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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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
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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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
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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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
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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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.
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
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.
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!