Foxboro Blog Top 12: Week 7

And things get even quieter in the Top 12 this week, with barely any movement.  Indy/Denver and Cincy/Detroit may cause a shakeup.  Also 7 of the 12 teams are on the road this week, so there could be some unexpected upsets to be had in Week 7.


#1 – Denver Broncos

That wasn't the most convincing win for the Broncos on Sunday, but the teams below them really didn't do anything worthy of dethroning Denver.

Last Week: 1      Change: 0       Record: 6-0       Next Game: @ Colts


#2 – New Orleans Saints

I won't drop the Saints for that last second loss.  The game could have easily gone the other way and it was a quality hard-fought game by both teams.

Last Week: 2      Change: 0       Record: 5-1   Next Game: Bye Week


#3 – Seattle Seahawks

Seattle should continue to cruise tonight against Arizona, although anything can happy on these sloppy Thursday nights. 

Last Week: 3      Change: 0       Record: 5-1      Next Game: @ Cardinals


#4 – New England Patriots

I hesitated to bump the Patriots up after losing Mayo for the season, and with Talib and Amendola banged up, and with Gronk still unlikely to play, and…     

You get the picture.  Still, that win was far too sweet for me to not give the Patriots even a little bit of acknowledgement for what will most likely be the game of the season.

Last Week: 5      Change: +1       Record: 5-1     Next Game: @ Jets


#5 – San Francisco 49ers

If the Patriots go up, the Niners must go down.  It's not like that was the most convincing win against the Cardinals on Sunday.

Last Week: 4      Change: -1       Record: 4-2      Next Game: @ Titans


#6 – Green Bay Packers

Week by week, the Packers are making their way back into the NFC North race.  Now they just need the Bears and Lions to start stumbling.

Last Week: 6      Change: 0       Record: 3-2       Next Game: vs. Browns


#7 – Kansas City Chiefs

While they have yet to beat a team of great merit, 6-0 is still 6-0.  As the wins keep piling up, the Chiefs will inevitably keep moving up. 

Last Week: 10      Change: +3       Record: 6-0      Next Game: vs. Texans


#8 – Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals continue their up and down play, needing overtime to get past the Bills a week after clamping down on the Pats.

Last Week: 8      Change: 0      Record: 4-2    Next Game: @ Lions


#9 – Chicago Bears

In all likelihood, Chicago will be 5-2 next week.  I'm still not convinced that they are a playoff team though.

Last Week: 9      Change: 0       Record: 4-2   Next Game: @ Redskins


#10 – Indianapolis Colts

Bad loss for Indy.  Hopefully that motivates them to come out swinging against Denver.

Last Week: 7      Change: -3       Record: 4-2    Next Game: vs. Colts


#11 – Detroit Lions

Detroit took care of business and is keeping things interesting in the NFC North.

Last Week: 11      Change: 0      Record: 4-2     Next Game: vs. Bengals


#12 – San Diego Chargers

As usual, this final spot could have gone to any number of teams.  I went with the Bolts since they had a big win over Indy.  They are also the team least likely to make me look stupid with their play this upcoming week.   They won't lose to the Jaguars?  Right?

Last Week: N/A      Change: N/A       Record: 3-3       Next Game: @ Jaguars


 

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 7

After a Week 6 where over half the teams stayed in their exact same spot, we have a lot of movement up and down the board following Week 7.  The only team to maintain their ranking are the Packers, who have had the spot locked down since Week 3.  No team jumped up more than one spot in the rankings, but the Ravens and Chargers managed to take some decent tumbles given their recent poor showings.  Falling off the board are the Buccaneers who faltered in England.  Taking their place are their AFC South Rivals, the Falcons.
 

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1 logo 1 0 7-0 Bye Week
Everyone’s ready to crown the Packers, but their schedule has been less than difficult with the likes of Carolina, Denver, St. Louis, and Minnesota in the rearview.  Let’s see how they fare in the second half of the season against San Diego, Tampa, NY, and Detroit x2.
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2 logo 3 +1 5-1 @ Steelers
It’s all about the defense for New England.  If they can continue to build on strong showings the past two games, the Lombardi is not out of the question.
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3 logo 4 +1 5-2 @ Rams
Sunday night’s Super Bowl XLIV rematch wasn’t quite as exciting as the original.
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4 logo 4 -2 4-2 vs. Cardinals
I’ll defer to the “any given Sunday” rule and won’t knock the Ravens down too badly for the loss to the Jaguars.  Still, that was a very concerning showing on Monday Night.
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6 +1 5-1 vs. Browns
Week 7 was a good time to have a bye as the Pats, Niners, Bills, and Giants all moved up spots without stepping on the field.
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5 -1 5-2 Bye Week
After a 5-0 start, the Lions have now lost two straight.  Still Detroit fans have to be ecstatic about the results so far.
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7 logo 8 +1 4-2 vs. Redskins
With the bye in the rear view mirror, the Bills now have to prove that their solid first half wasn’t a fluke.
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8 logo 9 +1 5-2 vs. Patriots
Pittsburgh keeps racking up the injuries, but have the W’s to go along with them as they sit atop the best division in football, the AFC North.
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9 logo 10 +1 4-3 vs. Jaguars
After some haphazard play the past few weeks, Houston took control of the AFC South with a drubbing of the Titans. 
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10 logo 7 -3 4-2 @ Chiefs
The Bolts have looked shaky in their wins over inferior competition, and they’ve now lost to the two decent teams that they’ve played.  Not a ringing endorsement for the Chargers.
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11 logo 12 +1 4-2 vs. Miami
The Giants have a gimme game against 0-7 Miami this week.  After that, it’s a veritable eight week onslaught against quality competition.  There’s not an easy one on the schedule.  Ouch.
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12 logo N/A N/A 4-3 Bye Week
The 12 spot is always tricky.  The Buccs, Jets, and Bengals were all vying for this spot, but ultimately, Atlanta had the biggest quality win in Week 7 with their road win at Detroit.


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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 7

What a weird week!  Out of last week’s Top 7, four won in pretty ugly fashion, two had a bye week, and one had a collapse of epic proportions to one of the league’s bottom-feeders.  This is definitely one of the oddest NFL seasons that I can remember.  There’s absolutely no dominant team, and trying to predict a Super Bowl matchup at this point is an utter crapshoot.

The good news?  That I can keep the Patriots in the #1 position and nobody can even begin to call me crazy.  Seriously, make a case for why another team clearly deserves that spot more than they do?  Dont’ get me wrong, I’ll knock the Patriots when they deserve to be knocked down, but for now, they’re one of the more functional teams in a league full of dysfunction.

Despite the wackiness, we only welcome one new team to the Top 12 this week.  The Chiefs are back in the fold and the Eagles and their quarterback controversy are taking the week off after their drubbing by Tennessee.  Speaking of the Titans, they’re the team who flew up the board this week, taking full advantage of the plummeting New Orleans Saints.

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1 logo 1 N/A 5-1 vs. Vikings
The Patriots didn’t play the prettiest game in the world, but got the job done on the road against San Diego. Had any team given me a reason to drop the Pats, I would have.  But the Jets were on a bye, Baltimore needed OT to beat lowly Buffalo, and the Steelers would have lost to Miami if the refs were able to make a correct call. In this wacky season where nobody wants to step up and be dominant, the Patriots are #1 again, if only by default.
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2 logo 4 2 5-1 vs. Packers
Whaddayaknow?  The Jets don’t play a game and somehow rise two spots.  That’s what happens when everyone else is doing their darndest to screw things up.  It’s a pretty rare thing when the top two teams in the league might come from the same division and hate each others’ guts.
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3 logo 3 N/A 5-1 @ Saints
That may have been a W in the NFL record book, but in the biased world of the Top 10, I’m counting that referee debacle as a loss for the Steelers.  I really want to drop Pittsburgh and give the Phins some justice, but a close loss to Miami is more worthy in my book than…
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4 logo 2 2 5-2 Bye Week
…needing overtime AT HOME to take down the 0-6 Buffalo Bills.  Shame on you, Baltimore!  Shame on you!
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5 logo 8 3 5-2 Bye Week
After a slow start, the Giants are quietly putting together an impressive string of games.  At the moment, they may be the most consistently good team in the exasperating NFC.
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6 logo 6 N/A 4-2 Bye Week
The Falcons were up and down in their game against Cincinnati, just like they have been all season long.  Still, their performance was good enough to hold them firm at the six spot.
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7 logo 11 4 5-2 @ Chargers
Tennessee is this week’s big riser.  After laying the smack down in three consecutive weeks and taking the undisputed lead in the AFC South, the Titans might just be this year’s big playoff surprise. 
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8 logo 5 3 4-2 vs. Texans
I feel a bit cruel dropping the Colts three spots without playing a game, but losing Dallas Clark is a major blow.  It’s a three team race in the AFC South, and right now I’m giving the Titans the edge.  If Indy looks strong on Monday Night, I’ll try to right the wrong and send them bounding back up the board.
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9 logo 9 N/A 4-2 @ Colts
It’s put up or shut up time for the Texans this week.  I think they’re playing for their season on Monday Night in Indy.  Win, and they’re deep in the hunt.  Lose, and winning the South and making the playoffs will be awfully tough.
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10 logo N/A N/A 4-2 vs. Buffalo
Matt Cassel has the KC offense clicking.  If the Chiefs can avoid a complete disaster agains the Bills, they’ll be 5-2 and in great position to run away with the AFC West.
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11 logo 12 1 3-3 @ Bengals
Miami should have won that game, period.  The officials may have been “technically” correct in giving Pittsburgh the ball, but common sense was that the call was going to be challenged and the refs should’ve made the extra effort to determine possession while they were still on the field.  Or, they could have just gotten the call right in the first place…
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12 logo 7 5 4-3 vs. Steelers
I can’t in good conscience put Tampa in this spot after the Saints throttled them the week prior.  Seattle was an option, but I’m boycotting the NFC West in these Top 12 until further notice.  I’m not keen on how Green Bay or Washington won.   That leaves the defending champions, hanging on by a thread after their despicable loss to Cleveland.  Take notice, Saints, my generosity with you has officially come to an end after this week.
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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