• Top 10... Bottom 5 - Week 12



    Week 12, the Week of the Bonehead:
    - Suh stomps
    - Stevie Johnson shoots himself. Repeatedly
    - Norv Turner turtles up and gets Tebowed
    - 49ers allow Chilo Rachal on the playing field
    - DeSean Jackson, just an all-around bonehead
    - Dwayne Bowe displays the worst case of alligator arms ever seen
    - Mike Martz decides to revert to pass-happy against one of the worst run defenses with Hanie at QB
    - The Rams punt to Peterson. Again

    Amidst all these boneheads I have to try and find a top ten.

    Top 10

    1) Green Bay Packers - Aaron Rodgers is playing out of his mind. Defense continues to give up a ton of yards only to steal the ball at the last minute
    2) Baltimore Ravens - Perhaps the most balanced team in the league when they aren't playing crappy teams
    3) New Orleans Saints - Unstoppable at home. If they win out they should get a playoff game at home which will prevent another Seahawk debacle.
    4) Pittsburgh Steelers - A game back (tie-breaker) with a very easy schedule ahead. Can they sneak past the Ravens?
    5) New England Patriots - Julian Edlemann continues to make me smile. Has anyone ever gone from college QB to NFL DB before? Oh, and that Brady fellow isn't bad either.
    6) San Francisco 49ers - Defense is #1 in scoring but the offense was exposed and embarrassed in Baltimore. A QB away from a Super Bowl?
    7) Dallas Cowboys - In the drivers seat to win the NFC East with the Giants and Eagles imploding.
    8) Detroit Lions - Will 10-6 be enough for a Wild Card berth?
    9) Houston Texans - TJ Yates everyone. Pick him up on your fantasy team now.
    10) Oakland Raiders - In the drivers seat to win the AFC West at 9-7. Unless they get Tebowed (again).

    Honorable Mentions
    Atlanta Falcons - with their easy schedule that Dec. 26th game against the Saints could be very interesting
    Chicago Bears - can't count this defense out quite yet
    Cincinnati Bengals - Still have solid shot at the playoffs. Need to win their rematches with the Steelers and Ravens.

    Bottom 5
    28) Jacksonville Jaguars - Jack of the River is coasting towards unemployment
    29) Seattle Seahawks - A supposedly decent defense let Rex Grossman unleash the dragon on them at home
    30) Minnesota Vikings - It's not even fun to mock the Vikings anymore
    31) St. Louis Rams - Lost at home to a team starting John Skelton. Pathetic
    32) Colts - Going to be one heck of an interesting off-season in Indianapolis

    Dishonorable Mention
    Philadelphia Eagles - Imploding
    San Diego Chargers - the only member of the team man enough to stick around in the locker room and talk to reporters after the game was Novak. He left it all out on the field.

    Comments 31 Comments
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      I've got My bears ranked higher. First start in the Black hole, with Martz as a cordinator....I'm not ready to give up on Hanie just yet. He was too jumpy in the first half, hopefully the game slows down and we get an easy win at home this weekend.

      The Cowgirls are looking better, but I don't like their secondary (too thin), and think they can be exposed.

      The G-men without their elite pass rushers and their young linebacking corps are in trouble.

      Math cannot explain Tebow. It's not like the Broncos D is lighting it up in Pass Defense (they allow 6.5 ANYA, ranked 26th), though they have improved from their 29th ranked effort of week 6 (7.7 ANYA). The defense has improved in the last 5 weeks to allowing a 5.06 ANYA, a value similar to the 49ers and Jets. So of course it's the QB who is leading the defense????
    1. Ripperlicious's Avatar
      Bill Polian just fired Larry Coyer (defensive coor). It wasn't Coyer's fault this year. The defense played hard for the most part, it's just that they were on the field constantly because Curtis Painter should not be collecting NFL game checks, and that's a direct reflection of the Polians.

      I hope, for the sake of Colts fans (all my buddies are Colts fans), that the Patriots put a whoopin on the Colts to the tune of at least 60-0 this weekend to spite the Polians.
    1. KabaModernFan's Avatar
      I'd put the Falcons higher up, that's a good team and go can toe to toe with anyone else in the league.

      Also, looks like Clem has some inside sources. Just a coincidence that he predicts Del Rio's firing and the article is posted minutes before the news is announced? I think not.
    1. darvon's Avatar
      10-6 will lock a NFC wildcard. 9-6 requires tiebreakers.

      Of course Lions will be lucky to GET to 10-6.
    1. hobbes27's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Ripperlicious View Post
      Bill Polian just fired Larry Coyer (defensive coor). It wasn't Coyer's fault this year. The defense played hard for the most part, it's just that they were on the field constantly because Curtis Painter should not be collecting NFL game checks, and that's a direct reflection of the Polians.

      I hope, for the sake of Colts fans (all my buddies are Colts fans), that the Patriots put a whoopin on the Colts to the tune of at least 60-0 this weekend to spite the Polians.
      I don't understand why they fired the defensive coordinator, since the problem is more on offense. Although the Colts as a whole are just a mess.
    1. vancemeek's Avatar
      5) New England Patriots - Julian Edlemann continues to make me smile. Has anyone ever gone from college QB to NFL DB before? Oh, and that Brady fellow isn't bad either.
      Eric Crouch? Or did you only mean successfully?
    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      It's the defense that loves Tebow. Their style of offense is keeping them off the field, and is enabling them to have more success. Last year, Denver was #25 in Net Time of Possession holding the ball 46.93% of the game. This year, they currently stand at #24, at 48.27%, but that number has been steadily rising since the emergence of Tebow. Over the past 3 games they are #12, holding the ball at a rate of 51.16%. Considering that, combined with the return of Champ Bailey, their improvement, aided by Tebow, makes sense.

      Denver is starting to remind me of the 2001 Pats. All we ever heard was how NE would fall to earth at some point. They rode that momentum, put together by a 2nd year QB who started as the season as a backup, all the way to a Super Bowl. 10 years later, and we're still waiting for NE to fall back to earth.

      Oakland is the other potential dangerous out in the AFC, especially if McFadden comes back healthy. Dallas is the most dangerous out in the NFC. DeMarco Murray hasn't played enough to get votes for MVP, but he's been the biggest solidifying force for a team in the NFL this year. That team's complexion has COMPLETELY changed since he entered the fray. Makes you wonder why he wasn't getting touches before Felix Jones got hurt.
    1. darvon's Avatar
      Scott Frost, DB (6-3, 218). Frost preceded Heisman-winner Eric Crouch in leading Nebraska to a national championship out of the Cornhuskers’ erstwhile option offense, and translated his top running skills to play safety and special teams with four teams over a six-year NFL career.
    1. msclemons's Avatar
      I'm still having trust issues with Oakland.
      1) They're the Raiders - at any moment Zombie Al Davis could rise from the grave and use his overhead projector to diagram why he's firing Hue Jackson
      2) They got Tebowed
      3) That defense is not good against the run. Which makes Martz' gameplan that much more confusing.

      I have similar trust issues with the Falcons - they're just so up and down. But they have a baby soft schedule going forward.
    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      Falcons have the schedule to get in, and the talent to be one and done.
    1. BuckeyeRidley's Avatar
      Texans- Texans signed Jake Delhomme on TUE. Funny thing is, when they went to the Super Bowl, it was played at Reliant Stadium in 2004. I think they will coast to a decent record but I foresee the Titans winning the AFC South. Matt Hasselbeck is resurgent & if Jake Locker should have to come in, I feel confident in his early capabilities.

      Jaguars- Funny thing is Clem's article was posted about the same time that Jack Del Rio's firing was being announced. This team was always mediocre with him as head coach. They had to have much more improvement to show they could win with him but obviously they did the opposite. I still think that a Coach Cowher or Fisher may courted. Cowher is said to not want to be apart of a project but I sense if he's talked to the right way & convinced of what they could do, it's his.
    1. BuckeyeRidley's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by BuckeyeRidley View Post
      Texans- Texans signed Jake Delhomme on TUE. Funny thing is, when they went to the Super Bowl, it was played at Reliant Stadium in 2004. I think they will coast to a decent record but I foresee the Titans winning the AFC South. Matt Hasselbeck is resurgent & if Jake Locker should have to come in, I feel confident in his early capabilities.

      Jaguars- Funny thing is Clem's article was posted about the same time that Jack Del Rio's firing was being announced. This team was always mediocre with him as head coach. They had to have much more improvement to show they could win with him but obviously they did the opposite. I still think that a Coach Cowher or Fisher may courted. Cowher is said to not want to be apart of a project but I sense if he's talked to the right way & convinced of what they could do, it's his.
      P.S. Clem's photos are the Crazy Best. LOL
    1. Bennett's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by vancemeek View Post
      Eric Crouch? Or did you only mean successfully?

      Steve Bellisari as well. Equally bad as a QB and Safety
    1. Ripperlicious's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by hobbes27 View Post
      I don't understand why they fired the defensive coordinator, since the problem is more on offense. Although the Colts as a whole are just a mess.
      Yeah, the Colts score 12 points a game and the 1st guy to get canned is the defensive coordinator (quote courtesy of Herm Edwards).

      Bill Polian is still not owning up to his mistakes (or should I say Chris Polian's mistakes) and the Colts fans I know can't stand the ego. If you can take all the credit and praise as being a genius, then you should certainly own up to the mistakes you made coming into this year.

      Bill also called out a local columnist (Bob Kravitz) and called him a rat for an article questioning Chris Polian's resume, which IMO was certainly warranted. Bill has said that this year he is going to be more involved in the draft aspect of the off-season which makes a ton of sense considering the Colts draft results the past 4 years as compared to Bill Polian's previous 8-9 drafts.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      I read today that the Jags are something like $33 million under the cap. I hadn't realized that Weaver was shortchanging his organization that badly. I think it explains some of their issues.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      The Garrard contract is probably part of that. He was probably discussing selling the team from before the lockout ended, so why spend money. It's the same reason they hadn't fired Del Rio before. His contract was huge after the 12-4 season in 06 when he got it renewed
    1. Nancy's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Ripperlicious View Post
      Yeah, the Colts score 12 points a game and the 1st guy to get canned is the defensive coordinator (quote courtesy of Herm Edwards).

      Bill Polian is still not owning up to his mistakes (or should I say Chris Polian's mistakes) and the Colts fans I know can't stand the ego. If you can take all the credit and praise as being a genius, then you should certainly own up to the mistakes you made coming into this year.

      Bill also called out a local columnist (Bob Kravitz) and called him a rat for an article questioning Chris Polian's resume, which IMO was certainly warranted. Bill has said that this year he is going to be more involved in the draft aspect of the off-season which makes a ton of sense considering the Colts draft results the past 4 years as compared to Bill Polian's previous 8-9 drafts.
      Not sure why they singled out the DC...but I'm really not willing to lay the rotten performance of the defense at the feet of the offense. They look equally bad. Freeney and Mathis had some moments Sunday, but they were playing the Panthers, after all The Colts are a total cluster at this point...they remind me of last year's Panthers in that there are so many things wrong that it's hard to know where to start. Viniateri looks good, though The Colts fans I know want not only the coaching staff but also the Polians out next year. I tend to agree with them.
      I just read that the last QB to start for the Colts against the Pats prior to Manning was Jim Harbaugh. Think the 'Niners would lend him out for a game? Pretty sure he's still better than Painter or Orlovsky.
    1. msclemons's Avatar
      Firing the DC in Indianapolis is sort of like firing the pastry chef because the steaks were undercooked. It makes no sense and simply illustrates that Bill Pollian is grasping at straws trying to make his idiot son look good.

      Four years of bad drafts are the problem here. Not the DC.

      Jim Irsay needs to wake up from his alcohol induced coma and clean house.
    1. darvon's Avatar
      Idiot son disease? Ouch. There is no quick cure for that.
    1. darvon's Avatar
      As a Lions fan, I can say to you that FIRST you fix the GM.