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2017-2018 NFL Power Rankings: Week 2

1. Chiefs (+0)

Kansas City follows a dominant win against New England with an impressive home finish against Philadelphia, who’s playing like a playoff team right now.

2. Raiders (+0)

Derek Carr lights up the Jets with Michael Crabtree hauling in three touchdowns.

3. Broncos (+10)

They looked very good in week one against the Chargers and followed it up with a dominant performance against the Cowboys. Was arguably the best game on Sunday. Trevor Siemian looks like more than a game manager and the No Fly Zone is alive and well.

4. Eagles (+0)

Hard for me to fault the Eagles when they played a competitive game against the Chiefs. Carson Wentz is far superior to Jared Goff and looks like a young franchise staple, though we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves just yet.

5. Patriots (+0)

I’m reluctant to move them after a concerning start last week, but the Saints gave the Patriots a chance to sure up their secondary. They were up to the task. Brady looked like himself.

6. Cowboys (-3)

Dallas got throttled. The best offensive line in football could not contain the Denver pass rush. Prescott played well despite a lack of a running game. Not well enough that he can beat a team like Denver by himself, but well. Cowboys defense looked out of sorts.

7. Lions (+0)

Stafford beats a dismal Giants team. Not much news here.

8. Falcons (+2)

After a head-turning score against Buffalo, Atlanta beats Rodgers at home.

9. Packers (-3)

They played Seattle and Atlanta in their first two games, easily the toughest slate thus far. Winning one of those games is still a good start to the season.

10. Steelers (-1)

Offense got some consistency against Minnesota but nowhere near the production of last season. Ben looks like the wheels are slowing down, though not enough to hit the panic button. Offensive line played much better against a top-ten front seven. Unsure how good Steelers defense is given their lack of competition (Kizer, Keenum).

11. Titans (+1)

Clearly the frontrunners in the South right now, Tennessee pulled away from the Jaguars in the second half. Neither Murray or Mariota are in fourth gear right now and they still put up 37 against Jacksonville.

12. Ravens (-4)

Offense is still unsteady. Capable defense has played weak competition (Browns, Bengals).

13. Seahawks (-2)

This team better find an offensive line fast. Right now, looks like Russell Wilson and the opposing team’s entire defensive line is playing a game of tag. Seattle is at risk of not making the playoffs despite the Legion of Boom, which would be a genuine travesty.

14. Vikings (+0)

Without Bradford and against a better team, the Minnesota offense was contained. Defense played admirably against a top-five O-line.

15. Buccaneers (+3)

Winston has all the tools he requires to have a top-ten offense. Doug Martin isn’t even back yet.

16. Jaguars (-1)

The Jaguars’ run, run, run tactic waned against Tennessee, who caught on as quickly as expected. Jaguars desperately need quarterback help. This issue will likely leave them out of the playoff race for the umpteenth time.

17. Chargers (-1)

The Chargers choke more than any team in football. Getting that monkey off their back will lead to a lot of wins. Rivers can lead this team.

18. Rams (-1)

Got straight run over by Washington, who had 229 yards on the ground. Wade Phillips is the coordinator in Los Angeles. Need to bounce back against San Fran.

19. Panthers (+1)

Carolina might be the least interesting undefeated team remaining. Wins against the 9ers and Bills don’t tell us much about the Panthers.

20. Redskins (+3)

Ground game looked great. Cousins looks like he misses McVay’s play calls.

21. Saints (+0)

Saints had trouble in the red zone in week one. Waiting for them to utilize Adrian Peterson in some meaningful way. Defense is still set for historic numbers.

22. Dolphins (+2)

Not getting excited about Cutler. Ajayi has to prove he’s for real this year.

23. Bears (-1)

After a strong showing against Atlanta, a meh one against the Bucs.

24. Cardinals (-5)

We’re learning how important David Johnson is to this football team. Defense will earn them wins but they got lightly carved by Jacoby Brissett.

25. Bills (+2)

Buffalo hung with Carolina. Let’s get Shady going, shall we?

26. Texans (+2)

Houston really needed this one. Deshaun Watson will have some growing pains but had a connection with Hopkins on Thursday. Watt stepped up.

27. Browns (-2)

Cleveland’s team is young. They will win games and should win against the Colts next week.

28. 49ers (+1)

Held Seattle in check, lost 12-9. Score a touchdown and that’s a W.

29. Giants (-3)

The line is a mess and McAdoo’s scheme might be worse. A team with as talented a receiving corps as the Giants have to suck this much is inexcusable. McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese need canned. They have a top-ten defense that likely won’t see the playoffs.

30. Jets (+1)

They hung with Oakland for a bit there.

31. Colts (+1)

Brissett showed us how truly awful Scott Tolzien is. This team could use some Luck right now.

32. Bengals (-2)

Andy Dalton is likely seeing his last year in Cincy. The offensive coordinator was fired following Thursday’s game. Marvin Lewis still has a job in the NFL, for some reason.

Biggest Climb: Broncos (+10)

Biggest Fall: Cardinals (-5)

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2017-2018 NFL Power Rankings: Week 1

1. Chiefs

Kansas City had a historic night against the best team in football. Alex Smith played the best game of his career in a crucial game, not only because it was on the road in New England, but because draft pick Patrick Mahomes is now on the bench chomping at the bit for a shot. Kareem Hunt, after fumbling on his first NFL snap, exploded with the most fantasy points ever scored in a rookie debut in the history of the NFL. His stat line was quite impressive (17 for 148, TD; 5 receptions for 98, 2 TDs) and with Spencer Ware out for the year, was the type of game Kansas City needed to see from the Toledo product. Tyreek Hill looked like a star receiver. All this said, it’s important to put things into perspective. Tom Brady was clearly not himself on Thursday, two long touchdowns were scored off of blown coverages and again, Alex Smith has seen his best performance pass him by. It was the perfect start for the Chiefs, but just the start.

2. Raiders

Derek Carr looked fresh off his season-ending injury from last year and Marshawn Lynch looked like Marshawn. I’m hesitant to get too excited about the latter, just because it was one game, but I had no complaints. It was also against Tennessee, a likely playoff team. Finally, it was probably a fluke, but the Raiders didn’t allow a passing touchdown and DeMarco Murray didn’t get 50 yards rushing.

3. Cowboys

The second year matters a lot more to an NFL player’s career than the first because it shows whether or not he’s a one-hit wonder. Dak Prescott does not look like a one-hit wonder. Dallas has made a seamless transition at the quarterback position, found a running back that makes the absolute most of his offensive line and defensive coordinator Scott Linehan has done wonders with the Cowboys defense. Notre Dame star Jaylon Smith looked good.

4. Eagles

Carson Wentz looked improved with a valid receiving core and outperformed Kirk Cousins. The Philly defensive front looked insufferable.

5. Patriots

New England’s still my Super Bowl pick, but looked disorganized on Thursday. The Patriots defense set a record for most yardage allowed in the Belichick era and couldn’t get any pressure on Alex Smith. That element must change quick. However, New England fans shouldn’t panic. They face New Orleans on Sunday, the perfect team to face when you need to improve your defense and get your offense rolling.

6. Packers

Packers once again come out victorious against a powerful foe. Defense held Russell Wilson at bay, though that may say more about the Seahawks offensive line then the Packers defense. Still, a win against Atlanta in week 2 would be huge.

7. Lions

Matt Stafford started the first game following his bloated contract signing in the worst way, throwing a pick-six, but, as Stafford does, slinged his way to yet another fourth quarter comeback. However, as has always been the problem with Detroit, they still have no idea how to run the ball. Ameer Abdullah was nonexistent. This continual reliance on Stafford will come back to bite the Lions for the umpteenth time in a row.

8. Ravens

Yes, they played the Bengals, who are awful, as I expected. Yes, Joe Flacco was mediocre at best. Yes, the Ravens defense played way better than I anticipated in its opening game and yes, that alone is worth a top-ten spot after a rather mundane week 1 for the NFL.

9. Steelers

Ben looked frazzled, the offensive line struggled, Le’Veon Bell was clearly not prepared after his holdout and the offensive play calling was lacking. However, T.J. Watt and the defensive pressure on rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer was great, totaling seven sacks and Antonio Brown showed why he’s the highest-paid receiver in the league with an 11-reception, 182 yard performance. That is why Brown got the extension with the Steelers and not Bell. They play the Vikings on Sunday, which will give the offensive line a chance to redeem themselves against one of the best defensive lines in football.

10. Falcons

Nothing flashy. Actually concerning that they couldn’t beat Chicago until the last play of the game.

11. Seahawks

Russell Wilson needs help up front. Badly. He can perform insane athletic feats as he scrambles for his life, but he can’t be expected to do that every game. A running game would be a huge help, too. The Seattle defense is excellent, but if you hold Aaron Rodgers to 17 points and still lose, you need to take a real look at your offense.

12. Titans

Marcus Mariota wasn’t flashy and Murray didn’t thrill against the Raiders defense but it’s worth noting their defense held the Raiders to 26. They kept them in the game. Look to make a big step in 2017 and hopefully, a playoff spot.

13. Broncos

Trevor Siemian looked fine in his first start of the year. Broncos defense will give teams fits all season.

14. Vikings

Not going to get excited about Sam Bradford carving the worst defense in the league. Dalvin Cook looked good and one of the best defenses in football did great in the red zone against Drew Brees.

15. Jaguars

I had them ranked highly after they were able to contend with Green Bay in week one last year. We’ll see if something similar happens. Last year, following the Green Bay game, they went 2-11. Fournette looked good and Jacksonville looks content to run the wheels off of him, but that strategy won’t work against everyone. They’ll need to get more creative as the season progresses.

16. Chargers

A late rally nearly got the Los Angeles Chargers a W. They lost a lot of close games last year, a stat that needs to change if they want a postseason birth.

17. Rams

Not going to get excited about the Rams beating on Scott Tolzien. Rams defense will be good this year with Wade Phillips in town.

18. Buccaneers

Bye. Jameis should be a lot better with added weapons on the offense.

19. Cardinals

Loss of David Johnson will hurt this team tremendously. Carson Palmer looked washed up.

20. Panthers

Carolina won against the 49ers. Yay.

21. Saints

The defense is awful but if they performed in the red zone, they likely beat the Vikings.

22. Bears

Nearly pulled off an upset of an Atlanta.

23. Redskins

Ryan Kerrigan is really good and the defensive front will get some pressure. Offense looked stagnant.

24. Dolphins

Bye. Not thrilled to see Jay Cutler.

25. Browns

Looked like an actual football team. Offensive line should allow for a strong running game this year.

26. Giants

McAdoo needs fired. Offense, despite multiple weapons, is bottom five. Great defense will help them contend for a playoff spot but already regret picking them for a wild card spot.

27. Bills

Struggling to beat the Jets is nothing to be proud of.

28. Texans

Defense struggled with Jags. Hopefully Deshaun Watson can get the offense going.

29. 49ers

Kyle Shanahan should get some fresh energy in the locker room.

30. Bengals

Andy Dalton is approaching a cliff. Marvin Lewis has been off the cliff for years but continues to have a job.

31. Jets

Who would have thought the Jets wouldn’t be at the bottom of the power rankings after week one?

32. Colts

The defense is thin and without Andrew Luck, we get to see how awful Indy really is.

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2016-2017 NFL Power Rankings: Week 7

1. Patriots (+0)

New England is simply too good, railroading anyone who dares to get in their way. Brady is on pace to be the first player ever to win the MVP without playing a full season (can’t recall anyone who has ever done that).

2. Vikings (+0)

Vikings drop their first game of the year. Philly showed their vulnerable on the offensive line (Minnesota’s two starting tackles are both out with injury). With that said, Minnesota is going to have to drop another game before they lose command of this spot.

3. Falcons (+0)

The loss to Seattle is hard to penalize them for. San Diego in the last few weeks has shown they can be dangerous. That said, a home game vs. Green Bay is a must-win.

4. Cowboys (+0)

Bye. Pumped for DAL and PHI on SNF.

5. Broncos (+1)

Denver humiliated Brock Osweiler. Established dominance. C.J. Anderson’s injury will certainly change the offense. Curious to see how they adjust.

6. Eagles (+5)

Who would have thought we’d have two NFC East teams in the top-ten this year? Philly dropped their last two but silenced the doubters with a win over the Vikings.

7. Raiders (+1)

I’m still perplexed how this team sits here on my board but there just aren’t a lot of teams I’d take over Oakland.

8. Seahawks (-3)

What we witnessed on Sunday Night Football was torturous in every sense of the word. Every time Seattle has a change to put the division under lock and key, they give analysts a doubt as to how good they really are. With ten minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Seahawks had yet to have multiple first downs on a possession. Russell Wilson is playing hurt and Seattle has decide how long they want to deal with that handicap.

9. Steelers (-2)

A Pittsburgh team led by Landry Jones lost to 11 to New England. Teams who were healthy and faced New England have lost by more. A well-deserved bye week for the Steelers should give them the recuperation time they need.

10. Chiefs (-1)

Shouldn’t have had troubles with New Orleans. AFC West is toughest division in football right now.

11. Lions (+7)

Consecutive wins over Philly, Los Angeles and Washington look pretty good, especially for a team near the bottom in rushing. Stafford hasn’t lost a step without Calvin and has looked better this year than he has in recent ones.

12. Redskins (+0)

Narrow loss to Washington doesn’t diminish their ranking this week.

13. Packers (+0)

A win over a Chicago team that had to play most of the game with Matt Barkley at quarterback is not astounding.

14. Bills (-4)

The foolish Bills started McCoy with a bum hamstring. McCoy promptly injured his hamstring further and is now unlikely to play against New England in a must-win game if they want any chance of capturing the AFC East. Foolish indeed. Oh and they got torched by Miami, too.

15. Bengals (-1)

Win a meaningful game. Please, for the love of all that’s holy, win a meaningful game, Cincinnati, or your fall in the rankings will continue.

16. Giants (-1)

OBJ saved this team last week. Case Keenum saved the Giants season this week.

17. Chargers (+7)

Wins over Denver and Atlanta in back-to-back weeks have saved San Diego’s season and shown, had it not been for failing in the clutch multiple times early, they could be the front runners in the West. As I said, West is the best right now.

18. Rams (-1)

Todd Gurley has the third-worst ypc (3.0) among qualified players. Keenum just threw four interceptions.

19. Cardinals (+1)

That game on Sunday night was a crime against humanity. David Johnson was the only entertainment to be had.

20. Dolphins

Jay Ajayi became the fourth runningback in NFL history to run for 200 yards in back-to-back games. He has single-handedly resurrected the Dolphins’ season.

21. Texans (-2)

Embarrassed. Brock Osweiler threw for the second fewest passing yards on 40 attempts in NFL history. $72 million for this guy.

22. Ravens (-6)

The Ravens skid continues, dropping their fourth consecutive game.

23. Panthers (+0)

Bye.

24. Saints (+1)

The offense is killer. Nearly beat Kansas City.

25. Titans (-3)

Should’ve beat Indy and grabbed the AFC South throne. They did not. The South is the weakest division in football, again.

26. Buccaneers (+0)

Beat San Fran. Yay.

27. Colts (+0)

Beating the Titans is nice and all. Show me more.

28. Jets (+0)

They beat the Ravens and ended their slip n slide but that doesn’t excuse said slide.

29. Bears (+1)

Cutler returns next week. That’s good.

30. 49ers (-1)

Own that six-game losing streak, San Fran!

31. Jaguars (+0)

This team is horrid despite the talent they have. Need changes in the staff if they want to move forward.

32. Browns (+0)

They’ve been close to winning a few times. I’m taking them against the Jets.

Biggest Climb: Lions, Chargers (+7)

Biggest Fall: Ravens (-6)

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2016-2017 NFL Power Rankings: Week 6

1. Patriots (+0)

The Bengals were no match. New England remains the king.

2. Vikings (+0)

The Vikings had a bye and maintain their spot. They play Philly next week, another tough test.

3. Falcons (+1)

Atlanta nearly pulled off the trifecta and if it weren’t for a blatant pass interference no-call, Atlanta wins in Seattle. Their strength of schedule and competitiveness in those games moves them up a spot.

4. Cowboys (+2)

Elliott is a bulldozer and Prescott the perfect game manager. I believe in the Cowboys this year.

5. Seahawks (+3)

Seattle gets a big win over Atlanta, showing they can compete with the big boys.

6. Broncos (-3)

Back-to-back losses drops Denver out of the top five but remain a dangerous team.

7. Steelers (-2)

Pittsburgh has another drastic collapse, flailing against the Dolphins. Ben is now out. Unless they’re competitive against New England, they’ll likely be out of the top ten next week.

8. Raiders (-1)

Oakland falls to Kansas City but have accomplished too much thus far to fall out of my select group.

9. Chiefs (+2)

The Chiefs strength of schedule will likely kick them out next week but an impressive return from the bye week can’t be ignored.

10. Bills (+4)

LeSean McCoy is having a great year and the Bills defense has shown up the last few games. LeSean is hurt and unlikely to be himself next week. How will the offense respond?

11. Eagles (-2)

Wentz was hassled all game and lose an inter-divisional game to the Redskins. I can hear people talking jumping off the Eagles bandwagon already. The team has been competitive in their last two losses. I’m not concerned yet.

12. Redskins (+9)

I have not given the Redskins the credit that they’ve deserved. This week, I make up for that and they give me a reason to, topping Philly at home.

13. Packers (-3)

Green Bay falls to Dallas. Their stats were bloating going into this game, especially on defense. The Cowboys set the record straight. Rodgers is not himself this year. Don’t sound the alarm, but their playoff hopes are shrinking.

14. Bengals (-2)

Cincinnati is 0-4 in meaningful games (PIT, DEN, DAL, NE). Wins against sub-.500 teams will not get you to the playoffs.

15. Giants (+2)

The media and the Giants organization have been giving Odell Beckham Jr. an earful. He may have just saved their season.

16. Ravens (-1)

The Ravens are now 1-3 in meaningful games and on a three-game losing streak. They need to beat the Jets next week.

17. Rams (-1)

As I said in my sports report last week, the Ram defense is not what it was. Todd Gurley cannot carry this offense. With that said, LA showed on Sunday that they can find a way to put up points if they need to. They put up 28 on Detroit.

18. Lions (+0)

Detroit had a tough streak of losses to Tennessee, Green Bay and Chicago but have bounced back with wins over Philadelphia and Los Angeles. They have Washington next week.

19. Texans (-6)

Houston’s offense looked dysfunctional versus Indianapolis. Imagine how they’ll play against Denver next week. Osweiler has not demonstrated he’s worth that contract.

20. Cardinals (-1)

Arizona has to do a lot to redeem himself. Beating a limping dog like the Jets is a small step.

21. Dolphins (+2)

Miami torched Pittsburgh. An injured Ben certainly helped but Jay Ajayi’s historic rushing performance was something.

22. Titans (+0)

Tennessee might be the frontrunner of the AFC South. I’m not calling it but it could happen. They’ve got the Colts next week.

23. Panthers (-2)

Carolina suffers a fourth-straight loss. They have a bye now. Hopefully they can regroup.

24. Chargers (+6)

Finally get a win and against Denver. Let’s see if they improve now that they have the monkey off their back. Bad news: they play Atlanta on Sunday.

25. Saints (+4)

The Saints top the Panthers at home. Believe in Brees, New Orleans. There ain’t no defense to believe in.

26. Buccaneers (+0)

Tampa Bay has the tools on offense that they could be higher than this. Still waiting for them to demonstrate it.

27. Colts (-3)

A blow lead by the Colts against a team they manhandled for almost an entire 60 just isn’t gonna cut it.

28. Jets (-3)

They’re bad.

29. 49ers (-2)

Kaepernick looked better than Gabbert but the team doesn’t have the talent to compete.

30. Bears (+1)

Narrow loss to the Jaguars. Brian Hoyer doesn’t look like a backup quarterback at least.

31. Jaguars (-3)

They have all the reason to improve. They just don’t.

32. Browns (+0)

The Browns.

Biggest Climb: Redskins (+9)

Biggest Drop: Texans (-6) 

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2016-2017 NFL Power Rankings: Week 5

1. Patriots (+1)

Tom Brady is back with no rust to show from his absence. The Patriots are healthy. The Patriots are lethal.

2. Vikings (+1)

I’m still amazed that Minnesota has accomplished what they’ve accomplished without Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson. Truly an astounding feat.

3. Broncos (-2)

Denver missed Trevor Siemian on Sunday. Paxton Lynch showed his potential but made some youthful mistakes.

4. Falcons (+3)

Over Carolina. Over Denver. Not only that, they’ve set a franchise record for most points through five games (175). Can they beat Seattle on the road and complete the trifecta? If they do, it’s likely they find themselves at number one next week.

5. Steelers (+0)

Pittsburgh maintains its spot at five after a dismantling of the Jets.

6. Cowboys (+11)

I hate the Cowboys but the team is good this year. There’s no denying that. While a lack of competition is a valid argument, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have achieved. Elliott is the third rookie to have 130 rushing yards in three straight games. Despite how high I have them ranked, I see an upset in the forecast. I have Dallas beating Green Bay at Lambeau. If they do that, I’ll know for sure they belong in this conversation. They also have Philly the following week.

7. Raiders (+2)

Oakland is a peculiar team. They’re dead last in yards allowed and near the bottom in every defensive category. They’ve allowed over 2,200 yards and 150 points through five games. They’re only the fourth team to accomplish that in NFL history. They’re also the only one to accomplish it and still have a winning record. That might be because, according to my rankings, they’ve played two top-15 teams in five games. As the schedule hardens, I don’t know if this team will be able to overcome its defensive failings but thus far, they’ve found a way, somehow, and that can’t be ignored.

8. Seahawks (+0)

Bye. Seattle’s defense is at the top in ypg, but they also haven’t played a top-15 team yet. Let’s see how they do as the game heats up. They’ve got Atlanta, their first true test.

9. Eagles (+1)

They lost their first game because of a late fumble. Can’t penalize them for that, especially when two other teams in the top ten did so much worse.

10. Packers (-6)

I’m fed up with Green Bay. Lacy is the best player on offense right now. Not Rodgers, not Nelson and not Cobb. That pass attack needs to figure it out. Rodgers told us to relax and played well against Detroit, but let’s not forget that was Detroit. They struggled with the Giants, a team that just built their defense this offseason.

11. Chiefs (+0)

Bye. Steelers crushed them. They come back and face another flying offense, Oakland.

12. Bengals (-6)

They’ve faced three top-ten teams and haven’t beaten any of them. If you can’t compete when it counts, you don’t belong in the top-ten or the playoffs. Of course, Cincy knows about the latter all too well. I’ve said it for years. Cincinnati needs a receiver opposite of Green. Last year, Sanu showed he could be that guy. They chose not to re-sign him. Right now, they’re asking Brandon LaFell to be that guy. That’s laughable.

13. Texans (+0)

Hard to penalize a team as limited on offense as Houston for having troubles with Minnesota but another loss won’t be overshadowed.

14. Bills (+9)

Buffalo had a rough 0-2 start. They’ve won their last three. I see no reason why they can’t make it four against San Francisco. If they don’t, expect them to drop. Not much of an aerial attack in Buffalo with Taylor’s inconsistency and Watkins’ absence, but the defense has come together. They don’t have tough competition until the middle of the season. That’s when we’ll know who this team really is.

15. Ravens (+0)

Narrow loss to the Redskins can’t be skipped over. My concern with Baltimore’s stats and record thus far was strength of schedule. I might have been right about that.

16. Rams (+0)

The Rams have a tough schedule. 3-2 three weeks in, with this offense, regardless of competition, is a feat. That said, LA is middle of the road, nothing more.

17. Giants (+1)

The defense impressed against Green Bay but that very well could have been Green Bay’s recent ineptitude. On offense, it’s a battle of who sucks more, Eli or the run game.

18. Lions (+2)

They grab a narrow win against Philly. I want to see more before I jump up and down.

19. Cardinals (+0)

No points for a win over Blaine Gabbert. None.

20. Panthers (-8)

No Newton. No Panthers defense. No Panthers win. A loss to Tampa Bay at home is very unsettling.

21. Redskins (+1)

They sneak past Baltimore. DeSean hasn’t lit it up. Cousins is hanging in there. Not much to say here.

22. Titans (+3)

I picked Tennessee over Miami even though ESPN Pick ‘Em had that as an upset. I didn’t think it was. I was correct.

23. Dolphins (-2)

The Dolphins are drowning. Get it? Because they’re fish, they’re not supposed to drown? I’m gonna move on now.

24. Colts (+0)

I couldn’t tell you what this team did on Sunday. Probably because a win over Chicago does nothing to change my mind about them.

25. Jets (-11)

The Jets suck. Who knows where the 2015 team went.

26. Buccaneers (+4)

Tampa Bay gets some valuable points for a road win against the NFC champs, though at this point, it seems like a disservice to the term to call them that.

27. 49ers (-1)

They lose a point not for losing to Arizona but for letting David Johnson steamroll them. Kap starts on Sunday. Looking forward to it.

28. Jaguars (+0)

Bye. Jacksonville versus Chicago. Oh boy.

29. Saints (+0)

Bye. We’ll get to see if they got a defense over the last week. Probably not.

30. Chargers (-3)

They blew another one. How can you blow this many games in a row?

31. Bears (+0)

Here the Bears are likely to remain for the 2016 season.

32. Browns (+0)

Here the Browns are guaranteed to remain for the 2016 season. Last week, I said the Browns would start five quarterbacks this season. They started Charlie Whitehurst this week after Kessler was knocked out. Four down, one to go!

Biggest Climb: Cowboys (+11)

Biggest Drop: Jets (-11)

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Tim Sports Report for 2016 NFL Week 1

Top 5

  1. WR A.J. Green 12 receptions for 180 yards, TD vs. NYJ

2. RB DeAngelo Williams 26 carries for 143 yards, 2 TDs, 6 receptions for 28 yards vs. WAS

Becomes oldest RB (33) with 100 rushing yards and 2 rushing TDs in a game since Jerome Bettis in 2005.

3. RB Spencer Ware 11 carries for 70 yards, TD, 7 receptions for 129 yards vs. SD

4. RB C.J. Anderson 20 carries for 92 yards, TD, 4 receptions for 47 yards, TD vs. CAR

5. QB Drew Brees 28/42 for 423 yards, 4 TDs, Fmb, 131.3 passer rating vs. OAK

Worst of the Worst

5. Terrance Williams blows it, choosing to stay in the field of play rather than get out-of-bounds and stop the clock, essentially losing Dallas the game singlehandedly.

4. Chargers blow 24-3 lead to Chiefs.

3. Redskins put Josh Norman on the opposite side of Antonio Brown, let Brown rip them for 8 receptions for 126 yards, 2 TDs. There’s no logical explanation for this.

2. Cam headhunting. I didn’t get to watch all of the NFL opener but I saw all the hits by Friday. Once again, the NFL demonstrates a lack of empathy.

  1. Cardinals fail to beat Patriots without Brady AND Gronk AND at home

Steelers Recap

The Steelers looked sluggish early but Ben began to connect with his younger stars and the defense showed up, surrendering only three third down conversions in the contest. Meanwhile, DeAngelo Williams had one of the best performances of the week, once again defying time and making the argument that Pittsburgh doesn’t need LeVeon Bell’s irresponsibility, knee injuries and salary cap hit. The offensive line again made the debate that it deserves top-ten praise and Antonio Brown once again proved he can’t be ignored. At the end of the game, it was more of the same.

The Bengals come to Heinz Field on Sunday. After surrendering seven sacks on Sunday against the Jets and failing to get the run game going, Dalton was forced to air it out to Green, who proved to be Cincinnati’s savior and the week’s greatest performer, buying real estate on Revis Island. It’s likely Green will have another big day against Pittsburgh but if the Steelers are able to cancel everything else the Bengals have going on offense, it’s likely the Steelers offense will be able to outscore them. I’ll take Pittsburgh at home.

Game of the Week: Bengals @ Steelers

All of this to say, it’s my game of the week. I had the Panthers-Broncos game pegged for week one and I doubt this AFC North battle will disappoint.

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Tim Sports Report for 2015 NFL Week 4

Late again. Finally getting on top of things. Stay tuned.

Top 5

  1. RB Chris Ivory 29 carries for 166 yards, TD vs. MIA

2. QB Eli Manning 20/35 for 212 yards, 3 TDs, INT, 91.6 passer rating vs. BUF

3. RB Devonta Freeman 14 carries for 68 yards, 3 TDs vs. HOU

First running back to score three touchdowns in his first two starts. Seven touchdowns in his first four games, the most since LaDainian Tomlinson had eight in 2005.

4. RB Todd Gurley 19 carries for 146 yards vs. ARI

5. RB Justin Forsett 27 carries for 150 yards vs. PIT

Worst of the Worst

5. Eagles blow game late to Washington, fall to 1-3

4. Dolphins crushed by Jets, fire Philbin

3. QB Jameis Winston 26/43 for 287 yards, 2 TDs, 4 INTs, 57.0 passer rating vs. CAR

2. Blown call in endzone for illegal touching in DET-SEA game

  1. Josh Scobee misses two late field goals, leads to Steelers losing in overtime.

Steelers Recap

Josh freaking Scobee. I don’t think I’ve hated a Steelers player this much since Tommy Maddux. I don’t know what kicker we traded for, but I’m fairly certain it wasn’t Josh Scobee because Scobee could kick when he was in Jacksonville. The player that was in the lineup for the Steelers these past few weeks clearly could not. Scobee missed two crucial field goals against the Ravens, allowing Baltimore time to regain its composure, tie the game, and win it in overtime. There also was Todd Haley’s questionable play calls on two fourth down opportunities in the fourth quarter, a quarterback designed run, which failed miserably, and a pass that Vick threw over the head of Antonio Brown. In short yardage, handing it to Le’Veon Bell, who ran over the Ravens defense most of the game, was the clear choice and I still remain dumbfounded why the Steelers didn’t take that option.

The Steelers should have beat this team. The Ravens are far worse than I expected them to be this year and you cannot lose to division rivals at home, not in the AFC North. They go on the road to San Diego this week, who is also falling behind my expectations. Melvin Gordon hasn’t been the dynamic player everyone expected and the Chargers defense struggled to hold Cleveland. I still have the Chargers for this game though because of the Steelers poor secondary. It’s definitely a winnable game for Pittsburgh though.

Game of the Week: Seahawks @ Bengals

If you didn’t get a chance to see this game, you missed out big time. Best game of the year thus far.

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2014-2015 NFL Preview: NFC East

NFC EAST

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

GET: S Malcolm Jenkins, CB Nolan Carroll, RB Darren Sproles, QB Mark Sanchez

LOSE: WR DeSean Jackson, WR Jason Avant, S Patrick Chung, DE Clifton Geathers, QB Michael Vick

RE-SIGNS: WR Riley Cooper, WR Jeremy Maclin, S Nate Allen

DRAFT: 1st round: DE Marcus Smith, Louisville     2nd round: WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt     3rd round: WR Josh Huff, Oregon     4th round: CB Jaylen Watkins, Florida     5th round: DE Taylor Hart, Oregon     S Ed Reynolds, Stanford     7th round: DT Beau Allen, Wisconsin

SUMMARY: The Eagles had a great turnaround in Chip Kelly’s first year. LeSean McCoy led the league in rushing, Nick Foles led a solid pass attack without Jeremy Maclin and was partially responsible for giving DeSean Jackson his best career year. With that said, the defense was not so good. In fact, the Eagles had the worst secondary last year, dead last in the league, nearly 300 yards per game. Guess what? The Eagles did basically nothing to fix it. Signing veteran Malcolm Jenkins will help and I think Cary Williams is one of the better younger corners in the league but Bradley Fletcher and Nate Allen? Who are they? I follow football pretty closely so if I don’t know your name, that’s a pretty bad sign. The linebackers are great, especially the two inside guys, DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks. The offensive line could use some work, too. They gave up 46 sacks last year, good for eighth worst. The departure of DeSean Jackson was the right move and I think that it will end up better for this team. Maclin and Cooper should be able to hold the fort along with the two rookies they drafted this year and Zach Ertz is ready to become a top ten tight end. However, Foles is overrated and I do expect some struggles from him this year. Also, if McCoy were to suffer a season-ending injury this team can say goodbye to the playoffs because the backup is Darren Sproles. All in all, suspect defense is something the whole NFC East has so looking at the best offenses, the Eagles look to be the front runners. Keep in mind they face the NFC West, so whoever wins this division won’t have a big number in the win column.

SCHEDULE     PROJECTED RECORD: 8-8

Week 1: vs. JAC   Week 2: @ IND   Week 3: vs. WAS   Week 4: @ SF   Week 5: vs. STL   Week 6: vs. NYG   Week 7: BYE   Week 8: @ ARI   Week 9: @ HOU   Week 1o: vs. CAR   Week 11: @ GB   Week 12: vs. TEN   Week 13: @ DAL   Week 14: vs. SEA   Week 15: vs. DAL   Week 16: @ WAS   Week 17: @ NYG

WASHINGTON REDSKINS 

GET: WR DeSean Jackson, DE Clifton Geathers, CB Tracy Porter, OT Bruce Campbell, S Ryan Clark, QB Colt McCoy, LB Akeem Jordan, DT Jason Hatcher, OL Shawn Lauvao, LB Adam Hayward, WR Andre Roberts, LB Darryl Sharpton

LOSE: WR Josh Morgan, C Will Montgomery, C J.D. Walton, DE Darryl Tapp

RE-SIGNS: S Brandon Meriweather, CB DeAngelo Hall, WR Santana Moss, LB Brian Orakpo, LB Perry Riley

DRAFT: 2nd round: OLB Trent Murphy, Stanford     3rd round: OT Morgan Moses, Virginia     G Spencer Long, Nebraska     4th round: CB Bashaud Breeland, Clemson     5th round: WR Ryan Grant, Tulane     6th round: RB Lache Seastrunk, Baylor     7th round: TE Ted Bolser, Indiana     K Zach Hocker, Arkansas

SUMMARY: Robert Griffin III. They gave up a lot for him but since being drafted, RG3 has become more of a media symbol than an NFL quarterback. Spending almost the entirety of last season on the bench, Redskins fans had to watch their team struggle all year long. RB Alfred Morris proved to be a solid back once again, giving the team a fifth place finish in the rushing category. The defense was as suspect as I expected it to be, finishing 17th against the run and 20th against the pass. Kerrigan and Hall were the only true playmakers on defense because once again, Brian Orakpo missed the majority of the season. He’s got to stay healthy or be released. This team needs playmakers bad and they’re not going to get any by paying someone millions to sit on the IR list every year. Ryan Clark will provide some much needed veteran leadership at the safety position but more still needs to be done. The offense added DeSean Jackson to fly opposite of Pierre Garcon and with Alfred Morris in the backfield this really is the ideal offense. The only missing piece is RG3. An average year will not cut it. He must reincarnate himself into the hero this city saw when they drafted him. If he’s not up to the task, the team will stall despite a superior lineup.

SCHEDULE     PROJECTED RECORD: 8-8

Week 1: @ HOU   Week 2: vs. JAC   Week 3: @ PHI   Week 4: vs. NYG   Week 5: vs. SEA   Week 6: @ ARI   Week 7: vs. TEN   Week 8: @ DAL   Week 9: @ MIN   Week 10: BYE   Week 11: vs. TB   Week 12: @ SF   Week 13: @ IND   Week 14: vs. STL   Week 15: @ NYG   Week 16: vs. PHI   Week 17: vs. DAL

DALLAS COWBOYS

GET: DT Henry Melton, NT Terrell McClain, DE Jeremy Mincey, QB Brandon Weeden

LOSE: DE Demarcus Ware, DT Jason Hatcher, DE Jarius Wynn, C Phil Costa, S Danny McCray, DT Corey Irvin, WR Miles Austin

RE-SIGNS: DE Anthony Spencer, K Dan Bailey

DRAFT: 1st round: OT Zack Martin, Notre Dame     2nd round: OLB Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State     4th round: OLB Anthony Hitchens, Iowa     5th round: WR Devin Street, Pittsburgh     7th round: DE Ben Gardner, Stanford     ILB Will Smith, Texas Tech     S Ahmad Dixon, Baylor      DT Ken Bishop, Northern Illinois     CB Terrance Mitchell, Oregon

SUMMARY: The Dallas Cowboys defense was terrible last year. In fact, they set records they were so bad. The third most yards allowed in NFL history and the sixth worst ppg allowed. Ever. Remember, that was when they had Demarcus Ware, and a healthy Morris Claiborne and Sean Lee was there for a little bit if I recall. Basically, this defense is in shambles and nothing mind-blowing was done to fix it. With that said, this team is all offense and with He Who Shall Not Be Named behind center, there is no clear direction to this team at all. Hopefully, DeMarco Murray will play a bigger role this year and Dez Bryant and Jason Witten will get to catch some passes. If not, this team could be worse than the Giants.

SCHEDULE     PROJECTED RECORD: 5-11

Week 1: vs. SF   Week 2: @ TEN   Week 3: @ STL   Week 4: vs. NO   Week 5: vs. HOU   Week 6: @ SEA   Week 7: vs. NYG   Week 8: vs. WAS   Week 9: vs. ARI   Week 10: @ JAC   Week 11: BYE   Week 12: @ NYG   Week 13: vs. PHI   Week 14: @ CHI   Week 15: @ PHI   Week 16: vs. IND   Week 17: @ WAS

NEW YORK GIANTS

GET: RB Rashad Jennings, OT Charles Brown, S Quintin Demps, DE Robert Ayers, WR Trindon Holliday, LB Jameel McClain, WR Mario Manningham, CB Walter Thurmond, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, C J.D. Walton, OL Geoff Schwartz

LOSE: WR Hakeem Nicks, DE Justin Tuck, TE Brandon Myers, S Ryan Mundy, G Kevin Boothe, RB Andre Brown, G Chris Snee, LB Keith Rivers, OT Linval Joseph

RE-SIGNS: CB Trumaine McBride, S Stevie Brown, FB Henry Hynoski, K Josh Brown, LB Mark Herzlich, LB Jon Beason, QB Curtis Painter

DRAFT: 1st round: WR Odell Beckham Jr., LSU     2nd round: C Weston Richburg, Colorado State     3rd round: DT Jay Bromley, Syracuse     4th round: RB Andre Williams, Boston College     5th round: S Nat Berhe, San Diego State     OLB Devon Kennard, USC     6th round: CB Bennett Jackson, Notre Dame

SUMMARY: The Giants starting tight end, David Fells, did not play last year and has never had more than 400 yards in his seven year career. That, my friends, is how much the Giants franchise cares about this season. They really don’t. Look at this team and it just looks bad. The offensive line still has gaping holes that have failed to be addressed and now Victor Cruz is the only aerial threat with the departure of the hobbled Nicks. Rashad Jennings looked great in Oakland last year but it’s hard to see him doing that again behind this line. I loved them picking up RB Andre Williams from Boston College. Fantastic year last year and he should be a great backup if Jennings is to go down. I think Eli Manning’s best years are behind him and I don’t see any rebound and that’s what’s really going to keep this team from progressing. That and one of the worst linebacking cores in the league.

SCHEDULE     PROJECTED RECORD: 3-13

Week 1: @ DET   Week 2: vs. ARI   Week 3: vs. HOU   Week 4: @ WAS   Week 5: vs. ATL   Week 6: @ PHI   Week 7: @ DAL   Week 8: BYE   Week 9: vs. IND   Week 10: @ SEA   Week 11: vs. SF   Week 12: vs. DAL   Week 13: @ JAC   Week 14: @ TEN   Week 15: vs. WAS   Week 16: @ STL   Week 17: vs. PHI

AFC North   AFC West   AFC East   AFC South   NFC North   NFC West   NFC South

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Tim Sports Report for NFL Week 15

Top 5

1. RB Jamaal Charles 8 carries for 20 yards, TD, 8 receptions for 195 yards, 4 TDs vs. OAK

2. QB Ryan Tannehill 25/37 for 312 yards, 3 TDs, 120.6 QBR vs. NE

3. QB Matt Cassel 26/35 for 382 yards, 2 TDs, rush TD, INT, 116.6 QBR vs. PHI

4. WR DeSean Jackson 10 receptions for 195 yards, TD vs. MIN

5. WR Julian Edelman 13 receptions for 139 yards, TD vs. MIA

Worst of the Worst

1. Cowboys lose after 26-3 halftime lead to Rodgers-less Packers while Packers match biggest comeback in franchise history

2. QB Eli Manning 18/31 for 156 yards, 5 INTs, 31.9 QBR vs. SEA

3. Redskins commit 7 turnovers, 5 fumbles in loss to Falcons

4. QB Matt McGloin 18/35 for 297 yards, 2 TDs, 4 INTs, Fmble, 59.8 QBR vs. KC

5. QB Matthew Stafford 18/34 for 235 yards, TD, 3 INTs, 48.0 QBR vs. BAL

Steelers Recap

Sorry I’m late this week guys. The Steelers dismantled Cincinnati at home this past Sunday 30-20, but Steelers’ fans should not get overexcited. Cincinnati has never played well in Pittsburgh. Next they play in Lambeau and I’m going to take yet another leap of faith and take the Steelers against the Rodgers-less Packers.

Game of the Week: Bears @ Eagles

Both teams are fighting to stay atop the division but I’m going to take the Eagles at home.

 

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2013-2014 NFL Preview: Playoff Picks

First off, if you haven’t gotten a chance to read my division previews, here were my predictions.

AFC North                AFC West               AFC East               AFC South

Y Ravens 10-6          Z  Broncos 12-4    Y Patriots 10-6   Z Texans 12-4

X Bengals 9-7           Chiefs 8-8               X Dolphins 8-8   Colts 8-8

Steelers 8-8              Chargers 6-10       Bills 5-11               Titans 7-9

Browns 5-11             Raiders 4-12          Jets 2-14               Jaguars 3-13

 

NFC North               NFC West               NFC East               NFC South

Y Packers 10-6        Z 49ers 13-3           Y Giants 10-6        Z Falcons 12-4

Vikings 9-7               X Seahawks 12-4  X Redskins 9-7     Bucs 9-7

Bears 7-9                  Cardinals 6-10       Cowboys 8-8        Saints 8-8

Lions 6-10                Rams 4-12              Eagles 4-12            Panthers 5-11

 

Wild Card Round:

4 Ravens vs. 5 Bengals

I have the Ravens winning the division because while the defense won’t be the same, the Bengals still only have one receiver to throw to. The Bengals defense is now better than the Ravens though and I think the Bengals will overtake them in the playoffs.

3 Patriots vs. 6 Dolphins

The Dolphins will squeak out a playoff spot but are no contest for the Patriots.

4 Giants vs. 5 Seahawks

While the Giants get the playoff spot, they face one of the best defenses in the Seattle Seahwaks. If I was talking about the Giants in years past, I would pick the Giants to win this game, but after they’re poor season last year, my faith in them only goes so far. I’ll take the Seahawks in a close one.

3 Packers vs. 6 Redskins

The Redskins are a good team but they’re still young. Too many offensive weapons for the Packers for the Redskins to keep up.

Divisional Round:

1 Broncos vs. 5 Bengals

The Bengals don’t have enough firepower on offense to contend with the Broncos.

3 Patriots vs. 2 Texans

This Patriots team is not as good as in years past. The rushing game is definitely improved as is the defense, but Tom Brady just doesn’t have enough receivers to throw to. The Texans don’t have a lot either, but they’re defense is better, so I’ll take Houston.

1 49ers vs. 5 Seahawks

This 49ers has a practically impenetrable defense. The receiving core will be limited during the regular season but WR’s Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham are predicted to return towards the end of the year. With them back, the offense should be tough to stifle, even with a Seahawks defense that is just as tough. At the end of the day, I have more faith in the passing game of the 49ers then I do in the Seahawks. QB Russell Wilson is in only his second year. I’ll take the 49ers in a close one.

3 Packers vs. 2 Falcons

Both of these teams have decent defenses but not elite ones. If QB Matt Ryan plays like he did last year it will be a shootout game. I have more faith in the Falcons running game with a veteran in RB Steven Jackson then I’m willing to put in rookie RB Eddie Lacy.

Conference Round:

1 Broncos vs. 2 Texans

This is so hard to choose because these teams are so close to perfection on defense. The Texans secondary is one of the best in the league and the Broncos aren’t too shabby themselves. I think RB Montee Ball is going to have a great year and RB Arian Foster should demonstrate that he is only behind AP when it comes to running the ball. I think QB Matt Schaub will have a great year this year, too, but his receiving core is weak. Meanwhile, one of the best quarterbacks to play the game, QB Peyton Manning, is on the opposing sideline, and if that wasn’t enough, he has three great pass-catchers in WRs Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, and Eric Decker. I think it will be just enough to overpower the Texans. This will be a single-digit win at the end of the game.

1 49ers vs. 2 Falcons

A rematch of last year’s championship game is what I have planned and while the Atlanta Falcons are one of my favorite teams, their defense worries me, especially their linebacker core. Meanwhile, the 49ers have some of the best linebackers in the league, and one of the best secondaries in the league…and one of the best receiving cores in the league. There’s just too much “one of the best” squads on this team for it to fall short. The Falcons need to improve their defense as well as prove to me that RB Steven Jackson is the runningback for this team before I’m willing to put them in the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl XLVIII

1 49ers vs. 1 Broncos

I hate picking one seeds in a final match because very rarely does it end up that way. However, I really do think these are the two best teams in football right now. The Broncos made some key additions during the offseason that really helped them. The 49ers defense is nearly undefeatable, but nearly is the key word there. The Ravens proved it’s possible last year and I think with a playmaker like QB Peyton Manning at the helm, it can be done again. I’m just not willing to put my faith in a quarterback who hasn’t even played two full seasons in the NFL.

 

 

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