The Stack is dominated by officials and the amazingly wrong call that gave the Seattle Seahawks a win last night. We also have power rankings. Nothing else. Nothing else matters. We'll try to get to that on Wednesday. Let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Tuesday, September 25:
Seahawks outlast Packers in the most controversial ending in recent memory
Listen, you've heard it all. I don't need to regurgitate all of what you've seen on the Twitter sphere though this is pretty good. So is this video. Bottomline, the refs royally screwed this game up. How can you call that last play a touchdown when Green Bay clearly had possession of the ball? This was such a poorly officiated game from start to finish. 24 accepted penalties. Over 200 penalty yards. A kicking ball on the two-point conversion that the Packers failed to convert. A terrible pass interference penalty. This game was an abomination and yet, the NFL won't do a damn thing about it. The locked out refs will continue to be locked out unless the owners say, "boy, we need to do something before this happens to one of us." We were all waiting for that moment, that game that would be defined by inadequate officials who are not used to the speed and rules of the game. And it only took til the final game of week 3 to reach that point.
To the Seahawks credit, they harrassed Aaron Rodgers all game long. Eight sacks in the first half! They made life difficult for the Packers to get anything going offensively. Offensively, it was not good. But all that matters for the Seahawks is that they got the win 14-12, no matter how controversial it was.
I guess I just leave you with this...I could go on a ten minute rant on the refs and the horrible game that we saw Monday night, what this means for the league, etc. I'm not going to state any cliches. Maybe we'll reconvene on Wednesday to talk about this more. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. But the refs had a plain view at the end of the game. One official signaled touchdown. One official did not. Ultimately, the one who signaled touchdown won out and in the replay, possession of the ball can not be overturned, but how could you not overlook that rule, especially when these officials constantly ignore the rules of the game anyway? It's an embarrassment for the league. It's dominating coverage on airwaves this morning as well it should be, but we shouldn't have to talk about this. Officiating should be a non-issue. Get the real refs out there. Should the Packers miss the playoffs, the division title by one game, the outrage will be even greater than what is going on across the country last night and early this morning, in Wisconsin in particular. It's mind-boggling. I'm literally speechless. I feel for the Packers. I feel for the fans. If you're a Seahawks fan, you know you don't deserve that win. But if you're the Seattle Seahawks you take the lucky bounce, but know that karma is a *itch. Honestly, this is just stunning.
Week 3 NFL power rankings
1. Houston Texans 3-0
Strong in all areas of the game and Matt Schaub is pretty good as well as tough with or without his entire ear.
2. Atlanta Falcons 3-0
Didn't matter that it was a short week and a cross-country flight. The Falcons kicked the Chargers butts. And in doing so, made it known to the rest of the NFL that they may be the team to beat in the NFC.
3. Baltimore Ravens 2-1
What a performance by wide receiver Torrey Smith. They'll be talking about that one for a long time. Inspired the rest of the team in getting the win.
4. San Francisco 2-1
Doubt Jim Harbaugh will will let his team forget about their play against Minnesota last week as they prepare for the Jets this week. They're too good to let that happen twice.
5. Arizona Cardinals 3-0
Is Arizona for real? There still be may be a few doubts about the offense, but not about the defense with guys like Kerry Rhodes. Michael Vick is still feeling that hit!
6. Green Bay Packers 1-2
No two ways around it, the Packers got jobbed. They have ever right to be angry.
7. New England Patriots 1-2
The defense collapsed at the end of the game, but they looked better than last year and the multitude of weapons Tom Brady has at his disposal makes the Patriots a force to be wreckened with regardless of the fact that they're 1-2.
8. New York Giants 2-1
When you go on the road on a short week without four key starters and thump the home team, you know the defending Super Bowl champions are back and they mean business.
9. Seattle Seahawks 2-1
Seahawks got a win that they should not have. But do no take away from the nine sacks they had against Aaron Rodgers. That was impressive.
10. Philadelphia Eagles 2-1
The Eagles need to find an answer to keep Michael Vick from getting smacked all of the time. One answer...run the ball with LeSean McCoy more. That will help Vick cut down on the turnovers.
11. San Diego Chargers 2-1
With Ryan Mathews back in the lineup, the Chargers should score more than 3 points. Just proves how up for grabs the AFC West is.
12. Dallas Cowboys 2-1
The Cowboys just haven't looked the same since their opening night win over the Giants. But a win is a win. Don't know if they can win the NFC East playing like they have the last couple of weeks.
13. Pittsburgh Steelers 1-2
Ben Roethlisberger's first career 300 yard, 4-TD is a sign of the Steelers virtual non-existent running game. Troy Polamalu and James Harrison coming back after the bye week will be a big boost to the defense.
14. Cincinnati Bengals 2-1
The Bengals won a game that most expected them to lose. That is a sign of improvement from this team that last year would have lost to a team like the Redskins. A.J. Green is something else.
15. Buffalo Bills 2-1
Wonder how the Bills are going to put up points if C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson sit out against the Patriots this Sunday.
16. Chicago Bears 2-1
Jay Cutler continues to struggle, but the defense sure isn't. The defense will need to conintue that while the offense finds out exactly what they do best. Should get Matt Forte back next week which will help.
17. Denver Broncos 1-2
Peyton Manning still looks like he is trying to get comfortable. Until he does and gets as close to 100 percent as possible, the Broncos will continue to struggle.
18. Washington Redskins 1-2
RGIII started slow, but came on strong, but not enough for a Redskins team that looks like it is missing a couple of pieces on each side of the ball from being really competitive.
19. Minnesota Vikings 2-1
What a stunning win over the 49ers despite the refs giving the 49ers additional challenges. Christian Ponder is looking like the real deal in Minny.
20. Detroit Lions 1-2
The Lions haven't looked good in any of their three games. Is Sean Hill still trying to sneak it on 4th and one? Perhaps the expectations are too much for this team.
21. New York Jets 2-1
They may have gotten a win on Sunday, but the loss of Darrelle Revis will only make the Jets pathetic offense look even worse.
22. Carolina Panthers 1-2
I have to think the Panthers play against the Giants was an abiration. Can't have any more performances like what Cam Newton and that defense had the rest of the year if they want to make good on Ryan Kalil's Super Bowl prediction.
23. Oakland Raiders 1-2
Good news that Darrius Heyward-Bey should be ok. Carson Palmer's 4th quarter comeback shows why the Raiders have so much confidence in him.
24. Kansas City Chiefs 1-2
Jamaal Charles may be returning back to pre-ACL tear form. Too bad he can't go against more defenses like the Saints more often. Big comeback for the Chiefs who may be able to hang around in the AFC West if Charles gives them performances like that.
25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-2
Terrible offensive outing by the Bucs against the Cowboys. Their defense is really good though. Don't know if they can carry them though the entire season.
26. Tennessee Titans 1-2
Defense and special teams touchdowns helped the Titans in their win over the Lions, and Jake Locker looked very good. He'll need to continue that as Chris Johson remains MIA.
27. St. Louis Rams 1-2
The defense is very good, but the offense is struggling to get in synch. Rams need to see more out of Sam Bradford if they want to do anything this season.
28. New Orleans Saints 0-3
The Saints have no defense. Sean Payton should be head coach of the year. Never has a team missed a coach so much like the Saints are right now.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars 1-2
Awfully impressive final drive and throw from Blaine Gabbert. The Jaguars need that Gabbert to show up every week. Based on how the season is going, Gabbert will be bad this week.
30. Miami Dolphins 1-2
Good news for the Dolphins is that Reggie Bush escaped serious injury. Bad news is that they are a pretty bad team.
31. Indianapolis Colts 1-2
Growing pains for the young Colts. They should have beaten the Jaguars. Injuries are not helping.
32. Cleveland Browns 0-3
The Browns need a more consistent offense if they want to win games. Right now, they are just a bad team trying to find their way.
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