Which NFL team has the most drama?

A few weeks into the season, some of these teams are one housewife away from a Bravo show. Actually lets be real, some of these teams are already Bravo shows. I’m going to rank the top 5.

5. New England Patriots

“If I’m going to do something at this point, it’s going to be because I enjoy it. The last couple years, a lot of parts about football weren’t enjoyable when they should have been,” Brady said in an epilogue of the “Tom vs. Time.” The drama surrounding the Pats at the beginning of this year was the talk of the NFL. Tom Brady’s personal trainer was banned from the Patriot’s locker room and obviously made Brady angry. Retirement rumors, and the Patriots early struggles really spurned the “Patriots are done” talks, but it seems they have started to figure things out.

4. Dallas Cowboys

Dallas legend Troy Aikman, says Dak Prescott needs to do more, “So, that limits them in some of the things that they’re able to do within their play-action, within their run game to that side, and then as it relates to Dak, yes, he needs to be more accurate with the football.” Says Aikman. Aikman is a god in Dallas, so him criticizing the Cowboys is sure to stir up drama. Then Jason Garrett punts on the 40 in over time and Houston beats them. Rumors of his firing are all over the place and can you really blame fans? Then there’s the big one, Dez Bryant, who’s not with the team anymore but continues to bash the organization. He has kept the Cowboys in the news and not in a good way.

3. Seattle Seahawks

At the beginning of the year Earl Thomas posted a lengthy statement on social media, saying he wants “certainty in regards to the upcoming years of my career,”  Thomas is entering the final year of his current deal signed before the 2014 season. He is scheduled to make $8.5 million in base salary in 2018. Forward to Earl suffering a season ending leg injury, that doesn’t sit well in the locker room. A once dominate Legion of Boom, no longer exist. Kam Chancellor retired, Richard Sherman got shipped out of town, and Earl Thomas is flipping off the sideline. Is anyone in control in Seattle? Players from a former Super Bowl champion team are dropping like flys, this isn’t a good thing, you don’t see that happening with other teams.

2. Pittsburgh Steelers

One of their best players isn’t even showing up! That’s a pretty big deal. Then the league’s best wide receiver said the team should trade him, after fan criticism. People are calling for Mike Tomlin’s head, and the team has been up and down. The key here, if the Steelers keep losing then this drama will continue, but if they figure things out and win…this all goes away, for now. Le’Veon Bell not playing really hurts this team, but if he plays or they trade him could settle this drama very quickly. For now, the Steelers are in turmoil, but they are still a solid team.

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1. New York Giants

Where do you begin with the Giants? The offensive line sucks, OBJ is a living temper tantrum, and Eli doesn’t seem to remember he’s an NFL quarterback. At least Saquon Barkley looks like a stud, but if the Giants dont build an offensive line in the next few years then he will be completely wasted. OBJ got paid, but was it too much to pay other player and make this team better? Will they have to spend a first round pick on a QB and wait for lineman to fall in their laps? The difference between this team and the Steelers is that winning heals wounds, but the Giants aren’t winning. This is only going to get worse.

Top 10 Free Agents for MLB Off-Season

We look at the 2018-2019  upcoming free agents, other players may earn more than guys in the top 10, but these guys look to be the most intriguing.

10. D.J. LeMahieu

LeMahieu is one of the most underrated players in baseball, but why? Well, its obvious, he plays in Colorado and still doesn’t have insane power numbers. Although he does have what teams want, he plays great defense and hits for average. He’s looking easily at an 8 figure deal and should be eager to prove his worth outside of Colorado.

Interested Teams: Detroit, Chicago Cubs, Colorado

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 9. Eduardo Escobar

After being traded from Minnestoa to Arizona, Escobar really showed how much he could shine. He had a career year and is a solid utility player, he’s 29 and should have a reasonable contract so that a lower market contender can take a run at him. There’s tons of upside here and Escobar could prove to be a huge steal for whoever locks him up.

Interested Teams: Arizona, Colorado, Pittsburgh

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8. Yasmani Grandal

He’s no Salvador Perez, Buster Posey, or Yadi Molina, but hes the next best thing. Since none of those guys are going anywhere, Grandal should demand a lot of attention. The veteran is a strong defender who consistently rates well as a pitch-framer, and he has posted an OPS+ of 100 or better in each of his seven seasons.

Interested teams: Seattle, LA, Washington, Boston

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7. Nelson Cruz

Cruz and the Mariners have had about as fruitful a partnership as anyone could have imagined. He’s put up a .923 OPS and cranked 155 home runs. Cruz can still serve as a middle-of-the-order bat for a contender, which means a multiyear deal isn’t out of the question. He will get paid because teams love dingers.

Interested Teams: Seattle, Texas, Oakland

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6. Michael Brantley

Brantley bounced back huge from an injury season and will likely re-sign with his current team (Cleveland Indians). Money is a crazy thing though, he could easily be tempted away by another team. He delivered a .307/.361/.469 slash line while continuing to display elite contact skills. Other than Harper, Brantley is the best outfield free agent available, so the teams that Harper spurns, will want to throw a lot of money his way.

Interested Teams: Cleveland, New York Yankees, Seattle, San Francisco

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5. Dallas Keuchel

Dallas is the 2nd best starting pitcher available this off season, so he will likely wait for Corbin to sign. The guy won a Cy Young in 2015, while he hasn’t lived up to that season, he’s still good. He will demand a good amount of cash, but he’s on the wrong side of 30. A 3-4 year deal is reasonable.

Interested Teams: Houston, Washington, New York Yankees, LA Dodgers, Seattle

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4. Craig Kimbrel

Kimbrel is in line for a big pay day, because closers have been cleaning up. He won’t get Chapman money, because he has seen a slight decline. Major League baseball is a wild place, don’t be surprised to see him get way more than Chapman, teams get desperate. He’s a 7 time all star, teams wont forget that.

Interested Teams: Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland

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3. Patrick Corbin

He’s slated to be the top starter on the market, as he’ll be 29 and coming off an All-Star season that’s currently highlighted by a 3.31 ERA and 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings.  Corbin being younger than Darvish was when he signed, the southpaw could see his offers creep toward $150 million.

Interested Teams: Houston, Washington, New York Yankees, LA Dodgers, Seattle, Arizona

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2. Manny Machado

Obviously, Machado is one of the 2 big prizes of this group. At midseason, it looked like he might be in position to surpass Bryce Harper as the top-earning free agent in this class, though a superb second half from Harper and Machado’s return to earth offensively after the All-Star break have substantially reduced the chances of that happening. Make no mistake, though, Machado will get a massive deal that very well could be in excess of seven years if he so desires.

Interested Teams: New York Yankees, Philadelphia, San Diego, LA Dodgers

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1. Bryce Harper

Harper still looms as the prize of this free-agent class, and the only questions are how much money and how many years he’ll get. Will he become baseball’s first $400 million player, as so many have predicted for years? It seems less likely than ever considering his horrid first-half slump and defensive regression, but it’s still within the realm of possibilities, especially if a team like the Phillies or Giants is really desperate to vault itself back into World Series contention next season.

Interested Teams: San Francisco, Philadelphia, New York Yankees, St. Louis, Washington,  Chicago Cubs

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Dustin Poirier is out of UFC 230 due to injury

It’s a wonder if the UFC knew about this and made the Derrick Lewis/DC fight because of it. Derrick Lewis mentioned he didn’t think he deserved a title fight, so why would the UFC make it? Well it seems like they knew they needed a main event.

On the subject of his opponent, Nate Diaz, what will his next move be? It’s not smart business for Diaz to take a replacement fight, he’s in the realm of  big fights, some people even thought Poirier wasn’t big enough. You know what? Screw it, give Diaz the Khabib fight, you can bash it all you want but you know you’re going to watch it.

Also lets be real, this card is fine, because it still has its main event. DC and the Black Beast is going to be fun and fun is just what the UFC needs right now. The Black Beast may not be the super hero the UFC deserves right now, but its the one they need.

Way Too Early Top 10 Mock Draft

We have no idea where this season will end up, so I’m purely predicting my top 10 picks.

1. Arizona Cardinals- Ed Oliver DT Houston

Its hard to believe Arizona will pass on such a stacked defensive line class, but dont be shocked to see them trade down and get an O-lineman.

2. San Francisco 49ers- Nick Bosa DE Ohio St

Nick Bosa has a tremendous skill set, and he was off to a great start in 2018 before injuring his knee. He should still be a top-five pick.

3. Oakland Raiders- Rashan Gary DE Michigan

Well you trade Khalil Mack so you need to replace him, they will likely go with even more defense with there other first round pick. They desperately need pass rushers so getting 2 in the first round should help.

 

4. Buffalo Bills- Johan Williams OT Alabama

Williams has been the most consistent tackle in the country so far this year. Buffalo drafted a quarterback, now they need to protect him, even if the Bills fall out of the top 4 they can still get a solid lineman. Most of the other teams drafting around them need defense.

5. Atlanta Falcons- Clelin Ferrell DE Clemson

Atlanta needed to address their defense during last years draft but found wideout Calvin Ridley too good to pass up. Now its more evident than ever that they need help on D, this draft is stacked with ends, but Ferrell is the best one available at 5.

6. Indianapolis Colts- Derrick Brown DT Auburn

Colts need to go after the best player available, if there was a wideout or running back this high, I really think they would take a shot at them. Building the D is also smart and Brown is a monster. He projects just as high as Oliver, its really 1A and 1B…actually and 1C with Jeffery Simmons, out of Miss St. Big time tackles can make instant change to any defense so the Colts wouldn’t be wrong with this pick.

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7. New York Giants- Drew Lock QB Mizzou

Finally a QB drafted, but will it be Lock? This spot is reserved for who ever comes out big in the combine. Right now it looks like Lock, but Justin Herbert out of Oregon is also a hot prospect right now. Times up for Eli and a new QB with all of the Giants weapons would be huge. Having star targets helps ease the transition to the NFL and if the Giants took the approach of the Chiefs and Mahomes, they could find themselves in a similar position sooner rather than later.

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8. Dallas Cowboys- A.J. Brown WR Ole Miss

Dallas really needs this…and a tight end and welll a lot of stuff. Getting a play maker would be huge for the Cowboys, but they may go best available. There will certainly be stud defensive players available, but Brown’s not half bad.

9. Seattle Seahawks- Deionte Thompson S Alabama

Earl Thomas has likely played his final down in Seattle, and Kam Chancellor retired last off-season, so the Seahawks have to find some new members for Legion of Boom 2.0.
He has a great blend of size (6-2, 196), speed and athleticism. He’s been very productive replacing Minkah Fitzpatrick. After getting lit up by the Rams in week 5, it should be proof the Seahawks need secondary help.

10. New York Jets- Montez Sweat DE Mississippi St.

The Jets need an edge rusher and Montez is a stud. He could put on some more weight, but that’s what NFL teams do, they bulk players up. There’s still big time players available, but Sweat fits exactly what the Jets need. The offense looks solid right now, so this will be a defense pick no matter what.

Week 5 Power Rankings

32. San Francisco 49ers (27)

Without Jimmy G, this team is nothing and has completely given up, this just proves how important quarterbacks in this league. A big draft would help this team to the next level anyways, so just chalk this year up and build towards next. That doesn’t mean completely give up, just give guys chances that wouldn’t normally, try out new things in practice, treat this as a learning season.

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31. Arizona Cardinals (32)

They are the leagues worst team and they beat the 49ers, sooooo now they’re second to worst. Don’t be shocked if this is the only game Arizona wins this year, they need a top 3 draft pick so they shouldn’t exactly be trying to rack up wins either.

30. Oakland Raiders (29)

Is this team getting worse or am I drunk? I shouldn’t be writing teams off so early in the season, but there are some dumpster fires and this is one of them.  I feel real bad for Carr, he was showing so much promise and then Gruden shows up. This is a tragic story of a team on the verge of being elite, now ends up being years away from any sort of winning.

29. Atlanta Falcons (22)

BARF! These guys suck, injuries to the defense, have crashed this squad. The Falcons seriously can’t stop anyone and facing a good Pitt offense, they showed it to the world. Both teams were struggling so this game was a true test of grit, and the Falcons showed they’ve just given up. Time to start scouting the top of the draft, because this team was looking low first round, now they’re looking top 10.

28. Indianapolis Colts (25)

They have been competitive every week and have a trio of winnable games up next (at the Jets, Buffalo and at Oakland), but the NFL is all about results. They seem like the best 1-4 team in the league, but that’s nothing to brag about. These guys have 8-8 written all over them.

27. New York Giants (28)

They bumped up only because they got beat on a miracle 63 yard field goal, they were seconds away from beating a very good team. Lets not forget though, a lose is a lose. Add that in with OBJ, not being happy, this maybe a huge hole to climb out of.

26. Buffalo Bills (30)

Disgusting game, but Buffalo needs to be careful. Win to many of these trash games, they fall out of a high draft pick that they desperately need.

25. Houston Texans (26)

Thanks to the overtime heroics of wideout DeAndre Hopkins and a game-winning field goal, the Texans are 2-3 and just a game out of first place in the AFC South. It’s a remarkable turnaround for a team that looked better on paper than its September record. The schedule looks favorable for the Texans coming up, lets not be shocked if the Texans are in first place in a month.

24. Dallas Cowboys (18)

Been saying it all season, this team just isn’t that good. They HAD to win games like this against Houston and even though it went to OT, there was just a feeling the Texans would win. Lets not be surprised if the Jason Garrett era is over sooner rather than later.

23. New York Jets (31)

When this team wins, they win big and with style. This is going to be a rocky season for New York, but a rout of Denver gives these guys a lot to look forward to. They’ve at least proved if Darnold is consistent they can play with anyone in the league.

22. Denver Broncos (15)

Case Keenum isn’t the answer, but I don’t think Denver expected him to be. Start targeting a qb for the next draft, because this team seems one Jared Goff/Patrick Mahomes away from a playoff run. The problem with that, is the defense is getting old, so it needs to be quick.

21. Detroit Lions (23)

Miami is on the rocks, so a .500 Lions team could be a possibility. They have beat the Patriots and Packers, who would would have thought that and if they did think that, then who would have predicted they lost all their other games. Detroit still has hope and big wins to build off of, the season’s far from over for the Lions

20. Seattle Seahawks (20)

It can be argued that Sunday’s home loss to the undefeated Rams was actually a step forward for the team. The Seahawks gave the Rams all they could handle, and it looks like Seattle has found an offensive identity as a smashmouth, power-running team. Lets not forget though, the defense was this teams life blood, now its giving up almost 500 yards to the Rams. They will stay put at 20 until we see more from them.

19. Miami Dolphins (14)

The 3-0 start is falling apart, plus they have Chicago next week. A massive collapse is on the horizon, and the Dolphins have a long way to go to proving us wrong. They will only be favored in, maybe, 4 more games this year. After how the Jets looked this week, they  may only be favored in 2.

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (16)

Tampa was on a Bye week, they really only dropped because of Pittsburgh and Cleveland deserving some credit for their wins. Should be interesting to see how this team plays with Jameis back full time.

17.Philadelphia Eagles (11)

Don’t these guys remember they won the Super Bowl last year? They have to be so pumped their division is trash right now, because they still have a legit chance at the playoffs. Still plenty of time to get on the correct path.

16. Pittsburgh Steelers (21)

The Steelers proved that their slump could merely a fluke, and exposed Atlanta as being a fraud. I said this before but the key to victory is Conner, he was an animal, because they actually gave him the ball. This team lives and dies on Big Ben, but he has to have some sort of running game to help.

15. Cleveland Browns (24)

For a team that could be 5-0, this isn’t a terrible place to be. This team has a very realistic chance of making the playoffs, but on the other hand have to play Cincy twice then Carolina and KC once. There’s also another match-up with Pittsburgh, which should be electric.

14. Tennessee Titans (7)

This team magically still leads the division, but an we get a read on this team? They have a tough stretch of schedule coming up so they better remember how to score a touchdown. That’s 2 games this season without a touchdown, turning the ball over doesn’t help either.

13. Green Bay Packers (13)

Week 5 had some weird moments, but Green Bay getting dumped on by the Lions may be the biggest surprise. Crosby is an easy scapegoat for all his misses, but the defense looked bad here. Kerryon Johnson looked like a stud against the Pack’s D, and maybe he is going to be a stud, but this defense gave up a big lead early and the team couldn’t recover. If you really want to break it down, then if Crosby makes all of his kicks the Packers win, but this team is good enough it should have never got to that point.

12. LA Chargers (17)

This team just beats who they are supposed to, it isn’t pretty, but they are the closest thing in the West to competition to the Chiefs. It will be very interesting next week against Cleveland, these teams are very even at this point.

11. Washington Redskins (9)

Ok, they got destroyed by the Saints after a bye week. I’m not as up on this team as I once was, but they still lead the division. More time will tell if this blowout was the real Washington team or if the Saints are just that good.

10. Minnesota Vikings (19)

The Vikings looked dead, but they proved they are giving up. They have zero run game, that needs to be fixed, but they still have a good defense and Cousins can sling the rock. All is not lost in Minnesota, they just have to adapt and overcome. This is where they want to be, back under the radar, now when no one notices they rack up 6-7 straight wins.

9. Baltimore Ravens (6)

This team is so hard to figure out, they hang up 47 then this last week they put up 9. The schedule moving forward is favorable, only a few games they wont be favored to win. Then again, as we saw this week, no team is safe from a lose.

8. Jacksonville Jaguars (3)

If Jacksonville couldn’t stop KC’s offense then who can? They drop because of how bad the offense looked, they made a mediocre Chiefs defense look like world beaters. This teams good and needs to adjust, because they can easily win out the rest of their games. They could also take this loss to hard and stumble for the next few weeks.

7. Carolina Panthers (8)

Carolina’s schedule tightens up from here. Of the team’s next five games, just one is against a team that presently has a losing record. If the Panthers want to keep pace with the Saints, they need to tighten things up as well. They shouldn’t need a walk off kick against the Giants, so we will see where things go from here.

6. New Orleans Saints (12)

The Saints played their most complete game of the season in blasting Washington in Week 5. With Mark Ingram back from suspension and rookie Tre’Quan Smith emerging as a complementary deep threat, the offense might be even scarier than we thought. Brees will get some time to enjoy his achievement, as the Saints are headed into the bye. I apologize for ever putting this team out of the top 10, if the leagues new all-time leading passer keeps this up then no ones stopping these guys.

5. Cincinnati Bengals (5)

This team once again proved it deserves to be top 5, but I don’t think they are at the status of the teams ahead of them. The season has a ways to go, but the Bengals confidence has to be sky high, that exactly what you need to get through the grind of a season. They play in a tough division so this wont be easy, but right now they look to be the most complete team in the AFC North.

4. Chicago Bears (4)

The Bears have BYE week so no reason to move them in the rankings, they are a top 5 team right now.

3. New England Patriots (10)

A so-so New England defense will be tested in a big way against the Kansas City Chiefs next week, but for now, it appears the Patriots are back on track after their September stumble. They may not have as good a record as a few teams below them, but the Pats are the Pats. This next week matchup is shaping up to be epic. Can the defense stop Mahomes? Can the offense score enough to keep up?

2. KC Chiefs (2)

Everyone thought this was a battle of best defense vs best offense, well it turned out to be the best offense also playing really good defense. KC exposed Jacksonville and simply picked apart Bortles. You would have to think that having Fournette would have been a game changer, but he wasn’t there and the Chiefs forced Bortles to make the plays. If the defense plays even half this good going forward, there’s really no stopping them.

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1. LA Rams (1)

Even the best teams get tested and that happened to the Rams. They passed that test with flying colors, a tough road environment, the first game outside of the state of California and injuries to a few key players. The schedule stays relatively easy for a few weeks as well, LA just has to keep their eye on the prize.

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NHL Season Power Rankings

I’m breaking down this first ranking into 3 categories. 1-16 are expected playoffs (obviously), 17-25 are all teams that have the potential to sneak into a playoff spot, 26-31 have no chance, they are the bottom feeders. As we know hockey is a crazy sport and any of these teams can become this years Golden Knights.

31. Ottawa Senators

This team is the definition of dumpster fire, seriously check the dictionary…i’ll wait. See, told ya! I feel bad for the players there, cause its obvious that management doesn’t care, this really seems like a ploy to move the team.

30. Detroit Redwings

Can they just hire Yzerman now? They have to start getting some of these big contracts off the books and rebuild, believe it or not, theyre still the oldest team in the league. That’s not exactly how you rebuild a team, if Yzerman can come back home and rebuild this team, he’ll be a hall of fame player and GM.

29. New York Islanders

They lost a pretty key player and couldn’t replace him, new coach Barry Trotz must have seen something with this group when he came here. He has ways of making an average d-core good, but is there any offensive fire power beyond Barzal, Bailey and Lee?

28. Carolina Hurricanes

This is one of the best young defense cores the league has to offer, but can a goalie step up? They also have to be looking forward to some of the young forwards they have as well, but the depth just isn’t there.

27. Chicago Blackhawks

These guys are paying WAY to much money to a small number of players. The biggest issue is that Chicago used to be the masters of finding good bargain guys and drafting well. That hasn’t happened in a few years and they just keep sliding back. Is it time to rebuild, because the defense isn’t getting any younger, in fact its falling apart quicker than anyone could have imagined.

26. Montreal Canadiens

I didn’t put these guys 31st because of Carey Price, but even he may not be able to help this train-wreck. The key is if Shea Weber comes back healthy, because if so, hes dominate. There’s definitely a chance the locker room rallies and plays well despite management, but that doesn’t happen often.

25. Vancouver Canucks

This group is top heavy and their defense isnt very good. The Sedins are gone, its time for this team to find a new idenity, Brock Boeser may be just the guy to do that.

24. New York Rangers

This is the first time in a long time, that you look up and down the Rangers roster and wonder who the hell these kids are. They still have Hank in net so that will add wins to their total, just by him stealing some games. The matter is what direction will this rebuild take?

23. Buffalo Sabres

It seemed to be a complete dismantling in Buffalo, but then turned into a potential playoff team. Jack Eichel needs to breakout into full super star mode and this team will cruise into the playoffs. Rasmus has been widely hyped and a huge campaign from him would boost everyone’s play. Which Rasmus am I talking about? Dahlin is the most obvious answer as the #1 pick, but I meant Ristolainen. Dahlin needs someone else on the blue line to step up and take some of the pressure off him, the 2 Rasmus’s both look to have huge seasons.

22. Edmonton Oilers

They have one of the best players in hockey, top 2 with Crosby, but the holes in this line up are huge. Can Cam Talbot hold the work load? Can the defense stop anyone? We know how good McDavid can be, but when will he become a true leader and elevate this team to where they need to be.?

21. Arizona Coyotes

This team could make the playoffs or finish dead last, such a mystery here. The potential is there, but have they put it together yet? Raanta showed signs of brilliance last season, and a good campaign from him could put this team over the top. The Alex Galchenyuk trade showed that Arizona is attempted to put together a winner now sooner than later. They are a team on the cusp, but how far away is the breakout?

20. Colorado Avalanche

They really surprised everyone last year, and they have some young stud pieces but it doesn’t seem like Sakic has put together the full package yet. Give it a couple years and this could be a cup worthy team similar to how Winnipeg and Tampa have been built.

19. New Jersey Devils

Taylor Hall’s back must really hurt, he won the MVP and carried his team to the playoffs. Nico Hischier needs to continue his break out, his progress is key to this teams success. The health and status of their goaltending is also key, Cory Schneider returning will be huge for this team. Kincaid did fine last year, but a healthy Schneider adds 10+ wins to this teams record.

18. Minnesota Wild

This team is deep, but they have no huge breakouts stars. Staal needs to keep up the huge numbers, because no one else on the team will. This team is built to win, that just hasn’t translated to the playoffs.

17. Dallas Stars

Valeri Nichushkin returning from Russia was bigger than any other free agent signing they could have made, but they also feel short on Karlsson and Tavares. This team wants to win now, so its interesting to see if they continue to try and land a big star.

16. Vegas Golden Knights

They didn’t dwell on their miracle season, instead they made the moves to actually win the cup. Big additons could actually make this team better than last years, but now that teams have seen more of this group as a team, they wont win as many games. That doesn’t mean they can’t get back to the cup or win a lot of games.

15. Anaheim Ducks

They have a stellar D and a great goalie, but those forwards are getting old. Can they make another run before its too late? A youth movement has to be on its way, but for now its still the Perry and Getzlaf show.

14. Calgary Flames

This team made some moves, Real Deal type moves. James Neal joins, Johnny Hockey aka Johnny Ham-n-Cheese, plus Sean Monahan and Matt Thachuk give this team some real offensive threats. The defense is arguably top 5 in the league, so if Mike Smith has a big year this team is more than just a playoff team, they’re a contender.

13. Florida Panthers

Sleep on this team…I dare you. Barkov is the truth and he has pretty good company around him. The make or break is Bobby Lou, hes aging, but one more good run could really put this team over. Luongo doesn’t seem like the guy that will play past his time, so Florida needs to take advantage while they still have time.

12. Columbus Blue Jackets

They have a top 3 goalie, and once Seth Jones gets back they have a top notch d-core. Its just a matter if they can finally put it together and make an epic run, similar to the Jets last season. They desperately have to get past the first round.

11. Philadelphia Flyers

Gritty may push this team to the cup.

Claude Giroux and company have all the fire power to do some damage in the playoffs. The key here will be goaltending, its weak right now, but is Carter Hart really the answer now? He’s young and a huge prospect, but unlike Matt Murray in Pittsburgh, he doesn’t have a Marc Andre as a safety net. If the Flyers score tons of goals but can’t stop anything then Carter may get the call up.

10. Boston Bruins

Boston exceeded exceptions last year with standout young studs, but will there be a sophomore slump? Even with a slight slump this is still a good team, everything rest on Tukka though. He plays almost every game, so if he gets off to a rough start, the Bruins fall with him.

9. Toronto Maple Leafs

They are going for it, signing Tavares makes them a fancy Cup pick, but lets not forget the defense isn’t that good. Its middle of the league at best, but that doesn’t mean they win a lot. The key is that defense usually gets exposed in the playoffs.

8. LA Kings

This team is all in, they need to win now. Its only a matter of time before this turns into a Blackhawks situation, with all the absurd contracts. This team has a core of players who have won multiple Stanley Cups, no reason to believe they can’t do it again.

7. St. Louis Blues

If any teams made all the right moves, its the Blues. They need to improve their power play, the acquisitions they made should do just that. If Jake Allen takes the strides he needs to become a top goaltender then there may be no stopping this team.

6. San Jose Sharks

This team did nothing in the off season to improve, they wont have the best defense in the league either. Seriously though the addition of Karlsson puts the San Jose vets on notice, this is the best chance they’ve had to win in a long time. Hopefully some of these guys find the fountain of youth, like Thornton and Pavelski.

5. Washington Capitals

There’s a chance the Caps can repeat, but it’s way more of a possibility that they don’t. They did everything they could to resign everyone, but now for the first time ever, the target is on their back. This team will be good, but can they repeat, its the story that will haunt them all year.

4. Winnipeg Jets

This team has to believe its Stanley Cup or bust, they did everything but reach that point last year. Yes, they lost 4-1 to Vegas but every game was close and they never seemed to get completely out played. If they play with something to prove then they could end up with the best record in the league, but never leave out the option that they blame everyone but themselves for failing to make it all the way last year.

3. Nashville Predators

This team has to feel forgot about, everyone wants the new shiny toy (Vegas, Winnipeg), but the West still belongs to Smashville. They have just as good a defense as San Jose, maybe the best goalie in the league, and great top line forwards. This is the team to beat in the West, but they have to win a cup to make people remember how good they are.

2. Pittsburgh Penguins

Falling short of the cup, after back-to-back, might actually benefit the Penguins. They got some rest, Matt Murray needed it, the whole team probably needed it. They have a Stanley Cup worthy team, just because 1 year has passed doesn’t mean we should forget how good these guys are. It seems like Sidney Crosby enjoys reminding people that this is his league until he retires, why should this year be any different.

1. Tampa Bay Lightning

A model of depth, the Lightning boast the best top-nine forward combinations in the league. They’re coming off three deep playoff runs in the past four springs, so perhaps this is the season it all comes together. This is the most complete team the NHL has to offer this year, but the NHL proves time and time again that a super team doesn’t guarantee a championship.

 

 

Week 4 Power Rankings

32. Arizona Cardinals (31)

Rosen played waaaaayyyy better than Bradford, that’s the only real takeaway here. This team is eyeing their first overall pick, time to start scouting.

31. New York Jets (26)

The real Sam Darnold is starting to shine through, he’s just not accurate. They had one big game against Detroit, other than that this team is lost. It would help Darnold from forcing passes if he had a running back **cough cough** Le’veon Bell.

30. Buffalo Bills (25)

I really thought this team would turn things around after the Minnesota game….nope they’re still bad. Its still extremely possible this team ends up with the worst record in the league. They couldn’t even gain 200 total yards.

29. Oakland Raiders (32)

Well Well, they won, but it seemed clear the refs botched a key play that would have sealed it for Cleveland. This isn’t great, but at least it’s still a win. Gruden has a long journey and I’ll continue to say his tenure won’t last long. The bonus is that the Raiders have an easy stretch of schedule, so a season turn around could legit happen here.

28. New York Giants (23)

The Giants can’t seem to put a full 60-minute effort together. If the offense is playing well, the defense falls apart. When the defense holds, the offense sputters. The notion of a quick return to contention under Pat Shurmur has gone from possible to unlikely to you have to be kidding. The notion of another top-five draft slot, however, is another story.

27. San Francisco 49ers (22)

The 49ers tried as had as they could to win Sunday, but moral victories dont count. Plus they should really just be playing for a high draft pick at this point, Jimmy G is out, don’t get fancy and end up with a mid round pick.

26. Houston Texans (30)

They picked up a hard fought over time win, but how much does it really mean. With the win, Houston climbed out of the cellar in the division. But given how the team has played over the season’s first month, it’s hard to imagine these Texans can challenge the Jaguars (or even the Titans) in the AFC South.

25. Indianapolis Colts (24)

Another team that should be going all in on Lev Bell, they managed 43 yards on the ground. I’m dead serious in saying a solid running game would have this team at 3-1…at least. They stay ahead of Houston in the rankings purely because they have more potential to be better, but damn they have to protect Luck.

24. Cleveland Browns (17)

Poor Cleveland, one or 2 calls their way and a good kicker this team is 4-0, but some blame must be on them. Great teams dont lose this way, and blowing that lead Sunday didn’t help. Baker has that it factor, but he has to learn to close out games. At this point it seems to be all mental with the Dawg Pound.

23. Detroit Lions (29)

They go from a crazy win against New England, to barely losing to Dallas, but barely losing to Dallas isn’t a positive. This was a game they should have won, but they let one of the leagues worst offenses drive the ball for a winning field goal. This team is such a mystery, only they know how good they are.

22. Atlanta Falcons (21)

This team has issues, they have lost to 3 very good teams, but they are also supposed to be a very good team. The defense can’t make stops when it matters and the offense just has to sit back and watch them implode. They’re the best 1-3 team but that doesn’t mean shit, cause you’re still 1-3.

21. Pittsburgh Steelers (15)

This team has to look around and realize they need to figure stuff out. They made Baltimore look like an offensive juggernaut. James Conner has to get more touches, because simply fact…when he doesn’t they lose. Next week they play the Falcons in what some people thought could have been a Super bowl match-up, now its just 2 teams trying to find their way.

20. Seattle Seahawks (27)

Seattle got the win they needed, but they trailed the leagues worst team for a while. This seems like a Seahawk thing to do, string together gross wins and find themselves in the mix of things come seasons end, although I’m not sold on that.

19. Minnesota Vikings (14)

There’s no shame in their lose this week, but many would have predicted the Vikings be 3-1 at this point. They were Super Bowl contenders and favorites by many. Its not time to panic but its time to man up and win some games.

18. Dallas Cowboys (28)

Ugh I hate moving this team up, because their 2-2 record seems like a shame, but they are winning. The game was a blueprint for success for this Cowboys team: Bang away on the ground and use that to set up play action. It was also a desperately needed win for a Cowboys team that was in danger of having the season get away from them early. But they must remember this was a close win against a weak team, they need to keep their heads down and keep finding ways to win.

17. LA Chargers (20)

They barley beat a weak 49ers, that’s not great. This team plays down to weak opponents and it probably doesn’t help they barely have any of their own fans at home games. It should be very interesting to see the Black Hole invade LA next week, because lets be real, the Raiders will always be more LA’s team than the Chargers.

16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10)

Bye Fitz-Magic, it was fun while it lasted, but is Jameis coming back going to be any better? I originally thought so, but I’m starting to second guess myself. This team is in a good place to have their starter come back, the season starts now in Tampa.

15. Denver Broncos (16)

They got Mahome’d, but that shouldn’t be an excuse, this was a game Denver should have won. This may be the most average team in the league, they’re not great but they aren’t getting a top 10 draft pick either. The young running backs show tons of promise though.

14. Miami Dolphins (4)

Welcome back to earth Miami, but did anyone expect them to win in Foxborough? This team just has to buck up and keep winning. 3-1 is a great place to be in, a lose to the Patriots, shouldn’t throw them off their rails.

13. Green Bay Packers (12)

Frankly, there’s not a ton that can be taken away from this win—other than that the Vikings have bigger problems than we thought if they lost at home in blowout fashion to this marshmallow of a Bills team. They drop one spot in the rankings, because of how good New Orleans is starting to look. This team is still among the leagues best.

12. New Orleans Saints (13)

Alvin Kamara gives this team a needed edge, Brees didn’t play great but he didn’t have too and he must feel relieved. When Brees looks human Kamara drove the bus, and he did just fine with that responsibility. That’s a great sign moving forward, because this team looks to be really hitting their stride now.

11. Philadelphia Eagles (3)

Against a Titans team that came into the game averaging 162 passing yards a game, the Eagles made Marcus Mariota look like Joe Montana. Mariota burned the Eagles for 344 yards and two scores.  This team hopefully got a reality check and turns it around, because the defending champs may not even make the playoffs…yea I said it.

10. New England Patriots (18)

THEY’RE BACK…maybe. I guess until this team is officially knocked out of playoff contention or something wild like that, then they just have to stay in the top 10. Brady rebounds like no one we have ever sen, once you say they’re out they dominate a 3-0 Dolphins team.

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9. Washington Redskins (9)

They had a BYE week, why move them. They get the Saints and Panthers in back to back weeks, its put up or shut up in Washington.

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8. Carolina Panthers (8)

Same as the Redskins, not much to go on in the bye week. Hopefully this took time to find Newton a new target now that Olsen is hurt, he just needs to get on the same page as another big man.

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7. Tennessee Titans (19)

Hopefully having Mariota back full time will give these guys the jolt they needed, Gabbert kept their record respectable with some gritty wins, but this OT win against the Eagles could be season defining. If we see this team rolling into the playoffs we could look back and see Mariota’s final drive as the moment that set the team lose.

6. Baltimore Ravens (7)

This team is just going to keep grinding out wins, the veterans must know the windows closing fast. This is exactly the way the team played when they won the Super Bowl in 2012 That was a few years ago now, but it worked then, it could work again.

5. Cincinnati Bengals (11)

It’s about time we take this team seriously, at least for now. They’ve done enough to look legitimate, every team slips up and it may be early but the lose to Carolina just looks to be a small bump in the road. Should be very interesting to see where the season goes from here.

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4. Chicago Bears (6)

Mitch Trubisky isn’t going to be like this every week, but if they Bears get half of that then they should be considered legit Super Bowl Contenders. As long as he doesn’t make mistakes and throws in the occasional huge play then this team is flirting with something special.

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3. Jacksonville Jaguars (5)

Every week but last, this team looked like the best in the AFC. This week they were back to form, hopefully they get Fournette back soon, especially before they play Kansas City. Bortles looks like the quarterback the Jags always hoped he would be, if that trend continues there may be no stopping Jacksonville.

2. Kansas City Chiefs (2)

Patrick Mahomes had his first real test and he got an A+. The defense isn’t good but they are the leagues best on 3rd downs, if your’re going to have anything at least there’s that. They got stops when needed and Mahomes & the boys did the rest. They get the Jaguars and Patriots back to back, if they somehow come out of this undefeated, not much else can stop them.

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1. LA Rams (1)

Like there was any question. The Los Angeles Rams made an emphatic statement Thursday night in a game that we viewed as a potential NFC Championship Game preview before the season. In cruising past the Minnesota Vikings at home, the Rams said to the rest of the NFL, “We are the team to beat.” The “greatest show on turf” would be proud.

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Re-imagining College Football as 4 Major Conferences

This whole experiment will focus on splitting all the major schools into 4 conferences. The Big 12 took the hardest hit, spreading out all of its teams to the other conferences. I also left a few schools out and added new ones. This is focused on football, because basketball everyone can make the tournament. With a school like Kansas, that I left out, they can join a conference with a school like Wichita St, or join one of these for everything except football. I’m attempting to keep each at 16 teams.

East Coast Conference (mostly old ACC)

East

Clemson

Miami

Central Florida

Louisville

Duke

Georgia Tech

Syracuse

Virginia

Coast

Florida St.

Notre Dame

Virginia Tech

West Virginia

North Carolina St.

Pitt

North Carolina

Boston College

Key Additions: Notre Dame, West Virginia, Central Florida

They lost Wake Forest, Wake isn’t the worst program, but they just don’t belong here in football. They would be a great addition for every sport except football, which they could do and bring Rutgers (who I cut from Big 10) along with them. The additions of Notre Dame and West Virginia, make this conference a legit football threat, mixing them with powerhouses like Clemson, Miami and Florida St. The new alignment forces Notre Dame out of the Independents, with that will bring a lucrative television deal that will benefit the entire conference. West Virginia, brings instant rivalries with the Virginia schools and neighboring Pitt. The wild card is Central Florida, who has got a lot better at football lately, hell they won a national championship. The real reason is that Central Florida is one of the nations largest universities. They will bring alot of eyes to the conference and add a huge market, taking over the entire state of Florida, from Tallahassee (Florida St.), to Orlando (UCF), all the way to Miami.

West Coast Conference (mostly Pac 12)

West

Stanford

Washington

Cal

Oregon

Washington St.

Oregon St.

Boise St.

Utah

Coast

Arizona

USC

Colorado

UCLA

Oklahoma St.

Arizona St.

Baylor

Texas Tech

Key Additions: Baylor, Texas Tech, Oklahoma St., Boise St.

To get to 16 teams the Pac had to add 4 teams so they got 3 former Big 12 teams and one wild card (Boise St). The Big 12 teams that were added are mostly from the Western side of Texas. Oklahoma St. was tough, just like Oklahoma was, the SEC is already big so where do we put them? Oklahoma St. fits more of the Pac 12 style of play with its air attack, so they were the more obvious choice, along with Texas Tech’s style of play. The wild card is Boise St. who more than deserves a big conference and a shot at the playoffs, just think how much better they can be with all that tv deal money to make facilities better. The conference will also benefit from getting Central timezone games in Texas and Oklahoma, more eyes from the rest of the country.

Big Midwest (mostly Big 10, Big 12 mix)

Big

Ohio St.

Penn St.

Michigan

Maryland

Michigan St.

Minnesota

Northwestern

Wisconsin

Midwest

Missouri

Iowa St.

Iowa

Kansas St.

Illinois

Nebraska

Purdue

Oklahoma

Key Additions: Missouri, Iowa St, Oklahoma, Kansas St.

They lost Rutgers, big whoop, they added a big powerhouse in Oklahoma and gained to big markets in KC and STL with Missouri. Iowa St. is a good addition for the Iowa rivalry and overall location. Kansas St. is a good addition as well, for a team like Oklahoma who needs more teams close to them and is a nice transition to a new conference having familiar faces, they’re also not half bad at football and will always be at the top of the division.  The lose of Indiana stings a little and the conference would likely want to keep them around because of basketball, but this is football focused. Yes Mizzou is in the SEC and in the real world, they wouldn’t leave, but this just makes more sense. They get back multiple BIG 12 rivals (Iowa St, Nebraska, Oklahoma, K St.) and get to play another rival on a regular basis (Illinois). Adding Oklahoma is huge because of how good the team is, they get instant credibility to a weaker division in the conference, making the conference championship a must watch every year, with all the new match up possibilities.

SEC (Still SEC)

Division A

Georgia

LSU

Texas A&M

Florida

Ole Miss

Vanderbilt

Houston

TCU

Division B

Alabama

Auburn

Texas

Miss St.

Tennessee

South Carolina

Kentucky

Arkansas

Key Additions: TCU, Texas, Houston

The SEC didn’t need much help but Texas is absolutely huge. The lost Mizzou but added 3 Texas teams, TCU and Texas are already established, but Houston is the wildcard. Houston adds a huge market and can benefit from the new income and recruiting pipelines. The new match-ups these 3 teams are adding, will create some needed buzz to the SEC, new rivalries will bring in a whole new set of eyes and fans. The SEC is already huge, but adding 3 Texas teams will take them to an unknown next level.

Left Out : Wake Forest, Kansas, Rutgers, Indiana

Bonus *

Possible new Mid Major conference including left out teams. This would be a huge basketball conference and would compete in a new college football division with other mid major FBS and upper level FCS teams forming a new tier in the NCAA system.

Division A: Kansas, Colorado St., Wichita St., Memphis, BYU, Nevada

Division B: Wake Forest, Rutgers, Indiana, Cincinnati,  UConn, Temple

This would still allow the left out teams to play in a major basketball conference and give them a solid mid major football conference. The Mountain West loses a few teams ( Colorado St, Nevada, and Boise St.) to other conferences but can easily bring up FCS teams to replace them. The American also takes a huge hit losing 6 teams between the new Power 4 and the bonus conference. But with a concept of mid major FBS  joining with upper FCS they would be able to re work their conference or divide up among the others.

Week 3 Power Rankings

The NFL is a wild world, any team can win on any given Sunday. This week was just more proof of that. It was a huge wake up call for some of the leagues Super Bowl favorites. (Last Weeks Rankings)

32. Las Vegas  Oakland Raiders (28)

Gruden isnt made for this day and ages NFL. This team is absolutely lifeless, that’s what happens when you rip out someones heart (Mack). This team just isn’t any good, they might steal a win or 2 this year, but lets not get too crazy.

31. Arizona Cardinals (31)

Rosen looks to be the starter moving forward, thats the most positive thing that could happen. The Cards are bottom feeders, they could have won that game against Chicago, but thats how bad they really are.

30. Houston Texans (27)

Seriously, this team was supposed to be good, right? This could have been a turning point win for Houston, but instead lost to an average Giants team. This is the best of the no-win teams, but that still means they suck.

29. Detroit Lions (30)

Really didn’t see this coming, but the Lions beat the Patriots. They are going to have to do way more than this win to prove me wrong. String together more wins and we’ll see them move up the list.

28. Dallas Cowboys (18)

Dak just isn’t that good, I’m saying it here, he wont be a starting qb in this league within the next couple years. His short comings were masked by a top offensive line, now that line is banged up, Dak is exposed. I bumped this team up last week for their gritty win, but they got knocked back down a peg losing to Seattle.

27. Seattle Seahawks (26)

The Seahawks lost a spot in the rankings but won? Yea because they beat the Cowboys, who are a dumpster fire. If the Seahawks would have lost they would have been right there with the Cardinals and Raiders, but for now they’ve stopped the bleeding. One win against a worse team means nothing right now.

26. New York Jets (25)

Sam Darnold has turnover issues, that was a criticism during the draft, that problem has not been fixed. Cleveland is just a better team (yea, i said it) so losing here shouldn’t have been a surprise. Darnold needs to work on the turnovers and the Jets could easily end up in the 8-8 range, but he continues this trend they may only win 3 games.

25. Buffalo Bills (32)

THEY WON! No thanks to Nathan Peterman being trash, Josh Allen really stepped up here. The Bills took a large jump because they clicked on all cylinders and beat a very good team. What a difference a week can make. They thought they were playing in Wisconsin, but they actually play the team from Wisconsin next week. Green Bay will show us real quick if this weeks win was a fluke.

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24. Indianapolis Colts (22)

Andrew Luck just isn’t all there, they could so easily be 3-0, but instead they are a mess. The offense can even get over 300 yards, but the defense is holding opponents to a respectable amount of points each game the last 2 games, so that’s a positive if Luck can figure it out.

23. New York Giants (29)

The Giants finally won, shouldn’t have but they did. Barkley showed off his brilliance and Eli had his best game. The offensive line is trash, so the next 4 weeks against 2017 playoff teams should be real interesting to watch.

22. San Francisco 49ers (19)

The Chiefs blew up the 9ers, they attempted a comeback in the 2nd half, but it was too much. They look to have lost Jimmy G for the year, because he wasn’t smart enough to go out of bounds. It doesn’t look good for these guys, wouldn’t be surprised if they went out and got a qb just to salvage the season since its still early. Is it worth it though, with the way the defense is playing? Maybe go after Fitz-Magic, once Jameis is back, doubtful but it sounds fun.

21. Atlanta Falcons (12)

The Falcons are in real trouble, injuries have made this defense one of the leagues worst. Matt Ryan and Julio will win them games, but as this week proved, its not always going to be enough.

20. Los Angeles Chargers (15)

The best thing the Chargers can look forward to, is that their schedule softens up a bit. They have already played the leagues best 2 team in 3 weeks, but remember when everyone said the Chargers were supposed to be that good too? I remember and I wont forget. I judge this team harder just for that reason.

19. Tennessee Titans (21)

How did this team win? Wow. Give this team some credit, they are grinding out wins without Mariota. If Mariota comes back firing then this team can make the playoffs, but the defense also has to keep up this pace. Things are very shaky in Nashville, after 3 weeks there’s no telling where this team will end up, its in their hands.

18. New England Patriots (6)

Is New England actually not that good? I’m not buying that yet, but they’re getting dropped big in the rankings until they figure it out. We can’t just have the Pats in the top 10 because of the past. New England host the undefeated Dolphins next week, a lot of questions will be answered.

17. Cleveland Browns (24)

I purposely put Cleveland right ahead of New England, they do have a better record, so back off. Mayfield’s debut was the thing of legends, so making him the starter is a no-brainer. He was extremely efficient and made all the right reads, and remember the Browns could easily be 3-0 right now. This team can be dangerous if they get the winning mindset, I think Baker brings that.

16. Denver Broncos (11)

The luck ran out Sunday in Baltimore. Partly, Sunday’s 13-point loss was the fault of quarterback Case Keenum, who threw a devastating interception late. It was Keenum’s fifth pick of the year, and he’s thrown at least one in all three games. But it wasn’t Keenum’s fault the Broncos committed 13 penalties that cost Denver 120 yards. Keenum doesn’t look like the answer at quarterback, but ill hold my tongue until we get later in the season.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (16)

Pittsburgh tried to give this game away, but barely held on. Big Ben put on a passing clinic and James Conner made plays when he had to. The NFL’s most penalized team piled up 13 more for 155 yards. A defense that has struggled late in games did so again. And kicker Chris Boswell missed multiple kicks for the second time in three games—including an extra point. The fact that Boswell is one of the best kickers in the league and is struggling like he is, just makes you think that things aren’t right with that entire team. Time will tell.

14. Minnesota Vikings (2)

This team bought too much into their own hype, so I’m putting them in their place, until they become the team they’re supposed to be. It was a disaster. It was embarrassing. And it raised a whole bunch of questions about just how good these Vikings really are. The Bills could have woke a beast or they could have exposed a fraud.

13. New Orleans Saints (17)

This is team is solid, Brees and company help make up for a bad defense, but im not sold on them being top 10 yet. The defense is so bad, they can lose to any team at any time.

12. Green Bay Packers (8)

Rodgers is banged up and obviously still in pain, its surprising they’re even letting him play. Luckily, the schedule over the next few weeks is sof, a home date with Buffalo, a trip to Detroit and a visit from the 49ers. After that comes the bye and then a trip to L.A. to play the big bad Rams. They will need that bye week, but have to survive until then.

11. Cincinnati Bengals  (7)

Sunday marked the first of four games in five weeks for the Bengals against playoff teams from last year. The first test of just how good these Bengals are. A.J. Green’s injury is the real key here, they have a tough stretch, so missing him will be huge. The Bengals are off to a good start, they lost to a good Carolina team, but Dalton can’t throw 4 interceptions. If that trend continues, mixed with Green’s injury, the Bengals may continue to fall.

10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3)

This team deserves to be in the top 10 still, they lost and Fitz-magic fizzled a little, but they adjusted and almost pulled off the comeback. It should be real interesting to see how the team reacts when Jameis gets back, it could either propel the team or crash them. They cant worry about that now, because they play a very good Bears team next week.

9. Washington Redskins (23)

I’m starting to come around on Washington, when Adrian Peterson is on, this team is one of the leagues best. This is exactly where Washington wants to be going into a bye, because they get Nola and Carolina back to back. If this team is really that dependent on Peterson it may not be a good sign, but we will see how they adjust with a week off.

8. Carolina Panthers (13)

This is the best team in the NFC South, that’s just my opinion, but I like my opinion. They play their own brand of football and with McCaffery, they’re even more dangerous. What sets the Panthers apart from the rest of the South is their defense, its the key to them winning the division. The way the offense runs the ball and grinds down the clock, it gives the defense plenty of time to plot their next move.

7. Baltimore Ravens (14)

This team can easily make the playoffs, it won’t be exciting but they can. The proved they can win games even when everything’s not clicking. With how questionable their division is, Flacco & Co can make waves, then before you know it end up with 12 wins. I bumped Baltimore up solely on the fact that they were down and showed they wouldn’t give up.

6. Chicago Bears (20)

I never thought they would be a top 10 team, which is why i had them at 20 last week, but they earned it…kinda. They are ranked here because of their defense and on the assumption Mitchell Trubisky can do just enough to win games. This team has a tough road in a tough division but a defense this solid, with Mack at the helm, the sky is the limit for these guys.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars (4)

A top 5 team that couldn’t even score a touchdown last week?! It’s hard to believe the Jaguars who blasted the Patriots are the same team that managed just six points in Week 3 against a mediocre Tennessee Titans squad. After throwing for well over 350 yards and four touchdowns last week, Blake Bortles had just 155 passing yards against the Titans. Jacksonville had just 232 yards of total offense as a team. But guess what? The defense didn’t falter, same as the Bears, until the defense falls apart this is a really good team. We cant take them seriously as Super Bowl contenders but we can take them seriously as a threat to any team in the league.

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4. Miami Dolphins (10)

You might not think they’re that good but they haven’t lost yet. If this was college football, this is exactly where the Dolphins would be ranked. The last time the Dolphins started 3-0 (2013) Miami proceeded to lose four in a row, finishing 8-8 and out of the postseason. But 3-0 is 3-0…and after coming back to down the Raiders at home in Week 3, the Dolphins are in a position that has historically produced many more playoff trips than not.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (5)

Carson Wentz is back…and he struggled, but this team proved it can win when it’s not 100%. Injuries on offense (Ajayi, Jeffey) hurt Carson, so did the turnovers, but the guy just got back from a serious injury. When this team is healthy they will be looking at a winning record, not having to climb out of a hole will be huge for this team. They’re dangerous and have no problem reminding teams they are defending champs.

2. Kansas City Chiefs (2)

What an offensive juggernaut, Mahomes is the truth, hes proved that through 3 games. Will he cool down? Yes, but with all the weapons they have they’re still going to put up points. Eventually someone is going to light this defense up with so many points, that the offense can’t catch up. So far, that hasn’t happened, next Monday is a big rivalry game versus Denver.

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1. Los Angeles Rams (1)

Super Team? Maybe not, but they are about as close as it gets. Losing Marcus Peters wont help, but this team should be able to withstand for a few weeks until hes back. The Rams haven’t had a tough schedule yet, so next week vs the Vikings should give us a real report on how good this team really is. 1038899262.jpg.0.jpg

Is Texas the Biggest Mystery in College Football?

Texas lost to a bad Maryland team, season over. They barely beat Tulsa the next week which wasn’t a good look but at least they won. Since then they’ve knocked off 2 straight ranked opponents and looked like the better team each game. The real test is in 2 weeks when the Red River Shootout takes place, and we’ve seen teams lose their first game of the season and end up in the playoff. There are currently 3 more ranked teams on the schedule (Oklahoma, Texas Tech, West Virginia), they also have tough games with Oklahoma St. and Iowa St. left. Its going to be a long and tough season, but if the Longhorns win out, there’s no reason to believe they wont make the playoff. Everyone wants Texas to be back, for TV rating and advertising at the very least, so the playoff committee would take a one lose Texas team over most one lose teams.

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If the Texas team that defensively shutdown USC and TCU plays up to par then we could see Texas back in the spot light again.

They mystery here is how does a team look so average, but then look like world beaters against 2 good teams? Maybe Tom Herman is starting to work his magic, or maybe this is a 2 week fluke. The Longhorns have a tough schedule coming up, so winning out means a return to glory and losing big games means a continuation of what Texas fans have grown used to lately. My outlook is that the Longhorns are working out the kinks from the beginning of the season and will continue to develop something special. Sam Ehlinger may just be what Texas needed to lead them back to the promise land with targets like Collin Johnson it helps his development. True freshman standout, Caden Sterns, and the already established studs like Charles Omenihu and Kris Boyd, the defense will remain scary.