• Top 10 10/Bottom 5 - Week 16!




    We're hitting the home stretch of the NFL season. Boy has this season flown by! Multiple teams clinched playoff spots this week, including Arizona, New England, Indianapolis and Denver.


    The AFC North continues to be a jumbled mess. The Browns are out of it, but the Bengals, Steelers and Ravens all have legitimate chances to win the division over the final two weeks. As it stands now, all three teams would make the playoffs, but the Bills, Chiefs and Chargers are nipping at their heels. I think I'm comfortable in speaking for all the teams involved, that no one wants to have to see the Bills defense in the playoffs.

    In the NFC, much less is settled. While the Cardinals have clinched a playoff spot, they haven't clinched the division yet with the Seahawks just one game back. With the Bills upset of the Packers, Green Bay has fallen all the way from the 2 seed to the 6 seed. Further, with the Eagles losing to Dallas, they've dropped all the way to the 7th seed. It will be crazy to see if an 11 win team gets in, but a 7-8 win team makes it in. Looks like there's a huge battle looming Week 17 between the Lions and Packers. It's not out of the question that the winner gets the #2 seed, and the loser gets the #6 or possibly out of the playoffs all together.

    Things are also heating up for the #1 pick in the draft. The Bucs, Titans, Jags, and Raiders are all tied with 2 wins (teams are listed in current draft order based on tiebreakers). The Titans and Jags square off Thursday night though, so that will help shake things out a bit.

    It's certainly going to be a fun 2 weeks. On to the rankings!

    Top 10

    1. New England (2) - back on top once again. The Patriots made short work of the Dolphins and eliminated them from playoff contention. Statworthy: Tom Brady has thrown multiple TD's in 10 straight games, the longest streak currently in the NFL.

    2. Green Bay(1) - it was a rare off-day for Aaron Rodgers in Buffalo, but the Bills defense also might just be the best defense in the league at the moment. Green Bay will be fine. RELAX. Statworthy: Green Bay is just 3-4 on the road this year, while going 7-0 at home.

    Adam Schefter@AdamSchefter 51m51 minutes ago
    Packers had 7 drops Sunday by 7 different receivers after entering the game with just 13 drops this season.


    3. Seattle (4) - Seattle keeps on rolling, dispatching of nemesis San Francisco for the 2nd time this season, ending the 49ers playoff hopes. Statworthy: On Sunday Russell Wilson, along with Andrew Luck, became the first QB's in the Super Bowl era to win 10 games in each of their first three seasons.

    4. Denver (3) - in dispatching the Chargers, the Broncos clinched the AFC West yet again. Peyton Manning battled the flu and was briefly injured in the game. They diagnosed it as a thigh injury, but that's likely just a cover for the shot he took to his throwing shoulder. Statworthy: The Broncos have won 12 straight road divisional games.

    John McMullen @JFMcMullen ·

    Peyton Manning went over 4,000 yards today, his NFL-record 14th career 4,000-yard passing season. #Broncos


    5. Detroit (5) - the Fighting Zims didn't make it easy, but Detroit played strong D and got enough on offense to take the game, and they now sit as the #2 seed in the NFC. Statworthy: Sunday was the first game all season that the Lions had a higher field goal percentage made in a game than their opponent.


    6. Dallas (8) - a commanding win for the Cowboys to take control of the NFC East away from the Eagles. DeMarco Murray was injured on the day though with a broken hand. That may complicate the final 2 weeks of the season. Statworthy: Tony Romo has thrown a TD in 40 straight road games, the longest streak in the NFL. Bonus Statworthy: The Cowboys are the only undefeated road team in the NFL. Every other team has at least two road losses.

    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo ·
    DeMarco Murray leads the NFL in rushing this season (1,687) and has 409 more rush yards than the next closest player, Le'Veon Bell



    7. Arizona (9) - You have to wonder just how much luck the Cardinals have left. They are 11-3, the #1 seed in the NFC, but they are now down to their #3 QB. Statworthy: the 11 wins this season matches a franchise high for wins in a season for the Cardinals.

    8. Indianapolis (7) - it was another subpar day for the Indy offense, but they were able to get just enough defense (thanks in part to 2 injuries to Texans QB's) to get the win. Statworthy: Andrew Luck leads the league in first half turnovers.


    9. Philadelphia (6) - the Eagles defense was exposed yet again. It's hard to take this team seriously when their defense gives up so many points. They've given up 21 or more points in 11 of their 14 games this season.

    10. Pittsburgh (NR) - everyone thought the Steelers would run it all over the Falcons, so naturally Pittsburgh came out and passed it all over them instead while Le'Veon Bell actually had a quiet day on the ground. Statworthy: Antonio Brown is just the 4th player in NFL history to accumulate 110 or more receptions in a season. Bonus Statworthy: Big Ben was 12 of 14 against the blitz Sunday.

    Will Graves@WillGravesAP 17m17 minutes ago

    Steelers lead the NFL in total offense w/2 games to go. Have done it just once in team history (1979).


    HONORABLE MENTIONS

    Cincinnati - a much needed dominant performance by the Bengals on Sunday to spoil Johnny Manziel's debut. How dominant was it? The Browns had just 5 first downs on the day, and 2 of those were via penalties on the Bengals. In total the Browns were held to 107yds on just 38 plays. The tone was set on the first Browns drive of the day when Manziel scrambled for the first down marker only to come up inches short. I kid you not.

    Bengals force Browns to go three and out on opening possession. Reggie Nelson stuffed him short of the first.https://t.co/pgy0TzyiSN
    — Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall)


    San Diego - the Chargers playoff hopes are suddenly in dire straits after having started the season 5-1, yet only winning 3 of their last 8. It's shades of the Norv Turner days. Statworthy: After having a 15:2 TD:INT ratio over the first 6 games, Phillip Rivers has just a 12:11 TD ratio over the last 8 games.

    Baltimore - the Ravens got a tough test in a FG fest by the feisty Jaguars. The difference in the game ended up being a blocked punt returned for a FG. They've put themselves in good position to get a playoff berth.

    Bottom 5

    28.New York Jets (28) - an ugly win for an ugly team. Geno Smith did just enough to get the win, but the Jets still need to desperately find a QB of the future. Preferably the right one this time.

    29. Oakland (29) - The Raiders have been playing opponents tought, but not this week. 60 dropbacks for Derek Carr is not a recipe for a win. Statworthy: Carr's 60 dropbacks was the most by a rookie since Chris Weinke's 63 in 2001.

    30. Washington (30) - at this point everyone associated with Washington surely just wants this season to be over with. Who gets fired first, RGIII or Jay Gruden?

    31. Tampa Bay (31) - while they aren't at the bottom of our rankings, the Bucs currently have the inside track for the #1 pick in the draft, and they have plenty of needs to use it on.

    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

    Mike Evans now has 11 Rec TD this season, tied for most by a rookie in Buccaneers history (Mike Williams in 2010)



    32. Tennessee (32) - The bad team no one cares about couldn't beat the bad team the media thinks EVERYONE cares about. But hey, at least there was a fight! Granted, no one seemed to care much about that either.

    @KMart_LI: HOLY CRAP! Mayhem here at LP Field ...just saw fisticuffs and a helmet flying

    What Say You FP?[/COLOR]

    Comments 17 Comments
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      How are the Bears not in the bottom 5.
    1. Bengals1181's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by iwatt View Post
      How are the Bears not in the bottom 5.

      somehow, they have gotten to 5 wins.
    1. Rich Gapinski's Avatar
      The Bears are one of the five worst teams in the league. Just because they got to five doesn't mean you shouldn't recognize their top level organizational suck right now.
    1. Bengals1181's Avatar
      maybe you guys are right. Jay Cutler just got benched for... Jimmy Clausen.
    1. Brian Williams's Avatar
      Would you have any confidence in the Bears or Redskins beating anyone right now? Other than the Titans? In my book, those are the 3 worst teams in the league.

      Also, there's only one realistic hope in the AFC to help us avoid another Denver-New England AFC Championship. Get over the flaws, and look at the one team that can keep up with those teams offensively. No one wants to admit it, but it's true.
    1. vancemeek's Avatar
      And don't forget, Green Bay's loss was aided by the dumbest rule in all of sports. I really wanted to see the Pack offense vs the Bills D with the game on the line and 2 minutes to play. Instead a moronic rule ended the game.
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      I smell your reverse jinxing all the way from NW Ohio.

      But, really, Bears? Jimmy Freaking Clausen? What? Rick Freaking Mirer was busy? Maybe you could get Jim Harbaugh to come audition for his next position as QB/HC?

      Jeez. What a train wreck.
    1. Nancy's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Bengals1181 View Post
      maybe you guys are right. Jay Cutler just got benched for... Jimmy Clausen.
      It's the Curse of the Panthers. If Jay Jay had beaten the evil Saints for us Monday, this wouldn't have happened. But noooooo...so now it's Pickle Time in the Windy City. Take that, Bears.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Sullivan View Post
      I smell your reverse jinxing all the way from NW Ohio.

      But, really, Bears? Jimmy Freaking Clausen? What? Rick Freaking Mirer was busy? Maybe you could get Jim Harbaugh to come audition for his next position as QB/HC?

      Jeez. What a train wreck.
      Bench him against the Cowboys, if you think he is the problem. Benching him when the season is over???

      unless we definitely are tanking to get the best pick possible. But that would almost reek of somebody thinking ahead, and not blindly reacting. But the Bears aren't eating a $15,5 million salary next year. Which comes to the point of contracts. His contract ws front loaded this year so that next year wasn't that onerous. We all agree Cutler never proved to be worth $23 million, but the way it was structured was to avoid brutal cap hits like the Steelers and Cowboys might be in if Romo or Ben go South due to injury or age. But idiot press and talking heads keep going on th "highest paid QB" crap and blasting him even harder for him.

      Cutler hasn't done anything different than he's done in years past. Production wise he is slight up, but his total TOs are up. His Y/A is down because of all the goddamn screens called, but his COmp% is up (and Jay never was that big on screens, so that is on coaches play calling). His INT% is no different than last years, the issues are the fumbles. And that alos comes up when you have the second highest Pass/run ratio in the league. Only the Raiders have thron more frequently than the Bears

      Jay isn't great. He never will be great. The Bears were hoping for him to go the Flacco route. Jay is a league average QB in a differnt way than Alex Smith is. Smith is average production, little variance. Jay is higher production, higher variance.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Nancy View Post
      It's the Curse of the Panthers. If Jay Jay had beaten the evil Saints for us Monday, this wouldn't have happened. But noooooo...so now it's Pickle Time in the Windy City. Take that, Bears.
      Nancy's revenge for Peppers is a dish best served cold...
    1. Bengals1181's Avatar
      Next year Jim Harbaugh is the coach of:
    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Bengals1181 View Post
      Next year Jim Harbaugh is the coach of:
    1. Bengals1181's Avatar
      I still say the Bears. I don't think he wants to go back to college.

      He's a former Bear so obviously has ties to the job and the city. They'll have an opening as well.

      And he's just arrogant enough to think he can fix Jay Cutler.



      Plus, his style of football fits the Bears well.
    1. Bengals1181's Avatar
      damn.



      Troy Renck@TroyRenck 44m44 minutes ago
      According to http://OddsShark.com , #Jaguars favored tonight. Ends 42-game streak as underdog. So there's that...
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Bengals1181 View Post
      I still say the Bears. I don't think he wants to go back to college.

      He's a former Bear so obviously has ties to the job and the city. They'll have an opening as well.

      And he's just arrogant enough to think he can fix Jay Cutler.



      Plus, his style of football fits the Bears well.

      One thing though. Harbaugh will ask for a very high salary. Mcaskey's are cheap...
    1. edave's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Bengals1181 View Post
      it was a rare off-day for Aaron Rodgers in Buffalo, but the Bills defense also might just be the best defense in the league at the moment. Green Bay will be fine. RELAX. Statworthy: Green Bay is just 3-4 on the road this year, while going 7-0 at home.
      The Bills D does has been playing well of late. Jim Schwartz has been doing a pretty good job of tossing monkey wrenches into the Packers offense for a number of years. He seems to have a lot of answers when it comes to slowing McCarthy's system down.
    1. Nancy's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by iwatt View Post
      Nancy's revenge for Peppers is a dish best served cold...
      Let us not forget Muhsin Muhammad. I haven't. Of course, we did basically steal Greg Olsen so I guess I should let the Peppers/Muhammad thing go just a little.