PFT’s Week Two Power Rankings

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1. Patriots (1-0; last week No. 1): If the plan for covering Rob Gronkowski is to not cover Rob Gronkowski, the Pats will be in this spot for a while.

2. Packers (1-0; No. 3): Who’s this Jordy Nelson you’re talking about?

3. Broncos (1-0; No. 4): They’ve gone from the 1999 Rams to the 2000 Ravens in the blink of an eye.

4. Cowboys (1-0; No. 6): They’re winning games the way they used to lose them, which lays the foundation for long-lost glory.

5. Bills (1-0; No. 9): No matter how it ends this year in Buffalo, no one can take away how it started.

6. Ravens (0-1; No. 2): They’d be higher if you-know-who was elite.

7. Chiefs (1-0; No. 10): That “receivers aren’t catching touchdown passes” thing is a lot less meaningful after a road win.

8. Cardinals (1-0; No. 11): Maybe if they keep winning they can afford to re-sod the whole field and not just the middle of it.

9. Seahawks (0-1; No. 5): They should have thrown it.

10. Bengals (1-0; No. 12): Maybe Pacman Jones simply wanted Amari Cooper to experience how other teams treat the Bengals in the playoffs every year.

11. Colts (0-1; No. 7): Everyone in the organization needs to get on the same page quickly or this could implode.

12. Dolphins (1-0; No. 16): Cue Dean Martin from deck of the Stu Gots. “Like the league office said, that ain’t a kick in the head.” (Unless it was.)

13. Rams (1-0; No. 21): Those 21,000 empty seats have a memory they can share with their grandchildren.

14. Steelers (0-1; No. 8): Steel Curtain? A shower curtain would have provided more resistance to Gronk.

15. Chargers (1-0; No. 18): Imagine what that offense will be able to do once Antonio Gates is back.

16. Falcons (1-0; No. 22): Fake crowd noise isn’t necessary when the opponent is potentially a fraud.

17. 49ers (1-0; No. 25): Who’s got it better than us? (They can still use that, right?)

18. Panthers (1-0; No. 19): Even Petite Randy Moss has better hands than Ted Ginn.

19. Eagles (0-1; No. 14): People are surprised that the Ringo Starr of the Legion of Boom didn’t perform like Paul McCartney?

20. Vikings (0-1; No. 15): The Vikings aren’t ready for prime time. Or pretty much anything else.

21. Texans (0-1; No. 13): Maybe they should have jumped on Matt Cassel, after all.

22. Lions (0-1; No. 17): Aaron Donald looked great on Sunday. It’s a good thing the Lions didn’t draft a tight end instead of him. Oh.

23. Saints (0-1; No. 20): It’s going to be a lot harder to contend for the division crown on the wrong side of .500 this year.

24. Giants (0-1; No. 23): All the criticism of Eli and Coughlin gives G.M. Jerry Reese perfect cover for handing James Jones to the Packers.

25. Titans (1-0; No. 30): For the second straight year, the Titans managed a big road win to start the year. They’re hoping the rest of the season turns out a little better than 1-14.

26. Jets (1-0; No. 27): No, they won’t be playing the Browns every week.

27. Jaguars (0-1; No. 28): The “we have swimming pools!” distraction may not work much longer.

28. Bears (0-1; No. 29): It’s wasn’t a win, but it also wasn’t a disaster.

29. Browns (0-1; No. 24): At least the uniforms are an improvement.

30. Washington (0-1; No. 32): If only they had a better scout team safety, maybe they could have pulled out the win.

31. Raiders (0-1; No. 26): At this rate, Oakland taxpayers will indeed help fund a new stadium. With one condition: It must be built in any city other than Oakland.

32. Buccaneers (0-1; No. 31): Maybe the Bucs should add a “no blocking” and “no tackling” clause to the “no baseball” provision in Jameis Winston’s contract.

154 responses to “PFT’s Week Two Power Rankings

  1. Figures. Joseph Vincent Flacco throws a perfect pass to Steve Smith for a game-winning touchdown, and the pass bounces off Smith’s chest, but it’s all somehow Flacco’s fault.

    Also, the Seahawks line really made me laugh.

  2. Love the Bills. But they are a bit high at 5 at this point. A win Sunday would solidify them at a 5 spot a bit more. But that is being generous.

    Nevertheless it feels good to see them actually receive some love. Should be a good game on Sunday. Go Bills.

  3. God, how I love Tuesday mornings in the Fall ….. Patriots at Number One, and all is finally right with the world.

    Haters, keep on hating 😉

  4. Week 1 is meaningless. Last year Pats lost the opener and were 2-2 after 4 and got whupped by KC. Early 4-0 teams, not so good in week 17. Around week 6 or 7 you start to get a sense of who’s who.

    Calm down kids, long season and a lot can happen.

  5. One game and the Eagles are viewed as a bottom half of the league team? Can’t wait to see you still rank them lower than the Cowboys after they beat them next week.

  6. Even as a Titans fan, I’m offended on behalf of the Panthers. No. 18 … ??? Seriously? If defense wins championships, they should at least be in your Top 10. And then there’s the fact that their offense is better than average (even with Kelvin Benjamin out for the year).

  7. Steelers are way too high! With Tomlin at the helm, senile Rooney can’t make decisions anymore, a convicted dog killing felon hired, Tomlin and Colbert drafting 4 linebackers every draft and not addressing the glaring secondary issues year in and year out, a defense that looks more like a high school defense than a nfl one, Tomlin crying and complaining after every game they lose because he is out coached constantly. This team should and will be between 20-25 ranking by years end. 7-9 record. And I think that’s being generous! Nothing will change until Tomlin is gone. His bad coaching, drafts, and arrogance has this organization in a tailspin. I never used to be a fire Tomlin guy, but now I see the light! Cowhers players are all gone and this is the team he built with his drafting. 0 playoff wins since 2010! That’s pretty sad!

  8. Power rankings are just something to stir up discussion and I never take them too seriously. As a pats fan I would have to say that the only reason I don’t totally disagree with the pats being ranked 1 is that I didn’t see any other team that particularly impressed me either this first week. Pretty much every game and team was mediocre to awful….as you would expect this time of year.

    I did have 3 takeaways:

    maybe the colts won’t turn out to be as weak a team on both sides of the ball as they looked against the bills (notwithstanding the very impressive bills defense) but they are going to have to go a long way to prove different to me

    Payton is toast. It doesn’t mean the broncos can’t and won’t win quite a few games due to their defense and that peyton can’t do just enough to help game manage a win if the broncos defense is clicking, but if they need him to win a game for them….forget about it.

    If the seahawks had just run the ball they would have been SB champs!……after they tried it against the rams anyone that is still so sure of that isn’t that bright.

  9. Yes, Ginn dropped a TD pass. But after that, he didn’t drop anything. Neither did the rest of the receivers. And how about giving a least a tiny bit of respect to the Panthers defense? Has it occurred to you at all that the defense might have had at least a little something to do with the Jags going scoreless in the second half? And without Kuechly at that.

    And anyone who things the Browns uniforms are better needs immediate medical attention.

  10. Philadelphia should be a little higher. The Cowboys looked good, but we need to get through the next four weeks!

  11. 14. Steelers (0-1; No. 8): Steel Curtain? A shower curtain would have provided more resistance to Gronk.
    _________________________________________

    Not for nothin’ – but “Steel Curtain” was the nickname for the front four DL of the Steelers, not the defense as whole.

  12. When asked how he felt about being 0-1, Teddy Bridgwater said, it’s ok, my completion percentage is over 70%.

  13. Nothing would make me happier than a complete and total implosion of the Colts unless of course it was a complete and total implosion of the Ravens!

  14. I’m with Tomlin

    Belichick broke an unwritten rule by doing legal things that confused Mike Tomlin and Big Ben

    Belichick and Brady also broke an unwritten rule of Roger Goodell by winning

    Not to worry – Goodell will have a “make good” fabricated scandal to appease enough of the owners to keep his job – apparently ignoring the fact that the Colts were purposefully throwing games to get Andrew Luck wasn’t enough for his job security

    Someone really needs to get Belichick a list of all the unwritten rules so he can follow them

  15. dansardo says:
    Sep 15, 2015 9:04 AM

    In the SB the seahawks had more than 1 chance to get 1 yard, so yes ppl are that bright if they say the seahawks would have won the SB by running the ball. When the seahawks got to the 1 yd line with time for 2 rush plays and someone gave u a million dollars to bet on who would win, you would have bet on the seahawks without question. So yes the Pats were lucky that it ended the way it did. The definition of lucky is something unordinary happening in your favor. And if you replay that same scenario 100 times, the hawks win prob 90 times.

  16. haventwonsince69 says:
    Sep 15, 2015 9:02 AM

    Still don’t understand this concept of how 0-1 teams can be better than 1-0 teams.
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    Really? You can’t understand that? Maybe it has something to do with the opposition they played, and how they looked.

    If we’re merely going to rank them by record, you’ll have BYU beating a .500 Michigan team to win the national title.

  17. Is there some sort of code embedded here with all the missing and extra words/letters? I’m expecting to sift through and find “Overlord is a go” or something.

  18. You’re kidding yourself if you thought the Browns uniforms were an improvement. They looked like they were wearing 90’s team sweatpants and bobo walmart/starter jerseys.

  19. Ringo probably wishes he was back in Seattle after being victimized by Julio. Hell, EAGLES fans probably wishes he was too. #thenextNnamdi?

  20. bishopbengals says:
    Sep 15, 2015 9:00 AM
    What does everyone see in the Ravens? You still have them at 6? Wow. I think the Ravens will finish 3rd in the division but that’s just me I guess.

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    Maybe because the defense looks like an old Rex Ryan defense. And, unlike the Bengals, once the Ravens get into the playoffs, they win. They have the highest playoff win percentage in the league. There were two dropped game-winning catches on the road in Denver.

  21. SHEHAWKS: LOSER Hangover

    COLTS: No “D”, No “O” line,,,gonna be ugly .

    Bills: Playing way over their head, wait till the “MASTER” comes to Buffalo this weekend to mess with their delusional dream.

    Donkeys: Goober should have retired LAST YR,,but nope, wants to tarnish his image, by going out sad and broken

  22. “so yes ppl are that bright if they say the seahawks would have won the SB by running the ball. When the seahawks got to the 1 yd line with time for 2 rush plays and someone gave u a million dollars to bet on who would win, you would have bet on the seahawks without question.”

    Nope. The Hawks ran Lynch 5 times on 4th and 1 last year during the season and he was stopped all 5 times. As he was stopped this time.

    Anyone who thinks that it would have been an automatic TD hadn’t been paying attention.

  23. At least while the Bengals are rated in the top 10 please refrain from the snide play off shots in your rating comments. It’s getting very old.
    BTW, did you notice how awful the Ravens looked, apparently not.

  24. Did “letsgobuffalo” just say the seahawks would have run it twice with 26 seconds left if lynch didn’t make it? Really?

    Ahhh!, So that is why some people are so certain the seahawks would have run…..there are some people that think nfl coaches play real football games like madden.

  25. letsgobuffalo4 says:
    Sep 15, 2015 9:16 AM
    dansardo says:
    Sep 15, 2015 9:04 AM

    In the SB the seahawks had more than 1 chance to get 1 yard, so yes ppl are that bright if they say the seahawks would have won the SB by running the ball. When the seahawks got to the 1 yd line with time for 2 rush plays and someone gave u a million dollars to bet on who would win, you would have bet on the seahawks without question. So yes the Pats were lucky that it ended the way it did. The definition of lucky is something unordinary happening in your favor. And if you replay that same scenario 100 times, the hawks win prob 90 times.

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    Awww……somebody is still butt hurt I see.

    Don’t worry….the Bills 24th loss to Brady is coming up Sunday.

  26. cinfante54 says:

    One game and the Eagles are viewed as a bottom half of the league team?
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    Perhaps because that’s what they played like. I wouldn’t have put them that high.

  27. cucumberjones15 says:
    Sep 15, 2015 9:15 AM

    Just so we are clear…The Bengals dominate on the road and remain behind 2 teams that lost in week 1? OK.
    ==============================

    They played the Raiders….

    The Ravens played one of the best teams and best QB’s ever to grace the field and held them to zero offensive touchdowns. I’s love to see the Bengals try to replicate that. Dalton would have gotten murdered by Miller and Ware….

  28. Week 1 Winning QBs with Most Pass Attempts (throws) with 0 INT:

    Andy Dalton: 34 throws for 2 TD, 0 INT
    Ryan Tannehill: 34 throws for 1 TD, 0 INT
    Alex Smith: 33 throws for 3 TD, 0 INT
    Tom Brady: 32 throws for 4 TD, 0 INT
    Carson Palmer: 32 throws for 3 TD, 0 INT
    Nick Foles: 27 throws for 1 TD, 0 INT
    Aaron Rodgers: 23 throws for 3 TD, 0 INT
    Marcus Mario-tah: 16 throws for 4 TD, 0 INT

    Week 1 QB (win or loss) with Most Attempts:
    Sam Bradford: 52 throws for 1 TD, 2 INT

    Note: the second INT was not the QB’s fault — Jordan Matthews caused a tip-up resulting in Falcons recovery.

    Summary: If the Eagles want Bradford to stay healthy, then they need to diminish his number of Pass Attempts and balance that with a better running game which, based on Game 1, is currently ineffective.

  29. “29. Browns (0-1; No. 24): At least the uniforms are an improvement.” – Mike Florio

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Mike,

    Please, tell us you’re kidding…

    Sincerely,
    Anyone with taste

  30. Expected the Dolphins to be lower after struggling to get things going against Washington. That run D is still leaking and they struggled with Garcon.

  31. No I’m not surprised that Ringo didn’t perform like Paul… What I’m surprised about is that Bill Davis still has a job when he lets his corners get murdered week after week by great receivers and makes not a single adjustment. When Julio Jones is a one man wrecking crew any competent dcoordinator would bump him, Chip him with a LB, double him, triple him, do something, ANYTHING to make any kind of impact on the play. Maxwell had a terrible game but he was continually put in a position to fail by his coach and it didn’t have to be that way. How Bill Davis has kept his job when he does everything he can to help the other team is amazing to me. So much could’ve been different if he simply did what anyone with common sense would do. And he’s gonna do it all season, run him into the ground, til we have another Nnamdi on our hands (though that was Nnamdi just being terrible).

  32. I’m a Rams fan and 13 is too high after 1 week but then again I’m a Rams fan so I’m going to bask in this because I might not see it this high again.

  33. Love the steel curtain line. I think Pete Carroll has lost his team. He blundered in the SB and then blundered again with the onside kick and then said he did not call that…which means he is lying or the team is doing whatever they want, or he is a bad communicator…Lynch won’t listen to him much longer, especially with the Kam Chancellor thing hanging out there. The surfer dude thing is over for PC. Tomlin is a serious whiner. If he is blaming grad conspiracy theories on his loss, he better get a better sense of self to bring these guys up, even when he gets Bell back. Rex Ryan is a dufus. BB will have something new for him and he won’t know what is going on until the third quarter, when it might be too late…

    Leaders gotta lead…

  34. Wait until the Patriots meet the Bills on Sunday. Can’t wait to see what happens against the Bills defense. Tommy may have several problems, and talk about the Steelers defense looking out of sorts. The Patriots maybe out of sorts against this team.

  35. “The Ravens played one of the best teams and best QB’s ever to grace the field and held them to zero offensive touchdowns. I’s love to see the Bengals try to replicate that. Dalton would have gotten murdered by Miller and Ware….”
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    oh, please,

    Bengals picked off Mannig twice last year and soundly trounced him. Raven’s are way, way overrated, especially now that Suggs is gone.

  36. The Bengals swept the Ravens last year, got back key players this year, Ravens lose, Bengals win in a blow-out, Ravens lose Suggs yet Ravens are ranked higher than Bengals.

    Huh.

  37. samoanjungle says:
    Sep 15, 2015 10:22 AM

    The Bengals swept the Ravens last year, got back key players this year, Ravens lose, Bengals win in a blow-out, Ravens lose Suggs yet Ravens are ranked higher than Bengals.

    Huh.

    ===========================

    These aren’t power rankings based on LAST year. They are based on this year and the most current week.

    Now, the Ravens played the Broncos. Monster pass rush and phenomenal defense. Manning didn’t look spectacular, but the Baltimore defense was spectacular itself. It was two great teams playing a great defensive game. Just because the Ravens lost, doesn’t mean that the Bengals are automatically “better”. You have to remember, they beat the Raiders. One of the bottom teams in the league. The Ravens would have blown them out too.

    Wait until they face this year guy. That will determine who’s truly better. Oh, and win a playoff game before you talk about who’s “better”. I don’t care who wins the regular season, I care who wins the post season. Something the Bengals know nothing about.

  38. Why aren’t there any articles describing DeMarco Murray’s success in Philly? In preseason that’s all any media-head could talk about.

  39. My bunk team should have won by 10 in Dallas on Sunday night and you moved them up to 4? That’s where I stopped reading.

  40. They played the Raiders….

    The Ravens played one of the best teams and best QB’s ever to grace the field and held them to zero offensive touchdowns. I’s love to see the Bengals try to replicate that. Dalton would have gotten murdered by Miller and Ware….

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    LOL .. The Bengals O-Line BLANKED Ware and Miller last year . that’s right a Big Zilch in the Sack Column

  41. letsgobuffalo4 says:
    Sep 15, 2015 9:16 AM
    dansardo says:
    Sep 15, 2015 9:04 AM

    In the SB the seahawks had more than 1 chance to get 1 yard, so yes ppl are that bright if they say the seahawks would have won the SB by running the ball. When the seahawks got to the 1 yd line with time for 2 rush plays and someone gave u a million dollars to bet on who would win, you would have bet on the seahawks without question. So yes the Pats were lucky that it ended the way it did. The definition of lucky is something unordinary happening in your favor. And if you replay that same scenario 100 times, the hawks win prob 90 times.

    ——————–
    You’re disregarding the fact that the Russell and Carroll mismanaged the clock so badly in the last 2 minutes that they didn’t have time to play out all of the options they should have had. Were the Pats lucky to win that one, yes; but, the Seahawks wouldn’t have been close enough to the goal line for this discussion if it hadn’t been for that truly freakish and awesome catch right before that–so both teams benefited from some luck.

  42. Ok the whole world saw Coughlin hand that game to Dallas. Coughlin admitted he gave the game to Dallas.
    Obviously this is the year of gifts for Dallas. Why not give them number 4

  43. Most people expected the Bears to be 0-1 and at the bottom of division going into Week 2. I don’t think a lot of people expected them to have that much company down there, though. It’s clear that that division is going to be the Packers and everyone else, with spots 2 through 4 being determined primarily by coaching and health (or lack thereof).

  44. Power Rankings are at their most bizarre and disagreeable after week one of the seasons, when 75% of the ranking is preseason expectations (half of which will likely be completely wrong) and 25% is results from one week of games (half of which will not be at all indicative of the season).

    Personally I don’t know why you’re still so high on the Ravens, I think you’ve over-buying the Bills at present, giving the Dolphins too much credit for a weak win over an even weaker team, and are penalizing the Eagles too much for their loss. But soon enough we’ll know who’s right and who’s wrong. It’s so nice to have actual results after eight months of speculation and guesswork.

  45. “The Bengals O-Line BLANKED Ware and Miller last year . that’s right a Big Zilch in the Sack Column”

    They did the same to Khalil Mack, Aldon Smith and Justin Tuck this week. Someone told me those guys are kinda good.

  46. RELAX, its too early to discern anything about your team except if they are one of the perennial losers. If they have been, then its time to panic as the basic foundation to win is simple: if you control the line of scrimmage, you will most likely win. Everything starts there.

  47. Jets gonna shoot up the board and meet the Colts somewhere in the middle with a victory on Monday Night. Heavy dose of Ivory and Powell, followed by play-action passes

  48. I guess the league will have to ask the Eagles to send back the Lombardi Trophy they mailed to them now, huh?

    They can keep the pre-season trophy, though.

    The point is, never, ever let pre-season dupe you into believing anything about any team. It means nothing in terms of who is good and who is bad.

    The major concern in pre-season is injuries, period. The secondary concern is getting to 53 players.
    Otherwise, as the Eagles and Chip Kelly’s “high flying offense” showed last night, pre-season means nothing.

  49. The last time the Bengals won a playoff game, the Soviet Union still existed.

    You know, it’s one thing for Patriots fans or Steelers fans to talk trash about the Ravens

    but for Bengals fans to open their mouth about the Ravens when the Ravens still lead the all-time series in wins head to head

    And the fact that Flacco has more playoff wins (10) than the Bengals do in their entire franchise history (5) I don’t know where Bengals fans feel the need to open their mouth about anything.

    The Ravens win all the time and they still get criticized. They have the 2nd most playoff wins in the NFL since 2000 with 15, 2 SB trophies and 10 playoff app in that time

    Bengals fans think their team deserves respect while winning nothing in the playoffs. What a joke.

    Try being relevant in the playoffs for once. Then talk.

  50. samoanjungle says:
    Sep 15, 2015 10:22 AM
    The Bengals swept the Ravens last year, got back key players this year, Ravens lose, Bengals win in a blow-out, Ravens lose Suggs yet Ravens are ranked higher than Bengals.

    Huh.

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    Lol at all the disgruntled Bungles fans on here. It’s hard to rank a team high when they haven’t won a playoff game in over 25 years…

  51. dansardo says:
    Sep 15, 2015 9:04 AM

    In the SB the seahawks had more than 1 chance to get 1 yard, so yes ppl are that bright if they say the seahawks would have won the SB by running the ball. When the seahawks got to the 1 yd line with time for 2 rush plays and someone gave u a million dollars to bet on who would win, you would have bet on the seahawks without question. So yes the Pats were lucky that it ended the way it did. The definition of lucky is something unordinary happening in your favor. And if you replay that same scenario 100 times, the hawks win prob 90 times.

    Let’s come back to reality, the ONLY REASON the Seahawks were even in the SB was Green Bay started to celebrate a bit too soon and then lost focus and started to make bad plays. So KARMA is a BITCH and the Seahawks lost because they never deserved to be there.

    If you differ and say the Seahawks won against the Packers because the Packers screwed up, the be honest for the first time in your life and recognize that Patriots DB made his play to win the game. Losers can’t have it both ways.

  52. WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? says:
    Sep 15, 2015 8:49 AM
    Miami looked terrible against a terrible Washington team and made it to 12. Okay….
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    Scoreboard… Away game. Sorry the Fins got you all up in your feelings.

  53. How can a team with an offense as bad as the Ravens be ranked #6? I watched that Broncos game and they are straight brutal. And no, it’s not all the QB.

  54. sbchampsagain, 1 good postseason and the rest of his career he has been carried by a great Ð and run game. Take away those things and you see how average he really is.

  55. “I guess the league will have to ask the Eagles to send back the Lombardi Trophy they mailed to them now, huh?

    They can keep the pre-season trophy, though.

    The point is, never, ever let pre-season dupe you into believing anything about any team. It means nothing in terms of who is good and who is bad.

    The major concern in pre-season is injuries, period. The secondary concern is getting to 53 players.
    Otherwise, as the Eagles and Chip Kelly’s “high flying offense” showed last night, pre-season means nothing.”

    So you know the Eagles are cooked after one week? I guess the Seahawks are as well? How about your Giants?

    Sam Bradford hadn’t played for 2 years and threw maybe 20 passes in pre-season. He then went into a road venue that is extremely hard for any team and struggled…for a while. Maybe you missed that 2nd half as he was going up and down the field?

    Kind of looked like a “high flying” offense to me. Go ask the Falcons defenders if they thanked the good lord last night that Jordan Matthews let that ball bounce off hs chest to end that game.

    The NY team DOESN”T want to play the Eagles. Believe that.

  56. I was at the Bears game on Sunday, and while I wouldn’t put them in the top 20, they are ranked too low. They were beating the Pack at the half and actually looked pretty good. 28 is way too low.

  57. In the SB the seahawks had more than 1 chance to get 1 yard, so yes ppl are that bright if they say the seahawks would have won the SB by running the ball. When the seahawks got to the 1 yd line with time for 2 rush plays and someone gave u a million dollars to bet on who would win, you would have bet on the seahawks without question. So yes the Pats were lucky that it ended the way it did. The definition of lucky is something unordinary happening in your favor. And if you replay that same scenario 100 times, the hawks win prob 90 times.

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    Lucky: How many times out of 100 does Kearse make that catch to set up the goal line situation.

  58. The Chargers at 15? And Indy and Pitt ahead of them. Seattle at nine – the Broncos at four? Come on now you people are suppose to be the professional and we are suppose to be simple ole fans.

  59. People that swear the Seahawks should have a run instead of pass it to end the Super Bowl only say so because they either wanted the Seahawks to win or the patriots to lose.

    You are only focused on the end result and completely ignore the situation at the time the play was called. Prior to that play, the Seahawks ran the clock down as to not leave too much time for the patriots to get the ball back and score.

    When it came time to snap the ball with 25 seconds left, a running play that did not result in a touchdown would keep the clock ticking. Seattle would’ve had to burn it’s final timeout. It would now be third down with the clock stopped and no more timeouts.

    What if they try to run it in again and they don’t make it, now what? The clock is ticking with no timeouts and they have to rush and force in a play with the Super Bowl on the line.

    By opting to pass the ball, they expected the play to end in either a touchdown or incomplete, stopping the clock and preserving the time out.

    Whether you like the outcome of the game or not, Pete Carroll made the correct call. Anybody who says otherwise is only letting their patriots hate cloud their judgment.

  60. xmatt0926x says: Sep 15, 2015 11:35 AM

    “I guess the league will have to ask the Eagles to send back the Lombardi Trophy they mailed to them now, huh?

    They can keep the pre-season trophy, though.

    The point is, never, ever let pre-season dupe you into believing anything about any team. It means nothing in terms of who is good and who is bad.

    The major concern in pre-season is injuries, period. The secondary concern is getting to 53 players.
    Otherwise, as the Eagles and Chip Kelly’s “high flying offense” showed last night, pre-season means nothing.”

    So you know the Eagles are cooked after one week? I guess the Seahawks are as well? How about your Giants?

    Sam Bradford hadn’t played for 2 years and threw maybe 20 passes in pre-season. He then went into a road venue that is extremely hard for any team and struggled…for a while. Maybe you missed that 2nd half as he was going up and down the field?

    Kind of looked like a “high flying” offense to me. Go ask the Falcons defenders if they thanked the good lord last night that Jordan Matthews let that ball bounce off hs chest to end that game.

    The NY team DOESN”T want to play the Eagles. Believe that.
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    Kat’s fighting over 2 crappy teams, hee hee

  61. pftcancer, 08-11 the defense was t10 in yards and points allowed, the next 3 seasons they were middle of the pack. I guess his rookie season lasted 4 seasons.

  62. As a Browns fan, I’m not sure what was worse, their embarrassing performance on Sunday or those uniforms. I hope I see neither again. Unfortunately, with that schedule and with Haslam’s taste, I’m sure I’ll see both.

    At this point, I’m hoping for the 1st pick in the draft. With that brutal schedule, it really might come to fruition. I’m just hoping they don’t match the Lions 0-16 season.

    After week 3, in order, its the Chargers, Ravens, Broncos, Rams, Cardinals, Bengals, Steelers, Ravens, Bengals, 49ers, Seahawks, Chiefs, and Steelers. Is there even one win in this line-up?

  63. Plus Lynch had just gotten stuffed by Hightower even though Hightower’s rotator cuff looked like one of those tires you see shredded on the side of the highway. But at least Lynch didn’t continue a pattern of getting stopped on short yardage against the Ram-oh, right.

  64. “Whether you like the outcome of the game or not, Pete Carroll made the correct call. Anybody who says otherwise is only letting their patriots hate cloud their judgment.”

    100% agree. The people who get hung up on that one play simply want to discredit another Patriots’ win.

    That play was a chess match within a chess match; it was awesome. The events leading up to it, the play itself… it was all a game of chicken that Bill won.

    Unfortunately for Carroll, instead of sailing the ball high and throwing an incomplete pass, Wilson instead got picked off.

    Logically, throwing the ball was the right move considering the play clock situation etc.; there was obviously a lot left to be desired in terms of execution however….

  65. Packers and Panthers ranked way too high.

    Neither team looked like a playoff team.

    Then again, I think Buffalo and New England were the only teams week 1 who actually looked like teams playing professionally.

    And the first half version of the Falcons before Chip Kelly remembered they have a defensive coordinator who likes to blitz.

  66. letsgobuffalo4 says:
    Sep 15, 2015 9:16 AM
    dansardo says:
    Sep 15, 2015 9:04 AM

    In the SB the seahawks had more than 1 chance to get 1 yard, so yes ppl are that bright if they say the seahawks would have won the SB by running the ball. When the seahawks got to the 1 yd line with time for 2 rush plays and someone gave u a million dollars to bet on who would win, you would have bet on the seahawks without question. So yes the Pats were lucky that it ended the way it did. The definition of lucky is something unordinary happening in your favor. And if you replay that same scenario 100 times, the hawks win prob 90 times.
    —————————————-
    So then how lucky was Seattle to score a TD at the end of the 1st half in about :30 seconds? How lucky was Kearse to make a bouncing juggling circus catch in the 4th? Seahawks wouldn’t even have had a chance to botch the game at the end if it weren’t for some extremely unlikely & flukey lucky plays going in your favor. Say what you will about the game call at the end but the Pats dominated 3 of 4 quarters and deserved to win that game much like the Packers should have beaten the Seahawks in the NFCCG. Don’t be dredging up what’s likely and unlikely when the Pack had you dead to rights leading up to the SB, you were lucky to even be there to begin with.

  67. Trestman’s issues running the Baltimore offense:

    1. Did not use an RB in pass protection, despite heavy pressure all day. Not once. Not even a “bump the DE and go” type of play.

    2. Did not call a single bootleg, despite most of the pressure coming from Flacco’s backside.

    3. Waited until the final drive to call the RB sweep and *gasp* it went for 20 yards because the DE was zeroing in on Flacco all game.

    Fix these things and Baltimore could be a very good offense. I’m not very optimistic that they will.

  68. m8gaman says:
    Sep 15, 2015 12:39 PM
    letsgobuffalo4 says:
    Sep 15, 2015 9:16 AM
    dansardo says:
    Sep 15, 2015 9:04 AM

    In the SB the seahawks had more than 1 chance to get 1 yard, so yes ppl are that bright if they say the seahawks would have won the SB by running the ball. When the seahawks got to the 1 yd line with time for 2 rush plays and someone gave u a million dollars to bet on who would win, you would have bet on the seahawks without question. So yes the Pats were lucky that it ended the way it did. The definition of lucky is something unordinary happening in your favor. And if you replay that same scenario 100 times, the hawks win prob 90 times.
    —————————————-
    So then how lucky was Seattle to score a TD at the end of the 1st half in about :30 seconds? How lucky was Kearse to make a bouncing juggling circus catch in the 4th? Seahawks wouldn’t even have had a chance to botch the game at the end if it weren’t for some extremely unlikely & flukey lucky plays going in your favor. Say what you will about the game call at the end but the Pats dominated 3 of 4 quarters and deserved to win that game much like the Packers should have beaten the Seahawks in the NFCCG. Don’t be dredging up what’s likely and unlikely when the Pack had you dead to rights leading up to the SB, you were lucky to even be there to begin with.
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    Seahawks actually owned the entire first half

  69. cucumberjones15 says:Sep 15, 2015 9:15 AM

    Just so we are clear…The Bengals dominate on the road and remain behind 2 teams that lost in week 1? OK.
    ————————————————
    Just so we’re clear…it was the Raiders, don’t get your panties twisted.

  70. I understand how all of you folks are feeling, I can offer some solace “At least your not stuck with the Loins (not a typo)”. Last year the media was so enamoured with Teryl Austin you would have thought he was the 2nd coming of Buddy Ryan, now that Suh is gone we are apparently unable to see that 97% of the Chargers play were screens and the mastermind couldn’t make any adjustments. Our high powered offense ran the ball so well in the 1st half the obvious thing to do with the “Lame-bardi” offense in the 2nd half is to run the ball 4 times. I was exhausted watching the defense run back on the field every 4th offensive play. As soon as the commentators start giving Matty lip service he throws a pick, just like clockwork. Remember this, it could be worse, you could be Loins (not a typo) fans. 2015 Loins 5-11. So Viking and Bear fans you got 2 wins coming your way, everybody likes to see the Loins on their schedule, it a get well quick game.

  71. I think it’s comical the Cowboys are #4. My Giants went into Dallas starting three rookies (LT, Safety, MLB) and pissed the game away with poor clock management. They were also missing Cruz who’s replacement (Parker) dropped three huge third down passes. I also love the fact they out Jerry Reese for another blunder. Cutting Jones and keeping Parker.

  72. ansardo says:
    Sep 15, 2015 9:04 AM

    In the SB the seahawks had more than 1 chance to get 1 yard, so yes ppl are that bright if they say the seahawks would have won the SB by running the ball. When the seahawks got to the 1 yd line with time for 2 rush plays and someone gave u a million dollars to bet on who would win, you would have bet on the seahawks without question. So yes the Pats were lucky that it ended the way it did. The definition of lucky is something unordinary happening in your favor. And if you replay that same scenario 100 times, the hawks win prob 90 times.

    19 40

    If the Seahawks receiver was wide open and dropped the ball, that would be luck, When the cornerback makes a great play and takes the ball away after studying this play on film, that’s not luck that’s a great coach at work.

  73. rexdarteskimospy says:
    Sep 15, 2015 8:49 AM

    Figures. Joseph Vincent Flacco throws a perfect pass to Steve Smith for a game-winning touchdown, and the pass bounces off Smith’s chest, but it’s all somehow Flacco’s fault.
    ___________________________________

    Maybe the reference isn’t to Flacco’s last 2 plays but to the pick six that he threw earlier into coverage

  74. “29. Browns (0-1; No. 24): At least the uniforms are an improvement.””

    The jerseys are horrendous. Like the brighter orange on the helmet though.

  75. Laughing at Bills fans that think they’re going to Win Sunday. Belichick has 10 days to prepare against a scrub QB that has no idea what he’s doing. Pats 16-3

  76. A few observations:
    1) Ravens #6??? Ahead of the Cardinals and the Chiefs? No freaking way.
    2) If an 0 – 1 team is ranked higher than a 1 – 0 team because of the caliber of the team they’re playing, why are the Steelers ranked so low when they played the SB Champs from last year and the team that is currently ranked #1?
    3) Loved the line about Flacco being ‘elite’; loved the shower curtain line about the Steelers and loved the line about covering Gronkowski.

    Other than that, here’s hoping that Rex Ryan’s Bills team is as good as they looked on Sunday. Would really like to see them give New England a run for their $$$.

  77. Don’t understand beating up the Eagles. I really don’t. I didn’t get it when they were ranked 14, and I don’t get them being ranked in the bottom half of the league now. Granted, they lost and looked terrible in the first half. But the second half was a totally different game. Eagles fans are disappointed (believe me), but I don’t know anyone who has lost faith this is going to be team competing in January.
    wl

  78. Man…people are SO READY to dump on Chip Kelly.

    Why are people so hungry to see him fail?

    It can’t be arrogance. All coaches are arrogant and if you read the guy’s quotes, he disavows his own “genius” whenever it’s suggested to him, and continues to insist that he’s just a basic football coach who’s following his own instincts.

    So what is it?

  79. My final comment here: as loyal as a pats fan as I am, anyone that thinks pats are guaranteed to win against buffalo has salt water taffy in their heads. Never mind the bills are likely to have one of the best defenses in the NFL this year, its a division game. Division games are almost never easy, at least until the end of the year when most things are already decided.

    The pats have been forced to rotate 3 rookies on their O line and that is going to be the situation at least for a few more weeks. I expect that the pats defense will play much better (there is a hell of a lot of talent on the front 7 than showed last week) and the pats should be able to eventually wear down a rookie QB, and suspect O line and if tom gets a litle time the pats have the offensive weapons to exploit even the best defenses but this is no sure thing.

    I am expecting a great game

  80. Patriots are cheaters…will be labeled this always and forever…will never leave…Dynasty tainted!!!

    Fellow pats fans:

    Do people like this honestly even bother you anymore? It’s so obvious how butthurt and sad they are to see our team constantly winning and dominating their whiny teams. I think its time to start feeling bad for these people because they are the same kids from middle school who would take their ball and cry to their mom when you whooped em on the court or the field. Just a thought.

  81. And the fact that Flacco has more playoff wins (10) than the Bengals do in their entire franchise history (5) I don’t know where Bengals fans feel the need to open their mouth about anything.

    Haha Bmores a troll but ouch…

    BURNED

  82. Seahawks actually owned the entire first half

    What game did you watch Wilson didn’t complete a pass til the middle of the 2nd quarter while the GOAT was marching up and down the field

  83. Seriously Denver at #3 surely you must have been watching film from 3 years ago. The only thing Denver has going for it is their defense and that’s not saying much because even the “D” is being hyped too much. Of course that’s the standard treatment for any team that Mega head is on, because as we all know the media just can’t slobber enough over Manning. Manning won’t finish the season as the starter about game 10 when it’s clear that the offense isn’t going to average more than 10 points a game Kubiac is pull Peyton aside and give him the old “we are going in a different direction as far as the QB position goes.

  84. bassplucker says:
    Sep 15, 2015 11:29 AM
    How can a team with an offense as bad as the Ravens be ranked #6? I watched that Broncos game and they are straight brutal. And no, it’s not all the QB.
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    Because defense wins championships and holding a Peyton Manning offense to zero touchdowns says a lot.

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