brees torched the Giants secondary. The G-Men didn’t get any pressure on Brees and paid for their lackluster defensive performance to the tune of a 48-27 smack down.

2)  Colts (5-0) – LW 1

They only dropped from #1 because of their bye week and the Saints beat up on the Giants.

3)  Vikings (6-0) – LW 4

Another exciting win for the Vikings. Brett Favre and Adrian Peterson have shown that they are a lethal combination. 

4)  Broncos (6-0) – LW 5

Eddie Royal’s punt return and kickoff return touchdowns sparked a huge win against the rival Chargers. The Broncos have taken a strangle hold on the AFC West. 

5)  Falcons (4-1) – LW 7

The Falcon’s defense stepped up, especially in the red-zone.

6)  Patriots (4-2) – LW 9

They absolutely obliterated the pathetic Titans, 59-0. The offense looks like it’s back on track. We could see a repeat performance next week against the Bucs.

7)  Giants (5-1) – LW 2

 The Giants secondary was non-existent against the best offense in the NFL. The G-Men have to fix the holes in the secondary or they will get torched again next week against the Cardinals.

8)  Steelers (4-2) – LW 13

They dominate the Browns every year, but their real test is next week against the Vikings.

9)  Bengals (4-2) – LW 6

The Bengal’s defense couldn’t stop Texans qb Matt Schaub, who threw for 392 yards and 4 tds.

10)  Ravens (3-3) – LW 10

Ray Rice brought the Ravens back in the fourth quarter, but kicker Steven Hauschka missed the game winning field-goal and the Ravens lost their third game in a row.

11)  Bears (3-2) – LW 12

Cutler’s interception and Forte’s fumbles in the red-zone killed the Bear’s chances of getting a nice win against the Falcons.

12)  49ers (3-2) – LW 14

Frank Gore should put them back on track.

13)  Packers (3-2) – LW 16

They shut out the Lions last week and can do the same to the Browns next week.

14)  Jets (3-3) – LW 11

Sanchez has to cut down on the interceptions if the Jets want to get back to their winning ways.

15)  Cardinals (3-2) – LW 21

Big test against the Giants next week.

16)  Eagles (3-2) – LW 8

They ran the ball only 14 times against the Raiders last week; what kind of play calling is that? 

17)  Cowboys (3-2) – LW 18

The Cowboys’s record is a little deceiving, considering all of their wins have been against teams with a losing record.

18)  Chargers (2-3) – LW 15

It’s the same old talented but inconsistent Chargers.

19)  Dolphins (2-3) – LW 17

If Henne can play with consistency then the Dolphins will be a very competitive team.

20)  Texans (3-3) – LW 20

They haave the potential to put up 40 points at anytime, but they’re too inconsistent to be taken for real.

21)  Seahawks (2-4) – LW 19

The injury bug has striked the Seahawks again.

22)  Jaguars (3-3) – LW 22

The Jags barely beat the Rams after a blowout loss to the Seahawks the previous week.

23)  Panthers (2-3) – LW 23

They’ve reeled off two wins against bad teams. Steve Smith isn’t happy with the way he’s being used in the offense and who could blame him.

24)  Raiders (2-4) – LW 32

Surprising win against the Eagles last week.

25)  Bills (2-4) – LW

Hard fought victory on the road without Trent Edwards against the Jets last week.

26)  Chiefs (1-5) – LW 28

The Chiefs are playing hard. They were very competitive in their games versus the Cowboys and Ravens.

27)  Redskins (2-4) – LW 24

Maybe taking the offense play calling duties away from Jim Zorn can revamp their offense.

28)  Lions (1-5) – LW 25

Stafford and Culpepper are injured, their down to Drew Stanton at qb.

29)  Browns (1-5) – LW 29

Their offense is dreadful, no qb and no wide receivers.

30)  Rams (0-6) – LW 31

At least their somewhat competitive in their losses.

31)  Titans (0-6) – LW 27

They have serious problems, hence their 59-0 defeat at the hand of the Patriots.

32)  Buccaneers (0-6) – LW 30

They face the Patriots next week, that could be ugly.

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NFL Power Rankings (Week 6)

October 14, 2009 1 comment

1)  Colts (5-0) – LW 2

Peyton Manning shredded the Titans defense to the tune of another 300+ yard game along with 3 tds. Look at their schedule, they can be undefeated for a while.

2)  Giants (5-0) – LW 3

The Giants thoroughly dominated the Raiders on both sides of the ball. Their first real test comes next week against a strong Saints team.

3)  Saints (4-0) – LW 1

The Saints face off against the G-Men next week. This will be an early measuring stick for both teams.

4)  Vikings (5-0) – LW 4

Easy game against the Rams.

5)  Broncos (5-0) – LW 10

Great come from behind victory against the Patriots. Their defense is among the elites and as long as Kyle Orton protects the ball they will keep winning.

6)  Bengals (4-1) – LW 13

Cedric Benson ran for over 100 yards against the Ravens! The Bengals came from behind to win again, they’re legit.

7)  Falcons (3-1) – LW 12

Atlanta absolutely destroyed the 49ers last week.

8)  Eagles (3-1) – LW 14

Jeremy Maclin has emerged as another deep threat for the Eagles and McNabb.

9)  Patriots (3-2) – LW 5

Brady should have a field day against a terrible Tennessee pass defense.

10)  Ravens (3-2) – LW 6

Two tough losses in a row. They need a win against the undefeated Vikings.

11)  Jets (3-2) – LW 7

Braylon Edwards has already shown that he is a difference maker.

12)  Bears (3-1) – LW 11

They have weapons on offense and their defense has been solid, even without Urlacher.

13)  Steelers (3-2) – LW 9

Mendenhall has played well, but the defense has been surprisingly disappointing so far.

14)  49ers (3-2) – LW 8

 They desperately need Gore to return after the bye week.

15)  Chargers (2-2) – LW 16

Big division game against the broncos at home this week.

16)  Packers (2-2) – LW 18

Hopefully they fixed their offensive line problems over the bye week. 

17)  Dolphins (2-3) – LW 21

Chad Henne played like a veteran down the stretch in the fourth quarter on monday night. The Dolphins may have found their quarterback of the future.

18)  Cowboys (3-2) – LW 20

The Cowboys have struggled so far this season, especially on offense.

19)  Seahawks (2-3) – LW 22

Matt Hasselbeck came back from his injury and didn’t miss a beat, thumping the Jaguars. They have a big division game against the Cardinals this week.

20)  Texans (2-3) – LW 17

Great potential, but too inconsistent at times.

21)  Cardinals (2-2) – LW 19

They need a running game. That means you, Beanie Wells!

22)  Jaguars (2-3) – LW 15

We’ll see if they can bounce back after a humiliating loss to Seattle.

23)  Panthers (1-3) – LW 25

They got their first win last week, but it was against a bad Redskins team, so this doesn’t really show progression.

24)  Redskins (2-3) – LW 27 

The Redskins haven’t played a team with a win yet this season (when they played the Giants in the first game of the season they were obviously 0-0) and their record is 2-3, uh that’s not good.

25)  Lions (1-4) – LW 26

I know they’re 1-4 but they have played better than that.

26)  Bills (1-4) – LW 24

Their offense could only muster up 3 points against the Brown’s defense, that’s bad.

27)  Titans (0-5) – LW 23

I think Vince Young would be a nice change of scenery at starting qb.

28)  Chiefs (0-5) – LW 28

At least they seem to be progressing week by week. They gave the Cowboys all they could handle.

29)  Browns (1-4) – LW 30

They scored 6 points against a Buffalo defense that was lacking 4 starters in the secondary and a run defense that allowed over 200 rushing yards last week. Really?

30)  Buccaneers (0-5) – LW 29

Another horrendous performance by their defense.

31)  Rams (0-5) – LW 32

Tough to watch them right now.

32)  Raiders (1-4) – LW 31

Pathetic performance all around against the Giants. It keeps getting worse and worse for the Raiders.

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