• Top 10/Bottom 5 - Week 10!



    This may have been the toughest week for the rankings yet. After the top 3, where do you go? It seems at this point there's the top 3, and everyone else. Teams like San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle are a mess. Baltimore and Cincinnati are tough to trust. Miami and Kansas City have nice records, but how good are they really?

    Here we thought that no one wanted to be elite last week. It's a crazy NFL this year and it varies from week to week who actually wants to be a top team. Seattle struggles to put away a winless Raiders team, the 49ers lose at home to a 2 win Rams team, and Denver, Baltimore, San Diego, and Carolina get blown out. I guess NFL really does stand for "Not For Long".

    Top 10

    1. New England (4)) - after a dominating win against Denver, New England is back on top of the mountain, where they have been for so long. They aren't the most talented team in the league, but right now, they're playing the best.

    2. Arizona (2) - it would be surprising if the Cardinals don't get a first round bye at this point. They have a commanding lead in their division, and seem to be soundly better than any other NFC team at this point.

    3. Denver (1) - Not a good display by Denver on Sunday, getting embarrassed by New England. It's never easy to win in Foxboro, but I don't think ANYONE saw that coming. They are probably better than Arizona (and beat them head to head), but you have to give the team with the better record the nod.

    4. Green Bay (6) - this is where things get interesting. Green Bay may not be the 4th best team in the league, but after the top 3 its a crapshoot. When there's a crapshoot, trust the team with the elite QB.

    5. Pittsburgh (NR) - what a streak Big Ben is on. He's overshadowing some of their defensive woes though, so they'll need him to stay hot. Still, they have a chance to really take command of their destiny over the back 8.

    6. Indianapolis (5) - despite their setback in Pittsburgh, Indy is still a very good team led by a borderline elite QB. You can never count Luck out, and thus can never count out the Colts.

    7. Detroit (9) - while they had a bye this week, Detroit continues to fly largely under the radar. If the playoffs started today, they'd be the #2 seed in the NFC.

    8. Philadelphia (NR) - well, Philly finally made it back into the top 10, largely because there was no one else worthy. Philly's gotta be credited for continuing to win though.

    9. Dallas (3) - right now Dallas is a very good team with a bad QB. They desperately need Tony Romo back before they lose control on the season.

    10. New Orleans (NR) - New Orleans may just be 4-4, but they are getting hot at the right time and are now in the drivers seat for the NFCN.

    HONORABLE MENTIONS

    Miami - no one is really talking about Miami, but they've played their way right into the AFC playoff picture after throttling San Diego on Sunday. That could be an important tiebreaker win down the stretch.

    Cincinnati - it wasn't the prettiest of wins, but you don't get extra points for style in the NFL. They've got a quick turnaround this week playing on Thursday and face the possibility that 2 more starters will be down from the 5 they were already missing. That could be the entire inactive roster.

    Kansas City - like Miami, Kansas City has quietly played themselves into good position in the AFC playoff picture. The division is probably out of the cards, but a Wild Card isn't. In fact, if the playoffs started today Kansas City would be the #6 see over Buffalo, Miami and Cleveland.

    Bottom 5

    28. Jacksonville (29) - Jacksonville is a more talented team than their record indicates, but their record is what it is. Still, there's a lot to look forward to if you're a Jaguars fan.

    29. Tennessee (28) - Tennessee reminds me of a less talented Jacksonville to be honest. They have more wins, but that may just be based on experience. Jacksonville has more talent.

    30. New York Jets (30) - Last week I said we hadn't seen rock bottom for the Jets yet this season. This week was worse. I'm still not sure its rock bottom.

    31. Tampa Bay (31) - Tampa couldn't put away the Browns even though they had the lead multiple times. This is a frustrating team. Quite a bit of talent, but they can't win a game to save their life.

    32. Oakland (32) - another week, another chance for the Raiders to pull out their first victory, and another week they fail to do so. They took Seattle down to the wire, IN Seattle, but the better team won out.

    What Say You FP?

    Comments 12 Comments
    1. Rich Gapinski's Avatar
      This is a hard week. I think I would have held off on including New Orleans (putting Miami in) until they beat San Fran. Hard to take anyone else out of that list, but I think it is fair to say that Dallas is teetering.
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      I know the bottom five is kinda set, but if we did a bottom six, team #27 would have to be the flailing Falcons, right?
    1. Bengals1181's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Rich Gapinski View Post
      This is a hard week. I think I would have held off on including New Orleans (putting Miami in) until they beat San Fran. Hard to take anyone else out of that list, but I think it is fair to say that Dallas is teetering.

      do you think Miami would beat New Orleans head to head? That was kind of my thinking. Miami is playing really well, but the Saint's offense is really starting to roll, and their defense is getting back on track.
    1. Rich Gapinski's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Bengals1181 View Post
      do you think Miami would beat New Orleans head to head? That was kind of my thinking. Miami is playing really well, but the Saint's offense is really starting to roll, and their defense is getting back on track.
      On a neutral field, I think it is a good game, but I don't really know. I'd love to see it, though.

      Other than that, I think both teams would win at home against each other.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      I don't know if I should feel a little better about the Bears, given the 2 bad losses they suffered were against the Pats at 110%, and a Miami team that demolished one of the best Os in football last week.

      Miami looks legit, and it seems the answere was to get Tannenhill moving. It only took Philbin 3 years to figure out what the Seahawks and Redksins figured out in year 1.
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Bengals1181 View Post
      do you think Miami would beat New Orleans head to head? That was kind of my thinking. Miami is playing really well, but the Saint's offense is really starting to roll, and their defense is getting back on track.
      Quote Originally Posted by Rich Gapinski View Post
      On a neutral field, I think it is a good game, but I don't really know. I'd love to see it, though.

      Other than that, I think both teams would win at home against each other.
      You are going to learn a lot about Miami when they go to Ford Field. You are also going to learn a lot about Detroit.

      I hate the schedule gods, BTW. Miami, @Arizona, @New England the next three weeks. I could see the Lions losing all three games. 6-5 here we come? Time to hide that self destruct button, CaldwellBot.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Sullivan View Post
      You are going to learn a lot about Miami when they go to Ford Field. You are also going to learn a lot about Detroit.

      I hate the schedule gods, BTW. Miami, @Arizona, @New England the next three weeks. I could see the Lions losing all three games. 6-5 here we come? Time to hide that self destruct button, CaldwellBot.
      Miami @ Kitties will face to of the worst challengers and time out calling coaches of this year (remember when Philbinj gave Aaron Rodgers time?)
    1. Nancy's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Sullivan View Post
      I know the bottom five is kinda set, but if we did a bottom six, team #27 would have to be the flailing Falcons, right?
      Coming soon to a Bottom 5 near you...The Carolina Panthers! Right now, I don't think the Panthers could beat any of the other NFC South teams (although Tampa Bay is attempting to jump-start the Josh McGown era so maybe...)
      They sure as shootin' won't beat Philly this week.

      I'd love to argue against NE being #1, but I can't even though I think Arizona might beat them head-to-head. The Pats killed it Sunday night.
    1. Amy's Avatar
      My top 10:

      1. Zona
      2. Pats
      3. Denver
      4. Philly
      5. Lions
      6. Colts
      7. Steelers
      8. Packers
      9. Dallas
      10. KC
    1. Hoser's Avatar
      So sad to watch the Niners underwhelm yet again.
      It is going to take at least a 6-2 mark the rest of the way to maybe qualify for the playoffs. I have seen no evidence to suggest that they have that kind of a run in them this year. I hope I'm wrong.
      I was hoping the defense could string together a serviceable unit until Aldon Smith returned but it turns out that isn't the weak link for this team. It is so weird to watch the bubbas up front go from being one of the team's best assets to it's Achile's Heel. So disappointing to see so much talent and see one if the sunset years for players like Justin Smith and Frank Gore go to waste.
      I'm not ready to tap a nail into the coffin but they have very little room for error the rest of the way.
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by iwatt View Post
      Miami @ Kitties will face to of the worst challengers and time out calling coaches of this year (remember when Philbinj gave Aaron Rodgers time?)
      Complete dumbassery, there.

      I'll counter with this: Did you not see the London game a couple weeks ago between the Falcons & Lions? The clock management fail that was the final three minutes of that game was astoundingly awful.

      Should be a fun one!!

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    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Sullivan View Post
      Complete dumbassery, there.

      I'll counter with this: Did you not see the London game a couple weeks ago between the Falcons & Lions? The clock management fail that was the final three minutes of that game was astoundingly awful.

      Should be a fun one!!

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      no doubt.