Adam was going for the best week ever and then Sunday night arrived and the Saints dominated the Cowboys. Meanwhile, I was already crying my eyes out as the Colts got dismantled by the Saints. Plus, there’s a new team in the rankings (sorry Jets):
- Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) LW (1) – It’s finally the week for us to find out just how good this Chiefs team is as they travel a mile high to Denver. Tamba Hali will have to lead this stout defense against the best QB in the game and the high-flying Broncos offense. Winner of this one puts themselves into position for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
- Denver Broncos (8-1) LW (2) – This game looked closer than it actually was, as the Broncos handled the Chargers with ease. However, Peyton Manning aggravated an ankle injury at the worst time; a week before the showdown against the Chiefs. Reports are that he’s going to play, but you have to wonder just how effective he’ll be.
- New Orleans Saints (7-2) LW (5) – Not only did the offense click on all cylinders, per usual, the defense shut down the Cowboys offense in this weeks Sunday Night matchup. The next 4 weeks will prove to us if they’re the best in the NFC as they face-off against the 49ers at home before hitting the road for Atlanta (a trap game), Seattle (the hardest place to play), and then coming back home to take on the Panthers.
- Seattle Seahawks (9-1) LW (7) – The Seahawks finally regained their mojo as they beat the frisky Falcons handily on the road no less. An easy matchup against the Vikings awaits them before their bye and then the battle for what could be the all mighty home-field advantage against the Saints.
- New England Patriots (7-2) LW (6) – The bye week could have been the best thing for this team to get healthy, or it could be the worst thing for an offense that finally found itself. We will find out on Monday Night Football as they take down on of the best defenses in the league in the Panthers.
- Carolina Panthers (6-3) LW (NR) – Is there currently a hotter team in football? Many people counted them out (myself included) and said that Ron Rivera was gone if they lost against Minnesota in Week 6. They not only won that game, but have won 5 straight and none more impressive than this weeks showdown with the 49ers. A win next week against the Patriots brings them into the conversation for not only a division crown, but possibly a Super Bowl run as well.
- San Francisco 49ers (6-3) LW (4) – What is going on with this offense? They gained a whooping 151 yards after having a bye week to prepare for the Panthers. Yes, they are 6-3, but they’ve lost to the 3 best teams on their schedule and almost lost to the 4th best. It doesn’t get any easier next week as they face Drew Brees and Co. in New Orleans.
- Indianapolis Colts (6-3) LW (3)* – I can no longer argue in favor of them being in the top 5. Homer or not, that loss was ugly. Andrew Luck is really missing his favorite target in Reggie Wayne and Trent Richardson is playing so awful that the running game has become nonexistent. The defense as well needs to step up if they are going to be able to emulate their performances against Denver, San Fran, and Seattle throughout the rest of the season.
- Detroit Lions (6-3) LW (9) – Coming out of the bye, they pulled out another close contest against the Bears and put themselves into sole possession of first place in the division. Two straight matchups against the Steelers and Bucs could help provide a cushion before facing off against the Packers in Week 13.
- Cincinnati Bengals (6-4) LW (8) – The Bengals were lucky to make it into overtime in this one as the Ravens apparently didn’t pay attention to the Hail Mary part of practice, as AJ Green caught a 51 yard TD pass as time expired. However, the Ravens still pulled it out and thus gave the Bengals their second straight OT loss by a combined 5 points. Cleveland awaits them this week before a much needed bye.
*Editor’s Note: I thought I named more teams better than the Colts?! A 30 point loss!! TO THE RAMS!! C’mon man.
- Some Fans’ Super Bowl Predictions (smorgasportblog.wordpress.com)
- NFL takeaways: Panthers become legitimate, while Denver has a scare (sbnation.com)
- Chiefs are engineered in specific ways to beat the Broncos (kansascity.com)