Skip to content

Week Six power rankings

Oakland Raiders v Atlanta Falcons Getty Images

1. Falcons (five first-place votes):  Early-season wins are like money in the bank.  And the Falcons are more cash-rich than anyone else right now.

2. Ravens:  It’ll be hard to stay at No. 2 without No. 52 and No. 21.

3. Giants:  They play down to the level of the competition, and they play up to the level of the competition.

4. Bears: Are we the only ones who see the irony in Jay Cutler complaining about how other people treat him?

5. Texans:  In Houston, Sunday Night Football officially will be listed in the TV Guide as a comedy.  Or a tragedy.  Or both.

6. 49ers:  Who’s got it better than us?  At least five teams and maybe more.

7. Seahawks:  That “win” over the Packers could be a difference-maker come playoff time.

8. Patriots:  Gisele says her husband can’t prevent Sidney Rice from splitting double coverage.

9. Packers:  There’s nothing like fabricated notions of disrespect to turn a team around.

10. Broncos:  Tim Tebow said after last night’s stunning comeback by Peyton Manning, “Get back to me when he walks on water.”

11. Vikings:  Exactly once every 10 years, the Vikings defense is made to look foolish by a young quarterback who can run faster than anyone in the Minnesota organization.

12. Cardinals:  If Kevin Kolb’s skeleton isn’t fully intact . . . hell, you know where I’m going with that one.

13. Steelers:  Warren Sapp may have been only a year too early with his “old, slow, it’s over” line.

14. Eagles:  Firing Juan Castillo for being a bad defensive coordinator is like firing a race car driver for being a bad airplane pilot.

15. Rams:  It won’t be another six years before this team is back over .500.

16. Redskins:  Maybe a “mild” concussion is a good thing.

17. Jets:  When the starting quarterback throws for 82 yards and he’s believed to have done a good job, the bar is way too low.

18. Bengals:  The team that could beat everyone but the Ravens and Steelers last year suddenly can’t beat anyone.

19. Chargers:  After last night’s game, folks in Southern California will prefer blackouts.

20. Dolphins:  The most underrated surprise of the 2012 season could have a few more tricks up their collective sleeves.

21. Lions:  Suh seems to play better after being sued.

22. Colts:  Like it or not, this team is still rebuilding.

23. Saints:  If they want to make things interesting, they’ve got to beat the Bucs on Sunday.

24. Buccaneers:  If they want to make things interesting, they’ve got to beat the Saints on Sunday.

25. Cowboys:  If they want to make things interesting, they’ve got to beat the Panthers on Sunday.

26. Titans:  If they want to make things interesting, they’ve got to stick with Matthew Hasselbeck.

27. Bills:  If they want to make things interesting, they’ve got to get Shawne Merriman back to his old form.

28. Panthers:  If they want to make things interesting, they’ve got to have Steve Smith punch someone.

29. Raiders:  If they want to make things interesting . . . OK, that’s enough.

30. Browns:  The 2008 Lions thought they were going to have company.

31. Jaguars:  Their best selling point to folks in England?  “We score like a soccer team.”

32. Chiefs:  “With the first pick in the 2013 draft . . . .”

Permalink 105 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Features, Top Stories
105 Responses to “Week Six power rankings”
  1. Kreedos says: Oct 16, 2012 10:01 AM

    My Cards are on a free fall. We’ll be picked to lose the next four games. I’ll stay true to the squad though, we’ll squeak out some unexpected wins like we always do.

    #Birdgang

  2. drewfl says: Oct 16, 2012 10:02 AM

    Good one, at #8

  3. dgoens3109 says: Oct 16, 2012 10:05 AM

    Hold on just a second. The Bills just went INTO Arizona and walked out victorious and are 14 spots behind them?

    Ya, that makes sense.

  4. southpaw2k says: Oct 16, 2012 10:05 AM

    I may as well enjoy the Ravens at #2 this week as much as possible. Houston’s going to be mad after their drubbing on Sunday night, and Arian Foster is going to run circles around the Ravens’ D. The bye week the following week will be extremely beneficial.

  5. thejabronisayz says: Oct 16, 2012 10:05 AM

    You cursed the Rams when you made them #9 last week.

  6. ebr362 says: Oct 16, 2012 10:06 AM

    Big problems with the Dolphins ranking, first off they beat the bengals and rams and they are both higher and when you throw in they should have beat the jets and cards both in OT they easily could be 5-1, this ranking is too low.

  7. steelersownyou says: Oct 16, 2012 10:07 AM

    That steeler comment is such bs. Injured. Woodley, harrison, polamalu, pouncey, mendenhall etc..Give us all them players back at full strwngth on the field at one time and youll see old slow and its over! Tards!

  8. yelix says: Oct 16, 2012 10:09 AM

    Thank you for finally putting the Chiefs at 32. They should have been there weeks ago. Through six regular season games, they have never led in regulation. They’re an embarrassment to the sport.

  9. silvernblackpa says: Oct 16, 2012 10:10 AM

    No joke, the Raiders could make things interesting. Their next 3 games are against the Jaguars, Chiefs and Bucs. 2 of those 3 are at home.

    Weird to think that after a disastrous opening to the season, Oakland could be 4-4 and right back in the thick of a weak AFC.

  10. jacobslatter says: Oct 16, 2012 10:12 AM

    Those Falcons will still be #1 next week as they have a bye Sunday.

  11. trefkennedy says: Oct 16, 2012 10:13 AM

    How are we 25th when the SuperChargers they did what as of late we TeamCowboys are known for

  12. bmorefalcon says: Oct 16, 2012 10:14 AM

    Falcon’s playoff record comments? Anyone? Anyone?

  13. pftcensorssuck says: Oct 16, 2012 10:15 AM

    ebr362 says:Oct 16, 2012 10:06 AM

    Big problems with the Dolphins ranking, first off they beat the bengals and rams and they are both higher and when you throw in they should have beat the jets and cards both in OT they easily could be 5-1, this ranking is too low.
    ———————————————————-
    So standings should be based on who a team “should have” beaten????

    Why even play the game, huh?

  14. tom35mt says: Oct 16, 2012 10:16 AM

    the way you constantly underrate the Cowboys is laughable

  15. pdillon1 says: Oct 16, 2012 10:17 AM

    “4. Bears: Are we the only ones who see the irony in Jay Cutler complaining about how other people treat him?”

    Is that really all you can say about a team with the defense giving up the least amount of points and the offense scoring the 2nd most points in NFL?

    If you’re giving ATL the #1 spot because of their number of wins, how is it that you have nothing but negative things to say about a QB that’s won 10 out of his last 11 games started?

    ATL should be 3-3 and they know it. The Ravens barely survived KC and a team the Bears blew out in Dallas. The Giants lost to that same Dallas team and just got their first meaningful win last week.

    The Bears currently are the best team in the NFL. Just because you hate Cutler doesn’t cover up the Bears success.

  16. southpaw2k says: Oct 16, 2012 10:19 AM

    steelersownyou says:
    Oct 16, 2012 10:07 AM
    That steeler comment is such bs. Injured. Woodley, harrison, polamalu, pouncey, mendenhall etc..Give us all them players back at full strwngth on the field at one time and youll see old slow and its over! Tards!

    ————————————————

    Then play Madden ’13 if you want all those players on the field. The rest of us will continue living in reality.

  17. garonm says: Oct 16, 2012 10:20 AM

    I’ll tell you what, for some reason the Niners are never comfortable at the top. I hope they go into the rest of their games as underdogs and I hope Harbaugh doesn’t use any of his dads plays anymore. Worst game plan I’ve seen ever. Hand the ball to Gore….wait for it… 0 times in the 2nd half. It wasn’t like they were stuffing the run, they had momentum. Same game plan as the Vikings loss and same result! Kudos to the Vikings and the Giants for whoopin their butts! Nothing like a good whoopin to wake you up!

  18. nesportsfan0428 says: Oct 16, 2012 10:20 AM

    Am I the only one who thinks that Oakland isn’t as bad as their record? They’re showing more cohesiveness and consistency, and Denarius Moore is looking brilliant. Guess we’ll see what happens next week, I think they can be 4-4 after the next 3 games.

    And the Dolphins should not be lower than the Jets….come on. There’s at least some hope in Miami.

  19. prince5000 says: Oct 16, 2012 10:22 AM

    7. Seahawks: That “win” over the Packers could be a difference-maker come playoff time.

    You know this is going to happen.

  20. easternshoresfinest says: Oct 16, 2012 10:23 AM

    2. Ravens: It’ll be hard to stay at No. 2 without No. 52 and No. 21.

    ______________________________________________________

    Number 52, not so much. Number 21, definitely. Return of Number 55, huge.

  21. doe22us says: Oct 16, 2012 10:25 AM

    First time reading the rankings this season, I forgot how funny some lines are. Good job Mike.

  22. monsterscream says: Oct 16, 2012 10:25 AM

    I absolutely LOVE how people are talking about the Ravens season as if it’s IN MEMORIAM. Last I checked we’re getting the Defensive Player of the Year back soon.

  23. trefkennedy says: Oct 16, 2012 10:27 AM

    @bmorefalcon yea I’ma bring it up, MattyFrost along with Rotty White sucks, his playoff record is almost the same as my qb Tony Romo yet no one speaks about that, can’t wait till the 1st Sunday in november when TeamCowboys comes to that dome

  24. miamatt says: Oct 16, 2012 10:27 AM

    Finally a reasonable ranking for the Dolphins. I could quibble with the fact that the Rams especially and the Bengals less so are ahead of them. Also, they lost to teams #5, #12, and #17 on this list so they don’t have any losses to stinkers like Cleveland.

    But at least they are moving in the right direction, and I’ll let the wins do the talking from here on out.

  25. afc1west says: Oct 16, 2012 10:29 AM

    The #1 team nearly loses to the #29 team (at home as well)….#1? I disagree. But we’ll see. Matt Ryan looked truly awful.

  26. oriolesvsravens says: Oct 16, 2012 10:29 AM

    I would put the Ravens at no.6 and Houston at 5 only because of how dominate the Texans have looked in wins versus how the Ravens could easily be 3 and 3 right now.

  27. olebubba says: Oct 16, 2012 10:30 AM

    steelersownyou says:
    That steeler comment is such bs. Injured. Woodley, harrison, polamalu, pouncey, mendenhall etc..Give us all them players back at full strwngth on the field at one time and youll see old slow and its over! Tards!
    —————————————————————

    Typical Steeler blow hard…..And your final word….pot meet kettle. Although you probably won’t understand what it means.

  28. southpaw2k says: Oct 16, 2012 10:30 AM

    pdillon1 says:
    Oct 16, 2012 10:17 AM
    “4. Bears: Are we the only ones who see the irony in Jay Cutler complaining about how other people treat him?”

    Is that really all you can say about a team with the defense giving up the least amount of points and the offense scoring the 2nd most points in NFL?

    If you’re giving ATL the #1 spot because of their number of wins, how is it that you have nothing but negative things to say about a QB that’s won 10 out of his last 11 games started?

    ATL should be 3-3 and they know it. The Ravens barely survived KC and a team the Bears blew out in Dallas. The Giants lost to that same Dallas team and just got their first meaningful win last week.

    The Bears currently are the best team in the NFL. Just because you hate Cutler doesn’t cover up the Bears success.

    ————————————————-

    Here we go again with what team’s records “should” be. Who are you to decide how many wins and losses a team actually should have? The Falcons are 6-0 and the Bears are 4-1. End of story.

    The Bears beat down on inferior opponents thus far this season. If you beat teams like Minnesota, San Francisco, and Houston, then you can make a better argument for being the #1 team in the league.

  29. jamesx27 says: Oct 16, 2012 10:33 AM

    Hmm.. the Steelers at #13. Didnt they just lose to the Titans at #26?

  30. trollhammer20 says: Oct 16, 2012 10:34 AM

    31. Jaguars: Their best selling point to folks in England? “We score like a soccer team.”

    Oh, snap.

  31. panthers34 says: Oct 16, 2012 10:35 AM

    Falcons are cashing in a lot of chips early….

  32. beardinals says: Oct 16, 2012 10:36 AM

    BOTH of my teams look a little to high. Cards are going on their current record only at this point.

  33. expertop says: Oct 16, 2012 10:37 AM

    I have no problem with this list. What the hell’s going on?!

  34. fuddpucker says: Oct 16, 2012 10:38 AM

    I think the Chiefs are ranked too high at #32.

  35. gcsuk says: Oct 16, 2012 10:38 AM

    pdillon1 says: Oct 16, 2012 10:17 AM

    “4. Bears: Are we the only ones who see the irony in Jay Cutler complaining about how other people treat him?”

    Is that really all you can say about a team with the defense giving up the least amount of points and the offense scoring the 2nd most points in NFL?

    If you’re giving ATL the #1 spot because of their number of wins, how is it that you have nothing but negative things to say about a QB that’s won 10 out of his last 11 games started?

    ATL should be 3-3 and they know it. The Ravens barely survived KC and a team the Bears blew out in Dallas. The Giants lost to that same Dallas team and just got their first meaningful win last week.

    The Bears currently are the best team in the NFL. Just because you hate Cutler doesn’t cover up the Bears success.
    ——————————————————————
    Relax, Homer. The Bears have not beaten a team with a winning record as of yet. Blowing out Jax and Indy doesn’t exactly qualify as “statement wins”. Additionally, the Bears are currently 2nd in scoring average, BUT that includes at least 4 defensive TDs that I know of. So that 28 pts over 5 games drops your average down quite a bit. Your offense isn’t as prolific as you think

  36. hehateme2 says: Oct 16, 2012 10:38 AM

    Time to wake up and put the jests where they belong. Mid-20ies something.

  37. fuddpucker says: Oct 16, 2012 10:40 AM

    For once, the “experts” finally rank Dallas about where they should be at #25.

    In the past, Dallas was always given a very forgiving +10 on their rankings..and they haven’t done ANYTHING IN OVER 16 YEARS!!!

  38. scd7 says: Oct 16, 2012 10:43 AM

    I just love all these “we should be”, “the XYZ’s could easily be…”, “that team shouldn’t be..”…. Woulda, coulda, shoulda.

    If every coach and player did their job 100% the entire year they all should be 16-0.. or 0-16… But none of them do, it’s almost impossible. It’s what you do in those woulda / shoulda moments and how you react that actually counts once the clock ticks to 0:00.

  39. blackqbwhiterb says: Oct 16, 2012 10:45 AM

    The Redskins at 16 seems right about where they should be, middle of the pack. That’s why we all read this site daily- for your brilliant, dead-on analysis…great job, Florio, keep it up

  40. notinjuschillin says: Oct 16, 2012 10:45 AM

    My Giants at #3?!?! We play to the opposition tallest level? See..no respect…it’s us against the world ;)

  41. notinjuschillin says: Oct 16, 2012 10:46 AM

    talent^^ dam smartphone is not so smart

  42. nyfcat says: Oct 16, 2012 10:46 AM

    Dolphins are 3-3 just like the Rams and Bengals. Dolphins have beaten the Rams and Bengals the last 2 weeks. Yet.. Dolphins are #20, Bengals #18, Rams #15? Cmon.

  43. joemammy says: Oct 16, 2012 10:47 AM

    Browns be movin’ up…dawg.

  44. hardh3ad says: Oct 16, 2012 10:47 AM

    Say what you want but we’re not in the playoffs right now, we’re in week 7. As of right now we are 6-0 and that’s better than every other team in the league. You have numbers in your loss column? Ewwwwwwww lol

  45. anyonebutbrady says: Oct 16, 2012 10:48 AM

    I don’t think I’ll ever understand the logic of some of these rankings. I definitely liked the old format that included everyone’s records, it made a lot more sense when everything was loosely based on that.

    That being said, how do you justify the cowboys slipping while the ravens climbed? Don’t get me wrong, the boys are a trainwreck, but that game certainly wasn’t the bloodbath it could have been. If not for garrett’s botched clock management they could have won. The ravens defense was lackluster at best in the second half, and that’s before the injury bug struck. The cowboys have losses against your #2nd, 4th, & 7th ranked teams, with wins against #3 and the bucs, who are also ranked higher. The ravens barely beat #14 & #30…

  46. jbaxt says: Oct 16, 2012 10:50 AM

    Pioli’s Chiefs would take some sorry azz LSU d-lineman if it were up to him. And the media wonders why KC fans are mad? The Eagles are 3-3 and those fans are more outspoken than us.

  47. crazycane says: Oct 16, 2012 10:50 AM

    Falcons don’t scare anyone

  48. bosfaninva says: Oct 16, 2012 10:50 AM

    The Falcons are pretty good, but they are destined to end the season with another Dirty Birds-style finish short of an SB ring.

  49. ebr362 says: Oct 16, 2012 10:52 AM

    pftcensorssuck says:
    Oct 16, 2012 10:15 AM
    ebr362 says:Oct 16, 2012 10:06 AM

    Big problems with the Dolphins ranking, first off they beat the bengals and rams and they are both higher and when you throw in they should have beat the jets and cards both in OT they easily could be 5-1, this ranking is too low.
    ———————————————————-
    So standings should be based on who a team “should have” beaten????

    Why even play the game, huh?
    —————————————

    Listen, if three teams all have the same record and one of the teams beat the other two how is it possible to have them ranked lower than the teams they beat? huh?

    11 16 i

    Rate This

  50. bosfaninva says: Oct 16, 2012 10:54 AM

    The Pats’ ranking at 8 is fair. They need to start stringing some wins together to move much higher.

    Let’s start with a trouncing of Fatboy and the Jests!

  51. steelersownyou says: Oct 16, 2012 10:55 AM

    @southpaw2k..keep making jokes jokey jokerson. Your ravens are in huge trouble with injuries! Dont let me see you complain on here bout no suggs, lewis, webb, ngata.. but we all know you will complain just like the rest of the ratbird fans do.. laugh it up now at 5-1 cause your time is coming very soon!!!

  52. bmorefalcon says: Oct 16, 2012 10:57 AM

    @trefkennedy

    @bmorefalcon yea I’ma bring it up, MattyFrost along with Rotty White sucks, his playoff record is almost the same as my qb Tony Romo yet no one speaks about that, can’t wait till the 1st Sunday in november when TeamCowboys comes to that dome

    ————————————————–

    I have a theory on way your Cowboys are not constantly brought up by everyone in the same way that the Falcons are right now.

    Typically, people have to feel threatened by your team before they will hate on them.

    The problem is that your Cowboys don’t scare anyone.

    Nice nicknames by the way. I look forward to your repsonse when you get back from recess.

  53. steeeve718 says: Oct 16, 2012 10:58 AM

    Cool, an epic comeback win against one of the league’s best teams and all you can say about the Seahawks is some recycled junk about their Packers win? Why bother ranking them that high if it comes with a slap in the face? Get over it. They’re 4-2, and no amount of snide, childish quips is going to change that. I can’t wait to read your hilarious one-liner if they beat the 49ers on Thursday. Here, let me get you started… “Seahawks (5-2*): The Seahawks defense dominated Alex Smith and are now officially the best team in the league with 4 real wins and one fake cheating win they didn’t deserve because I said so.”

  54. reedhof20 says: Oct 16, 2012 11:03 AM

    Seriously?
    As a Baltimore native and diehard Ravens fan, #2? This team will finish like the 2007 Ravens who started 4-2 and finished 5-11. These wins are all overhyped. And don’t give me the “they find a way to win” argument. Our defense may be historically bad and our offense is inconsistent at home and nonexistent on the road. Lets not forget that although they are 5-1, they have played 4 of their first 6 at home. And as a side note, has there ever been a game, EVER, where 1 team held the ball for 19 minutes, the other for 41? It is mystifying how this team is 5-1; but the luck will run out, probably this week in Texas.

  55. ajonesmc931 says: Oct 16, 2012 11:23 AM

    Titans still no love after knocking off two teams who beat ther eagles steelers and lions….ok when we win next four games against bills, colts, bears, and fins maybe well get some love

  56. mazblast says: Oct 16, 2012 11:25 AM

    steelersownyou says:

    @southpaw2k..keep making jokes jokey jokerson. Your ravens are in huge trouble with injuries! Dont let me see you complain on here bout no suggs, lewis, webb, ngata.. but we all know you will complain just like the rest of the ratbird fans do.. laugh it up now at 5-1 cause your time is coming very soon!!!
    ——————————————
    As a fellow Steelers fan, I have to say this–Our team has done little to justify trash talking. so far this season, the Steelers have been a shell of their usual selves; in fact, since the middle of last season. We have no right to talk trash until they string together some impressive wins. This Sunday would be a good time to start that string.

  57. EJ says: Oct 16, 2012 11:25 AM

    Hey Mike, are you closing your eyes while ranking these teams? Buffalo just went into Arizona and stopped their home win streak, but are still ranked #27, yet the Cardinals are #12, the Bills are in a 4 way tie in the AFC East and would beat #18 on to #32 with ease? Please look at your rankings again.

  58. audient says: Oct 16, 2012 11:28 AM

    BROWNS!

    The meteoric rise begins.

    The Ravens have lost key players to injuries.

    The Stllrs have lost key players to age.

    The Bengals, well, who dey anyway. Scoreboard.

    The Browns are 1-5 but the division is wide open. Look out!

  59. skittlesareyum says: Oct 16, 2012 11:29 AM

    steeeve718 says:
    Oct 16, 2012 10:58 AM
    Cool, an epic comeback win against one of the league’s best teams and all you can say about the Seahawks is some recycled junk about their Packers win? Why bother ranking them that high if it comes with a slap in the face? Get over it. They’re 4-2, and no amount of snide, childish quips is going to change that. I can’t wait to read your hilarious one-liner if they beat the 49ers on Thursday. Here, let me get you started… “Seahawks (5-2*): The Seahawks defense dominated Alex Smith and are now officially the best team in the league with 4 real wins and one fake cheating win they didn’t deserve because I said so.”

    I agree there should have been an snippet about the Patriots win, because that was impressive, but you better get used to this. Whether you like it or not, that Monday Night Game defines the Seahawks for quite awhile. Hopefully they and the Packers either get in the playoffs or miss the playoffs with games to spare either way.

  60. grizzlott says: Oct 16, 2012 11:33 AM

    #4 on the list and you can’t find anything positive to say about the Bears. Your extreme prejudice of Jay Cutler does a dis-service to every other good player on that team.

  61. blocker1958 says: Oct 16, 2012 11:35 AM

    Steeevey71, The fact is the Seahawks were given that victory by a terrible call by the ref. Everyone in the free world knows this other than some myopic Seahawk fans. If the Seahawks make the playoffs by one game and/or the Packers miss by one game, it will get talked about again. It’s just something you’ll have to get used to. You are correct, that the Seahawks are 4-2 and nothing can be done about it. The best thing Seattle can do is keep winning and hopefully that will quell the talk. Otherwise, you’ll just need to deal with it. Don’t take it so personally. No non-Seattle fan will ever give your team credit for that win. It’s not going to happen. Deal with it.

  62. gnarlswoodson says: Oct 16, 2012 11:37 AM

    Ask the Giants or Packers if they fear the Falcons LOL. “Matt, if its not there, throw it out of bounds.” ha ha ha

  63. txndave says: Oct 16, 2012 11:39 AM

    You win some you lose some. But damn, did my Texans have to get beat down like that? The best part about Sunday was the tailgating….

  64. docsweeney says: Oct 16, 2012 11:43 AM

    “4. Bears: Are we the only ones who see the irony in Jay Cutler complaining about how other people treat him?”

    He was interviewed and asked if it bothers him what people’s perspectives were. He replied it does start to bother you. That’s complaining??! Ok. So he’s wrong for that? If he’d of said “I don’t give a @#$% what people think”, that further reinforces the “he’s a jerk” argument. Says it does bother him a bit then “He’s a wuss”. He’s not a warm and fuzzy guy. Never will be.

    Bottom line: If people don’t like you, every negative thing you do adds to the perception and every positive thing you do is twisted or ignored.

  65. supaman50 says: Oct 16, 2012 11:45 AM

    I’ve simply grown accustomed to the anti-Dolphins bias. They should be in the top half of the league. There are only 9 teams with better records than them (2 in the AFC). Plus, out of all the 3-3 teams, how many lost two OT games?

    Lost in OT to #12 and #17 and beat #15 and #18. This makes them #20?

    I can’t wait to see if the writers here continue to try and keep the “Dolphins stink – Ireland is an idiot” narrative going when Tannehill leads them to the playoffs.

  66. drewbozeman says: Oct 16, 2012 11:48 AM

    Cowboys behind the Buccaneers? LMAO Do you watch the games or just the the final couple minutes and look at box scores? Sorry but that’s just obvious hate.

  67. redzonerocks says: Oct 16, 2012 11:51 AM

    afc1west says: Oct 16, 2012 10:29 AM

    The #1 team nearly loses to the #29 team (at home as well)….#1? I disagree. But we’ll see. Matt Ryan looked truly awful.

    ————————————————————-

    Yes I agree Matt Ryan had an off day, yet the team still found a way to win. That’s what good teams do. At the end of the day, you are what your record says you are, period.

  68. redzonerocks says: Oct 16, 2012 11:52 AM

    crazycane says: Oct 16, 2012 10:50 AM

    Falcons don’t scare anyone

    ————————————————————

    Yes these teams come in totally unafraid, but walk home with a loss. Fear of a team means nothing, get the win or shut up.

  69. zerole00 says: Oct 16, 2012 12:01 PM

    Aren’t there a few NCAA teams more deserving of the #32 spot than the Chiefs?

  70. lionsletdie says: Oct 16, 2012 12:39 PM

    Just wait until Detroit beats Chicago on MNF. Then maybe Bears fans will have less of a reason to Cutler about their team’s ranking.

  71. nbcruinedpft says: Oct 16, 2012 12:44 PM

    The Bears haven’t just “beaten up on weak teams” — they’ve won the games they were “supposed” to win, which is what good teams are SUPPOSED to do, right?
    (NOT play down to level of their competition, which is what we’ve seen at one time or another so far this season from just about every other team in your top 10).

    Like every other team, the Bears just have to play who’s on their schedule. Why fault them for that? With the exception of the lone loss in GB, they’ve won each game DECISIVELY.

    What more can they do?

    Also remember, the Bears are installing a brand new offense, and are still trying to find their rhythm, balance and chemistry between their OC (third in 3 years for Cutler) and everyone else, while Cutler and receivers (including TEs) continue building their chemistry.
    They’ll get there. They’re improving each game. Barring injuries, that Bears offense is only going to get BETTER as the season progresses. Their best football is still ahead of them.

    And as long as that offense is even mildly competent, with that defense and special teams…look out.

    To be honest, I don’t even think we’ve seen the best out of that defense yet, either.

    But why discuss or acknowledge any of that, when you can just recyle another worn-out snarky jab at Cutler instead?

    We get it – no one in the media likes him. And he doesn’t care, and that annoys the media to no end, and so the lovefest is perpetuated.

    Meanwhile, the Bears GOOD, real good, and the evidence suggests they’ll only be getting better.

    You can acknowledge it now, and make yourself look smart…or just keep bashing Cutler, and have the opposite effect.

  72. nbcruinedpft says: Oct 16, 2012 12:49 PM

    I can’t think of a team more undeserving of its current record — and reputation — than the Ravens.

    Suggs or not, that team can’t stop the run to save its life.

    I see a total implosion on the horizon. I’d set my watch to it.

  73. packerbadger says: Oct 16, 2012 12:56 PM

    So let me get this straight. Ravens are handed a game or two or three and lose two of their best players and are at #2. Packers beat the krap out of Bears and Texans and actually beat the Seahawks and those three are ahead of them. Yeah, right.

  74. skittlesareyum says: Oct 16, 2012 1:06 PM

    Yes I agree Matt Ryan had an off day, yet the team still found a way to win. That’s what good teams do. At the end of the day, you are what your record says you are, period.

    I hate that phrase because it’s false. All opponents are not the same. What if a team plays the Chiefs, Browns, and Jaguars to start the season 3-0? Do they get to claim they are better than a team that went 2-1 versus the 49ers, Giants, and Texans? After all, you are what your record says, right?

  75. htown1035 says: Oct 16, 2012 1:11 PM

    packerbadger says: Oct 16, 2012 12:56 PM

    So let me get this straight. Ravens are handed a game or two or three and lose two of their best players and are at #2. Packers beat the krap out of Bears and Texans and actually beat the Seahawks and those three are ahead of them. Yeah, right.

    ——————————————————

    They lost to the Colts. And whether you like it or not, they lost to the Seahawks.

  76. texansdude says: Oct 16, 2012 1:14 PM

    You were pretty nice to Houston. It’s amazing the tribute Mr. McNair gave Dom Capers – I was pretty sure that was the 2005 Texans last Sunday night.

  77. defscottyb says: Oct 16, 2012 1:16 PM

    The Redskins should be a little higher, just saying.

  78. jr4real says: Oct 16, 2012 1:19 PM

    As a steeler fan, I think we are ranked to high. But everyone sucks this year. argue all you want, not many teams behind them are any good either.

  79. htown1035 says: Oct 16, 2012 1:23 PM

    skittlesareyum says: Oct 16, 2012 1:06 PM

    I hate that phrase because it’s false. All opponents are not the same. What if a team plays the Chiefs, Browns, and Jaguars to start the season 3-0? Do they get to claim they are better than a team that went 2-1 versus the 49ers, Giants, and Texans? After all, you are what your record says, right?

    ————————————————————-

    It would be false if it were the NCAA, but it’s the NFL – any team can beat any team on any given Sunday.

    If you absolutely destroy the Chiefs, Browns and Jags and go 3-0 while the other team beats the 49ers, Giants, and loses to the Texans, the 3-0 is absolutely better. Because it’s not about perception, it’s about reality and the reality is 3-0 is better than 2-1.

  80. jtylert says: Oct 16, 2012 1:35 PM

    steelersownyou says:
    That steeler comment is such bs. Injured. Woodley, harrison, polamalu, pouncey, mendenhall etc..Give us all them players back at full strwngth on the field at one time and youll see old slow and its over! Tards!
    —————————————————

    What happens to players when they’re too old and slow? They get injured a lot.

  81. cskreager says: Oct 16, 2012 1:46 PM

    Matt Ryan’s 0-3 playoff record isn’t good, but that doesn’t mean he’ll never get over the hump.

    Eli Manning, who everyone thinks is the greatest big-game QB alive, lost his first 2 playoff games.

    Mark Sanchez has a 4-2 playoff record, and there is no way I would take Sanchez over Ryan.

    I’m not saying Atlanta wins the SB, but let’s not assume they’ll be one-and-done.

  82. dvdman123 says: Oct 16, 2012 1:49 PM

    Unfortunately for Falcon fans it doesn’t matter if they go 16-0, come playoff time they will more than likely get knocked by a wild card team at home. Something just happens to Mike Smith and Matt Ryan come playoff time and it’s usually NOT good.

  83. larryboodry says: Oct 16, 2012 2:17 PM

    “4. Bears: Are we the only ones who see the irony in Jay Cutler complaining about how other people treat him?”

    I like the Bears at #4, but what I find ironic – if not very surprising – is that once again you chose to rag on Jay Cutler for something inconsequential, instead of mentioning something relevant, like Jay’s won-lost record, or the lights-out defense.

  84. dolfan66r says: Oct 16, 2012 2:22 PM

    Power rankings mean nothing. Wild Card teams fare very well in the playoffs as recent history has shown us. Sometimes there may be less pressure with playing the favorite on the road. Giants still look good. Packers look good regardless of their record. Bears are sketchy. Cutler and the OL could meltdown at anytime. SF looks great at times. Look the Dolphins were picked dead last in the pre-season power rankings and could be 5-1. But at 3-3 and a favorable upcoming schedule they could be a surprise wildcard. Who knows?

  85. larryboodry says: Oct 16, 2012 2:29 PM

    lionsletdie says: Oct 16, 2012 12:39 PM

    “Just wait until Detroit beats Chicago on MNF. Then maybe Bears fans will have less of a reason to Cutler about their team’s ranking.”

    I actually like our ranking…4 is such a nicer # than 21. And don’t hold your breath waiting, either.

  86. bosfaninva says: Oct 16, 2012 2:37 PM

    So basically, no team scares anyone this year.

  87. sullijo1 says: Oct 16, 2012 2:38 PM

    The cream always rises to the top……just give it a few more weeks and this will all sort itself out.

  88. sullijo1 says: Oct 16, 2012 2:40 PM

    The Chiefs are too high on the list.

  89. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 16, 2012 2:42 PM

    larrybaby gets all upset if the Bears aren’t selected as the favorites for the SB for the next decade.

    It’s ok. He lives in Boys town.

    The Bears will lose to the Vikings and Lions once each, Green Bay, Texans, and Niners for sure, and probably one between the Seahawks and Cards.

    That’s 9-7 or 10-6 at best.

    Packers will win at least 11.

    Even if they drop down to 10-6, they’ll own the tiebreakers over the bears, who have done nothing impressive this season. At all.

  90. jprcox says: Oct 16, 2012 2:55 PM

    Quote:

    “No non-Seattle fan will ever give your team credit for that win”

    Exept the NFL who reviewed the play and said it was a correct call by the officials.

    You are right though, every fan who doesn’t know the rules of football will still think that call was bad – do you realize not ONE SINGLE real ref has said that was the wrong call.

    Deal with that.

  91. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 16, 2012 3:12 PM

    jprcox says:
    Oct 16, 2012 2:55 PM
    Quote:

    “No non-Seattle fan will ever give your team credit for that win”

    Exept the NFL who reviewed the play and said it was a correct call by the officials.

    You are right though, every fan who doesn’t know the rules of football will still think that call was bad – do you realize not ONE SINGLE real ref has said that was the wrong call.

    Deal with that

    Interesting. You do realize that the NFL did say that Offensive PI should have been called, which would have nullified the TD–AND that the guy who made the call originally says that it should have been an INT, right?

    No, apparently you don’t. Interesting. Perhaps you should pay attention to the NFL for awhile.

  92. larryboodry says: Oct 16, 2012 3:58 PM

    gcsuk says:

    “Relax, Homer. The Bears have not beaten a team with a winning record as of yet. ”

    They haven’t? Please tell the Rams they aren’t really 3-2 ‘as of yet’…And for that matter, the Cowboys were 2-1 before facing the Bears, now they’re 2-3 thanks in part to the beat-down the Bears handed them in Dallas.

    Either way you want to look at it, your comment doesn’t hold up.

  93. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 16, 2012 4:11 PM

    larryboodry says:
    Oct 16, 2012 3:58 PM
    gcsuk says:

    “Relax, Homer. The Bears have not beaten a team with a winning record as of yet. ”

    They haven’t? Please tell the Rams they aren’t really 3-2 ‘as of yet’…And for that matter, the Cowboys were 2-1 before facing the Bears, now they’re 2-3 thanks in part to the beat-down the Bears handed them in Dallas.

    Either way you want to look at it, your comment doesn’t hold up.

    The rams are 3-3 right now. Perhaps you have problems reading.

    That means they don’t have a winning record “as of yet.”

    His argument holds up better than yours, but that’s no surprise. You think Brian Urlacher is still good. So… there’s that…

  94. wrm1230 says: Oct 16, 2012 4:47 PM

    Sorry Bears fans but have you looked at how bottom loaded your schedule is? From Week 10 on, you will see your day of reckoning. Not only should you expect to stumble once before that but from Week 10 on, you’re running the gauntlet. Let’s see how that woeful OL holds up. My guess….not well at all.

  95. watchdawg1103 says: Oct 16, 2012 4:52 PM

    As a Cowboy fan, I can’t argue with our ranking. Sure the Baltimore game showed signs of improvement, but mainly showcased our weakness of not playing smart, costly penalties and…hell we just don’t have it right now. Need a gm, new qb, and offensive line to move in the right direction. Another pass rusher wouldn’t hurt either.

  96. trollhammer20 says: Oct 16, 2012 5:24 PM

    blocker1958 says:
    Oct 16, 2012 11:35 AM

    “No non-Seattle fan will ever give your team credit for that win. It’s not going to happen. Deal with it.”

    The NFL gives us credit for that win, which is the only vote that really matters. :)

  97. larryboodry says: Oct 16, 2012 6:03 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:

    The rams are 3-3 right now. Perhaps you have problems reading.”

    My bad…Thanks for setting me straight on that.

  98. axespray says: Oct 16, 2012 6:04 PM

    Steve Young 90s
    Vick 2000s
    RG3 2010s….

    wow, never realized that the vikes were on the receiving end of all of those big qb scrambles.

  99. larryboodry says: Oct 16, 2012 6:52 PM

    thetokyosandblaster says:

    “His argument holds up better than yours, but that’s no surprise. You think Brian Urlacher is still good. So… there’s that…”

    Yes, I still like Urlacher…And yes, since Dallas was 2-1 going in to their game with the Bears, the Bears have indeed beaten a team with a winning record, and made them a .500 team (now 2-3) as a result.

  100. raiderapologist says: Oct 16, 2012 6:58 PM

    bmorefalcon says: Oct 16, 2012 10:14 AM

    Falcon’s playoff record comments? Anyone? Anyone?
    —-
    Sure. I’m too lazy to look it up, but I think their record lately is not good.

  101. mancave001 says: Oct 16, 2012 7:08 PM

    Not a hater, but the Ravens at #2 is an absolute joke.

  102. southpaw2k says: Oct 17, 2012 9:34 AM

    cskreager says:
    Oct 16, 2012 1:46 PM
    Matt Ryan’s 0-3 playoff record isn’t good, but that doesn’t mean he’ll never get over the hump.

    Eli Manning, who everyone thinks is the greatest big-game QB alive, lost his first 2 playoff games.

    Mark Sanchez has a 4-2 playoff record, and there is no way I would take Sanchez over Ryan.

    I’m not saying Atlanta wins the SB, but let’s not assume they’ll be one-and-done.

    ————————————————–

    I agree with most everything you said, except for your final sentence. If someone like the Giants or the Bears have to go to Atlanta in the second round of the playoffs, I could definitely see the Falcons laying another egg in their own home stadium again. I’ve been pretty down on Matt Ryan for most of his career, but he’s made me shut up this season. Still, the Falcons are not invincible despite their 6-0 record so far.

  103. ballpunchtillman says: Oct 17, 2012 9:46 PM

    The ravens should be like 10th cause they sacrificed their whole defense for last weeks W.

  104. randallflagg52 says: Oct 19, 2012 8:15 AM

    The Ravens will be D will improve greatly when Suggs gets back. I wouldn’t be surprised if they kept Suggs and Ngata on the bench for the Houston game, so they’ll be healthier when they come out of their BYE week. A loss against the texans would suck, and a loss is a loss, but they’ll probably be the top 2 seeded teams, and how often do the top seeded teams meet in the playoffs?

    Also Joe Flacco and the offense are doing pretty well. People act like this team can’t score, and other than that chief game where the line forgot how to block and the wide outs forgot how to catch, they’ve put up a lot of points this year.

    Oh and you steeler fans talking smack crack me up. Old, slow, done. Enjoy your loser record, losers.

  105. brobinson2012 says: Oct 20, 2012 4:27 PM

    Hey Guys, I’ve been a Falcon fan since 1966. We couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start than being owned by Rankin Smith & family. Our first draft choice, Tommy Nobis was a great one and it’s a travesty that he’s not in the HOF as I can think of only 1 LB that MIGHT have been better. We had a few good years in the ’80’s when S. Bartkowski came to town. Then in the late ’90’s when we appeared in our only SB only to have our star DB Eugene Robinson arrested the night before for soliciting prostitution. Our shining moment was when a young M. Vick led us into hallowed Lambeau Field and handed the mighty Packers their very playoff loss ever at home; We all know how the Vick saga turned out. Guys……..trust me on this: We never take the next win for granted! Come on, you can at least give us our due. We just had our first consecutive winning seasons 2 years ago! You should at least let us revel a bit while we can!

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!