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Week Eight power rankings

We interrupt the ongoing Moss-and-McNabb mania to do what we do every week at this time.

Provide a meaningless ranking of all NFL teams from top to bottom.

As you’ll see, the Moss situation has influenced the top and the bottom of this week’s list.


1.  New England Patriots (No. 3; 6-1):  As if being the only 6-1 team in the league weren’t enough, coach Bill Belichick gets bonus points for pulling off the ultimate con on the Vikings. 

2.  Baltimore Ravens (No. 7; 5-2):  The return of Donte’ Stallworth could open up the offense; landing a focused and ticked off Randy Moss could blow it open.

3.  Indianapolis Colts (No. 5; 5-2):  A UFL team with Peyton Manning at quarterback would qualify for the NFL playoffs.

4.  New
York Giants (No. 6; 5-2):  For Giants fans, the next best thing to a win is a loss by the Jets. 

5.  New York Jets (No.1; 5-2):  Steve Weatherford used to wear a watch during games.  He’d be better off with a tape measure. 

6.  Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 2; 5-2):  The NFL can schedule the Steelers against the World Series every year without ever having to worry about Pittsburgh’s baseball team drawing eyeballs away from the football game.   

7.  Atlanta Falcons (No. 9; 5-2):  Don’t laugh, but the NFC’s best game of the week involves the Falcons hosting the Buccaneers. 

8.  Kansas City Chiefs (No. 10; 5-2):  Don’t laugh, but the AFC’s best game of the week involves the Chiefs visiting the Raiders. 

9. 
Green Bay Packers (No. 12; 5-3):  It took eight weeks, but the Packers finally look like a team that could make it to the Super Bowl.  

10.  New Orleans Saints (No. 11; 5-3):  The schedule goes soft, just in the nick of time.  

11.  Oakland Raiders (No. 24; 4-4):  With 92 points in two games, the Raiders could have a shot at beating the Golden State Warriors.  

12.  Tennessee Titans (No. 4; 5-3):  It’s a better first half than many expected the Titans to have, but it’s not good enough to be competitive with the best of the best in the AFC. 

13.  Philadelphia Eagles (No. 14; 4-3):  The Eagles know a thing or two about Donovan McNabb lacking “cardiovascular endurance” to run the two-minute offense.  

14.  Miami
Dolphins (No. 15; 4-3):  If this team figures out how to win games at home, they’ll be more dangerous than Randy Moss with a Mr. Microphone.      

15.  Seattle Seahawks (No. 13; 4-3):  They should change their name from the Seahawks to the Sybils. 

16.  Houston Texans (No. 9; 4-3):  It’s one thing to lose valiantly to the Colts.  It’s quite another to just get blown off the field.  (And if you think it was as close as the final score suggested, you didn’t watch the game.)     

17. 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 18; 5-2):  Sorry, but beating a bad Cardinals team doesn’t justify a big jump.    

18. 
St. Louis Rams (No. 20; 4-4):  The Rams have won more games in two months than they did in two years. 

19.  Chicago Bears
(No. 17; 4-3):  The good news?  Jay Cutler threw only two interceptions on Sunday.  The bad news?  The Bears were idle. 

20.  Washington Redskins (No. 16; 4-4):  It’s good to see that Mike Shanahan has lost none of his skills when it comes to spotting talent at the NFL level. 

21: 
Cleveland Browns (No. 21; 2-5):  With games against the Pats and Jets on tap, that 2-5 quickly could become 2-7. 

22.  Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 22; 4-4):  Beating a downtrodden Cowboys team doesn’t really mean all that much. 
 
23. 
Arizona Cardinals (No. 23; 3-4):  When Larry Fitzgerald returns home to Minnesota this weekend to play the Vikings, there’s a chance he’ll want to stay. 

24.  San Diego Chargers (No. 27; 3-5):  Norv Turner will need more than a passionate halftime speech to beat the Texans in Houston.    

25.  Detroit Lions (No. 28; 2-5):  Since December 30, 2007, the Lions are 2-0 against the Redskins, and 2-36 against the rest of the league.           

26.  San Francisco 49ers (No. 30; 2-6):  For the 49ers, their “finest hour” took literally about an hour, when they finally woke up in the second half of Sunday’s game in London. 

27.  Cincinnati Bengals (No. 26; 2-5):  The only thing that has ever made Carson Palmer a franchise quarterback is his contract. 

28.  Carolina Panthers (No. 29; 1-7):  The 2011 preseason for the Panthers has started about nine months early.   

29.  Buffalo Bills (No. 32; 0-7):  Some have asked us whether the Bills should try to lose in order to secure the first pick in the draft.  Why does anyone think they’d have to actually try? 

30.  Denver Broncos (No. 23; 2-6):  Being the worst team in the AFC’s worst division counts for something, right?   

31.  Dallas Cowboys (No.
25; 1-6):  If Jerry Jones is going to insist on continuing to be the G.M. of this team, why not go ahead and become the coach, too? 

32. 
Minnesota Vikings (No. 19; 2-5):  With the franchise at its lower point since the Les Steckel fiasco of 1984, the Vikings have earned the lowest possible spot in the standings. 

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112 Responses to “Week Eight power rankings”
  1. bradys boy says: Nov 2, 2010 8:46 AM

    Finally the pats get the recognition they deserve

  2. Pestilence1972 says: Nov 2, 2010 8:47 AM

    Ha. 32. As a Vikes fan, I can’t argue. Total clown show.

  3. tv says: Nov 2, 2010 8:47 AM

    It still amazes me that the vast majority of off season media attention focused on the teams currently ranked 31 and 32.
    Correction, the vast majority of CURRENT media attention….
    And someone had the nerve to slam me in pre-season for stating that the media darlings NEVER make it to the big dance. Who has the last laugh now?

  4. tooz56 says: Nov 2, 2010 8:49 AM

    11 th …. That must have cost you sleep Mike !

  5. benjaminbreeg says: Nov 2, 2010 8:51 AM

    The Ravens with Stallworth back look friggin scary. Add Moss to the mix and they would be the team to beat. Moss will be brilliant wherever he goes for the rest of the season.

  6. cusoman says: Nov 2, 2010 8:52 AM

    Belichick didn’t con the Vikings. Childress did that all by himself.
    And if a 2-5 team can be last in your rankings and a 0-7 team 4th to last, you’re even worse at this than I thought, and I didn’t think that was possible.

  7. Biggie says: Nov 2, 2010 8:53 AM

    I just don’t know about your train of thought anymore. I know you don’t like the Saint’s but hell. You said “17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 18; 5-2): Sorry, but beating a bad Cardinals team doesn’t justify a big jump.” So the Saint’s beating the Steelers doesn’t justify a large jump either, your rankings suck. The Jest #5? should be 12. Is Arizona better than Detroit?

  8. 12TimeWorldChamps says: Nov 2, 2010 8:53 AM

    LOL – Vikings the worst team in the NFL??? Awesome, I love it. So does Ted Thompson!
    Okay, time to put on my Reagan shirt and go vote for more change we can believe in, LOL. Stupid sissy wimp liberals.

  9. YoungAmerican says: Nov 2, 2010 8:53 AM

    Jesus, guys, I’m a Raiders fan and even I wouldn’t rank them any higher than 14.

  10. PFTiswhatitis says: Nov 2, 2010 8:55 AM

    NO! Please drop the Pats down.

  11. Grape_Ape says: Nov 2, 2010 8:55 AM

    Hey haters, look who has the best record. You know that team that was “on the down side”.

  12. DanCarpenterMVP says: Nov 2, 2010 8:55 AM

    How the he ll do you put the raiders ahead of the dolphins?????

  13. certaincoachditka says: Nov 2, 2010 8:57 AM

    Florio’s not very secret love for the Vikings turned sour rather quickly. He even threw away his Vikes snoogie.

  14. Just JTO says: Nov 2, 2010 8:58 AM

    I didn’t always agree with the Steelers being No. 1 and I definitely don’t agree with them being No. 6. That’s way too low, but like everyone else says … power rankings don’t mean squat. Games are won on the field. If power rankigs determined champions, we wouldn’t have to play the games.
    In two weeks, when the Steelers beat the Patriots, you won’t have them No. 6.

  15. wkedklwnz says: Nov 2, 2010 9:02 AM

    Damn Mike, were you in a bad mood when you wrote this? I sense a lot of bitterness especially from 19 – 32. Definitely at 32.

  16. Steelers+Refs=True Love says: Nov 2, 2010 9:03 AM

    Number 11 for my Raiders Florio!! Nice.

  17. jb10 says: Nov 2, 2010 9:10 AM

    as a Raiders fan 11 is a bit high.
    also the best game in the afc this week is oakland hosting kc not the other way around.

  18. Mac says: Nov 2, 2010 9:10 AM

    Why are the Vikings ranked so high?

  19. Kolb to Jackson says: Nov 2, 2010 9:13 AM

    13. Philadelphia Eagles (No. 14; 4-3): The Eagles know a thing or two about Donovan McNabb lacking “cardiovascular endurance” to run the two-minute offense.
    __________________________
    Where are all those so called experts and pundits now for saying trading Mcnabb was a bad thing? hahaha GO EAGLES!!!!

  20. halestorm74 says: Nov 2, 2010 9:13 AM

    WOW Vikes at 32. You sound like an Idiot

  21. Kolb to Jackson says: Nov 2, 2010 9:14 AM

    Eagles are too low. We need to be in the top 10.

  22. somesome says: Nov 2, 2010 9:14 AM

    That’s some funny reading rigth there …. what a season, Vikings last, Cowboys second to last who would have thunk it before the season started ….

  23. MN Boise Fan says: Nov 2, 2010 9:14 AM

    Very funny putting the Vikes at 32. But the power rankings should be for the on field play only. I’d think #21 would be the right spot, and could accept all the way down to #25 with a proper argument. The head to head victories vs Dallas and Detroit have to count for something…

  24. jamesz23 says: Nov 2, 2010 9:16 AM

    All you Vikings fans talked so much trash the last 2 years – look at your dominant unstoppable team now – lmao!

  25. wydok says: Nov 2, 2010 9:18 AM

    That was bold putting the Vikings at #32.

  26. Duan says: Nov 2, 2010 9:22 AM

    That is so funny to see the “Bandwagon” cowboys down to the 31st in the power rankings.
    The Vikings not so much, they got a 41yr old quarterback on an hobbled ankle – but they weren’t slated to make it to the Super Bowl like the 1-6 “Bandwagon” Cowboys!!!!! lol!!!!!
    This is what you heard from all the pundits, “oh yeah, the COWBOYS, cowboys, cowboys, cowboys – cowboys this, cowboys that – the cowboys will be playing in their stadium for the super bowl, cowboys, cowboys, cowboys!”
    They are 1-6, stop talking about them and start talking about the teams that are winning – Giants, Patriots, Ravens – hell even the Jaguars are 4-4, but yet they get slapped in the mouth, because the Cowboys didn’t play to their ability!? C’mon man – they did play and they lost, different day – same story!!!!!
    Time for the media to jump off the bandwagon and start doing some real reporting on other teams that are making the best of their season! NEXT!

  27. kravon says: Nov 2, 2010 9:26 AM

    Rankings, as meaningless as they are can be such a delight for haters of other teams.
    Way to go Vikings and Cowboys! Sorry that you forgot that you have to earn your way to the playoffs.

  28. Richm2257 says: Nov 2, 2010 9:29 AM

    I looked at today’s rankings, and all was right with the world again.
    We can’t know where they will finish, but to all you countless buffoons and idiots – you know who you are – who said the New England Patriots suck and are washed up, and will be lucky to go 9-7 this season,……
    HOW DO YOU LIKE US NOW????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Every freaking year Bill Belichick has to convince the NFL, starting with us New England fans, that he DOES know what the hell he’s doing!

  29. 8man says: Nov 2, 2010 9:29 AM

    Next three games for the Patriots:
    @ Cleveland
    @ Pittsburgh (Die Steelers, Die!)
    Indianapolis
    The Browns are better and playing with some pride. Nothing need be said about the other two opponents. We’ll find out in a hurry if the Patriots are the real deal and if that young defense is truly getting better and ready for the big time.

  30. sven_ftw says: Nov 2, 2010 9:31 AM

    # Pestilence1972 says: November 2, 2010 8:47 AM
    Ha. 32. As a Vikes fan, I can’t argue. Total clown show.
    ———————–
    +1 not quite what we had in mind going into the year.
    packer fans, and viking haters rejoice:
    childress has made an embarrassment out of a superbowl contender.

  31. Grape_Ape says: Nov 2, 2010 9:33 AM

    BucsbeBALLIN5 says:
    November 2, 2010 8:55 AM
    WTF lets drop Tampa every week. Yea like beating Denver is so hard? So Oakland goes. It’s bull give Tampa some damn respect. Plus WTF is new England doin at 1? Calling minn a good team is a joke. The giants are much better. Screw the pats and their fair weather fans
    ——————-
    How about the Bucs were destroyed at home by the only 2 teams they have played with a winning record.
    And why wouldn’t the Patriots be # 1, they have the best record in the league.
    Hate on hater, hate on………

  32. gregjennings says: Nov 2, 2010 9:34 AM

    Vikings dead last?
    I can’t possibly agree with that. They have lots of talent and could still make a run. I wouldn’t count them out yet.
    Too often pundents and fans over react week to week.
    This is a gauntlet of a season and the cream usually rises to the top.
    These power ranking are useless.

  33. ThePragmatist says: Nov 2, 2010 9:34 AM

    If Jerry Jones is going to insist on continuing to be the G.M. of this team, why not go ahead and become the coach, too?
    ———————————————-
    Florio, please, for the love of sanity, don’t give Jerry any ideas!!!

  34. hank moody says: Nov 2, 2010 9:34 AM

    Ha! Eagles too low? Who have you beaten?

  35. somesome says: Nov 2, 2010 9:35 AM

    Ucantzstopuz says:
    November 2, 2010 9:19 AM
    Raiders sahould be in top 5. and give seattle a break, They should be ranked higher They got beat by the raiders and raiders are unstopable.
    Raiders look like last years saints, I dont see anybody beating them this year again.
    Dungy said seattle is the BEST team in NFC..
    Well raiders just beat them down, But dungy still wont give raiders credit. HE HATES THE RAIDERS.
    PFT you can not deny that, He is on record for saying that.
    He “advised” Vick not to go to oakland!
    What a mistake that was
    ————————————————-
    That’s even funnier then the power rankings ….

  36. BucsbeBALLIN5 says: Nov 2, 2010 9:37 AM

    Really the pats don’t get reconition? what planet u from bradys boy?they get too much. They play joke teams and win. Not hard to beat the bills or Vikings

  37. jodave5 says: Nov 2, 2010 9:37 AM

    Faiders are hosting the Chiefs this week

  38. PurpleIsForGays says: Nov 2, 2010 9:37 AM

    I can’t wait for these worthless Vikings fans to come unglued on this fine tuesday morning……
    We have been hearing for weeks how they are just working out kinks and will be ready for the “superbowl homeboy” by the end of the season. Now their franchise is an utter disaster, and its spiraling out of contral. Not sure how this gets any better.
    Florio, you made my week.

  39. bwisnasky says: Nov 2, 2010 9:37 AM

    DanCarpenterMVP says:
    November 2, 2010 8:55 AM
    How the he ll do you put the raiders ahead of the dolphins?????
    ——————————————
    I would imagine it has something to do with the fact that the Raiders are finding the end zone with relative ease recently, and Miami looks as if it couldn’t score a TD on my grandmother….

  40. habibfromnewdehli says: Nov 2, 2010 9:38 AM

    Baltimore’s organization(Ozzie Newsome) is too scared to do anything in free agency. If he doesn’t draft a player, he really doesn’t want them. They don’t go out and make big moves. And when they are 5-2, they aren’t going to get Randy even if it’s for no money at all.
    Might be nice to see the Ravens get a guy who runs deep routes… but they won’t do it. There’s no guarantee Flacco could correctly utitlize Randy Moss anyway. He’s having a hard enough time figuring out how to run the offense already with receivers who run the routes they are supposed to at full-speed… so a receiver who takes plays off probably isn’t going to make Flacco any better.

  41. backdapack10 says: Nov 2, 2010 9:46 AM

    come on….putting the Queens at 32? no way! they are easily 29th!

  42. poodawg says: Nov 2, 2010 9:47 AM

    I must have missed the Baltimore game this weekend, who did they play?
    Seriously Florio, I know you picked them to win the SB, but this show of favoritism just makes you look stupid.
    The Saints go up one spot for taking down the Steelers, but the Ratbirds go up five because a player the Eagles no longer wanted is back? Then you just assume that Moss will land there – does this mean the Ratbirds will go down if Moss lands anywhere else?
    You’re lucky nobody at NBC reads this stuff.

  43. HandsofSweed says: Nov 2, 2010 9:47 AM

    Easy, JTO. Let’s just first worry about a road trip to Cincy on Monday night against a team that is playing their Super Bowl against Pittsburgh on national TV. Besides, I want to savor the death blow to be levied against a fake-arse franchise like the Bengals for a second before a scrap with the Pats.

  44. Belichick Is God says: Nov 2, 2010 9:53 AM

    It’s smart to put the Vikings at 32, now whoever picks up Moss has room to drop.
    What would be funny is if the Jets get Moss, cut a player to make room for him, and the Patriots then pick up the player that they cut and use him to beat people, ala Woodhead.

  45. Bailey U says: Nov 2, 2010 9:56 AM

    Titans romped the Raiders, have a better record and you have them ahead in your ratings. Get a clue.

  46. Ingloriousbasterd says: Nov 2, 2010 10:02 AM

    Nighthawkes 32
    Vikings 33

  47. BucWhatYouHeard says: Nov 2, 2010 10:04 AM

    Florio you are an idiot…..#1 how the hell are the winless buffalo Bills over anyone?!…..and how are the 4-4 raiders so high?

  48. BroncosFan says: Nov 2, 2010 10:07 AM

    Sweet, we lost to a 1-6 team and jumped two spots!
    Time for meaningless griping:
    - Steelers dropped too much for a loss to the defending SB champs; there’s no way they’re not better than the Giants (I’d also take them over Bal, Ind, and NYJ).
    - Ravens seem to be getting promoted on the basis of two bizarre speculations: 1) Stallworth is a difference-maker, 2) a team with a super-crowded WR corps would want Moss.
    - I doubt very much that the rankers would put money on the Raiders on a neutral field against the Titans or Dolphins, and probably not the Eagles either.
    - Houston’s where they should have been last week.
    - The Chargers kicked the living crap out of the Cards earlier this season, have virtually the same record, played a better team than the Cards did this week, and won whereas Arizona lost.
    - And, while #32 is obviously being done only to generate heat (just like last week), I and I think most people would take them over at least Team #26 on down.

  49. LionsPlayoffs2011 says: Nov 2, 2010 10:07 AM

    The Lions are obviously the best of the 2-5 teams.

  50. dunkingonuts says: Nov 2, 2010 10:08 AM

    DanCarpenterMVP says:
    November 2, 2010 8:55 AM
    How the he ll do you put the raiders ahead of the dolphins?????
    Simple..The Raiders are capable of scoring more than 22 points in a game and the fact the you think the Dolfags Kicker is the MVP is proof they should be ranked higher.

  51. K-FIZZLE says: Nov 2, 2010 10:11 AM

    # benjaminbreeg says: November 2, 2010 8:51 AM
    The Ravens with Stallworth back look friggin scary.
    ———————————————————————
    Dude, you don’t know how right you are… The Ravens with Stallworth back DO look friggin scary. You add him to the offense, with Ray Lewis on Defense, and no one will be safe! The rest of the league will be fearing for their lives,… literally.

  52. willia says: Nov 2, 2010 10:14 AM

    you’re right… meaningless drivel… from a meaningless web site… a waste of time and disk space.

  53. simple_simon1 says: Nov 2, 2010 10:14 AM

    Lions are going to have a bad time this week against a tough, angry Jets team, but they are better than people think. Their record could very easily be 6-1 right now instead of 2-5. You are what your record says you are I guess, but there is no way in hell a Bucs team that has squeaked out wins against Cleveland, Cincinnati, Arizona, St Louis, and Carolina are for real. Everyone will see just how real they are in December when they play a team that everybody seems to think they’re much better than, just because of an easy schedule.

  54. BucsbeBALLIN5 says: Nov 2, 2010 10:34 AM

    Well let’s see I would put the giants over new England. They dint beat anyone good. I mean wow cincy,bills,Vikings woah there those r tuff teams u guys r good. Tampa beat cincy and we moved down in the rankings….. Makes sense. Plus i’m sick of everyone sayin their pats fan. Then u ask so name 3 players…… Who aren’t welker Brady or wilfork. Honestly open ur eyes, pats aren’t that good

  55. Bighairyman says: Nov 2, 2010 10:39 AM

    The Packers need to find their offense before I can see them go deep into the playoffs. I really don’t understand what wrong with Rogers and his recievers…

  56. slutnuts says: Nov 2, 2010 10:39 AM

    moss wont be in balt. flacco doesnt know how to spread the ball around now, its either a big day for mason or boldin, with sprinkles of housh in there. no way flacco could satisfy those 3 and moss, all the while giving rice the touches he needs to get the ground game going. the reason this team lost the games it did is because it tried too hard to win by passing.

  57. darrell84 says: Nov 2, 2010 10:42 AM

    LOL these are without a doubt the worst power rankings I’ve ever seen. I’m convinced you spend more time trying to come up with zingers than you do actually thinking about which team should go where.

  58. toddpearson says: Nov 2, 2010 10:43 AM

    I’m realistic about where this season is going for the Vikings, but this is silly. The Vikings PF and PA differential is 15, and they have played 4 games against teams in the Top 10. The Bills have not won a game and their differential is 80. For the Broncos it is 69, and for the Panthers it is 65. And the Vikings beat the Cowboys, and the Cowboys have lost their quarterback since then.

  59. ejtowne says: Nov 2, 2010 10:45 AM

    cusoman says:
    November 2, 2010 8:52 AM
    Belichick didn’t con the Vikings. Childress did that all by himself.
    And if a 2-5 team can be last in your rankings and a 0-7 team 4th to last, you’re even worse at this than I thought, and I didn’t think that was possible.
    That is the reason it is called Power Rankings, Florio is ranking the most powerful team to the least. Meaning Buffalo would smack around Denver, Dallas and Minnesota. You don’t get ranked by your record, thats called Standings.

  60. simple_simon1 says: Nov 2, 2010 10:58 AM

    bucsbeBALLIN5:
    “Well let’s see I would put the giants over new England. They dint beat anyone good. I mean wow cincy,bills,Vikings woah there those r tuff teams u guys r good. Tampa beat cincy and we moved down in the rankings….. Makes sense. Plus i’m sick of everyone sayin their pats fan. Then u ask so name 3 players…… Who aren’t welker Brady or wilfork. Honestly open ur eyes, pats aren’t that good”
    For real man?!!! I’m a Lions fan and we’ll see you on Dec 19 to show you and the world how bad the Bucs really are. But, for now, you’re actually going to sit there and talk about how the Patriots haven’t beaten anybody and “aren’t that good” yet you’re a Bucs fan who has beat Carolina, Cleveland, Cincy, Arizona and St Louis?!!! Pathetic….. Let me guess…. You also are one of the people who think Freeman is the next Montana, only better, right? Give me a break…. See you in a month and a half

  61. Ilovemidgetstrippers says: Nov 2, 2010 11:11 AM

    The Ravens won’t sign Moss. They already have Boldin, Mason, Houshmenzadah, and Stallworth coming back.

  62. dlmcc0909 says: Nov 2, 2010 11:11 AM

    Why would you want the Ravens to go out and get Randy Moss? They already have an alpha dog type personality in Boldin. They have a total jerk there in Houshmanzadeh. You want to add Moss to that mix? That would be a recipe for disaster. All 3 of those guys will be complaining they want the ball. Thats the fastest way to rattle a young QB on a team that looks set up for a Super Bowl run

  63. chc36 says: Nov 2, 2010 11:21 AM

    I don’t think Florio moved them up just because Stallworth is coming back, he dropped them 3 spots last week for going to overtime with the Bills as a joke, and now he placed them where they belong, by the way the Chiefs moved up 2 spots for the same thing Florio, gotta stay consistant

  64. FinFan says: Nov 2, 2010 11:30 AM

    Fins Beat the Packers, Jets Lost to the Packers. Yet its:
    5 Jets?!?!
    9 Packers?!?!?
    14 Fins?!?!?!
    Figure that one out?!?!?!
    Now, the fins gave the #6 steelers a run for their money, almost winning that game where would that have placed us (13) and the steelers at #7? This power ranking is stupid.

  65. USCG-BUC says: Nov 2, 2010 11:32 AM

    If this were the BCS the Bucs would be overlooked like Boise State…Seriously talking strength of schedule, we’ll see because the team with thet record rarely wins the BIG DANCE!!!! In breaking new Raheem Morris woke up this morning and said”#17 who the hell is Mike Florio? Oh just another media hobag swinging from the sack of the AFC. Thought so.” Let me add to that and say that “Paper Champs” win you fantasy games, but on the Grid Iron payrolls and past performances don’t dictate jack $hI+!
    Go Bucs!!! Prove these haters wrong….AGAIN!!

  66. Saints#12 says: Nov 2, 2010 11:45 AM

    10. New Orleans Saints (No. 11; 5-3): The schedule goes soft, just in the nick of time.
    how about getting healthy in a nick time!!!

  67. SeeRayRun says: Nov 2, 2010 11:53 AM

    If the Ravens put a waiver claim out for Moss….they would most likely waive Houshmanzadeh. So…why wouldn’t they upgrade from him? Houshmanzadeh already whines about not getting the ball. I’d rather have a proven Moss complain than a lesser Houshmanzadeh whine! There is no guarantee that Stalworth is going to make a big difference, lets not forget, he has not played since 2008.
    The Ravens won’t even get a chance to claim Moss anyways, he will most likely be claimed by a team such as the Rams, Panthers, Raiders, Redskins or Seahawks.

  68. oraclepz says: Nov 2, 2010 11:53 AM

    dunkingonuts says:November 2, 2010 10:08 AMDanCarpenterMVP
    says:
    November 2, 2010
    8:55 AM
    How the he ll do you
    put the raiders
    ahead of the
    dolphins?????
    Simple..The
    Raiders are capable
    of scoring more than
    22 points in a game
    and the fact the you
    think the Dolfags
    Kicker is the MVP is
    proof they should be
    ranked higher.
    I didn’t think scoring determined who’s the best team.. last I checked I thought winning did.. but we play you guys in 3 weeks so it will be settled on the field soon enough

  69. hannibalsmith63 says: Nov 2, 2010 12:10 PM

    The reason why the Raiders are number 11 is simple. Loving or hating the Raiders gets people to the site because it IS and will always be a RAIDER NATION! Sorry haters!

  70. USCG-BUC says: Nov 2, 2010 12:13 PM

    Oh and one more quickie, Who the hell ever said the Pats don’t get credit is high on crack! They have been Americas new Darling for the last decade! I’m sure with the bandwagon cowgirl fans needing a new wagon to jump on your fan base will triple, atleast until you fade out of the playoffs to some AFC West team….

  71. bwisnasky says: Nov 2, 2010 12:30 PM

    I didn’t think scoring determined who’s the best team.. last I checked I thought winning did.. but we play you guys in 3 weeks so it will be settled on the field soon enough
    ———————-
    Ummm.. I think if you check the standings, the Fish and the Raiders have the same number of wins…. so I would think you’d have to go to tie breakers, one of which to me would be red zone efficiency…
    but you are right.. the Raiders will crush Miami in a few weeks….

  72. BucsbeBALLIN5 says: Nov 2, 2010 12:36 PM

    wow hate on me and the bucs? wanna give some looks at the fact that they are playing good? they have a wide out who is a lockfor Offensive rookie of the year, a Qb who looks good, and actualy aint hurt 24/7 simple simon1. U talk alot of crap for a team who hasnt won a road game in like 3yrs. Honeslt wake up and look at the bucs. We’ve lost to 2 teams in the top 10 those weeks. Wow u lion’s lose to some good teams…… u have no right to think ur team is worth anything in the NFl. I mean 2 yrs ago u were 0-16. the past like yrs lions fan have been tryin not to admit there fans….so cant wait to kick ur butt soon. hope Blount punches Stafford in the face like he did to that Boise Player.

  73. Majik Bullet says: Nov 2, 2010 12:37 PM

    Putting the Vikings at 32 has done exactly what Florio wanted. 69 comments and counting.

  74. willmose says: Nov 2, 2010 12:44 PM

    You need to flip the Cowboys and Vikings. Of course you picked the Cowboys to go to the Super Bowl. I hate the media bias for the Cowboys.

  75. lions51 says: Nov 2, 2010 12:47 PM

    Even though the Lions have played much better football this year, losing close games and beating weak teams will not earn you respect. Beating quality teams will, Lions will pull off a win at home against the Jets!
    GO LIONS!

  76. LandlockedBucsFan says: Nov 2, 2010 12:53 PM

    These Bucs fans are rediculous. Saying that the patriots are no good….please…they remind me of the team…that won 3 super bowls…They arent 17-0 good…but when the playoffs come around. They will beat all the AFC posers…(Im gonna ruffle some feathers her)..that includes Baltimore, NY Jets, and the Chiefs. When you have Tom Brady…well enough said. Back to the Bucs…do I think they should be higher than 19…yes…they should at least be in the top half of the league….but not much higher…they have a lot to prove this weekend in ATL. If the game is like last years exciting match at the Georgia Dome…then I think the Bucs win….and prove that at least they can compete with the big boys…as of right niow..they have shown that they have a soon to be great QB and promising young talent…now go out and continue to force turnovers and 6-2 here we come….and as far as this Lions fan talking trash about how the Lions will be beat up the Bucs……lol. I needed a good laugh. Lions have been the joke of the NFL…well…forever…and will most likely continue to be…glad you guys took Stafford over Freeman…we will reap the benefits of that one…trust me…is he the next Montana….probably not…but I’ll settle for the next Roethlisberger.

  77. Stihler fan says: Nov 2, 2010 12:56 PM

    You seem to be saying the Vikings gave up too much (3rd round pick) to get Moss but then you seem to say Moss would be a great pick up for the Ravens. Doesn’t seem that both of those things could be true to me.

  78. Cortez Kennedy's Sideline Hot Dog says: Nov 2, 2010 1:15 PM

    The #15 spot is too high for my ‘Hawks. Despite being shellacked by the Lions, St. Louis is playing the best football in the division. Three close losses and a couple decisive wins show that they’re a much more consistent team than Seattle. St. Louis, Houston, Tampa, and maybe even the Browns and Jags should all be ahead of Seattle right now.
    The only reason Seattle is ahead of them in your rankings is likely because the Seahawks have already had their bye. With the Giants coming to town this week, I have a feeling that 4-4 is on the horizon…

  79. somesome says: Nov 2, 2010 1:16 PM

    Quiet frankly the Pats are the weakest 6-1 team ever. I give them that they find a way to win. But in their last three games they were completely outplayed for the first half, totally dominated in offense by the opposing team and screeched by with a game winning fiedl goal.
    Again props to be leading the scoreboard when it counts, props to winning tough games but that is not a concept to make it to the super bowl. I am not saying they are not making it. You surely do not want to leave any time on the clock and the ball in the hands of Brady or Manning no matter who they throw to but neither the Ravens nor the the Steelers are imposters and who ever goes to the SB from the AFC will have to beat at least two of these teams in the post season.

  80. StupidityIsFundemental says: Nov 2, 2010 1:56 PM

    So pointing out that an old and tired joke isn’t exactly applicable this year (yet) violates the commenting TOS? Good to know.

  81. ramjet says: Nov 2, 2010 1:59 PM

    The Bills are clearly the best 0-7 team. The move up is justified!

  82. simple_simon1 says: Nov 2, 2010 2:01 PM

    Alright, time to settle down some Bucs fans. You guys get way too wound up, way too easy….LOL.
    Let me explain. I wasn’t simply referring to you guys being a bad team. I was saying that you all are talking a lot of trash about, of all teams, the Patriots for a team that, despite a good record, got blessed with the weakest schedule in the NFL. You have yet to beat one decent team, let alone good team. And in the games against good teams, the Steelers with Batch at QB and the Saints, you were demolished. There simply is no denying that.
    Congrats on the record. For your guys sake I hope you all keep it up and start beating teams that are good. I hope the same for my Lions. They simply aren’t there yet but have been playing good football, despite their record.
    But, before you go off saying (and I still can’t believe your coach said it) that your team is the best in the NFC, beat anybody good. If you even play well against the Falcons, I’ll take it back. If not, it is what it is. And, yes, at this stage I’m happy with my team and think we will beat you in December. And, no, I don’t think Mike Williams is rookie of the year, but I like him. Without a doubt, it’s Bradford. Not even close.
    Lastly, I have friends that are Bucs fans, but they’re not stupid enough to call down the Patriots. Give me a break. Also, I’m glad you like us taking Stafford and giving you Freeman. Time will tell. If our, so far, band-aid, to this point, can stay healthy, I’ll definitely thank you for taking all the pressure off him by focusing on Freeman. Both guys are good, time will tell. But, at this stage, Freeman has yet to beat anybody good this year. Call me when you guys do.

  83. simple_simon1 says: Nov 2, 2010 2:15 PM

    lions51:
    “Even though the Lions have played much better football this year, losing close games and beating weak teams will not earn you respect. Beating quality teams will, Lions will pull off a win at home against the Jets!”
    You’re right. This game against the Jets will be tough, but I hope you’re right. As for respect, I think people are starting to see the Lions are a decent team with a terribly unfortunate schedule….LOL…. Oh well, next year should be a better schedule and by then the team will be one year older so it works for me. Also, coming into the last week nobody was laughing at the Redskins. They were not thought to be a mediocre team and we beat them. Bad record for us, but we’ve been in every single game. Like the progression this year.

  84. DanCarpenterMVP says: Nov 2, 2010 2:17 PM

    It doesnt matter if the dolphins score 50 and win or score 3 and win….Also the raiders lost to the 49ers and the rams, while the dolphins beat the vikings (say what you will) and the packers on the bleeping road!

  85. Avrus says: Nov 2, 2010 2:23 PM

    @Finfan
    “Fins Beat the Packers, Jets Lost to the Packers. Yet its:
    5 Jets?!?!
    9 Packers?!?!?
    14 Fins?!?!?!
    Figure that one out?!?!?!”
    I’ll spell out it because generally Dolphins fans are fairly slow. You guys got schooled back in week 3, 31-23 by the Jets.

  86. Cerberus says: Nov 2, 2010 2:39 PM

    As a Raider fan I concur with those that think the #11 spot is too high for the Raiders. I think somewhere around 16-18 would be correct for now, and maybe #11 IF the Raiders beat the Cheifs this week.

  87. StarcapsCrushers says: Nov 2, 2010 2:57 PM

    Florio is at it again. Italian and business savvy don’t always mix well. Guy knows how generate a reaction though.
    Vikings last place…. lol…..seriously……? Okay, I’m just as disappointed and embarrassed by the Vikings play this year as the next Vikings rube, but lets not get carried away.
    Preview of Florio’s next week power rankings: Seahawks first place.

  88. DanCarpenterMVP says: Nov 2, 2010 3:07 PM

    I think I forgot to mention its all about them miami football dolphins baby

  89. oraclepz says: Nov 2, 2010 3:29 PM

    bwisnasky says:November 2, 2010 12:30 PMI didn’t think
    scoring determined
    who’s the best
    team.. last I
    checked I thought
    winning did.. but we
    play you guys in 3
    weeks so it will be
    settled on the field
    soon enough
    ——————–

    Ummm.. I think if
    you check the
    standings, the Fish
    and the Raiders have
    the same number of
    wins…. so I would
    think you’d have to
    go to tie breakers,
    one of which to me
    would be red zone
    efficiency…
    but you are
    right.. the Raiders
    will crush Miami in
    a few weeks….
    Man its amazing what 2 crappy wins do for a teams fans.. I mean I take nothing away from the raiders those were 2 impressive wins but come on.. the broncos and the seahawks… if you played our schedule you guys would likely be 2-5.. I’m not saying you can’t beat us but you def.. shouldn’t be that cocky.. I hope to see you around these parts in 3 weeks…

  90. pfii63 says: Nov 2, 2010 3:31 PM

    # DanCarpenterMVP says: November 2, 2010 3:07 PM
    I think I forgot to mention its all about them miami football dolphins baby
    —————————————————-
    If by “all” you mean that it is all about a team running eighth in the race for six playoff spots, then I guess it is.
    And since I am dropping numbers on you, here is another you might remember, 41-14.
    Go Patriots!

  91. TD40 says: Nov 2, 2010 3:48 PM

    21: Cleveland Browns (No. 21; 2-5): With games against the Pats and Jets on tap, that 2-5 quickly could become 2-7.
    ————————————————–
    Yep. And before they destroyed the “world champion” Saints, that 1-5 could have quickly become 1-6. Uh, but it didn’t.

  92. DanCarpenterMVP says: Nov 2, 2010 3:49 PM

    #pfii63
    Not much I can say lol,guess i was letting my fandom get in the way, at least your not a jets fan though

  93. bradys boy says: Nov 2, 2010 4:02 PM

    Bucsbeballin obviously is to optamistic pats will make the play offs I’m not saying superbowl but who knows and bucs be ballin stop embarrasing the other real fans

  94. J2ThaROC31 says: Nov 2, 2010 4:20 PM

    Cincinnati Bengals (No. 26; 2-5): The only thing that has ever made Carson Palmer a franchise quarterback is his contract.
    Clever, Florio :)

  95. oraclepz says: Nov 2, 2010 4:46 PM

    pfii63 says:November 2, 2010 3:31 PM# DanCarpenterMVP
    says: November 2,
    2010 3:07 PM
    I think I forgot
    to mention its all
    about them miami
    football dolphins
    baby
    ——————–
    ——————–
    ————
    If by “all” you
    mean that it is all
    about a team running
    eighth in the race
    for six playoff
    spots, then I guess
    it is.
    And since I am
    dropping numbers on
    you, here is another
    you might remember,
    41-14.
    Go Patriots!
    I can say something though… don’t expect that to happen again…

  96. BlueKnight13 says: Nov 2, 2010 5:50 PM

    How one figures that after the Saints decidedly beat the Steelers that the Steelers are the better team, leaves me scratching my head.

  97. smithopher says: Nov 2, 2010 9:55 PM

    As a Jets fan, I think they should be lower than 5, the bastards. Not getting their offense together, not running the ball, all the dropped passes… when your defense holds the other team to 9 points, you’re supposed to win the game. they’re just pathetic sometimes.

  98. shaggytoodle says: Nov 2, 2010 10:44 PM

    cusoman says:
    November 2, 2010 8:52 AM
    Belichick didn’t con the Vikings. Childress did that all by himself.
    And if a 2-5 team can be last in your rankings and a 0-7 team 4th to last, you’re even worse at this than I thought, and I didn’t think that was possible.
    _________________________
    Most Minns. back ups would be starters in Buffalo. It also just goes to show how terrible things are in Minnesota, the Bills look like they atleast care.

  99. NFLMMAfan says: Nov 2, 2010 11:09 PM

    Have to question Florio’s cardio-endurance in trying to rank all 32 teams over a two day timeframe. He seems to have gotten a little winded after the first two or three “zingers” and forgot he was actually trying to rank teams.
    Don’t you have a trainer, strength coach, therapist, or at least a damn hot tub?

  100. MrBoxscores says: Nov 3, 2010 12:11 AM

    Randy Moss is asking his fans via a poll on his his website where he should play next: http://networkedblogs.com/a1WCw

  101. "Stats-Are-For-Losers" says: Nov 3, 2010 4:24 AM

    Simple_simon1,
    You sound like a tight-rope walker on the issues that you brought up. You keep saying that the Bucs haven’t beat anyone but at the same time would you respect the growth of a 3-13 (umm umm hi Cowboys formerly last year Bucs) is they lost those games, much like your Lions. The truth lies in the details. Tampa had no running game prior to Pitt and NO. OC, Olsen, didn’t have the confidence to place Blount on the field but I believe that he is now seeing that Freeman and the entire offense is more productive with an explosive back. I don’t want the Bucs to become everyone’s darling because people will put you on a pedestal and bring you down just as fast as they lifted you. So whether they win or lose to the elites it doesn’t matter to this young team as long as they are getting better and I do see improvement.
    I tell you this, the Lions have a WAAY better roster on paper and they have consistently found a way to lose. You have Megatron, Suh, Best, and Bosch etc. The Bucs roster is nowhere near that in relation to star power but that’s where coaching and having a QB with smarts and heart do for a young unproven roster. While everyone continues to laugh at the Bucs, no one will want to see them down the stretch as they mature and the gain more confidence. Unlike your 0-16 Lions, we have a chance to possibly put ourselves in the post season. I will take that, no matter what people like you and Florio (who predicted 3 wins in 2 years) say. Another draft, more defensive help and this young team will be a MAJOR problem for the entire NFC. Raheem deserves more credit for building a competitive team from the rubble. Gruden couldn’t do it and many others can’t and still coach X’s & O’s. He is leading men and inspiring, like Dungy, Tomlin, Belichick, and Ryan. I don’t have a problem with being 17 in the power rankings because last year we were a mess and teams circle us on their schedule. Now people are taking coach Morris words as motivation to get up for the game. Now that is all the respect you need. All they have to do is stay close in the 4th and give the ball to the cool – comeback kid and the rest will be history. Let’s not forget the “elites” in the NFC south have also suffered horrible loses. (NO to CLE, ATL to PHI) Not to mention CLE doing Madden celebrations on NO head for two pick sixes. How about that for contender? The fact is the NFC is wide open and if Tampa wins on Sunday, we won’t be having this discussion.

  102. BucsbeBALLIN5 says: Nov 3, 2010 7:33 AM

    Dude ur name is bradys boy…….r u Stupid? A pats fan calling me a fake fan? U got slot of balls to be a pats fan…. U and 70million who they say r Till they lose

  103. Vee says: Nov 3, 2010 9:21 AM

    gregjennings says:
    I can’t possibly agree with that. They have lots of talent and could still make a run. I wouldn’t count them out yet.
    ==================================
    Ha Ha Ha!!! This is why almost everybody else hates on the Vikings and their fans. They troll other teams’ pages, spewing vitriolic nonsense, then become the worst franchise in the NFL, yet they have the nerve to say stupid things like, “They have lots of talent and could still make a run. I wouldn’t count them out yet”
    Are you kidding me? Look at your freaking record, moron! What a joke of a team and joke of a fan base. You’re at the bottom and you’re gonna stay there – right where you belong.
    And no, this isn’t some crazy ass conspiracy of the NFL – you’re just that bad. Meanwhile the Saints and the Packers are chugging right along, leaving you in the dust of their victories.

  104. HolyMoly says: Nov 3, 2010 10:28 AM

    So a team beats your last week’s number one unit, and gets rewarded by…… moving up one slot??
    That’s moronic.

  105. toddpearson says: Nov 3, 2010 2:22 PM

    50% of the commenters on this site are as mature, and smart, as a 7th grader. Beyond insulting people, they have no contribution.

  106. "Stats-Are-For-Losers" says: Nov 4, 2010 1:08 AM

    toddpearson just like Florio’s posts

  107. zam says: Nov 4, 2010 11:59 AM

    just because the Vikings can’t stay out of the bad press spotlight doesn’t mean they are the worst team in the NFL. You really think they are worse than the Bills?
    And the Bucs will have a “come to Jesus moment” this weekend, and Jesus is gonna win. Big.

  108. CDFloyd says: Nov 4, 2010 12:20 PM

    @somesome:
    I know you won’t read this, but congrats on the dumbest post I’ve ever seen before.

  109. eertj2 says: Nov 5, 2010 5:03 AM

    Come on Bills. Keep losing. We’re moving up. By the way, thumbs up to fellow bottom dwellers Detroit and Cleveland. Your records don’t indicate how you’ve played this year but it really appears that both franchises are headed in the right direction. Very nice to see.

  110. somesome says: Nov 5, 2010 7:28 AM

    @CDFloyd
    of course I will read your absolute waste of a post. thnaks for telling me how you feel without elaborating what rubbed you the wrong way or where you disagree. Great way to post nothing and to look like a moron.

  111. acs3 says: Nov 6, 2010 12:39 AM

    toddpearson’s gay and retarded.
    Yeah, irony intended.

  112. acs3 says: Nov 6, 2010 12:39 AM

    Majik Bullet’s retarded and gay. No, no irony here.

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