Mr. N’s #NFL Division Weekend Power Poll #NFLPlayoffs #Rankings


NFL Power Rankings

1.            New England Patriots (1) – The Pats were stopped on first possession and that was it for Beli-Vader as he then drew up new ideas.  They scored a TD on a long drive, they put in a kick return and the game was effectively over.  It looked like they would cruise to a 15-point win but then they realized a lot of people had bet NE to cover so they kicked a late FG to cover the spread.  Next up they host a potentially difficult opponent in Pitt but they have the Death Star to fall back on.

 

 

 

2.            Green Bay Packers (6) – The Pack came roaring out and their D stopped the Cowboys for only a FG on opening drive.  Rodgers then ran the field over and over and scored 3 TDs.  A good note was that Rodgers was picked off so I don’t have to listen to ‘he hasn’t been picked off for 286 blah blahs anymore’.  They were up 18 but let in a late TD with really bad secondary coverage.  In the second half, they got it up to 28 and then their bad D let Dallas back in it and they gave up a tie.  They battled back for a lead, lost that lead and then won it as time expired.  They are on to Atlanta.  One thing I can’t believe but know in my heart is true – if bloody Green Bay goes to the Super Bowl I will be cheering on Tom Brady, Darth Vader and the Death Star.

 

 

 

 

3.            Pittsburgh Steelers (3) – Well Pittsburgh had to go on the road and then wait 8 hours while the NFL fiddled with tv ratings.  That being said Coach Tomlin decided to redefine himself.  He was mister go for it on fourth down all year.  He cost his team a couple of wins with his penchant for going for it.  Today he kicked field goals, not once – not twice but a record six times.  A very Raider like way.  The Steelers played pretty good D and moved the ball enough to get the necessary points.  They won a heck of a battle.  I don’t believe you have any chance of beating New England with only field goals.  I also don’t believe Antonio Brown should have poked Darth Vader by calling them A**sholes.  That will not be good for Pittsburgh in the Death Star.  A good win and now good luck.

 

 

 

4.            Atlanta Falcons (4) – Well that was some kind of game for Atlanta.  Evidently it takes a few minutes for a team to wake up after a week off.  They let in a TD and looked a bit tight on O.  Then the gates opened and Atlanta’s O opened up and scored with tds by rushing and passing.  The D woke up in the second half and started to whup on Seattle.  They put the game out of reach and soundly thrashed a really weak Seahawk team and are on the way to the Conference Championship weekend.  A great win but I still wonder if they can ‘hang’ with one of the NFL big boys.  The D just doesn’t play on point consistently enough.  They will need to step up their D game at least twice more to win it all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.            Kansas City Chiefs (5) – The Chiefs played a strong game and set a record by outscoring an opponent by 2 TDS and losing.  Their D managed to stop Pittsburgh every single time and they only let in field goals but that was enough for them to lose.  They really needed to score 3 tds but could only manage 2.  A fine year by KC and they will have a chance to build on this in what has to be the toughest division in football. Next year they will be the wild card while Oakland wins the division.

 

 

 

 

6.            Dallas Cowboys (2) – Dallas came out flat and their D was flatter.  They managed but 1 field goal to start and then they let in touchdown after touchdown after touchdown.  Down 21-3 and nearing the end of the first half it appeared that rust was all over the Cowboys.  They got a late 1st half TD and made it closer.  They fell well behind in the 2nd half.  Late in the game they battled and tied.  They then let in a FG.  Then they tied it.  Then with just over 30 seconds left the sad sack excuse for a Cowboy D let my most hated QB move down the field and they let in a FG and lost.  A grand season goes splat because in the end the Cowboy D sucks.

 

 

 

 

7.            Seattle Seahawks (7) – The Seahawks came out fast and ran the field and took a lead.  They held the lead until they gave up a safety and field goal.  After that the lights went out.  The ‘vaunted’ Seahawk D looked like the crap it is and was hung, drawn and quartered by the Falcon O.  After falling down by a ton, they managed to score once or twice against prevent.  Moment of the game was Doug Baldwin, after scoring a TD to make them only down by 16 instead of 23 with under 4 minutes left – he yelled at a Falcon defender ‘No chance in Hell’.  Evidently Baldwin likes to trash talk while he is being ELIMINATED from the playoffs.  Seattle had no chance in hell of winning the game at that point and they lost and they can go home and pout.  A deserved loss.

 

 

 

8.            Houston Texans (8) – The Texans stopped the first Pat drive and that was the high-water mark.  They needed to play clean in all phases and letting in a long kick return TD sunk that game plan.  You had 3 golden turnovers from Osweiler and the game plan is flushed down the toilet.  Down 11 in the first quarter they were done and done.  They got a TD but let in several and the season is over for Houston.  I am glad the Texans are keeping O’Brien.  It was not his fault that Osweiler was his QB so give him another year.  Perhaps give him a full off season with Tom Savage at QB and get back Mr. Overpaid on D and see what happens.

 

 

 

 

 

9.            New York Giants – Boat gate continues to resonate in NYC.  I think Mike&Mike *ah I did enjoy that show* said it best about Odell Beckham Gloves – you want to be the best WR in the NFL, you can’t be a no-show in the biggest game of the year.

 

10.          Oakland Raiders – I hear they are moving to Vegas but only after 2 more years in Oakland.  Nothing wipes out home attendance like lame duck status for a team.  That news coming out now has killed the Raiders home field until they get to Vegas.

 

 

 

 

11.          Miami Dolphins –

 

 

 

 

12.          Detroit Lions –  

 

 

 

 

13.          Tennessee Titans –

 

 

 

14.          Tampa Bay Buccaneers –

 

 

 

15.          Arizona Cardinals –

 

 

16.          Cincinnati Bengals –

 

 

 

17.        Indianapolis Colts – I hear that Indy tried hard to hire Jon Gruden but he refused.  How supported must Pagano feel knowing they kept him only because the guy they really wanted said no.

 

 

 

18.          New Orleans Saints –

 

 

 

 

19.          Philadelphia Eagles –

 

 

 

20.          Minnesota Vikings –

 

 

 

 

21.          Denver Broncos –  Hired a coach (Vance Joseph) and he is surrounding himself with veteran coaching talent.  Having a D specialist as head coach must mean that Elway wants to take a hand in QB development.

 

 

 

22.          New York Jets – Saw a draft preview that said Jets need a CB most of all.  Ok, who the hell is playing QB for this team?  They need a QB.

 

 

 

 

23.          Jacksonville Jaguars – They kept Doug Marrone now as their permanent head coach.  If his interim coaching was solely responsible for Bortles looking a little like an NFLer then maybe this is a good hire.  Evidently early evidence is Tom Coughlin is sticking his nose in Marrone’s biscuits and that means life isn’t gravy for the Jag head coach.

 

 

 

 

24.          Carolina Panthers –

 

 

 

 

25.          Buffalo Bills – Hires Sean McDermott late of the Panther D that couldn’t stop anyone without Norman at CB to be their head coach.  Uh huh.

 

 

 

26.          San Francisco 49ers –

 

 

 

27.          Baltimore Ravens –

 

 

 

28.          Cleveland Browns –

 

 

 

 

29.          Los Angeles Chargers – Fans egged the stadium offices, Rivers says he is numbed by the move to LA, Goodell doesn’t like it, they hired Anthony Lynn from Buffalo.  Good luck LABOLTS, you will need it.

 

 

 

30.          Washington Redskins –

 

 

 

31.          Los Angeles Rams – Hired Sean McVay, the youngest coach ever in NFL.  Um at least he is bringing in some talent who will be coaches in waiting if this job is too much for him.

 

 

32.          Chicago BEARS –

 

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

 

MR N The BEARS Fan

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MR N’s #NFL Division Weekend Power Poll‏


NFL Power Rankings

1. Seattle Seahawks (1) – Managed to overcome slight rust to start, cheap shots against their stars and used great D and solid Run to take a nice first half lead. Superb D throughout combined with awesome Rush offense to win the game going away. A note, Fox put Lynch and Burkhardt in to broadcast as they were ‘rising stars’…Can you say crap broadcasting? Give us Gus Johnson and Charles Davis if not Moose and Goose and Kevin. What a horrible game call. Way to go HAWKS, one win from the Super Bowl

 

2. San Francisco 49ers (3) – Have been battered and bruised by a tough Panther D but have battled to have a slight, ref aided lead at the half. It is almost impossible to watch this game with the refs calling it so badly. The Niners won but they did it in a very classless way. It wouldn’t be a bad thing to see them head back to Seattle and get paddled 40-10 again.

 

3. Denver Broncos (4) – Didn’t have a great first half but somehow they have a 2 td lead. The D is looking great but mostly because the Chargers don’t block them. Denver can take a 3 TD lead to start 2nd half and will be hard pressed to be defeated. Denver couldn’t get their offense rolling but managed to use good run and good D and solid O line play to win the game and now they face Peyton/Brady 15 for the rights to the SuperBowl…that should be a game!

 

4. New England Patriots (5) – The Pats have uncharacteristically used a great run attack to gash Indy for 21 first half points. They even seem to have some pass rush. Can NE D hold the lead for a win…we will see. OK the Pats are eager and ready to go for another run at the SuperBowl. They seem to have a playoff capable running game and Brady seems to have that chip on his shoulder. Heck, I saw some D by NE. Well we will see what next week brings.

 

5. Carolina Panthers (2) – Played their heart out in the first half, outnumbered by facing the 49ers and the Referees too. It is virtually a capital crime to have an incredible battle between two amazing teams ruined by horrible refs. Whatever chance this team had in this game was ended early by horribly biased bad ref calls and it is no surprise that a young team couldn’t come back from it. They will dominate next year and I can’t wait to see Carolina play SF next year and pound them pillar to post.

 

6. Indianapolis Colts (6) – I told Indy that they couldn’t do this again and let a team take a lead on them in a game like this. Now they have a hole to dig out of and Andrew, turnovers are GOLD. This year the Colts went one game further. They got schooled by failing to play a full 60 again. I think with some D improvements and another year of experience for Andy Luck I think they could be AFC Championship game bound next year.

 

7. San Diego Chargers (7) – The D did a fair job of holding Denver to only 14 in the first half. The Offensive line was horrendous letting a not great Denver pass rush Sack Rivers 3 times and totally destroy any SD passing game. They must keep holding Denver down and mount some sort of pass game or this is over now. The D played well enough to give them a shot but it was the inability of the O line to block in the first quarter that sealed it. A good effort and we will see if they can build on it next year.

 

8. New Orleans Saints (8) – Troubled by the rain more than wind, chippy cheapshot D makes them look bad and being shutout in the first half really defined the Road Worriers. Brees was able to use terrible referee calls and cheap shot utilizing D to get within one score but in the end the Aint D was the walking crap hole it always is and their alleged big shot Dback Keenan Lewis couldn’t even push #BeastMode out of bounds. Go slink into the offseason and figure out how to pay bigger bounties next year.

 

There you have it! As always I love to see every thought, comment, argument or agreement! I will also accept cash, preferably tens and twenties!

 

MR N

 

 

 

 

9. Green Bay Packers (9) – Terrible start on O and the D was bad between the 10’s but stout in the goal line area for the most part. They are staying in the game and if within 7 in the 4th Q they will have a shot. Green Bay gave their all and battled and battle til the very end but just couldn’t make the stops. A team who’s D was an issue all year lost because their D couldn’t make a stop. Ding Dong the Pack is dead which is happiness for a BEARS Fan.

 

 

10. Philadelphia Eagles (10) – The Eagles are shooting themselves in the foot and are keeping a dangerous Saints team in the game and that may come back to haunt them yet. Let the haunting begin. They didn’t play good enough on offense to allow for their D to play as bad as it did and win the game. Close doesn’t count and they need to get a lot better on D or they will be lucky just to be one and done in the playoffs next year (everyone else in their division is awful so they can win it).

 

 

11. Kansas City Chiefs (11) – Blew Indy away in the first half without any real dominance. They lost their best offensive weapon almost from the start and then they simply ran their offense. Not being tackled has been their secret weapon. The Chiefs gave all they had and their offense couldn’t do anymore. The D was actually shredded but to be fair it was shredded by injury first. A good effort but fell one point short.

 

 

12. Cincinnati Bengals (12) – Solid rush attack, some but not many good throws by Dalton and on and off D got them a slim lead at the half. They need to toughen up their tackling and take the opening kick of the 2nd half for 7 and that would put them on the road to the Division round. They had a shot and blew it. The Bengal D couldn’t deal with the run and Andy Dalton proved once more that turnovers are GOLD. The fumble, the multiple picks…there was nothing that they could do to overcome the turnovers. If I was Cincy I might fire both the HC and the QB and start over fresh twice. This isn’t working and their window will close sooner than they think.

 

 

13. Arizona Cardinals (8) – D was flat early but the Off came together late to make it a game but in the end they are just a team that is THAT close to playoffs. They could win their division next year. They are that good.

 

14. Pittsburgh Steelers (14) – Gave their all, veterans know how to perform late in the year when it is on the line. They did all they could to give themselves a shot at the playoffs. Good try. They need to get younger on D in a big way and they need to draft a new QB, Big Ben is Big Old and Battered. Need more help on O too. Rebuild time.

 

15. Baltimore Ravens (13) – When it came down to it, Flacco proved that turnovers are gold and he can throw picks with the worst of them. An ugly end to a pretty ugly year. They need WR help, and to try to build on what they have on hand…close but not elite by a long shot.

 

16. Tennessee Titans (22) – A solid performance that will hopefully put and end to the spurious talk that Munchak should be fired…he didn’t hurt Locker and that was what killed this team’s year. All they need to do now is get their QB healthy, draft solidly, add one or two players and they will be wild card at least next season.

 

17. Dallas Cowboys (17) – How ’bout ‘Dem Cowboys? Couldn’t have happened to a nicer team in the NFC. So much fun to continue to watch Jerry Jones celebrate wildly during games he eventually loses. Smart owners celebrate after a win not after a first down. This team needs a QB, needs a RB who isn’t fragile or a fumbler, needs a WR who is a talent but not a mother beater. Their secondary is horrible. They are lucky Washington and NYG are in their division so they may yet finish 2nd again next year but out of the playoffs. Fire Garrett.

 

18. St. Louis Rams (15) – Shockingly undisciplined and mistake filled game. A good year of promise ends on a very sour note. They need to decide pretty quick if Bradford is their future or was he a flop. Do they give him zillions or draft a new one and kind of start fresh? They need help at WR too and another left tackle might help Bradford too.

 

19. Chicago BEARS (16) – Off did all it reasonably could to win the game but the D just isn’t good enough to be playoff capable. They face a ton of contract issues that could and likely will gut this team. They were good enough to be a serious playoff contender but the mass injuries destroyed their D. This may not even be a top 25 team with all the players they can’t re-sign.

 

20. New York Giants (24) – A sad sack Giant team that pulled out a win for the gipper and for their old coach. They must rebuild. They need a new QB to get ready behind a massively aged Eli and they need to inject talent to a horrible O line and need to add talent to the missing link of a secondary. Years away from playoffs.

 

21. Buffalo Bills (23) – In a veritable monsoon Buffalo tried but failed. They still need to build on their foundations and are likely 2 years away from contending but they are coming along.

 

22. Jacksonville Jaguars (18) – They were a team that seemed to have started their offseason before they played their last game. Never in the game. They did play .500 in the last 8 and have some talent but desperately need a franchise QB, need talent who doesn’t use drugs at WR and need lots of help on D. Years away. If they draft Manziel they will be in a media circus of crappy QB play until 2020.

 

23. Minnesota Vikings (28) – A gutsy last game won in their old dome. This team needs a ton of help. There are a ton of franchise-like QBs coming available and the Vikes need to draft one. They need to get WR help, they need D help, they need O line help. Oh and can your head coach would be what I would do first thing Monday am. (written Sunday night Dec 29)

 

24. Detroit Lions (20) – Stafford played poorly and the D quit. The self defeaters self defeated themselves again. This team needs to can their head Thug, cut some problem players, draft character, get younger on O and try again. A team that can’t win with who they have because talent with lack of discipline/maturity is no talent at all.

 

25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (19) – Were never able to make a stop in the first half and were so far behind they could never come back. The D was destroyed and the team needs to start fresh next year. They are talented enough to even surprise some people next year. ((that they fired their coach now may set back any hope this team has for rapid improvement especially if the new guy wants his own QB))

 

26. New York Jets (26) – A great game by Geno Smith for a change that saved Sexy Rexy’s job and let the season end on a positive. A team that needs to cut #Buttfumble ASAP and start to move forward.

 

27. Miami Dolphins (25) – FINALLY! This team of dysfunctional bully supporting, gang color wearing scumbags is put to rest. They have to cut management and players and work to bring some respect back to what used to be a classy organization. They should run Ireland out of town on a rail.

28. Atlanta Falcons (29) – I will give them credit for this, they have played great the last 2 weeks. It is a nice way to end a horribly disappointing season. They did everything but win. This is exemplary in how a team with a poor D that wins a lot will fare when facing a tougher schedule the next year. Atlanta needs to spend an offseason continuing to build a porous D and they need to get younger at WR and they need a new TE now and perhaps draft/sign a good backup QB…if Ryan gets hurt this team will go plop.

 

29. Cleveland Browns (27) – Never were in it, seemed like they were already starting their off season. The total team meltdown and anonymous bitch sessions post game are sad and that the organization is going to fire Chud who simply is guilty of being the face of botched organization decisions? An awful team can’t draft good players…that doesn’t happen and Cleveland is still YEARS away from contending.

 

30. Washington Redskins (30) – A monsoon ended any slim chance this bad team had of winning their last game. They need to gut the team and start again…not sure if anyone will be able to play on this team with Snyder treating RGIII better than the rest. Shanahan will be fired but who wants to coach there??? A team in super long term turmoil. Oh and this D is just horrid so draft D, draft D and then later DRAFT D.

 

31. Oakland Raiders (31) – Were blown away from the moment the game started. The D never tried and the O didn’t offer much either until it didn’t matter. This team has some talent. It needs to add more and become more disciplined. It would be a huge mistake to tear this team down. They are on the way up.

 

32. Houston Texans (32) – JJ Watt and pray for rain…that is the menu for the Texans. This team is loaded…with Crap. Schaub should get a small parade on the way out of town. They need help at QB, WR, RB, TE, LB and DBs…I don’t see playoffs for this team again for at least 2 seasons.