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.

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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NFL Power Ranking Week 1

Is it too soon for NFL rankings? Absolutely not, people are making mock draft for 5 years in the future, me doing this ranking is nothing compared to the crazies out there.

32. Buffalo Bills

Bro…Peterman sucks. I feel for the guy, but hes had his chances. I dont want to get political but how does Kaepernick not have job and this guys does? I mean this from a pure football perspective, this also goes for Johnny Manziel. Theres guys out there without NFL jobs who could do astronomically better. I get that he’s just here until Allen is ready but damn. This was a playoff team with Tyrod Taylor, now they are bottom-feeders.

31. Oakland Raiders

Let me be honest, they’re this low because I think it was beyond stupid they traded Mack. This team could also turn it around and make the playoffs. They are so hard to read, but its all on Carr’s shoulders and he proved it might be too much Monday. He falls, they all fall. Plenty of time to turn this around though.

30. Detroit Lions

This team just threw up every red flag possible. Stafford seems like a good guy, but is he really worth all that money? They got blown out by the freakin’ Jets!! Hit the panic button, this should be an interesting season in Detriot.

29. Tennessee Titans

Ok, these guys are not this bad, and they barely lost. Buuutttt they lost Delanie Walker and Taylor Lewan suffered a concussion. Those are big blows, you have to hope Lewan comes back soon cause Mariota needs him. Mariota also seemed to bang up his elbow, luck for them the rest of the division didnt play great either.

28. Arizona Cardinals

This was embarrassing, and they should probably be higher, but they have some extremely talented players and suffered no long term injuries. Bradford needs to tread carefully but also play to win. That’s a tough formula and it could be Rosen’s turn before we know it.

27. Cleveland Browns

The Believeland Browns tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers, which means they didnt lose. Thats most positive thing to some out of that city in a while. Until the Browns start putting together wins, you have to assume they are still the same old Browns. Prove me wrong Cleveland. Lebron’s gone, Stipe lost his UFC title, and the Cleveland Browns didnt lose their first game, what a wild year so far. Baby steps though, its safe to note that Myles Garrett is a stud, so if the defense does their part this could be a respectable squad.

26. Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck only got sacked twice, that’s the biggest news the Colts had. He also didnt play terrible, but the defense may be an issue. They fell apart and should have won. Should have, means nothing in the NFL, its still a lose. This team either realizes they can make small adjustments or they get in their own heads and lose alot of games. The ultimate test for a new head coach and a healthy Andrew Luck.

25. Dallas Cowboys

Hot take!! Dak Prescott isnt really that good, now that his offensive line is banged up, he proved he couldn’t adapt. Unless they get back to form quick, this season will be in the trash, much to most of the leagues delight.

24. Seattle Seahawks

Seattle’s offensive line is a dumpster fire, and this team will struggle. Remember when Seattle was the leagues team to beat? People are quickly forgetting those times, you gotta feel for Russell who tried to make the most of what he had but it just wasn’t there.

23. New York Giants

Jacksonville should have won by more, they under preformed. I’m giving no credit to New York and by next week they could be alot higher on this list. On the other hand Barkley could live up the hype and blow up. Manning just seems to not care anymore, even with all the talent around him. Really seems like time for him to hang them up.

22. New York Jets

Let the over hyping begin, east coast bias begin. They Jets blew out a bad team, lets wait until they get real competition. Its only realistic teams will figure out Darnold, its just how well he adjust. There’s always surprise playoff teams, but this isnt one of them. Keep it in your pants Jets fans.

21. Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins could start the season 3-0, that’s completely realistic (at Jets and vs Raiders), before meeting the Patriots. Lets not throw them in the playoffs, because the won some wild weather delayed game. This could be an average team that steals a few wins from playoff teams, that’s about it.

20. San Francisco 49ers

Jimmy G didn’t earn that money week one, that’s for sure. Losing McKinnon may also be a way bigger deal than previously thought. Lets not totally panic, they did play Minnesota who looks unbeatable right now. As the season goes on we will see who the 9ers really are.

19. San Diego Chargers

Rivers, Rivers, Rivers just cant beat KC. This team was hyped to be a sleeper Super Bowl pick. They still could be, but they have to find an idenity. Bosa will be back soon, which will help the pass rush, but the real concern is how didn’t Rivers carve up a weak KC secondary? Dropped passes didnt help but Rivers is looked at by many as a Hall of Famer, he needs to figure it out. They cant keep finishing 9-7 and barely out of the playoffs.

18. Washington Redskins

Welcome Alex Smith, he did exactly what he did in KC. Good news for Washington, that means win. If they string together a few wins early, we have to take them serious, especially if Peterson continues to roll.

17. Denver Broncos

Case Keenum threw 3 interceptions, but also threw 3 tds. If he can manage to not throw interceptions, then that quickly moves Denver to the top right along side KC. They have the skill and if it comes together then this team could be a dark horse contender. The AFC West is tough and they all like to beat each other up, so if they can weather the storm then Denver might surprise people.

16. Chicago Bears

They got beat by Jesus…I mean Aaron Rodgers. This team has tons of potential and a stud defense, even before adding Mack. Cut them a break after this game, lets just see how they rebound. not sealing the game means they have a ways to go, but the future is bright.

15. Cincinnati Bengals

This win is exactly what Cincy needed headed into their next game with the Ravens. When Dalton is on, hes good, and long story short he was on. good showing from the defense and running back Joe Mixon, give the Bengals a lot of positives. They have short week to prepare, so two hot teams colliding should be fun to watch.

14. Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons lost, I get it, but by college football standards this is a quality loss against the defending Super bowl champs. Are there things to work on? Yes, obviously, but Atlanta isn’t hitting the panic button. Losing Keanu Neal for the season is a concern and Devonta Freeman being hurt doesn’t help either. Matt Ryan will bounce back, but will Atlanta ever get over that hump, we’ll see its a long season.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Fitz-Magic!!! Who expected that outcome with Jameis out? The defense was terrible, that’s a cause for concern, but the fact they escaped that shootout in the Big Easy is a blessing. No way they score that much every week so the defense needs to step up, if JPP cant suit up the Bucs will struggle even more to hold opponents. They are ranked this way for now, as long as Fitz can steer the ship until Winston returns.

12. Houston Texans

They played the Patriots on the road, so what do you really expect. Watson looked shaky, but that can be fixed with time. The defense couldn’t get to Brady, that will guaranteed to be fixed, because of their personnel. Houston does not have a problem, they just played a great team.

11. New Orleans Saints

I’m calming down on my thoughts of the Saints being a Super Bowl contender. The Minnesota Miracle, now this slugfest with Bucs, makes you wonder if they’ve just lost their edge. The offense can still ball out, just did the first team defense even show up? Drew Brees has a way of figuring things out, so hopefully him and Sean Payton can rebound.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers

Nevermind who they played and tied. Big Ben had 4 turnovers and they gave up a 4th quarter lead. The Steelers are in the top 10 because if any team will put this game in the past, its them. Don’t forget that they are still undefeated this year, and James Conner was a beast. They play a tough KC team, who they always seems to have their number. So a big win against KC will make all the yinzers quickly forget about that week one tie with the Browns.

9. Carolina Panthers

Losing Greg Olsen is huge, but Carolina has a lot of positives in their dominant win over Dallas. They played Panther football, gaining almost the same numbers on the ground as they did the air. New Orleans and Atlanta losing was also a nice touch.

8. Green Bay Packers

Sunday night was amazing and added to Aaron Rodgers legend, but Packers fan have to hope that this isn’t a long term injury. Rodgers getting beat up doesnt look good for the offensive line, but he proved if anyone can over come that its him. The season hinders on if he is healthy.

7. Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens looked like the best team on the planet, they made the Bills look like a Pop Warner team. One blow out doesn’t define a season, but it helps get it off to a good start. This blowout also brings another point to the surface, is Joe Flacco elite? All will be realized soon enough.

6. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jags aren’t the most exciting team in the world, but what they do works. Smash on defense and don’t turn the ball over. Leonard Fournette left with an injury and the running game barely lost a step, but the team has to hope he comes back. Expect alot of these same results from Jacksonville this year.

5. St. Louis Rams

Win now, worry about money later. This will come back to bite the Rams, but they obviously don’t care. Theyre stacked and it showed, the biggest question is can this team gel quick enough to win a championship. They are going to break teams down with their speed, so eventually the Rams will get a rude awakening , until then LA’s new show is a hit. They showed great half time adjustments which is key to any team.

4. Kansas City Chiefs

All any one could talk about was San Diego, so the Chiefs shut them all up…and quickly. Tyreek Hill struck fast and often. His buddy Patrick Mahomes wasn’t afraid to let him work his magic either. Mahomes will eventually have to distribute the ball better, but he didn’t have to Sunday. The defense was shaky and if anyone has followed the Chiefs this off-season, they would have known that was expected. They made plays when they had to, and that’s the biggest take away. This is a new era in KC, its just a matter of Andy Reid getting over that playoff hump. This team will be good in the regular season, just a matter of how good.

3. Minnesota Vikings

This team should be #1, and my reasoning for not having them at spot is that I don’t want to jinx them. Cousins looks to fit extremely well with this team, making them that much better than last year. This is the Vikings year, barring any big injuries. The 2 teams ahead of them were in the Super bowl last year, that’s not bad company to be in. Defense, offense, what cant this team do?

2. New England Patriots

These guys aren’t going anywhere, they had one of the toughest test of any week one team and did exactly what they had to do to win. The evil empire continues its reign of terror and after the Super Bowl lose, they have new motivation. That’s a scary thought, only thing to improve would be the running game, but I’m not telling them that.

1. Philadelphia Eagles

If they keep winning with Foles, until Wentz gets back, then they may be unstoppable. It was sloppy at times, but once again, they’re playing with a back up quarterback. This team knows how to win the big one now, so if they can grind for just a few more weeks, then it will take alot to knock them off their porch. Also losing a few games before Wentz is healthy won’t be the worst thing in the world, but the Eagles are soaring high right now, its wonder who will bring them down.