Newsday's Power Rankings
Posted 18 November 2008 - 05:30 PM
2. Giants (9-1) (2): So much for the Ravens being able to contain the Giants’ running game, which churned out 207 yards and two TDs in a 30-10 walkover.
3. Panthers (8-2) (3): Panthers struggle a bit to get past Lions, but maintain one-game lead in NFC South.
4. Stillers (7-3) (4): So, did you have the Steelers to cover? :-)
5. Buccaneers (7-3) (5): Terrific effort against the Vikings at home, as ever-efficient Jeff Garcia leads the way to keep Bucs within striking distance of Panthers and stay in control of wild card race.
6. Jets (7-3) (12): Maybe Brett Favre was getting a little carried away when he put his win over the Patriots at or near the top of his list of big games, but his excitement was understandable. Jets take huge step in beating arch rivals on road in prime time.
7. Cardinals (7-3) (11): Long-suffering Cardinals fan Chicago Norm still has his doubts, but Cardinals are getting ready to sell playoff tix.
8. Colts (6-4) (10): That’s three wins in their last four games for a Colts team still hanging in despite injuries and early-season suckiness. (Can I use that word? … Well, I just did. That’s been a goal of mine for quite some time now.)
9. Patriots (6-4) (6): After losing to Jets at home, another big AFC East game for Pats: on the road against the 6-4 Dolphins.
10. Ravens (6-4) (7): Ray Lewis & Co. succumb to the elements: Earth, Wind and Fire.
11. Cowboys (6-4) (14): Tony Romo is back and all is right with the Cowboys. At least in a narrow victory at Washington.
12. Falcons (6-4) (8): Defense fails Falcons in second half against Broncos.
13. Redskins (6-4) (9): Back down to earth for Redskins? It wasn’t long ago they were 4-1.
14. Dolphins (6-4) (17): Dolphins really putting our no-such-thing-as-winning-ugly theory to the test. Chad Pennington barely ekes out home win against Raiders.
15. Broncos (6-4) (18): Jay Cutler finds a way in the fourth quarter in Hot ‘Lanta, as Broncos now enjoy two-game lead in AFC West.
16. Iggles (5-4-1) (13): So, games can really end in a tie? Donovan McNabb learns something new every day.
17. Packers (5-5) (19): Aaron Rodgers is solid, Ryan Grant is brilliant, and the defense is even better in a home rout of Da Bears.
18. Vikings (5-5) (16): After dispiriting loss in Tampa, Vikes now await word on possible suspensions of key defensive linemen.
19. Bears (5-5) (15): So much for Kyle Orton as savior.
20. Saints (5-5) (21): Saints do just enough to beat Chiefs on the road. Even so, this team looks dead in the water.
21. Jaguars (4-6) (23): Jags were close to upset of Titans. Just not close enough.
22. Browns (4-6) (25): Brady Quinn looks solid again in leading Browns to victory over Bills.
23. Bills (5-5) (20): Wide right from 47 yards out. Sound familiar, Bills’ fans?
24. Chargers (4-6) (22): No offense in the ‘Burgh.
25. 49ers (3-7) (27): Mike Singletary gets first win as head coach as Niners thump woeful Rams.
26. Texans (3-7) (24): Defense gets carved up by Peyton Manning.
27. Seahawks (2-8) (26): Matt Hasselbeck’s return doesn’t help Seahawks against surging Cardinals.
28. Bengals (1-8-1) (28): Bengals now 9-2-1 in last 12 at home against NFC teams. That’s about the only bright spot for this woebegone franchise. Woebegone – who the hell do I think I am, Garrison Keillor?
29. Chiefs (1-9) (29): Only question now is whether Carl Peterson and Herman Edwards make it to next season.
30. Raiders (2-8) (31): Jim Fassel would love to coach the Raiders. This question is: why?
31. Rams (2-8) (30): Highly unlikely Jim Haslett comes back next season.
32. Lions (0-10) (32): I’ve had enough with these guys. How many years has it been trying to come up with one-liners about the worst team in football? I’m done.
-Rex Ryan, Hard Knocks
Posted 19 November 2008 - 02:19 AM
Posted 19 November 2008 - 08:23 AM
Agreed. This year, you could argue that there's no one team in the NFL who are leaps and bounds better than the rest. Obviously the Titans are undefeated, but they've not been destroying teams.
It's shaping up to be one interesting January because it's so close, I don't think the seeding will determine much.