32. Seattle Seahawks (0-2) - Previously: #32 - The score may not show it, but the Seahawks were oh, so close to pulling the upset over the Steelers. They would have done so if Tarvaris Jackson didn't suck, and if the offensive line could actually block, and if Marshawn Lynch had running lanes, and if the defensive line could pressure the quarterback, and if the secondary could stop Mike Wallace. Seattle was THIS close.
31. Indianapolis Colts (0-2) - Previously: #30 - Beloved GameCenter poster Taton, an avid Colts fan, hasn't posted anything in three weeks. Here was the last thing he wrote on GameCenter:
coach Cadwell never learn from his mistake oh well Colts wont be good if Colts keep Cadwell
Perhaps Taton should coach the Colts instead of "Cadwell." Against the Browns, Indianapolis challenged a stupid 2-yard completion on 2nd-and-9. They won the review to put Cleveland in a 3rd-and-9 instead of a 3rd-and-7. Unfortunately, "Cadwell's" strategy failed, as Colt McCoy converted the first down on the next play anyway.
30. Kansas City Chiefs (0-2) - Previously: #29 - Through two games, the Chiefs have 10 points and nine turnovers. Thank you @kranzicans for that stat.
By the way, for any Kansas City fan angry that Detroit ran up the score Sunday, please forgive Matthew Stafford and company. The Lions simply have never maintained a huge lead in the fourth quarter before, and they had no idea that it's frowned upon to keep throwing the ball.
29. Cleveland Browns (1-1) - Previously: #31 - I'm going to b**** and moan about the Browns covering the 2.5 at Indianapolis in my Week 3 NFL Picks, so here are more Notes from NFL.com GameCenter:
1. "I'M WORRIED ABOUT TOO MANY TACKLES MISS THE DEFENSE"
If ESPN hired Yoda, I'm pretty sure he would say something like this.
2. "2 bad teams going at it ... unfortinitly for NFC West I bet the only games that matters is the games vs Devision and eveything eles is so-so OVer-all"
I bet your parents wish your spelling was "so-so Over-all." That would be a huge improvement.
3. "be honest Packers and Panthers fans would i be better with Driver or Steve Smith at my line up"
You want honesty? You're a complete dumba** to go to NFL.com GameCenter for fantasy advice.
28. Minnesota Vikings (0-2) - Previously: #21 - I can't believe the Buccaneers came back and won. I gave up on my Tampa +2.5 zero-unit play.
It was really dreadful for the Bucs in the first half. They couldn't do anything. During the early games, forum member Hyperborean and I had a brief exchange:
Hyperborean: What's happening in Minnesota, other than the Bucs sucking?
Me: Bucs really sucking.
27. San Francisco 49ers (1-1) - Previously: #26 - E-mailer Harris M. alerted me that Rotoworld had the following blurb on Tony Romo following Dallas' victory over San Francisco:
Anyone questioning Romo's ability in late game situations needs to rethink their stance after tonight's comeback.
Ah, yes. Because a game against the crappy 49ers in which the Cowboys were favored should define someone's ability to perform in the clutch.
26. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1) - Previously: #20 - Idiot Jags receiver Jason Hill talked trash this past week, calling the Jets and Darrelle Revis "overhyped." The kicker is that Hill didn't even play against New York on Sunday. Since he didn't get to back up his words on the field, I called him up for an interview:
ME: Hey Jason, thanks for joining me. You know I have to ask. Do you still feel like the Jets are overhyped?
HILL: Yes! The Jets are f***ing trash. Darrelle Revis is f***ing trash. New York is overhyped!
ME: Really? After that 32-3 drilling?
HILL: That's only because I didn't play. The Jets are f***ing trash.
ME: I just don't get how you can talk trash and not play. Have you no shame?
HILL: I don't need shame because Revis is overhyped and f***ing trash.
ME: Well, I have a surprise for you, Jason. I have Darrelle Revis here with me!
REVIS: What's up, Jason?
HILL: Is that really you, Darrelle?
REVIS: Yes, it is. I hear you've been calling me and my team overhyped.
HILL: No! No... No! I swear, Darrelle! I haven't said anything of the sort! All lies!
REVIS: I just heard you say that I'm "f***ing trash!"
HILL: Please, Darrelle! Please, oh God! I didn't mean it! I was joking!
REVIS: It didn't sound like you were joking to me.
HILL: Darrelle, I beg you! I didn't mean to say it! I yield! Yield, I say! Yield! Please have mercy!
REVIS: Fine, fine. Whatever.
HILL: Oh, thank you, Darrelle! You are too kind! Too kind!
REVIS: Whatever, man. I'm going out to lunch. Thanks for having me on, Walt.
ME: No problem, Darrelle. See ya later. All right, Jason. Darrelle's gone, so we can end this interview.
HILL: Good! Because Darrelle Revis overhyped and f***ing trash!
ME: How'd I know you were going to say that?
25. Miami Dolphins (0-2) - Previously: #23 - One of the announcers on the CBS broadcast team had the following to say about the crowd at the Dolphins-Texans game:
It's so hot on the field that there are more fans on the sidelines than there are in the seats!
Guess all of this B-list celebs aren't selling tickets, eh? Somewhere out there, Celebrity Man just had a stroke reading that comment.
24. Cincinnati Bengals (1-1) - Previously: #24 - Andy Dalton was really impressive at Denver. Sure, he was playing a crappy Bronco defense missing Champ Bailey and Elvis Dumervil, but he looks like he could be really good in a year or two.
At any rate, here's a recap of the Giants-Rams game:
1. Despite losing 28-16, the Rams outgained the Giants by 61 yards. Sometimes yardage stats are misleading, but this one is not. St. Louis should have had the lead against New York, particularly in the first half. The problem was that the Rams kept making costly errors:
- Greg Salas muffed a punt in the first quarter, which led to a Hakeem Nicks touchdown.
- Sam Bradford threw a backward pass to Cadillac Williams, who dropped the ball. Cadillac didn't recognize that it was a lateral, opting to just stand around while New York linebacker Michael Boley scooped the ball up and ran 65 yards for a touchdown. As this happened, I posted the following in the forum:
What the ****, same ****ing bull**** as last week.
- The Rams had three possessions inside the Giants' 7-yard line in the first half, including a first-and-goal at the 1, yet they couldn't score a single touchdown. No one was able to get open.
- The second half of this contest featured countless drops by the St. Louis wideouts. Everyone had a hand in it, but Billy Bajema and Greg Salas were guilty of key drops in the fourth quarter that could have moved the chains on third down. Danario Amexander (3-122, TD) and Mike Sims-Walker (6-92) put together nice statistical games, but had issues getting open all night.
2. Bradford (22-46, 331 yards, TD) looked really comfortable in the up-tempo no-huddle offense in the first half. It was so effective that on one play, two New York defenders faked injuries to stop the action. I don't know why the Giants weren't penalized or a charged a timeout. This was one of many botched calls by the refs in what was a horribly officiated game.
The purpose of bringing up the no-huddle offense is that the Rams inexplicably went away from it. I have no idea why they did that. They had the Giants on their heels. It's like Josh McDaniels outsmarted himself.
3. The Giants were able to run the ball at will against the Rams, as Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs and D.J. Ware totaled 131 rushing yards on 34 carries. On the first drive, I posted the following on the forum, "Just run the ball, Giants." It was working so well there was no need to air it out. Coincidentally, Eli Manning tossed a pick on the next play. I replied to my own post:
Way to not listen to me, a**holes.
4. As for Manning, he was definitely better than last week, going 18-of-29 for 200 yards, two touchdowns and that pick. He still didn't look comfortable with his receivers though. This will be an issue against the Eagles and their elite cornerbacks, especially if Mario Manningham can't play coming off a concussion.
5. Facebook friend Steve T. posted the following on my wall:
For all you fantasy buffs out there: be sure to add Greg Salas in your points-per-dropped-receptions leagues!
23. Denver Broncos (1-1) - Previously: #27 - Of all the teams in these power rankings, I had the toughest time placing the Broncos. Their 24-22 victory over the Bengals was obviously unimpressive, but Champ Bailey, Elvis Dumervil and Brandon Lloyd were all out, and John Fox had to use Tim Tebow at receiver because he ran out of wideouts. At least that kept the fans from booing.
2011 NFL Power Rankings: The Rest:
11. San Diego Chargers (1-1). Previously: #11
12. Dallas Cowboys (1-1). Previously: #12
13. Houston Texans (2-0). Previously: #13
14. Washington Redskins (2-0). Previously: #14
15. New York Giants (1-1). Previously: #15
16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1). Previously: #16
17. Buffalo Bills (2-0). Previously: #19
18. Oakland Raiders (1-1). Previously: #17
19. Arizona Cardinals (1-1). Previously: #18
20. Tennessee Titans (1-1). Previously: #28
21. Carolina Panthers (0-2). Previously: #25
22. St. Louis Rams (0-2). Previously: #22
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