Last Week: 2
| Movie: Carrie |
IMDB plot summary: "A young, abused and timid 17-year-old girl discovers she has telekinesis, and gets pushed to the limit on the night of her school's prom by a humiliating prank."
Why it fits: The Chiefs -- and more specifically their ravenous fan base -- have been clamoring for recognition of their unblemished start. Well, here ya go: the No. 1 spot on Power Rankings for the first time in 2013. Heads up for falling buckets of blood.
Last Week: 3
|Movie: Candyman |
IMDB plot summary: "The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth."
Why it fits: Candyman can't harm anyone unless summoned (a more violent Beetlejuice, if you will). And the Saints were powerless in 2012, when Sean Payton had to watch from afar and wait for his chance to return. Payton's here now, and the Saints are making opponents pay.
Last Week: 1
|Movie: The Blair Witch Project |
IMDB plot summary: "Three film students go missing after traveling into the woods of Maryland to make a documentary about the local Blair Witch legend leaving only their footage behind."
Why it fits: Seattle's well-documented home-field advantage is brilliant to watch on television. Actually play a road game in front of the 12th Man, though, and there's a decent possibility you'll end up standing catatonic in a corner, wondering what just happened.
Last Week: 4
|Movie: Frankenstein |
IMDB plot summary: "Horror classic in which an obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses."
Why it fits: OK, so I went for the obvious bolts-in-the-neck Peyton Manning association here. The Broncos also struck fear into the rest of the NFL with their ferocious beginning, leaving them fending off a mob of challengers.
Last Week: 5
|Movie: Young Frankenstein |
IMDB plot summary: "Dr. Frankenstein's grandson, after years of living down the family reputation, inherits granddad's castle and repeats the experiments."
Why it fits: Colts owner Jim Irsay made it pretty clear that he doesn't want his team to repeat any of the mistakes it made during the Peyton Manning era. Of course, he happens to be building around a potential once-in-a-generation QB again.
Last Week: 6
|Movie: Saw |
IMDB plot summary: "With a dead body lying between them, two men wake up in the secure lair of a serial killer who's been nicknamed 'Jigsaw.' The men must follow various rules and objectives if they wish to survive and win the deadly game set for them."
Why it fits: Because it is Jim Harbaugh's way or the highway in San Francisco. Fortunately, the 49ers bounced back from a tough start, saving us from having to talk about how Saw II is nowhere near as good as the original.
Last Week: 7
|Movie: Poltergeist |
IMDB plot summary: "A family's home is haunted by a host of ghosts."
Why it fits: "They're heeeeere ..." As in, the Bengals have become a title contender, after spending the past couple seasons dropping signs of their impending arrival.
Last Week: 8
|Movie: Friday the 13th |
IMDB plot summary (for the original): "Camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp that was the site of a child's drowning."
Why it fits: Friday the 13th is the "Next man up!" of horror movies -- (spoiler alert) Jason Voorhees isn't even the killer in the first version, because he's already dead. And just as Jason's mom stepped into the rampaging role, the Packers have received ample production from second- and third-stringers on offense, in the absences of some stars.
Last Week: 9
|Movie: The Evil Dead |
IMDB plot summary: "Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons."
Why it fits: Anonymous demons from out of nowhere? Sounds perfect for this rag-tag group.
Last Week: 13
|Movie: The Nightmare Before Christmas |
IMDB plot summary: "Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn't quite understand the concept."
Why it fits: I don't have to spell out a joke about the Lions not quite understanding the concept of winning a playoff game, do I?
Last Week: 11
|Movie: The Hitcher |
IMDB plot summary: "A young man who escaped the clutches of a murderous hitchhiker is subsequently stalked, framed for the hitcher's crimes and has his life made into hell by the same man he escaped."
Why it fits: With each additional San Diego victory (and each time Philip Rivers lights up an opposing defense), the blame for the past few seasons falls a little more squarely on the shoulders of former head coach Norv Turner.
Last Week: 10
|Movie: Psycho |
IMDB plot summary: "A Phoenix secretary steals $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother."
Why it fits: No, not a Dez Bryant joke. Instead, let's cast Jason Garrett as Norman Bates, and Jerry Jones as the overbearing mother. "A boy's best friend is his mother," after all.
Last Week: 14
|Movie: Gremlins |
IMDB plot summary: "A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town."
Why it fits: Aww, those cute, harmless Panthers. Rule 1: Don't let Cam Newton get out of the pocket. Rule 2: Don't underestimate the front seven on defense. Rule 3: Never, ever feed Steve Smith after midnight.
Last Week: 12
|Movie: Pet Sematary |
IMDB plot summary: "Behind a young family's home in Maine is a terrible secret that holds the power of life after death. When tragedy strikes, the threat of that power soon becomes undeniable."
Why it fits: Rex Ryan was all but done, head on the chopping block as this season began. And now, at 4-4 and with a promising rookie quarterback, he might have second life.
Last Week: 15
|Movie: The Shining |
IMDB plot summary: "A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future."
Why it fits: The ghosts of the past always follow the Bears (and any team with longstanding tradition) around. It's more problematic during difficult seasons -- this team is no Monsters of the Midway and even Lovie Smith's defense is but a phantom.
Last Week: 16
|Movie: House of Wax |
IMDB plot summary: "An associate burns down a wax museum with the owner inside, but he survives only to become vengeful and murderous."
Why it fits: The real summary (spoiler alert again) is that the owner begins turning his victims into wax statues. And with the Ravens trying to recreate their Super Bowl run with different players -- but some stubborn coaching -- well, this thing's starting to melt to the ground.
Last Week: 25
|Movie: An American Werewolf in London |
IMDB plot summary: "Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists."
Why it fits: The Cardinals can't be a playoff contender, can they? Impossible! And yet ...
Last Week: 18
|Movie: Tremors |
IMDB plot summary: "Natives of a small isolated town defend themselves against strange underground creatures which are killing them one by one."
Why it fits: The Titans are lurking a bit right now, kind of hidden in the AFC playoff picture after a short-term injury to Jake Locker and three straight losses. Those defeats, though, came against teams with a combined 21-3 record. Don't forget about the Titans, because they could jump up and surprise some folks.
Last Week: 27
|Movie: House of 1,000 Corpses |
IMDB plot summary: "Two teenage couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers."
Why it fits: Have you seen The Black Hole? It's terrifying. (And, yes, I passed on just choosing The Black Hole as the movie comparison.)
Last Week: 17
|Movie: April Fool's Day |
IMDB plot summary: "A group of nine college students staying at a friend's remote island mansion begin to fall victim to an unseen murderer over the April Fool's day weekend."
Why it fits: Not to spoil another movie you'll probably never see if you haven't watched it already, but April Fool's Day is 90 minutes of campy murders that turn out to be practical jokes. Which makes it the perfect complement for Miami's 3-0 start.
Last Week: 20
|Movie: Ghostbusters 2 |
IMDB plot summary: "The discovery of a massive river of ectoplasm and a resurgence of spectral activity allow the staff of Ghostbusters to revive the business."
Why it fits: Still fun. Still entertaining. Not nearly as enjoyable as the original -- in this case, the original being the pre-RGIII knee injury 2012 Redskins. I'm also working on a theory that it is because of his secret use of ectoplasm that every athlete gets Dr. James Andrews to perform his or her surgery.
Last Week: 21
|Movie: The Thing |
IMDB plot summary: "Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills."
Why it fits: Kevin Kolb, Matt Leinart, EJ Manuel, Jeff Tuel, Thaddeus Lewis. Maybe the alien that has hold of the Bills' quarterbacks can transform into someone who stays healthy for longer than two games.
Last Week: 28
|Movie: The Fog |
IMDB plot summary: "A Northern California fishing town, built 100 years ago over an old leper colony, becomes shrouded by a killer fog containing zombie-like ghosts seeking revenge for their deaths."
Why it fits: Insert your own zombie movie selection here. That the Giants have somehow stumbled their way back into the NFC East race clearly indicates some supernatural force at work.
Last Week: 24
|Movie: It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown |
IMDB plot summary: "The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin."
Why it fits: Somehow, the image of Linus holding a blanket, sucking his thumb and waiting in vain for the Great Pumpkin to arrive brought to mind Brian Schottenheimer's play calling.
Last Week: 22
|Movie: Nosferatu |
IMDB plot summary: "Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. Silent classic based on the story Dracula."
Why it fits: This silent picture came out in 1922, which just happens to be the year that the Steelers drafted 25 percent of their current roster.
Last Week: 19
|Movie: Scream |
IMDB plot summary: "A killer known as Ghostface begins killing off teenagers, and as the body count begins rising, one girl and her friends find themselves contemplating the 'Rules' of horror films as they find themselves living in a real-life one."
Why it fits: Scream was a satire of the horror genre, much the same way that the Falcons are an increasingly comic representation of a contending team.
Last Week: 29
|Movie: Halloween |
IMDB plot summary: "A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish teenage girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets."
Why it fits: The Oilers left town in 1996 after 27 seasons without a Super Bowl berth. Six years later, the Texans returned football to Houston ... and their sudden downturn has the fans there jittery.
Last Week: 23
|Movie: Re-Animator |
IMDB plot summary: "A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus."
Why it fits: Bizarre experiments! Odd new student! There was no other choice for Year 1 of the Chip Kelly saga.
Last Week: 26
|Movie: Cujo |
IMDB plot summary: "A friendly St. Bernard named "Cujo" contracts rabies and conducts a reign of terror on a small American town."
Why it fits: The Dawg Pound tie-in came together nicely here, though there's more synchronization between movie and team in that Cujo puts up a brutal, grueling, torturous fight ... then dies.
Last Week: 30
|Movie: The Exorcist |
IMDB plot summary: "When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter."
Why it fits: Here's the thing about this movie (do I need to keep using the "spoiler alert" warning?): Both priests brought in to help possessed Regan wind up dead. Somewhere in there is a metaphor for Christian Ponder's, Matt Cassel's and Josh Freeman's attempts to get Adrian Peterson a Super Bowl ring.
Last Week: 31
|Movie: Something Wicked This Way Comes |
IMDB plot summary: "In a small American town, a diabolical circus and its demonic proprietor prey on the townsfolk."
Why it fits: Coincidentally, that IMDB plot summary also happens to be how the Buccaneers are describing the Greg Schiano era.
Last Week: 32
|Movie: The Happening |
IMDB plot summary: "A strange, horrible and unprecedented crisis begins in Central Park. A high school science teacher, his wife and a young girl do what they can to survive it."
Why it fits: This is possibly the worst horror movie ever made. Draw your own conclusions.