Oct 182012
 

Last week: 1 (-1) Record: 5-1 Like I said, Atlanta might be better than Houston, but I needed an AFC representative in the top-2. Houston didn’t show up on Sunday Night Football. It happens to everyone. Everyone is allowed 1. You’d think they’d want to make a statement against the Packers on national TV, but [...]

Oct 182012
 

Last week: 2 (-1) Record: 6-0 I know what you’re thinking. Atlanta is the last undefeated team in the NFL. Why are they #3? Well, they simply haven’t been impressive enough. They haven’t beaten a single team with a winning record. They’ve won their last 3 games by a touchdown or fewer against teams that [...]

Oct 182012
 

Last week: 5 (+0) Record: 3-3 I already talked about the Patriots’ recent inability to close at length here so now I’ll focus on the good. They may be 3-3, but they’ve lost 3 games by a combined 4 points, all against good teams. The AFC sucks and the Patriots, given their easy schedule, should be [...]

Oct 182012
 

Last week: 6 (-1) Record: 4-2 Last year, the San Francisco 49ers had a turnover differential of +28, 4th highest in NFL history. I said all offseason that would be unsustainable, mentioning that since 2002, teams with a turnover differential of +15 or more, on average, have a turnover differential of +2.1. 6 games into [...]

Oct 172012
 

Last week: 7 (-7) Record: 3-3 Firing defensive coordinator Juan Castillo and replacing him with underrated defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, previously the secondary coach, will make a difference. Bowles coordinated the league’s #6 defense in Miami last year and was named interim Head Coach after Tony Sparano was fired. The biggest issue is still Michael [...]

Oct 172012
 

Last week: 12 (-3) Record: 2-3 Well, at least Jason Garrett didn’t ice his own kicker this time. However, he repeated one mistake from that infamous icing his own kicker game. In that game against Arizona, I would argue the biggest mistake was not making sure the Cowboys could run another play to at least [...]

Oct 172012
 

Last week: 10 (-6) Record: 2-3 Since 2009, the Steelers are 7-9 in games without Troy Polamalu and allowed 21.9 points per game. With him, they are 27-8, allowing 14.4 points per game, with him. That’s not all him, but a lot of that is him. He’s their only irreplaceable defensive player and his mere [...]

Oct 172012
 

Last week: 18 (+1) Record: 3-3 I’m moving the Rams up despite their loss because I think I underrated them last week. I thought Sam Bradford would struggle without several starting offensive linemen and without Danny Amendola like he did last year. It sure looked like he would after he finished 2 of 9 against [...]

Oct 172012
 

Last week: 17 (-2) Record: 2-3 The Colts are incredibly banged up defensively and that was clearly evident against the Jets as they couldn’t stop the mediocre Shonn Greene, who rushed for 161 yards and 3 touchdowns on 32 attempts, after combined for 217 yards and a touchdown on 76 attempts in his previous 5 [...]

Oct 172012
 

Last week: 16 (-5) Record: 4-2 It was also a matter time before Kevin Kolb broke. An injury prone behind that offensive line with an offense that passes that often, it was inevitable. Fun fact about that offensive line (or not so fun if you’re a Cardinals fan): offensive tackles D’Anthony Baptiste and Bobby Massie [...]

Oct 172012
 

Last week: 21 (-2) Record: 3-3 My preseason pick to be this year’s team that goes from in the playoffs to 5 wins or fewer, the Cincinnati Bengals, took another step forward towards that last week, losing to the Browns. Their 3 wins have come against Washington (3-3), Cleveland (1-5), and Jacksonville (1-4) and the [...]

Oct 172012
 

Last week: 29 (+5) Record: 2-3 I had the Buccaneers as a preseason underrated team for reasons I’ll repeat in a minute, but I had them overrated and picked against them last week because they ranked dead last in the league in yards per play differential. Now, after just one week, they rank 22nd because [...]