For the second week in a row, the same 10 teams make up the NFL Power 10. But for the first time since week 6, we have a new number 1. I’m sure you can guess who that is…
1 (2) New York Giants (10-1-0): Power 10 Points: 213
For weeks I’ve thought that the Giants were a better team, but the Titans just kept winning. And as long as they remained undefeated, they were going to stay at the top of the Power 10. But the Giants are just plowing through everyone, ’85 Bears style.
One can only hope that the bring back the Super Bowl shuffle…
2 (1) Tennessee Titans (10-1-0): Power 10 Points: 199
If I’m running the Tennessee Titans, I’m shipping LenDale White to Detroit this offseason.
LenDale, you’re on a 10-1 football team. You lose your first game of the season and you’re bitching to reporters after the game? Are you kidding me?
The Titans just don’t scare me anymore. It’s not because they lost either. This has been brewing for a few weeks now. They’re just not very impressive. Defensively, they can stop anyone. But the time will come (like last week) when they fall behind. Their offense just isn’t good enough to bring them back against even marginally good defenses (read: everyone except the Broncos).
3 (5) New York Jets (8-3-0): Power 10 Points: 163
OK, I give up. They’re for real. They’re the best team in the AFC East right now. Heck, they’re the best team in the NFL right now. Brett Favre has morphed into Chad Pennington with a better arm. Thomas Jones has been possessed by Curtis Martin’s ghost.
It’s going to be an all New York Super Bowl. We might as well resign ourselves to this.
But hey, anything’s better than an all-Manning Super Bowl.
4 (7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-3-0): Power 10 Points: 155
When Tampa Bay was down 17 to the Lions this weekend, was anyone worried that they were going to lose? Seriously, as boring as the Buccaneers are, there was no way they were losing to the Lions.
That said, falling behind by 17 points to the Lions is not good. Had they been playing a real NFL team, they would have been in some serious trouble.
5 (4) Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3-0): Power 10 Points: 149
Mike Tomlin (who I don’t like) and Hines Ward (who I do like) both spoke up last year about Belichick and Spygate. In response, the Patriots treated them like the unworthy gnats they were and pummeled them into submission. Something tells me the Steelers will have revenge on their mind in Foxboro this weekend.
Although, technically, “revenge” hasn’t helped them win a big game against the Patriots since 2001 (PS: don’t talk about their regular season victory in 2004…that doesn’t count because they were smoked in the playoffs a few months later)…
6 (3) Carolina Panthers (8-3-0): Power 10 Points: 137
Jake Delhomme has two terrible passing games, the Panthers win both games comfortably. He rebounds to have a pretty good day against the Falcons, the Panthers are beaten soundly. Interesting.
He suffered a cut on his elbow, and ended the game with a sore throwing elbow. Not a good sign for a guy who had Tommy-John surgery in the offseason.
7 (9) Atlanta Falcons (7-4-0): Power 10 Points: 133
I know. You pound the crap out of the Panthers, then find yourself one spot below them in the rankings. It’s not fair. Life isn’t fair. Etc., etc.
I’m not sure who’s going to win the NFC South, but I know which team I’d want to avoid in the playoffs if I were another NFC playoff team. The Falcons are scary. If they get into the tournament, they have the potential to do some damage.
8 (8) Baltimore Ravens (7-4-0): Power 10 Points: 131
Speaking of the potential to do some damage, the Baltimore Ravens are built to win in the playoffs. After completely destroying the Eagles and finally putting that ridiculously under-performing team out of its misery, the Ravens are tied with the Patriots and Colts for the two wild-card spots in the AFC.
Unfortunately for them, they have the toughest schedule of the three teams. Fortunately for them, they have the best defense of the three teams.
In the end, I think the Colts and Patriots are the two AFC wild-card teams. But the Ravens will be in it until the end, and if either the Colts or the Patriots falter, the Ravens will be a more than suitable playoff replacement.
9 (10) New England Patriots (7-4-0): Power 10 Points: 125
Is it too early to start a “Matt Cassel for MVP” campaign? Only four guys in NFL history went over 400 yards passing two weeks in a row before he did. He’s also run for two touchdowns, thrown six touchdowns, and most importantly, he’s only thrown one interception the last two weeks. And the INT was on a tipped ball.
If the Patriots make the playoffs, he has to get some serious consideration for MVP. Right? Or am I crazy?
10 (6) Arizona Cardinals (7-4-0): Power 10 Points: 119
Don’t worry about the loss to the Giants. Everyone loses to the Giants. Look at it this way: Everyone’s playing for second place in the NFC, and you guys are currently the odds on favorite to win it.
Second place, that is. Nobody’s beating the Giants.
Nobody. Two weeks in a row. Crazy.
11 (-) Dallas Cowboys (7-4-0): Power 10 Points: 102
Well, there is one team that could beat the Giants. But the Cowboys would have to fire Wade Phillips and replace him with a real head coach prior to the game. Even if the first part of that happens, the Cowboys aren’t smart enough to make the second part happen…
12 (-) Washington Redskins (7-4-0): Power 10 Points: 98
BARELY hung on to beat the Seahawks. They were Matt Hasselbeck’s worst game as a pro away from dropping out of the playoff picture altogether. That’s either a wake-up call or a sign of bad things to come.
My guess? I’d spend my playoff ticket money on Christmas presents for the kids, were I a Redskins fan…
13 (-) Indianapolis Colts (7-4-0): Power 10 Points: 94
Don’t look now, but the Colts are slowly moving back up the Power 10 rankings…
29 (29) St. Louis Rams (2-9-0): Power 10 Points: -64
Do you realize that the Rams have scored 197 points less than they’ve given up? That’s jarring.
30 (31) Cincinnati Bengals (1-9-1): Power 10 Points: -68
The Bengals moved up one spot, and they’re only 4 points away from moving up another spot. Two, three more ties and they’ll be out of the bottom four altogether!
31 (30) Kansas City Chiefs (1-10-0): Power 10 Points: -74
How is Herm Edwards still employed?
32 (32) Detroit Lions (0-11-0): Power 10 Points: -102
Enjoy your Thanksgiving, fellas!