NFL Thoughts on Week 17

NFL Thoughts on NFL Week 17

Packers 45, Lions 41

-I’m not buying the Matt Flynn hype. I do buy the fact that Lions secondary isn’t great and the Packers’ weapons are excellent.

-Calvin Johnson is beast. That’s all.

49ers 34, Rams 27

-Solid effort by the Rams, but ultimately, they simply didn’t have the firepower.

-Not shocking that Spags got fired, but to be fair, his team was decimated by injuries.

Dolphins 19, Jets 17

-Santonio Holmes just doesn’t get it.

-Steve Slaton had 55 yards rushing. I once bet a friend a few years ago that Slaton would be better than some dude named Arian Foster. Oops.

Bears 17, Vikings 13

-Jared Allen finishes a half of sack short of Michael Strahan’s record. Thanks, Brett!

-Percy Harvin finishes with 87 catches. An impressive year for a guy always battling injuries.

Saints 45, Panthers 17

– Despite the Panthers only winning 6 games, I’m sure Ron Rivera was very happy in his rookie campaign as head coach.

– Not much else to say about Drew Brees. He’s a stud.

Patriots 49, Bills 21

– Ryan Fitzpatrick finishes with 24 touchdowns and 23 INTs, not a good ratio.

-Tom Brady finished with 39 touchdowns, 12 INTs, and over 5,200 passing yards and he’s not even the second best quarterback in the league this year.

Eagles 34, Redskins 10

– Guess which defense finished 8th in yards allowed…….yup that Juan Castillo’ defense.

-Not sure if you guys knew this, but Rex Grossman stinks.

Jaguars 19, Colts 13

-Andrew Luck will be a Colt.

-MJD leads the league in rushing with 1,606 yards which is only about 600 yards short of Blaine Gabbert’s passing yards.

Titans 23, Texans 22

-It will be interesting to see where the Titans go with QB next season. Locker showed glimises of promises, but Hasselbeck had a bounce back year.

-I understand while Munchak’s heart would be torn in picking Penn State or the Titans. It’s every coaches’ dreams to coach in the NFL, but the idea of trying to rebuild your college’s image is quite the resume builder.

Falcons 45, Bucs 24

-The Bucs quit. It’s a shame because Raheem Morris got fired for it.

-The Falcons go to New York to take on a Giants team with a hot quarterback.

Ravens 24, Bengals 16

-I think the Bengals upset the Texans.

-If the Ravens run the ball and take the ball out of Joe Flacco’s hands, they’ll represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. My guess, they get away from it against NE or Pittsburgh and lose.

Steelers 13, Browns 9

-Through all of the injuries, can Pittsburgh make a run? I say yes.

-Issac Redman went to Paulsboro High School which was in the same conference as mine. (Go Sterling!)

Chiefs 7, Broncos 3

-Orton gets his revenge.

-Has Tebow finally run its course?

Chargers 38, Raiders 26

-Seems the Chargers went on just enough a run to help Turner keep his job.

-Disappointing year for the Raiders as they finish 8-8 for the second year in a row.

Cardinals 23, Seahawks 20 OT

-Kevin Kolb in his 2nd official QB contrevsory.

-Interested to see if Seattle invests in QB because Tarvis Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst stink.

Giants 31, Cowboys 17

-Does anyone believe Jerry Jones when he says Jason Garrett will be back? The only way he is if Cowher or Fisher says no.

-No one wants to face Eli Manning. He can take this team on his back and start a run similar to 2007.


NFL Power Rankings Week #13


1. (1)  Green Bay Packers 11-0– Aaron Rodgers and the Packers appear to be the Super Bowl favorites by a wide margin.

2. (6) Baltimore Ravens 8-3John got the better of Jim in Harbaugh Bowl I.  Ravens may be inconsistent but they beat the good teams.

3. (2)  San Francisco 49ers 9-2–  Niners look to bounce back from a tough loss by clinching the NFC west this week.

4. (4) New Orleans Saints 8-3- Drew Brees and the offense could go toe to toe with the Packers indoors but what about outside in the playoffs?

5. (5) New England Patriots 8-3Easy schedule the rest of the way should see the Pats finishing with 12 wins. Can the defense stand up come playoff time?

6. (3) Pittsburgh Steelers 8-3- Another dicey game against a poor team, yet they pull off a victory.

7. (7) Houston Texans 8-3- Matt Schaub done. Matt Leinart out. The T.J. Yates era is underway.

8. (10) Dallas Cowboys 7-4–  The Cowboys win games when DeMarco Murray starts.

9. (9) Chicago Bears 7-4Week one with Caleb Hanie didn’t exactly work out.  We’ll see if he gets it going in start two.

10. (9) Detroit Lions 7-4– Lions are going to have to start winning games if they want to reach the postseason.

11. (12) Oakland Raiders 7-4- The Raiders continue to win football games.  Postseason is within sight.

12. (13) Atlanta Falcons 7-4-When Matt Ryan plays well the Falcons win football games.  They will need him to step up in December.

13. (14) Cincinnati Bengals 7-4-  The Bengals close out a stretch of four consecutive divisional games with week against Pittsburgh.

14. (11)- New York Giants 6-5- Tough schedule is taking a toll on the Giants playoff hopes.

15. (15)Denver Broncos 6-5Not only is Tim Tebow winning games week after week but so is the defense.

16. (16) New York Jets 6-5- The Jets will hang in the playoff race until the end.  They could cause trouble if they make the postseason.

17. (18) Tennessee Titans 6-5-Titans continue to hang around. Chris Johnson finally showed up this week.

18. (19)  Buffalo Bills 5-6– Looks like the Buffalo faithful will have to wait till next year….yet again.

19. (20) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-7– Tough season in Tampa….Josh Freeman will need to play better if they wish to compete next year.

20. (21) Philadelphia Eagles 4-7The coaching staff needs to be replaced. DeSean Jackson looks like a future Dallas Cowboy.

21. (17) San Diego Chargers 4-7- The Chargers and Eagles are the biggest disappointments in the NFL this year. Norv Turner needs to be fired.

22. (23) Miami Dolphins 3-8 – The Dolphins have played very well four weeks running.  Spoiler is the role to play from here on out.

23. (25) Cleveland Browns 4-7Maybe the one AFC North team that doesn’t reach the postseason.

24. (22) Seattle Seahawks 4-7- Prime time Thursday night at home against the Eagles.

25 (24) Carolina Panthers 3-8- Losing year, yup.  Successful season, yup.

26. (27) Washington Redskins 4-7- Victory in Seattle stops the skid.  Season was over prior.

27. (28) Arizona Cardinals 4-7– Beanie Wells went nuts on the Rams for a franchise record 228 yards.

28. (26) Kansas City Chiefs 4-7Rough year in Kansas City, hard scheduled and injuries all over the place.  Tyler Palko is very bad.

29. (29) Jacksonville Jaguars 3-8Team sold. Jack Del Rio fired.  Season over.

30. (31) Minnesota Vikings 2-9– Been a big fall since the NFC Championship a few years back.

31. (30) St. Louis Rams 2-9- The experts pick in the NFC West has been a disaster.  Jobs could be lost.

32. (32) Indianapolis Colts 0-11– Horrible season.  The Colts/Patriots game doesn’t have the same feels this season.

NFL Power Rankings


NFL Power Rankings Week 12


1. (1)  Green Bay Packers 10-0– Tough game against the Bucs, but ultimately too much Jordy Nelson

2. (2)  San Francisco 49ers 9-1–  Defense was flat-out dominant against a bad Cardinals team.

3. (3) Pittsburgh Steelers 7-3- Very winnable Sunday Night game vs. a struggling Chiefs team

4. (4) New Orleans Saints 7-3- Seeding could be on the line for a Monday Night Tilt vs. the Giants.

5. (6) New England Patriots 7-3– Seemed to get bored with the Chiefs and then turned it on when they wanted.

6. (7) Baltimore Ravens 7-3Could be an awkward Harbaugh family dinner on Thanksgiving…

7. (8) Houston Texans 7-3- The Matt Leinart playoff push begins.

8. (9) Chicago Bears 7-3I honestly don’t feel that there will be huge drop off with Cutler out.

9. (10) Detroit Lions 7-3– Great showdown between future superstars at quarterback.  Stafford 1, Newton 0.

10. (12) Dallas Cowboys 6-4–  That Dolphins game will be tougher than you think.

11. (5)- New York Giants 6-4- If they don’t get that running game figured out, that epic collapse that the Giants are famous for will happen.

12. (15) Oakland Raiders 6-4- While Palmer has been solid, Michael Bush has been the MVP since McFadden has gone down.

13. (13) Atlanta Falcons 6-4-Got a brief scare from rookie quarterback Jake Locker.

 14. (11) Cincinnati Bengals 6-4-  Despite the tough loss to Baltimore, you can’t help but think that Bengals are starting to believe in Andy Dalton and his promising future.

15. (20)Denver Broncos 5-5Tebow does it again, how long will it last?

16. (14) New York Jets 5-5- It’s get really mediocre after the Jets…

17. (18) San Diego Chargers 4-6- Vincent Jackson needs to get paid.

18. (17) Tennessee Titans 5-5-Tough loss against the Falcons, will likely continue to hang around.

19. (16)  Buffalo Bills 5-5– Fred Jackson’s injury might be the beginning of the end.

20. (19) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-6– It seems that Tampa Bay always tends to get too pass happy. Blount only got 18 carries against Green Bay. Give that man the rock!

21. (23) Philadelphia Eagles 4-6Vince Young was 15-18 for 169 yards with a touchdown and a pick in the second half. Pretty efficient.

22. (26) Seattle Seahawks 4-6- I wonder how many people tuned in to Seattle and St. Louis last week.

23. (30) Miami Dolphins 3-7 – Got to love how the Dolphins play hard even when their season is over.

24 (24) Carolina Panthers 2-8- If Newton can cut down on the turnovers and I expect he will, the sky is the limit.

25. (22) Cleveland Browns 4-6Chris Ogbonnaya has filled in nicely as the third string running back. 

26. (21) Kansas City Chiefs 4-6Hard to get excited for the rest of the season with Tyler Palko under center.

27. (25) Washington Redskins 3-7- Jabar Gaffney is smart to get off of Twitter.

28. (22) Arizona Cardinals 3-7– Might as well have been an actual skeleton playing quarterback for them against the Niners.

29. (28) Jacksonville Jaguars 3-7Blaine Gabbert still stinks

30. (29) St. Louis Rams 2-8- Lost year for Bradford and company

31. (31) Minnesota Vikings 2-8– If AP is out for extended period of time, the only reason left to watch is Jared Allen.

32. (32) Indianapolis Colts 0-10– Two games up on the Suck for Luck sweepstakes.

The actual starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals vs. the 49ers last Sunday. He had a "live" arm.