Last week: 1 (+0) Record: 9-1 They’re still the #1 team, but maybe only by default. I’m still not sold on any one team right now and maybe they’re just keeping this seat warm for the 49ers, who I’ll be sold on in a way I’m sold on no other if Kaepernick continues to start [...]
Last week: 6 (+4) The 49ers would be #1 in these Power Rankings if I knew, first that Colin Kaepernick was going to be their starter for the rest of the season and second that his performance on Monday Night was not a fluke. We’ll know the answer to both of those questions in the [...]
Last week: 4 (+1) Record: 7-3 The Patriots suffered a serious injury last week, losing Rob Gronkowski for at least 4 weeks with a broken arm. Gronkowski is an incredible football player and one of the top offensive players in the NFL and his absence obviously hurts. However, no one does the “next man up” [...]
Last week: 2 (-2) Record: 7-3 I think we can all agree Jay Cutler is pretty valuable. He doesn’t put up huge numbers, but his ability to succeed in spite of a horrific offensive line and avoid sacks is so valuable to this team. Jason Campbell isn’t a terrible backup. He’s had decent success as [...]
Last week: 3 (-2) Record: 9-1 Michael Turner is so useless. He’s averaging 3.1 YPC over his last 5 games with just one carry longer than 13. On the season, he’s failed to convert on goal-to-go carries over 75% of the time. He’s also only caught 10 passes on the year. He literally has no [...]
Last week: 5 (-1) Record: 7-3 Right now, this is one of 6 upper echelon teams right now. They could be higher, but I’m putting Atlanta ahead of them because they won head-to-head and have a 2 game better record than them, but I think if these teams were to have a rematch this week, [...]
Last week: 7 (+0) Record: 8-2 The Ravens are 8-2, but I’m still not sold. They’re only +61 in points differential and most of that came from two wins against Cincinnati and crappy Oakland. They’re 6-1 in games decided by a touchdown or less and they haven’t had a particularly tough schedule. They could have [...]
Last week: 11 (+3) Record: 6-4 In order to go on a run, you have to be able to win ugly and win a game that you probably weren’t supposed to win. They have now won 5 of 6 since the bye and this close win wasn’t a fluke. It actually only improved their record [...]
Last week: 9 (-1) Record: 6-4 The Colts’ loss to the Patriots last week was a definite sign they haven’t quite arrived yet. They’ve beaten up on a bunch of bad teams and only have 1 win by more than a touchdown and that was against a 1-win Jacksonville team (who beat them earlier in [...]
Record: 6-4 Last week: 9 (-1) I have no idea what Mike Tomlin was thinking leaving Byron Leftwich out there when he was clearly hurt. There’s no real difference in talent level between him and Charlie Batch; in fact, I thought Batch should have been the starter in the first place after Ben Roethlisberger was [...]
Last week: 10 (-1) Record: 6-4 On bye.
Last week: 12 (+0) Record: 6-4 If the Cowboys win at home this week against the 4-6 Redskins and the Giants lose to the Packers, these two teams will be tied at 6-5 and the Cowboys be the favorite because they have the much easier schedule. The Cowboys host Philadelphia, go to Cincinnati, then host [...]
Record: 7-3 Last week: 13 (+0) Of course, the one year I won’t shut up about things that happen every year is the one year they might not happen. Every year, one team goes from out of the playoffs to a first round bye. Well, the only team that is a candidate to do that [...]
Last week: 14 (+0) Record: 6-4 On bye.
Last week: 15 (+3) Record: 5-5 The Saints are red hot right now, but they’ll need to go at least 5-1 to make the playoffs. The NFC is loaded. If the playoffs started today, there would be two 6-4 teams outside of the playoffs (either Tampa Bay, Seattle, or Minnesota). The Saints are only in [...]
Last week: 15 (-1) Record: 6-4 On bye.
Last week: 17 (+0) Record: 4-6 I think it’s time for the Chargers to go on their annual late season run. Unfortunately, just like the last 2 seasons, probably all this late season run is going to end up doing is saving Norv Turner’s and AJ Smith’s job and not actually help them make the [...]
Last week: 22 (+4) Record: 4-6 Despite, the Redskins’ sub .500 record, they do have a positive points differential, at +3. In fact, their points differential is actually better than that of the Cowboys, their 5-5 opponent this week, who is -13. This is because the Redskins have only lost 1 game by more than [...]
Last week: 16 (-3) Record: 4-6 Ryan Tannehill was awful last week at Buffalo, going 14 of 28 for 141 yards, 1 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions, but he was a rookie quarterback on the road on a short week. Still, it’s safe to say that any early hype about him is dead now that they’ve [...]
Last week: 26 (+6) Record: 5-5 The Bengals now stand at 5-5, but I won’t rule them out to be this year’s team that goes from in the playoffs to 5 wins or fewer. The Lions are the favorite and I also won’t rule out that we won’t have one this year, something that’s only [...]
Last week: 25 (+4) Record: 4-6 It’s looking more and more likely that Ryan Fitzpatrick will not be back as the starter next season, owed 7.25 million non-guaranteed. GM Buddy Nix is known for being an open book when it comes to his offseason plans and his draft plans in particular. In 2010, he mentioned [...]
Last week: 23 (+1) Record: 4-6 I’ve watched a lot of football, but I saw two things I’ve never seen before in the Falcons/Cardinals game this week. First, Matt Ryan won despite throwing 5 interceptions and no touchdowns, the first time that’s happened since the merger (Bart Starr did it last). Second, the Cardinals benched [...]
Last week: 24 (+1) Record: 4-6 On bye.
Last week: 20 (-4) Record: 3-6-1 First they got blown out 45-7 by the Patriots and then everyone soured on this team. Then they tied the 49ers and everyone backed them as home favorites against the Jets. Now they’ve lost to the Jets and the public has soured on them so much they are now [...]
Last week: 19 (-6) Record: 4-6 I’ve said it a bunch of times this year, but every year, one team goes from in the playoffs to 5 wins or fewer. It’s looked like a shaky prediction as times this year, especially since every single playoff team from last year is 5-5 or better right now, [...]