NFL Power Rankings Week 11



Another week has passed and another round of power rankings are out.  While the Packers continue to make a strong push for the top, the Patriots performed well enough Sunday evening to keep ahead of them and regain possession of the #1 spot.  Meanwhile, the Raiders have bypassed the Buccs on the other side of the scale, taking over the title of worst team in the NFL.  They must have taken some offense to that knowledge, as they were able to turn things around for week 12, and get their first win in over a year, beating the #3 Chiefs in a game that Kansas should have been able to dominate.  That will likely help to push Tampa right back down to the bottom for week 12, unless they too perform much better than they have all year.

In the last 2 weeks, we’ve seen some surprising upsets.  First with the Rams beating the Broncos, who at the time were #1, and then with the Raiders beating the Chiefs who rank in at #3.  It brings some hope that maybe the Packers too are due for a loss against a team that has performed significantly worse all season long.  We’ll have to wait until tomorrow afternoon to find out if that’s the case.

Here’s this week’s rankings.

1 PATRIOTS +2
2 PACKERS +5
3 CHIEFS +2
4 RAVENS +2
5 BRONCOS -4
6 DOLPHINS +1
7 COLTS -5
8 CARDINALS +1
9 SEAHAWKS +1
10 EAGLES -6
11 COWBOYS +1
12 LIONS -1
13 CHARGERS +3
14 STEELERS +3
15 BILLS -1
16 TEXANS +2
17 SAINTS -4
18 BROWNS -3
19 BENGALS +1
20 49ERS -1
21 FALCONS +1
22 VIKINGS -1
23 GIANTS +1
24 REDSKINS -1
25 RAMS +5
26 BEARS +3
27 PANTHERS -2
28 TITANS -2
29 JETS -2
30 JAGUARS -2
31 BUCCANEERS +1
32 RAIDERS -1

Scroll… The Infinity Edition


The battle against scrolling may never end, but can always be mitigated. The same cannot be said about the suffering Vikings fans feel as the Bears simply outplayed the Vikings. You can blame it on the recent trend of flailing about miserably after bye weeks, or maybe the Vikings’ players just overlooking the scavenging Bears, either way the loss was unacceptable. Well enough about that, the Vikings will have to be more than ready for the high-octane offense of the Packers. Will the Vikings’ D be able to stymy Rodgers’ aerial assault? Can the OLine protect Bridgewater long enough for him to find his weapons? Or will it be the Packers third blow out in a row? Either way it is going to be a brutal and bloody affair.

By roger

Power Rankings Heading Into Chicago


Bridgewater's Bears

The bye week has passed and a new set of power rankings are in.  Although the Vikings didn’t play, teams ahead of them on the rankings played poorly enough this week to move the Vikings up one spot to #21.

The Vikings’ next match-up continued their poor performance and have slid down to #29, which pushed their competition up to #7, and solidly atop the division.

Reviewing the teams that the Vikings have played so far this year, all the opponents ahead of them on the rankings are games that they’ve lost (with the closest loss being to the team closest to them on the rankings).  Meanwhile, all the games the team has won have been against teams that are below them on the charts.  This gives a good argument that the Vikings will pull off a win against the Bears today, who are worse than 2 other teams that Minnesota has already defeated.

If the Vikings continue to play at their current level, they should win 4 of their final 7 games, with losses to the Lions (11), Packers (7) and Dolphins (5).  But we all know that Zimmer’s not going to let any team beat him twice in the same year.

1 BRONCOS +1
2 COLTS +1
3 PATRIOTS -2
4 EAGLES +3
5 CHIEFS -1
6 RAVENS ~
7 PACKERS +2
8 DOLPHINS -3
9 CARDINALS -1
10 SEAHAWKS +5
11 LIONS -1
12 COWBOYS -1
13 SAINTS +1
14 BILLS -1
15 BROWNS +3
16 CHARGERS ~
17 STEELERS -5
18 TEXANS +1
19 49ERS +1
20 BENGALS -3
21 VIKINGS +1
22 FALCONS +2
23 REDSKINS ~
24 GIANTS -3
25 PANTHERS +1
26 TITANS +2
27 JETS +4
28 JAGUARS -1
29 BEARS -4
30 RAMS -1
31 RAIDERS -1
32 BUCCANEERS ~

NFL Power Rankings Week 9


The Vikings started out the game pretty shaky, looking once again like Norv had no idea what to do with an offense that doesn’t feature a star running back.  It didn’t help matters that his QB was overthrowing every receiver who was wide open 15+ yards down field (and there seemed to be A LOT of them).  Then things started to heat up heading into the half.  Teddy Clutchwater helped to lead a drive into the endzone and continued to look like a completely different animal for the rest of the game.  The teams started trading the lead towards the end of the game, until the Vikings’ final drive when they took the lead for good with Asiata pounding in his third TD of the night and followed it up with a 2-point conversion blast to make the score 29-26.

This all leads up to this week’s power rankings.  Since I missed last week, I’ll be showing the move from over the past two weeks.  After two tight wins, the Vikings have begun to move back up the board heading into the bye week.  Some of the biggest moves this week include the Dolphins who pretty much traded places with the Charges in a 10-spot swing after a huge shutout in Miami, and the Patriots who moved all the way up to #1 after decimating the Broncos, the former #1 team, who even after such a big loss only moved down to #2.

The other teams in the NFC North, even though they were all on a bye this week, moved slightly due to the performance of the teams around them and who they’ve previously played against.

Here are the rankings and movement over the past 2 weeks:

WEEK 8
1 BRONCOS ~
2 RAVENS +1
3 COLTS -1
4 CHIEFS +4
5 CHARGERS -1
6 PATRIOTS +6
7 EAGLES -2
8 COWBOYS -1
9 CARDINALS +2
10 SEAHAWKS -1
11 LIONS -1
12 PACKERS -6
13 BILLS +1
14 DOLPHINS -1
15 SAINTS +6
16 BENGALS ~
17 TEXANS ~
18 STEELERS +2
19 BROWNS -1
20 49ERS -5
21 GIANTS -2
22 REDSKINS +3
23 FALCONS +1
24 VIKINGS +2
25 PANTHERS -2
26 BEARS -4
27 JAGUARS +2
28 TITANS -1
29 JETS -1
30 RAIDERS +1
31 RAMS -1
32 BUCCANEERS ~

WEEK 9
1 PATRIOTS +5
2 BRONCOS -1
3 COLTS ~
4 CHIEFS ~
5 DOLPHINS +9
6 RAVENS -4
7 EAGLES ~
8 CARDINALS +1
9 PACKERS +3
10 LIONS +1
11 COWBOYS -3
12 STEELERS +6
13 BILLS ~
14 SAINTS +1
15 SEAHAWKS -5
16 CHARGERS -11
17 BENGALS -1
18 BROWNS +1
19 TEXANS -2
20 49ERS ~
21 GIANTS ~
22 VIKINGS +2
23 REDSKINS -1
24 FALCONS -1
25 BEARS +1
26 PANTHERS -1
27 JAGUARS ~
28 TITANS ~
29 RAMS +2
30 RAIDERS ~
31 JETS -2
32 BUCCANEERS ~

Vikings vs. Redskins


The Vikings were victorious last week against the Buccaneers and hopefully they can use that momentum to propel them to another victory today. It will not be easy as the Redskins have a very good defense and an above average offense. Just like last week this game will be determined by how well the OLine can protect Teddy. Will Patterson continue to show that Bridgewater should believe in him like last week? Can McKinnon prove that the team doesn’t need an high-priced starting RB to be successful? And now for the most important question of all will the announcers even know which Vikings players they are talking about?

Concerned


The battle in Tampa was epic and proved that the players have bought in to what Zim is preaching.
While the game was amazing, it would be in the fans best interest if the Vikings would start putting teams away early instead of insisting on giving us mini-heart attack.

Vikings @ Tampa


Battered and bruised the Vikings march ever onward with the hope of eviscerating the other marauding, plundering, down on their luck football. If the Vikings cannot turn things around today then the season is basically over. Will the OLine work as a competent unit and protect Bridgewater so he can do what he is truly capable of? Or will they force him to run for his life and allow him to get beaten into the dirt? Hopefully with Sully coming back from his concussion they will do better, but Kalil is still a question and Johnson is who we thought he was, crap.

NFL Power Rankings Week 8



Okay, so it’s been another couple of weeks since the last power rankings.  I have no excuse for it this time, I just got lazy.

This latest ranking board will show the difference from the last post a few weeks ago to the end of week 7.  Since then, the Vikings have been performing very poorly the last few weeks, and as such they have been sliding down the rankings.  While the defense has made a significant improvement since last year, (ranking 13th best in the NFL on my board) the offense has made as big of a slide in the other direction, ranking 31st.  The improvements of the defense haven’t been nearly enough to offset the collapse of the offense, and the team ends up settling in at #26 this week, also at the bottom of the division.  Luckily, the next 5 games are against some very beatable opponents, which should give us a chance to move back up the board a bit.

While the Falcons are the biggest losers of the past few weeks, sliding down from #2 all the way to #24, the Packers (unfortunately) have been the biggest winners in the same timespan, moving up to #6 from #28. The Buccs have solidified themselves as the worst team in the league after the Jaguars improved slightly to step ahead of some other cellar dwellers.  Meanwhile, the Broncos have taken a seat atop the league, followed closely by the Ravens, Colts and Chargers before any teams from the NFC start to make some noise.

Here are this week’s rankings:

  1. BRONCOS +7
  2. COLTS +10
  3. RAVENS +1
  4. CHARGERS -1
  5. EAGLES +2
  6. PACKERS +22 (I know, it’s sickening)
  7. COWBOYS +14
  8. CHIEFS +16
  9. SEAHAWKS -3
  10. LIONS +4
  11. CARDINALS -6
  12. PATRIOTS +4
  13. DOLPHINS +14
  14. BILLS -4
  15. 49ERS +3
  16. BENGALS -15
  17. TEXANS -2
  18. BROWNS +1
  19. GIANTS +4
  20. STEELERS -3
  21. SAINTS -8
  22. BEARS -11
  23. PANTHERS -3
  24. FALCONS -22 (This slide began about the same time the Vikings beat them)
  25. REDSKINS -14
  26. VIKINGS -4
  27. TITANS -1
  28. JETS -3
  29. JAGUARS +4
  30. RAMS ~
  31. RAIDERS -2
  32. BUCCANEERS -1