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2011 Playoff NFL Power Rankings:
Week 20 Top Fantasy Performers, Defenses


Top Fantasy Quarterbacks:
  • Tom Brady: 27-of-41, 276 yards. 2 TDs, 1 INT.
  • Eli Manning: 30-of-40, 296 yards. 1 TD.


    Top Fantasy Running Backs:
  • Ahmad Bradshaw: 17 carries, 72 yards. 2 catches, 19 rec. yards. 1 TD.
  • Danny Woodhead: 60 total yards. 1 TD.




    Top Fantasy Receivers:
  • Aaron Hernandez: 8 catches, 67 yards. 1 TD.

  • Hakeem Nicks: 10 catches, 109 yards.


    Top Fantasy IDP:
  • Justin Tuck: 3 tackles, 2 sacks.
  • Mark Anderson: 5 tackles, 1.5 sacks.
  • Jerod Mayo: 11 tackles, 1 forced fumble.
  • Brandon Spikes: 11 tackles, 1 forced fumble.


    Fantasy Scrubs of the Week:
  • Rob Gronkowski: 2 catches, 26 yards.

  • Brandon Jacobs: 9 carries, 37 yards.
  • Chad Ochocinco: 1 catch, 21 yards.
  • Deion Branch: 3 catches, 45 yards.






    2011 Playoff NFL Power Rankings
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    1. New York Giants (13-7) - Previously: #1 - Congratulations to the Giants for winning the Super Bowl again. I can't say I have any regrets for picking the Patriots though. I noted on my picks page that I wouldn't have even bet the game if there were other contests on the slate. It just seemed too even to me. New England could have easily won if it had just recovered one of the fluky fumbles, or if Wes Welker hadn't dropped that long pass. At the same time though, New York dominated the time of possession and should have been winning at halftime. So, it could go either way, I guess.

      I'm not going to complain about the pick though because I got most of my props right. Kelly Clarkson even peed standing up after he sung the national anthem, so that's $100 in my pocket.

      At any rate, I can blame my Patriot selection loss on Migelini, who predicted that New England would win, 25-18. If you didn't see Migelini's Super Bowl posts in my Live Super Bowl XLVI Blog, here they are:





    2. New England Patriots (15-4) - Previously: #2 - I wanted the Patriots to win because the players dedicated their season to Robert Kraft's late wife. Unfortunately, some of the key members of that team came up short. Tom Brady missed Deion Branch for two big gains in the fourth quarter. Wes Welker had a bad drop that could have iced the game. Even Bill Belichick made a dumb move in challenging a pretty obvious reception, wasting away a precious timeout in the process.

      Brady's performance was the most disheartening. Remember when he was the most clutch guy ever? What happening to him? As I noted in my Live Super Bowl XLVI Blog, he always came through at the very end when he was a humble guy who drove a broken-down pick-up truck. Ever since he started banging/marrying/impregnating supermodels, however, he's always failed when it matters most.

      I thought I'd get some negative feedback for saying this in my live blog, but that didn't happen. I guess most people agree with me.

      In honor of this, I'm going to interview two Tom Bradys. I went back in time to talk to the 2005 version, and I just spoke to the current one. Did the current Brady remember that I spoke to a 2005 version of himself? No, of course not. If I've learned anything from watching Heroes, it's that there are plenty of loopholes to be found concerning time travel.

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

      2005 Tom Brady: No problem, Walt. Always a pleasure.

      Me: So, how does it feel to be a three-time Super Bowl champion?

      2005 Tom Brady: Terrible, actually - only because I've only won three. I was drafted in the sixth round, Walt. The f***ing sixth round. No one has any respect for me.

      Me: Really? Not even after three Lombardis?

      2005 Tom Brady: Oh, hell no. I'm going to win at least 10 Lombardis - maybe even more - until people start recognizing me as a great quarterback.

      Me: That's great that you're so dedicated to your craft.

      2005 Tom Brady: I love football. Nothing is going to get in my way.

      Me: Not even hot supermodels?

      2005 Tom Brady: No. You know, it's actually funny you should mention that because my agent set up a date with some sort of supermodel from Brazil. I only accepted just to be nice, but she won't even like me because of my broken-down pick-up truck. Not that it matters, since I don't want anyone distracting me from my goal.

      Me: I'll remember that you said that, but I'll let you go because I know you're busy. Good luck, and I'll talk to you soon!

      *** Now, I am traveling through time. Weeeeeeeeeeee!!! ***

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

      2012 Tom Brady: Ohhhhh!!! Ohhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

      Me: Whoa, what the hell did I just warp into? Tom, my bad, I didn't know you were having sex with 16 hot supermodels at the same time!

      2012 Tom Brady: Yeahhh! Yeahhhh!! Yeahhhhhh!!! It's a slow night, Walt. I usually bang 23 hot supermodels at the same time. Ohhhhh yeaaahhhhh!!!

      Me: Well, I'll let you finish...

      *** Five hours later ***

      2012 Tom Brady: Woooo, that was fun. Hey, you're still here?

      Me: Yeah, I wanted to ask...

      2012 Tom Brady: Hold on, one second. Crap, I'm late to my newest UGGs commercial shoot. I'll talk to you afterward.

      *** Two hours later ***

      Me: Hey Tom, I just wanted a few questions...

      2012 Tom Brady: Walt, can't you see that I'm busy? I'm preparing for my next magazine photo shoot!

      Me: Please, it'll just take five seconds. Didn't you once say that you wanted to win 10 Super Bowls and that you didn't care about banging hot supermodels?

      2012 Tom Brady: I didn't care about banging hot supermodels? Ha! What kind of loser thinks like that? Walt, I have three Super Bowl rings. That's enough for a lifetime. Do you know what's not enough for a lifetime? Only banging 23 hot supermodels per night. That's only 8,395 hot supermodels per year. My goal is to reach 20,000 hot supermodels per year, so if you multiply that by 50 years, you get an even one million hot supermodels. When I bang my one millionth hot supermodel, I can then concentrate on getting that fourth Lombardi.

      Me: That's great that you get to have sex with so many hot women, but I have to say, I'm disappointed as a football fan.

      2012 Tom Brady: As a football what? Look, Walt, I'd love to talk to ya, but I need to get my supersonic jet plane waxed.

      Me: Supersonic jet... what happened to your old truck?

      2012 Tom Brady: Ha! Like I could ever bang one million hot supermodels with that old thing.

      And with that, I now feel incredibly stupid for picking the Patriots.





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    DeBitten 10-16-2012 10:44 pm xxx.xxx.xxx1.37 (total posts: 1)
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    This power ranking proves my point that this guy has no respect and hates the bears. Has nothing positive to say about a 4-1 team with a scary good defense and and offense that hasn't found its grove yet. 4-1 and hasn't found its grove yet. Last two seasons the bears won 3 games till cutler got hurt and 5 games the year before. These Bears are first in the division and could be 7-1 before long. You watch and see. Have some respect please.

    Bear Down!
    Vegeta 10-16-2012 07:17 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.188 (total posts: 1)
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    OVER 9000!?!?!?!?!
    Dude Bro 10-16-2012 04:13 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.219 (total posts: 2)
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    Well Mr. MiamiU, how does one measure power then? A scouter?
    Are the Packers over 9000?
    @ Titan 10-16-2012 04:05 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.219 (total posts: 2)
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    The only game the Falcons will play all season against a truly elite team is the Giants. Dominant wins over the Redskins, Chargers, and Broncos isn't that shabby. If you're waiting for the Falcons to prove something, they won't until the playoffs because they won't have the opportunity to until the playoffs.

    Compare that to who the Texans have played: the Jags, Titans Dolphins, Jets, Broncos and a loss to the Packers.
    MiamiU 10-16-2012 03:46 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.17 (total posts: 1)
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    Why do people emphasizing a team's record in a POWER RANKING forum. This is not a conference standings rank. This is for POWER RANKINGS. While wins and losses matter, almost losing matters in a POWER RANKING result.
    Titan 10-16-2012 03:31 pm xxx.xxx.xxx5.48 (total posts: 2)
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    @ dude bro

    I agree. Falcons are the best team. They have already taken down most of the elite of the NFL. They have already beaten 6 of the top 10 teams in the league. Here is a list of their wins with NFL rankings of each team. Wins vs. #10 Denver, #9 Chargers, #7 redskins, #4 Panthers, #2 Chiefs, and the #1 ranked juggernauts THE RAIDERS! I cant believe they have squeaked by the cream of the crop in the NFL.

    With your logic the Giants took 11th place in the league last year and the packers were the Superbowl champs.
    Wharthog 10-16-2012 01:22 pm xxx.xxx.xxx48.2 (total posts: 20)
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    also - I think the Saints & Rams are better than Dallas. At least we'll get a good draft pick this year.
    Wharthog 10-16-2012 01:19 pm xxx.xxx.xxx48.2 (total posts: 20)
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    A Dallas radio station described Jason Garrett in clutch situations as looking similar to Tom Hanks' character in "Saving Private Ryan" after the bomb blew up on the beach and he walked around dazed for a few minutes. Seems completely accurate.

    Change requests:
    Fire Garrett
    Jerry needs to fire himself as GM
    Replace the OL
    Replace the WR's (Austin is never healthy, Bryant doesn't know what he's doing)
    Zach 10-16-2012 12:40 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.228 (total posts: 3)
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    It's ridiculous how you keep bashing the ravens for "almost losing" the last 3 weeks. The point is they won, and are 5-1. Yes lardarius Webb was our best cornerback but we still have our whole offense healthy. Ray Lewis has been getting manhandled all season so he won't be a big loss. I don't understand how you move them down for winning.
    Dude Bro 10-16-2012 12:29 pm xxx.xxx.xxx6.69 (total posts: 1)
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    The NFL isn't a league of "almosts" it's a league of W's and L's. Falcons are the best team right now.
    Gay Jew 10-16-2012 11:27 am xxx.xxx.xxx.173 (total posts: 2)
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    lol at non-white quarterbacks
    Chris 10-16-2012 10:18 am xxx.xxx.xxx26.3 (total posts: 3)
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    Love how you put the Giants at 1, rubbing it in everyone's face

    IF the defense shows up, the Giants are without a doubt the best team in the NFL.
    stine 10-16-2012 10:07 am xxx.xxx.xxx8.12 (total posts: 1)
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    Well, The Eagles finally admitted JC was a mistake at DC. He is gone and Todd Bowles is in. He has two weeks to fix a passive approach. Hopefully he knows what will work because there was no pass rush these past 3 games. Now, if only they would fire MM....
    Flyin High 10-16-2012 09:45 am xxx.xxx.xxx.250 (total posts: 3)
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    Hit add before I finished.

    "Mock and no one fears that squad"- FAIL. They are beatable when they start slow like Carolina and Washington game, but no team in the NFL wants to come into the GDome and play this team right now. Just like you said, they are finding ways to win even when "they play like poop for the majority of the game, and that's scary."
    Flyin High 10-16-2012 09:37 am xxx.xxx.xxx.250 (total posts: 3)
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    You're right, we can't get to ahead of ourselves. They are undefeated with playing poorly in 3 of the 6. What happens when they get it all together. We'll see next week after the bye.

    Giants are the top team left, NO is trending up for sure and with a week off, the Eagles will be difficult. I see them dropping at least 3 but continue to jell as the season goes along. Ice had a rough start but finished strong this past week.




    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:


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