Posted 10/13 by Michael Brown, Exclusive to Footballguys.com
Let's get right to it.
From a reader we'll call C.S.
Footballguys.com is my favorite site, and I enjoy your column every week. I
mean, you're no Chase Stuart because he's the
greatest guy who ever lived
but you're not too shabby. Unfortunately, you
accidentally ranked the Bengals as the 2nd best team in the NFL. Cincinnati
beat Cleveland (#28 on your list), Houston (#32), Minnesota (#22) and Chicago
(#25). Now I think the Bengals are improved, and I like the Cincinnati D --
but #2? The Steelers are the class of that division, and I don't expect the
Bengals to make the playoffs. On the other hand, good call not ranking the Jets
in the high 20s like other sites. They still have an excellent defense, and
the offense will come around. They were only a few plays away from being 3-1.
Well, as it turned out Cincinnati dropped the Sunday night affair in Jacksonville
so their ranking has been adjusted accordingly. Still much like your Jets were
a few plays from being 3-1, the Bengals were a relatively easy score away from
being 5-0. I understand they beat up on lesser competition, but that in no way
diminishes what they've done to this point. You can only beat who you play,
right? As for Pittsburgh being the class of the division, time will certainly
tell on that one. I loved Cincinnati coming into the season, and until this
week, hadn't seen a valid reason to drop them.
As for the Jets, I'm a little confused why I'm being congratulated on not having
them in the high 20s. After all, I had them at 21. Last I checked, 21 was in
the high-20s. I'm guessing you aren't too good at math (wink, wink). Still,
I'll accept praise whenever I can get it because my ego, like Corey Simon, needs
to be fed on a regular basis.
From a reader named Paul G
Cincinnati #2? What color is the sky in your world? Are the Bengals playing
well? Yes. Are they a much-improved team? Yes. Should they be ranked higher
than Atlanta or Philly? NO WAY! The Bengals have played absolutely no one and
struggled to beat the Texans. Top-five teams dismantle the weak teams in the
league; they don't squeak by! Denver is 3-1, their opponents average rank is
12, and their only loss came to a team you have rated as #9 - explain to me
how Cincinnati can be ranked ahead of Denver?
The other top-5 teams in the rankings last week include three teams who now
have two losses to Cincinnati's one. I understand your point about wanting the
top teams to beat up on the inferior ones. But isn't it better to barely squeak
by and still win, rather than blow out inferior teams and then lose to middle-of-the-road
As for the Denver question, I admittedly was slow to warm to them. I didn't
quite know what to make of them at the outset, because they got blown out by
a Miami team that I had expected would stink. So, naturally, I took awhile to
justify that that loss was simply a normal loss to a relatively good team. I
was biasing Denver's wins due to what I felt was a terrible loss. With Miami
now showing they are a quality opponent, that loss doesn't look so bad. Therefore,
you'll see that Denver received a well-deserved significant boost in this week's
rankings. The fact that Cincinnati is still rated ahead of Denver this week
is because of several factors. One, I loved Cincinnati coming into the season
as an AFC Championship Game contender, and I've seen nothing to change my mind
on that. And two, Miami went out and laid an egg against Buffalo this week.
If Miami reverts to the form that I had expected from them (about a 6-10 season),
then Denver losing to them will not look good. Still, as long as the Broncos
keep winning, they'll keep elevating.
And finally, the e-mail of the week, coming to us courtesy of a reader named
Steven M. The subject of the e-mail was "How did you get your job?"
I expected it'd be some fresh-out-of-college kid asking how he could go about
working for a fantasy site. I thought, 'Cool, just a few years ago I was the
one writing to fantasy sites asking how I could go about working for one of
them, and now I can help this guy out'. Then I read the e-mail.
As poor as yor inglish are, ah wonder how ewe even rite eny colum. EVER
RE-READ ANY? You should be embarrassed, much less tell anyone, anything.
Or am I falling for the joke? Also, even deciphering, you must be somebody's
homer, though it may take a while to determine who. Honestly, has your editor
seen this? Ar duz he think uts a gud rite? If Michael Campbell was your only
worthy e-mail.... well that speaks for itself.
Fine, I admit it! Michael Campbell isn't real, OK? He's a figment of my imagination!
I judge how good of a job I'm doing based on how much e-mail I receive each
week. There were no e-mails last week, and I was so embarrassed that I made
But yeah, I'm actually a Chargers fan. Not a homer, because I live in Jersey.
But yeah, I'm a fan of the Bolts
out of the closet and everything. I try
not to let that play into my rankings, and to this point I've never been accused
of moving them too far up in the rankings. If anything, I force myself to keep
them lower than maybe they should be, for fear that I'll overestimate them.
As for my writing style, I'm with you that it's pretty rambling and wordy and
my sentences are sometimes run-ons because I just start writing and don't really
feel like stopping so all of my thoughts seem to run together into one long
paragraph that seemingly has no end so by the time you're finished reading even
one sentence it feels like you just got through a book. But basically, I write
the way I speak
if it's too confusing to follow along, I apologize. In
any event, thanks for reading!
Any other comments/questions/complaints/death threats should be e-mailed to
me at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If selected, your e-mail will appear in this space next week.
Rk - Team Name - Record (Last week)
- Indianapolis Colts 5-0 (1)
No reason to change anything at the top.
- New England Patriots 3-2 (5)
Back in the second spot after an impressive offensive display against the
- Pittsburgh Steelers 3-1 (6)
The Bus is back = Good news for Steelers, Bad news for FWP.
- Cincinnati Bengals 4-1 (2)
If not for their MVP candidate fumbling the ball on that last drive, does
anyone think they weren't going to score the game-winning touchdown?
- Atlanta Falcons 3-2 (3)
Losing two defensive starters and nearly being guaranteed a banged-up Vick
on a weekly basis are not good recipes for success.
- Philadelphia Eagles 3-2 (4)
Try not to look, but I think the city of Philadelphia just collectively threw
- Denver Broncos 4-1 (10)
It's about time they got their due. While some undoubtedly feel this is way
too late in coming, they should be in the top-10 for quite some time.
- Washington Redskins 3-1 (7)
They were right there against another quality opponent, and were really done
in by very isolated plays
just like they beat Dallas because of isolated
plays. So in other words, those cancel out and now they're simply a solid
3-1 football team.
- Jacksonville Jaguars 3-2 (12)
I guess Hyde stayed on the bench this week.
- Dallas Cowboys 3-2 (13)
Not that they had no shot to win, but wow did I not see that coming, or what!
- San Diego Chargers 2-3 (11)
Tough home loss to one of the AFC's stud teams won't drop you too far down.
But good teams find a way to pull those games out.
- Seattle Seahawks 3-2 (14)
They should get to 4-2 heading into Week 7 and that might just about wrap
up the horrid NFC West.
- Miami Dolphins 2-2 (9)
They had two weeks to prepare, and THAT was the showing? Hmmm, could this
top-10 stay be a very brief one?
- Carolina Panthers 3-2 (15)
400 yards to Josh McCown huh? Yup, it's pretty obvious that we've all overestimated
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-1 (8)
Normally, one bad loss wouldn't drop a team like a rock, but I've had a bad
feeling about the undefeated start since
well, since it started.
- New York Giants 3-1 (16)
Good thing the Giants locked up Jeremy Shockey to a long-term deal. I mean,
where would they be without his calming presence, professional demeanor, and
In other news, Happy Opposite Day everybody!
- Kansas City Chiefs 2-2 (17)
The key to one of my fantasy teams this year rests in the health of a 320-pound
man named Willie. Incidentally, the Chiefs' hopes rest on that same man.
- Saint Louis Rams 2-3 (18)
Mike Martz probably developed heart trouble from watching himself coach.
- Oakland Raiders 1-3 (19)
After seeing what Pittsburgh did to the Chargers' secondary last week, you
can bet that Randy Moss and co. are salivating over this one.
- New York Jets 2-3 (21)
With the remaining schedule, 9-7 is not out of the question. Right, I know
- not really what Jet fans are dying to hear.
- Minnesota Vikings 1-3 (22)
If you (I) drafted the Vikings defense in any of your (my) leagues, then this
is about the only week for you (me) to use them.
- Buffalo Bills 2-3 (24)
Wow, incredible things happen when your QB can actually throw the football.
- Detroit Lions 2-2 (26)
Alright, finally! We Kevin Jones owners can start gearing up for our impending
league championships now.
- Cleveland Browns 2-2 (28)
Expect this team to show continued improvement throughout the season, and
a top-20 finish is a possibility.
- Tennessee Titans 1-3 (27)
I just went to check out the Titans' remaining schedule on Yahoo, and there
is a Victoria's Secret ad featuring Tyra Banks right next to the schedule
listing. And I'd like to take this opportunity to say that her TV show stunt
was about the most sexless, pointless, waste of a good idea that I've ever
- Baltimore Ravens 1-3 (20)
Twenty-one penalties? TWENTY-ONE?!? I'm sorry, but if I'm Brian Billick, I'm
getting my resume together. He's going to need it ready in about 11-12 weeks.
- Chicago Bears 1-3 (25)
Even a stellar defense is going to crack every now and then. And when the
passing offense can do NOT A SINGLE THING
- Arizona Cardinals 1-4 (29)
No, they don't deserve a bump up after a loss. But when the 23rd ranked team
loses to the 30th ranked team by 49 points, they get a more significant drop.
Cards move up by process of elimination.
- Green Bay Packers 1-4 (30)
You know what that win proved? That Green Bay is much better than the Saints
- that's it.
- New Orleans Saints 2-3 (23)
If ever there was a right time to use the word "traveshamockery"
- San Francisco 49ers 1-4 (31)
Well, at least they're assured that they won't lose this week.
- Houston Texans 0-4 (32)
It's gonna take some time to dig their way out of the back-end.
Super Shufflers Of the Week (+)
- Cleveland Browns +4
I have a feeling this won't be the last jump they'll
make. I know the talent isn't necessarily there, but Romeo Crennel sure has
this team overachieving.
- New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville
Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions (tie) +3
Six teams got a sizable
bump, all for similar reasons. They beat quality teams, and/or the teams just
ahead of them lost.
Plungers Of the Week (-)
- Tampa Bay Bucs and New Orleans Saints (tie) -7
The Bucs drop because
I'm getting the feeling I overestimated them after 4-0. I didn't want to move
them up and wasn't particularly impressed with their wins, so I wanted to
rectify that. The Saints drop is for obvious reasons, and if you don't know
why then you just haven't watched football this year.
- Baltimore Ravens -6
Only reason they didn't drop any further is because
they were already incredibly low to begin with.