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NFL Power Rankings

1. New England Patriots (2) – The Patriots came out with an effective plan and were able early to take full advantage of a D that didn’t seem to want to stop it.  They were stifled trying to run the ball but were able to use the pass to make a number of long drives for TDs.  The picks by Brady are telling and show that he is not the QB he was 10 or even 5 years ago.  That this team came from 10 points down and took the lead and then that their D was able to make the stop is amazing.  I give New England full credit for taking advantage of their opportunity.  They clearly wanted this game more and played hard for 60.  I think Tom Brady and Bill Belichick need to quickly announce their retirements.  Get out while on top and let the door hit you on the ass on the way out.  Don’t come back, I beg you…let this be the glorious end to two glorious careers.

2. Seattle Seahawks (1) – I said pre-game that if early on the D is just letting the Pats move the ball all over I would just sit there scratching my head.  I scratched it a lot in the game.  How can a team, who’s D has been beyond dominant most of the last 10 weeks, simply be not prepared for a Super Bowl?  I have to hope that the injuries were far more severe than we know.  That might explain the terrible effort put on by the D for most of the game.  Russell Wilson and the O did a magnificent job getting those 24 points.  Being up by 10 in the 4th quarter should have been game over.  I cannot fathom how the Seahawk D let the Pats march the field twice.  If I was Atlanta, I would think twice about hiring this D co-ordinator…they had two full weeks to prepare and it seems the D didn’t bring their A game.  Shameful.  They were the best team they just played second best today.

3. Green Bay Packers – Not sure I agree on Rodgers as MVP.  Playing QB with a sore leg makes you the MVP?

4. Indianapolis Colts

5. Dallas Cowboys – DeMarco Murray was O player of the year and gets my vote for MVP.

6. Denver Broncos

7. Carolina Panthers

8. Baltimore Ravens – early co-co fave for SuperBowl 50.  I think that should have been announced on April 1st is that has to be a joke.  They barely got into the playoffs, their QB is vastly overrated and their D has extreme issues.

9. Pittsburgh Steelers

10. Detroit Lions

11. Arizona Cardinals – Well deserved coach of the year.  The Cardinals, with a QB, could be the team that keeps Seattle out of SuperBowl 50.

12. Cincinnati Bengals

13. Houston Texans – JJ Watt was the no doubt Defensive POY.  He would have been a good MVP choice.

14. Kansas City Chiefs

15. Buffalo Bills

16. San Diego Chargers

17. Atlanta Falcons – They hired Dan Quinn, late of Seattle’s D Co-ord job as their head coach.  Good luck.  He will bring the same D to Atlanta as soon as they have the LOB.

18. Miami Dolphins

19. New York Giants

20. Oakland Raiders – Huge congrats to Tim Brown for making the HOF.  I had the pleasure of watching his whole career and this guy was a great a WR as he was a kick and punt returner.  Amazing player.

21. Philadelphia Eagles

22. Jacksonville Jaguars

23. San Francisco 49ers

24. New Orleans Saints

25. Minnesota Vikings

26. New York Jets

27. St. Louis Rams

28. Cleveland Browns – Johnny Manziel has gone into rehab.  Good for him.  I hope he gets the help he needs and turns his young life around.  He needs to get back in control if he wants success in living and not just the NFL.

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Stupidity award goes to Warren Sapp.  Good thing he was great at football because he’s terrible at living life.  A lot of pros and ex-pros hire escorts.  To hire one and then refuse to pay and create a scene that gets you arrested? Sapp needs severe help.

30. Tennessee Titans

31. Chicago Bears

32. Washington Redskins

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

 MR N the BEARS Fan

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NFL Power Rankings

 

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

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

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

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

5. Dallas Cowboys

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

7. Carolina Panthers

8. Baltimore Ravens

9. Pittsburgh Steelers

10. Detroit Lions

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

12. Cincinnati Bengals

13. Houston Texans

14. Kansas City Chiefs

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

16. San Diego Chargers

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

18. Miami Dolphins

19. New York Giants

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

21. Philadelphia Eagles

22. Jacksonville Jaguars

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

24. New Orleans Saints

25. Minnesota Vikings

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

27. St. Louis Rams

28. Cleveland Browns

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

30. Tennessee Titans

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

32. Washington Redskins

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

 MR N the BEARS Fan

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NFL Power Rankings

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

9. Pittsburgh Steelers

10. Detroit Lions

 

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

 

12. Cincinnati Bengals

13. Houston Texans

14. Kansas City Chiefs

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

 

16. San Diego Chargers

17. Atlanta Falcons

18. Miami Dolphins

19. New York Giants

 

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

 

21. Philadelphia Eagles

22. Jacksonville Jaguars

 

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

 

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

 

25. Minnesota Vikings

26. New York Jets

27. St. Louis Rams

 

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

 

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

 

30. Tennessee Titans

 

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

 

32. Washington Redskins

 

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

 MR N the BEARS Fan

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NFL Power Rankings

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. Houston Texans

14. Kansas City Chiefs

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

16. San Diego Chargers

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

18. Miami Dolphins

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

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

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

22. Jacksonville Jaguars

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

24. New Orleans Saints

25. Minnesota Vikings

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

27. St. Louis Rams

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

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

30. Tennessee Titans

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

32. Washington Redskins

 

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

 

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

 

I will also accept money, preferably tens and twenties J

RIP Stuart Scott

 

MR N the BEARS Fan

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NFL Power Rankings

1.           Seattle Seahawks (1) – An uncharacteristic slow start at home was overcome with the characteristic solid D play in the second half.  The Seahawks slowly wore down the Rams and then tore it up and won the game going away.  The beyond the shadow of a shadow of a doubt Best team in the NFL with home field till they play in Arizona in February.

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2.           Green Bay Packers (3) – The Packers had to work hard to win the division but they did it and got a much needed bye.  Rodgers was the difference and he single handedly won the game for Green Bay.  They really needed this win and if they get healthy, they will be hard to beat in two weeks.

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3.          New England Patriots (2) – With nothing to play for and biding time till their bye the game is going like a hard practice for the Pats early.  The Pats are going through the motions and those motions have them down to Buffalo half way through.  The Pats just decided this game didn’t matter and put the stamps on the envelope early.  Ok we will see how good they are come week 2 of the playoffs now.

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4.          Dallas Cowboys (4) – The Cowboys have jumped out to a nice lead against a rotten team.  Romo and Murray and Mother Beating Dez have given Dallas a big lead and this game is all but over.  The Cowboys won the game going away and look ready to battle in the playoffs.

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5.          Pittsburgh Steelers (6) – Big Ben was tossing his cookies early and tossing at TD once the game started.  With the O line playing so strongly Ben has all day and looks composed in the pocket.  Out to a nice lead and if they can hold it they will be home next weekend.  The Steelers struggled in the 2nd half and Ben tossed some golden turnovers but when it came down to it…a key turnover and a deep pass and the Steelers will win their division and host the Ravens.  That should be blood on the field next Sunday for sure.

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6.           Indianapolis Colts (8) – The Colts have nothing at all to play for (seems pride isn’t part of the Colt makeup) and they are playing like that early.  Luck got untracked and tore up the Titans and now has taken the rest of the day off.  The Colts should be able to hold the lead for the 2nd half.  The Colts managed to hold on and win the game.  Now they get to face a probably crappy team in the wild card but will have to tighten up their entire game to have any hopes of playoff success.

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7.         Denver Broncos (10) – The Broncos blew out the Raiders and landed a first round bye.  Manning still doesn’t look like the Manning of 2 months ago.  I think that ship has sailed.  They have good rush O with CJ Anderson and will need to rely on that for playoff success.  The D has issues and their road to the Super Bowl may not be as rosy as last year.

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8.         Carolina Panthers (11) – The Panthers brought real game today and dominated from start to finish.  The car accident seems to have created a more mature, dedicated and serious Caaaaaam and he is a leader now.  The Panther O played well and the D was amazing.  A superb win that gives them the division title and a playoff home game (mostly because the NFL is too stuck in its ways to have the teams re-seeded).  I hope they bask in the glow for a bit because it will likely all end next weekend.

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9.          Detroit Lions (5) – The Lions battled the Packers right till the end.  They gave their all and played good D.  The offense struggled (as it often does)…two TDs to megatron wasn’t enough for the Lions.  They lost and lost badly to Green Bay and now get to go to Dallas and face a hot Cowboy team.  I see a one and done in their future.

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10.       Arizona Cardinals (7) – The team that is doing it with baling wire, duct tape and QB whispering almost snuck another win.  Lindley did what he could with limited ability…he tossed some TDs, he tossed a LOT of picks and they ended up 3 points short.  I think it is not beyond the realm that this team can find enough to go to Carolina next weekend and kick some Panther ass.

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11.        Cincinnati Bengals (9) – The Bengals D is having huge trouble with the Steelers O line.  They can generate no pass rush pressure and that is leaving their secondary hanging out.  The Bengals O needs to get more productive fast or they are on the road in a week.  Two picks for Dalton are golden and he should know better but he is what he is.  The Bengals used two key picks in the second half to help keep them in the game and just when it appeared they were starting to gain ‘Mo’…a fumble…a critical mistake by a DB and now it appears the Bengals only reward is a road game vs. Indy next week.  They are just not that good.

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12.          Baltimore Ravens (14) – The Ravens are in a win and get help situation but don’t seem to be playing as good as one would think they would be so far.  The total lack of offense by Baltimore is shocking.  How awful is Baltimore to not be blowing this bad Brown team away?   The Ravens got a win and made the playoffs.  Congrats!  You are the worst team in the playoffs in a long time and it won’t take much of an effort to make this sorry team one and done next week.

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13.        Houston Texans (13) – Solid D and workable O was going ok for the Texans but a golden turnover has the Texans down.  The Texans have battled back to a lead and the way everyone seems to be playing they could yet sneak into the playoffs.  Well done Houston. You played hard and won the game.  They didn’t make the playoffs but played pretty well.  They need a ton of help on O and keep the D humming and they will be alright.

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14.         Kansas City Chiefs (16) – Chiefs need to win and have tons of help and so far are bringing it in this divisional matchup.   Excellent effort from the Chiefs D has the team in good shape and a key early 2nd half turnover could seal this deal.  A gutsy game by Chase Daniels and the Chief D got them an unexpected win.  The Chiefs need to get better on O to have a shot in 2015.

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15.        Buffalo Bills (17) – The Bills are going down with the QB that brought them to this sorry state and so far Orton is playing like a vet QB who couldn’t win a game to get his team in the playoffs.  Orton has driven the Bills to a bit of a lead and with New England not attempting to play; this game may belong to Buffalo.  The game did belong to Buffalo.   They didn’t play great but they did try.  A nice win to end the year. It may not be as positive as it could have been as they stunted EJ Manuel with the use of Orton.  Buffalo needs to figure out what they are doing at QB and fast.

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16.         San Diego Chargers (12) – In a win and in situation the Bolts don’t have the energy one would think they would have early today.  The Chargers got a TD but are being punished by a resurgent Chief D and are down and facing playoff elimination and the clock is ticking.  The clock ran out.  What a colossally horrible effort that was.  I am shocked and offended and the Chargers should be more shocked and offended.  Terrible effort and it killed off a playoff dream.  Now Rivers may as well retire.

17.         Atlanta Falcons (15) – What can I say about Atlanta that I haven’t already said?  The D is a joke, a bad joke.  They can’t cover, they have issues tackling.  The team cannot score enough to make up for what that group of imposters allows.  An ugly loss that puts their coach out of work.  They have so many issues I wouldn’t expect them back in the playoffs for a couple of years at least.

18.         Miami Dolphins (18) – Dolphins struggling to get O working against a reasonably effective Jet D.  With nothing to play for one wonders how hard Miami wants to play.  The Dolphins continue to play like they wish the year was over.  The Dolphins were never really interested and lost badly.  Can’t fault them as once their playoff hopes ended they all were looking for the door.  Tannehill is the real deal.  There are some comers on D.  They aren’t far off being a contender.

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19.     New York Giants (19) – The G-men seem to be wanting to end the season on a roll and are playing tough early vs. their rivals.  Good pass offense by Eli has the Giants battling and they could yet sneak out a morale aiding win.  The Giants couldn’t do it.  Their D let them down.  Well that was quite a year and it may be time for Eli and Tom to have their parade.

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 20.           Oakland Raiders (20) – Ah Oakland…they went on the road and met a buzz saw of Denver rushing O and some good D play.  They got blown out and the D got thumped.  Another to put in the OOOPS column.  Carr had a fine rookie year, Hayden is a good young CB, Mack is the MAN on D, and Murray is the RB future.  I am given hope by Davis jr saying Sparano may yet be their coach.  If they keep Tony this team is on the way up faster than if they try to start over with some ‘sexy’ name coach.

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21.          Philadelphia Eagles (22) – In a divisional game with only pride on the line the Eagles are playing ok early.  A still up for grabs battle and the Eagles are keeping it competitive.  The Eagles dug out a win and that is a nice way to end a disappointing season.  They need to continue to grow and really need to figure out who their QB is.

22.      Jacksonville Jaguars (21) – The Jags O is having the expected issues with the Texan D but a key pick six for the Jag D has them out in a lead early.  The Jags are still battling but need to get points against a tough D.  The Jags gave their all and kept their heads in the game.  A good young squad that has to keep moving forward.  They are a team with hope.

 23.      San Francisco 49ers (25) – The joke that is SF got a win with some nice early O and D that played ok.  They got the win and they lose their coach.  Who would really want to coach this team?  The QB is not the star that everyone thinks he is.  He has issues and a lot of them are just above his shoulders.  The D is not getting any younger and once badly injured…it often leads to more injuries.  I think Harbaugh will to be seen as getting out right as the sun was setting on the Niners.

 24.      New Orleans Saints (26) – The lost season can’t end soon enough as the Saints have trouble moving the ball early against the lowly Bucs.  The Saints are so bad they are now in danger for being pounded by Tampa.  I think this is as sad as I have ever seen them play since the Saints stopped being laughing stocks in the NFL.   The Saints battled back and got a win.  Now they will fire the D co-ordinator and then face the unenviable task of figuring out the future of a rapidly aging team.

 25.       Minnesota Vikings (27) – Bridgewater showing early how brilliant Minnesota was in acquiring this franchise QB.  Better days are ahead for the Vikings.  Those better days don’t seem to include today as the Viking O is so flat lining that I think it is dead.  They have managed but 3 points against a terrible D.  Finally a TD pass from Bridgewater has provided some life for Minny.  That TD was enough to give Minnesota the win.  They have a future but need to seriously improve the D or having a franchise QB won’t matter much.

26.        New York Jets (28) – The Jets are playing well again in week 17 and it’s kind of funny how they have heart finally after a season of no heart. The Jets are playing well and are going out with a fight at least.  Geno Smith has done enough to prove to me he is the franchise QB of New York.  I just assume this team is too stupid to recognize it.  The Jets need help all over and canning the coach and GM won’t fix all that is wrong here.

27.       St. Louis Rams (23) – The Rams came out and played a very hard for the first half and held a lead for a while.  The lack of O really started to be felt and in the end two field goals were not enough to match the Seahawks.  Good effort but this team needs to keep the D coming on, keep working on fixing the O line and they need to find a QB of the future.  A team with issues.

28.      Cleveland Browns (24) – The Browns had a week of turmoil and immaturity but are bringing all they have early.  The Browns D is playing well.  Connor Shaw isn’t horrible and the Indians are tied with the Orioles 3-3.  The Browns played pretty good considering how sad of state the franchise is in.  A loss and now they need to cut a bunch of first round picks and figure out the next step.

29.       Tampa Bay Buccaneers (31) – The Bucs have nothing to lose and are just playing to make New Orleans look bad.  The Bucs have jumped out to a nice lead and with the D playing hard they are in good shape.  Tampa stopped playing and got put away.  What a team of quitters.  They are in a mess and need to find a direction to move forward.  Who is their QB?

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30.        Tennessee Titans (32) – The worst team in the league is playing their usual hard style early.  Can they play 60 today?  They couldn’t play 30 and are down and this may be ugly by the time it’s over.  The Titans tried harder in the second half than they have in a long time.  It was never a blow out and in my view they are no longer the worse team in the NFL.  They need a ton of help going forward and need to get players in who want to try hard for 60 minutes.

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31.             Chicago BEARS (30) – The abomination of the season was shown by the first offensive set of downs.  Only the 2014 Bears could take a 2nd and 1 and false start and delay of game it into a 2nd and 11 and eventually punt.  Fire the QB.  The lack of production continues but two field goals have them up by three in an outdoor snore fest.  The Bears again showed no heart on O and barely scored against a weak D and lost.  What a fitting ugly way to end an ugly year.  Fire nearly everyone is my suggestion.

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32.             Washington Redskins (29) – The sad sack Redskins are down double digits early on and this could be ugly soon.  The severe lack of D for Washington is still a constant.  The Redskins can’t stop anyone.  The Skins in the end were destroyed and I think they deserve to end the year with the award of WORST team in the NFL.  They need a ton of help on O and D.  What a mess.

There you have it!  As always I enjoy sharing my in game and post game thoughts with everyone!  I also enjoy every thought, agreement, comment, argument…just read it if you like!  I will always take cash, preferably tens and twenties – Charlie Brown’s sister said it first – all she wants is what she has coming to her, all she wants is her fair share!  Happy New Year everyone!!!!

 MR N the BEARS Fan

MR N’s #NFL Week 16 Power Poll‏ #NFLRankings


NFL Power Rankings

1.           Seattle Seahawks (1) – It is said that repeating in today’s NFL is the toughest thing to do.  I also say peaking at the right time is critical for success.  I give you Seattle – the no debate, no argument greatest team in the NFL.  The D is healthy now and that O is explosive.  I don’t believe any team in the NFL can beat the Seahawks now.  I honestly don’t think you could build an all star team from the next three and make a team that could beat Seattle.  They clinch homefield next week and then the next time they play on the ‘road’ will be in Arizona in February.

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2.           New England Patriots (2) –  The Pats have had trouble defending against the Jet O.  That is hard to write.  The Pats need to get the O untracked or they are in danger of letting a winnable game slip past them.  The Pats barely and I mean BARELY got this win.  That was about an ugly a win as you can have.  They didn’t look good there and better play better in the playoffs.

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3.          Green Bay Packers (4) – The Packers have had trouble getting the O working but have a slim lead and are starting to get on track.  Good D play.  The Packers D played solid and with the receivers actually catching balls the Pack won this going away and have made the playoffs.  Beat Det next week and win the division.

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4.          Dallas Cowboys (8) – The Cowboys could eliminate the Eagles by winning and have been aided in this by indy who never got off the bus.  A blowout from the start, it is all over with 30 odd minutes to go.  A nice win but really was just a two team practice and score was kept.  Wonder what Commissioner Goodell might say about the ‘competitive’ nature of this game.  Not really fair to have one team not try when playoff standing is on the line.

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5.          Detroit Lions (9) – The Lions are having trouble scoring against Chicago which I think makes them singular amongst every other NFL team.  The D is playing strong but if they can’t get more than seven they will have issues.  The Lions managed to get the necessary points and their D made the key stops they had to and they got another win.  The division title comes to week 17 vs GB.

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6.           Pittsburgh Steeler (10) – Tough game for the Steelers.  They can still win their division but they gotta get the O working here.  Field goals won’t cut it in a really tough matchup.  This is almost a playoff game in week 16.  The Steelers really played hard and won this game going away.  A solid win that puts them in the playoffs.  For Pittsburgh to have postseason success they need to find consistency quickly.

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7.         Arizona Cardinals (5) – Well the Cards tried but injuries finally caught up with this team of hard working individuals.  They had 3 key drops early and made one mistake in coverage and the game got out of hand fast.  Arizona has nothing to be ashamed of.  They have had a super year and just met a Seahawk team that is peaking at the right time.  They may yet win a wild card game.  A tough loss for a good team.

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8.         Indianapolis Colts (6) – The Colts really had nothing to gain in playing this game and boy can you tell from how they are playing.  No effort on O and or D and they are so far down the game is over.  Heck the game is so not mattering to Indy they even pulled Luck.  The game is over and one can only think Philadelphia is cursing now.  Hardly competitive and means Philly is out because Indy didn’t have to play.

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9.          Cincinnati Bengals (17) – Finally the Bengals played well at night.  Dalton still looked like an idiot more often than not but the D showed up. They had good special teams.  A solid run game and got 4 key picks.  Can they play good next week at night vs Pittsburgh? We will have to see.

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10.        Denver Broncos (3) – Watching Denver play reminds me of walking behind the north end of a south bound horse.  Their alleged D has more holes than old underwear.  Speaking of old, may I introduce Peyton Manning…once a great QB.  The last 4 weeks he is a poor man’s Ryan Fitzpatrick.  His four picks cost the team the game.  They are a shadow of who they were last year and last year they were utterly destroyed in the Superbowl.

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11.        Carolina Panthers (18) – The Panthers O is doing alright and Caaaaaaam is brave to be competing with the broken bones in his back.  The D is playing well and they have a lead at the half.  Gotta give Cam credit for playing that hard while hurt.  The Panthers got a hard fought win with a solid effort and their season comes down to week 17…win and in, lose and done.  Good job Caaaaaaaam!

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12.          San Diego Chargers (19) – The Charger D mailed it in for the first half and Rivers struggled to get points going but in the second half…the Chargers gave up on the run.  They passed and passed and passed and got points after points after points.  After tying the game late they even stole the win.  What a great win and it keeps them alive for playoffs.

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13.        Houston Texans (13) – Just about the best start Houston could have ever hoped for.  The D has a shutout through 30 and Case Keenum has got enough done to have a nice lead.  Can they hold it?  They expanded the lead and the D roared and Houston has stolen a win against arguably a better team.  Solid play by the O and great D and a nice win.

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14.         Baltimore Ravens (7) – Where is the Raven O?  For a team sitting in a coveted playoff slot they are playing like crap.  The D can’t do it alone and being down deep to Houston is almost inexcusable.  Can Harbaugh rally his troops with a speech at the half?  The turnovers of Flacco were completely the reason why Baltimore blew this game.  This loss puts them in danger of missing the playoffs but the way Flacco has played no one should be surprised.

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15.        Atlanta Falcons (27) – The Falcons have dreams of playoffs in this sucky division match and so far have brought more to the game than their opponents.  Can they sneak a win on the road here?  They not only snuck the win, they eliminated their hated rival Saints too.  The Falcons blew out the Saints in New Orleans and now have a win and in match in week 17 vs the Panthers.

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16.         Kansas City Chiefs (11) – The Chiefs are battling for their playoff lives on the road and are in a tussle with a team that is very similar in ability.  This could come to last team who scores wins.  I have seen cheap shots in more than two decades of watching the NFL but that leg whip that 99 did on Big Ben during the TD pass is one of the cheapest I have ever seen.  He should be ejected from the game.   He wasn’t ejected, he needs to be fined.  Justice was served nonetheless as the Chiefs never really showed up and lost.  They are eliminated and that looks good on them.

17.         Buffalo Bills (12) – The Bills have a great opportunity to keep alive in the playoffs but they need to actually try here.  The O line should consider blocking Khalil Mack once or twice.  Orton is looking lost at QB and the D isn’t tight.  About 15 minutes to wake up or watch their season end in Oakland.  They never woke up and a late pick by Orton seals it.  I can’t understand how a team with opportunity in front of them just can’t muster the effort.  Shameful and another lost season.

18.         Miami Dolphins (20) – The Dolphins are having trouble dealing with any aspect of Minnesota’s offense.  Tannehill made a key golden turnover that lead directly to points.  Not much pride from Miami so far.  The Dolphins found a bit of pride and got a win.  They are done this year but they got a win they earned.  It was a win.

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19.     _ New York Giants (22) – The Giants have gotten out to a good lead early but the D is slowly letting the Rams back into it.  Very chippy and dirty play on both teams early.  ODB is making himself felt in this game and is almost single handedly carrying the Giants into a comfy lead.  Will see if the D can hold it.  The G-men won this going away.  A nice win and this is two in a row in a lost season.

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 20.           Oakland Raiders (25) – The Raiders, playing with nothing to lose, have a good lead against a listless Bill squad.  The D is playing strong and the O is getting threes instead of sevens but they have the lead.  Can they hold it?  Good on Oakland for not only holding it but building on it and sealing it with a golden turnover.  Superb win by an Oakland team that is coming on nicely and has a core to build with.    _________________________________________________________________________________

21.          Jacksonville Jaguars (28) – The Jags O line had real trouble early and that had them down and they looked rough.  Bortles got it going, his O line blocked a little and they got it going.  Better D in the second half coupled with the steadily improving O lead them to a nice come from behind win.  A very young team that snuck a nice win.

22.    Philadelphia Eagles (15) – The Eagles seem to have mailed this game in.  The total lack of discipline leading to well over 10 penalties is embarrassing to the franchise.  The total lack of cover skills by the secondary is embarrassing to the NFL.  If they manage to pull out a win  – they don’t deserve it.   The loss was so ugly it defies words.  What a way to end what had been a promising season.

 23.      St. Louis Rams (14) – The Ram D got smoked by Eli and his weapons a couple of times and have started cheap shotting all over the place.  The Rams got the O working and are within one possession at the half but need to play smarter and cleaner to stay in this.  The Rams basically have given up since being eliminated from the playoffs.  The previous staunch D is just going about the motions and their O isn’t lighting it up either.  The Rams had mistakes and poor effort and penalties and that led to a loss.  Go figure.

 24.       Cleveland Browns (23) – Manziel got his team a field goal which is a step forward for them this week.  Good D play but they are down and need points from the O to get back in this game.  Manziel got hurt and Hoyer came in and got the Browns almost all the way back.  They gave a good effort and came up just that close.  A tough loss.

 25.       San Francisco 49ers (16) – The Niners had a great 30 minutes but they needed to play 60.  The season continues and after 15 games Kaepernick has not got a TD in the 4th quarter.  SF ran for over 350 yards and lost.  No team had done that before if ever.  What a terrible loss by a team who’s D just quit in the second half.  People think this D is good but it isn’t.  The Three turnovers were pure gold and why the Niners lost.

26.        New Orleans Saints (21) – For a team who controls it’s on destiny they don’t seem to be trying very hard.  D is playing ok but the O can’t get points.  The Saints O couldn’t get on track and when the game was on the line and they needed one TD to win…they turned it over and lost.  Good bye New Orleans.  Good thing they play the blues in the Big Easy because Saints fans must be sad now.

27.       Minnesota Vikings (24) – The Vikings have brought their game to South Florida.  Decent D, that has grabbed a key turnover and solid O and they have a nice lead at the half.  The Vikings gave their all on O and but for the odd turnover it did enough to win.  The D did just enough to lose.  They should not have played prevent when only up by 7 and they lost.  Ugly.

28.      New York Jets (26) – Geno Smith is playing his best O of the year.  The Jet D is giving their all.  Typical tough play by the Jets against a hated rival.  This could come down to the the 4th quarter.  The Jets lost by one point.  They played really well.  Geno Smith looked amazing and if he can do that again next week he may yet be the NYJ franchise QB.  Good effort.

29.       Washington Redskins (31) – The Redskins have really played well (for perhaps the first time this year) and RGIII is looking solid.  Good, accurate deep passes coupled with a feisty D pass rush has them in the lead.  One never knows if the Skins D will hold a lead.  They usually don’t.  They have 10 or so minutes to show if they can or not.  RGIII tossing a bad pick late doesn’t help a slowly collapsing D.  Amazingly they held what they had to and got a win.  Wow.

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30.    Chicago Bears (30) – The best effort by the BEARS in the first half in weeks and weeks.  Claussen looks good, the O line is blocking and the D tackles too.  Revelational to say the least.  Can they play 60 today?  Well the Bears actually played pretty good.  They only lost by six and they really seemed to give their all.  A pretty good effort for Chicago and they don’t normally give good efforts.  Well done for a loss.

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31.             Tampa Bay Buccaneers (29) – Very little to no O once more by this sad excuse for a team.  They have kept it close for 30 but I doubt they can do that for 60.  They couldnt play 60 and were put away nicely.  A team with huge issues and they need a ton of help.  Oh they play next week but they really suck and should be concentrating on the 2015 draft.

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32.             Tennessee Titans (32) – The Titans are a mind bending team.  Anyone who was able to watch just the first 30 minutes of the Thursday night snore fest saw a Titan squad who played tough.  They had passing O working, solid Rush D and decent pass rush.  Once more, somewhere around the 40th minute.  They stopped.  They just fold their tents and quit.  This has to be coaching.  How can 53 guys not care to play 60???  A team that is full of quitters is terrible and the worst team in the NFL.

There you have it!  As always I enjoy sharing my in game and post game thoughts with everyone!  I also enjoy every thought, agreement, comment, argument…just read it if you like!  I will always take cash, preferably tens and twenties – Charlie Brown’s sister said it first – all she wants is what she has coming to her, all she wants is her fair share!  Merry Christmas everyone!!!!

 MR N

MR N’s #NFL Week 15 Power Poll‏ #NFLTeamRankings


NFL Power Rankings

 

1. Seattle Seahawks (1) – What in the ever loving hell is wrong with Seattle??? At home against a team you hate and the ability to bury them right in front you…and you can’t stop them from getting a lead taking Rush TD on 4th and 1? They have 30 minutes to give their heads a shake. The Seahawks gave their head a shake and got a key rushing TD to take a lead they never relinquished. Superb D in the second half allowed them to roll over their hated rivals and they have solidified their playoff spot while destroying the dreams of SF. lol.

2. New England Patriots (3) – Slow start on O but the D is playing ok and special teams has them out ahead early. The Pats poured it on and pulled away. Excellent D getting turnovers and solid Brady led O has them way out in front. A nice win for a solid team.

3. Denver Broncos (4) – The Broncos are not able to answer the Chargers D in the first half. Three Field Goals give them a margin of lead but they could use 7. There seems to be something wrong with Peyton and I am not talking about his health. He may just be suddenly old. The Broncos managed to get a TD from Peyton and solid FG kicks to win a key division game. They have locked up their playoff dreams now.

4. Green Bay Packers (2) – Rodgers is having issues getting his passing attack working in Buffalo’s cold home field. What a game. Aaron Rodgers actually didn’t play as bad as his stat line. He for the first time ever threw 0 TDs and 2 picks. The fact that his receivers dropped at least 5 including one sure TD for Nelson was the difference. A bad loss and now their spot in the playoffs is no longer about home field advantage.

5. Arizona Cardinals (6) – The Cards went on the road with a battered team and took on a D that had been playing lights out for 2 weeks. They used clean play, no turnovers and few penalties to key their amazing victory. The ability of the Cards to take advantage of the three key Ram misplays lead directly to their victory. When a team’s D is playing as tough as Arizona – four field goals are all you need. A superior win.

6. Indianapolis Colts (5) – Luck has to cut down on the pick sixes and get the team moving earlier in the game. They are down to a rival and need to get it going now. The Colts got just enough O and played good enough D to sneak out a win and wrap up their division. They need to get better on O and D in order to have any chance in the playoffs.

7. Baltimore Ravens (7) – The Ravens D is dominating and they are barely in the lead. They should blow out the Jags but may be mailing it in on O. The Ravens didn’t look good in this win but this win was critical in keeping their playoff hopes alive. An ugly but important win.

8. Dallas Cowboys (11) – The Cowboys evidently needed 10 days to figure out how to block pass rushers from hitting Romo. On Thanksgiving they were pushed all over by Eagle D. Today the Cowboys knocked the Eagles around and the Cowboy O tore up the Eagle D. The final score doesn’t represent how dominating a win this was for Dallas. They are in control of the division now.

9. Detroit Lions (12) – The same old sorry ass Lions were adding a push around D to their recipe. They found themselves down early. They have been able to get a couple of turnovers and that has them back in the game. The Lion O got the TD they needed and their D played another strong game. They won the game, they are in first in their division, they have a great record…and they still aren’t very good.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (13) – The Steelers have used a basic game plan and a nice pick six to have a good lead early on the road. This is a must win for Pittsburgh to keep having playoff dreams. The Steelers were able to get just enough out of their D to keep Atlanta down and Big Ben managed to pull out the points. A great win for Pittsburgh that was so needed to keep them alive.

11. Kansas City Chiefs (15) – A Chief team that has struggled lately and is having injury issues must play solid to keep in control of this game. Alex Smith used his rarely used arm to rip up the Raider D and put the game on ice really quickly. Still alive for the playoffs. A nice win.

12. Buffalo Bills (18) – Unfortunately for Buffalo they are having trouble getting points against the Packer D early. What can be said about the Bill D that hasn’t been said before? A superb game played by the D was the difference. They got a little bit of O and a lot of D and won a great game that no one thought they would. They are still alive for a wild card!

 

 

 

13. Houston Texans (8) – The Texan D got a key early pick six and are keeping the lid on a tough Indy O. They need a few points from their own O. The Texans really couldn’t get any points out of their O. The loss of Fitzpatrick didn’t help. The play of Watt can’t win games itself. A loss that virtually ends their playoff chances.

14. St. Louis Rams (9) – The Rams have seen the enemy and it is themselves. They played a super game of Defense but they had one golden turnover, they had one blown cover and one bad penalty and all led to 9 points. Their O could only manage six and that was that. They played hard but when faced with a team that plays their style but with better people…they didn’t have a shot. A tough loss.

15. Philadelphia Eagles (10) – It was instructive to have seen both Thanksgiving and this week. The Eagles O was on fire 17 days earlier and today all they could do is really fast 3 and outs. They were pummelled. They made errors on special teams, coaching and on O and D. Dominated and never had a chance. Ugly loss.

16. San Francisco 49ers (14) – The Niner D is playing inspired in the first half and have themselves a tiny lead in a tough place to play. Can they make the necessary plays on D and O to keep their season alive? The Niners could not muster any more than the seven they got in the first quarter. The inability to score any points has been the downfall of this team. They lost, they are .500. The illegal hit on Russell Wilson by Moody (crown of the helmet cannot be used to strike a QB) didn’t even impact the game as SF couldn’t even score a point in the second half. They are eliminated now and it looks good on them.

 

 

 

17. Cincinnati Bengals (19) – The Bengals are playing a solid game early and have a nice lead. The D is making a solid effort to disrupt Manziel. The Bengal D has just dominated this game. Key turnovers, stuffing the run and harassing the passer has given them a nice win. Dalton has been a dog but has handed the ball off well. A win for a team that is imminently beatable.

18. Carolina Panthers (21) – Derek Anderson has come in and is playing as well as Caaaam Newton has this year. If Anderson can continue to play better than Cam drives, the Panthers will be ok today. The Panthers D played one of their better games and they got just enough O to get the win and keep their rotten team alive in their rotten Division.

19. San Diego Chargers (17) – Solid D in the first half holding the Broncos to only FGs is good. Not able to do anything offensively but one FG is bad. The Bolts need to score points and fast. SD could not score. The Denver D just held them in check and down goes SD and now they must battle for their playoff lives the next two weeks.

20. Miami Dolphins (16) – The Dolphins have a nice start go downhill quick with a special teams error and they are down to the Pats early. Tannehill has had a bad game and his picks are total gold. The Dolphins D faded later and the Dolphins are simply blown out. An ugly loss that ends their playoff chances basically.

21. New Orleans Saints (26) – The Saints resurgent D was the story with tons of picks and sacks. Brees was solid and the game was well over in 15 minutes. This team is still not very good and their D is abhorrent but a win is a win and their division sucks.

22. New York Giants (25) – The Giants have a lead and they should be able to hold down a very challenged Redskin O. Manning was able to get three TD passes to ODB and that was the difference. A nice win in a season where those are few and far between.

23. Cleveland Browns (20) – The Browns have no answer early for the Bengal D and the Brown D isn’t up to the challenge so far. The Brown O never got on track and some of this is Johnny Manziel’s fault and the rest lies with his underperforming teammates. The D couldn’t stop the run. It ends their season formally. Now they can play for 2015 jobs and we can see if Johnny Manziel is the future for Cleveland.

24. Minnesota Vikings (22) – An excellent start to the game with great drives by the O had the Vikes out to a nice two touchdown lead. Two late first half picks by Bridgewater is creating nothing but trouble for the Vikes and they need to tighten up those turnovers as they are golden. The Vikings never got close to the goal line again. They missed two key field goals and lost by two. The missed field goals hurt but the two interceptions were solid 24k gold and that is what cost them this game. Goodbye playoff dreams.

25. Oakland Raiders (23) – The Raiders are in tough against a division rival on the road and need to keep the magic going and play fundamentally sound football. In a matter of 4 plus minutes the Raider D got shredded and this game went away. Chock another one up in the oops file. Carr and Murray and Mack looked good but you need more than 3 players to win in this NFL.

26. New York Jets (30) – A team with little offense is showing less than little and are struggling to keep the fans awake during this road game. They can win this if they can put together a drive or two. The Jets got their drive and even played some D. They battled a team with less or equal talent and won the game. Congrats, this win almost guarantees the Jets won’t get the number one pick. They can lose even when they win.

27. Atlanta Falcons (24) – The pregame loss of Julio Jones seems to have let the air out of the only good thing on Atlanta – their offense. Could be a very long day for the Falcons. A season of sucking continues as the Falcons just fade and aren’t able to get the points needed to cover what their D allows. A sucky team still alive in their sucky Division.

28. Jacksonville Jaguars (27) – The Jags are getting decent play from Bortles early but their O line doesn’t seem to have the ability to stop the Raven rush. Bortles was pretty decent and the D played pretty good but the O line was the undoing. A fair effort for the Jags but they lost another.

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (28) – The Bucs have a bit of a running game and seem to have the pass O going too. A decent start for this haphazard squad. The Bucs did all they could in this game but inconsistent O play and injuries to key defenders let the air out of poor team. Another loss in a season of losses.

30. Chicago Bears (29) – What a horrible effort. Jay Cutler single handedly lost another game. He is just destroying what is left of pride and passion in the windy city. Bench him? I would release him. Oh and the D still sucks. Terrible loss by a terrible team having a terrible year.

31. Washington Redskins (31) – Very little offense has them behind early in a matchup that means more traditionally than currently. The injury to McCoy has brought a revitalized RGIII back and he has been decent. If their D could cover a WR it would be closer but alas they are being tore up by the pass. A loss that the D earned.

32. Tennessee Titans (32) – The Titans are playing like a baseball team with a 5-3 lead in an uninspired game. Can they play 60 today? On an aside…do Titan players go out to schools and such and tell kids to play 37 the way they do every Sunday? The Titans again played way less than 60 and lost the game. They are just the worst team in football.

There you have it! As always I enjoy sharing my  in game and post game thoughts with everyone! I also enjoy every thought, agreement, comment, argument…just read it if you like! I will always take cash, preferably tens and twenties!

MR N the BEARS Fan