Week Nine power rankings

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1. Arizona Cardinals (last week No. 2; 7-1): Bruce Arians doesn’t want the Cardinals to let anyone else dress in their lockers during Super Bowl week. If winning the NFC title doesn’t work, we suggest storing rotten eggs there.

2. New England Patriots (No. 5; 7-2): Shame on anyone who pointed out that the Patriots stunk back when they, you know, stunk.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (No. 4; 6-2): Chip Kelly says DeMeco Ryans is the team’s Mufasa. Which makes sense coming from a guy who’s built a little like Pumbaa.

4. Denver Broncos (Last week No. 1; 6-2): The Denver scoreboard operator says Peyton Manning didn’t have a very good day.

5. Detroit Lions (No. 6; 6-2): Lions teams of recent years would find a way to blow this.

6. Dallas Cowboys (No. 3; 6-3): Does England recognize the medical credentials of a non-licensed, non-practicing physician who owns a football team?

7. Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 15; 6-3): Martavis Bryant is helping Ben Roethlisberger make a lot of money.

8. Indianapolis Colts (No. 9; 6-3): Eli isn’t the Manning the Colts need to be worried about.

9. Green Bay Packers (No. 8; 5-3): Eddie Vedder would still take Aaron Rodgers with a bad hamstring over Jay Cutler.

10. Seattle Seahawks (No. 11; 5-3): Close wins over winless teams won’t do much to change the perception that the Seahawks aren’t who we thought they were.

11. Cincinnati Bengals (No. 12; 5-2-1): A compelling game in November involving a team from Ohio rarely involves another team from Ohio.

12. Baltimore Ravens (No. 10; 5-4): Two straight losses hurt. Two straight division losses can be fatal to a playoff push.

13. Kansas City Chiefs (No. 16; 5-3): Big Red’s machine keeps chugging away. Oh yeah.

14. Buffalo Bills (No. 14; 5-3): With games against the Chiefs and Dolphins four days apart, it’ll soon be obvious whether the Bills are in position to contend.

15. Miami Dolphins (No. 19; 5-3): Mike Wallace should keep complaining about the offense.

16. Cleveland Browns (No. 17; 5-3): The cupcake portion of the schedule is over. Based on how they played against the Jaguars, Raiders, and Bucs, that may be a good thing.

17. New Orleans Saints (No. 18; 4-4): If they keep winning at home, the playoffs will be a lock.

18. San Francisco 49ers (No. 13; 4-4): “Who’s got it better than us?” That list keeps growing.

19. San Diego Chargers (No. 7; 5-4): The Chargers are collapsing even faster than they’d like their stadium to.

20. Minnesota Vikings (No. 25; 4-5): DeMarco Murray has complained about running into nine-man fronts. If Adrian Peterson returns, Teddy Bridgewater may get to throw into a few of them.

21. St. Louis Rams (No. 26; 3-5): If the Rams played as well against the rest of the league as they do against the 49ers and Seahawks, they’d be in playoff contention.

22. Carolina Panthers (No. 20; 3-5-1): After a 2-0 start, the Panthers have fallen apart. And yet could still win the division.

23. Houston Texans (No. 21; 4-5): Ryan Mallett may not have to wait much longer to prove he can’t perform at the NFL level.

24. Chicago Bears (No. 22; 3-5): The Bears want to know if their new sod comes with a free side of competent quarterback.

25. New York Giants (No. 23; 3-5): Tom Coughlin apparently needs the hot seat to be McDonald’s coffee lawsuit hot before the playoff push kicks in.

26. Washington (No. 24; 3-6): Is it too soon to make a joke about a busload of reporters going off a cliff being a good start? (Chris Rock says it’s not.)

27. Atlanta Falcons (No. 27; 2-6): Why wasn’t Mike Smith fired during the bye week? In part because the team still has a legitimate shot at winning the division.

28. Tennessee Titans (No. 28; 2-6): Zach Mettenberger wants to know if J.J. Watt thinks it’s high-schoolish to check Instagram during a game.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 29; 1-8): Hopefully, folks in London don’t know enough about football to realize that 1-8 is a really, really bad record.

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 31; 1-7):  Mike Evans is becoming exactly what the Bucs thought he’d be.  Unfortunately, that statement doesn’t apply to most of the rest of the roster.

31. New York Jets (No. 30; 1-8):  Drew Bledsoe says playing quarterback for the Jets is like a virgin sacrifice. And there’s a punchline hanging there that if uttered in this space would probably prevent me from ever returning to New Jersey again.

32. Oakland Raiders (No. 32; 0-8):  The 2008 Detroit Lions are putting the champagne on ice.  And by “champagne” I mean “ginger ale.”  And by “ice” I mean, “in the back yard under a dead tree.”

116 responses to “Week Nine power rankings

  1. The Bills are New York’s best team for the first time in about twenty years.

    Just putting that out there.

  2. Hawks at #10? Surely you’re joking. They can’t run, and they surely can’t pass. 31st in Offense this season. No way are they ahead of Cincy, or Ravens, or Dolphins…even their defense can’t rush the passer…sorry Charlie, no cigar on that rating.

  3. 30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 31; 1-7): Mike Evans is becoming exactly what the Bucs thought he’d be. Unfortunately, that statement doesn’t apply to most of the rest of the roster.

    —–

    Well, the defense is exactly what we all expected when they brought in Lovie and Leslie’s version of the Cover 2.

  4. Mathematically a lot of teams still have a chance to win their divisions but realistically they don’t have snowball a chance in you know what. I think that’s where the Panthers and Falcons are right now.

  5. This list is pretty solid.

    Except for the fact that the Minnesota Vikings aren’t in the top 5.

    Look.

    I understand people are still living in the past.

    But they need to realize the Super Bowl Contenders we are.

    And have been.

    With Adrian Peterson, Kyle Rudolph coming & Teddy Bridgewater emerging as one of the best QB’s in the league.

    Our lethal offense with just get even better to compliment our already TOP 8 defense in the league.

    Mike Zimmer has changed the culture.

    We are Super Bowl Contenders.

    The Dynasty Begins.

    Now.

  6. Not sure the Eagles with Sanchez should be ranked higher than the Broncos, but Arizona and New England are right.

  7. I think we’ll look back and laugh at the eagles ranking later this year. They’ve beaten your 8th, 21st, 23rd, 25th, 26th and 29th ranked teams.

  8. Good choice! Once we get home field advantage, it’s a done deal! 3-0 in the playoffs @ University of Phoenix Stadium, 4th in points allowed, tied for first in INT, #2 in turnover differential……. let’s see what can happen when we play the Broncos with Palmer. Keep doubting Carson Palmer, Palmer bashers; this guy can get it done with a real coach and good team. He’s glad he got the hell out of Cincy + Oakland. #RedbirdsareRising, #NoFlyZone,. #BigRedCurtain, #BrucetheArianNation, #TheArianBrotherhood, #Arianzona, #Quest4HomeSB, #Quest4LombardiTrophy

  9. All kind of excuses from donkey fans for getting demolished on Sunday…I’ve heard everything from it was the weather’s fault, to injuries, and even that Giselle doesn’t like Welker. Put the blame squarely on the person who always gets the praise, you can’t win big games when you’re concentrating on padding your own stats. While you’re at it, give props to the New England Patriots who beat the donkeys in every phase of the game…wasn’t even close.

  10. The Cardinals are definitely #1 and worthy of this ranking. Ranking NE #1 is such a cop out. Nice to see the Cardinals getting some due despite the circumstances (injuries, suspensions, free agency) #birdgang

  11. The REAL top 10 NFL Power Rankings :

    1. New England Patriots
    2. Denver Broncos
    3. Minnesota Vikings (Will be #1 in February)
    4. Arizona Cardinals
    5. Dallas Cowboys
    6. New Orleans Saints
    7. Detroit Lions
    8. San Fransisco 49ers
    9. Miami Dolphins
    10. Philadelphia Eagles

  12. Arizona over N.E????

    HOW?!?!?

    Who else do the patriots have to beat?

    They blew out the Bengals, who at the time were being considered as one of the best teams in the NFL, blew out the Bills who people were calling a sleeper time, blew out the Bears who everyone said was a more talented team, then “throttled” the Broncos who were called the best team in the league. Yet, 2nd? Outrageous.

    A healthy Gronk and the best secondary in the league = Success

  13. “The Denver scoreboard operator says Peyton Manning didn’t have a very good day.”

    Awesome. Just awesome.

    That’ll teach Peyton some manners.

  14. Hats off to the Cards! I’m a Seahawks fan and I remember back in 2012 when we were scrappy and winning ugly/close games. We started something special that year, and the Cards remind me a little of that team.

    I still got money on my Hawks making a strong second half push to the season and winning the West, but kudos to the Cards!

  15. The Cardinals. I just can’t help but laugh. If the Chargers execute a simple shotgun snap, they’re 6-2. If the refs spot the ball correctly or notice the most obvious horse collar call of the year, they’re 5-3. If Tony Romo plays, they’re 4-4. With 2 home losses.

    House of Cards.

  16. Eagles could easily be 3-5.

    Sanchize < Peyton
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    Or they could easily be 8-0. You win some close games and lose some close games, it works both ways. With that being said they shouldn't be higher than Denver.

  17. @bonnovi..
    That’s true record-wise right now.
    BUT..
    1) It’s not saying much
    2) Knowing the Bills.. they will find a way to reverse that over the next 8 games.

  18. Funny how these rankings don’t match or even come close to the betting odd’s for teams deemed most likely to make the SB.

  19. The Dallas team is too high and that is the Washington Redskins at 26 in case anyone was confused.

  20. Falcons don’t have a shot. Saints are two games up and will beat ATL in Nawlins to get a split. Mike Smith wasn’t fired in midseason because Blank has enough sense to know that the guy deserves to play out the string. He’s the most successful coach the Falcons have had.

  21. If making fun of Kelly’s physique is all you have to give Kelly grief about, he must be doing something right.

    I don’t think they’re the third best team in the NFL right now, especially with so much of the season left.

  22. Funny how our bandwagon is suddenly heavier, weighed down by sad men and lost souls. You are not Steelers. Same goes for the fans that jumped ship after our annual slow September start.

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  24. I guess the Phins will have to rip apart another of your top 10 teams this Sunday to make it to the top 14 then. Wow. No love. Literally 1 play (1 Aaron Rodgers play that is) away from 5/5, and still, no love. Ridiculous.

    I saw the Cardinals destroy the Cowboys – wait, no, they beat them, with a 2nd string QB (who shouldnt be playing anyway), and that makes them good enough for #1 overall? Really? Prior to this week, was there any doubt that the Broncos were the best? Then the nasty Patsies happen to them, and still the Pats aren’t #1? I hate them, really I do, but I dont think there’s anyone better. Neutral field, Pats vs Cardinals, who wins? Is it even close? Or do the Cards only give up 30pts and lose easily?

    Another tragedy of a power rankings. Wait, yes, #31 pre-season for the Phins. Yes, I remember now.

    As for the Lions. I do not see it. At all. #5? Really?

  25. Man I’m just glad someone is finally giving the Cardinals their due. So many people have the pats as their top team. Power rankings are silly but Arizona is the best team in the league right now imo. They’ve played the best football so far. Also florio…the cowboys need to be dropped down to about 8 or 9. Colt mccoy comes in and beats them in jerry world then they get steam rolled by zona. They’ve lost their past 2 and Romo is in bad shape. I can name about 14 teams that could beat them right now. Dallas above Pitt and the Colts is just laughable right now.

  26. I genuinely enjoyed that thorough pounding the steelers gave the ratbirds! suddenly the air smells fresher, the flowers have a beautiful scent, and theres a never disappearing rainbow right over Heinz field!!! isn’t life grand!!!

  27. osiris33 says:Nov 4, 2014 3:33 PM

    The Cardinals. I just can’t help but laugh. If the Chargers execute a simple shotgun snap, they’re 6-2. If the refs spot the ball correctly or notice the most obvious horse collar call of the year, they’re 5-3. If Tony Romo plays, they’re 4-4. With 2 home losses.

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    But none of those things happened and they are 7-1. As the Tuna said, you are what your record says you are. That’s a great record. Even if they lose both games to the Seahawks and the game @49ers they have a great chance to win the rest of their games.

    That would put them at 12-4.

    The Seahawks have significant work to do to only lose 1 more game.

    The division is likely to go to the Cardinals at this point.

  28. The season would seem so much different for the vikes if they stopped the bills on that 4th and 20 play..5-4 and 4-5 are much different. With rudolph and Peterson coming back anything is possible though!

  29. Can u say suck it! The eagles are were they need to be and they will be #1 before we are done! Face it doesn’t matter who is in there Chip is a winner! Are owner lets are coach do his job and doesn’t come on the sideline to tell him foles is getting his shoulder cut off and will be back in 15 mins. Are owner doesn’t touch the players for the physical just because he likes to play with big balls! Face it its what we all were thinking the E.A.G.L.E.S ARE NUMBER 1

  30. Another tragedy of a power rankings. Wait, yes, #31 pre-season for the Phins. Yes, I remember now.

    As for the Lions. I do not see it. At all. #5? Really?
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    You guys should have watched the Lions/Packers game tape and learned how to hold the Packers to 7 points. We beat them and your team did not. Otherwise you’d be ranked ahead of them too.

  31. Buffalo’s remaining schedule is tough… Kansas City, NYJ, Browns and Green Bay at Home and @Miami, @Denver, @Oakland and @New England…

    I see an extremely close game against K.C.- Buffalo 27, Kansas City 24. (6-3)

    Miami was a simple task earlier in the year, but much has changed on both sides of the ball lately.- Buffalo 34, Miami 35. (6-4)

    The Jets have been falling apart more and more as the season goes on… Buffalo 30, NYJ 17. (7-4)

    Cleveland is playing the same type of football as Buffalo… Pretty damn good D and an Offense that can put up points when needed. Buffalo 20, Cleveland 19. (8-4)

    The Broncos will go as far as Manning takes them… Buffalo 14, Denver 30. (8-5)

    Green Bay will be putting up many points on teams toward the seasons end, with their Offense clicking on all cylinders, but the same goes for the Bills… Buffalo 45, Green Bay 42 /OT. (9-5)

    The Raiders will have won a few games by this time of the year, But Buffalo will use this game to prime themselves for New England next week… Buffalo 38, Oakland 7. (10-5)

    New England will have already clinched the AFC East and a first round playoff bye which will upset Buffalo’s Defense hoping to have another shot at Brady and company when they sit their starters… Buffalo 27, New England 17. (11-5)

  32. Packer fan here… they’re ranked above two teams that beat them (New Orleans and Seattle) and above another team that they beat on a last second TD pass (Miami) who just shut out a supposed Super Bowl Contender (San Diego)…? OK…

  33. If New England played Arizona tomorrow in any stadium I’m taking New England. Denver dropped a 40+ burger on their vaunted D.

    For the Pats haters, watching the past 5 weeks must have been like watching a horror movie where you think the killer is finally dead and then he grabs the girl’s ankle and finishes the job. Ha…keep praying we stop haunting your dreams!

  34. 1) Cards (NFC West Winner)
    2) Pats (AFC East Winner)
    3) Donkeys (AFC West Winner)
    4) Cheese Heads (NFC Norris Winner)
    5) Colts (AFC South Winner)
    6) Aint’s (NFC South Winner)
    7) Phins (AFC WC)
    8) B’Eagles (NFC East Winner)
    9) Steelers (AFC North Winner)
    10) Cinn City (AFC wild Card)

    Goin South (no soup bowls for you)
    Cowboys
    Niners
    Ravens
    SD Bolts
    Texans
    Carolina

    Honorable mention
    Li’ons
    Giants (they are gonna rip off 5 in row)
    KCity
    Clea’land by the lake
    Hawks
    Minn (definite maybe)
    Buf Bills

    No Prayer (wait till next year)
    Jets
    Bucs
    Raiders
    Bears
    Jag u ar’s
    Deadskins
    Falcons
    Rams
    Tenn’see

  35. If New England played Arizona tomorrow in any stadium I’m taking New England. Denver dropped a 40+ burger on their vaunted D.

    For the Pats haters, watching the past 5 weeks must have been like watching a horror movie where you think the killer is finally dead and then he grabs the girl’s ankle and finishes the job. Ha…keep praying we stop haunting your dreams!
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    I bet if they still had Kolb they could take them in Foxboro

  36. Pats are lucky the game was played in New Crapland for the third year in a row. If that game is played in Denver, the Broncos crush the Patriots just like the playoffs last year following their regular season loss. Who would win on a neutral field would be an interesting question though — I don’t honestly know the answer to that one, but I do know the Pats’ losses (whoopings by the Dolphins and Chiefs) are much worse than the Broncos losses (on the road at Seattle and at New England).

    Anyhow, I don’t know why people get so caught up over the rankings — go ahead and make the Broncos #33 next week. It won’t change a darn thing in the world.

  37. my chargers are taking a downhill ride at the moment. but we’ll be back and beat up the raiders in no time though. #hanginthere.

  38. I think the Jets are ranked a little too high there. There has got to be at least 1 HS team in the metro area that can take them.

    Rex really REALLY needs to stop channeling his inner Kotite.

    Well we’ve got one chance to not match our worst season ever………. Vikings come on down!

  39. stealthjunk says:
    Nov 4, 2014 4:24 PM
    Pats are lucky the game was played in New Crapland for the third year in a row. If that game is played in Denver, the Broncos crush the Patriots just like the playoffs last year following their regular season loss. Who would win on a neutral field would be an interesting question though — I don’t honestly know the answer to that one, but I do know the Pats’ losses (whoopings by the Dolphins and Chiefs) are much worse than the Broncos losses (on the road at Seattle and at New England).

    Anyhow, I don’t know why people get so caught up over the rankings — go ahead and make the Broncos #33 next week. It won’t change a darn thing in the world.
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    New Crapland! Gold Jerry, Gold!

    You do realize the Pats didn’t have Gronk for the AFC championship right (one of the biggest game changers in the NFL)? And they lost Talib early that game and now have Revis and Browner (who match up quite nicely with Julius and Demarius)?! The teams are different, the matchups are different, its a completely different game. Also, rankings are all about how a team is playing at the moment. The Pats losses at Miami and at KC were over 6 weeks ago. If they replayed those games tomorrow, would we have the same result? Maybe, but probably not. The Pats always start slow then get better week to week striving to play their best football after Thanksgiving.

    Brady>Manning

  40. Big Ben threw 12 touchdowns through two games and there was almost no mention of it on PFT. I hate the steelers, but come on, give credit where credit is due. I’m sure if Peyton did the same thing you would be exclaiming how he can do no wrong.

  41. “And it came to pass, when their hearts were merry, that they said, call for Gronk, that he may make us sport. And they called for Gronk out of the Vegas house; and he made them sport: and they set him between the uprights.” — Book of Gronkilations, 16:25

  42. The lions at 5 is a stretch. I am a lions fan, but we needed some favorable bounces to obtain unlikely wins over both the saints and falcons. (Altho saints are better than their record and they were coming off a bye. ) I know wins and losses are ultimately all that matters, but these rankings shouldnt be based on only wins and losses—-just look at the standings if u want that. Time will tell for the Lions—-miami, then trips to AZ and NE will tell us more about this team in the next 3 weeks.

  43. This has to be one of the best PRs in recent memory. One-liners and observations are really spot-on. Rankings are always up for debate, but you nailed the informed-fun factor.

  44. The Chiefs at #13?? Lets review..

    Beat San Diego at San Diego
    Destroyed the Fish in Miami
    Made St. Louis feel like they were a JV team
    Destroyed New England at Arrowhead in front of a national TV crowd
    Had a solid outing against a Bad Jets team
    The losses, other than the Titans,( heaven only knows how they lost that one) have been by very few points at Denver and San Francisco.

    In other words, I think 10 or 9 would be better considering the quality of wins thus far.

  45. Ravens aren’t playing like a playoff team right now. I would rank the Chiefs and Dolphins ahead of them. Hell, maybe the Bills. Ravens have seven safeties and no starters. Teryl Austin is in Detroit. And one healthy CB right now. Webb, who doesn’t look the same after coming back from an ACL injury. They cut Chykie Brown, finally after I said cut him last year. And now Franks who they cut during pre-season and brought back. They brought up Joe Smoe from the practice squad as their second corner and have 4th string safeties playing nickel. Even their front seven can’t make up for the deficiencies. They lost Pitta for the season again. But Daniels has played well when healthy. The good news. Big improvement when Asa Jackson and Jimmy Smith get healthy. I can’t emphasize the TE and Safety positions enough during the playoffs.

  46. thepftpoet says:
    Nov 4, 2014 3:24 PM
    The REAL top 10 NFL Power Rankings :

    1. New England Patriots
    2. Denver Broncos
    3. Minnesota Vikings (Will be #1 in February)
    ===================================

    I’ll have what he’s having.

  47. 10. Seattle Seahawks (No. 11; 5-3): Close wins over winless teams won’t do much to change the perception that the Seahawks aren’t who we thought they were.
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    You mean the team the Patriots beat by 6, the Chargers by 3 and the Cardinals by 11?

    Oh, and we have 7 starters out – about half the team.

    I get it.

  48. Carson Palmer? Really? Sorry, one and done in January. They would be 3-6 point underdogs on a neutral field against Green Bay, New England, and Denver.

  49. Pats are #2 at home. Their #16 on the road as their record from last year and this year represents. Funny how a coach caught cheating has such a good record at home right?

  50. Giving PFT a solid this evening as I note that you didn’t jump on the bandwagon that everyone else did and for once – didn’t anoint the Patriots. Solid win up there in Foxborough, no question, but while it is easy to discount the Cardinals, they have the longest active winning streak under Arians, if I am not mistaken. Plus – while again giving the Patriots points for a quality win against the Broncos – they still have something to prove to me after wins against the bottom feeding Bears, Jets (who they barely beat), Raiders and Vikings. That’s four of their seven wins. Rest of the season should prove who they are – or aren’t.

  51. Well, we beat the Ravens (2 times!) and we have the Browns this week. I’m sorry, but this group has beaten the Steelers on a “Win and you’re in” game… So…. lets do this.

    By the by, if the Browns shock the world and win the division, as an Ohioan, I’d be alright.

  52. jchipwood says: Nov 4, 2014 8:24 PM

    Pats are #2 at home
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    Time to get over your Patriot’s obsession.

  53. I never thought as a Cardinal fan that I would see the day they were ranked #1 in a power poll. Week 9 power polls mean nothing however, and I am thankful for a coach that makes sure his team know that the only thing for certain with a 7-1 record is that they can still finish 7-9. B.A. has blown my mind with his coaching these last two years here and 1 in Indy. That being said, for everybody that talks about a game on a neutral field, well we may never find out cause the Super Bowl is in Arizona this year baby. Go Cards!

  54. “Does England recognize the medical credentials of a non-licensed, non-practicing physician who owns a football team?”

    That’s gold! Do they recognize the construction credentials to add temporary seating of a non-licensed, non-practicing contractor who owns a football team as well?

  55. All you idiots who are saying” derp why are Arizona no.1 they got blown out by Denver derp” take 1 hour out of your pointless, pathetic lives and actually watch the game. Drew Stanton was the starting QB who played ok in the previous 2 wins. The score at half time was 14-13 to Denver. At about 13 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter Stanton went out injured, then AZ is left with the 4th round rookie project who is not even close to playing in a real NFL game with no practice all week with the 1s. The game was within 2 TDs the entire 2nd half, it was only at about 5 minutes left that PP went out injured and on that drive is when they got that last TD. Not to mention there were several dropped passes by our WRs and they injured our best DL in Calais Campbell. If Palmer started that game or even if Stanton finished the game, guarantee the Cards win.
    So stop being a bunch of jealous retards and actually watch the game.
    And keep preying AZ don’t get home field through out the playoffs.
    BIRDGANG!!

  56. noahpft says: Nov 4, 2014 3:25 PM

    Arizona over N.E????

    HOW?!?!?

    Who else do the patriots have to beat?
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    The Chiefs.

  57. Pats have the most home wins over the last 10 yrs. They also have the most road wins over the last 10 yrs. That’s because they’ve been the most consistantly good team over the last 10 yrs. That’s after they won their 3 SBowls. That includes 2008, when Brady got hurt in the 1rst qtr of the 1rst gm and was out for the yr. Hope that’s simple enough, even for chippy.

  58. Pats destroyed the team everyone had as the best team in FB, red. They’ve also blownout the 4 out of the last 5 teams they faced and won all 5, while ave 40 pts/gm. Bottom feeders or not, you can only play the teams on the schedule. Good enough for me. Watch what they do to the Colts in 2 wks@Indy.

  59. There’s something messed up in the world when the Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions are in the top 5 of football.

  60. Patriots Fans…Any given Sunday! Lets replay last weekends game in Denver…totally different result!

    Patriots Fans…Any given Sunday! You still got crushed by the Chiefs and Fins!

    Patriots Fans…Any given Sunday! You got lucky that the Jets missed a potentially game-winning field goal or you are still barely in the top ten!

    Patriots Fans…Any given Sunday! You may want to tone down all of the glorification until you actually “dominate” your upcoming beast stretch…six possibilities to lay an egg again.

    Patriots Fans…I hope to see you in the playoffs again in Denver…that will be a completely different Sunday, or Saturday result.

    Let the thumbs down begin!!!!!!!!

  61. First off, these rankings are ridiculous! Arizona got destroyed by Denver, Denver got destroyed by the Patriots, and the Patriots got destroyed by the Chiefs and Dolphins (week 1). None of that seems to matter when the rankings are posted. I say this because the Eagles are nowhere near the same caliber of these three teams! Rank these three however you want, one could argue anyway, but the Eagles? Seriously? You have got to be kidding me! Forget the fact that the Eagles must rely on Sanchez for the duration of the season. They will not win 3 more games…book it! As for the other three, Broncos should sweep the remainder of their schedule (tough games probably with Chiefs, Chargers, and Fins), if the Patriots can make it through their next five unblemished, my hats off to them, and if Arizona can win the West (Please God let this happen!!!), then I am 100% on board with these rankings. Currently my rankings would be Denver, NE, then Arizona, simply because on any given Sunday any team can have a bad game. Someone needs to realize that Gronk needs to be stuck to like stink on the bottom of your shoes after running through a big pile of dog crap. There is no excuse for the number of times he has been left open lately, especially when the defenses know that Brady is looking his way a majority of the time. How can you not cover a 6′ 6″ beast that runs like a 6.9 40-yard? I am clueless on this one!

  62. Odd how my team is good enough now that 5-3 means the wheels are falling off.

    REAL Seahawks fans know the NFL is very tough and with all the injuries to each team this year you just can’t tell who will win.

    Any team can win any game really. Denver gets blown out, the hugely depleted Rams beat both the Seahawks and Niners. Hell the Dolphins beat the crap out of NE earlier in the season and just did it again to SD last week.

    Rivers looks all world vs the Hawks then looks like a chump last week. Eli is coming to Seattle this week, WHO KNOWS what will happen. Which teams will show up?

    I will still take 5-3. If it weren’t for a fake punt in St. Louis the Hawks would likely be 6-2. A very good record.

    SO, one single game is the difference between 6-2 top-5 and 5-3 wheels-are-falling-off? Pft…

    6-3 after this week…Russell and Pete are here for a long time unlike Colin and Harbaugh.

    5 years from now they will be throwing Harbs out of Ann Arbor.

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