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Week 12 power rankings

Matt Ryan

The No. 1 team in our weekly power poll keeps winning, so we continue to put them at the top of the heap.

The winner of next Monday’s game may be able to make a case for leapfrogging the three-week champion, however.

Until then, feel free to complain that we put the team you love too low, or that we put the team you hate too high.

1.  Atlanta Falcons (No. 1; 9-2):  Coach Mike Smith apparently didn’t want to find out whether losing to the Packers automatically results in getting fired the next day.

2.  New York Jets (No.2; 9-2):  Who do the Jets play next week?  I haven’t heard.

3.  New England Patriots (No. 3; 9-2):  Who do the Patriots play next week?  I haven’t heard.

4.  Baltimore Ravens (No. 4; 8-3):  With James Harrison attacking Joe Flacco from his blind side, Flacco should change his number from 5 to $100,000.

5.  New Orleans Saints (No. 7; 8-3):  Maybe the Saints are better off without Reggie Bush playing.

6.  Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 8; 8-3):  If God didn’t hate Steve Johnson, there’s a good chance the Steelers would miss the playoffs.

7.  Chicago Bears (No. 11; 8-3):  If Rod Marinelli continues to beef up the Chicago defense, the Lions might hire him to be their head coach again.

8. Green Bay Packers (No. 5; 7-4):  The Pack may have peaked too soon.

9.  Kansas City Chiefs (No. 12; 7-4):  When Dwayne Bowe is in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, the only thing he’ll be “importing” to his hotel room is pineapple.

10.  Philadelphia Eagles (No. 6; 7-4):  Hopefully, none of the AP voters have already sent in their MVP ballots.

11.  San Diego Chargers (No. 14; 6-5):  True to form, the slow-starting Chargers will get hot enough to lose in the playoffs.

12.  New York Giants (No. 9; 7-4):  Apparently, the Giants play better after they’re continuously booed.

13.  Miami Dolphins (No. 16; 6-5):  This team is more up-and-down than a high-speed elevator in a Dubai skyscraper.

14.  Indianapolis Colts (No. 10; 6-5):  Against the Chargers, quarterback Peyton Manning was flinching more than Shakey the Moyel.

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 13; 7-4):  The Bucs simply aren’t ready to play with the best teams in the league.

16.  Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 15; 6-5):  In first place after 12 weeks, the Jaguars have nothing to be ashamed of, but no one reasonably expects them to make it to the playoffs.

17. St. Louis Rams (No. 21; 5-6):  With one more win, the Rams will match their total for the past three seasons combined.

18. Oakland Raiders (No. 17; 5-6):  Why didn’t the Raiders get more respect when they were winning three in a row?  The answer lies in the last two games.

19. Cleveland Browns (No. 19; 4-7):  Narrowly holding off the Panthers should have a separate category in the standings.

20. Houston Texans (No. 24; 5-6):  Moving receiver Andre Johnson to the Texans’ defense instantly would make it a lot tougher.

21.  Seattle Seahawks (No. 20; 5-6):  Seahawks coach Pete Carroll suddenly prefers a playoff system to the play-a-bunch-of-creampuffs-then-play-for-the-title approach.  Especially since he now coaches one of the creampuffs.

22. Minnesota Vikings (No. 28; 4-7):  Maybe Brett Favre’s sinus infection neutralized his pneumonia.

23. Washington Redskins (No. 22; 5-6):  At least they won’t have to make room for a fourth Super Bowl trophy in the next few years.

24.  Tennessee Titans (No. 18; 5-6):  The Pats are now 6-1 since trading Randy Moss, and Randy is 1-6.

25.  San Francisco 49ers (No. 26; 4-7):  If we forget about the records, the NFC West race looks pretty good.

26. Dallas Cowboys (No. 23; 3-8):  If Jerry Jones had changed coaches sooner, the Cowboys might still be alive.

27.  Buffalo Bills (No. 25; 2-9):  As if the six Super Bowls didn’t already prove it, Steve Johnson found out that God is a Steelers fan.

28.  Denver Broncos (No. 27; 3-8):  The league didn’t take draft picks from the Broncos for Spygate II because the league knows the Broncos will screw them up anyway.

29. Arizona Cardinals (No. 29; 3-7):  It took a few years, but folks who go to Arizona home games will soon enjoy shorter lines for food, less congested restrooms, and plenty of space to stretch out in their seats.

30.  Detroit Lions (No. 30; 2-9):  With seven straight losses on Thanksgiving, why do the Lions even want to continue to host a game on the fourth Thursday in November?

31.  Cincinnati Bengals (No. 31; 2-9):  Pretty soon, Bengals games will generate ratings even lower than The T.Ocho Show.

32.  Carolina Panthers (No. 32; 1-10):  Hey, at least they won’t have to worry about any of their games being flexed this year.

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  1. kenhawk says: Nov 30, 2010 8:12 AM

    “30. Detroit Lions (No. 30; 2-9): With seven straight losses on Thanksgiving, why do the Lions even want to continue to host a game on the fourth Thursday in November?”

    So families will actually spend some real time together.

    Come on guys, don’t take the Cards.

    Florio 12-4, 114-62
    Rosie 11-5, 114-62
    kenhawk (some guy) 14-2, 118-58

  2. zoxitic says: Nov 30, 2010 8:24 AM

    Alot of great lines in this one Michael.

  3. brasho says: Nov 30, 2010 8:31 AM

    The Bucs aren’t ready to play with the best teams in the league? How do you figure? They’ve played the #1 and #4 teams on the road and lost those two games by less than a touchdown. What is your definition of “playing with the best teams in the league”?

    And considering the Bucs’ 4 losses have come only against teams in your top 6, I would think that they would be a little more deserving than being ranked behind the Dolphins.

  4. blackqbwhiterb says: Nov 30, 2010 8:38 AM

    24. Tennessee…..Moss is 1-6 without the Pats, the Pats are 6-1 without Moss…..Sheer brilliance is running the organization in Foxboro. Hey Dan Snyder, did ya see that????Next spring they got a zillion draft picks too……..Hey Dan Snyder see that??!

  5. bucsballer says: Nov 30, 2010 8:39 AM

    Really? Tampa lost by a touchdown and they drop about 5 spots…… Stop hating on Tampa. They lost to a team that they were suppose to lose to. But played em alot closer than people said. Show a little love u band wagoner

  6. jkay123 says: Nov 30, 2010 8:51 AM

    how are the eagles not number 1?!?!?!?! if samuel was playing they would have won! they almost won in the end!

  7. darthvader89 says: Nov 30, 2010 8:56 AM

    God isn’t a Steelers’ fan, he just wants to see an awesome battle for first in the AFC North.

  8. flash1283 says: Nov 30, 2010 8:57 AM

    This may be the best line!

    “Until then, feel free to complain that we put the team you love too low, or that we put the team you hate too high”.

  9. shallowfan says: Nov 30, 2010 8:59 AM

    19. Cleveland Browns (No. 19; 4-7): Narrowly holding off the Panthers should have a separate category in the standings.

    So you don’t think this same logic should be applied to Pittsburgh? Although they went to OT with Buffalo and should have lost they move up 2 spots in your rankings?

    Brilliant.

  10. minhw0714 says: Nov 30, 2010 8:59 AM

    Well played on the KC comment. Well played.

  11. bluejasp says: Nov 30, 2010 9:06 AM

    when was the last time the Colts were outside top 10 ??

  12. jbl429 says: Nov 30, 2010 9:10 AM

    I don’t really give a crap about power rankings, but how does a team drop 3 spots after winning?

  13. starderup says: Nov 30, 2010 9:13 AM

    I think this week we really find out if the Falcons should be ranked above the Pats and Jets. Bucs are really tough at home.

  14. steelers6pack says: Nov 30, 2010 9:15 AM

    #4 should read like this:
    Baltimore Ravens (No. 4; 8-3): With James Harrison touching Joe Flacco’s jersey from his blind side, Flacco should change his number from 5 to $100,000

  15. spungy says: Nov 30, 2010 9:16 AM

    The Panthers have 2 winnable games left on the schedule, the Bengals don’t really have any. I mean, we MIGHT be able to squeak by the Browns, but that’s it. Go ahead and put us at 32.

  16. jeremyhurst02 says: Nov 30, 2010 9:35 AM

    “how are the eagles not number 1?!?!?!?! if samuel was playing they would have won! they almost won in the end!”

    Most likely because there are 7 teams with better records, you moron.

  17. cmstrick says: Nov 30, 2010 9:36 AM

    Nice comments, Florio. Had me chuckling all the way through…

  18. gallopingghost says: Nov 30, 2010 9:40 AM

    Not bad, PFT, but the Lions deserve more respect.

  19. phillyfan4ever says: Nov 30, 2010 9:42 AM

    No love for the Eagles? They lose by 5 pts against the bears at home with cutler having the best game of his career and your jumping ship already lol

  20. gamustangdude says: Nov 30, 2010 9:46 AM

    As a Falcons fan, I love reading the comments from the GB and Eagles fans. keep ‘em comming boys!!!

    GO FALCONS!!!

  21. EJ says: Nov 30, 2010 9:50 AM

    Buffalo Bills fans finally have something to look forward to next year…

  22. vahawker says: Nov 30, 2010 9:50 AM

    I think the Cards showed that THEY are the worst team in the league. They even made the Hawks and 9ers look like SB contenders

  23. PanchoHerreraFanClub says: Nov 30, 2010 9:52 AM

    Cowboys are ranked 5 places too high on talent alone. ‘dem ‘boys have the worst talent in the NFL. Are there any good players in Dallas?

  24. umrguy42 says: Nov 30, 2010 9:53 AM

    “Buffalo Bills (No. 25; 2-9): As if the six Super Bowls didn’t already prove it, Steve Johnson found out that God is a Steelers fan.”

    Not to mention the 4 consecutive Super Bowls Buffalo lost…

  25. AlanSaysYo says: Nov 30, 2010 9:59 AM

    Re Tampa Bay: “They lost to a team that they were suppose to lose to.”

    If you can admit there are teams the Bucs should lose to, the ranking fits. The teams in the top 12 should expect to beat every team they play. And Miami at #13 has beat Green Bay (#8) and was screwed out of beating Pittsburgh (#6) on a bad call. That leaves the Bucs right about where they belong. They’re probably lucky they aren’t behind the Colts.

  26. techstar25 says: Nov 30, 2010 10:14 AM

    Once again, the Bucs are kind of low. Their four losses all came to teams in the top 6. Two of those losses were by one touchdown or less. You can’t say that about any other team in the league. The Bucs are the best 7-4 team in the NFL until somebody proves otherwise.
    You could conceivably put the Bucs at #7 and nobody would be able to argue. Nobody.
    It’s not that the Bucs aren’t proving it on the field, because they are. It’s not like it would be the first time an NFC South team went from worst to first.

  27. timtanium says: Nov 30, 2010 10:16 AM

    Overrated = Patriots, Ravens, Pittsburgh, Eagles, Colts, Dolphins

    Underrated= Bears, Packers, Chargers, Bills, Lions

    I still cant understand the love fest for the AFC. All year the media has been in unison about how wide the competetive margin is between AFC and NFC. Complete BS.

    Pittsburgh blew a lead and wouldve lost to “27th” ranked team if it werent for pure luck. how do they deserve to be at 5? Bears Dominated the hottest team in the league and the crowned mvp, and the Pack go to ATL lose to the “#1″ team on last minute FG and Pittsburgh still gets love. That is the definition of overrated. And all you steelers fans know it. I wont be surprised when they dont make the playoffs. overrated all year long.

  28. beckzhere says: Nov 30, 2010 10:16 AM

    I love seeing the Falcons dominating the #1 spot. Every week the national media says we can’t win this game or that game and here we are sharing the best record in the NFL. With only one real opponent left on our schedule (I am refering to the Aints not the Succaneers), we are primed for an amazing season. After all the BS that this franchise, and its fans, has been through this is a nice change.
    Many falcons fans fear the Iggles coming to Atlanta for the NFC Championship, NOT me. I would relish the opportunity to silence all the Iggle and Vick fans in the Dome and get my bags packed for Dallas.
    Thanks for the love Florio, Go Falcons!!!!!

  29. gallopingghost says: Nov 30, 2010 10:31 AM

    “Narrowly holding off the Panthers should have a separate category in the standings.”

    So you say now, but when it happened to the Saints you still had them ranked pretty high.

  30. bucsballer says: Nov 30, 2010 10:33 AM

    Makes no sense to me Tampa has lost to teams in the top 6 and u kick them as far as u can. Really Miami is that good? Why? Cause they kick so many field goals the other can’t play cause their laughing to hard? But yampa barely lost to Baltimore. They shoulda beat atlanta if it wasn’t for a terrible call on a 4th and one. Idk y people still think tampas a fluke. We beat a team we move down. Lose to a team, move down. Yet every other teams loses to who Tampa beats and move ip. Florio gotta stop hattin on Tampa just cause ur Vikings and grandpa can’t win.

  31. drexelvol says: Nov 30, 2010 10:40 AM

    “23. Washington Redskins (No. 22; 5-6): At least they won’t have to make room for a fourth Super Bowl trophy in the next few years.”

    Yeah right, Florio, you’ll be the first one predicting a Washington Super Bowl victory come next training camp.

  32. dallascheerleaders says: Nov 30, 2010 10:53 AM

    Eagles aren’t number 1 because all the teams ahead of them are better. Oh, and all of the packers’ 4 losses have come by a lone field goal… jus sayin

  33. philtration says: Nov 30, 2010 11:04 AM

    I am sure that it broke your heart to have the Bears in the top 10.
    Putting them one spot above the Packers must have been excruciating.

    According to your own top 10 rankings, the Bears have already beaten 2 of your top 10 teams this season. They also beat Miami which is another team that you are suddenly in love with.

    Keep clinging to your pre-season picks and hope that they live up to your expectations. That is why you now have a hard-on for the Chargers again.
    Let San Diego win this week and you will have them in the top 5.

  34. tb5lovesdasaints says: Nov 30, 2010 11:14 AM

    hey falcon fans, it feels pretty good to be sitting there at the top of the mountain. Keep on beating your chest about all your accomplishments, but remember, the Saints are coming to town on Dec 27th. Not the same team that gift wrapped a victory to you guys earlier this year. If it werent for a wide left FG, the Saints would be 9-2 and holding on to the South lead.

  35. bucsballer says: Nov 30, 2010 11:33 AM

    Falcon fans gotta stop acting like their almighty. U barely beat green bay. U beat the saints cause their kicker sucks total nuts. I’m not saying the bucs r number one. But we barely lost to u. I mean everyone keeps bring up Matt Ryan 19-1 at home……. He shoulda lost bout 3 times this year. Plus doesn’t help that he sucks on the road. But matt Ryan cant talk. I mean u have prolly the 2nd best wide out in the NFL. Idc wat people say Andre is still the best. He’s been hurt since week2 and still drawing double even triple coverage. But honestly atlanta is a little overhyped to me

  36. drumzan says: Nov 30, 2010 11:41 AM

    The Dolphins are the most underrated team in the NFL. And they’ll prove it in week 14 vs the Jets.

  37. gamustangdude says: Nov 30, 2010 11:54 AM

    @bucsballer

    The point is we beat GB barely or not it’s still a “W.” Same thing with the Saints, another “W.”
    You barley lost to the Falcons? More total offense and more total defense, but we barley beat the Bucs, cool the point is it’s a nothe “W.” This is the NFL, not college football, if you’re considering a point differential as a status of “ass whoopinery,” then you’re not a real football fan. 90% of NFL games are close games on paper.

    Don’t worry you’ll have another chance this weekend. Be sure to leave more comments again next week, as the Dirty Birds earn another “W.”

  38. ruvelligwebuike says: Nov 30, 2010 12:02 PM

    So let’s say the Packers gain 1 yard on 3 attempts from the goal line. Actually, let’s not. Let’s say they get a field goal instead of Rodger’s first fumble of the year.

    Would the Packers still have “peaked too early?”

  39. somesome says: Nov 30, 2010 12:06 PM

    So the Ravens beat the Bills in the first drive in over time and drop 6 places, the Steelers almost lose in over time because of a dropped TD pass in the endzone and move up two places …. thank god for next Sunday.

  40. deweyaxewound says: Nov 30, 2010 12:08 PM

    Thanks for the 7 spot, Florio, but no thanks.

    Bears will continue to get doubted and dismissed and downplayed and dogged, because no one in the national media wants to (or has the ego strength to) admit how gloriously WRONG they were about them.

    But you know what?

    That’s okay (even with you, Florio) because, even despite all our “Bears get no respect” bitchin’–that’s exactly how we want it, and exactly when the Bears are at their best.

    So next week, regardless of what happens in Detroit, please put us back down into the sneaky anonymity of the middle.

  41. dscib says: Nov 30, 2010 12:14 PM

    Switch it up next week when Falcons get upset at TB and the Jets beat NE to prove they are truly #1.

  42. deweyaxewound says: Nov 30, 2010 12:15 PM

    P.S. Much like it was nice to see the bubble get burst on all the Eagles hype, I will be happy to see when the same thing eventually happens to the Falcons.

    And did I really just read a Falcon fan playing the “we get no respect” card?
    (“Every week the national media says we can’t win this game or that game…”)

    Seriously?

    We’re all going to need life-rafts soon, if the media slobber over the Falcs rises any higher.

  43. ontboltfan says: Nov 30, 2010 12:29 PM

    ATL lost to PIT wout Ben R. Records aside, the best team overall unit wise is BAL. Flacco has the best passer rating of anyone at home.

    NE has no D and they are ranked above both. Please.

    Huge overreaction to the PHI loss. They were wout starters at CB and DE and Vick had a down day. Wout the red zone pick they still would have won.

    CHI’s D is overcoming Cutler but they wont be playing MIA w a 3rd string QB and CAR every weekend.

  44. grendelg says: Nov 30, 2010 12:42 PM

    Really deweyaxewound? I see no respect for the Falcons…

    They were supposed to get plastered by the Packers this week according to the pundits. They were supposed to lose to the Ravens and show they really aren’t that good. They were supposed to lose to the ‘Aints in NO.

    I don’t know if they’re the best team in the NFL… And neither do you. We know that on Sunday they beat the Packers. We know that they beat the Ravens in Atlanta and the Saints in New Orleans. We know they lost in Pitt and Philly. We know they seem a lot better at home than on the road.

    I’d guess that of the Falcons, Packers, and Eagles any of them would probably win against anyone at home. I’d put the Saints, Bears, and Bucs in the next tier and they’ll probably beat bad teams and might upset one of the top teams at home. Other than that it’s an “Any Given Sunday” deal.

  45. shaggytoodle says: Nov 30, 2010 1:05 PM

    8. Green Bay Packers (No. 5; 7-4): The Pack may have peaked too soon.

    ____________________________

    Or ran into the team that you feel is the best in the league and only to lose by 3 (which is all they have EVER lost byt his season). It was a tough game, but they are competitive in every contest they play, I believe the Packers will be fine moving foward. Hopefully they can get another crack at the dirty birds.

  46. beckzhere says: Nov 30, 2010 1:07 PM

    Dear Tampa and N.O. fans,

    The Falcons beat you once and we will do it again. Are you both good teams? Absolutely. But take it for what it is. No excuses. The better team wins 99% of the time. And IF we lose this weekend in Tampa, you won’t hear any woulda/coulda/shoulda from this Falcons fan.
    The only way the Falcons will lose at home this year is if the Iggles come for the NFC Championship and all the knucklehead fans are cheering for the Falcons EX-quarterback instead of our present quarterback.
    Do they pull that nonsense in Green Bay when Favre takes the field with the Vikings?

  47. claymania52 says: Nov 30, 2010 1:26 PM

    I hate to say this but the Bears may just be good. As a Packer fan, if last year we thought our team was good playing the schedule we played(which was easy) then we have to accept that the Bears have made this team work for whatever reason. With the schedules both teams have it could very well be a Packer- Bear classic at Lambeau the first weekend in january for the division title. Packers Peaking too soon, give me a break…..we played a damn good team on the road. Even good teams lose those from time to time.

  48. shallowfan says: Nov 30, 2010 1:50 PM

    beckzhere,

    “The better team wins 99% of the time”

    “The only way the Falcons will lose at home this year is if the Iggles come for the NFC Championship and all the knucklehead fans are cheering for the Falcons EX-quarterback instead of our present quarterback.”

    So if falcon fans, who are in the stands and not on the field, cheer enough for vick the eagles will win and be the better team …or will the cheering give them that 1% edge…just enough to beat the falcons?

    I think you just said the falcons will lose in the playoffs to a better eagles team right, or did I miss something?

    Also, if the bucs beat the falcons by more than 4 points by your logic you HAVE to say the bucs are a better team than the falcons because 99% of the time the better team wins. Last time bucs played atlanta came a yd short of taking lead with 2 mins to go. So, if falcons lose by say 7 points you have to say not only did the bucs beat the falcons, they also loss to the falcons by less points so the bucs are clearly the better team.

    Do we agree on this scenario?

  49. gallopingghost says: Nov 30, 2010 2:30 PM

    ontboltfan says:
    CHI’s D is overcoming Cutler but they wont be playing MIA w a 3rd string QB and CAR every weekend.

    Realy, Ontario Chargers fan? (Sorry, I thought every PFT post had to start with “really, ____?”)

    But seriously, where were you Sunday? The Bears took down one of the most explosive offense in the NFL. The Panthers game was october 10th, not sure why that came up. Before Miami, they took down Favre + AP, and before that stopped a high octane Buffalo offense (I don’t care what anyone says about that team, they are good at moving the ball downfield.).

    Oh yea, and they’d have less trouble stoppin the Chargers. And their D is twice as good.

  50. deweyaxewound says: Nov 30, 2010 2:34 PM

    Really grendelg? You see “no respect” for the Falcons?

    Do me a favor–scroll back up…put your finger on the number 32, then count up 31 spots, and see who’s at the #1 spot on the power rankings.

    See it now?

    How many weeks have they been there now?

    Then go check ESPN, SportingNews, SI, Yahoo, CBS, Fox Sports, USA Today, Women’s Home Journal, Seventeen, and any other outlet you can find–if even ONE of them has the Falcons ranked lower than #3, after eating my hat, I’ll post “The Falcons are not only the best, but they get no respect” at least once on every Falcons story on PFT between now and Friday, okay?

    Go on, run along now.

    (God I hate the fake “we get no respect” cries, because it completely de-legitimizes the real, authentic instances of disrespect…it’s like listening to rock stars/celebrities whining about how hard their lives are…)

  51. hoobsher says: Nov 30, 2010 2:37 PM

    are we forgetting that the eagles were missing 2 of their cornerbacks? a 4 spot slide is a little unjustified considering our starting corners for the game were joselio hanson and demetri patterson (look them up, i got time) and we STILL only lost by 5 points. not to mention WE TROUNCED THE FALCONS WITHOUT OUR STARTING QB. the bears havent beat a winning team save the eagles since the packers, and lets not forget that game was marred by 18 penalties called on the packers. the bears are by no means #7 quality and the eagles are by no means 4 spots down from last week because of that game.

  52. comeonnowguys says: Nov 30, 2010 2:56 PM

    “are we forgetting that the eagles were missing 2 of their cornerbacks? a 4 spot slide is a little unjustified considering our starting corners for the game were joselio hanson and demetri patterson (look them up, i got time) ”

    I wonder how Packer fans field about you begging for a higher ranking because of injuries.

    “and we STILL only lost by 5 points. ”

    Bears sat on the ball during the last quarter. If near-garbage time TDs are going to count for something, then you just made Bronco fans very, very happy.

  53. homelanddefense says: Nov 30, 2010 3:26 PM

    You Tampa fans are delusional. Do they even have a win against a team that is above .500? I dont care about blown calls, dropped passes, “lucky” wins, you need to beat a good team before you complain about your ranking.

    Wins against Cle, Car, Cinci, Stl, Azr, Car, SF WOW, those are some quality wins right there.

    They had their chance to make a point against Pit, NO, Atl, and Balt and lost them all. It doenst matter by how much, they lost.

    I see they have ATL and NO remaining, beat one or both and then you have an argument. The Wash, Sea, and Det games wont do much.

  54. kellyb9 says: Nov 30, 2010 3:51 PM

    @ontboltsfan: New England is ranked over Pittsburgh and Baltimore because they beat both those teams, and they have a better record. Sure their defense is young, but they looked pretty good against those teams.

  55. ontboltfan says: Nov 30, 2010 4:27 PM

    gallopingghost says:
    Nov 30, 2010 2:30 PM
    Bears took down one of the most explosive offense in the NFL. The Panthers game was october 10th, not sure why that came up. Before Miami, they took down Favre + AP, and before that stopped a high octane Buffalo offense (I don’t care what anyone says about that team, they are good at moving the ball downfield.).

    Oh yea, and they’d have less trouble stoppin the Chargers. And their D is twice as good.
    ————–
    The panthers game came up because 1/2 CHI’s wins are against inept teams. MIN was wout their 2 starting WRs so that is another unearned win. Buffalo with the worst run D in the league is another 1/2 win. Same for the win against the DAL, another sub .500 team bumbling under Wade Phillips.

    CHI has the worst OL in the league so vs SD (the top pass rush) you could expect a stomping similar to what you got against the only real team you faced the NYG.

  56. ontboltfan says: Nov 30, 2010 4:41 PM

    kellyb9 says:
    Nov 30, 2010 3:51 PM
    @ontboltsfan: New England is ranked over Pittsburgh and Baltimore because they beat both those teams, and they have a better record. Sure their defense is young, but they looked pretty good against those teams.
    ——————
    NE beat PIT but recall top WR Hines Ward, 3/5 the OL, 2/3 the DL were injured. They did beat BAL at home as BAL could do same. These ratings are tied to the record only. Both BAL and PIT have top O’s and D’s while NE has a top O but the D gives up 400 yds/g.

  57. gamustangdude says: Nov 30, 2010 5:18 PM

    Ok Eagles Fans here’s reality

    You lost to GB, Washington, Chicago, and Tennessee. Washington lost to the “Yikes” Chicago, to the Seahawks, and GB lost to Miami.

    I have no idea what all this means. However this serves as a baseline format for you arguing the Falcons power rankings.

    Bottom line, we are the best team in the NFC.

    GO FALCONS!!!!

  58. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Nov 30, 2010 6:26 PM

    Fail!

    Cards are #33 or #38 if not lower than North Jersey Tech.

  59. timtanium says: Nov 30, 2010 7:50 PM

    Your all morons. with maybe an exception or two.

  60. timtanium says: Nov 30, 2010 7:51 PM

    and no, Florio, your not an exception.

  61. flyertime says: Nov 30, 2010 9:27 PM

    #
    gamustangdude says: Nov 30, 2010 5:18 PM

    Ok Eagles Fans here’s reality

    You lost to GB, Washington, Chicago, and Tennessee. Washington lost to the “Yikes” Chicago, to the Seahawks, and GB lost to Miami.

    I have no idea what all this means. However this serves as a baseline format for you arguing the Falcons power rankings.

    Bottom line, we are the best team in the NFC.

    GO FALCONS!!!!

    ONE THING TO SAY MY SOUTHERN CHICKEN EATING NO COUNT IDIOT.
    WE HAVE KICKED YOUR ASS ONCE AND LOOKING FORWARD TO BEATING YOUR NO GOOD ASS ONE MORE TIME THIS YEAR!!!

  62. sdw2001 says: Dec 1, 2010 10:22 AM

    The chiefs above the Eagles. Riiight.

  63. touchdownroddywhite says: Dec 1, 2010 3:43 PM

    Falcons have beaten better teams than the Bucs, on top of beating the Bucs, and specifically have also beat or been competitive with every team TB has lost to. There shouldn’t even be discussion of the Bucs being better than the Falcons, but all that discussion will come to an end Sunday when the Falcons travel to Florida to complete the sweep.

    Bucs fans can relish in the fact that their team is sitting at home eating chilli cheese dip during the playoffs, just like they are.

  64. deweyaxewound says: Dec 1, 2010 5:26 PM

    ontboltfan says:
    Nov 30, 2010 4:27 PM
    gallopingghost says:
    Nov 30, 2010 2:30 PM
    Bears took down one of the most explosive offense in the NFL. The Panthers game was october 10th, not sure why that came up. Before Miami, they took down Favre + AP, and before that stopped a high octane Buffalo offense (I don’t care what anyone says about that team, they are good at moving the ball downfield.).

    Oh yea, and they’d have less trouble stoppin the Chargers. And their D is twice as good.
    ————–
    The panthers game came up because 1/2 CHI’s wins are against inept teams. MIN was wout their 2 starting WRs so that is another unearned win. Buffalo with the worst run D in the league is another 1/2 win. Same for the win against the DAL, another sub .500 team bumbling under Wade Phillips.

    CHI has the worst OL in the league so vs SD (the top pass rush) you could expect a stomping similar to what you got against the only real team you faced the NYG.
    _______________________________

    An “unearned” win? I didn’t realize there was such a thing in the NFL. Is that a Canadian concept?

    Let’s apply your own “logic” to the Chargers, and their impressive hit list–who have THEY beat?

    Powerhouses like the
    3-8 Cards,
    5-6 Titans,
    5-6 Texans,
    3-8 Broncos,
    and 6-5 Jags and Colts (the only two teams above .500, and only one game above it)…

    What’s worse–look at all 5 of their losses:
    5-6 Seattle,
    5-6 Oakland,
    5-6 STL …
    3 LOSING teams, and only 2 losses to teams with winning records:
    7-4 KC and 9-2 NE…

    Chargers aren’t even the best team in their own division right now!! (and you wanna call out the BEARS?!?)

    The Bears also lost all 4 of their pre-season games, and looked terrible THEN–shall we go back that far, too?

    Fact is, the Bears team you see now is not the same as the team that played in October.
    And did you forget it was Todd freakin’ Collins that QB’d for the Bears against Carolina?

    Chicago’s o-line didn’t even consist of all the same players until–you guessed it–THE PAST THREE GAMES. Their o-line of the past 3 weeks is lightyears ahead of of what they fielded previously, and the stats bear that out.

    And by your “logic”–the Steelers needed OT and a dropped pass to get past the Bills, is that an “unearned win”, too?
    Does that make the Bears a better team, since they beat the Bills in regulation?

    The Bears also beat Philly and Dallas, who both beat the Giants…who you call a “the only real team” they faced.
    Of the 5 teams that beat they Chargers, how many of those were “real”? How about Seattle, who beat BOTH our teams? Are they “real”?
    Were those wins for Seattle earned, or unearned?

    Or, as I would contend–does it just not matter?

    Is it more intelligent to say teams just have to play who’s put in front of them, and 9 times out of 10, record is meaningless, and any team can give any other team a beating on any given Sunday in the NFL ?
    And that no matter what, comparative analysis like yours (team A beat team B, team B beat team C, therefore team A beats team C every time…or some variation of that) just does not work in the NFL.

    In short, your little daydream–that S.D. would crush the Bears, is nothing but a fiction in your own head.

  65. atldiva828 says: Dec 1, 2010 8:24 PM

    hahaha poor randy moss.. instead of his “loyal” team having a 6-1 record.. he now has the complete opposite.. 1-6. Good stuff!

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