A sloppy week across the board for most teams. With a number of the league’s high powered offenses on the bye week (Green Bay not withstanding) it made for some pretty hard football to watch. That said, the rankings have some shift at the top this week. As always if you think you can do better, leave your own rankings in the comments below.
1. Green Bay Packers (7-0). Despite a scare from the Minnesota Vikings and their rookie Quarterback Christian Ponder, the Packers squeaked out the victory and remain unbeaten.
2. New England Patriots (5-1). The Pats seemingly fix their problems and get stronger every week. Coming off the bye however, there are still plenty of question marks surrounding the defense.
3. San Francisco 49ers (5-1). The 49ers are the darlings of the NFL, how long can Jim Harbaugh keep this team playing above its head?
4. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2). It sure isn’t pretty, or fun to watch, but the Steelers have kept their season alive by beating the teams they are supposed to beat.
5. New Orleans Saints (5-2). How do you get over losing to the Bucs? You beat the ever loving stuffing out of Indianapolis. The Saints handed the Colts their worst defeat in franchise history.
6. New York Giants (4-2). Coming off the bye week, can the Giants build upon the momentum they gained in beating the Bills?
7. Detroit Lions (5-2). The Lions are in a bit of a freefall after losing two straight. There are many in the motor city praying hard tonight for their oft injured quarterback Matthew Stafford.
8. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2). After watching an unprepared Carson Palmer throw three interceptions against Kansas City, you can all but hear Mike Brown reclining in a dark office somewhere chuckling to himself.
9. Buffalo Bills (4-2). It’s time for Ryan Fitzpatrick to rally his team after an emotional loss. That’s what the good Quarterbacks do.
10. Chicago Bears (4-3). No one is ready to say the Bears are dark horse contenders, but they’re playing well enough for people to notice. This is a team that’s starting to slowly click.
11. Baltimore Ravens (4-2). Ravens take a beating in my polls this week. I’m beginning to wonder if Joe Flacco has hit his ceiling.
12. Atlanta Falcons (4-3). The Falcons beat up on the reeling Lions but get beat up themselves in the process.
13. Houston Texans (4-3). The Texans save their season and get things rolling again by beating the Titans.
14. New York Jets (4-3). The Jets got the performance they needed out of Mark Sanchez and Plaxico Burress. Just good enough to win.
15. San Diego Chargers (4-2). Phillip Rivers, once heralded as the next Dan Marino, has had a statistically career worst start to his 2011 campaign.
16. Oakland Raiders (4-2). Six total interceptions? Kyle Boller really just doesn’t want to be a starting Quarterback in the NFL. His three picks more or less assured he will not be on the team next season.
17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-2). …up and down, and up and down, and up and down…
18. Dallas Cowboys (3-3). DeMarco who? The young Dallas running back simply obliterated the Rams.
19. Washington Redskins (3-3). John Beck didn’t play terribly in his first outing, but the loss of Hightower and Moss could prove to be devastating.
20. Tennessee Titans (3-3). Tennessee squandered a chance to make a statement in the AFC South by falling badly to the Texans.
21. Cleveland Browns (3-3). By beating the Seahawks 6-3 (you heard me), the Browns have solidified the AFC North as the best division in football. No team has a losing record.
22. Kansas City Chiefs (3-3). The Oakland QB’s throwing six INT’s sure did do a lot to help the Chiefs get to three straight wins.
23. Philadelphia Eagles (2-4). Few teams needed their bye week as badly as the Eagles.
24. Carolina Panthers (2-5). Man Cam Newton looks good at times. I hate eating crow and he’s slowly making me eat a ton of it.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5). You just felt that the Jaguars were tired of being pushed around. They won ugly, really ugly, super ugly, but they still won.
26. Denver Broncos (2-4). For fifty minutes of Football, Tebow looked lost and overmatched. For five minutes, he looked like, well, Tebow. Heroics of that caliber will not come easy every week.
27. Seattle Seahawks (2-4). Three points? All you could manage was three points? Pete Carroll’s second stint in the NFL is going about as well as his first.
28. Arizona Cardinals (1-5). No luck against the Steelers and now they have to travel across the country to play the Ravens. That’s just bad luck.
29. Minnesota Vikings (1-6). Despite the loss, Ponder should be proud of his effort. He and the Vikings hung tough against the Packers and almost pulled it off.
30. Miami Dolphins (0-6). How much longer will Tony Sparano suffer on his cross? His days have got to be numbered.
31. St. Louis Rams (0-6). I cannot for the life of me understand how a team like this could play moderately well one year and completely collapse the next.
32. Indianapolis Colts (0-7). Jim Caldwell will eventually have to accept the blame for this team’s lackluster play. It’s not just his offense that’s bad, it’s his defense as well.