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 5 COLLEGE TOP 10

WEEK 5 COLLEGE TOP 10

by WAYNE ALLYN ROOT
Florida St, most analyst’s choice as college football’s top team, is struggling on both sides of the ball. I think they will stub their toe down the road, as they are still celebrating last year’s Championship and QB Jameis Winston is acting like an immature teenager (of course, that’s exactly what he is). Oklahoma won and covered on the road at a very dangerous venue (playing at Morgantown, West Virginia). Washington State proved you can pass against Oregon. And Alabama was better than the score last week, as they handed Florida 21 points before ruining Coach Will Muschamp’s resume.
1) OKLAHOMA—Even with star running back Ford out, QB Trickett and company defeated and covered at West Virginia 45-33. It was Ford’s replacement, RB Perine that rushed for 242 yards. That was no surprise to the experts. QB Tricket looked good and settled down and threw for 376 yards. The Sooners get the week off before playing TCU in 2 weeks.
2) OREGON—The Ducks did get the road win at Washington State, but by just a small margin of 7 points as they left town with a 38-31 win. Oregon’s secondary allowed Halliday to pass for 436 yards. Not good for a Number 2 ranked team. Maybe that’s why they usually have difficulties with Stanford QB’s. Their next big game is Thursday, Oct 2, against an improving Arizona squad.
3) ALABAMA—The Crimson is playing well and are just a few days removed from last Saturday’s rout of Florida 42-21. This contest was no contest. Florida showed how bad they really are and may be looking for a new coach. This week is a bye week for the Tide and it follows in 2 weeks with a match-up at Mississippi.
4) FLORIDA ST—The Noles may have the best talent on both sides of the field in the entire NCAA. But it may be all for naught, if they don’t begin to focus about this team, this year and find their chemistry. They squeaked by Clemson 23-17. Maguire was able to pass for 304 yards against their ex-vaunted defense. Thru 3 games of preseason, FSU is ranked 65th in point average and 111th in rushing. Their “D” is only #30 so as stated, this is not the same team (at this point) that they were last season. They are visiting undefeated NC State this week and the Oddsmakers show them 21.5 favorite at Carter-Finley Stadium.
5) TEXAS A&M—The Aggies continue to pad their numbers and cover the spread as they destroyed SMU 58-6 as a 31 point favorite. I guess all the Aggie fans have to love a coach that runs up the score. They are ranked #2 with a 55 point average and #4 with 405 yards passing, so I guess Hill has earned his trademark “Kenny Thrill.” This week, A&M entertains a fairly good upcoming team as the Razorbacks will be playing as a 9 point dog. The schedule gets more difficult as the Aggies enter the world of SEC Conference play.
6) AUBURN—The Tigers played last Thursday in a Primetime game, winning but not covering- a strong Wayne Root No Limit Club play (mentioned because Wayne Root is the best in the history of Thursday Night games- beginning each week with a winner is paramount to betting; a perfect 3-0 with top rated Thursday plays this season). They crawled away with a 20-14 final but the +8.5 points were just too much. This week they play a practice game against Louisiana Tech as a 33 point favorite, one week before heading to a road game against LSU.
7) BAYLOR—It’s been 2 weeks since the Bears took the field and defeated Buffalo 63-21. This week will find them on the road against a not so powerful Iowa State team. The oddsmakers think this game will result in a blowout as they were installed as a 21.5 road favorite. The public must have reminded them that the Bears are #1 in scoring at 59 ppg and will continue to back high scoring machines. But their “D” is not too shabby either, as the allow just 9 ppg with a 9 point average. This is a very balanced team heading into Big 12 play.
8) NOTRE DAME—It’s always special when the Fighting Irish are in anybody’s Top 10, as we place them #8 and looking to improve before their “Big Game” against Florida St onOctober 18th. But they have to get thru Syracuse this week at a neutral playing field in East Rutherford (and then they host Stanford). So first things first, as they had a bye week last week after defeating two Big 10 opponents in Michigan and Purdue. Can they lay 11 or 12 points on the road after a bye week?
9) MISSISSIPPI—Ole Miss really has not been tested this season with wins over Boise, Vandy and LA-Lafayette. This week is more of the same as they host the Memphis Tigers and are an 18.5 favorite. This could be a “look ahead” game for the Rebels as the following week is “The Game” against #3 ranked Alabama.
10) MICHIGAN STATE—The Spartans round out the Top 10 despite losing at Oregon (Wayne Root’s Blowout Game of the Year with Oregon as the winner) and last week’s 73 points they put up against Eastern Michigan. MSU plays for the love of the game this week as they host Wyoming. Most are glad it’s an early Saturday game and don’t have to get involved with two mismatched teams where the spread is 31 points. The following week is a different story as they are at home against #21 Nebraska.

 

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.

 

WEEK 4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOP 10

WEEK 4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOP 10

by WAYNE ALLYN ROOT
Looking ahead to this Saturday, there will be no rest for the Top 10 as some finally begin to play in conference. Note that the SEC has five (5) teams ranked in the Top 10, while the Pac 12 has just one (1) team- with Oregon. It’s always great to see Notre Dame relevant and Florida St not as great as the polls show. Their stats against some easy opponents would have me worried if I was Jimbo Fisher.
1) OKLAHOMA—The Sooners had no problems knocking off Tennessee last Saturday while covering the 21 pt. spread. They lose their top running back as Ford will be out for 2 to 3 weeks. He averaged 6 ypc and had 5 TD’s. Perine will replace him at running back when they take on West Virginia this week. They rely on a great defense to hang on to their #1 ranking by allowing just 11 points per contest.
2) OREGON—The Ducks crushed Wyoming 48-14. This game should have been by a wider margin, but we’ll give Oregon some slack as the game followed the Michigan St win from the previous week. Their 52 points per game keeps them in the Top 5 in scoring and they look to increase it this week against Washington St.
3) ALABAMA—The Crimson allowed just 4 field goals last week against Southern Miss in a 52-12 rout. What’s somewhat of a concern to Coach Sabin is thru his cupcake preseason (prior to conference play), Bama is only 33rd in rushing for 298 ypg. They meet Florida in their 4th home game in a row to begin the season this week so we’ll see if he or offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin has made some obviously necessary adjustments.
4) FLORIDA ST.—The Seminoles play on the road this week at #22 Clemson in a much anticipated match-up for the home team. Florida St has not exactly looked like a Top 1 after three games. They are ranked 49th in “D” allowing 21 ppg. Even more worrisome should be their rushing yardage ranked 73rd with just 158 ypc. This road contest will present the ‘Noles with a crucial test.
5) TEXAS A&M—The Aggies beat up on winless Rice last week knocking them off in a 38-10 one-sided game. And that score is a far cry off from their 4th ranked 54 ppg average. QB Kenny Hill has applied for a “Kenny Thrill” trademarked name. He may have earned it thru 3 games by completing 81% of his passes for 1094 yards and 11 TD’s. He’ll certainly add to his totals against SMU this Saturday. But…will all this adulation and hype go to his head?
6) AUBURN—The Tigers were idle last week for added rest from week # 2′s battle with San Jose State. Who makes these schedules? This week they travel to take on Kansas State. There’s only 377 tickets left to sell so the Wildcats’ fans will be out in force (decked out in purple). K-St. is ranked #20 and may have the goods if Auburn doesn’t improve on their 91st ranked passing game. QB Johnson has completed 75% of his passes, but all were short throws and he’s only had 2 TD’s so far along with 277 total yards.
7) BAYLOR—aka Bear Meat. But Bear Meat must changed to Buffalo meat last week as the Baylor Bears mauled Buffalo on the road 63-21. This team has racked up some great stats as they have a #1 ranking in points scored and a #3 ranking in points allowed. But hold all bets!! They travel to play Iowa St, fresh off an outright win over rival Iowa as a 13 point underdog. The question is; letdown or confidence for Iowa State? Either way, this will be a nice test for the Bears.
8) LSU—The Tigers got out the white paint and their paintbrushes and whitewashed “powerhouse” UL Monroe as they ran up the score and put a 31-0 spanking on them. Although that word may have to be banned from football lingo after the terrible deed committed by Viking superstar running back Adrian Peterson. This week is another home game as LSU hosts Mississippi St. They better hope they don’t have to play catch-up with their cupcake low average of 91st in passing yardage against the Bulldogs this week.
9) NOTRE DAME—It’s always great when the Lakers make a run in the NBA Finals,or the NY Yankees are making an October World Series Championship run. The Fighting Irish are in the Top 10 and undefeated. The World of Sports makes the real world feel like it’s spinning on it’s axis correctly and all is normal. They get to rest this week and prepare for both Syracuse and Stanford. They followed up the 31-0 beating they put on Michigan with a 30-14 win against in-state Purdue rival. Go Irish!
10) MISSISSIPPI—Ole Miss is 3-0 after demolishing LA-Lafayette 56-15 last Saturday. They are off this week and prepare for big bad Memphis in two weeks. They need to get a rushing game as their 78th ranking will not cut it in the SEC. They play hard and are heading in the right direction, so beware the rest of the SEC.

 

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