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2011 NFL Power Rankings: Week 16
Week 15 Top Fantasy Performers, Defenses


Top Fantasy Quarterbacks:
  • Drew Brees: 32-of-40, 412 yards. 5 TDs.
  • Tim Tebow: 11-of-22, 194 yards. 93 rush yards. 2 rush TDs.
  • Matthew Stafford: 29-of-52, 391 yards. 4 TDs.
  • Tony Romo: 23-of-30, 249 yards. 4 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush).
  • Aaron Rodgers: 17-of-35, 235 yards. 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush). 32 rush yards.
  • QB Dog Killer: 15-of-22, 274 yards. 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush), 1 INT. 32 rush yards.
  • Tom Brady: 23-of-34, 320 yards. 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush).
  • Matt Ryan: 19-of-26, 224 yards. 3 TDs.
  • Cam Newton: 13-of-23, 149 yards. 2 TDs. 55 rush yards.
  • Carson Palmer: 32-of-40, 367 yards. 1 TD.
  • Seneca Wallace: 18-of-31, 226 yards. 1 TD. 21 rush yards.
  • Matt Moore: 10-of-20, 217 yards. 2 TDs.
  • Philip Rivers: 17-of-23, 270 yards. 1 TD.
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick: 31-of-47, 316 yards. 2 TDs, 3 INTs.
  • John Skelton: 28-of-46, 313 yards. 1 TD, 1 INT.


    Top Fantasy Running Backs:
  • C.J. Spiller: 12 carries, 91 yards. 9 catches, 76 rec. yards. 2 TDs.
  • LeSean McCoy: 18 carries, 102 yards. 3 TDs.
  • Reggie Bush: 25 carries, 203 yards. 1 TD.
  • Arian Foster: 16 carries, 109 yards. 1 TD. 5 catches, 58 rec. yards.
  • Donald Brown: 16 carries, 161 yards. 1 TD.
  • Ryan Mathews: 26 carries, 90 yards. 2 TDs.
  • Toby Gerhart: 58 total yards. 2 TDs.
  • Darren Sproles: 112 total yards. 1 TD.
  • Khalil Bell: 15 carries, 65 yards. 5 catches, 43 rec. yards. 1 TD.
  • Marshawn Lynch: 20 carries, 42 yards. 2 TDs.
  • Peyton Hillis: 26 carries, 99 yards. 1 TD.
  • Lance Ball: 105 total yards. 1 TD. 1 lost fumble.
  • Pierre Thomas: 85 total yards. 1 TD.
  • Steven Jackson: 18 carries, 71 yards. 9 catches, 72 rec. yards.
  • Ahmad Bradshaw: 10 carries, 58 yards. 1 TD. 3 catches, 21 rec. yards.
  • Michael Bush: 18 carries, 77 yards. 7 catches, 62 rec. yards.
  • Cedric Benson: 22 carries, 76 yards. 1 TD.
  • Felix Jones: 22 carries, 108 yards. 3 catches, 23 rec. yards.
  • DeAngelo Williams: 15 carries, 61 yards. 1 TD.
  • Michael Turner: 19 carries, 61 yards. 1 TD.
  • Maurice Jones-Drew: 17 carries, 112 yards.
  • Ray Rice: 10 carries, 57 yards. 9 catches, 55 rec. yards.
  • Mike Tolbert: 58 total yards. 1 TD.
  • Chris Wells: 15 carries, 51 yards. 1 TD.
  • Chris Johnson: 109 total yards.
  • Ryan Grant: 101 total yards.




    Top Fantasy Receivers:
  • Calvin Johnson: 9 catches, 214 yards. 2 TDs.
  • Roddy White: 10 catches, 135 yards. 2 TDs.
  • Lance Moore: 5 catches, 91 yards. 2 TDs.
  • Darrius Heyward-Bey: 8 catches, 155 yards. 1 TD.
  • Greg Little: 5 catches, 131 yards. 1 TD.
  • Malcom Floyd: 5 catches, 96 yards. 1 TD.
  • Julio Jones: 5 catches, 85 yards. 1 TD.
  • Brandon Marshall: 3 catches, 84 yards. 1 TD.
  • Steve Smith: 5 catches, 82 yards. 1 TD.
  • Nate Burleson: 7 catches, 81 yards. 1 TD.
  • Torrey Smith: 6 catches, 77 yards. 1 TD.
  • Nate Washington: 7 catches, 62 yards. 1 TD.
  • Andre Roberts: 6 catches, 60 yards. 1 TD.
  • Demaryius Thomas: 7 catches, 116 yards.
  • A.J. Green: 6 catches, 115 yards.
  • Miles Austin-Jones: 5 catches, 53 yards. 1 TD.
  • Danario Alexander: 3 catches, 52 yards. 1 TD.

  • Brent Celek: 5 catches, 156 yards. 1 TD.
  • Aaron Hernandez: 9 catches, 129 yards. 1 TD.
  • Vernon Davis: 6 catches, 72 yards. 1 TD.
  • Jimmy Graham: 7 catches, 70 yards. 1 TD.
  • Jared Cook: 9 catches, 103 yards.
  • Jeremy Shockey: 2 catches, 35 yards. 1 TD.
  • Jermichael Finley: 3 catches, 83 yards.


    Top Fantasy IDP:
  • John Abraham: 5 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles.
  • Antwan Barnes: 6 tackles, 4 sacks.
  • Tamba Hali: 4 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble.
  • Jason Babin: 4 tackles, 3 sacks.
  • Aldon Smith: 4 tackles, 2.5 sacks.
  • O'Brien Schofield: 3 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble.
  • Mark Anderson: 3 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble.
  • Jordan Senn: 14 tackles, 1 INT, 1 forced fumble.
  • Pat Angerer: 12 tackles, 1 INT, 1 forced fumble.
  • Vontae Davis: 5 tackles, 2 INTs.
  • Quintin Mikell: 10 tackles, 2 forced fumbles.
  • Jason Pierre-Paul: 16 tackles, 1 sack.
  • Chris Gocong: 9 tackles, 2 sacks.
  • Raheem Brock: 5 tackles, 2 sacks.
  • Cliff Avril: 4 tackles, 2 sacks.
  • Chris Clemons: 3 tackles, 2 sacks.
  • Jabaal Sheard: 3 tackles, 2 sacks.
  • Chris Kelsay: 7 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble.
  • Muhammad Wilkerson: 6 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble.
  • Geno Atkins: 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble.
  • Adrian Clayborn: 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble.
  • Tommy Kelly: 1 tackle, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble.
  • Shaun Phillips: 6 tackles, 0.5 sack, 1 INT.
  • London Fletcher: 12 tackles, 1 forced fumble.
  • Ray McDonald: 2 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble.
  • Ernie Sims: 15 tackles.
  • D'Qwell Jackson: 13 tackles.
  • Brian Cushing: 12 tackles.
  • Michael Boley: 12 tackles.


    Fantasy Scrubs of the Week:
  • Jordy Nelson: 2 catches, 29 yards.

  • T.J. Yates: 19-of-30, 212 yards. 2 INTs.
  • Matt Hasselbeck: 27-of-40, 223 yards. 2 INTs.
  • Blaine Gabbert: 12-of-22, 141 yards. 1 TD, 1 INT. 2 lost fumbles.
  • Andy Dalton: 15-of-26, 179 yards. 1 INT.

  • LeGarrette Blount: 9 carries, 21 yards.
  • Brandon Jacobs: 8 carries, 33 yards.
  • Marion Barber: 11 carries, 33 yards.
  • Jonathan Stewart: 11 carries, 43 yards.
  • Kevin Smith: 46 total yards.

  • Mike Williams: 0 catches.
  • Percy Harvin: 3 catches, 8 yards.
  • Doug Baldwin: 1 catch, 13 yards.
  • Denarius Moore: 2 catches, 13 yards.
  • Tony Gonzalez: 1 catch, 14 yards.
  • Jerome Simpson: 2 catches, 14 yards.
  • Greg Olsen: 2 catches, 15 yards.
  • Jermaine Gresham: 3 catches, 16 yards.
  • James Jones: 2 catches, 17 yards.
  • Eric Decker: 1 catch, 22 yards.
  • Pierre Garcon: 2 catches, 24 yards.
  • DeSean Jackson: 2 catches, 28 yards.
  • Owen Daniels: 2 catches, 29 yards.
  • Marcedes Lewis: 3 catches, 30 yards.
  • Antonio Gates: 2 catches, 31 yards.
  • Michael Crabtree; 4 catches, 35 yards.
  • Wes Welker: 4 catches, 41 yards.
  • Brandon Lloyd: 5 catches, 42 yards.
  • Victor Cruz: 5 catches, 44 yards.
  • Dwayne Bowe: 4 catches, 49 yards.






    2011 NFL Power Rankings: Week 16 - Top 10
    Follow @walterfootball for updates.
    1. Green Bay Packers (13-1) - Previously: #1 - I wrote the following last week:

      "The Packers are going 19-0, and the blond chick in the State Farm Discount Double-Check commercial is really hot. That is all."

      Oops! Well, at least half of that statement still applies. The blond chick remains hot - even with NFL.com displaying that ad a billion times an hour on their game pages. RODGERS!!! DISCOUNT DOUBLE CHECK!!!!!! RODGERS!!! DISCOUNT DOUBLE CHECK!!!!!! RODGERS!!! DISCOUNT DOUBLE CHECK!!!!!! RODGERS!!! DISCOUNT DOUBLE CHECK!!!!!! RODGERS!!! DISCOUNT DOUBLE CHECK!!!!!! RODGERS!!! DISCOUNT DOUBLE CHECK!!!!!! RODGERS!!! DISCOUNT DOUBLE CHECK!!!!!! Ugh.

    2. New England Patriots (11-3) - Previously: #3 - Still not buying the Patriots. Their defense blows now, especially with Andre Carter now likely out for the year. They got very lucky Sunday with three Denver fumbles in the first half.

      Anyway, here's something to prove that the Jets are a fraud (thanks to Arun M.):



      Hear that, Jets fans? You haven't won the Super Bowl since World War II, and the Patriots will win to you. How does that make you feel?

    3. New Orleans Saints (11-3) - Previously: #4 - Why do I get the feeling that in a few years, several members of Minnesota's secondary will come forward and reveal that they were raped by Drew Brees in December 2011? Oh, and I'm sure Joe Paterno will be fired for not reporting it to the police.

    4. Baltimore Ravens (10-4) - Previously: #5 - It should be no surprise that the Ravens were "blowed" out at San Diego. Look at what the Colts did to them the week before, according to GameCenter:



      That looks like a freaking roller coaster. I feel like just by looking at that, GameCenter wants to charge me $8 for a picture of me puking my brains out all over the guy seated next to me.

    5. San Francisco 49ers (11-3) - Previously: #6 - A recap of the Steelers-49ers game:

      1. Ben Roethlisberger shouldn't have played in this game. He had no mobility and was limping around most of the time. He sailed some of his throws, and was responsible for four turnovers (three interceptions, one fumble). He could have easily thrown a fourth pick, but linebacker Larry Grant had the ball fall right out of his hands.

      He Roethlisberger threw for 330 yards, and his toughness is definitely commendable, but the Steelers should have been more responsible and let him rest for a week. They're very lucky he didn't suffer further injury.

      2. Alex Smith was better, but only by default. He went 18-of-31 for 187 yards and a touchdown. He made quick decisions, but I fear that the media will make the mistake of talking him up too much.

      Almost all of Smith's throws were of the dink-and-dunk variety. There just isn't enough big-play potential in this offense to make San Francisco much of a factor in the postseason. As I wrote in the forum, this 49er team reminds me of the 2001 Bears. They have a great defense and special teams, but are handicapped with a limited offense that is efficient in the regular season but will be the catalyst for the team's downfall in the playoffs.

      3. The 49ers were able to move the chains the entire evening. I don't know what happened to this Pittsburgh defense. I know James Harrison was out, but LaMarr Woodley was back from injury. The Steelers looked as old and slow as they did at the beginning of the year.

      4. Two separate blackouts made this game really interesting. A transformer blew out 10 minutes prior to kickoff, blanketing the entire stadium in darkness. The contest started after a 20-minute delay, but there was another blackout in the second quarter. A stupid fan took this opportunity to run onto the field, prompting Roethlisberger to joke, "Where's James Harrison when you need him?"

      The blackout was fun. I thought the players should have manned up and took the field in the darkness. Forum member Pheltzbahr had a better idea:

      I'd be raping cheerleaders if I was there.

      A GameCenter person had his own take:

      ward thought he was playing baltimore when he got his ligts knocked out

      5. Official Walt Coleman needs to be fired. He's completely inept and has no idea what is going on. There were so many instances where Coleman whistled a team for a penalty, only to have the announcers say something like, "That didn't look like a 'insert penalty type' to me."

      Coleman's most egregious errors came in replay situations. Both teams challenged obvious replay situations, only to have Coleman announce, "The ruling on the field is confirmed" all three times when it was completely evident that the calls should have been overturned on all three occasions.

      I took this opportunity to tweet (@walterfootball), "Why are the 49ers and Steelers challenging? It's not like Walt Coleman knows how to use the replay equipment."

    6. Detroit Lions (9-5) - Previously: #10 - A big win for the Lions - even if the Raiders did screw themselves over with stupid mistakes.

      Anyway, let's go to Notes from NFL.com GameCenter - a list of a few stupid comments I read on NFL.com's GameCenter and my thoughts on them:

      1. "Im better than tyler palko if you ask me lol and taller to"

      Hey, if you make it into the NFL, you can join Vince Young in the Illiterate Quarterback Club.

      2. "i'm not a idot because the bengals can trade up and do what they want"

      No, you're an "idot" because you can't spell the word "idiot."

      3. "their no rams fans because they know their going to get killed again"

      "Their" is no hope for our country's education system either.

    7. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-4) - Previously: #2 - The theme this week is exposing last year's final four teams as frauds. I already showed you why the Jets are a sham. Steeler fans, you may want to choose another team to root for:



      That's right - your six rings are a sham. Time to jump ship and root for the Browns.

    8. Denver Broncos (8-6) - Previously: #7 - Denver's loss to New England made many people happy. John Kreese Elway for one. Johnny Lawrence Fox was another. And then there were all the dumb, former players on ESPN who have been wrong about Tim Tebow all along.

      I am fair though, so I sat down with Merril Hoge for an interview to let him state his thoughts on Tebow:

      Me: Hey Merril, thanks for taking the time to talk to me.

      Merril Hoge: My pleasure.

      Me: Tim Tebow finally lost. Was this what you expected?

      Merril Hoge: It's just what I've been saying all along, Walt. Tim Tebow cannot throw in the National Football League.

      Me: I thought he actually threw pretty well Sunday, but his pass protection was abysmal. Agree or disagree?

      Merril Hoge: Disagree. The Broncos threw it too many times. They needed to hand the ball off to the factor back! The factor back!

      Me: But they were trailing after those three fumbles, plus Willis McGahee got hurt. They couldn't exactly run the ball.

      Merril Hoge: You can always run the ball with the factor back. That's why he's the factor back! Factor back!

      Me: But you need to throw when you're way behind...

      Merril Hoge: Factor back! Factor back! Factor back!

      Me: Are we going to have a conversation here, or are you going to continue to yell incoherently?

      Merril Hoge: Factor back... Factor back! FACTOR BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Me: Ugh, OK, I'm going to end this conver... whoa, what the f*** is that!?

      *** Suddenly, a 50-foot, 10-ton monstrous demon breaks through the ground ***

      Monstrous Demon: RAWWWRRRR I AM FACTOR BACK!!!!!

      Me: What the hell? I thought a factor back was a position on the football field; not some monster!

      Merril Hoge: Factor Back! Factor Back!!! FACTOR BACK!!!

      Factor Back: RAWWWRRRR I'M FACTOR BACK!!!!! FACTOR BACK!!!! FACTOR BACK!!!!!! RAWWWRRRRRR!!!!!

      Me: Good God. Only Tim Tebow can save humanity now.

    9. New York Giants (7-7) - Previously: #8 - I have some bad news for you Giant fans. You have no shot to win the division - because you're four games behind the 49ers with two weeks remaining. This is from NFL.com (thanks Landon E.):



    10. Houston Texans (10-4) - Previously: #9 - I'm not going to count the Carolina loss against the Texans. It was meaningless for them because they clinched the division the week before. Plus, Wade Phillips was out.

      A note on the two teams at Nos. 11 and 12 in these rankings: I don't trust the Cowboys or the Falcons. The latter hasn't really beaten anyone this year and can't win outdoors. Dallas, meanwhile, could implode at any moment. If the Eagles still have something to play for Sunday afternoon, Tony Romo, Jason Garrett and company are going down in flames.





    2011 NFL Power Rankings: Week 16 - Bottom 10


    32. Indianapolis Colts (1-13) - Previously: #32 - Famous GameCenter user Taton is still banned. I would have loved to read what Taton would have written during Indianapolis' first victory of the season. Here are the posts Taton would have made on GameCenter if he were still a member:

    When the Colts established a 3-0 lead:

    - Adam Vinatei kick feld goal!!!!! Colt have led for first time in seaon!!!!!!!

    When the Titans tied it up:

    - tian kick field gol!!!!! colt must score moee point!!!!!!! Coach Casewell is fat pig!!!!!!!!!!

    When the Colts took the lead again:

    - orkovsky touchdwon!!!!!! he better than p.manning!!!!!!! coach cadwell still need to be fire or no hope for playoff next yar!!!!!!!!!!!!

    When the Titans scored late to draw within seven:

    - uh oh here we go again caoch cadwell going to blow game!!!!!!!!!!!! coach casewell going to have gay sex in lockar room with jim isray if colt looose game!!!!!!!!!!

    When the Colts finally prevailed:

    - colt win finally!!!!!!! now no more win needed!!!! gay cach cawell need suck for lack!!!!!!!!

    31. St. Louis Rams (2-12) - Previously: #31 - Thank you, Kellen Clemens, for costing me $300. May you be kidnapped, taken to a seedy hotel room and penetrated anally via kielbasa by Matt Millen.

    30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-10) - Previously: #30 - Charlie Campbell (@draftcampbell) was at the Buccaneers-Cowboys game Saturday night. Since I wrote up the game recap, I thought I'd have him discuss the future of this Tampa squad:

    Tampa Bay is at a crossroads. After Dallas cruised to a 31-15 win Saturday night, the Buccaneers are poised to finish 4-12 on the season. The Bucs aren't going to go on the road and beat the Panthers on Christmas Eve or win against the Falcons a week later. Right now, it would be a surprise if head coach Raheem Morris was given another season. Although many believe ownership doesn't want to fire Morris, the collapse with eight straight losses and counting will probably force a coaching change.

    Tampa Bay will have to pay Morris $2 million in 2012. There is a strong sentiment around the team that general manager Mark Dominik is trying to save his own job by separating himself from Morris in order to make the Morris the fall guy for the disaster of a season. Most around the team believe that Dominik is likely to survive. The possibility exists that the Bucs owners, the Glazers, could clean house and look to hire a new general manager and head coach. However, Dominik received a multi-year extension earlier this season.

    While Morris may be the fall guy, the entire organization deserves their share of the blame. Dominik and the Bucs' front office said no to free agent veterans whom the coaching staff wanted the team to sign. Players like running back Darren Sproles, running back Cadillac Williams, tight end John Gilmore and linebacker Barrett Ruud are some of those veterans. A lot of the draft picks made from 2009 haven't panned out, and the young players that played well in 2010 have struggled across the board in 2011. Sources have said that the front office overestimated the talent of their draft picks. From top down, there is plenty of blame to go around in Tampa Bay.

    The rumors around the team are that Dominik would want the team to hire another young, lesser-known coach so he could maintain a high level of influence on the personnel moves. A big-name coach like Jeff Fisher or Bill Cowher would be the shot-caller from a football standpoint, and could have their own general manager they would want to run the team.

    A decade ago, the Glazers wanted the elite of the NFL on the field and running the team. They chased Bill Parcells to replace Tony Dungy, and made the massive trade to land Jon Gruden. After the Super Bowl team went to pasture, the Glazers signed up for a young staff, a young roster and low payroll. With attendance and fan interest at a serious low, the Glazers are at a critical breaking point. They are going to have to decide whether to turn back the clock and make some bold moves to acquire some big-name difference-makers like Fisher or Cowher, or opt for a young coordinator in hopes of landing the next Dungy or Gruden. It will be an interesting January in Tampa.

    29. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-10) - Previously: #29 - I received a hilarious text from Matvei, who runs the Sharps Picks section, during the Atlanta-Jacksonville game:

    Jacksonville looked so bad that I wanted to call the ASPCA. I can't believe what a p***y Gabbert is: he looks as petrified as he did two months ago against the Bengals.

    28. Minnesota Vikings (2-12) - Previously: #27 - Thanks for playing, Vikings. You gave a good effort and stayed in the game for a while, but the Saints were just too much. You won't go home empty-handed though. Mike, tell them what they've won!

    "You've won a brand-new left tackle! Matt Kalil, fresh from USC, is this year's model of a prototypical left tackle. Christian Ponder can enjoy his Sunday afternoons not getting destroyed by right ends coming in from the blind side. And best of all, Kalil will not cost you much - thanks to the new CBA, you'll get him at a very reasonable contract!"

    27. Buffalo Bills (5-9) - Previously: #24 - Facebook friend Danny S. sent over this incredibly detailed Buffalo-Miami prediction from one of the ESPN message boards. Try to see if you can find the hilarious error.

    ot
    Miami: 3 7 3 10 3
    Bills: 13 0 0 7 0

    First Quarter: C.J Spiller 2 yard touchdown run (Dave Rayner kick is blocked), Bills 6-0, Dan Carpenter 31 yard field goal is good, Bills 6-3, Nick Barnett 9 yard interception return for a touchdown (Dave Rayner Kick is good), Bills 13-3
    Second Quarter: Reggie Bush 16 yard touchdown catch from Matt Moore, (Dan Carpenter kick is good), Bills 13-10 half
    Third Quarter : Dan Carpenter 34 yard field goal is good, 13-13
    Fourth Quarter: Brandon Marshall 27 yard touchdown catch from Matt Moore, Dolphins 20-13, C.J Spiller 3 yard touchdown run (Dave Rayner Kick is good), 20-20
    Overtime: Dan Carpenter 44 yard field goal is good, Dolphins 23-20 Final/OT

    Stats:
    Fitzpatrick: 112 passing yards, 2Int, Lost Fumble, 21 rush yards
    Spiller: 98 rush yards, 2TD
    Spiller: 24 receiving yards
    Moore: 234 passing yards, 2TD, 1Int
    Bush: 79 rush yards, 16 receiving yards, TD
    Marshall: 108 receiving yards, TD

    Turnovers:
    M.Moore picked off by Nick Barnett for a touchdown
    R.Fitzpatrick fumbled on a QB sneak up the middle pick up by S.Smith
    R.Fitzpatrick picked off by Koa Misa -1 yard return
    R. Fitzpatrick picked off by Cameron Wake 2 yard return
    D.Shayner's kick Blocked by Will Allen 36 yard return

    If you haven't found it, well, the Dolphins would be the first team in NFL history to go into overtime with a lead.

    26. Cleveland Browns (5-9) - Previously: #28 - Last week, I showed you that Jon S. epitomized the state of the Browns best in this brief e-mail he sent to me following the Thursday night loss to Pittsburgh:

    Thank God for McCoy and his interception. This could have been ugly. Five wins... that would be terrible. With only four wins we can get a real QB.

    Jon S. sent over three more hilarious e-mails Sunday:

    Oh my God, Washington and Miami both win! Come on browns... lose big to Arizona! And after Cleveland's defeat:

    Cleveland PROVES Colt McCoy is not the answer and we still lose. Merry Xmas, Cleveland Browns!!!!

    And during Baltimore's loss at San Diego:

    Now the Ravens are losing. If this happens and Steelers win tomorrow night, both Baltimore (Browns get them next week) and Steelers for final game will both need to beat Browns. So the Steelers won't take the last game off at Cleveland. Oh boy, I am already getting ready to order a QB jersey!!!!

    25. Chicago Bears (7-7) - Previously: #21 - Cannon Ball Caleb Hanie was great against the Packers in the NFC Championship. Now, he's the worst quarterback of all time. What happened?

    The Adventures of Derek Anderson's Magic Flask!

    Caleb Hanie: Oh boy, oh boy, I'm going to make so much money next offseason!

    Derek Anderson: Heyyyyzzz iffff yewww wannnaerr maaakkke morrrrr monnnneyyy havvve a sssipp offff thissssss hic!

    Caleb Hanie: Oh boy, oh boy, I would love to make even more money!

    *** Ten minutes later... ***

    Caleb Hanie: I'mmm gunnnn buuuyy soooo muuuccchh onnnn Amzzzzonn.commm noowwww cuzzzz I'mmm gunnn havvvv sooo miuuuchh monnney hic!!!

    Poor Cal. Now he's in debt up to his ears.

    24. Kansas City Chiefs (6-8) - Previously: #26 - It's time for my weekly bashing of NFL.com's bogus edge meter:



    A slight edge? What a joke. The Chiefs are clearly better than the Packers. They should have the slight edge!

    If NFL.com is smart enough to figure this one out, perhaps the following graphic is also true:



    If the Chiefs can upset the Packers, perhaps Emmitt Smith can defeat William Shakespeare in a grammar competition.

    23. Washington Redskins (5-9) - Previously: #25 - The Redskins are winning themselves out of the Robert Griffin and Matt Barkley sweepstakes. What the hell are they doing?

    Here are more Notes from NFL.com GameCenter:

    1. "Go eagles eagles fans try not get to tipsie"

    Perhaps you should have taken your own advice prior to logging on to GameCenter.

    2. "the fact jack. u steeler fanz r da only dilusional ones out there. like i said i dislike the seehawks"

    Ah, the Seehawks - the birds that hail from the optometrist's office.

    3. "hey stellerz316 whats up wit ur name and ur picture friend? r u supposed to be a monk profit or something with the verse 316 and the hood?"

    A monk who makes money? Isn't that against their beliefs?


    2011 NFL Power Rankings: The Rest:
    11. Dallas Cowboys (8-6). Previously: #13
    12. Atlanta Falcons (9-5). Previously: #12
    13. San Diego Chargers (7-7). Previously: #16
    14. New York Jets (8-6). Previously: #11
    15. Cincinnati Bengals (8-6). Previously: #14
    16. Oakland Raiders (7-7). Previously: #15
    17. Seattle Seahawks (7-7). Previously: #18
    18. Arizona Cardinals (7-7). Previously: #19
    19. Philadelphia Eagles (6-8). Previously: #23
    20. Miami Dolphins (5-9). Previously: #20
    21. Tennessee Titans (7-7). Previously: #17
    22. Carolina Panthers (5-9). Previously: #22


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    Brent 03-13-2014 07:24 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.90 (total posts: 2)
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    How in this world could the Niners be ahead of the Seahawks!7
    SLU Hoops 03-12-2014 09:28 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.175 (total posts: 1)
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    I'm a Rams fan and I cannot possibly see how you have my team as high as #8. Bradford is still unproven at QB, the offensive line is depleted by free agency, and we still need help at receiver. I hate to say it but even I cannot justify my Rams as even a Top 15 team, let alone a Top 10 team
    Rick Z 03-10-2014 01:21 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.53 (total posts: 1)
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    Hard for the Browns not to be good this year with 5 pro bowlers, 10 picks in a strong draft, 2 in the first round and 50 million in cap space.
    Ty 03-09-2014 08:34 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.169 (total posts: 1)
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    Can we stop the uninformed bashing of the Flacco contract? Flacco has the third highest cap number on the team right now and that is only after Suggs signed his new deal which lowered his.

    Flaccos contract is essentially a three year deal with a series of three one year options after that. the odds are that the Ravens restructure, cut or extend him after the 2015 season.

    in these first three years his cap is never higher than 14.8 million(lower than Matt Ryan, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Phillip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, Tony Romo and Jay Cutlers highest numbers during the same span), and there is very little repercussion for cutting him when the three years are up. to blame any of the Ravens cap problems(an oxymoron to begin with as they started the offseason(before pittas deal) almost 30 million under the cap) on Flacco is ridiculous. if you want to balme any player blame Ngata or Suggs. those were the deals eating 15+ million each over the last two years(this year Suggs extended to lower cap).

    I get so tired of hearing this because at this point, people who follow football know the Flacco deal isn't a bad one, but now it has just become an easy target to point at regardless of the facts. you're better than this.
    Browns Fan 03-09-2014 06:18 pm xxx.xxx.xxx7.62 (total posts: 1)
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    How do you put a team that has 6 pro bowlers at 31st? How is firing an incompetent front office idiotic? Is hiring an always consistent coordinator as head coach stupid? Also, considering the near 60 million in cap space and 2 first round draft picks, you can screw yourself Walter.
    SEAHAWKER 03-09-2014 04:50 pm xxx.xxx.xxx2.66 (total posts: 1)
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    We like being #2 on the list. just make them work harder.
    Peter Olesen 03-09-2014 03:52 pm xxx.xxx.xxx1.62 (total posts: 1)
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    I like the fact that just a few years ago, all of the NFC West teams were in the bottom half, now they all are in your top 8! That's a symbol of how important a great front office is!
    Inky 03-09-2014 03:50 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.29 (total posts: 1)
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    Can I point out regarding the Josh McCown...You do realize that he went 3-2 in his starts, with wins again Backdoor Bandit led Packers, Ravens, and the as you said Mediocre Cowboys, and losses again the Mediocre Vikings, and Mediocre Rams. Cutler went 5-6. So yes had worse record but he actually putting up about 1 point more a game than Josh McCown. So, it is not like Josh was really playing that well. I honestly think what you are doing is same thing everyone else did for QBDK, he had that great game against Washington and everyone was so excited, well Josh had that great game again Cowboys, and you got excited, otherwise he was a good back up, with a lot of talent around him. And this is just word, you are actually really good analyst, but up 16 to games a week is a bit much for one person to watch maybe you should hire someone to help you.
    Brian Adams 03-09-2014 03:10 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.83 (total posts: 2)
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    Per my comment below, I mean Flacco has the 11th-highest cap hit for QBs.
    Brian Adams 03-09-2014 03:08 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.83 (total posts: 2)
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    Joe Flacco has the 11th-highest salary cap hit for 2014. He's not crippling this team. And wait until you see what the Ravens do in free agency with the money they could have spent on Monroe before we say it was a bad decision. Monroe isn't a really top LT, so he doesn't deserve top LT money.
    Raymond 03-09-2014 02:50 pm xxx.xxx.xxx8.17 (total posts: 1)
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    You talk about poor locker rooms but fail to mention the mess in your #1 49ers locker room? Coach and GM hate each other, players fed up with Harbs, team is a mess and relies way too much on over the hill players
    No Sense 03-09-2014 02:06 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.127 (total posts: 2)
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    What does Incognito smashing his car have to do with how good the dolphins will be this year?
    Chris 03-09-2014 11:48 am xxx.xxx.xxx.189 (total posts: 1)
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    There is no way the Falcons make it back to prominence. Although I dont see Carolina being as good as they were last year it would be a slow day in hell for Atlanta to be ahead. Also, you must really like GB, they too are losing a lot of players to free agency and they are going to have to rebuild. They will make the playoff but Seattle, SF, Carolina and NO have the NFC locked up for atleast 5 years. GB just cant compete with their current scheme. Time to retool just in time for A. Rod to retire.
    snoodles 03-09-2014 10:45 am xxx.xxx.xxx8.65 (total posts: 1)
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    +1 for using javascript, -5 for the eagles facebook status, making us philadelphians look bad
    So You Must Be From Atlanta 03-09-2014 10:38 am xxx.xxx.xxx.198 (total posts: 1)
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    How can u rank the 6th worse team from last season the 9th best for next year...especially pre draft and free agency...They have a terrible d-line and o - line, their star tight-end may be gone, and they still play in a division with the saints and panthers...three teams aren't gonna have a shot from that division. Oh and its funny u put the Cowboys in 22nd behind teams like the ravens titans and texans... They had the same or better record than all those teams...they also happen to play in the NFC which is way more stacked with talent then the AFC...and oh their entire team has actually been hurt both last 2 years...which is why they were 8-8, and missed the playoffs by 1 game both years...including last year where they lost the last game with their back up qb playing by 2 points to the team u ranked 11th...oh ya and the cowboys went 5-1 in the division...but they can't compete with the eagles LOL....ur a moron.




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