Mr. N’s #NFL Week 3 Power Poll #PowerRankings #NFLThoughts


NFL Power Rankings

 

  Last Week Week 3
2 1 Kansas City There is one power team in the AFC West who seems to be heads and shoulders on top of the rest and they reside in KC and play in a LOUD stadium. The speed on O is amazing and Smith is QBing like he never had before.  Good D and Good coaching.  No flaws visible *yet*
4 2 Green Bay The Pack got physically pasted for most of the game and then they just crawled up and back into the game.  The play of Rodgers reminded me of him playing the BEARS.  A solid win and now they seem to be the team to beat in the NFC.
3 3 New England The Pats D showed again they have serious issues and that Brady is at least the 2nd best of all time (Montana fan here forever) and he and the O can’t be given the ball and 2+ min and then think you can stop them.  A superb if predictable come from behind win.
9 4 Minnesota Wow, evidently Case Keenum just needed a week of practice. The O was on fire and the D was solid and now with Keenum or Bradford or even Bridgewater I think this team is on the rise.
1 5 Oakland I hope it was the glare of prime time or the travel to the East Coast or the raw emotion of the events of the day but boy did the Silver and Black suck on Sunday Night.  If they play that bad again they are not who I thought they were.
6 6 Atlanta The Falcons nearly lost to the sad sack Lions. In fact but for a highly questionable rule call *don’t forget they would have lost to Chicago if someone had caught a TD pass instead of dropping them* they could be 1-2 and digging out of a hole.  This Falcon team is not who we think they are I think their injury riddled D has problems.
16 7 Tennessee The Titans are starting to make a believer out of me.  They have won two in  a row and are starting to look good.  This division match will be a good test.
18 8 Washington The Best game by the Skins I have seen almost since the glory days of the 90’s.  Superb on O and D and they look all the world like the best in the NFC East.  Lets seem them do it again.
5 9 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh has been trying to get their O under control and that is still a work in progress.  For the D to collapse and be unable to stop the run?  They better get that fixed fast or this team’s hope for 2017 may be in bad shape.
17 10 Philadelphia Philadelphia actually played pretty well only at the end.  They let a prevouisly left for Dead Giant team sorta find themselves.  They probably mailed it in for 3 quarters.  They did gut out a late win and that is positive.  They should have blown out the Giants but this was a win.
15 11 Houston The Texans have something in DeShaun Watson.  They may also have something in RB Foreman.  They need to see if Hopkins is young enough to be part of Texan Triplets.  This game showed how tough their D is and how effective their O is.  It also showed how gunshy their coaching is.  IF they had gone for it on 4th and 1 they might have won but alas…the fear of New England beat them as sure as Brady did.
14 12 Dallas Well the Cowboys gutted out a victory and even the woman beating scumbag and the mother beating scumbag balled out and did enough to get them a win over the collective best the AARP Arizona has.  It was a necessary win or the Cowboys nation would have eaten it’s own navel.
12 13 Tampa Bay The Bucs met a northern buzz saw and got thumped up one side and down the other by the Vikes.  Does this make them terrible? Probably not but it would make me feel better if they play better this week.
8 14 Carolina Speaking of terrible losses.  I was flabbergasted at how badly the Panthers played.  They got shut down by the worst D in football and then got blasted.  What an ugly performance.  This team is in dire straights already.
10 15 Baltimore Can someone explain to me which Raven team is which?  They got utterly pasted in England and look like crap and now they get no break and play Pittsburgh.  They better figure it out fast or this could go south faster.
11 16 Arizona Well it was kind of mean to have Arizona play on MNF after all several of their starters normally eat dinner at 4:30 and are in bed by 7pm.  All kidding aside about how old they are but really…how old are they?  Their one bit of youth on the D line is just a complete draft bust so far (Window).  Palmer tries but he still is what he is which is on a good day 3TD and 2INT and a bad day 1TD 3INT.  A team sliding down hill.
7 17 Denver I believe some thought 7 was not high enough for Denver last week.  To get your ass handed to you by Buffalo??? What the heck was that?  Their QB play was suspect, the D was beat.  I need to see if Denver is for real or just another mirage.  Terrible loss.
13 18 Detroit The Lions fans have created a list and want Goodell to check it twice.  They literally say the NFL is out to get them.  Yes the call to take the TD away from Tate was specious but the Lions did so many same old sorry assed Lion things that they lost this game well before that last play was called and the time ran off.  They self defeat still better than any other team.  Oh and Stafford is an over paid never was.
22 19 Jacksonville Will the real slim Jags please stand up? Please stand up? Please stand up?  The jeckyl and hyde of the NFL was the good doctor of butt thumping as they pasted in the UK.  Talk about Anarchy in the UK…fake punt when up 37?  Good thing that didn’t lead to a brawl.  They won convincingly but they still have to learn how to win with dignity.
24 20 Buffalo Well done Buffalo! You brought a superb D and a productive O and beat a team that on paper you never had a shot to beat.  They dominated the game and if they could only do that again I would start to think they might have something in the Ralph.
21 21 LA Rams On a short week they scored another forty burger and won another game.  I am not 100% sold that their D is of any value but their O is growing and getting better.  Heck I saw Gurley take a hit.  Let’s see what this week 4 challenge does for this young upstart of a team.
23 22 Indianapolis The Colts found offense with Brissett and he is a pretty fair QB.  TY Dropton had a big day and the Colts D even played well for at least 3 quarters. In the end they held on and won over a bad Brown team.  Lets see them win another one this YEAR.
19 23 Seattle The Seahawks got pounded pillar to post by the Titan O line.  The Legion of Boom was a legion of OOPs as they were smacked and missed tons of tackles.  If this D has days like that in it in the future then this team is in SEVERE trouble.
27 24 New Orleans The Saints had a game for the ages and dominated the whole 60.  A great performance by a D that I didn’t think had a pulse. The O was on point.  I have to think this had more to do with how bad Carolina is and not how good this team could be.  I will change my mind if they do it again.
20 25 Miami Cutler is Cutler, he can’t help himself.  He took a team of modest talent and had them almost shut out by a team trying to lose every game.  It didn’t seem possible but Jay Cutler is a bum and he will drag the Dolphins down into football hell like he did with my BEARS.
31 26 Chicago Speaking of which.  Wow.  Evidently they learned from Tennesse how effective a power running game can be.  The use of Howard and Cohen ran over the Steelers and gave them a win with Glennon still doing his best ‘play Trubisky’ movement.  I would like to seem them steamroll GB but I am a realist and know that ain’t likely.
25 27 LA Chargers If no one goes to a Chargers game will it count if they lose?  Or is that when they lose?  They were pushed and ran over by KC.  They are either over matched or hard luck but either one gives them losses and more and more empty seats in the place universally touted as ‘no bad seat’  – no bad seat but most are empty.
32 28 NY Jets Well that is no way to punt a season!  The Jets played strong on D and O and blasted the fish.  McCown looked at least 3 years younger and it looked like the secondary could cover.  I would like to see this band of nothings do that for 30 more minutes again.
29 29 San Francisco The Niners had their best game of the year on TNF and looked like a world power with that O.  They got plastered on D but it must make SF faithful happy to see the O actually score points.  They lost but it was close.
28 30 NY Giants The G-men get credit for playing a good 35 or 45 minutes but in the end they couldn’t hold the lead and they lost.  They are 0-3 and have the worst record of any NY based team.  They need O line help and until that comes we can’t actually figure out if Eli or the running game is any good as it’s hard to do anything behind that line.  The use of Marshall was a nice change and could help if they continue to remember his number.
26 31 Cleveland The Browns are winning the battle of Ohio this year by not being the worst team from Ohio.  They may not have a win but they have been competitive in every game for at least part of them.  They have talent and I still think they could get 4 or 5 wins yet this year.
30 32 Cincinnati This is the worst team in Ohio, East of the Mississippi and in the Continental US.  I have never seen such a collection of bums.  Dalton is an abysmal failure at QB and they should just cut him.  He has led the O to only 2 TDs, completes about 50% and they hadn’t scored a TD until GB and they still lost this game.  They are the worst and I hope Marvin Lewis has invested his money wisely.
Thoughts, Comments, Questions, Arguments, Agreements?  All welcome! As always I will be happy to take money, preferably tens and twenties!
Mr. N The BEARS Fan
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Mr. N’s #NFL Power Poll Week 2 #nflthoughts #powerrankings


Last Week Week 2
2 1 Oakland The Raiders played a great 30 minutes after mailing it in for the first 30.  They need to just keep the foot on the gas every minute but to me they are the class of the NFL.
5 2 Kansas City The Chiefs may be the 2nd best in their division but they are in the league.  A great D that didn’t miss many beats without Berry.  I think they are on a collision course with the Silver and Black.
3 3 New England They got better playing the hapless Saints D.  The O looked good but we really need to see them play a better team to say for sure the Pats are back.
1 4 Green Bay The Pack got whupped and it was truly a pleasure to watch.  Evidently the D is not as good as what they did to Seattle but probably not as bad as they played against Atlanta.  Rogers got picked so I don’t have to listen to that ‘xxx many throws since his last pick’
8 5 Pittsburgh A solid win that they had to work hard to get but they lucked out with facing a backup QB.  They still need to iron out the kinks in the O.
10 6 Atlanta A great win and the Falcons seem to be over any SB loss funk.  They blew out the Pack and look amazing.  The loss of Vic Beasley may hurt though.
11 7 Denver Speaking of D the Broncs wiped out Dallas with great D and solid O.  Siemian has impressed me with his talent and if he is for real the Broncos could be a force.
9 8 Carolina The Panthers got a win with good D and not much O.  They need more of the latter to compete with the Falcons.
4 9 Minnesota The Vikes got beat because they had to start a back-up QB on the road in a tough game.  The D played well but they not surprisingly had no O.  I expect better with Bradford back.
12 10 Baltimore This team is coming on with a 2-0 record and a D that looks like it is Super Bowl quality.  The O is working and I want to see if they can keep this effort going.
7 11 Arizona They won over Indy but this team may just be old and getting older every second.  I was fooled by their schedule and their talent on paper.  This team has a shot of finishing last in their division.
13 12 Tampa Bay A great game but they did it to the hapless BEARS.  It will be telling to see them play a better quality opponent in week 3.
14 13 Detroit They have won 2 in a row and that means slightly more than nothing.  I do not respect this team and will fall over if they win more than 9 this year.
6 14 Dallas Jerry Jones says this loss doesn’t define or represent his Cowboys.  Maybe it does.  Maybe this O line is no longer the best in the NFL.  I thought that ship sailed last year.  They are not elite and Dez is not a top flighjt WR.
16 15 Houston Frankly I have seen better efforts on O and D but for the circumstances it wasn’t bad.  The team overcame a severe lack of Tight Ends, a rookie QB first career start and a team whose mind must still be on the mess their town is in after the hurricane.  They were a bit flat on D but got the job done and the O was pretty badly flat but DeShaun did have one good run in him.  It was not pretty  or well played but it was a win.
20 16 Tennessee The Titans took the Jags apart and looked pretty solid here.  Now is this the team pre-season people loved or are they the week 1 version?
15 17 Philadelphia There was no shame in losing to a better team and the Eagles gave a pretty fair accounting of themselves.  We wait to see how they fare this week.
22 18 Washington The Skins battled all game and pulled out a win this week.  A pretty good effort and now the team needs to build on this.
19 19 Seattle This team crawled out on their belly with a win and looked horrible doing it.  They need to start combing the north woods for large tree cutters who might play O line.
28 20 Miami Rich Eisen is a Cutler believer.  I am not.  They handily won a game and I will reward that but wait to see how they do week 3.
17 21 LA Rams The Rams played a pretty good game and were in this match for most of the day.  Gurley continues to be the RB most likely to dance out of bounds to avoid being tackled.  They are on a short week now and must try their luck against potentially a fair to middling D.
18 22 Jacksonville The Jags seemed to have forgotten to bring their D to the division meeting and got whupped.  The O was lackluste and the D just got beat.  We must wait to see which team is real.
27 23 Indianapolis Well they nearly won this game.  For a team bereft of most talent at every position they gave a game effort and had to settle for an OT loss.  I think we can convincingly state that Brissett is better than Tolzien.
23 24 Buffalo The Bills need some O stat.  They played a decent D but to muster only 3 points?  Yeesh.
24 25 LA Chargers The only thing sadder than the bad luck the Bolts continue to have is the lack of anyone in LA caring what happens to them.  They couldn’t fill that dinky place if they gave away free beer.
25 26 Cleveland Continuing to give a hard try even when reduced to 2nd/3rd string QB.  I think this team has talent and is going to win their next game.
21 27 New Orleans There has been a lot of talk about D in New Orleans and that is just denial.  There is no D and it doesn’t matter what Brees does, they can’t stop anyone.
26 28 NY Giants I thought NY had just one rotten team but boy do the Giants suck.  I don’t believe their entire lack of any ability on the O line is Eli’s fault.  Brady couldn’t QB with that line in front of him.  McAdoo should be McAdone.
30 29 San Francisco Played a pretty solid game on D with not much O and nearly snuck a win.  Interesting to see if this effort can continue on a short week.
29 30 Cincinnati I do not believe I thought the Bengals were as bad as they are.  They were just abhorrent tonight.  To play that bad at home on Thursday?  They canned the OC but he is not an overrated overpaid red haired bum who masquarades as a QB.  The Bengals may have ‘star’ power but they have no heart and that may come from above.  Now this team of smelly refuse goes to Green Bay.  Wonder how 0-3 will taste?
31 31 Chicago But for a garbage time TD this was an ugly shutout.  The BEARS looked hapless on O and D and this just in, that won’t win them many games.  A reward? They get the Steelers next.
32 32 NY Jets The Jets showed a modicum of life in the first half but that may have just been their opponent not trying as they are the Jets.  The last 30 min showed just how awful this team is.
Thoughts, Comments, Questions, Arguments, Agreements?  All welcome! As always I will be happy to take money, preferably tens and twenties!
Mr. N The BEARS Fan

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


2017 Power Poll Week 1
Last Week  Wk1
2 1 Green Bay Played a solid game and won it pretty easily.  Too early to really judge how good the Pack D is until they play a team with an actual offensive line.
4 2 Oakland Was a superb game from start to finish.  Given a gift of a free possession they never looked back and kicked a much hyped Titan squad all over the place.  The Silver and Black look very legit early.
1 3 New England They got pounded in the 2nd half, 4th quarter specifically.  It seemed that Brady was flat, the D can’t deal with speed and this either will be the wake up that inspires them or the slightest chance this is signalling they are on the way down.
5 4 Minnesota Wow what a game!  Bradford had the best game of his career and the Vikes D brought it like everyone knew they would.  Their kicker even kicked field goals.  If they can maintain this effort they could challenge GB.
8 5 Kansas City A superb win and too much can be made of this easily.  What we can take away from this is that Alex Smith threw a great deep ball and now he has targets who can run.  The Chiefs lost Berry at S and that may do more to harm this team than this win does to make them better.  Still a great start to their year for one game.
11 6 Dallas A good game by the Cowboys with solid O.  The D here is also hard to judge since they faced a team with no offensive line whatsoever.  How good they are will start to be shown in week 2.
3 7 Arizona Well they played a pretty good 45 minutes but then their D just crapped out and they lost one late.  They should have won it and now we have to wonder if they are just old?
7 8 Pittsburgh They struggled on O all day and had to battle to overcome a game Cleveland squad.  LeVeon showed clearly how important preseason is.  A solid D, a bad O and they need to get their game on quick.
12 9 Carolina What a nice gift to start the season, they played SF and walked all over that moribund team.  A good win against a bad opponent.
10 10 Atlanta The Falcons had all they could handle from the BEARS and they barely eeked out a win.  That says more about the issues Atlanta has then how good Chicago may be.
15 11 Denver The Broncs had the game well in hand, their D got scorched late and then they snuck out on the tummy with a close win.  If this represents the D then there are problems a mile above everyone else.
17 12 Baltimore A great win for the Ravens.  The D looked fierce and the O was solid.  Can they keep this up is the question.
16 13 Tampa Bay on a weather bye and this means no breaks rest of year so this will be a bad year for a team that was on the rise.
20 14 Detroit The Lions looked like the same old sorry assed Lions for 45 min and then the most overpaid QB in America led another come from behind win.  We will see how good they are as time goes by.
23 15 Philadelphia Philly played a great game and looked solid on O and D.  They are one of the few teams I saw that looked Legit.
9 16 Houston Evidently the emotion of the week wore on them and they were flat on all aspects.  They have  short week and are starting a rookie QB.  Good luck.
26 17 LA Rams That was the week’s biggest blowout but we must temper our enthusiasm until they play like that against an NFL team.
24 18 Jacksonville They had a great game against a team who didn’t seem to be there.  You do have to be impressed by the Jag D.  Seems what I saw coming in 2017 may have arrived in 2018.
13 19 Seattle The smell in the North West isn’t fish, it’s the Hawk O line or lack there of.  Unless they figure out how to block someone this team is in serious trouble.
14 20 Tennessee Hunh.  Dumb coach call #1 is the onside kick to start the year.  And they lost it and let in a TD. It was pretty much over then.  We will see if they have any of the ability the pundits think they do.
20 21 New Orleans They were hung drawn and quartered by the Vikes.  So much fot the vaunted improved D. The D still sucks.
19 22 Washington You can’t turn the ball over a million times in a division game and expect to win.  They need better discipline to start and maybe better O too.
30 23 Buffalo A great game but they did beat the Jets who are doing all they can to lose em all.  A nice win though.
25 24 LA Chargers They had a slow start but gave their all and nearly stole a division win.  A good effort in a loss.
27 25 Cleveland They played a hard game and Kizer looked good. The D looked impressive.  Can they get that effort for 60 is the question.
6 26 NY Giants They had no O line and if they have no O without gloves then this team is in great trouble. The D got scorched too.  I need to see them play better to have my preseason faith restored in any way shape or form.
22 27 Indianapolis If they play as bad as they did in Week 1 in week 2 they will be on an express ride to 32.  That was horrible.
28 28 Miami on a weather bye and this team wasn’t very good to start with so this pretty much guts any chance they didn’t have to be a force in the AFC. (This was already gutted when they hired Jay fricking Cutler to QB them.)
21 29 Cincinnati No offense and the D looked bad.  They need to bounce back on Thursday or the coach’s ass is on fire.
29 30 San Francisco What a terrible performance by a universally bad team. They are as bad as I thought they were.
31 31 Chicago My BEARS gave a game effort and but for multiple drops they might have won this game but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades and North Korean Nukes.  A loss is a loss.
32 32 NY Jets This is the home of dumb coach decision #2 – down 2 scores late with a 4th and short near midfield what do they do?  Punt and never get the ball back.  I think they are intentionally trying to lose them all.
Thoughts, Comments, Questions, Arguments, Agreements?  All welcome! As always I will be happy to take money, preferably tens and twenties!
Mr. N The BEARS Fan

Mr. N’s #NFL Preseason Power Poll 12-1! Who’s #1? Click and find out! #NFLRankings


NFL Power Rankings

 

12. Carolina Panthers – a team that is relying on the health of Cam’s Arm for their success. It is a tough division too.

 

If Cam has issues – 7-9
If Cam is ok – 9-7
A great year – 11-5

 

11. Dallas Cowboys – Pre-suspension for the woman beating scumbag RB this team was much higher in my preseason list. Without him they slide because it’s a drop off to the next best.

 

A rough year – 7-9
Battling year – 9-7
If they can overcome – 12-4

 

10. Atlanta Falcons – most teams suffer a Super Bowl Loss hangover and this team will be no exception. They still have most of the weapons but teams will be gunning for them and you can’t overlook the concussion their RB suffered early.

 

A tough year – 9-7
A decent year – 10-6
They come together – 11-5

 

9. Houston Texans – this team is D and D and D. If either Savage can be ok or they turn it over to DeShaun fast and it works then this team could surprise. Still the D is enough to do some business this year.

 

If they have little O – 8-8
If they get some O – 10-6
If DeShaun Watson is the real deal – 12-4

 

8. Kansas City Chiefs – They have built a pretty solid team and the addition of the rookie RB Alvin Kamara could be the spark the O needs.

 

A poor year – 9-7
A decent year – 11-5
If it all works – 13-3

 

7. Pittsburgh Steelers – This team is going to score a lot of points and the late addition of Joe Haden at CB gives the D a huge boost. The last hurrah of Big Ben is near but this could be the year for the Steelers.

 

If they just coast to the Division – 12-4
If they are in control – 13-3
With Haden they are a force – 14-2

 

6. New York Giants – The Gmen seem to have built a team poised to make a Super Bowl run. The suspension of Elliott pretty much gives them the division. This team could a force.

 

A rough year – 9-7
A decent year – 11-5
They are a super team – 13-3

 

TOP 5

 

5. Minnesota Vikings – I love this D and Bradford has a full year of the offense, better running backs and an improved line. The schedule is pretty easy too.

 

A bad year – 9-7
A decent year – 11-5
A super year – 12-4

 

4. Oakland Raiders – This team was great last year and now they add Beastmode and their D got help too. They could give Oakland a championship before they go to Vegas.

 

A rough year – 11-5
A good year – 13-3
They are unstoppable and just win baby – 14-2

 

3. Arizona Cardinals – pundits say there are a lot of issues, I say they have one of the easiest schedules ever. Yes they are old but they could go out with a bang.

 

A bad year – 11-5
A good year – 13-3
They win what they could – 14-2

 

2. Green Bay Packers – The Pack may be back and this time Rodgers could get his Super Bowl return. It will take a lot of good football to knock the Pack off the top of the NFC heap this year.

 

A bad year – 12-4
A good year – 14-2
They may just go – 15-1

 

1. New England Patriots – doesn’t seem like anything can slow them down. They won the Super Bowl, they won the off season, they suffered several key injuries and just shrugged. They have to be favored to win it all no matter what.

 

They have a ‘bad’ year -13-3
A good year – 14-2
They may just win them all this time – 16-0

 

There you have it and next up is the regular season!

 

Mr. N The BEARS Fan