Posted 11/17 by Michael Brown, Exclusive to Footballguys.com
Keeping it brief this week, as Thursday sort of snuck up on me.
From a reader named Kevin O.
The Cowboys seem to be carrying an awfully lofty ranking in your most recent
column. After they lose this week, it would be nice to see them listed beneath
the Giants and Panthers, two teams that have been playing much better ball lately.
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Rk - Team Name - Record (Last week)
- Indianapolis Colts 8-0 (1)
I know it's unlikely, but I almost wish the Colts WOULD go undefeated just
so the clowns from the '72 Dolphins would quit their goofy celebration every
- Pittsburgh Steelers 7-2 (2)
Soooo, are you sure Antwaan Randle-El isn't your best option at QB, Bill?
- Cincinnati Bengals 7-2 (3)
I know he's not exactly what you'd call a "sleeper" anymore, and
this comment would've been more timely a few weeks back
but I just want
to get the jump-start. Chris Perry will be next year's LaMont Jordan and lead
many a team to a 2006 fantasy title.
- Denver Broncos 7-2 (4)
They just always do the things needed to win.
- Dallas Cowboys 6-3 (6)
Sure it was a gift win, but then again they suffered an equally fluky loss
at the hands of Washington.
- San Diego Chargers 5-4 (7)
And now the road to 10-6 begins. Will it be enough for the playoffs? Well,
with the way this season has gone they'll probably miss out on a tiebreaker
- Seattle Seahawks 7-2 (8)
He's gotten a bit more pub recently, but Shaun Alexander is somehow putting
up a season for the ages, and it's only being mentioned in passing for the
most part. Then again, I live in the northeast and we all know nothing important
happens west of Philly.
- Carolina Panthers 7-2 (10)
Stephen Davis has twelve touchdowns. Stephen Davis! 12!!! You know, I probably
shouldn't have predicted him to retire by August; I'd be better off.
- New England Patriots 5-4 (11)
The Patriots have a number of issues with their team, and the way they looked
against Indianapolis cannot simply be discounted. But they'll almost certainly
win the division. And if you think anyone wants a part of this team in the
postseason, you're nuts.
- Jacksonville Jaguars 6-3 (12)
It's about time I started realizing they haven't really been a disappointment
at all. They've lost to two of the best teams in the NFL in Indy and Denver,
and dropped a close one in Saint Louis (where the Rams are always tough).
With four easy road games remaining, this team should earn the top AFC wild
- Atlanta Falcons 6-3 (5)
So THAT'S why I was having trouble trusting this defense!
- New York Giants 6-3 (9)
So yeah, about those collapses in the second halves of seasons
- Chicago Bears 6-3 (17)
Does anyone fear playing this team in the playoffs? I'm not saying it's justified,
because they can make some noise. Just that it seems like the consensus is
that teams will line up to play them, and that may not be a good thing.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6-3 (18)
Jon Gruden's call to go for two was leaps and bounds ahead of Dick Vermeil's
decision - in stupidity. When you've got a supposedly good defense and you're
playing at home, take the tie and go to OT.
- Kansas City Chiefs 5-4 (13)
We haven't seen underachieving on this level since Bart Simpson.
- Washington Redskins 5-4 (14)
After a supposedly excellent defense gives up THAT many points to THAT offense,
they really deserve to drop further.
- Philadelphia Eagles 4-5 (15)
I know, after losing McNabb and suffering some heartbreaking losses, this
isn't really going out on a limb. But
they're finished. A 9-7 is the
best they can hope for, and that won't cut it in this year's NFC.
- Saint Louis Rams 4-5 (16)
Here's all you need to know about the Rams. They've beaten the Jaguars, but
also lost to the Niners.
- Miami Dolphins 4-5 (19)
Clearly, Nick Saban doesn't play fantasy football. *$&%^&$!!!!!
- Oakland Raiders 3-6 (20)
Proof that Kerry Collins is fantasy gold: He played about as poorly as a QB
can play, and STILL posted 300+ yards and two scores.
- Detroit Lions 4-5 (21)
Beating Arizona changes nothing in my opinion.
- Buffalo Bills 4-5 (22)
Well that's it, I'm convinced. Two touchdown passes by Losman (one a horribly
underthrown ball) against a porous defense at home
yup, Losman is now
- Minnesota Vikings 4-5 (26)
It's astounding that Michael Bennett has bean as lousy a pro as he has, don't
- Green Bay Packers 2-7 (27)
OK, ready? OK, listen to this
.WAITING FOR GADO! Huh, you already heard
that one? Oh, and here I was thinking I was the first one to make that joke.
- New York Jets 2-7 (23)
Wait, so Brooks Bollinger ISN'T the second coming?
- Baltimore Ravens 2-7 (24)
This team has looked very lethargic. Perhaps they can use the screaming lady
from Trading Spouses to fire them up. Or at least she'd make a helluvu left
- Cleveland Browns 3-6 (25)
This Christmas, what do you get for the team that has nothing?
- Arizona Cardinals 2-7 (28)
In one of my leagues this week, I was truly desperate for QB help and looked
up Kurt Warner's name on the WW. I'd just like to thank Mr. Warner for forgetting
that this isn't 1999.
- Tennessee Titans 2-7 (29)
Something tells me
- New Orleans Saints 2-7 (30)
nothing is going to change
- San Francisco 49ers 2-7 (31)
at the bottom of the rankings
- Houston Texans 1-8 (32)
for a long, long time.
Super Shufflers Of the Week (+)
- Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Bucs (tie) +4
Each team is surpassing my
expectations, though admittedly I'm still not sold on Tampa.
- Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers (tie) +3
The Vikings' move
up is a product of winning against a quality opponent, though I figure they'll
drop soon enough. The Packer bump is warranted, because I'm starting to really
think they're much better than their record.
Plungers Of the Week (-)
- Atlanta Falcons -6
It's not that I think it was a horrific loss or
anything. But when you're at the top of the rankings, a loss to a bottom-10
team is going to affect you greatly.
- New York Giants -3
And they're lucky it wasn't worse!
- Many teams tied a