• Top 10 10/Bottom 5 - Week 13!


    So, what did we learn about the NFL this week? If you're like me, we've learned its mostly a mess. The top of the top seems settled with New England, Green Bay and Denver clearly looking like the class of the league. The teams led by Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning? I'm shocked!

    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo · 2h2 hours ago

    Coincidence of the Day:Patriots beat Lions, 34-9 on 14th anniversary of Tom Brady debutThat day in 2000- Lions beat Patriots, 34-9
    We also continue to see the bottom of the NFL be the bottom, though we did see some signs of life there with Oakland upsetting the Chiefs on Thursday Night Football. Still though, the bottom is the bottom for the reason. The Jets, Titans, and Jaguars all got blown out this week, and that's why they are where they are.

    The AFC North has all four teams 3 games over .500. The first time in NFL history that has happened. Why? They are dominating outside of the division. AFC North teams are 24-7-1 outside of the division this year. Of the 15 losses the division teams have, more than half (8) have come in division games. So who's going to win this thing? It's anyone's guess at this point. It may come down to division games, for better or worse. Cincinnati has 3 division games left, Pittsburgh 2, Cleveland and Baltimore just 1. Is it better to have more or less division games at this point? The way they've dominated the rest of the league, the answer might be less.

    John McMullen@JFMcMullen 2m2 minutes agoHatboro, PA
    Through Week 12, 16 of the #NFL's 32 teams have seven or more wins, most ever at this point of a season
    There's also a quiet race heating up in the AFC West with Denver, Kansas City and San Diego all just separated by one game. Things will certainly get interesting in that division down the stretch. In general, there are ELEVEN teams in the AFC that still have a legitimate playoff chance.

    Unbelievably, no one seems to want to win the NFC South. The division leaders have just 4 wins and the 2 win Tampa Bay Bucs are still right in the mix. How must some AFC teams be feeling? With the way things are going, it won't be a shock to see as many as three 10 win teams in the AFC get shut out of the playoffs. 12 of the 16 teams in the AFC are still in legitimate playoff contention after Week 12.

    ESPN Stats & Info@ESPNStatsInfo 41m41 minutes ago
    The AFC has 11 teams with winning records, the most from one conference through 11 games in a season in NFL history (@EliasSports)
    It's certainly going to be a crazy last 5 weeks of the season! Let's get to the rankings.

    Top 10

    1. New England (1) - another strong win for the Patriots against a top team. What else would you expect? If the playoffs started today, the Patriots would be 4-1 against playoff teams, with all 4 wins having been blowouts, including the AFC #2, #3, and #4 seeds. Statworthy: The Patriots are 32-3 in the 2nd half of their season over the last 5 seasons. Bonus Statworthy: The Patriots have won each of their last 4 games by at least 20 points, tied for the longest such streak in franchise history -also done in 2007.

    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo · 11 minutes ago

    Patriots are 6-0 this season vs teams that were either leading division or tied for division lead at time of game.

    Avg margin: 22.2 points
    2. Green Bay (2) - the fighting Zimmers made them work for it, but Green Bay pulled out a nice division road win Sunday and seem to clearly be the class of the NFC at the moment.

    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo · 5 hours ago

    Eddie Lacy's 5th career TD vs @Vikings. He has scored in all 4 games he's played against them in his career.
    3. Denver (3) - it wasn't pretty, but the Dolphins are no pushover this year. Denver got a much needed win to take a one game lead in the division, and hold on to the #2 seed in the AFC. Statworthy: Peyton Manning (50) is closing on on Drew Brees record of 54 straight games with a touchdown. He has a chance to tie the record against the Bengals, who snapped Tom Brady's streak at 52 games.

    ESPN Stats & Info@ESPNStatsInfo 2m2 minutes ago
    1st time since 2003 (at Texans) that Peyton Manning won a game in which his team trailed by 11 or more pts at end of 3rd quarter
    4. Dallas (7) - is Tony Romo playing the best football of his career? The Dallas defense is starting to show some cracks, but boy can that offense be as good as they want to be. Statworthy: Tony Romo had his 27th career game-winning drive in the 4th quarter or overtime. The most in the NFL since 2006.

    5. San Francisco (6) - Statworthy: Colin Kaepernick threw a TD pass in his 18th straight game, tying Steve Young's franchise record.

    6. Arizona (3) - there defense is stellar, but can you really trust Drew Stanton to take them anywhere? It should be a credit to Bruce Arians how much he has gotten out of Stanton, but can he make him a Super Bowl caliber QB?

    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo · 1 hour ago

    Drew Stanton: 3 interceptions in last 29 pass attempts; had 0 in 1st 104 attempts this season


    7. Philadelphia (10) - I'm still not sold on the Eagles, but there's a lack of top teams to be sold on at the moment. Big showdown in Big D on Thanksgiving that will tell us a lot about both teams. Statworhty: Mark Sanchez has 3 straight games with at least 300yds passing. He never had more than 2 in a row with the Jets.

    Adam Schefter@AdamSchefter 2h2 hours ago
    With Josh Huff's opening kick return for a TD, 9 different Eagles have now scored a return TD, tied for most in single season in NFL history
    8. Indianapolis (9) - the Colts took care of the Jaguars and kept everything in front of them as far as the playoffs go. They are now 2 games up on the rest of their division with 5 to play. They likely can only do as well as the #3 seed however, having lost to both the Patriots and Broncos head to head. Statworthy: The Colts have now won 11 straight division games.

    9. Kansas City (8) - a disappointing let down to the Raiders on Thursday night. The Chiefs really need to start getting more production out of their wide receivers, who still have yet to score a touchdown on the season. Statworthy: the Chiefs rush defense came into the game having allowed 0 rushing touchdowns. They allowed 2 in the game.

    10. Detroit (5) - there's no shame in losing to the Patriots in Foxboro, but that performance can't be inspiring for Lions fans. Even the stout defense struggled to do much.

    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo
    · 4 hours ago
    Lions have missed 12 field goals this season. No other team has missed more than 6


    Honorable Mentions

    Cincinnati - so far so good for the Bengals on their 3 game road trip in the middle of their season. The Bengals took care of the Texans in a must win for both teams in a game that wasn't quite as close as the score indicated. A 2nd half pick-6 by Andy Dalton was the Texans only touchdown of the game.

    Lance McAlister@LanceMcAlister 36m36 minutes ago#Bengals snap JJ Watt's streak of at least one sack in 5 straight games.
    Seattle - under the radar, the Seahawks are slowly righting the ship and back in the hunt. I don't know if they'll catch the Cardinals for the division, but they'll be as dangerous of a wild card team as there's ever been if they make it. They are currently the #5 seed and likely face an elimination game for both themselves and the 49ers on Thursday. Statworthy: on Sunday Russell Wilson was 11 of 13 for 153yds against the blitz.

    Pittsburgh - the Steelers enjoyed the bye week and remain right in the thicket of the AFC playoff race.

    Miami - not many probably expected the Dolphins to go into Denver and win, but even in defeat they sent a message to the rest of the league that they are a quality team that is going to be a tough out for anyone. Statworthy: of Miami's 6 wins, all 6 have been by 13 points or more.

    Bottom 5

    28. New York Jets (28) - man, how do you get blown up by 35 against a team that couldn't get out of their own houses for most of the week? This is just a bad, bad team. If it weren't for their front 7, they'd be the worst team in the league.

    Michael David Smith@MichaelDavSmith 8h8 hours ago
    The 2-9 Jets are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. The 2-9 Buccaneers are 2 games out of first place.
    29. Tampa Bay (29) - at first it looked like the Bucs were going to get Lovie revenge in Chicago, but they couldn't pull it out. They are proof positive that winning in free agency doesn't equal winning when it matters.

    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo · 4h4 hours ago

    Mike Evans' 4th straight game with a TD rec. He now has 6 rec TD in his last 4 games, which is 2 more than any other WR in @NFL.
    30. Tennesee (30) - are the Titans the least talked about team in the league? Tell me one thing you know about this team (besides that they aren't very good)?

    31. Jacksonville (31) - a disappoinint blowout loss to the Colts this week. The only thing keeping them above the Raiders at this point is that they are the more talented team. They've gotta get that experience though.

    32. Oakland (32) - after multiple games of "close but no cigar", the Raiders finally hung on this week for a huge upset of the Chiefs.

    ESPN Stats & Info@ESPNStatsInfo 20m20 minutes ago
    Latavius Murray: 90-yd TD run, longest TD run by Raiders RUNNING BACK since Bo Jackson's 92-yarder vs Bengals in 1989
    What Say You FP?

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    1. Nancy's Avatar
      4. Dallas (7) - is Tony Romo playing the best football of his career? The Dallas defense is starting to show some cracks, but boy can that offense be as good as they want to be. Statworthy: Tony Romo had his 27th career game-winning drive in the 4th quarter or overtime. The most in the NFL since 2006.
      With the possible exception of the Eagles, is there anyone left on the Cowboys' schedule who poses a legitimate threat? I don't think the Colts' defense can handle Romo or that running game. The Colts haven't looked good against good QBs and they haven't looked good against teams who field running backs. I'm guessing the Cowboys split with Philly and win the rest of their games. They aren't as good as they looked against the Giants, but they are worthy of at least this #4 ranking.

      3. Denver (3) - it wasn't pretty, but the Dolphins are no pushover this year. Denver got a much needed win to take a one game lead in the division, and hold on to the #2 seed in the AFC.
      Something has been missing in Denver for the past few weeks, and I don't think it was all due to the loss of Hillman. They were flat and looked a little discombobulated early on last week, and Manning was shaking his head and had that look he gets when things aren't going according to plan. But I must take credit for this...about the time I yelled at the TV, "Peyton, stop shaking your damned head and be Peyton Freaking Manning!" they snapped out of it. So yeah, that was all me. Once Thomas caught the TD pass to bring them to within 3, a Broncos win felt inevitable, and they haven't had that aura for a few weeks. But I might still put Dallas ahead of them at this point.

      Cincinnati - so far so good for the Bengals on their 3 game road trip in the middle of their season. The Bengals took care of the Texans in a must win for both teams in a game that wasn't quite as close as the score indicated. A 2nd half pick-6 by Andy Dalton was the Texans only touchdown of the game.
      I refuse to say anything good about the Bengals. Every time I do, they rush to prove me wrong.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      San Fran is too high
    1. Bengals1181's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by iwatt View Post
      San Fran is too high


      where would you put them?
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Bengals1181 View Post
      where would you put them?
      behind Kansas city.
    1. Amy's Avatar
      re: Denver:

      What strikes me the most is how no one is commenting on why the Broncos came back. It came after a cheap shot. After a play was over, Thomas shoved an off balance Jamar Taylor (who had been doing a good job on Thomas all day), to the ground. Talyor was hurt by the shove, and was out of the rest of the game.

      Suddenly, Denver's O came to life, and Thomas had two 4th quarter TDs.

      I'm not saying at all that Thomas intended to hurt Taylor, but the week before, the Denver injuries (especially the legal, shoulder to shoulder hit on Sanders), were pointed out all week long. It's only fair we point out that, given how Miami's D was playing to that point, if that post play hit does not happen, Denver might well not win.

      My top 10:

      1. Packers
      2. Pats
      3. Arizona
      4. Denver
      To explain this, Denver beat the Cards head to head, but the Cards had to have their 3rd string QB in play. If they met again, it would in the Super Bowl, Zona would be at home, and I'd pick them to win that game. Also, Zona has two losses, Denver has 3.
      5. Philly
      6. Cincy
      7. Dallas
      8. Steelers
      9, Ravens
      10. Seattle
    1. Hoser's Avatar
      I luvs me some Niners and I have trouble putting them that high until they have a win against a formidable opponent (hopefully they can take care of that on Thursday) or they dismantle a lesser team.
      Thank goodness for the defense and what a difference Aldon Smith makes. Ahh sookie sookie!!!
      However, they did beat the Chiefs head to head and the Chiefs just lost to the Raiders...so, yes, I would put the Niners ahead of the Chiefs.
      Speaking of...has there been a funnier moment this year than the 2 Raider LB's slapping hands 10 yards behind Alex Smith as he is trying to get the ball hiked on 4th down? I literally LOL'ed at that.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Amy View Post
      re: Denver:

      What strikes me the most is how no one is commenting on why the Broncos came back. It came after a cheap shot. After a play was over, Thomas shoved an off balance Jamar Taylor (who had been doing a good job on Thomas all day), to the ground. Talyor was hurt by the shove, and was out of the rest of the game.
      DOn't forget the injury to the rookie LT (who used to be RT 2 weeks ago) for the phins.
    1. Nancy's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by iwatt View Post
      DOn't forget the injury to the rookie LT (who used to be RT 2 weeks ago) for the phins.
      Eh, everybody has tons of injuries this time of year. The Broncos are playing without Hillman, Talib and have been without Trevathan for weeks. Not like the Dolphins were playing the best possible version of the Broncos.

      What strikes me the most is how no one is commenting on why the Broncos came back. It came after a cheap shot. After a play was over, Thomas shoved an off balance Jamar Taylor (who had been doing a good job on Thomas all day), to the ground. Talyor was hurt by the shove, and was out of the rest of the game.
      I don't think that one injury is why they won the game, but I agree, they did seem to perk up after that.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Nancy View Post
      Eh, everybody has tons of injuries this time of year. The Broncos are playing without Hillman, Talib and have been without Trevathan for weeks. Not like the Dolphins were playing the best possible version of the Broncos.
      Not everybody looses both tackles though.
    1. Bengals1181's Avatar
      Statworthy: Colin Kaepernick threw a TD pass in his 18th straight game, tying Steve Young's franchise record.

      womp womp.