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Week Five power rankings

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1.  Packers (No. 1; 5-0):  Brett Favre was surprised it took the Packers so long to come back from a 14-0 deficit.

2.  Saints (No. 2; 4-1):  Who does Roman Harper think he is, Ken Lucas?

3.  Lions (No. 3; 5-0):  Calvin Johnson had only one touchdown reception last night, which will cause him to drop out of Cris Carter’s top five.

4.  Bills (No. 10; 4-1):  Leave it to a guy from Harvard to perfectly execute a dummy play.

5.  Patriots (No. 5; 4-1):  Leave it to a team from near Harvard to make the Jets look like a bunch of dummies.

6.  Ravens (No. 4; 3-1):  With John Harbaugh’s brother’s team at 4-1, Packers-Lions isn’t the only must-see game on Thanksgiving.

7.  49ers (No. 12; 4-1):  The worst division in football is producing one of the best teams in the conference.

8. Chargers (No. 7; 4-1):  A bunch of bad teams have landed in the portion of the schedule when the Chargers traditionally play badly.

9.  Raiders (No. 15; 3-2):  With Sebastian Janikowski and Darrius Heyward-Bey and Michael Huff showing up big for the Raiders the day after Al Davis died, perhaps it’s time to give JaMarcus Russell a second chance.

10.  Texans (No. 6; 3-2):  Fortunately for the Texans, everyone in the division lost.

11.  Steelers (No. 11; 3-2):  If Ben Roethlisberger can throw five touchdown passes with a sprained left foot, maybe they should amputate the right one.

12.  Redskins (No. 17; 3-1):  A year after Mike Vick’s night to remember at FedEx Field, he’s returning with a won-loss record to forget.

13.  Giants (No. 9; 3-2):  The presence of copious amounts of pink at MetLife Stadium was followed by heavy consumption of copious amounts of a certain pink liquid by Tom Coughlin after the game.

14.  Bengals (No. 21; 3-2):  Somewhere, Carson Palmer is sitting on the floor of a room, turning a lamp on and off repeatedly.

15.  Buccaneers (No. 8; 3-2):  Instead of wearing the throwback creamsicles against the Niners, the Bucs opted to play like those teams instead.

16.  Titans (No. 14; 3-2):  Instead of asking “when” Chris Johnson will become Chris Johnson again, maybe we should be asking “if”?

17.  Bears (No. 13; 2-3):  Lovie Smith’s seat gradually is getting warmer.

18.  Falcons (No. 16; 2-3):  Why even bother making the playoffs if this year’s rematch with the Packers would be played at Lambeau Field?

19.  Cowboys (No. 19; 2-2):  The late-game misfortunes of Houston’s quarterback has resulted in a nickname based on the Cowboys’ signal-caller:  Schromo.

20.  Jets (No. 18; 2-3):  What happens when a team premised on confidence suddenly has none?

21.  Panthers (No. 20; 1-4):  This team should change its nickname to the Horseshoes or the Hand Grenades.

22.  Seahawks (No. 27; 2-3):  That injury to Tarvaris Jackson could jeopardize Pete Carroll’s shot at getting Andrew Luck.

23.  Eagles (No. 22; 1-4):  Until Andy Reid has real fear of getting fired, this team will underachieve.

24.  Browns (No. 24; 2-2):  Peyton Hillis should have simply said he had a staph infection.  No one would have doubted that.

25.  Chiefs (No. 28; 2-3):  By bouncing back after two horrendous losses to open the season, the Chiefs remind me a little of the ’89 Steelers.  Which reminds me that I am freaking old.

26. Vikings (No. 29; 1-4):  Sometimes, football is as simple as allowing superior players to display their superiority.

27.  Broncos (No. 26; 1-4):  The decision to start Tim Tebow could be the first tangible evidence of a “Suck of Luck” campaign.

28.  Cardinals (No. 23; 1-4):  Well, at least Kevin Kolb’s new team is doing as well as his old team.

29.  Jaguars (No. 25; 1-4):  As a new incentive to move tickets in Jacksonville, the league will televise the home games only if there isn’t a sellout.

30.  Colts (No. 30; 0-5):  If the Colts get to 0-14, will Bill Polian rest his starters?

31.  Rams (No. 31; 0-4):  With two weeks to prepare for the Packers, maybe the Rams can pull off the upset.  (Yes, I managed to type that while at all times maintaining a straight face.)

32. Dolphins (No. 32; 0-4):  If you ain’t playin’, you ain’t losin’.

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123 Responses to “Week Five power rankings”
  1. ButkisMyDick says: Oct 11, 2011 11:12 AM

    1. Packers. 2. Lions. (they’re undefeated give them their props) 3. Patriots. 4. Saints. 5. Bills.

  2. southpaw2k says: Oct 11, 2011 11:13 AM

    I actually thought that San Fran at Baltimore game Thanksgiving night would be a gimme for the Ravens considering the 49ers have to travel to the east coast on a super short week. Now that doesn’t look like such an easy task. Of course, that just means I am that much more excited about going to that game.

  3. silvernblackpa says: Oct 11, 2011 11:13 AM

    “With Sebastian Janikowski and Darrius Heyward-Bey and Michael Huff showing up big for the Raiders the day after Al Davis died, perhaps it’s time to give JaMarcus Russell a second chance.”

    DO NOT EVEN JOKE ABOUT THIS. Just the thought of JaDrank makes me throw up in my mouth.

  4. r8rsfan says: Oct 11, 2011 11:16 AM

    It’s “Suck for Luck” not Suck of Luck, dummy.

  5. justwinbaby29 says: Oct 11, 2011 11:17 AM

    Brett Favre was surprised it took the Packers so long to come back from a 14-0 deficit.

    + 1

  6. hamcamnewton says: Oct 11, 2011 11:17 AM

    2. Saints (No. 2; 4-1): Who does Roman Harper think he is, Ken Lucas?

    ______________

    Lmao ken Lucas got his jaw broken, harper got off lucky

  7. djdvd says: Oct 11, 2011 11:18 AM

    Dolphins too high. You sure Alabama and LSU aren’t above them?

  8. kellyb9 says: Oct 11, 2011 11:19 AM

    In terms of power rankings, it’s time to give the Lions a bit of respect. They should be ranked 2nd.

  9. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Oct 11, 2011 11:19 AM

    Why does Andy Reid need to fear for his job? If he didn’t have the desire to win he wouldn’t have made it this far.

  10. apm says: Oct 11, 2011 11:19 AM

    I remember the ’97 Packers team lost to the winless pre-Peyton-Draft Colts. Any Given Sunday and all that stuff.

  11. jbny14 says: Oct 11, 2011 11:19 AM

    @ButKis, how do you put the Pats before the Bills? FYI, the Bills beat them for the first time in 8 yrs…

  12. failcopter says: Oct 11, 2011 11:21 AM

    Rams (No. 31; 0-4): With two weeks to prepare for the Packers, maybe the Rams can pull off the upset. (Yes, I managed to type that while at all times maintaining a straight face.)
    ———————————————————

    I didn’t even think that was possible.

  13. goawayeverybody says: Oct 11, 2011 11:21 AM

    Bills at #5? I hate to break it to Bills fans, but that will change soon. They have a very tough schedule and I still have a tough time taking them seriously. I would love to see them succeed, but I just don’t see them going far this year.

  14. longdrivesaint says: Oct 11, 2011 11:21 AM

    Saints are right where they should be.

  15. kayotiicdat says: Oct 11, 2011 11:21 AM

    So just cuz they’re undefeated that makes them the 2nd best team??? Man these new Lions fans are dumber than the Failcant fans that leave before the game is over.

  16. 8drinkminimum says: Oct 11, 2011 11:22 AM

    There is no question that Fin’s owner Stephen Ross mishandled the run at Jim Harbaugh.

    That being said he was going after the right guy. Too bad he didn’t succeeed. Sparano is still not the answer.

  17. gosuhgo says: Oct 11, 2011 11:23 AM

    Bills jump 6 spots for beating up on a 1-3 team?

  18. justwinbaby29 says: Oct 11, 2011 11:24 AM

    My top 10

    1. Green Bay (champs still perfect)
    2. Patriots (Brady’s offense can’t be slowed)
    3. Saints (Defense is a concern)
    4. Lions (Suh is a monster)
    5. Ravens (Flacco needs to step up)
    6. Steelers (Should start to get on track)
    7. Chargers (Talented but soft)
    8. 49ers (Can they keep it up?)
    9. Bills (Surprise so far, see 49ers)
    10. Texans (Talented but not well coached)

  19. goawayeverybody says: Oct 11, 2011 11:24 AM

    #4 I mean (re: Bills)

  20. radrntn says: Oct 11, 2011 11:24 AM

    nuts and bolts….j-bust screwed us

  21. thesaint257 says: Oct 11, 2011 11:25 AM

    Wait, the Texans are higher than the Steelers? Didn’t Matt Schaub choke and lose that game this week? And I hate the Steelers!

  22. icanspeel says: Oct 11, 2011 11:25 AM

    You don’t hear this often from comments about Power Rankings, but top 10 seems pretty right on. You could criticize Detroit should be 2nd over the Saints, but Saints only loss was to the #1 team barely

  23. RussianBreadMaker says: Oct 11, 2011 11:26 AM

    Way to hurl insults at every team. Let’s be honest, nobody is laughing at any of those lines that you spent so long on.

  24. phillyphanatic29 says: Oct 11, 2011 11:27 AM

    If the Eagles lose again, I’ll be golfing on most future Sundays.

  25. carolina1cam says: Oct 11, 2011 11:27 AM

    What is with the obsession with the SAINTS? They scored with 50 seconds left on the clock to beat Carolina by 3. The Lions and Pats easily belong ahead of them with the Pack.

  26. forevercorr says: Oct 11, 2011 11:28 AM

    I still fail to understand how this works. And the Broncos have Sucky Luck, they may Suck for Luck, but no one can Suck of Luck. Still, I’m glad you didn’t add another”f” to “of.”

  27. msclemons67 says: Oct 11, 2011 11:28 AM

    The Lions, Bills and 49ers are in the top 10. I think it’s time to stock up on survival gear; the Apocalypse is nigh.

  28. blackqbwhiterb says: Oct 11, 2011 11:28 AM

    Redskins are movin’ on UP!!!!!!!!

  29. marty2019 says: Oct 11, 2011 11:29 AM

    “29. Jaguars (No. 25; 1-4): As a new incentive to move tickets in Jacksonville, the league will televise the home games only if there isn’t a sellout.”

    Okay, speaking as a Jags fan, I have to admit that’s pretty funny.

  30. shackdelrio says: Oct 11, 2011 11:30 AM

    “2. Saints (No. 2; 4-1): Who does Roman Harper think he is, Ken Lucas?”

    …or Anthony Bright.

  31. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Oct 11, 2011 11:30 AM

    It’s so nice to see the Raiders back in the top ten…..
    And this comment made me laugh:

    9. Raiders (No. 15; 3-2): With Sebastian Janikowski and Darrius Heyward-Bey and Michael Huff showing up big for the Raiders the day after Al Davis died, perhaps it’s time to give JaMarcus Russell a second chance

  32. letsgolos says: Oct 11, 2011 11:31 AM

    So the Pats kind of beat the Jets, and they leapfrog the Ravens, who were on bye, after destroying the Jets? Just because a team doesn’t play doesn’t mean it got worse…

  33. mike83ri says: Oct 11, 2011 11:32 AM

    5th ranked Pats beat 18th ranked Jets by 9, Pats stay 5th and Jets fall to 20th.

    10th ranked Bills beat 22nd ranked Eagles by 7, Bills jump to 4th.

    C’mon guys, I can pick random names out of a hat too. If you’re going to use a system, make sure it makes sense.

    Reminds me of guys predicting records every year but the total of all the records doesn’t have the same amount of wins as losses.

  34. dubdiz12 says: Oct 11, 2011 11:33 AM

    Only PFT would make a comment about the Eagles when they are trying to make a comment about the Redskins.

  35. mrconnors says: Oct 11, 2011 11:35 AM

    Jets* plummet to 20.

    *Still got dusted even when filming the Patriots sidelines.

  36. dgoens3109 says: Oct 11, 2011 11:36 AM

    I’m a die hard Buffalo Bills fan but they are not the 4th best team in the NFL.

  37. jfibertkc says: Oct 11, 2011 11:37 AM

    Oh come on the Eagles are playing some of the worst football I have ever seen, yet they still outrank a Chiefs team who hardly has to prove themselves anymore as being legitimate? Also, the Dolphins are ranked wayy too high…

  38. ron69 says: Oct 11, 2011 11:37 AM

    Perfect sense only change Eagles for Seahawks and Rams for Colts

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  40. dgoens3109 says: Oct 11, 2011 11:39 AM

    49ers at 7? Balls!

  41. theravenlives2 says: Oct 11, 2011 11:42 AM

    Ravens: bye
    Redskins: bye

    Ravens drop two spots from #4 to #6
    Redskins gain five spots from #17 to #12

    OK, got it! Who does these rankings, Foster Brooks?

  42. jutts says: Oct 11, 2011 11:43 AM

    The NFC North is the toughest Devision. The Bears and the Vikings aren’t playing real pro-football, but the Lions and the Packers are dominant. It all starts in the front office. You have to be able to recognize talent. Jerry Angelo and Tim Ruskell are complete loosers. Just look at their records. They just don’t get it… It has to start up front on both sides of the ball.
    Please George Mckaskey, you are running this team now. Please show the fans that you “ARE” in charge. At least make a statement reguarding “Your” familys team..

  43. ammarradhi says: Oct 11, 2011 11:43 AM

    Come on the roar has been restored! Lions should be number 2

  44. kilo0986 says: Oct 11, 2011 11:43 AM

    So a No. 21 team almost beats a No.2 and that No. 2 teams is still No.2? Yeah i stopped paying attention to this power ranking

  45. failcopter says: Oct 11, 2011 11:43 AM

    thesaint257 says: Oct 11, 2011 11:25 AM

    Wait, the Texans are higher than the Steelers? Didn’t Matt Schaub choke and lose that game this week? And I hate the Steelers!

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    Really? Schaub was about to be tackled by Tyvon Branch, who has ~4.3 40 speed. He had very little hope of making it to the goal line and threw it to a receiver who appeared open. Huff made a great play for the pick.

  46. bucsballer says: Oct 11, 2011 11:45 AM

    i get it the bucs got womped…..but the niners are good so y we drop from 8 to 15…… we win go no where lose and go 20 spots down……

  47. dolphandan says: Oct 11, 2011 11:45 AM

    32. LSU
    33. Alabama
    34. Oklahoma
    35. Dolphins

  48. mcampy says: Oct 11, 2011 11:49 AM

    Way too much over adjustment for Eagles. Team loaded with talent,just not winning. Not as bad as ranking. How can Pats with worst defense in the league be top5?! Top 10 cuz of Brady, that’s as good as it gets

  49. sterilizecromartie says: Oct 11, 2011 11:53 AM

    27. Broncos (No. 26; 1-4): The decision to start Tim Tebow could be the first tangible evidence of a “Suck of Luck” campaign.
    ————-
    What the heck is that supposed to mean? In two quarters Tebow gave that team more life than Orton ever has. If anything, starting Tebow takes Denver out of the running for Luck. They actually have a chance to win some games now.

  50. dvdman123 says: Oct 11, 2011 11:54 AM

    Well for those complaining about the Saints being ranked ahead of the Lions. They play each other in the New Orleans on Dec. 4th so that will be settled then otherwise who cares? These so called “Power Polls” are just for fun anyway. This is NOT college football and that crazy BS rankings oh I mean the BCS rankings.

  51. pappysarcasm says: Oct 11, 2011 11:57 AM

    iggles are way too high…they should 30 or 31!

  52. gadzod says: Oct 11, 2011 12:02 PM

    mike83ri says:
    Oct 11, 2011 11:32 AM
    5th ranked Pats beat 18th ranked Jets by 9, Pats stay 5th and Jets fall to 20th.

    10th ranked Bills beat 22nd ranked Eagles by 7, Bills jump to 4th.

    C’mon guys, I can pick random names out of a hat too. If you’re going to use a system, make sure it makes sense.

    Reminds me of guys predicting records every year but the total of all the records doesn’t have the same amount of wins as losses.
    ———————————————-

    You’re right. It’s easily justified for the Bills to be ahead of the patriots. All I have to say is look at the week 3 scoreboard. Bills > Patriots. It even shows on the Standings.

  53. kayotiicdat says: Oct 11, 2011 12:02 PM

    Almost beat the Saints huh?? Well if you watched the game you’d know the only reason Carolina was in the game was because of 2 TERRIBLE ghost roughing the passer calls that were a complete joke. Both calls led to 2 td’s. Know what you’re talking about. Saints at #2 is right where they should be. HATERS HATE ONE

  54. dvdman123 says: Oct 11, 2011 12:03 PM

    kilo0986 says:
    Oct 11, 2011 11:43 AM

    So a No. 21 team almost beats a No.2 and that No. 2 teams is still No.2? Yeah i stopped paying attention to this power ranking

    I believe that same No.21 was leading the No.1 team by 14 points and they also barely won there game earlier this season so why are they still No. 1?

  55. rc33 says: Oct 11, 2011 12:06 PM

    I’d take New England and Baltimore over both the Saints and the Lions.

  56. kellyb9 says: Oct 11, 2011 12:07 PM

    “dvdman123 says:
    Oct 11, 2011 11:54 AM
    Well for those complaining about the Saints being ranked ahead of the Lions. They play each other in the New Orleans on Dec. 4th so that will be settled then otherwise who cares? These so called “Power Polls” are just for fun anyway. This is NOT college football and that crazy BS rankings oh I mean the BCS rankings.”

    Power rankings, in my opinion, have a great deal of value. They are supposed to be a manifestation of how well a team is playing. If a team is playing well, they’ve probably built up a good deal of confidence and momentum going into each week.

    Besides, if we aren’t going to argue about where a team should be ranked, what’s the point of commenting at all?

  57. autumnwind999 says: Oct 11, 2011 12:17 PM

    Forget records so far. Based on talent, coaching and potential to grow even better by year’s end, the SB will be played between 2 of these 6 teams:

    - Packers
    - Saints
    - Raiders
    - Patriots
    - Ravens
    - Texans

    No offense to the Bills and Lions who look like legit playoff teams. I’m just not convinced they’d be able to endure 2-3 rounds of postseason play against top-tier teams.

  58. kevpft says: Oct 11, 2011 12:20 PM

    Vick’s record as starter for the Eagles: 9-8.

    McNabb’s record in his final 17 games with the Eagles: 11-6.

    Vick’s last seven games: 1-6.

    Ruh-roh…

    (Spreading this message around to make sure we all see it…)

  59. kevpft says: Oct 11, 2011 12:27 PM

    30. Colts (No. 30; 0-5): If the Colts get to 0-14, will Bill Polian rest his starters?

    Nice! Sometimes I think the best thing for Luck would be to land somewhere besides the Colts. That team has been mis-managed so badly – Manning’s been left out to dry with such an inconsistent supporting cast. What is Luck going to get except more of the same? He’ll be the next Dan Marino, which is great in a lot of ways, but just like Manning, he’ll be short-changed on championships.

    The best case might be if they can land Manning as coach. Not sure whether he’d want that – we can see how he hates to be on the sideline – but the Colts line in this power-ranking list is telling.

  60. imissnumber21 says: Oct 11, 2011 12:30 PM

    The Skins have finally figured out a way to get some respect from you…not play any games and jump up 6 spots.

  61. jvibottomline says: Oct 11, 2011 12:32 PM

    49ers are too low, they will be the #2 seed in the NFC come playoff time.

  62. supashug says: Oct 11, 2011 12:35 PM

    bye teams dont usually get worse with a weeks rest

  63. illiniftw says: Oct 11, 2011 12:36 PM

    The Bears have not been playing well, but 17? Their losses are to your #1, #2, and #3 teams and they were at least close in all 3 games.

    NFC North is by far the toughest division in football right now!

  64. autumnwind999 says: Oct 11, 2011 12:39 PM

    Packers = Superb talent and execution across the board on offense; Big-time playmakers on defense.

    Saints = Great offensive-minded head coach, great o-line, great QB can take you far.

    Raiders = Tremendous play in the trenches on both sides of the ball (Raiders o-line play has been one of the unsung surprises in the NFL this season). A rare smashmouth team amongst finesse teams in today’s NFL. Plus basically every WR on the roster and McFadden can take the ball the distance from anywhere on the field.

    Patriots = Near unstoppable offense; Poor on defense but Belichick may be able to fix that by season’s end. If so, look out.

    Ravens = They’ve had some impressive blowouts so far. Still not ready to consider this a “great” defense in the context of years past but obviously very tough up front. Ray Rice is great but the rest of the offense isn’t particularly scary.

    Texans = My preseason pick to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. Loaded on offense when Andre Johnson returns. Wade Phillips has worked wonders with the defense. Remains to be seen if the loss of Mario Williams becomes a huge setback or not. But this is probably still the most well-rounded team outside of Green Bay.

  65. drakost says: Oct 11, 2011 12:41 PM

    The Lions, Bills, 49ers, and Raiders are all in the top 10… Eagles, Vikings, and the Colts are in the bottom 10… Jesus what’s next Rex Grossman throwing more touchdowns than Tom Brady???

  66. brooklynniner19 says: Oct 11, 2011 12:42 PM

    So if my 9ers beat the Lions et deserve to make the top 3 and hand J.H the Coach of the year award and Alex Smith most improved player award.;)

  67. Patskrieg dot com says: Oct 11, 2011 12:45 PM

    “20. Jets (No. 18; 2-3): What happens when a team that is full of crap finally realizes it?”

    Fixed.

  68. nineroutsider says: Oct 11, 2011 12:50 PM

    I love that the Lions are undefeated, the Niners are going to be so fired up for this game.

    Go 9ers!

  69. mightyleemoon says: Oct 11, 2011 12:50 PM

    All this complaining about the Lions not getting respect is ridiculous. Ranked #3 in the league is not showing any disrespect, whatsoever.

  70. faulkana says: Oct 11, 2011 12:52 PM

    RussianBreadMaker says:
    Oct 11, 2011 11:26 AM
    Way to hurl insults at every team. Let’s be honest, nobody is laughing at any of those lines that you spent so long on.
    —————————————————
    Actually, a couple of them made me laugh.
    I thought the Colts line was great.
    Lighten up Francis.

  71. gosuhgo says: Oct 11, 2011 12:54 PM

    autumnwind999 says: Oct 11, 2011 12:17 PM

    Forget records so far. Based on talent, coaching and potential to grow even better by year’s end, the SB will be played between 2 of these 6 teams:

    - Packers
    - Saints
    - Raiders
    - Patriots
    - Ravens
    - Texans

    No offense to the Bills and Lions who look like legit playoff teams. I’m just not convinced they’d be able to endure 2-3 rounds of postseason play against top-tier teams.
    ________________________
    That’s funny because I’m not convinced the Raiders and Texans would be able to either.

  72. briank1ne says: Oct 11, 2011 12:55 PM

    so if the niners beat the lions this week…can they get to #3? i know you guys love the saints. so even with a loss they will stay at the 2 spot..lol

  73. bayoubauer says: Oct 11, 2011 12:58 PM

    kellyb9 says:
    Oct 11, 2011 11:19 AM
    In terms of power rankings, it’s time to give the Lions a bit of respect. They should be ranked 2nd.

    So, being ranked 3rd is a sign of disrespect? Cause being ranked ahead of the Pats is a real slap in the face.

    Idiot.

  74. docredskin says: Oct 11, 2011 1:01 PM

    12. Redskins (No. 17; 3-1): A year after Mike Vick’s night to remember at FedEx Field, he’s returning with a won-loss record to forget.

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    This is, unfortunatelt, probably a bit high, though watching the Giants and Eagles crap the bed Sunday elevated our standing in the division. Although, an actual comment about the Redskins might be a little too much to ask, I suppose, in the space beside the team name.

    Also, the illusion of the Saints simply must be Katrina guilt.

  75. deconjonesbitchslap says: Oct 11, 2011 1:02 PM

    you can’t admit you were wrong about Favre’s comments, so you triple down on them. you’re so pathetic.

  76. rugdog100 says: Oct 11, 2011 1:02 PM

    Hey Flocephus! It’s not “Suck of Luck”, it’s Suck for Luck”… lol

  77. beerandtitties says: Oct 11, 2011 1:04 PM

    Well, I’m not passing judgment here, but there are at least 10 college teams that should be ranked high than the Dolphins.

  78. hendawg21 says: Oct 11, 2011 1:08 PM

    Oh get real with your love for the Saints…who have they really beaten or should I say held on to beat…they have no defense!

    and these selections just ourright suck

    9, 10 & 11 the Texans, Raiders and Steelers all 3-2 and ranked ahead of Washington who sits between a couple 3-2′s. I just don’t see why there is all this love for aging not much left Steeler team and a Saints team who’s shown you what?

  79. vincespowersweep says: Oct 11, 2011 1:12 PM

    I love all the Lions talk. As a Packer fan, its good to see the Lions relevant again so we can get this rivalry rolling again. They were so bad for awhile it wasn’t even fun to dog my Lions fan friends anymore. That being said, lets see how they play against SF and ATL the next two weeks. I also wonder how they will handle the inevitable injuries. We’ll see in January how they handle it all.

  80. rabidbillsfan says: Oct 11, 2011 1:13 PM

    I’m loving the Bills love guys. However, the Eagles should be much, much lower. Who ever the idiot is that said the Bills schedule gets tougher should be banned. They play a 3-2 Giants team that makes bad teams look like the Patriots. They come back from their bye to Play a ‘Skins team that is good, but unpredictable. Two against Miami, Two against a befuddled Jets team, the Cowboys, Denver, another NE game, and two against the enigmatic Chargers and Titans. I can spot 4 wins in their, 3 that will be close, and another 2 where a perfcet game will need to be played, but it can happen. 9-7, 10-6 is a real possibility this season.

  81. mcampy says: Oct 11, 2011 1:14 PM

    Oh and as a huge raiders fan, they’re not top10. Wud like to think so one day but not yet

  82. hendawg21 says: Oct 11, 2011 1:15 PM

    theravenlives2 says:
    Oct 11, 2011 11:42 AM
    Ravens: bye
    Redskins: bye

    Ravens drop two spots from #4 to #6
    Redskins gain five spots from #17 to #12

    OK, got it! Who does these rankings, Foster Brooks?

    Now that’s funny…and I agree but what really has me miffed is how they managed to keep the Texans, Raiders and Steelers in the spots their in…

  83. abr173rd says: Oct 11, 2011 1:17 PM

    Hendawg….. I guess you forgot week one where even against one of the best offenses in the league against one of the worst defense’s the Saints offense still took the game down to the last second.

    The Pats have the worst defense in the league, The Bills are playing great football right now, and the Lions need win some bigger games before they can officially come out of their former shadow. The Ravens have a great defense but the game against the Jets really made me question how much Flacco has really progressed.

    Other than that I don’t see how as it stands right now you could argue these power rankings aren’t pretty fair.

  84. EJ says: Oct 11, 2011 1:19 PM

    gosuhgo says:
    Oct 11, 2011 11:23 AM
    Bills jump 6 spots for beating up on a 1-3 team?

    No, the Bills jump up 6 spots because they beat up on a team that should be 4-0. The Eagles have more talent than any team in the NFL. Thats why.

    Go Bills!!!!

  85. kellyb9 says: Oct 11, 2011 1:19 PM

    “bayoubauer says:
    Oct 11, 2011 12:58 PM
    kellyb9 says:
    Oct 11, 2011 11:19 AM
    In terms of power rankings, it’s time to give the Lions a bit of respect. They should be ranked 2nd.

    So, being ranked 3rd is a sign of disrespect? Cause being ranked ahead of the Pats is a real slap in the face.

    Idiot.”

    Umm… I’m actually a Pats fan. NE has no business being ahead of Buffalo at this point despite what some of the posters on here think (or ahead of Det or NO for that matter). I was just making a point that the Lions should be 1 spot up… I wouldn’t want to play them right now.

  86. Deb says: Oct 11, 2011 1:31 PM

    Somewhere, Carson Palmer is sitting on the floor of a room, turning a lamp on and off repeatedly.

    ————————————————
    Best line in a really funny article. Good job.

  87. EJ says: Oct 11, 2011 1:32 PM

    autumnwind999 says:
    Oct 11, 2011 12:17 PM
    Forget records so far. Based on talent, coaching and potential to grow even better by year’s end, the SB will be played between 2 of these 6 teams:

    - Packers
    - Saints
    - Raiders
    - Patriots
    - Ravens
    - Texans

    No offense to the Bills and Lions who look like legit playoff teams. I’m just not convinced they’d be able to endure 2-3 rounds of postseason play against top-tier teams.

    So the Bills beat 2 out of your 6 projected SB teams, Patriots and Raiders, but they are not worthy? I think I’d be more worried about those teams being able to stay in the playoffs if the Bills are there instead.

    No, the Bills do not have many elite players, but the thing they do have is team chemistry, they find a way to win.

  88. The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 11, 2011 1:33 PM

    jutts says:
    Oct 11, 2011 11:43 AM
    The NFC North is the toughest Devision. The Bears and the Vikings aren’t playing real pro-football, but the Lions and the Packers are dominant.
    ____________

    As someone else pointed out, the Bears lost to the #1, 2, and 3 teams, and the Vikings lost to the Lions in overtime. I think the whole division can play real pro football.

  89. huejackson says: Oct 11, 2011 1:33 PM

    The real top 5 is:
    Packers
    Patriots
    Raiders
    Saints
    Ravens
    Lions
    ———–
    I couldnt decide between Lions and mRavens so they are tied.. Bills Dont belong in the top 5.. The got lucky against the Raiders, The Refs beat the Raiders that game and they got REALLY LUCKY AGAINST THE PATS.. If that game was played 100 more times Bills would loSE..
    Packers are just so much better than the rest of the NFL, The only team that maybe can beat them is the Raiders if Hue decides actually to run the ball.
    At the end of the day the playoffs are going to be
    Raiders vs Pats AFC Championship game
    Packers vs Saints NFC championship game
    Raiders vs Packers Superbowl
    Raiders pull off a huge upset and The Oakland Raiders are your NEW SUPERBOWL CHAMPS!
    In related news ESPN Will not mention thAT THERE WAS EVEN A SUPERBOWL INSTEAD SHOW HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PBA Bowling tournament

  90. mdd913 says: Oct 11, 2011 1:34 PM

    Oh get real with your love for the Saints…who have they really beaten or should I say held on to beat…they have no defense!

    —————————————————————-

    Saints defense is currently ranked #16 in the league. Not seeing your point?

  91. 1mge says: Oct 11, 2011 1:35 PM

    Where are the Vikings fans saying the Packers shouldn’t be #1?

  92. chrisnbeckett says: Oct 11, 2011 1:45 PM

    The lions now have there best start since 1956 it’s enjoyable to see these lovable losers finally be the talk of the league. Sorry detroit fans cant see this thing going to much farther,stafford will get hurt(see his last 3 years) then you put in…….who? Now you bills fans c’mon do you really think fitzpatrick can keep this up for 16 games they dont have a very easy schedule and reality is gonna slap them in the face HARD. My pats should be 3 maybe 2 that seive we call a secondary is actually starting to gel,which is what happened last year granted the absence of mayo will be a huge whole to fill. Packers deserve the top spot that is only until someone takes them for a ride!!! Just one more thing all you sports nuts(me included) go pats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  93. failcopter says: Oct 11, 2011 1:55 PM

    1mge says: Oct 11, 2011 1:35 PM

    Where are the Vikings fans saying the Packers shouldn’t be #1?
    —————————————————-
    Curled in a dark corner.

  94. schmitty2 says: Oct 11, 2011 2:07 PM

    Rams (No. 31; 0-4): With two weeks to prepare for the Packers, maybe the Rams can pull off the upset. (Yes, I managed to type that while at all times maintaining a straight face.)

    I am a Ram’s fan and will be at the game at Lambeau. Look for the tall drunk guy sitting at the 20 yard line wearing a Bradford jersey getting laughed at by Pack fans as my team is getting killed

  95. nesuperfan says: Oct 11, 2011 2:08 PM

    theravenlives2 says:Oct 11, 2011 11:42 AM

    Ravens: bye
    Redskins: bye

    Ravens drop two spots from #4 to #6
    Redskins gain five spots from #17 to #12

    OK, got it! Who does these rankings, Foster Brooks?
    __________________________________

    No, just the only guy, who knows less about football than Pete Prisco.

  96. hit2hurt says: Oct 11, 2011 2:10 PM

    19. Cowboys (No. 19; 2-2): The late-game misfortunes of Houston’s quarterback has resulted in a nickname based on the Cowboys’ signal-caller: Schromo.

    … or DALLAS’ quarterback, either way! LOL

  97. autumnwind999 says: Oct 11, 2011 2:10 PM

    autumnwind999 says:
    Oct 11, 2011 12:17 PM
    Forget records so far. Based on talent, coaching and potential to grow even better by year’s end, the SB will be played between 2 of these 6 teams:

    - Packers
    - Saints
    - Raiders
    - Patriots
    - Ravens
    - Texans

    No offense to the Bills and Lions who look like legit playoff teams. I’m just not convinced they’d be able to endure 2-3 rounds of postseason play against top-tier teams.

    So the Bills beat 2 out of your 6 projected SB teams, Patriots and Raiders, but they are not worthy? I think I’d be more worried about those teams being able to stay in the playoffs if the Bills are there instead.

    No, the Bills do not have many elite players, but the thing they do have is team chemistry, they find a way to win.

    —————————–

    Just my opinion. The Raiders had the Bills down 21-3 in Buffalo and came out in the 2nd half as if the game were already won. Then the Bills needed about 6 different 50/50 plays (including a couple of near INTs) to all go their way in the last few minutes before going ahead on 4th down with about 15 seconds left. Raiders still nearly won on a hail mary.

    Against the Pats, the Bills needed like 4 or 5 Tom Brady turnovers to barely squeak out a victory at home. Nice win, but not sure you can count on getting that many Tom Brady turnovers in a rematch.

    Bills won both of those games fair and square, but it doesn’t necessarily mean the better team or at least who I feel is the better team in the long run won. Plus I feel like the Bills are playing to their full potential right now with little room for improvement while the Raiders and Pats could and likely will be even better come December/January.

  98. gassiusclay says: Oct 11, 2011 2:14 PM

    I’m a Skins fan, Diehard to be exact. No way we are a #12 team. Train-Rex is a couple plays away from us being 1-4. That said, our running game is looking good, our D is looking better, and schedule looks decent (minus December). I think we are top 20, but no way #12. Talk to me when Rex can preserve the ball, and Shanny Junior has us run more or have more screen passes with a lead, and not go downfield.

    Thanks anyway!

  99. mrplow3 says: Oct 11, 2011 2:15 PM

    “The decision to start Tim Tebow could be the first tangible evidence of a “Suck of Luck” campaign.”

    Wow, so PFT has officially joined the Tebow haters band wagon.

    I am dissapoint.

  100. bozosforall says: Oct 11, 2011 2:19 PM

    jbny14 says:
    Oct 11, 2011 11:19 AM
    @ButKis, how do you put the Pats before the Bills? FYI, the Bills beat them for the first time in 8 yrs…

    _
    Because he is an idiot Pats fan, jbny14. You know, like the rest of them.

  101. hendawg21 says: Oct 11, 2011 2:19 PM

    mdd913 says:
    Oct 11, 2011 1:34 PM
    Oh get real with your love for the Saints…who have they really beaten or should I say held on to beat…they have no defense!

    —————————————————————-

    Saints defense is currently ranked #16 in the league. Not seeing your point?

    16th you mean 18th….

    18 New Orleans 1773 354.6 1235 247.0 538 107.6 125 25.0

    So giving up 354 yds a game and 25 points per game eventually when they do play teams with better defenses they’ll be in deep doo doo

    Thu, Sep 8 @Green Bay L42-34 Box Score | Play-By-Play
    2 Sun, Sep 18 vsChicago W30-13 Box Score | Play-By-Play
    3 Sun, Sep 25 vsHouston W40-33 Box Score | Play-By-Play
    4 Sun, Oct 2 @Jacksonville W23-10 Box Score | Play-By-Play
    5 Sun, Oct 9 @Carolina W30-27

    None and I mean none have nor play any good defense..

  102. richm2256 says: Oct 11, 2011 2:36 PM

    gadzod says:
    You’re right. It’s easily justified for the Bills to be ahead of the patriots. All I have to say is look at the week 3 scoreboard. Bills > Patriots. It even shows on the Standings.
    ———————————————————
    Pat’s fan here. This guy is absolutely right. We could look at strength of opponents records like I just did for the Saints, but it doesn’t matter.

    Bill won >Patriots.

    Scoreboard.

  103. mdd913 says: Oct 11, 2011 2:48 PM

    So giving up 354 yds a game and 25 points per game

    ——————————————————————

    Look at the rest of the league, homes. There aren’t any shutdown defenses anymore.

    What you neglect to mention is those teams with great defenses the Saints are supposedly going to play don’t have any offense to speak of.

  104. ducesblackshirt says: Oct 11, 2011 2:51 PM

    “Lovie Smith’s seat gradually is getting warmer.”

    Fair enough, but Jerry Angelo should be doing the stop, drop and roll because his ass is on fire.

  105. tigeralum2010 says: Oct 11, 2011 3:06 PM

    Really?

    The 2-2 cowboys, who beat the 4-1 niners and the 3-1 redskins; and lost to the jets and 5-0 lions (while being firmly in both games) are 19th? Really?

    You sure its Rosenthal whose been sleeping crazy hours?

  106. vallz5 says: Oct 11, 2011 3:27 PM

    How about them Philadelphia SEAGULLS?

  107. gosuhgo says: Oct 11, 2011 3:31 PM

    Was that Mike or 3G that had the Vikings as the second place team in the NFC North at the end of the year? That’s a fireable offense.

  108. richm2256 says: Oct 11, 2011 3:37 PM

    Wow ……

    Earlier I posted the teams that the Saints and Patriots each beat, with the records of every opponent, to show that New England beat better teams, by more points, than the Saints.

    And now that post is GONE.

    PFT wants us to believe they don’t have a woody for New Orleans????

  109. rc33 says: Oct 11, 2011 3:46 PM

    illiniftw says:
    Oct 11, 2011 12:36 PM

    The Bears have not been playing well, but 17? Their losses are to your #1, #2, and #3 teams and they were at least close in all 3 games.

    NFC North is by far the toughest division in football right now!

    ——————————————————————
    Probably but not by as much as you think over the AFC East.
    Patriots are essentially the equal of either GB or Detroit.
    Buffalo is 4-1 and no joke on offense, with wins over NE, Oakland & Philly.
    Chicago looks lousy to me and their OL is a flat-out joke. The Jets are a better team.
    Minn. is better than Miami but neither is much to talk about.

    I agree about the NFC North but no way “by far the toughest.”

  110. faulkana says: Oct 11, 2011 3:49 PM

    vallz5 says:
    Oct 11, 2011 3:27 PM
    How about them Philadelphia SEAGULLS?
    ———————————————–
    The wit! Oh my word, I can’t believe that you came up with that crowd-pleaser first!
    The SEAGULLS! Wow.
    No wonder 500,000 stand-up comedians are out of work with you running rampant on the streets.
    Keep that incredible material rolling.

  111. patpatriotagain says: Oct 11, 2011 3:54 PM

    autumnwind999 says:
    Forget records so far. Based on talent, coaching and potential to grow even better by year’s end, the SB will be played between 2 of these 6 teams:
    - Packers – Saints – Raiders – Patriots – Ravens – Texans
    ————————————————
    I spy a raiders fan.
    one of these is not like the others

  112. nolarules says: Oct 11, 2011 4:29 PM

    Can you please rank the saints as the worst one loss team so that we can all be spared the whining of the pillow biting patriots fans and other haters as these ratings seem to mean the world to them. Only ranking that matters is who is number 1 after the superbowl.

    But be sure to be fair and put the bills in front of the patriots….they did actually win their head to head match up, no matter how much they want to ingore that it actually happened

  113. ilivincin says: Oct 11, 2011 4:30 PM

    That is a meteoric rise for the Bengals, from 32nd to 14th. Who Dey!

  114. ruvelligwebuike says: Oct 11, 2011 5:12 PM

    32. LSU
    33. Alabama
    34. Oklahoma
    35. Dolphins
    ——————

    This is insulting. The Wisconsin Badgers are clearly better than the Dolphins, too.

  115. rajuncajun28 says: Oct 11, 2011 5:38 PM

    Lions – glad you are doing well, but, win a SB first, OK, before getting over-confident and spewing hubris and bravado…it is getting annoying…seriously….

  116. pdxbolt says: Oct 11, 2011 5:58 PM

    huejackson says:
    Oct 11, 2011 1:33 PM
    The real top 5 is:
    Packers
    Patriots
    Raiders
    Saints
    Ravens
    Lions

    ****************************************

    Uh….I think you need to use your other hand to finish counting.

  117. mineallmine001 says: Oct 11, 2011 6:23 PM

    49ers are too low, they will be the #2 seed in the NFC come playoff time

    ————————————————–

    Im pretty sure the Lions Packers and Saints disagree. Between the pack and the lions one of them will be a wildacard that will devour your week sisters of the west.

  118. cdub777 says: Oct 11, 2011 7:20 PM

    “Lovie Smith’s seat gradually is getting warmer.”

    Lovie gets the blame, Cutler gets the blame, but
    GM Jerry Angelo is responsible for the Bears lack of talent . He has refused time and time again to address the teams major needs at OL and WR even with plenty ($19 Mil.) of cap space. He has proven himself incapable of evaluating talent on the offensive side of the ball. A 7th round pick protecting your franchise QB’s blind side ? Really ?
    1st round pick LT Williams can’t even play guard ?? Cutler’s scared to death and I don’t blame him, the offensive line looked like a bunch of retards last nite,,9 false starts ,,Really ??? Don’t blame Lovie,, the players love him and play hard for him,,,don’t blame Cutler,, Montana couldn’t do well behind that OL,, BLAME JERRY ANGELO !!! He’s terrible !!!

  119. itsmebobd says: Oct 11, 2011 9:03 PM

    49′ers above the steelers? who are you kidding, the day the 49′ers beat the steelers I will give you sir, two wooden nickels – A bengals fan.

  120. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 11, 2011 9:26 PM

    No argument here, except the Patriots are but 7th best in my book. The Lions are undefeated. Knock it off. They’re breathing down the champs’ heels.

    My guys are right where they should be at 13. I have them 14 in mine (done last night before these were posted).

  121. akasaintsbaby says: Oct 12, 2011 2:28 AM

    illiniftw says:
    Oct 11, 2011 12:36 PM
    The Bears have not been playing well, but 17? Their losses are to your #1, #2, and #3 teams and they were at least close in all 3 games
    —————————–

    Uh, the Saints beat them 30-13. Is that what you call close?

  122. billsfan007 says: Oct 12, 2011 10:39 AM

    huejackson says:Oct 11, 2011 1:33 PM

    The real top 5 is:
    Packers
    Patriots
    Raiders
    Saints
    Ravens
    Lions
    ———–
    I couldnt decide between Lions and mRavens so they are tied.. Bills Dont belong in the top 5.. The got lucky against the Raiders, The Refs beat the Raiders that game and they got REALLY LUCKY AGAINST THE PATS.. If that game was played 100 more times Bills would loSE..
    Packers are just so much better than the rest of the NFL, The only team that maybe can beat them is the Raiders if Hue decides actually to run the ball.
    At the end of the day the playoffs are going to be
    Raiders vs Pats AFC Championship game
    Packers vs Saints NFC championship game
    Raiders vs Packers Superbowl
    Raiders pull off a huge upset and The Oakland Raiders are your NEW SUPERBOWL CHAMPS!
    In related news ESPN Will not mention thAT THERE WAS EVEN A SUPERBOWL INSTEAD SHOW HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PBA Bowling tournament
    ———————————————————-
    What kind of drugs are you on? The Bills got lucky? Their defense isn’t that great, but they force mistakes, four Int. by Brady and Vick, thats not just being lucky. How did the refs blow the raider game? Let me guess, the Pats got lucky when they pounded the Raiders right? The Bills were able to come back on both teams, a win is a win……..

  123. cluelessdufus says: Oct 16, 2011 1:29 AM

    alright i think detroit should be number 2 and every one looks decent order but i think a better ranking to go by record

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