Week 8 power rankings

32. Oakland Raiders (32)

The Raiders are helpless and the only way Gruden is keeping his job is if he has a master plan to stock up draft pick and be loaded for the move to Vegas. If they’re smart enough this could be genius.

31. San Francisco 49ers (30)

This team is dead in the water, losing Jimmy G destroyed all hope. At this point, keep losing, and don’t mess up that high draft pick.

30. NY Giants (29)

Wow, these guys are bad. Like most bad teams, the issues are everywhere. Lets just hope these guys stay as far away from yachts as possible. Its been a disaster since that infamous picture, if I were Eli, I’d ask for a trade or retire…now.

29. Arizona Cardinals (31)

They won against another bottom feeder, cool. All I can say is that Arizona better cherish this coming bye week…because they get a red hot KC team. Good luck guys

28. Buffalo Bills (28)

OH NO…WE MAY HAVE A PETERMAN SITUATION. Derek Anderson was hurt in the Bills Monday lose and you know what that means…start whatever defense plays Buffalo next week. Its such a shame this offense sucks, cause the defense played New England better than anyone has all year.  BTW its the Bears next Sunday, a little fantasy football advice.

27. Cleveland Browns (25)

Fire everyone! Well almost, Haley and Hue are gone, but are we shocked? Hue never had control of that team and they are too talented to only have 2 wins. A better coach and this team could have at least 5 wins.

26. Atlanta Falcons (26) BYE

Injuries have crushed this team, more than any other team, this simply isn’t where anyone saw the Falcons at the half way point.

25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (24)

Fitz-Magic is back and he almost pulled out the comeback. Fitz being named starter next week isn’t good for Tampa, they may be quarterback shopping in the draft. Doesn’t seem like all is right in the Bay.

24. Indianapolis Colts (27)

They beat the worst team in the league, they only moved up like they did because other teams took some tough loses. Also they surprisingly are still in the division hunt, even though Houston is on fire.

23. NY Jets (23)

These past weeks reminded us who the Jets really are. The cold, hard truth is that when the Jets blew out Detroit in Week 1 and went .500 over the first six weeks, they created a false impression that they were further along in the rebuilding process than they actually are.

22. Denver Broncos (22)

Well the KC lose had to be a reality check, this team was thinking they very much had playoff hopes. Not while Keenum is quarterback, the Broncos have had real issues getting a reliable QB back there. They can’t draft one and can’t sign one, the upper management needs a look in the mirror.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars (21)

This team got way to in to their own heads, you don’t get a big head until you actually win the big one, we’ve seen this time and time again. Bortles isn’t the only issue, there’s something in the locker room that stinks.

20. Tennessee Titans (20) BYE

The Titans had a bye week, but need a win next week before the sink officially sinks. The Texans are on fire and pulling away.

19. Dallas Cowboys (19) BYE

A bye week for Amari Cooper, but can he save this season? The Cowboys have shown signs of brilliance but also laid some duds. Another missed playoffs might mean a house cleaning in the Big D.

18. Miami Dolphins (11)

It’s hard to believe at one point this year the Dolphins were the leagues surprise team and in the top 10, its hard to believe because they kinda suck now. Really, they do, I’m not being mean, just honest.

17.  Detroit Lions (16)

With divisional matchups coming up with the Bears and Vikings, this was an important gam, a chance to get above .500 before the stretch that will define Detroit’s season. This lose could very much come back to haunt the Lions.

16. Seattle Seahawks (18)

The Seahawks are shooting for a wildcard and that’s going to be very tough, with the Panther and entire NFC North, hell the Eagles are in that mix too. The playoffs are far away, but every game counts for Seattle.

15. Philadelphia Eagles (17)

I’m very surprised the Eagles haven’t picked up a RB at the deadline yet, but there’s still about an hour. They needed this more than maybe any team needed a win this week. The NFC is crowded right now, every win matters, that’s a simply football fact for ya.

14. Baltimore Ravens (12)

The Ravens didn’t just lose. They got shit pumped by Carolina. Baltimore was outplayed in just about every area on both sides of the ball. The Ravens were also sloppy, committing nine penalties and three turnovers. Now that’s back to back  loses, time to figure it out and quick.

13. Cincinnati Bengals (13)

The Bengals won, so they won’t drop, but they for sure not moving up. This team couldn’t hold a league against Pittsburgh and then got legitimately murdered by KC, so you go out and prove your worth against Tampa…right? No the Bengals almost blew a lead to Fitz-Magic, that’s not good, you have to hold on to these leads. Hopefully for their sake they take advantage of the BYE.

12. Green Bay Packers (8)

You’d have to think if Ty Montgomery wouldn’t have ran that ball that kick off out of the end-zone, the Packers would have won that game. But the NFL doesn’t play what-ifs, the Packers lost and slip to .500. The NFC North is so tight, the Pack can’t let these get away.

11. Minnesota Vikings (6)

2 turnovers that both led to touchdowns, end of analysis. You can’t win games that way.

10. Houston Texans (15)

Welcome to the top 10, this team is the definition of not panicking. They unfortunately lost WR Will Fuller to a torn ACL but acquired Demaryius Thomas today. This has to boost moral in the locker room and moral already has to be pretty high. Thomas also faces his former team this week, what a statement he can make.

9. Chicago Bears (10)

The Bears may get Nathan Peterman next week, start licking your chops now. We know the Bears can play defense. And Mitchell Trubisky has shown flashes under center. Give the youngster this kind of a run game to lean on, and these Bears are going to be hard to beat. The Bear led in every offensive category Sunday, that’s a huge positive.

8. Pittsburgh Steelers (9)

This team flat out doesn’t need Bell, I genuinely think he comes back, it will hurt more than help. Just as he did back in Week 1, young tailback James Conner ran all over the Cleveland Browns in Week 8—146 rushing yards, 66 more yards on five catches and a pair of touchdowns. The Steelers are a serious contender, it just took them a few weeks to realize that.

7. Carolina Panthers (14)

The Panthers took the biggest leap in the rankings, they destroyed the Ravens. Their 2 late season match ups with the Saints are going to be electric if they keep up this pace. Carolina had their way Sunday with one of the NFL’s stingiest defenses, racking up 386 total yards and piling up 36 points. Cam Newton had himself a day, passing for two touchdowns and running for another. Tailback Christian McCaffrey got in on the multiple-score act too—rushing for one touchdown and catching another.

6. Washington Redskins (7)

The Redskins continue to win, and they win when Peterson’s hot. He burned the Giants, but who hasn’t. If they’re going to make the playoffs then they have to win these games, simple as that.

5. LA Chargers (5) BYE

Chargers had a bye week and rattle off 3 straight weeks of easy wins, just can’t slip up. They are easily the leagues best team…that no one is talking about.

4. New Orleans Saints (4)

Kirk Cousins out gunned Drew Brees, but ask Brees if he cares, they won the game. One thing Brees didn’t do was throw a pick 6 and the one Cousins threw could have cost his team the game. The Saints are clicking very well right now, this team is scary and the NFC better take notice, if they haven’t already.

3. New England Patriots (3)

The final score doesn’t show how much the Pats struggled, it took them into late into the game, before they pulled away. The Bills defense gave the rest of the league hope, but the Patriots won the game, just like they always seem to do.

2. KC Chiefs (2)

The Chiefs win this week was solid, that’s about it. They scored enough early and the defense converted enough turnovers to keep Denver from gaining momentum, this wasn’t a blow out or a nail biter. This was simply a game the should have won and they accomplished that. With all the turmoil in Cleveland, next week should be interesting.

1. LA Rams (1)

The Rams are the NFL’s best team, but hasn’t come easy, half their games have been within one score. The NFL would prefer that the Chiefs and Rams don’t lose again til their Monday night match up, but the NFL doesn’t always work that way. The Rams have the Saints and Seahawks before that.

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Hue Jackson fired and FitzMagic returns

The Cleveland Browns have fired head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley after reaching the halfway point of the season with a 2-5-1 record.

Cleveland announced the moves Monday, noting defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will take over as the interim head coach, while running backs coach and associate head coach Freddie Kitchens will step in as the offensive coordinator.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported Jackson’s exit, while NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Haley’s departure.

Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a statement:

“We greatly appreciate Hue’s commitment to the Cleveland Browns organization over the last two-and-a-half years. We understand how critical this time period is in the development of our football team, individually and collectively, and believed it was in the organization’s best interest to make the move at this time, in order to maximize our opportunities the rest of this season. We certainly only wish Hue, Michelle and his family the best moving forward.”

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reported that Jimmy Haslam “was conflicted” over firing Jackson and that “late last night he was leaning toward staying course.”

However, Robinson noted Haslam spoke to general manager John Dorsey, who said that the dynamic between Jackson and Haley “couldn’t continue.”


 

Fitzpatrick almost led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back from a 34-16 deficit against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. As a result, he’ll be the team’s starting quarterback heading into a Week 9 matchup with the Carolina Panthers.

On Monday, Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter named Fitzpatrick the starter after Jameis Winston threw four interceptions during the loss to the Bengals.

Fitzpatrick entered Sunday’s game after Jessie Bates returned Winston’s fourth interception for a touchdown. He directed three scoring drives in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 34 before Randy Bullock drilled a winning field goal to drop Tampa Bay to 3-4.

He also started the first four contests in the wake of Winston’s season-opening three-game suspension. The veteran impressed and threw for more than 400 yards in each of the first three games with 11 touchdown passes to four interceptions.

Fitzpatrick became the first player in league history to throw for more than 400 yards in three straight games, but a Week 4 meltdown against the Chicago Bears caused Tampa Bay to turn back to Winston.

Fitzpatrick will now have the opportunity to prove himself in a divisional contest against the 5-2 Panthers.

Carolina is a middling 17th in the league in passing yards allowed per game, so Fitzpatrick will have the chance to add to his already impressive showings before he hits the open market as a free agent this coming off-season.

Crosby is the Best Player in the NHL

Let me say it a little louder for the haters in the back…SIDNEY CROSBY IS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE LEAGUE. Stop this McDavid non sense, Crosby deserves more respect than that. McDavid is great and will be great, but Crosby has 3 cups and is still playing at an elite level. People spend their lives waiting for Crosby to “lose” it, some of these dummies are going to die before they see the day. It looks like Sid will win another cup, before McDavid wins his first. At this point it seems as though that’s his only goal, the individual rewards mean nothing after you’ve tasted that high of the Stanley Cup as many times as Sid. His goal to beat McDavid and crew the other night, sealed the debate, for at least this season on who’s the best. He comes up big when its needed the most and he does it with an insane sense of style. All these writers who make their money bashing Crosby better clean up that resume.

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Apparently we’re making trades in MMA

This trade for DJ and Asken has shook the MMA world, but will it become common place? Demetrious is the most decorated champion in UFC history, but was never a big ppv draw, Asken has been widely known as the best fighter (not named Fedor) to never fight in UFC. Asken being added to the welterweight division opens a flood gate of new matchups, DJ getting a new start as well, after just losing his title. But lets look at other possible trades that could shake the world.

Jose Aldo for Ryan Bader

Bader has had a career resurgence since going to Bellator, so throw him back in there to a top heavy Light Heavyweight division and you got something. The division is in need of new contenders and Bader would likely get a title shot right away or a fight with someone like Jimi Manuwa. Aldo has been lost in the shuffle at featherweight and is one of the greatest of all time. Aldo vs Patricio Pitbull would be one of Bellator’s biggest fights ever.

Rampage Jackson and King Mo for Stipe Miocic

Rampage wants to come back to the UFC and Stipe isn’t happy about his title rematch situation. Mo on the other hand is kind of a throw in, because it’s not a fair trade other wise. Rampage isn’t the same fighter but he brings a lot of new fights for up and coming guys. Stipe vs Fedor is the end game fight if he goes to Bellator, that would do some PPV numbers for sure. This trade is simply to give 2 unhappy fighters some new opportunities and gives the UFC a chance to see if they can market an exciting veteran fighter in Mo. Mo vs anyone in the top 20 of the Light Heavyweight division would make a great ESPN fight night.

Holly Holm for Dillon Danis

Come one, you dont want to see Khabib vs Danis? You’re lying to yourself . Holm is lost in the shuffle in the UFC and they really don’t need her. Bellator could really use a female fighter to market around, Holm would be perfect. Danis wouldn’t get Khabib right away, but just the fact that they are in the same company is intriguing. Even having them fight on the same card is a must watch.

Carlos Hyde Traded to the Jags..Fantasy Owners Scramble for Nick Chubb

The casual NFL fantasy owner (let’s call him Ted), is wondering why Frank just requested a trade for some Nick Chubb guy. “This guy has been on my bench all year, ESPN doesn’t even project him many points, sure ill trade him for Devonta Freeman!” Well Ted, you’re a damn moron, cause you just got played. Other leagues, Chubb may be a free agent, so owners across the country are taking bathroom trips to check and see their waiver wire position. Carlos Hyde is a hot commodity, but likely was already owned in most leagues, Chubb should be interesting for a struggling team to get a talented back. Hyde is owned in 94% of ESPN leagues, but Chubb is only owned in 20%. Hyde is a must start in Jacksonville, as well as Chubb in Cleveland. One trade has boosted 2 players to must fantasy start status, you don’t see that everyday.

NHL’s All Young Gun Team

4 Lines, 4 sets of D, 2 goalies, under 25. Those are the requirements. Players don’t have to be in their normal positions, there are so many young elite centers. You could easily make another whole team of young stars, the league is full of promising stars.

Line 1

LW- Filip Forsberg- NSH

C- Conor McDavid- EDM

RW- Patrick Laine – WIN

Line 2

LW- Jack Eichel- BUF

C- Auston Matthews- TOR

RW- Mitch Marner- TOR

Line 3

LW- Matthew Tkachuk- CAL

C- Nathan McKinnon- COL

RW- David Pastrňák- BOS

Line 4

LW- Nikolaj Ehlers- WIN

C-Aleksander Barkov – FLA

RW- Brock Boeser- VAN

Defenseman

Pairing 1

Seth Jones (CLM)        Charlie McAvoy (BOS)

Pairing 2

Morgan Rielly (TOR)     Aaron Ekblad (FLA)

Pairing 3

Rasmus Dahlin (BUF)   Zach Werenski (CLM)

Pairing 4

Vince Dunn (STL)     Hampus Lindholm (ANH)

Goalies

Matt Murray (PIT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy (TB)

 

16 Team NCAA Football Tournament…if the season ended today

What if the NCAA got so greedy that they expanded their playoff to a 16 team bracket. A lot is bound to happen before the season ends, but lets see where teams would seed at this point.

Region 1

  1. Alabama
  2. Michigan
  3. Oregon
  4. NC State

Bama gets the #1 overall seed, and get the most favorable draw. NC State gets the last at large bid, because they’re still undefeated. They should look at this as a victory, just making the tournament. Oregon and Michigan would be must watch game and would draw huge first round ratings, the Big House would be rocking for this one.

Winner: Bama

Region 2

  1. Notre Dame
  2. Central Florida
  3. Georgia
  4. Oklahoma

You could said this is the region of death, any of these teams could win. Lets not forget UCF beat SEC power Auburn last year, this would be a huge proving ground for them. Notre Dame deserves a #1 spot but an Oklahoma match up isn’t favorable, you’re likely looking at your first upset, buutttt Oklahoma just fired their d-coordinator. Who knows how they will react to a good Notre Dame offense. The wild card is Georgia, other than the slip up to LSU they have been dominate.

Winner: Georgia

Region 3

  1. Clemson
  2. Texas
  3. Florida
  4. Washington

Another region that anyone can win, but the 2,3,4 teams all have one thing in common, which one will show up. Since the Maryland game, it looks like Texas is back, but will that team show up again? Florida looked bad and doomed after the Kentucky lose, but then handled LSU. Washington was a dark horse final 4 team, but couldn’t close out Oregon. Clemson plays NC St next week, so maybe this should have waited until then, but this team is clicking on all cylinders….except they slipped hard against Syracuse. Clemson has had some cupcake games recently, sometimes the team with the most momentum wins in these situations.

Winner: Texas

Region 4

  1. Ohio St.
  2. LSU
  3. West Virginia
  4. Kentucky

Kentucky…yes and they deserve it, they have wins against 2 ranked teams and their lone lose was to #17 Texas A&M. West Virginia is an interesting one, if you look at last week then this LSU game isn’t going to be close, but other than that its believable they could win this region. I think LSU and Ohio St, easily walk threw their first games, but what happens when they meet? It just looks like Ohio St. is too good on offense.

Winner: Ohio St.

 

The Final 4 would be its own animal, but its hard to not think Alabama is the favorite right now.

 

 

 

Should Anyone Pay Machado?

Is Manny Machado worth all the money he wants? After his recent actions and comments, it doesn’t seem worth paying him 300 million dollars. The guy hasn’t even got paid yet and hes acting like hes earned every penny of that. A player getting that much money should be stetting the tone on the field and off, then this guy goes and says he doesn’t like to hustle and steps on a first baseman’s ankle. There have been some very hot takes on this issue. The play resulted in an easy ground ball, anyone that’s played baseball for any period of time knows how easy it is to peel off the base. Especially when its an easy out, if the play was close and he was hustling down first then got tripped up, it’s a whole different story. This, flat out, isn’t a guy you build your team around.

Dodger’s fans shouldn’t have to defend this guy either, he’s not homegrown and barely been with the team. It’s ok, admit he’s a jerk, he won’t even be playing on your team next year.

Week 6 Power Rankings

32. Oakland Raiders (30)  31. Arizona Cardinals (31)

30. San Francisco 49ers (32)

ALL THESE TEAMS ARE BULKED TOGETHER. This isn’t the best draft to have a top pick, but none of these team need a QB, which is weird. These will be the teams who we’re talking about come draft time, until then, here’s to seeing if they can spoil anyone’s playoff hopes with an upset. I’ll give it to San Fran they pushed Green Bay to the brink. nfl-oakland-raiders-london-credit-marcus-marsden-3.jpg

29. New York Giants (27)

Odell isn’t happy, but he’s playing with a potential hall of fame QB. I get that he hasn’t been great, but keep it in the locker room. This team has real issues and it doesn’t look like Ben McAdoo was the issue.

28. Indianapolis Colts (28)

Luck did throw four touchdown passes in Sunday’s loss to the Jets, but it was otherwise a game to forget. Luck completed 23 of 43 passes for 301 yards and wasn’t sacked, but he threw three interceptions. This has been a forgettable season in Indy, they stay in games but can’t win, its a vicious cycle.

27. Buffalo Bills (26)

The Bill’s just aren’t good, they’ve somehow squeaked out 2 wins this year, so there’s that. Nathan Peterman poked his head into the game this week with an injury to Allen, he promptly reminded everyone why he was benched in the first place. If Allen is out for an extended period of time, it looks like Buffalo is already preparing another quarterback (Derek Anderson). At this point, another quarterback won’t help. Plus, why don’t they just cut Kelvin Benjamin, guys a cancer, he’s proved it everywhere hes gone.

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (18)

Throw a pass against these guys, I bet you complete it. Winston played very well and the offense seems to be clicking with him back. The defense is just so bad, it doesn’t look good in Tampa.

25. Atlanta Falcons (29)

There’s not much to say about Atlanta, they won in a shootout against an equally bad defense. This doesn’t seem like a turning point game, just a game they were lucky to win. Injuries have plagued this season, now with Freeman out, it just gets worse.

24. Denver Broncos (22)

For the second time in a month, the Broncos gave an undefeated team all it could handle. For the second time in a month, Denver came up short. And now, the Broncos have dropped four in a row after winning their first two. This team is falling apart and fans are calling for Keenum’s head.

23. Detroit Lions (21)

Detroit’s next two games (at Miami, vs. Seattle) appear winnable, and no one’s running away with the NFC North as of yet. It’s possible this team could insert itself into the thick of the division race heading into a big two-week road trip to Minnesota and Chicago.

22. Cleveland Browns (15)

There’s a lot of promise in Cleveland, but this week proved that Rome wasn’t built in a day. There’s tons of upside on this team, but we have to be real that they need time. At least Believeland has something to believe in.

21. New York Jets (23)

The Jets may be contenders sooner than expected, this year doesn’t look to be it, but the amount of points they are putting up looks very promising. Who knows, depending on how everyone else plays this team could be sitting at 9 wins and a wild card, its not the craziest thing that’s ever happened.

20. Tennessee Titans (14)

The Titans had a bye week….oh nevermind. They just didn’t score any points. This team is impossible to figure out. Are they good or not?! Its very weird that they sit tied for first, but that’s how divisions work out.  This team could somehow squeak into the playoffs, just because everyone else is also bad.

19. Houston Texans (25)

Well last week I said the Texans would end up in first place, it happened way before I thought it would. The rest of the division is struggling and the Texans have rattled off 3 straight wins. Things are working great for a team that seemed dead in the water a few weeks ago.

18. Seattle Seahawks (20)

I said it a while ago, the Seahawks know how to figure things out, I just didn’t think this was the year they would do it. They quietly are becoming a threat. One week after a crushing two-point home loss to the Rams, the Seahawks took out their frustrations over that game on a hapless Oakland Raiders squad.

17. Dallas Cowboys (24)

Where did this Cowboys team come from! I wrote them call and considered them dead. They squashed Bortles, which isn’t hard, but them torched…and i mean torched, the “leagues best defense”.  Dak and Zeke looked unstoppable, then Beasley didn’t look half bad either. If these guys keep this up, watch out, especially as Philly struggles.

16. Philadelphia Eagles (17)

The Eagles aren’t perfect—the running game and pass defense remain areas of concern. This year’s squad, at the moment at least, probably isn’t as good as the Eagles team that won Super Bowl LII. But while the Redskins are all over the place, we’re not sure which Cowboys team we will get and the G-Men are just a mess, the Eagles are getting better by the week.

15. Carolina Panthers (7)

Lose the turnover battle, lose the war. This can be an elite NFL team, but 3-0 in turnovers and you’re looking at a loss. They’re looking at a wildcard, so they better figure things out quick. With all the talent on this team, there’s a good chance they will.

14. Jacksonville Jaguars (8)

2 weeks in a row…2..they have zero offense and the defense has been exposed. KC wasn’t a surprise, but Dallas doing what they did, should be a huge wake up call. You have to score points, but you also have to stop people. This team is in danger of letting things spiral out of control. They’re lucky to be in the division they are, that’s the only plus.

13. Pittsburgh Steelers (16)

One more big win, this team is back in the top 10. They are trending in the right direction, if they can stay drama free, the north is theirs. When Conner is hot, this team is among the leagues top 5. So many questions surround this team, so it makes it hard to push them up the list.

12. Green Bay Packers (13)

The team has a Week 7 bye, followed by a murderous two-game road-trip. At Los Angeles Rams. At New England Patriots. They better utilize this week, because the defense looked rough against a trash 49ers team. Rodgers can win any game he is in, that’s the biggest advantage for Green Bay.

11. Miami Dolphins (19)

I backed off on these guys, then Tannehill gets hurt. Season over…maybe not. Brock Osweiler was fantastic and he carved up an elite Bears defense. This could really be a turning point for this team. They continue to stick around the top. The wildcard is realistic for these guys, hell even maybe the division.

10. Chicago Bears (4)

Yea they lost to the team behind them, but the 2 loses have been close. They are still a very solid team who can compete with anyone in the league. The defense had a let down, this is the first one of the season, no reason to panic. The Bears have the Patriots, after that game we can really evaluate this team.

9. Cincinnati Bengals (5)

For the ninth time in their last 10 meetings and sixth straight time, the Steelers emerged victorious. At 4-2, the Bengals are still in first place. But with a trip to Kansas City looming next week and the Saints coming to town a few weeks from now, their days atop the division may be numbered.

8. Washington Redskins (11)

I will say this again, I don’t think they are a top 10 team on paper, but their wins the Panther and Packers are very impressive. They can very much win the division as well, which pushes them back into the top 10. Plus when AP is on, this team looks real good, he obviously the key to the success.

7. Minnesota Vikings (10)

The Vikings just don’t seem to be fully figuring it out, but they’re good enough to win games. If this team fully clicks and stops turning the ball over, they will return to the Super Bowl contenders they should be.

6. Baltimore Ravens (9)

The defense looked stellar, but next week they get New Orleans. Ray Lewis got his rocks off to this one. That will be a true test, but for now this team continues to win games they should. The Ravens have a knack for this type of thing, then all of a sudden…they’re in the playoffs.

5. San Diego Chargers (12)

The only 2 loses were to two of the leagues best teams, these guys are trending up. They may even catch the Chiefs, its crazy but it could happen. Some teams take a few weeks to start clicking and that seems to be San Diego. They deserve to be top 5 and should be considered a Super Bowl threat. We’ve heard this before but for now we need to take them seriously.

4. New Orleans Saints (6)

The Saints had a bye week, but moved up. This is because other teams have been exposed and dropped, you know what you get with the Saints. An average to below average defense and an elite top 5 offense. There’s a trend with some of these top teams, the defense isn’t great but the offenses of the Saints, Pats and Chiefs are so next level it makes you forget about the other side of the ball.

3. New England Patriots (3)

Brady being Brady, Mahomes and the Chiefs gave him everything they could handle. Both team have defensive issues, but who doesn’t like an old fashioned shootout? The match-up with a better defense (Chicago) should be interesting, but good offenses vs good defenses have gone in the favor of offense more often than not this year.

2. KC Chiefs (2)

Yes, they lost to the Pats, but their other wins are much more impressive than the Patriots, so no reason to move them out of the 2 spot. They gave Brady all they could handle, teams have to lose to learn. This very well could become that learning moment, but damn the defense has to figure something out.

1. LA Rams (1)

After six weeks, the Los Angeles Rams are the lone remaining undefeated team in the NFL. This marks the ninth time the Rams have won their first six games in a season. Believe it or not, according to the Fox telecast of the game, no franchise has done it more. Without a doubt this is the leagues best team, but after 2 straight close games, it looks like the Rams first loss has to be around the corner. The thing about the NFL is that any team can win, so the Rams have to stay focused.

How is Nathan Peterman an NFL QB?

Peterman completed six of 12 pass attempts for 61 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions during Sunday’s 20-13 loss to the Texans. He came in for an injured Josh Allen on Sunday and did exactly what we expected. A career 3 td’s and 9 ints, how is this guys till employed? Apparently Derek Anderson is “learning the play book,” but is that any better? Landry Jones, Jay Cutler, Anderson and most notably Colin Kaepernick were all available. Anderson has the most connection to the offense, but it doesn’t look like anyone can turn this team around. People have been very vocal about this issue. The Bills are wasting one of the leagues best defenses, its so unfortunate, but the way the NFL goes.

Either way Peterman isn’t working out, if he hasn’t had many games then he flat out shouldn’t be on the field. If this is the excuse then he shouldn’t be playing, he should be sitting behind a veteran learning, just like most quarterbacks who don’t have experience.