• Top 10 10/Bottom 5 - Week 14!


    Week 13 had no shortage of impact games, highlighted of course by the Packers/Patriots game which could be a Super Bowl preview. If it is, it should be an exciting game. The Packers took the game, and the top spot. Maybe things work out differently in Foxboro or a neutral field, but I was impressed by the Packers D in the game, while also being surprised at how easily the Packers O moved the ball. If not for the Patriots redzone D, the Packers could have won handedly.

    Who's up for this?

    John McMullen @JFMcMullen ·

    I want to see Rob Gronkowski vs. JJ Watt at @WWE's Hell in a Cell

    We're starting to get a little clarity in the jumbled AFC. As we mentioned last week, there were 11 teams who legitimately have playoff chances in the AFC. Well, 5 of those teams lost last week. So while the divisions got a little more clear with Denver, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis expanding their leads, the wild card race is still a mess with 7 teams within 1 game of each other for 2 spots. Despite falling back into a virtual tie with Denver and Cincinnati record wise, New England still has the tiebreaker over both and a decided advantage in the hunt for the #1 seed. Denver, Indianapolis and New England seemingly have their divisions locked up, all entering the final 4 with at least a 2 game lead.

    In the NFC, things are even more clear...to an extent. Nothing is set in stone, but you can get a sense of who the haves and the have nots are. Whereas the AFC has 11 teams in the hunt, the NFC really only has 8. 8 spots for 6 teams, though its going to stink being that team that gets left out because of the NFC South winner that you probably have at least 3 wins more than.

    After weeks of consistency, we've finally got a minor shakeup in the Bottom 5! Out is Jacksonville, and in is Washington, which may reach the bottom before its all said and done. Carolina may be joining them too if things don't get any better with the Panthers. Seems there are 8 teams fighting for a Top 5 pick at this point.

    Let's get to the rankings!

    Top 10

    1. Green Bay (2) - the two best teams in the league, and the home team, and very possibly better team won. It's not easy holding the Patriots to 21 points these days. Statworthy: The Packers are outscoring teams 70-0 in the first quarter of their last 5 home games.

    John McMullen @JFMcMullen · 3m3 minutes ago

    It's now at 360 consecutive passes and 31 TDs since Aaron Rodgers' last INT at Lambeau Field which was on Dec. 2, 2012. #Packers
    2. New England (1) - their redzone D kept them in the game, but you have to be mildly concerned with how easily Green Bay moved the ball on them. Then again, they don't have to deal with Aaron Rodgers in the AFC. Statworthy: This was New England's first lost to an NFC North opponent since 2002, a win streak of 14 games.

    3. Denver (3) - Denver just keeps quietly taking care of its business, dispatching quality teams in back to back weeks in Miami and Kansas City. With the Patriots loss, the #1 seed is now back in play for Denver. Statworthy: Denver ran the ball a season high 55.7% of the time against the Chiefs Sunday. Bonus Statworthy: RB C.J. Anderson is the first RB EVER to rush for 150yds in back-to-back games started by Peyton Manning (252 career starts).

    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo · 14h14 hours ago

    Peyton Manning has 12 TD passes against the blitz this season, including two tonight. Only Drew Brees (15) has more
    4. Seattle (NR) - don't look now, but Seattle is just one game back of the NFC West division crown and Arizona is falling fast. For as much beleagured as Seattle's season has seemed, they are only one game from having the best record in the league. Statworthy: Seattle has the 2nd toughest remaining schedule in the NFL.

    5. Philadelphia (7) - I'm not sure Philly is a top 5 caliber team, but after the top 3 or 4 teams there's a big drop off and the Eagles are as good a choice as any. Their offense is consistent thanks to the scheme, but their defense runs so hot and cold. Statworthy: the Eagles rushed for 200yds for the 7th time in 28 games under Chip Kelly. Bonus Statworthy: The Eagles gained 162 yards before contact on the ground against Dallas.

    6. Indianapolis (8) - the oft forgotten Colts have a legitimate shot at stealing one of the 2 bye weeks in the playoffs, with a very winnable schedule down the stretch. Andrew Luck keeps lighting up scoreboards. Statworthy: Andrew Luck is the 3rd fastest QB ever to 12,000 yards.

    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo · 13h13 hours ago

    Andrew Luck became third QB to throw for 4,000 yards in two of his first three seasons. The others? Guys named Marino, (Peyton) Manning
    7. Detroit (10) - after two disappointing losses the Lions are back on track and very much in control of their own destiny. They are just one game out of first place and a game up in the wild card. And for now, they have the tiebreaker over the Packers. Statworthy: Detoit has scored 30 points in three straight Thanksgiving games.

    8. San Diego (NR) - what a great come from behind win for Phillip Rivers and the Chargers. Do they have what it takes to take down the Patriots this week? They better if they want to maintain control of their playoff hopes. Statworthy: The Chargers final 4 opponents have a combined 66.7 winning percentage.

    9. Arizona (6) - the Cardinals are falling, and falling fast. What was possibly the best team in the league a couple of weeks ago, is now in danger of falling out of the playoffs all together. And what was with their defense this week? This team just looks spent. Statworthy: The Cardinals went 26 straight drives without a touchdown.

    10. Dallas (4) - not a good Thanksgiving for the Cowboys. 20 point home loss to a rival who you're battling for the division lead. Statworthy: Tony Romo's streak of 38 straight games with a TD pass was snapped against the Eagles on Thanksgiving. It was the 5th longest streak in NFL history.



    HONORABLE MENTIONS

    Cincinnati
    - it was downright ugly, but a win is a win is a win. Andy Dalton overcame the stomach flu (he threw up 20 times during pre-game) and 3 ugly first half interceptions to do just enough to help the Bengals eek out a 1pt win against the hapless Bucs, completing a 3-0 road trip.

    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo · 21h21 hours ago

    16 interceptions on passes thrown to A.J. Green since the start of last year (including 2 today), most in the NFL
    Miami - it wasn't pretty, but Miami got the job done Monday night and now control their own destiny as far as the playoffs go. Statworthy: Ryan Tannehill completed 70% of his passes for the 5th straight game.

    Pittsburgh - what a disappointing setback for the Steelers/Ravens. At home, against a team they should have beaten, they failed to get the job done and fell an extra game back in the very tight AFC North race. Statworthy: Ben failed to throw a first half TD at home for the first time in 14 games.

    Dan Hoard@Dan_Hoard 8h8 hours ago
    After throwing 12 TD passes in back-to-back games vs Colts & Ravens, Ben Roethlisberger has 4 TDs and 5 INT in 3 games since.
    Baltimore - what a disappointing setback for the Ravens/Steelers. At home, against a team they should have beaten, they failed to get the job done and fell an extra game back in the very tight AFC North race.

    Bottom 5

    28. New York Jets (28) - the game was there for the taking, but in the end the uber-conservative gameplan by the Jets coaches did them in. Jets coaches only let Geno Smith throw the ball 13 times despite Miami having a decimated secondary that included a street free agent making his career start. This loss is on the coaches. Statworthy: The Jets are the first team in NFL history to play back-to-back games on a Monday night.

    29. Washington (NR) - this team is just a mess, and I'm not sure the coaching staff is much better than the talent on the field. Statworthy: Colt McCoy was 16-21 for 283yds and 3 TD's when the Colts blitzed 5 or more rushers.

    30. Tennessee (30) - again, tell me one thing, anything, about this team? The team no one even bothers to talk about, lost again this week allowing Ryan Fitzpatrick to drop 6 touchdowns on them. Statworthy: Both Zach Mettenberger and Jake Locker threw interceptions on their first pass attempts Sunday.

    31. Tampa Bay (29) - The Bucs found a new way to lose this week, by failing to count to 12. Statworthy: McCown was 8 for 9 throwing to RB's and TE's Sunday, but just 7 for 20 throwing to his talented WR corp.

    32. Oakland (32) - did Oakland even show up this week? The NFL could add 5 expansion teams tomorrow, immediately give them all 10 losses, and the Raiders would still be the 37th best team in the league.


    What Say You FP?

    Comments 9 Comments
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Chicago Bears Defense, the gift that keeps on giving...
    1. Bengals1181's Avatar
      Chris Wesseling@ChrisWesseling 27m27 minutes ago
      This is crazy: Antonio Brown (96) has more receptions than the entire #Chiefs WR corps (91).
    1. vancemeek's Avatar
      Not sure Arizona is one of the 10 best teams at this point. Injuries have decimated them.
    1. Bengals1181's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by vancemeek View Post
      Not sure Arizona is one of the 10 best teams at this point. Injuries have decimated them.

      yea they are sinking fast, but they've also been losing to good teams for the most part.
    1. Nancy's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by vancemeek View Post
      Not sure Arizona is one of the 10 best teams at this point. Injuries have decimated them.
      Tend to agree, and their remaining schedule is pretty tough. It wouldn't surprise me if they beat KC this week, but St. Louis & SF on the road, and their only remaining home game against SEA? That's a tall order for a team with so many injuries.
      BTW, when did St. Louis stop being an automatic win for just about everybody?

      As for the bottom five....I really don't think the Panthers could beat any of those teams right now. The defense looked better last week, but then again, they were playing the Vikings. The offense was dreary. And I can't comment on the special teams, because cuss blocker would have to work overtime.
    1. Brian Williams's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Nancy View Post

      Tend to agree, and their remaining schedule is pretty tough. It wouldn't surprise me if they beat KC this week, but St. Louis & SF on the road, and their only remaining home game against SEA? That's a tall order for a team with so many injuries.
      BTW, when did St. Louis stop being an automatic win for just about everybody?

      As for the bottom five....I really don't think the Panthers could beat any of those teams right now. The defense looked better last week, but then again, they were playing the Vikings. The offense was dreary. And I can't comment on the special teams, because cuss blocker would have to work overtime.
      If they beat KC without Palmer, Fitzgerald, and Ellington, Arians is a wizard. The regression of Michael Floyd has killed them on offense, now that many of their weapons are hurt. They need the defense to take this game over.

      Fitz is a GTD. If he plays, that helps them a lot, even if he's not 100%.
    1. Bengals1181's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Nancy View Post
      Tend to agree, and their remaining schedule is pretty tough. It wouldn't surprise me if they beat KC this week, but St. Louis & SF on the road, and their only remaining home game against SEA? That's a tall order for a team with so many injuries.
      BTW, when did St. Louis stop being an automatic win for just about everybody?

      As for the bottom five....I really don't think the Panthers could beat any of those teams right now. The defense looked better last week, but then again, they were playing the Vikings. The offense was dreary. And I can't comment on the special teams, because cuss blocker would have to work overtime.

      what's up with the offense? Is cam just not taking that next step?
    1. tubbs1518's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Bengals1181 View Post
      what's up with the offense? Is cam just not taking that next step?
      They have a terrible O-line, no running game and no real offensive weapons. No quarterback could make this offense look good. Cam honestly looks defeated and I can't say I blame him. They have completely failed him.
    1. edave's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by tubbs1518 View Post
      They have a terrible O-line, no running game and no real offensive weapons. No quarterback could make this offense look good. Cam honestly looks defeated and I can't say I blame him. They have completely failed him.
      I've seen a couple pieces that discussed his footwork and ability to keep downfield eyes working having gone backward, which matches what I've noticed and under the circumstances is reasonable, but concerning. One of the pieces also tore apart the work of Mike Shula and Ken Dorsey who seem to have missed the dramatic personnel changes while sticking with last years playbook.