The story? Small minds are making big jumps.
Here are the overall rankings:
The movement outside of the top 5 is ridiculous. The San Diego Chargers have finally made a leap up the ranks, since they've started playing some consistent ball over the last few weeks. Has Norv "What's a Football?" Turner finally figured out how to win?
The Chargers have a 4 game win streak going against some of the toughest competition in the NFL: Baltimore, Kansas City, Tennessee, and Detroit. Powerhouses all. Detroit, the highest ranking of those 4, ranks in the bottom half of the league this week. Tennessee, who early in the season was a nice spreadbuster, seems to have lost steam as teams figure out how to fool Vince Young and Albert Haynesworth was on and off with injuries. KC and Baltimore? Herm Edwards and Brian Billick. 'Nuff said.
The other biggest jumpers were losers: the aforementioned Detroit team, led by a schizophrenic egomaniacal Mike Martz on offense, and a truly terrible New York Giants. Tom Coughlin is just terrible. Last week against Washington, Coughlin's coaching staff called 28 runs and 53 PASSES. 53 PASSES!!! What, are you nuts? Granted, playing from behind often means you are forced to pass more than usual. But the Giants were getting 5.0 ypp on the ground, and 3.1 ypp through the air. Do the math, Tom. I hope the Giants don't make the playoffs, they will be easy pickings for whoever they would face first.
Here are this week's performance rankings:
There have been some major adjustments in the Box this week. In large part because of a massive flaw in one of the major programming aspects. Needless to say, I have been deeply ensconced in the fixing of the issue, hence the slowdown in posts. I will be posting an updated Win % of the Box's Pure Picks, picks that based solely on the base statistics, before any financial mods. Look for it in a few, along with an updated this week's best bets after the early line moves.