NFL Week 5 Recap

Five weeks in. And bye weeks are in full force. Still don’t understand why they start so early in the year.

Kansas City and the LA Rams are way better than everyone else for now. But I would still take New England over Kansas City in a playoff game.

Out of my bottom 9 teams (Atlanta, Oakland, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, NY Giants, Indianapolis, SF, and Arizona), I think Dallas and New York are weakest at the QB position.

I don’t think Pittsburgh needs to panic. They are in a good position in the AFC North.

All is right in the AFC East. Always weird not seeing New England atop the division. Corrections have been made. They are probably the team to beat again.

I’ll be releasing my adjusted scoring offense and defense rankings after next week.

Here are my Week 6 Rankings.

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NFL Week 4

Some thoughts from Week 4:

Patrick Mahomes


I had not seen Patrick Mahomes play until the fourth quarter of Monday night’s game. Wow! His ability to scramble and still find the receivers downfield reminds me of Aaron Rodgers, Steve Young, John Elway and Fran Tarkenton. We’ll see if it lasts.

Why did Carolina and Washington get a bye week after only three weeks of football? Can’t the NFL come up with a better plan? Can’t they give every team a bye between weeks 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11? It seems like the players would benefit from it in the middle of the season. But when has the NFL ever taken players’ health into concern?

The roughing the passer rule continues to be a joke. I’m thinking that by the time the 2019 season rolls around, it will be illegal to even breathe on the quarterback.

It looks like this is one of those years for Atlanta where everything goes wrong. Losing three starters on the defense will do that to you. The good news is they should get a good draft pick.

My top 5 teams

  1. LA Rams
  2. Kansas City
  3. Baltimore
  4. Cincinnati
  5. Carolina

My bottom 5 teams

  1. NY Jets
  2. NY Giants
  3. Houston
  4. Detroit
  5. Arizona

See my complete rankings here.

Most surprising team through the first quarter of the season

The Baltimore Ravens. I thought this was going to be a long year for them, but Joe Flacco has been rejuvenated and the defense is playing really well.

Most disappointing team through the first quarter of the season

This one is easy. Pittsburgh. They are in total chaos right now. Stubborn owners who refuse to pay their best weapon. Now the relationship appears to be permanently broken.

2014 NFL Final Rankings

What a great Super Bowl! Now for my final rankings for the 2014 season:

  1. New England (15-4, 105.454)
  2. Seattle (14-5, 104.870)
  3. Denver (12-5, 104.083)
  4. Green Bay (13-5, 103.484)
  5. Indianapolis (13-6, 102.910)
  6. Dallas (13-5, 102.606)
  7. Arizona (11-6, 102.187)
  8. Kansas City (9-7, 101.980)
  9. Buffalo (9-7, 101.735)
  10. Baltimore (11-7, 101.718)
  11. Detroit (11-6, 101.696)
  12. Philadelphia (10-6, 101.592)
  13. San Diego (9-7, 101.482)
  14. Cincinnati (10-6-1, 101.081)
  15. Pittsburgh (11-6, 100.893)
  16. Miami (8-8, 100.848)
  17. San Francisco (8-8, 100.196)
  18. Houston (9-7, 100.179)
  19. Carolina (8-9-1, 99.255)
  20. St. Louis (6-10, 98.811)
  21. Minnesota (7-9, 98.679)
  22. New Orleans (7-9, 98.465)
  23. New York Giants (6-10, 98.180)
  24. Cleveland (7-9, 98.049)
  25. Chicago (5-11, 97.484)
  26. Atlanta (6-10, 97.451)
  27. New York Jets (4-12, 97.247)
  28. Oakland (3-13, 96.305)
  29. Washington (4-12, 95.435)
  30. Jacksonville (3-13, 94.429)
  31. Tampa Bay (2-14, 93.953)
  32. Tennessee (2-14, 93.277)

NFL 2014 Regular Season Final Rankings

The regular season is now over. Time for the playoffs. Seattle ends the season where they started. Number 1. Best defense again. So who’s in? In the AFC, New England, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Denver won their divisions. Baltimore and Cincinnati grabbed the wildcards. In the NFC, Dallas, Green Bay, Carolina???, and Seattle won their divisions. Green Bay and Arizona grabbed the wildcards. So who got left out? Philadelphia¬†went 10-6 and missed the playoffs. So did Kansas City (9-7), Buffalo (9-7), San Diego (9-7), Miami (8-8) and San Francisco (8-8). All had better records than Carolina. And speaking of Carolina, they host Arizona next week. They win their division with a record of 7-8-1 and get rewarded by playing an opponent that has no quarterback to speak of right now. Meanwhile Dallas (12-4) hosts Detroit (11-5). Dallas has to be saying ‘What the heck?’

The teams that surprised me the most were Dallas and Buffalo. The teams that were the most disappointing had to be New Orleans and Atlanta. I really thought it would be a battle between the two of the them for the division, and it was to an extent. Just not the way I thought it would go. I thought each of them would have at least 10 wins this season.

So here’s my final regular season rankings:

  1. Seattle (12-4, 54.951)
  2. Denver (12-4, 54.630)
  3. New England (12-4, 54.426)
  4. Green Bay (12-4, 53.321)
  5. Arizona (11-5, 52.967)
  6. Dallas (12-4, 52.666)
  7. Indianapolis (11-5, 52.307)
  8. Kansas City (9-7, 52.160)
  9. Detroit (11-5, 51.927)
  10. Buffalo (9-7, 51.705)
  11. Philadelphia (10-6, 51.665)
  12. San Diego (9-7, 51.622)
  13. Baltimore (10-6, 51.445)
  14. Cincinnati (10-5-1, 51.389)
  15. Pittsburgh (11-5, 51.279)
  16. Miami (8-8, 50.840)
  17. San Francisco (8-8, 50.487)
  18. Houston (9-7, 50.243)
  19. St. Louis (6-10, 49.165)
  20. Carolina (7-8-1, 48.910)
  21. Minnesota (7-9, 48.768)
  22. New Orleans (7-9, 48.591)
  23. New York Giants (6-10, 48.444)
  24. Cleveland (7-9, 48.189)
  25. Atlanta (6-10, 47.640)
  26. Chicago (5-11, 47.620)
  27. New York Jets (4-12, 47.447)
  28. Oakland (3-13, 46.668)
  29. Washington (4-12, 45.790)
  30. Jacksonville (3-313, 44.762)
  31. Tampa Bay (2-14, 44.291)
  32. Tennessee (2-14, 43.687)

Week 9 NFL Rankings

Here are my Week 9 rankings:

  1. Arizona (7-1, 55.951)
  2. Denver (6-2, 55.794)
  3. New England (7-2, 54.233)
  4. Philadelphia (6-2, 53.820)
  5. Indianapolis (6-3, 53.441)
  6. Kansas City (5-3, 53.112)
  7. Dallas (6-3, 52.182)
  8. Miami (5-3, 52.143)
  9. San Francisco (4-4, 51.846)
  10. Detroit (6-2, 51.737)
  11. San Diego (5-4, 51.683)
  12. Seattle (5-3, 51.677)
  13. Cincinnati (5-2-1, 51.626)
  14. Buffalo (5-3, 51.483)
  15. Baltimore (5-4, 51.065)
  16. Green Bay (5-3, 50.802)
  17. Pittsburgh (6-3, 50.786)
  18. Houston (4-5, 49.760)
  19. New York Giants (3-5, 49.395)
  20. New Orleans (4-4, 49.332)
  21. Cleveland (5-3, 49.111)
  22. St. Louis (3-5, 48.401)
  23. Chicago (3-5, 48.191)
  24. Carolina (3-5-1, 48.083)
  25. Minnesota (4-5, 47.972)
  26. Washington (3-6, 47.916)
  27. Tennessee (2-6, 46.599)
  28. Atlanta (2-6, 45.679)
  29. New York Jets (1-8, 45.002)
  30. Jacksonville (1-8, 44.877)
  31. Tampa Bay (1-7, 43.584)
  32. Oakland (0-8, 43.094)

Here are my rankings based on games for the last calendar year:

  1. Arizona (13-3, 54.834)
  2. Denver (14-5, 54.571)
  3. Seattle (13-5, 54.444)
  4. Philadelphia (12-4, 53.346)
  5. New England (13-5, 53.301)
  6. San Francisco (12-7, 52.924)
  7. Cincinnati (10-5-1, 52.507)
  8. San Diego (11-8, 52.116)
  9. Pittsburgh (12-5, 51.991)
  10. Indianapolis (12-7, 51.945)
  11. Baltimore (10-7, 51.709)
  12. New Orleans (10-8, 51.109)
  13. Carolina (10-7-1, 51.033)
  14. Kansas City (7-9, 50.746)
  15. St. Louis (7-8, 50.665)
  16. Miami (9-7, 50.380)
  17. Dallas (9-7, 50.108)
  18. Detroit (8-8, 49.941)
  19. Green Bay (8-8-1, 49.764)
  20. Buffalo (8-7, 49.460)
  21. Minnesota (8-8-1, 49.403)
  22. New York Giants (8-8, 48.949)
  23. Chicago (6-10, 48.376)
  24. Tampa Bay (5-11, 47.348)
  25. Cleveland (5-10, 47.018)
  26. Atlanta (4-12, 46.691)
  27. Tennessee (5-11, 46.284)
  28. Jacksonville (5-12, 46.034)
  29. New York Jets (4-12, 45.845)
  30. Houston (4-13, 45.709)
  31. Washington (3-14, 45.384)
  32. Oakland (1-15, 43.107)

 

Week 7 NFL Rankings

Another week in the books. Here are my rankings after Week 7:

  1. Denver (5-1, 58.027)
  2. Arizona (5-1, 56.092)
  3. Indianapolis (5-2, 55.401)
  4. Philadelphia (5-1, 54.994)
  5. Dallas (6-1, 54.424)
  6. San Francisco (4-3, 53.974)
  7. San Diego (5-2, 53.642)
  8. Seattle (3-3, 52.741)
  9. Baltimore (5-2, 52.719)
  10. Kansas City (3-3, 52.595)
  11. Green Bay (5-2, 51.873)
  12. Detroit (5-2, 51.507)
  13. New England (5-2, 51.455)
  14. Cincinnati (3-2-1, 51.162)
  15. Buffalo (4-3, 50.627)
  16. New York Giants (3-4, 50.043)
  17. Miami (3-3, 49.962)
  18. Houston (3-4, 49.552)
  19. Carolina (3-3-1, 49.290)
  20. Chicago (3-4, 48.558)
  21. Pittsburgh (4-3, 48.346)
  22. St. Louis (2-4, 47.880)
  23. Cleveland (3-3, 47.801)
  24. Washington (2-5, 47.646)
  25. Tennessee (2-5, 47.252)
  26. New Orleans (2-4, 46.029)
  27. Minnesota (2-5, 45.832)
  28. New York Jets (1-6, 45.470)
  29. Jacksonville (1-6, 44.914)
  30. Atlanta (2-5, 44.852)
  31. Tampa Bay (1-5, 43.160)
  32. Oakland (0-6, 42.617)

Here are my rankings based on games for the last calendar year:

  1. Denver (14-4, 55.016)
  2. Arizona (12-3, 54.703)
  3. Seattle (13-5, 54.576)
  4. San Francisco (13-6, 53.601)
  5. Philadelphia (12-4, 53.087)
  6. New England (13-5, 52.781)
  7. San Diego (11-7, 52.401)
  8. Indianapolis (12-6, 52.035)
  9. Carolina (12-5-1, 51.843)
  10. Cincinnati (9-6-1, 51.747)
  11. Baltimore (10-6, 51.299)
  12. Dallas (10-6, 51.031)
  13. Kansas City (7-9, 50.657)
  14. New York Giants (9-7, 50.245)
  15. New Orleans (9-9, 50.169)
  16. Detroit (8-8, 50.120)
  17. St. Louis (6-9, 50.013)
  18. Green Bay (9-8-1, 49.991)
  19. Pittsburgh (10-7, 49.861)
  20. Miami (8-8, 49.622)
  21. Chicago (7-9, 48.930)
  22. Minnesota (6-10-1, 48.418)
  23. Buffalo (7-9, 48.288)
  24. Tennessee (6-10, 47.633)
  25. Tampa Bay (5-11, 47.515)
  26. New York Jets (5-11, 46.853)
  27. Atlanta (4-13, 46.512)
  28. Cleveland (4-11, 46.510)
  29. Jacksonville (5-11, 46.153)
  30. Washington (3-14, 45.967)
  31. Houston (3-13, 45.486)
  32. Oakland (2-14, 44.563)

NFL Rankings

Time for my NFL rankings. My rankings are starting to level out now. Still a couple of surprises in there. But for the most part, they are looking pretty good now. So here they are:

  1. Denver (4-1, 57.199)
  2. Arizona (4-1, 56.849)
  3. San Diego (5-1, 55.883)
  4. Seattle (3-2, 54.954)
  5. Dallas (5-1, 54.614)
  6. San Francisco (4-2, 54.213)
  7. Indianapolis (4-2, 54.178)
  8. Philadelphia (5-1, 54.100)
  9. Baltimore (4-2, 53.028)
  10. Cincinnati (3-1-1, 52.714)
  11. Detroit (4-2, 51.893)
  12. Green Bay (4-2, 51.426)
  13. New England (4-2 51.209)
  14. Buffalo (3-3, 51.069)
  15. Kansas City (2-3, 50.854)
  16. Carolina (3-2-1, 50.648)
  17. Houston (3-3, 50.604)
  18. New York Giants (3-3, 50.502)
  19. Cleveland (3-2, 50.082)
  20. Chicago (3-3, 49.962)
  21. Miami (2-3, 48.271)
  22. Tennessee (2-4, 47.935)
  23. Pittsburgh (3-3, 47.710)
  24. New Orleans (2-3, 46.540)
  25. Washington (1-5, 46.398)
  26. New York Jets (1-5, 45.658)
  27. Atlanta (2-4, 45.635)
  28. Minnesota (2-4, 45.511)
  29. St. Louis (1-4, 44.931)
  30. Tampa Bay (1-5, 42.962)
  31. Oakland (0-5, 42.003)
  32. Jacksonville (0-6, 41.199)

So what about over the last year? Including scores going back to Week 7 of last year, we see some big differences. How about those Arizona Cardinals? Most underrated team in the NFL since last year.

  1. Seattle (14-4, 55.618)
  2. Arizona (11-4, 54.411)
  3. San Francisco (14-5, 54.147)
  4. Denver (13-5, 54.000)
  5. San Diego (12-6, 52.817)
  6. Carolina (13-4-1, 52.782)
  7. Philadelphia (12-5, 52.479)
  8. Cincinnati (10-5-1, 52.472)
  9. New England (12-6, 51.919)
  10. Indianapolis (12-6, 51.578)
  11. Dallas (10-6, 51.409)
  12. New York Giants (10-6, 51.025)
  13. Baltimore (9-7, 50.818)
  14. New Orleans (9-8, 50.798)
  15. Pittsburgh (10-7, 50.054)
  16. Kansas City (7-9, 49.916)
  17. Green Bay (9-8-1, 49.793)
  18. Detroit (7-9, 49.768)
  19. St. Louis (5-10, 49.176)
  20. Chicago (7-9, 48.848)
  21. Miami (7-9, 48.773)
  22. Minnesota (6-10-1, 48.370)
  23. Buffalo (7-9, 48.138)
  24. Tennessee (6-10, 47.693)
  25. Atlanta (5-12, 47.456)
  26. New York Jets (6-10, 47.416)
  27. Tampa Bay (5-12, 47.336)
  28. Cleveland (4-11, 46.789)
  29. Washington (3-14, 46.138)
  30. Jacksonville (4-12, 45.324)
  31. Houston (3-13, 45.320)
  32. Oakland (2-13, 44.466)