- 11/14/2012, 03:27AM ET
Mrlns Fn said 11/14, 03:27 AM
Alright now that the Week 10 games have all been played we're able to gain a clearer view of all the teams and where they stand. Week 10 was sort of a "statement" week for a lot of teams and that definitely helps out with this TD. (Dyhard, if you don't have a couple of changes we can draw and try again next week)
1. Texans (8-1)
Pretty easy call here. Atlanta finally lost and Houston just beat Chicago so...
2. Falcons (8-1)
Lost to NO but had a chance to win the game, if not for a perfectly timed deflected pass by Jabari Greer.
3. Bears (7-2)
Two close losses, one to Green Bay and one to Houston. Still a really scary team, particularly defensively.
4. Broncos (6-3)
Surprisingly efficient offense and the defense has been super aggressive.
5. Packers (6-3)
We all know they should be 7-2.
6. Ravens (7-2)
Great record even if they're not wow-ing anyone.
7. 49ers (6-2-1)
You gotta beat the Rams and Vikings. Otherwise not much to pick at.
8. Patriots (6-3)
Brady's still a machine.
9. Steelers (6-3)
Starting to rack up quality wins.
10. Colts (6-3)
Dyhard is a certified stoner said 11/14, 01:43 PM
2. Falcons -- can't disagree with these two, especially after the Texans victory over Chicago and Atlanta's loss to NO.
3. Packers -- As they should be 7-2, they destroyed the Texans, the number 1 team and also shut down Chicago when they played against them. Definitely deserve the number 3 spot.
4. Bears -- After a loss to the Texans in which they only scored six points and can't seem to get it done against the Packers, they belong right here.
5. 49ers -- Their tie to the Rams is definitely hurting them in this rankings. But they did start off extremely impressive this season and are a good team still.
6. Ravens -- They're playing pretty well and scored 55 points this past weekend, which was the most scored by any team this season.
7. Patriots -- The Patriots are getting hot and they also have already defeated Denver, otherwise I'd have Denver above them.
8. Denver -- Their loss to the Patriots is what puts them here.
9. Colts -- They've won two road games in a five-day span and also defeated the Packers this season.
10. Steelers -- Barely defeated KC in OT in a game in which they were supposed to destroy them was quality?
Mrlns Fn said 11/15, 01:24 AM
Alright well you changed a bunch of stuff so instead of attempting to address everything I'm just gonna start with what I perceive to be the biggest deals.
First of all, you moved Denver from fourth to eighth. In my opinion you're underrating the Broncos. Peyton Manning has that offense operating flawlessly. Their passing attack is impeccable. Demaryius Thomas is one of the best WR's in the NFL right now and there are a variety of other options for Peyton to throw to. They still have a really good rushing game led by "Old Faithful" Willis McGahee and their chance-of-pace burner, Ronnie Hillman. Denver can put up points in a flash, which leads me to...
...their defense. With Peyton lighting up the scoreboard consistently the Broncos have completely unleashed Von Miller. Denver has been able to play with the lead lately and their pass rush has been absolutely relentless. For anyone who hasn't been watching, do yourself a favor and watch Von Miller this weekend. The guy is a ****-ing animal. He is quite possibly (as first opined by Peter King) the best, most dominating linebacker in football right now.
Denver is the complete package and should be much higher on your list.
Dyhard is a certified stoner said 11/15, 02:37 AM
Well, I know that Denver moving four spots down is for a good reason. While Denver does have a very good team, I have a lot more confidence in the 49ers, Packers, Patriots and Ravens.
While I can see a case for Denver to be moved up higher, there's no way that I can see them above the Packers like you have it.
Green Bay should be sitting at 7-2 currently and they have a victory over the Texans (#1) and the Bears (#4). Plus, they're a scary team only going up.
San Francisco is a dangerous team but was hurt by Alex Smith's concussion this past week. They're still better than Denver and I can see SF shutting Denver down.
Exactly who has Denver beat that you can put them as high as you did, especially over GB? Or above Baltimore or San Francisco? Hell, even over the Patriots is a little ridiculous, especially when you look at the fact that they beat Denver 31-21.
I'm still wondering about Pittsburgh's "quality" wins. Against the Giants? An OT win against KC? Those aren't quality. Indy isn't pumping out quality wins either, but I think their victory over GB is quality enough to push them above Pittsburgh.
Denver doesn't deserve fourth, they deserve eighth.
Mrlns Fn said 11/15, 08:53 PM
Quick note about Pitt's "quality wins". The last two Pitt games have came against the defending SB champion NY Giants, in New York and against the Chiefs with no Roethlisberger.
Pitt beat the defending SB champs in New York two games ago.
Last game they beat a crappy but uber-motivated Chiefs team, without Ben Roethlisberger.
Not sure if you watched the Pitt-KC game, but the Chiefs obviously were playing as if they had nothing to lose. It was a classic trap game, and it showed in KC's intensity. When Ben got hurt it presented a major problem for Pitt since Leftwich kinda sucks.
But Pitt overcame the obstacles and won, anyway. Quality win, just like two games ago in NY against the defending SB champs.
For Denver, it's not so much their record or opponents that makes them scary. It's the fact that they are firing on ALL cylinders right now and I just can't see ANY team matching up well against Denver. Records aside, they're playing as well as anybody right now.
GB is a scary team but they're dealing with injuries (Benson, Nelson, Jennings) and although they're a really good passing team they can't run AT ALL and their defense isn't great.
Good TD and good luck.
Dyhard is a certified stoner said 11/19, 05:38 PM
Even when Big Ben was playing in the game against the Chiefs, he wasn't performing nearly as well as he should've been only completing 9-of-18 passing for 84 yards. Plus, there shouldn't be an excuse for taking the Chiefs to OT. That's not acceptable and isn't going to go down as a "quality" win anytime soon. It's far from quality.
The Giants are the defending champs, but I don't think that they're very good this season, as evident by their record and their schedule.
While Denver is a scary team, I don't select power rankings based on how the team is going to do in coming weeks or anything like that, I base them on their schedule/record and how they're playing. The Broncos are firing on all cylinders, but I can't put them very high with a 6-3 record, a loss to the Patriots (should spring New England ahead automatically with the same record) and not an overly tough schedule.
With the Packers, they've had to fight their way through some injuries, but I think that just helps their case even more. With a fake L against Seattle, the Packers are better than their record shows and they're finding ways to win even with an extremely banged up team.
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