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NFL Power Rankings

 

1. Seattle Seahawks (1) – The Seahawks did something I hadn’t seen since they played Dallas during the regular season.  They played like total crap at home for nearly 45 minutes.  Sparkless offense, poor defense, bad coverage, poor tackling and turnovers.  If you ever need to know how not to play winning playoff football, watch the first three quarters of the game.  Then the 4thquarter came and Seattle’s O came alive and they ripped up the standard poor GB D to get the game to OT and then ripped the poor excuse of GB D to win the game.  For the most part they played like they didn’t deserve to be in the game and then they played like a force.  They need to bring their A game to Arizona.  Play like that again and you will lose the Super Bowl.  Not sure now which Seahawk team will show up for the Super Bowl.

2. New England Patriots (2) – The Pats are Super Bowl bound for the 6th time under Brady.  They are a very tough matchup at home.  Unfortunately for New England the Super Bowl is in Arizona.  They game planned well and are who they are.  I firmly believe that win or lose Brady and Belicheck should walk away from the game.  Go out on top.  As for the game let me quote my Week 11 power poll “As for the game, they ripped the currently sappy Colts apart.  Great win.”

3. Green Bay Packers (4) – The Packers came out strong and played their standard game plan and totally dominated the game from the first whistle til into the 4th quarter.  Failure to convert in the red zone early would in the end be very critical.  The two bad picks Rodgers tossed were critical too.  The Packer D and Special teams playing like crap in the 4th quarter and OT were very critical.  In the end the Packers simply took Aaron Rodgers advice and relaxed all the 4th quarter.  They then relaxed in OT and now they can R-E-L-A-X all off season as they are defeated and done.

4. Indianapolis Colts (3) – They played the same way they did in Week 10 in New England, here is what I said then: “The Colts seem to have been a mirage.  They now just fold when faced with a modicum of D.  Luck is no longer able to carry this team out of the holes it falls in.  If they don’t do a major head shake and get it together…they may yet lose the division to the suddenly hard charging Houston Texans.  It is make or break time for Indy.” – well they managed to win the Division and they won two playoff games which is a nice step forward but they never gave their head a shake when they needed to and they indeed folded.  I think the Colts are moving forward nicely and next year I think they may make the Super Bowl.

5. Dallas Cowboys

6. Denver Broncos –The Broncos seem to be about to hire Gary Kubiak as their new Head Coach.  Kubiak was never very effective in Houston and he seems to be getting this job as he was Elway’s backup.  Good luck Denver.

7. Carolina Panthers

8. Baltimore Ravens

9. Pittsburgh Steelers

10. Detroit Lions

11. Arizona Cardinals – Must be galling to the Cardinals that their home locker room will house the Seattle Seahawks.  If they could only have had some O in the playoffs the Cards could have had the dream.

12. Cincinnati Bengals

13. Houston Texans

14. Kansas City Chiefs

15. Buffalo Bills – Rex Ryan has guaranteed playoffs next year for Buffalo.  I don’t think that is a crazy promise as the Bills are close and Ryan may be the guy who brings them to the promised land.

16. San Diego Chargers

17. Atlanta Falcons – no coach yet as the other candidates are all landing someplace.  Will they get anyone or is Dimitroff turning off all the candidates with his ‘style’?

18. Miami Dolphins

19. New York Giants

20. Oakland Raiders – Jack Del Rio is their coach.  He has never won much more than the wood chopping contest in a locker room.  Can he bring the playoffs to Oakland?  It will depend on how he handles the existing core talent.

21. Philadelphia Eagles

22. Jacksonville Jaguars

23. San Francisco 49ers – They hired Jim Tomsula as their new coach.  He had been an interim coach for one game years ago and has been something like their O line coach for years.  He is a ‘safe’ hire but I don’t know if this puts the closer to the playoffs than they were with Harbaugh.

24. New Orleans Saints

25. Minnesota Vikings

26. New York Jets – They hired Todd Bowles.  I think there are a million juries out on how good a move this will be.  Bowles is touted for the quality of the D he Co-ordinated in ‘Zona.  That could be or he was just blessed with great players.  We will have to see how good a coach he is.

27. St. Louis Rams

28. Cleveland Browns

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

30. Tennessee Titans

31. Chicago Bears – The Bears hired John Fox as their coach.  An inspired choice to help turn around a D that is in terrible shape.  He gets D’s back on their feet and that is the number one job for him here.  The Cutler issue will have to be dealt with quickly and it will be interesting to see if that hot mess is still the Chicago QB come August.

32. Washington Redskins

There you have it, as always I am happy to get any thoughts, comments, arguments or agreements.  I will be happy to accept money, preferably tens and twenties!

 MR N the BEARS Fan

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NFL Power Rankings

 

1. Seattle Seahawks (1) – The Seahawk D is amazing and playing lights out.  They have one issue and that is one CB who is making mistakes and has allowed one Carolina TD.  The play of Wilson has been great and with a four point half time lead, the Seahawks are in good position.  The Seahawks just played a solid second half and Russell Wilson drove the length of the field to put the game away.  The pick 6 by Kam Chancellor simply guaranteed Seattle would cover the spread.  Wilson and the Legion of Boom overwhelmed the Panthers and now await the next victim.  Excellent game.

 

2. Indianapolis Colts (5) – The Colts seem to have used the last week to find something that they haven’t had all year.  Their D is playing well.  They have getting good play from their front seven.  I didn’t even know they had a front seven.  The secondary is playing sharp.  Andrew Luck is being the dynamic force he always is.  Boom Herron is putting on a display for the ages.  Playing with an injured shoulder he is playing like a modern version of Emmitt Smith.  The Colts are looking amazing.  I have not seen them look this good this year.  They are about 20 minutes of winning a game in amazing fashion.  The Colts did it!  They waited until the 3rd last week of the season to play their best all round game of the year.  Simply amazing D and O and a solid team effort.  If they muster this effort again next week they will simply roll over the Pats and be on the way to Arizona.  Can they?

 

3. New England Patriots (3) – Can’t imagine what is going on in New England.  They have been beyond dominant at home all year and they came out flat today.  Before they even woke up, they were down two scores.  Finally, Brady pulled his head out of his ass and tied the game.  His tossing of a late first half golden turnover led to the crappy Pat D letting in another score and they trail at the half.  The Pats need to come out in the third quarter and quickly tie the game.  They need to play D more like they have previously at home or they will be going home after this.  So they got the kickoff and gave the ball back to Baltimore and allowed another TD.  They are hopefully getting their off-season plans ready.  Unless they wake up, this thing is over.  An exciting 2nd half that was highlighted by Brady singlehandedly carrying his team to victory.  Excellent D to take over the golden turnovers.  A nice win. 

 

4. Green Bay Packers (2) – The Pack D had a great first series and then Rodgers tore up the Cowboys and took a good lead.  The Pack D then played poorly and we’re tied.  The better O will win this game.  The Packers are making a lot of mistakes in play calling and in on field discipline.  If Green Bay gets the win here it will be because they tighten up their play and work hard.  Not playing a good game so far and will need to improve fast.  Superb play by Rodgers led the Pack to a nice come from behind victory.  Their D has so many issues and their QB has leg issues.  It will be a tough time in Seattle.

 

5. Dallas Cowboys (4) – The Cowboy D didn’t have an answer to the first drive by GB and were quickly down by 7.  A nice drive by the ‘Boys’ got the game tied.  A questionable PI call in the endzone helped Dallas get the score.  It was said in pre-game this isn’t an ‘allstar’ ref crew…so I guess we can expect poor calls.  Dallas held the lead through the first half and seem to have momentum early in the second half.  The sense that is hanging about the game is that the ‘not all star refs’ are heavily penalizing GB to the  benefit of the Cowboys.  The Cowboys tried hard in the end but it wasn’t enough.  Their D couldn’t make the stops and on a key play Dez Bryant didn’t catch a ball and let the ball hit the ground and that ended the game.  A non mother beating WR would have pulled the ball in but hey, you beat your mother, bad things carry on…karma.  Ok time to find a QB and a new coach and a new RB as Murray will never be the same again.

 

6. Carolina Panthers (6) – The first half of this game has been the titanic defensive battle that was advertised.  The Panthers are giving no quarter but have made the few key mistakes and that has them down.  Ball control, turnovers and missed coverages could end up being the tale of this clash.  The Panthers played as hard as they could but in the end, it was the mistakes that got them.  Caaaaam tossed a couple of key picks and initiated a fumble and that ended it.  In the end, the Panther D played great but made a few mistakes that were fatal.  A good year but they need to keep developing and hope that Cam grows into a better QB who makes better decisions.

 

7. Denver Broncos (7) – The Broncos D has issues.  I have focused on that fact for weeks.  Their secondary has missed a ton of coverages.  The Broncos are poor in press coverage and poor in man to man.  They resort to holding to make up for their deficiencies. The pass rush can’t get through the Colt blocking.  Manning is missing most of his throws and CJ Anderson seems slowed by injury.  They may have just got a lucky turnover to keep them in this game otherwise they are simply fighting for their playoff life.  The Broncos never managed to get anything going at all.  Manning was terrible, their D was porous and in the end this sad shadow of last year’s Bronco team is done.  I think if all is fair Peyton should hang them up.  This team’s window has closed. 

 

8. Baltimore Ravens (8) – The Ravens got off to the best start they could hope for with two quick TDs and then their D slid back and allowed the Pats to tie.  A late first half pick led to the third Raven TD and a half time lead.  If Flacco and the D play way above their heads for 30 more minutes, they will win this game.  Gutsy call, going for it on 4th and 6.  Making it and adding another TD is a feather in the cap for the only Harbaugh not at Michigan.  What a final half.  The Ravens thought they had it but were beaten by a trick play and a late bad pick by Flacco.  The taking of a timeout by Baltimore late was completely classless and he should be ashamed.  The loss was going to be a good effort by the Ravens but it was just cheapened and made ugly by the utter lack of sportsmanship.  To force that punt was so classless I am so unimpressed.  You should have just lost with dignity.  Harbaugh is the kid who won’t give up and holds his breath until he turns blue. A postscript note is that the 5 year old coach just can’t lose with dignity.  He publicly accused the Patriots of cheating via substitution and it is clear that the moves were legal.  How immature is he to be out coached and his QB out QB’d and he still has to cry that it wasn’t fair.  Get a pair John; obviously you aren’t man enough to lose with class like Marvin Lewis did.

 

 

9. Pittsburgh Steelers

10. Detroit Lions

 

11. Arizona Cardinals – it’s funny how even Kurt Warner was considering offering his services for Arizona during the Wild Card.  it says something about Lindley that it really seems likely that a QB retired for several years, who is 43, likely, would have outperformed him.

 

12. Cincinnati Bengals

13. Houston Texans

14. Kansas City Chiefs

15. Buffalo Bills – The hiring of Rex Ryan as Head Coach is an inspired choice for this franchise.  Ryan comes into a great situation for him…a team with a D better than what he left, a good running game in place and the same division.  It would not be hard to believe that Ryan could have the Bills in the playoffs next year, 2016 for sure.

 

16. San Diego Chargers

17. Atlanta Falcons

18. Miami Dolphins

19. New York Giants

 

20. Oakland Raiders – I was heartened to read this week that Tony Sparano is now the favorite to become the full time head coach.  They keep Sparano, keep building, and watch out for the resurging Silver and Black.

 

21. Philadelphia Eagles

22. Jacksonville Jaguars

 

23. San Francisco 49ers – nearly every assistant is up for interviews for HC or O/C D/C jobs.  I didn’t even realize Eric Mang-idiot was on their staff

 

24. New Orleans Saints – The news that Rob Ryan is staying on as D/C is a bit of a shock.  It appeared it was that Payton and him couldn’t stand to be in the same room anymore.  We will see how long this lasts.

 

25. Minnesota Vikings

26. New York Jets

27. St. Louis Rams

 

28. Cleveland Browns – Manziel threatens to spend the entire off-season in Cleveland.  Hotels and bars get ready for the weekly party…TMZ get your cameras ready…Smirnoff…they will need vodka.

 

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – They have spent time studying Mariotta and Winston.  Not sure if either is a franchise QB but if I leaned towards one, it is the Duck.

 

30. Tennessee Titans

 

31. Chicago Bears – They have hired a new GM and Ryan Pace may be the best hire they have had since Ditka in the early 80’s.  Pace is a football guy who has a plan and is ready to build.  He wants D that will try every play.  That I would enjoy seeing.  He has a relationship with Doug Marrone from when they were in New Orleans and Marrone would be a good HC for Chicago.

 

32. Washington Redskins

 

There you have it!  As always I am thrilled to have anyone offer thoughts, comments, arguments or agreements…just read it and make me happy!  I will also accept money, preferably tens and twenties!

 MR N the BEARS Fan

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NFL Power Rankings

1. Seattle Seahawks (1) – on the post season bye and await the first victim to head into that home field.  Barring something untoward occurring, they are still two easy wins from playing in the Super Bowl.

 

2. Green Bay Packers (2) – on the post-season bye and their home field of Lambeau will give them an almost undefeatable advantage in the Division round.  They don’t have home field beyond that so I don’t see them as more than one bye, one win and done.

 

3. New England Patriots (3) – on the post season bye and their home field advantage will be the key to their success this year.  I can’t see them losing until they get to Arizona and get spanked in the 49th Super Bowl by Seattle.

 

4. Dallas Cowboys (4) – Am I watching a rerun of Thanksgiving?  Last time the Dallas O line played this bad the excuse was that they only had 2 days and just a walk through and weren’t ready.  What is the excuse now?  The beyond any reasonable explanation of bad tackling is mind boggling.  So many times the Cowboys could have forced punts, stopped drives over and over by just tackling.  If Dallas doesn’t pull their collective head out of their arses they will be going home and defeated by a not very good team.  2nd half will bear careful watching.  Ok what a second half.  Dallas stormed back and took a lead.  They got some key turnovers and D stops but they also got the benefit of something never before seen.  A Cowboy defender interfered with a Lion and was flagged…then they took up the flag???? I was also flabbergasted by a 2nd year Cowboy who forced a fumble and tried to run with it and fumbled it and lost it back to Detroit.  They were lucky to win and should be easily dispatched next week.  A not very good team.

 

5. Indianapolis Colts (6) – Superb opening drive with solid rush, good passing and good pass and run blocking.  Nice start for Indy.  Indy needs to get TY Hilton to realize this is the playoffs and he needs to step up.  Dropping a TD pass and later not catching a key drive extender is not how a team performs in the playoffs.   The holes in the secondary created the opportunity for a Cincy TD.  They have to tighten up the D (at least today) if they want to win.  The Colts managed only 13 points in the first half.  They would have easily had 23 if TY Hilton could catch every pass thrown his way. The Colts should be well in front and need to keep it up and catch all of Luck’s throws or they may lose this game.  The Colts played decent D in the second half and added a key FG and that was that.  A good game by Indy.  Uncharacteristically they actually played in the first 30 minutes.  A full game and now they will be fully tested on the road against Denver.

 

6. Carolina Panthers (8) – The Panthers D is playing hard and are keeping the Cards off balance.  Early good field position became only a FG.  They need to get a 7 and that will put severe pressure on the Cards.  Another drive, well led by Caaaaaaaaaaam and a TD and now if Carolina can just play D they have this and will be rewarded with getting publicly spanked in Seattle in a week.  Carolina committed the first golden turnover on special teams and added a bad penalty to lead to them allowing a touchdown.  They need to take advantage of good field position to get more points.  Or they can throw a pick like Caaaaaaaam did and it lead directly to another TD.  Now this struggling O is behind and needs to get it going or they are in severe trouble.  They got great field position off another bad punt and terrible tackling let them walk into the endzone.  Taking a turnover back put them now 13 over and this D should be able to hold this with just over 19 minutes left.  If Carolina wins this just remember they only did this as they played a team who didn’t have a punter.  The Key pick by Kuechly has almost ended the legit chances of Arizona and now the Panther D just have to hold on for 8 minutes.  A good win but I doubt they can score seven against Seattle.

 

 

7. Denver Broncos (7) – on the post season bye and they are in the same spot as Green Bay.  They are set up for a win in Division round and a bad loss on the road in the Conference Championship.

 

8. Baltimore Ravens (12) – The Ravens have had issues from the start keeping the rush off Flacco with a backup LT there.  They had no luck getting anything going with the pass but were able to use the run game to perfection and that gave them a lead well in the second quarter.  Their D has bent but not broken and that has kept them only allowing field goals early.  A decent start for a team lacking discipline.  The offense couldn’t do another thing in the first half and the D continues to bend not break.  a one point lead is better than trailing but they need to get the O moving to get in control of this game.  The Ravens got another FG and now with another TD the Ravens are almost too far up to be caught with just over a quarter left.  Must wait to see.  The Ravens were able to take advantage of the terrible pass D from Pittsburgh and with a late golden turnover recovery they sealed the deal.  Not a great win and they will be spanked by the Patriots but they move on.

 

9. Pittsburgh Steelers (5) – The Steelers are able to move the ball between the 20’s pretty well but lack the drive to get it into the end zone.  They will find pretty quick that trading field goals for tds is the recipe for going home in the playoffs.  Not off to a great start and need to tighten up their rush D and their offense and play from behind early.  Yet another Field Goal puts the Steelers just down by one.  They have to reach the end zone as their D isn’t made to keep another team down right now.  The bad Steeler D let Flacco toss a TD and now the Steelers need two more touchdowns in 15 minutes or their season is done.  And their season is done.  Sometimes this year Pittsburgh’s D played terrible and they decided to return to that tonight.  The late Pick tossed by Ben killed their chances.  Disappointing but a team that lost badly to Tampa and the Jets had the capability of playing bad in the playoffs.  This team needs to find a QB of the future as Ben will suddenly no longer be there at any point in the future.

 

10. Detroit Lions (9) – The Lions have gotten off to nice start.  They haven’t really done anything amazing.  I give them credit.  They have simply used their O and D gameplans and Dallas has decided to do very little to disrupt them.  They are getting great pressure on Romo, they are stuffing the run, they are getting large gains in the passing game and long runs.  They will continue to lead and be successful until someone decides to either block them or tackle them.  What a second half.  The Detroit O was incompetent and their D was cheap shotting and playing dirty and they never got another point.  Now to be totally fair they did get a first down on a pass interference that then was taken back after the flag was picked up.  How that happened I do not know.  Bottom line is a bad Detroit team is eliminated and that is fine.  They were the worst 11-5 I have seen in a while and were no good at all.  Suh should be banished by the way.

 

11. Arizona Cardinals (10) – The Cards didn’t get the start they hoped for with a 3 and out and a bad punt.  Lucky to be down only 3 early.  Really poor secondary play early compounded with bad tackling (the type not seen by Arizona ALL YEAR) has them now down double digits and this could be a long day for Arizona.  Taking advantage of a key special teams turnover has got the Cardinals right back in the game but it’s close and the poor punts of Arizona may be the deciding factor.  Taking the ball away from Carolina may be the difference now.  An unlikely lead.  Can the D hold it now?  The answer is no.  Poor punting continued and that lead to a poor tackling demonstration and a TD allowed.  Then a golden special teams turnover and now down by nearly two TDs… this offense needs a miracle or they are done.  Special teams mistakes have buried this squad and now they need two TDs in 15 minutes against a tough D or done.  Good luck!  They got a key late turnover to give them life and promptly turned over the ball to consider their offseason plans.  Still need a huge miracle to even get it close.  No miracle and the dream ends.  Got pretty far with that many injuries.  Need a QB and they can keep it rolling.

 

12. Cincinnati Bengals (11) – The Bengals will go as far as their D takes them today.  The first drive gives indications that the Bengals D will take Cincy home after this game.  What an empty D to start.  The Bengals got their D working a little and then got a good drive to get a tying score.  Cincy has to take advantage of the holes that are prevalent in the Colt Secondary.  The Bengals find themselves lucky to be down by three at the half.  They got one golden turnover that helped but they can’t rely on Indy dropping passes all game.  They need to tighten up D and O.  The Bengals O was totally flat and you can say what you will about no playmakers…the issue behind Cincy struggles is the man behind center.  Cincy now has lost again.  Do you cut Dalton and Fire Lewis?  They have made the playoffs something like four straight years…some teams would love that kind of failure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. Houston Texans

14. Kansas City Chiefs

15. Buffalo Bills – with Marrone walking away one has to wonder now  – who wants to coach here and what impact will this change have on EJ Manuel?  Buffalo is not trending up with this happening.

16. San Diego Chargers

17. Atlanta Falcons  – Matt Ryan may be the ‘set’ QB but that D needs way more help than just a defensive minded coach.  Not as rosy of a coaching opening as people see it.

18. Miami Dolphins

19. New York Giants – The G-men gave Coughlin another year but with a ‘warning’.  With that team as it is (ODB and pray)…if they are only going to keep Coughlin if the Giants win…they might as well have canned him now.

20. Oakland Raiders – they are actively searching for a new coach instead of just hiring Sparano and if they do that they will set back a team that has a great chance to take the next step.

21. Philadelphia Eagles – Kelly gets full control and this could work if he can get in the players that have the skills and attitude to play in his system.

22. Jacksonville Jaguars

23. San Francisco 49ers – This coaching job may not be as exciting as people think, that D is going to get old fast and they have little or no receivers to speak of.

24. New Orleans Saints

25. Minnesota Vikings

26. New York Jets – Woody likes Marrone and he might be a good fit for the Jets.

27. St. Louis Rams

28. Cleveland Browns – I see Cleveland cutting Manziel and drafting a new franchise QB.  Want the definition of a franchise that doesn’t have a plan or a clue?  See Cleveland.

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

30. Tennessee Titans

31. Chicago Bears – Rex Ryan would be a good fit here but knowing Chicago like I do they just want to give as little money as possible to a coach.

32. Washington Redskins

 

There you have it, as always I appreciate any thoughts, comments, arguments or agreements.  I love it when people just read my work!  As a rule I will be only commenting on teams still alive in the playoffs unless there is significant news (10 of 20 eliminated teams had news I commented on this week!).  Enjoy the playoff views.

 

A question:  What is your opinion of that picked up Pass Interference flag in the Det/Dall game? I want to hear from everyone!

 

I will also accept money, preferably tens and twenties J

RIP Stuart Scott

 

MR N the BEARS Fan