The NFL regular season has reached the midway point and not without some surprises. Who would have thought that the Kansas City Chiefs would be the league’s lone undefeated team at 8-0? Equally as surprising, the Steelers, Texans, and Falcons are near the bottom of the NFL pile after being widely predicted to make a run at their respective division titles. I guess that’s why they play the games! A team has never won the Super Bowl without showing up and playing the games. Below are my top five power rankings for Week 9. Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
1. Kansas City Chiefs 8-0
The Chiefs struggled late in the game against the Browns, but ultimately did what good teams do – they win ugly. In every championship season, winning teams will gut out some ugly wins and barely escape with the victory. But in the NFL a win is a win regardless of what it looks like.
2. Denver Broncos 7-1
Peyton Manning has finally shown signs of being human lately. He is also beginning to show his age. In the last few weeks his health has been the subject of much debate. No one can argue his Hall of Fame career or unbelievable season to date, but the retirement party is clearly on the horizon for Peyton. Meanwhile, the return of Von Miller has certainly strengthened the defense for their second half run.
3. Seattle Seahawks 7-1
Speaking of winning ugly… The Seahawks had a gut check week much like the Chiefs did. They went into St. Louis to play a bad team who recently lost their starting quarterback. The Rams reached out to Brett Favre last week but he turned down the opportunity to return for what would have truly been a spectacle. Things must be bad when you start calling senior citizen centers in search of a starting QB. Everyone expected a blowout in Edward Jones Stadium. Everyone but the Rams that is.
4. New Orleans Saints 6-1
The Saints are quietly putting up a great season. They have battled late in a couple of games this season, but held on to get the win. Drew Brees continues to just be a great quarterback and leader. The Saints may be the team that no one wants to face in the play-offs especially in the Super Dome.
5. 3 way Tie: Indianapolis 5-2, Cincinnati 6-2, and San Francisco 6-2
I don’t often list teams in a tie, in particular, a three-way tie. However, a really good case could be made for each of these teams to be at number 5. Andrew Luck has successfully lifted his team to the top shelf after replacing perhaps the greatest NFL quarterback of all time. Meanwhile, the Bengals are red hot and look prepared to run away with their division. If their offense begins to run smoothly with all of the parts in place the rest of the league had better look out. And we can certainly make a case for the Niners whose only losses have come to two teams also in the top 5: Indy and Seattle. The Niners are looking dangerously tough recently and we had better plan to see them playing deep into the play-offs.
Here are my Week 8 NFL power rankings (top five). Let me know if you agree or disagree!
1. Kansas City Chiefs – The defense has been outstanding so far. For all of my KC Chiefs fans friends (and you know who you are) congratulations!
2. Seattle Seahawks – Percy Harvin is looking to make his return to an already loaded Seahawk team. Look out NFC1
3. Denver Broncos – Yes, Indy just beat you on Sunday night night, but Peyton Manning still wins more of those match ups than he loses.
4. Indianapolis Colts – You looked great in the win over Denver but losing Reggie Wayne was a critical loss.
5. New Orleans Saints – Drew Brees has the Saints cruising in the NFC South. Let’s see if it continues.
Due to the current government shutdown any visits to The Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota are forbidden. On the bright side, the sports version of Mount Rushmore never closes. Let’s load up the kids and head for football’s Black Hills.
Four larger than life granite faces of former U.S. Presidents are carved into the granite of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota. The sculpture is a memorial to the leadership of these Commanders-in-Chief and the contribution they made to our great nation.
History tells us that the decision to depict Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln was not without controversy. Apparently, the decision of which four Presidents to be depicted was a matter of intense debate. In like manner, there is typically great debate surrounding the selection of athletes to the sporting Mt. Rushmore’s.
With that said, let’s consider a Mt. Rushmore of NFL Quarterbacks. Let the debate begin!
My personal choice for the Mount Rushmore of NFL quarterbacks (all-time) are as follows: Joe Montana – Bret Favre – Peyton Manning – Tom Brady. Apologies to Johnny Unitas, John Elway, and Dan Marino among others.
After five weeks there are three teams that remain undefeated. The Broncos, Saints, and Chiefs sit atop the standings and power rankings headed into week 6. Statistically, teams that start 5-0 have a 90% chance of making the playoffs and a 40% chance of making the Super Bowl. Those are numbers that make the folks in the Rockies, the Midwest, and the Bayou very happy!
Here is my Week 5 power rankings. Don’t agree? Leave a comment and let me know about it.
1. Denver Broncos 5-0
Peyton Manning is absolutly insane right now. Barring a catastrophic injury to #18 the Broncos are going to cruise. Don’t forget… Von Miler is coming back soon too!
2. New Orleans Saints 5-0
Drew Brees is a tremendous quarterback and team leader. Add to that, Coach Sean Payton is back at practice every day. The Saints have raised some eyebrows in this remarkable resurgence.
3. Kansas City Chiefs 5-0
Coach Andy Reid has made believers out of many NFL fans who expected the Chiefs to continue sputtering. The only negative for the Chiefs right now is that they play in the same division as the Broncos. I would like to see the Falcons send Tony Gonzalez back to KC to help his former mates contend for a championship. That would be a fitting end to a certain Hall of Fame career.
4. Indianapolis Colts 4-1
Andrew Luck has played like he has 15 years experience under his belt. The only thing that is keeping the Indy fans from crying over the loss of Peyton Manning is Andrew Luck. In a few more years Peyton will be modeling for his Hall of Fame bust and Andrew will still be lighting up NFL defenses. The Colts have insured that they will have a top-tier QB under center for nearly 30 years.
5. Seattle Seahawks 4-1
Yes, they lost to #4 Indy last week, but the ‘Hawks are still a great team who look to be a force deep into the NFC playoff picture. Pound for pound, and inch for inch, Russell Wilson is as good a QB as there is in the NFL. If the ‘Hawks can remain healthy they will be hard to beat.
1. Denver Broncos 4-0
There is really no debate on this selection. Peyton Manning is playing at an insane level of greatness. I doubt that the Broncos will go 16-0 because it is just too hard, but if any team can in 2013 it’s this team.
2. Seattle Seahawks 4-0
The Seahawks engineered a great comeback win against a potential Super Bowl opponent in the Houston Texans. Look for Russell Wilson to lead his team to the NFC Championship and possibly beyond.
3. New Orleans Saints 4-0
The return of Sean Payton has paid immediate dividends for the Saints. They look solid at home and should give the Falcons all they can handle in the NFC south.
4. New England Patriots 4-0
Gronk is getting healthy and the Patriots are still the Patriots. Expect a solid season where they can win any game and go deep in the playoffs.
5. Kansas City Chiefs 4-0
OK. No one saw this coming. Andy Reid has turned things around at Arrowhead quicker than anyone could have imagined. Will it last? Only time will tell, but for now, the Chiefs are in the top five.
- Week 4: NFL Rankings of Power 1-5 (brentmwold.wordpress.com)
- Week 5 NFL Power Rankings: Broncos and Saints separating themselves from the pack; Seahawks slip (milehighreport.com)
I wonder if those who witness historic events realize the importance of those events in the moment? In some cases, I’m sure that they do. On the other hand, I imagine that history often unfolds right before our clueless eyes. Heads-up football fans lest we risk the latter.
Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are flirting with a truly epic season. We are just one-fourth of the way through the 2013 season and Manning has already achieved a number of records. After four games Manning has broken Brett Favre’s record of 23 NFL games with at least four touchdown passes – Manning now has 24. He also broke Kurt Warners record of 14 touchdown passes through 4 games – Manning has 16. Add to that, Manning has tied Milt Plum’s (Browns) 1960 record of 16 touchdown passes with no interceptions thrown. And all while leading his team to a perfect 4-0 record atop the AFC West Division. At this rate, Peyton Manning may even replace Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and Breaking Bad in the battle of trending Google searches for 2013!
Seriously, Peyton Manning is unstoppable right now. And to think, the Indianapolis Colts thought he was through! Well, Peyton Manning is not through and he is showing the world that he can do a lot more than sell pizzas. If you like football it’s time to wake up because history is happening in Mile High Stadium and history is wearing #18.
Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos opened the 2013 NFL season with a 49-27 thrashing of the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens. Granted, the 2013 Ravens are not the 2012 Super Bowl winning Ravens, but they are certainly not a cupcake either.
The start of the game was delayed briefly due to severe storms, but once the rain moved out of the Denver area the future Hall of Fame quarterback found one open receiver after the next. Before the night was over Manning tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes. That hasn’t been done since 1969 when Joe Capp threw seven touchdowns to lead the Vikings to victory over the Baltimore Colts.
Manning was 27-42 with 462 passing yards and no interceptions. His passer rating on the night was an amazing 141.1.
In typical Peyton Manning fashion, the quarterback deflected praise to his teammates and coaches while frequently referring to the Ravens as a Super Bowl quality team. Once again, Peyton Manning proves why he is such a class act.