• Top 10/Bottom 5 - Week 9!



    Well, we've reached the halfway point of the season, and I don't know about you, but I'm as confused as ever about this year's crop of teams. Just when we thought we had a handle on the top teams, teams 2-5 go out and decide to lose. In fact, 6 of the 10 fell this week, and Seattle barely escaped Carolina with a win. I guess its just going to be one of those years.

    It seems the only thing you can count on, is that elite QB's are going to carry "elite" teams. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are racking up big wins as usual, Ben Roethlisberger had a career day, and Drew Brees may finally be getting back on track. Phillip Rivers, Andrew Luck, and Aaron Rodgers all had rough days, albeit to other top QB's.

    What we need to talk about, because no one else is, is that its time to start taking the Arizona Cardinals seriously. Arizona is 6-1, and dangerously close to running away with the NFCN and the #1 seed in the NFC. They seem to be a team on a mission after missing the playoffs last year. They still have four big games against Seattle and San Francisco looming so a lot can still change, and probably will.

    One heck of a race is shaping up in the AFC North, with all 4 teams above .500 and the Cincinnati Bengals hanging on to first place by mere percentage points. There's a huge game this week between Baltimore and Pittsburgh, and as a Bengals fan I honestly can't say who I want to win. Cleveland is keeping themselves afloat, but their schedule is tough over the last half of the season. Cincinnati's schedule starts to lighten up, but five of their last seven are on the road and their two home games are Denver and Pittsburgh. It may end up coming down to Pittsburgh and Cincinnati Week 17.

    With all that said, we only see one new team in the top ten. I guess that's what happens when everyone decides they want to lose. We do have some consistency though as all five teams are the same in the bottom. At least we have some teams we can count on!

    OK enough talk, let's get to the rankings!

    Top 10

    1. Denver (1) - I feel the urge to drop some Limp Bizkit here. Peyton Manning "keeps rolling, rolling, rolling". There's 3 things you can count on in life. Death, Taxes, and that Peyton Manning's team is going to be at the top of the NFL. A Peyton Manning led team hasn't won less than 10 games since 2001. In fact, Peyton Manning has only won less than 10 games twice in his career: 1998 (his rookie year) and 2001. Astounding.

    2. Arizona (6) - time to take the Cardinals seriously. They are playing great defense and have a ton of talent on offense. Of course, I probably just jinxed them.

    3. Dallas (2) - I can't drop Dallas too far as I fully think they would have won that game if Romo hadn't gotten hurt and missed much of the 2nd half. Even when he came back he clearly wasn't right.

    4. New England (10) - New England is back, with a vengeance. After only completing 59% of his passes in the first 4 games, Tom Brady has completed 69% of his passes since. What's changed?

    5. Indianapolis (3) - wow, what happened to their defense this week? Losing Vontae Davis doesn't help, but that was a shellacking. I still think its more an aberration though, and you can never count out Andrew Luck who still hung 34 points on the board.

    6. Green Bay (4) - going into the dome is no easy task, so a loss isn't damning. You can't feel good about your defense though, and you have to feel worse about Rodger's hamstring going forward.

    7. San Francisco (9) - 49ers were on the bye. Hopefully they used it to get healthy and quiet their locker room.

    8. San Diego (7) - no huge shame losing to Denver in Denver in primetime, but the Chargers have to be concerned about the mounting injury list.

    9. Detroit (NR) - great come from behind win for the Lions. They easily could have let it go down 21-0 in London, but fought back for the win. Says a lot about them as a team.

    10. Baltimore (5) - a tough loss for the Ravens on Sunday in Cincinnati, but they still may be the favorite in the division right now. The Bengals just have Flacco's number. In 14 career games he has 18 INT's to only 13 TD passes.

    HONORABLE MENTION

    Seattle - Seattle won this week, but there's still something very wrong in Seattle, and I think Carroll may be close to losing his team.

    Philadelphia - I was gonna do it Philly. I was ready. I was going to put you in the Top 10 this week. In fact, you would have been top 5. Then you showed why you're still not in the top 10. Your defense.

    Cincinnati - big bounce back win for the Bengals. On their game winning 80yd drive against the #1 scoring defense in the league, 5 offensive starters were watching from the sidelines.

    Bottom 5

    28. Tennessee (28) - Mettenberger had a decent debut, but didn't get much help elsewhere. Does he get another shot next week?

    29. New York Jets (29) - I didn't think things could get worse in New York. We still may not have seen rock bottom for this organization in 2014.

    30. Jacksonville (30) - I'm still searching for what is going on in Jacksonville. Best redzone scoring defense, top 10 run D, #2 in the league in sacks. 1-7 record.

    31. Tampa Bay (31) - So how many players does Tampa trade away today before the 4pm deadline? We know Vincent Jackson is on the market. Sounds like Dashon Goldson and a few others are too.

    32. Oakland (32) There's
    not too much else to say about Oakland at this point. This was probably one of their best shots at winning that they had left on their schedule, and they couldn't get it done. Now where does it come? At St. Louis? Home against Buffalo? I wouldn't trust either of those. Put the champagne back in the cellar for now Detroit.

    What Say You FP?

    Comments 15 Comments
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      The Bear shellacking is something I still ahven't recovered from.

      Re: the Patriost: Gronk is playing full games now.
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      30. Jacksonville (30) - I'm still searching for what is going on in Jacksonville. Best redzone scoring defense, top 10 run D, #2 in the league in sacks. 1-7 record.
      "Bortleization"?

      Seriously. The kid has great potential, but averaging two interceptions a game makes for some otherwise puzzling suckage.
    1. brauneyz's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by iwatt View Post
      The Bear shellacking is something I still ahven't recovered from.

      Re: the Patriost: Gronk is playing full games now.

      Well, until he doesn't.
    1. Bengals1181's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Sullivan View Post
      "Bortleization"?

      Seriously. The kid has great potential, but averaging two interceptions a game makes for some otherwise puzzling suckage.

      probably comes down to throwing so much? don't know what his attempts look like.



      Peyton Manning averaged 1.75 interceptions per game his rookie year.
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Bengals1181 View Post
      probably comes down to throwing so much? don't know what his attempts look like.

      Peyton Manning averaged 1.75 interceptions per game his rookie year.
      From PFT: ...it was clear Bortles was trying to benefit from the dreadful experience, not lament about the outcome.

      “Obviously, I’m not happy with the way I’m playing, but it’s things I’ve gone through before,” Bortles said, via Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. “I understand that being down and mad at myself and pouting won’t help the situation. I have to learn from it and get better.”

      Bortles’ 12 interceptions lead the NFL even though the rest of the league had a 2 1/2-game head start on him. His 68.3 passer rating is 28th among quarterbacks who have at least 100 attempts.

      Bortles leads the league with 12 picks (despite not starting until Week Four), and is on pace to break Peyton Manning’s single-season pick record of 28.

      He’s throwing two per game, but offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said knocking that number in half is the goal.

      “I think we would consider that a win,” Fisch said.

      Considering the Jaguars have just one of those, they’ll take them wherever they can get them.
      http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...many-mistakes/

      Ouch.
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Sullivan View Post
      Aside from an appalling 6 TD to 12 INT ratio, Bortles' numbers look solid. 6.7 YPA, 132/208 or 63.5% completions, 1381 yds. He has also been sacked 17 times in 6 games, so his o-line could do a better job.
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      Good to see the Cards getting some love. Bruce Arians is tracking to become coach of the year.
    1. Bengals1181's Avatar
      on that note, who is everyone's mid-season awards recepients


      Coach of the Year
      MVP
      Offensive Player of the Year
      Defensive Player of the Year
      Comeback Player of the Year
    1. Rich Gapinski's Avatar
      COTY: Brucie from Arizona
      MVP: Peyton
      OPOY: Murray
      DPOY: Watt
      CPOY: Percy Harvin....... haha, seriously.... um--- Arian Foster, maybe.
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      Coach of the Year: Bruce Arians
      MVP: Demarco Murray
      Offensive Player of the Year: Peyton Manning
      Defensive Player of the Year: J.J. Watt
      Comeback Player of the Year: Rob Gronkowski

      I'll add a few more for gits & shiggles:

      OROY: Zack Martin
      DROY: Anthony Barr
      Coordinator of the Year: Teryl Austin, Detroit
      Best FA Signing: Golden Tate
      WTF Were They Thinking? Move of the Year: Why, Eric Decker, would you leave Peyton Manning for Geno Smith?
      Fastest Rising Stock, Defense: Aaron Donald/Ziggy Ansah
      Fastest Rising Stock, Offense: Branden Oliver
    1. KabaModernFan's Avatar
      ALL BUCS MUST GO!!!

      Tampa Bay has reportedly traded Jonathan Casillas to the New England Patriots, and Mark Barron to the St. Louis Rams.
    1. Rich Gapinski's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by KabaModernFan View Post
      ALL BUCS MUST GO!!!

      Tampa Bay has reportedly traded Jonathan Casillas to the New England Patriots, and Mark Barron to the St. Louis Rams.
      Is that Doug Martin trying to climb into Casillas' luggage?
    1. Amy's Avatar
      My top 10:

      1. Denver
      2. Arizona
      3. Dallas
      4. Pats
      5, Lions
      6. Packers
      7. Eagles
      8. Colts
      9. Chargers
      10. Bills

      As for the Pats, the main things that have changed are as follows:

      1. The Oline has gelled and has been playing much better;
      2. LaFell is playing much much better.
      3. Gronk and Revis are both fully healthy.
      4. We're running the ball well.
      5. We have the #1 Pass D in the NFL. So, if Brady has a hot start, when teams throw to catch up, they have to play to our strength and not attack our weakness which is our bottom 10 run defense.

      The game Sunday is huge for playoffs implications.

      If Denver wins, they have a 2 game lead on the AFC, and have head to head tiebreakers over Indy and the Pats. Go back and look at the weather in Denver (66, sunny, no wind) and Foxboro (0, freezing rain, 30 mph wind) for last seaons's AFC championship game to know how major that is.

      If we win, we will have (for the moment) the #1 seed and head to head wins over Denver and Cincy.

      Zona and Dallas is nearly as important for the NFC.
    1. Nancy's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Amy View Post
      My top 10:

      1. Denver
      2. Arizona
      3. Dallas
      4. Pats
      5, Lions
      6. Packers
      7. Eagles
      8. Colts
      9. Chargers
      10. Bills

      As for the Pats, the main things that have changed are as follows:

      1. The Oline has gelled and has been playing much better;
      2. LaFell is playing much much better.
      3. Gronk and Revis are both fully healthy.
      4. We're running the ball well.
      5. We have the #1 Pass D in the NFL. So, if Brady has a hot start, when teams throw to catch up, they have to play to our strength and not attack our weakness which is our bottom 10 run defense.

      The game Sunday is huge for playoffs implications.

      If Denver wins, they have a 2 game lead on the AFC, and have head to head tiebreakers over Indy and the Pats. Go back and look at the weather in Denver (66, sunny, no wind) and Foxboro (0, freezing rain, 30 mph wind) for last seaons's AFC championship game to know how major that is.

      If we win, we will have (for the moment) the #1 seed and head to head wins over Denver and Cincy.

      Zona and Dallas is nearly as important for the NFC.
      I'm glad to see this, actually. Nothing against the kid, he has a lot of talent and he just never fulfilled expectations here.

      I agree that Denver belongs at the top, but I look for the Pats to win this week. If the game were in Denver, different story.
    1. Bengals1181's Avatar
      Have always liked LaFell. LSU WRs always seem to do well in the league.