Dec 282013
 

Russell WilsonIt was a topsy-turvy week in the NFL last week, but the results didn’t affect our power rankings much. In fact, our top ten stayed constant, despite losses by Seattle, New Orleans, and Kansas City. Entering the final week of the season, there is still one playoff spot up for grabs in the AFC, with Miami, Baltimore, San Diego, and Pittsburgh all in the hunt. Over in the NFC, none of the playoff seeds are set, as Seattle, San Francisco, Carolina, and New Orleans are all fighting for division crowns, first round byes, and wildcards, as Dallas, Philadelphia, Chicago and Green Bay face win or go home scenarios. Arizona is in the wings, hoping for a New Orleans stumble in order to grab the number six slot. Seattle maintains a slim lead over Denver in the power rankings, though both teams are showing some vulnerability as we prepare to enter the post-season.

Here are our Week Seventeen power rankings:

1. Seattle Seahawks (12-3) – The popular Super Bowl pick now vulnerable at home?
2. Denver Broncos (12-3) – Will need to outscore everyone with Miller out
3. San Francisco 49ers (11-4) – Save for Kaepernick, most complete team
4. New England Patriots (11-4) – Must have a bye week to contend
5. Carolina Panthers (11-4) – Riverboat Ron is making it work
6. New Orleans Saints (10-5) – Only as good as home field takes them
7. Kansas City Chiefs (11-4) – Were they sandbagging the Colts?
8. Cincinnati Bengals (10-5) – Steady play needed from Dalton to make a deep run
9. Arizona Cardinals (10-5) – Could be best team since 2008 Patriots not to make the playoffs
10. Indianapolis Colts (10-5) – Got fleeced on Richardson
11. Baltimore Ravens (8-7) – Finally they die!
12. Philadelphia Eagles (9-6) – Hot at the right time
13. Chicago Bears (8-7) – Will the Packers make them pay fr not showing up last week?
14. Miami Dolphins (8-7) – Philbin gets mad props for holding this team together
15. Detroit Lions (7-8) – The cowardly lions need a new coach; this one never did find a brain
16. San Diego Chargers (8-7) – They need help, but headed in right direction
17. Green Bay Packers (7-7-1) – Playing Rodgers is an “all in” gambit
18. Dallas Cowboys (8-7) – Good Tony last week, but defense destined to doom team
19. St. Louis Rams (7-8) – To think they are the weakest team in the NFC West
20. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-8) – They need a miracle, but still a huge improvement from where they started the season
21. Tennessee Titans (6-9) – Big decision coming on Locker
22. New York Jets (7-8) – Despite his best coaching effort yet, it’s time to bid Rex adieu
23. New York Giants (6-9) – Lots of problems to fix in the off-season
24. Cleveland Browns (4-11) – It’s hard to change a culture of negativity, and the players don’t appear to be believers yet
25. Buffalo Bills (5-10) – What a waste of a good defense this season
26. Minnesota Vikings (4-10-1) – What a waste of a great running back
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-11) – Will Schiano fall on Black Monday?
28. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-11) – Showing a lot of grit this season after a dreadful start
29. Oakland Raiders (4-11) – Step One, Rebuild. Step Three, Make Profit.
30. Atlanta Falcons (4-11) – When do the Braves start spring training?
31. Washington Football Club (3-12) – No way Shanny is coaching here next season
32. Houston Texans (2-13) – Is Bill O’Brien the answer, or is he auditioning for another job in Texas?

Dec 192013
 

SeahawksThere are just two more weeks to go in the regular season, and the Seattle Seahawks are maintaining a stranglehold on first place in our power rankings, capturing five of six first place votes. As always (almost) the Preacher dissented, sending his vote to the 49ers. But what we lack in unanimity at the top of the rankings, we make up for at the bottom; all of us have the Texans as our #32 club. Both the Patriots and Saints tumbled as a result of upset losses, so the top five has gotten another overhaul.

Here are the rankings entering Week Sixteen:

1. Seattle Seahawks (12-2) – Will they be able to win in New Jersey in the dead of winter?
2. Denver Broncos (11-3) – They were lucky their stumble didn’t cost them the home field
3. San Francisco 49ers (10-4) – They have “playoff flop” written all over them this season
4. New England Patriots (10-4) – There is no truth to the rumor that contributors from Gridiron Rats will serve as the starting receivers this week against the Ravens; we’re holding out for more money
5. Carolina Panthers (10-4) – Looking like the #2 seed in the NFC
6. New Orleans Saints (10-4) – Just dreadful away from the Superdome
7. Kansas City Chiefs (11-3) – Who knew they had an offense?
8. Cincinnati Bengals (9-5) – A better coach away from a Super Bowl
9. Arizona Cardinals (9-5) – Sneaky good (if offense produces)
10. Indianapolis Colts (9-5) – Sneaky bad (period)
11. Baltimore Ravens (8-6) – Rasputin will not die
12. Philadelphia Eagles (8-6) – Foles and McCoy could be a playoff nightmare
13. Chicago Bears (8-6) – The Bears paying Cutler will be a bigger crime than the Ravens paying Flacco
14. Miami Dolphins (8-6) – The Fins easily proved to be the “best of the rest” in the AFC East
15. Detroit Lions (7-7) – Schwartz needs to go after botching a division that was handed to them
16. San Diego Chargers (7-7) – They couldn’t even keep Ron Burgundy
17. Green Bay Packers (7-6-1) – Packers are wise to let Rodgers heal, while Flynn needs to stay put this time in Wisconsin
18. Dallas Cowboys (7-7) – Romo aspires to one day be considered a “game manager”
19. St. Louis Rams (6-8) – No one wants to play them right now
20. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-8) – Two bad seasons in a row, and little cause for optimism; it’s time to blow it up
21. Tennessee Titans (5-9) – Will Locker and CJ be back next season?
22. New York Jets (6-8) – Rex caught whistling “Leaving on a jet plane” in locker room
23. New York Giants (5-9) – Let’s be clear… the only way in which Eli will ever be considered an “elite” quarterback is when it comes to throwing picks
24. Cleveland Browns (4-10) – Next year is their year; next year is always their year
25. Buffalo Bills (4-10) – Bills’ fans longing for days when they dropped four consecutive Super Bowls
26. Minnesota Vikings (4-9-1) – Matt Cassel should be the starting QB; time to dump Ponder and Freeman
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-10) – Next coach should walk into a decent situation
28. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-10) – Gus Bradley has us believing
29. Oakland Raiders (4-10) – Pryor should be the team’s building block
30. Atlanta Falcons (4-10) – The Pigeons got scared away by the Falcons.. are they here to stay?
31. Washington Football Club (3-11) – Just change the name already
32. Houston Texans (2-12) – Texas’ other favorite team…or that middle sibling no-one talks about

Dec 112013
 

Frank GoreHow good are the Seattle Seahawks? They’re so good that even after a Week Fourteen loss to the San Francisco 49ers, they remain our unanimous #1 team in our power rankings. The Broncos and Patriots switched positions as the Broncos dominated the Titans while the Patriots pulled out a third straight comeback win, but lost Rob Gronkowski for the year in the process. The Saints and 49ers both moved up after the Panthers got beaten handily by New Orleans. Here are our power rankings as we enter Week Fifteen:

1. Seattle Seahawks (11-2) – Division losses to be expected; still the best team in football
2. Denver Broncos (11-2) – Now he thinks he is suddenly clutch in the cold? Peyton can shove it where the sun don’t shine
3. New England Patriots (10-3) – No Gronk? No chance to make the Super Bowl
4. New Orleans Saints (10-3) – A different team in the dome
5. San Francisco 49ers (9-4) – Having Crabtree back is a plus
6. Carolina Panthers (9-4) – It’s not quite midnight yet for Cinderella
7. Cincinnati Bengals (9-4) – Still dangerous despite the injuries
8. Kansas City Chiefs (10-3) – The Rodney Dangerfield of the NFL
9. Arizona Cardinals (8-5) – Losing Honey Badger hurts
10. Indianapolis Colts (8-5) – They’ll get torched at home by the Chiefs in the Wildcard Round
11. Philadelphia Eagles (8-5) – Would be much more dangerous with a defense
12. Chicago Bears (7-6) – McCown is killing Cutler’s leverage
13. Baltimore Ravens (7-6) – Did you hear about the joke that Flacco told his receivers? It went over their heads
14. Detroit Lions (7-6) – With a real coach this team just might be good
15. Dallas Cowboys (7-6) – Jerry really needs to fire the GM. Oh wait…
16. Miami Dolphins (7-6) – Just good enough to miss the playoffs
17. San Diego Chargers (6-7) – It’s like Norv never left
18. Green Bay Packers (6-6-1) – This mess of a team can still win the division
19. St. Louis Rams (5-8) – Dangerous now; just wait til they cash in those draft picks
20. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-8) – Blow it up, starting with the coach
21. Tennessee Titans (5-8) – Cutler’s next stop?
22. New York Jets (6-7) – Rex still needs to go
23. New York Giants (5-8) – Even Gandhi hates the Giants
24. Buffalo Bills (4-9) – With Manuel regressing, this team is a mess
25. Cleveland Browns (4-9) – Who’s the next quarterback to be drafted by the Browns?
26. Oakland Raiders (4-9) – Moving in the right direction, but Allen may need a win or two to keep his job
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9) – Schiano might still get fired
28. Minnesota Vikings (3-9-1) – Cordarrelle Patterson looking like the real deal
29. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9) – Gus Bradley knows what he is doing
30. Washington Football Club (3-10) – Shutting down RGIII a good move? Or just Shanahan flipping off Snyder on his way out the door?
31. Atlanta Falcons (3-10) – They will be better with Clowney
32. Houston Texans (2-11) – The only question left is: what number will Bridgewater wear?

Dec 052013
 

Seahawks v. SaintsThe Seahawks retained their position at the top of our board this week, netting five of six first place votes, while the Patriots remain at second with the lone dissenting vote. New England eked out a tough road victory against the hapless Texans with a strong second half, while the Seahawks dominated the Saints. Denver inches back up into the third spot, with the Panthers and the Saints rounding out the top five. Here are the Power Rankings for Week Fourteen:

1. Seattle Seahawks (11-1) – Only Adderall can stop them!
2. New England Patriots (9-3) – Spygate Two? No, just Houston having a problem
3. Denver Broncos (10-2) – Can Peyton win in cold weather?
4. Carolina Panthers (9-3) – Suddenly in a battle for the division crown
5. New Orleans Saints (9-3) – Unable to win on road = Playoff problem
6. San Francisco 49ers (8-4) – Can Crabtree make the difference?
7. Kansas City Chiefs (9-3) – Can they stop the slide against Washington?
8. Cincinnati Bengals (8-4) – Wins as ugly as the uniforms
9. Arizona Cardinals (7-5) – Dangerous sleeper team
10. Indianapolis Colts (8-4) – Paging Trent Richardson…
11. Dallas Cowboys (7-5) – For real, or just waiting another collapse?
12. Detroit Lions (7-5) – Winning a division by default
13. Philadelphia Eagles (7-5) – Chip Kelley has found his quarterback
14. Chicago Bears (6-6) – Cutler looks to be in a different uniform next season
15. Baltimore Ravens (6-6) – Time for Flacco to earn that cash
16. San Diego Chargers (5-7) – A fine San Diego tradition; talented but underachieving
17. Miami Dolphins (6-6) – Signs of life for a playoff run?
18. Green Bay Packers (5-6-1) – Without Rodgers? Screwed
19. St. Louis Rams (5-7) – Two top ten picks for the Lambs?
20. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-7) – Mike Tomlin? A liar or just incompetent?
21. Tennessee Titans (5-7) – Missed opportunity against the Colts
22. New York Giants (5-7) – No late playoff run this time around
23. New York Jets (5-7) – Geno making the butt fumble look good
24. Buffalo Bills (4-8) – They should boycott Toronto games
25. Oakland Raiders (4-8) – Not bad for a re-building season
26. Cleveland Browns (4-8) – Browns’ fans are concussed; need to be cleared to watch future games
27. Minnesota Vikings (3-8-1) – Free Adrian!
28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-9) – Will Schiano keep his job?
29. Washington Football Club (3-9) – Just change the name already!
30. Atlanta Falcons (3-9) – Clowney will look good in black and red
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-9) – We’re not #32!
32. Houston Texans (2-10) – They aren’t that injured; time to stop making excuses and win a game

Nov 272013
 

GhostThe Seahawks enjoyed a bye week and held on to first place in our Power Rankings, but the rest of the top five was in turmoil with Kansas City falling to San Diego and with New England storming back to beat Denver in an overtime thriller. We welcome the Carolina Panthers to the top five this week, off of the team’s gritty win over Miami. Seattle nabbed all but one of our six first place votes, while New England grabbed the remaining tally (again, not from Ghost Rat). Here are our Week Thirteen power rankings:

1. Seattle Seahawks (10-1) [1] – The Seahawks’ secondary forming Dopers’ Anonymous group
2. New England Patriots (8-3) [5] – Another week, another critical missed pass interference call; the Patriots rebounded from this one
3. New Orleans Saints (9-2) [4] – Dangerous if they get home field
4. Denver Broncos (9-2) [2] – That’s the Wes Welker New England fans came to be frustrated by
5. Carolina Panthers (8-3) [6] – We’re still torn on Cam, but they just keep winning
6. Kansas City Chiefs (9-2) [3] – Will nine straight wins be followed by seven straight losses?
7. San Francisco 49ers (7-4) [7] – Healthy receivers makes this team a whole lot better
8. Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) [9] – Injuries promising to undo a promising season
9. Arizona Cardinals (7-4) [12] – Just when we write Carson Palmer off, he starts looking like a real quarterback again
10. Indianapolis Colts (7-4) [8] – Even Luck can’t save them now
11. Dallas Cowboys (6-5) [14] – In a division of turds, this may be the shiniest
12. Detroit Lions (6-5) [10} – Missed a big opportunity to create distance with the Packers; Thursday is make or break
13. Philadelphia Eagles (6-5) [13] – Chip might be longing for Oregon
14. San Diego Chargers (5-6) [16] – Better coaching than previous years, but they need better defense
15. Chicago Bears (6-5) [11] – Got too old too fast
16. Green Bay Packers (5-5-1) [15] – Nothing without Rodgers, and that tells you the flaw in the team’s personnel management
17. Baltimore Ravens (5-6) [19] – They still wasted $120 million
18. St. Louis Rams (5-6) [23] – The Mighty Lambs
19. Miami Dolphins (5-6) [18] – Good defensive line and quarterback; that’s about it
20. Tennessee Titans (5-6) [20] – Stole one from the Raiders to temporarily grab the sixth seed
21. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-6) [25] – Sorry Steelers, but you can’t play the Browns every week
22. New York Jets (5-6) [17] – The every other week strategy finally blew up
23. New York Giants (4-70 [22] – Bigger disappointment: Eli Manning or Hakeem Nicks?
24. Cleveland Browns (4-7) [21] – Mike Polk, Jr. sums it up again
25. Buffalo Bills (4-7) [24] – Too many injuries, not enough talent or depth
26. Oakland Raiders (4-7) [27] – Dennis Allen is getting the most out of that talent
27. Washington Football Club (3-8) [26] – Snyder and Shanahan worst owner/head coach combo in the NFL
28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-8) [30] – Lovie’s next stop?
29. Minnesota Vikings (2-8-1) [31] – Free Adrian Peterson!
30. Houston Texans (2-9) [28] – Shocking how quickly this went to hell
31. Atlanta Falcons (2-9) [29] – Shocking how quickly this went to hell
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9) [32] – Can’t even lock up the first draft pick

Nov 212013
 

RobbedThe Kansas City Chiefs finally (and predictably) fell from the ranks of the unbeaten this week, hanging tough with the Denver Broncos but ultimately coming up short in a 27-17 loss. The Seattle Seahawks claim the top spot with five first-place votes, while the Broncos come in at #2 with two first-place votes. Meanwhile, the Carolina Panthers pulled off an upset of the New England Patriots with the aid of a bad… no, horrible call that prevented the Patriots from getting final shot at the end zone. The result is a shake-up in our power rankings this week, though even our contributors couldn’t quite cast enough votes to put the Panthers ahead of the Patriots. Further down the chart, the Cardinals and Eagles continue their march towards the top ten, while even the Buccaneers were able to escape the #31 ranking on the back of a second straight wining performance. Here are our Week Twelve Power Rankings:

1. Seattle Seahawks (10-1) [2] – Best team in football with five weeks left
2. Denver Broncos (9-1) [3] – Colts and Patriots may be their kryptonite
3. Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) [1] – Alex Smith managed to lose
4. New Orleans Saints (8-2) [5] – Can they win on the road?
5. New England Patriots (7-3) [4] – Nuts and bolts, they got screwed (see photo)
6. Carolina Panthers (7-3) [8] – Cam had a coming out party, complete with a gift
7. San Francisco 49ers (6-4) [7] – Teams have figured Kaepernick out, and he hasn’t adjusted
8. Indianapolis Colts (7-3) [9] – Continuing to dig holes will result in getting buried
9. Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) [10] – Heading to playoffs in weak AFC North
10. Detroit Lions (6-4) [7] – Megatron can’t do it all by himself
11. Chicago Bears (6-4) [11] – Does anyone really see the Bears paying Cutler this off-season?
12. Arizona Cardinals (6-4) [14] – Move ’em up; Bruce Arians does it again!
13. Philadelphia Eagles (6-5) [15] – No more quarterback controversy in Philly
14. Dallas Cowboys (5-5) [13] – Way too much talent for a 5-5 team
15. Green Bay Packers (5-5) [12] – Hey Rodgers – discount double-check that collar bone
16. San Diego Chargers (4-6) [16] – Same old Chargers…
17. New York Jets (5-5) [17] – Will the real Geno Smith please stand up?
18. Miami Dolphins (5-5) [20] – Tannehill better, but team too inconsistent
19. Baltimore Ravens (4-6) [19] – Average quarterback, average team; so much for $120 million
20. Tennessee Titans (4-6) [18] – If CJ doesn’t carry this team, no one does
21. Cleveland Browns (4-6) [21] – The Factory keeps producing…
22. New York Giants (4-6) [24] – There they go again…
23. St. Louis Rams (4-6) [22] – Could be great with a real quarterback
24. Buffalo Bills (4-7) [24] – EJ Manuel proving to be a quick study
25. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-6) [26] – Big Ben is on a roll
26. Washington Football Club (3-7) [25] – Buh bye, Mike Shanahan?
27. Oakland Raiders (4-6) [29] – Not bad for a patchwork defense
28. Houston Texans (2-8) [27] – Buh Bye, Gary Kubiak?
29. Atlanta Falcons (2-8) [28] – Poor pigeons; need some bread?
30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-8) [31] – Can they do enough to save Greg Schiano’s job? Do they want to?
31. Minnesota Vikings (2-8) [30] – AP not a free agent until 2018; start looking for a loophole now
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9) [32] – A win is a win until you lose again

Nov 142013
 

Alex Smith(1)The Kansas City Chiefs are at the top for another week by virtue of a bye as we all gear up for the long-anticipated Sunday night showdown in Denver. The Chiefs got four of five first place votes, while the Patriots ended up earning a single vote (and not from the Ghost Rat!).  Carolina moves up to #8 this week on the heals of an impressive defensive win over the 49ers, and the Monday night match-up with the #4 Patriots promises to be an intense contest. Here are our Week Eleven Power Rankings:

1. Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) [1] – Here comes the biggest test of the season
2. Seattle Seahawks (9-1) [2] – Very good… but lacking something?
3. Denver Broncos (8-1) [3] – Do we separate the MANnings from the Smiths this weekend?
4. New England Patriots (7-2) [5] – Pretty good team when healthy
5. New Orleans Saints (7-2) [7] – Offense. Offense. Offense.
6. San Francisco 49ers (6-3) [4] – Twitter’s not the answer, Colin.
7. Detroit Lions (6-3) {9] – Calvin and his friends keep carving up the competition
8. Carolina Panthers (6-3) [10] – Great defense and play from Cam, but in need of a ground game
9. Indianapolis Colts (6-3) [6] – Too inconsistent to be ranked higher, or to go very far in playoffs
10. Cincinnati Bengals (6-4) [8] – See #9
11. Chicago Bears (5-4) [13] – They out-thought themselves on the conversion, but McCown should have been in earlier
12. Green Bay Packers (5-4) [11] – Going down…
13. Dallas Cowboys (5-5) [12] – Can Tony Oh-No lead them to nine wins?
14. Arizona Cardinals (5-4) [17] – Carson Palmer 5.0 and a good defense have them competing
15. Philadelphia Eagles (5-5) [20] – We told you Foles was good!
16. San Diego Chargers (4-5) [14] – Chargers’ mantra: We confuse everyone because we’re not supposed to be good!
17. New York Jets (5-4) [19] – If games only counted every other week…
18. Tennessee Titans (4-5) [15] – How can they not be able to run the ball???
19. Baltimore Ravens (4-5) [18] – Remember when we won the Super Bowl last year?
20. Miami Dolphins (4-5) [16] – Too bad they can’t bully their opponents…
21. Cleveland Browns (4-5) [21] – Is Campbell enough to get them to 8-8?
22. St. Louis Rams (4-6) [23] – Is Zach Stacy the new Steven Jackson?
23. Buffalo Bills (3-7) [22] – CJ Spillered all over the place
24. New York Giants (3-6) [28] – Eli = Elite? Not!
25. Washington Football Club [24] – RG3 is almost back
26. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6) [27] – Big Ben is falling down, falling down…
27. Houston Texans (2-7) [26] – Ben Tate gets his shot.
28. Atlanta Falcons (2-7) [25] – Falcons now called the Pigeons
29. Oakland Raiders (3-6) [29] – Pryor better than many expected
30. Minnesota Vikings (2-7) [30] – AP should be thinking trade
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-8) [31] – Bucs’ third string is their best
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8) [32] – Thanks, Tennessee!

Nov 072013
 

On the MoneyNo time for chatter this week. The Widow’s picks are in, but will be posted later tonight. We all had miserable weeks last weeks, but several of us are still ahead of the guys over at PFT. Reyno went 9-4 last week leading the way, while the Preacher’s run of good fortune ended with a 4-9 week. Most of us came in 8-5 or 7-6.

Our picks for the week:

WriterWAS @ MINSEA @ ATLDET @ CHIPHI @ GBJAC @ TENSTL @ INDOAK @ NYG
Brodrick KincaidWASSEADETGBTENINDNYG
Country PreacherMINSEADETGBTENINDNYG
DJ CrashWASSEADETPHITENINDNYG
Fat JesusWASSEACHIGBTENINDNYG
Flip StriclandWASSEADETGBTENINDNYG
Ghost RatWASSEADETPHITENINDNYG
LGBTMINSEACHIPHITENINDNYG
Rat's WidowMINATLCHIGBTENINDNYG
Reyno IslandWASSEADETPHITENINDOAK
SharpeWASSEACHIPHITENINDNYG
Guest QuarterMINATLCHIGBJACINDOAK
WriterBUF @ PITCIN @ BALCAR @ SFHOU @ AZDEN @ SDDAL @ NOMIA @ TB
Brodrick KincaidPITBALSFHOUDENNOMIA
Country PreacherPITBALSFAZSDNOMIA
DJ CrashPITCINSFHOUDENDALMIA
Fat JesusPITCINSFAZDENNOMIA
Flip StriclandPITCINSFAZDENNOTB
Ghost RatBUFCINSFAZDENNOMIA
LGBTBUFCINSFHOUDENDALTB
Rat's WidowPITBALSFHOUSDNOMIA
Reyno IslandPITCINSFHOUDENNOMIA
SharpePITCINSFHOUDENNOMIA
Guest QuarterBUFCINSFAZDENNOTB

Our standings to date:

ContributorWLGB
Fat Jesus17788X
Ghost Rat174913
DJ Crash174913
Flip Stricland170957
Brodrick Kincaid169968
Country Preacher168979
Sharpe16410113
Like Gandhi, But Taller16110416
Reyno Island16010517
Rat's Widow15511022
Guest Quarter (coin flip)13013547
updated 2/1/14
Nov 072013
 

Alex SmithThe Kansas City Chiefs enter their bye week at 9-0, securing the top spot for at least another week until they travel to Denver for a much-anticipated showdown with the Broncos. In the meantime, the Patriots bolstered their place in the rankings with a 55 point outing against the Steelers and the Panthers moved into the top ten with another blowout win, while the Saints and Packers both tumbled by way of upset losses. Although the Jets won again, their topsy-turvy 2013 season isn’t earning much favor among our voters. Here are the rankings as we enter Week Ten.

1. Kansas City Chiefs (9-0, four first place votes) [1]
2. Seattle Seahawks (8-1) [2]
3. Denver Broncos (7-1) [3]
4. San Francisco 49ers (6-2, one first place vote) [5]
5. New England Patriots (7-2) [7]
6. Indianapolis Colts (6-2) [6]
7. New Orleans Saints (6-2) [4]
8. Cincinnati Bengals (6-3) [9]
9. Detroit Lions (5-3) [12]
10. Carolina Panthers (5-3) [15]
11. Green Bay Packers (5-3) [8]
12. Dallas Cowboys (5-4) [10]
13. Chicago Bears (5-3) [13]
14. San Diego Chargers (4-4) [14]
15. Tennessee Titans (4-4) [16]
16. Miami Dolphins (4-4) [11]
17. Arizona Cardinals (4-4) [21]
18. Baltimore Ravens (3-5) [17]
19. New York Jets (5-4) [19]
20. Philadelphia Eagles (4-5) [22]
21. Cleveland Browns (4-5) [27]
22. Buffalo Bills (3-6) [23]
23. St. Louis Rams (3-6) [20]
24. Washington Football Club (3-5) [26]
25. Atlanta Falcons (2-6) [18]
26. Houston Texans (2-6) [25]
27. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-6) [24]
28. New York Giants (2-6) [30]
29. Oakland Raiders (3-5) [28]
30. Minnesota Vikings (1-7) [29]
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-8) [31]
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8) [32]

Oct 312013
 

Rats RankingsFor all intents and purposes we are halfway through the 2013 season, and the Kansas City Chiefs are the lone undefeated team at 8-0. Say what you will about the Chiefs’ early schedule, but winning eight straight is an impressive accomplishment for any team, let alone one that finished 2-14 last season. And they are winning with great defense, a consistent running game, and a quarterback who is better than he is being given credit for. Don’t expect this team to fade even after they drop a game or two down the road.

Here are our Week Nine power rankings, accompanied by the most serious injury resulting in placement on PUP or IR for each team’s roster. Please note that some of these players are designated for return. Everyone has to deal with injuries throughout a sixteen game season. Some teams are just better at “next man up” than others. Enjoy!

1. Kansas City Chiefs (8-0, five first place votes) [1] – None. See what a difference a healthy roster makes?
2. Seattle Seahawks (7-1) [2] – WR Percy Harvin
3. Denver Broncos (7-1) [3] – T Ryan Clady
4. New Orleans Saints (6-1) [4] – LB Will Smith
5. San Francisco 49ers (6-2, one first place vote) [5] – WR Michael Crabtree
6. Indianapolis Colts (5-2) [6] – WR Reggie Wayne
7. Green Bay Packers (5-2) [8] – WR Randall Cobb
8. New England Patriots (6-2) [7] – Take your pick: DT Vince Wilfork. LB Jerod Mayo. RT Sebastian Vollmer.
9. Cincinnati Bengals (6-2) [9] – CB Leon Hall.
10. Dallas Cowboys (4-4) [10] – LB Anthony Spencer
11. Detroit Lions (5-3) [12] – WR Ryan Broyles
12. Carolina Panthers (4-3) [15] – G Amini Silatolu
13. San Diego Chargers (4-3) [14] – WR Malcolm Floyd
14. Miami Dolphins (3-4) [11] – TE Dustin Keller
15. Chicago Bears (4-3) [13] – DT Henry Melton
16. Tennessee Titans (3-4) [16] – WR Kevin Walter
17. Baltimore Ravens (3-4) [17] – TE Dennis Pitta
18. Arizona Cardinals (4-4) [22] – G Jonathan Cooper
19. Buffalo Bills (3-5) [23] – QB Kevin Kolb
20. St. Louis Rams (3-5) [20] – QB Sam Bradford
21. Atlanta Falcons (2-5) [18] – WR Julio Jones
22. Oakland Raiders (3-4) [28] – T Jared Veldheer
23. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-5) [24] – LB Larry Foote and C Maurkice Pouncey
24. New York Jets (4-4) [19] – LB Antwan Barnes (the injury to QB Mark Sanchez can only be viewed as a positive by Jets’ fans)
25. Philadelphia Eagles (3-5) [22] – WR Jeremy Maclin
26. Washington Football Club (2-5) [26] – DE Adam Carriker
27. Houston Texans (2-5) [25] – LB Brian Cushing and S Dannieal Manning
28. Cleveland Browns (3-5) [27] – QB Brian Hoyer
29. New York Giants (2-6) [30] – G Chris Snee
30. Minnesota Vikings (1-6) [29] – S Harrison Smith
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-7) [31] – WR Mike Williams
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-8) [32] – T Luke Joeckel