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(ESPN)   Will the Jaguars score in the double digits once this year? Will the AFC North or NFC East take the lead for the worst division? Can anyone stop Manning from making QB history and breaking George Blanda's record? Here are your Week 3 Power Rankings   (espn.go.com) divider line 262
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2013-09-17 01:46:20 PM  

czetie: That ranking seems awfully generous to all the teams in the NFC Least, who went 0-4 at the weekend. Even the winners of week 1's in-division games didn't look very good.

My Redskins looked completely inept in every stage of the game (even down to a punter who couldn't keep the ball in-bounds), so you can't put all of the blame on RGIII who is in full pre-season form.


All the NFC East teams play out of division this week... if they go 0-4, there shouldn't be an NFC East team ranked above 22nd until they actually can beat someone outside their division.
 
2013-09-17 01:46:33 PM  

rickythepenguin: Gecko Gingrich: Manning, the Younger?


i posted the numbers yesterday where in 2013, he has 7INTS.  last year he had i think 16 total, the year before i think 18.  so through two games, he's already almost halfway reached his last two year's totals.

that's just Eli being Eli.


Are you implying he's just like a kid out there, having fun, taking risks?
 
2013-09-17 01:46:45 PM  

Shame Us: HaywoodJablonski: Shame Us: HaywoodJablonski: Jags are 19.5 point underdogs at Seattle this weekend. Raiders get 15 at Denver. And the Colts get TEN at San Fran. Colts can cover, but I don't know about the other two

ESPN The Mag, IIRC, Has the SEA_JAX game predicted at a 58-0 scoreline. That's ridiculous. Jacksonville may suck, but they won't roll over like AZ did last year.

Jacksonville can leave everything they have on the field and still lose by 40. It's a question of talent not heart

58-0 is the scoreline of a team that has completely capitulated, like AZ did last season. While Jacksonville is terrible and outclassed by the Seahawks at maybe every position, a near 60-burger is not in the cards again. I'm not saying it's impossible, nor that the 19.5 spread is wrong at all, just that the prediction of a relegation-level beasting may be overblown.


If Gabbert starts, I could see it as realistic. If Henne starts, the Jags might actually put up some points. If they let Denard play QB, it means Gabbert and Henne are dead and Khan has been kidnapped by a Tebow-inspired right wing militia group.
 
2013-09-17 01:46:50 PM  
As a niners fan I can tell you that game at Seattle went pretty much how I thought it would.

/We'll bounce back.
 
2013-09-17 01:47:01 PM  
I'm fine with the Bears standing pat this week. I'd like to see how Trestman responds to the league after they adjust to his style of game calling. And the defense needs to look less old. I mean, sure they've gotten their turnovers, but opposing offenses haven't exactly been stopped, and the front 4 can't generate a pass rush consistently. Hopefully J-Pep has been sick and isn't starting to lose a step, but he's getting old.
 
2013-09-17 01:47:44 PM  
Also, the pack might deserve to be lower considering a) this is a passing league and b) they really haven't stopped it.

But DEFINITELY not below the texans.  are you kidding me?
 
2013-09-17 01:47:51 PM  

rickythepenguin: Gecko Gingrich: Manning, the Younger?


i posted the numbers yesterday where in 2013, he has 7INTS.  last year he had i think 16 total, the year before i think 18.  so through two games, he's already almost halfway reached his last two year's totals.

that's just Eli being Eli.


Eli threw 25 picks a couple of years ago, so he has a goal to work toward.
 
2013-09-17 01:48:21 PM  

Nadie_AZ: How are the  Seahawks on top? That smashing was against a division opponent that had emotions high. I mean, you could almost feel the electricity in the air. It was as if I were going to see lightning through out the stadium as the game went on.


Because they are very good and most expect the passing game to improve.  Clownstomping the previous #1 helps too.

I would be fine with Denver on top.  They look great so far.
 
2013-09-17 01:49:29 PM  

ShadowLAnCeR: As a niners fan I can tell you that game at Seattle went pretty much how I thought it would.

/We'll bounce back.


As a Seahawks fan, I was expecting a very close contest and was very nervous about this game. I'll probably feel about the same when the two teams meet again later in the season.
 
2013-09-17 01:49:30 PM  
Dolphins crack the top half of the league for the first time in about 4 years. Not sure if it'll hold, but feels pretty good right now.
 
2013-09-17 01:49:46 PM  

germ78: I'm fine with the Bears standing pat this week. I'd like to see how Trestman responds to the league after they adjust to his style of game calling. And the defense needs to look less old. I mean, sure they've gotten their turnovers, but opposing offenses haven't exactly been stopped, and the front 4 can't generate a pass rush consistently. Hopefully J-Pep has been sick and isn't starting to lose a step, but he's getting old.


The Bears defense is pretty young too. They only have a few guys on the wrong side of thirty (Briggs, Peppers, Tillman).
 
2013-09-17 01:50:16 PM  

HaywoodJablonski: Jags are 19.5 point underdogs at Seattle this weekend. Raiders get 15 at Denver. And the Colts get TEN at San Fran. Colts can cover, but I don't know about the other two


I'll take all the underdogs there in my pick'em pool.

This isn't college.  As bad as JAX and OAK are, 15- to 20-point lines are absurd in the NFL.

May regret it, but I'll take my chances.
 
2013-09-17 01:50:57 PM  

Wasilla Hillbilly: ShadowLAnCeR: As a niners fan I can tell you that game at Seattle went pretty much how I thought it would.

/We'll bounce back.

As a Seahawks fan, I was expecting a very close contest and was very nervous about this game. I'll probably feel about the same when the two teams meet again later in the season.


It was 5-0 at halftime.
 
2013-09-17 01:51:40 PM  

Nadie_AZ: The Cardinals need an offensive line. They also need to believe they can win. Oh and they need to convince everyone else of this, too.


ehhh.....having the TEs will help, to chip the edge rushers.  but they're doing OK.  not great, not enough to slow down the fearsome SFO/SEA fronts, but.....it isn't like people were writing us in to win the West.  We'll do ok. this is a foudnational year.  8 wins would be a solid acheivement.  problem is, SEA will probably win 13.


 

HaywoodJablonski: Are you implying he's just like a kid out there, having fun, taking risks?


hell, he'd play for free if they'd let him.  he's just huckin' the ball all over the yard, all the livelong day.  no one has as much fun out there as he does.


redmid17: Eli threw 25 picks a couple of years ago, so he has a goal to work toward.


yeah, his last three years were something like:  17, 18, 25.  dude was  a pick MO-SHEEEN that season.
 
2013-09-17 01:52:51 PM  

Shame Us: HaywoodJablonski: Shame Us: HaywoodJablonski: Jags are 19.5 point underdogs at Seattle this weekend. Raiders get 15 at Denver. And the Colts get TEN at San Fran. Colts can cover, but I don't know about the other two

ESPN The Mag, IIRC, Has the SEA_JAX game predicted at a 58-0 scoreline. That's ridiculous. Jacksonville may suck, but they won't roll over like AZ did last year.

Jacksonville can leave everything they have on the field and still lose by 40. It's a question of talent not heart

58-0 is the scoreline of a team that has completely capitulated, like AZ did last season. While Jacksonville is terrible and outclassed by the Seahawks at maybe every position, a near 60-burger is not in the cards again. I'm not saying it's impossible, nor that the 19.5 spread is wrong at all, just that the prediction of a relegation-level beasting may be overblown.


is it really about talent? the same Titans roster that went 10-0 to start the 2008 season went 0-6 to start the 2009 season and got blown out 59-0 in the snow in Foxborough, and that was when Brady was still rusty

we all know Gabbert can complete a pass, he's not Tebow

the organization is just capitulating and doubt anybody in that team will find a way to care until they've hit rock bottom
 
2013-09-17 01:53:44 PM  

Wasilla Hillbilly: ShadowLAnCeR: As a niners fan I can tell you that game at Seattle went pretty much how I thought it would.

/We'll bounce back.

As a Seahawks fan, I was expecting a very close contest and was very nervous about this game. I'll probably feel about the same when the two teams meet again later in the season.


Me too.  But then the d-line went gang busters.  If they can do that all year it's going to be really tough for teams to score points.  And that was with 3 starters missing.
 
2013-09-17 01:53:47 PM  

ShadowLAnCeR: As a niners fan I can tell you that game at Seattle went pretty much how I thought it would.

/We'll bounce back.


As a Niners fan, I wasn't all that surprised at the outcome, but I did think that some of the Niners receivers would at least make some sort of feeble attempt every now and then to, y'know, catch passes thrown in their direction.
 
2013-09-17 01:54:46 PM  

redmid17: Wasilla Hillbilly: ShadowLAnCeR: As a niners fan I can tell you that game at Seattle went pretty much how I thought it would.

/We'll bounce back.

As a Seahawks fan, I was expecting a very close contest and was very nervous about this game. I'll probably feel about the same when the two teams meet again later in the season.

It was 5-0 at halftime.


Yeah, Seattle has some nice D. Not sure of your point here though.
 
2013-09-17 01:57:21 PM  

AdamK: Shame Us: HaywoodJablonski: Shame Us: HaywoodJablonski: Jags are 19.5 point underdogs at Seattle this weekend. Raiders get 15 at Denver. And the Colts get TEN at San Fran. Colts can cover, but I don't know about the other two

ESPN The Mag, IIRC, Has the SEA_JAX game predicted at a 58-0 scoreline. That's ridiculous. Jacksonville may suck, but they won't roll over like AZ did last year.

Jacksonville can leave everything they have on the field and still lose by 40. It's a question of talent not heart

58-0 is the scoreline of a team that has completely capitulated, like AZ did last season. While Jacksonville is terrible and outclassed by the Seahawks at maybe every position, a near 60-burger is not in the cards again. I'm not saying it's impossible, nor that the 19.5 spread is wrong at all, just that the prediction of a relegation-level beasting may be overblown.

is it really about talent? the same Titans roster that went 10-0 to start the 2008 season went 0-6 to start the 2009 season and got blown out 59-0 in the snow in Foxborough, and that was when Brady was still rusty

we all know Gabbert can complete a pass, he's not Tebow

the organization is just capitulating and doubt anybody in that team will find a way to care until they've hit rock bottom


Hiring Gus Bradley is not capitulating. He knows his stuff and isn't a stuffed shirt. Last season, the 58- drubbing the Cards took was the result of many things including talent and inertia disparities, but one major factor was that Wizzy had openly and publicly lost the team.
 
2013-09-17 01:59:21 PM  

vento: The Steelers are ranked WAY too high.

/Steelers fan


they don't even deserve to be on the list
 
2013-09-17 01:59:32 PM  
Seem like the Chef's moved up at least 6 spots on every power rankings list. The fan in me wants to jump all in on this, but the older, more experienced fan in me sees a nice ~40 point letdown coming from the D this week.
 
2013-09-17 02:00:11 PM  

stappawho: Nadie_AZ: How are the  Seahawks on top? That smashing was against a division opponent that had emotions high. I mean, you could almost feel the electricity in the air. It was as if I were going to see lightning through out the stadium as the game went on.

Because they are very good and most expect the passing game to improve.  Clownstomping the previous #1 helps too.

I would be fine with Denver on top.  They look great so far.


yeah, no doubt about Denver, but something tells me a steady decline in offensive ppg will start in October, i just don't know how long Peyton sustains this kind of offensive production - last year he was very sluggish at the beginning of the season but a slew of weak opponents gave him room to improve his play for all 60min week in and week out and basically allowed Denver to be propelled into the postseason... that was of course coming off a year away from the league and neck surgery, i'm just going to guess he had no reservations this past offseason and kept improving at a steady pace this time around... only, the guy's now a year older, and with reduced practice defenses all over the league have been sluggish themselves to adjust, which begs the question when does better defense and slowing offensive production from Peyton intersect? my guess is October, and after that the defense won't be able to sit on massive point leads anymore
 
2013-09-17 02:01:29 PM  

rickythepenguin: Nadie_AZ: The Cardinals need an offensive line. They also need to believe they can win. Oh and they need to convince everyone else of this, too.

ehhh.....having the TEs will help, to chip the edge rushers.  but they're doing OK.  not great, not enough to slow down the fearsome SFO/SEA fronts, but.....it isn't like people were writing us in to win the West.  We'll do ok. this is a foudnational year.  8 wins would be a solid acheivement.  problem is, SEA will probably win 13.


 HaywoodJablonski: Are you implying he's just like a kid out there, having fun, taking risks?

hell, he'd play for free if they'd let him.  he's just huckin' the ball all over the yard, all the livelong day.  no one has as much fun out there as he does.


redmid17: Eli threw 25 picks a couple of years ago, so he has a goal to work toward.

yeah, his last three years were something like:  17, 18, 25.  dude was  a pick MO-SHEEEN that season.


Honest question - if this is a foundational year, what's the future of the quarterback position? They need to slowly groom someone and not slam him the starting roll just yet.
 
2013-09-17 02:01:36 PM  
I had this conversation with IAR the other day in a different thread and I don't want to beat a dead horse, but I just don't get the love for SF. Are they good? Yeah, probably. But a top 3 team should be able to put up more than a field goal against anybody. They should have dropped more. They're ranked between 10th and 18th in the offense/defense yards categories, and 24th in total points. They've had a tough schedule so I'm not looking to drop them 20 spots or anything, but they're barely looking top 10 to me.

(Oh, you have to look at the drives and not just total score? Punt, interception, punt, punt, safety, fumble, punt, field goal (YAY!), interception, downs, interception. That's freaking horrible.)

/just a little bitter I had Kaepernick and Boldin in various leagues
 
2013-09-17 02:01:56 PM  

Wasilla Hillbilly: redmid17: Wasilla Hillbilly: ShadowLAnCeR: As a niners fan I can tell you that game at Seattle went pretty much how I thought it would.

/We'll bounce back.

As a Seahawks fan, I was expecting a very close contest and was very nervous about this game. I'll probably feel about the same when the two teams meet again later in the season.

It was 5-0 at halftime.

Yeah, Seattle has some nice D. Not sure of your point here though.


It was a very close contest for most of the game. The niners D didn't do a bad job considering the field position from TOs and the number of turnovers the 49ers had. Seahawks got 10 points of TOs in the 4th quarter alone.
 
2013-09-17 02:02:07 PM  

fruitloop: 7. Patriots
8. Saints.

What the fark is this shiat?


If I were you I'd be more upset that the Falcons are still higher. The Pats haven't looked great, but they've still won.
 
2013-09-17 02:03:43 PM  

jayhawk88: Seem like the Chef's moved up at least 6 spots on every power rankings list. The fan in me wants to jump all in on this, but the older, more experienced fan in me sees a nice ~40 point letdown coming from the D this week.


Theres no doubt that your defense looks good. Unfortunately you top espn's new metric for defense, making you the tebow of D.

On the plus side that guarantees a playoff win.
 
2013-09-17 02:04:35 PM  

Di Atribe: Dr Dreidel: Apropos of nothing in particular other than football, I will beat you in FF this week.

FOOTBALL!

Well I haven't set my lineup yet, so don't count your Kaepernicks before they hatch.


Don't make me unleash the Flacco.
i756.photobucket.com

// and Ray ran...
// he ran so far, he injured a hip flexor...
 
2013-09-17 02:04:45 PM  
Steven Jackson out 2-4 weeks, Witherspoon to IR (can return Week 11).

Oh boy, if they beat the Dolphins they'll be top 3, lol.
 
2013-09-17 02:04:52 PM  
Is there anyone on the Falcons roster that isn't injured right now?
 
2013-09-17 02:05:23 PM  

jayhawk88: Seem like the Chef's moved up at least 6 spots on every power rankings list. The fan in me wants to jump all in on this, but the older, more experienced fan in me sees a nice ~40 point letdown coming from the D this week.


As tired as they got rushing the passer this week, I'm nervous how they will handle Philly's offense.
 
2013-09-17 02:06:48 PM  

skrame: I had this conversation with IAR the other day in a different thread and I don't want to beat a dead horse, but I just don't get the love for SF. Are they good? Yeah, probably. But a top 3 team should be able to put up more than a field goal against anybody. They should have dropped more. They're ranked between 10th and 18th in the offense/defense yards categories, and 24th in total points. They've had a tough schedule so I'm not looking to drop them 20 spots or anything, but they're barely looking top 10 to me.

(Oh, you have to look at the drives and not just total score? Punt, interception, punt, punt, safety, fumble, punt, field goal (YAY!), interception, downs, interception. That's freaking horrible.)

/just a little bitter I had Kaepernick and Boldin in various leagues


had they lost that badly to anybody but the seahawks they would've dropped a lot more

this is the same team that got destroyed by the seahawks last year and then went to the super bowl, hence why nobody's panicking
 
2013-09-17 02:07:28 PM  

skrame: I had this conversation with IAR the other day in a different thread and I don't want to beat a dead horse, but I just don't get the love for SF. Are they good? Yeah, probably. But a top 3 team should be able to put up more than a field goal against anybody. They should have dropped more. They're ranked between 10th and 18th in the offense/defense yards categories, and 24th in total points. They've had a tough schedule so I'm not looking to drop them 20 spots or anything, but they're barely looking top 10 to me.

(Oh, you have to look at the drives and not just total score? Punt, interception, punt, punt, safety, fumble, punt, field goal (YAY!), interception, downs, interception. That's freaking horrible.)

/just a little bitter I had Kaepernick and Boldin in various leagues


I'd say it's an abberation. Seattle is arguably the toughest place to play in the league, and the Seahawks D might be the best in the league this year too. The weather delay didn't do them any favors either, especially on the road.

Plus, let's keep in mind that was Kaep's 9th start as an NFL QB. He's still figuring it out, and I don't think him struggling in maybe the toughest road situation anyone will face this year is necessarily warning sign or anything.
 
2013-09-17 02:08:05 PM  

mitchcumstein1: fruitloop: 7. Patriots
8. Saints.

What the fark is this shiat?

If I were you I'd be more upset that the Falcons are still higher. The Pats haven't looked great, but they've still won.


The Patriots are 2-0 after beating the Bills (barely) and the Jets (barely).  But you're right, what the fark is THAT shiat?

/I can't read.
 
2013-09-17 02:10:15 PM  
HAY GUIZE who wants to check out some data represented visually?

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Took some suggestions from last week, ignored others, forgot others. Tried to get everyone on one line, but ONCE AGAIN, Baltimore has to ruin everything! Figures.


Useless info for your ignoring pleasure:

Change from Week 1 to this week:
One 14 point drop:Redskins
Two 8 point jumps: Dolphins & Chargers

Three teams are right back where they started: Seahawks, 49ers, & Packers

Change from last week to this week:
Two 5 point drops:Redskins, Eagles
One 10 point jump: Chargers

Number of times rankings have changed:
9 teams have changed once
Everybody else has changed twice

Difference between high rank & low rank:
Lowest fluctuation:Bengals & Seahawks with 1
Highest fluctuation:Redskins with 14
Average fluctuation is 4.75

Most spots traveled: Eagles & Redskins, both with 14

Teams hitting their highest rank this week:9 teams
Teams hitting their lowest rank this week:11 teams

Seven teams did not change rank

Two teams have held the #1 spot: Seahawks & 49ers
 
2013-09-17 02:10:31 PM  

redmid17: Wasilla Hillbilly: redmid17: Wasilla Hillbilly: ShadowLAnCeR: As a niners fan I can tell you that game at Seattle went pretty much how I thought it would.

/We'll bounce back.

As a Seahawks fan, I was expecting a very close contest and was very nervous about this game. I'll probably feel about the same when the two teams meet again later in the season.

It was 5-0 at halftime.

Yeah, Seattle has some nice D. Not sure of your point here though.

It was a very close contest for most of the game. The niners D didn't do a bad job considering the field position from TOs and the number of turnovers the 49ers had. Seahawks got 10 points of TOs in the 4th quarter alone.


Yes it was good D by the niners.  But the Seahawks offense is all about the long con.  It can come back to bite them of course(see Atlanta).  But for the most part they throw body blow after body blow and then boom headshot.  It's no coincidence that Seattle started to roll late in the game.  After enough time teams just don't like to tackle Marshawn anymore.

Then on the other side of the ball teams get tired of taking shots from 6' 4" 230 pound DB's.  It's unnatural.

They are bullies and I love it.   Such a contrast to the finesse years under Holmgren.

/bullies, not dirty
 
2013-09-17 02:10:31 PM  
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Welcome back, one and all, to the game where the points don't matter, the questions are absurdly difficult, and the host's keyboasrd issdg maslfggdfucvnertignd. Thanks to my wonky keyboard, today's questions have more photo clues than usual, but I still have plenty of statistical delicious anomalies for you. We have 16 questions this week, 3 categories - Heroes, Zeroes, and biatches Be Shoppin'. Remember to stick around for the end of the quiz where I give you a nifty answer sheet so you can play along without having to format a sheet yourself. Herrewwerwweweee gogror!

Heroes:

1. Which starting QB has shockingly not been sacked so far this season?
2. Whose stat line is this? 1-1, 17 yards, 17 yards receiving, 4 TKL
3. Known gym rat and scrappy player Julian Edelman led the NFL this week with 13 receptions, but in a close 2nd was a RB. But who?
4. Who turned back the clock and led the league in sacks for week 2?
5. Delighting fantasy owners everywhere, which kicker kicked two FGs of 50+?


Zeroes:

1. Which NFL team has allowed the most yards from scrimmage this year?
2.  Which NFL team has the fewest rushing yards and YPC?
3.  Tony Romo is currently the league's most accurate passer at 72.5%, but who is the least accurate starting QB in the NFL?
4.  Which kicker holds the title of Shankapotamus with 4 missed kicks?
5. Which team has run the fewest plays from scrimmage?


biatches Be Shoppin'

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1, 2, and 3: Who are these three QBs that wear #12 poorly photoshopped jerseys?
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4, 5, and 6: What number do these fictional football players wear?


That's all the questions for today! Here's your answer sregeheeyttett.

Heroes:
1. Never sacked -
2. Reception, 4 tackles, 1 pass-
3. RB with most catches week 2-
4. Most sacks week 2-
5. 2 50+ FGs week 2-

Zeroes:
1. Most yards allowed-
2. Fewest rushing yards-
3. Least accurate passer-
4. Missed 4 kicks so far-
5. Fewest plays from scrimmage-

biatches Be Shoppin:
1.
2.
3.
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4.
5.
6.
 
2013-09-17 02:10:32 PM  

AdamK: stappawho: Nadie_AZ: How are the  Seahawks on top? That smashing was against a division opponent that had emotions high. I mean, you could almost feel the electricity in the air. It was as if I were going to see lightning through out the stadium as the game went on.

Because they are very good and most expect the passing game to improve.  Clownstomping the previous #1 helps too.

I would be fine with Denver on top.  They look great so far.

yeah, no doubt about Denver, but something tells me a steady decline in offensive ppg will start in October, i just don't know how long Peyton sustains this kind of offensive production - last year he was very sluggish at the beginning of the season but a slew of weak opponents gave him room to improve his play for all 60min week in and week out and basically allowed Denver to be propelled into the postseason... that was of course coming off a year away from the league and neck surgery, i'm just going to guess he had no reservations this past offseason and kept improving at a steady pace this time around... only, the guy's now a year older, and with reduced practice defenses all over the league have been sluggish themselves to adjust, which begs the question when does better defense and slowing offensive production from Peyton intersect? my guess is October, and after that the defense won't be able to sit on massive point leads anymore


The last time Peyton started out like this he tailed off in December, and 'tailed off' means his passer rating was in the mid 90s instead of the 130s.
 
2013-09-17 02:11:42 PM  

mitchcumstein1: jayhawk88: Seem like the Chef's moved up at least 6 spots on every power rankings list. The fan in me wants to jump all in on this, but the older, more experienced fan in me sees a nice ~40 point letdown coming from the D this week.

As tired as they got rushing the passer this week, I'm nervous how they will handle Philly's offense.


Weirdly, it could work out better for them, if Philly is scoring quickly, and the Chiefs can do a better job putting together sustained drives against (what looks like, anyway) a softer Philly defense. What's most exciting here is: Who will screw up game management more? Reid or Kelly?
 
2013-09-17 02:12:17 PM  

jayhawk88: skrame: I had this conversation with IAR the other day in a different thread and I don't want to beat a dead horse, but I just don't get the love for SF. Are they good? Yeah, probably. But a top 3 team should be able to put up more than a field goal against anybody. They should have dropped more. They're ranked between 10th and 18th in the offense/defense yards categories, and 24th in total points. They've had a tough schedule so I'm not looking to drop them 20 spots or anything, but they're barely looking top 10 to me.

(Oh, you have to look at the drives and not just total score? Punt, interception, punt, punt, safety, fumble, punt, field goal (YAY!), interception, downs, interception. That's freaking horrible.)

/just a little bitter I had Kaepernick and Boldin in various leagues

I'd say it's an abberation. Seattle is arguably the toughest place to play in the league, and the Seahawks D might be the best in the league this year too. The weather delay didn't do them any favors either, especially on the road.

Plus, let's keep in mind that was Kaep's 9th start as an NFL QB. He's still figuring it out, and I don't think him struggling in maybe the toughest road situation anyone will face this year is necessarily warning sign or anything.


i do think Kaep threw the ball way too hard in that game especially with the wet conditions and the tight coverage - reminded me of Elway in his early super bowl attempts - guy would sling the ball so hard it'd bounce out of guy's hands over and over, Russel might be too short to know where he's throwing but you know it's always going to be a catchable ball
 
2013-09-17 02:12:25 PM  

AdamK: yeah, no doubt about Denver, but something tells me a steady decline in offensive ppg will start in October, i just don't know how long Peyton sustains this kind of offensive production - last year he was very sluggish at the beginning of the season but a slew of weak opponents gave him room to improve his play for all 60min week in and week out and basically allowed Denver to be propelled into the postseason... that was of course coming off a year away from the league and neck surgery, i'm just going to guess he had no reservations this past offseason and kept improving at a steady pace this time around... only, the guy's now a year older, and with reduced practice defenses all over the league have been sluggish themselves to adjust, which begs the question when does better defense and slowing offensive production from Peyton intersect? my guess is October, and after that the defense won't be able to sit on massive point leads anymore


Broncos have now won 13 straight regular season games, scoring an average of 33.5 points in each one.  Granted a lot of that competition was weak, but it doesn't look any stronger this year - scariest matchups left for Denver this year are Pats and Texans, and both of those teams look suspect to start the year.

Although their current average (45 ppg) is not sustainable, I don't really see the Broncos slowing down any time soon - especially since they added Welker during the offseason, and Julius Thomas has finally emerged as a top TE.  Maybe they'll even get a running game going at some point...
 
2013-09-17 02:12:37 PM  

redmid17: Wasilla Hillbilly: redmid17: Wasilla Hillbilly: ShadowLAnCeR: As a niners fan I can tell you that game at Seattle went pretty much how I thought it would.

/We'll bounce back.

As a Seahawks fan, I was expecting a very close contest and was very nervous about this game. I'll probably feel about the same when the two teams meet again later in the season.

It was 5-0 at halftime.

Yeah, Seattle has some nice D. Not sure of your point here though.

It was a very close contest for most of the game. The niners D didn't do a bad job considering the field position from TOs and the number of turnovers the 49ers had. Seahawks got 10 points of TOs in the 4th quarter alone.


Close in points for awhile, yes. But it didn't feel like the Niners were ever really in it, imo.
 
2013-09-17 02:13:05 PM  
s7d2.scene7.com

Are too damned high.
 
2013-09-17 02:13:08 PM  

Treygreen13: i.imgur.com
4, 5, and 6: What number do these fictional football players wear?


2/3 are Adam Sandler? Ouch. You couldn't even go with the original Longest Yard?!

/Burt wore 22
 
2013-09-17 02:14:02 PM  

jayhawk88: mitchcumstein1: jayhawk88: Seem like the Chef's moved up at least 6 spots on every power rankings list. The fan in me wants to jump all in on this, but the older, more experienced fan in me sees a nice ~40 point letdown coming from the D this week.

As tired as they got rushing the passer this week, I'm nervous how they will handle Philly's offense.

Weirdly, it could work out better for them, if Philly is scoring quickly, and the Chiefs can do a better job putting together sustained drives against (what looks like, anyway) a softer Philly defense. What's most exciting here is: Who will screw up game management more? Reid or Kelly?


I'm going Reid still. He's the gold standard.
 
2013-09-17 02:14:31 PM  

Nadie_AZ: rickythepenguin: 21 seems low, but whatever.  it is just an opinion.  Couple things i like:  the commitment to the running game.  although we haven't lit it up, we're moving the ball at least, whereas the last fe years we had no running game.  palmer looks pretty good in protection, and multiple receivers are getting targeted.

defensively, Peterson and Mathieu are a good combo.  Johnson had a good game last week vs. P2, but there's no shame in letting him have a good day.  he is probably the best WR in the game (the old, "you can't stop him, you can only hope to contain him" dan patrick line goes here).

Saints will be a test.  Breakfast football for the Redbirds.  10AM arizona time.  line was I think 9, last i checked, which seems pretty damn high.

Saints have the chance to go to 3-0 with a win, whereas a cards win puts us at 2-1. like my chances!

The Cardinals need an offensive line. They also need to believe they can win. Oh and they need to convince everyone else of this, too.


Grew up in Mesa and Sarasota.  Got tickets to the Bucs v Cards game in two weeks.  I figured going into the season that I would be more or less guaranteed to see one of them get their first win of the season.  So far, I've been pleasantly surprised with the cards.

The bucs offense looks truly miserable though.  Josh Freeman is throwing so badly the balls aren't even interceptable.  All I can think about is that we held NO to 16 points and LOST.
 
2013-09-17 02:15:29 PM  

Treygreen13: Heroes:
1. Never sacked -
2. Reception, 4 tackles, 1 pass-
3. RB with most catches week 2-
4. Most sacks week 2-
5. 2 50+ FGs week 2-


1. Um ... Vick?
2. Patrick Peterson
3. No idea
4. Mario Williams
5. That Texans guy? Bullock
 
2013-09-17 02:16:46 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Treygreen13: i.imgur.com
4, 5, and 6: What number do these fictional football players wear?

2/3 are Adam Sandler? Ouch. You couldn't even go with the original Longest Yard?!

/Burt wore 22


I wanted to go with Burt but I assume most people here weren't going to remember a player's number from a movie from 1974. Not that anyone is going to remember the rest of these. Good on you for remembering the original, though.
 
2013-09-17 02:17:10 PM  

Frank N Stein: FlyingLizardOfDoom: Will people stop posting lame sports-related rhetorical questions as headlines...?

Farkers have a way of conducting certain sports threads. Powerranking and game threads especially. I don't like it, and that's why I usually stay away from them, but it's best to let them be

/yet here I am.


Rock you like a hurricane!

/It's Pavlovian..
 
2013-09-17 02:17:48 PM  

skrame: I had this conversation with IAR the other day in a different thread and I don't want to beat a dead horse, but I just don't get the love for SF. Are they good? Yeah, probably. But a top 3 team should be able to put up more than a field goal against anybody. They should have dropped more. They're ranked between 10th and 18th in the offense/defense yards categories, and 24th in total points. They've had a tough schedule so I'm not looking to drop them 20 spots or anything, but they're barely looking top 10 to me.

(Oh, you have to look at the drives and not just total score? Punt, interception, punt, punt, safety, fumble, punt, field goal (YAY!), interception, downs, interception. That's freaking horrible.)

/just a little bitter I had Kaepernick and Boldin in various leagues


I think I'd agree with you based on the way both games have gone. They let the Packers back in in Week 1 and then completely crapped the bed in Week 2. And the real problem is not that they lost to Seattle, but rather HOW they lost. Stupid, drive continuing, personal foul penalties resulted in 2 TDs instead of 2 FG attempts. Kaepernick's accuracy was atrocious all night, especially and obviously on the last INT where he overthrew a well-covered Boldin by about 6 feet on a slant, and to a lesser extent on the 1st 2 when he missed his target wide & short, respectively. The defense played well against the pass for the most part, and the shot itself in the foot repeatedly and very stupidly. It was about as ugly as a talented team will ever lose.
 
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