- Denver Broncos (12-3) LW (2) – As if it wasn’t already decided, Peyton pretty much locked up the best regular season QB of all time. All he needs is a little over 200 yards and he’ll the most yards AND touchdown’s in a season. Now let’s just see him do it in the playoffs… without the team’s best defensive player. Good luck.
- San Francisco 49ers (11-4) LW (4) – Winners of 5 straight, they still have a chance for a first round bye, with a win over the Cardinals. They also have a chance to end up with the #6 seed with a loss. The wild card teams this year are going to be good.
- Seattle Seahawks (12-3) LW (1) – In the beginning of the year, a win over the Rams would have been a given. Now not so much. A win still gives them home field advantage throughout the playoffs, while a loss could result in a #5 seed and a 3-3 division record on the year. Wow is the NFC West stacked.
- Carolina Panthers (11-4) LW (7) – A win over the lowly Falcons and they have a first round bye. A Seahawks loss to the Rams + a 49ers win over the Cardinals and they have home field advantage. Let that soak in. Riverboat Ron has done wonders this year. Let’s just see if he can continue that success in the post season.
- New England Patriots (11-4) LW (5) – This week was the first time they’ve looked good in the second half of the season. It’s a perfect time for them because if they lose this week, they could end up with the #4 seed. Let’s go Bills!!
- Cincinnati Bengals (10-5) LW (8) – With the game clearly out of hand, Marvin Lewis wanted to make a statement going into the final week, continuing to let Andy Dalton torch the Vikings. Now, they need to avenge their week 10 loss to the Ravens to give them the #3 seed at worst.
- Arizona Cardinals (10-5) LW (9) – So the Cardinals could win and still not make the playoffs? That just doesn’t seem fair. The West has 3 teams clearly better than anyone in the NFC North or East, but if the Saints win this week, then we could see an 11-5 or 10-6 Cardinals team watching the playoffs from home.
- Indianapolis Colts (10-5) LW (10) – And they’re back? Looking for their first marquee win since Broncos in week 7, they were able to knock off their potential first round matchup in the playoffs, the KC Chiefs. Potential is the key word, as they could still end up with a first round bye or the #3 seed. They just need the Bengals and/or Patriots to lose this week.
- Kansas City Chiefs (11-4) LW (3) – That bye week has been the worst thing in the world for this team. They’re 2-4 since then and are now firmly locked in the #5 seed so I suppose they shouldn’t even try against Rivers and Co. this week. They’re still a scary matchup in the first round of the playoffs… As long as they give the ball to Charles.
- New Orleans Saints (10-5) LW (6) – Never has a team been more dependent on home field advantage. They are 7-0 at home, while boasting a 3-5 record on the road. Lucky for them, the #2 seed is still a possibility for them as long as Panthers lose this week.
Finally. Nick turns the reigns over to the real football expert. So don’t worry, you won’t see the Colts in this week’s power rankings. And as I write this – you probably won’t see the Cowboys*. But who knows, there’s a lot of game left and I’m running this show. I might feel a little irrational as I start rounding out the Top 10. And because I don’t do this often, I thought I would use some help from an all-time classic. One of the most underrated, possibly best football movie ever. Of course I am not talking about Rudy. I’m talking about The Replacements.
And without further ado, this week’s Oh’s Knows NFL Power Rankings.. According to me:
McGinty: “You’re looking at a 65-yard field goal here.”
Nigel ‘The Leg’ Gruff: “You just hold the ball, Shane, and I’ll kick the bloody piss out of it.”
If you have a guy on your team who can kick a 64 yarder, you’ve number one in our book. I guess it doesn’t hurt that the Broncos keep winning and keep getting a little bit of help from some other top teams around the league. The Broncos are by far the best team in the AFC and we sure aren’t worried about Peyton playing in the cold. The only question I have about the Broncos – when will Matt Prater turn his jersey number to 64? He has to right?
McGinty: “Like a duck on the pond. On the surface everything looks calm, but beneath the water those little feet are churning a mile a minute.”
What do we make of these Seahawks? If they play at home. They win. If they go on the road – well, who knows. The Colts was a bad loss, but the 49ers are tough division matchup and we might be able to let that one slide. They’ve got to be worried about playing on the road at all during the playoffs so let’s hope whatever happened this past Sunday doesn’t happen again. Because I’d sure like to a chilly Broncos v. Seahawks Super Bowl.
McGinty: “You know what seperates the winners from the losers?”
Falco: “The score.”
McGinty: “No, getting back on the horse after getting kicked in the teeth.”
That might as well have been Sean Payton talking to a slow Drew Brees before the season started. These dudes were given the closest thing one team might see to the Death Penalty. They didn’t care. You know when you give coaches a bunch of time to plan for a game. Sometimes the more time the better for a coach. That coach would be Sean Payton. He had an entire year to dissect the entire NFL. Oh and it also helps he has a not slow Drew Brees tossing the ball to Jimmy Graham. Yeah that helps too.
McGinty: “Falco! If I had wanted Cochran to have the ball I would have called it that way!”
Falco: “I read blitz.”
McGinty: “Bullshit! I put the game in your hands… you got scared.”
Falco: “I READ BLITZ.”
McGinty: “Winners always want the ball… when the game is on the line.”
You know who isn’t afraid to have the game in his hands? Tommy Brady. Holy shit. Did anyone doubt that the Patriots would win that game against Cleveland down 2 scores with about 3 minutes left? I sure didn’t. Yeah they had a onside kick to recover, but let’s be serious – you just knew it would work out for Brady to get the ball in his hands and make magic. It seems like ever since the return of Gronk they are looking like an elite team again.. Now that Gronk is gone? Well we’ll see.
McGinty: “The truth is, you guys have been given something that every athlete dreams of: a second chance. And you’re afraid of blowing it. We all are. But now our fear is shared, and we can overcome it together.”
The truth is the 49ers think they can make it back to the Super Bowl. And whose to say they couldn’t? They already beat the Seahawks this year, the one stable NFC team that poses the biggest threat. If they continue to feed the rock to Frank Gore, and their big, big scary defense plays well I don’t see any reason why they couldn’t get hot and make it back to the Super Bowl.
Falco: “Hey coach, can I ask you a question?”
McGinty: “Yeah, shoot.”
Falco: “Why me?”
McGinty: “I look at you and I see two men: the man you are, and the man you ought to be. Someday those two will meet. Should make for a hell of a football player.”
As far as I know the only reason people haven’t crowned the Bengals the best team in the league is because of Andy Dalton. He’s showed signed of greatness. And then he’s showed signs of Brandon Weeden. They’ve got a stellar defense, a Top 5 wide receiver in AJ Green and a nice little dual threat running game in Bernard and the Law Firm. If the current Dalton can meet ought to be Dalton, watch out world.
McGinty: “Hell of a game, that Sugar Bowl. What’d you lose that by, forty points?”
Falco: “That would be forty-five.”
McGinty: “Sometimes a game like that really sticks with you. You never shake it off.”
Falco: “Got three concussions to prove it.”
McGinty: “That’s why girls don’t play the game.”
It sure won’t be fun to have the 3rd best record in the league and have a 5th seed in the playoffs having to go on the road for any and every chance to make a run to the big one. The Broncos didn’t pummel the Chiefs, but they did make short work of them. And every since that first loss they just haven’t been the same. It’s been a helluva year for Big Red but I sure wouldn’t be planning a trip to New York anytime soon if I was a Chief.
Falco: “I think I’m just going to lie here for a moment and collect my thoughts.”
Bateman: “Work shit out, right?”
Before Cam Newton and the Panthers mad the trip over to Nawlins, they were the hottest team in the league. After falling back to greatness and getting picked apart by Drew Brees – it’s okay it happens to a lot of people. They Panthers need to collect their thoughts. Cam is a superstar quarterback, and they’ve got some weapons. But something isn’t exactly clicking and they should be collecting something and praying to someone that they win that final Wild Card.
Martel: “Nobody can beat Dallas with these losers!”
Falco: “I can.”
Footsteps Falco himself Nick Foles can! Well to be honest anybody can beat Dallas, Josh McCown just proved that to everybody. But if ANYONE can do it, it’s most certainly Nick Foles. To be fair, he might not even have to beat Dallas. And to be more fair he isn’t playing with a bunch of losers. The highly anticipated Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia offense seems to finally be clicking. And as long as they don’t trip, they’ve got the NFC East wrapped up.
Falco: “Gentlemen. It’s been an honor to share the field of battle with you.”
I’m not going to lie. The only thing I know about the Cardinals is that
they’ve got had a stellar defense before Tyrann Mathieu tore his ACL this past week. Yeah, yeah I know he’s not the whole defense, but he was looking like he might wrap himself up a Defensive Rookie of the Year Award and that’s a big loss. I’m still trying to get over the fact that Carson Palmer is the quarterback of this team. Hell when I heard they had a winning record I thought Kurt Warner made a comeback.
*I definitely jinxed the Cowboys. I am the reason why they got blown out by the Bears. Damnit.
There was some great football to be had this long holiday weekend… Just not much on Sunday. The Thanksgiving special left Adam ecstatic, while Sunday’s early contest all but locked up the AFC South for Nick’s Colts. The rest of the playoff picture continued to become clearer, as the Seahawks locked up the first playoff birth of the season.
- Seattle Seahawks (11-1) LW (1) – Well that closes the debate as to the best team in football. The Seahawks dominated the Monday night matchup against the Saints. Granted it was at home, but it looks like if any other team wants to come out of the NFC for the Super Bowl, they’ll have to travel to Seattle.
- Denver Broncos (10-2) LW (3) – And it looks like the Broncos will control their fate in the AFC, as they defeated the Chiefs once again and basically locked up their division. However, a loss would most likely mean all paths would lead through New England.
- New Orleans Saints (9-3) LW (2) – Are the wheels coming off? After barely beating the 49ers and Falcons, the Saints were finally unable to pull off the W against the Seahawks. They will have a quick turnaround too, as Carolina comes into town for part 1 of the division crown showdown.
- Carolina Panthers (9-3) LW (4) – What is going to cause this team to finally lose? Maybe the Saints? Ask me that even 3-4 weeks ago, I say without a doubt. Oh how the tides have turned. Now it looks like the Panthers are the ones with the all powerful momentum on their side in this one.
- New England Patriots (9-3) LW (5) – This team might be one of the most confusing in football. I was ready to anoint them the best of the AFC, but they could barely defeat the worst team in the league and had to do so with two late field goals. The schedule looks easy the rest of the way, but that may be a trap for this team.
- San Francisco 49ers (8-4) LW (7) – They finally have a shot at redemption. Last time they faced off against the Seahawks, they were obliterated. They’ve had some time to find themselves since then and now get the Seahawks at home. The division crown is all but out of reach, but you know that Harbaugh would love to have some bragging rights over Carroll.
- Kansas City Chiefs (9-3) LW (6) – Uh oh. Three straight losses following the bye cannot have the fans in KC feeling very confident. Their defense has played sub-par, at best, the past 3 weeks and will need a quick turnaround to help right the ship. Lucky for them their next two are against the lowly Washington football team and the Raiders. Just what the doctor ordered.
- Cincinnati Bengals (8-4) LW (8) – The battle for the 3 seed is on the line this upcoming week. Cincy gets this one at home, which may be just enough to give them the advantage. We will soon find out won’t we Big Red!
- Dallas Cowboys (7-5) LW (10) – Two weeks in a row?! That has to be some kind of a record. Tony Romo looked great, as per usual, and DeMarco Murray showed signs of life from the running game. The rest of the schedule sets up for them nicely before a battle for the East against the Eagles in Week 17.
- Indianapolis Colts (8-4) LW (NR) – And they’re back! Yes, they do deserve this spot, no matter how much grief I get. They locked up the South and looked a little rejuvenated with the benching of Trent Richardson. However, they are going to need to click on all cylinders this week against the Bengals.
- NFL Power 10- Week 14 (itsbostonsean.wordpress.com)
- NFL Power Rankings: Week 14 (thasportsjunkies101.wordpress.com)
- NFL Week 14 Picks: Predicting the Week’s Most Crucial Matchups (ridenpine.com)
Much to the delight of Adam, the Colts will not be in the top 10 this week and rightfully so. They suffered another horrendous loss that does not give one much confidence for the rest of the season. Speaking of confidence, seems like its back for one Tony Romo who lead the Cowboys on a game-winning drive in the 4th quarter and into the division lead. If he can continue to play like this, the division might as well be theirs. The rest of the power rankings had a major shakeup this week.
- Seattle Seahawks (10-1) LW (4) – The misfortunes of others helped the Seahawks move into first in the power rankings, despite not even playing this week. Over the bye, two players got suspended again for adderall, or some other drug they decide to say wasn’t steroids. Seahawk nation better hope it clears up fast as Pete Carroll is known to jump ship just when things start to look bad for him.
- New Orleans Saints (9-2) LW (3) – They had the perfect chance to move into first in the power rankings, but a performance against the Falcons that left something to be desired has them settling for second. Granted it was one of those ridiculous Thursday Night Football games, where the only thing entertaining is watching Rich Eisen try to use Dan’s word choice in a sentence and seeing his co-hosts look on in confusion. Up next for these guys: The Seahawks and a chance to be the best team in the NFC.
- Denver Broncos (9-2) LW (1) – Up 24-0 at half with Peyton Manning as your quarterback is usually reason to think the game is over. That’s before the resurgence of Tom Brady took the field and tore the Broncos defense apart. A championship caliber offense needs help from this defense if they want to make a serious title run.
- Carolina Panthers (8-3) LW (5) – No one would have guessed this team would be playing so well so late in the season. A late win against the lowly Dolphins might not make many people believers, but the fact that it was their 7th straight win should. The defense is the anchor for this team and as long as Cam Newton can continue to work his magic, this team is a force to be reckoned with.
- New England Patriots (8-3) LW (6) – All season long we’ve been wondering what happened to Tom Brady. Is he sick? Did Gisele rub it in his face she makes more money? Did he lose his UGG sponsorship? We had no idea. Well Tom Brady proved he’s over whatever was causing him to perform so poorly at the start of the year and at a perfect time. Every team in the AFC should be concerned because Brady’s back!
- Kansas City Chiefs (9-2) LW (2) – Things can really change quickly. Just two weeks ago, the ’72 Dolphins might have been holding their breathe a little bit. After an understandable loss at Denver, the Chiefs dropped a game at home to the game’s most average quarterback, Phillip Rivers. The more concerning thing is that top pass rushers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston were lost in this game and may miss next week’s matchup against the Broncos. Yikes!
- San Francisco 49ers (7-4) LW (8) – No one can say they are surprised that the 49ers dominated the Redskins on Monday Night Football. The surprising thing is that Colin Kaepernick finally looked like a competent quarterback, throwing 3 TDs in the game. If this is a sign of a turnaround, then watch out for this team down the homestretch and into the playoffs.
- Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) LW (9) – Being on a bye and the fact that they’re the Bengals means there isn’t much to talk about here. Uhh, they have a ginger quarterback. Marvin Lewis is somehow still coach. Giovanni Bernard’s bye means that Adam lost in fantasy this week. About all I’ve got. They play the Chargers next week. Yay!
- Arizona Cardinals (7-4) LW (NR) – Do I really have to write about them? I mean like honestly, it was depressing enough already. Alright they got their first marquee win since the Panthers in week 5, but can we even call the Colts a marquee team anymore? Ahh this is depressing. Bruce Arians is a traitor. I’m done. Oestreich out.
- Dallas Cowboys (6-5) LW (NR) * – Look who snuck into the rankings this week. It might have been definitely is out of pitty for Adam and mainly so he’d get off my case, but what can I say, the Cowboys looked good this week. They dominated and then almost let the game get away and that’s when they finally did what good teams are known to do; pull out the win in crunch time. Don’t look now, but one of the most talented teams in football might actually make a playoff run.
Not gonna lie. I thought this video below, at first glance, was Ronde Barber giving Seattle Seahawk’s Richard Sherman a “Drug Test”.. would have made for better television..
*Editors Note: This won’t last long. Nice gesture though Nick. (I think he’s trying to get his Christmas Presents back after knocking me out of our Fantasy Football playoffs.. eh – may not be enough.)
- NFL power rankings, Week 13: 49ers creeping back up (ninersnation.com)
- Week 13 NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks advance without playing a down; Broncos fumble (milehighreport.com)
- Week 12: Broncos, Chiefs naughty, making Seahawks look very nice (fieldgulls.com)
I didn’t know the replacement refs were back. We’ve missed them. It’s good to see them again. Even if you didn’t have a pony in last night’s race, it’s hard to say that the Patriots didn’t get the short end of the stick. In other news, the Colts continue to give me a heart attack every week, while the Cowboys had a successful week because on a bye, you just can’t lose… well unless Jerry Jones is still your owner/GM/puppeteer.
- Denver Broncos (9-1) LW (2) – They are now clearly the best team in football. The defense has had somewhat of a resurgence in the past couple of weeks and the offense continues to click on all cylinders. Now they have to do it again in 2 weeks, in KC, to lock up home field advantage, as long as they don’t slip up against the Patriots next week.
- Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) LW (1) – The first slip up on the year may be just what this team needed. They can finally get the monkey off their back and stay out of the 16-0 spotlight that could ruin a team that isn’t used to that limelight. They will have the opportunity for vengeance in two weeks and the chance to get back the division lead.
- New Orleans Saints (8-2) LW (3) – They really shouldn’t have won this game. Just because Brees looks like a boy just hitting puberty compared to NFL defensive linemen doesn’t mean that was a penalty. But still, the 49ers had their chances to stop them, but just couldn’t do it and now the Saints have a quick turnaround against the horrendous FalconsThursday night.
- Seattle Seahawks (10-1) LW (4) – Seattle, it’s so good to see you back on track. Perfect timing too as they head into the bye week with the best record in football. It’ll give Pete Carroll just what he needs; another week of preparation before the showdown for what could be the best team in the NFC.
- Carolina Panthers (7-3) LW (6) – Cam Newton to Ted Ginn for the win? This is the first time that Ginn has been relevant since the ’07 National Title game. The Panthers’ second straight win against a formidable opponent gives them now the longest win streak in football. It should continue for a couple of weeks as they have the Dolphins and that chaotic mess, followed by the Bucs.
- New England Patriots (7-3) LW (5) – So how does a ref through a flag for a clear pass interference and then call it off. Did the other refs sit him down and talk to him? “Hey, my wife and I put our house on the line for the Panthers. You can’t make that call, we’ll be screwed.” – Line judge. “Boston just won the World Series again, we can’t give this town any more titles. There was no foul.” – Head ref.
- Indianapolis Colts (7-3) LW (8) – A win is a win, no matter how ugly. That still seems to be the concept in the locker room and I’m really not a huge fan. Once considered a potential Super Bowl contender after wins over the 49ers, Seahawks, and Broncos, now I’m just praying that they are a contender for A playoff win. Lucky for them, they play in what I feel comfortable calling the new worst division in football so the division crown is almost guaranteed. Everything else won’t come as easy.
- San Francisco 49ers (6-4) LW (7) – They’ve lost to the 3 best teams in the NFC and the 4th best team in the AFC so I won’t say there is reason to ring the alarm and call for help, but this team really needs to win one of these games. Right now, the passing game is nonexistent and the defense isn’t what it was a year ago. A win versus Seattle in week 14 looks like their only shot left to prove they aren’t just a good, bad team before the playoffs roll around.
- Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) LW (10) – Dalton and the offense left some to be desired in this one, but when your defense plays as well as theirs did, it doesn’t matter. They had a blocked punt for a touchdown, forced 3 INTs, had 4 sacks, and returned a fumble for a touchdown to give them 26 fantasy points (Still bitter about that loss)! Week 14 will be crucial as the loser of the showdown versus the Colts probably determines who will be stuck playing the Chiefs/Broncos in the first round.
- Philadelphia Eagles (6-5) LW (NR) – They are one of the hottest teams in football, yet not even the hottest in their division. Sitting at 6-5 however gives them the division lead over the Cowboys and Giants and looking back at their losses, this team may be… good (pains me to say this). They’ve lost to the two best teams in football, the Chargers when they were functional, the Giants at the start of their current 4 game win streak, and the Cowboys when Jerry Jones forgot to catch the flight to Philly. The week 17 rematch who the Cowboys may just determine who’s the best in the NFC East.
- NFL Power Rankings (Week 12): Broncos, Seahawks, Saints Claim Top Spots (bloggingtheboys.com)
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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)
It was a week where anything was possible. The Bucs had the game against the Seahawks won, until the players realized winning would only keep Greg Schiano around longer. Andrew Luck performed magic once again and the JETS continued to shock us. Thoughts and prayers go out to Gary Kubiak and John Fox on speedy recoveries.
- Kansas City Chiefs – Quick, how many people had the Chiefs having the best record in the NFL going into their bye week? No one? Can’t say I’m surprised. This bye comes at a perfect time too as they are going to need every second of the next two weeks to prepare for their trip to Denver to face off against Peyton.
- Denver Broncos – Right off of a bye, Denver faces a brutal stretch. A trap game against the resurgence of Phil Rivers is next on the plate and if they are too busy looking ahead to the KC showdown, they may just fall in this one.
- Indianapolis Colts – What happened in the first half? Case Keenum dismantled this defense and if it weren’t for Wade Phillips having to call plays in the second half, Andrew Luck may have never had a chance to pull off one of his patented 4th quarter comebacks. The schedule sets up nicely in the next couple of weeks and they better work on that defense if they really want to contend in the AFC.
- San Francisco 49ers – In Harbaugh’s case, he is hoping that the bye hasn’t cooled off his team, as they rattled off 5 straight after losing to two of the best teams in football. A game against those frisky panthers looking to prove their worth awaits them this week.
- New Orleans Saints – Going 2-2 against the AFC East is not what Sean Payton had in mind before the start of the season. America’s team comes to town this week and we could see a high scoring affair, as long the Saints don’t have a hangover.
- New England Patriots – Tom Brady finally looked like himself. He must have gotten a little jealous of Gisele’s new spread and wanted to prove himself to her. Either way, he has a week to rest and think of ways to repeat that 400 yard, 4 TD performance against the Steelers.
- Seattle Seahawks – Seattle I do not hate you, but what is going on right now? A week after needing a goal line stand to beat the lowly Rams, they needed overtime to beat, wait for it. You’re not going to believe me when I tell you this; the dysfunctional Bucs! So Percy, you’re coming back soon, right?
- Cincinnati Bengals – An overtime safety is not a normal occurrence (it’s only happened 3 times), but that is exactly what happened to the Bengals this week. And not in a good way. However, the state of the division shouldn’t have them too concerned and as long as they get through the next two weeks, Baltimore and Cleveland, they should have it in the bag.
- Detroit Lions – It’s hard to really “win” the bye week, but if it’s possible the Lions definitely did. With the Bears’ upset of the Packers, the Lions move into first place with the tiebrakers and with both teams starting backup QBs for the next three weeks, they can really widen the gap in the division.
- New York Jets* – This has been a roller coaster year for the Jets, as they have alternated wins and losses every week. However, having two of those wins be over the Patriots and Saints really has them on the right track, at least for one week.
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