• Top 10... Bottom 5 - Week 13



    We've made the final turn and are now entering the 4th quarter of the NFL season. At this point the pretenders have separated themselves from the contenders and it should be pretty easy to sort out the top teams.

    But nooooooooo! NINE teams are 7-5 heading into week 14. Nine! I hate them all. How am I supposed to sort out this mess?

    Top 10
    1) Green Bay Packers - Okay, this one is easy. Interesting that the undefeated Packers beat the Giants 38-25. In 2007 the undefeated Patriots beat the Giants 38-35. A bad omen?
    2) Baltimore Ravens - They finally figured out how to beat a bad team in the Factory of Sadness. The Ravens are also the most balanced team in the NFL.
    3) New Orleans Saints - The Saints have the voodoo working again and the defense is starting to show signs of life.
    4) Pittsburgh Steelers - the only problem with the Steelers is the offensive line. If Rothlisberger wasn't so hard to tackle this team might be 6-6
    5) New England Patriots - Using a QB at cornerback worked so well that Belichick decided to put a WR at safety. That crafty devil.
    6) San Francisco 49ers - The defense is fantastic. The running game is good. The red zone offense is abysmal. If that doesn't get fixed the 49ers will be a nice one-and-done story in the playoffs. Just for fun.
    7) Houston Texans - Much like the 49ers, the Texans are proving you don't need a QB to win in the modern NFL.

    Okay... now what do I do? Let's examine the giant pile of 7-5 teams:

    Cowboys - up and down. Capable of winning any game and equally capable of crapping their pants
    Jets - that defense is running on it's reputation and the running game is horrible
    Lions - the NFC North version of the Raiders; no discipline
    Bears - Caleb Hanie, no Matt Forte but the defense still has pride
    Raiders - ahahahahaha! When the Raiders lose I have to consult a physician due to an erection lasting more than 4 hours.
    Bengals - might be too young to get over the hump and beat the top AFCN teams. Bright future but I'm feeling this isn't their year
    Titans - their arrow is pointing up. CJ½K seems to be getting his legs back and that defense isn't bad
    Broncos - it's ugly as heck but they just keep winning. Plus, I'm afraid if I don't pick them I could be struck by lightning.
    Falcons - it feels to me like this team has more talent than their record indicates

    So... sorting through that mess I come up with this:

    8) Tennessee Titans - Defense is solid. Senior citizen Hasselback isn't making mistakes. Chris Johnson seems to be getting back into shape after his holdout.
    9) Dallas Cowboys - The can beat any team in the NFL. They can also lose to any team in the NFL. Depends which Cowboys team shows up on any given Sunday.
    10) Atlanta Falcons - They really screwed up when they didn't re-sign Harvey Dahl. They need that nasty streak on the O-Line.

    Feel free to change the order or the teams. I'm open to any ideas. Really. I'd even consider Miami for the top 10 at this point.


    Bottom 5
    28) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - This may be a bit harsh but I watched that game Sunday. This team has quit. They're already making plans for the offseason.
    29) St. Louis Rams - They have cool helmets. And... umm... well... they pretty much suck.
    30) South Jacksonville High - Fired the coach, re-signed the GM and sold the team all in 48 hours. And then promptly Gabberted all over the place on MNF.
    31) Minnesota Vikings - This year is bad but Ponder is showing enough to give hope for the future. A future where the Vikings actually have a secondary.
    32) Indianapolis Colts - I don't know what to say. The Colts actually put up a good fight in Foxborough but it still wasn't enough.

    Comments 15 Comments
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      The Ravens are also the most balanced team in the NFL.
      I would say the Colts are the most balanced team in the NFL. They suck equally at all levels.
    1. Colts01's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by iwatt View Post
      I would say the Colts are the most balanced team in the NFL. They suck equally at all levels.
      True, but I like our QB better then yours
    1. NickMykita's Avatar
      The highlight of the 2011 Colts campaign will be the backdoor cover of a 20-point spread against the Patriots. Also, I would put St. Louis 31st, right behind (or is it ahead? It's hard to say when talking about bad teams) Indy. Last year, the Rams had a chance to grab the division title in Week 17. They've gone way downhill since then.
    1. Pruitt's Avatar
      Only thing keeping Les Bruns out of the bottom 5 is their 2-1 record vs. the Colts, Rams and Jaguars.

      Hooray!
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Colts01 View Post
      True, but I like our QB better then yours
      The Inimitable Dan Orlovsky?
    1. Colts01's Avatar
      Caleb Hanie?I'd say it's a stand-off of suck.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Colts01 View Post
      Caleb Hanie?I'd say it's a stand-off of suck.
      We should just put Hester back there and run the option
    1. vancemeek's Avatar
      This is why just numbered all of them at 15.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Atlanta-Houston was an interesting game.

      Houston defense played like it was roid-raging. Or juiced on amphetamines. Unbelievable intensity. I don't see how they can keep that up, especially on the road. I can't see them as a long-term prospect right now.

      Despite that, Atlanta dropped two key passes that might have won the game. Late in the the game, Julio Jones dropped a relatively easy pass that seemed destined to be a TD. Coming out of Alabama I had concerns about Jones' hands, but nobody else seemed bothered. His dropsies came at the worst possible time for the Falcons.
    1. Trumpetbdw's Avatar
      1. Green Bay
      2. Pittsburgh
      3. Baltimore
      4. New Orleans
      5. San Francisco
      6. New England
      7. Houston
      8. wait for it...
      9. Dallas
      10. NY Jets

      8. Denver! On November 11, the Broncos were sitting at 3-5 and in last place when we published our AFC mid-season review. It was at that time that I predicted in my random thoughts that Denver was winning that division. Since that moment, they're 4-0. I'm telling you, I know it looks a little different, but that frisky defense, the rejuvenation of an older running back, and a raw 2nd year QB thrust into action mid-season. This team reminds me of the 2001 Patriots. Look at the schedule.

      Denver- Chicago (depleted isn't the word), NE, @Buffalo, KC
      Oakland- @Green Bay, Detroit, @Kansas City, San Diego

      Oakland may go 2-2 to get to 9-7. Denver holds the tie-breaker which means as long as they avoid 1-3, they're in. So come to grips, people. Denver is going to the playoffs. They're getting a home game. And they're hosting either Pittsburgh or Baltimore. You can't see them riding that crowd to a win? And if they win game one, anything is possible. Not only does that team believe in Tebow, but OTHER teams are starting to believe as well. Did you see Karlos Dansby's comments earlier this week? This is why their game in 2 weeks hosting NE is so huge. Even a competitive loss can give them confidence. The AFC playoffs will be incredible drama all the way around, and if the cards play right, Denver could absolutely ugly their way to the Super Bowl.
    1. mikesteelnation1's Avatar
      Here's a perfect breakdown of why all the teams outside that top 7 most likely, don't matter in the playoffs.

      From coldhardfootballfacts.com

      " From 2006-2010, there were a total of 70 teams within a game of .500 through 12 games. Of those teams:

      0 won a Super Bowl
      1 reached a Super Bowl (2008 Cardinals)
      2 reached a conference title game (2009 Jets, 2008 Cardinals) 6 won a playoff game.

      That’s a pretty poor track record – 70 mediocre teams, only six of whom went so far as to win in the playoffs. So, by the odds, we can figure that exactly one of this year’s mediocre 14 will win a playoff game this year."

      So who's the one team in the sea of 7-5 teams that can win a playoff game? I think the bengals could beat a qb less texans, or the lions or falcons could beat whoever wins the nfce. However that overlooks an obvious point, whoever wins the wildcard game of the nfce winner and the wildcard team makes this stat correct. A 7-5 or worse team has to win that game..
    1. msclemons's Avatar
      I really like Cold Hard Football Facts. That site is fun. The ESPN Playoff Machine is also fun.

      I'm a bit curious about CHHF's ranking method though. Neither the Texans nor the 49ers have a quarterback or much of a passing game. How can they put those two teams ahead of the Ravens, Steelers and Saints? I can sort of see downgrading New England based on their horrible defense.
    1. mikesteelnation1's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by msclemons View Post
      I really like Cold Hard Football Facts. That site is fun. The ESPN Playoff Machine is also fun.

      I'm a bit curious about CHHF's ranking method though. Neither the Texans nor the 49ers have a quarterback or much of a passing game. How can they put those two teams ahead of the Ravens, Steelers and Saints? I can sort of see downgrading New England based on their horrible defense.
      I agree, I like the stuff they post. It's solid and its all mostly using traditional stats with their way of interpreting them. None of the dvoa, and other fringe stats I hate.

      I also found their power rankings ridiculous, but they were done using their quality stats for the season, not looking forward based on current situation. I won't argue now, bc most of their imp stats regularly predict sb winners, like passer rating differential, and the defense hogs index. Solid site, those that haven't checked it out should. And its not a canned site, these guys let the real emotions and words fly. Don't let your kids read it..
    1. ScottDCP's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Trumpetbdw View Post
      8. Denver! On November 11, the Broncos were sitting at 3-5 and in last place when we published our AFC mid-season review. It was at that time that I predicted in my random thoughts that Denver was winning that division. Since that moment, they're 4-0. I'm telling you, I know it looks a little different, but that frisky defense, the rejuvenation of an older running back, and a raw 2nd year QB thrust into action mid-season. This team reminds me of the 2001 Patriots. Look at the schedule.
      The only bone I'd pick here is the implication that as a pro, Willis McGahee has ever before been truly Juvenated.
    1. BuckeyeRidley's Avatar
      Might as well make a 2012 Week One one these & put Green Bay #1 of too! LOL Love how the Pack Go. I picked against them often this year just because I felt the same as I did with the Patriots in 2007. I could feel they were a special team but could not envision them going undefeated. The 2011 Packers could FINALLY make Mercury Morris & 'nem stop celebrations. They dont pop corks in public anymore but You Know they celebrate somewhere.