“#Jets live by the Fitz and die by the Fitz” Mr. N’s Week 3 Power Poll #NFL #NFLThoughts #PowerRankings

NFL Power Rankings


1. Denver Broncos (1) – Continuing to play solid D and despite some really inaccurate and poor throws by Siemian they are battling well. The Bronco O went off and scored with some great passing late and the D turned it on and put this one on ice. The Broncos continue to roll and now one wonders if they can be beaten. A super win.

2. New England Patriots (2) – The Pats had everything against them and no chance to win. So what happened? Darth Vader flipped the script and his O was great, his D amazing and they blew out Houston and won. They are nearly impossible to beat at home and it makes no logical sense. Good if hard to understand win.

3. Minnesota Vikings (4) – Had a slow start on O and D and only a safety to show they were even here until a punt return TD. The Vikes need to get the O going and they could yet win this game! The Vikings used special teams and D scoring and superb D play to put away the Panthers. A fantastic road win over a powerhouse and that makes them a powerhouse.

4. Philadelphia Eagles (18) – Wentz has done it now. He has torn apart what had been an upcoming D and the Eagle D is playing really hard. The tackling is sharp and the coverage is tight. Wentz is a revelation and he is the real deal and the Eagles are now a top 10 team. Superb win!

5. Baltimore Ravens (10) – Raven D still looks stout and Flacco is doing just enough to get the points needed to combine with that D play to keep them in control. The Ravens struggled on O and just managed to play enough D to keep it close and then they got a clutch late FG (imagine how that feels Minnesota???) and they won it. A pretty poor team that is 3-0 and are this season’s Atlanta as they are no way this good and have a hard fall coming.

6. Green Bay Packers (8) – I don’t care if Aaron Rodgers throws for 12 TDs in this game, he and the offense are still not what they are supposed to be. The D is playing well against a bad Lions team and they have a nice lead. The Packers put it away but their bad D made it awfully close. A win but they are not that good.

7. Kansas City Chiefs (14) – The Chiefs have played super D and their ability to get the ball from the Jets is the difference maker here. The Chief O has been very productive and Alex Smith is really pitching a nice ball today too. A great effort by the Chiefs and they now have asserted themselves as the next best thing in the AFC West after Denver. A good, solid win.

8. Seattle Seahawks (15) – The Seahawks roared out of the blocks and had this game over before San Fran could even put their cleats on. The D has been dominant *best game so far* and the O has been very productive. The only negative is the injury to Russell Wilson and that will in the end determine how much of a win this blow out win is. A solid win.

9. Dallas Cowboys (16) – The Cowboys were able to run a full contact practice on national tv and it went well. They just ran up and down the BEARS and it was much more of blow out than the final score showed. Be that as it may, this in no way means the Cowboys are very good. Let’s see them win against a tough team.

10. Carolina Panthers (7) – The Panthers are playing solid D but not getting much O and are in a battle after a special teams error. This could be one that goes down to the wire. The Panther O just had no shot against the fiercest D this side of Denver. The Panthers just couldn’t score and down they went to a better team.

11. Arizona Cardinals (5) – The Cards O is doing so little it’s like a whisper while the D is playing like crap. WHAT THE F****?????? Well turnovers are GOLD and Carson Palmer has the Midas touch. They had good pass D but couldn’t’ stop the run and they let in so many rushing TDs that it was impossible to come back. The special teams mistakes helped put them down. An allegedly talented team that got thumped by a way less talented team. Sad and confounding and a bad loss.

12. Pittsburgh Steelers (6) – What in the ever loving hell happened to the Steelers? The lack of effort on O and the porous D has the Steelers utterly buried and now they just have to hold their nose until the final gun sounds. The worst game a Steeler team with Ben and Tomlin have played in years and they should be ashamed. An ugly UGLY loss.

13. Oakland Raiders (13) – The Raiders are struggling with O and D and seem to be unable to make it work on either side of the ball. This game could be one where the last team to make a basic drive wins. Late surge against sleepy D and suddenly the Raiders are in control. The Raiders battled and battled and bent on D and very nearly broke but held on for a close win. Don’t plan any Super Bowl parades as this win may mask that this team still has issues.

14. Cincinnati Bengals (9) – The Bengals still seem to be bungling the ball and the play and are in a tough fight with the Broncos. Their D is not able to slam teams down like last year yet and we are 2.5 games into the season. The Bengals had more trouble stopping the Bronco O and before it was even near the end they were so far down this was done. The Bengals are the Bungles and they are stumbling down to Cleveland levels.

15. Houston Texans (3) – The Texans might as well as not even have gotten off the bus. It didn’t appear they did. The O was shut down, the D was battered on the ground and in the end this was a first class butt kicking. Houston needs to find itself and one day they need to beat New England in New England. Ugly loss.

16. New York Giants (11) – Absolutely kicking the crap out of a pitiful Skins D and this could be a 50 burger if it rolls like this into the 2nd half. The G-men battled all through the second half and kept taking and losing the lead and when it was on the line, another turnover (which is gold) cost them the game. A bad loss and their vaunted D didn’t look very vaunted today.

17. Washington Redskins (21) – The D is being shredded. The one shot that had at a pick was dropped by the self-proclaimed best corner. If they can’t play D it doesn’t matter if they play O. Cousins turned it on and got the Skins back in the game. They battled all 4th quarter and when they had a shot they took the last lead and their D sealed the deal. A great win that they may build on.

18. Miami Dolphins (20) – Inconsistent play with some good O and then bad golden turnovers has the Dolphins in a fight with a Brown team that has plenty of issues and a rookie QB. The Dolphins got themselves a double digit late lead and then gave it away and went to OT and managed to hang on and win what was a pretty badly played game all around. It was a win.

19. Atlanta Falcons (29) – The Falcons had a gas as they played against a D that couldn’t tackle or cover and guessed so wrong they let running backs jog into the end zone. It was a blowout. It would have been bigger but the Falcons D does suck and that made it just a hair closer. A win but come on, anyone could gather 11 people and beat the Saints D.

20. New York Jets (12) – The Jets live by the Fitz and die by the Fitz. The 4 turnovers by early in the 2nd half are pure gold *as always* and you combine that with D having issues and this game is actually more of a blowout than the score shows. A bad loss and now the Jets start playing a bunch of tough games so this could be very ugly soon.

21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (17) – The Bucs were able to go toe to toe with the Rams for 3 quarters. Solid if not great O and ok if not amazing D and they traded score for score. Then the rule – turnovers are gold – took over the game and the almost back to back turnovers have turned this game and only a miracle can save the Bucs from a tough loss at home to a team they should have schooled. The Bucs are close but have been lightninged to a long delay and with 2 minutes left can they somehow come back? The Bucs drove the field and in the end went splat and lost. Oh well.

22. Buffalo Bills (30) – The Bills will claim gassing their OC has bred this but I think it’s just being done with mirrors. Out to a huge early lead. Can they hold it? They Bills held, put more on via special teams and D and running the ball. A super relatively easy win for a Bills team that now needs to find some secret mojo if they want to beat Darth Vader next week. A great win.

23. Los Angeles Rams (26) – The Rams have been amazing on the road today. Right from the start the O was able to match everything thrown at it and the D has been able to just keep them in the fight until 45 minutes were up. A solid couple of golden turnovers now has the Rams in position to steal a win. Can they hold on and win it? They have a small lead and a long weather delay but can they come back from an hour plus wait and win the last 2 minutes? They did it. They held on but couldn’t have done it if Tampa had either used the clock better or threw one in the end. A win but an odd win.

24. Jacksonville Jaguars (23) – The Jags are not able to get much if any O early but may have a tiny something going late. A pretty weak first 27 minutes for this team. The Jags didn’t give up and started using their young D and even took a late lead. Sadly, they just missed by that much AGAIN. Being really close and 0-3 is a bad combo and this team is sinking fast.

25. Indianapolis Colts (31) – The Colts had a slow start on O but Luck turned it on and have allowed Indy to play with a very game Bolt team. Can Indy’s D make enough stops to give Andrew a shot at winning this? Well the game came down to two plays. A huge bomb to TY Hilton and boom the Colts have a lead and then one heck of a golden turnover and boom the Colts have a win. Ok they are 1 and 2 but no they are not a challenge for the AFC South unless Houston loses both to them and perhaps even then I wouldn’t buy it. It was a win.

26. Detroit Lions (22) – Leave it to Detroit to play badly, turn the ball over in a golden fashion and generally play stupidly and give Green Bay the sense they are still a good team. Same old Sorry Ass Lions down by a ton before the half. The Lions Bad D and poor play gave them another loss. They defeat themselves as much as anyone beats them.

27. Tennessee Titans (25) – The Titans are not able to do much on O or D and are just stumbling through a pretty tame first half. They made it worse by taking the last 2 minutes off and now the Titans are in a hole. The Titans are interesting as they go as far as their interest level and Mariota can take them. He either drives them to a win, like last week, or he makes terrible decisions and they lose like this week. A team that needs a ton of help. An ugly loss.

28. San Francisco 49ers (27) – Whatever minor success they had week 1 is gone and off down the street. The Niners have no D and no O and Gabbert is doing his best to get Kaepernick another shot at starting in the NFL. An abysmal effort and they are well and holy blown out no matter what the final score is. A bad loss.

29. San Diego Chargers (28) – The Chargers D played good and not and good and not while Rivers struggled to get production. Will wins out and San Diego started to put up points and has them in a very close one. It may be last team scores wins here. The Colts D let in a huge pass completion that cost them the lead late. Then with one drive for them to make magic they turned it over and that was golden. A hard loss for a team that gives all they have with an injury stripped roster.

30. New Orleans Saints (19) – Pitiful, awful, rotten…no not describing a certain Republican candidate here, I am talking about the Saint D or lack thereof. They couldn’t keep up with Atlanta scoring as Brees has some issues but my goodness this is the worst D in the league. The BEARS have an excuse with their injuries…what is the deal here? These bums are healthy. A rotten team whose D is sinking them faster than New Orleans after a big rain.

31. Chicago BEARS (24) – The Chicago BEARS were a team with a chance at 9-7 before it started and 8 of their 11 D starters got hurt. The only injury that helps is Cutler and that sonuvabitka is trying to get back fast. This team, with no center, no feature RB now, no D is not surprisingly getting pummeled wherever they go. A lost year. Here’s hoping they get first pick and land a QB. Oh yeah, they got blasted by Dallas but Hoyer didn’t suck so yay?

32. Cleveland Browns (32) – Not getting much from rookie Kessler but they got 7 from the D and they need other forms of production to keep in this game. The Browns battled back and had a shot 20 secs left to steal a win and of course in Browns fashion, missed the field goal. They then lost in OT. What a dark cloud over this once long ago proud franchise. Sad.

There you have it, as always I would love it if someone just reads all the way through my ramblings and also will accept money, preferably tens and twenties! Any thoughts, comments, arguments or agreements are always welcome!



Mr. N’s Week 2 Power Poll #NFL #NFLRankings #football

NFL Power Rankings


1. Denver Broncos (1) – The Broncos have been uninspiring at offense but the D has kept them in it and a late pick 6 *pure gold* has then nicely out in front with not much left to play. They just need to hold on to be 2-0. The Bronco D just put the game on ice with another defensive TD. A great D with a mediocre offense and that is enough for them to be undefeated so far. I guess I have to see them lose before they fall in the poll.

2. New England Patriots (3) – Pats tearing up the Fish early and this could be over by the half. Blowing Miami out in handy fashion but the injury to Garoppolo could be significant in the next 2 weeks. They may yet be in trouble unless Belicheck is even smarter than I think he is. The Pats turned to the ground and ran and ran and held on to just sneak out the win. If Jimmy G is out on Thursday then they are in serious doo doo against Houston.

3. Houston Texans (6) – Good first drive killed by a Red zone turnover which is solid gold. The Texans are struggling to get a lot of points and the D isn’t what it is supposed to be so far. They don’t have this in the bag yet. The Texans D controlled the game from that point on and Brock O did just enough to get the Texans a good win. The Texans are doing their part to be in the hunt in a competitive AFC South.

4. Minnesota Vikings (10) – A fantastic game played by the Vikes. Solid D just set the tone from the first quarter on. Sam Bradford didn’t blow the doors off but he was excellent for just 6 days practice. He made long throws, stretched the field, kept the ball moving and even threw 2 tds. The loss of AP doesn’t actually hurt the Vikes at all. He has been largely ineffective when he played and anyone can get 30 yards be it McKinnon or Asiata. The Vikes are going to be fine with that D and Bradford and that D. What a super win by the best team in the division by far.

5. Arizona Cardinals (7) – In control from the start with superb offense and excellent defense. Palmer has shredded for TDs. He did make mistakes but got away with them, which was lucky. Excellent D has destroyed Tampa and this is, was and will be a laugher. A great, easy win for Arizona.

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (9) – Weather having an impact, a tight battle to start and the Steelers take an early lead. The Steelers D is impressive. Their young CB Burns really stepped up to beat AJ Green to a TD. A pretty good half but they need more O. The Steelers used a great run game and overcame some weather aided turnovers to pull out a gutsy division win. A hard fought one that puts them in the early driver seat in the AFC North.

7. Carolina Panthers (8) – Caaaam can’t throw picks and expect good results. The Panthers seem to be dominating the game in all but a wide score. If the game proceeds like this then I would expect Carolina to put this away. The Panthers pulled away and put this game away. It was sloppy with turnovers galore but they got an ugly win to start the turn around on a w.

8. Green Bay Packers (2) – The Packers tried to come out and play typical Packer ball and Aaron Rodgers found he ran into a purple wall. Stopped time and again early the Pack could barely manage to get anything going. Only when a bad penalty gave them field position did they finally break through. As the game wore on Rodgers had no answer for the Vikes D and he was sacked, pummelled and picked. The Packers were outmuscled and overwhelmed by the best team in the NFC North…the Vikings.

9. Cincinnati Bengals (4) – Struggling to get offense working early. The Bengal D is showing its stuff and that is keeping this close as their O is just not getting it done early. Cincy fell too far behind to be able to fight all the way back. They got within 1.5 possessions but couldn’t finish and one has to wonder about the veracity of the Bengal D after the first two games.

10. Baltimore Ravens (14) – Getting slammed by the Browns early. Are Baltimore really as bad as I thought they were in the preseason? Well here comes the Ravens. They have stormed back and are now battling and I will not be surprised if they win this one in the 2nd half. The Ravens put this game away in the 2nd half and are a pretty surprising 2-0 but again I have some real doubts about how good this team is.

11. New York Giants (20) – The G-men shut out early by a bad D, makes one scratch one’s head. I am dumbfounded how this game is a low scoring thing. How are the Giants not taking apart this bad D? What will the 2nd half bring? The Giants had to fight tooth and nail to just be in the spot to pull out a late win. They are a pretty lucky 2-0 and although they are leading the East they are not really classy and I need to see the O work after stumbling against a BAD Saint D.

12. New York Jets (16) – The Jets showed a lot last night and the only impressive parts were the W, Forte’s performance and Brandon Marshall getting up off the deck. Revis is done, Fitzpatrick is the only QB who can be held to one TD and it be said he was Namath-esque (I credit ESPN.com for that stupidity). The Jets won the start 20-7, lost 3 minutes 17-0 and then won the last 27 minutes 17-7. They can proudly say the won week 2. If they win one of their next 4 I will be surprised. They are not a good team.

13. Oakland Raiders (5) – The Raiders have had trouble stopping the Falcons. The O struggled to get going early but have come on late and are now in a see saw battle. Will take a lot of guts to pull out this one if they can. The Raiders just didn’t have it this time. The D just couldn’t get it done and in the end they let in more than Oakland could score. A bad loss for a team that now is back looking up at the Broncos. Will the Raiders take the next step or is this just another year?

14. Kansas City Chiefs (12) – The Chiefs are giving it although playing really shorthanded today. The Chiefs are having trouble getting points but the D is bending but not breaking They could yet win this game if they have another 2nd half rally in them. The Chiefs didn’t rally, they didn’t have the O today and they went down to a Texan team that just out muscled them. A loss.

15. Seattle Seahawks (11) – I cannot believe how bad the Seahawk offense is. They have been stifled by the sad sack Rams. Their vaunted D has been unable to hold down LA and they have not gotten TDs but they get FG after FG and since they can’t score any points it doesn’t matter. I can’t believe how bad the Seahawks look. They are not a good offensive team and I don’t know if they are very good at all now.

16. Dallas Cowboys (27) – Elliott first TD gives the Cowboys an early lead. Not a great game by far but very mechanical and just getting enough done on O and D to be relatively in control at the half. This was an ugly game for Dallas. This late come from behind win is nice and all but it doesn’t make them all that. They have issues on D and on their alleged good O line and Elliot is this generation’s Tiki Barber for ball handling. Ok you won. You aren’t playoff bound yet.

17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (15) – Well I guess Tampa can’t travel very well either. Their young and getting better D has been schooled by a tough team in the NFC. Winston didn’t have an answer and they have been pummeled. An ugly loss to hopefully just forget about.

18. Philadelphia Eagles (25) – The Eagles came out very workman like and were held to FGs for the first half and then they got it going with some quietly decent Wentz play and some solid rush O. The Eagles D held down a bad Bears O and the Eagles O put up the points and this game was over by early in the 3rd quarter. Good win for not a great team.

19. New Orleans Saints (18) – The Saints shut out early by the G-men. Hmmm. The Saints are not getting any O from Brees but their D is really playing above their heads and they are trailing. Game still potentially theirs if they can score some. The Saints played D way over their head but had trouble scoring and in the end they lost the game by missing a cover on a long pass. A tough loss but 0-2 for a team with this many issues isn’t where you want to be.

20. Miami Dolphins (19) – The Dolphin D has no answer to Tom Brady…or Jimmy G or anyone in a Pat uniform. The Dolphins have been battered and beaten and this is probably over but the somewhat cheap shot on the Pat QB may have the Pats in longer term trouble. The Dolphins got a lot of points in what could be called garbage 2nd half possessions and they brought it close but lost. The game was not actually as close as the score and Miami is not very good.

21. Washington Redskins (17) – Cousins still looking troubled with inconsistencies and not getting any offense early. The Skins finally got on the board but unless their D really picks it up, especially against the run, they could be in for a long afternoon. Cousins and the Skins brought it hard in the 2nd half and gave as good as they took and for a while they almost had this in hand but they let in the last score and down they went. They are now not the class in this division and probably will finish 3rd.

22. Detroit Lions (21) – Stafford is making the O work but not getting points but the D is playing well. The Lions are back in their self-defeating ways. The Titans try to give Detroit the game and Detroit penaltied themselves out of it. They need to be more disciplined in the 2nd half. Well how did that happen? The Lions were stopped by the Titans much too much in the 4th quarter and in the end their D didn’t get it done and they lost. This is a hard loss and makes one question the viability of this team now.

23. Jacksonville Jaguars (13) – The hopes of the Jags appear to be a year early, even by me. Good young teams need to learn how to travel and play well and Jacksonville hasn’t taken that course yet. Turnovers have been pure gold and that and penalties and missteps and they are on the receiving end of a blowout. They are not the Texans and I think Houston can breathe easier now. An ugly loss.

24. Chicago BEARS (22) – The Bears were all set for this game and then it started and it all fell apart. Cutler couldn’t lead a hungry dog to a steak dinner. He played poorly and then poorly and then he got a little hurt and he threw a pick *or he threw a pick and said he was hurt* and however close the game was at 30 it was all over by 60. The Bears D had a good front 7 *now 2 of those guys hurt* and no secondary and those bums are healthy. It was an ugly prime time loss and the BEARS I hope are shooting for the first pick and they can get DeShaun Watson to play QB.

25. Tennessee Titans (28) – The Titans are having trouble on both sides of the ball early. The Titans are really struggling on Offense and would be well out of this game if Detroit didn’t let them off the hook over and over again. What a gutsy and surprising win for Tennessee! I don’t think I can remember when the Titans fought back, took lead and then held on. They pretty much played 60 and won. Hunh. Let’s see them win another.

26. Los Angeles Rams (29) – Well the Rams can’t do much on O but the little they could do was enough. Who would think 3 field goals would be enough to win a game? The D has so little talent it is beyond amazing that they have shut down Seattle. A great win for the city of Los Angeles but this team is NOT great.

27. San Francisco 49ers (26) – Unable to get 7 on a red zone turnover but still trying hard this week. The Niners do not seem to be all that this week and are having problems with getting much out of their O unless they have a very advantageous field position. The Niners got beat down but battled back to make it closer. Turnovers destroy a team that is less talented and lost a game they didn’t have any business being in in the first place.

28. San Diego Chargers (30) – The Chargers exploded out of the gate and took over the game with solid O and D. Unlike week 1, they never took the foot off the gas and just have kept pouring it on. For a team without a lot of talent this is an impressive win and maybe this terrible group can build on this one.

29. Atlanta Falcons (31) – The Falcons have brought a solid offense give or take a bad Matty Melt pick and their D bends and breaks and bends again. Late in the game they have a small lead and the question is can they hold it for a road victory? The Falcons got their victory with their D not being much but Matty melting Ice got it done and put the game away. A good road win for a not very good team.

30. Buffalo Bills (23) – What can I say about the Bills? They had trouble establishing the run. Tyrod Taylor looked great with his throwing and running. The D seems decimated by injury and suspension. Stephan Gilmore was torched over and over. The D has huge issues and this 0-2 start will lead inevitably to an 0-4. Good news is they should be 2-4 by week 6 which will be 1 game better than the Jets expected 1-5 so yay Buffalo??? A bad loss.

31. Indianapolis Colts (24) – The Colts have been having great trouble getting points against the Broncos but Luck worked every trick he had. With pure verve and gusto, he managed to get the game tied. Unfortunately, he learned what everyone already knows…turnovers are gold and his pick 6 may have sealed the game. Does Luck have one more comeback in him? Nope Luck had a fumble that turned into a Denver TD so that didn’t help a comeback. A bad offensive day for a team that needs to get all the O it can to have any shot. A bad 0-2 team.

32. Cleveland Browns (32) – Beyond amazing start for Cleveland, McCown is playing great. Then he got dinged up and the Browns have stalled and now are fighting to somehow keep ahead in a game they were leading by 18 early. The poor Browns had this game and lost the lead and couldn’t score again. What a terrible loss that will just rip the guts out of the Browns fan base.

There you have it, as always I would love it if someone just reads all the way through my ramblings and also will accept money, preferably tens and twenties! Any thoughts, comments, arguments or agreements are always welcome!

Mr N The BEARS Fan

Mr. N’s #NFL Week 1 Power Poll #PowerRankings #NFLThoughts

NFL Power Rankings


1. Denver Broncos (1) – Well a team that lucked out with a Super Bowl win and now is almost universally touted to maybe return to the game…that didn’t seem to take with a bad team who turns the ball over, can’t stop the run or rush the passer or defend against a receiver. I have heard over and over how this secondary is the BEST. Best at being beaten by receivers perhaps. They are lucky they aren’t down by 4 tds at the half. The Broncos managed to score one TD in the second half when having a 20-yard field. Other then that the O was stifled. The D was the dirtiest, cheap shotting scumbag D I have ever had the misfortune to witness. If you can only be a ‘Good’ D if you cheat, then you are NOT A good D. They lost the game and then used a late time out to ‘win’ it. An ugly small w win and they are NOT going to Super Bowl 51 unless they buy tickets.

2. Green Bay Packers (3) – The Packers are struggling some with getting through the Jag D and have really worked hard to get a lead at the half. The D has some serious issues. Rodgers was able to get it going in the 2nd half and the D bent and bent but finally didn’t break and they sneak out of South Florida with a very hard fought win but it was a good win.

3. New England Patriots (6) – Well Jimmy G was impressive for a first start but he wasn’t Tom. The Pats bad O line blocked like all pros, the questionable Pats weapons were unstoppable sometimes and the Pats flat D could cover and rush. A really solid performance and until they are beaten they are the team to beat in the AFC north and possibly the AFC.

4. Cincinnati Bengals (5) – The Bengals D seems to be having trouble getting their feet under them early and are being battled by a Jet O. Dalton is getting some success from passing and that is all that is keeping the Bengals in a game that is playing much closer than it should be early. What a battle, they gave and took on O and D and in the end they got the W. That was a bloody fight but this W is worth bragging about.

5. Oakland Raiders (7) – Rather solid O and rather unappealing D has the Raiders early on keeping pace in a shootout. The Raiders played great O and somewhat porous D and then with what had to be one of the gutsiest things I have ever witnessed they went for 2 when they could have tied and they got it. The D almost lost it but they won one they would normally lose. Win 2 more of the next 3 and the Raiders are back!

6. Houston Texans (9) – Houston had some trouble getting O early but managed to grab a lead with a good pass. The D has been difficult for Chicago to deal with but not the dynamo it is supposed to be and now they trail at the half. Osweiler and the Texans really concentrated when it mattered. They got the rush and passing on and really played solid D and put the game away. A solid win for Houston.

7. Arizona Cardinals (2) – The Cards seemed to have picked up the Patriot deck for most of the game. The team with solid O line couldn’t block, the team with great WR weapons couldn’t move the ball, the team with a great D couldn’t rush or cover. The Cards battled on and actually got to within a foot of a win and their kicker missed another and cost them the game. They need to show what they are supposed to have in week 2 or this team is a mirage.

8. Carolina Panthers (4) – The Panthers offense seems to have shaken off any Super Bowl hangover and somehow shook off what had to be the worst warbling of an anthem since Roseanne at the Padres game. Caaaaaam shows he has the stuff to make it work again and if only they could play some run D they would be running away with this game. A solid first half. The Panthers offense got slowed by illegal (uncalled) hit after hit on Caaaaam. They had a turnover, which is gold and that cost them the lead. The D played really well in the second half and Caaam, despite getting badly concussed *due to an illegal hit not called* **and being allowed to stay in the game despite being badly concussed and I do NOT care how much manure the NFL shovels to say Caaam wasn’t concussed** put them in the position to kick the game winning field goal and they did. Oh then a tacky, cheap, very late time out took that off the board and the next one missed. Carolina did all they could to win the game but they need to stop the run and the NFL must protect Caaaam or he will be the next to retire at 27.

9. Pittsburgh Steelers (12) – Like clockwork they had this game in the bag practically right out of the gate. Shazier was amazing at LB and is the key to the Steeler D. Big Ben, Antonio Brown and D’angelo just ripped the Skins a new one. An easy win by a team who can do this as long as Ben is at QB. He gets hurt and…

10. Minnesota Vikings (11) – The Vikings are a team in some kind of turmoil. The O can’t seem to gel around Hill, the running game is being stomped and their kicker can’t hit even half an upright. What an ugly start to what should be a promising season. They HAVE to get better or … well we can hold off on that sentence as the Vikes managed to put together a couple of drives, hit a few kicks and with some nice D they won the game. That was a hard fight but they won it. They need help on O and maybe Bradford can provide it.

11. Seattle Seahawks (10) – The Seahawks seem to have forgotten they have to make an effort to beat a bad team on Sunday. Hopefully a stern locker room speech will inspire a bit of effort in the 2nd half. This was not an easy thing by half. Remarkably some of the biggest questions were would Seattle be able to play enough D to win this game? Wilson, who got intentionally injured by the evillest vicious goon to ever set foot in the NFL (Suh) gutted it out and did just enough to win the game. A hard fought and ugly win.

12. Kansas City Chiefs (13) – What the hell happened to KC and if they don’t wake up in the 2nd half this will be the upset of the week. Terrible, TERRIBLE start. Full credit to the Chiefs for a great locker room speech. They didn’t surrender, they battled back and played solid D and crafty O and slowly closed the gap until they tied it late and then amazingly won it in OT. A great win for this team.

13. Jacksonville Jaguars (8) – Good offense early but the D has been hit and miss and they need a lot more shut down D to steal this game from one of the leagues best. Have to give the Jags full credit for they battled right to the end and only missed sneaking one out by the slimmest of margins. They can build on this effort. Tighten up the D and keep the O rolling and watch for this team.

14. Baltimore Ravens (15) – Very solid start with excellent O and solid D and they are looking much better as a sum of their relatively poor parts. A good first half. The Ravens D really showed something in the second half and took control of the game. The O couldn’t do much but they did enough combined with a solid D to get a win.

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (18) – Difficulty stopping the Falcons pass offense is hampering the Bucs and the main reason they are having trouble in the first half *beyond inability to score TDs easily* A superb effort by Winston in the second half put the Bucs way out in front and the D did just enough to hold on for a nice division victory.

16. New York Jets (14) – A pretty good offensive performance has the jets leading more than trailing in the first half. A solid start to the season so far. The Jets did all they could but win the game. They battled on O but a late Fitz pick killed them. They will only go as far as the typical Fitz can take em. A tough loss.

17. Washington Redskins (16) – Boy that was ugly. Cousins threw more into the ground than close to the arms of his receivers. He looked nervous which made no sense. The Skins D couldn’t cover and were torched over and over and in the end this team playing like this will be hard pressed to win the winnable NFC East.

18. New Orleans Saints (17) – The Saints are playing a classic old school (re-early 2000’s Raider) game with lotsa O and very little D. Early prediction, last TD scored wins. The Saints O continued to score and their D continued to let them in. In the end they let in the last one and missed a long field goal and down went a Saint team that needs to play D.

19. Miami Dolphins (19) – Very little to no O but some D has them in a close if not very well played game. The Dolphins should count themselves lucky to be in the game at the half. The Dolphins played hard D *Suh even tried to destroy Wilson – he should be banned from the NFL forever* but couldn’t get much O going and when it was on the line they failed and lost. A hardy try but still a loss. New England must feel good as every team in their division lost week 1 so they can be no worse than tied for first or alone in first. *alone in first darn New England*

20. New York Giants (24) – The G-men have some solid O working but their 200-million-dollar D is early showing that cash spent doesn’t mean better. They need to tighten it up in the 2nd half. The Giants did tighten up the D a little in the second half and after Eli put them ahead they managed to stop Dallas when they had to. A hard fought and good win on the road in a division rival’s house.

21. Detroit Lions (28) – Excellent first half with great O and solid D. Can they do it for 60 minutes? The Lions could not play D in the second half but they keep scoring and if they score last they win. They scored last after a superb drive by Stafford. A great win for Detroit.

22. Chicago BEARS (20) – The BEARS have looked pretty good in a tough road atmos and Cutler is being better than worse. The D has had some success. Overall the BEARS have to be happy with this first half. Can they do this for 60 is the big question. That question was answered with a resounding NO. Chicago needs to understand the game is more than 30 minutes and a good 30-minute effort just leads to a loss. Not a nice way to finish a pretty well fought game.

23. Buffalo Bills (21) – The Bills D is having all sorts of trouble dealing with Baltimore’s rather inconsistent receivers and still it seems Sexy Rexy put reigns on Ty Taylor. They need better D before worrying about the O. The Bills had no answer to a tough D and failed to muster any offense in the second half and have to be very disappointed to drop one that they should have won.

24. Indianapolis Colts (22) – The Colts lack of D is apparent as they were gashed by Detroit in the first 30. Luck also needs better protection. Could be a long day. The Colts have exploded in the second half and if they played D this would be a laugher. As it is, this is a repeat of Saints/Raiders and last team who scores wins. The Colts D blew it and lost a heartbreaker at home. Ugly loss and ugly D.

25. Philadelphia Eagles (29) – I have seen a lot of rookie QB’s first play in the NFL and I have never seen better. A QB with no experience and he just marched the field. Amazing!!!!! Wentz continues to look comfortable and that is beyond incredible. Eagles even showing some D. Good first half of football. Well done as they followed it with a great second half. I never thought the Eagles had this in them and now I need to see them do it again.

26. San Francisco 49ers (32) – Well that game plan worked. Solid Running game, and a D that shut down a pretty crappy O but a shutout win is a shutout win. Very impressive…let’s see them do it again.

27. Dallas Cowboys (25) – Prescott not getting in the end zone but moving between the 20’s and getting 3’s while the D is just what I thought they were, terrible. The Cowboys had a very hard time getting 7 points and couldn’t get the ball to the Mother beater and when it was on the line they ran out of time and lost. How about Dem Cowboys? lol

28. Tennessee Titans (27) – The Titans have been surprisingly effective on both O and D and if they keep this up in the 2nd half they could have their first win of the year. They couldn’t keep it up and the D just allowed Minnesota to pour in enough to beat them handily. The Titans have a lot to learn about closing out a game.

29. Los Angeles Rams (23) – OMG that was horrible. No offense, not a hint of offense. The D seemed to lack the leadership of all the vets they canned and they were schooled by a team with less talent than Alabama. If this doesn’t change fast, then Fisher is gone by the bye. Horrible loss. By far the worst team I have seen this year give or take Cleveland.

30. San Diego Chargers (26) – Lambo should really kick for Green Bay. For a team with little D and little O they are dominating in a road game they have no business even being remotely involved in. A superb first half. What a heart breaking last 36 minutes of a game. The D slowly got beat the O did nothing and when it was on the line they couldn’t stop a QB sneak. What a horrible loss for a team that can’t afford to lose games they have in hand.

31. Atlanta Falcons (30) – The Falcons O is doing a fair job of getting past what is at least on paper a growing better Buc D. The Falcons Questionable D is holding up well in the first half. The bad D showed up in the 2nd half and put them so far down in a hole that Matty Melting Ice couldn’t dig them out of it. A loss they fully earned with D that bad.

32. Cleveland Browns (31) – RGIII is not looking like a good gamble for the Browns so far. Terrell Pryor is looking like a super WR and he was a good QB once too. The Browns are going to understand a law of Mr. N that has existed for years – Turnovers are GOLD. A not clean start to the game. The Browns D was terrible in the second half and RGIII doesn’t look like the answer and this was a bad loss. Me thinks there are problems in Cleveland already. With RGIII out for 8 games, they may just improve a little.

There you have it, as always I would love it if someone just reads all the way through my ramblings and also will accept money, preferably tens and twenties! Any thoughts, comments, arguments or agreements are always welcome!

Mr. N The BEARS Fan