Tuesday, October 27, 2009

NFL Week 8 Power Rankings

Everyday, the NFL is starting to look more and more like baseball. Teams getting blown out, teams that are indestructible (see Colts and New England), and teams that are perennially bad. Some teams are already dreaming of the Super Bowl and others are already looking to next season and it's not halfway yet.

1. New Orleans Saints (6-0)
When you can go into Miami, and come back with a win after being down 24-3 while throwing three interceptions, you deserve to be the best.

2. Indianapolis Colts (6-0)

Not any team has come close to scaring Indy, but look for some harder fought games down the road for this dominating football team. Look for two hard games against Houston, a collision against New England, and one against the Broncos. Then we'll see how good Indy really is.

3. Denver Broncos (6-0)
Denver's magical run may come to an end in Baltimore or Pittsburgh, both teams on the rise, while Kyle Orton can't play like this forever.

4. New England Patriots (5-2)
Perhaps, maybe New England was over at the beginning of the year. Unfortunately, think not. This team is as good as ever. Karma over the Tennessee game will come back to bite Belichick soon, however.

5. Minnesota Vikings (6-1)
The Steelers are on a roll, and Minnesota shouldn't beat themselves up for losing to them.

6. Cinncinati Bengals (5-2)
They got embarrassed at home by a dominant team flying under the radar and everyone jumped ship? Why? Because it's Ohio.

7. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2)

Two elite running backs in Pittsburgh have helped the Steelers win four in a row, when most teams just want one elite running back.

8. Dallas Cowboys (4-2)

We may see a return of the Tony Romo media circus ever since he's found Miles Austin as a beautiful replacement to Terrell Owens.

9. Arizona Cardinals (4-2)

Three hard fought wins, one decided by a yard, proves that the tough Arizona team from last year has made a triumphant return.

10. New York Giants (5-2)
Eli is struggling, as are the Giants right now.

11. Green Bay Packers (4-2)
An easy schedule can't hide the fact that the Green Bay offense is very, very good.

12. Atlanta Falcons (4-2)
Atlanta is quite the Jekyll/Hyde team. After dominating San Francisco, Atlanta gets dominated in Dallas. Go figure.

13. Philadelphia Eagles (4-2)
You can't lose to JaMarcus Russel's Raiders a week ago and expect to be in the Top 10, even if you beat the lowly Redskins.

14. Houston Texans (4-3)
This weekend's game was a hard-fought one, which showed us a lot about this Houston team. Two back to back wins may show this team finally becoming one of the top 10. They need a statement in Buffalo to prove that, however.

15. Baltimore Ravens (3-3)
Baltimore may have dropped three, but eventually their defense will wake up. Then it will be lights out for their opponents.

16. San Diego Chargers (3-3)
The Chiefs are quite pathetic, yes. Infighting has begun in Kansas City, yes. But San Diego still humiliated the Chiefs. This team still is a questionable pick, however.

17. San Francisco 49ers (3-3)
Their defense held one of the NFL's leading offenses in the second half. Alex Smith dominated their defense in the second half as well. Things are on the up for 'San Fran'.

18. New York Jets (4-3)
It's the Raiders. Settle down New York and realize that Sanchez needs to stop throwing interceptions, and Rex Ryan needs to stop eating Doritos.

19. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3)
Jacksonville's cakewalk schedule will continue to roll out the red carpet, as they play the Titans on Sunday, and likely go 4-3. This team is, however, not very good.

20. Buffalo Bills (3-4)
The Bills are hot, but have an uphill battle this week against a stout run defense and an electric offense in Houston.

21. Chicago Bears (3-3)
Jay Cutler must be on pace to throw a world record in interceptions. Things are bad in Chi-Town, but if the Bears lose to the Browns, it'll be a world of hurt for Lovie and Da Bears.

22. Miami Dolphins (2-4)
I am sick and tired of this overrated Miami team. Yes, they scored quick in New Orleans, but their offense isn't built to last more for a quarter with that wildcat gimmick and their defense is spotty at best.

23. Seattle Seahawks (2-4)
What an old, boring football team.

24. Carolina Panthers (2-4)
I heard a rumor about Jake Delhomme trying to ki...nevermind. Jake is far from the "Snake" we knew back in the day.

25. Oakland Raiders (2-4)
One thing I have learned about the Raiders in 2009 is that you shouldn't criticize them. Tom Cable WILL find you. But I will say JaMarcus Russell is the biggest bust in the last twenty years.

26. Detroit Lions (1-5)
At least Detroit is playing with some heart...I mean, they've got *something* to build on.

27. Washington Redskins (2-5)
Things have deteriorated for Washington over the course of the season, and will, most likely, continue to as the Zorn circus continues to roll on.

28. Kansas City Chiefs (1-6)
Props to Larry Johnson for calling out Kansas City for being a bunch of bums. Well, without the three letter gay slur, of course. Thanks, Twitter!

29. Cleveland Browns (1-6)
At this point, Mangini might want to make sure his house has a good alarm system. Those Browns fans are, well, he'll find out soon if he leads the Browns to their worst season since they came back.

30. Tennessee Titans (0-6)
Well, I knew that Tennessee would be this bad this year. Did anyone else? Doubt it.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-7)
At this point, Tampa is begging for good ol' Jon Gruden back. There's a great chance Tampa may go 1-15.

32. St. Louis Rams (0-7)
The wheels are spinning but the car ain't moving.

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