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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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    Brent 03-13-2014 07:24 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.90 (total posts: 2)
    10     1

    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)
    13     2

    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)
    8     1

    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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    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:


    2012 NFL Defensive Rankings Spreadsheet (2007 Excel)


    2012 NFL Defensive Rankings Spreadsheet - (1999-2003 Excel)






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