Mr. N’s #NFL Week 8 Power Poll #PowerRankings


NFL Power Rankings

 

Last Week Week 8
1 1 Philadelphia It seems Philly thought they could mail it in and didn’t put much effort into the game for a while.  Upon giving their heads a collective shake they rallied and blew out the Niners.  Still the best in the NFL, until they lose again.  This just in, the rich got richer with adding Ajayi for nothing.  What a steal and boy does this set this team up for the Super Bowl.
3 2 Minnesota The Vikings went across the pond and slept through the first half and made England think Cleveland had a shot.  Thankfully the 2nd half was a bit more effective for Minnesota as they put away the Browns in cake walk fashion.  That was an ugly start to a solid finish but a win is a win.
4 3 Pittsburgh Bend don’t break defence started and ended with the Steel curtain.  They played a sloppy brand of football and let Detroit move between the 20s but Pittsburgh showed some character and gutted out a win.  The long catch by Ju Ju was ironic considering the crap Bryant said about him.  Not a pretty win but it counts.
5 4 New England The Pats got another win by any means necessary.  They nearly blew the game to LA and had great difficulty stopping Rivers.  There were several times when calls went NE’s way (I still think they league is paying them back for Bounty gate) and they crawled out with a win.  They are 6-2 but in my world they are a bad 4-4 so they are a not impressive 6-2.  This just in they traded Jimmy G and now unless Belicheck thinks he can toss the rock I don’t know who is backing up a rapidly aging and badly hit Brady.
6 5 Seattle You can’t say enough for the Seahawk O but at the same time you cannot say enough how bad the Legion of oops is.  Wilson and the O won this game for the Seahawks after their D gave up the game.  They won but as the weather gets colder and the field conditions get worse they will need someone on the D to make the odd tackle to get them any where.
8 6 New Orleans The Saints managed to get a win against the fiesty Bears.  They played some good D and scored just enough points to win altho it would have been a heck of a lot closer if the BEARS TD had been allowed to stand.
7 7 LA Rams On the bye and the most exciting team in the NFL gets to see if they can keep it going in the second half.
9 8 Buffalo The Bills won a nice game with some dominant D and some solid O and special teams.  They jostled with the Raiders for 30 and then blew them away.  Adding WR Benjamin makes this team one that is serious about hunting down the vulnerable Pats.
2 9 Houston Man, I feel for Deshaun.  He does all he can do and he basically sets wins up on a platter and then must sit and watch the D blow it.  This flashed me back to RGIII’s rookie year when he would win games for the Skins and watch the D lose them.  Who ever would have thought that a Texans team that can put up 30+ every game can’t win because their D allows nearly 40.  A bad loss.
11 10 Dallas The Cowboys won a big game on the back of a woman beating scumbag who is now FINALLY suspended.  It will be fun to watch the Cowboys struggle and to have all the talking heads trip over themselves explaining away the struggles by saying …if Zeke (the woman beating scumbag) was here…Good luck (not) Dallas. The sked gets hard and your team is gonna suffer lol.
14 11 Kansas City The Chiefs seemed to have found their offensive mojo against the once vaunted Broncos.  Great O and some inspired D and they simply outplayed Denver.  Lets see KC do it again.
12 12 Jacksonville On the bye and the Jags will now be another team who needs to see if they can keep it going in the second half.
10 13 Washington The Skins had another tough game and the D had trouble dealing with a woman beater.  (kind of like the perversion of justice handed out by the local cops in Dallas and the courts in Dallas too.).  This has been a really tough stretch for Washington and for the most part they battled.  The schedule gets easier now and they could still be heard from for a wild card.
13 14 LA Chargers The Chargers went to New England and if two of their TDs had counted they would have won.  They made it close and played a hell of a game.  Hard to beat Darth Vader on the Death Star when the universe doesn’t allow any calls against  him.  Good game in a loss.
15 15 Green Bay On the bye and tried probably to dig up a QB somewhere.  They didn’t and they are going to suffer badly going forward.  Not the worst news for me, The BEARS Fan
16 16 Tennessee On the bye and the Titans have been on and off and hot and cold.  Will the real Titans play the second half?
17 17 Atlanta The Falcons managed to crawl on their bloated stomachs out of the game with the Jets with a win.  This team is in no way good or able to beat anyone of any talent.  They are a bad team playing with a mediocre QB and a Super Bowl Loss Hangover.
18 18 Carolina The Panthers parlayed the return of Keuchly into a passionate D that dominated.  The O did very little but it was little enough to let them get a win.  They are still having huge issues on O and D.
20 19 Baltimore The Ravens looked superb but they did against at home against a tired team.  They did play solid D and good O but you can’t take much from this as this is an outlier and not truly representative of the abilities of the Ravens.  That Flacco got hurt actually is a flat line event as he is no longer any good any way.
19 20 Tampa Bay The Bucs look bad and have little or no O.  They were shut down again and Winston now looks like he may not be NFL worthy.  A team in GREAT Trouble.
27 21 Cincinnati The Bengals managed to just beat the Colts.  This was a pretty ugly effort by every facet of their team.  They won but my goodness this vaunted D had trouble with the Colt O.  That seat must be hot under Lewis.
21 22 Oakland The Raiders can be given credit for playing a soild 30 minutes but they ran out of gas, luck and D and got rolled up by Buffalo.  The season is now very much in doubt and I don’t think the Silver and Black can pull this one out.
22 23 Detroit The Sad sack sorry ass Lions actually played about 30 good minutes but with their O being only able to operate between the 20’s it was inevitable that they would lose.  The coaching decisions continue to make little sense and how long that coach lasts as this team sinks is a good question.
23 24 Chicago The BEARS gave a good shot in New Orleans.  This game really turned on the TD catch by Miller that was changed to no catch.  It is hard for a guy who ruptured an artery in his leg to hold on the ball while grabbing his injured knee.  That BAD call cost them 7 and likely gave the game to New Orleans.  A good effort and Trubisky looks like the Second Coming for Chicago QB.
24 25 Denver The Broncos got whupped by KC and their D had no answer for the speed of KC.  That is surprising as this D is purported to be the BEST EVER.  This just in, they are not, they have no QB, their O is weak and their D can be beat.  A team in big trouble.
25 26 Miami For the first time this year the ugliness of playing on TNF appeared.  A Dolphin team that has looked solid on D and was getting it’s legs on O with a legit QB simply looked tired, out of sorts and unable to focus.  This was probably aided by the fact they have been going hard since week 2 and have no byes this year.  A total mess but can’t put much on this as this was TNF.  This just in they traded their RB for a bag of chips.  The year is over for Miami.
26 27 NY Jets The Jets played a decent game and did everything but win against Atlanta.  It is funny that watching the Jets is entertaining as they just sling the ball all over and sometimes they score.  They aren’t great but they can be fun to watch.
29 28 Arizona On the bye and they still intend to go with Stanton at QB.  Too bad they couldn’t just stay on the bye.
28 29 Indianapolis The Colts managed to nearly beat the Bengals.  They are a team with huge holes every where and I am not certain they will win many more this year but they did give this a good try.
30 30 NY Giants A bad team on a bye.  Sometime during the bye their top CB got suspended indefinitely.  That is the second member of the secondary suspended.  Maybe this head coach doesn’t really reach the players?
31 31 San Francisco Got utterly pulverized a second week in a row.  Their young rookie QB had another tough learning experience but it wasn’t going to be pretty while he got his feet under him.  They had a good plan, let Beathard learn and see if he is the guy or then go for Cousins in 2018.  Ok so, why did they trade for Jimmy G????? Are they trying to find their inner Brown?
32 32 Cleveland The Browns led at the half this week for the first time this year.  Unfortunately they had to play the second half and got smoked.  To add insult to their winless season they were in negotiations with Cincy for McCarron and failed to finalize the deal by the deadline.  Only Cleveland can do that.
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 Week 7 Power Poll #PowerRankings #NFLThoughts


NFL Power Rankings

 

Last Week Week 7
1 1 Philadelphia Well I guess Monday night showed the football world that the NFC East title goes through Philly.  Let the talk about Dallas fade away now.  What a team.  The D is astounding and Wentz is dramatic and dynamic.  Until someone beats them they are the BEST.
2 2 Houston Took a bye and now they get quite the little challenge in week 8.  On the road to Seattle, this will show us how far Deshaun has come.
3 3 Minnesota The D is the beast that powers this squad.  With ok kicking and some offense here and there this is the team to beat in the NFC North and if they get steady O they can challenge Philly.
5 4 Pittsburgh The Steelers took down a division rival who’s only talent is having a scum bag who tries to injure and a red haired nightmare at QB. They had good O and played decent D and won it.  They need to continue to show this level of ability for me to believe they can challenge Houston.
7 5 New England The Pats beat the Falcons using all their patented ways including fogging up the stadium.  The D shut down a Falcons team that is but a shadow of itself.  Brady still looks 40 and a few more hits and he may be taking a 40 winks dirt nap.  They won. Whoopie. They are still 3-4 in my mind.
10 6 Seattle The Seahawks played a great game.  I cannot make as much out of it as others since they only stomped all over a Giants team who can barely get 43 people to stand for the anthem let alone 53 to play.  Just because NYG beat Den doesn’t make them good and the win by Seattle was well done but they didn’t beat an NFL team.
14 7 LA Rams The most exciting team in America took the show on the road wowed the Brits.  I can’t guarantee the Rams will win every game going out but I can guarantee it will be fun to watch them try!  What a great team effort they bring and with a great young coach things look good in LA!
16 8 New Orleans The Saints went to Geek Bay and slayed the Dragonless Dragons.  A simple mopping of the floor of Green Bay by the Saints ended all the Pack talk.  Without any doubt this is the BEST team in the NFC South.  Now they have to face the BEARS.
11 9 Buffalo The Bills did what they had to and they won a hard fought game.  Solid and intelligent QB play combined with good Running and that great D and here come the Bills.  Solid special teams too.  The Bills make ya wanna shout!
8 10 Washington The Skins gave their all on the MNF.  They played the Eagles very tough for 30 and then just got steamrolled by a better team.  It is kind of unfair that they are measured up by how they play the Eagles.  Measure them by how they kick the crap out of the hapless Cowboys.
12 11 Dallas The Cowboys blew out the Niners who are winless and started a rookie QB.  They have a woman beating scumbag at RB and a mother beater at WR who is crying for the ball.  This is a bad 3-3 team and could be pasted this week.
20 12 Jacksonville The Jags had another great week and Bortles set team records with his effort.  If, IF, they can get that play from the QB and add to it Fournette and that D then Jacksonville will be playing in January.
21 13 LA Chargers Well now what do we have hear but the Chargers have found their mojo!  They must have decided that winning was better than losing because now all they do is win.  They shut out the hapless and incapable Broncos and looked great doing it.  Go Bolts.  Someone go to one of their games ok?
4 14 Kansas City The wheels have come off in KC.  What was what a superb O sputter and sputs.  The D that was to be shut down doesn’t shut the door on any team at any time any more.  If they don’t win against Denver they may be heading south super fast.
6 15 Green Bay The Pack fell to earth with a thud.  ALL the talk of how they would coast without Rodgers ended with the first bad play by GB.  They were beaten badly and looked bad doing it and now one has to wonder if they can win any game without Rodgers.
17 16 Tennessee Well they crawled past the worst team in the NFL with an overtime win.  I guess you could laud the D but you must have grave concerns about the severe lack of O.  The Titans have had bad O issues even with Mariota so they have problems.
15 17 Atlanta Oh the Super Bowl loss curse is alive.  The Falcons looked like garbage, played like garbage and lost handily to a not very good Pat team.  The offense has gone south and the D isn’t what is was in the early part of the season.  They may be hard pressed to make the playoffs.
9 18 Carolina The Panthers swaggered into Chicago and lurched out losers.  Caaaaaam turned it over and learned again turnovers are gold.  Unable to get any O going they played good D but never were in the game.  The Panthers have a TON of issues.
19 19 Tampa Bay The Bucs lost a close one to a stong Bills team.  They had about as good of an effort as I have seen them put on this year.  Let’s see them do it again and they might win one.
18 20 Baltimore Flacco found out the Viking D is what QB nightmares are made of.  The Ravens never had a shot in this game and were quite lucky to get the points they did.  They are more than a step below the Steelers and maybe John’s bro can find him a college coaching job after he is canned.
30 21 Oakland The Raiders from Week 2 appeared and wow.  Carr looked amazing, the D played ok and Cooper finally woke up.  I would love to see them do this again as this win puts them back in the race in the AFC.
22 22 Detroit On the bye and didn’t move an inch because heck I don’t move them much if they fluke out a win.
28 23 Chicago As a long and hard suffering BEARS Fan this team is giving my Sunday afternoon weary Football soul a lift.  Mitchell TruBEARSky is not Joe Montana but he gets it done.  They have won 2 in a row for the first time in way over a year.  Can they keep it going?  They have D, some O, solid special teams and seem like a team who is just having fun.  Go BEARS!
13 24 Denver Shut out by the Bolts! What a great thing to happen to the no longer swaggering Broncos.  The no fly zone has become the come fly with me but the offense is the no score zone and now the question is not can Semien do it but how long until Lynch comes back.
26 25 Miami That was so unfair to everyone who picked against Miami and Cutler.  Cutler got creamed, they brought in a real QB and now the Dolphins are a dangerous team.  The longer Cutler is out, the better shot Miami has of challenging the Overpoweringly WEAK Pats.
23 26 NY Jets Nothing surprised NY more than a real QB coming onto the field.  McCown did what McCown can do and turned the ball over a lot and they lost.  The Jets are very loose on offense and they can score but they can look ugly in the attempt none the less.
24 27 Cincinnati Went and got whupped by Pitt.  Dalton was the Red haired nightmare of a QB I knew he was.  Burfict showed again that he should be banned FOREVER for his kicking a Steeler in the head.  There is no logic for the NFL to not suspend the 1,000,000 time offender.  The Bengals are a mess.
25 28 Indianapolis Shut out and looked bad doing it and then looked worse with the tossing of each other under the bus.  I am not sure Andrew Luck will want to come back and play for this team.  That O line couldn’t block snails from crawling past them.  Terrible team.
27 29 Arizona So much for AP being the new David Johnson.  Turns out he is just AP and he signed up for 11 carries for negigible yards.  Palmer went down and since they won’t put Mahomes in they are going to sink with Stanton.  Whatever impossible hope they had is gone.  Sharpen the fork and stick it in them deep.
29 30 NY Giants The Giants took a couple of weeks to show everyone that with NO WR they suck.  They were shut down and looked pedestrian.  The O line is terrible, the run game is terrible, the receivers *excepting the rookie TE* are terrible and the D ain’t what it was.  Boy they stink.
31 31 San Francisco So much for the Niners being close in every game.  They were blown out and it probably had a lot to do with the bitter pill of turning to a rookie QB for the long term benefit but short term pain.  Hoyer can keep it to within 3 while they lose but they get no where doing that.  Beathard may be the real deal. It will be ugly while we watch to see if he is.
32 32 Cleveland The Browns lost again.  This time they lost their LT and they continue to play musical QB.  With no concept of a plan they can not make any progress.  I am at this point not sure if Cleveland can ever resurrect the franchise and maybe they need to blow it up and move it to England.
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 6 Power Poll #PowerRankings #NFLThoughts


NFL Power Rankings

 

Last Week Week 6
3 1 Philadelphia The Eagles played on the road on a Thursday and looked dominant.  They have structure and talent on O and D.  The QB is a force, the play calling is excellent.  They have a great pass rush and run stopping and play solid special teams.  For now, without a doubt, this is the best team in the NFL.
5 2 Houston My oh my, me thinks we can bury the QB question in Texas forever now.  DeShaun is the man and he is the reason this team is the best in the AFC.  They now can score with anyone and outscore most.  Combine that with the Texan D and  you have a great young team with attitude.
9 3 Minnesota The Vikings did what I have been asking my BEARS to do for a decade.  They took out Aaron Rodgers and the fans of the other NFC North teams all popped corks on champagne bottles.  The division is the Vikes for the taking.  They are finding some O and Teddy is coming back now. The D is the best in the NFL and despite the Packer apologists plain hopes, the Vikes are going to cruise to the division this year.
1 4 Kansas City The Chiefs just mailed it in and looked ugly doing it.  There was no excuse for what happened.  They have a choice with my poll…take down the Raiders on TNF and get back to it or lose and drop out of the top 15.
12 5 Pittsburgh Well done Steelers.  Found a balanced O and played stellar D and knocked off the undefeated Chiefs.  If the Steelers can play like that for the rest of the year then this team will challenge Houston for the AFC spot in Minny in February.
2 6 Green Bay Oh how the Packers have fallen.  Without golden boy Aaron they cannot get up.  They had issues on O and D with Rodgers and he just used his magic to get wins.  Take that away and a pedestrian offense with no run game and a D that can’t stop a fart in the wind and you have a team destined to battle to stay out of the basement in the NFC North.
8 7 New England The Pats are remarkable.  Evidently the NFL feels they owe them something for Deflategate as they awarded another win to them.  They lost to the Jets but a TD was ruled not a TD and the Pats got a W.  They should be 2-4 and are a WEAK 4-2 and cannot keep getting these breaks.  The D is bad, the O is bad and Brady looks like he should have retired after the Super Bowl win last year.
10 8 Washington The 2nd best team in the NFC East is a gutsy little squad who can bring it in all facets of the game.  Cousins is leading a solid O and that D is a beast at times.  If it wasn’t for Philly they might be the big cheese in the NFC.  Can’t wait to see them play their next game and show the Eagles what they have.
7 9 Carolina The Panthers can’t really be faulted for losing to Philly but I do fault them a little.  They had the home field advantage and should have been more prolific but they just couldn’t get it done and now have to take on a game BEARS team who may surprise this badly, BADLY flawed team.
14 10 Seattle Ah Seattle.  What a great time for a bye.  The teams ahead of them stunk so they moved up!
15 11 Buffalo Ah Buffalo.  What a great time for a bye.  The teams ahead of them stunk so they moved up!
16 12 Dallas Ah Dallas.  What a great time for a bye.  The teams ahead of them stunk so they moved up!
4 13 Denver Wow did Denver ever buy a lot of postage for this game.  I mean they express posted their O, they Fed-Exed their D and their Gameplan was UPSed.  What a useless effort.  I cannot in any way shape or form excuse this team getting whipped by a TERRIBLE Giant team – AT HOME.  Shameful.  They better try against the Chargers or this is a losing streak.
19 14 LA Rams Gotta love the Rams O.  They are vibrant exciting and young.  They are currently reminding me a lot of the early ought Raiders who just outscored everyone.  The Rams D makes the odd play but they need more consistency from that side to take the next step.  They are THIS close to good.
6 15 Atlanta This team is THIS close to bad.  How the Falcons lost to the sad sack Dolphins is beyond comprehension.  There should have been no way they couldn’t put up 30 against the Fins.  That their D let a Cutler led O beat them? Ugh, that was butt fugly.
20 16 New Orleans The Saints are getting it done and every now and then they play a little D.  Brees had a solid game putting a 50 burger on the Lions and the Saints proved that turnovers are still gold!
21 17 Tennessee The Titans get credit for 15 good minutes of football as it came at the right time to overwrite the 45 minutes of bad they played to start MNF.  A great come from behind win in a game that never should have been in doubt.
11 18 Baltimore The Ravens took the BEAARS a bit lightly and then found out that Flacco is a one Super Bowl Win overrated has been and look what happened?  Beaten by the BEARS at home.  The QB looked terrible and the D got beat by the BEARS.  Pittsburgh must have grinned watching this result.
13 19 Tampa Bay The Bucs.  Took me back to the old days of a Bay of Pigs game.  To let an ancient has been child beater run wild and then let a geriatric offense score 38?  Winston got hurt but the prob here is D and the sad lack thereof.  So much for their post season hopes, I am sticking a fork in them.
17 20 Jacksonville The Jags gave their all and nearly beat a tough Rams team.  They made a couple of key misplays on special teams and that was the difference.  A great effort none the less.
25 21 LA Chargers Break up the Bolts or at least attend one of their games!  They are on a 2 game winning streak and if they can pounce on a down Bronco team it could be three.  I am getting impressed at the heart shown by a team with no home to play in.
18 22 Detroit Life is good when the things expected occur.  The sun rises, the sun sets, the Lions are the same old sorry assed Lions.  They were blown out by the Saints.  They scored against prevent to make it closer then it really was and then they turned it over a lot to seal it.  What a sad team with a vastly overpaid bum at QB.
22 23 NY Jets The Jets were Jobbed.  They scored a TD to tie it and that would have given them every shot to win over a deflated Pats team. (only fitting for NE to look DEFLATED) but the NFL took it from them and gave the Pats a win.  We will see how they bounce back off that heart breaker.
24 24 Cincinnati On a bye and they just sat and maybe got healthy or maybe Dalton got older.
23 25 Indianapolis The Colts played a good 45 and got blown out for 15.  Goes to show that although it’s no guarantee – it is better to play good late and not only early.  This team has huge turnover issues and problems with D too.
27 26 Miami The poor excuse for a Cutler led nightmare won a game.  I am not sure how and what I am sure is they still suck and getting a cheap win over a Falcon team that didn’t try doesn’t change that.
28 27 Arizona The Cardinals struck gold with AP much in the way AP strikes his kid.  They managed to out score a D challenged Buc team and for the moment look like a team on the rise.  Give em a week.
29 28 Chicago The BEARS have a QB and now they have 2 wins!  Trubisky is doing enough to lead the team to victory and that is the key.  I don’t care how he does it and he doesn’t need to be Elway…I will take Tebow-like if it gets Chicago 10 wins.  A great win on the road.
32 29 NY Giants The Gmen came out and found an offense and D.  They went to Denver with nothing to lose and won the game handily.  I can’t figure out how and hurt my face when my jaw dropped watching it.  Lets see them win another.
26 30 Oakland The falling of the Raiders is getting bad.  They lose to KC on TNF and I am not sure they stay out of 32.  A Raider team going nowhere on O or D.  They need to get fixed quick or there is something seriously wrong here.
30 31 San Francisco The Niners gave their all and maybe just maybe found a QB in Beathard.  They almost stole one from Washington and look pretty good on O and D.  Maybe this young group of Niners is going to bring some life back to the Bay (kinda Bay now) area.
31 32 Cleveland Well the Browns reclaim 32 with a terrible outing against Houston.  They didn’t even try for 30.  They were blown out and never had a hope.  They are now playing musical QB and that is a sign of a franchise that has NO FRICKING clue.
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 5 Power Poll #PowerRankings #NFLThoughts


NFL Power Rankings

 

Last Week Week 5
1 1 Kansas City The Chiefs took on a game Houston team that had O to spare but was running a spare parts D.  The Chiefs O was the difference.  The startling lack of D could be an issue going forward but as long as they can put up 40 burgers they will be ok and are still the best team in the NFL (as of this moment).
2 2 Green Bay The Pack had issues getting stops with their D despite getting back the be all and end all of D players (surprised statues to Daniels aren’t already outside Canton the way he is spoken about in hushed tones) and it took a drive by currently the best QB in the NFL to win the game.  You simply can’t give Rodgers that much time at the end of the game.  As long as Rodgers does that then this is the best in the NFC.
3 3 Philadelphia The Eagles looked very good this week taking the wood to a very poor team.  While one cannot make too much out of a victory over such a lesser light…one must not overlook how many teams do overlook bad opponents and end up in dogfights.  A good win by a good team over a bad team.
6 4 Denver On the bye and a bunch of teams ahead of them in the poll simply played so bad that Denver gets to move up.  Lets see them make this stick by winning this week.
4 5 Houston The Texans D got decimated by injury and if not for the amazing talent of DeShaun they might have been blown out.  The Texan offense is the hottest thing going.  It is a cardinal shame that the D (supposed to be the team strength) is the reason the Texans are not undefeated.  Can’t fault Watson, he does enough to win every week.
7 6 Atlanta On the bye and moved up one notch because so many ‘good’ teams were bad.
9 7 Carolina The schizo Panthers continue to stay on their meds.  They managed to pull out a win over a mediocre team and if they can just find a little more D and keep their QB and RB healthy they might be able to really challenge Atlanta.
11 8 New England The Pats came back, they just won’t go away!  In all truth they played bad enough to have lost on TNF but for the lack of a TB kicker hitting anything.  Can’t really hang your hat on this win but for the fact it was a win.  I have TREMENDOUS doubts about the skill level of this once vaunted team.
12 9 Minnesota The Vikings managed to crawl out of Chicago on their collective bellies with a win.  They have some serious issues with their O.  I think Bradford is too beat up to be able to go and Keenum is getting to be like the girl on the hill.  One wonders if Bridgewater is coming back any time soon.  The D carries this team but as was shown against the stinky Lions, it can only carry them so far.
10 10 Washington On the bye and I still think this team is one of the best in the NFC.
16 11 Baltimore The Ravens made a good impression by pounding the whatsis out of the Raiders.  I think the Ravens O has some limited talent and their D can get it done most of the time.  They are certainly tough enough to challenge the current version of Pittsburgh in the AFC North.
5 12 Pittsburgh Oh how the perceived mighty have fallen. They were flat and that part that wasn’t flat got flattened by the Jags.  Problems on O continue and with Big Ben questioning his own ability it doesn’t look like it is getting any better any time soon.  They need major HELP on O.  Fire the O.C.
8 13 Tampa Bay The Bucs gave a good effort on Thursday and they did all they had to, in order to beat NE.  Except their FG kicker missed 3 and that was 9 points and they lost by 6.  They played solid D and good O and really deserved a win but they lost the game way more than NE won it.
18 14 Seattle Much (TOOOOO Much) is being made about the Legion of Ooops and their performance against LA.  The Seahawks won the game and the D did make a few good plays but the game was only theirs because the Rams lost it.  The Seahawks played bad enough to lose and that doesn’t make them suddenly great.
13 15 Buffalo The Bills did what I didn’t think they would do.  They let Andy Dalton and the Bengals beat them.  It was on the road and it was in bad weather but COME ON BUFFALO!  The D had an off game and they can’t afford to do that in what is now a competitive division.  They need a better effort after the bye.
15 16 Dallas The Cowboys took on GB and their O did enough to win the game and Dak can’t be faulted for setting them up for a win.  The poor excuse for a Cowboy D can be faulted for letting GB beat them.  A bad loss and this team has some serious D issues.
23 17 Jacksonville The Jaguars had another game for the ages.  They kicked the Steelers all over the place and won it going away.  They have a great young D and if they can just get their O to be consistent they may yet have something going this year.
17 18 Detroit The Detroit Lions did what they do best, they played hard for most of the game, they made some critical errors and they lost.  They seem to be able to beat teams that are old and injury riddled.  This is not the new Lions.  This is the same old Sorry Assed Lions.
19 19 LA Rams The LA Rams had a shot to show they were the new big dog in the NFC West but they dropped the ball.  Literally.  Gurley dropped a TD and Kupp dropped a TD and if both had scored they would have won.  The D played pretty well (one of it’s better efforts) and Senor Goff is doing all that is required.  He needs his team to do their part.
20 20 New Orleans On the bye and the Saints just took a week and maybe got healthier.  A team still looking for direction.
14 21 Tennessee Ah the Titans.  They didn’t have Mariota and evidently that was all she wrote.  The O was moribund and they couldn’t get out of their own way.  The D played alright but not scoring against the HAPLESS Dolphins is inexcusable.  What a bad, bad loss this was.
26 22 NY Jets Break up the Jets!  Well they have won 3 in a row and that is defintely not how to suck for Sam.  They get decent O from the aged QB and I have to give them credit for showing heart.  They keep winning and they could honestly be a playoff contender.
24 23 Indianapolis The Colts are a cardiac case if there ever was one.  They may set the NFL record for taking bad teams to OT and winning with a FG.  The state of kicking today you can’t really malign a team that can win with FGs.  It was a close win and that is better than a close loss.
25 24 Cincinnati The Bengals took advantage of home field and left over Hurricane Nate moisture to beat a game Bill team.  Dalton didn’t look like an Orange haired mistake and that is twice in a row.  Lets see them win another one.
30 25 LA Chargers The Bolts got off the schneid with their first win!  It is quite the performance for them to fly 3000 miles and play that well.  I guess being away from home was kind of a home game for them.  A good win over a terrible team but now they can be confident in the fact they won’t go 0-16 this year!
21 26 Oakland Oh Silver and Black I miss you so.  Not having Carr reduces this team to a walking punch line.  They were pummeled and lost an ugly one.  This is going south fast and now we have to openly wonder if they can beat the Chargers.
28 27 Miami The Fins won a game with Cutler being Cutler.  He barely did enough to show he had a pulse but they combined that with some timely D and won a game.  They still stink but they did win.
22 28 Arizona Wow.  I knew this was a bad team but did they ever prove it this week.  Bad on D, no O to speak of.  I can’t think they can get much worse but they did trade for AP and cut CJnoK so they may just get worse yet!
29 29 Chicago The BEARS have hope at QB!  Trubisky didn’t get the win but he got the BEARS close and had a shot.  He was hampered by drops and bad penalties.  He showed poise, leadership, talent and the ability to lead a team.  I think bright days are ahead.  They may not be too bright before 2018 but they are ahead.
27 30 San Francisco Another good effort by the Niners.  Hoyer played well and the D made some stops but they just couldn’t seal the deal.  They are not the worst winless team.  They are the third worst!
32 31 Cleveland Poor old Cleveland. They keep getting shots to win and not getting it done.  They had to bench Kizer.  He may yet be their QB of the future but it’s gotta be overwhelming to be throwing to a cast of who, what and why.
31 32 NY Giants The G-men.  They stink.  The thing is they stunk with OBG, Marshall and Shepard at WR.  Take their top 4 WR off the team for a month (gloves gone all year) and this team may yet have a new QB. They may go 0-16 and get to draft Sam D.
Thoughts, Comments, Questions, Arguments, Agreements?  All welcome! As always I will be happy to take money, preferably tens and twenties!
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NFL Power Rankings

 

Last Week Week 4
1 1 Kansas City The Chiefs made a firm believer out of me with that Monday Night Performance.  That they may have only been able to put the game away with the loss of a key Redskin defender isn’t damning.  That is simply football.  The Chiefs met a huge challenge from a tough team and fought back to tie and then take a lead and then in a gambler breaking play to put the game away.  Once again, the best team in the NFL.  For today.
2 2 Green Bay This is the best team in the NFC but boy do they seem to have a lot of issues.  Rodgers keeps getting sacked, the rush offense is lacking any consistency and the D can’t stop a run or cover well.  However they keep pulling out wins.  As long as they win they are this good.  When they lose they no longer are.
10 3 Philadelphia I am blown away by how good the Eagles are already.  Wentz has the O going and has a solid rush game with the Pat cast off Blount.  The D is formidable in all three areas and they are playing good special teams.  This Eagle team could waltz away with the NFC East.
11 4 Houston Look out AFC here ARE the Texans.  What a difference a QB makes.  The 30 minutes Watson spent as backup was probably the longest 30 of the Texans season.  Now with a dynamic franchise QB leader to combine with ample weapons on O and a superb D with great special teams.  I foresee the triplets of Houston will be known as the 3 D’s  – Deshaun, D’onte and DeAndre.  If this keeps going they could be playing in Minnesota in February.
9 5 Pittsburgh The Steelers D came back this week and Ryan Shazier is a force.  The O still has yet to find it’s mojo but Bell did have a good day running.  The win over Baltimore eased off the pressure on them but they really need to start the scoring machine to coast in the AFC North.
17 6 Denver Ok that was an impressive performance in all phases of the game.  The O was soild, the D was solid and the special teams was solid.  They dispatched a dispirited Raider team and looked great doing it.  They need to do this again.
6 7 Atlanta Atlanta got whipped by a suddenly tough Bills team.  This is a hard team to figure out as they can dominate with the best but can also crawl thru a game and lose when you don’t expect it.  I had thought they would have pasted the Bills but no.  Hmmm.
13 8 Tampa Bay The Bucs managed to win a game almost despite their kicker trying to lose it.  Winston goes from looking like overrated to ok he can do it.  They need help at RB and on D.  They need to play harder for 60.  They need to beat NE on Thursday.
14 9 Carolina This team confuses me.  They were destroyed by a bad team (Saints) and then went to NE and destroyed the Patriots.  How is that possible?  Caaaaaaam looks healthy and the D looks beatable but if they score 33 every week that may be less important.
8 10 Washington A team that looked good in losing again.  The Redskins have great O line, a good QB, lots of RB, some holes at WR and a good D when healthy.  They are going to be a force in the playoff race all year and the biggest challenge to the Eagles.
3 11 New England oh how the mighty have fallen.  Can they fall a touch more and lose on TNF this week?  Brady looks 40 and the D looks like they couldn’t run a 40.  They were taken apart by the Panthers and no matter how many people say that the Pats can make magic…they can’t make magic with talentless bums on D and that is what they have aplenty.
4 12 Minnesota Well the Vikings couldn’t keep the fire burning and the O was flat.  The D lost the game because they dropped 3 air mailed interceptions tossed to them by Stafford.  It was a terrible effort a bad loss to a bad team.  They need to do better.
20 13 Buffalo The Bills make you wanna shout!!!  Who knew the Bills were a good team?  I think this D is superb.  Tyrod is a good QB and Shady looks like he wants to be the force.  They keep winning I will believe more.
7 14 Tennessee The Titans got schooled by the Texans.  Mariota went down and boy did the D look pedestrian.  I think they looked power football in the face and blinked.  A loss like this could knock the Mularkey out of them.
12 15 Dallas Speaking of Mularkey, someone who says this O line is the best in the NFL is full of it.  They don’t have a great O line and their D stinks and if it wasn’t for the hapless Giants the Cowboys would be bottom feeding the NFC East.
15 16 Baltimore The Ravens had a shot to take over the division and got beat by Pittsburgh.  Flacco seems to be trying too hard and doesn’t have the talent or talent around him to get it done.  I think the Ravens aren’t all they seem to be.
18 17 Detroit I continue to not respect the Lions.  I watched Stafford throw 3 balls that would have been picked and 2 for six points each but they were dropped.  Detriot didn’t so much win as they didn’t lose.  This is  the worst one loss team in the NFL.
23 18 Seattle Seattle was in a close game and looking like they were going to be overmatched by a bad Colt team and then in about 3 minutes they blew it open and never looked back.  I cannot say this means they are good but it does mean the Colts are bad.
21 19 LA Rams Wow. I am a growing believer in this offense.  I need to see more consistency from Ram D but the O is the best O in the NFL.  Goff is amazing and I am sorry I thought he was  a bust last year.  Gurley is the MVP so far and Kupp is the best young WR in football.  Wow.
24 20 New Orleans The Saints shut out the hapless Fins.  This combined with their destruction of Carolina doesn’t yet mean they have good D.  I need to see them do it again and I will believe the D is good.  They can’t score like they used to, at least not yet.
5 21 Oakland With the loss of Carr for a bit and the deplorable play of Cooper and Lynch and the entire D…The first two weeks were a mirage and the Raiders are a pretty bad team.   Prove me wrong but I think they are bad.
16 22 Arizona Grampa Cardinal.  The nickhame for everyone on this team.  They are old and bad and a team that needs rebuilding stat.  A bad loss waiting to happen, blame it on their age.
19 23 Jacksonville The Jags took whatever good will they gained from a UK blowout and pissed it away by losing to the hapless Jets.  This D is schizo and cannot be understood. What is the real Jag team?
22 24 Indianapolis The Colts played 30 tough mintues.  The game is 60 but they did play 30 good ones.  They got destroyed. In the end the Colts are just bad and adding Luck will make them pitiable and bad.
32 25 Cincinnati The Bengals showed off some O and Dalton didn’t look like an orange haired bum.  They won a game handily and can at least state confidently that they are better than Cleveland.
28 26 NY Jets The Jets are not doing well in their tank fest.  Winning two in a row isn’t the way to suck for Sam.  They still aren’t very good but they have played good D for 120 minutes now.
29 27 San Francisco The Niners did everything but win.  They lack so much talent in all phases that it is pure heart that drives them as far as they get.  A good effort and maybe they can win one soon.
25 28 Miami OMG. Cutler is a bum but this is extremely bumlike for him.  What a horrible effot and to be shut out in UK is embarrassing.  One more loss like this and they are on a rocket ship to 32.
26 29 Chicago What can I say about my BEARS in their being destroyed by the Pack?  It’s F’ing Trubisky time.  Glennon couldn’t have given up his job any better then turning it over 4 times against GB.  What an ugly loss.  It can’t be any worse so give the kid his shot.
27 30 LA Chargers The Chargers are the forgotten team in LA.  They can’t get any luck and to lose the way they did shows they are playing under a bad cloud of smog.  Hapless and unlucky and unloved   The short definition of the LA Chargers.
30 31 NY Giants I have seen a team suck and they are the Giants.  Eli showed some life but they can’t stop enough.  The D is supposed to carry this team and they are bad all over.  Ugly.
31 32 Cleveland Well my hopes for Cleveland winning a couple faded fast.  The Browns need to get it together.  Getting Shelton and Garrett back on D would go a long way to improving this young team.
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