NFL Power Rankings After Week 17

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The regular season is over, which means we have come to an end of the power rankings for the 2013 season.  The only appropriate way to send this out is our all time favorite thing to do… A quote column!  Since I am in the middle of my Friday Night Lights binge fest, I felt that I had to choose quotes for this show.  I mean, how could I not?  It’s hard to trim it down to ten.  Heck, I could use all of Coach Taylor’s quotes for the article, but I will mix it up.  Here we go… (Note: All quotes are from Season 1.  I didn’t want to spoil the glory of the show for myself)

Broncos1. Denver Broncos (13-3) LW (1) 

Coach Taylor: “Clear eyes, full hearts.”

Team: “CAN’T LOSE!”

If this isn’t part of Peyton Manning’s pregame speech, I’d be shocked.  Eric Taylor, excuse me Coach Taylor, reminds me of an older Peyton Manning with his motivational speeches.  With the defense down their leader in Von Miller and Peyton down to maybe his last shot at ring #2, I would expect this to be said in the locker room.  Along with, “Texas Forever!”  Except, ya know, Denver.

Seahawks2. Seattle Seahawks (13-3) LW (3)  

Smash Williams: “I seen my granddaddy make better blocks playing checkers.”

The past 3 weeks the Seahawks’ offensive line has allowed 12 sacks.  They were able to overcome it in 2 of those games, but they may not be so lucky come playoff time.  Lucky for them, they have a week off to prepare.  I’m sure that will be on the top of Pete Carroll’s list for the week off before they try to make their run to the Super Bowl.

Niners3. San Francisco 49ers (12-4) LW (2)  

Julie Taylor: “Dude, you need to chill out, I’m not ESPN.”

Last season at this time, ESPN was anointing Colin Kaepernick the next big thing.  He couldn’t be stopped.  The 49ers were a lock to get to the NFC title game.  Well this season has been a roller coaster for the young QB and Coach Harbaugh just wants to show everyone why he chose him as the starting QB. Ignore the critics and just play football young gun.  Playoffs are here and its Kaepernick’s time to shine.

Panthers4. Carolina Panthers (12-4) LW (4) 

Coach Taylor: “A few will never give up on you. When you go back out on the field, those are the people I want in your minds. Those are the people I want in your hearts.”

Remember week 5?  The Panthers sure do.  That was when people were calling this a lost season and wanting Riverboat Ron to be fired.  Well the Panthers faithful never gave up on Ron and Cam Newton and guess what? They were rewarded.  Since then, they have gone 11-1.  Yes, 11-1 and have gotten a first round bye.  Throughout the playoffs, the Panthers just have to stay focused and remember what got them here.  Who knows, that may be the trick to a Super Bowl run.

Patriots5. New England Patriots (12-4) LW (5) 

Announcer: “Feed the dogs, spit the fire, lock up your daughters. Turn on the radio, sit down, and shut up ’cause it is game time, people!”

I can only imagine this has been uttered by the Patriots play-by-play staff once or twice in their time in the booth.  They solidified their spot as the #2 seed in the AFC and are playing the Patriot football we’ve all come to loathe over the years.  If Terrific Tom and Coach Belichick can pull it off this year, it may be their greatest performance of all time and we may be hearing this phrase come Super Bowl Sunday.
Bengals6. Cincinnati Bengals (11-5) LW (6)
Coach Taylor: “Are we not clear that in five days a group of men will be coming down here to destroy you? Is that… is that not clear?”
The Bengals are in and facing off against probably the worst team in the playoffs.  That doesn’t mean they should look past this game.  We are seeing Phillip Rivers 2.0 and while that may not be the most intimidating thing in the world, it still gives a reason to be concerned.  Plus, as seen in week 17, Andy Dalton can implode and throw 4 picks at any time.  And in the playoffs, they may not be quite as lucky to get the win.
Colts7. Indianapolis Colts (11-5) LW (8) 

Coach Taylor: “When Jason Street went down the first game of the season, everybody wrote us off. Everybody. And yet here we are at the championship game. Forty thousand people out there have also written us off. But there are a few out there who still believe in you.”

The Colts started off the year with high expectations after wins over the 49ers, Seahawks, and Broncos, like your Dillon Panthers.  When the team’s Jason Street, Reggie Wayne, went down, things quickly unraveled, until three weeks ago.  Now they are back in fine form and looking to make a run.  It may not be the championship game, but it sure could be in a month’s time.

Saints8. New Orleans Saints (11-5) LW (10) 

Buddy Garrity: “You know what, Eric? I’ll always care about the Panthers. Pam can cut off my head n’ stick it on a pike, but I’ll always care about the Panthers!”

Sean Payton cares about this team more than life itself.  He brought them back.  Saved them after the hurricane.  After all of that, he was suspended for a year.  He could have easily gotten out of town and taken over the Cowboys job, but instead he stuck with the team and brought them back to the playoffs. With Brees at the helm of this prolific offense, they are one scary team come playoff time.

Cheifs9. Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) LW (9)

Jason Street: “I think that if he plays up in Dallas like he played last Friday night, they’re gonna eat him for breakfast.”

Two weeks ago the Chiefs faced off against the Colts and it wasn’t pretty. Andrew Luck torched them and the offense couldn’t get going.  If the Chiefs want to pull off the upset and advance, most likely setting up a third showdown against the Broncos, Jamaal Charles and Alex Smith are going to have to step up.  It’s their time to shine.

Eagles10. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6) LW (NR) 

Smash Williams: “Coach Mac, I…”

Coach Mac: “They made a mistake, son.  Just like me.”

I can imagine this may have been a conversation that Chip Kelly and Riley Cooper had at the beginning of the year.  Riley was filmed making derogatory comments and when he came to Coach Kelly, who was under scrutiny for recruiting violations while at Oregon, he forgave him and moved on with the year. What a difference that has made at this team is now united and possibility the hottest team heading into the playoffs.  Fear the Eagles.

NFL Power Rankings After Week 16

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The AFC has one open spot, yet only one seed is determined.  Meanwhile, they NFC has three spots open, and no seeding determined.  It is going to be a great week for some football.  Here’s how things are looking going into the finals week:

  1. BroncosDenver 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.
  2. NinersSan 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.
  3. SeahawksSeattle 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.
  4. PanthersCarolina 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.
  5. PatriotsNew 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!!
  6. BengalsCincinnati 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.
  7. CardinalsArizona 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.
  8. ColtsIndianapolis 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.
  9. CheifsKansas 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.
  10. SaintsNew 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.

NFL Power Rankings After Week 15

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And we’re back!  A week off has helped me recover and prepare for this weeks rankings.  There was a lot of cleaning up to do.  Not sure if that was a lack of great performances from the top teams in the league, or the “football expert” himself not knowing what he was doing.  Give him a break though guys.  He’s a first timer.*

  1. SeahawksSeattle Seahawks (12-2) LW (2) – Playing Eli Manning sure makes any team feel great.  The Seahawks’ stellar defense picked him off 5 times and controlled the game from the get go.  Being one of the lone top teams to win this week makes them a shoe in for the top spot.
  2. BroncosDenver Broncos (11-3) LW (1) – The resurgence of Phillip Rivers was too much for them to handle.  Peyton looked average, in his terms, this week, and the run game was nonexistent. Looks like the AFC’s best isn’t invincible after all.
  3. CheifsKansas City Chiefs (11-3) LW (7) – After Jamaal Charles just torched the Raiders and single handedly won many fantasy playoffs in this one, the one seed is still up for grabs.  They’ll have to win out and hope that Peyton’s noodle arm makes a comeback in one of the next two weeks.
  4. NinersSan Francisco 49ers (10-4) LW (5) – They own the longest winning streak in the league at 4 and its perfect timing with only two weeks left before the playoffs.  The passing game is back, which was surely aided by the return of Michael Crabtree.  Tough luck though. At best, they’ll be the 5 seed.
  5. PatriotsNew England Patriots (10-4) LW (4) – Tommy Boy sure did miss Gronk this week.  While Amendola and Edleman did indeed step up this week, it wasn’t quite enough as Tommy couldn’t muster another last second win and instead threw a pick in the endzone with 2 seconds left to lose the game.  The Patriots will have to fix those road blues, because at this rate, they’ll only have one home game come playoff time.
  6. SaintsNew Orleans Saints (10-4) LW (3) – What was that?  I mean really?  Kellen Clemmons can’t win football games.  Drew Brees is twice the quarterback that he is.  While the latter statement is true, somehow the first is not.  The Rams put on a show over the Saints and has left Sean Payton looking to make some replacements this upcoming week.  That’s never a good sign.
  7. PanthersCarolina Panthers (10-4) LW (8) – At one point, a 6 seed looked like the best case scenario.  Now, there is the potential of getting the 2 seed and a first round bye.  All they have to do is win out and beat the Saints in the process, which is no easy task.
  8. BengalsCincinnati Bengals (9-5) LW (6) – There chances to move into the 2 seed were quickly squashed, as division rival Pittsburgh dominated the whole game in this one.  An easy week ahead with the Vikings coming to town will hopefully give them some momentum before they faceoff against the defending Super Bowl Champion Ravens in week 17.
  9. CardinalsArizona Cardinals (9-5) LW (10) – 9-5 gets you in the playoffs, right?  Not so fast my friend.  In the NFC it looks like the Cardinals could finish 11-5 and still get left out of the playoffs, while the Bears and Eagles will probably get in with records of 9-7.  That’s rough.
  10. ColtsIndianapolis Colts (9-5) LW (NR) – The most unpredictable team in the league is your very own Indianapolis Colts.  One week, nothing goes right, while the next nothing goes wrong. That’s great and all, but you’d like to think that this team is a Reggie Wayne injury away from being the 2 seed in the AFC.

*He didn’t do too bad did he folks? NFL Power Rankings After Week 14

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NFL Power Rankings After Week 14

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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.

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And without further ado, this week’s Oh’s Knows NFL Power Rankings.. According to me:

Broncos1. Denver Broncos (11-2) LW (2)

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?

Seahawks2. Seattle Seahawks (11-2) LW (1)

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.

Saints3. New Orleans Saints (10-3) LW (3)

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.

Patriots4. New England Patriots (10-3) LW (5)

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.

Niners5. San Francisco 49ers (9-4) LW (6)

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.

Bengals6. Cincinnati Bengals (9-4) LW (8)

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.

Cheifs7. Kansas City Chiefs (10-3) LW (7)

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.

Panthers8. Carolina Panthers (9-4) LW (4)

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.

Eagles9. Philadelphia Eagles (8-5) LW (NR) 

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.

Cardinals10. Arizona Cardinals (8-5) LW (NR) 

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. 

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NFL Power Rankings After Week 13

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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.

  1. SeahawksSeattle 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.
  2. BroncosDenver 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.
  3. SaintsNew 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.
  4. PanthersCarolina 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.
  5. PatriotsNew 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.
  6. NinersSan 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.
  7. CheifsKansas 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.
  8. BengalsCincinnati 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!
  9. CowboysDallas 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.
  10. ColtsIndianapolis 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.

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NFL Power Rankings After Week 12

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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.

  1. SeahawksSeattle 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.
  2. SaintsNew 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.
  3. BroncosDenver 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.
  4. PanthersCarolina 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.
  5. PatriotsNew 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!
  6. CheifsKansas 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!
  7. NinersSan 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.
  8. BengalsCincinnati 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!
  9. CardinalsArizona 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.
  10. CowboysDallas 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 After Week 11

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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.

  1. BroncosDenver 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.
  2. CheifsKansas 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.
  3. SaintsNew 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.
  4. SeahawksSeattle 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.
  5. PanthersCarolina 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.
  6. PatriotsNew 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.
  7. ColtsIndianapolis 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.
  8. NinersSan 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.
  9. BengalsCincinnati 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.
  10. EaglesPhiladelphia 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.