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NFL Power Rankings


1. Dallas Cowboys (2) – On the bye and watched the last best team get whupped and, I never did think I would see this day ever happen, the Cowboys are #1. Can they keep this spot?

2. Seattle Seahawks (3) – It is a good thing Seattle brought their D today as they forgot to bring their O. Russell Wilson’s leg injury seems much more of an issue and they better hope he gets better quicker than the O line improves. The total lack of offense was offset some by a clinic by the Hawk D. They stopped Arizona over and over and held the running game to not more than 3 yards per. Their kicking struggled too and when it came down to it, Steven Hauschka channelled his old North Carolina State days and missed a close one. A tie that they get credit for…a little.

3. Kansas City Chiefs (6) – A very quiet start allowed a TD but then the Chiefs turned it on with D and O and are in the process of blowing the Saints away. The Chiefs got enough ahead that they decided to prevent D it until it was close. The D played well and the O got the points needed but they made it much closer than it had to be. A close win over a bad D and they are what they are which is good.

4. Oakland Raiders (9) – The Raiders are in a fight in South Florida and it is a tribute to their gutsiness that they have a lead at the half. Pretty good Raider D in the first half. The Raiders impressed me today. They again have gone East and ripped the young Jags. Solid play on O and D and they have won a nice game. Well done.

5. New England Patriots (10) – Decent start to the Pat O as they put a couple on Pittsburgh. The Pat D has actually been beaten a bit by the second team Steeler O and the Pats need to find their ‘home field’ advantage on the road as they seem to be going through the motions which is very un-Belichick like. The Patriots were able to get Gronk into the game and added a sealing TD to give them a hard-fought road win. It wasn’t pretty and not very much of a Pat game but it was a game. A nice win.

6. Minnesota Vikings (1) – Bradford has lost his shine and looks like Bradford who played in STL and Phil. The pick was his golden first but the missed throws are just bad. Not much o but a superb D and the Vikings even got a FG from their kicker. They need a little O and they can have this game as the D is playing on point. The D in the end only allowed the standard 13 points. Special teams gave up the rest and then Bradford played like Bradford. A terrible game by the offense and cover teams and down they go. Minnesota needs to shake this off next week or they may have issues in what should have been a signed and sealed division. A bad loss.

7. Green Bay Packers (12) – With a battered QB playing on reputation and no run game the Pack was battered for 30 minutes and could only manage 2 field goals. A relatively legal hit by the D on Hoyer eliminated the BEARS threat and then Rodgers took advantage of a bad secondary to use the short pass as a run game. He set a record for completions but his yards per pass was typically abysmal. They won but they have more troubles than I can count on 2 hands.

8. Cincinnati Bengals (16) – The Bengals are able to move the ball at will but the D is having some issues early stopping a Brown O. They are up a little in a game they should be running away with. The Bengals were able to score several long TDs and the D played just good enough to win this game handily. It wasn’t a blowout but it was a win and that counts – even if it was just over Cleveland.

9. Atlanta Falcons (8) – The Falcons seemed to, for a moment, forget they had to play in this game and quickly found themselves down. Then the dime was dropped and Atlanta started rolling. Solid D plus excellent O quickly put the Falcons well out in front. A late TD allowed has brought the game closer at the half. It will behoove Atlanta to concentrate on playing hard in the second half as San Diego could yet sneak one on them if they don’t. Atlanta put up a nice lead and then thought it would be smart to play prevent D. That simply prevented them from winning the game in regular time. They let San Diego back into it and now have to hope they can pull out an OT win. Well they didn’t have much luck first possession so then, making NO SENSE AT ALL, Dan Quinn goes for it 4th and 1 on his 43 and fails. Way to lose the game. The dumbest Coaching call of the day. A stupid way to lose and it is ALL on the coach.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (7) – A team without Big Ben was supposed to be lost at home. Give Landry Jones every credit for keeping the team in a game they have no real hope in. The missed FG may haunt them but no more than the TDs the D keeps letting in. It isn’t an ugly blow out but it’s early yet. Whatever magic the Steelers had couldn’t last. The D finally got beat and the hole became so big nothing could overcome it. A game effort by Jones but another loss for Pittsburgh who have to keep an eye on Cincy now.

11. Arizona Cardinals (13) – The Cardinals have had trouble scoring more than 6 points the last two times they played Seattle when at home. What did this time bring? 6 points. Sigh. The Cardinals did have the ball for vast majority of the game but could muster little. When they had innumerable shots at kicking more field goals they were stymied by either illegal blocks or flat out misses. To finish in a tie is a moral victory but not a real victory.

12. Denver Broncos (17) – Denver came out on fire and were able to dominate the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. The Bronco D (cheating around the edges as it is very apt to do) harried and battered their ‘old’ QB all night. Siemian played effectively and hit the passes he needed to. The Broncs were up by 8 at the half and never turned back. The Second half brought more of the same and Denver won an easy one. A nice win.

13. Detroit Lions (20) – The Lions are benefitting from turnovers but need to get more production from the O to keep them in this tight battle with a much better team. A pretty good D first half. The Lions gave the game away with some terrible penalties and D play and all seemed lost. Then they had one shot and credit to Stafford he drove the team for a winning TD. A great win for a team that has now won 3 in a row and are moving on up.

14. Washington Redskins (4) – The Redskins have had all their offensive chances hampered by fumbles but the D is playing well and they are in a very low scoring battle. Cousins really showed what he had with solid second half play. He took the team and scored the points to have a late lead and turned it over to the D. The D did what it has done many times since 2010 – they promptly blew the game and lost it. An ugly loss that diminishes this team significantly.

15. Buffalo Bills (5) – The Bills had some early issues on O but the D played great and kept it going until the O started rolling and now Buffalo is in pretty good shape to squish the fish. What happened to the Bills? The D laid huge eggs. The Bills were sucky in the 4th quarter and gave the game away. A brutal loss that makes me question how good this team is. They need to rebound fast or they are just a mirage.

16. New York Giants (18) – Played poorly first 30 with no offense or D but then a turnover recovery was gold and now they have mo. The Mo was mo-stly on D as the O was fairly shut down and has a ton of issues. They won the game with 4 great golden turnovers and that was key to this slim win. Not much of a win but that is a win.

17. Houston Texans (11) – The Texans once had the AFC South in hand and those days are long gone. They never really had a shot in this game. They could do nothing on offense all night and the D was unable to make the stops it needed to. By early in the third quarter the game was effectively over. The real question is whether Brock Osweiler is good enough to play in the NFL? He is being paid an awful lot of money but he isn’t paying that back with good play. Houston is in turmoil and must wonder what comes next for them.

18. Jacksonville Jaguars (14) – The Jags O just can’t get any sort of work done and the D has bent and broke a little. Unless the O really gets it going they are in trouble here. They never got the O going and this was a tough loss with a quick turnaround to a TNF game. A bad loss.

19. Carolina Panthers (19) – on the bye and they are a team waiting to see just who they are on O and D and this could be the year from first to last for Carolina.

20. San Diego Chargers (26) – Good start by the Bolts quickly fell into disarray as the D collapsed and the O started giving away GOLDEN turnovers. When down to by nearly 3 scores they finally found some more rhythm and now the game is not out of hand at the half. What can San Diego do in the 2nd half remains to be seen. I am still impressed by the amount of heart shown by this old Charger team. They were down but didn’t give in. They battled on and Rivers got them to OT and now they have a shot at stealing this game. San Diego D played a good series and were given a gift by Atlanta. Afterward Rivers, who won’t look a gift like that in the mouth, simply took them down for the winning FG. A gutsy win by a Charger team with heart.

21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (24) – Poor start off a bye. They were flat against a bad team and found themselves quickly down. Winston shook off the rust and began to take apart SF’s D. The Offense is humming and they could be ready to blow out SF. Tampa was led by the mature beyond his years Winston and he just determinedly rolled over the SF D and put this game on ice. Solid pressure and good secondary play sealed this nifty win for Tampa. Nicely done.

22. Philadelphia Eagles (25) – The Eagles O has met the Vikings D and has managed to put up about 0 points in the first half. 2 picks from Wentz was the extent of their ability. If not for a relatively fluky KR for a TD this would be a shutout. The on and off D from Philly has played pretty good but can they keep it up? The Eagles D was able to stop the Vikings and they put a beating on what was the best team in the NFL. Schizo Philly needs to prove to me they are not a team who is lucky instead of good. A great win.

23. Miami Dolphins (27) – The Dolphins had some early success then the D faded as did their O and this game could quickly get way out of hand. The Dolphins never gave up and poured it on in the 4th quarter and won the game with some good O and well played D. I need to see them win one more in a row before I raise them from the ‘terrible team fluking it’ category. It was a win.

24. New York Jets (28) – The Jets used Geno and he actually threw a TD but was trailing when he hurt his knee. With that injury, the Jets had Fitz and Fitz it is. Now as they live by the Fitz – he got them a lead. The D has played Ok too. The Jets under Fitz got it done with solid O while the D did the job too. A good win for a team spinning its wheels.

25. Indianapolis Colts (29) – Superb Pass O from Luck – perhaps his best half of the year so far. This is combined with a terrible Colt D playing its best game and Indy is in the position to run away with this. The Colts D played like it can in the second half and gave up a ton of plays and lots of points. The game came down to pure Luck. Andrew was good today and he drove his team to the win. A good win for a bad Colt team.

26. Baltimore Ravens (15) – The Ravens O is having issues beating the Jets while the Ravens pass rush has been near invisible. They need to get it going or their fade will become a free fall. Hope they all have functioning parachutes because this team is in a free fall. They couldn’t beat the Jet D and couldn’t stop the Jet O and down goes a team that is just a bad team who won a few early.

27. New Orleans Saints (21) – The Saints thought It was on the way with an early TD but then a golden turnover by Brees and some typical horrible D and the Saints are down down down and may go under for the last time soon. The Saints were able to keep in the game scoring against prevent D but when it came down to it – they failed. The loss was close but it is still a loss for a bad Saints team.

28. Tennessee Titans (22) – Well the Titans had been playing great D and solid O but perhaps they have issues beating the old-time division bully as they have looked bad and are getting battered in the first half. The Titans turned it on in the second half and got in a shootout. The Titans were able to beat the bad Colt D for score after score and had a shot late but their D tired and gave up the lead and they lost. Whatever progress they were making in the division has been knocked asunder with this loss to a bad Colt team.

29. Los Angeles Rams (23) – Had the game in hand with solid D and decent O but then a bad play by an overpaid WR (AUSTIN) and they have lost their momentum and face uphill second half. Keenum picked off 4 times and the O never got anything moving while the D did its job. Is it Goff time? Is Goff any good? We just don’t know. It was a loss that will resonate.

30. Chicago BEARS (30) – The Bears came in with a game plan to play tight D and let the O get them enough points. For 30 minutes this worked but alas the BEARS D rarely has 60 minutes of oomph in them. The loss of Hoyer to injury pretty much deep sixed the O. The BEARS now stand with nothing at QB again. Barkley seems unable to play and that still makes him better than Cutler. Whatever hope they had for being competitive now and again is gone and they can hope for a QB in round 1. A tough loss but not too too surprising.

31. San Francisco 49ers (31) – For a few minutes it seemed like San Fran wasn’t just another terrible team as they got out to a nice lead over the rested Bucs. Reality then set in and the Niner D just let Tampa roll all over them. It will be interesting to see if they try to compete in the second half or will they just fold it up. The Niners basically folded up. They couldn’t contain the offense of Tampa and never could match it either and down went this very poor excuse for a team.

32. Cleveland Browns (32) – Very good first half of O by Kessler and company and the D has been pushed around but not severely yet. Can Cleveland play another tough 30? We don’t know but doubt it. Whatever shot Cleveland had ended when Kessler got hurt. The D couldn’t stop AJ Green and the O couldn’t score late and down goes the worst team in football again.

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


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NFL Power Rankings


1. Minnesota Vikings (1) – On the bye and simply awaiting the next victim.

2. Dallas Cowboys (4) – Time for a legitimate…How ‘Bout Dem Cowboys? They are playing on the road in Green Bay and for 30 minutes have basically kicked the shit out of the Packers. I am blown away and haven’t seen a Cowboy team this good since the early 90’s. The little issues with Prescott likely stem from his idiot of an owner telling everyone who’ll listen Romo is starting next week. Why would they take out a QB who has this team on a roll? A great first half. The Cowboys have added a great 2nd half to that mix and have blown away Green Bay in Green Bay. A total team victory and this team is a Super Bowl contender. Unless they replace Prescott with Romo. A super win.

3. Seattle Seahawks (6) – The Seahawk D has taken a page from Denver and is playing dirty with all the late hits on Matt Ryan that are not called. The Seahawk O is scoring nearly at will and this game is close to getting out of hand. The Seahawk O got shut down in the 3rd quarter and even fell behind. The D was scorched for 15 minutes or so too. Then in a nice comeback the O retook the lead and the D made a ‘stop’ *maybe DPI but hey they let them play lots* and the Seahawks win. They are on a roll. A great win.

4. Washington Redskins (8) – A team with many injuries giving their all early. Cousins has played a strong first half and the D is playing hard. A continued effort will be key to their chances of success here. The Redskins were able to overcome a pick 6 golden turnover and put up enough points to pull out a tough division win. Washington is now still not done in the NFC East.

5. Buffalo Bills (9) – Bills managing to keep the Offense rolling early. Decent D too. The Bills have used great rushing O and on and off D to get them a small lead and they have every chance to win this in the second half. The Bills simply tore the game open in the second half and put a forty burger on the Niners. A dominant and explosive win that keeps the Bills on a hot streak and this team looks good. A great win.

6. Kansas City Chiefs (12) – Off to a superb start against the Raiders. The O is working with both pass and run and the D is stifling the Raiders. A great start. Can they put the Raiders away? The Chiefs never had this game in doubt. They controlled on O and D and put away the Raiders. Kansas City looked like a well-rested team that came to play and played well. Superb win and if they play like this they may yet win the AFC West.

7. Pittsburgh Steelers (2) – A very very slow start to the game for Pittsburgh but they are finally waking up. The Steeler D has been terrible and the injury to Big Ben could be the death knell for what was a promising year for Pittsburgh. It’s even money if they can even beat a bad Dolphin team. The Steelers just stunk today. Turnovers, lack of effort and lack of ability shown and they were handily beaten by a terrible team. Pittsburgh has now been thumped by an Eagle team that is no longer looking legit and now by a horrible Dolphin team. The Steelers just are not good.

8. Atlanta Falcons (7) – The Falcons D is being exploited by the Seahawks in all phases. The Offense is getting battered with some very cheap shots on Matt Ryan. Nothing is working for Atlanta and they need to get it going or this will be a blowout. Atlanta really gave them a scare by pouring it on in the 3rd quarter and playing great D for a bit but then the D couldn’t make stops in the 4th and the Falcons couldn’t get it done. They lost a close one on the road in a tough environment and they are still a good team that lost a tough one.

9. Oakland Raiders (5) – The Raiders don’t seem to have realized they are in a tough division matchup here. The Raider D has been beaten over and over and Carr can’t get much going. They need to find something fast in the second half or this will be an ugly loss. The Raiders never got anything going and never were able to find a way through a tough Chief D. They still lead the division after this loss but this is a huge missed opportunity and could really hurt Oakland come tie breakers. A bad loss.

10. New England Patriots (15) – The Pats haven’t come out on fire and the D early seems to have issues dealing with the run. The Pats managed a late, late score but just don’t look like the Foxboro Pats. They need to turn it on or they could be beat at home by the Bengals for the first time since 1986! All is for naught as the Pats exploded in the second half and put the game away. It wasn’t as pretty as it could have been but it is a win.

11. Houston Texans (11) – I have seen some bad QBs and Brock Osweiler is pretty bad. The play of Houston’s O in the first half and in fact into the 3rd quarter and into the 4th was pretty poor. The D had trouble stopping Gore from running (and Luck) and the game looked over. Then, Brock suddenly became the man and in 3 minutes tied the game and then led them on the drive to win in OT. This was beyond ugly and this team isn’t very good but they lead the division and it’s a win.

12. Green Bay Packers (3) – This was supposed to be a battle of two titans and it is not. Green Bay has been not looking good at all on O with Rodgers missing passes badly. The D has been knocked about and can’t seem to contain or cover Dallas. They are down a lot at the half and could be blown out on home field which would be nasty. The Packers just couldn’t get any offense going. Rodgers kept turning it over and just looks like a shell of what he was. The Pack D had no answer to the Dallas juggernaut and this game proves two things. Turnovers are gold and the Packers are bad. They are not what anyone including me thought they were. A bad loss for a team that is just bad.

13. Arizona Cardinals (17) – The Cardinals are consistent…they will throw deep, deep and deep. Most weeks this doesn’t work so well but most nights they don’t face Revis the Vacation Island booker and his cast of misguided wide receiver accompaniers. The Cards were able to do what they wanted and the only time a pass was incomplete was when Palmer missed it. Superb running and catching by Johnson, solid D and playing a crappy team combined for a great easy win.

14. Jacksonville Jaguars (18) – Jags D having issues early but bending not breaking while the O is trying to get over an early red zone golden turnover. The Jags were never able to get the O going and if they can’t get any traction, they are done before the game gets to the 4th quarter. What can I say except the Jags didn’t have quit in them. They kept battling on O and D all through the end and Bortles did just enough to give them the win while Ramsey played amazing D and sealed the deal. A good win by a young team that isn’t dead yet.

15. Baltimore Ravens (13) – Only the fact that Baltimore isn’t all that is the sole reason this game is 28-0 in the first quarter. Baltimore dominating in time of possession early. If Baltimore could only do more than punt, punt, punt they would be way out in front. As it is, they have a short lead at the half and it could still go either way. The Ravens O once more had a shot to win a game and the D gave away a lead and the O couldn’t score and down they went. They just aren’t that good.

16. Cincinnati Bengals (14) – Cincy playing fair D early but the O isn’t doing much although they have had opportunities. Cincy D is playing really well give or take blown coverages. Dalton hasn’t been able to muster much but they are still within reach and a hard effort could win this for them. The Bengals luck ran out quickly and as the D kept letting in points the O couldn’t match them and down goes the Bengals. The late scores against prevent made this seem closer than it was. An ugly loss.

17. Denver Broncos (10) – The Broncos came out uneven and had issues from the start stopping the Chargers O. On the other side Siemian never got anything going and was 3 and out more times than I could count. What was so surprising was how much Denver was dominated physically on both sides of the ball by a Charger team who is down 16 regulars. The Broncos never looked good on O and the D only looked good in the minds of the broadcasters. When they did accomplish something, it was because they were cheating and it still wasn’t called. With this loss I brand Denver a fraud and they are not who I thought they were. They are a mediocre team.

18. New York Giants (21) – Eli is perfecting the 3 and out and it will be a long day if that is all they do on offense. The Giants managed one TD but basically suck on O. They need to find rhythm or they are losing their 4th in a row. The Giants turned on the O late and managed to pull out a win. This isn’t time for parades but it is better than another loss.

19. Carolina Panthers (16) – What used to be the Panther D is still not much and they haven’t got much out of Caaaam early. The Panthers D has been shredded and it is almost going to be prevent D time and anything Carolina musters is because New Orleans has decided to let the score. The Panthers O was solid just as their D was terrible and they lost one solely because the D on the Panthers is just terrible.

20. Detroit Lions (24) – A bad team battling a young team to an early tie. The Lions keep doing what they can to win and what they can to lose the game too. Mistakes and penalties have taken away opportunities to succeed but their bad D is playing a better game and they are in a last team that scores wins game again. The game played out exactly like that with each team trading scores until the end when Detroit scored a FG and this bad team won. They aren’t any good but they have another win.

21. New Orleans Saints (26) – The Saints scored early and their moribund D is able to control Carolina early. Brees is tearing it up and it is but for a couple of overthrows that this isn’t 35 points in the first half. Only a complete collapse will take this win out of the Saints hands. The Saints traded scores and got the last one and that was that. A classic pinball game that New Orleans can win when they play a D worse than their own.

22. Tennessee Titans (27) – Mariota is moving the Titans all over but not getting all TDs so that is troublesome. The Titans are battling bad Brown team and If they can keep the pressure up for 60 they should succeed against a team that quits. The Titans were able to give it all for a full 60 again and just managed to pull out a win. It wasn’t pretty since they were challenged by a BAD Browns team but it was a win!

23. Los Angeles Rams (20) – D has allowed an early TD, will see if the D is the good one or the bad one today. Not much rush offense but Keenum playing well while the D is on and off. Last team who scores may win. The Rams O was great today but that D just isn’t what it was early on and now this loss brings them back to .500 and one has to wonder if they are any good or not.

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (22) – On the bye. Normally a team doesn’t slide having a week off but Tampa just isn’t very good.

25. Philadelphia Eagles (19) – The Eagles are having issues protecting Wentz and that could hamper the O significantly today. Managed to get a TD but the D is not able to stop Washington early while the O line is having tons of trouble protecting Wentz. Wentz was able to get some scores in the second half but not enough to catch Washington. In fact, the pick six they got makes the team seem like it was better on O than it was. A loss by a team fading quickly into its 4-12 persona.

26. San Diego Chargers (31) – The team with heart just won’t quit. Rivers is carrying this team on his back. He drove the field over and over and whether they got 7 or 3 it was enough to carry the day. Superb passing, consistent running, amazing O line play was the driving force. The D played amazing and shut down Denver over and over. It was alleged that it was all Paxton Lynch who made the Broncos play bad. Well this was Siemian and they looked like crap against a Charger D using street kids as corner backs. A gutsy win for a team that doesn’t quit. Well done.

27. Miami Dolphins (29) – Miami showed more life on O in the early going then they have all year. Miami has played their best O and d in the first half and if they can keep it up for 60 they can take down a vulnerable Steeler team. Miami deserves full credit for playing their best game and soundly beating the Steelers. I didn’t think Miami could play this well and it may just be their opposition played really badly but it was a win.

28. New York Jets (25) – It was said in the pregame on ESPN that either the Cards or the Jets could yet get on a roll and make the playoffs. When I got up off the floor from laughing I said to the tv ‘have you seen the Jets Boomer?’ The game started and Fitz is Fitz and that got them 3 points. The alternative seems to be Geno the bum so it doesn’t get better. My solution? Cut Smith, make Fitz 3rd string, start Hackenburg with Petty backup. If Kessler can do it who says Hackenburg can’t? As for the game, Revis is a bum, the D was terrible, the O was bad and they were shredded. A terrible loss.

29. Indianapolis Colts (23) – How Cleveland Browns was this game? Indy played a solid first half and had a nice lead and then added on and had the rush game flying. The D played solidly too. All of this for 57 minutes. Then the O stunk and the D stunk and they went to OT and they stunk and lost. What an ugly loss. What a terrible team.

30. Chicago BEARS (28) – Hoyer is doing a fine job of commanding the O but they need more production; as for the D it continues to be the girl on the hill. The BEARS D pitched a shutout in the first half which is a miracle and the O is getting it done. If the D keeps it up the BEARS may have this game. Alas the D couldn’t keep it up. They started to break instead of bend and they kept letting in scores until they trailed. Then it came down to the offense getting one more set of downs to set up a shot at winning and they failed. Down goes Chicago and this was a team effort at losing.

31. San Francisco 49ers (30) – Niners yet to really explode under Kaep but it may take more than 15 min to get the rust off. Kaep tossed a nice TD and the D has had some good moments. They will be challenged to keep it going against a game Bills team. The D didn’t have much in the second half as it was ripped wide open. The Niners were just blown away and they need to regroup after this severe butt kicking. A bad loss.

32. Cleveland Browns (32) – Energetic Browns early on both O and D. The Browns are getting some offense and the D has made a few stops. They are still in this game but need to show much more effort late to keep having a chance. Cleveland tried harder, longer than they have all year. They came THAT close to winning. It was a game effort but in the end, it was another loss.

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

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NFL Power Rankings


1. Minnesota Vikings (2) – They played ‘Creeping Death’ while the Vike D took the field and that is so appropriate. This D is just a wall of death and they are killing any chance Houston has to win this game. With Bradford and the special teams combining for 24 in the first half this game is basically over. The Vikings put up 30+ which is like 50 for any other team. They did let in their most points yet (13) but that was just prevent D. A superb win that was easy and now it’s on to the next victim.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (4) – Wearing the gawdawful Bumble Bee unis they are in a fight for their life against a questionable Jets team. Often they can run amok but are having trouble getting their D to stop the Fitz led attack. The Steelers need to give their head a shake and wake up. Well I guess Tomlin tore the roof off the clubhouse because the Steelers came out buzzing and really stung the Jets. A lot of activity in their hive of defense and constant swarming by the O and the Steelers won this one going away. J

3. Green Bay Packers (5) – The Packers were able to use all their weapons in what wasn’t a great game but it was effective. Rodgers got Nelson, Cobb, Adams and even their big weighted running back productively into the game and the D did enough to hold Eli to under 200 yards. Green Bay still doesn’t seem to be as good as it was a few years back but they are rolling as long as they don’t face Minnesota.

4. Dallas Cowboys (7) – The Cowboys came out in an incredible fury on D and played some of the best D that I didn’t even know they had the ability to play. Prescott looked fine at QB and Elliott tore the Bengals a new one with his ground work. From the start until they went into clock killing prevent the Cowboys dominated on all phases. This is one of the best games I have seen Dallas play in years and now, until they are beaten, they are the BEST team in the NFC East and if they play D like this going forward they are a legit contender. A great win.

5. Oakland Raiders (8) – The Oakland Raiders had some early trouble against their hated rival but Carr never gave up. They missed a kick early and that might have had an impact but no they battled. The D came and went but Derek Carr would not be unbound. Taking advantage of golden turnovers and displaying the now famous Raider Gunslinger attitude the Raiders came from behind and beat the Chargers. A fine win for a team that is now tied in their division.

6. Seattle Seahawks (6) – On the bye, they are not what they used to be but with everyone else in their division stinking up the joint lately it don’t take much for them to impress. Let’s see what they do in week 6.

7. Atlanta Falcons (11) – The Falcons came out on fire and on the road against what was thought to be one of the best D’s in football they have dominated. They have dominated on both sides of the ball with a defense playing even better than it has anytime this year. Atlanta has battered Denver for rushing yards, ripped the secondary for passing yards and crushed the Denver O line with amazing pass rush ability. This is the best game I have seen Atlanta play since 1998 and they are a Superb team. What a fantastic win.

8. Washington Redskins (16) – The Redskins D has had some tough times against Baltimore but the O is getting it done while still struggling some. The Offense needs to get a lot more productive if they want to have a shot at winning this game. Washington brought the D in the second half and played superbly for the last 30 and won this game on the backs of solid fundamental D. Very well done. If they can play that kind of D in division they may yet have a shot in the crappy NFC Least.

9. Buffalo Bills (17) – Notorious for not travelling well the Bills, coming off an emotional win last week have come to sunny SoCal and kicked Ram ass. The Bills D seems legit. One in New England might have been an accident but two now, counting today, is a trend. Taylor just did the little he had to and that was enough to put up the points that when added to a pick 6, gave them a nice win. Superb effort on the road and Buffalo is quickly appearing to be a decent team and could hang around in the wild card discussion. A great win.

10. Denver Broncos (1) – The Broncos had the opportunity to have the world see that their D could stop the best O. Then the game started and the vaunted Denver D was battered and bashed and ripped and torn and then the O was blasted for sacks and picks and fumbles. At one point they were down 17 at home and although they got a late score to make it closer it wasn’t close. This D can’t be the same class as Minnesota if they get beat like this. The Broncos are not very good if the D isn’t good. What a terrible loss.

11. Houston Texans (15) – Well there isn’t much you can say here. The Texan O has no chance in hell of getting anything substantive against the Viking D and the Texan D is having trouble stopping Bradford. A bad combo. Game is over at the half. The Texans were never able to get any O working and the D got beat too many times and in the end a garbage TD made it not as ugly as it was. No shame in being schooled by the Best team in the NFL.

12. Kansas City Chiefs (13) – On the bye, they get Charles back at RB, they have looked really good and pretty flat. They have every opportunity to make a mark this year and will bear watching to see how hard this D can play the rest of the way.

13. Baltimore Ravens (12) – The Battle of the Beltway is a closely fought battle with some O from Baltimore and some D but they need a lot more consistency to win this one. In doubt at the half. The Ravens were completely shut down by the Skin D and never scored again. It was a nail biter but in the end the utter lack of Raven ability to score doomed them. This team was once undefeated and WAY over rated. A bad loss.

14. Cincinnati Bengals (9) – The Bengals seem to have forgotten they had to play once they got to Dallas. The O was stifled, the D was porous and gutted by the run. Before they shook the sleep out of their helmets they were down 4 scores and it might take 7 years to come back. They got a couple of cheap late scores against prevent but in reality they were pounded and just don’t look very good. A bad loss.

15. New England Patriots (20) – Evidently Brady isn’t rusty. He has come out and torn the sad sack Browns a new one. They are up by 3 TDs and show no signs of letting up. This could be a fifty burger. Just a total destruction on O and D. Brady just kept up the pressure and the Pats rolled over the Browns. A solid win and now we need to see this team play a good team.

16. Carolina Panthers (14) – One would have thought Derek Anderson, some running and the Panther D would be enough but alas the ingredient over emphasized (all year so far) is the D. Of course turnovers are gold and 4 turnovers will destroy most teams. The Panther D just isn’t any good. Anderson struggled to get many points but he did keep them in the game until when it came time for a stop the Panther D couldn’t do it and they lost the game. A bad loss for what is a bad team. An aside, Caaaaam on a Segway was a pretty stupid thing and he should be more concerned about getting healthy rather than doing that.

17. Arizona Cardinals (21) – The Cardinals may have been desperate for a win but if they hadn’t been able to get the turnovers from San Fran it might not have mattered. They ran the ball well but that only led to 1 TD, the passing O was not impressive and if San Fran had controlled the ball all game we might be looking at a 1-4 Cardinal team. People read a lot into two of their close losses…they should read something out of this close win. This win hasn’t fixed every problem with Arizona, don’t start printing playoff tickets yet.

18. Jacksonville Jaguars (18) – On the bye. The D seems to be getting better, as does the O. With Houston and Indy being deeply flawed this young team of comers may yet still have a shot at the division.

19. Philadelphia Eagles (3) – Well someone needs to tell Phillly that their bye is over. The D has been terrible and the O hasn’t been able to accomplish much and unless they turn it around it is going to be a very ugly loss that will destroy them in my power poll. Well Philadelphia was unable to get the points they needed to get a comfy lead. Wentz got them just ahead late but the D just stunk out the house and let Detroit beat them. Beating Pittsburgh was a fluke, this team may be the 4-12 team I thought they were and they may have just won 3 of their 4 at the start. Ugly loss that dooms them.

20. Los Angeles Rams (15) – The Rams O never were able to get much consistency going against a tough Bill D. Keenum struggled against pressure and tough coverage. The Rams D had no answer to Shady McCoy and the turnovers were golden. The Rams fall to earth and now it is an open question as to just how good this D really is. A tough loss.

21. New York Giants (19) – The G-men couldn’t find the D to stop the variety of offense put at them by Green Bay. Normally they could just score and score to keep up in shootouts but Eli has had some offensive problems the last two weeks. He got barely anything in the air and the ground game is a mess. The Giants are fading fast. A bad loss.

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (24) – Tampa really seemed up for Monday Night and Winston did an admirable job of battling for the whole 60. The Bucs took advantage of turnover after turnover and when they couldn’t score 7 they took 3. They found a decent rush attack and Winston did toss a TD and with a rookie kicker hitting on all cylinders they won a nice division win. Well done Tampa.

23. Indianapolis Colts (25) – Luck and his boys seem no worse for having to play fresh off playing in England (the silly NFL social experiment may show that a team CAN play in London – eek) and the Colts O is playing pretty good. The D is getting beat and they are barely ahead in a tough battle against the BEARS. The Colts D allowed a ton of yards but Luck had an answer for it all. I give them full credit for battling for a win in a hard situation. A good win but that D is pretty bad.

24. Detroit Lions (28) – Well Detroit is off to an amazing start and Stafford is ripping it up. A good performance by a bad Detroit D has them well out in front. Can they not self-defeat today? That remains to be seen. The Lions played classic Lion ball. Bad penalties, turnovers and questionable D but they kept it close and Stafford did just enough to get a close win. Well done. They suck but it was a nice win.

25. New York Jets (23) – The Jets D is playing mediocre but Fitz has not turned it over a zillion time so the Jets are actually ahead in a game they likely should be being blown out in. What will the last 30 minutes bring? The Jets tried but had no answer to the Steeler O and couldn’t get much out of Fitz and they are 1-4 and it is just going downhill from here. Ugly loss.

26. New Orleans Saints (26) – On the bye…still looking for their D but they couldn’t find it. It is now seen on the backs of milk cartons all across Louisiana.

27. Tennessee Titans (29) – Tennessee has been all offense in the first half. Amassing their best O in a half they have a lead over Miami and now need to show they can hold it and perhaps expand on it. The Titans O was run very effectively with Mariota running and throwing. Murray was solid on the ground and the D played well and they got a nice win. They need to play this well against good teams.

28. Chicago BEARS (27) – The BEAR D is having a harder time today and have had great trouble making stops when needed. Thankfully Hoyer and Howard are getting it done and they have the Bears only 3 down at the half. We will see if the BEARS D can play a little in the 2nd half. The Bears O was superb in the second half and Hoyer did everything he could to give Chicago a shot to win. The BEARS D just stunk in the second half and cost them the game. A bad loss.

29. Miami Dolphins (22) – The Dolphins are just flat out terrible. The only reason they are remotely in the game at the half is a special teams TD. Tannehilll is terrible and the D is just deplorable. They are a basket of deplorables. If they can find any rhythm…They couldn’t. The Dolphins went quickly and quietly. Their last gasp ended with a Tannehill pick. A rotten team and vying for worst in the NFL.

30. San Francisco 49ers (30) – The more I watch Blaine Gabbert, the more he looks like Blaine Gabbert. I had the ‘rare’ opportunity to concentrate on his ability as a QB on Thursday night and have come to the conclusion that he is who I thought he was. He has never been a solid NFL QB – he wasn’t in Jacksonville and he isn’t in San Fran. The Niners didn’t play well but 3 golden turnovers were the difference. They lost by 12 and gave up 17 points off turnovers. Ugly. A team with little talent and a ton of issues and it won’t get prettier as it goes on.

31. San Diego Chargers (31) – If it wasn’t for bad Bolt luck they wouldn’t’ have any luck at all. The Chargers got off to a good start and even had a lead on and off through the day. The Chargers did turn the ball over 4 times and those cost them the points that would be more than the difference. In fact, they lost finally because their snapper dropped a snap and they were beaten. What an ugly loss but this team is almost as cursed as Cleveland.

32. Cleveland Browns (32) – The Browns don’t have to worry about losing a game after being competitive. They were not even in this game when they sat in the locker room. This will not be a pretty 2nd half and with Kessler hurt it just got uglier. It ended pretty ugly. A game played in an impossible situation and when Kessler went down it all went down. Another Brown loss.

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

“The #Broncos Packed Their D” Mr. N’s #NFL Week 4 Power Poll #PowerRankings

NFL Power Rankings


1. Denver Broncos (1) – The Broncos packed their D here. The Denver team just dominated the poor Tampa O. The only thing that was the fly in the ointment was the injury to Siemian. That brought about the debut of Paxton Lynch and he played pretty good for a totally untested rookie. The Broncos just shut down everything Tampa had and put this game away. Only another stupid weather delay held up the inevitable of a solid D dominated win. Another typical Denver win. Best team til they lose.

2. Minnesota Vikings (3) – It is almost a simplistic game plan. Play stifling D, play just enough O and get some decent special teams and win. The Vikings dominated with their D and again allowed their mandated 10 points. Bradford does a fine job just getting the points needed and this team is nearly undefeatable. I don’t believe anyone outside of Denver has a shot against this team. Superb win.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (3) – on the bye, are they for real? Maybe, let’s see them kick another good team’s ass and we will know for sure.

4. Pittsburgh Steelers (12) – Wow, I guess they just needed LeVeon to come back. The Steelers were firing on all cylinders tonight. Superb O led by Big Ben, Antonio and LeVeon – triplets if there ever was a group and dominant D and the Steelers put this away early and just piled it on. The two late garbage scores mean nothing. The Steelers slaughtered the Chiefs and look all world and ready to go again.

5. Green Bay Packers (6) – on the bye, the Pack need to show they can beat handily all teams not named Minnesota. They have to protect Rodgers more and maybe play some D.

6. Seattle Seahawks (8) – A good start on the East Coast by the Seahawks. Decent D and some solid O and they have an early lead in this one. The Seahawks were able to use a gimpy Russell Wilson to maximum effectiveness and the Seahawk O made up for a questionable Seahawk D and pulled out a nice win on the East Coast. A good win but this team, forgive me if you have read this before, HAS ISSUES.

7. Dallas Cowboys (9) – The Cowboys got off on the wrong foot and quickly had their D pushed around and found themselves down on the road. Slowly Dak and the O started to chip away and as the game wore on the Dallas D started to play really good defense. I have to admit I was impressed by the quality of D played by Dallas. With solid O played late and the continuation of the D the Cowboys won this game by just a score. It was an impressive win and now I call the Cowboys a good team. If they can play D like this, they may have a shot at the playoffs.

8. Oakland Raiders (13) – The Raiders are amazing so far. They have brought their game onto the East Coast and are playing good on O and D and have a slim early lead. Can they do this for 60 and not get tired? The Raiders played a superb game for 60 and got a lead and held on for dear life and won a good one. Does this mean the Raiders are who I hoped they were? I need to see them play this hard again.

9. Cincinnati Bengals (14) – Did simply getting the dirty playing scum Burfict back change everything for this team? That may show greater issues in Cincy. However, there was a new tone today. The Bengals dominated on both sides of the line with great pass protection and run blocking and superb pass rush and run stuffing. The game was over quick. They made one coverage mistake that cost them 7 but that was it. Otherwise they ran, passed and played D and kicked FGs and won it handily. A good start…they need to do this consistently and against Pitt and Balt.

10. Houston Texans (15) – Houston is finding themselves in a tough battle with a lesser opponent. Some good O and some problems. Some good D and some problems. They need more consistency in the 2nd half to win this game. The Texans battled and battled and played just enough O and just enough D to sneak out a tough fought win. Well done and now they are in total control in their division.

11. Atlanta Falcons (19) – The Falcons have great pass O and some rush and with a modicum of D they are leading the Panthers handily early. The Falcons O impresses me. Ok, these guys can score and score and score. They are not very good on D but they play D enough to let that high powered offense to give this team wins. They are the best team in the NFC South and this could be their year to win the division. I don’t fancy they can beat Minnesota or Denver but they don’t have to in order to win the division.

12. Baltimore Ravens (5) – The Ravens have had a lot of trouble dealing with a feisty Raider team and their O can’t get much going. Without a better performance from Flacco this could be a long day for Baltimore. The Ravens were in a fight until the last play of the game but their D got beaten just a little too much and Flacco couldn’t get it done. A very tough loss and this might have burst the bubble of a team that seemed better than they are.

13. Kansas City Chiefs (7) – The Chiefs were supposed to be an AFC powerhouse but this game has to give them second thoughts on that. They could do nothing on offense and their D had no chance against a relentless Pittsburgh attack. Almost from the first whistle to the end this game was out of hand. The Chiefs need a major regroup. They were destroyed on national tv and looked bad too.

14. Carolina Panthers (10) – Carolina has played better D. But for a pick 6 the D has been pretty bad especially against the pass. The O is doing ok but they are trailing in a hostile environment. The Panther’s vaunted D got hung, drawn and quartered. Would anyone believe a Panther D would allow a 300 YARD receiver and a 500 YARD passer? It keeps being said that this is a great D on a great team. It used to be a great D. Great D’s don’t allow 500 yards passing. The Panthers are falling fast and are not the team that lost the Super Bowl…they are not what they were 8 months ago.

15. Los Angeles Rams (23) – The Rams brought out their D today and I have to say I think week 1 was just the aberration. This D is for real. They have come together and they dominate a game. Superb pass D, terrific rush D. The offense isn’t amazing but they do enough to get it done. This is a lesser man’s version of the Vikings. Solid win and this is the BEST team in the NFC West.

16. Washington Redskins (17) – Cousins has looked sharp early with great affinity hitting Reed for TDs. If only the Skins D could stop the run, they would be in control but they are in a battle thru the first half. The Redskins D finally got better and managed to shut down the Browns in the second half as Washington got a win. It was a tougher fight than they probably thought it would be but it is a win.

17. Buffalo Bills (22) –A super start for Buffalo. Able to dominate on D and get effective O and the Bills are up 13-0 on the hated Pats. Can they keep this going? I don’t believe so but we will see! The Bills played great D and ball control and rolled up and defeated their hated enemy. A great shut out win that Buffalo will need to build on and maybe yet they can save a season that has been sliding downhill since New York. A great win.

18. Jacksonville Jaguars (24) – The Jaguars were winless with nothing to lose but home game concession revenue. They came out fast and Bortles got the O going with excellent passing. By the time the 2nd half started the Jags had the game pretty much in hand and after this dispatching of the Colts they may even start to think they can save their season before it slips completely away. A good win.

19. New York Giants (16) – The G-men had hopes of being a quality team. They met a buzz saw in Purple tonight. The O was shut down and pummeled by Vikings and when they had a chance to make key stops themselves they couldn’t. The OBG side show is getting silly. If he can’t perform then his antics are not really put up able! The Giants fell to earth and are staring up at the Eagles again.

20. New England Patriots (2) – Darth Vader is meeting his on Luke Skywalker early here. No Offense at all and the Pat D making mistakes has the Pats down almost 2 full scores. If this continues like this *highly doubtful* I think I will laugh very loudly. The Pats were beat and SHUT OUT at home by Buffalo. It appears that Belicheat just decided the game didn’t matter. I can’t believe it but it seemed like New England just quit and they lost. Ugly. Sure Brady is back but he can work them back up in my poll because quitters get dumped in my books.

21. Arizona Cardinals (11) – The Cards were in a blood bath from the start against a tough Ram team. Palmer tossed a red zone turnover and that was 24k gold and killed whatever chance the Cards had. The D had issues stopping the pass and the run. There were times when Gurley just rolled through them and that made me shake my head. I had said pre-season that this team was my odds on fave to go Super Bowl. That was wrong. This team is bad. They are 1-3 and are a deserved 1-3. I am of the feeling they are not good and will not make the playoffs.

22. Miami Dolphins (18) – Well it is not fun to play these Thursday night games and playing on the road basically dooms a good team. So this didn’t work for Miami at all. They had O line issues last Sunday and they continued. No ability for Tannehill to get any rhythm and he got battered. The Dolphins just laid a huge egg and were dominated and lost badly but it was a Thursday game so not much was expected.

23. New York Jets (20) – The good is Fitz isn’t turning it over every play but the bad is the D is getting beat and the O can’t keep up. This could be over early in the 2nd half. The game never really got close to being a Jets game. They couldn’t stop the Hawk O and whatever Fitz could muster, half the picks of the previous week, wasn’t enough. Hope the Jets get used to Ls as they have a lot of them coming in the next 4 weeks. A bad home loss.

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (21) – Poor Tampa. Jameis got schooled early and often at home. No chance to complete any or do any effective hand offs. The Tampa D got beat just enough to put them down so much not even a thunderstorm could save them. They have been hit by a storm and the storm was the Bronco D. An ugly loss.

25. Indianapolis Colts (25) – The Colts tried to take this on the road and it didn’t work in England either. The inability to cover receivers is bad in any time zone. The Colts D had no answer to the Jag O and Andy Luck couldn’t get enough out of that poor excuse for an offense to get them back in the game. A hard division loss in a foreign country that will give them nothing nice to think about as they face the BEARS instead of being on a bye week. Stupid NFL. Hardly fair.

26. New Orleans Saints (30) – The Saints came out hot and Brees got a quick lead. The terrible Saints D even played decently for a bit. Then reality set in and the usual started. Brees scores, D lets in one, Brees fails, D lets in one. The Saints fell behind and then as it rolled on they fell 2 scores down with time running out. Brees led them on one great drive and then got the ball back and did it AGAIN. The D managed to let San Diego defeat themselves and New Orleans has a win. They suck but they won’t be 0-16.

27. Chicago BEARS (31) – The Bears under the inspired leadership of a real QB (Brian Hoyer) played solid O and the D had their best game of the year. But for a complete brain fart on Special teams the BEARS had the Lions well and truly beaten. The end result was a nice win and if they can just keep Cutler off the damn field the Bears just might win a few. A good win.

28. Detroit Lions (26) – The Lions got destroyed by a fierce D and had no answer to that all day. The D was beaten over the course of the day and never were able to stop the Bears when it counted. They got a lucky kick return and that made it closer than it was. They were soundly beaten and are suddenly the worst team in the NFC North. A bad loss.

29. Tennessee Titans (27) – Titans are giving all they have and are actually tied against the Texans as the first half ends. A pretty good effort, the question is can Tennessee muster this for 60? The Titans actually played another solid full 60-minute game but they were just THAT close to tying it late but couldn’t get it done. A game effort and I believe this shows the team isn’t as hot a mess as I thought. They are a luke warm mess!

30. San Francisco 49ers (28) – The Niners came out hot and Gabbert was able to put up solid numbers and get TDs early. The Niner D held for a bit but time, attrition and lack of talent took its toll and soon they were tied and then lost the lead and when it came down to it Gabbert couldn’t make the plays needed and down they went. This team is just not very good.

31. San Diego Chargers (29) – The Chargers came out and laid an egg early. The Chargers couldn’t get any early traction against a universally terrible Saint D and the Bolts were down 2 TDs. Well the Chargers managed to wake up and started to play O and even a little D and they got it tied. The 2nd half brought solid O and at one point the Chargers had a 13-point lead with under 5 left and one would think that would be safe. Nope. What is amazing is how fundamentally unsound the Bolts played in their last 3 series. It was like they no longer cared and they blew the lead and threw away a shot at getting a winning FG. The ugliest end to a game I have seen in a long time. San Diego, you suck.

32. Cleveland Browns (32) – D had issues early but tightened up late in the first half. Kessler is a revelation at QB. An underappreciated college QB who can play effectively in the NFL. The Browns O used a great rush O to storm back and tie the game early. The Browns again couldn’t play 60 and when they could put themselves in control, they turned over the ball – that is golden – and down they went. A team that just plays under a black cloud.


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