August 18 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Dexter Davis (58) dives to try to tackle Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) in the third quarter of a preseason game at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
12 oz Power Rankings
Even with a hobbled Manning, they still were able to take care of the Chiefs. This is the best team in the NFL right now.
New Orlean Saints
This is a good team that is very good at home. Next week they play Seattle in a a game that will likely determine NFC home field.
Speaking of good at home, the Seahawks will get the Saints at home next week in a game that will likely determine NFC home field.
Kansas City Chiefs
This team was exposed last week vs the Broncos and needs to rebound this week vs the Chargers at home.
I am not too proud to eat crow here. Cam Newton is playing well, and he and this defense make the Panthers tough to beat
The defense, even without Hall and Atkins, is championship caliber. The offense is good enough, but not consitent enough.
New England Patriots
Bad call or not, the Panthers deserved to win that game. The Patriots are still the #2 seed in the AFC, but they sure don’t scare anyone anymore.
San Francisco 49ers
I have always said the 49ers traded the wrong QB – and I stand by that. Kaepernick is not playing well enough and this team is in danger of missing the playoffs.
Since beating the Broncos, the Colts have squeaked out 2 wins against a bad teams (Hou and Ten) and got beat by 30 by a bad Rams team starting a backup QB.
The most overlooked playoff contender. They have a good defense, plenty of weapons on offense, and they are tied for 2nd with the 49ers.
They haven’t really lost a step with McCown. With the Rodgers injury, the Bears have the inside track at the division.
The Eagles are a surprise this year and they are better with Foles behind center.
They simply cannot be trusted. 27 points in 1 quarter…0 points in the other 3, and they lose to a bad Steelers team.
This is the flashiest, most talked about .500 franchise ever. Since the end of the 1996 season, the Cowboys are 272-272 and 1-6 in the playoffs (17 years) – the GM should fire himself.
In a weak AFC, the Titans are good enough to compete for a 6 seed, but this is no playoff caliber team .
New York Giants
On a 4 game win streak, I still like the Giants to win the division. Why? Because they have a 2-time Super Bowl QB and coach…and the NFC East sucks.
San Diego Chargers
Speaking of teams that cannot be trusted. The Chargers are good enough to compete with anyone and bad enough to lose against anyone.
Saint Louis Rams
Even with Kellen Clemens playing QB, this team is still fighting and looks to have the ability to spoil a playoff for a team.
Hard to believe that a the Steelers are just 1 game out of the playoffs…and they gave up 55 points to the Patriots. That just shows you how week the AFC is this year.
Apparently I may need to eat crow on the Manuel pick. The kid has been fairly successful in his 1st year.
Currently in a tie for the 6 seed, but I can’t see the Dolphins being able to make the playoffs ith all that is surrounding them.
Hard to believe that this is the team that won the Super Bowl 9 months ago. Flacco got away with highway robbery.
New York Jets
Geno Smith is bad. No way the Jets make the playoff.
Green Bay Packers
Without Aaron Rodgers, this is a very weak and suspect team. His return may be too little too late.
When I look at the Raiders, I can only think of 1 thing….how %$#@ing bad is Matt Flynn to get beat out by Terrelle Pryor?
The Browns defense is very good, but they have no running game, little passing game, and apparently a very bad special teams unit.
3-7 and now some pointing of fingers and some team dissention? Uh oh. In 27 years of coaching, Shanahan is 47-17 (.734) with Elway and 123-115 (.517) without Elway. Just sayin.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers should probably be 5-5. The last 3 weeks, it is hard to believe this team started 0-8 and Mike Glennon has been very surprising to me.
What has gone wrong in Houston? At the start of the year, they were a favorite Super Bowl pick – now they are 2-8, Schaub is a backup and he and Andre Johnson are fighting? Wow.
The Vikings were a fluke last year propped up by an enormous year by Adrian Peterson.
They have had some injuries, but who hasn’t? How does a team go from 13-3, #1 overall seed and the NFC Championship game to 2-9? Matt Ryan does not look like a top tier QB.
You cannot tell me this team wouldn’t be better, more watchable, more marketable and more relevant with Tim Tebow as the QB. Gabbert and Henne are bad.