Tier Rankings – now that 1 month of games are in the books for (all but the bye teams), it’ s time to take the preseason predictions off of the tier ranking charts, so there will be ‘some’ drastic changes. For instance, Denver gets a huge boost, due to the removal of the low preseason expectations, while Tennessee now begins to really fall down the chart from the original contender status.
A teams this week:
Chicago 4 11 2.75
For half of a game, the Lions actually played up to the Bears. The Second half, the Bears defense took over, and brought Cutler and company along for the ride.
Indianapolis 4 15 3.75
What more can you say about this offense. And I’m officially on the Garcon for Rookie of the Year bandwagon. As much as I admire the other guy that’s getting the headlines, Garcon has them saying “Marvin who?”.
Jacksonville 4 10 2.5
This game was more of a blowout than the score showed.. Now if the Jags can get some more consistency and the defense keeps showing up like this, they could get back in the Wild Card hunt. It may already be too late to get into the AFC-South crown, but you never know.
Minnesota 4 16 4
Right now, the two most complete teams are New Orleans and Minnesota. Green Bay dared the "old man" to beat them with a pass, and the Packers forgot about the other "old man" in J. Allen, so both old men beat the Pack, multiple times. At the moment, it's a three-horse race for the NFC crown.
New England 4 13 3.25
Don’t look now, but the Pats are looking like the Pats of old on offense _and_ defense. And yes, the Roughing the passer call was bad. A lot of the attention was on the bad drop by Mason on 4th and 4.. but what was missed was two fantastic coverage plays by the Pats just prior to that drop.
New Orleans 4 16 4
Okay, Week 1, they win because of the passing offensive showing. Week 2, it was the passing offense and special teams, Week 3, it was the Defense and Special teams, Week 4 ,it was all on the defense. This is a “Pick your poison” team right now.
New York Giants 4 15 3.75
Okay, as much as it hurts, I still have to rank these guys as a 4 for their domination of the Chiefs. That being said, 1-4 in the redzone. Am I the only one who sees this as a problem?
San Francisco 4 12 3
Rams or not... 35 points on offense and special teams and 0 points by your defense. What more can you ask for? They get the "A" grade just on general principle. If Harbaugh didn't have the Ravens at 3-1 with a huge passing offense, I'd put Singletary as my coach of the year nominee right now.
Baltimore 3 15 3.75
Patriots punched, Baltimore counter punched. Really, I don't know what else to say, except that was one fantastic game to be watched, for all 60 minutes. But I will say this, Ray Lewis is right. This roughing the passer penalty stuff is getting totally abused by quarterbacks, and not just a certain patriot quarterback. Tarkenton and Manning and Blanda and Graham would be ashamed of the wimps our NFL has allowed the QB position to become. But it was hard not giving Baltimore the "A" grade in a loss, but a loss is a loss.
Cincinnati 3 8 2
Gutsy call by Palmer on 4th and 11, either he makes that play, or the game ends in a tie. All the attention has been on Brady's return to the field, if you ask me, Palmer's return has been just as important, if not more so, now that they got the week 1 debacle out of their system.
Denver 3 11 2.75
I'm guessing that "D" I gave to Denver in Week one was way off, considering how well their defense is playing. They've yet to put together an "A" game in all facets (1 D, 3 B's), but they're doing enough to win their division at the moment, and have continued to climb up the grade charts.
Houston 3 9 2.25
Now that's the Houston team I remember seeing being talked about every presesaon. They need to string it together for a while, before Jacksonville wakes back up. Plus they have to beat someone that's a 'good' team.
Miami 3 9 2.25
238 rushing yards. I mean opponents KNOW what's coming at them, and they still do it. I know they wanted Henne to be their QB of the future, but I think they're still going to miss the leadership of Pennington on the field, and it may cost them a Wild Card shot down the road.
New York Jets 3 13 3.25
Yes, Sanchez took a step back, but it happens. But other than that, this was still the same Jets team we saw for games 1 through 3. And that may be good enough to contend for the AFC-East title. They just have to figure out how to overcome mistake days by the rookie, and if they do that, they're still going to be contenders.
Pittsburgh 3 12 3
You know that I would give the Steelers an A... but when you're up by 28, and STILL nearly blow a game in a 4th quarter. Funny thing was the NBC announcers were criticizing the Steelers for running up the score with the halfback pass option. First thought i had was "You're playing against Phillip Rivers, there's no such thing as running up a score".
Cleveland 2 3 0.75
Okay, I was stuck between giving Cleveland a B and a D. Because other than a gutsy 4th and 15 call, this game was going to end in a tie. Anderson still looked horrendous for the first half though. Mangini needs to find someone to quarterback this team, because it's not Ander-son and it's not Quinn.
Dallas 2 10 2.5
I'm not in the "Bench Romo" band yet, but I have to question the wisdom of throwing at Champ Bailey three times in a goal to go situation, especially when he's covering your #4 receiver. OH yeah, and that time management with about :25 seconds left.. Horrendous playcalling to end the game.
Green Bay: 2 10 2.5
Much like San Diego, it was a great comeback attempt by the Packers, but when you let the "old men" of Favre, Allen, and the rookies like Peterson and Harvin beat you, it's kind of hard to go any higher than a "C" game.
San Diego 2 8 2
I was going to give these guys a “D” or an “F”, simply because they have NO defense at the moment. But just because the offense didn’t quit, I think I"m kind of forced to move them up to the "C" level for this last game.
Buffalo 1 8 2
Where oh where has the Buffalo Defense gone?
Where oh where can it be?
It's been run over, and the skid marks are long..
Where Bills' defense, can you be?
Seattle 1 7 1.75
This team is settling into oblivion quickly. If Hasselbecks' out for two more weeks, this season is a lost cause, and it's time to consider moving into the hunt for a new heatlthy QB for the future.
Detroit 1 3 0.75
From Stafford to Culpepper.. If Stafford's out, I guess the question is, how long does this next losing streak last? Hopefully the defense can step it up while Stafford's on the sidelines, because that's where the Microscope will be for the next few week
Washington 1 2 0.5
Believe it or not, but as pathetic as these guys are, the next three games on their schedule could all be wins... 5-2 Washington? It's not out of the realm of possibility.
Tennessee 0 8 2
See, now this was a loss that the Titans truly earned an "F" for. I'm still in shock as to how much the loss of Schwartz has killed this defense. You have something that works, you tweak it, you don't completely revamp it - rookie coordinators, sheesh. They do have an easy schedule (other than the AFC-South matchups) remaining, so anything is still possible for these guys.
St. Louis 0 1 0.25
I'm really regretting that I gave these guys 1 point in the Washington loss. Because they are the worst team in the league, even with the quarter-point rating average. The good news, they'll have a shot at McCoy/Bradford. The bad news.. Stephen Jackson may want out by that point.
Oakland 0 1 0.25
Too bad I can't retract scores... Honestly, after the loss to the Chargers, I think this team just gave up on offense. When 1st rounders McFadden and Russel combine for somewhere around 127 total offensive yards, don't you think there's a problem, either in your war room or in your player development? Doesn't Al have a granddaughter or something he can hand the team over to?
Kansas City 0 0 0
5 FUMBLES? 5? 5? No wonder these guys are playing so poorly.. 10 fumbles on the season (although somehow, they’ve only lost 2 of them.). Somehow they're at a "0" Turnover differential, even with that 'ungodly' stat.
Tampa Bay 0 0 0
Stellar day for Talib. Too bad the rest of the team barely showed up.
4.0 - New Orleans, Minnesota
3.75 - Indianapolis, NYG, Baltimore
3.25 - New England, New York Jets
3.00 - San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia
2.75 - Chicago, Denver
2.50 - Jacksonville, Green Bay, Dallas
2.33 - Atlanta
2.25 - Miami, Houston
2.00 - Cincinnati, San Diego, Buffalo, Tennessee
1.75 - Seattle
1.67 - Arizona
0.75 - Cleveland, Detroit
0.67 - Carolina
0.5 - Washington
0.25 - St. Louis, Oakland
0.0 - KC, Tampa Bay
So our playoffs would currently be:
NFC - NO, minn, NYG, SF, Philly, Chicago
AFC - Indy, Baltimore, NE, NYJ, Pitt, Denver
#1 draft pick contender: Right now I think Kansas City has the higher-strenght-of-schedule, so it looks like the honor currently belongs to Tampa Bay.