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2012-09-25 02:51:11 PM
The Cardinals are too damn high!
 
2012-09-25 02:54:21 PM

neuroflare: The Cardinals are too damn high!


Also, Saints and Cowboys.
 
2012-09-25 02:57:09 PM
Seahawks moved up 7 after THAT?! I know their D did a good job giving Rodgers turf inspections and all, but... That's just gonna start a world of trouble. Not sure you can have one team move up 7 for beating a team that dropped three places because of it. One of those can't happen, right?
 
2012-09-25 03:00:39 PM
28) New Orleans Saints (0-3)

Nothing like a game against the ticked-off Packers to brighten the mood. (Sando)


That should be a monumental blowout by the Packers, which in the overall theme of this season means New Orleans will win 45-41.
 
2012-09-25 03:03:02 PM
Also, how do two teams with losing records make the top 10?

*Looks at rest of list*

Never mind.
 
2012-09-25 03:08:16 PM

FriarReb98: Seahawks moved up 7 after THAT?! I know their D did a good job giving Rodgers turf inspections and all, but... That's just gonna start a world of trouble. Not sure you can have one team move up 7 for beating a team that dropped three places because of it. One of those can't happen, right?


Jesus Fark. You gotta be kidding me. Who did the Seahawks pay and guarantee a lifetime supply of hookers and blow for this week's help?
 
2012-09-25 03:14:43 PM
Gotta love my Texans.

REPLACEMENT REFS FOR THE JAKE!!!!
 
2012-09-25 03:30:41 PM
Could the Texans clinch the AFC South before the end of the baseball regular season? (Clayton)

Can they clinch before a week from tomorrow? No.
 
2012-09-25 03:30:55 PM
Seahawks deserve to win.

Oh wait this isn't the Emmys?
 
2012-09-25 03:33:58 PM
"Before their loss at Minnesota, the 49ers had been 5-0 under Jim Harbaugh in 10 a.m. PT road kickoffs. (Sando)"

Why do people care about 'stats' like this?

BREAKING: The 49ers are no longer morning people
 
2012-09-25 03:38:04 PM

Harv72b: 28) New Orleans Saints (0-3)

Nothing like a game against the ticked-off Packers to brighten the mood. (Sando)

That should be a monumental blowout by the Packers, which in the overall theme of this season means New Orleans will win 45-41.


I'm not holding my breath. I am, however, preparing my paper bag. And quite frankly, going into an 0-4 hole would be liberating. It would free up the rest of my Sundays. Our fantasy football league draft got cancelled because of Hurricane Isaac and never got rescheduled. But, knowing the Saints, they'll probably win and win big, giving me a false hope for the season that will inevitably be dashed weeks from now. So, just do it. Get it over with. Set me free.
 
2012-09-25 03:41:53 PM

The Bestest: Could the Texans clinch the AFC South before the end of the baseball regular season? (Clayton)

Can they clinch before a week from tomorrow? No.


Literally, no. Theoretically? The Titans are going to have to do a lot to prove they can keep up with the Texans at this point.
 
2012-09-25 03:46:04 PM

Nabb1: I'm not holding my breath. I am, however, preparing my paper bag. And quite frankly, going into an 0-4 hole would be liberating. It would free up the rest of my Sundays. Our fantasy football league draft got cancelled because of Hurricane Isaac and never got rescheduled. But, knowing the Saints, they'll probably win and win big, giving me a false hope for the season that will inevitably be dashed weeks from now. So, just do it. Get it over with. Set me free.


I've got a roll of electrical tape ready to cross out the S on my Saints hoodie.
 
2012-09-25 03:47:20 PM

FriarReb98: The Bestest: Could the Texans clinch the AFC South before the end of the baseball regular season? (Clayton)

Can they clinch before a week from tomorrow? No.

Literally, no. Theoretically? The Titans are going to have to do a lot to prove they can keep up with the Texans at this point.


And we can't count on winning like last week. While it's nice being the first team in history to have 5 touchdowns of 60+ yards in the same game, there's no way you can count on that. ST looked good, but the defense was crap, particularly in the second half. Despite the clear BS call of incomplete instead of complete and a fumble, the Titans were also the first team to give up a 14 point lead with 18 seconds left. And the offense blew once they went back to trying to let CJ run, which he can clearly no longer do. I was way more excited than I had any right being watching run for his first 1st down of the season.

Fun stat to bring back up: the average Titan touchdown play Saturday was for 74.8 yards.
 
2012-09-25 03:49:14 PM
If you had told me before Game 1 that after three games the Redskins would be the highest scoring team in the league, I'd have first called you a goddamn liar and spit on you, and then I would have dropped trou at playoff prospects.

And now, instead, I just want to cry.
 
2012-09-25 03:50:55 PM

Aarontology: Nabb1: I'm not holding my breath. I am, however, preparing my paper bag. And quite frankly, going into an 0-4 hole would be liberating. It would free up the rest of my Sundays. Our fantasy football league draft got cancelled because of Hurricane Isaac and never got rescheduled. But, knowing the Saints, they'll probably win and win big, giving me a false hope for the season that will inevitably be dashed weeks from now. So, just do it. Get it over with. Set me free.

I've got a roll of electrical tape ready to cross out the S on my Saints hoodie.


I have a Saints helmet magnet on the back of my car. I turned it upside down yesterday morning. I should take a picture and post it some time.
 
2012-09-25 03:51:36 PM
The Jake is going to be fun this week, the charts, while appreciated, will bring a sad to my heart.
 
2012-09-25 03:51:55 PM
Falcons #2 !!!

Cue the dirty bird!
 
2012-09-25 03:52:10 PM
Packers are too high. Even if they come out with a win last night, it was an ugly win. Their offense isn't looking too good this year. 8 sacks in a half?
 
2012-09-25 03:52:12 PM

GAT_00: Fun stat to bring back up: the average Titan touchdown play Saturday was for 74.8 yards.


If that doesn't show how ridiculously overrated that Lion defense is, nothing will. That won't happen against a division rival.
 
2012-09-25 03:52:41 PM

neuroflare: The Cardinals are too damn high!


Yes. I'm afraid now. Get off the bandwagon, damn you media! You'll make her top heavy!
 
2012-09-25 03:55:48 PM
Cowboys are about where they should be. I have confidence that Witten will fix his dropping the ball issue but I'm very concerned about that o-line. If they don't get healthy in a hurry (especially the regular center) then it'll be another season of disapointment.
 
2012-09-25 03:57:56 PM
Meh, I'll just assume this one goes green.

A bunch of people will no doubt be complaining about poor officiating costing the Packers (and/or a couple other teams) a crucial win throughout this week, but they ignore the much more important, bigger picture: that blown call at the end of MNF cost me an 11-5 week! Then again, after the way so many of Sunday's early games started I would have been happy to "settle" for 10-6 at that point. Link to original post:

New York Giants at Carolina Panthers:
Ugh. I had the Giants penciled in as the winners in this one until a couple hours before game time, when I let news of New York's injuries on offense change my mind. Just like with any other multiple-choice test, the trick is to always go with your first impression. Andre Brown, who prior to the game had just 15 career carries (13 of them last week) ran wild, a receiver named Ramses eclipsed the best season of his 3-year NFL career, and the G-men dominated Carolina. 0-1


St. Louis Rams at Chicago Bears:
I predicted that Jay Cutler would play much better against the Rams' lack of pressure. Cutler had another bad game while St. Louis doubled their season sack total (to four), and in the end Sam Bradford (who had looked like an All Pro over the first two weeks) made the difference with his two picks and lack of consistency in the passing game. But, just like in the NFL, all that really matters is who won the game. 1-1

Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns:
As predicted, Ryan Fitzpatrick carved up the Browns' suddenly suspect secondary, but C.J. Spiller left the game after only four carries; based on Tashard Choice picking up more than 4.5 yards/carry in his relief role, I can assume that I would have been correct in my Spiller prediction as well. Cleveland's latest annual rebuilding effort is off to an even worse start than usual. 2-1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys:
I said it's not yet time to panic in Dallas, but after putting up just 297 yards of offense and 16 points against the same Tampa team that the Giants destroyed for 604 & 41 a week ago, it might be time to panic now. With the Giants and Redskins both doubling up Dallas' point production and Philly having equaled it despite turning the ball over 12 times so far, the Cowboys may be staring a 4th place NFC East finish in the face unless the defense can continue to come up big throughout the season. 3-1

Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts:
I think the Jags do just enough to escape with the victory here.
Had to leave that one line in there to set this up: Over the first 59 minutes of the game, Blaine Gabbert had 75 yards on 9/20 passing. Then with one final toss of the rock second-year receiver Cecil Shorts, who had 104 yards on 6 career receptions prior to that play, was gone for an 80-yard touchdown to lift the Jags to the win and assure Cleveland the undisputed rank of worst in the NFL. 4-1

New York Jets at Miami Dolphins:
It wasn't exactly a return to week one form for the Jets, and in the grand scheme of things an overtime victory against Miami probably shouldn't count as a full win, but at least according to the current NFL rules New York improved to 2-1 with their effort (total aside: thanks to the "N" and "J" keys being so close together, I just had to correct what could potentially have been a very embarrassing typo). This seems like as good a spot as any to point out that, through three games, Ryan Tannehill has exactly as many touchdown passes as Green Bay's punter. 5-1


San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings:
After pulling what was then the upset of the year against New England last week, Arizona improved to 3-0 with a win against Philly. I mention this because it does not bode well for the Detroit Lions, who get Minnesota in week 4. The squad I keep referring to as the "best-coached in the NFL" was embarrassed by a team they obviously overlooked this weekend. 5-2


Kansas City Chiefs at New Orleans Saints:
Jamaal Charles gained 288 yards on 33 carries and 6 receptions in this game. The New Orleans Saints had 288 net yards of offense, total. It was bad enough for New Orleans when just the defense was failing, but if the offense can't put up huge numbers then all is truly lost this season. 6-2


Detroit Lions at Tennessee Titans:
In week one, the Lions arguably won their game against St. Louis because of a game clock error which was not caught by NFL officials. In this one Detroit arguably forced overtime because of a slew of questionable/erroneous calls in the game's final minutes, including a 27-yard personal foul and a potential game-sealing turnover which was ruled an incomplete and not reviewed. Make no mistake, though--credit the Titans for powering through adversity and notching their first win of the season, and blame the Lions for blowing it repeatedly when handed opportunities to win. 6-3

Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Redskins:
With all the talk of Robert Griffin III leading into this one, it was Andy Dalton and the Bengals who put on a show for fans in D.C. and Washington's (lack of) defense which decided the game. Speaking of porous defenses, folks in Cincy can't be too happy with their 2-1 record after giving up an average of 34 points on 417 yards through the first three games. 6-4


Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals:
In case you missed this above, the Eagles have turned the ball over 12 times already this season. If that isn't enough, the three teams they've coughed the ball up to have a combined 7 takeaways in their games against teams not hailing from Philadelphia. But the good news it that they're improving each week: from 5 giveaways against Cleveland to 4 vs. the Ravens, and now only 3 against Arizona. As pointed out (repeatedly) elsewhere, the Cards move to 3-0 for the first time since 1974; they went on to win their first 7 games that season before limping to a 10-4 final record and losing to the Vikings in a first-round playoff game. 7-4

Atlanta Falcons at San Diego Chargers:
Now that was the Philip Rivers that we all know and love! Atlanta moves to 3-0 for the first time since 2004 when, ironically, they defeated the Arizona Cardinals in week 3. 8-4

Houston Texans at Denver Broncos:
Matt Schaub won't be hearing many boos from this point forward. Mostly because his 4 TD passes outdid Peyton Manning and led his Texans to a 3-0 start, but also because he now has less ear on his left side after a vicious (and illegal) hit by Joe Mays. Manning and the Broncos rallied late to make it a game in the end but without anyone on the bench possessing an inspirational, almost god-like quality to propel the team to last-second victories, fell short. 9-4


Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland Raiders:
There's no such thing as a sure thing in the NFL, but Pittsburgh winning this one by 15+ is a sure thing.
For the second straight week, I felt like one game was so lopsided that my pick required no further explanation...and then for the second straight week, that game ended in an upset. As a Ravens fan I'm not too broken up over the final, but dammit, I don't like to be wrong either. :( 9-5


New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens:
As of this writing (Monday evening), this game and the officiating therein are still being debated far and wide, so I don't need to type a bunch here & spark that argument anew. Tuesday update: HA! 10-5


Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks:
Even though all evidence points to the contrary, I'm going to go ahead and award myself a win here. Nah, not really, but can anyone remember a sporting farce on such an epic level as this one, ever? The WWE wishes they could come up with plot twists so outrageous and rage inducing! Sadly, the Goodellian level of ineptitude at the end of this one leaves the dominating performance of Seattle's defense as little more than a footnote, whereas even in a defeat it would normally have been the top story here. 10-6
 
2012-09-25 03:58:31 PM
The Cowboys are way too high here. No way you look that bad in a game and move up a spot, let alone three.
 
2012-09-25 03:58:50 PM

Harv72b: Meh, I'll just assume this one goes green.


So of course it goes green while I'm double-checking for errors before posting.
 
2012-09-25 03:58:57 PM
Hell yeah! Top 10 team baby!!! At this rate we'll be #1 in 2-3 weeks. Can' wait!
i1.kym-cdn.com
 
2012-09-25 04:00:16 PM

Wasilla Hillbilly: At this rate we'll be #1 in 2-3 weeks.


I didn't know you got called up. Congratulations! Are you on the Special Teams squad or something?
 
2012-09-25 04:01:19 PM
i.imgur.com

HAHAHAHAHAHA


i.imgur.com
 
2012-09-25 04:01:25 PM
I want to see the pretty graph! Moar graphs! Moar!
 
2012-09-25 04:01:52 PM
Still sucking the Eagles' dong in the top ten.

Watching Michael Vick get roughed up last week was really, really enjoyable.

/nothing against dog fighting, I just don't like Vick/Eagles
 
2012-09-25 04:02:42 PM
I'm sad that my team sucks now. But we earned it.

/go steelers
 
2012-09-25 04:03:02 PM

scottydoesntknow: Gotta love my Texans.

REPLACEMENT REFS FOR THE JAKE!!!!


That, or Goddell. It's his legacy.
 
2012-09-25 04:04:01 PM

Treygreen13: The Cowboys are way too high here. No way you look that bad in a game and move up a spot, let alone three.


I'll take a bad win over a tough loss anyday. In a vaccuum, yes the Cowboys shouldn't have moved up but the teams that moved down were the Chargers, the Steelers and Broncos, and all 3 of those teams lost (while the Steelers and the Broncos are 1-2 now).
 
2012-09-25 04:04:24 PM

FriarReb98: Seahawks moved up 7 after THAT?! I know their D did a good job giving Rodgers turf inspections and all, but... That's just gonna start a world of trouble. Not sure you can have one team move up 7 for beating a team that dropped three places because of it. One of those can't happen, right?


POWER RANKINGS ARE ORDINAL LEVEL DATA.

How hard is this for people to understand?
 
2012-09-25 04:04:25 PM
Somebody call that guy who got the Texans: Superbowl XLVIII Champions tattoo last year and tell him to add an I to it.
 
2012-09-25 04:04:25 PM
THE JAKE DOES NOT CARE FOR POLITICS AND UNION DISPUTES.

THE JAKE ONLY CARES FOR TURNOVERS
 
2012-09-25 04:04:28 PM

Treygreen13: The Cowboys are way too high here. No way you look that bad in a game and move up a spot, let alone three.


Tampa Bay moved up, too. Perhaps they figured that if they were gonna move TB up for their play, they'd better move up the team they lost to, as well. I don't know. Don't ask me to psychoanalyze those weirdos.

But speaking of weirdos, here's the graph:

i.imgur.com


Link to full size

And I also compiled some fun (boring) facts!

Change from Week 1 to this week :
One 17 point drop: Saints
One 18 point jump: Cardinals

Two teams ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE (back at their Week 1 rankings): 49ers & Bills

Biggest changes from last week to this week:
Looks like ESPN totes stole my idea & put it on the rankings page.

Number of times rankings have changed:
Every team has changed every week except the Browns, Bucs, & Colts, who have all moved twice.

Difference between high rank & low rank:
Lowest fluctuation: Browns with 1
Highest fluctuation: Cardinals with 18

Teams hitting their highest rank this week: Texans, Falcons, Bengals, Seahawks, Cards, Bucs, & Vikings

Teams hitting their lowest rank this week: Packers, Patriots, Steelers, Saints, Lions, & Broncos

One team did not change rank: Browns

A different team has held the #1 spot every week.
 
2012-09-25 04:05:00 PM
I'd say the Falcons are way too high, but given these are the Falcons it will surely be only temporary.
 
2012-09-25 04:05:03 PM

Harv72b: Also, how do two teams with losing records make the top 10?

*Looks at rest of list*

Never mind.


Because "power rankings" and "standings" are two completely different things?
 
2012-09-25 04:05:38 PM

UNC_Samurai: REPLACEMENT REFS FOR THE JAKE!!!!

That, or Goddell. It's his legacy.


Ooo, I like this idea.
 
2012-09-25 04:05:38 PM

GAT_00: Cowboys.


How, they are right where they should be. The Eagles are too damn high, they've looked bad every game.
 
2012-09-25 04:05:53 PM
1. Replacement Officials
2. Houston Texans
...
10x1023. Fans.
 
2012-09-25 04:06:17 PM

Treygreen13: Wasilla Hillbilly: At this rate we'll be #1 in 2-3 weeks.

I didn't know you got called up. Congratulations! Are you on the Special Teams squad or something?


VERY special teams
 
2012-09-25 04:07:20 PM
Go Texans!
 
2012-09-25 04:08:10 PM

Di Atribe: Teams hitting their lowest rank this week: Packers, Patriots, Steelers, Saints, Lions, & Broncos

Di Atribe: Teams hitting their lowest rank this week: Packers, Patriots, Steelers, Saints, Lions, & Broncos

Di Atribe: Teams hitting their lowest rank this week: Packers, Patriots, Steelers, Saints, Lions, & Broncos

Di Atribe: Teams hitting their lowest rank this week: Packers, Patriots, Steelers, Saints, Lions, & Broncos



Love it!
 
2012-09-25 04:08:31 PM
Woo, still ahead of the Browns. Best 0-3 team in the world!

With the season likely a lost cause at this point, soon the Saints will be able to focus on securing a high draft position, to pick up... hell, any sort of competant pass rusher, end or linebacker.
 
2012-09-25 04:08:41 PM

Di Atribe: But speaking of weirdos, here's the graph:


No-one is more symmetrical than the Ravens!!!
 
2012-09-25 04:10:16 PM

4NSpy: THE JAKE DOES NOT CARE FOR POLITICS AND UNION DISPUTES.

THE JAKE ONLY CARES FOR TURNOVERS


Well then make it Denard Robinson, since the NFL was relatively TO-free this week...
 
2012-09-25 04:12:35 PM

Harv72b: ***snip***

San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings:
After pulling what was then the upset of the year against New England last week, Arizona improved to 3-0 with a win against Philly. I mention this because it does not bode well for the Detroit Lions, who get Minnesota in week 4. The squad I keep referring to as the "best-coached in the NFL" was embarrassed by a team they obviously overlooked this weekend. 5-2 ***snip***


So what you are saying is that the Packers got jobbed by the refs and SF lost because Trap Game?

//Oh boy, I thought the previous 9 threads were epic...
 
2012-09-25 04:12:49 PM
Any word on Ryan Mundy receiving any discipline from the League?
 
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