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.

NFL Power Rankings After Week 9

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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.

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  1. CheifsKansas 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.
  2. BroncosDenver 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.
  3. ColtsIndianapolis 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.
  4. NinersSan 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.
  5. SaintsNew 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.
  6. PatriotsNew 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.
  7. SeahawksSeattle 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?
  8. BengalsCincinnati 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.
  9. LionsDetroit 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.
  10. JetsNew 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.

*Wait. What?

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NFL Power Rankings, After Week 8

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Not much changed this week as most of the favorites pulled out victories.  We saw the continued demise of the Falcons and Texans, two teams firmly placed in almost all playoff pictures, and a state of complete disarray in the NFC East.  Here’s on the rankings stack up:

  1. CheifsKansas City Chiefs – They may not be a pretty 8-0, but they are still undefeated.  Once again facing off against a less than stellar quarterback, the Chiefs cut it close.  The magic might be showing signs of wearing off, but until that happens, there’s still plenty of room aboard this bandwagon.
  2. ColtsIndianapolis Colts – A much needed bye week was used to find who is going to fill the void of the team’s most reliable receiver in Reggie Wayne, that was placed on IR.  Former first round pick, Darrius Heyward-Bay needs to step up if this team wants to hang with the AFC’s best in the second half.
  3. BroncosDenver Broncos – Were the Broncos that good, or the Washington football team that bad?  After trailing 21-14 going into the fourth quarter, Peyton decided to step up and Mike Shanahan decided to crumble in his old stomping grounds.  Even with the 31 point fourth quarter outburst, the Broncos are continuing to show signs of flaws that need fixing if a long playoff run is going to be in the cards.
  4. SaintsNew Orleans Saints – The Saints are continuing to look like the best of the best in the NFC.  Another dominating performance by Brees has this team sitting pretty atop the division.  To think, they’re one magical Tom Brady play away from being undefeated.
  5. NinersSan Francisco 49ers – Jim Haurbaugh must have put “Michael’s Secret Stuff” in the water bottles in the past 5 weeks because no team has looked as dominating as the 49ers.  The passing game stills leaves room for desire, but the running game is the best in the game and keeping this team in Super Bowl talks heading into the bye week.
  6. BengalsCincinnati Bengals – After surviving three straight weeks of close contests, the Bengals decided enough is enough.  They came out and put a stomping on the Jets and Andy Dalton threw 5 touchdowns!  This kid is finally proving he may have that something special and the Bengals are looking to have the division in the bag.
  7. SeahawksSeattle Seahawks – Yes, they did win and yes they are 7-1, but needing a goal stand against Kellen Clemens to win should not be the case… ever!  And someone explain to me how Marshawn Lynch only gained 23 yards against a team that allows 116 yards a game!  Enough with my rant, Seahawks you deserve the fall in the rankings.
  8. PatriotsNew England Patriots – A 14 point deficit and only 59 total yards left the home team faithful disgruntled at halftime.  Bill Belichick worked his magic over the break and the Patriots roared out of the gates to leave the 3rd ahead of their division foe and on their way to victory.  They do continue to win, but it looks like we are slowly seeing the end of a dynasty.
  9. PackersGreen Bay Packers – The offense is finally starting to look like less of a one-trick pony and more of a finely tuned machine.  They rank 5th in passing yards and 3rd in rushing yards, as they gave the RBs the rock more than they did Rodgers this week as they pulled out the victory.  Its that kind of versatility that is going to help them contend with the NFCs best.
  10. LionsDetroit Lions – The Lions outsmarted the Cowboys to pull out the improbable victory and gain the final spot on the rankings.  Megatron racked up over 300 yards receiving in this game alone and the Lions are looking good heading into their bye.

NFL Power Rankings, After Week 7

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This week superstars were dropping faster than a futbol player flopping.  The Colts looked impressive, but move forward without their best WR, while the Packers lost yet another target for Aaron Rodgers.  Here’s how things stack up after the seventh week (A hint; there’s a new team perched on the top):

  1. CheifsKansas City Chiefs – From worst to first, the Chiefs are bringing life to Kansas City and making the fans at Arrowhead think there is a great possibility of a a Super Bowl run.  And why not?  They have a stifling defense and a premier game manager.  Even though they barely pulled it out against the Texans, all good teams still manage to win, which is exactly what they did.
  2. ColtsIndianapolis Colts – Trying to control my obvious bias here, but after knocking off the only team to hold the #1 spot in the power rankings, a jump up the rankings was inevitable.  From the get go, this team played near perfect.  And even when Peyton was on his way to completing a 4th quarter comeback that the fans in Lucas Oil are all too familiar with, the defense stepped up and got an interception and and forced a fumble to seal the victory.  Now Jim Irsay is free to go away for awhile.
  3. BroncosDenver Broncos – With Peyton behind center, this team will always be in a game.  The defense, however, is starting to become a real problem.  The return of Von Miller didn’t do enough and has one to wonder if this is going to be the same script that #18 is used to; amazing offense and regular season, while having a sub par defense and playoff run.
  4. SaintsNew Orleans Saints – With a bye this week, the Saints aren’t moving in these rankings.  Looking back now, they still haven’t beat a real playoff contender (sorry Bears), even though they should have beat the Patriots.  That’s why they play the game though and let’s just hope that Rob Ryan has recovered.  He took that last loss really tough.
  5. SeahawksSeattle Seahawks – If Russell Wilson has this team at 6-1 with his best target being a guy named Golden, just how much better can they get?  How about inserting Percy Harvin this week and we’ll wait and see.  Watch out NFC, this just got a lot more exciting.
  6. NinersSan Francisco 49ers – Jacksonville has to win at some point.  It won’t be this upcoming week though because Kaepernick and the boys are coming to town and after winning 4 straight, it won’t even be close.
  7. BengalsCincinnati Bengals – Winners of 3 straight and 5 of their last 6, the Bengals are showing they’re for real.  The state of the AFC North must have them feeling pretty good going forward.  Up next is a home game against the Jets, who may actually be, gulp, good.
  8. PatriotsNew England Patriots – The return of Gronk means the return of the real Tom Brady, right?  Not so fast!  The Jets came to town and won the game as time expired, although some would argue there was a controversial penalty that set up the field goal.  At least they still have the Red Sox in Boston.
  9. PackersGreen Bay Packers – The bye was just what the Packers needed.  Now winners of three straight this team is showing no signs of slowing down.  Even with injuries to Randall Cobb, James Jones, and now Jermichael Finley, as long as Aaron Rodgers is behind the line, he’ll get the job done.
  10. ChargersSan Diego Chargers – Choosing the tenth team is basically a toss up.  Do we go with the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets?  The Bears just lost their third game in the past 4 to the Redskins (Can I still use that term?) so that’s a no go.  The combined win-loss record of the teams the Cowboys have beaten is 8-19, don’t make me laugh.  The Lions’ best win if over the aforementioned Bears; again no. So congrats San Diego, you’re the best of the teams that still have no shot at a Super Bowl (Yes, I know they did beat the Colts. Don’t remind me).

NFL Power Rankings, After week 6

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A week where my team left me in tears and Adam’s had him making jeers just doesn’t seem right.  We didn’t catch much football, but what we did see, failed to disappoint like always.  Well unless you’re a Saints fan.

  1. BroncosDenver Broncos – At one point in this game, the Jaguars were only down by 2 points… in the SECOND HALF!  No one could have saw that coming and Peyton surely had seen enough as he lead the team on 2 more beautiful drives, both resulting in TDs to seal the victory.
  2. CheifsKansas City Chiefs – This team continues to beat the teams they’re supposed to beat.  The defense is fantastic, sacking Terrelle Pryor 10 times this week and the offense continues to be effective behind Jamaal Charles.  If they want to take the next step forward, they’ll have to step up the passing game.  Tony Gonzalez to the rescue?
  3. PatriotsNew England Patriots – Tom Brady looked unimpressive until the defense gave him one more chance.  We all know what happens next in this script.  Tom Brady took the team down the field on an impressive drive and threw a game-winning touchdown with 5 seconds left leading to a hysterical call from the radio.  “Unicorns!! Show ponies!!  Where’s the beef??”  Tom surely brought it home this week.
  4. SaintsNew Orleans Saints – The look on Rob Ryan’s face says it all.  He called the perfect defense to shut down Tom Brady until the Saints offense just kept giving him chances.  Jimmy Graham needed to deliver as well and that wasn’t the case.  Even in defeat, they’re still the cream of the crop in the NFC.
  5. SeahawksSeattle Seahawks – Something just hasn’t seemed completely right with this team lately.  Yes, they did win at home this week, but that’s like saying Tim Tebow is an awful quarterback.  It’s a given.  They have two straight conference road games that’ll help us see more about where this team is going and with Percy Harvin returning soon, they just need to hang on.
  6. ColtsIndianapolis Colts – After looking fantastic in their three previous three games, the offense looked pedestrian at best.  The running game wasn’t able to produce and the receivers looked like they just had some popcorn with all of those drops.  A pregame celebration might be the only way a team can beat Peyton Manning and the Broncos.  Rumor has it every team will have scouts at the game to take notes.
  7. NinersSan Francisco 49ers – Looking back on it now, the 49ers have two of the best losses you could have and they came at the right time as they are clicking on all cylinders, reeling off three straight wins.  With two road games coming up, they have a chance to come into the bye at a respectable 6-2 mark.
  8. PackersGreen Bay Packers – The bye week really seemed to clean up the sloppiness of the defense.  They’ve allowed an average of 13 points in their past two contests.  As long as the defense can continue to play even mediocre, this team can’t be overlooked by anyone.
  9. BengalsCincinnati Bengals – Escaping a game in Buffalo after dominating the Patriots, at least defensively, doesn’t make much sense.  Neither does losing to the Browns three weeks ago.  A game at the Lions will continue to help determine if this team is for real, or just going to sneak into the playoffs.
  10. LionsDetroit Lions – So the Lions just beat the Browns, which beat the Bengals three weeks earlier.  If my high school math teacher taught me correctly, by that thing called the transitive property they shouldn’t even play this game and just give the Lions the W, right?  On second thought probably not.  That’s why mathematicians don’t run the league.