The NFL year of insanity continues its slow march onwards. If you had to ask the average fan right now who are the top teams in football, I’d bet even money he or she would say Green Bay and then everyone else. Upsets galore have shifted the standings. 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. Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2). Steelers take a big step forward in beating the Patriots. Up next are the oddly reeling Ravens who themselves are coming off an emotional victory.
3. San Francisco 49ers (6-1). I really want to rank the Niners at #2 but the Steelers win over the Pats was too convincing.
4. Detroit Lions (6-2). I owe the Lions a sincere debt of gratitude for officially stomping into the ground any notion of Tim Tebow leading headlines for a second straight week.
5. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2). There is essentially a three way tie atop the AFC North when you take into account the bye week. Who would have predicted that going into week one?
6. Buffalo Bills (5-2). The Bills come roaring back by throttling the Redskins. The defense being put forth in Buffalo is starting to become down right nasty.
7. Baltimore Ravens (5-2). Ravens fans everywhere are saying a little prayer tonight that 3rd and 4th quarter Joe Flacco shows up to Heinz field on Sunday night, leaving 1st and 2nd quarter Joe Flacco home on the bench.
8. New York Giants (5-2). Sure does help to play the Dolphins when you need a confidence booster, but New York didn’t exactly wow anyone there having to struggle late.
9. New England Patriots (5-2). Want to know what’s not the recipe for success? Ditching a cornerback and then losing one to injured reserve. The glaring weakness that is the Pats defense reared its ugly head in Pittsburgh.
10. Chicago Bears (4-3). Bears have to hope the bye week doesn’t kill any of the momentum they’ve been generating.
11. Houston Texans (5-3). Houston is not content to miss the playoffs. They’re getting better by the day and flexed a lot of muscle in knocking off the Jags.
12. Atlanta Falcons (4-3). Falcons are struggling and need to get their wheels on track. Hopefully they get their issues sorted out during the bye.
13. New Orleans Saints (5-3). This has got to be the most schizophrenic team in football. Tampa Bay not withstanding.
14. New York Jets (4-3). Right now, the AFC East is a two horse race. The Jets are going to have to step up their game to catch the division leading Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots… still sounds weird to say it… Division leading Buffalo Bills.
15. Oakland Raiders (4-3). Will a week of preparation be enough to get Carson Palmer ready to face the Broncos on Sunday?
16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-3). In a wide open NFC South, the Buccaneers have got to find a way to maintain consistency in their play. This is anyone’s division to claim.
17. Tennessee Titans (4-3). The Titans needed a win to keep pace with the Texans. Hearing their lamentations the football Gods delivered them the Indianapolis Colts… and it was good.
18. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4). Maybe all that Nightmare Team talk finally got to the Eagles. Can they repeat their showing against Dallas? Well that’s the question now isn’t it?
19. Kansas City Chiefs (4-3). Four in a row for the Chiefs creates a three way tie for first in the AFC West. A gift wrapped fumble from Phillip Rivers shows this may be a team governed by providence.
20. San Diego Chargers (4-3). The San Diego Chargers are playing just putrid football right now. You think Ravens fans are getting nervous? Ask San Diego how it feels about its Quarterback this morning.
21. Dallas Cowboys (3-4). That was the worst defensive showing from the Dallas Cowboys in longer than I can remember. America’s team this is not.
22. Washington Redskins (3-4). The Redskins are a dog with no teeth. Getting shutout by the Bills tings pretty bad.
23. Minnesota Vikings (2-6). Christian Ponder is looking like he could be the answer for the beleaguered Vikings.
24. St. Louis Rams (1-6). Where has this Rams team been all season? This is what we expected from then coming out of the gate.
25. Cleveland Browns (3-4). So much for that no losing record stuff. The Browns were not even a match for the 49ers.
26. Carolina Panthers (2-5). Newton is a good player, but eventually he’s going to have to start turning that talent into more wins. A loss to fellow rookie Christian Ponder doesn’t look good on the ole resume.
27. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6). The Jags defense didn’t bail them out this week, and a loss to Houston is the result.
28. Denver Broncos (2-5). Tim Tebow is not an NFL quarterback. He’s a good person and a terrific leader, but he’d be better suited as Wes Welker and not as Tom Brady.
29. Seattle Seahawks (2-5). The best thing you can say about Seattle is at least they show up to the stadium every week. How much do you think Pete Carroll hates peering down to San Francisco right now?
30. Arizona Cardinals (1-6). The Cardinals caught the reeling Ravens by surprise and almost snuck off with a victory. Unfortunately the Baltimore offense snapped awake and prevented the upset.
31. Miami Dolphins (0-7). The Dolphins are just brutal to watch right now. That said, they showed a tremendous amount of heart in their near miss against the Giants.
32. Indianapolis Colts (0-8). If the Colts go 16-0 or even 2-14, there’s no conceivable way Jim Caldwell should keep his job. One player a team does not make, even if it is Peyton Manning. There are issues far deeper than the loss of a football legend.