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NFL Power Rankings: Week 5 - Top 10
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  1. Green Bay Packers (4-0) - Previously: #1 - It wasn't the blowout performance I was anticipating, but Aaron Rodgers' Revenge Tour is now complete. He beat the Seahawks and 49ers, two teams that have knocked him out of the playoffs recently, as well as Alex Smith, who was chosen way before him in the 2005 NFL Draft, in consecutive weeks. This is huge for Rodgers, who holds grudges like no one else. As I said on the podcast, I could see Rodgers being like Steve Buscemi in Billy Madison, sitting in his parents' basement, looking at his revenge list while smearing lipstick on his face.

    Oh, and by the way, here's a crazy stat I saw: Rodgers could throw 61 interceptions on his next 61 passes, and he'd still have a better career interception percentage than Colin Kaepernick.

  2. New England Patriots (3-0) - Previously: #2 - So, the Patriots were on a bye, and yet NFL kickers had their worst week yet? How interesting. It's almost as if Tom Brady went around the entire country and deflated all of the kicking balls. I'm not saying he did, but would it be totally implausible if he made 12 clones of himself and dispatched each of them, as well as himself, to all 13 Sunday locations to take the air out of the balls? Yeah, I know, definitely a strong possibility!

  3. Cincinnati Bengals (4-0) - Previously: #4 - The Bengals have burned professional bettors twice in four weeks. The sharps were heavy on the Raiders in Week 1 and the Chiefs this past Sunday, yet Cincinnati spoiled their day. As we've seen, there isn't much wrong with the Raiders, and I have to believe that Kansas City isn't that bad, so the logical explanation is that the Bengals are much better than we all thought they were.

    Andy Dalton is playing great, and he has plenty of weapons to work with. The main difference, however, is the offensive line. In a league in which half of the quarterbacks don't even have a full second to fire a pass off without getting drilled, Dalton is enjoying all the time in the world. With that in mind, how smart were the Bengals to spend their first two draft picks on linemen this past spring? Even if some of their blockers get hurt, they'll be fine.

  4. Arizona Cardinals (3-1) - Previously: #3 - I'm not going to drop the Cardinals too far for Sunday's loss. Some fluky turnovers, as well as one of the worst officiating calls I've seen in a very long time, did them in. I think they win that matchup more often than not, though it's worth noting that the St. Louis squad we saw Sunday is much better than the one that sputtered in the first three weeks. Todd Gurley is an animal. One NFL team told us prior to the draft that they saw him as the next Jim Brown, so it's not a surprise that he's off to such a strong start.

  5. Atlanta Falcons (4-0) - Previously: #10 - The Falcons were lucky in their first two games. They could have lost to both the Eagles and Giants. However, they're much different now, thanks to Devonta Freeman, who has inexplicably transformed into Jamal Anderson after looking terrible in his first 18 career starts. Now, Matt Ryan doesn't have to do everything because Freeman is suddenly great.

    My theory? Simple. Taking after his best friend Tom Brady, Freeman has begun deflating footballs. I expect Roger Goodell to suspend him shortly despite having minimal proof. In fact, the Wells Report 2.0 may just point to this Web page as its sole piece of evidence.

  6. Seattle Seahawks (2-2) - Previously: #5 - I can't even talk about that blown cover. I know I got lucky with Baltimore on Thursday night, and this one sort of makes up for it, but it's still crushing. Anyway, check out my NFL Game Recaps for analysis of the Seahawks-Lions game, including my thoughts on Batted Ball-gate.

  7. Denver Broncos (4-0) - Previously: #6 - As I said on the recaps page, Peyton Manning looks like a dying animal. Seriously. It wouldn't surprise me if animal control showed up during a game, put a collar around him and dragged him off the field.

    The defense is carrying Manning right now, but that will be no bueno come playoff time. Manning will then choke in glarious fashion, going something like 13-of-30 for one touchdown and four interceptions, and then we won't have to see him again until September, save for the billion times we'll watch him on TV in his many commercials.

  8. Carolina Panthers (4-0) - Previously: #9 - Maybe I was just hearing things, but the play-by-play announcer in the Panthers-Buccaneers game called Jameis Winston "Cam Newton" a couple of times, and vice versa. I don't know who that guy was, but he needs to get his privilege checked. Not all quarterbacks of color look the same, bro.

    They definitely don't play the same, that's for sure. Newton was fine, but that's all he had to be because his defense completely abused Winston. Carolina's defense is roaring right now. Yes, I know, inferior competition and all, but how potent will this unit be when Charles Johnson and Luke Kuechly return?

  9. Buffalo Bills (2-2) - Previously: #7 - I wrote this last week: "It's amazing how great the Bills can look when they're not committing two penalties on every single drive."

    Ha! So much for that. The Bills imploded for the second time in three weeks. Doing so once is somewhat understandable, but twice? They need to calm down and stop playing like idiots because they are a talented team that is highly capable of making a playoff run if they play to their potential.

  10. Minnesota Vikings (2-2) - Previously: #8 - The good news is that Teddy Bridgewater was awesome in the second half, misfiring on just two passes. The bad news is that the offensive line blew and ultimately cost the Vikings a victory. The incoherent preseason Minnesota play-by-play guy constantly called the Vikings' offensive line the "Minnesota Moving Company," so he must be devastated right now that his nickname isn't living up to its reputation. But don't worry, incoherent Minnesota play-by-play guy, as mentioned earlier, half the quarterbacks in the NFL right now have terrible protection.

NFL Power Rankings: Week 5 - Bottom 10

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3) - Previously: #31 - What I wrote last week: "Marcus Mariota has now outplayed Jameis Winston by a wide margin in two of their three games. Not good, Bucs, not good." I guess we can say three of four weeks? Because whatever Mariota did during his bye week was sure as hell better than what Winston did on Sunday.

Speaking of which, how dumb am I for dropping the two units on Carolina? Ugh. Sounds like it's time for...

The Adventures of Derek Anderson's Magic Flask!

Me: I'm totally going to rebound this week! Panthers for two units.

Jameis Winston: That's not nice.

Me: Sorry, Jameis. But your team sucks, and you have no homefield advantage, yet Vegas has yet to account for that, so the spread should be like -6.

Jameis Winston: Ah well met, good chap, well met.

Derek Anderson: Heeyyy guuyyyyysss whhyyy dodonn'ttt weee commememeboorattee thissis twwowo-unnitt bebertttt wiitth soommee dririnkss hic!

Me: I have no idea where you came from, but sure, why not?

*** 10 minutes later ***

Me: Whaazzzz I thinknkinn I cannan't beetttt twwowo unnitsss agaisnnst yeyeww I looovvee yyewww mmananann.

Jameis Winston: I loovveee yyewww toooo goododdd chhahappp hic! Ohh mmanannn whaatt coolloror jjeersseeyyss dodooo I throowowo to aggaiiannn hic!?

Me: Bblleuuuuee Ii thinknk I'mm oggnnana bebetttt fiifvee unnitrss oonnn theh Chiiefsss hic!

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3) - Previously: #30 - How sad is it that the Jaguars can't even beat Matt Hasselbeck? If they can't overcome Hasselbeck, how the hell are they ever going to defeat Andrew Luck? Luck could be playing with just one arm, shouting, "Tis merely a flesh wound!" and yet Jacksonville would still lose.

30. Chicago Bears (1-3) - Previously: #32 - Jay Cutler is so bad that he wins when his team is trying to lose. Amazing. Anyway, here's the Cutler meme of the week:

And now we know why Cutler actually tried hard against the Raiders. He was taking a picture with kitties before the game, and if there's a single thing Cutler sort of, kinda, maybe cares about in this world, it's kitties.

29. San Francisco 49ers (1-3) - Previously: #28 - "I can now be myself." - Colin Kaepernick, this offseason upon learning that Jim Harbaugh was not coming back.

Yes, I quoted that last week, but I wanted to bring it up because Clay Matthews was heard shouting, "You ain't Russell Wilson, bro" at Kaepernick during the game. This actually happened. And Kaepernick probably thought, Yes, I know I'm not Russell Wilson, silly goose - because I'm being myself right now!

28. Cleveland Browns (1-3) - Previously: #29 - Was there a more Cleveland Browns loss than Tramon Williams being offside on a missed, game-winning field goal? Good grief.

The Browns should just stop trying to win and embrace the losing. In fact, they should build a museum in their stadium called the Browns History of Great Losers Hall of Fame and enshrine all of the most disappointing players and coaches they've ever had. If they do this, I'm sure they'll ask Williams for his cleats, since something of his needs to be in there for sure.

By the way, here's my ballot for the innagural class of the Browns History of Great Losers Hall of Fame:

Tim Couch, QB
Courtney Brown, DE
William Green, RB
Brady Quinn, QB
Trent Richardson, RB
Chris Palmer, HC

Did I miss anyone worthy of being in the first class? Let me know.

27. Houston Texans (1-3) - Previously: #25 - I'm beginning to think this whole Ryan Mallett-Brian Hoyer experiment isn't going to work out. By the way, here's a picture of J.J. Watt trying to carry his team against the Falcons:

26. Washington Redskins (2-2) - Previously: #26 - I'm proud of Kirk Cousins for not imploding like he did last year following a humiliating loss to the Giants on a Thursday night. He played quite well, particularly on the game-winning drive. That said, I can't say I trust him very much yet. It's not exactly a challenge battling a Philadelphia defense missing multiple starters.

25. Oakland Raiders (2-2) - Previously: #22 - What's worse: A) The Raiders losing to Jay Cutler, or B) the fact that I said that the Chargers (with their banged-up offensive line) were worse than Oakland.

As dumb as my statement was, it has to be A. You can't lose to Cutler. The man smokes cigarettes during games!

24. New Orleans Saints (1-3) - Previously: #24 - Nothing bad to say about the Saints this week, though that wouldn't be the case if I actually bet money on the Cowboys on Sunday night. What a terrible beat.

Anyway, let me just mention that I posted a grade for the Dolphins firing Joe Philbin, which you can read by clicking the link.

23. Tennessee Titans (1-2) - Previously: #23 - The Titans were on a bye... and you know what? I almost forgot the Jim Irsay segment.So, here were some memorable tweets from Jim Irsay during the game:











NFL Power Rankings: The Rest:
11. New York Giants (2-2). Previously: #18
12. San Diego Chargers (2-2). Previously: #11
13. New York Jets (3-1). Previously: #13
14. Indianapolis Colts (2-2). Previously: #14
15. Kansas City Chiefs (1-3). Previously: #15
16. Dallas Cowboys (2-2). Previously: #16
17. Baltimore Ravens (1-3). Previously: #17
18. Philadelphia Eagles (1-3). Previously: #12
19. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2). Previously: #19
20. Miami Dolphins (1-3). Previously: #20
21. Detroit Lions (0-4). Previously: #21
22. St. Louis Rams (2-2). Previously: #27



Fantasy Football Studs and Scrubs

Top Fantasy Quarterbacks:
  • Philip Rivers: 23-of-38, 358 yards. 3 TDs, 0 INTs.
  • Sam Bradford: 15-of-28, 270 yards. 3 TDs, 0 INTs. 1 carry, 14 rush yards.
  • Josh McCown: 32-of-41, 356 yards. 2 TDs, 0 INTs. 1 fumble. 1 2-pt conversion.
  • Drew Brees: 33-of-41, 359 yards. 2 TDs, 0 INTs.
  • Kirk Cousins: 31-of-46, 290 yards. 1 TD, 0 INTs. 1 rush TD.
  • Russell Wilson: 20-of-26, 287 yards. 1 TD, 0 INTs. 10 carries, 40 rush yards.
  • Eli Manning: 20-of-35, 212 yards. 3 TDs, 1 INT.
  • Blake Bortles: 28-of-50, 298 yards. 1 TD, 0 INTs. 4 carries, 31 rush yards.
  • Nick Foles: 16-of-24, 171 yards. 3 TDs, 0 INTs.
  • Andy Dalton: 17-of-24, 321 yards. 1 TD, 0 INTs. 3 carries, 16 rush yards.

  • Top Fantasy Running Backs:
  • Devonta Freeman: 14 carries, 68 yards. 3 TDs. 5 catches, 81 rec. yards.
  • Jeremy Hill: 9 carries, 40 yards. 3 TDs. 1 2-pt conversion.
  • Chris Ivory: 29 carries, 166 yards. 1 TD.
  • Le'Veon Bell: 22 carries, 129 yards. 1 TD. 7 catches, 21 rec. yards.
  • Doug Martin: 20 carries, 106 yards. 1 TD. 5 catches, 37 rec. yards.
  • Duke Johnson: 8 carries, 31 yards. 9 catches, 85 rec. yards. 1 rec. TD.
  • C.J. Spiller: 2 carries, 10 yards. 5 catches, 99 rec. yards. 1 rec. TD.
  • Ronnie Hillman: 11 carries, 103 yards. 1 TD.
  • Todd Gurley: 19 carries, 146 yards. 2 catches, 15 rec. yards.
  • Adrian Peterson: 16 carries, 81 yards. 1 TD. 4 catches, 13 rec. yards.
  • Rashad Jennings: 9 carries, 38 yards. 2 catches, 54 rec. yards. 1 rec. TD.
  • Justin Forsett: 27 carries, 150 yards.
  • Terron Ward: 19 carries, 72 yards. 1 TD. 1 catch, 18 rec. yards.
  • Matt Forte: 25 carries, 91 yards. 4 catches, 64 rec. yards. 1 fumble.
  • Jamaal Charles: 11 carries, 75 yards. 6 catches, 70 rec. yards.

  • Top Fantasy Wide Receivers:
  • Tavon Austin: 2 carries, 20 rush yards. 6 catches, 96 yards. 2 TDs.
  • Vincent Jackson: 10 catches, 147 yards. 1 TD.
  • Allen Hurns: 11 catches, 116 yards. 1 TD.
  • Leonard Hankerson: 6 catches, 103 yards. 1 TD.
  • DeAndre Hopkins: 9 catches, 157 yards.
  • Jeremy Maclin: 11 catches, 148 yards.
  • Mike Wallace: 8 catches, 83 yards. 1 TD.
  • Kenny Stills: 5 catches, 81 yards. 1 TD.
  • Ted Ginn: 2 catches, 18 yards. 2 TDs.
  • Cecil Shorts: 6 catches, 87 yards. 1 TD. 1 fumble.
  • Kamar Aiken: 5 catches, 77 yards. 1 TD.
  • Riley Cooper: 2 catches, 72 yards. 1 TD.
  • Keenan Allen: 4 catches, 72 yards. 1 TD.
  • Brandon Marshall: 7 catches, 128 yards.
  • Brandon Tate: 1 catch, 55 yards. 1 TD.
  • Pierre Garcon: 7 catches, 55 yards. 1 TD.
  • Eddie Royal: 7 catches, 54 yards. 1 TD.
  • Miles Austin: 2 catches, 51 yards. 1 TD.
  • Amari Cooper: 4 catches, 49 yards. 1 TD.
  • Terrance Williams: 3 catches, 49 yards. 1 TD.

  • Top Fantasy Tight Ends:
  • Martellus Bennett: 11 catches, 83 rec. yards. 1 rec. TD.
  • Coby Fleener: 9 catches, 83 rec. yards. 1 rec. TD.
  • Gary Barnidge: 6 catches, 75 rec. yards. 1 rec. TD.
  • Ladarius Green: 4 catches, 53 rec. yards. 1 rec. TD.
  • Charles Clay: 9 catches, 111 rec. yards.

  • Top Fantasy IDP:
  • Josh Norman: 4 tackles, 2 INTs, 1 TD.
  • T.J. Ward: 6 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble.
  • Ezekiel Ansah: 3 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble.
  • Muhammad Wilkerson: 3 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble.
  • Melvin Ingram: 5 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble.
  • Ryan Davis: 2 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble.
  • Aaron Lynch: 4 tackles, 2 sacks.
  • Za'Darius Smith: 4 tackles, 2 sacks.
  • Jeremiah Attaochu: 3 tackles, 2 sacks.
  • Chris Baker: 3 tackles, 2 sacks.
  • Domata Peko: 2 tackles, 2 sacks.
  • Nick Perry: 2 tackles, 2 sacks.
  • Thomas Davis: 11 tackles, 1 INT.
  • Corey Graham: 13 tackles, 1 sack.
  • Daryl Smith: 13 tackles, 1 sack.
  • Lawrence Timmons: 11 tackles, 1 sack.
  • Calais Campbell: 11 tackles, 0.5 sack.
  • Anthony Hitchens: 11 tackles, 0.5 sack.
  • D'Qwell Jackson: 17 tackles.
  • Vincent Rey: 15 tackles.
  • Johnathan Cyrprien: 14 tackles.
  • Manti Te'o: 13 tackles.

  • Fantasy Scrubs of the Week :
  • Lamar Miller: 7 carries, 26 yards. 1 catch, 10 rec. yards.

  • Matthew Stafford: 24-of-35, 203 yards. 0 TDs, 0 INTs.
  • Joe Flacco: 20-of-33, 189 yards. 1 TD, 1 INT. 1 fumble.
  • Peyton Manning: 17-of-27, 213 yards. 1 TD, 2 INTs.
  • Colin Kaepernick: 13-of-25, 160 yards. 0 TDs, 1 INT. 10 carries, 57 rush yards.

  • Matt Jones: 7 carries, 11 yards.
  • Shane Vereen: 5 carries, 21 yards.
  • Carlos Hyde: 8 carries, 20 yards.
  • Arian Foster: 8 carries, 10 yards. 3 catches, 25 rec. yards. 1 fumble.

  • Marvin Jones: 1 catch, 4 yards.
  • Anquan Boldin: 3 catches, 12 yards.
  • Rishard Matthews: 1 catch, 16 yards.
  • Marques Colston: 4 catches, 19 yards.
  • Steve Smith: 4 catches, 24 yards.
  • Brandin Cooks: 4 catches, 25 yards.
  • Percy Harvin: 3 catches, 26 yards.
  • Mike Evans: 3 catches, 32 yards.
  • Stevie Johnson: 4 catches, 32 yards.
  • Golden Tate: 3 catches, 29 yards.
  • Julio Jones: 4 catches, 38 yards.
  • Odell Beckham Jr: 5 catches, 38 yards.

  • Heath Miller: 1 catch, 1 rec. yard.
  • Kyle Rudolph: 2 catches, 7 rec. yards.
  • Zach Ertz: 2 catches, 11 rec. yards.
  • Mychal Rivera: 2 catches, 12 rec. yards.
  • Maxx Williams: 2 catches, 17 rec. yards.
  • Jordan Cameron: 2 catches, 19 rec. yards.
  • Jared Cook: 3 catches, 22 rec. yards.
  • Jordan Reed: 5 catches, 37 rec. yards. 1 fumble.
  • Greg Olsen: 2 catches, 28 rec. yards.
  • Jimmy Graham: 4 catches, 29 rec. yards.
  • Travis Kelce: 5 catches, 49 rec. yards. 1 fumble.

  • Run Defenses, Pass Defense, Pass Protection:

    Something new this year - I'm keeping track of precise run defense, pass defense and pass protection rankings in Excel. The benefit to this is that it'll be broken down by week. Here are the download links:

    2014 NFL Defensive Rankings Spreadsheet (2007 Excel)

    2014 NFL Defensive Rankings Spreadsheet - (1999-2003 Excel)

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    Omaha (Anonymous Poster)
    1 day(s) 9 hour(s) ago - hide

    Not a fan of either team, but Walter's bias is painfully obvious so I'll preemptively post this:

    Last year, Saints are 1-3 at the end of Week 4.  Walter keeps them in his Top 5 for the Power Rankings (becuz Sharpz...little Walt can't make an opinion without someone telling him what his opinion is first).  Walt makes every excuse in the book for the Saints, they "are one or two plays away" from being 3-1.  The Saints point differential at the time is -15.

    This year, the Eagles, who Walt has blatantly hated for years, maybe some Eagles fan beat him up in school when he was a kid, maybe he had an alcoholic father who loved the Eagles, who knows, he's from Philly but no matter the coach, the players, the QB, the Eagles are always bad according to Walt.  Eagles are 3 missed kicks away from 3-1.  Very makable kicks.  Parkey was hurt, he missed a 44 yarder. Sturgis missed a FG and a PAT today, both about 30 yards.....Will Walt make the same excuses for the Eagles that he did for the Saints last year?  Very similar scenario, and if anything, the Eagles point differential is -8, and all of their games have been pretty tight.

    Stay tuned for Walt the hypocrite folks.

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    Timmy Hutch (Anonymous Poster)
    6 day(s) 9 hour(s) ago - hide
    Your rankings are horrible based solely on the Seahawks. They were horrendous in the first 2 weeks, and for their only win this season, beat the worst team in the league. Horrible.
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    Prof Owl (Anonymous Poster)
    6 day(s) 3 hour(s) ago - hide

    @Timmy Hutch 


    Your thinking is that the Seahawks were horrible losing away in OT against a division rival they've always had close games with? Or was it losing in a close game, again away, to the best team in the NFL that made them horrible?

    Ask a Seahawks fan to pick 3-5 games this year we stand a good chance at losing and those would be right at the top of the list. He has them about right. I'd bet on them over his 6-10 spots, and bet against them on the upper half.... 'cept maybe the Bengals, but I like the matchup there.

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    Reality (Anonymous Poster)
    6 day(s) 8 hour(s) ago - hide
    You're a @#$@ing idiot.
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    Prof Owl (Anonymous Poster)
    6 day(s) 14 hour(s) ago - hide

    "The Seahawk teams of old would've been up 31-0 by intermissiom"

    Walt I usually agree with you and defend you quite a lot but I think you're a victim of poor memory here. The Superbowl Seahawks of the last 2 years have consistently played down to their opponents, especially in the first half. They almost lost to the Redskins and Raiders last year, the Raiders at home.

    I also think you're grading the overall quality of the offense a bit too much on the horrendous playcalling in the first half. Bevell is addicted to plays that neither work to their strengths, nor have any shown any kind of success. Even so, they start the game the same way every week, throwing short passes behind the line of scrimmage for no yards. As soon as they abandon the Bevell script and Russell is allowed to throw more than 5 yards downfield, they consistently become productive.

    I'm also not sure about that Rodgers gif at the top. I frequent plenty of Seahawks sites and basically nobody is blaming the loss on the lack of Kam Chancellor. That's the line the sportscasters are pushing to oversimplify things. The stupid, avoidable penalties that ended up providing the 10 points the Packers won with, sure, but not Kam. It comes off a lot more as Packer fans reaching a little too hard to find something extra to brag about.

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    Nomo Vasio (Anonymous Poster)
    6 day(s) 15 hour(s) ago - hide

    Too much reputation going into #1 and #2. If you observe objectively, AZ is the #1 team. And Im a non bias observer.

    If you go player for player, AZ is better 9/10. Defensive is significantly better than both teams. And offense is statistically better than both teams (126 points scored is best in NFL). Arguably 2nd best HC in the NFL, so you cant say this is a fluke.

    If any of these teams were to play, I believe it would go AZ, NE, GB. Which is what the power rankings should be

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    Vikes Fan (Anonymous Poster)
    6 day(s) 15 hour(s) ago - hide
    @Nomo Vasio The Cards have also beaten arguably the three worst teams in the NFL......
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    Dro (Anonymous Poster)
    6 day(s) 15 hour(s) ago - hide

    @Nomo Vasio 

    An objective observer knows that the NFL is a QB-driven league, and the Packers and Patriots have two (of the three, the other being stuck with a wretched surrounding cast) of the superlative difference-makers at the position. That's the difference right there. Teams will suffer injuries, strange fluke performances, random turnovers, etc, but a top-tier QB helps smooth out the wrinkles.

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    stine 22 Posts (9 )
    6 day(s) 15 hour(s) ago - hide
    @Nomo Vasio No way is Arizona #1 yet. They need to earn it first. They beat the Saints Bears and SF. All of those teams suck. They need to do well against some good teams first.... There is nothing wrong with his top 5 as I see it... Besides, it is his opinion, not yours.
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    WalterDumpyDump (Anonymous Poster)
    6 day(s) 15 hour(s) ago - hide
    The main writers on this website are Bi-est and quite frankly, @#$@ing stupid.
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    Daddys nuts (Anonymous Poster)
    6 day(s) 15 hour(s) ago - hide
    love the Luke post
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    Embarrassed Dolfan (Anonymous Poster)
    6 day(s) 17 hour(s) ago - hide

    As dolphins fan, (who lives in Western New York, I've had a rough week), I was fully prepared for the Dolphins to plummet into the bottom 10.  I was actually surprised to see them not in the bottom 10.  But I reflected on it, and I think your ranking is accurate.  The Dolphins have playoff caliber talent, but bottom tier coaching (and by bottom tier, I mean it's like Jay Cutler is the coach of this team or something), so averaging it out seems like a fair spot, especially since I am still impressed with Tannehill, he is showing heart when no one else around him is, I felt like he was the only one trying on Sunday. Those picks were his first in like 200 attempts or something like that, so it's not like it's a trend. Not yet anyways.

    That having been said, if the Dolphins drop another stinker against the Jets next week, I fully expect them to be in your bottom 10 and will be disappointed if they are not.  I am actually kind of looking forward to a funny Joe Philbin meme of him getting beaten up by a midget or something because he refuses to fight back in football and in real life.  It's not like I have much else to look forward to.

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    JoffreyG (Anonymous Poster)
    6 day(s) 23 hour(s) ago - hide
    Just curious: If Big Ben wasn't out for 4-6 weeks, where would you rank the Steelers in this weeks Power Ranking?
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    Jagsfan (Anonymous Poster)
    13 day(s) 7 hour(s) ago - hide
    Do you the Jags should get a little more of a bump up or Dolphins should get a further bump down do to the win the Jags had? Also what do you think of ESPN rating pushing the Dolphins one spot higher for the lose and Jags one spot lower for the win?
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    Walter 1336 Posts (1470 )
    7 day(s) 15 hour(s) ago - hide
    @Jagsfan Looks like the Dolphins should have gone down. I don't really have an issue with moving a team up after a win, or vice versa. Lots of stuff could be happening, like other teams looking worse
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    Curious (Anonymous Poster)
    13 day(s) 5 hour(s) ago - hide
    Hey Walt, Kind of off topic who is the girl in your profile picture?  
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    Walter 1336 Posts (1470 )
    7 day(s) 15 hour(s) ago - hide
    @Curious That would be Alison Brie, she's in Community.
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    Lol (Anonymous Poster)
    20 day(s) 13 hour(s) ago - hide

    If Tom Brady went 49-50, 600 yards and 5 TDs, Walt would write about Brady's one incompletion, and throw in a recycled cheating joke to convince himself that his readers find him funny.

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    Walter 1336 Posts (1470 )
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    @Lol I don't need to convince myself that my readers find me funny. I know that my readers find me funny.
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    ChiefsFan (Anonymous Poster)
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    I think Walt's a Chiefs-hatin' douche, but even I think he's funny!

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    Dro (Anonymous Poster)
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    These rankings need to be more dynamic regarding two teams: the Colts and the Seahawks.

    The Colts will almost certainly make the playoffs, but only because it is in the worst division in football and should go at least 5-1 inside of it. Luck is one of the two best players in football, but that has disguised a team that was in decline when he first arrived and has atrophied in the following years thanks to stupid Richardson trades and such. Adding three declining veteran players didn't help much. I've been saying it for months now: the Colts will make the playoffs, and then be easily bounced in their first playoff game. That's a team that should default to the bottom of the top 10 and stay there.

    Meanwhile, it's time to accept reality that finances have hit the Seahawks hard, and that they're still a legit championship contender, but not a favorite. Remember, the Seahawks were clearly no better than the third-best NFC team last season (needing a miracle to win against the Packers and likely a loser had it had to play the Cowboys). Seattle only snatched a bye because luck of the draw gave it the most cakewalk final stretch to a regular season as we have ever seen. That won't happen again. Last year's team was a 10-6 team, and this year's is definitely no better, and perhaps even a hair worse. It also is still a likely playoff team, but it has to take a back seat to at least a few more...if you want to be accurate, that is.

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    Dro (Anonymous Poster)
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    Glad to see that you caught up to the Colts. Might want to move the Seahawks to a more reasonable position too until they prove something.

    Also, shouldn't a team (Dallas) actually lose (as opposed to win key division games) before they plummet in the rankings? Defense was the key to both of the first two wins, and that defense is not only still there but also is set to get MUCH better very soon. Sure, move Dallas down a bit, and be ready to drop the team like a stone if it has an atrocious game next week, but...haters gonna hate, I guess.

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    Walter 1336 Posts (1470 )
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    @Dro Eh, losing Romo I think is enough to move them down. Unless Brandon Weeden somehow becomes great, which I don't see
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    Wharthog 100 Posts (44 )
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    As soon as Romo got hurt and they started talking 8-10 weeks I knew our season was shot. Also - everyone is talking up Weeden because he went 7-7 but outside of Maxwell's terrible coverage on that one TD how effective was Weeden's 6-6? He still went 3-and-out and hit only underneath stuff....Just sayin'.

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    coords 36 Posts (5 )
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    I'm an Eagles fan so I hope the Cowboys are done...but I dont' think so...

    The Dallas Offensive line is the real star of the team so if they re fine the offense should be OK.  Then just a question of what the Dallas D can do.

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    Funnytome (Anonymous Poster)
    13 day(s) 10 hour(s) ago - hide
    It's really funny that people are flat out saying Walt knows nothing about football. Is he wrong sometimes, sure. Even expert poker players lose a game every now and again. The other part that's funny, is if he knew nothing about football how in hells name could he possibly manage to b.s.all the accurate information he has on here
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    RK786 (Anonymous Poster)
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    Got Wright..missed on Stevie...and never a fan of patriots RBs. Any given day they can give goose eggs.


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    Walt knows nothing about football (Anonymous Poster)
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    Yes, Brady getting off didn't have to do with whether he did it or not, but the judge asked the NFL to provide evidence in open court. They couldn't. He followed up with why they were pursuing him. They then switched to his lack of cooperation. So then the judge asked why in the Well's report, Ted Well did not request the phone. They then switched their argument to the CBA allows Goodell to do whatever he wants.    

    The judge ruled based on the process the NFL used to punish him (including the Wells report, and the appeal). The NFL would like to paint this as a technicality, but the judge wouldn't have ruled against the NFL based on a minor technicality. There were some serious issues in the investigation and NFL judgement. In numerous court proceedings the judge ripped the NFL for a multitude of improper actions (including the anonymous leaks to the media, which he asked them to stop). 

    The NFL is unlikely to win on appeal. The chance of an appeal reversing the decision is about 10% or less, and the chance of them remanding it back to Berman 15%, which leaves a 75% chance that the NFL loses outright. These are based on precedents of Berman rulings. (If the 3 appeal judges are pro-management those numbers push towards the NFL, if they are pro-labor, they push towards Brady). And the ruling by the courts will likely come in 2016. Brady will still be active. 

    Your source for legal advice is likely a moron. So stop hiring the same lawyers as Goodell. They've lost every single case so far. 

    Also, the Raven's tip was later denied by the Ravens. The Colts could have asked the NFL to measure the air (do you understand chain of custody, by measuring the ball, the validity of their measurement was questionable). Also you never answered why the Colts balls were deflated as well? Did Brady and Belichick have magic powers to change those balls' PSI?

    This entire controversy started because the NFL head office is composed of dip @#$@s that couldn't pass a 7th grade science quiz, and there are a pocket of owners that are tired of losing to the Patriots every year. Occam's razor: the balls deflated due to temperature (as science indicated all along).  

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    Walt knows nothing about Football (Anonymous Poster)
    13 day(s) 18 hour(s) ago - hide
    @Walter To your point about Brady:

    1) Brady was gaslighted by the NFL (see Gardi letter to Patriots)
    2) He was told his phone was immaterial to the investigation (see Well's report), celebrities destroy their phones (if they are smart) when changing phones (unless they like personal information leaks). Would you give your phone up to the clowns at the NFL head office?
    3) The NFL had all relevant phone and text records anyway 
    4) All  legitimate scientific reports indicate the balls were within ideal gas law specifications 
    5) The NFL didn't know about the gas law 
    6) The NFL head office is composed of ex-Jets employees (Kensil, Goodell...)
    7) Judge Berman ridiculed them in court. The NFL applied to a court that sided 99% of the time with the arbitrator, and still lost. 

    As for actual football: yes, the season is 2 weeks old (and yet you bring up preseason in your BS arguments all the time). The Patriots have been a top 5 team for about 15 years. Also if you look at the Colts' record against playoff teams vs. AFC South teams, you start to realize, they are paper tigers. They can beat up the Jags, Titans, and Texans (2 terrible teams, and a team with no QB), but get smoked by physical teams. In their last four matchups against the AFC East, they have been manhandled.   
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    Walter 1336 Posts (1470 )
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    @Walt knows nothing about Football 

    Do you give up your phone? Of course you do. Dude, if you're accused of something that you definitely did not do, you would help the authorities clear your name, and you would surrender your phone to prove your innocence. No question you do that.

    Brady got off because the NFL failed to follow due process

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    Walt knows nothing about football (Anonymous Poster)
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    @Walter Brady didn't get off on a technicality or NFL not following due process. That's not how it works in civil court. Brady got off, because the judge found the NFL applied an arbitrary and partial investigation, withheld evidence and changed the reason for suspension (first equipment violation, but then changed to conduct detrimental to the league). Arbitrator have a lot of leeway in handing out rulings, judges rarely overrule them (almost 99:1). This judge constantly stated the NFL acted improperly, and even asked the NFL in open court to produce direct evidence of scheme, and they failed.

    As for Brady providing his phone. He provided the records, the NFL didn't need his phone, unless they want to see his angry birds scores and photos of Giselle... It's called a red hearing. The text records showed who he contacted, and the NFL had all text records from those correspondences (see Well's report).  Also you are assuming that the NFL would have cleared Brady if nothing was on his phone. Ever wonder why the NFL wrongly stated the PSI numbers to be 2 lbs on 12 balls? Or did you ever wonder why Brady's text about Peyton Manning came out? How about the ball boys "deflator" text, which was in May (training camp), and no context provided, other than the use of one word. (That would be like you providing your phone, and if you typed Hitler once, being prosecuted for war crimes). The NFL had no interest in fairness or a proper investigation.

    Also one last question for you Walt. Did you ever wonder why 3 of the 4 Colts balls were also deflated (despite starting a 0.5 PSI higher than the Pats and being measured 20 minutes later than the Patriots?). Technically, they were below 12.5 PSI, by direct rules, they also had deflated balls (see Well's report). Also, the Colts claimed to have measured the INT ball, they aren't allowed to do that. Only NFL personnel was allowed. So also a rule violation. 
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    Walter 1336 Posts (1470 )
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    @Walt knows nothing about football 

    I've had my lawyer explain this to me, and you're not correct. Brady getting off had absolutely nothing to do with whether he deflated the footballs or not. The judge even hinted this a few times while waiting to make a ruling. He slammed the NFL for not following due process. The NFL will probably win its appeal, as it always does, but Brady will be long retired by the time that happens.

    The cell phone argument is ridiculous. He could've cleared himself by handing it over. But not only did he do that, he destroyed it. Must have been some damning evidence on that phone.

    The Colts knew the balls were deflated from what the Ravens told them, so they measured it. Oh no, they're not allowed to do that. Extreme example, but if you know someone to be a terrorist for sure, are you not allowed to break into their homes and stop them from killing people? Argument is bad, man

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    sdmcc (Anonymous Poster)
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    @Walter Let's Everyone Be Real here, Brady got off the hook here, because he is TOM BRADY!!! No other reason or explanation is needed here. 
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    Geoff.Groce 7 Posts (18 )
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    I was wondering why the Steelers are so low on your power rankings.  They only lost by 1 score to your number 2 team, the Patriots, and they demolished a mediocre team, the Niners.  Their offense and Defense look tons better than some of the teams above them.  I mean, the Eagles allowed WEEDEN to go 7/7 and score a TD.
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    Walter 1336 Posts (1470 )
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    @Geoff.Groce Fair point, they should be higher, but I still worry about their defense
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    JoffreyG (Anonymous Poster)
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    You have a point, one can be worried about their defense, but they will get Bell back this week and Bryant in Week 5. This offense is just insane and they can beat anyone with it. If their defense just plays at a mediocre level (which they are capable of, they actually played really well this week until garbage time), there aren't more than 4/5 teams I would favour against them.

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    Geoff.Groce 7 Posts (18 )
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    @Walter that is a valid concern, especially regarding our secondary.  But if Dupree keeps getting pressure and improving, along with Shazier staying healthy, that should make up for some of the concerns on our backend.
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    Walter 1336 Posts (1470 )
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    @Geoff.Groce Any concern about the offensive line at all without Pouncey? SF can't generate pressure, but the Rams might dominate the trenches this week
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    Geoff.Groce 7 Posts (18 )
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    @Walter there is definitely a concern regarding our C position.  Wallace has filled it with mediocrity.  He cannot stop making stupid penalties.  But our G's and OT's have been doing a decent job making holes for an aging back, and developing a pocket for Big Ben.  If they continue to mesh, I foresee Wallace performing better, but nowhere near Pouncey's level.  Furthermore, with Bell back in the lineup, we will have a better outlet pass for Ben to get the ball out quicker.

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    Wow (Anonymous Poster)
    13 day(s) 20 hour(s) ago - hide
    Your imaginary girlfriend knows a lot about football!!
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    Walter 1336 Posts (1470 )
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    @Wow Considering she's been living with me for the past 11 months, I hope she's not imaginary!
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    Mocking Walt (Anonymous Poster)
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    @Wow She's not imaginary, she's inflatable. That's why Walt hates Brady, he's worried that he'll steal her and deflate her.

    That being said, the conversation that Walt has with her is imaginary. 
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    Walter 1336 Posts (1470 )
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    @Mocking Walt Dude, I'll hand over my cell phone to anyone, including Goodell, to prove that I'm not lying!
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    Yayo (Anonymous Poster)
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    Why do you (and everyone else) include the variable "If Carson Palmer stays healthy"?

    That can be said for all 32 QBs. If Brady, Aaron, Russ get hurt, their teams are FUBAR.

    Right now, CP is healthy as can be. Its nonsense to rank them on what [I]might[/I] happen

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    Walter 1336 Posts (1470 )
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    @Yayo Because Palmer has such an extensive injury history, and I don't trust Arizona's line to keep him healthy
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    Turdmanjones29 (Anonymous Poster)
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    WALT ACTUALLY BUMPED THE JETS UP?!?!?! The biggest hater I know...this is remarkable
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    Walter 1336 Posts (1470 )
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    @Turdmanjones29 I can't believe it myself.

    BTW I don't hate on anyone.

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    RK786 (Anonymous Poster)
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    I like your analysis and posts but please don't have man crush or hate or anyone. Last year i took Doug Martin reading ur blog, he and VJ crushed my season. Learnt lesson and still took Brady this year for cheap price. 

    Keep up the good work.

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    Walter 1336 Posts (1470 )
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    Congrats on Brady, but my top three sleepers this year: Kendall Wright, Stevie Johnson, Dion Lewis

    Hope you got em!

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    GOT A PROB BRO? (Anonymous Poster)
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    Walter 1336 Posts (1470 )
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    LOL yes. Might be my favorite SP character ever, even though I hate PC idiots more than anyone, so this was a tribute to him.

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    Walt knows nothing about football (Anonymous Poster)
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    Hey Walt, 

    Are you ready to admit you were dead wrong about the Colts and the Patriots? The only team after week 2 that has a legitimate argument to being ahead of the Patriots is GB Packers. 

    Ohh and can you stop with the BS about the Pats cheating. You sound uneducated (read AIE report, or any non NFL report about Deflategate, as for Pit vs NE, the NFL issued a mia culpa, so just STFU). Losers whine. In the last two Pats games you bet on, you lost 14 units, just admitted you are butt hurt, and can't afford preparation H. 
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    Walter 1336 Posts (1470 )
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    @Walt knows nothing about football 

    Yes, I'll admit I was wrong about everything because 2 weeks determine a whole season. And sure, the Pats didn't cheat at all. Brady simply destroyed his phone for the hell of it, and he refused to cooperate with the investigation because he had better things to do like pick dandelions

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    Some Guy (Anonymous Poster)
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    @Walter Weren't you being critical of Goodell's "tyranny"? How is it fair that a player who goes through arbitration has to do it with the same person who made the initial verdict?
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    Walter 1336 Posts (1470 )
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    @Some Guy It's not fair. Goodell is a dick
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    Some Guy (Anonymous Poster)
    13 day(s) 18 hour(s) ago - hide
    I take it someone enjoyed that South Park episode, enough to rip off their bit several times.
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    Walter 1336 Posts (1470 )
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    @Some Guy Lol wow, that was the point of it
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