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2012-10-09 11:26:06 AM  
I don't like it when the Bears are rated that high. Bad things happen to them.

I'm looking forward to the Bears-Vikings game. That should be a good one. We'll just see who deserves to be on top of the NFC North.

And we all know it ain't the Packers.
 
2012-10-09 11:26:27 AM  
Finally, a proper power rankings thread that goes green before 5:00 CST.

Also, the Bears are too damn high. Too erratic for me to be comfortable with them at #6. Although I am becoming a fan of the musical sacks game the D-line is playing. Five different D-linemen have had a multiple sack game so far this season.
 
2012-10-09 11:35:12 AM  
While the Texans win wasn't the prettiest on television, I'm still so proud of them. 5-0!!!!!! Seriously never thought I would say that. I knew it was gonna be a close game though, everyone just made it sound too easy. Even with how dysfunctional the Jets are, they still wanted a win.

Losing Cushing will hurt a little bit, but thank god for JJ SWATT. He is a monster from the depths of hell sent here to torment quarterbacks and make them pray for an end to the game. It could've been a very different outcome had he not made some crucial plays.
 
2012-10-09 12:15:28 PM  
The Bills suck.
 
2012-10-09 12:29:56 PM  
Don't look, don't look, don't look. Looked. Dammit.
 
2012-10-09 12:31:31 PM  

Lando Lincoln: I'm looking forward to the Bears-Vikings game.


Me too but lets not hurry that along. Let my Vikes get a few more wins under their belt, because Im not exactly sure how our offense is going to deal with the bears defense.
 
2012-10-09 12:39:56 PM  
So much for that cupcake schedule everybody was accusing the Patriots of having.
 
2012-10-09 12:47:30 PM  
I see the Cowboys not losing has benefited them! Hurray!
 
2012-10-09 01:02:13 PM  

jaylectricity: So much for that cupcake schedule everybody was accusing the Patriots of having.


They have 2.5 tough games the rest of the season and two of those are at home.
 
2012-10-09 01:14:32 PM  

JerseyTim: jaylectricity: So much for that cupcake schedule everybody was accusing the Patriots of having.

They have 2.5 tough games the rest of the season and two of those are at home.


Seahawks, Rams, 49ers, and the Texans. And division games are almost always tough.
 
2012-10-09 01:28:27 PM  
Are the Bills quitting? In the fourth quarter of the last two games, they've been outscored 52-7. (Hensley)

Were they ever trying? I mean, really?
 
2012-10-09 01:29:17 PM  
It could be worse. At least the Browns are still ranked below my Jagwaggers.

/sigh
 
2012-10-09 01:30:21 PM  

jaylectricity: Seahawks, Rams, 49ers, and the Texans. And division games are almost always tough.


Except if you play in a division with the Dolphins, Bills and Jets.
 
2012-10-09 01:30:51 PM  

jaylectricity: And division games are almost always tough.


Good try. Dolphins? Eh, maybe. But don't try to sell me that the Jets and Bills are tough.
 
2012-10-09 01:31:40 PM  

Sapper_Topo: Lando Lincoln: I'm looking forward to the Bears-Vikings game.

Me too but lets not hurry that along. Let my Vikes get a few more wins under their belt, because Im not exactly sure how our offense is going to deal with the bears defense.


Oh I have an idea, and it's not good. Hopefully the Bears have had their annual massive pile up of injuries before we play them.
 
2012-10-09 01:33:10 PM  

JohnBigBootay: jaylectricity: And division games are almost always tough.

Good try. Dolphins? Eh, maybe. But don't try to sell me that the Jets and Bills are tough.


The Bills were putting on a clinic until late in the third quarter last week.

I'm not saying they're playing as tough a schedule as they played in 2007 when they won all 16 regular season games...I'm just saying that they're schedule is far from the easiest.

They play the NFC West this year, which (according to the headline) is the best division in the league.
 
2012-10-09 01:34:10 PM  

jaylectricity: (according to the headline)


Oops, I meant according to the opening line of the article.
 
2012-10-09 01:35:49 PM  

jaylectricity: JerseyTim: jaylectricity: So much for that cupcake schedule everybody was accusing the Patriots of having.

They have 2.5 tough games the rest of the season and two of those are at home.

Seahawks, Rams, 49ers, and the Texans. And division games are almost always tough.


Wait, Russell Wilson throwing game winning interceptions is a tough game now? Rams are also likely to take a hit offensively now that Bradford has lost his first, second, third, fourth, and checkdown receiver Amendola.

Disappointed in my Eagles, but knew it was coming. Get Foles in there
 
2012-10-09 01:36:25 PM  

jaylectricity: They play the NFC West this year, which (according to the headline) is the best division in the league.


The NFC West is indeed tougher than expected. I was only speaking to the relative toughness of the division they play in.
 
2012-10-09 01:37:37 PM  
Stats, weeks 1-5:

Home Teams: 47-30
Wks 1-3: 31-17 (.646)
Wks 4-5: 16-13 (.552)

Simply picking the higher "Power Ranked" team: 45-32 (9-5 last week)

My method seems to be failing me: 40-37 (7-7 last week)

This weeks winners (well, half of them):
thegreiners.org
 
2012-10-09 01:39:28 PM  

Tsu Dho Nimh: Stats, weeks 1-5:

Home Teams: 47-30
Wks 1-3: 31-17 (.646)
Wks 4-5: 16-13 (.552)

Simply picking the higher "Power Ranked" team: 45-32 (9-5 last week)

My method seems to be failing me: 40-37 (7-7 last week)

This weeks winners (well, half of them):
[thegreiners.org image 252x286]


I think part of the problem is that you're picking games from the wrong week
 
2012-10-09 01:41:15 PM  
A solid 10-4 week brings me to 48-28 on the season, with the added bonus of a nice, long green streak that prevented me from having to throw in too many font tags this week. More importantly, I've been re-watching the first couple seasons of The Walking Dead recently and it's brought an important question to mind: how come there aren't ever any NFL zombies? Not just in that series, but in any zombie flick....come to think of it, there are never any famous zombies at all. I mean, wouldn't it be extra scary to see our valiant survivors square off against Zombie Ray Lewis or Zombie Ndamakong Suh? And wouldn't you love to see the heroes run for their lives from Zombie Steven Seagal (hey, he could use the work) or Zombie Mitt Romney? I mean, it's not like famous people would be immune to being bitten, right? Just a thought.

Anyway, here's the results. Predicted winners in bold:

Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams:
I was damn close on the final score, except for the whole switching the teams around thing. As it turned out, it was the not-so-vaunted Rams defense which dominated this one, collecting 9 sacks against Arizona after notching just 6 total in their first 4 games. Trivia: the last time this franchise lost in week 5 to fall to 4-1, they were the Chicago Cardinals (1956). 0-1

Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals:
Another game, another blown opportunity for the Dolphins to win one in which they had every chance to...wait, what? Miami won?? Yes, after somehow managing crushing overtime defeats in two consecutive weeks, the Fins found a way to dodge tradition and cling to a 4-point lead late in the fourth quarter. Cincinnati, meanwhile, really needs someone else on offense to compliment A.J. Green, and BenJarvus Green-Ellis is not that person. 0-2

Green Bay Packers at Indianapolis Colts:
Okay, Packers fans: you could excuse the week 1 loss to a strong 49ers team, and you can blame the week 3 loss* on the replacement officials, but this loss should officially signal panic time. And as much as we all love Mistah Rahdgahs, I for one could really use an explanation as to why a team which led 21-3 at the half finished the game with only 23 total rushing attempts (5 of those by Rodgers himself). Not to take anything away from the Colts or from Andrew Luck, who figured out early on that Green Bay wasn't going to cover Reggie Wayne so hey, game on! 0-3


Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs:
I got the final result right here, but missed on absolutely everything else. Baltimore hadn't allowed a 100-yard rusher? That streak ended before halftime. Kansas City's pass defense was soft? Flacco completed just 48% of his passes en route to a 187-yard, 1 INT day. In the end, the Chiefs were kind enough to lose the game on their own via the 4 turnovers and several costly penalties...which was fortunate, as Baltimore showed no capability of beating them otherwise. 1-3

Cleveland Browns at New York Giants:
Well, I certainly saw the part where Eli Manning carved up the Cleveland secondary. What I didn't see was Ahmad Bradshaw violating the Browns for 200 yards on the ground...and yes, "violating" is the right word here. Richardson and Weeden are doing much more than I had expected, but there's only so much that they can do alone. 2-3

Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers:
It's not getting as much press as it should, since they're still 3-2, but the supposedly explosive Eagles offense has averaged just 16 points/game this season, helped in large part by the 14 turnovers committed already (11 of which can be directly traced to a certain starting quarterback). Steelers fans would probably have liked a bit more offense of their own, but have to be pleased by the 0 sacks allowed. 3-3

Atlanta Falcons at Washington Redskins:
Atlanta certainly can be run against, as evidenced by the 115 yards collected on just 18 carries by rookie Alfred Morris. To their credit, the Redskins were certainly not blown out & actually had a solid opportunity to win it right up until the final whistle. Two key things which I took away from this one, from Washington's standpoint: Billy Cundiff missed yet another very makeable field goal, and when RGIII was knocked out with the Redskins still in a position to win it, fellow rookie Kirk Cousins got the call over Rex Grossman. Methinks those are two veterans who are on their way out, and me likewise thinks the Redskins are legitimate playoff contenders this season. 4-3

Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers:
No team in recent memory wins uglier than the Seahawks. Even the 16-12 final score is ugly. Luckily for them, Cam Newton has perfected his own form of ugly, demonstrated by his stellar 5 of 20 passing for 55 yards (and taking 3 sacks) over the first 3 quarters of the this game. Speaking of ugly, I'm beginning to rethink my support of Seattle's decision to start Russell Wilson over Matt Flynn. Wilson is not getting it done at this point, whether his own fault or not, and benching him at this point can't bode well for his long-term development. 5-3

Chicago Bears at Jacksonville Jaguars:
For what it's worth, I don't think the Jaguars are the worst team in the league (more on that in a bit). I do think they're the second-worst, though, or at the very least in the bottom three...last year, at least, Jacksonville was putting a solid defense on the field to go with the "MJD left, MJD right, MJD middle" offensive game plan, but even that's gone in 2012. Case in point: after taking a 3-3 tie into the half this week, the Jags wound up losing 41-3. Even the Bills might struggle to pull that one off. 6-3

Tennessee Titans at Minnesota Vikings:
Good news, Titans fans! Your team only gave up 30 points in this week's loss!! Seriously...five games into the season, and that's the least amount of points any team has piled up on Tennessee. I said above that I don't think Jacksonville is the worst team in the NFL, and the Titans are why. Nothing on this team works: they give up more than 36 points/game, they score less than 18 (and even that only because they picked up half their season total in one replacement-aided week 3 scoring orgy), they're 30th in rushing, and their quarterback performance has actually been downgraded with the loss of Jake Locker. Oh, and congrats on 4-1, Minnesota. 7-3

Denver Broncos at New England Patriots:
Well, just like we all imagined it, Peyton Manning had a great game but the difference was the Patriots' high-powered rushing attack. Well, the 3 Denver turnovers didn't help much, either, but seriously--when was the last time you remember New England gaining more yards on the ground than via the pass? 8-3

Buffalo Bills at San Francisco 49ers:
Okay, Buffalo, for real: did you honestly just allow Alex Smith to pile up 300 yards and a 156 QBR against you? Let's just put this into perspective here...the last time Smith threw for 300 yards in a game was week 5 of the 2010 season. This was just the third time in his career that he went over that mark, and also the highest rating he's ever had in an NFL game. Teams like the Titans, Jaguars, Browns--you know, the other dregs of the NFL--at least have the excuse of not having a lot of talent on their teams, but the Bills are just plain broken right now. As far as San Francisco goes, despite the 4-1 record I think you make a solid case for a #1 power ranking right now. 9-3


San Diego Chargers at New Orleans Saints:
I didn't actually watch this one (we have playoff baseball in Baltimore now, don't ya know?), and I've heard of some officiating controversy, but this still doesn't solve my quandary over the fact that New Orleans can't defend the run, Ryan Mathews averaged more than 6.5 yards/carry, and yet San Diego only ran the ball 18 times??? Maybe this is some sort of Norv Turner logic, but it seems to me that when you're nursing a 10-point second-half lead against a team with an explosive offense and a non-existent rushing defense, you might want to, I don't know...try running with the ball. Oh, and Drew Brees is on pace to break his yardage record. 9-4


Houston Texans at New York Jets:
As much as I hate to encourage him, you do have to give Rex Ryan some credit here: his team didn't roll over and die in a game that everyone knew they'd lose. That said, there are three indisputable facts you can take away from this one: first, that the Texans are absolutely a for-reals Super Bowl contender; second, that Arian Foster is very possibly the best running back in the league at present; and third, that the Jets' starting quarterback for the 2013 season is not currently on their roster. 10-4
 
2012-10-09 01:46:11 PM  

Jubeebee: Finally, a proper power rankings thread that goes green before 5:00 CST.


It'll be nice to waste my entire day in one thread, instead of slumming in baseball threads.

/happy with the Bears position, but vary wary about the offense. It's a roller coaster.
/Also happy that it's the Vikings turn to be a quality division rival. Lions fans got cocky way too fast.
/I wonder how many weeks in a row Graziano is going to tell us what record the Packers should have.
 
2012-10-09 01:49:14 PM  
Does that guy still post the Jake award every week? I haven't been around much this year.
 
2012-10-09 01:49:34 PM  

Jubeebee: Finally, a proper power rankings thread that goes green before 5:00 CST.

Also, the Bears are too damn high. Too erratic for me to be comfortable with them at #6. Although I am becoming a fan of the musical sacks game the D-line is playing. Five different D-linemen have had a multiple sack game so far this season.


I thought about that as well, but honestly I don't see another team (maybe the Giants) to rank ahead of them to drop them down.
 
2012-10-09 01:51:15 PM  
Nobody stretches for the bottom like the Buffalo Bills. If they lose next week, I am officially starting to root for 2-12 so we can draft a real quarterback.
 
2012-10-09 01:52:01 PM  
Oh crap I posted in the other one thinking it linked to the Power Rankings. That's what I get for not checking the links.

/love the Dolphins, too damn high, meh
 
2012-10-09 01:52:24 PM  
Fair enough spot for the GMEN. Tough game coming up.
 
2012-10-09 01:52:40 PM  
As a big Steeler fan I have to say... The Steelers are too damn high.

Defense is slow and uncoordinated, secondary is crap (has been for 10+ years) which gets exposed when they can't get pressure, and the offense can hardly get out of its own way.

I would love to be wrong but the Steelers are an 8-8 team, if they're lucky. Looking at the schedule I can easily see six losses, I don't easily see six wins.
 
2012-10-09 01:53:10 PM  

Mr. Parker: Does that guy still post the Jake award every week? I haven't been around much this year.


Yes. Go read week 2's PR thread. I think it was his best work ever.
 
2012-10-09 01:53:23 PM  

Harv72b: ...I've been re-watching the first couple seasons of The Walking Dead recently and it's brought an important question to mind: how come there aren't ever any NFL zombies? Not just in that series, but in any zombie flick


All of the NFL zombies were hired by Plants vs. Zombies.

mimg.ugo.com
 
2012-10-09 01:54:22 PM  

Harv72b: Buffalo Bills at San Francisco 49ers


You know, I remember a time when these 2 teams played. The only game in NFL history that did not have a punt. And the Bills won. Those were the days.

but the Bills are just plain broken right now.

Yeah. We know. Painfully.
 
2012-10-09 01:55:00 PM  

Harv72b: A solid 10-4 week brings me to 48-28 on the season


Very good, and two of your losses were quite unexpected.
 
2012-10-09 01:55:36 PM  

RangerTaylor: Nobody stretches for the bottom like the Buffalo Bills. If they lose next week, I am officially starting to root for 2-12 so we can draft a real quarterback.


They'd only draft someone who lasts a season or 2 in development, leave, and then becomes a superstar for someone else.
 
2012-10-09 01:58:04 PM  
Hard to believe that this thread will break 100 comments.
 
2012-10-09 01:59:39 PM  
The Jaguars subreddit has a space reserved for a picture of the player of the week.

This week, that space is filled with a picture of flaming portajohns, each with a player's number on it.

It's gonna be a long football season.
 
2012-10-09 02:04:16 PM  

Bunny Deville: The Jaguars subreddit has a space reserved for a picture of the player of the week.

This week, that space is filled with a picture of flaming portajohns, each with a player's number on it.

It's gonna be a long football season.


s3.amazonaws.com

I like it!
 
2012-10-09 02:04:28 PM  

slykens1: As a big Steeler fan I have to say... The Steelers are too damn high.

Defense is slow and uncoordinated, secondary is crap (has been for 10+ years) which gets exposed when they can't get pressure, and the offense can hardly get out of its own way.

I would love to be wrong but the Steelers are an 8-8 team, if they're lucky. Looking at the schedule I can easily see six losses, I don't easily see six wins.


The steelers, and I love them like my own child, can lose to anyone, anywhere. After 40 years of watching them I am never surprised - in even their best years they often lay a completely inexplicable turd... and this is NOT setting up to be one of their best years. They have big problems on defense and the offensive line is whisper thin. But still, go steelers..
 
2012-10-09 02:05:17 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Losing Cushing will hurt a little bit, but thank god for JJ SWATT. He is a monster from the depths of hell sent here to torment quarterbacks and make them pray for an end to the game. It could've been a very different outcome had he not made some crucial plays.


The Texans defense can be beat with this one little secret:
Don't throw the ball over JJ Watt's head.
 
2012-10-09 02:09:25 PM  

RangerTaylor: Nobody stretches for the bottom like the Buffalo Bills. If they lose next week, I am officially starting to root for 2-12 so we can draft a real quarterback.


If anyone can manage 2-12 in a 16-game season, it's Buffalo. :p

skrame: All of the NFL zombies were hired by Plants vs. Zombies.


That pic needs the animated RIversface.

Nadie_AZ: You know, I remember a time when these 2 teams played. The only game in NFL history that did not have a punt. And the Bills won. Those were the days.


Hey, not so much the Bills winning part, but with that defense + Ryan Fitzpatrick I can totally see another Bills game without a punt. ;p
 
2012-10-09 02:09:56 PM  

SVenus: scottydoesntknow: Losing Cushing will hurt a little bit, but thank god for JJ SWATT. He is a monster from the depths of hell sent here to torment quarterbacks and make them pray for an end to the game. It could've been a very different outcome had he not made some crucial plays.

The Texans defense can be beat with this one little secret:
Don't throw the ball over JJ Watt's head.


Or let him near the QB. I loved it when Sanchez tried to avoid the sack by jumping, only to have Watt grab his foot and completely sweep his legs from under him.

i2.cdn.turner.com
 
2012-10-09 02:10:19 PM  

SVenus: Don't throw the ball over JJ Watt's head.


Sanchez is an idiot. Not only was that one endzone pass dangerously low, it was going to be behind the receiver anyways. I foresee Rodgers on a boot role every play next week.
 
2012-10-09 02:12:25 PM  

jaylectricity: Hard to believe that this thread will break 100 comments.


Because of the earlier launch time?
 
2012-10-09 02:15:12 PM  

Harv72b: we have playoff baseball in Baltimore now, don't ya know?


CSB: I was in the Baltimore area this week to visit the future in-laws. I had to go to a bar on Sunday to watch the Giants since obviously the Baltimore CBS affiliate isn't going to show a Giants-Browns game over a Ravens game. Being someone who doesn't frequently stray from the New York area I was introduced to a new phenomenon: Being the only fan of your team in a crowded sports bar. When the Ravens did something most of the bar would go nuts (though there was only so much of that since, you know, 9-6). When the Redskins did something there were some cheers. When the Giants did something it was basically me going "Yeah!" Jarring.
 
2012-10-09 02:24:08 PM  
At #10: Steelers: 2-2, beat #25 Jets, #11 Eagles, Lost to #29 Raiders, #17 Broncos
Have not beaten a team ahead of them, and lost to two teams behind them.

At #22: Colts: 2-2, beat #8 Vikings, #12 Packers, Lost to #31 Jaguars, #6 Bears
Beat two teams ahead of them and lost to 1 team ahead of them. Guess that loss to the Jags really stung.
 
2012-10-09 02:24:41 PM  
Broncos dropped to 17th...

i1182.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-09 02:24:41 PM  
Packers are too damn high!
If they click, they can score so easily it looks like a caveman could do it. But then they go into what I call EZ mode and close the playbook to run the clock, avoid injury or whatnot- but rarely come back.

I propose, they limit EZ mode only to strict 7 minutes maximum game time sections. That way they aren't completely farking asleep if things stop going the Packer's way. Even the Viking fans I was watching with were getting very upset at the Packers play calling and lack of, well, some important stuff apparently.
 
2012-10-09 02:27:03 PM  
Vick sucks. I guess otherwise we'd have Kolb, and he sucks too, so it wouldn't be any different, but the Eagles are a very good team being undone by one guy who can't hold on to the ball doesn't see guys about to jump routes. At least he used to be really fast.
 
2012-10-09 02:31:58 PM  

skrame: jaylectricity: Hard to believe that this thread will break 100 comments.

Because of the earlier launch time?


Is that what it is? You think this thread might explode a little later towards dinner time?

Just seems like this thread is pretty slow considering what it usually is.
 
2012-10-09 02:32:33 PM  
In a totally unforeseen development, the Eagles lose a game because Mike Vick loses the ball. INCONCEIVABLE!!!

(if he hadn't fumbled that one, it could have been a FG. If it had been a FG, Rapistburger would have been driving for a TD instead of just for getting to FG range. Though I'm not sure at all that the steelers wouldn't have been able to get a TD if they wanted to at that point :P)
 
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