2011 NFL Week 9 Powre Rankings
I hate when people don’t give credit where it’s due. There are a half dozen teams and several players in the NFL that I HATE, but I will not negate their successes and abilities. That’s just foolishness. And now I’m gonna be extra vile because Facebook totally screwed up my original posting of these rankings with their patented BUGS. If it runs short, you’ll know why.
1. Green Bay Packers (7-0).
Can’t wait until Thanksgiving and then the Giants game afterward. These guys will bring out the best of my guys.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2).
They’ve won 4 in a row. QUIETLY.
3. San Francisco 49ers (6-1).
Every year there is a team that I anoint as “Smoke & Mirrors”. Last year it was Atlanta. In 2009 it was the Vikings. In 2008 it was the Jets. In 2007 it was the Packers. And so on. You are just waiting for the other shoe to drop and for reality to set in. For the 2007 Packers it took the very last game before the Super Bowl, for the Falcons, it was the first play of the playoffs last year. For SF, it may be Week 10.
4. New York Football Giants (5-2).
ALL EYES ON FOXBOROUGH ON SUNDAY.
5. New England Patriots (5-2).
The Giants’ pass rush is even better than it was in 2007. Just a little FYI.
6. Detroit Lions (6-2).
The Lions need their BYE and come out fighting with 2-3 straight wins in order to secure a strong hold on the Wild Card.
7. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2).
Marv Lewis has been completely vindicated, as his preseason prediction has come true with the Bengals winning their 5th game.
8. Buffalo Bills (5-2).
This team is for real. Their only losses are against arguably the second best team in each conference, respectively.
9. Baltimore Ravens (5-2).
Without their defense, they would EASILY be 1-6. Joe Flacco SUCKS.
10. New Orleans Saints (5-3).
NO excuse for THAT.
11. Houston Texans (5-3).
They’re going 0-fer November. WATCH.
12. Oakland Raiders (4-3).
Raiders need to quickly regroup offensively.
13. Chicago Bears (4-3).
More idiocy from the Bears’ front office. Cutting Chris Harris, who admittedly had two AWFUL games this year, costing them games almost singlehandedly with blown coverage (most notably, two long runs by Jahvid “Who Knows Concussions” Best), but with two oft-injured, green safeties to man the position is certainly a higher risk than running Harris out there.
Definitely a personal issue internally between Harris and the team.
14. Kansas City Chiefs (4-3).
The Chiefs are IN FIRST PLACE in the AFC West. They were 0-3 and looked to be one of the all-time worst teams in NFL history had they not righted that ship.
15. Atlanta Falcons (4-3).
16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-3).
These guys have NO identity.
17. New York Jets (4-3).
Where would they be without Mike Pettine and Mike Westhoff?
18. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4).
They beat a shitty Washington team and a superbly-talented, average-coached and shitty playing Dallas team and the Super Bowl talk begins again. Amazing. They’re virtually three games behind the Giants and despite the efforts of some who want to somehow write them in for games that they are by no means guaranteed to win (ask the Saints about the Rams?)
Pipe down, fellas.
19. Dallas Cowboys (3-4).
I just gave you the drop on them.
20. Tennessee Titans (4-3).
Worst 4-3 team I’ve seen in a few years.
You’ve been waiting for Chris Johnson to show up for HALF the season now. Don’t hold your breath.
21. San Diego Chargers (4-3).
The Bolts can never handle prosperity. The AFC West has been theirs by just showing up for the past DECADE and they not only can’t get to the Super Bowl, but now can’t even win the division or even make the playoffs (last year, and heading that way again this year).
22. Cleveland Browns (3-4).
Expected more from them last week.
23. Minnesota Vikings (2-6).
YOUNG CHRISTIAN PONDER FROMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM?!?!?!
24. Carolina Panthers (2-6).
The Panthers (and Steve Smith, who is beginning to exit his prime) hope that Cam Newton is getting ALL of his rookie mistakes out of the way this year, because they’ve been directly linked to each of their six losses.
25. Washington Redskins (3-4).
6-10 was too generous. They may not win more than one more game this year.
26. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6).
The Baltimore game saved Del Rio from being fired during their BYE.
… instead it will happen at the end of the season.
27. Denver Broncos (2-5).
As much as I hated the Tebow Worship at UF, I almost feel bad for the kid now.
28. Seattle Seahawks (2-5).
29. St. Louis Rams (1-6).
They ought to roll out Tony LaRussa and the Baseball Cardinals and/or St. Louis Blues every game at this rate.
30. Arizona Cardinals (1-6).
Let’s see here. You’ve got a guy who has earned close to $25M over the past two years — with little to no productivity and overall shitty play. If I were compensated accordingly for the amount of productivity that I’VE HAD, I’d never have to work another day in my life, nor my wife, my children, my children’s children, everyone related to me and THEIR children.
31. Indianapolis Colts (0-7).
32. Miami Dolphins (0-7).
They knew the Giants would sandbag and play down to their level for 3 1/2 quarters, and still couldn’t capitalize. Tony Sparano managed to outcoach himself (think of the irony of that statement) ONCE AGAIN.