MR N’s NFL Week 3 Power Poll‏


1. Denver Broncos (1) – Workmanlike, Never in doubt, Manning led Offense was machine like but we did see there may be Left Tackle issues in the future and the D still can be beat…speedy linebackers and smallish D line only dominate certain specific Offenses like the Raiders.

2. Seattle Seahawks (2) – A very impressive effort against a crap team. They could have easily mailed it in but instead blew them away in an impressive fashion.

3. New Orleans Saints (5) – Brees led a good O. It was a really solid win by a very dangerous team.

4. Chicago BEARS (6) – The offense had trouble producing any passing yards. The D either got torched or got turnovers and lucky bounces played no small roll in a blowout win.

5. Miami Dolphins (8) – After a slow start the Fish D tightened and Tannehill drove to a late come from behind lead and they got a great win. Another big test to show how real they are comes in week 4.

6. Indianapolis Colts (13) – Really terrific play on OFF and and a surprisingly good DEF effort. A great win. After the steal deal of the century, this team has no where to go but up and is rapidly becoming Denver’s biggest competition for the AFC crown.

Trent Richardson TD

7. New England Patriots (14) – Brady got it done early. A solid win in what was their best total effort of the year!

8. Green Bay Packers (3) – Rodgers was uncharacteristically struggling early but had a lead. It is completely mind boggling how a team that is supposed to THAT good can get 4 turnovers, in a row, and still lose.

9. Kansas City Chiefs (9) – They are 3 and 0. But, I fear it is a hollow 3-0. The offense is stumbling and only productive against bad D’s. The D has holes and the coaching makes hard to follow calls. Lucky for the mass turnovers which they could barely turn into points. They looked terrible and won going away.

10. Cincinnati Bengals (11) – Turnovers are Gold. They were bad but somehow pulled out a win. Ugly play for most of the game but an impressive win.

11. Baltimore Ravens (12) – Special teams and D carried the team for the first half. Ray Lewis’ number retiring and his impassioned half time speech inspired the Off into the best drive of the year. There should be a spot for Lewis on the coaching staff. He has a mojo that rubs off on a team that’s not very good most of the time.

12. Houston Texans (4) – OFF out of sync early. The Offense was completely stifled by a stout Raven D and that was that. They need to figure out how to score points or they will be looking up at both Indy and Tennessee.

13. Dallas Cowboys (16) – Tore up a bad D early. A solid game by the OFF and DEF gave them a nice win.

14. San Francisco 49ers (7) – They were completely overwhelmed, beat down and humiliated. A Poor offensive showing, a badly beaten D. Serious questions now exist about the viability of this team this season.

15. San Diego Chargers (15) – Mistakes hurt them early. The Bolts battled but after a tough effort, second in a row on the road, they lost a close one.

SD Chargers

16. Atlanta Falcons (10) – Led early but their D blew the lead and once more Matt Ryan could NOT win a game that was in his hands to win.

17. Tennessee Titans (21) – They battled, they took advantage of luck and Locker led them to a superb come from behind win. Very well done.

18. Detroit Lions (22) – Mistakes, errors and bad judgement on D…same old Lions early. The Lions offense was able to do enough to overcome their D issues and get them a win.

19. St. Louis Rams (17) – A team whose D sucks. The O was down so quick they had to over commit to the pass and it was ugly. They have a chance to show what they’ve got in PrimeTime on Thursday night.

20. Arizona Cardinals (19) – Palmer leads a good OFF but the holes in the D were exploited and they couldn’t recover against a great Offense.

21. Buffalo Bills (20) – Were kept in the Game by NYJ penalties and mistakes. In the end Manuel couldn’t make the plays needed to give his team a shot. A rookie QB is allowed a game or two like this one.

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (18) – No answer to the Patriot passing game. The D was ripped by the ground attack and tore up by Brady. The Offense was whacked by the Pat D. It is overdue time for a change at QB as Freeman slips off into obscurity.

tampa bay

23. Carolina Panthers (31) – Panthers played dominantly early, in the middle and late. The D looked perfect and the O was on point. It is very hard to figure just how good of a win this was as it may have just been that they played a really, really bad team.

24. Oakland Raiders (23) – Pryor showed that his talent is for real. There were a number of positives the Raiders can take from this loss. Denver’s team is built in a way to be Oakland’s kryptonite but that doesn’t mean this team isn’t on the right track finally.

25. New York Jets (29) – Often in control with a good D and some solid O. Geno Smith may have maturity issues and off the field issues but he throws the best deep ball in the AFC East. They nearly self destructed with penalties but they got a win.

26. Cleveland Browns (28) – Unbelievable how Hoyer played so well. Hoyer looked solid and Cleveland made good calls and got a nice win.

27. Washington Redskins (25) – RGIII good in the pocket early. The skins got the rush working. RGIII did all he could in the shape he currently is in but he cannot play D and evidently neither can his defense.

28. Minnesota Vikings (24) – Booed at home and deservedly so. Ok, it is official, they are circling the bowl…next time the game is on the line and you are inside the 5 yard line…here is a hint…RUN AP. Play calling was impossible to understand in 4th Q.

MN Vikings

29. Philadelphia Eagles (26) – A gimmicky team, in the end defined by it’s parts. Turnovers are gold and Mike Vick is Midas in a green shirt. Hard to figure if the D is any good as the KC offense looked really bad.

30. New York Giants (27) – Giants struggled badly on the road. This was the worst game played by them in decades. Horrible. Can’t throw, can’t run, can’t block, can’t tackle, can’t cover. Not a mirage, a bad team.

31. Pittsburgh Steelers (30) – The old group showed more ability on OFF than they had all year. Turnovers = Gold = Loss. Got thumped but played better than they have all year.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (32) – That was their best effort yet but they have so little talent that it meant they would lose by well over 20 points. Other teams fighting for the last place spot so the Jags really have to suck again to lock down 32.

There you have it! As always I love all thoughts, comments, arguments or agreements. Any opinion is valid and valued! As always I will also except Cash…a job offer from Fox Sports…ok cash…preferably 10’s and 20’s.

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BREAKING NEWS: Trent Richardson Traded to the Colts


The Cleveland Browns…that team is the most embarrassing franchise in history. They won’t win a fricking thing for years and years. A team with no direction cannot be successful. Indy however, just got way better. I guess you can understand Cleveland’s thinking…what good is a franchise power back? I mean he’s a star…he can’t fit in Cleveland…they are picking up Willis McGahee…yeah there’s a star.

 

The Colts may now be the 2nd best team in the AFC. Pittsburgh and Baltimore are now dancing in the streets.

 

There is no explanation that Cleveland can shovel that will make this palatable to their fans or anyone with a brain. I suggest that the NFL take control of the Cleveland franchise. They obviously are not competent to operate a team. See who they are putting in for Weeden? Old Senator Hoyer. I have never seen a team do this before (aside from the odd Marlin’s baseball fire sale) and hope to never see it again.

 

What is that sound? Cleveland season ticket holders tearing up tickets.

 

Mr. N

MR N’s #NFL Week 2 Power Poll‏


1. Denver Broncos (1) – A balanced offense, solid with their rush, pass, special teams and with the D getting turnovers. Brilliant.

 

2. Seattle Seahawks (3) – The D is the story. They stand alone as the best in the NFL and that is the ultimate home field advantage. They need to get the O untracked and need to not let a sandwich game surprise them next week.

seattle

3. Green Bay Packers (6) – Rodgers nearly perfect in the first half. Never in doubt, completely destroyed the Skins.

 

4. Houston Texans (4) – Seemed to just go through the motions in the first half. A touch classless both on Offense and by the coach but they pulled out an ugly win.

 

5. New Orleans Saints (5) – Confounding. It was so much closer and in doubt then this sloppy game should have been. They won but it was a headscratcher.

 

6. Chicago BEARS (7) – Solid offense, but turnovers are gold and that put the Bears in a hole. The BEARS did show some amazing heart to pull out another dramatic come from behind win. The offensive line play is incredible and the best Chicago has had in more than a decade.

Chicago

7. San Francisco 49ers (2) – Can’t be totally condemned for losing in their personal house of horror. They aren’t as bad as they look in Seattle but they better win every other game because if playoff road runs through Seattle it could be ugly for SF.

 

8. Miami Dolphins (10) – Really battled and were solid in the first half. The Dolphins got the offense going and showed some poise that South Florida hasn’t had in a while to win a nice game on the road.

 

9. Kansas City Chiefs (14) – Had early D issues and offensive struggles but a great effort late with excellent coaching got them a gutty solid performance and home win.

 

10. Atlanta Falcons (12) – Super 1st half, excellent on O & D. Took a huge lead and prevent defensed themselves into a one possession win.

 

11. Cincinnati Bengals (11) – This team need to find itself fast. Right now their QB looks overmatched and their vaunted D looks overrated.

 

12. Baltimore Ravens (13) – Struggled early on all areas except the D which looked good. An ugly win. A team that is not even half as good as most people think they are.

Baltimore

13. Indianapolis Colts (8) – Good O, holes all over in the D. The Colts D issues could be the undoing of what is a fun story in the NFL. They will not reach the success they want with a D like that. Also, using timeouts to freeze a kicker then have the kicker beat that team is lovely to watch. Freezing a kicker is something Lombardi or Halas would NEVER have done. #classless

 

14. New England Patriots (9) – A team that has an identity…a false one linked to past glory. That glory is a distant memory. Poor Offense, Spotty D…this is more like the Pats of 1992. This is a very BAD 2-0. The drops just look so unprofessional.

 

15. San Diego Chargers (19) – Really well played 1st half. A brilliant east coast road game win. A team that is playing much harder than they have for years – probably since the days of Marty ball.

 

16. Dallas Cowboys (15) – Romo and Dez were afire early. Funny though how people still talk about Dallas like it is 1993 and not 2013. They got beat. They are not good. It was said earlier today that KC ‘wasn’t in the same class as Dallas’. Right, Dallas lost to KC, they aren’t the same class. Dallas hasn’t been a great team since about 1996. When will this image disappear?

dallas

17. St. Louis Rams (16) – D punished early, O not able to get it going in first half. The D let the team fall into too deep a hole and the O tried but couldn’t climb out of it.

 

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (17) – The defense played very well. The team did all it could to lose the game with innumerable penalties and in the end they lost.

 

19. Arizona Cardinals (27) – A very well played game. Overcame golden turnovers to show the heart of lions (pun intended) to grab a win.

 

20. Buffalo Bills (25) – Ok D early but no O. EJ Manuel is finally the franchise QB Buffalo has been searching for since Jim Kelly. He led the team on a brilliant final drive for the win. Outstanding!

buffalo

21. Tennessee Titans (21) – Played a very tough first half. They scored a ton but mistakes on special teams really cost them a winnable game.

 

22. Detroit Lions (20) – Same old Lions. Offense scores in bunches, team gets penalties in bunches, team loses.

 

23. Oakland Raiders (28) – Pryor is great! Who knew the Raiders had their own version of a ‘RGIII’ spread QB? Super offense and the D is doing enough. A great win!

 

24. Minnesota Vikings (24) – Most of their scores came on defense or special teams. The Vikings had the game won and put away but turnovers, which are gold, and mistakes, penalties and mental errors cost them a victory and has put this team in a deep 0-2 hole.

vikings

25. Washington Redskins (18) – Got schooled in Lambeau right from the start. A team that has huge D issues that unless fixed will negate any and all offensive ability from RGIII and the Offense.

 

26. Philadelphia Eagles (26) – Offense was on fire again early. While it is great they can score the question is can their D stop anyone?

 

27. New York Giants (22) – The Giants are in terrible shape. No O line, poor rush, Eli throws picks all over the place, D shredded. Ugly.

 

28. Cleveland Browns (28) – Abysmal offense in the first half, D played decently. Half a team so far. Solid D but the Offense does nothing.

 

29. New York Jets (29) – Geno Smith plays with poise, more poise than I ever thought that young man had. His rookie mistakes eventually cost them a winnable game at a divisional foe but his young energy put them in position to win. He, Powell and Ivory are about the only offensive talent on this talent-poor team. They stand 1-1 and lost a close one to a QB’s 3 picks. Because this is Geno Smith’s team it shows promise and hope. If that was the record with #ButtFumble #BarretteWearing Sanchize then this team would be circling the bowl.

 

30. Pittsburgh Steelers (30) – Kept being called veterans all night on tv…that means old. Offense has no ability and the D has lost about every step a D can lose and still collect weekly paychecks. Bad.

 

31. Carolina Panthers (31) – Caaaaaam still not good. Good D early. The Panthers showed a distinct lack of heart to be winners. The D just couldn’t make the stop they needed to make, again.

 

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (32) – There was a hint of offensive life but not nearly enough. 2/3 of their points came against prevent defense.

 

Well there you have it, early, short and sweet! As always I appreciate all comments, thoughts, arguments and agreements…I also would enjoy cash or a job offer from ESPN…ok cash…10’s and 20’s please.

MR N

MR N’s #NFL Week 1 Power Poll‏


manning week 1

1. Denver Broncos (2) – Early on Peyton was on his game but the Denver D seemed to have some coverage issues. Manning showed all the world why Denver is the best team in the NFL. Incredibly the score wasn’t representative of the total Ass kicking Denver gave the Ravens.

 

2. San Francisco 49ers (6) – Offense was off the charts! D made key stops. A solid win but the D has some issues. The replacement refs will hopefully get better acquainted with the rules of the NFL.

 

3. Seattle Seahawks (5) – Slow start on the road. They showed total heart to pull out a solid road win on the east coast when they didn’t have their best. A very well done job. Now they have a serious battle to test their mettle.

 

4. Houston Texans (7) – Slow start, Turnovers are GOLD. Solid late D, Offense pulled out a nice come from behind win.

 

5. New Orleans Saints (8) – Started game slow but then poured it on to end the first half. A really solid second half and the Saints were able to win a nice divisional contest to start their road back to the NFC South crown.

Staley vs Bloodline

6. Green Bay Packers (3) – Offense played hard but couldn’t do it in the end. The D was tough, a bit classless and in the end, beatable.

 

7. Chicago BEARS (13) – Cutler made bad throws in the first half but the BEARS still weren’t totally out of it. Cutler pulled it together in the second half. New Coach Trestman came out of the locker-room with a revitalized game plan and the D got it done and it was a terrific win!

 

8. Indianapolis Colts (11) – Luck was super efficient early. They seemed to be surprised by how hard the Raiders played them. Luck was excellent and lead them to a nice come from behind win.

 

9. New England Patriots (9) – Brady showed he could still get it done early. In the end it was UGLY but the heart of B&B showed they could still win the game even it was much uglier than they have usually won in the past 10 years or so. They very nearly lost to Buffalo and as such don’t get any credit for this win.

 

10. Miami Dolphins (14) – Played good D early but the Offense was spotty. Tannehill got it going and put up enough O to get them a nice little win.

bengals

11. Cincinnati Bengals (4) – Took advantage of opportunities to pull into a nice lead after the first half. Turnovers ARE GOLD and Dalton did both enough to win and just enough to lose the game. They need to rebound against a division rival in prime time.

 

12. Atlanta Falcons (10) – Good start but the D looked spotty. The Offense in the end couldn’t win the game against the Saints. It was all on Matt Ryan and his O to make the last drive and win. He proved again he can’t win the game he has to. It appears Atlanta is just not as good as some people (not me) think.

 

13. Baltimore Ravens (1) – In the first half the Ravens O seemed either better than expected or they were just facing a bad D. The team completely collapsed, the D got shredded. Flacco was overmatched. Poor Offensive game plan – Testeverde-like 62 pass attempts. If your team’s QB throws over 50 times there is a good chance your team just lost. Didn’t take long for this team to fall to about where I think they belong. The fall may yet continue.

 

14. Kansas City Chiefs (17) – Had their way against the lowly Jaguars. Total dominance. We have to wait and see them play an NFL team next week to see how good they really are. Not really a test to beat a bad high school team from Florida.

 

15. Dallas Cowboys (20) – Dallas D is playing well. They caused many of the turnovers with their excellent ball hungry play. Dallas should have blown the Giants away. The fact that they barely won this game raises questions about Dallas. How good are they?

Rams Bradford

16. St. Louis Rams (21) – Superb offense. The D has problems in coverage but they have explosive offense and a superb kicker. This team would dominate in the NFC East but will have to play all world to be better than 3rd in the BEST division in the NFL.

 

17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (16) – Decent start but hard to judge how good they are against a bad Jets team. In the second half the Bucs just made mistake after mistake after MISTAKE and they blew a very winnable game.

 

18. Washington Redskins (12) – RGIII definitely needed training camp and may not be back to his game until week 5. (The NFL played no small part in his sluggish start thanks to that stupid knee brace debacle). Oops on Shanahan for keeping RGIII under wraps. The D looked really bad and that is puzzling. Oh oh.

 

19. San Diego Chargers (18) – An offense that did enough to give them a shot at winning the game but the D again couldn’t make the necessary stops to win it.

 

20. Detroit Lions (26) – Typical mistakes put them behind early. Solid rush, Good O that took advantage of turnovers and despite the usual classless play by some members of their D (Suh) they got a good win.

 

21. Tennessee Titans (25) – No QB at all, they were very lucky to lead at the half. Locker got it going later, the Rush attack used multiple backs and formations that baffled an aged opponent. A solid surprising effort. I want to see them play a team not nearing membership in AARP to see just how good they are.

Eli Manning

22. New York Giants (15) – You will hear me say this a lot this year because the truth will set us free…TURNOVERS are GOLD. 6 Turnovers are ludicrous. Wow that was a bad game. Are they this bad? I need to see them play again.

 

23. Minnesota Vikings (19) – AP and that’s it. Turnovers ARE GOLD. Ponder threw away the game (literally). AP can’t do it all by himself. The Vikings need to get it going.

 

24. Cleveland Browns (23) – Despite 3 picks early the Browns played hard. They were only in it for the first half. Will have to try harder on D to get more than just L’s.

 

25. Buffalo Bills (24) – 1 Turnover for a score was the only offense in the first half. EJ Manuel and the O played pretty well but once again, and this has happened so often the past few years, the D couldn’t make the stop necessary to win the game. Until they do they will just be the same old sorry ass Bills.

 

26. Philadelphia Eagles (32) – The high tempo offense worked as a surprise. What really surprised was how well the D played. Let’s see if the Eagles can do this again.

 

27. Arizona Cardinals (27) – A good front 7 effort but the secondary let them down. A very well played game but a close loss.

Oakland Pryor

28. Oakland Raiders (31) – Raiders started slow but Pryor was coming on early. It was in the end a really excellent effort. It appears Oakland finally has a Quarterback! There may yet be hope for the Silver and Black and I think that is a very good thing.

 

29. New York Jets (30) – Geno Smith was very Sanchez like early (minus the #ButtFumble and the girly barrette on his forehead). Smith had a fair game and thanks to TB he even got a win. Not well played and now they have prime-time against The Pats. Good luck.

 

30. Pittsburgh Steelers (22) – Seemed like a shell of the old Steelers. A complete failure. The D looked very, very OLD. The O looks talentless at both RB and WR. They have one horrendous test this week and it could be very ugly against Cincy.

 

31. Carolina Panthers (28) – Not able to do much at all on offensive. Caaaaaaaam played Baaaaaaaaaad. He really needs to get his head back in his game. The lack of O spoiled a terrific defensive effort. I can see locker room division if the D carries their end and the O does nothing.

 

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (29) – A team with no offensive talent. By far and AWAY the WORST team in the NFL. Gabbert is horrid and the D is a mystery or the punchline for a joke. You lose to this team you are really not trying.

 

There you have it, as always I appreciate all thoughts, comments, opinions, agreements, cash…preferably 10’s and 20’s!

 

MR N

Last Monday before Kickoff Thoughts‏


kickoff 2013

Been an interesting time since the end of the preseason. Lots of cuts. Some teams have been down right odd. Let’s take the team of Cleveland. They cut all their kickers. One hopes they realize it will be hard to go for just 2 point conversions so they need someone who can boot the rare extra point.

Cleveland Brown

 

How about the Seneca Wallace story? First Green Bay cuts every QB on their roster not named Aaron. They first dumped Harrell because Vince Young was their guy. Then they cut Vince Young. They had only rookie Coleman (sp?). They signed a kid to the practice squad and were going to go with Rodgers and pray for rain…then they cut their rookie.

 

packers

 

turn to SF…SF decided to go with Colin Kaepernick and Seneca Wallace…they got rid of their third QB. Saturday Wallace went to Coach Harbaugh and said he was going to just retire so the Niners should release him. They did. This morning, not more than a couple of hours ago…the newly retired Seneca Wallace signs to back up Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. Hmmm. Collusion? Smells fishy…Me thinks Commissioner Dipweed Goodell better take a look at this odd string of transactions.

Goodell The Fool

 

For now I am done…Cannot express how excited I am for the start of the real season. Who will be for real? Ahhh Football Season!

 

Mr. N