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

Mr. N’s #SuperBowl 51 Power Poll with Random HOF Thoughts #NFL


NFL Power Rankings

1.            New England Patriots (1) – The Pats came out flat and played worse than I have seen them in a Super Bowl since they lost to Chicago 46-10.  No D to speak of, Brady over and under throwing and even throwing a pick 6.  Down 28-3 at one point I kept uttering an F worded what the … – it was unbelievable.  Then they got 6 and it was down 19 at the half.  Then the Second half started and the Pats played D, Brady was on fire and the avalanche slowly picked up mo coming down on the huddled Falcons.  Before the smoke cleared the Pats had it tied and went into OT and put it away.  They are the first team to play a totally crappy first half and still win.  Congrats, you are the best this year. 

 

 

 

2.            Atlanta Falcons (2) – The Falcons had a first half for the ages.  Superb long runs, great passes and catches, Solid pass rush, great pressure, a pick six.  The party was on and they were up 25 and the game looked over.  They looked just like they did in the regular season when they took a big lead and put on prevent.  They played prevent and then their coaches did the stupidest things ever and gave away a Super Bowl.  When Jones made that amazing catch at the 22 they were up 8.  Run three times and kick a FG and they 11-point lead is insurmountable.  They ran once, they went for a pass and took a penalty then huge sack and had to punt.  The D continued its collapse into OT and they lost.  A huge embarrassing loss that will linger next year in the hangover of hangovers.

 

 

 

 

3.            Pittsburgh Steelers –

 

 

 

4.            Green Bay Packers –

 

 

 

 

 

5.            Kansas City Chiefs –

 

 

 

 

6.            Dallas Cowboys – Their owner is in the Hall of Fame now which is kind of like having a Bank President reward himself employee of the month.

 

 

 

 

7.            Seattle Seahawks –

 

 

 

8.            Houston Texans –

 

 

 

 

 

9.            New York Giants –

 

10.          Oakland Raiders – So the Billionaire (no mention of his wife Mrs. Howell) pulled out of Vegas stadium and now Vegas and Oakland are up in the air.  Late info from Fox Sports Radio suggests San Diego is ready to offer the Raiders a home come 2019.

 

 

 

 

11.          Miami Dolphins – Jason Taylor is in the HOF.  I remember one statement made about Taylor during his prime ‘he was a poor man’s Junior Seau’ – that doesn’t sound like a canton endorsing description but they are letting just about anyone except T.O. in these days.

 

 

 

 

12.          Detroit Lions –  

 

 

 

 

13.          Tennessee Titans –

 

 

 

14.          Tampa Bay Buccaneers –

 

 

 

15.          Arizona Cardinals –

 

 

16.          Cincinnati Bengals –

 

 

 

17.        Indianapolis Colts –

 

 

 

18.          New Orleans Saints –

 

 

 

 

19.          Philadelphia Eagles –

 

 

 

20.          Minnesota Vikings – With Bridgewater out likely til 2018 at least this is Bradford’s team and today it seems Dallas may want AP so that is the beginning of quite a face change for this franchise.

 

 

 

 

21.          Denver Broncos –  With Terrell Davis in the HOF it is official that good players get into Canton not just great ones.

 

 

 

22.          New York Jets – Rex Ryan wishes them luck!

 

 

 

 

23.          Jacksonville Jaguars –

 

 

 

 

24.          Carolina Panthers –

 

 

 

 

25.          Buffalo Bills – Rex Ryan uses F words to describe the Bills lol

 

 

 

26.          San Francisco 49ers – Kyle S now seems interested in Jimmy G from NE and not Cousins.  It is not certain if he will be able to keep track of the various Niner game plans during the season.

 

 

 

27.          Baltimore Ravens –

 

 

 

28.          Cleveland Browns –

 

 

 

 

29.          Los Angeles Chargers –

 

 

 

30.          Washington Redskins –

 

 

 

31.          Los Angeles Rams – Kurt Warner will be in the HOF as a Ram.  Proof positive you can have 2 good years and that makes you a Hall of Famer.

 

 

32.          Chicago BEARS –

 

 

 

 

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

 

Mr. N The BEARS Fan

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!

 

 

 

 

 

5.            Kansas City Chiefs –

 

 

 

 

6.            Dallas Cowboys –

 

 

 

 

7.            Seattle Seahawks –

 

 

 

8.            Houston Texans –

 

 

 

 

 

9.            New York Giants –

 

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.

 

 

 

 

11.          Miami Dolphins –

 

 

 

 

12.          Detroit Lions –  

 

 

 

 

13.          Tennessee Titans –

 

 

 

14.          Tampa Bay Buccaneers –

 

 

 

15.          Arizona Cardinals –

 

 

16.          Cincinnati Bengals –

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

18.          New Orleans Saints –

 

 

 

 

19.          Philadelphia Eagles –

 

 

 

20.          Minnesota Vikings –

 

 

 

 

21.          Denver Broncos – 

 

 

 

22.          New York Jets –

 

 

 

 

23.          Jacksonville Jaguars –

 

 

 

 

24.          Carolina Panthers –

 

 

 

 

25.          Buffalo Bills –

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

27.          Baltimore Ravens –

 

 

 

28.          Cleveland Browns –

 

 

 

 

29.          Los Angeles Chargers –

 

 

 

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

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


NFL Power Rankings

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

11.          Miami Dolphins –

 

 

 

 

12.          Detroit Lions –  

 

 

 

 

13.          Tennessee Titans –

 

 

 

14.          Tampa Bay Buccaneers –

 

 

 

15.          Arizona Cardinals –

 

 

16.          Cincinnati Bengals –

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

18.          New Orleans Saints –

 

 

 

 

19.          Philadelphia Eagles –

 

 

 

20.          Minnesota Vikings –

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

24.          Carolina Panthers –

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

26.          San Francisco 49ers –

 

 

 

27.          Baltimore Ravens –

 

 

 

28.          Cleveland Browns –

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

30.          Washington Redskins –

 

 

 

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

 

 

32.          Chicago BEARS –

 

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

 

MR N The BEARS Fan

Mr. N’s #NFL Wild Card Weekend Power Poll #wildcard #rankings


NFL Power Rankings

 

1.            New England Patriots (1) – on the bye, watching their OC look for work.  Is there a backroom deal for McDaniels that he gets to go ‘sow’ his wild coaching oats until Dark Helmet retires and then he takes over captaining the death star?

 

 

 

2.            Dallas Cowboys (2) – on the bye and must be seeing the same things I read which is that they might as well not even make the Super Bowl as they can’t beat New England.  Hope they are filling the South Texas bulletin boards with that stuff.

 

 

 

3.            Pittsburgh Steelers (3) – Came out afire in the cold and burned Miami’s D a new one.  The Hot play of Shazier melted any chance the Fin O had.  Before the ice melted off the whistles of the refs there were already 3 Steeler TDs on the board.  Hell, it was nearly the 4th quarter before Pittsburgh had to punt.  They were in total control on O and D and never challenged.  The only reason it was within 20 points was a polite prevent D and the refs didn’t throw any flags as they wanted to go into the warm locker room.  A dominating win that sets up a great match against KC next Sunday.

 

 

 

4.            Atlanta Falcons (4) – on the bye and the best offense left alive in the NFC if not NFL must be ready to face playoff capable D’s.  I think Atlanta has a puncher’s chance to get smoked in the Super Bowl by a strong AFC team.

 

 

 

 

 

5.            Kansas City Chiefs (5) – on the bye and must feel pretty good to be awaiting likely Pittsburgh with that home field advantage.  Can they win that and then go back to Foxboro and beat the Evil Empire?

 

 

 

 

6.            Green Bay Packers (7) – The Pack were utterly destroyed by the Giant D for 28 minutes.  The Pack D could do nothing to slow down the Giants.  If not for multiple dropped TD passes they would have been down 21 at least but instead it was 6.  Then Rodgers got a couple to fall in and they had the lead.  That opened the gate and the Pack piled it on and blew them away.  It will be on to Dallas and perhaps the Cowboys won’t be boating with Bieber this week.  A great win.

 

 

 

 

7.            Seattle Seahawks (12) – The Seahawks displayed solid D, great rush O and some nice passes to easily skate past the Lions.  The game was never in doubt and was pretty much a west coast laugher.  They scorched for well over 160 yards on the ground and scored at will all game.  Now they get to face Atlanta and they will need a lot of luck I think,

 

 

 

8.            Houston Texans (9) – The Texans brought a fierce D and a QB with tons of issues but the plan worked.  The D got the sacks, pressures, picks and played superb give or take a prevent.  Osweiler was actually not awful.  He didn’t turn the ball over once and although he made the typical stupid Brister tosses *bouncing a ball Bubby fashion* but he made some sharp throws too.  They had some nice run game plans that worked and they dominated via the D.  A superb win for Houston.  Since they face Darth Vader in the Death Star can they do it again?  I guess they have a 15% shot.

 

 

 

 

 

9.            New York Giants (6) – The Giants came out with a superb D game plan and for most of the first half they dominated.  Pressure on Rodgers, sacks, disruptions etc. They shut down Rodgers and made him look like Connor Cook.  Unfortunately, OBG was too busy thinking about Bieber and the boat to catch TDs and the drops became contagious.  The Giants dominated but only got 6 points.  Near the end 14 were let in and the bottom fell out.  The D, tired and a bit pissed at the party boat O just stopped playing so hard and the game went south.  I blame this loss fully on Beckham and Cruz and Bieber and a boat and drugs.  A real team gets ready for an elimination game all week.  A shameful loss in a game they had totally in control.

 

 

 

10.          Oakland Raiders (10) – Well the Silver and Black should be proud.  They got the playoffs again for the first time in 13 years.  They didn’t have a shot without Carr and then it got worse when McGloin went down and then downright silly when the LT Penn was out.  Was just simply impossible for Cook to win in that stadium with that experience and no LT.  They didn’t manage much and it was over before it started.  I have every confidence that with health notwithstanding the Raiders will be in the AFC Championship game a little more than 1 year from now.

 

 

 

 

11.          Miami Dolphins (11) – Much of the pregame talk revolved around how Jay Ajayi went for over 200 against Pittsburgh about 3 months ago,  There was talk that if Miami won, could Tannehill be back next week.  Then the game started and suddenly they were down 18 with nothing to do but get sacked, turn it over and let in points.  They were whitewashed and hit harder than Moore’s chin by that sack.  Blown out, never had a chance.  They need to work on fixing the D *getting rid of goons like Suh* and finding more help for Tannehill and they can be heard from next year.

 

 

 

 

12.          Detroit Lions (12) – The Lions have managed to nicely complete a dire collapse.  The O was totally inefficient against a Seahawk D that has let most anyone move against them.  The Lion D was flat and got beat, bothered, burned and blasted by the run.  It was ugly early, ugly in the middle and ugly late.  The Team has said that Caldwell is safe for next year.  That is damned generous considering how bad of a collapse the once exciting 9-4 Lions had.  A terrible end to a very disappointing year.

 

 

 

 

13.          Tennessee Titans –

 

 

 

14.          Tampa Bay Buccaneers –

 

 

 

15.          Arizona Cardinals –

 

 

16.          Cincinnati Bengals –

 

 

 

17.        Indianapolis Colts (17) – They are keeping the coach for another year.  My lovely wife may not be far off in thinking that they feel they can’t fire a cancer survivor until it is beyond absolutely necessary.

 

 

 

18.          New Orleans Saints (18) – Appears coach Payton is going to stay in New Orleans again.  One wonders if and when the Saints may get tired of the will he stay will he go show and this may just be his last year.

 

 

 

 

19.          Philadelphia Eagles –

 

 

 

20.          Minnesota Vikings –

 

 

 

 

21.          Denver Broncos – 

 

 

 

22.          New York Jets (22) – They are keeping their Coach/GM combo but I think the dual seat is red hot starting with the Draft and OTs.

 

 

 

 

23.          Jacksonville Jaguars (23) – I think Mike Smith would be the best candidate for this premium job that has great weather, rich owner and plenty of talent.

 

 

 

 

24.          Carolina Panthers –

 

 

 

 

25.          Buffalo Bills (25) – They haven’t yet cut ties with Taylor at QB so I am not ruling this ship as sunk…yet.

 

 

 

26.          San Francisco 49ers (26) – The coaching vacancy highest rated because it’s nice in San Fran most of the time.

 

 

 

27.          Baltimore Ravens –

 

 

 

28.          Cleveland Browns –

 

 

 

 

29.          San Diego Chargers –

 

 

 

30.          Washington Redskins –

 

 

 

31.          Los Angeles Rams –

 

 

32.          Chicago BEARS –

 

 

 

 

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

 

Mr. N The BEARS Fan

“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