Posted 10/20 by Michael Brown, Exclusive to Footballguys.com
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Rk - Team Name - Record (Last week)
- Indianapolis Colts 5-0 (1)
Well, that was certainly impressive. By the way, go out and trade for
Peyton Manning - now.
- Cincinnati Bengals 5-1 (4)
and Carson Palmer puts another MVP feather in his cap.
- Denver Broncos 5-1 (7)
It hasn't been a great year for Footballguys staff writers. First, I lose
my job as the head of FEMA. Then Mike Anderson gets phased out of Denver's
- New England Patriots 3-3 (2)
Truth be told, they are only still this high based on reputation. If this
were any other team, they'd be outside the top-10. If the Patriots defense
keeps playing this way, that's exactly where they'll be.
- Pittsburgh Steelers 3-2 (3)
The Steeler offense minus Ben Roethlisberger = Jessica Simpson if she got
a breast reduction.
(I had originally typed "Steeler offense minus Ben Roethlisberger = Jessica
Simpson with a breast reduction". But I didn't want to cause a panic.
Don't worry everyone; it's just a hypothetical.)
- Atlanta Falcons 4-2 (5)
For maybe the first time ever, when Michael Vick reinjured his knee on Sunday,
Falcons fans did not panic.
- Philadelphia Eagles 3-2 (6)
No, they don't deserve to move down a spot after being idle, but bumping Denver
was a big priority.
- Jacksonville Jaguars 4-2 (9)
If they could just string together a few of these in a row, we might have
- Dallas Cowboys 4-2 (10)
Ok, so they didn't play flawlessly. And no, allowing New York to tie it was
a poor job. But getting that turnover at the end made up for it, and could
be a spark that sends this team on to do great things.
- San Diego Chargers 3-3 (11)
And to think, they were limiting Tomlinson's touches the first two games.
This team could easily be 6-0. I realize things happen, and they're not
saying, they've been right there every week.
- Washington Redskins 3-2 (8)
No shame in losing to Denver (#2) and at Kansas City. But two losses in a
row is still a concern.
- Seattle Seahawks 4-2 (12)
Here's all you need to know about Shaun Alexander. After seeing the final
stats the other night, my brother wondered why he 'only' had 141 yards.
- Carolina Panthers 4-2 (14)
A win is a win is a win
but it shouldn't take THAT to beat the Lions.
- Kansas City Chiefs 3-2 (17)
I DARE you to come up with a valid argument that Priest Holmes is more talented
than Larry Johnson right now.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5-1 (15)
The loss of Brian Griese is not what is going to doom this team; no, the schedule
should take care of that.
- Miami Dolphins 2-3 (13)
I'm trying not to knock Nick Saban, but right now this group bears no resemblance
to a well-coached team.
- New York Giants 3-2 (16)
Tiki Barber owners, feel free to positively GLOW this week. Brandon Jacobs
isn't a good enough runner to be coughing the ball up at the goal line with
the game on the line. Could goal line carries for Barber be far behind?
- Saint Louis Rams 2-3 (18)
If there has ever been a better example of defensive failure, I don't know
that I've seen it.
- Buffalo Bills 3-3 (22)
I can picture Mike Mularkey at home, keeping himself in suspense until the
very last second. "Hmmm, should I wear the red socks, or the blue? Red
or blue, red or blue, RED OR BLUE, OH MY GOD IT'S JUST SO MUCH FUN!!! I'll
.oh, I can't decide!"
- Oakland Raiders 1-4 (19)
Rarely do you see an offense with such outstanding talent look worse than
the Raiders did for much of Sunday's game.
- New York Jets 2-4 (20)
Who else sees this year's Jets as almost a mirror image of the 2003 Giants?
Complete with overblown expectations and everything!
- Detroit Lions 2-3 (23)
Ok, seriously - does Kevin Jones have bird flu or something???
- Baltimore Ravens 2-3 (26)
Brian Billick's "I'll still get mine" motivational tactic is the
exact same one used by my high school junior varsity baseball coach. In case
you're wondering, that's not a good thing.
- Cleveland Browns 2-3 (24)
If you can name Cleveland's starting receivers, you should probably try to
get out and have some fun this weekend.
- Chicago Bears 2-3 (27)
It's really incredible how much a little Vikings can do for ya.
- Tennessee Titans 1-4 (25)
It was nice to see Pacman Jones so upset on the bench after getting beaten
by Chad Johnson. Still, it was also sort of gratifying to see such a cocky
hothead (who has proven nothing yet) get his comeuppance.
- Minnesota Vikings 1-4 (21)
Listen, I've been on plenty of party boats. And if you think that wild drunken
orgies with prostitutes don't happen on every cruise ship
you're takin' the wrong boat!
- Arizona Cardinals 1-4 (28)
Marcel Shipp goes for a milestone this weekend. He's trying to become the
first Arizona RB this season to accumulate double-digit rushing yards in every
game. I tip my cap in breathless anticipation of this miraculous event.
- Green Bay Packers 1-4 (29)
Don't know why, but I have a good feeling about Ahman Green the rest of the
- New Orleans Saints 2-4 (30)
Joe Horn, I've been asked by my brother to deliver this message to you: "(Expletive
expletive) piece of (expletive) trash, you're a worthless (expletive) and
you should go (expletive)
- San Francisco 49ers 1-4 (31)
The plan for this week is to make sure Alex Smith doesn't die on the field.
- Houston Texans 0-5 (32)
Even if you guys just gave the ILLUSION of competing, that'd be pretty cool.
Super Shufflers Of the Week (+)
- Denver Broncos +4
Took awhile, but they're finally amongst the elite.
And not going to be dropping anywhere anytime soon.
- Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, and Baltimore Ravens (tie) +3
Chiefs will come around and contend for a playoff spot, but the Bills and
Ravens really only moved up because others around them lost.
Plungers Of the Week (-)
- Minnesota Vikings -6
It's amazing that they're still playing poorly
enough to drop this far down.
- Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins (tie) -3
The Redskins probably
deserve more leeway, but it's tough when you're at the top and everyone around
you is a winner. The Dolphins, meanwhile, appear primed for a steep drop over
the next few weeks.