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2012 NFL Power Rankings: Week 8
Week 7 Top Fantasy Performers, Defenses


Top Fantasy Quarterbacks:
  • Drew Brees: 27-of-37, 377 yards. 4 TDs, 1 INT. 1 carry, 1 rush yard.
  • Josh Freeman: 24-of-42, 420 yards. 3 TDs. 2 carries, 9 rush yards.
  • Aaron Rodgers: 30-of-37, 342 yards. 3 TDs. 2 carries, 0 rush yards.
  • Robert Griffin: 20-of-28, 258 yards. 2 TDs, 1 INT. 9 carries, 89 rush yards. 1 fumble.
  • Carson Palmer: 26-of-46, 298 yards. 1 TD, 1 INT. 6 carries, 14 rush yards. 1 rush TD. 1 fumble.
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick: 27-of-35, 225 yards. 3 TDs, 1 INT. 2 carries, 23 rush yards. 1 fumble.
  • Andrew Luck: 16-of-29, 186 yards. 3 carries, 12 rush yards. 2 rush TDs.
  • Brandon Weeden: 25-of-41, 264 yards. 2 TDs. 1 carry, 13 rush yards.
  • Tom Brady: 26-of-42, 259 yards. 2 TDs.
  • Matt Schaub: 23-of-37, 256 yards. 2 TDs. 1 carry, -2 rush yards.


  • Top Fantasy Running Backs:
  • Chris Johnson: 18 carries, 195 yards. 2 TDs. 1 catch, 3 rec. yards.
  • Arian Foster: 19 carries, 98 yards. 2 TDs. 1 catch, 5 rec. yards.
  • Adrian Peterson: 23 carries, 153 yards. 1 TD. 2 catches, 6 rec. yards.
  • LaRod Stephens-Howling: 20 carries, 104 yards. 1 TD. 4 catches, 45 rec. yards.
  • Frank Gore: 16 carries, 131 yards. 5 catches, 51 rec. yards.
  • Doug Martin: 16 carries, 85 yards. 1 TD. 3 catches, 37 rec. yards.
  • Fred Jackson: 9 carries, 71 yards. 8 catches, 49 rec. yards. 1 rec. TD.
  • Rashad Jennings: 21 carries, 44 yards. 1 TD. 7 catches, 58 rec. yards.
  • Shonn Greene: 16 carries, 54 yards. 1 TD. 6 catches, 34 rec. yards.
  • Jamie Harper: 7 carries, 8 yards. 2 TDs.
  • Ahmad Bradshaw: 12 carries, 43 yards. 1 TD. 4 catches, 22 rec. yards.
  • Jonathan Dwyer: 17 carries, 122 yards.
  • Alfred Morris: 22 carries, 120 yards. 2 catches, 10 rec. yards. 1 fumble.
  • Darren Sproles: 5 carries, 27 yards. 4 catches, 32 rec. yards. 1 rec. TD.
  • Steven Jackson: 12 carries, 57 yards. 1 TD.


  • Top Fantasy Receivers:
  • Vincent Jackson: 7 catches, 216 yards. 1 TD.
  • Randall Cobb: 1 carry, 19 rush yards. 8 catches, 89 yards. 2 TDs.
  • Victor Cruz: 7 catches, 131 yards. 1 TD.
  • Jordy Nelson: 8 catches, 122 yards. 1 TD.
  • Santana Moss: 3 catches, 67 yards. 2 TDs. 1 fumble.
  • Andre Roberts: 7 catches, 103 yards. 1 TD.
  • Miles Austin: 5 catches, 97 yards. 1 TD. 1 fumble.
  • Brandon Marshall: 6 catches, 81 yards. 1 TD.
  • Kevin Walter: 4 catches, 74 yards. 1 TD.
  • Marques Colston: 7 catches, 73 yards. 1 TD.
  • Steve Johnson: 5 catches, 71 yards. 1 TD.
  • Cecil Shorts: 4 catches, 79 yards. 1 TD. 1 fumble.
  • Jeremy Kerley: 1 carry, 2 rush yards. 7 catches, 120 yards.
  • Lance Moore: 9 catches, 121 yards.
  • Josh Gordon: 2 catches, 59 yards. 1 TD.
  • Brandon LaFell: 4 catches, 53 yards. 1 TD.
  • Greg Little: 6 catches, 52 yards. 1 TD.
  • Ryan Broyles: 3 catches, 51 yards. 1 TD.
  • Antonio Brown: 2 carries, 13 rush yards. 7 catches, 96 yards.
  • Joe Morgan: 1 catch, 48 yards. 1 TD.


  • Rob Gronkowski: 6 catches, 78 rec. yards. 2 rec. TDs.
  • Dustin Keller: 7 catches, 93 rec. yards. 1 rec. TD.
  • Heath Miller: 6 catches, 53 rec. yards. 1 rec. TD. 1 2-pt conversion.
  • Owen Daniels: 7 catches, 59 rec. yards. 1 rec. TD.
  • Dallas Clark: 5 catches, 51 rec. yards. 1 rec. TD.


  • Top Fantasy IDP:
  • Brian Robison: 8 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble.
  • Johnathan Joseph: 5 tackles, 1 INT, 1 TD.
  • Harrison Smith: 5 tackles, 1 INT, 1 TD.
  • Connor Barwin: 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 safety.
  • Rob Ninkovich: 6 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble.
  • Daryl Washington: 9 tackles, 2 sacks.
  • Jared Allen: 3 tackles, 2 sacks.
  • Kyle Vanden Bosch: 3 tackles, 2 sacks.
  • Chase Blackburn: 10 tackles, 2 forced fumbles.
  • Charles Tillman: 7 tackles, 2 forced fumbles.
  • Vontaze Burfict: 15 tackles.
  • Luke Kuechly: 15 tackles.
  • James Laurinaitis: 14 tackles.
  • James Anderson: 12 tackles.
  • Justin Babineaux: 12 tackles.
  • Dannell Ellerbee: 12 tackles.
  • LaRon Landry: 12 tackles.


  • Fantasy Scrubs of the Week:
  • Calvin Johnson: 3 catches, 34 yards. 0 TDs.

  • Christian Ponder: 8-of-17, 58 yards. 1 TD, 2 INTs. 1 carry, 2 rush yards.
  • Russell Wilson: 9-of-23, 122 yards. 1 INT. 3 carries, 10 rush yards.

  • Trent Richardson: 8 carries, 8 yards. 2 catches, 11 rec. yards.

  • Vernon Davis: 0 catches, 0 yards.
  • Brandon Lloyd: 1 catch, 6 yards.
  • Dez Bryant: 2 catches, 14 yards.
  • Anquan Boldin: 3 catches, 24 yards.
  • Larry Fitzgerald: 4 catches, 29 yards.
  • Kenny Britt: 4 catches, 30 yards.
  • Michael Crabtree: 4 catches, 31 yards.
  • Mike Williams: 4 catches, 36 yards.






  • 2012 NFL Power Rankings: Week 8 - Top 10
    Follow @walterfootball for updates.
    1. New York Giants (5-2) - Previously: #1 - Was there any doubt the Giants were going to score when they were down 23-20 late in the fourth quarter? I just didn't think it'd happen that quickly.

      The Giants remain No. 1. Things are going so well for them right now. In fact, they're going too well. I'm not used to them peaking this early. I think they need one multi-game losing streak in November to have the media bash them so they can respond strongly just as the playoffs begin.

    2. Green Bay Packers (4-3) - Previously: #2 - The Packers could be 6-1 right now. Aaron Rodgers is heating up, so watch out.

      Funny quote by Mike Ditka about Aaron Rodgers: "He is a leader on and off the field, but the key thing is that he's a leader."

    3. Houston Texans (6-1) - Previously: #3 - That was impressive. The Texans are pretty much locked into homefield advantage, but they better not let up in December, or they'll lose their edge in the playoffs.

      As for the Ravens, I've dropped them out of the top 10 after that pathetic showing. I planned to defend them; my ESPN feed cut out Sunday morning for some reason, and when I flipped over to NFL Network, I heard all of the analysts proclaim that Joe Flacco can't lead a team to a victory by himself - that the Baltimore offense wasn't built to carry the team. Well, I was about to argue that the Ravens achieved a 5-1 record despite surrendering 396 yards per game on defense, but apparently the grammatically challenged NFL Network analysts were right all along. FML.

    4. Chicago Bears (5-1) - Previously: #7 - Here's a recap of Bears 13, Lions 7:

      - There are three dumb teams who perennially underachieve because they kill themselves with mistakes. The Chargers, Cowboys and Eagles have been guilty of this. The Lions have officially been accepted into that pantheon. They had a legitimate chance to win this game, but spontaneously combusted with unforced errors.

      It was noticeable on the first drive, when Calvin Johnson had an uncharacteristic deep drop. Matthew Stafford (28-of-46 for 261 yards, TD, INT) overthrew an open Titus Young (6-81) in the beginning of the second quarter. Stafford had several other inaccurate heaves. Nate Burleson dropped a pass on third down that would have moved the chains shortly afterward. Capping off the first half, Mikel Leshoure fumbled in the red zone just prior to intermission.

      It didn't get any better after halftime. Punt returner Stefan Logan muffed two balls. The first fortunately bounced out of bounds, but the Bears recovered the second deep in Detroit territory. Later on, Joique Bell fumbled at the goal line. Bell foolishly leapt from the 4-yard line and tried to extend the ball, but Chicago knocked it out, and Brian Urlacher recovered it. I really don't understand why Bell was even given the ball in that situation. Mikel Leshoure (12-63) is a far superior back and had been picking up chunks of yardage all evening.

      The Lions' three red-zone give-aways - the third was a desperate interception on fourth down in the final quarter - were killers because even a pair of field goals on the possessions would have eventually given them a tie at the end of regulation, as Stafford tossed a late score to rookie Ryan Broyles (3-51) to cover the spread. Broyles was in the game because Burleson (1-16) broke his leg and is out for the season.

      - Of course, Detroit wouldn't have been in a position to possibly win the game had Jay Cutler not gotten injured. Cutler (16-of-31, 150 yards, TD) was very sharp early on, leading the team to 10 points in the first quarter. He hit Brandon Marshall (6-81) during the opening drive. However, he injured his ribs when Ndamukong Suh slammed him into the ground in the middle of the second quarter. Cutler was down for a while, but jogged off the field and reentered the game after one play. He went into the locker room just prior to halftime though and didn't look like himself after the break. He went just 7-of-15 for 77 yards after the Suh hit, with a big chunk of that yardage coming off a short Devin Hester completion that turned into a 23-yard gain.

      - Brandon Marshall finished with six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown. He probably would've enjoyed an even better statistical performance had Cutler not gotten hurt. Matt Forte, meanwhile, had 96 yards on 22 carries.

    5. Atlanta Falcons (6-0) - Previously: #4 - To Falcon homers, I'll post what I wrote last week so you don't send me hate mail: OMG 6-0 FALCUNZ NOT NUMAR 1 NOT NUMBAR 2 NOT NUMBEER 3 BBUT NUBUMMBER 4444 lolololOLOLOLOL.

      If that's not enough, forum member Zodiac, a die-hard Atlanta fan, expressed his frustration about my low ranking of the Falcons here.

    6. San Francisco 49ers (5-2) - Previously: #6 - Ugh, I can't believe I'm ranking the 49ers No. 6. Alex Smith sucks and the defense isn't as good as it was last year because of issues in the secondary. But I just can't find any other teams I want to move ahead of San Francisco. No wonder all of the underdogs are covering this year; most of the teams this season stink.

      Oh, and if the horrible point-shaving incident wasn't bad enough, we had to endure Deion Sanders' nonsensical halftime commentary. I tweeted (@walterfootball): "'It behooves me why the 49ers won't go deep to Randy Moss.' -- Deion Sanders, who hasn't watched Moss struggle to get open all year."

      I received many responses, including: "@Y2krjLOP @walterfootball It would behoove him to go look up what "behoove" means."

      It behooves me that Deion and other TV analysts think that Moss is still good. I don't understand this. Much like Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco, Moss shouldn't even be on an NFL team at this point. I really think that having him on the field is hurting San Francisco. Oh, and Deion, if you somehow happen to be reading this, I'm sorry for behooving you with my opinions.

    7. New England Patriots (4-3) - Previously: #5 - Only Eagle fans boo harder when their team is winning. Good job, Patriot backers.

      There's something really wrong with this New England team. The defense sucks, while Tom Brady doesn't look right. And then there's the coach, who was sporting this exquisite outfit against the Jets:



      Belichick, if you're going to wear a hoodie, at least keep the sleeves on. That way you won't look like a homeless person who wandered onto the sidelines. And yes, Belichick, that's why you collected $2.15 in change throughout the afternoon.

    8. Denver Broncos (3-3) - Previously: #10 - The Broncos had a bye, so more on the Jets' victory over the Patriots. What a stunner. Biggest underdog of the... wait, what? The Patriots won? Umm... no they didn't. Just listen to Jim Nantz saying that the Jets upset the Patriots.

      Thanks to Steven L. from FootballFanSpot.com for sending this over. What game was Nantz watching? I mean, I guess I'd go brain-dead too if I had to talk to Phil Simms for more than three hours, but still.

    9. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3) - Previously: #11 - I'm putting the Steelers up here because they're going to be much better when they get everyone back from injury. For now, they're just biding their time as arch-rival Baltimore falls apart.

      Things weren't as optimistic prior to the Cincinnati win, however. During the week, when asked why the Steelers didn't take more shots against the Titans, Ben Roethlisberger called out offensive coordinator Todd Haley: "There’s a guy calling the plays. That's on him."

      This reminds me of a funny post by forum member McNulty when one of the TV analysts asked the other, "What does Todd Haley bring to the offense?"

      What does Todd Haley bring to the offense? He has a great knowledge of the laundromats and Subways in the Pittsburgh area.

    10. Seattle Seahawks (4-3) - Previously: #8 - A week ago, my friend Matvei told me to stay away from the Thursday night game. I posted his text last week:

      "I would not take the Seahawks on Thursday night. Rain, replacement refs and other acts of God are not sustainable."

      I'm guessing "acts of God" include a crazy safety at the end of the game. Unfortunately for my bank account, "acts of Harbaugh" trump "acts of God."





    2012 NFL Power Rankings: Week 8 - Bottom 10


    32. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) - Previously: #32 - Chapter 6 of Mike Mularkey's upcoming book, 101 Ways to Lose a Football Game After Establishing a Big Lead:

    Running the ball chews up the clock, so doing so is inadvisable when you have a comfortable lead. Throwing the ball every down puts you at risk of turnovers and clock stoppages, so this is the preferred option after establishing a huge advantage on the scoreboard.

    Calling pass plays becomes even more prevalent when your backup quarterback is in the game(1). Backup quarterbacks tend to have worse accuracy and arm strength than your starter, even if said starter happens to be Blaine Gabbert. Thus, asking reserve signal-callers to throw non-stop in the fourth quarter is one of the best strategies you can employ.

    (1) - If your backup quarterback is intoxicated (see Chad Henne, Week 7, 2012), make sure you remove the running back from the game entirely so he doesn't drunkenly audible to a running play.


    31. Kansas City Chiefs (1-5) - Previously: #31 - With the Chiefs on a bye, I can further discuss Chad Henne, who naturally is featured in this week's episode of the Adventures of Derek Anderson's Magic Flask!

    Derek Anderson: Heyyyyzzz yeewwww Jjaaagggaaarrr quaarrrrbbbaacckk! Havvvee drrriiinkk froommm myyy fllasskk and yewwwwlll beee beeeerrrrr quuaarrrbaacckk hic!

    Chad Henne: NOOOOOOOOOOOO I DUNNNNNNNN WANNNNNN PLLALAAYY QUAUAARRRBBACCKK!!

    Derek Anderson: Wuuutt?

    Chad Henne: I JUUSSSS WANNNN DRRRIIINK AT FRRAATT PPARRTTAAAYY!!! WHHHYY OTTHHURR QUAARRRBBAACK HAVVE TAAAA GGGEETT HURRRTTT!?

    Derek Anderson: Yeewww wannnn driiinkk froommm flaaask hic?

    Chad Henne: OOOKKK BUUTT I DUNNN WANNNN PLLLAAYY QUAARRBBACCKK NOOO MOOREEE!!!

    30. Cleveland Browns (1-6) - Previously: #30 - I got a kick out of Adam Schefter saying that teams are now going to call Joe Banner instead of Mike Holmgren when inquiring about players at the trade deadline. I can only imagine how that'll go...

    Joe Banner: Hello, this is Joe Banner!

    Random General Manager: Joe? What happened to Mike Holmgren?

    Joe Banner: I'm in charge now.

    Random General Manager: Oh, OK. Well, I was calling to inquire about all of your great players.

    Joe Banner: Terrific! Whom are you looking at?

    Random General Manager: Hmm... what can I get for... umm... Mohamed... no... uhh... Colt... meh...

    Joe Banner: You want Mohamed Massaquoi and Colt McCoy!?

    Random General Manager: Eh... nah... how about Montario... nah he sucks too...

    Joe Banner: I'll give you a sweet deal for all three players. Just give me a seventh-round pick!

    Random General Manager: Uhh... nah... I'll try some other team.

    29. Oakland Raiders (2-4) - Previously: #28 - I'd say Raider fans should thank Mike Mularkey for Sunday's win, but they're just losing out on a chance at Star Lotulelei.

    Sticking with the AFC West, how about those Chargers? (Get it, sticking with the AFC West? Zing). If you haven't heard, San Diego could be in trouble for using a Stickum substance of sorts in the Monday night loss. You can read all about it and discuss it by clicking the link.

    Seriously, how pathetic is that? Not only did they (potentially) cheat, they also lost in an embarrassing fashion. Forum member Michigan Mike put it best, "I believe the Chargers made a mistake and accidentally used the Stickum on the Bronco defenders' gloves."

    Norv Turner has to be fired for this, right? Lethargic Chargers' owner Alex Spanos doesn't care if his team wins or loses, but maybe he'll hate being humiliated like this. If so, this could be a blessing in disguise for San Diego fans.

    28. Carolina Panthers (1-5) - Previously: #27 - Cam Newton told the media that changes would be made following Sunday's loss to Dallas. Lo and behold, general manager Marty Hurney was fired. I just had to call Newton up for an interview about this:

    Me: Hey Cam, thanks for agreeing to do this interview.

    Cam Newton: No problem, Walt! What a great day!

    Me: A great day? Oh, because Marty Hurney was fired?

    Cam Newton: Yes! I asked for him to be fired and it happened! Never has the sun shone brighter!

    Me: Oh, OK...

    Cam Newton: Wait, I sense something is wrong with you, Walt. Care to share?

    Me: It's... I don't know... I'm upset about about losing four units on the Ravens on Sunday.

    Cam Newton: Tell Cammy Cam about it.

    Me: I thought it was the right side... I don't know what to do anymore... I don't know... Maybe if the employees at Wawa prepared my breakfast faster the day I made my picks, I would've gotten it right.

    Cam Newton: That sounds reasonable.

    Me: Oh, and then there's the seasonal change. Why does it have to get darker and colder? Why can't it always be sunny and warm?

    Cam Newton: I hate when those things make me lose. Go on.

    Me: And then there's my left big toe. It's been hurting me for a couple of days. That clearly affected my pick!

    Cam Newton: I really sympathize with you. I hate when others affect my performance.

    Me: Yeah! I'm glad you agree with me because something has to change. I don't know what, but something has to change!

    27. Indianapolis Colts (3-3) - Previously: #26 - Congratulations to Chuck Pagano, who is out of the hospital. Hopefully he'll continue to recover.

    26. Buffalo Bills (3-4) - Previously: #22 - Marty Hurney was just fired. Will Buddy Nix be next? How can his defense be so bad after spending all of that money in free agency?

    Speaking of Hurney, we have a thread about his firing here, so you can discuss it with others. Two of my favorite comments from there:

    MrPlow456 - When you spend somewhere between 100-200 billion on RB's (approx.) you deserve everything coming to you.

    McNulty - So, is this a strike against the strategy of collecting Running Backs when you have a running QB who takes away carries from the RB position?

    25. Tennessee Titans (3-4) - Previously: #29 - Vince Young recently tried out for the Cardinals, so it's time for the Adventures of Stupid Vince and Senile Bud! In this week's episode...

    Bud Adams: Weh? What is this news? Man servant, get in here.

    Vince Young: What do ya want boss ha?

    Bud Adams: Did you see this report? It says Vince Young is trying out for the Cardinals!

    Vince Young: Derrr, I tink I tell ya Cardinal call and say come trow ball so...

    Bud Adams: Man servant, you did not tell me this! How can the Cardinals try out Vince Young when he's my starting quarterback? Tell Vince to come in here when he gets the chance. I want an explanation!

    Vince Young: Derrr, but I tink I Vince Young but I dunno maybe I wrong about dis ha.

    Bud Adams: I know the Cardinals need a quarterback because Jake Plummer sucks, but that doesn't mean that they can poach my starter! Man servant, I told you to tell Vince to come in here now. Here, call him!

    Vince Young: Derrr, OK I press number. Beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep. OK I press 10 number wait for phone ring. I hear buzz buzz sound. Now my cell phonie ring. I pick up cell phonie while wait for no more buzz buzz. Hello? Hello? Who dis?

    Bud Adams: Who is it? Is it Vince?

    Vince Young: Hello? Hello? Your phone no more buzz buzz sound. Hello? Boss, guy in both phonies say da say ting I dunno what going on derrr.

    Bud Adams: It appears as though the Cardinals have already stolen Vince Young from me. I guess I have to find a new quarterback.

    24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4) - Previously: #24 - Greg Schiano spent a ridiculous amount of time yelling at the officials on Sunday. He kept arguing calls that the refs were correct about, so I can only imagine how this exchange went...

    Greg Schiano: RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE!!!

    Official: But coach...

    Greg Schiano: RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE!!!

    Official: But coach, that's not the rule in the NFL. You're thinking about college rules.

    Greg Schiano: RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE!!!

    Official: No, coach, those are the college rules.

    Greg Schiano: RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE!!!

    23. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4) - Previously: #23 - In consecutive weeks, the Bengals have dropped games to a quarterback in a diaper and then this guy (thanks, Ryan K.):




    2012 NFL Power Rankings: The Rest:
    11. Washington Redskins (3-4). Previously: #13
    12. Minnesota Vikings (5-2). Previously: #14
    13. Baltimore Ravens (5-2). Previously: #9
    14. Arizona Cardinals (4-3). Previously: #12
    15. Detroit Lions (2-4). Previously: #15
    16. Miami Dolphins (3-3). Previously: #16
    17. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3). Previously: #17
    18. San Diego Chargers (3-3). Previously: #18
    19. Dallas Cowboys (3-3). Previously: #19
    20. New Orleans Saints (2-4). Previously: #20
    21. St. Louis Rams (3-4). Previously: #21
    22. New York Jets (3-4). Previously: #25


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    Jets Fan 04-15-2014 09:13 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.226 (total posts: 1)
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    Although i dont think it will happend i hope my jets end up 32nd so we can get 1st pick, but knowing my team we'll end up staying in playoff race till about week 13 then get knocked out but still try to win so we can end up with a crappy draft pick to go along with a crappy team like we have for the past 3 seasons, other than that i dont agree with 49ers at 1 maybe 4 or 5, i dont like kaepernick
    fake tweet 04-09-2014 02:02 am xxx.xxx.xxx5.63 (total posts: 1)
    1     6

    that tweet is totally fake, its the only tweet that it has ever made, and it follows 11 people, 4 of which are affiliated with this site, way to make a fan base look stupid
    redskins fan 04-09-2014 12:14 am xxx.xxx.xxx1.48 (total posts: 1)
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    You're crappy
    Hoodmorning 04-07-2014 05:17 pm xxx.xxx.xxx7.45 (total posts: 1)
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    I have to disagree with you walt. The 49ers lost defensive players, has seen its best defensive players aside from Bowman grow another year into their twilight years and yet has added no1 to the mix. Chris Cook does not count and they have a huge need at corner. The fact that they are good, not great, at safety does not help the fact. You just love the NFC West teams hardcore and it doesn't matter what any other team does, in your mind those are the best. I don't see how anyone can deny that the broncos and the patriots are the best teams in the NFL right now. And I would also put the packers ahead of the 49ers and seahawks. They did pretty well last year considering they didn't have their most effective weapon in Rodgers for most of the year. With more time under Lacy's belt and a fully healthy receiving corpse, they are poised to dominate. The Packers also retained their essential defensive players on reasonable contracts and will focus on that in the draft. It is only your absurd love for the NFC West and their mobile QBs that makes you love them more. I will agree that they are both top 6 teams at overall talent, but neither of them are the top teams. Also the Saints could challenge these teams now that they have a very strong secondary to go with their improved D line and always epic offense.
    rick 04-07-2014 03:38 pm xxx.xxx.xxx3.79 (total posts: 1)
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    Jets at 32.. This idiot must be a pats fan..or actually hes a vick hater thats where this comes from..how guys like this that know not a dam thing about sports get these jobs is beyond me. At the sametime these morons picked the jets at 32 last year it just shows that they know nothing.like weather men they always wrong but keep their jobs ..smh
    JetsFan1988 04-07-2014 03:13 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.120 (total posts: 1)
    139     27

    starting to lose respect for you....

    jets at #32?, obvious bias is obvious.
    Mac 04-07-2014 01:58 pm xxx.xxx.xxx1.17 (total posts: 1)
    1     9

    49ers at #1 is a joke. I'm not even a Seahawks fan and I think they should be at #1. They won the fricking Super Bowl, dude! "Almost winning" is like finishing 4th in the Olympics.
    Titans too high 04-06-2014 11:54 pm xxx.xxx.xxx3.90 (total posts: 1)
    3     8

    They are regressing Jake Locker can't stay healthy put a fork in them Jerry... theyre done!
    Jets 04-06-2014 10:43 pm xxx.xxx.xxx64.2 (total posts: 1)
    95     68

    Walt we get it you're male Sarah Mclachlan. That being said, I agree Vick is a waste of flesh and a terrible quarterback, but Rex Ryan is a very, very good coach. He took a team of sh*t and got them to eight wins. While Vick sucks, he's better than Geno Smith. While they did nothing to get better they also did nothing to get worse. Likely go 7-9 or 8-8 again.

    And I'm a Dolphins fan
    Qyntel Woods 04-06-2014 09:05 pm xxx.xxx.xxx1.64 (total posts: 1)
    112     4

    Alright Walt, I know you have an obvious hard-on for dogs, but please stop letting your borderline-bestiality tendencies cloud your football analysis.
    Rendawg 04-06-2014 09:00 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.195 (total posts: 1)
    4     1

    Why do you have the chargers listed as the #12 team if you clearly write you don't think they will make the playoffs, also the Vick/Jets talk is ridiculous, he didn't sandbag the eagles playoff team last year and he was benched mid season.
    Joshua Elledge 04-06-2014 07:07 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.176 (total posts: 1)
    1     8

    Panthers will be fine next year. remember where we were at 2 years ago and we were in worse cap shape, we'll be better than everyone expects.
    Live 04-06-2014 04:45 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.22 (total posts: 2)
    12     6

    Just saw the rest of it. Lol, this is horrible. Did you even put any thought whatsoever into this? Titans are definitely way too high without a run game and the lost of Verner. McCourty does his part but Verner definitely held his own and was the defense.

    Rams are overrated, especially with Bradford at QB. Please, throw that team in the dumpster. Great defense, I admit. Run game is good, passing needs some work but still too high up there.

    Hit it with the Cardinals, made a great run.

    I guess the Panthers are way down the list because they have no WRs? I'm sure their ranking will change so I'll leave that for now.

    Colts should be higher, in the 8th spot would be perfect. Luck is just magical.

    Eagles and Ravens should be in the top 10. Good coaching, both have playmakers, young teams.

    Falcons are too high? But then again, injuries definitely slowed them down last year.

    Steelers should be higher and the Bengals are some pretenders, particularly the almight "Red Rocket" ahaha, what a joke. Marvin Lewis is a joke too. Been there for WAY too long. Won't be surprised if he's fired after or during the season.

    SLEEPER: Buccaneers/Fins(unbiased opinion lol) for next season.
    Live 04-06-2014 04:36 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.22 (total posts: 2)
    39     52

    Don't agree with the Yets at #32. Jags or Cowboys should definitely be there. Name me a playmaker on the Jaguars. Oh wait, YOU CAN'T.

    In the Yets defense, Rex Ryan is an amazing coach, let's not forget about his 2 appearances in the conference championship WITH SANCHEZ! He is real coach and is very vocal and a motivator, I see a 6 win team at the moment, definitely not last in the league.

    Also, only reason why the Fins sucked last year is because of the O-line and horrible offensive play calling. Could have, well SHOULD HAVE been 10-6, 9-7.
    Texans 04-06-2014 03:58 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.147 (total posts: 1)
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