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NFL TOP 10 REPORT

THE NFL WEEK 7 TOP 10 REPORT

by Wayne Allyn Root
For week #7, let’s re-group and step away from the Seattle Seahawks. Maybe chemistry was replaced with cockiness. Maybe extra practice is now called extra interviews. They’re a great team and they have the remainder of the season to prove it. Denver has played the best and the Dallas Cowboys are making a fast track to the top. Excuse my bragging- but I was the only football expert in America who saw this coming. I predicted Dallas would shock the critics and doubters with a much improved D and perhaps the most unstoppable offense in the NFL. People laughed. Look who’s smiling now! San Diego showed it can rally on the road and the Eagles are back in many professional’s good graces. After-all, they could be undefeated as their only loss was a stranded 3 feet of real estate needed to defeat San Francisco a few weeks back. The rest of the Top 10 teams need to begin their countdown, get serious and avoid “bad losses” against inferior opponents. Those will not be forgiven and it will show in their standings and possibly keep some teams out of the playoffs all together. (Think Detroit Lions, 2013, games 15 and 16).
1) DENVER—Peyton, Demaryius and Julius. They struggled somewhat last week in New York but still had a win and cover. The MGM Sports Book Director kicked a hole in the wall during the final minutes after that Pick 6 from Geno. This week, it’s a real game and on NBC-TV against a great defense and an ever improving run first offense in the San Francisco 49ers.
2) SAN DIEGO—We might have to give the MVP game ball to Philip Rivers thru the first 6 weeks. His team would never in a million years be sitting at 5-1. Yes they had a road comeback win at Oakland but that was a rivalry game so those things happen. The AFC West is filled with these type of heated matches and another one is this week as the Chargers host Kansas City Chiefs.
3) DALLAS COWBOYS—There are folks that haven’t watched a football game in years that are now claiming to be huge Cowboy fans. They don’t know the difference between a chuck wagon and a bandwagon. But America is “OK” with that. What a “clutch” throw from Tony Romo on 4th and 20. A great win for “America’s Team”. Now, put away the six-shooter so you don’t shoot yourself in the foot Cowboy players. You have a division game against the New York Giants.
4) PHILADELPHIA—Chip Kelly runs everything fast. At the team photo shoot Monday, (where the Raiders took 3 hours), Coach Kelly set a record at 4 minutes and 40 seconds. One of his more proud moments. Speaking of fast, the Eagles soared high and fast as they dominated the Giants. They get a fast 2 weeks off to decide between a Nick Foles good passing game or LeSean McCoy’s 149 yards of rushing from Sunday. And they hope Darren Sproles heals fast!
5) SEATTLE—This may be a “bad” loss for Seattle. Russell Wilson lost for just the second time at home in his career. He was less than 50% on his passes and no touchdowns. But defensively, some blame has to come down on those cocky guys in the secondary. It was 4th and 20 for all the marbles….not a usual Seahawk result as the pass was completed for a first down. Now the hard part, back to back road games; ouch! Thru the first six weeks, the Seahawks have played #’s 1,2 and 3 (Denver, San Diego and Dallas) and ended with an OT win, a loss and a loss. Tuff schedule to say the least. Same story as past SB winners…It aint easy to repeat.
6) ARIZONA—The Cardinals are sitting on top of the NFL’s most difficult division. And without their starting quarterback. The won and somehow covered against Washington and now the travel to play Oakland. This team has chemistry and a will to prove that they should not have been left out of the playoffs last year. They have taken matters into their own hands.
7) SAN FRANCISCO—This is the third team in the top 10 from the NFC West. San Francisco turned it on in the second half of the Monday night game crushing the Rams after trailing by 14 points in the 2nd quarter. They are a “run first” offense team and now that Gore is averaging 5 ypc, Kaepernick can count on the running game and balance it with his passing and running ability. The 49ers have a great defense and will get even better when some of their injured pieces start returning in time for the stretch run.
8) GREEN BAY—Is a 15 to 1 ratio any good? When it’s 15 TD’s to 1 INT’s as in Aaron Rodgers we think it’s incredible. They did what championship teams do last Sunday: Win a game they shouldn’t have and steal a game one the road. They accomplished both at Miami and left town like the mouse that caught the cat. Now it’s time to host the Carolina Panthers and try to stop Cam Newton.
9) INDIANAPOLIS—It was a game that they were supposed to lose. It was for first place in their division. It was on the road and on Primetime Thursday. The Colts looked great defeating Houston Texans despite the tremendous effort of MVP candidate JJ Watt. All night long it was Luck to TY Hilton. When the dust cleared, Hilton had a career night of 223 receiving yards and Andrew Luck was a perfect 9 for 9 in passes to him. Now they entertain a wounded Cincinnati Bengal team.
10) NEW ENGLAND—Tom Brady has had vintage back to back games against Cincinnati and Buffalo. Throughout his career, he’s had Hall-of-Fame games in Ralph Wilson Stadium. In a one score deciding game, Brady had a 3rd and 16 and he made it by 1 yard. He then put the game out of reach the next play with a TD finishing the Bills off 37-22. The only games that count in this division are this week when the Pats host Rex and the Jets this Thursday. I really think that if Ryan ended the season 2-14, but the 2 wins were against New England, he would feel like he’s had a great season. Should be a war in New England!
by Wayne Allyn Root


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WEEK #6 NFL TOP 10 REPORT

WEEK #6 NFL TOP 10 REPORT

by WAYNE ALLYN ROOT
So far, it’s been about last year’s Super Bowl teams; Seattle and Denver. San Diego and Dallas may have been somewhat of a surprise after 5 weeks of play. Both are 4-1 and are on the road this week. Cincinnati caught New England in a bad spot and got thrashed and Green Bay goes to play where the Pats have already lost; in Miami. San Francisco has the “key” gameon Monday Night as they visit St Louis. No telling what’s going on inside the lockerroom of the 49ers. One of the most disappointing losses (of 5 games) last week was in Detroit as Buffalo stole one from the Lions.
1) SEATTLE—The NFL is in trouble. We know the Seahawks can win at home. Now we know they can win and cover on the road, even if it’s in the final 30 seconds of the game. Russell Wilson put on a running clinic on Monday Night against Washington. Now it’s home sweet home where the Cowboys look to roam as an 8 underdog to the Seahawks.
2) DENVER—This was a great bounce back win for the Broncos after having their guts churning for two weeks following the Seahawks “almost win” and then their bye-week. It’s Peyton Manning to Demaryius Thomas as Denver fly’s high to New York to play the J-E-T-S. We’ll see how they perform on the road again as a 7.5 favorite.
3) SAN DIEGO—The Chargers are a solid 4-1 and except for a few point at Arizona could be the only undefeated team in the NFL. Philip Rivers is reaching the pinnacle of the passing game. The Charger defense scored that “rare” shutout and blanked the NY Jets. These guys are for real and head off to the hated Oakland Raiders.
4) CINCINNATI—Want to know the recipe for disaster? Hit the road against a team that was embarrassed the prior week and convert ZERO 3rd downs for the entire game. Now it’s your turn to come off an embarrassing loss as you are at home against Carolina. Seems fair enough with the “on any given Sunday” NFL.
5) PHILADELPHIA—This season the Eagles are living positively by the turn-overs and take-a-way’s. But last week it almost came back and bit them as they tried to blow a 27 point lead the Rams. I like Chip Kelly’s offense but it is so fast that the defense is on the field to long. They rank #28 in both pass defense and run defense. That may get them thru the NFC East but it won’t get them thru the playoffs. And with Dallas at 4-1 and the Giants winning 3 straight, that may not even keep them on the top in their own division.
6) DALLAS—America’s team is ON FIRE!! The Cowboys are on a 4 game winning streak and the bandwagons are filling up fast with old Cowboy fans jumping onboard. They have a great offensive line for DeMarco Murray to run thru. It also give Tony Romo an extra 1.5 second to pass. Murray joins OJ and Jim Brown as the only 3 players to open up the season with 5 straight 100+ yards of rushing. That must make Papa Jerry so proud. Now if they can pull out the upset of the season this week vs Seattle on the road.
7) GREEN BAY—Aaron Rodgers can throw and Eddie Lacy can run. They have had lots of rest since the blowout against the Vikings last Thursday night. They dominated in every facet. This week, they should find out how close they are to really playing well as they will be tested in Miami. A team off their London win and a bye week. The Packers need to remember that the Dolphins have already defeated New England at home.
8) SAN FRANCISCO—The 49ers played well enough to win against Kansas City. So is the question that great teams find a way to win and does the make San Fran great, or that San Francisco played a poor game and squeaked by to victory? At 3-2, this week will tell us a lot about the on and off the field 49ers. They play on Monday Night, on the road, against division foe St Louis Rams. Frank Gore should run for 150+ yards on paper against #30 against the run Rams. Now let’s see him do it on the field against a Jim Fisher coached team.
9) INDIANAPOLIS—Luck is on fire. Last week against the Ravens, he was 8 of 9 for 129 yards in the 4th quarter alone!! And if that wasn’t enough, he was a perfect 4-of-4 for 107 yards on throws of at least 15 yards or longer. Now the first round of the home and home AFC South series championship is this week as they find themselves headed to play defensive minded Houston Texans to see who sits on top after week #6.
10) ARIZONA—The Cardinals would have liked to go into Denver without having to do it off their bye week. The Cards defense kept the game close for awhile but when in Denver and against Manning, you must score to win, not just keep it close. The Cardinals are back to the desert to play Washington, who will show up and give them a great test.
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DO NOT FORGET ABOUT THESE TEAMS
11) NEW ENGLAND—-Brady is declining but we’ll wait for more judgement after playing Buffalo this week.
12) NEW YORK GIANTS—Won 3 games in a row. Impressive. But this one is the most important at Philly.
13) BALTIMORE—This team is fickle. Win, lose and then win and then lose. Bad “D”!
14) DETROIT—It was defense and discipline for the first 4 games. Then the Bills came in and stole one.
15) PITTSBURGH—No one has thrown the long ball better than Ben R this year. He’s connected on 56% of throws at least 15 yards downfield. GO DEEP!

 

WEEK 4 NFL TOP 10

WEEK 4 NFL TOP 10

by WAYNE ALLYN ROOT
With a quarter of the season behind us there are only 2 teams that remain undefeated; Cincinnati and Arizona. It’s amazing that 3 teams usually at the top are just 2-2 with New England, San Francisco and Green Bay. The State of Texas is off to an awesome start as both Dallas and Houston are 3-1. The West Coast is well represented as Seattle, San Diego and Denver all have just one loss. So as this week progresses, many things, thought and theories will emerge as Week 5 is ready to reveal more about this year’s postseason contenders.
1) SEATTLE—Let’s all assume that the Seahawks enjoyed their bye week after pulling out an OT win against Denver. Now it’s off the DC in a Monday Night contest where they stand as 8 point chalk. Kirk Cousins better be more accurate than last week (4 INT’s) against a very talented Seattle secondary.
2) CINCINNATI—The Bengels had a great bye week and sit at 3-0. This week everyone is confused as they play at New England and it’s the Cincinnati talent vs the Patriots off an embarrassing national TV loss. Pat fans are panicking. We’ll see what Brady & Co. is made of after this game is over.
3) DENVER—The Broncos must have been in pain following their “comeback loss” 2 weeks ago at Seattle. Hopefully, Peyton Manning is the type of leader that can re-group his troops. This week it’s against a very good defensive team as the Cardinals come to Mile High. Manning will have to have his game plan together as Arizona remains undefeated.
4) ARIZONA—Maybe the Cardinals are still feeling burned from not making the playoffs last year and that’s the fuel they need to keep their fire lit. They had their bye week and with 2 weeks to prepare for the Broncos, just maybe they have a shocker in store for Denver. The Vegas oddsmakers are offering 7.5 points for anyone that dares to go up against Peyton Manning.
5) SAN DIEGO—This Charger team is the real deal. A one-point loss at Arizona in the season opener is the only thing keeping San Diego from 4-0. Philip Rivers’ 114.5 QBR is the best in the NFL. San Diego laid almost 2 TD’s to the Jags and then went out and won and covered. This week they are at home sweet San Diego playing the J-E-T-S. Now we get to see how they play as 7 point favorites.
6) BALTIMORE—The Ravens disposed of Carolina last Sunday as Steve Smith showed what a taste of payback is like to his former team. Smith has as many multi-TD games with Joe Flacco as he had in three years with Newton. This week he’ll be the centerpiece of the game plan again as the Ravens must compete blow for blow with Andrew Luck and his Colts.
7) PHILADELPHIA—The Eagles continue to set infamous records. Here’s another one to add to this years list: Foles was 0 of 10 with 2 interceptions on passes more than 20 yards downfield. They are also only the 2nd team in NFL history to lose a game with 3 defensive or special teams touchdowns. But the Eagles are 3-1 and last week versus San Francisco, they ended the game on the 1 yard line. This week they host the St Louis Rams as a 7 point fav.
8) DETRIOT—It’s still defense and discipline for the Lions. Some are still waiting for the shoe to drop and “the shooting themselves in the foot” to begin. They defeated the Jets on the road last week and get to host the Buffalo Bill this week. They need a healthy Calvin Johnson to continue to add wins to their record. Playing hurt last week, he finished with 12 receiving yards.
9) DALLAS—The Cowboys put a great game together on both sides of the ball and dismantled the Saints. DeMarco Murray is “the Man!” He freezes the defensive line for that extra second allowing Romo to get set for a pass. Bruce Carter and Barry Church were sensational on D. The ‘Boys better not let it go to their head as they are everyones team to bet after that game and they play in-state rival Houston.
10) SAN FRANCISCO—The 49ers had 14 rushes for 148 yards outside the tackles Sunday, the most rushing yards a team has had outside the tackles since the start of last season. That got them back on track at 2-2. Now it’s time to put the coaching issues behind and build on that win. They’ll have a chance this week as Alex Smith and the Chiefs return so it will be interesting to see if payback is still alive. The 49ers have an QB issue of their own to work on. They need to just focus on their game and leave the hard-ass Harbaugh alone.

 

WEEK 4 OF THE NFL TOP 10

WEEK 4 OF THE NFL TOP 10

by WAYNE ALLY ROOT

Whether you agree, or agree to disagree, the NFL has achieved parity. Exhibit A is our latest Top 10 below. There’s a team not in the Top 10 that usually is near the top. That same team is not even in our Top 10. In fact, they missed out of our Top 15. Coming in at #16 is the San Francisco 49ers. If you agree or disagree, send your comments to my GM, hollis@winningedge.com. We’d like to know what you think. They play at home against the high flying Eagles, so this week’s game is critical. But remember, the Eagles are no pushover standing in the way. They are the UNDEFEATED Philadelphia Eagles!
1) SEATTLE—It sure wasn’t long before Seattle overtook Denver for the number one spot in our poll. And for those who missed this Super Bowl rematch, it was one of the best games this season as Seahawks won and covered in OT. This week they get a bye week, so it must be good to be a Seahawk!!
2) CINCINNATI—Here’s a testament to a great offensive line. Andy Dalton still has not been sacked this year. If that’s not enough, let’s move to the other side of the ball where their defense has the league-best “plus 6″ turnover margin. The two top rules for long term success are…A) Have a solid O-Line and B) Have a “D” that can take the ball away. We’ll be seeing Cincy make a long run into the playoffs this year…and if not coach and QB could be gone. There are no more excuses.
3) PHILADELPHIA—The “magic” of the high flying Eagles. Philadelphia is standing at 3-0 after the first 3 weeks of this season. But what you may not know is that they are the first team ever, in all of football history, to have trailed by double digits in all 3 games to start 3-0. I’m not sure if that was in Chip Kelly’s college to pro playbook. Now we know why Nick Foles is so important to the Eagles.
4) DENVER—You have to give credit when due and it goes to Peyton Manning in the final minutes of the 4th quarter in Seattle. Tough overtime loss in Seattle, but now the Broncos get two weeks to prepare for hosting the Cardinals. Peyton Manning’s next touchdown makes him the second with 500 career TD passes.The off-season additions have really made a difference and Denver is capable to end up where they ended last season- in the Super Bowl.
5) ARIZONA—About the time you become believers of this team, it may be too late. Most have missed a 3 game run as it went from “Let’s see how game 1 goes,” to “Uh oh, we’re on the road without Carson Palmer.” Then they beat the 49ers outright and find themselves at 3-0 and atop of the NFC West. It will be 2 more weeks of “bettor’s doubt” as the Cardinals get a bye week. Nice start Zona…(maybe winning 10 games and missing the playoffs last year still has you burning!!)
6) SAN DIEGO—Our helmets are tipped to the Chargers this week as so many thought (or over-thought) that a week removed from upsetting the Seahawks and having to travel to Buffalo and play the East Coast early game, collapse was their destiny. But hold all bets!! Chargers Win…Chargers Win…despite averaging 2.3 yards rushing. And speaking of rushing, that was the 3rd straight week they’ve rushed for fewer that 3 yards per carry. With ALL their starting running backs hurt, look for more of the same.
7) NEW ENGLAND—You have been alerted that this years Patriots are not the same team of 5 to 10 years ago. Brady is aging. He’s ranked #24 in the league that has many underachievers. If it wasn’t done with mirrors and takeaways (tied for 1st), the Pats would be in trouble. Barely defeating the Raiders at home is not a confidence builder. Now they travel to dangerous Arrowhead Stadium for a Monday Night Football game against Kansas City, who is just coming off a road win at Miami.
8) ATLANTA—Last Thursday against Tampa Bay, The Falcons put on Tampa one of the worst beatings ever witnessed and won 56-14. Let’s just call Julio Jones “Mr. Stud” for that outing, as he caught a career-high five passes thrown at least 15 yards down field, for 120 yards (most such receptions in a game by any receiver this season). The Falcons will be tested on the road again as they have been labeled road losers by many in the know. The are a 3-point chalk against Minnesota.
9) DALLAS—If the Cowboys can get re-established at home, they may be a force as the season progresses. After-all, they are coming off 2 road wins at Tennessee and the Miracle off the Mississippi where in St Louis after trailing 21-0, they found themselves going home will a victory. So far the one thing that we didn’t think needed fixing was Tony Romo. But he’s thrown for 2 TD’s and had 3 INT’s. But as experienced as he is, he’ll figure it out. Meanwhile, let DeMarco Murray, (a Las Vegas product), do it all. He drives linebackers nuts with the screen plays and safeties if he runs a pattern. As I said from day one, the Cowboy “D” is underrated. They lost their 3 best playmakers from one of the worst defenses in NFL history. But I studied this D. The players are young and hungry.
10) BALTIMORE—In back to back games, the Ravens have moved into the top 10 after defeating Pittsburgh and Cleveland, 2 divisional foes. Flacco is better than steady and the entire team has had to go thru the Ray Rice ordeal so it shows the importance of strong leadership (more than ownership). The Ravens entertain the Carolina Panthers this week and are a 3 1/2 point favorite. The catch of the off-season was Steve Smith, as Flacco to Smith is averaging 9.1 yards per catch.
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DO NOT COUNT THESE TEAMS OUT.
11) PITTSBURGH—Strong statement made at Carolina by Ben R.
12) DETROIT—”D” and “D” are the 2 thoughts for Detroit. Defense and Discipline. Their “D” is allowing
2.8 ypr, #2 in the NFL and they haven’t been beating themselves and are staying out of the headlines.
13) INDIANAPOLIS—Whenever Andrew Luck is on the field, most of America is pulling for his team.
14) NEW ORLEANS—Huge road game, (where they don’t excel), at Dallas this week. Win big and they are back in the race for the Super Bowl.
15) GREEN BAY—What a difficult schedule to start out with. We saw this a few years back and then they won them in bunches. Off to Chicago for another hard road game. Rodgers has to step it up!

 

 

WEEK 3 NFL POWER RATINGS

WEEK 3 NFL POWER RATINGS

by WAYNE ALLYN ROOT
There are a few surprises after 2 weeks of NFL play as Buffalo and Arizona are at the top of their divisions. Seattle has suffered an early season loss is news to some. The 49er’s blew a 13 point lead at home is stunning to many. Carolina and Houston are both 2-0 and looking to improve. On the other side we see the Colts and Saints sitting at 0-2 but both had a difficult schedule leading to their losses.
1) DENVER—The Broncos moved up on the heels of a small snafu from Seattle losing in San Diego. There’s no shame in not covering a double digit pointspread as KC got the cash. The Broncos were horrible against the run as 3 stars from KC were out and nearly won in mile high despite that fact. Their next game is last years Super Bowl re-match where the Seahawks destroyed them 43-8 on a neutral field. Good luck playing in Seattle…with the Hawks coming off a loss!
2) SEATTLE—The Seahawks went from the cool northwest to a field that was 108 degrees, meeting with hard hitting San Diego and suffered an early season defeat. Not to worry Seahawks faithful. The gameplan the Chargers put together will be studied by every NFL team as they held the ball for 42:15 minutes compared to Seattle’s 17:45 minutes. But with Marshawn Lynch, Russell Wilson, the defensive secondary, Coach Pete Carroll, the best fans and the Broncos coming to town, it’s only a week out of the top spot.
3) PHILADELPHIA—Chip Kelly’s team is sitting at 2-0 after defeating the Colts on the road. May as well give the NFC East title to them. QB Foles has the Eagles flying high on offense with a +30 point average. This team will be relevant for the rest of the season and will continue to play well but no longer under-the-radar. They are at home against a tuff Washington Redskins team.
4) CINCINNATI—The Bengals beat the Falcons last week but took a few big hits with injuries along the way. If A.J. Greens foot injury is serious, it could spell trouble ahead for Cincinnati. The Bengals defense was smothering against Atlanta as they forced Matt Ryan into throwing 3 interceptions. They host Tennessee this week so Green’s status is critical.
5) GREEN BAY—It must be great to be a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan. First you get legendary Coach Vince Lombardi. Then the arm of QB Brett Farve and now with the best QB in the NFL in Aaron Rodgers. Everyone watching the game, all the fans and most of the NY Jets players knew what was about to happen as the Packers rallied behind Rodgers and Jordy Nelson to overcome an 18 point deficit. Their only loss is against the defending Champs so confidence must be high. But hold all bets: they are on the road against Matt Stafford, Reggie Bush and Calvin Johnson as they travel to Detroit.
6) NEW ENGLAND —Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves crowning the Patroits as the team to beat in the AFC after winning in Minnesota. The Viking were without disgraced star, Adrian Peterson. Matt Cassel tossed 4 interceptions so their wasn’t much left to get in the way of a Tom Brady victory. Brady is not the Brady of old but still should garnish a week 3 win as they host the offensive deprived Oakland Raiders.
7) SAN DIEGO—The entire NFL teams salute the big Chargers win Sunday over the Seattle Seahawks. They showed how to defeat the defending World Champions thru clock management and Philip Rivers attacking the Seahawks secondary. But did the win and the 108 degree field temperature take a toll on the Chargers as they travel 3000 miles to play Buffalo in an early day game this Sunday? This can’t be a great week to celebrate for the San Diego players. Set your alarms for 4:30 am pac time.
8) SAN FRANCISCO—How did the 49er’s blow a 20-7 lead at home to the Chicago Bears. Colin Kaepernick lost something somewhere in the 2nd half.. The offensive line allowed the Bears to put tremendous pressure on their QB. Colin Kaepernick threw 3 interceptions and had a fumble. That’s how a team blows a big lead. And looking back to week 1, they had nothing in the second half against Dallas. They need answers and quick as they travel to NFC West leaders Arizona.
9) BUFFALO—Am I the only one who penciled in the Bills to be in first place after week 2 of play within the AFC East? The Bills are energized with a week 1 win on the road in Chicago, a new Owner from Buffalo and a nice win against a division foe in the Miami Dolphins. They play a situational game this week against San Diego coming in all smiles after taking down the Seahawks. And it’s an early morning start for the pacific time zone team. Team breakfast at 6am pac.
10) ARIZONA—It’s hard to believe the Cardinals got a cross country win on the road playing without QB Carson Palmer and defensive star John Abraham. After 2 hours of play and a trip to the airport, Arizona had won by 11 points and was 2-0 and leading the NFC West. This is not a good week to have to play the 49er’s coming off their own troubles by blowing a 20-7 lead and with the uncertainty of the playing status of QB Carson Palmer.
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SOME OF THESE TEAMS WILL BE MOVING INTO THE TOP 10
11) CAROLINA—The Panthers remain undefeated at 2-0 and are in the spotlight hosting the Steelers on Sunday Night this week.
12) INDIANAPOLIS—No worries as they are in the AFC South and have lost to 2 playoff headed teams.
13) NEW ORLEANS—The pigskin will be flying this week as the Saints have their first home game against the Vikings. Their 0-2 start is not so bad and they can put together a 6, 7 or 8 game winning streak.
14) BALTIMORE—The Ravens made a nice comeback win for themselves last Thursday as they defeated division rival Pittsburgh.
15) CHICAGO—The Bears dominated the 2nd half last Sunday Night on Primetime and overcame a 7-20 score. Now they get to move from Sunday Primetime to Monday Primetime as the are in NY against the Jets….but with many defensive players injured.

 

NFL TOP 10 for WEEK 2

NFL TOP 10 for WEEK 2
by WAYNE ALLYN ROOT
There was a lot of scrambling with-in the Top 10 as 5 teams there last week are 0-1. This is the “On Any Given Sunday” NFL that Pete Rozelle wanted. Week 2 games are intriguing and will have a few surprises for the fans.
1) SEATTLE—The defense is as good as expected. Russell Wilson looked great. The fans did what was expected in making this the most difficult venue in the NFL. You almost think the Seahawks played like they were the defending Super Bowl Champions. Next up is on the road to San Diego.
2) DENVER—This will be an interesting game coming up. Denver did not finish off the Colts last week and this week they get to play a team everybody saw get destroyed, at Arrowhead, trying to do the week 2 reversal. Good thing it’s at home for the Bronco fans. Denver is a double-digit favorite in the important conference game against Kansas City.
3) CINCINNATI: The Bengals move up five spots this week as week 1 top teams 3 thru 7 all lost.That might be the ghost of Pete Rozelle’s parody haunting the NFL which is good for football. As for the Bengals, it may be all about AJ Green on Rozelle’s “Any Given Sunday” for the 1-0 Bengals. Winning on the road in conference play on the opening week could tell a season reaching story.
4) SAN FRANCISCO—The 49er’s defense made Sunday’s opening week at Dallas somewhat confusing. They were dominating the scoreboard defensively so the questions to be asked are: were Kaepernick’s 8 for 8 for 99 yards the normal? Will it be about Vernon Davis, the super-star TE or WR Anquan Boldin? Throw in a 100 yards from Frank Gore and the mighty 49er defense, and the NFC West has the best race to first place in the entire league!
5) PHILADELPHIA—Nick Foles turned the ball over in the first half and millions of fans in the “last longer no pointspread” pools were almost out for the entire year at halftime behind 0-17 to the Jags. But a 15 of 21 second half performance and 34 unanswered points showed the NFC that at least one team can play in the East. They have a much harder venue ahead this week as they are in the MNF spotlight playing at Indianapolis.
6) NEW ORLEANS: The played the ole song, “When The Saints Come Marching In” but forgot to tell New Orleans it’s all about how you march out. The Saints have not been a very good road team and really blew it within their division against the Atlanta Falcons. Now it can only get more miserable for the “Ain’t” as they are on the road again against a decent Cleveland team. Brees has to somehow get the New Orleans Voodoo Chief to put a magic carpet ride to Cleveland to grab a win. It is said that 0-2 teams do not generally make the playoffs.
7) PITTSBURGH—It was all Ben and Company in the first half as they piled it on and racked up an unobtainable lead. Not so fast Pittsburgh. The second half turned into “Gentle Ben and Company” as the Steelers found themselves in overtime. As history is re-told, the Browns are still the Browns and wasted another great comeback. Let’s hope the Steelers show what they are all about this Thursday vs the Ravens.
8) GREENBAY—I can only say that the Packers are glad that was the first game of the season for them when they got beaked to death by the Seahawks. Secondly, they are the only team that gets 12 days to heal their bodies from the pounding they received from Seattle. They may get another rushing hit this week like the one Lynch displayed as the J-e-t-s are coming to town with their own running game.
9) INDIANAPOLIS—The Colts never quit. They have one of the best leaders in Andrew Luck and he showed it against the Broncos and lost but came away with a 1/2 pt. pointspread cover. They will put on quite the show in the AFC South now that Reggie Wayne has a game under his belt and with TY Hilton the gameplan to make the Colts an offensive machine.
10) NEW ENGLAND—Maybe the Bilichick/Brady duo has more age than experience. After-all, it’s been over a decade since they last slipped on a Championship ring. Brady could not get out of his own way against the Dolphin defense. Every area look sluggish and uninspired. It will not be a walk thru a park again this week as the Vikings actually believe in the Vikings and rightfully so. And it won’t hurt that ex-Pats back-up, Matt Cassel, is under center to accompany “Yo” Adrian Peterson. Watch the choreograph of Peterson and the short throws of Cassel. Could produce another home W.
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TEAMS LOOKING TO BECOME RELEVANT
11) ATLANTA—Hard earned victory against their divisional rival New Orleans, now try Cincinnati.
12) DETROIT—The Lions did NOT shoot themselves in the foot and lose the second half. Nice win vs. NY.
13) ARIZONA—Let’s not judge them, let’s accept the “W” they received Monday against San Diego.
14) BUFFALO—They have a new owner and a road win all in the same week. And averaged 9 ypc Sunday.
15) CAROLINA—It seems like Derik Anderson has been in the NFL forever. He was good in the opening game; now Cam is back to take over his 1-0 team
MIAMI, ARIZONA, NY JETS SHOULD CONTINUE TO PUT UP A GREAT FIGHT TOWARDS THE TOP 10