By Don Banks
November 17, 2010
NFL Power Rankings (cont.)
21 St. Louis <a href=Rams" title="St. Louis Rams">
Last Week: 19
A lot of folks said the Rams should have traded for Donovan McNabb last offseason, but would you rather be the 4-5 Redskins with McNabb or the 4-5 Rams with rookie Sam Bradford? And did we mention that St. Louis beat Washington earlier this season?
22 Houston <a href=Texans" title="Houston Texans">
Last Week: 21
The more I watch the replay of Houston's pass "defense'' on Jacksonville's game-winning Hail Mary catch, the more I'm convinced that it was just a lack of awareness and football sense by Texans cornerback Glover Quin. He could have easily caught that ball, because there was no Jags receiver challenging him for it. And if you're going to knock it down, then make darn sure you knock it down, not out, directly in the path of a trailing receiver. That wasn't bad luck, Houston. That was bad execution.
23 Minnesota <a href=Vikings" title="Minnesota Vikings">
Last Week: 20
Quite the year for the Vikings in terms of their postgame pronouncements, wouldn't you say? Between Brett Favre's "it's-been-a-great-career'' press conference of last week, Brad Childress throwing Favre under the bus in Green Bay last month, and Randy Moss's rambling self-interview after the loss at New England, I can't wait for the final gun of Minnesota games these days.
24 Washington <a href=Redskins" title="Washington Redskins">
Last Week: 22
All I know is that not much has gone right for the Redskins since Rex Grossman snapped on his chin strap and took the field in Detroit. What sort of karmic forces did Mike Shanahan unleash with that move?
25 Dallas <a href=Cowboys" title="Dallas Cowboys">
Last Week: 32
The greatest story never told would have been to watch the Cowboys-Giants game with Wade Phillips last week, writing a first-person piece about what his day on the couch was like. Somehow I don't think he would have gone for the idea.
26 49ers">49ers/">49ers_50.png" alt="San Francisco 49ers" title="San Francisco 49ers">
Last Week: 28
49ers/">San Francisco 49ers (3-6)
Not to harp on this -- well, let's harp a little -- but it's now 12 out of 13 overtime games this season that have gone at least two possessions (or 92.3 percent), rendering the whole coin flip "advantage'' pretty meaningless. You see, that's how it's supposed to work in overtime. There's two sides to the ball, offense and defense, and you have to play them both.
27 Denver <a href=Broncos" title="Denver Broncos">
Last Week: 29
What is it with postgame handshakes and young head coaches who were once coordinators for Bill Belichick in New England? You think Josh McDaniels dialed up Eric Mangini after Sunday's big win over Kansas City and asked him how one should proceed on this handshake-snub front? Wait a minute, are they on speaking (or shaking) terms?
28 Detroit <a href=Lions" title="Detroit Lions">
Last Week: 25
If both Matthew Stafford and Brett Favre try calling Dr. James Andrews for a shoulder diagnosis at the same time, whose call gets put through first? The old dome quarterback from the NFC North, or the new dome quarterback from the NFC North? Or does Favre just pass his number along to Andrews through a third party? (Sorry. It was too good).
29 Arizona <a href=Cardinals" title="Arizona Cardinals">
Last Week: 26
What exactly happened to the idea that Arizona was going to ride its running game and more of a game-manager type approach at quarterback to playoff contention this season? Once upon a time, that was the plan. But then the games started.
30 Cincinnati <a href=Bengals" title="Cincinnati Bengals">
Last Week: 27
Maybe the question shouldn't be whether or not the Bengals want Marvin Lewis back as head coach in 2011, maybe it should be whether or not Lewis wants to keep being in charge of these Bengals again next season? Could you blame him for saying enough's enough?
31 Buffalo <a href=Bills" title="Buffalo Bills">
Last Week: 30
If you're a Bills fan, are you getting nervous that your last-place team will wake up and win just enough meaningless games to blow any chance of drafting Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck next April? I would be. That'd be just like the Luck-less Bills.
32 Carolina <a href=Panthers" title="Carolina Panthers">
Last Week: 31
This must be the longest season of coaching John Fox has ever logged. No quarterback. No offense. No hope. It all adds up to almost no wins.
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