The KMF Power Poll - Week 1 (Where Overreacting Happens) Pt. 1
by, 09-14-2010 at 04:22 PM (2281 Views)
We all know Power Rankings are utterly useless and should not be viewed as a legitimate means of ranking teams in the NFL under any circumstances. But a Power Poll? Sounds like something with more credibility, even though it's equally as useless. Long story short, it's an excuse for me to post a blog. Deal with it. So without further ado, let's countdown backwards from 32 to 1 as I try not to look like an idiot by next week.
32) Buffalo Bills - Trent Edwards continues his mastery of the checkdown while Bills fans are left wondering why their team skipped on a franchise QB/LT to draft CJ Spiller, who was then given only seven carries against the Dolphins for a total of six yards. The good news for Bills fans is that you can probably save money by ordering your Jake Locker jersey right now instead of waiting until after the Draft.
31) Cleveland Brows - Jake Delhomme threw two interceptions against the Tampa Bay Bucs. In other shocking news; fire is hot, and the earth is round. Montario Hardesty is already out for the season with a torn ACL, and Josh Cribbs may be the best QB on the roster. Do we need any further proof that God hates Cleveland?
30) Oakland Raiders - I think it's too early to start worrying about whether or not Jason Campbell was part of the problem in Washington as opposed to being part of the solution in Oakland, but this team was supposed to have a good defense to fall back on. The only positive that came out of this was Darren McFadden looking like a good NFL RB, as evidence by the fact that he outscored studs like Steven Jackson and DeAngelo Williams in fantasy this week. Err, don't ask me how I know that...please.
29) St. Louis Rams - 55 pass attempts!?! In his first game?!? I'm still not sure how to react to that, things are either going to go really well or really badly for Sam Bradford this year. The Rams at least looked competitive, which is more than could be said for a majority of their games last year. There is some reason for optimism after all.
28) Detroit Lions - Catch or no catch, the Lions were competitive in a road game, a rare occasion in it's own right. However, Matthew Stafford suffered a seperated shoulder during the game and nobody seems to be quite sure of when he'll return to the lineup. The Lions had a brutal schedule anyway, and while Shaun Hill is a capable starter, he doesn't help their chances of winning. If Stafford can't go for an extended period of time, this team is in trouble. The Lions next three games? v. Philadelphia, at Minnesota, and at Green Bay. Yikes.
27) Denver Broncos - This team as of right now is exactly who I thought they were. They will keep games close and manage to hang around for a while, but lack the explosive punch to take a game into their own hands and put an opponent away. That seems like a recipe for 4-5 wins and a top 10 pick come April.
26) Carolina Panthers - Actually went into halftime leading, but couldn't hold off the Giants down the stretch. Maybe Matt Moore's 32.6 QB Rating had something to do with that. This team can't afford to get away from the running game, Williams and Stewart combined for only 21 carries in this game. If that's how this offense is going to look, it's going be a long season in the Carolinas.
25) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - On one hand, they showed poise and were impressive in a 4th quarter comeback On the other hand, they needed a 4th quarter comeback to beat the Browns. Plenty of positives came out of this game though. Josh Freeman looked the part of an NFL QB, rookie WR "The Other" Mike Williams could end up being a steal, and Cadillac Williams has no more patellar tendons left to tear. This is a team on the rise and could be good for an upset or two as a spoiler down the stretch.
24) Arizona Cardinals - Derek Anderson didn't throw an interception and didn't do anything else cringeworthy to kill his own team. The defense made plays and reminded everyone that they can play well outside of the Playoffs. If San Francisco's performance was a precursor of things to come and not just an abberation, then maybe we were all too quick to write off the Cardinals...
23) Jacksonville Jaguars - Question: If the Jaguars win a game, except nobody in the state of Florida shows up to see it, does it reflect that way in the standings? David Garrard looks determined to prove that he's not a lame duck QB, as his 3 TDs on Sunday proved. Right now this team looks like it's basement is lower than it's ceiling is high, but they have the potential to change that. Stay tuned, because we all know the city of Jacksonville won't be.
22) San Francisco 49ers - In retrospect, I think we were all a little (ok, a lot) crazy to have so much faith in a team led by Alex Smith. 2.2 YPC for Frank Gore doesn't exactly bode well for this team either, and the defense looked lost and confused against Seattle. On the bright side though, Ted Ginn still has great hands in practice.
21) Chicago Bears - Honestly, I still have no idea what to make of this team, considering that they barely beat the Lions. So I'm sticking them at 21 and reserving further judgment until later. Bears fans should just be happy that Jay Cutler is on pace for only 16 INTs this year.
20) Seattle Seahawks - This team has just absolutely flabbered my ghast. Pete Carroll in the NFL? Mike Williams is back in the league? As of right now, we're in the middle of a block of teams that I can't figure out how good they are, so expect short descriptions and a snarky comment or two.
19) Philadelphia Eagles - Another team that showed flashes of promise, but could still end up being crappy. My two cents on the Kolb/Vick psuedo-controversy: I think Vick gives them a better chance to win, but we all know how Andy Reid does things. He's going to stick with Kolb until the bitter end, even if it means sacrificing this season in the process.
18) San Diego Chargers - The last of the teams that I have no clue on. They need Marcus McNeill a lot more than they need Vincent Jackson, I think that much is clear. They couldn't run the ball, and they had too many mental lapses. That being said, this team always starts slow under Norv, and could still end up going 13-3. Nothing is out of the question yet with this team.
17) Miami Dolphins - I think Miami is actually better than this ranking suggests, but they looked less than impressive against the Bills and should've won this game by double digits. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and expect a better performance next week.
16) Dallas Cowboys - Have scored one TD in their last two games, going back to last post-season against the Vikings. There are reasons to be worried about the Cowboys, the biggest of which would be injuries on the offensive line. Never underestimate how much the big uglies mean to the success of a team.
15) Cincinnati Bengals - Didn't look anything like the top five defense they were last season, and were in a coma offensively. They lacked intensity on the field and just seemed out of their element at times. Next week against Baltimore will reveal a lot about this team and whether or not they're still a contender.
14) Kansas City Chiefs - Is this ranking generous? Probably, but they just looked like the better team on Monday night. Matt Cassel might end up being the youngest "Game Manager" QB of all-time, but that's because Jamaal Charles is really, really, good, incase you hadn't noticed. If their special teams plays like that all season, that's a huge bonus and can swing games for them like it did last night. McCluster and Arenas looked dangerous returning kicks.
13) New York Jets - Are trying to become the first team in NFL history to win a Super Bowl without anything that resembles an offense. Kris Jenkins tore his ACL (again) and Mark Sanchez just looked "Hide ya kids, hide ya wife, hide ya husband" atrocious. Not even Mark Brunell's daughter could stand to watch him last night.
12) Washington Redskins - Still weary of buying this team because of the offensive inadequacy against the Cowboys, but the defense might be good enough to overcome that. I also don't expect the offense to struggle that much on a regular basis. What I do know is that the Football Outsiders love the Redskins this year, and they have their own website while I'm blogging on somebody else's. Advantage them.
11) Atlanta Falcons - Not going to drop them down too far because Pittsburgh's defense looks absolutely frightening. We'll know a lot more about them after next week against Arizona. If they struggle in that game too, then it's time to panic.
<Due to character limit, I had to split this into two parts. Please click here for Part 2.>