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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LISTEN: Oh’s Knows #18 // Live Tweeting Alone (12-15-13)

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Green Bay Packers v Dallas CowboysAt the top of the episode, Nick is  just checking on the well-being of Adam as the Cowboys lost an absolutely devastating game to the Packers. After trying to figure out what is wrong in Dallas, they talk about the Colts and debate who would win in a head to head matchup right now if the Cowboys played the Colts. The guys also talk about the disappointing loss Friday night in College Basketball with the Cyclones beating our Hawks in Ames and how they still aren’t watching the NBA, yet. Wrapping things up Adam talks about taking the Power Rankings reigns as Nick was busy studying for finals, explains “Ed Wood” to young Nicholas James, and talk this week in television as well as their upcoming travel plans for the Holidays!

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Adam is convinced that he controls the outcomes of games, just by watching them. Also, plans on watching “Breaking Bad” again at the start of the New Year – is no longer scared watching episodes before bed.

Nick hasn’t been up to much because he has had things thing called school going on. Also, has been watching a good show called “The Killing” – is still scared to watch “Breaking Bad” before bed.

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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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LISTEN: Oh’s Knows #16 // Well, You’re A Nerd (12-1-13)

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52992d542f76e.preview-620What a great weekend to be a Hawkeye! Although the Hawks didn’t win the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament, they competed. And the football team did beat the Huskers on Saturday earning a very impressive 8th win on the season. The guys also talk Thanksgiving happenings, the Dallas Cowboys and Colts victories, the difference between the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit as well as upcoming Christmas plans. They then wrap things up with Nick taking credit for Auburn’s back to back miracle wins and discuss why Twitter is the best, and worst.

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Adam didn’t watch much football on Sunday, but did sleep through the first half of the Cowboys game on Thursday and caught the crazy end to the Iron Bowl. Also, is your new Oh’s Knows resident College Football expert after going 9-2 predicting the outcome of the Iowa Hawkeye football season.

Nick was traveling most of the weekend, so he didn’t catch much football – but he was stress free due to this Fantasy Football team not being playoff bound. Also, is your new Oh’s Knows resident Goat after going 5-7 predicting the outcome of the Iowa Hawkeye football season. Yikes.

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Best and Worst of the Weekend

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201311241342493417693Nicholas:

BEST // Former Iowa High School prep, Marcus Paige, drops 32 in UNC’s upset victory overr #3 Louisville.

WORST // The Indianapolis Colts. Unforgivable.

Adam:

BEST // HAIM performing on Saturday Night Live a few hours after the Hawkeyes beat the Wolverines in Football.

WORST // No NASCAR. And a devastating blow to Fantasy Football, freshly served by my brother. 

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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.