Mr. N’s #NFL Preseason Power Poll Teams # 24-17 #NFLTrainingCamp #NFLPreseason


NFL Power Rankings

 

Here is part 2 of my preseason prognostication…

 

24 – Miami Dolphins – This team was a top 15 in my early thinking and then they lost Tannehill and brought in Cutler. Nuff said.

If all goes Bad Cutler – 3-13
If all goes likely Cutler – 5-11
if Cutler doesn’t play like a total putz – 7-9

 

23 – Philadelphia Eagles – They have Wentz getting better but now have a bit of a mixed bag of receivers and still are trying to get their legs under them with RB and TE. The D can be solid but without a fully functional O this could be another rough year in Philly.

 

If all is bad – 4-12
In all likelihood – 6-10
If Wentz is super – 8-8

 

22 – Indianapolis Colts – This team wasn’t very good with Andrew Luck healthy and now he is dinged up and coming back slowly from injury. This is not going to be a good year for the Colts.

 

If all bad – 5-11
If they are ok – 7-9
If Luck is superb – 9-7

 

21 – Cincinnati Bengals – They missed the playoffs last year for first time in 5 years and this year…it will be twice in a row. They are getting old and not getting better and their hope is based on people who haven’t played well yet will play better. Good luck with that.

 

If the year explodes – 5-11
all likely – 8-8
if Dalton has a little magic – 10-6

 

20 – Detroit Lions – A team that persistently has a dark cloud over their head and never gets any breaks or luck. They aren’t much better and they plan to dump tons of $$$ on Stafford who has never done anything. He is the dictionary definition that throwing for 5,000 yards doesn’t mean much any more.

 

If very Detroit like – 4-12
If they play like they could – 8-8
If they play 60 all the time – 9-7

 

19 – Washington Redskins – The only break they have caught this year is to have Elliott suspended on Dallas. They have a QB who is probably mad at management and they seem to lack a lot on D. No Division title here.

 

if it’s bad – 4-12
they are probably – 8-8
Their best is – 9-7

 

18 – New Orleans Saints – Brees and his O take this team as far as it goes. The D still (STILL) has issues. They are the same team they have been for years.

 

if they are bad – 5-11
If they are who they are – 8-8
if the outscore many – 10-6

 

17 – Baltimore Ravens – A team that did a lot for D but did Nothing for O except lose 2 starting linemen. They are getting old and can’t score any points.

 

If they get old fast a dismal – 3-13
If they are ok – 8-8
If Flacco has a great year – 10-6.

 

There you have it!

 

Top 16 left…

 

either in 4’s or 8’s time depending!

 

Mr. N The BEARS Fan

Mr. N’s #NFL Preseason Power Poll Teams # 32-25 #NFLTrainingCamp #NFLPreseason


NFL Power Rankings

 

Hey everyone! The off-season has come to an end, the regular season is just about 4 and a 1/2 weeks from now and now is the time to whet people’s appetites for the fun that is to come!

 

I will be doing my Preseason power poll as a backwards countdown from 32 to 1.

 

We start with the bottom 8…

 

32. The New York Jets – A team that has embraced the word tank. They divested themselves of most key veterans and have done little to put any talent out at the majority of their positions. They are aiming to get QB Sam Darnold with the first pick *the fly in that ointment is that Darnold may not go pro but that would be Jet luck.

 

Worst and most likely case – 0-16
Best case scenario – 3/13

 

31. Chicago Bears – A team that traded the moon for a QB and now must pay the piper. They have RBs, a decent O line and better D than before but there is an atmosphere of free falling here and they play a tough schedule.

 

Worst Case – 1/15
Likely – 2/14
Best Case – 4/12

 

30. Buffalo Bills – The Ralph will be the scene of much Ralphing this year with this group on the field. Led by an ownership group that doesn’t seem to have any direction, this team is going to struggle.

 

Worst Case – 2/14
Likely – 3/13
Best – 5/11

 

29. San Francisco 49ers – New regime and they are building a good base but they need to grow together and get experience and that will take time. They are also in a pretty tough division so the learning part may not be pretty early.

 

Worst Case – 3/13
Likely – 4/12
Best Case – 5/11

 

28. Miami Dolphins – This team was going to be a top 15 but then Tannehill got hurt and they dug the rotting corpse of Jay Cutler out of his football grave and gave him the starting QB job. Any hope this team had went south with Cutler trying to sign his contract but over throwing the pen and signing the plant on the desk.

 

Worst Case – 2/14
Likely – 4/12
Best – 5/11

 

27. Cleveland Browns – They are not going to be as bad as they have been lately simply because other teams are worse and they get to play them. They are getting a bit more talent and may challenge teams more consistently as they grow.

 

Worst case – 2/14
Likely – 4/12
Best case – 6/10

 

26. Los Angeles Rams – A team trying to grow with a young QB who needs to learn fast. They may yet get something going with Goff but this is a tough Division and they have a hard sked.

 

Worst case – 3/13
Likely 6/10
Best case – 7/9

 

25. Los Angeles Chargers – A new town, an old QB and a tiny little stadium to play in this year. A head coach with no experience but a D that is getting better. They have already suffered a key injury losing who was touted as potential offensive rookie of the year (Mike Williams WR).

 

Worst case – 4/12
Likely – 6/10
Best – 8/8

 

Next post starts with team 24…

 

Mr. N The BEARS Fan

“Here come the playoffs” Mr. N’s #NFL Week 17 Power Poll #FootballRankings #PowerPoll


NFL Power Rankings

 

1.            New England Patriots (1) – Michael Floyd went for the goal line on the 2nd first half TD like a drunken man charging towards an open bar.  No doubt that New England knows the value of home field throughout this time.  They are dominating in all aspects in the first half.  The Pats never took their foot off the gas. They scored at will and blew away Miami.  They sit at home in New England and wait for the first victim in the Division round.

 

 

2.            Dallas Cowboys (2) – The Cowboys are keeping Dak in the game and if he gets hurt it will not be good for them.  Dak got out alive and Romo tossed a TD.  Butt Fumble tossed a pick.  All seems right in the world for Big D so far.  Dallas proved one thing in the second half.  Mark Sanchez, the walking Butt Fumble, is a complete incompetent.  It was said in the pregame that Sanchez sees himself as the long-term backup behind Dak.  I see him as a long-term popcorn salesman in Jerry World.  A meaningless loss.

 

 

3.            Pittsburgh Steelers (3) – Having issues getting offense going against the BROWNS.  The Steeler D let RGIII march the field for a score.  Is Pittsburgh really mailing this in using holiday stamps?  Landry Jones is finding his inner preseason 2016 as he can’t really get anything going.  He has managed one TD and they could still pull out a win but they need to try a little harder.  The Steelers battled back and managed to tie the game and take it to OT.  They looked down and out went for it and won.  They will be tough with everyone trying in the playoffs.

 

 

4.            Atlanta Falcons (5) – The greatest show on Georgian turf is tearing up the laughable excuse that is the Saints D.  They I think trailed for a minute or two but now we wonder if they will put up another 50 burger.  The Falcons scored early and often and used almost every weapon they had.  They were up 25 and went into some deep full bore prevent.  The pressure on Saint D stopped and the pressure on Saint O stopped and the points piled up against until Atlanta didn’t cover the spread.  Hope someone had cash with the Saints as that last TD smelled like a Vegas score.  It was a win for them.

 

 

 

 

5.            Kansas City Chiefs (7) – Took KC a few minutes to get it going but boy did they get it going then. The D started getting golden turnovers and the O started to put up points and they have pulled ahead of the Chargers.  A nice first half.   Kansas City never let up and they used special teams to help ice this win.  KC is deadly because they have strong O, D and special teams.  They rarely make mistakes and they are well coached.  They are #2 seed and have a bye.  They have a slim chance of giving the Evil Empire a challenge when they play at the Death Star in New England on Conference Championship Weekend.  I am just flat out assuming they will handle whoever crawls out of the Wild Card.

 

 

 

6.            New York Giants (8) – A decent effort by a Giant team just going through the motions.  They have managed only 10 points but that is enough with a D pitching a shutout.  Can’t imagine the ones will play much in the second half so they may yet lose this game.  The G-men rested some O but played the D and they got the golden turnovers and the O did just enough to win this game.  May they have this kind of effort when they face Green Bay new week.  A nice Giant like win.

 

 

 

7.            Green Bay Packers (11) – The Packers came out a little slow and didn’t get the O working much in the first 30 minutes.  Held to only 1 TD and one long FG they hadn’t really shown their stuff.  It felt like standing under a snow-covered hill knowing the avalanche was going to fall as soon as someone sneezed.  The second half was a different story.  They outscored Detroit by eleven and the outcome was never in doubt.  They ran the table and win the division.  They haven’t really faced a decent squad in the last six weeks so next week will be the first real challenge since they lost 4 in a row.  Will be an interesting wild card game Sunday.

 

 

8.            Seattle Seahawks (12) – Slow start on O with little rush and no points to speak of.  The D put its face into this game and got 2 key turnovers.  The O put up points fast and they are leading and this game could be over now.  The Seahawks fell to full on prevent and barely hung on for a very close and ugly win over a very bad Niner team.  I don’t see much playoff life for this sad excuse for a team.

 

 

 

 

9.            Houston Texans (6) – A very quiet start for Houston as they appear to have partied a bit too much last night like I did.  Whatever plan the Texans had – get Savage reps as he preps for the Chiefs in the Wild card round – went splat with the concussion and now they just get to suffer under the leadership of one of the most highly paid and terrible QBs in NFL History.  Well I don’t think anyone who has watched Houston play with Brock at QB this year was surprised by how ineffective Brock O was.  The Texans went down with a sputter and are not exactly looking like a team who can win a wild card game next week.  A bad loss.

 

 

10.          Oakland Raiders (4) – I understand that Oakland has lost their QB but come on guys.  With no O and D that can’t stop anyone this is ugly.  If they don’t wake up they could be on the road and suffering in the playoffs.   The Raiders just never got it going on O and couldn’t make any stops on D and they were destroyed.  It was ugly and one has to think the poor Silver and Black will be one and done in the wild card round now.

 

 

 

11.          Miami Dolphins (9) – For a team who had a ‘shot’ at moving up in wild card rank they seem happy to be blown out and stay in the 6th seed if the early going is any example.  This Fin squad seems to be running head first into a buzz saw and this could end uglier than it has started.  Dolphins never had a shot.  They couldn’t stop NE O and they couldn’t score against NE D.  A very ugly way to lose and enter the playoffs but they will face a tough Steeler team… anywho so I predict one and done.

 

 

 

12.          Detroit Lions (13) – My oh my.  This team just let the division slip away from them.  They even had a lead for half this game but everyone including the popcorn dealers in the stands knew the Lions couldn’t hold it.  They had the Pack down by 7 but let GB run the field in 30 seconds to make it only 4.  They let in 3 easy TDs in the 2nd half and that was that.  If they go to Seattle and get beat and go home it will be the end of one of the most humiliating collapses and I wonder if the coach and QB deserve to survive this collapse.  A team going nowhere but down who had such great promise.

 

 

 

13.          Tennessee Titans (14) – The Titans are off to an early lead in the meaningless bowl.  Will be left to see how much heart the Titans have with a backup QB just 7 days or so after being eliminated.  The Titans knocked the starting Texan QB out and now get to face Osweiler which means the Titans have this game in control now.  Have to give Matt Cassel absolute credit he had more in him today that I thought he had left.  He was able to work against a fairly game Texan D and he did enough to get them a win.  A season that two weeks ago, had such hope ends with a win and possibly hope for 2017.

 

 

 

14.          Tampa Bay Buccaneers (15) – Winston over throwing early and are trailing the Panthers.  Follow that with a pick and the Bucs don’t look like a team with a mathematical shot at making the playoffs.  They are the team allergic to making the playoffs.    Not the inspired play of a team with heart.  They even had a pick that was dropped clean.  Makes one wonder what kind of clubhouse atmosphere this head coach has created in Tampa.  Tampa battled and battled and barely held a lead late.  Bur for stupidity on the part of the Panther coach they probably would have lost.  They snuck out a win and are eliminated.  They are building something here.

 

 

 

15.          Arizona Cardinals (16) – Arizona’s depleted D has been able to handle all the Rams have.  Carson Palmer is playing ok and they have a small lead.  They should win this easily because even this team is better than LA.  Arizona has been able to dominate on D and special teams and even with some O now and then.  The game is well and holy over with more than 10 left in the 4th.  Turnovers just made it uglier.  Well played against a terrible team.  Something to hang a hat on after a bad year.

 

 

16.          Cincinnati Bengals (18) – The Bengals are moving it well against the still supposedly tough Raven D.  Cincy is on the verge of putting the game away at the half.  Totally in control early.  The Bengals, gutted by injuries, were never challenged.  They used backup RBs and TEs and DEs and CBs and simply dominated what has often been called a good Raven team.  A fine win in a meaningless game.

 

 

 

17.          Indianapolis Colts (22) – Totally flat and the Colts must have their off season plans and tickets in their suitcases already.  The Colts are just playing rotten with turnovers, missed tackles and mistakes.  The old second half Colts made an appearance.  They battled on O and D and chipped away until they got it tied.  They fell behind and then in a great effort marched the field and won.  A superb win to end a hugely disappointing season.  Perhaps Luck isn’t a total bum but their head coach may not survive this mess.

 

 

18.          New Orleans Saints (17) –  A team with nothing to play for and nothing much on D is getting schmucked vs Atlanta.  With Brees doing what he can when he can get his hands on the ball the Saints are in danger of being totally blown out.   I did hear from the broadcast that Dennis Allen is building a good D so it looks bright.  Has anyone watched this Saint team be blown out constantly this year besides me?  The Saints were down a ton and then put up a make Vegas happy 19 and lost by 6.  It was another ugly loss for a team that DOESN’T HAVE DEFENSE.

 

 

 

19.          Philadelphia Eagles (23) – Eagles are played decent D early.  The Eagle D had no answer to Tony Romo but they could have thought he had retired already.  They did pick off Butt Fumble but who hasn’t?  They are tied in a game they should be dominating in.   The Eagles took their sweet time but finally got ahead to stay in the 2nd half.  A nice win for a team that was vastly overrated by most *not me* and they get another pretty high draft pick.

 

 

 

20.          Minnesota Vikings (24) – Solid opening drive followed by a great red zone pick and the Vikes are in control early in this big meaningless game.  The Vikings are getting turnovers and kicking Bear butt and this could be extremely ugly if they don’t fall to prevent.  The Vikes simply sliced and diced the Bears with inspired D and end 8-8.  The team could have been all that and was all not that in the end.  I think they need a healthy Bridgewater and their O line needs help with health and depth.  What a lost chance this season was.

 

 

 

 

21.          Denver Broncos (27) –  A great effort early by Denver on O and D.  The cheating cheap shot Bronco D is playing like it can and getting away with it.  They have poured in the points and are well in control at the half.  Denver gave their all, both legal and illegal, for their retiring coach and blew out the Raiders.  It was a nice win for a pretty crappy, overrated team.

 

 

 

22.          New York Jets (30) – Starting a bum at QB has the Jets offense sputtering early.  The Jets are living by the Fitz here.  He is better than EJ Manuel but then again so am I and I haven’t thrown a ball since a nerf ball in 1994.  The Jets were able to stop the Bills with some of their best D in months.   They even piled on the points at a level not seen in months.  Best game of the year by a team who has just tried hard to not try for the last 4 games or so.  It was a win.

 

 

 

23.          Jacksonville Jaguars (20) – The ‘resurgent’ Jag O is still alive this week.  Jacksonville is finding something positive in the dregs of this nightmare season.  Bortles is looking just a little like an NFL quarterback again.  A pretty good first half.  Well Jacksonville managed to live out their season in this game.  They led and played well.  The D played badly and let Indy in it.  They drove for the lead and played bad D and lost.  They have a ton of talent and need to find the right leader of a Head Coach to bring it all together.

 

 

 

24.          Carolina Panthers (21) – Another solid effort so far by the Panthers to maybe put a positive spin on this lost season.  The Panthers are playing hard and giving their all which shows a semblance of heart in the Panther uniform.  Caaaaam managed to turn it over a ton *wipe me out in a fantasy consolation round* and still get the game close.  They could have won this in OT with momentum but went for 2 and lost the game.  The gambler.  This is a very ugly way to end an UGLY season.

 

 

 

 

25.          Buffalo Bills (19) – Starting a bum at QB has the Bills offense sputtering early.  The Bills have no chance whatsoever with Manuel at QB and with McCoy injured.  Me thinks this will not be the shining mark on Lynn’s CV that he might have hoped for.  So, Manuel was so bad that the team put in Cardale Jones.  Jones may have a future in Buffalo but tossing him in here with no reps and in a hopeless sitch was harsh.  He could do nothing, Buffalo did nothing and they were stomped by a bad Jet team to end their year.  If they follow through getting rid of Tyrod Taylor, then this team may be circling the bowl for the rest of the decade.

 

 

26.          San Francisco 49ers (25) – San Fran got off to another fast start and had a nice lead over the Seahawks.  Then they decided to start turning the ball over and Turnovers are Gold.  This team is no way good enough to win and turn it over.  They have allowed a ton of points late in the first half and have a long road ahead of them now.  San Fran went hard against prevent and made it very close.  I give them credit to giving Chip and the GM something to remember fondly as they clear out their offices.

 

 

27.          Baltimore Ravens (26) – Not much effort from Baltimore D to start.  The Ravens can’t get anything going on O and this is making it a very long day so far.  The Ravens could muster very little in way of offense and they were beaten like a bad dog on D several times.  A team that once had playoffs in their grasp end with a fitting splat.  They were not as good as people thought and they are just as bad as they looked today.

 

 

 

28.          Cleveland Browns (28) – A good start for Cleveland on O and D and that isn’t so unusual.  Can they do it for more than 15 or 20 minutes is the question.  The Browns have played another good 30 minutes give or take the RGIII pick.  Now do they have 30 minutes more in them on the first day of 2017?  Only Cleveland can lose a lead, have the ball inside the 5 to win it and fumble.  They took a lead in OT and let in a TD to lose.  They are 1-15 and my do they need a TON of help.  Cleveland, you are once more …on the clock and for the love of Mike DON’T TRADE THE PICK.  PICK someone.

 

 

 

 

29.          San Diego Chargers (29) – San Diego really gave their all early and took an early lead.  They turned the ball over and let in a few and they are now trailing and it will be hard for this team to maintain their early effort as they have nothing at all to play for.  The Bolts tried but didn’t have a chance to win with special teams issues and they let in TDs and missed chances and end their life as the Chargers in SD with another loss.  Next stop new home, new coach, new identity.

 

 

 

30.          Washington Redskins (10) – Well isn’t that interesting.  Win and in.  Simply beat a NYG team who has nothing to play for and you are in the playoffs.  What does Washington do? They come out flat and allow a long TD and a FG and can manage no offense.  What the hell is wrong with Washington? If they lose this game I would let Cousins go, fire the head coach, change the team nickname and move to Maryland and hide the fact they ever were Washington.  They have 30 minutes to pull their heads out of their collective asses.  The Redskins D played a pretty good game all game while the O played pretty bad.  They did manage to make a small effort and got the game tied but it wasn’t enough.  They let in a late 3 and then Cousins turned it over again and they lost.  I cannot explain how utterly useless Washington is to have lost this game and eliminated themselves.  I would use a steam cleaner and a fire hose and wash out the front office and the clubhouse.  Can them all, I would want none of this group of losers on my team after this debacle.

 

 

 

31.          Los Angeles Rams (31) – I don’t know how this terrible team got 21 points last week.  They seem to have trouble getting 3 yards on a drive.  They are in trouble when down by 7 and I am doubtful they can get another 6 unless it is against prevent. This team sucks.  The team sucks on O to beat any other suckage they provide.  They evidently had a fight with themselves in the walkway to the locker at the half.  I think at this point if they are planning to demolish the Coliseum the may want to consider leaving the Rams in the building when they blow it up.  A crushing, terrible loss.

 

 

32.          Chicago BEARS (32) – The BEARS D is playing like it has all year.  Bad.  Then they tossed a 24k gold red zone pick.  Sigh.  The BEARS can’t turn it over and have any hope.  Their D is just so porous this is a fifty-burger waiting to happen.  The BEARS were whipped for 38 and turned it over a million times.  They lost ugly and now have had the worst season Chicago has had in 29 years.  What a fugly team and they need a so much help.  It has to start with cutting/firing/dismissing/deleting Jay Cutler.  Oh, and draft a pass rusher.

 

 

 

 

 

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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NFL Power Rankings

 

1. Dallas Cowboys (2) – On the bye and watched the last best team get whupped and, I never did think I would see this day ever happen, the Cowboys are #1. Can they keep this spot?

2. Seattle Seahawks (3) – It is a good thing Seattle brought their D today as they forgot to bring their O. Russell Wilson’s leg injury seems much more of an issue and they better hope he gets better quicker than the O line improves. The total lack of offense was offset some by a clinic by the Hawk D. They stopped Arizona over and over and held the running game to not more than 3 yards per. Their kicking struggled too and when it came down to it, Steven Hauschka channelled his old North Carolina State days and missed a close one. A tie that they get credit for…a little.

3. Kansas City Chiefs (6) – A very quiet start allowed a TD but then the Chiefs turned it on with D and O and are in the process of blowing the Saints away. The Chiefs got enough ahead that they decided to prevent D it until it was close. The D played well and the O got the points needed but they made it much closer than it had to be. A close win over a bad D and they are what they are which is good.

4. Oakland Raiders (9) – The Raiders are in a fight in South Florida and it is a tribute to their gutsiness that they have a lead at the half. Pretty good Raider D in the first half. The Raiders impressed me today. They again have gone East and ripped the young Jags. Solid play on O and D and they have won a nice game. Well done.

5. New England Patriots (10) – Decent start to the Pat O as they put a couple on Pittsburgh. The Pat D has actually been beaten a bit by the second team Steeler O and the Pats need to find their ‘home field’ advantage on the road as they seem to be going through the motions which is very un-Belichick like. The Patriots were able to get Gronk into the game and added a sealing TD to give them a hard-fought road win. It wasn’t pretty and not very much of a Pat game but it was a game. A nice win.

6. Minnesota Vikings (1) – Bradford has lost his shine and looks like Bradford who played in STL and Phil. The pick was his golden first but the missed throws are just bad. Not much o but a superb D and the Vikings even got a FG from their kicker. They need a little O and they can have this game as the D is playing on point. The D in the end only allowed the standard 13 points. Special teams gave up the rest and then Bradford played like Bradford. A terrible game by the offense and cover teams and down they go. Minnesota needs to shake this off next week or they may have issues in what should have been a signed and sealed division. A bad loss.

7. Green Bay Packers (12) – With a battered QB playing on reputation and no run game the Pack was battered for 30 minutes and could only manage 2 field goals. A relatively legal hit by the D on Hoyer eliminated the BEARS threat and then Rodgers took advantage of a bad secondary to use the short pass as a run game. He set a record for completions but his yards per pass was typically abysmal. They won but they have more troubles than I can count on 2 hands.

8. Cincinnati Bengals (16) – The Bengals are able to move the ball at will but the D is having some issues early stopping a Brown O. They are up a little in a game they should be running away with. The Bengals were able to score several long TDs and the D played just good enough to win this game handily. It wasn’t a blowout but it was a win and that counts – even if it was just over Cleveland.

9. Atlanta Falcons (8) – The Falcons seemed to, for a moment, forget they had to play in this game and quickly found themselves down. Then the dime was dropped and Atlanta started rolling. Solid D plus excellent O quickly put the Falcons well out in front. A late TD allowed has brought the game closer at the half. It will behoove Atlanta to concentrate on playing hard in the second half as San Diego could yet sneak one on them if they don’t. Atlanta put up a nice lead and then thought it would be smart to play prevent D. That simply prevented them from winning the game in regular time. They let San Diego back into it and now have to hope they can pull out an OT win. Well they didn’t have much luck first possession so then, making NO SENSE AT ALL, Dan Quinn goes for it 4th and 1 on his 43 and fails. Way to lose the game. The dumbest Coaching call of the day. A stupid way to lose and it is ALL on the coach.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (7) – A team without Big Ben was supposed to be lost at home. Give Landry Jones every credit for keeping the team in a game they have no real hope in. The missed FG may haunt them but no more than the TDs the D keeps letting in. It isn’t an ugly blow out but it’s early yet. Whatever magic the Steelers had couldn’t last. The D finally got beat and the hole became so big nothing could overcome it. A game effort by Jones but another loss for Pittsburgh who have to keep an eye on Cincy now.

11. Arizona Cardinals (13) – The Cardinals have had trouble scoring more than 6 points the last two times they played Seattle when at home. What did this time bring? 6 points. Sigh. The Cardinals did have the ball for vast majority of the game but could muster little. When they had innumerable shots at kicking more field goals they were stymied by either illegal blocks or flat out misses. To finish in a tie is a moral victory but not a real victory.

12. Denver Broncos (17) – Denver came out on fire and were able to dominate the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. The Bronco D (cheating around the edges as it is very apt to do) harried and battered their ‘old’ QB all night. Siemian played effectively and hit the passes he needed to. The Broncs were up by 8 at the half and never turned back. The Second half brought more of the same and Denver won an easy one. A nice win.

13. Detroit Lions (20) – The Lions are benefitting from turnovers but need to get more production from the O to keep them in this tight battle with a much better team. A pretty good D first half. The Lions gave the game away with some terrible penalties and D play and all seemed lost. Then they had one shot and credit to Stafford he drove the team for a winning TD. A great win for a team that has now won 3 in a row and are moving on up.

14. Washington Redskins (4) – The Redskins have had all their offensive chances hampered by fumbles but the D is playing well and they are in a very low scoring battle. Cousins really showed what he had with solid second half play. He took the team and scored the points to have a late lead and turned it over to the D. The D did what it has done many times since 2010 – they promptly blew the game and lost it. An ugly loss that diminishes this team significantly.

15. Buffalo Bills (5) – The Bills had some early issues on O but the D played great and kept it going until the O started rolling and now Buffalo is in pretty good shape to squish the fish. What happened to the Bills? The D laid huge eggs. The Bills were sucky in the 4th quarter and gave the game away. A brutal loss that makes me question how good this team is. They need to rebound fast or they are just a mirage.

16. New York Giants (18) – Played poorly first 30 with no offense or D but then a turnover recovery was gold and now they have mo. The Mo was mo-stly on D as the O was fairly shut down and has a ton of issues. They won the game with 4 great golden turnovers and that was key to this slim win. Not much of a win but that is a win.

17. Houston Texans (11) – The Texans once had the AFC South in hand and those days are long gone. They never really had a shot in this game. They could do nothing on offense all night and the D was unable to make the stops it needed to. By early in the third quarter the game was effectively over. The real question is whether Brock Osweiler is good enough to play in the NFL? He is being paid an awful lot of money but he isn’t paying that back with good play. Houston is in turmoil and must wonder what comes next for them.

18. Jacksonville Jaguars (14) – The Jags O just can’t get any sort of work done and the D has bent and broke a little. Unless the O really gets it going they are in trouble here. They never got the O going and this was a tough loss with a quick turnaround to a TNF game. A bad loss.

19. Carolina Panthers (19) – on the bye and they are a team waiting to see just who they are on O and D and this could be the year from first to last for Carolina.

20. San Diego Chargers (26) – Good start by the Bolts quickly fell into disarray as the D collapsed and the O started giving away GOLDEN turnovers. When down to by nearly 3 scores they finally found some more rhythm and now the game is not out of hand at the half. What can San Diego do in the 2nd half remains to be seen. I am still impressed by the amount of heart shown by this old Charger team. They were down but didn’t give in. They battled on and Rivers got them to OT and now they have a shot at stealing this game. San Diego D played a good series and were given a gift by Atlanta. Afterward Rivers, who won’t look a gift like that in the mouth, simply took them down for the winning FG. A gutsy win by a Charger team with heart.

21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (24) – Poor start off a bye. They were flat against a bad team and found themselves quickly down. Winston shook off the rust and began to take apart SF’s D. The Offense is humming and they could be ready to blow out SF. Tampa was led by the mature beyond his years Winston and he just determinedly rolled over the SF D and put this game on ice. Solid pressure and good secondary play sealed this nifty win for Tampa. Nicely done.

22. Philadelphia Eagles (25) – The Eagles O has met the Vikings D and has managed to put up about 0 points in the first half. 2 picks from Wentz was the extent of their ability. If not for a relatively fluky KR for a TD this would be a shutout. The on and off D from Philly has played pretty good but can they keep it up? The Eagles D was able to stop the Vikings and they put a beating on what was the best team in the NFL. Schizo Philly needs to prove to me they are not a team who is lucky instead of good. A great win.

23. Miami Dolphins (27) – The Dolphins had some early success then the D faded as did their O and this game could quickly get way out of hand. The Dolphins never gave up and poured it on in the 4th quarter and won the game with some good O and well played D. I need to see them win one more in a row before I raise them from the ‘terrible team fluking it’ category. It was a win.

24. New York Jets (28) – The Jets used Geno and he actually threw a TD but was trailing when he hurt his knee. With that injury, the Jets had Fitz and Fitz it is. Now as they live by the Fitz – he got them a lead. The D has played Ok too. The Jets under Fitz got it done with solid O while the D did the job too. A good win for a team spinning its wheels.

25. Indianapolis Colts (29) – Superb Pass O from Luck – perhaps his best half of the year so far. This is combined with a terrible Colt D playing its best game and Indy is in the position to run away with this. The Colts D played like it can in the second half and gave up a ton of plays and lots of points. The game came down to pure Luck. Andrew was good today and he drove his team to the win. A good win for a bad Colt team.

26. Baltimore Ravens (15) – The Ravens O is having issues beating the Jets while the Ravens pass rush has been near invisible. They need to get it going or their fade will become a free fall. Hope they all have functioning parachutes because this team is in a free fall. They couldn’t beat the Jet D and couldn’t stop the Jet O and down goes a team that is just a bad team who won a few early.

27. New Orleans Saints (21) – The Saints thought It was on the way with an early TD but then a golden turnover by Brees and some typical horrible D and the Saints are down down down and may go under for the last time soon. The Saints were able to keep in the game scoring against prevent D but when it came down to it – they failed. The loss was close but it is still a loss for a bad Saints team.

28. Tennessee Titans (22) – Well the Titans had been playing great D and solid O but perhaps they have issues beating the old-time division bully as they have looked bad and are getting battered in the first half. The Titans turned it on in the second half and got in a shootout. The Titans were able to beat the bad Colt D for score after score and had a shot late but their D tired and gave up the lead and they lost. Whatever progress they were making in the division has been knocked asunder with this loss to a bad Colt team.

29. Los Angeles Rams (23) – Had the game in hand with solid D and decent O but then a bad play by an overpaid WR (AUSTIN) and they have lost their momentum and face uphill second half. Keenum picked off 4 times and the O never got anything moving while the D did its job. Is it Goff time? Is Goff any good? We just don’t know. It was a loss that will resonate.

30. Chicago BEARS (30) – The Bears came in with a game plan to play tight D and let the O get them enough points. For 30 minutes this worked but alas the BEARS D rarely has 60 minutes of oomph in them. The loss of Hoyer to injury pretty much deep sixed the O. The BEARS now stand with nothing at QB again. Barkley seems unable to play and that still makes him better than Cutler. Whatever hope they had for being competitive now and again is gone and they can hope for a QB in round 1. A tough loss but not too too surprising.

31. San Francisco 49ers (31) – For a few minutes it seemed like San Fran wasn’t just another terrible team as they got out to a nice lead over the rested Bucs. Reality then set in and the Niner D just let Tampa roll all over them. It will be interesting to see if they try to compete in the second half or will they just fold it up. The Niners basically folded up. They couldn’t contain the offense of Tampa and never could match it either and down went this very poor excuse for a team.

32. Cleveland Browns (32) – Very good first half of O by Kessler and company and the D has been pushed around but not severely yet. Can Cleveland play another tough 30? We don’t know but doubt it. Whatever shot Cleveland had ended when Kessler got hurt. The D couldn’t stop AJ Green and the O couldn’t score late and down goes the worst team in football again.

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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NFL Power Rankings

Week 1 Power Poll 2015

1.            Arizona Cardinals (3) – A terrific team win.  Palmer was solid, the running game was great with Ellington and then good with his backups.  The D was spot on and they had brave and gutsy coaching and sealed a great win over a team that could be in the playoffs.  Excellent win by an excellent team.

2.            New England Patriots (1) – The Pats came out with a plan and followed it to the letter, they covered Antonio Brown pretty well, pressured Big Ben, utilized an unblockable Gronk and lit up the scoreboard while interfering with Steeler headsets.  I have hit my limit with these guys.  They cheat.  They have been cheating for 15 years and have 4 Super Bowl titles to show for it.  I think they are lower than a snake belly or Barry Bonds.  They won but they will not be number one in my pool even if they go undefeated, as we will all know how they did it.  Cheaters.

3.            Denver Broncos (4) – A gutsy win that came on a defensive turnover for 6 points.  The Broncos offense was stumbling and Peyton Manning looked like the shell of himself that he has become.  The Broncs need to get their O working to have long-term success.  Not sure how long they can go simply on D, FGs and luck.  A good win nonetheless.

4.            St. Louis Rams (5) – The Rams O is struggling and their special teams needs to be tighter to get back into a tough divisional game at home.  Foles is finding it tough going against the Legion of Boom.  Will be a full 60 min battle.  No quit in these Rams as they battled back from behind and forced OT.  Super effort, great win.  They must build on this.

5.            Seattle Seahawks (2) – The Seahawk D is bringing it well and they are using special teams to get them an early lead on the road.  The Seahawks are in a battle and this will come down to the 4th quarter.  The Seahawks came from behind and had the game in hand late in the 4th then their D uncharacteristically blew it and it’s in OT.  They blew it in OT. I didn’t see this loss coming.  The D may just need Kam.

6.            Buffalo Bills (8) – Bills D strong but the O is still trying to move the ball down the field.  The Bills have come out firing on D and Taylor is getting it done on offense.  A great first half for Buffalo.  The Bills are imposing their will on Indy and dominating on the O line side.  Superb game.  What a superb start to the new Sexy Rexy Regime in Orchard Park.  The Bills won the game in the trenches and look like a team that wants to make a mark in 2015. Let’s see them do it next week!

7.            Kansas City Chiefs (12) – The Chiefs are dominating early.  The Chief O is exposing issues in the Texan secondary and their D is playing well.  In what has to be the surprise of the day, the Chiefs are blowing the Texans away.  It seems almost over now and there is 30 min left to go.  The Chiefs won the game going away and have started this season off with a bang.  Can they keep this level of excellence up?

8.            Carolina Panthers (11) – The Panthers are not playing the fierce D one expects early.  The Panthers managed to keep driving and finally got a small lead.  They need to concentrate or they may let a disinterested Jag team hang around and it will come back to hurt them.  The Panthers battled and won this game handily in the end.  It was a lot harder than it probably should have been.

9.            New Orleans Saints (7) – The Saints had opportunities right to the end.  Brees gave his all but he seemed overmatched by the Cardinal D.  Some of his passes batted down, sometimes he was batted down.  Their running attack was stifled and the defensive miscues not only cost them the game but started the infighting on the sidelines between Payton and Ryan the other.  Not a good loss.

10.          Dallas Cowboys (14) – They looked flat on O for the first half and struggled on D in the second half.  If not for a really bad call by NY the Cowboys would have likely lost their home opener again.  Romo drove for a late win.  The loss of Dez for a month or two may hurt more than this win helps.  An ugly game by an ugly team and they got a win they barely deserved.

11.          Green Bay Packers (15) – Surprising statement early is that Rodgers is being out played by Cutler in the first Quarter.  The Packers have had a great problem getting much offense going against the BEARS D which is a shock to many including a not very relaxed Aaron Rodgers early.  Rodgers kept going and in the end practically tossed as many TDs as incompletes.  It was more like a blowout but one prevent D outing made it a touch closer.

12.          San Diego Chargers (16) – They played badly in the first half and turned the ball over badly for points.  They then turned it around in the 2nd half, dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides and ran away with the game.  An excellent come from behind win.

13.          Indianapolis Colts (6) – The Colts are trying to find their way on the road early. Offense quiet in early days of this game.  Indianapolis is really struggling to get the O working and it may be a challenge all game.  The Colts have no answer on O or D and this is surprising as it is ugly.   In the end it was ugly. Prevent Defense alone gave the Colts a semblance of life.  They were dominated in all phases and need to see if this was a one off or does Indianapolis have a problem?

14.          Houston Texans (9) – The Texans need to develop more consistency in the secondary and get the ball moving or this will be a very long day.  I know they have a solid front 9 and 2 weak corners but who knew those two would be so exposed?  This team is getting creamed and it looks bad.  The D couldn’t cover and the O couldn’t get it done.  They need to regroup fast.

15.          Minnesota Vikings (10) – That has to be the most humiliating performance in the history of the Viking franchise.  You mail it in and don’t even try and look what happens? The Dregs of the NFL look like world-beaters.  There is no excuse for this lack of effort and every single Viking should be embarrassed to their core, as this loss will hang on them all season.  Get it together, that was despicable.

16.          Pittsburgh Steelers (19) – The Steelers D came out flat and the lack of communication in the secondary led directly to the first 3 NE TDs’.  With what came from the post game pressers the communication issues are kind of ironic.  The Steelers never really had a chance with both a fired up Pats team, a new D trying to find a way and a Pats organization that thinks its Barry Bonds and just cheats because it can.  The Steelers struggles will ease with LeVeon Bell returning but to be fair D’angelo Williams was superb.  A good effort that came close but circumstances and cheating held them back.

17.          Cincinnati Bengals (23) – The Bengals came out with a plan, just push hard on O and D (cheap shots and cheaper shots accepted) and take the game to the opposition.  They blew out Oakland but played pretty dirty.  Adam Pacman Scumbag Jones may be the lowest form of human debris in a NFL Uni today which is pretty strong a statement.  A big win but I won’t start planning a parade route.  Let’s see them win an AFC North game.

18.          Atlanta Falcons (22) – Atlanta showed they have dash and elan on offense.  They also showed their D, despite moments of effectiveness, is just alot like what they were before.  The MNF crew heaped praise on a D that most of the time looked pedestrian…especially in the 2nd half.  The Falcons got a win because someone missed a FG.  Not a dominating win and My view of them hasn’t really changed.

19.          Baltimore Ravens (13) – The Ravens played hard for most of the game but in the end it was a Golden turnover that lost them the game.  They were able to harry and bother Manning but they just couldn’t get it done on the offensive side and that is not good for a team with playoff dreams.

20.          New York Giants (18) – The G men used to stand for Defense.  That isn’t so much so far this year.  Eli struggled to get the ball moving in the first half but got the ball moving better in the 2nd  The Giants had worked hard in the 2nd half to get themselves in the lead, with the ball, driving for the endzone with less than 2 minutes left.  The questionable call of Giants history had Eli throw it away, stop the clock and kick a FG giving them a 6-point lead.  The other uber questionable call was Coghlin telling Jennings to not score a TD.  Sheesh.  Then the G-men D couldn’t stop Dallas as they stole the game.  Good effort, poor ending.

21.          Philadelphia Eagles (17) – Well the first half was about an ugly a first half a Chip Kelly team in the NFL has ever put on National tv.  The second half was much better with Bradford ripping it and the D even stepping up.  If not for a great pick in the end zone the game wouldn’t have turned on a missed FG in the fourth quarter.  The Eagles have serious issues in the secondary and if they can’t figure out how to use the run this could be uglier later.

22.          Detroit Lions (20) – The Lions had their way early proving once again that turnovers are gold.  The whole ‘they can’t play on the West Coast’ seemed mute.  Then the second half started and turnovers were indeed gold as Detroit started turning it over.  Key moment, the unblocked Marv Ingram literally destroying Stafford.  The team just folded up like a card table after your visitors left.  Ugly loss.

23.          Miami Dolphins (25) – The Dolphin D is being pushed around by Washington which no one thought would happen.  The Dolphins have yet to be able to impose their will on O or D in the first half.  The Dolphins held on and pulled out a win.  The D was pretty good but the O struggled and they really won because of one special teams effort.  I still have questions about this team.  Also The THUG Suh kicked the helmet off the face of Alfred Morris. He is like a rabid dog and should be banned from the NFL.

24.          Tennessee Titans (30) – If there was a statement game today it was made by Tennessee.  The headline is – ‘you drafted who first? Look at who we got!’ Marcus Mariota was beyond amazing.  He threw 4 TDS in the FIRST HALF!  The Titans ran the table with passing and running and great D.  A spectacular win.  They aren’t this good but that was a great win.

25.          New York Jets (31) – The Jets D is holding up but the O is having issues early.  Fitzpatrick has turned the corner and got the Jets out in the lead at the half.  Playing spirited ball.  The Jets rolled in the 2nd half and put the game away.  Well played on O and good D.  A nice win.  Can they do it again?

26.          Oakland Raiders (21) – This didn’t work today.  Carr got dinged up, the D got pushed around and the usually game tough Raiders were badly treated by a dirty Bengal team.  My advice, tear that one up and start fresh.  Nothing to see there.  Try harder.  Don’t do what you did today.  I won’t write them off until they lose that badly again, at home.

27.          Cleveland Browns (24) – Browns are playing a solid early game and show signs of being ready to battle.  The injury to McCown could have been bad but John Manziel rips out a nice TD pass and the Browns are in this game at the half.  The 2nd half was ugly.  The Browns got destroyed and now they need to see if they can put together a good 60 minute effort.

28.          Jacksonville Jaguars (27) – The Jags have had early opportunities but they are shooting themselves in the foot and that could bite them later.  Bortles looks terrible and that must change.  The D has issues.  The team is going through the motions and it’s only the first half of the first game of the year.  The Jags played better in the 2nd half but in the end lost.  They had chances but didn’t make the most of them.  Bortles must improve and fast.

29.          San Francisco 49ers (32) – I give SF credit they played their game plan and won the game going away.  It helped that their opponent didn’t want to block or tackle but that is not SF’s fault.  The Niner run game did well and the D played well.  Will they do it again?  I don’t think so.  I still think they are terrible.  You do have to try to beat them though.

30.          Washington Redskins (29) – The Redskins look pretty good early and will bear watching.  The Redskins are playing really hard which is kind of surprising.  They look like a team on a mission in the first half.  The Mission ended in the 2nd half.  They kept it close but the O couldn’t do enough.  The D was much better.  They need more consistency from Cousins.

31.          Chicago BEARS  (28) – Pretty good start for the severe underdog Bears as their O is moving the ball and the D is playing decently early. The BEARS are giving it all on D and it’s helping this team to stay in it.  A tie in the first half is a moral victory for Chicago.  Leading by 3 is a miracle.  The Bears had 30 minutes of game in them.  In the end Cutler was like Cutler and this can be chalked up as another ugly performance, at home, against a hated rival.  Only 15 more games of that redundant bum at QB for Chicago.

32.          Tampa Bay Buccaneers (26) – Ouch.  Jameis Winston got a lesson quick in the NFL.  He looked like the wide-eyed rookie and got treated as one.  Porous D, questionable coaching, bad O and golden turnovers.  How to lose 101 was the Tampa game plan.  Start again Tampa or maybe get the #1 pick again.

As always I love all thoughts, comments, arguments or agreements.  I appreciate someone reading my views.  I would also offer my analysis work to ESPN as some of theirs need help or I will take cash, preferably tens and twenties!

MR N the BEARS Fan