Tuesday, September 29, 2009

NFL Power Rankings (based on my superficial non-statistical 3-week analysis)

Top 5

1. NY Giants – Their defense looks excellent again, and it’s tough to find a team more well-rounded on offense.

2. Baltimore Ravens – If their defense catches up to their offense, look out. With the Saints, one of the only two teams to score more than 100 points so far.

3. NY Jets – Mark Sanchez looks like a 5 year veteran.

4. New Orleans Saints – Will the offense hold up against the Jets and Giants in their next two games?

5. Cincinnati Bengals – A fluke away from being 3-0, the Bengals have looked like a real team for the first time in a long time.

Interesting fact: Did you know that the Denver Broncos have only given up 16 points total so far this year?

Bottom 5

1. Cleveland Browns – This is the team that I least want to watch on Sunday. Only the Rams have scored fewer points, and no one has given up more. A complete train wreck.

2. St. Louis Rams – They may be able to move up if Kyle Boller can hold on to the starting job, but that sentence alone illustrates just how bad they are.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Once the defense crumbled it was all over.

4. Oakland Raiders – JaMarcus Russell is the worst QB I’ve ever seen. Just because they beat KC does not make them better.

5. Washington Redskins – Losing to the Lions is inexcusable. If the Redskins play the Browns this year anyone exposed to said game will probably pass out from boredom, like in the Flash Forward show.


Jon said...

I'm pretty high on the Bengals but i definitely wouldn't have them near the top 5. Pittsburgh is pretty clearly the better team as the Bengals needed a whole bunch of breaks to eke out a win at home, and most people wouldn't put Pitts in the top 5 right now. I'll give that spot to Indy who is surprisingly under the radar this year.

Bottom 5 i think Kansas City just has to be in there somewhere. JaMarcus being so bad is kind of weird, he completed like 67% at LSU against the highest caliber college competition, its not like he was drafted high just b/c the Raiders liked his big arm (he was pretty much a consensus 1 or 2 overall grade by the scouts).

PaulNoonan said...

I agree completely on Russell. And he improved pretty drastically each year he was in college. I think the Raiders just ruined him. I thought about Indy for 5, and while Cincy is admittedly a bit of a reach, I think on a neutral field that Cincy would win that game, at least right now (no Bob Sanders, couldn't stop Ronnie Brown, but the Bengals can pass too.)

I could be wrong though. \KC is bad, but I don't think they're worse than any of these teams. Maybe you'd bump the Redskins? I don't know, the Redskins look pretty sorry.

Also, why did Tyler Thigpen fall out of favor in KC? I understand Cassell, of course, but how did Croyle pass him up? I though Thigpen was actually pretty good last year and I'm shocked that he hasn't found another team at the very least.

PaulNoonan said...

This sentence:

"(no Bob Sanders, couldn't stop Ronnie Brown, but the Bengals can pass too.)"

Is confusing. What I mean is that against the Dolphins, the Colts defense appeared unable to stop a power running game, which the Bengals have. Moreover, while the Dolphin passing offense is lackluster, Palmer and Ochocinco allow the Bengals to finish off their drvies a bit better. And the Bengal defense has really impressed me so far.

PaulNoonan said...

Thigpen was just traded to the Dolphins.