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NFL TOP 10 REPORT; WEEK 16

 

NFL TOP 10 REPORT; WEEK 16
by Wayne Allyn Root
No the Green Bay loss to the Buffalo Bills was not a surprising loss. I had that pegged as my NFL Shocker Game of the Year. When your team has 3 great pass rushers lead by Mario Williams, look out! Peyton Manning went deep all day against San Diego and then balanced the game finding a late season running game. The Seahawks are peaking at the right time and are prepared to make their defense known to all! And then there’s New England and Tom Brady. It seems like 14 weeks ago this Pats/Dolphins game had a much different outcome. It’s too bad that Arizona suffered another QB injury and that Cowboys RB Murray broke a bone in his hand. Dr. Jerry Jones will no doubt have him playing Sunday whether he can hold onto the ball, block big guys or catch a screen pass. Indianapolis, Detroit and Philadelphia are teams that can get hot so sit back and hold on for the final two weeks of the NFL regular season. There’s so much to play for and bet on! The season to remember continues!!
1) NEW ENGLAND—The Pats are where they are supposed to be going into week 16; in first place and playing great. Gronk, Edelman and LaFell are playing catch with a very accurate passer every Sunday. Miami was no match in the re-match. The Patriots, as always, must be mind full of this weeks game against The Jets. Let’s see if the Pats can win and cover the 10 point spread!
2) DENVER—Peyton Manning is slowing down so what does he do? He burns the Chargers by going deep 7 times on throws of 15 yards or longer with 5 completions and 156 yards plus 1 TD. The Chargers had a bad scouting report that his arm was giving out somewhat and that he would have more of a rushing offense. Denver has a difficult road game this week at Cincinnati on Monday Night and the King of Primetime football will be there with the winner.
3) SEATTLE—The machine pushes forward. This team plays every game day exactly the same. Great defensive secondary, solid rushing attack, manageable QB play from Wilson, a cheerleading coach and the home town fans. The Seahawks travel to a defensive minded team this week to play banged up QB Arizona Cardinals on Sunday Night.
4) GREEN BAY—The Packers leave the cold of Buffalo where they lost and go to the warmth of Tampa Bay where anything can happen. The Pack is tied with Detroit and cannot afford any letdowns if they want to play in Green Bay’s January weather. Cold and nasty!! Jordy Nelson’s once in a season drop was huge but keep in mind that was 1 of 7 dropped passes by others. Rodgers and Co. will put it behind them and head to Tampa.
5) DALLAS—The Cowboys won and won big at Philadelphia when they had to win. Many teams do not win “must win” games. Dez Bryant, will make the off season negotiations with Jerry Jones laughable. His 3 TD’s could never have been with better timing than in Philadelphia. They have an RB injury to consider this week as they play the Colts in Dallas.
6) ARIZONA—Will Ryan Lindley (QB) be a major part of the Cardinals game plan this week? We will see how practices go this week. They are not deep at running back in terms of success so how does a team win with just a great defense? Points still have to be scored in order to win. This may be a great time to play an under so as the week progresses, keep that in mind when visiting winningedge.com. As far as playing Seattle this week, they may need a few defensive scores!! This game has been circled for a year for the Cardinals.
7) INDIANAPOLIS—The Colts are becoming a favorite team of many as Andrew Luck led a nice comeback against the Texans. The defense started it with a pick-six and Luck then took over the rest. This week it’s on to play the Cowboys. We need to see if there are any reasons for the Colt players to play hard as their destiny is pretty much locked up.
8) DETROIT—The Lions need to send a present to Buffalo as the Bills did them a huge favor last week. How can that Lions offense with their weapons rely on winning with field goals? This is the time of the year where Detroit shoots itself in the foot…so more TD’s and less field goals down the stretch. The Lions are on the road to face a dysfunctional Chicago Bears team. This should be interesting to say the least!!
9) PHILADELPHIA—Can you imagine that the Eagles could win out and not make the playoffs? That’s how big the loss to the Cowboys was last week. I doubt that it will happen so win out is all that the Eagles need to think about. Just defeat Washington this week and the Giants in week 17. This team has so much potential and all they need to do is to have all elements begin to peak at the right time; which is now!!
10) CINCINNATI—The Bengals caught a huge break in Cleveland against rookie Johnny “Football” Manziel. That was a gift. Their 9-4-1 record looms big against the Ravens and Steelers 9-5 record as we enter the stretch run. This week the Bengals host the Broncos on Monday night and history says that Andy Dalton plays poorly in big nationally spotlighted games. Is that going to happen this week? Stay tuned to winningedge.com for the answer.
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CAN THESE TEAMS MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
11) PITTSBURGH—As long as you have Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown, anything can happen.
12) BALTIMORE—Flacco and the Ravens defense is peaking…should make it to the playoffs.
13) KANSAS CITY—Smith has completed 104 play action passes as the NFL leader. Good Job!!
14) BUFFALO–Nice win against Green Bay and nice way to close out your home season for great fans!
15) SAN DIEGO—Rivers had his chance. Playing Denver at home needing a win and it’s all down the river.

 

 

WEEK 15 NFL TOP 10

WEEK 15 NFL TOP 10

by Wayne Allyn Root
WOW! It’s amazing how the season revolves from the start to now with all the peaks and valleys. Green Bay began the season losing and opening up the NFC North. Seattle was written off until the “No-Mercy” Percy trade to the Jets and have now come roaring back to be a game behind Arizona and looking to defend their Super Bowl title. Then we got to witness New England get blown out at Kansas City and the downfall of the Bill and Tom duo.They have now won 7 of 8, only losing in a good road game to the Packers. The Denver Broncos have lost 3 games this season but are now poised to send it home in a mostly uncontested division. So maybe this seasons final four is set; Green Bay and Seattle in the NFC and Denver and New England in the AFC.
1) GREEN BAY—This says it all: The Packers have scored more TD’s (44) than having to punt (40) this season. They are unblemished at home and Rodgers has thrown for 20 touchdowns at home without a pick. If they get home field advantage, it’s a trip to Arizona for the Super Bowl.
2) NEW ENGLAND—The Patriots hold the tiebreaker over #3 Denver. What a great game they just won after dropping one to the Packers the prior week and having to travel 3500 miles to San Diego. Nice job in not losing back to back. Now it’s revenge time to the Dolphins.
3) DENVER—The Broncos let the Bills back in the game last Sunday allowing a cover but still got the win. This week it’s off to the races again as they will be tested in San Diego. Manning and the Broncos have won 11 straight divisional road games so it will be interesting to see if they can win and cover the 4 point spread.
4) SEATTLE—The Seahawks are poised to defend but need to keep the pressure on Arizona as they are still one game behind. But after defeating the Eagles, it’s looking much better for them. Their defense has been incredible limiting the Eagles, Cardinals and 49ers to season scoring lows. They are hosting the 49ers this week and are a huge favorite against the once mighty.
5) PHILADELPHIA—The Eagles surprised a few in their home loss to the Seahawks Sunday. Their running game is improving by having more designed plays so balance is set for Chip Kelly’s December run. This Sunday night is a very anticipated game against the Cowboys. That game will be the defining point in the NFC East.
6) ARIZONA—It was great to see the Cardinals get off their 2 game losing streak by defeating the Kansas City Chiefs. Equally nice was seeing the return of Larry Fitzpatrick at wide out. That has to help any quarterback whether they get the ball to him or not. The Cardinals play a Thursday night game at St Louis. It’s no surprise that the Rams are favored the way they handle games within their own division. Maybe there’s a surprise in store for this contest.
7) DALLAS—The Cowboys took care of the Bears last week but didn’t close the show the way they should have on defense. Not sure if they became complacent in the 4th quarter but they need to play hard and smart for the entire game. This week is their biggest test so far this year by playing on the road at Philadelphia where they are a 3.5 underdog.
8) INDIANAPOLIS—The Colts really have little reason to win. They are 8-4 and the Texans are 6-6. They have little shot at home field advantage during the playoffs. It should be a no-brainer in winning their division. But with that being said, they did squeeze out a win by 1 point against the Browns. Speaking of the Texans, maybe the Colts should put on their game faces as they play them this Sunday at home. They are a 6.5 favorite against a JJ Watts led defense.
9) DETROIT—Megatron, Reggie and Matt. Along with their strong defense could make for the rest of the season very interesting. They did a solid job against the Buccaneers and scored the win that was expected. This week they play a team that can win within their division in the form of the Vikings. They better not look past Minnesota even as they are the host. This is usually the time of the year where the Lions shoot themselves in their foot.
10) CINCINNATI—The Bengals dropped a big game to a team they seem to dominate. The Steelers came into town a stole a win from them. Andy Dalton better learn real fast how to win in December. The Bengal fans have enough talent so now they need leadership from the Coach and his top General. The meet the Browns in Cleveland where they may see Johnny Football get his first start.
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TEAMS PUSHING THE TOP 10
11) San Diego—The Chargers were up 14-13 for so long. How did you not shut down the Patriots?
12) Baltimore—The Ravens and Flacco looked good against the Dolphins keeping the pressure on Cincy
13) Miami—They are supposed to win at home. Now it’s a re-match at New England….Good Luck!
14) Pittsburgh—Ben and Company played great on the road and won big at Cincinnati. At Atlanta next.
15) San Francisco—The Seahawks put the 49ers out of their misery this week.

 

NFL TOP 10 for WEEK #12

NFL TOP 10 for WEEK #12

by WAYNE ALLYN ROOT
It seems that all anybody talks about when discussing the top NFL Football teams are New England, Denver and Green Bay. What about those desert rats from Phoenix? The team with the best record and the best defense. The only team that has been within 7 points or less entering the 4th quarter in every game this season. The Phoenix Cardinals- the only team that has also won 3 of 4 games this year with their backup quarterback under center. So let’s be fair and add Arizona into the conversation!
1) NEW ENGLAND—The Pats have the Chiefs to thank for their wake up call 6 weeks ago. That are playing at the highest level and are poised to continue with a healthy Gronk and Jonas Gray. Tom Brady looks like he’s reinventing his last Super Bowl run. They have the Lions this week coming in off a loss at Arizona. Not to worry, if you play like you did against the Colts, the contest won’t be close. Nice job Brady, game ball to you!
2) ARIZONA—Do you remember Harry Truman or the old Chicago Cardinals? That was the last time the Cardinals were 9-1. The Cardinals held Detroit to 6 points with their great defense and won their 6th game in a row. They can go all the way; but next up will tell the real story at they travel to play Seattle. Drew Stanton may make us forget about Carson Palmer.
3) GREEN BAY—What a great combo in the making: Aaron Rodgers produces a 30+ point lead…and over-paid career backup QB Matt Flynn performs mop up duty. This may be just the rest that Rodgers needs. Pile up the points and then sit for the rest of the game saving the body on wear and tear. Green Bay out played, out performed and embarrassed Philadelphia last week and now is on the road at poor, pathetic Minnesota.
4) DENVER—How can the Rams defeat Seattle, San Francisco and now Denver? How could Denver not have been ready, prepared and set to NOT over-look this team. A good win for St Louis, but a stunning and embarrassing loss for Peyton Manning and his entire team. This week it’s back home to play Miami. Another team with a better defense than offense. Let’s hope it’s not too frigid for those Manning thumbs, or the Broncos could be in for more trouble. Hint to Peyton: you might have to score more than 7 points this week to win.
5) KANSAS CITY—Let’s review: The Chiefs’ total number of touchdowns by wide receivers this season is zero. The Chiefs have not had a completed pass go for more than 38 yards this season (we’re talking catch and run combined). All the defensive safeties for the opposing teams need to do is move closer to the line of scrimmage. Jamaal Charles had his FIRST 100 yard rushing game this past Sunday. This team should be 4-6, not 7-3. With those stats in mind, who did they knock off last Sunday? The world champion Seattle Seahawks! This week they are in Oakland on Thursday so I’ll be shooting for my 5th Primetime winner in a row. That’s why they call me “The King of Primetime.”
6) DALLAS—This could be a great 3-week run for the Cowboys. A win against putrid Jacksonville; followed by a bye-week; and now a chance to pick off 2 or 3 passes from Eli Manning as they “cowboy up” in the Big Apple (or a little south of it in New Jersey). Jerry Jones stated “there was no curfew” in London. Let’s hope he smartens up with one in New York City. Southern cowboys can get in a lot of trouble in New York City! Dallas and the Giants play in the Sunday Night Game.
7) SAN FRANCISCO—The 49ers have posted back to back road wins and looked impressive in both games. Yes they had some help but that is part of the game. Thanks to Eli Manning, the 49ers swallowed up 5 of his passes and now head home to play the disgruntled Washington Redskins team. You’re on a roll, so don’t screw it up with a goal line fumble like the one on the 1 foot line against St Louis on the final play of the game.
8) DETROIT—The Lions defense has been the talk of the NFC North while Reggie Bush and Calvin Johnson were out with injuries. So what do they do with both of them back? They allowed Drew Stanton to throw a career high 306 yards and 2 TD’s. That same effort this week will result in another “2nd half of the season doom” for the Lions as they get Tom Brady in New England.
9) INDIANAPOLIS—Andrew Luck can only do so much. His defense has never been “top notch”. His rushing attack has never been “high enough quality” to offer Luck any balance. And millions of fans are pulling for him every week. With Dwayne Allen and Ahmad Bradshaw out, the only player left to help Andrew Luck is Coby Fleener? Well Stanford boys stick together! Someone needs to step up and help, as the Colts remain at home against Jacksonville in a must-win game.
10) PITTSBURGH—The Steelers won the game in Nashville (but lost the cover- as Wayne Root clients know, because WE WON- but they also gained a locker room nightmare as RB LeGarrette Blount packed it in. It’s now the Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell show. Bell’s 196 rushing yards clearly bailed out Ben, who never looked like he was ready to play. Now they get a bye week to celebrate beating Tennessee and Blount moving on.
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SOME FIREPOWER RIGHT BEHIND YOU
11) PHILADELPHIA—Bad game at Green Bay, but that’s not uncommon, so beat Tennessee this week and you’re back in the Top 10.
12) SEATTLE—We’ll see what you’re made of this week: Champs or Chumps as you play the NFL’s surprise team Arizona.
13) CINCINNATI—Nice win where few prevail- at the Superdome. Houston will not be a push-over Sunday
14) MIAMI—You’ve had 10 days to get ready. If you want to be great, win on the road against Denver.
15) SAN DIEGO—Rivers and his wide receivers need to re-introduce themselves, or it’s “lights-out”.

NFL TOP 10 REPORT; WEEK 10

NFL TOP 10 REPORT; WEEK 10

by Wayne Allyn Root
Thru the first 9 weeks, no team has held the top spot for more than three weeks and this week is no different as Denver must gracefully exit the mantle and move down to Number 3. But who is really Number 1? The 7-1 Cardinals that beat a Romo-less Dallas team and plays in the toughest division in the NFL, or New England Patriots who woke up 4 weeks ago embarrassed by Kansas City and has come back to destroy all opponents? The biggest surprise is the erratic play of the 49ers. I love the back to back games Ben and the Steelers have put together and that we will be able to see a “new and different” Mark Sanchez without the Rex Ryan team behind him. Many teams are coming off a bye week and we get to see if Green Bay and Chicago are ready for each other as they meet. The biggest news of the bye week is saved for Detroit as Reggie Bush and Megatron, Calvin Johnson, both are back for the 6-2 Lions.
1) NEW ENGLAND—It must be great to be a Patroit fan. Just when Kansas City sent you reeling into retro game film highlights, Tom Brady abandons girlfriend to concentrate more on the field and the results were unbelievable. In his 4 game climax, Brady lead the Pats to a decisive win and had it wrapped up by the first half as they scored more points (27) than the Broncos have allowed all year in a single game. Now that’s a statement. Maybe the AFC Championship game was in the back of his mind from a year ago. This week it’s back to the girlfriend as his team gets a bye-week.
2) ARIZONA—It’s great to be leading their division as it is the most difficult playing in the NFC West. But had the Cardinals still completed in the NFC East, with the Dallas win last week, that would have them at 4-0 in that division also. Carson Palmer is in desert heaven with his team. Great receivers and an even better defense. You better win the Super Bowl this year as next year, the Super Bowl will not be played in your hometown as it is this year, and your defensive coordinator will probably be a head coach somewhere. They host the Rams; fresh off a road win miracle at San Francisco.
3) DENVER—When you’re the Broncos and have Peyton Manning, you never fall very far after a loss. And a loss it was. Before he could finish lacing up his cleats, the Brady-led Pats had 27 points on the scoreboard at halftime. He may not have watch game film all the flight home leaving New England as is his history. Now it’s off to play against a bitter rival and get re-started in Oakland.
4) PHILADELPHIA—The injury to Nick Foles was alarming as he is out for 4 to 6 weeks. But it’s not the end of the Chip Kelly Eagles season as Mark Sanchez is as good a passer and much more mobile than Foles. I’d be more alarmed about safety Nate Allan out with a hamstring this time of year. Last week the Eagles scored a 10 point on the road win against Houston. This week, it’s MNF against Carolina at home as a touchdown chalk.
5) DETROIT—The Lions are coming off a much needed bye week. They are 6-2 and had to do so with 2 huge key injuries as mentioned above. They had to do it with defense as in their last 3 games, they scored 24 points or less in all three. This week the Lions better be prepared as a meaningful Dolphin team comes to play as a 2.5 underdog. It’s anybody’s game.
6) INDIANAPOLIS—The Colts got the win last week against the New York Giants but Andrew Luck got beat up. It looked like he was touched, tackled, hit or dropped on his back with every throw. But he still managed a 25-for-46 for 354 yards night and a win. But he is exposing himself more each week and as the future great quarterback of the NFL, something needs to be changed. This week is a much needed bye week scheduled at the perfect time.
7) PITTSBURGH—I love to see the Steelers playing great and in the Top 10. Ben Roethlisberger is a beast. His prior week it was 506 yards with 6 TD’s and he followed that performance up with 6 more TD’s to become the first person to have back to back 6 touchdown games. It was against Indianapolis and Baltimore so that made it that much more incredible. This week it’s time to fly to New York and see if he can make it a 3-peat vs the J=E=T=S.
8) GREEN BAY—The pack was back. Then a loss at New Orleans and a bye week made some forget about whether they’re playing, winning or losing. This week they play the team they always beat; the Chicago Bears. Five straight at Lambeau before last years 27-20 loss. And Jay Cutler didn’t play in that game. He’s 0-3 on the road vs Green Bay and has the worst QB rating collectively in all 3 games of 13.2 and lower.
9) DALLAS—Let’s not get too excited and lose the love for our Cowboys. They lost last week without Romo. Back to back home losses are horrific but not the end when you play Jacksonville this week and have a bye week following. My back hurts when I fly for 1 hour so why Romo is flying for 7 hours to sit around in London is all about Jerry Jones and his bottom line. He has Romo scheduled for some speeches so it’s not about the field. I doubt he will play. Let him rest for two more weeks believing that any 11 players you put on the offensive side of the ball should be able to defeat the Jags if you really are a quality team.
10) SEATTLE—It would be easy to leave the defending Champions out of the Top 10 with 3 losses but we’ll let the bad performance with the Raiders and the Panthers pass as they both got the win. They are the NFL’s worst at rushing the passer and Derek Carr had all day to set up and throw. If, and a big if, they make the playoffs, better QB’s will expose their defensive line and knock them out early. They better get things patched up. They play the Giants this week. Lastly, Pete Carroll is a fine coach. But he may be a better “front-runner” coach. It’s really hard visualizing him grabbing the face masks of a 350 lb defensive tackle during practice and explaining the importance of an effective pass rush.
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TEAMS LOOKING TO REPLACE YOU!!
11) CINCINNATI—At 5-2-1 they are ok but in-state Cleveland rival is up next on Thursday Night.
12) KANSAS CITY—Alex Smith in his last 7 games has 10 TD’s and only 1 INT but none by a wide receiver.
13) MIAMI—Statement game of the year. Mia 37- SD 0. It was the Fish first shutout in 123 games.
14) NEW ORLEANS—The defeated the Packers at home, now really impress us with a huge 49er’s win.
15) SAN FRANCISCO—No more QB sneaks. Did they know that Frank Gore is their main running back?

NFL TOP 10: WEEK #9

NFL TOP 10: WEEK #9

by Wayne Allyn Root

We have reached the halfway mark and need to analyze some things that we missed earlier or never saw coming. Most figured entering the NFL season that Seattle would be on top. At 5-3, they are struggling somewhat not only on the field but in the clubhouse. This writer/handicapper has warned everyone since week 2 that this was not last years Championship team. The 49er’s are not even in the Top 10 and who saw that coming. A very popular team by the betting public was Cincinnati and they won just 1 game in October. Let’s group the following together and take a look after week 8: Dallas (predicted to have break out season by WAR), Philadelphia, Arizona, Detroit have a combined record of 23-7. This is what makes handicapping the NFL by the public so difficult. Who would have seen that coming? The following teams are still on last years mode and their reputation of their past. Seattle, San Francisco, Green Bay, Cincinnati and New England have combined for a 23-13-1 mark. Remember group 1 was 23-7. Not bad but in terms of handicapping but these 5 teams play as favorites most of their games while the 23-7 group’s value is there in terms of easy winners. Wayne Root is ranked #6 handicapper in USA in NFL which surprised very few. If you saw the first 8 weeks coming as I did, then my hat is off to you and a huge congratulations is in order. Job well done. If you are looking for consistency, consider this: That’s after last year (2013) where Wayne Root finished #7 in USA in NFL handicapping. The second half of the season will be just as remarkable and profitable.
1) DENVER—The Broncos handed it to San Diego last Thursday as they scored 35 points in a game that was all Manning. Now with the added 3 days of rest for his 39 year old body, it’s off to play New England where Tom Brady hung a 51 spot on the Bears. This is advertised as the game of the season as both QB’s are peaking at the same time. A year ago, Denver blew a 24-0 lead and lost in OT during the regular season. They paid them back in the AFC Championship game.
2) NEW ENGLAND—Tom Brady connected on four TD passes last week against the troubled Bears. He finished the day by throwing 20 straight completed passes. Maybe Kansas City woke a sleeping Bear as the Pats were 4-0 in October. We’ll see how November falls as they play Denver; a team they lost to in the AFC Championship game last year.
3) ARIZONA—The Carson Palmer game plan is working to perfection. He throws short accurate passes and then the wide receivers run like hell. Last week it was incredible as the Cardinals had 193 yards after the catch. Their second most since 2006. Add their defense into the mix and they’ll be hard to catch in the NFC West. Speaking of catching, they may get to catch Dallas at the right time this week with Romo hurting.
4) DALLAS—We have to say in a rivalry game like the Cowboys and Skins play, anything can happen so with that in mind and Romo going down( even though Brandon Weaton played well), the punishment must fit the crime and their drop off is not so severe. But as we move forward, how much pounding can Tony Romo and DeMarco Murray take? Jerry Jones needs to quit being a quack doctor and realize there is a major difference between playing with pain and playing injured. He’s being an ass! They host the Cardinals this week so no easy task beating this team if injured.
5) DETROIT—The Lions went to London and almost got thrown off a bridge. Trailing 21-0, who would have given them a chance other than luck and destiny and the Atlanta Falcons? They even got 2 field goal tries with :02 sec left in the game after missing FG #1 on a delay of game penalty and then sent #2 thru the uprights. The get a bye week and should come out fighting with Calvin “Megathron” Johnson back so these wins without him were huge.
6) PHILADELPHIA—The Eagles missed an opportunity last week as they came up on the short end against the Arizona Cardinals. In their 2 losses, if was left on the 1 yard line in San Francisco and a last minute score for the Cardinals and then their own penalty to wipe out a TD pass. They travel to Houston where defense prevails and will put Nick Foles to the ultimate test. They are a small favorite.
7) GREEN BAY—The Packers marched into New Orleans and the Saints boxed them up and sent them marching out with plenty of yardage but not enough points scored to win. It was all Eddy Lacy as he had a career-high 182 yards rushing and 123 receiving yards. They need to find other “outs” on their offense as Aaron Rodgers can get the ball to anybody so why is Lacy doing all the work? They can work on that this week during their bye.
8) SAN DIEGO—This is a dangerous under-the-radar team. They get little respect but on the other hand, little criticism. Their defense is awesome in a secondary that compliments their pass rush. Only Carson Palmer has throw for more than 300 yards so far this season against them which includes the likes of Russell Wilson and Peyton Manning. And if you’re not into their defense, they have Philip Rivers with a career year at QB. They will need everything clicking as they make that cross country trip to play Miami.
9) INDIANAPOLIS—Did the Colts have an off night and were exposed or did Ben Roethlisberger have the best game of his career? Ben was 40-of-49 for 522 yards with 6 TD’s. That was history in the making as he is the first QB to throw for 500 yards in a game twice. The Colts just could not hang with that. They entered with the best third down defense in the NFL. They left scratching their helmets and now head to New York on Monday to play the Giants.
10) SEATTLE—It was all Russell Wilson on the last drive while playing Carolina. He was 4-of-4 for 53 yards and a TD. The Seahawks just don’t play well at the Carolina venue. This was the leadership needed to quiet the off the field troubles that found Percy Harvin leaving and the locker room in disagreement. But winning a game like that has a way of replacing problems with enthusiasm. Now it’s back home to play Oakland to put those troubles away forever as a bad memory. There are new and exciting days ahead….well maybe….they still have a disgruntled running back that won’t be getting a new contract from the Seahawks in the name of Marshawn Lynch. He’s 28 and running backs are a dime a dozen and he’s not having a season to remember.
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TEAMS #11 THRU #15 ARE THE MOST AWESOME GROUP I CAN REMEMBER
11) SAN FRANCISCO—Kaepernick is the weak link. Defense is good. WR’s are great. Gore is perfect.
12) CINCINNATI—Easy schedule ahead. They should win 4 of their next 5 games.
13) BALTIMORE—This team is balanced and the defense is stronger than most thought.
14) PITTSBURGH—Never count out a veteran QB with a winners attitude. It spreads to all teammates.
15) BUFFALO BILLS–This team never quit in the past and will not quit with their new Owner now.

THE NFL TOP 10 REPORT: WEEK # 8

THE NFL TOP 10 REPORT: WEEK # 8

by Wayne Allyn Root
It was said here first throughout these Top 10 writings that Seattle was not last years team. Now with “Give Percy no Mercy” gone to the Jets and the Seahawks 0-2 the past 2 weeks, it’s anyone’s game. But, Seattle is still a great team and a dangerous team so they just need to get the chemistry back and rush the QB. Denver is playing just awesome and has a huge game Thursday against San Diego ( fresh off a “look-ahead” loss to the Chiefs.) The defense is helping Andrew Luck in Indianapolis and the Eagles are flying high. Meanwhile, Dallas is the surprise (except to WAR) team of the NFL and continue to win. There’s a lot of football left but for Week #8, it’s Denver at the top.
1) DENVER—Is Von Miller more important to the Broncos team than Peyton. No, but he’s tearing up the offenses and has an NFL leading 8 sacks. The Bronco defense is more improved than the Broncos offense. Congrats to Peyton Manning for breaking Brett Farve’s record of TD passes. The Broncos have a task ahead this week as they entertain the Chargers and are more than a TD favorite.
2) DALLAS—Another record is broken. In 1958, Jim Brown opened the season with 6 straight 100 yards+ of rushing and now that record belongs to Demarco Murray with 7 in a row. The Cowboys play hated division rival this week as the Redskins come into the Jerry Jones house with a 3rd string Colt McCoy QB and some missing defensive pieces. Cowboys need to stay injured free.
3) PHILADELPHIA—It is said that looking back to Championship teams, TO’s and special teams were a major part of their success. Of the 21 TD’s the Eagles have this season, 7 have come from that route. This week off a bye, Philly is heading to the desert to play Arizona and should be a “live” underdog getting 2.5 points. But Carson palmer may have other thoughts. It will be a good game.
4) INDIANAPOLIS—Andrew Luck has the offense on fire. In the past, it had to be Luck outscoring the other team to win in high scoring affairs. But when and where did this defense come from. In the past 5 weeks, the Colts defense has stopped the opposition on 3rd down 43 of 51 attempts. Both sides of the ball are crushing the opponents. They travel to play the Steelers this week and see if Ben R can complete a 3rd down play.
5) ARIZONA—They sit at the top of the NFC West. Who would have thought they’d be ahead of Seattle and San Francisco? Carson Palmer is back and for those not scoring; he’s 10-2 in his past 12 starts to go with a fantastic defense. With his wide outs, they could go a long way so don’t count these guys out. They may be the real deal.
6) GREEN BAY—The Pack seems to never leave so it’s hard to say, “The Pack is Back” (as long as Aaron Rodgers is there). With four straight games with 3 touchdowns and no INT’s, he gets to break that record this week in New Orleans. It shouldn’t be that hard as the Saints defense is ranked 29th in defensive efficiency.
7) BALTIMORE—The Ravens destroyed the Falcons last week by 22 points. Their margin of victory is the NFL’s highest at 12.7. This week they may have revenge on their mind from week 1 as they play a team that has a chance to go winless in October in Cincinnati. Something has to give in terms of streaks.
8) NEW ENGLAND—The Patriots beat the Jets last Thursday and have had a much needed 10 day break. They play Chicago this week. Brady is 3-0 against them and Chicago couldn’t wait to leave town after a 0-3 home start in home games. What will give as the Pats are 7 point favorite? The word from the locker room is the Bears players “detest” Jay Cutler. After reviewing Cutler sacks etc. it is noticed that his teammates will not offer a hand to pick him off the ground. Maybe the locker room gossip is true. For now, bad chemistry.
9) SAN DIEGO—Check out the Thursday Night Headline: Philip Rivers No. 2-ranked QBR and 5-2 record vs. Peyton Manning No. 1 QBR and a 5-1 record. What a game if all goes to the headlines. Too bad the Chargers are off a loss, or maybe that’s how to defeat a great Bronco team. We’ll see as the Oddsmakers are offering +7.5 points.
10) DETROIT—The Lions are doing things right with their defense. Last week’s 4th quarter against Drew Brees and his Saints were one for the Brees record books. The stopped him and, after it was over, Brees was 0-10 in passing with 1 INT and blew a 2 TD lead and takes another road loss.
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THESE TEAMS WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE
11) SEATTLE—They are 3-3 but not for long. All they need is a pass rush where they rank last in the NFL.
12) SAN FRANCISCO—Another 3-loss team that needs some in house chemistry. Less injuries on the defense will also help.
13) CINCINNATI—Not winning a game in October? The pressure is on this week vs Baltimore this week.
14) KANSAS CITY—They should go from 3-3 to 5-3 with the Rams and Jets up next.
15) PITTSBURGH—Thanks for those last 3 minutes Monday night in the first half.