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All of the teams I put in my Lucky Seven last week won except for the DeadSkins. Here’s how I see it going into week 12, hard to believe we’ve come this far:
1.) Tennessee Titans (1) – They are still without a loss and Kerry Collins is doing it without alcohol, I like it. It may not be attractive, it may not get any style points, but the Titans are the real deal. No explanation necessary.
2.) New York Giants (2) – They are so close to moving up to number one on the chart after crushing such a good Baltimore defense. However, they lost to the Browns and the Titans have beaten everyone they’re suppose to. We’ll see when the head-to-head match-up arrives.
3.) Pittsburgh (3) – They won an ugly one in some really tough weather. They were also apart of a game that cost bettors an estimated $66 million, which is why I stopped betting on the NFL. I still don’t think they lost their intensity but Big Ben scares me at times (along with his $27M this year).
4.) Arizona Cardinals (6) – They may not have beaten a great opponent, but they beat the Seahawks that was reasonably staffed. And their offense is just so dominant. The other teams that may have been in this spot had dismal games or just are not yet deserving. Warner is still up for the Heisman and Boldin is the best receiver in the league.
5.) Carolina Panthers (5) – They won a ugly game against Detroit. They did have an absolutely unbeleivable game on the ground, racking up over 200 yards. However, my not-so-favorite Delhomme cannot pass right now to save his life. He had just 98 yards passing and it makes the overall outlook of the Panthers’ offense unknown. I still like the Cards’ over this Panthers team right now.
6.) Washington Redskins (4) – Oh how the mighty have fallen. Just a few weeks ago this team looked like it could really make some noise. Then people realized that their offense is the most hilarious thing to watch in all of football besides Al Davis’ reactions to reporters. If defenses lock down Santana Moss (which isn’t all that tough) then this offense is completely flat. Campbell has no protection and the 5-yard passes on 3rd and 12 isn’t going to get it done. The defense is getting turnovers but they have no pressure from their line. Serious issues need to be addressed on both the lines if this team has any hopes of doing anything.
7.) Tampa Bay Bucs (7) – They sit here behind the Skins’ because the Skins’ should still be able to beat these guys. Tampa Bay has been on a pretty solid roll and Jeff Garcia continues to impress the people that thought AARP couldn’t play football. Their receiver situation is a little shakey but I really like their defense and it could take them to the playoffs as a division-winner.
Atlanta may have dropped their game last week but they are destined to win the division, according to the crazy NFC South stat that says the team that finishes last in the division one year is the division winner the next. Ravens are still kind of on my radar but I am looking more at the other purple team, the Vikings. They dropped one but the NFC North is wide open.
I take a little time away from the NFL weekly Power Rankings and some things have certainly changed. Here’s my opinion of the top seven teams in the NFL going into week 11:
1.) Tennessee Titans – They’re on the road to the Super Bowl; who could argue otherwise? Defense is dominant, running attack is balanced, and Kerry Collins controls the football games. My only concern is lack of wide receiver production, a problem that has plagued the organization for the past couple years. However, big-time play from the Titans’ tight ends have made up for the slack.
2.) New York Giants – They’re in the toughest (no arguments allowed) division in football. Their running game is the most balanced in the NFL, even more than the Titans. I don’t like Eli but he finds ways to get the ball to the unexpected. No-name guys are producing for this team and that’s why the Giants will go far. The whole team plays as one unit…minus Plexiglass of course.
3.) Pittsburgh Steelers – The Steelers are a beat up ball club right now and it still doesn’t stop them from being the most physical team in the NFL. Two of Pittsburgh’s key players (Roethlisberger and Parker) are out and they continue to find ways to win. I won’t count out Pittsburgh until they miss the playoffs.
4.) Washington Redskins – They dropped a tough one to Pittsburgh on national television and took it into the bye with them, hopefully they come out with a little more fire. The Skins’ problem is not scoring touchdowns and thinking it’s okay to score field goals. They have a chance to sweep the Cowboys on Sunday night and they need to take advantage of the opportunity. Portis is 50-50 on whether he’ll play Sunday night, and his health could possibly determine the Skins’ future.
5.) Carolina Panthers – Self-explanatory. I may not be a huge supporter of Jake Delhomme but he can definitely sling the football and that’s what seems to work in Carolina. Steve Smith is one of the top receivers in the league and DeAngelo Williams is having a good year on the ground thus far. But what is really winning ball games for the Panthers is their defense. The Carolina defense has given up only 133 points on the year, which is the lowest given up in the NFC. Carolina’s 7-2 record puts them in a prime spot to carve their own path to the playoffs.
6.) Arizona Cardinals – It seems like the Cards’ should be playing in the Big XII rather than the dismal NFC West. Kurt Warner has Heisman-like numbers (Fanzak article) and it looks like their running the spread offense with big receivers on each side. I like the Cardinals to win the division and do some damage in the playoffs using their high-powered offense.
7.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Tampa is similar to the Carolina Panthers, and never did I think two teams from the NFC South would make the top seven teams in the league. In fact, the NFC South has proven to be quite a force in the NFL this season. Jeff Garcia is showing that he really isn’t that old and the defense continues to be their strong point. Tampa is a good ball club but they need to keep an eye out for Atlanta who is hot on their tail.
Watch out for teams like the Atlanta Falcons and the Baltimore Ravens. Both have rookie quarterbacks but have found ways to prove the early critics wrong. Atlanta’s offense is on fire right now while the Ravens’ defense continues to be the best in football. The scary part is that Flacco is turning the corner, or so it seems, and the team could possibly be just as good on offense as they are on defense. I also wouldn’t say anything about the Patriots. They have the best coach in the league and they have 98% of the undefeated team from last year.
Not a whole lot changed over the past week that influenced any major changes to the Lucky Seven. In fact, only one team dropped one position and one new team took the place of an old one. Take a look and get ready to see some fireworks around the NFL this week.
1.) Tennessee Titans (1) – This team has to be the most feared team in the NFL right now. They go against the Indianapolis Colts this week in a match up that a lot of people are saying is in the favor of the underdog. Say what you want, I like the Titans entire team.
2.) Pittsburgh Steelers (2) – Smash mouth football is defined when you watch a Steelers game. This team is so physical and their defense is a nasty group of huge guys. I would take the Pittsburgh Steelers over almost anyone in the NFL right now, even without Willie Parker.
3.) New York Giants (3) – They didn’t just beat the 49er’s last week, they shut down the 49er’s last week. Although Frank Gore has been up and down recently, the Giants’ defense put a padlock on his ankles and allowed him to do absolutely nothing (which resulted in a fantasy loss for me). Brandon Jacobs seems to be getting better every week and the Giants haven’t shown any rumble in the tank after dropping a big one to Cleveland. However, these Eli v. Big Ben comparisons are absurd and there is no way that I will convinced that Eli is better than Ben Roethlisberger. Check out the match-up this week when the sack-leading Steelers pressure little Eli ten times more than Cleveland did….then come back and talk about comparisons.
4.) Washington Redskins (4) – It has gone from home team bias to pure truth, the Redskins are a good football team. They have already proven the critics wrong by winning 4+ games and I believe that, if they can get past a Detroit Lions team this week (yes the Detroit Lions), then they can win 7 of their last 8. And the reason I say ‘get past the Lions’ is because, we have yet to see the Skins demolish an opponent who they are actually suppose to demolish. They looked past the Rams and it bit them, lets see how it changes against the worst team in the league.
5.) Tampa Bay (NR) – Wow. The Tampa Bay Bucs have gone from nothin to somethin pretty quick. Jeff Garcia is back and he is certainly doing what we all know he is capable of. The defense is stellar and the Bucs look like the current front-runner in a real toss-up division. Looking at their remaining games, this Bucs team could be on to something pretty special. I’m just guessing, but I would say that the Bucs are going to be favored in the all but maybe two of their last nine games unless something odd were to happen.
6.) Buffalo Bills (5) – They did win a tough game against San Diego last week, but its hard to put them above the Cardinals after the Cardinals have already pounded them three weeks ago, 41-17. Buffalo is a good football team and I think they make it to the playoffs, but their record isn’t all that strong. The only team they have beat thus far worth arguing for is the Jacksonville Jaguars. Sure San Diego is a good team, but they have underachieved this year and the Chargers had to make the cross-country leap. Buffalo makes the playoffs, but is possibly the weakest team there.
7.) Arizona Cardinals (6) – I think it’s only fair because they beat two really good teams (BUF and DAL) before going into their bye week. During the bye week they got some rest and brought back some guys, including the crazy-nice Anquan Boldin. I look for the Cardinals to continue their little winning streak on way to capturing the NFC West with a possible record of 9-7 or better.
The NFL last week look like a mid-season Saturday in the world of college football. There were some five or six last second victories, including the dismal Rams field goal over the Skins while time expires, and the weekly card was hard to win with. This is how I see the power rankings after last Sunday:
1.) Tennessee Titans (2) – They had a bye last week and obviously stayed undefeated. You may not believe in Kerry Collins, which I don’t either, but there is no reason the Titans shouldn’t be number one.
2.) Pittsburgh Steelers (6) – They had a bye week and the Steelers jump four spots? I know, I understand. But everyone else in the top seven from last week lost games that they shouldn’t have. It just so happens that the two teams that rise the ranking board didn’t actually play last week. The bye week didn’t make the Steelers any less physical, and I still remember the Jags game.
3.) New York Giants (1) – I still feel that they’re overrated and Eli is no where near as good as Peyton. However, they’ve beat the Redskins (who have beaten the Cowboys and Eagles) and until the G-Men actually play those two division foes, we won’t know the truth about them. I know one thing, they had no idea what smacked them on Monday Night. I don’t see this team as a huge threat, sorry Giants’ fans.
4.) Washington Redskins (3) – The did lose to arguably the worst team in the NFL, but it was the best thing that could have happened to the Skins. Washington players and coaches claimed they didn’t pay attention to the media and critics, which is complete crap. They listened to the media, their head grew to the size of a blimp, and they looked past the winless Rams. They showed strength by overcoming their first three turnovers of the season, but refused to put the Rams away on the numerous opportunities that they had to do so. The loss is humbling and the Redskins should pick it back up.
5.) Buffalo Bills (NR) – They also had a bye last week, but they are still 4-1. Trent Edwards went down but is expected to make a full recovery and return this week. They have a tough next couple games against division teams and this is where they send a message that the Bills are for real. I like the Bills and I think they can prove it, now they need to put the money where my mouth is.
6.) Arizona Cardinals (NR) – Why not? They’re going to win the NFC West. Kurt Warner seems to know what he’s doing. They’re headed into a bye week after an awesome game against Dallas, which they thoroughly deserved. And I think that when Boldin comes back, Breaston will be a strong third receiver, and the Cardinals are ready to roll. Their defense is suspect, but their next four games should be butter (CAR, STL, SF, SEA).
7.) Dallas Cowboys (4) – And here is where the Cowboys crumble. Pacman is Pacman. Romo goes down for four weeks. And Felix All-Purpose is out for over a month. This all means less playmakers for the Cowboys, but more importantly it means that T.O. is contemplating suicide. The Cowboys’ aquiring of wide out Roy Williams is HUGE, but they gave up waaaay too much for him. Williams will certainly be more productive in Dallas than in Detroit, but he needs to pray that Brad Johnson can deliver for four weeks. With your Pro-Bowl quarterback out and a horrific secondary, I no longer see this team as the SB favorite.
It was a crazy card for Sunday’s games last week, which means that my perceived power rankings felt a bit of a shakedown. Denver dropped out all together while the Washington Redskins broke into my top seven after being in the 13-18 range last week. Here’s what I got:
1.) New York Giants (3) – The G-Men moved up two spots without even playing last week. They are, however the defending SB champs. I have a problem believing that the Giants are as good as people think; they barely beat the Redskins in week one that should have been a lot worst and they had to take the Bengals to overtime in order to seal the deal. I even like Seattle to upset the Giants this Sunday.
2.) Tennessee Titans (5) – They may not have played a lot of good teams, but their defense is as physical as anyone’s in the league. Defense can win ball games, ask the 2000 Ravens. When you look at them in the long run, their receivers are average and Kerry Collins is there starter. No, Kerry’s not racking up DWI’s anymore. He’s guiding a pretty good Titans team. Wait for these guys to beat a quality squad, possibly Ravens defense this week.
3.) Dallas Cowboys (1) – They took a tremendous loss in a division where you cannot afford to do it. And please don’t say that they had an off-day, because you’re an idiot. Players get paid millions of dollars to play and believe it or not they want to win, they were simply out-played by a Washington team that perfectly executed their game plan. Washington proved that shutting down the Cowboy playmakers is the key to victory. Regardless, Dallas is still the best talent team in the NFL.
4.) Buffalo Bills (7) – They moved up a lot in my rankings because, even though their games are close, they prove week after week that they can pull it out when it matters. I like the Bills but they have the same problem that Tennessee does, they played bags of peanuts on Sundays so far. Wait for the quality team to visit them and see where they stand. Now that I think about it, jumping three spots for beating Oakland doesn’t sound right.
5.) Washington Redskins (NR) – They lose opening week to the defending SB champions by only nine points, shutting them down in the second half. They go on to beat two high-powered offenses in New Orleans and Arizona. Then they pull up the largest upset of last week when they demolished the Cowboys. The score made the game seem closer than what it was, and the Skins had plenty of opportunities to score without committing rediculous penalties. People may be sleeping on D.C. but they have yet to commit a turnover and they control the ball very well.
6.) Pittsburgh (4) – They barely beat the Ravens who started a rookie quarterback. I expected the Steelers defense to tear apart Joe Flacco limb by limb, with or without nose tackle Casey Hampton. Now factor in the health of the backfield and you get a 2-spot drop in the rankings after a hard-nosed win.
7.) Philadelphia Eagles (2) – They lose to the Bears in a game that they should have won. However, the game proved that the Eagles’ pass defense is suspect (Orton threw for 3 TDs). They can beat Pittsburgh but they can’t beat Kyle Orton? You have to beat the good teams to be the good team. I am tempted to put Carolina in the number seven spot, but I am a firm believer in the NFC East and I believe that any NFC East team would beat Carolina by atleast six.
I can’t wait to see what happens this Sunday. I expect to see the Giants lose, Tennesse has a tough game at Baltimore, and Washington is a 5-point underdog at Philly. I’ll catch up on the rankings next Tuesday.