• Top 10/Bottom 5 - Week 11!


    It was another crazy week in the NFL that saw three teams as 5+ point underdogs pull off the upset. Top teams like New England and Indianapolis had relaxing byes, but face off this week in a critical game as far as playoff seeding goes. Denver and Green Bay kept rolling with elite play against inferior teams.

    Cleveland is no longer a surprise, but their schedule is about to give them the true litmus test. Meanwhile, the AFC North continues to be completely up for grabs. It's the first time since 1935 that an entire division is 2 games over .500. All four teams are separated by just 1/2 a game. AFCN teams are 12-5-1 outside of the division.

    There's no change in the Bottom 5 this week, though Chicago and Carolina are making a strong case for their inclusion. Oakland and Tampa Bay seem almost like locks for the first two picks at this point. Despite their upset of the Steelers, the Jets still just sit on two wins and despite some nice young talent, the Jaguars don't yet know HOW to win.

    There were critical games as far as playoff standings go. Seattle got back in the hunt with a win and currently stand as the #6 seed. Shockingly, the Packers may be the hottest team in football but would not be in the playoffs if they started today. Buffalo and Miami faltered knocking them down the playoff order, and somehow the Bengals remain in the playoff picture despite getting blown out by the Browns.

    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo · 17h17 hours ago

    Here's how the NFL playoff picture would look if the season ended today (which it doesn't):




    Let's get to the rankings!


    Top 10


    1. New England (1)
    - the Patriots enjoyed the bye week sitting on top of their throne. They may not be the most talented team in the league, but they've got elite pieces at the two most important spots: QB and HC.

    2. Denver (3)
    - Denver still may be the best and most talented team in the league, but that one major blemish in Foxboro keeps them out of the top spot. Manning has thrown at least 2 TD's in 15 straight games, and now has 9 5 TD games in his career, an NFL record. Statworthy: 5 of Manning's 7 interceptions have been on play-action.

    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo · 23h23 hours ago

    Most Games with at least 5 TD passes NFL History

    Peyton Manning 9
    Drew Brees 8
    Dan Marino 6
    3. Arizona (2) - the Palmer injury is a crushing blow and likely takes them from contender to early round playoff exit. Does anyone think Drew Stanton can take them all the way? They'll have to rely on their great defense to go anywhere.

    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo · 17h17 hours ago

    Cardinals had 84% chance to win division, 12% to win Super Bowl before Palmer injury. Now -- 77% to win division, 9% to win SB. @numberFire
    4. Green Bay (4) - the Packers are really starting to heat up. Despite the blemish against the Saints, the Packers have beaten 4 of their last 6 opponents by 21 points or more, while winning 5 of 6 overall. Statworthy: Aaron Rodgers is now 11-3 against the Bears.

    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo · Nov 10

    The only QB to throw for at least 6 TD in any half are Daryle Lamonica (1969 Raiders) and Aaron Rodgers (2014 Packers) (via @eliassports)
    5. Indianapolis (6) - Luck has shown that he's a top tier QB capable of carrying his team all the way. If the Colts can get solid defense, they're tough to beat.

    6. San Francisco (NR) - great win for the 49ers in New Orleans, where its tough for anyone to win. They did it despite another poor performance by Colin Kaepernick, which is becoming a disturbing trend. Kaepernick completed just 43% of his passes and didn't do much on the ground either. In fact, he was sacked for as many yards as he rushed for.

    ESPN Stats & Info@ESPNStatsInfo Nov 9
    ColinKaepernick has been sacked 14 times in his last 2 games. Drew Brees has been sacked 11 times this SEASON
    7. Detroit (7) - Detroit took down the Dolphins in an impressive defensive struggle. Both QB's played well, but this game was led by the defenses. Detroit continues to be arguably the best team no one is talking about and may have the best defense in the league. Statworthy: The Lions last 3 wins have all come by scores in the last 2 minutes of the game.

    8. Philadelphia (8) - Philadelphia's defense finally showed up in a big way, forcing four Cam Newton turnovers to help the Eagles blowout the Panthers. Is Sanchez better than Foles? I think so.

    Adam Schefter@AdamSchefter 14m14 minutes ago
    Mark Sanchez (61.1 QBR) threw for at least 300 yards, had multiple TD passes and no turnovers for first time in 63 career starts.
    9. Dallas (9) - Romo to the rescue. Tony Romo returned to the starting lineup to throw 3 TD's against the better than you think Jacksonville defense. Statworthy: DeMarco Murray had another strong day and needs just 541yds to break Emmitt Smith's franchise record.

    ESPN Stats & Info@ESPNStatsInfo Nov 9
    TonyRomo's streak of 37 straight games with a TD pass is 5th-longest in NFL history
    10. Kansas City (NR) - no one is talking about them, but the Chiefs just keep quietly winning, having passed the Chargers and now moving into the 5th seed in the AFC. Orchard Park isn't an easy place to steal a win, but the Chiefs went in and took care of the Bills largely behind a strong day from the dependable Jamaal Charles. Statworthy: Amazingly, through 9 games the Chiefs still have 0 touchdowns by their wide receivers.

    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo · Nov 9

    Chiefs: 4-0 vs AFC East this season (2-3 vs rest of NFL)


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    Pittsburgh - the Steelers came crashing back to Earth against the Jets on Sunday. After throwing 12 TD's in his last 2 games, Big Ben threw just 1 on Sunday, to 2 interceptions. While Pittsburgh has solid wins over Baltimore and Indianapolis, they also have some really bad losses to the Jets and Buccaneers, two of the worst teams in the league.

    Seattle - the champs aren't dead yet. Despite a poor passing performance from Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and a stingy defense was enough to pace the Seahawks on Sunday. Statworthy: Michael Vick and now Russell Wilson are the only two QB's in the modern era to have 3 100yd rushing games in the same season.

    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo · Nov 9

    Seahawks rushed for a franchise-record 350 yards in win vs Giants today
    Cleveland - a strong win for the Browns going into Paul Brown Stadium and handing the Bengals their first home loss in 15 games. Even more impressive doing it without Hawkins, Gordon and Cameron. Most of Cleveland's wins are against the bottom of the league (TEN, OAK, TB), but its their big wins over Pittsburgh and Cincinnati that have them in sole possession of first place in the AFC North. Their schedule is about to get quite tough though.


    Bottom 5

    28. New York Jets (30) - the Jets offense didn't do a whole lot Sunday (Vick did have 2 TD passes) but were aided by strong defensive play that forced 4 Steelers turnovers.

    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo · Nov 9

    Jets (2-8) & Giants (3-6) have their worst combined winning percentage (.263) through week 10 since 1995 (Jets: 2-8, Giants 3-6)
    29. Jacksonville (28) - talent and experience got the best of Jacksonville again this week. They've got plenty of young talent, but little experience and that helps them struggle when they go up against more experienced and/or more talented teams. Statworthy: Denard Robinson is 2nd to only Arian Foster (6) in 30+ yd runs with 3.

    30. Tennessee (29) - the Titans held close with the Ravens for a half, but they couldn't protect Mettenberger and they got no help from their running game. They had a chance to take a commanding lead early, but Shonn Greene fumbled on the 1yd line.

    31. Tampa Bay (31) - this bad team can't even seem to beat other bad teams. Both the Bucs and Falcons came in on 5 game losing streaks, but it was the road team who got the win. Statworthy: The Bucs are 0-5 at home this season.

    32. Oakland (32) - Oakland nearly took their first halftime lead of the season on Sunday, and then gave up 14 points in the span of 72 seconds just before the half.

    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo · Nov 9

    3 QB have thrown at least 5 TD in a game against Raiders in Oakland since 2013 Week 9

    Nick Foles
    Alex Smith
    Peyton Manning

    What Say You FP?

    Comments 11 Comments
    1. Andy Freeland's Avatar
      Everything is setting up perfectly for the epic Browns Bengals AFC Championship game to determine who will face the Lions in the Super Bowl.
    1. Bengals1181's Avatar
      I'm down with that.
    1. Matt Kocsan's Avatar
      The Browns schedule is about to get tougher, but bear in mind also that they've played this entire season without Josh Gordon and he will return after this week's game against Houston. The offense in Cleveland is still based on the ground game, and though it's slowed a bit of late with the injury to Alex Mack, they've been still running and throwing pretty effectively. Cameron has been the best weapon, but he's also been hurt quite a bit, so the upshot is Hoyer has been throwing a lot wide receivers who aren't six feet tall (not just Hawkins, who leads the team in receiving yards; Taylor Gabriel, 5'8", second in receiving yards; Travis Benjamin, 5'10", four fewer yards than Cameron). The team is saying they won't change the offense to feed Gordon, and that's probably all to the good, but his mere presence on the field should open things up considerably.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      So.... can't get the stink of my Bears performance out of my nose. I am now looking for an AFC team to root for the rest of this year. I want to enjoy football again.

      The masochist in me is thinking Browns...
    1. Hoser's Avatar
      I thought Kaeper actually had a pretty good game. The completion number does not reflect how many of his throws were dropped which was easily more than 6. Boldin in particular let one bounce off of his hands after getting behind the defender that would have easily been an 85 yard touchdown.
      Kaeper did hold on to the ball a bit too long on a couple of plays, one of which resulted in a fumble, but for the most part the bubbas up front did a much better job of keeping Kaeper upright.
      Still not perfect but they are still alive.
      So bummed to hear that Willis is done for the year. Brutal.
    1. Nancy's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by iwatt View Post
      So.... can't get the stink of my Bears performance out of my nose. I am now looking for an AFC team to root for the rest of this year. I want to enjoy football again.

      The masochist in me is thinking Browns...
      I have announced my impending separation from the Panthers and the Bengals. I can't take it any more. They're making me hate football. This leaves me with the Colts and the Broncos, who will start sucking immediately, if not sooner....
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Andy Freeland View Post
      Everything is setting up perfectly for the epic Browns Bengals AFC Championship game to determine who will face the Lions in the Super Bowl.
      And five seconds before Matthew Stafford was to crush the hearts of every Browns fan by launching one of his planet destroying rockets to Megatron, a planet destroying asteroid will end us all.

      Just sayin'.
    1. Andy Freeland's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Sullivan View Post
      And five seconds before Matthew Stafford was to crush the hearts of every Browns fan by launching one of his planet destroying rockets to Megatron, a planet destroying asteroid will end us all.

      Just sayin'.
      I would think that the asteroid would hit when the Browns and Lions were lined up for the opening kickoff just waiting for the ref to blow his whistle to start the game. So the world will end with neither team having ever played in a Super Bowl.
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Andy Freeland View Post
      I would think that the asteroid would hit when the Browns and Lions were lined up for the opening kickoff just waiting for the ref to blow his whistle to start the game. So the world will end with neither team having ever played in a Super Bowl.
      Well, in the grand scheme of the universe and all that, three and a half hours is a ridiculously short amount of time. Sooo....

      Yeah. Freeland is probably right. Been nice knowing all of ya.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Nancy View Post

      I have announced my impending separation from the Panthers and the Bengals. I can't take it any more. They're making me hate football. This leaves me with the Colts and the Broncos, who will start sucking immediately, if not sooner....
      I like Luck. I don't want to put my stink on him.
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      2014's best T10...B5, yet. Nice work, 1181.