UFB Top 15 Power Rankings
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(1) 1. Green Bay Packers (9) - 5 – 0 next vs St. Louis Rams
The win over Atlanta on prime time football ranks as their second best effort this season (behind season opener to the Saints). Isn’t that scary? Atlanta’s offense walked all over the Packers at the beginning of the game, while the Falcons D stuffed the Packers. Things changed in the second half, despite Rodgers playing without his top-two offensive tackles. The game against Falcons was more lopsided than the score indicates. Packer defense constantly pressured Matt Ryan to the point that he didn’t look like Matty Ice. Their defense is fierce and offense is on season long hot streak. Unless they suffer major injury issues, they are the favorite to win the Super Bowl again.
(3) 2. New England Patriots (1) - 4 – 1 next vs Dallas Cowboys
Still very little D in New England, but the offense can’t be stopped. It was good game against the Jets. Patriots were able to mask their weakness (defense) and play their strength (offense) Tom Brady wasn’t stellar but he did enough job to dissolve Jets’ defense. This weeks game against Cowboys will be interesting as the defense will be exposed by Cowboy’s explosive offense.
(2) 3. New Orleans Saints - 4 – 1 next at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
They had some trouble against the Panthers, but the Panthers has a dangerous offense even though Cam Newton, their quarterback, is only a rookie. However, Saints’ defense has not had a good game in this season except against the Bears. Saints look like they will win the NFC South as Falcons and Buccaneers all have underachieved this season. They’re cruising into the easiest part of the schedule and should easily extend their win streak to 7 or 8 games.
(5) 4. Baltimore Ravens - 3 – 1 next vs Houston Texans
Sure they had a bye week and Lions just beat Bears, but if we have to guess who would win if Ravens and Lions play, we would pick Ravens any day, any where. They have been inconsistent this season and offense is still somewhat struggling, but Ravens were always about defense and its defense is still strong. Look for them to dominate Texans this week.
(4) 5. Detroit Lions - 5 – 0 next vs San Fransisco 49ers
Matthew Stafford to Megatron……….Best QB/WR Duo in the league….Hands down. Still looking for this team to have quality wins, schedule starts getting harder this week, lets see what they are really about.
(12) 6. Buffalo Bills - 4 – 1 next at New York Giants
Bills held off a strong comeback attempt by Michael Vick. With Fred Jackson approaching 500 yards rushing and 350 yards receiving, he’s turning in to a true MVP candidate. Next up is an inconsistent New York team, depends on which Eli shows up on whether they can go into New York and steal another or not.
(14) 7. San Fransisco 49ers - 4 – 1 next at Detroit Lions
49ers are the most surprising team in the league, hands down. Everyone always picked Lions to be a good team ever since Mathew Stafford was drafted and now they are but no one and we mean no one picked 49ers to be 4-1 at this point of the season. We are still not sold on them yet but win against the Lions in Detroit will definitely help convince us that they are for real.
(6) 8. Houston Texans - 3 -2 next at Baltimore Ravens
Last week was close, losing on the last play. However, the Texans have a propensity to do this. Derrick Mason isn’t the answer. Matt Schaub threw for a lot of yards, but this was a bad game made worse by the loss of Mario Williams. Andre Johnson needs to return and Arian Foster needs to return as leagues top rusher for this team to be contenders.
(8) 9. San Diego Chargers - 4 – 1 next bye
No more slow starts for Chargers. Even though Phillip Rivers isn’t playing as well as he has last few seasons, entire team has stepped up. Running game, despite slowing start, has picked up and defense is playing very well. However, Chargers had fairly easy schedule but it gets harder with 6 games against possible playoff contenders. We will start to see if they are a top ten team, can they keep their momentum?
(11) 10. Pittsburgh Steelers 3 – 2 next vs Jacksonville Jaguars
Amazing how good Ben Roethlisburger plays when hes hurt…..Must be a “testosterone” thing. Led by Big Ben’s 5 TDs, that could be the win that gets the Steelers back on track. This weeks game should give them the chance to flex and build confidence.
(NR) 11. Oakland Raiders 3 – 2 next vs Cleveland Browns
Sure, the Raiders’ win in Houston was spun as a tribute to Al Davis, but this is not a bad team. Cleveland Browns should provide Oakland with a good close game, but the Silver and Black will show us why they are deserving of being in the top 15.
(13) 12. Washington Redskins 3 – 1 next vs Philadelphia Eagles
Gained ground in the power rankings by not playing. Their schedule has helped them begin with a 3-1 record and sole possession of first place in their division. Their schedule gets harder and we will see them soon slip to the bottom, where we all predicted at beginning of the season.
(NR) 13. Dallas Cowboys 2 – 2 next at New England Patriots
Romo and Company get Brady and Company right outta the bye….Talk about tough luck.
Huge test for Romo and Co. in New England this week. Lets see if the bye is enough to help Dallas get their act together or will they let Tom Brady have his way.
(9) 14. Tennessee Titans 3 – 2 next bye
Are the Titans overrated after all? After looking good against the likes of Cleveland and Denver, Tennessee got absolutely clubbed by the same Pittsburgh team that lost to Tennessee’s division rival Houston the week prior. Tennessee now has a bye to prepare for a home game against a banged up Houston team. That’s easily their biggest game of the season.
(NR) 15. Atlanta Falcons 2 – 3 next vs Carolina Panthers
Anyone who watched the Falcons’ loss to Green Bay knows how frustrated that loss had to be for them. They jumped out to an early 14-0 1st quarter lead, scoring in their first 2 possessions, and held a 14-6 halftime lead, limited Green Bay to 2 mere field goals. On top of all that, Green Bay’s top offensive lineman, Chad Clifton, got hurt and was done for the night. However, Matt Ryan completed less than 50% of his passes after the first 2 drives, while Aaron Rodgers threw for nearly 400 yards in a 25-14 comeback win. Now the Falcons have the feisty Panthers coming to town before they have to head to Detroit. Their season is definitely in danger.
( ) left of rankings indicates previous weeks rankings
( ) next to teams indicates first place votes
UFB Power Rankers are:
Frank Hyun of Patriots Review
Ronnie Kohrt of Ronnie K’s Blog
David Calagis of CJ Sports NFL Talk
Mr. Kangaroo of CJ Sports NFL Talk
Brandon Clark of Titan Sized
Steven Lourie of Football Fan Spot
Mr. C.J. Sports of CJ Sports NFL Talk
Adam Hughes of Naptown’s Finest
Walter Cherepinsky of Walter Football.com
Nolan Vasan of NFL Draft Geek
Ryan Mc Crystal of Draft Ace
Brian Goldsmith of Hair of the Dog Sports Blog
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