|NFL Power Rankings|
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-4)They got pounded by Jacksonville and its shaky QB, and why, you ask, are they up here anyway? Well, except for San Diego and Detroit, my ninth through 19th place teams from last week either lost or had a bye. You think this is easy? You try doing it.
Washington Redskins (4-3)I want to hear all you serious investors out there admit it. When that 16 ½-point spread was posted last week, you said, "Oh, man, the Skins getting 16 ½ from the Patriots? I've got to get on this before the number comes down." How long did it take for you to see the error of your ways? Twenty minutes, maybe?
Denver Broncos (3-4)If you can't get a rush going against Favre you're asking for trouble. None of their D-linemen seemed capable of winning their one-on-ones against the Packer blockers. When Green Bay ran the ball, the mini-linebackers were exposed. When Favre threw, the lack of speed at the safety positions was painfully obvious.
Carolina Panthers (4-3)Steve Smith has good days and bad days, but he's consistent in one regard. He refuses to talk to the local media. I know how to make him talk. Place a quick call to Langley and have them send over their waterboarding equipment.
Seattle Seahawks (4-3)If you'd have told me last summer that they'd go into Cleveland as underdogs, I'd have asked what you were smoking. OK, it's only one point, but still ...
Cleveland Browns (4-3)I think the great success of the Derek Anderson to Braylon Edwards passing combination might be a height-related thing. I haven't worked out all the details yet, but when you've got a 6-6 guy throwing to a 6-3, you're raising the game to new heights, and some poor little 5-10 cornerback might only be conscious of a whooshing kind of noise in the air above him. As you can tell, the details of this theory still have to be refined.
Baltimore Ravens (4-3)Isn't it odd? I keep thinking of this team as having a losing record. I mean everybody's hurt, Ray Lewis is ripping the coach, people on other teams, such as Adalius Thomas, are taking shots. Not a healthy feeling, is it?
Kansas City Chiefs (4-3)Picking them over the Pack could be a terrible mistake, based on the way Green Bay moved the ball against Denver. The matchup I'm looking forward to is KC's DRE, Jared Allen, against the Pack's LT Chad Clifton, who will probably get some help.
Arizona Cardinals (3-4)They have winnable games on their schedule. They trail the Seahawks, whom they have beaten, by one game in the division. They haven't smelled the playoffs since 1998, and how many guys can you name from that team? OK, Eric Swann, Jeff Feagles, those are easy. How many more?
Philadelphia Eagles (3-4)They always seem to beat Dallas at home. They might not this time, but Donovan McNabb looks like he's motoring better and his receivers are making the tough catches for him, and if they come through on Sunday, zoom, power rankings elevator going up, keep clear of the doors, please.