Mr. N’s #NFL Week 10 Power Poll #PowerRankings

NFL Power Rankings


Last Week Week 10
1 1 Philadelphia On The Bye and they simply sat and stared as the rest of their division kindly lost.  Now they get to kick sand in the face of the sad sack owner who whines more than Napa Cowboys.
2 2 Minnesota Played a superb little game and used some explosive passing to combine with the great D to seal an easy win (that was tricky when the D let the Skins back in now and again).  Toughest call for this team is who plays QB.  They are ready for a serious challenge and that starts with the Rams.
3 3 New Orleans Arguably the best team in the NFL right now.  The Saints have it going with superb running, good passing and a surprisingly strong D and good special teams.  This team could go very far.
4 4 Pittsburgh Crawled on their bellies out of Indy with a win.  They mailed it in so completely that Pennsylvania had to borrow stamps from Maryland.  They need a much better effort and better coaching to continue on the path to AFC Championshipland.
5 5 New England Won the game with some solid O and decent D albeit against a horrid O.  The Pats keep winning, I keep not respecting them.  We seem to have a thing going in that way.
6 6 LA Rams The Rams are a hot young team who keeps doing what it takes to win.  They have a dynamic offense and seem able to face all comers.  This week they face the Viking D.  If the Rams win, they are making a statement.  If they lose they may not be able to to beat the big boys and that is another statement.
7 7 Jacksonville The Jags found themselves in a heck of a battle with the Bolts with character.  They battled all game and it was a see saw affair.  Only after one of their own players blew a sure win did they manage to hang around and win it with a FG.  A gutsy win and the Jags are not going away just yet.
8 8 Seattle The Seahawks played hard and won on the road on Thursday night Shit show I mean TNF.  They suffered severe injuries that in the end may do more harm than the W does good.  What’s left of them must play this week in a tough match and it will be interesting to see what they have left.
15 9 Carolina A strong Monday Night performance with Caaaaaaaam having fun and the team nearly rushing for 300 against what was a great NFL rush D.  The Panthers are keeping it interesting for the Saints and I hope the talking heads now realize one NFC Wild Card at least is going to the NFC South.
13 10 Tennessee The Titans were challenged by a bad Bengal team and tried to prove turnovers were Gold early.  They then got it in gear and won the game.  It was ugly and it was much too hard fought but it is a win.  They are not much of a challenge to the Jags but they can probably beat everyone else in the division.
16 11 Detroit The Lions had a lot of trouble for a good part of the game against Cleveland.  One can legitimately question the Lion D.  They put the Browns away and won it easy but they are still not very good and beating a hapless Browns team doesn’t make them Super Bowl contenders.
12 12 Kansas City On the Bye and need to have used this time to get healthy and try to shore up the gaping holes in the once vaunted D.
10 13 Washington The Skins gave their all and then some and nearly beat the Vikings but it was in the end another hard fought loss.  They may be the Miss Congeniality of 2017.
9 14 Dallas What a superb pleasure it was to watch the Cowboys be beaten like a woman who dates Zeke (or Dez’s Mother).  The D had no chance, the O line was shredded and if anyone else says this is the best O line in football they need their head examined.  The Cowboys are sinking and it seems nice to me.
11 15 Houston This would have been exciting with DeShaun vs Goff but alas this was a track meet and all Houston could do was hold the stopwatch.  The D was ripped apart and they had no chance  to score with Savage proving beyond doubt he just isn’t very good.
14 16 LA Chargers The most unwatched team in LA showed a ton of heart again.  Rivers and the Bolts did everything *including getting Rivers dinged up* but win against a superior Jags team.  They led most of the game and just lost it by THAT much.  A super effort.
17 17 Oakland On the Bye and the Raiders are still trying to make everyone including me believe their post season hopes aren’t over but I am leaning heavily that they are.
24 18 Green Bay The Pack took their moribund O and went to Chicago and beat on my BEARS.  It was a solid win for a team going no where fast.  Just let them play a team that will try on D and watch the fun.
18 19 Buffalo The Bills have now lost 2 in a row and yet still control their own destiny.  Today they benched Tyrod Taylor for a rookie who tossed a TD against a prevent D.  This has a 99% chance of blowing up in their face and they better be married to Peterman as Taylor is walking/running from this team in 2018.
20 20 Arizona The injury marred Cards lost a hard fought game to the injury marred Seahawks.  They never led but they kept it close and that is a moral victory in what was a loss.
19 21 NY Jets In a head scratcher the Jets simply didn’t seem to try and made the hapless Bucs look like the Pats.  A bad effort that actually let them be defeated by Ryan Fitzpatrick.  They better suck it up because it could get ugly now.
21 22 Indianapolis The Colts were the beneficiaries of the Steelers mail fraud.  They were able to use a good team effort to overwhelm a poor effort by Pitt for most of the game.  They played good D and got some O and were very close but lost it in the end.  One of their best games this year.
23 23 Baltimore On the bye and a team that could use the rest of the year off, they are going no where fast.
25 24 Atlanta The Falcons went and destroyed a bad Cowboy team.  NO, this doesn’t mean the hangover is gone and they are ready to challenge in the NFC South. They beat a poor Cowboy team.  Lets see them win 2 in a row.
29 25 Tampa Bay The Bucs went and beat a theoretically better team with a good effort by a bunch of no accounts.  The play of Fitzpatrick was the good Fitz and they D played better than it has in weeks.  Solid win.
30 26 San Francisco The Niners got their first win! Congrats to SF!  They were able to totally out play NYG in every facet and in the end they put the game away.  A great win.  Can they grow from this?  We will see.
22 27 Chicago What an embarrassment that game was.  TruBEARSky played super and the O was solid.  The D, that had been playing so well simply laid a huge egg.  They let a young, untested and lightly talented QB to walk all over them.  They should have beat Green Bay and now this golden opportunity is gone.
26 28 Cincinnati The Bengals battled the Titans and for a while looked like they would win.  Burfict the scumbag got ejected *Why is this PIECE of garbage allowed in the NFL???* but the Bengals eventually faded and lost.  They just aren’t any good.
27 29 Miami The Dolphins, going in one of the best run defences, got destroyed by the Panther Rush attack.  They allowed nearly 300 yards on the ground and were destroyed.  I can’t explain it.  The Fins D is the strong suit, perhaps the week 1 bye is wiping them out.  Fatigue can kill in the NFL.
28 30 Denver How do you come back from a 50 burger?  Get pasted by a hated rival.  The Broncos looked so bad against NE that they are really working hard to be the worst in the NFL.  Brock time isn’t all it’s supposed to be cracked up to be but frankly neither is the D.
31 31 Cleveland Winless and still a team playing about 30 good minutes.  They need some consistency at QB and the Coach/Management has to follow a plan.  They are going no where with the mess that is leading this team.
32 32 NY Giants Just when you thought the Giants had hit rock bottom they played the winless Niners and stunk out the joint.  Just terrible on O and D and they lost and are beyond any doubt the worst team.  It is simply a miracle that they did win one game.
Thoughts, Comments, Questions, Arguments, Agreements?  All welcome! As always I will be happy to take money, preferably tens and twenties!
Mr. N The BEARS Fan

Mr. N’s #NFL Week 9 Power Poll #PowerRankings

NFL Power Rankings


Last Week Week 9
1 1 Philadelphia One would hope the doubters about this super team will all be quieted now.  They utterly destroyed Denver (albeit a terrible Denver with an old and pretty useless D) and Wentz seems to love his new weapon Ajayi.  They are about as flawless as any team and are heading to their bye with the trip to Minnesota in February in their sights.
2 2 Minnesota On the bye and looking ahead wouldn’t this D against Phlly be an entertaining NFC Championship game?
6 3 New Orleans The Saints are on a roll, a good Saints roll – probably full of fried catfish with some amazing creole spices and tasty cheese.  They are hotter than they have been since their Super Bowl year and they have a test this week.  If they keep winning they may be a challenger for Philly.
3 4 Pittsburgh On the bye and are pretty much in the best shape this team has been, can they remain focused going forward?
4 5 New England On the bye and since I don’t have any respect for them they fall a spot.
7 6 LA Rams The Rams are adding success to their exciting style of play.  They easily put a 50 burger up on the Giants and just rolled along.  The interesting thing is the D is starting to take shape and if that comes into focus and you add that to the explosive O and LA has something to be excited about.
12 7 Jacksonville The Jags came off a bye and evidently Bortles didn’t forget that he had a good game pre bye.  Now for two weeks  in a row Jacksonville has looked like they have a NFL QB.  They even benched all world Rookie RB Fournette for the game and never missed a beat.  A team that now has a legit shot at taking the AFC South title.
5 8 Seattle The Legion of oops played a lot on Sunday and boy were there oops.  The Seahawks are a mistake filled team with a potentially explosive O but only if they can hit the deep passes.  This is a good but not great team.
10 9 Dallas The Cowboys were given a disgusting reprieve and were allowed to have their woman beating scumbag play and they rolled to a win.  I refuse to give them any credit as long as that miscreant escapes his punishment.
13 10 Washington The Skins played another solid game but this time they used D and timely O to come up with a soild road win.  The Skins D showed no quit and was a force for the whole 60.  They haven’t had this much effort very often this year.  It may be too late but if they played like this the entire second half they could resurrect their playoff hopes.
9 11 Houston The Texans lost their QB but showed tremendous heart in the effort they put out.  They did just about everything but win and that kind of effort will win them a lot of pride if not actual wins.
11 12 Kansas City The Chiefs seem to be the shadow of who they were when they started the year.  The flaws in D are getting exposed and they look beatable by any good running back.  Alex Smith can’t make every throw and they all need to be made the way the D is playing.
16 13 Tennessee The Titans took on a bad Ravens team and beat em.  These Titans are still a bit of an enigma.  They are not as good as many thought but they can manage to win a game.  I just think they are not quite playoff caliber yet but give them another year.
14 14 LA Chargers On the bye and the Bolts need to see if they can regain the mojo they had before New England stole a game from them.
18 15 Carolina Caaaaaam used his renewed running skills to dominate the game and give the Panthers a nice division win.  The whole world seemed to give them no shot but Caaaam and Luke turned the tide.  The D was ferocious and the O did just enough to win one.  They will have to be better than New Orleans but they are much better than Atlanta.
23 16 Detroit The Lions went into Lambeau Field and pounded the Pack.  It was a glorious win and one they haven’t enjoyed in that building since the days when Fontes coached and Barry ran.  What a superb division win over a now very BEATABLE Packer team.
22 17 Oakland Oakland looked flat for 30 and then found a running game and managed to eke out a win against the Dolphins.  It didn’t actually save the season but it was better than a loss.
8 18 Buffalo The TNF monster bit the Bills.  They were flat, unable to perform and looked lost.  They looked like a team that played hard on Sunday and couldn’t get ready for a TNF game on the road.  It will happen to everyone practically for the rest of the year.  They need to bounce back against the Saints.
27 19 NY Jets The Jets took advantage of being at home on TNF and torched a flat Bills team.  This was a great win but home teams on Thursday have every chance to do this every week going forward.
28 20 Arizona The Cardinals have transformed into a strong run team with a touch of passing and some decent D and are starting to get momentum.  AP is still a child beating scumbag but he has crawled out of his NFL grave and is running like a man who beat his child and got away with it.
29 21 Indianapolis The Colts took down a Texan team spinning out of control.  Brisset looked great and perhaps having Luck not staring over his shoulder helped there.  A solid win and they even played some D.  Lets see them do this again.
24 22 Chicago On the bye and having a decent year all things considered.  Will be interesting to watch them play GB this week.
19 23 Baltimore The Ravens were in the game all game but were unable to make the key plays necessary to win.  They lost a close one to a relatively unsure team.  They needed this win on the Steeler bye week to try to keep pace.  They are in bad shape now.
15 24 Green Bay The Pack are back!  Back to how they played in 1990!  Ah the wonderful days of the ‘Bay of Pigs’ games from way back in Pete Axthelm’s days on ESPN Countown.  They were massacred by Detroit and now I am ever hopeful the BEARS can pile on this week.
17 25 Atlanta Atlanta got beat over and over by the Panther run game and Matty Melt couldn’t make the throws when the game was on the line.  The Super Bowl hangover is a looooooooong hangover.
21 26 Cincinnati The Bungles were destroyed by the Jags.  The once, when Zimmer was their Co-ord, vaunted D was destroyed.  Their red haired nightmare QB can’t score any points.  A team in total disarray.
26 27 Miami The Dolphins did all they could against the Raiders but win.  They led often, they battled back when down to make it very close.  A good effort in a tough loss.
25 28 Denver The no fly zone is the come fly with me zone.  The Broncos suck at D and are worthless at O and suffered a monster 50 burger being served to them.  It did me good to laugh at the vaunted Denver D getting pasted.
20 29 Tampa Bay The Bucs are terrible.  The root of this is the lack of leadership shown by Winston.  He was a scumbag lying, assaulting piece of garbage in College and now that has come to the NFL.  The antic of being too hurt to play but not to cause a fight in a game…no QB of any salt does that.  This team is going nowhere with that unconvicted felon at it’s helm
31 30 San Francisco The Niners continue to push Beathard out at QB but for the added pleasure he now has to look over his shoulder too.  They were beaten by an understrengthed Cardinal team but they gave a fair account of themselves.
32 31 Cleveland Congrats Cleveland you moved up one slot because you are a hot mess but not as smelly as the Giants.
30 32 NY Giants The G men stunk out the NFL in a fashion I don’t believe I have witnessed for decades.  The sheer magnitude of their suckage…they had to be awarded 32 slot.  It can’t be worse than it is right now for New York.
Thoughts, Comments, Questions, Arguments, Agreements?  All welcome! As always I will be happy to take money, preferably tens and twenties!
Mr. N The BEARS Fan

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

NFL Power Rankings


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

Mr. N’s #NFL Week 6 Power Poll #PowerRankings #NFLThoughts

NFL Power Rankings


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

Mr. N’s #NFL Week 5 Power Poll #PowerRankings #NFLThoughts

NFL Power Rankings


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

Mr. N’s #NFL Week 4 Power Poll #PowerRankings #NFLThoughts

NFL Power Rankings


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

Mr. N’s #NFL Conference Championship Weekend Power Poll #Rankings #Patriots #Falcons

NFL Power Rankings

1.            New England Patriots (1) – Came out with a simple game plan, beat the zone D of Pittsburgh.  There were holes that Jabba The Hutt could have run routes through.  Brady channeled his inner Darth Vader and tore them apart.  They scored and scored and scored.  Their D stopped them in the red zone over and over and even got turnovers.  The game was over well before the 4th Quarter and now The Evil Empire and Darth Vader are on their way to their 9th Super Bowl.




2.            Atlanta Falcons (4) – The Falcons got off to a fast start with a TD and a FG.  Their D played strong and kept getting turnovers.  Ryan was superb.  He spread the ball around and burned them with Sanu, he burned them with Julio, he burned them with Freeman.  By the half they were up by a ton and by the 4th quarter they had put up a 40 burger.  A dominating and powerful win that showed Atlanta at the top of their game.  If they play this way two weeks from now in Houston they could win the Super Bowl.  A great win.





3.            Pittsburgh Steelers (3) – Word of warning to rest of the NFL.  Even is your opponents are a bunch of A**holes -don’t call them that on social media.  Pittsburgh came in with that over their heads and then their D proceeded to play a weak zone that was tore apart again and again.  Big Ben overthrew deep balls and sometimes receivers dropped it too.  Down by a ton they got a little against prevent but too little too late.  A bad loss and they need to work on their D and find a pass rush with consistency.  A little better bulk on the O line wouldn’t hurt.




4.            Green Bay Packers (2) – From the start the Pack D was unable to stop Atlanta.  They fell behind early.  The Packer O missed a FG, fumbled in the red zone and were down 17 fast.  Aaron Rodgers tried to run a table but tripped over the leg and fell down.  He reared back to throw one of his classic ‘hail mary’s’ and he was picked.  The Pack couldn’t stop the run or the pass and fell down 4 or more TDs.  They got a little against prevent but when they went on side they turned it into a forty burger.  The Pack D has never been good and this game showed America how bad they are.  Rodgers was destroyed and the Pack lost and are ELIMINATED.  They get to go home and watch the Super Bowl and that is a happy thing for a BEARS fan even though I picked them.  Oh and Aaron…R-E-L-A-X!






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10.          Oakland Raiders – It is official *unless owners don’t agree* that the Raiders will be Gamblers.  It could work for Vegas but I think this could be the beginning of the death knell for pro teams in Oakland.  Oakland needs revitalization and crime control.





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17.        Indianapolis Colts – The Colts fired the GM, who they had just extended.  They stay still that Pagano is safe.  They also say they won’t say that Peyton Manning is in line for Head of Football Ops.  That isn’t a stone cold denial.




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26.          San Francisco 49ers – Evidently Kyle Shanahan will be the head coach.  It appears he and the Niners want Kirk Cousins so Kaep can start listing his lodgings in SF.




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30.          Washington Redskins – Washington might be able to pry a 1st round pick from SF for Cousins so that is something to consider if they are too stupid to sign him long term.




31.          Los Angeles Rams – Wade Phillips is the new DC.  He is a great co-ordinator but not much of a coach.



32.          Chicago BEARS – They need a QB.  They can either get a vet like Ty Taylor or get a ND QB and have him back up someone not named Cutler until he’s ready.





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