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Week 15 Power Rankings

32 (32). Detroit Lions (0-14)…Well they tied the record for futility and now go for infamy.

31 (31). St. Louis Rams (2-12)…Marc Bulger probably won’t return as the starter and it may be a while before we see the “greatest show on turf” again.

30 (29). Oakland Raiders (3-11)…Tom Cable is upset that Lane Kiffin is raiding the staff. He should worry more about finding his own job next year.

29 (27). Kansas City Chiefs (2-12)…The Chiefs somehow found a way to lose this game and in the process sealed the fate of the staff.

28 (26). Cleveland Browns (4-10)…This is a team in distress and most likely will have an overhauling in the off season. Lets hope they are still bad because it is more fun that way.

27 (30). Cincinnati Bengals (2-11-1)…Not sure if they were more impressive in the win or the Redskins more disappointing in the loss.

26 (28). Seattle Seahawks (3-11)…Mike Holmgren is retiring after the season and we feel for the coach who has to come into this mess.

25 (25). Jacksonville Jaguars (4-10)…The are probably better than the teams behind them but not by much.

24 (24). Green Bay Packers (5-9)…Its hard to believe they started out 3-0.

23 (23). Buffalo Bills (6-8)…Can this team find more creative ways to lose, Jauron is a snake for signing his extension after the game and hopefully Wilson will fire him anyways.

22 (20). Washington Redskins (7-7)…Like the Bills and Packers, they started hot and have faultered, but we believe Snyder will stick with Zorn.

21 (21). San Francisco 49ers (5-9)…The team believes in Singletary…does the ownership?

20 (16). Washington Redskins (7-6)…Dissension once again for Snyder’s club. McGahee, Portis, what is it about UM RBs that always have to complain?

19 (17). Denver Broncos (8-6)…Not sure about this team, but everyone wants to play them in the first round.

18 (9). New Orleans Saints (8-6)…We admit they were too high in our rankings. Many believe that Thomas is better than Bush.

17 (18). Chicago Bears (8-6)…The Bears have the outside shot at the playoffs and will most likely be emliminated this week even though they play the Packers.

16 (19). Houston Texans (7-7)…They could be the trendy pick next year and we think they are on the right track, Schaub to Johnson could be a dynamic combo for years to come.

15 (8). Arizona Cardinals (8-6)…Been faultering a bit lately and if they can’t figure out how to win on the road it will be a short post season.

14 (16). Philadelphia Eagles (8-5-1)…After all the talk about the tie, it may be the thing that gets them into the playoffs.

13 (12). NY Jets (9-5)…Keeping pace, the Jets lucked out this week and didn’t look as good as we thought.

12 (14). New England Patriots (9-5)…They may have the easiest road to the playoffs, but Miami and the Jets won’t quit.

11 (13). Miami Dolphins (9-5)…Their wins are not impressive but they are wins and that is all that matters.

10 (15). Dallas Cowboys (9-5)…The Cowboys are playing well again and that is nt good news for the Giants.

9 (7). Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-5)…What an amazing division and too bad someone will miss out on the playoffs…our bet is the Bucs.

8 (11). Minnesota Vikings (9-5)…They are the hot team right now, but recieved bad news that Pat Williams is out at least until the playoffs.

7 (6). Baltimore Ravens (9-5)…What a fight the Ravens put up against the best defense in football. Although they came out on the short end of a controversial play they remain in the hunt.

6 (10). Atlanta Falcons (9-5)…By land or by air this team can do it all…and with a rookie QB and first year starting RB.

5 (3). NY Giants (11-3)…It is naive to think they wouldn’t miss Plax and with Jacobs hurt, this team isn’t the same.

4 (1). Tennessee Titans (12-2)…The Texans are good, but they should have won this game.

3 (5). Carolina Panthers (11-3)…This team is for real and has enough to win it all.

2 (4). Indianapolis Colts (10-4)…the Colts are the hot AFC team and Manning is most likely the MVP after bringing them back…look out!

1 (2). Pittsburgh Steelers (11-3)…The formula is there: stifling defense, accurate smart QB, power running game and smart coaching.

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Week 15: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

The Good

The Pittsburgh Steelers may have gotten away with one, but nonetheless they were playing a good team on the road and left with a victory, control of their division and possibly the conference. Big Ben manages better than any QB and makes few mistakes, while the defense is just awesome. Troy Polomolu, James Harrison and the gang stymie most teams and play as wild and aggressive as Troy’s hair. The Cowboys look like they are back and may be scaring some teams as they ride into January. There are times that I believe that maybe all the negativity is just good P.R. work and the agenda is to keep the focus on them while they get better and better.

Steelers fans have become a huge (giggle) reason for their teams success.

Steelers fans have become a huge (giggle) reason for their teams success.

The Bad

Its hard to believe that the St. Louis Rams, only a short eight years ago, were called “the greatest show on turf” as they dominated the NFL with their high flying offense and super fast defense. Now they have fallen to a place where even the worst teams are beating them and it may be a matter of time before a complete house cleaning and over hauling takes place. Other than the Lions no team seems further from being good than the Rams and it we may see guys like Bulger, Holt and Jackson playing in different colors come 2009.

There are still reliable Rams in St. Louis.

There are still reliable Rams in St. Louis.

The Ugly

Once again we have the Buffalo Bills that found a way to lose in the most horrific of circumstances for fans. Winning by three with just over two minutes to play, the coaching braintrust decided that it would be a good thing to have a turnover prone QB roll out (after already throwing two INTs and fumbling twice) and try and throw a pass with only five yards to a first down and another first down to clinch the game. The result: LOSERman fumbled and the Jets defense pranced into the endzone stealing the game. What is most unfortunate is that the Bills had already rushed for 187 yards (the most the Jets gave up all year) and failed to capitalize on this. Jauron is an idiot and no matter how much it costs Ralph Wilson needs to suck up his mistake and pay for it.

Oh what a sad day...Is it okay if I cry now?

Oh what a sad day...Is it okay if I cry now?

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Week 14: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

The Good

The Arizona Cardinals have clinched the NFC West and will play their first playoff game at home. What an accomplishment for the one time laughing stock franchise who were the doormats in the East for years. Granted the west may be the worst division in football, but nonetheless the Cards put up some monstrous points and with the resurgent Kurt Warner at the helm anything is possible. The Tennessee Titans also clinched their division and with Giants losing, once again have reclaimed the best record in football.

Matt Leinart is seen here doing his part for the team.

Matt Leinart is seen here doing his part for the team.

The Bad

My fantasy team in the idiot league was too good that I never played the right players due to all of them being great. What do you do with Reggie Bush, Marshawn Lynch, Ronnie Brown, Steve Slaton and Thomas Jones? Sometimes it pays to be average as I learned that even playing against a bunch of retards it is possible to lose and I did.

This is what I am losing to in fantasy football despite having a stacked team.

This is what I am losing to in fantasy football despite having a stacked team.

The Ugly

The Buffalo Bills were once being lauded as “a sure thing to make the playoffs and “the real deal”. Oh how far the mighty have fallen. The Bills started the season 5-1 and have now dropped the last six out of seven games to fall to a pathetic 6-7. Blame the coach, blame the fact that teams in the beginning were not very good, blame Trent Edwards for losing his confidence, whatever. The real culprit here is the owner. I could sit hear and list the ways that Ralph Wilson as neglected and demolished this once proud franchise, but most are aware of what is going on. Until the team is in the hands of someone capable, this franchise will not compete for the playoffs…and I may not watch another game.

Thank you Ralph Wilson for all the memories.

Thank you Ralph Wilson for all the memories.

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Week 13: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

The Good

The Pittsburgh Steelers took a huge step towards separation in the AFC. They went into Foxboro and dismantled the once very hot Patriots. Roethlisberger is playing well while being hurt and the running game is thriving despite Fast Willie’s injuries, but the defense is unmistakeably awesome, not giving up more than 300 yards of offense to any team this year. The Dallas Cowboys seem to be heating up at the right time. Can Tony Romo keep it going into Dec. and Jan.? To this point he has not delivered when the thermostat goes down, but if the fans and the organization are patient, he will eventually bring the ‘Boys back to prominence.

They are winning and this pic is still hilarious.

They are winning and this pic is still hilarious.

The Bad

The Buffalo Bills started the year of winning five of their first six games and had people believing that they were for real. Once again the good people of western New York have been duped by an organization that is not committed to winning. They now sit at .500 and all playoff hopes are gone. We never want to wish ill on someone and hope Ralph Wilson has many more years of health and prosperity, but until the team is in someone else’s hands, they will not compete in this league. The Cleveland Browns had a positive year last year and people thought they might be  sexy pick this year to make some noise. All that has happened is the talent level proved to be less than mediocre and now the first two QB’s are done for the year putting journey man Ken Dorsey in the line of fire. Experts think that Romeo Crennel might be in danger of losing his job…we agree.

In Cleveland and Buffalo, the players will be at home this winter dealing with this...tell me again why free agents don't go to these cities?

In Cleveland and Buffalo, the players will be at home this winter dealing with this...tell me again why free agents don't go to these cities?

The Ugly

The game between the Chiefs and the Raiders was pretty much the worst matchup of the year to this point. Both teams have light years of rebuilding to do and neither is remotely close to winning week in and week out. These are storied AFC organizations and it is a shame to see them as bottom dwellers every year. Hopefully the organizations will make some positive changes soon, because after all they aren’t that much better than the Lions right?

The Raiders Cheerleaders are experimenting with new techniques in motivation.

The Raiders Cheerleaders are experimenting with new techniques in motivation.

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Week 12: The Good, The Lions and the Ugly

The Good We believe this was the week that the city of East Rutherford, New Jersey separated itself from the rest of the NFL. The Giants in the NFC and the Jets in the AFC have ascended to the leagues elite and coincidentally play in the same stadium. What Favre has done with the Jets was unexpected even for #4. He took a team that has been owned by some of the better teams in the league and built a healthy confidence that has them beating the elite of the league. On the defensive side, you could argue right now that DT Kris Jenkins is the defensive MVP of the league to this point. Bot these teams are going to be something to reckon with (especially the Giants who I do not see losing again the rest of the year).

The only true NY football team!

The only true NY football team!

The Lions The guys up in Detroit were severely teased this weak when the Lions went up 17-0 on the Bucs, only to blow the lead and proceed to get blown out the rest of the way. This is a very bad team and the more everyone says that they will win a game by the end of the year the more I believe they won’t.

In an effort to promote a winning program the Lions have made these Cowboys there preaseason Game 1 opponents.

In an effort to promote a winning program the Lions have made these Cowboys there preaseason Game 1 opponents.

The Ugly The situation in Philly is getting to a point where we believe it may spell the end of a decade long era in The City of Brotherly Abuse. Andy Reid and Donovn McNabb have had numerous winning seasons, three straight NFC championship births and a Super Bowl appearance, but in the “what-have-you-done-lately” NFL it is all for naught when you start losing. Losing is actually one thing, but the Eagles are self destructing and making a mockery of the organization. After the rule not heard round the world last week, they did not even bother to show up this week and McNabb was subsequently benched in the middle of the game for the even more inept Kevin Kolb. Mcnabb will most likely be leading another team next year, but we think Reid will be out of football for a few years after this disaster. Its too bad because they both have done a lot for football.

This Eagle has a better chance at starting at QB next year.

This Eagle has a better chance at starting at QB next year.

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Week 11 Power Rankings

32 (32). Detroit Lions (0-10)…They are getting closer to a win, but the schedule really doesn’t help them.

31 (31). Oakland Raiders (2-8)…Not a lot going for this team as Russell is making some worried that he might not be the guy.

30 (30). Kansas City Chiefs (1-9)…We thought they may upset the Saints and they made a game of it for a while, but Brees and Co. were a little too much.

29 (29). St. Louis Rams (2-8)…The 49ers were not a very good team coming into this game and the Rams made them look like contenders.

28 (28). Cincinnati Bengals (1-8-1)…A tie just looks stupid in the standings, but it may have been a win for the Bengals.

27 (27). Seattle Seahawks (2-8)…Matt Hasselback’s rant may have been out of frustration, but can you blame him?

26 (26). San Francisco 49ers (3-7)…They got a much needed victory…Singletary’s first…but this team still is not very good.

25 (24) Houston Texans (3-7)…There may be a few teams that rely on their QB more…but not many.

24 (21). Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6)…The Jags had some high expectations coming into the year and may be the most disappointing team to date.

23 (17) Buffalo Bills (5-5)This team started off smoking and has since been extinguished. Four losses in a row has just about ended their hopes for postseason play.

22 (25). Cleveland Browns (4-6)…Quinn got his first win as a pro and now the Browns fans will expect it to be improved upon. don’t forget he is basically a rookie.

21 (18). San Diego Chargers (4-6)…The Chargers played tough this week at Pittsburgh and came up just short. It may be a long off season for Bolts fans, but they should bounce back next year.

20 (15). Chicago Bears (5-5)…The Bears looked bad as Ryan Grant ran all over them and exposed what many thought was their greatest strength. What can this team do to get consistent?.

19 (20). Minnesota Vikings (5-5)…The Vikes may lose their top defensive tackles to suspension and it could spell doom for a team scraping to get to the top of the division.

18 (23). Green Bay Packers (5-5)…Some feel the Pack have the inside track on the division title, but with three teams at 5-5 it will be interesting to see if they can arise to the occasion.

17 (22). New Orleans Saints (5-5)…The Saints avoided the upset and are still in it by a thread in the NFC, but they need Bush back badly.

16 (19). Denver Broncos (6-4)…The Broncos stayed ahead of the Chargers in the West and have all but wrapped up the West (though they may be the worst division winner in football).

15 (13). Baltimore Ravens (6-4)…The Ravens were exposed against a good team once again and they most likely will be on the outside of the playoff picture down the road.

14 (8). Washington Redskins (6-4)…The Redskins did not look very strong against the Cowboys this week and may have taken a back seat to the boys in the Wild Card race.

13 (10). Philadelphia Eagles (5-4-1)…I really don’t have to mention it…do I?.

12 (16). Dallas Cowboys (6-4)…The Cowboys got Romo back this week and not a moment too soon. This victory may go a long way.

11 (9). Atlanta Falcons (6-4)…Matt Ryan is not only locking up the ROY award, but has entered the MVP discussion as well.

10 (12). New England Patriots (6-4)…Matt Cassel made a ton of money last Thursday and looks to keep the Pats in the mix the rest of the year.

9 (14). Miami Dolphins (6-4)…I can’t say enough about the legacy of Parcells. His disciples include Belichik, Coughlin and Sparano…’nuff said.

8 (11). NY Jets (7-3)…The Jest proved to be the best team in the AFC East this week and look to stay atop the division the rest of the year.

7 (7). Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3)…The Bucs lost Ernest Graham for the season and now all hopes ride on a luxury automobile.

6 (6). Indianapolis Colts (6-4)…The Colts are continuing to improve and look to be a dangerous team come playoff time.

5 (5). Arizona Cardinals (7-3)…What will the Cardinals do when they have to go east in the snow…Lose???.

4 (4). Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3)…Did the refs do something to keep the spread under control? Not likely but a lot of people were upset this week.

3 (3). Carolina Panthers (8-2)…Are the Panthers a top tier team? We believe they are and are under the radar enough to make some noise.

2 (2). NY Giants (9-1)…I am running out of things to say about how this is a complete team with almost no weaknesses. Amazing that they are missing their best defensive player as well.

1 (1). Tennessee Titans (10-0)…We called this one and we are not sure if the Jets have enough to upend them either.

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Week 9: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Good

We believe that the Giants, Steelers and Titans have separated themselves from the rest of the teams at the half way point in the season. Each of these teams have garnered impressive wins over good teams and are currently atop of their respective divisions. Big Ben’s injury may have some short term repercussions but generally the Steelers will be a force and, as of right now, I believe will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. You may ask “huh, but the Titans are undefeated…why no love?” The answer is the QB position. Ben Roethlisberger has the experience and the youth and will most likely overcome a solid, but risky option in Kerry Collins. The Giants really do not have much competition to match them on all sides of the ball. Even without the services of Osi, they have dominated opponents and made a case to remain champs.

Head Coach Jeff Fisher recently revealed his past as a 80s porn actor is what he attributes his success (and mustache) as a coach too.

Head Coach Jeff Fisher recently revealed his past as a 80s porn actor is what he attributes his success (and mustache) as a coach too.

The Bad

The Broncos and the Bills have seemingly taken a turn for the worse since the beginning of the season. After starting 4-1 the Broncos have decided to give up about 7,000 yards a game enroute to a .500 record. The Bills started 5-1 and have since dropped two straight commencing with the start of their division schedule. Both teams had playoff expectations after metoeric starts and have now returned to the pack. It remains to be seen whether the ship will be righted and these teams can make the push to the post season.

A rare photo of Mike Shanahan before extensive plastic surgery.

A rare photo of Mike Shanahan before extensive plastic surgery.

The Ugly

Once again the Detroit Lions found a way to lose a game where they were seemingly in control. With few excuses and a willing owner, they need to turn it around soon or risk losing what little support they have left. In next years draft, many people are calling Drew Stafford the next #1 overall pick and most likely the Lions next disaster. If Stafford brings in his big arm it may make a difference and who knows what a true franchise QB can do for even the Lions. Lets hope it doesn’t take an 0-16 year to get, but if you look at their remaining schedule we might see another record first this year.

Rod Marinelli has been seen practicing for his post-Lions gig.

Rod Marinelli has been seen practicing for his post-Lions gig.

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