• Top 10... Bottom 5 - Week 8



    So let's just toss all of the top teams in a bag, shake them up and toss them in the oven. The unstoppable Saints are shut down by the "mighty" Rams defense. The "no-defense" Bills shut out the Redskins. The Jets make it through a bye-week without Rex Ryan vomiting in the press. The Eagles figure out how to use all that offensive firepower. The Cowboys #1 run defense turns into Frank Omiyale against LeShonn McCoy. The Patriots rediscover the joy of Kevin Faulk.

    We have one no-loss team and a single 1 loss team. We have SEVENTEEN 2 loss teams. Good luck sorting out this mess.

    Top 10

    1) Green Bay Packers - This should really be Top 1... Bottom 31. It's the Packers and everyone else so far.
    2) San Francisco 49ers - Putting a team #2 with Alex Smith at QB violates everything I believe about football. The running game, defense and special teams sure are nice though.
    3) Pittsburgh Steelers - Huge win over a quality opponent. The Steelers often out-talent the other team. This week they out-coached the other team.
    4) Baltimore Ravens - Pro:The Ravens had the biggest comeback in team history. Con:The Ravens had to come back against Kevin Kolb and the Cardinals.
    5) Buffalo Bills - A shutout in the NFL is huge no matter how incompetent the opponent. The Argonauts showed some serious chops. Fitzpatrick is laughing at Todd Haley's "beard".
    6) Detroit Lions - First they mock Matt Ryan's injury, then they mock Tebow. Teams take on the character of their coach and Schwartz is a delta bravo. First class talent, little class elsewhere.
    7) New York Giants - Currently in 1st place. I suppose that has to be respected even though they had to come back against the freaking Dolphins.
    8) Houston Texans - Beating South Jacksonville High is not a season defining moment. However, Arian Foster is incredible.
    9) Cincinatti Bengals - The defense is for real folks. Dalton and AJ Green didn't need Benson to shred the Seahawk's better-than-advertised defense.
    10) New England Patriots - Brady had his hair cut on September 28th.
    Pre haircut, 93/133, 69.9%, 10 YPA, 438 YPG, 11 TD, 5 INT, 3 sacks, 113.8 QBR.
    Post haircut, 64.4%, 8.0 YPA, 263 YPG, 5 TD, 3 INT, 8 sacks, 93.3 QBR.
    Just saying.


    Honorable mentions:
    Philadelphia Eagles: Showed some signs of life against the Cowboys. Let's see that record climb above .500 before we crown your asses.
    New Orleans Saints: You lost to the Rams. THE RAMS.

    All the other 2 and 3 loss teams. I can't even begin to separate you.

    Bottom 5
    28) St. Louis Rams - Yeah, you beat the Saints. Just because the Saints sucked doesn't mean the Rams don't.
    29) Denver Broncos - I don't think I've ever seen an organization try so hard to make a 1st round pick fail.
    30) Arizona Cardinals - A 21 point halftime lead is no obstacle for Kevin Kolb.
    21) Miami Dolphins - My God.
    32) Indianapolis Colts - Jim Irsay says that suck 4 luck is ridiculous. My eyes disagree.

    Comments 26 Comments
    1. darvon's Avatar
      6) Detroit Lions - First they mock Matt Ryan's injury, then they mock Tebow. Teams take on the character of their coach and Schwartz is a delta bravo. First class talent, little class elsewhere.
      I am enjoying the Lions. What I love absolutely best is quotes or cuts from Suh talking. The guy is erudite and eloquent.

      The media wish to paint Suh as a thug, but when they quote him
      instead of saying:

      They take 10 plays out of 4,000 snaps and want to know my thought process on each. What I tried to explain to Goodell, but he was too stupid to understand, is that dudes crouch when you go to hit them. With Massaquoi, my target area was his waist and chest, but he lowered himself at the last possible second and I couldn't adjust to his adjustment. But Goodell, who's a devil, ain't hearing that. Where's the damn discretion, the common sense?
      He says:

      "“It’s more or less just to get an understanding of how they want to look at my play,” “It’s just an opportunity to have a great dialogue and see what I can take out of the meeting. If it’s nothing, then it’s nothing. If it’s something, then it’s something.”
      Always good vocab, long sentances, good grammer. It tickles me.
    1. Bengals1181's Avatar
      hey clem.

      CIN

      CIN

      NATI


      get it right.


      good stuff, though I'd shuffle 9/10/11 as Saints/Texans/Bengals
    1. darvon's Avatar
      cincinatti?
    1. darvon's Avatar
      OK, then how come it is abbreviated CINN? Since when are abreviations coming from the MIDDLE of the word? I live in DETroit. nest to a school called MICHigan. cowboys live in TEXas.

      Little Rock is in ARKansas, not arKANsas.

      Face it, it was spelled CINNCINATTI but the printer doing the city's signage had a typo.
    1. Turk Schonert's Avatar
      Nice job again Clem, although sorting this thing out can be mesmerizing, there are quite a few compelling storylines from the first half of the season. Uh oh, I feel a thread coming on! I would put the Bengals above the Giants and the Texans, they have a win over Buffalo #5 and a close loss to the 49ers #2. I would include Jacksonville's offense (also throw in the Redskins offense after this weeks performance) in my bottom 5.
    1. trh5001's Avatar
      Is it time to start making a list of teams that have no playoff shot and those that do? Clearly some teams are just done not just the bottom 5. Think redskins or panthers(fun exciting team no chance at playoffs). Just an idea.
    1. Bengals1181's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by darvon View Post
      OK, then how come it is abbreviated CINN? Since when are abreviations coming from the MIDDLE of the word? I live in DETroit. nest to a school called MICHigan. cowboys live in TEXas.

      Little Rock is in ARKansas, not arKANsas.

      Face it, it was spelled CINNCINATTI but the printer doing the city's signage had a typo.

      I have never once seen it abbreviated CINN.
    1. darvon's Avatar
      "cinn reds" google About 40,100 results

      "cin reds" google About 61,000 results
    1. Pruitt's Avatar
      Bills #5?

      Bengals #9?

      What is going on? Can't really argue either.

      My only quibble is with the Giants at #7 - they are an extraordinarily lucky team and will soon be out of the top 10.

      I think for the Bills, this week is a huge test. They played a nearly perfect game against a rancid opponent on Sunday. Let's see how they do against the Jets.

      (I have a feeling it'll go well).
    1. brauneyz's Avatar
      Steelers are too high. They got lucky.

      3...2...1...
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      When did the eagles learn to tackle?

      The Giants are about to come crashing down to reality, thanks to the schedule gods.

      Bill Belichick was playing mind games with the Steelers, for when they meet in the playoffs. There is no other answer.

      No more Phil Rivers is elite talk. Two big games, two big chokes. If somebody actually cared about the Chargers this would be news.

      Can Newton should go for 2 every time. Run the goal line option. They are converting short yardage at over 70%.
    1. NickMykita's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by iwatt View Post
      Bill Belichick was playing mind games with the Steelers, for when they meet in the playoffs. There is no other answer.
      Any time you end a statement with "There is no other answer", it means you're grasping at straws. Face it; the Steelers controlled the Patriots for a full 60 minutes. Belichick is too proud and too competitive to just give that away.

      Then again, if you were just being facetious, forget what I just said.
    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by brauneyz View Post
      Steelers are too high. They got lucky.

      3...2...1...
      Nice try, brauney, but this pot doesn't need stirring.
    1. brauneyz's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Trumpetbdw View Post
      Nice try, brauney, but this pot doesn't need stirring.
      And I beg to differ. Just doin' my part ...
    1. iwatt's Avatar

      Then again, if you were just being facetious, forget what I just said.
      Just joshing. Only seen the boxscores, but Belichick did throw a different game plan than last years., according to the pundits. And Amy. :-)
    1. vancemeek's Avatar
      32) Indianapolis Colts - Jim Irsay says that suck 4 luck is ridiculous. My eyes disagree.
      Methinks he doth protest too much.
    1. NickMykita's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by iwatt View Post
      Just joshing. Only seen the boxscores, but Belichick did throw a different game plan than last years., according to the pundits. And Amy. :-)
      As someone who listened to the game on the radio, I can tell you that the game was not as close as the boxscore would have you think. The Steelers led by as many as 13 at one point, and the Patriots looked all out of sorts. Bad games happen, and I expect the Pats to bounce back, but that doesn't take away from the fact that this was a much-needed win for the Steelers.
    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by iwatt View Post
      Just joshing. Only seen the boxscores, but Belichick did throw a different game plan than last years., according to the pundits. And Amy. :-)
      NE redzone defense was impressive. Statistically, and watching the game, the Steelers were superior in every facet. Belichick played it closer to the vest than in years' past against them, but I think much of that was him trying to expose the fact that Pittsburgh was down 3 starters in the LB corps by the second half. Plus, Pittsburgh had the ball so much in the 1st half, that while he tried to stick with the original gameplan, it didn't work because the Pats had no opportunity to find an offensive rhythm. Plus, the Steelers defense has become the Steelers defense again, minus the takeaways, but plus the best pass defense they've had in a while. In the end, I was disappointed that the Pats actually had the ball with a chance to win at the end. It felt like Pittsburgh should have scored in the upper 30s.
    1. Bunghole's Avatar
      The Bengals appear to be for real, especially on defense. For them to have a decent amount of production on offense without Cedric Benson and especially Jermaine Gresham (who really should be the featured piece in this WCO, in my not so humble opinion) against a Seattle home team on the west coast is impressive to me, no matter how bad the Hawks may be right now. Its still the NFL and the only thing that counts is wins and losses.

      I expect the Bengals to at least split with the Ravens and Steelers and they still have some "easier" opponents going forward in the Cardinals, Browns and Rams (!!!) so I think its time to start thinking that this team, barring an implosion of catastrophic and epic proportions, is going to make the playoffs and not just "be competitive" and be "building for the future". I think they are doing all three things actually. If they make the playoffs this season, no matter the outcome, the future is really bright, especially given Mike Brown's thievery from the Raiders for Carson Palmer.

      If they get creative and end up moving up to get a guy like Trent Richardson, stockpile picks along the defense, resign critical FA's (which the Bengals are actually pretty good at) and get a couple of interior linemen this team could get dynastically sick in a hurry.
    1. Amy's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by iwatt View Post
      Just joshing. Only seen the boxscores, but Belichick did throw a different game plan than last years., according to the pundits. And Amy. :-)
      I haven't seen a pundit yet - unless I am one - talk about our gameplan. They wanna nail the D, which, while it did give up yards, held the Steelers to FGs three times. However, the Steelers did not get lucky. They played well and had a viable gameplan. We played meh, and had a terrible one.

      As for top 10:

      1. Packers
      2. 49ers
      3. Steelers
      4. Lions
      5. Ravens
      6. Bills
      7. Giants
      8. Bengals
      9. Saints
      10. Patriots - as long as we're running the Kevin Faulk offense, we'll lose and tumble down these rankings.

      Bottom 5:

      32. Colts
      31. Dolphins
      30. Cards
      29. Jags
      28. Rams