Foxboro Blog Top 12: Week 9

There’s chaos brewing on the board this week, with teams flying up and down all over the place.  Both Pittsburgh and New England plummet four positions, but not as far as the Bills who went from #7 last week, to off the board this time around.  Then there’s the Giants who have strung together some impressive wins and are rewarded with a swift climb up the rankings.  And despite all the volatility last week, there’s no way of telling what we’re in for now as 8 of our 12 teams are going head to head this week.
 

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1 logo 1 0 8-0 vs. Vikings
The Packers continue their fairly breezy schedule this week against the Vikings.  8-0 is 8-0, but the Pack have hardly been tested thus far.
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10 +8 6-2 @ 49ers
I have a hard time remembering the last time that a team leaped up 8 spots in the rankings.  Then again, I have a hard time remembering the last time Tom Brady lost a regular season game at home.  Give the G-Men credit, they pulled off a very tough victory and deserve a big jump in the rankings.
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3 logo 3 0 7-1 vs. Giants
SF could have been the #2 team, but an 8 point win against the Skins wasn’t nearly as impressive as NY’s win.  They can make up for it this weekend in a big-time #2 vs. #3 matchup.
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4 logo 5 +1 6-2 @ Seahawks
Baltimore was apparently just faking it the past few weeks, roaring back to sweep the Steelers.  They’re now in the driver’s seat for the AFC’s top seed.
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6 +1 6-2 @ Chicago
Detroit continues it’s climb up the rankings, being gifted with a small bump during the bye week.  Now they face a real challenge with Chicago looking hot and ready to reclaim the #2 spot in the NFC North.
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6 logo 2 -4 6-3 @ Bengals
After a big win against New England, the Steelers fell into the trap.  They don’t look so unstoppable after all, do they?
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7 logo 8 +1 6-3 @ Falcons
The Saints have shot themselves in the foot a few times already, but took care of business against Tampa.  Now they can cement their divisional dominance by taking down the Falcons.
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8 logo 4 -4 5-3 @ Jets
One play here or there and the Pats don’t lose to Buffalo or New York and they’re sitting up at the top of the standings as the #2 team.  But football is a game of inches, and turnovers, and when you make four in one game, you end up with a big fat mark in the loss column.
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9 logo 9 0 6-3 @ Buccaneers
The South is all but Houston’s at this point. The question is whether they can keep pace with the AFC East winner to grab the bye week. 
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10 logo 12 +2 6-2 vs. Steelers
Believe it or not, at the season’s mid-point, the Bengals are in 1st place in the entire AFC. The reality check is that they still have five games left against Pittsbugh, Baltimore, and Houston.
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11 logo 11 0 5-3 vs. Saints
This week’s game determines whether the Falcons go back to being contenders or mediocre.
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12 logo N/A N/A 5-3 vs. Patriots
As usual, the #12 spot could have gone a number of ways.  I felt torn leaving Buffalo off the list, but seeing as they’ve lost to both the Bengals and Jets, it was hard to justify leaving them on the board.  The Jets have come on strong the past couple of weeks and have certainly earned a return to the Top 12.


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Derek Hanson

About Derek Hanson

Doctor by day, blogger by night, Derek Hanson is the founder of the Bloguin Network and has been a Patriots fan for more than 20 years.

Foxboro Blog Top 12: Week 9

When you’re at the top, there’s only one direction you can go.   It should come as no surprise then, that New England plummeted this week after a three week run at the #1 spot.  Unfortunately, the old addage, the bigger they are, the harder they fall rang true, as the Pats are this week’s big dropper, losing four spots in the ranks.  For the most part, the rest of the rankings held fairly firm, with most teams only moving 1-2 places in either direction.  Houston fell off the charts with their loss to the Chargers, and more importantly, probably fell out of playoff contention.  Replacing them are the Eagles, who came up big in their win over the Colts this week.  That’ll always earn you some good will with me!

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1 logo 2 1 6-2 @ Falcons
There’s a new team atop the rankings, although it’s a pretty arbitrary call.  The Ravens did lose to the Patriots, and they also lost to the Bengals, who have a worse record than the Browns, whom the Pats just lost to.  When it comes to common opponents, Baltimore was less convincing in their wins over Buffalo and Miami than New England was.  So why are the Ravens #1, dethroning the Patriots?  Because you can’t lose to the Browns and stay #1.  And because this NFL season is just ridiculous.
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2 logo 3 1 6-2 vs. Cowboys
Nobody’s won more in a row than the NYG.  However, my anti-NFC bias keeps them from putting them #1.  To be the best, you have to actually play the best.
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3 logo 4 1 6-2 vs. Patriots
The same can be said for pretty much every team, but the Steelers have had some pretty non-convincing victories of late.  They were a few yards away from losing to the 2-6 Bengals on Monday Night.
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4 logo 6 2 6-2 vs. Ravens
Atlanta continues its NFC South dominance, but an even bigger test looms with #1 Baltimore on tap this Thursday.
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5 logo 1 4 6-2 @ Steelers
The game against Cleveland was not a smart one to lose with Pittsburgh and Indy on the schedule the next two weeks.  The Patriots are going to have to man up now and take care of business to stay atop the AFC East.
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6 logo 5 1 6-2 @ Browns
I was debating the Jets/Pats placemend at #5 and #6.  Ultimately, with the Jets being #5 last week, I had to drop them at least one spot for their bogus win against the Lions.  A win in which you need your opponent’s rooke D-lineman to shank a field goal does not count as a win in my book.
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7 logo 8 1 6-3 Bye Week
Don’t look now, but somebody may have just woken up the defending champs. 
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8 logo 10 2 6-3 Bye Week
The Pack have strung together a nice set of wins. However, mauling the Cowboys will only earn you so much good-will.
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9 logo 7 2 5-3 vs. Bengals
It’s a bit jarring to see the Colts struggling this much.  At some point, you just have to chalk it up to injuries and the fact that this might not be their season.
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10 logo 11 1 5-3 @ Dolphins
Don’t ask me why adding Randy Moss, a player who’s already been jettisoned twice this season, makes me feel better about the Titans.  I guess I’m just a sucker for the crazy ex-girlfriend.
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11 logo N/A N/A 5-3 @ Redskins
Philly pulls off a big win over Indy and is back in the Top 12. If history holds firm, you can pencil them in for a loss to Washington this week.
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12 logo 9 3 4-4 vs. Titans
In all fairness, Miami’s four losses have all come at the hands of Top 6 teams, and the Top 4 teams in their conference.  They’ve beaten the teams that they’re better than and lost to the teams that they’re worse than.  I think that’s reasonable for a #12 ranked team.
Derek Hanson

About Derek Hanson

Doctor by day, blogger by night, Derek Hanson is the founder of the Bloguin Network and has been a Patriots fan for more than 20 years.

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