Week 8 power rankings

32. Oakland Raiders (32)

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

31. San Francisco 49ers (30)

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

30. NY Giants (29)

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

29. Arizona Cardinals (31)

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

28. Buffalo Bills (28)

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

27. Cleveland Browns (25)

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

26. Atlanta Falcons (26) BYE

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

25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (24)

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

24. Indianapolis Colts (27)

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

23. NY Jets (23)

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

22. Denver Broncos (22)

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

21. Jacksonville Jaguars (21)

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

20. Tennessee Titans (20) BYE

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

19. Dallas Cowboys (19) BYE

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

18. Miami Dolphins (11)

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

17.  Detroit Lions (16)

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

16. Seattle Seahawks (18)

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

15. Philadelphia Eagles (17)

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

14. Baltimore Ravens (12)

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

13. Cincinnati Bengals (13)

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

12. Green Bay Packers (8)

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

11. Minnesota Vikings (6)

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

10. Houston Texans (15)

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

9. Chicago Bears (10)

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

8. Pittsburgh Steelers (9)

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

7. Carolina Panthers (14)

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

6. Washington Redskins (7)

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

5. LA Chargers (5) BYE

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

4. New Orleans Saints (4)

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

3. New England Patriots (3)

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

2. KC Chiefs (2)

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

1. LA Rams (1)

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

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Hue Jackson fired and FitzMagic returns

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

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

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

Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a statement:

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

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crosby is the Best Player in the NHL

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

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Week 7 NFL Power Rankings

32. Oakland Raiders (32)

The Raiders had a bye week, and are dismantling their team. There’s no upside on the horizon and no reason to believe the Raiders are anything but the worst team.

31. Arizona Cardinals (31)

The Broncos haven’t been playing well, but they looked like Super Bowl locks against these guys. Rosen has a lot to learn, but at this point they may as well be patient with him.

30. San Francisco 49ers (30)

To say the Niners got steamrolled by their NFC West rivals is being kind. The 49ers had just 228 total yards of offense and had more turnovers (four) than third-down conversions (three). Quarterback CJ Beathard was sacked seven times and will probably be having nightmares about Aaron Donald for months.

29. New York Giants (29)

It’s a true battle for who’s the worst NFL team, and the Giants did everything they could to take that 32 spot. They just need to stay on the same track and maybe they will reach that goal. They simply played the Falcons too close, so for now they are only 4th worst. TRY HARDER NY!!!

28. Buffalo Bills (27)

The Bills are still dangling on to a chance to be the worst, but they messed up and have 2 wins. They better stop winning or they won’ t have a top 5 pick, figure it out Buffalo. This week was a great start to staying in bottom, Allen really shouldn’t play the rest of the year, he’s this teams only chance of winning. But seriously, you don’t want to get Allen hurt again, let him learn and start fresh next year.

27. Indianapolis Colts (28)

Leave it to the Bills to make the Colts looks good. Luck is among the league leaders in touchdowns, but the defense holding Buffalo to 5 points is hopefully a boost. The next 5 games only have 1 team with a winning record and that against a shaky Miami team. On a good note, they could seriously go on a run.

26. Atlanta Falcons (28)

The Falcons moved up!! 2 spots…for barely beating the Giants. There’s some ranking out there that have Falcons in the top 20, they’re morons, these guys were one clock management decision away from losing. 2 wins in a row, my ass, these guys are an injury ridden mess. This was a legitimate playoff contender and that had some key injuries, but this is the worst 3 win team in the league right now.

25. Cleveland Browns (24)

The OT Kings, well maybe jesters, because they seem to lose the overtime. Good teams figure out ways to win, so its even more proof they have a ways to go. I’m honestly ready to blame the coach, it doesn’t seem like Hue Jackson has this team ready to play. At some point you finally have all this talent, there’s only one man to blame.

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (26)

It took a 59-yard field goal from Chandler Catanzaro (who missed from 40 at the end of regulation) to dispatch a feisty Browns team. The Bucs have a miserable defense and Winston turns the ball over a lot, that’s not a good combo. They are going to win more games because they can score loads of points, but also lose games because they can’t win the turnover battle. It will continue to be a season of mediocrity in Tampa.

23. NY Jets (21)

When the Jets are good, they’re good, but when they lose their flaws can be seen from space. Darnold’s knock out of USC was throwing picks, he did that 3 times against a really good Minnesota team, that a guaranteed lose right there.

22. Denver Broncos (24)

Yes, the Broncos destroyed the Cardinals, but it’s difficult to tell if that’s a function of Denver addressing some of their issues and improving or if it’s just that Arizona really is that bad. They get KC next week, @ KC, this could get bad.

21. Jacksonville Jaguars (14)

UMM, these guys were top 5, really shows how wild the NFL is. I was pro Bortles last year, but I’m off that wagon now. I’m all on the train for trading for Carr, give Oakland a 2nd rd pick. That’s the best chance at saving this season. Other options are trading for Tyrod Taylor, hell, Kap has to be better a option at this point. The defense has issues, but it could be something that winning again can help.

20. Tennessee Titans (20)

After falling behind 17-6 early in the third quarter, a Titans team that’s been stumbling of late rallied to get back in the game. A Marcus Mariota touchdown pass on fourth down with less than a minute left closed Tennessee to within an extra point of tying the game. But rather than kick that extra point, Titans head coach Mike Vrabel chose to go for a game-winning two-point conversion. It failed, and now the Titans will have two weeks to stew over the one that got away. I’m all for a coach going for it, as long as he can live with being the hero one week and the villain the next.

19. Dallas Cowboys (17)

This may be the lowest we see Dallas, the trade for Amari Cooper could be a game changer. They barely lost to the division leader Washington, this could give the Cowboys the extra swagger they’ve been missing. Giving up a first rounder may hurt in the long run, but this is a win now league.

18. Seattle Seahawks (18)

Seahawks had a bye week, they just need to do exactly what they were doing before the bye week.

17. Philadelphia Eagles (16)

Sound the alarm, the defending champs are no where near a playoff team. They have the talent to save this ship from sinking, but the boats taking on water. The issue…Wentz can’t get the ball off, the offensive line sucks. Next week in London is make or break for the entire season.

16. Detroit Lions (23)

Don’t look now, but the Lions are in a legitimate spot to make the playoffs. Rookie tailback Kerryon Johnson was outstanding. Johnson gashed Miami for 158 yards on 19 carries, this is the key to being a playoff team in Detroit.

15. Houston Texans (19)

What a difference a month makes. Four weeks ago, the 0-3 Texans looked to be on a collision course with a top-five draft pick. Now, after trouncing the Jaguars in Jacksonville for their biggest win of the year, the Texans are 4-3 and in first place by themselves in the AFC South. This is exactly the team we thought we were getting before the season started.

14. Carolina Panthers (15)

I want to put them back in the top 10, I really do, because they are good enough. I’m taking my time, but Carolina looks like a playoff team. They were outplayed most of the game against Philly, but like I said earlier,  good teams figure out ways to win.

13. Cincinnati Bengals (9)

Wow, talk about getting exposed. Cincy still can make the best out of this season, but after 2 heartbreaking loses (Pitt, KC) it makes you wonder if these guys are tough enough. The Bengals don’t get much time to lick their wounds: The team’s next three games are all against teams (Tampa, New Orleans, at Baltimore) with at least a .500 record.

12. Baltimore Ravens (6)

Ok fine, Brees finally beat the Ravens. In his career, Tucker had attempted 222 PATs. He had never missed. Ever. Not once. This isn’t Tucker’s fault though, the Ravens feel apart late and should have never had to depend on Tucker, the guy has had too many of these pressure situations. Just like a quarterback throwing an interception, even the best kickers miss. The reason that Baltimore fell out of the top 10 wasn’t because they lost to Brees, its because top 10 teams don’t fall apart on offense and defense at the same time.

11. Miami Dolphins (11)

I’m not moving the Dolphins…yet, but this team doesn’t look 4-2. They look 2-4, but winning is winning. Brock has his moments but this will end up just like Brock always does…in a lot of loses. Lets hope Tannehill comes back before that happens.

10. Chicago Bears (10)

The Bears are a weird one, they have allowed the least amount of points the the division, but sit in last place. Their loses are 3 close games, so if this team start winning the close ones then they will quickly reach the top of the division again.  They have the Jets, Lions and Bills in their next 3 games, so barring any slip ups, the Bears will remain in the top 10 until their Vikings matchup.

9. Pittsburgh Steelers (13) / 8. Green Bay Packers (12)

These guys get packed together, both had bye weeks, and moved up because other teams ahead of them simply deserved to get booted out of the top 10. Both teams are also together because they seem to be hitting their strides, just like they always seem to do.

7. Washington Redskins (8)

First place, just grinding out wins. They more than deserve the top 10, this division is all over the place, especially with Philly struggling. At this point, it would be shocking NOT to see these guys in the playoffs.

6. Minnesota Vikings (7)

The Vikings are moving back into top 5 talk, but the current top 5 has just flat out been better. Lets not forget Minny lost to Buffalo and had a close game against Arizona…people forget. The real test is a game next week against the Saints, win that then we take you seriously.

5. San Diego Chargers (5)

The Chargers are on cruise control, and in this case that’s a good thing. They have a favorable stretch of games and could even clinch a wild card, before they have to play KC again. Plus they keep winning, the division isn’t out of reach either, what a wild thought.

4. New Orleans Saints (4)

This team showed their grit and showed the NFL why they’re Super Bowl contenders. They squeezed out a game that not everything went right and beat another top team. Brees continues to break records, get them out of the Super Dome and they aren’t as explosive. From here things get really interesting for New Orleans. A trip to Minnesota for a playoff rematch next Sunday night, followed by a home date with the Rams, a trip to Cincinnati and a matchup with the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles. It’s gut check time.

3. New England Patriots (3)

The Bears pushed the Pats, but 2 weeks in a row, they squeak out a win. That’s what championship teams do. Not much to say here, its New England doing New England things.

2. KC Chiefs (2)

The Bengals were supposed to be the AFC’s 3rd best team…well the may have fell out of the top 5. The Chiefs dominated every aspect of this game and have now exposed 2 big contenders this year (Jaguars, Bengals). Sorry, Patriots, but KC is still the AFC team to beat.

1. LA Rams (1)

They dominated the 49ers, just like they are supposed to. They have Packers, Saints, Seahawks, and Chiefs, that’s an absolutely insane stretch. The Rams have looked unbeatable this year, but the next 4 weeks will show us who they really are.

NHL THUG ALL STARS

This is the current NHL all Thug team, a Thug can be many things and its not a bad thing…sometimes. There’s no criteria here, guys can be Thugs because of penalty minutes or Thugs because they are pest on the ice or in some cases, rats.

Head Coach- John Tortorella

Really? Who the hell else would it be, the guys a nut job. He would prolly just coach for free if he had this group of guys.

Line 1

LW- Milan Lucic

C- Evgeni Malkin

RW- Tom Wilson

Lucic has calmed down recently, but that’s because guys are too scared to go at him, his Boston years he was an absolute beast. Malkin is skillful and just dummies guys, plus ole Gino is a real beauty, he deserves top line status. Agree with him or not, Tom Wilson is a true enforcer and terrifies just about everyone…except maybe rival Ryan Reaves. With his looks and (literally) killer skill, Wilson is a modern day enforcer.

Line 2

LW- Evander Kane

C- Lars Eller

Rw- Ryan Reaves

Kane is an animal, and currently leads the league in PIMs, he has skills and isnt afraid to smash someone. When he’s at his peak, hes among the leagues elite. If you need to know why Reaves is here then just check the game notes, he may be one of the most fun guys to watch in the league. When he gets mad, he untouchable, a real throw back guy who can still play in today’s league. His rivalry with Tom Wilson would make people tune in just to watch practice. Lars Eller has really started to come into his own, he did get crushed this year by Marchand, but that hasn’t stopped him from chirpin everyone. He said the Maple Leafs “aren’t anything special” gotta love the savagery.

Line 3

LW- Pat Maroon

C- Michael Haley

RW- Brad Marchand

Maroon is just an old school tough guy who has adapted his game to be success in the new NHL, those guys are a rarity. Michael Haley led the league in PIM and was the only player over 20 fights last year. Before the season he entered the NHL/NHL Players Association assistance program, so lets hope everything is ok. The 8 year vet is deserving to be among the thugs. Marchand should probably be a top liner, a great talent that just can’t stop licking people, guy is psycho. If you know anything about hockey, then Marchand is an easy choice and prolly an Alternate Captain.

Line 4

LW- Matthew Tkachuk

C- Max Domi

RW- Antonie Roussel

Every full season in the league Roussel is over 100 PIM, that’s what he does, one of the leagues toughest guys. The other 2 guys on this line are the next generation and have learned from their fathers. Their thuggery has been well documented, but teammates love them, that’s the ultimate thug criteria.

Defense

PK Subban                                        Dustin Byfuglien

Travis Harmonic                             Kevin Bieksa

Rodka Gudas                                     Alex Petrovic

PK makes this team just like Geno, top tier talent, but not afraid to chip it up. He was among the top the league for defense-man last year in PIM, and can skate like the wind. Big Buff is obvious as it gets on this roster, he’s an absolute force, but still gets it done when he has to.  Harmonic has no problem dropping the mitts and his d partner (Bieksa) will super man punch anyone who steps up, this would be an all time tough guy d partnering. Rodka Gudas and Alex Petrovic aren’t as well known but both rack up the fights and PIM’s they are bottom defenseman who know their jobs.

Goalie

Ray Emery

This guy was an absolute legend and no current goalie can touch him. He would be the only goalie that could ever start for this squad. RIP

Amari Cooper to the Cowboys and Patrick Peterson wants out of Arizona

The Cowboys stunned everyone trading a first round pick for Amari Cooper. That gives Dallas a play maker and the Raiders, 3 first rounders and a lot of money of the books. Believe it or not this is a win win, especially since Oakland is in full rebuild. Hell, send Carr to Jacksonville…yea I said it, give the kid a fresh start.

 


The other news is, CB Patrick Peterson wanting to move out of Arizona, he is unhappy with the direction of the franchise. This would be a massive boost to a contender and there are a few that really need corner help. On paper it looks like KC is the best fit, scheme wise, but it sounds like he wants NOLA. The trade deadline could be waaaayyy more interesting than it has in the past.

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

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