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    Power Rankings - week 12

    Here are my thoughts on the teams, thus far... :nerd:

    Power Rankings - week 12

    1.) St. Louis- The result of many years of human gene splicing from the DNA of Dick Butkus and Johnny Unitas.

    2.) San Francisco- Crimson Elite returns to dynasty form with Garcia at helm.

    3.) Pittsburgh- Playing better then they have since Bradshaw, Las Vegas odds increase each week on the likelihood of the return of Kordell Stewart after aliens kidnap him.

    4.) Chicago- Good defense+average offense= fan let down during playoffs. The Law of Nature states that the Ravens can only happen every ten years or so. No flukes this year for the "big game."

    5.) Oakland- This team would go to the Super bowl except for the defense allowing my grandmother to run on them. Expect the Bus to shut them down in the Championship.

    6.) Miami- Good defense... Where's Marino just when he would have a team that could win it all with him??!!

    7.) Green Bay- Favre returns to top form and basically carries his team to the playoffs. Green would not be doing as well as he has without the threat of "The Arm."

    8.) Baltimore- Defense is only above average, this year. Can't stop the passing game. Grbac=good passing game until the "red zone." Increased pressure there and compact passing lanes expose him to mediocrity.

    9.) New England- Brady will be great, but lack of real experience will hurt him in the playoffs as games get MEAN. Maybe next year, huh?

    10.) Philadelphia- McNabb needs to run more in the pocket. They need another quality receiver to compliment Thrash. Because of that, they won't go far in the post season.

    11.) NY Jets- Curtis Martin is THE MAN and can anyone honestly say they DON'T like Edwards??... Other then that, this team really does suck. I love Vinny, but they need a new quarterback.

    12.) Tampa Bay- Green Bay getting in the way of the post season. I always knew Brad Johnson was overrated. Thanks, Brad, for proving me right. It's a real shame that Tony will get blamed for the underachieving of his players.

    13.) Cleveland- I really feel that Baltimore can't run the table. Baltimore WILL lose to the Steelers. Tough games up ahead will knock the Ravens out, while a weak schedule pushes the Browns in.

    14.) Seattle- Another year of lost post season hopes for Holmgren. But, look out for them next year.

    15.) New Orleans- Potential Kryptonite for the "Super Rams". The Rams don't have to worry though... With both San Francisco AND St. Louis both doing great, they don't have a prayer.

    16.) Tennessee- At the beginning of the year, I predicted that the Titans' passing game would break out... A little too late, don't you think guys??

    17.) Arizona- I love an underdog with heart... But, does anyone really feel they have a chance in hell of going anywhere?

    18.) Atlanta- The fans better pray like hell that Chandler comes back! Vick looks like he has potential, but the Rams worked him so hard, he looked like he could barely carry himself, let along a team.

    19.) Denver- If only McCaffrey hadn't broke his leg...A lot of "ifs" this year for a lot of teams.

    20.) Washington- This team is the single biggest enigma in the history of the NFL! How someone can go 0-5... then 5-0, beating the crap out of the Eagles at home while they're at it... and THEN lose to the Cowboys, is completely beyond me!

    21.) NY Giants- The only reason this team still has a chance is Strahan and the division they play in.

    22.) Minnesota- Vikings made the single biggest mistake in NFL history... They signed Moss to a long-term contract for a record amount for a WR. Now they can't trade him because no one would want him after those comments and they can't afford to cut him because of the CAP.... Either way, they’re screwed for years to come.

    23.) San Diego- I still stand by my assumption that Flutie is good. He's just puny as well.

    24.) Indianapolis- Great quarterback and a good coach. Just very bad luck. Too many injuries and a young defense are killing this team.

    25.) Cincinnati- Anyone who picks up Kitna after Seattle deserves to lose!

    26.) Dallas- If only the Redskins made any sense and followed the Laws of Reality, we might have the NFL's first winless team in history.

    27.) Jacksonville- This team has the worst luck of anyone I've ever seen. Don't get me wrong. I love the Titans. But, that season still haunts them, in my opinion.

    28.) Kansas City- This would be a contending team if they had WRs. Kennison ISN'T the right direction.

    29.) Carolina- Seifert NEEDS to retire, while he still has a chance to make the Hall of Fame.

    30.) Buffalo- What can I say about this team?... They should have let Flutie start against the Titans???

    31.) Detroit- THIS could easily turn into the NFL's first winless team ever and they're not even the worst team!! Go figure.
    Last edited by Atlas; -12-06-2001, 09:14 PM.

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    hey atlas, thanks for the props, i'm thinking soon about letting clanram members vote on like 1-5 or something then adding my comments. i first need to get the whole html thing situated with dez.

    thanks for your analysis too, you were able to put more down than i could (for space reasons)...

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      4 Chiefs 13-3-0 Gunther Cunningham alone isn't going to fix the defense. It's still up to the players, who are the same as last year and that could be a problem.

      5 Seahawks 10-6-0 Some might have scoffed at Matt Hasselbeck's 'we want the ball and we're going to score' statement. But to us, it's just a confident QB who has fun playing the game.

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      8 Panthers 11-5-0 While the Panthers looked poised to follow up last year's success, the turnover on the offensive line has to be a concern.

      9 Titans 12-4-0 Titans fans won't forget what Eddie George meant to the franchise, but Tennessee's running game is going to be just fine with Chris Brown.

      10 Broncos 10-6-0 The Broncos are definitely better on defense. But with unproven RBs and questions at WR, it's the offense that could be a problem.

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      17 Jaguars 5-11-0 We love Byron Leftwich's potential, but the talk about a surprise Super Bowl run is a little premature.

      8 Bills 6-10-0 If Drew Bledsoe can get back on track the Bills could be a team to watch out for.

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      2. EAGLES: First off, Owens did NOT make the catch last night. But the Eagles defense shut down Moss's deep game and McNabb proved he's still quite dangerous on the run.

      3. COLTS: Indy had a good showing against Tennessee, including 21-0 in the 4th quarter, being penalized only twice, and not allowing the Titans to convert on any of their three fourth down attempts.

      4. VIKINGS: Daunte completed 79% of his passes and the Vikes were in this game until the officials robbed them of it. They'll be much more dangerous when they get Bennett back.

      5. SEATTLE: As impressive as shutting Deuce McAllister down is, the Seahawks haven't exactly played great-looking teams to become 2-0. Their win against TB wasn't that great. Still, it's a feat worth noting.

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      8. FALCONS: The Atlanta Vicks are 2-0 and Michael proved a lot of doubters wrong this weekend. But the Falcons have struggled on third down and barely squeeked out a win against the ***** in Week 1.

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      Philadelphia — 4-to-1
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      Indianapolis — 5-to-1
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      Pittsburgh — 7-to-1
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      San Diego — 10-to-1
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      New York Jets — 10-to-1
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      Atlanta — 12-to-1
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      2. The Browns are getting 8.5 points and trailing by 11. Fourth down, 15 seconds left. Instead of taking one more crack at the end zone, Romeo Crennel sends out the FG team for the cover. This actually happened.

      3. The killer of killers: Getting 6.5 points, the Lions are trailing by two at midfield and it's fourth-and-10 with less than 90 seconds to play. Kitna scrambles, two guys pull him down ... and as he's falling, he flips it right to a Vikings lineman, who scrambles untouched for a clinching TD and the cover. I hate gambling.

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      6. San Diego has the most talent in the AFC. Unfortunately, the Chargers also have an uptight coach who runs his team about as loosely as Ted Knight handled his daughters in "Too Close For Comfort."

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    • Nick
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