• Top 10... Bottom 5 - Week 11



    Well look at that. The Jets got Tebowed. Technically they got Von Millered but I didn't see that fact noted anywhere on sports news sites. As far as I can tell Tebow played 1 on 53 football and won due to his incredible winning skill that comes from being a winner.

    It sure as heck wasn't his ability to throw.

    In fairness - the final 95 yard drive was entirely on Tebow's back and Cromartie's "business decision" on the final play. That was a hell, cough, I mean gosh darn good effort.

    In other news this the seemed to be the week of the coaching melt-downs. The Jaguars befuddling time management at the end of the game matched Norv Turner's jaw-droppingly bad timeout/challenge fiasco. Shanahan benched three running backs during the bye week. And Rex Ryan got Tebowed. Needless to say none of those teams are in our top 10.

    Top 10
    1) Green Bay Packers: Yawn. Ok, the Raji thing was cool, but otherwise... yawn. It's the same thing every week. Aaron Rodgers kicks the bejeesus out of some poor team. It's to the point where a Rodgers' incompletion gets it's own post on PFT.
    2) San Francisco 49ers: I'm starting to believe. I expect to be kicked in the jewels any time now. Turkey Day in Baltimore should be interesting.
    3) Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens continue to beat good teams. Probably a bad sign for my 49ers unless Alex Smith goes back to normal. Then the 49ers will win by 45.
    4) Pittsburgh Steelers: A week off gives Ben's thumb time to heal and a well-timed rest for a banged up defense. They beat everyone except Baltimore which means they could take the division despite being swept by the Ravens.
    5) New England Patriots: Belichick is back to his wily 2001 ways manufacturing a defense out of thin air. And possibly filming. You never know. A couple of years in Shanahan's square-peg-round-hole 3-4 defense had folks thinking Andre Carter was washed up. Looks like it's Shanahan who's washed up.
    6) New Orleans Saints: It's funny how you forget a team exists during the bye week. They come back from their rest with an extra day-off to play on MNF.
    7) Chicago Bears: Five solid wins in a row against decent competition. I was under the impression that NFL coaches watch lots and lots of film and yet teams keep kicking to Hester. I think those coaches are actually watching Beavis and Butthead re-runs.
    8) Detroit Lions: Lions' fans must be wondering if they should break more of Stafford's fingers. That was a devastating final three quarters. Dragging Kevin Smith's corpse across the field for 200 combined yards was a treat.
    9) Houston Texans: Thanks to the bye week Leinart hasn't put the Texan's season into a bong and smoked it yet. They are currently #1 in DVOA and thankfully only have two remaining games where they might need Leinart to throw the ball.
    10) Dallas Cowboys: It was either the Cowboys or the Raiders here. Those are the last two division leaders. Dallas has been on fire and the Raiders recently got Tebowed. Did Felix Jones get Wally Pipped?

    Honorable mention
    New York Giants: Get out of my top 10 and stay out! Every time I trust you guys you throw up on me.
    Atlanta Falcons: Slowly climbing out of an early season hole created by a brutal schedule.
    Oakland Raiders: When they're good they look unstoppable. When they're bad they're freaking horrible. The AFC's Cowboys.
    Bengals: Screw you guys and your impossible to spell city.

    Bottom 5
    28) Cleveland Browns: The Factory of Sadness provided a brief bit of happiness Sunday.
    29) Washington Redskins: Six losses in a row. Ouch.
    30) South Jacksonville High: What the heck was THIS Gabbert?
    31) St. Louis Rams: I'm running out of synonyms for crap. I invented some good ones for the 49ers last year but I've used them all up.
    32) Indianapolis Colts: They didn't lose!

    Comments 32 Comments
    1. Pruitt's Avatar
      I don't trust the Ravens - when push comes to shove, they won't be there.

      Then again, I wrote off the Pats three weeks ago.
    1. Alex's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Pruitt View Post
      I don't trust the Ravens - when push comes to shove, they won't be there.

      Then again, I wrote off the Pats three weeks ago.
      The Ravens have proven they can slug it out with the best teams, and somehow play dead with the crappy ones. I guess that bodes well if they end up riding high into the playoffs. With the short week, this will be a solidifying test for the "new" purple people eaters, The Ravens have been playing their best football at home and should put up a solid fight against the Squared Sevens, who are traveling on top of the short week. It'll be a slugfest for sure, but the Ravens have come out on top in the big grind-it-out games this season.

      As for the Pats...never count them out of anything with Bradichick running the show.
    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      I am more convinced than ever that Pittsburgh is the cream of a not-really-all-that-good AFC.

      Of the best teams in the NFC, GB hasn't played any of them since week 3. Coming up, 2 games with Detroit, one more with Chicago (sans Cutler), a game with the Giants, and a game with Oakland.

      GB is the best team in the league, and defending champions, but add in the challenges SF could present them in a possible playoff matchup (and let me be the first to say that game could very easily wind up in SF), and I'm not ready to crown them just yet.

      1. GB
      2. SF
      3. Pit
      4. NO
      5. Bal
      6. NE
      7. Det
      8. Chi (As high as 6 with Cutler)
      9. Hou
      10. Oak/Dal/NYG

      28. Clev
      29. SJHS
      30. Wash
      31. StL
      32. Ind
    1. bluestree's Avatar
      Wow, trumpet, Alex Smith sure got a lot better with no offseason! Call me crazy, but I'd like to see the Niners win a playoff game before I take them to be a serious contender. Dominating the NFC West in one thing. Racking up a lot of wins in the regular season is another. Winning in the playoffs is pudding proven.

      On another note, has anyone gotten more attention, caused more joy and pain, especially to the a$$ of John Elway, than Tim T? I can't imagine what might happen if he could hit the broad side of a Kardashian with a football.
      http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...-tebowmaniacs/
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      I had Houston higher up. I'm not ready to write them off because of Leinart. It's not like Schaub was reknown for his clutch performance.
    1. KabaModernFan's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Pruitt View Post
      I don't trust the Ravens - when push comes to shove, they won't be there.

      Then again, I wrote off the Pats three weeks ago.
      When push comes to shove, they're 5-1 this season against teams with .500 records or better.

      I also think Houston is a little too low, they at least definitely belong ahead of the overrated Lions. They have the best running attack, one of the best offensive lines, and a really good defense. They can easily shift into being the 49ers of the AFC.
    1. vancemeek's Avatar
      The AFC has question marks all over the place. NE is decimated by injuries. Pittsburgh is probably the best team, but can't beat the Ravens. Baltimore has inexplicable bad games. Cincy has to beat a quality team at some point. Houston has no Schaub. The NFCW blows.
    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by vancemeek View Post
      Pittsburgh is probably the best team, but can't beat the Ravens.
      Just because they haven't doesn't mean they can't. One year doesn't take away every year previous. Pittsburgh absolutely can beat the Ravens.
    1. bluestree's Avatar
      In the AFC, if you're looking for a team that can win any kind of game, high scoring, low scoring, dome, home, wet, dry it's the Steelers. When the winter conditions set in and it's down the stretch, Pittsburgh has proven to be up to the task, almost year in year out. I'd put them two or three with the Ravens and kick the Niners down to four.
    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by bluestree View Post
      Wow, trumpet, Alex Smith sure got a lot better with no offseason! Call me crazy, but I'd like to see the Niners win a playoff game before I take them to be a serious contender. Dominating the NFC West in one thing. Racking up a lot of wins in the regular season is another. Winning in the playoffs is pudding proven.
      I think you're missing my point, blues. They haven't dominated the West yet, they still have 4 games left. They have done well against a schedule that's not the toughest by any stretch, but also hasn't exactly been a cake walk either. They still have Pittsburgh and Baltimore to prove a little more worth.

      But they can easily go 14-2 if they split with those two. I can still see GB losing 2 games (2 with Det, Chi, Oak, @NYG). If GB loses to 2 NFC teams, that gives SF the tie-breaker, and home field. It's the defense, and the running game that's impressed me, as well as the impact Harbaugh has had on Smith, who's done a great job protecting the football.

      GB is the clear favorite, but if we've learned anything over the past few seasons, with Indy in 05, NE in 07, NYG in 08, NE last year, etc, it's that there is no such thing as a sure thing. Right now, if the bet is GB or the field, I'd take the field. I may not win, but I feel it's the better bet at this point.
    1. bluestree's Avatar
      I'm feelin' ya trumpet. I just take the long view. Lot's of teams that have had talent and failed to deliver, when they break through, they still haven't learned all their lessons yet. You're making sense, but teams like SF...I'm from Mo. till they win a playoff game. The same was said about Green Bay till last year, and I thought that was valid there too. Prove it to me, and I'll buy the puddin'.
    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by bluestree View Post
      I'm feelin' ya trumpet. I just take the long view. Lot's of teams that have had talent and failed to deliver, when they break through, they still haven't learned all their lessons yet. You're making sense, but teams like SF...I'm from Mo. till they win a playoff game. The same was said about Green Bay till last year, and I thought that was valid there too. Prove it to me, and I'll buy the puddin'.
      It's why in the end, I'm feeling really good about the Steelers at this point. You hit the nail on the head with them. Any weather, any stadium, any style, any time, they're the team. Talent, experience, and a chip on their shoulder from last year's disappointment. It also seems like they've moved beyond their inconsistencies.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by bluestree View Post
      I'm feelin' ya trumpet. I just take the long view. Lot's of teams that have had talent and failed to deliver, when they break through, they still haven't learned all their lessons yet. You're making sense, but teams like SF...I'm from Mo. till they win a playoff game. The same was said about Green Bay till last year, and I thought that was valid there too. Prove it to me, and I'll buy the puddin'.
      But we are talking right now. I'm not trusting the 49ers in the playoffs. Actually, I'm not eady to trust Alex Smith in the playoffs. But at the moment they are the 2nd best team in the league. They haven't faced murderer's row, but neither have they faced a bunch of cream puffs.
    1. bluestree's Avatar
      It also seems like they've moved beyond their inconsistencies.
      All that goes out the window in the playoffs. It's one game, and all you have to do is have more points on the board when the gun goes off. The Steelers have always been a good bet to do that. Baltimore has not. The last time the niners won a playoff game I weighed 180. Everyone else in the AFC is highly suspect. New England has no defense. The Jets have no offense. The Texans? And in the NFC the Bears lost their qb, the Lions (see Niners above). Atlanta? They seem to have lost a step rather than adding an explosive element. NFC East? They get press, but not playoff wins. The only real spoilers I see are New Orleans and Tom Brady. But he needs to start playing both ways like Edelman. He's probably the best safety on the team.
    1. bluestree's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by iwatt View Post
      But we are talking right now. I'm not trusting the 49ers in the playoffs. Actually, I'm not eady to trust Alex Smith in the playoffs. But at the moment they are the 2nd best team in the league. They haven't faced murderer's row, but neither have they faced a bunch of cream puffs.
      True, but I score their 9-1 record on the curve. September wins count for .25 and December wins count for 1.1342888 pi to infinity. Pumpkin pi, that is.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      The 49ers have one great advantage...they aren't one QB injury away from sucking
    1. RSConn5's Avatar
      If we are talking about where these teams should be ranked right now, I would put Chicago at #3. They seemed liked the 2nd best team to me in the NFL and the best matchup against the Packers. I'm pretty bummed that Cutler got hurt and hope he can get back in time to make a playoff run (unless the the Bears get Dallas in the 1st round).
    1. bluestree's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by RSConn5 View Post
      If we are talking about where these teams should be ranked right now, I would put Chicago at #3. They seemed liked the 2nd best team to me in the NFL and the best matchup against the Packers.
      Agree totally.
    1. Ripperlicious's Avatar
      If the Colts get to 0-14, would they pull the starters or go for the record?
    1. Turk Schonert's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Ripperlicious View Post
      If the Colts get to 0-14, would they pull the starters or go for the record?
      Why would you pull the starters, they are 0-14. Putting the back-ups in would put players on the field who are trying to make a name for themselves for next year. The back-ups would play with excitement and a sense of urgency. You want to go 0-16 ... leave the starters in!!