Sportsattitudes NFL Power Rankings Not At The Quarter Pole

Finishing Post

Since all NFL squads have played a quarter of their scheduled games aside from the Patriots and Titans who had last week off… and admittedly there are fans in Miami who will tell you the Dolphins took last week off as well (but I digress)…we are now at the quarter pole of the season.

Or not.

“Nobody knows what the quarter pole is. Unless the people who are said to have reached the quarter pole are standing next to an individual who has somehow determined that he or she is exactly 25 percent Polish than I’m afraid these common quarter pole references are 100 percent inaccurate. It’s a borrowed and abused horse-racing term, the quarter pole, describing an actual, physical, vertical post sometimes painted red or purple at the top, signifying the spot on the race track at which two furlongs remain before the finish line, two furlongs being a quarter mile. If there were a figurative quarter pole to the NFL season it wouldn’t be now, it would be somewhere in December.” – Gene Collier, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Rankings:

  1. New England – People talking about Belichick/Brady’s team-on-a-mission running the table. Commissioner Roger Goodell’s worst scenario.
  2. Green Bay – If they just had a defense to match the offense…well, we say that every year about these Packers don’t we?
  3. Denver – Flip the script from Green Bay. Peyton’s new offense is really struggling…but the Broncos defense is ferocious.
  4. Seattle – Russell Wilson may very well need to be the leading rusher but with Kam Chancellor’s return defense is stout again.
  5. Arizona – If Carson Palmer stays upright these Cardinals are going to be all right out in the land of “God’s Waiting Room.”
  6. Atlanta – The problems in Atlanta in recent years have been at running back and on defense. Consider these problems solved.
  7. Cincinnati – It doesn’t matter where I rank the Bengals because Marvin Lewis will eventually find a way to screw them up.
  8. Carolina – Cam Newton can’t keep playing all eleven positions on offense forever can he?
  9. New York Jets – I can’t explain this.
  10. New York Giants – I can’t explain this either.
  11. Pittsburgh – Defense obviously has to heal before Roethlisberger does…but the offense/special teams were the culprit last week.
  12. St. Louis – Jeff Fisher may very well save his job for another season even if he can’t save the Rams from moving out to L.A.
  13. Indianapolis – Andrew Luck has to heal quick and then stop giving the ball away at every turn. D needs to start getting turnovers.
  14. Dallas – Their ranking probably is a little bit high but I do feel a need to give so many kudos to the best M.A.S.H. unit in the NFL.
  15. Buffalo – If Rex Ryan ever, ever learns that penalties hurt your football team the Bills might very well be on to something.
  16. Oakland – Flashes of life coming from the other side of the Bay. That Golden State Warriors vibe is rubbing off on them.
  17. Minnesota – Adrian Peterson has finally answered the call. Paging Teddy Bridgewater. Purple courtesy phone.
  18. San Diego – Philip Rivers has the biggest heart of any quarterback in the game. He is worth a couple wins a year himself. They’ll need those for sure this season.
  19. Baltimore – The Ravens were gifted by Pittsburgh last week. In the next two weeks…a shot to get back to .500…best take advantage.
  20. Washington – They apparently aren’t changing either the nickname or their starting quarterback. Win over Eagles showed some grit.
  21. Philadelphia – Andy Reid could never make adjustments here. Chip Kelly better start or he’ll be elsewhere also.
  22. Kansas City –  Defense has taken a leave-of-absence and now Andy Reid needs to adjust. Uh-oh.
  23. New Orleans – They barely won a game against a banged-up Dallas and everyone thinks they’re OK? Really?
  24. Houston – Arian Foster has to heal and heal fast. If not…J.J. Watt is their best option to play quarterback.
  25. Tennessee – Marcus Mariota making Chip Kelly weep at night. Philadelphians picture him in an Eagles uni daily.
  26. Detroit – This team should not be winless. America only asks that each year the Lions are competitive on Thanksgiving Day.
  27. Jacksonville – Gus Bradley is the head coach I wanted here in Philly. I still do. I am not alone.
  28. Cleveland – I like the new uniforms. My wife does not. She still demands a logo. Honey, they’re the BROWNS.
  29. Chicago – It’s all in Jay Cutler’s hands now. (Dear God what did I just type…?)
  30. Tampa Bay – Will they ever win another game in Tampa? Note to those Saint-lovers – do you recall the Bucs beating you?
  31. Miami – Potential is the most dreaded word in sports. Miami has potential. That’s why Joe Philbin was fired this week.
  32. San Francisco – We knew it would be bad when just about everyone on last year’s team retired or relocated. It is. Bad.
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25 Responses to Sportsattitudes NFL Power Rankings Not At The Quarter Pole

  1. Rob Kotaska says:

    The Bills ranked behind the Colts, a team they decimated Week One? C’mon, Bruce

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    • Rob, so glad to see you back I promise to keep an extra special eye on those Bills next time around! I think they regressed a bit since then and I also think the Colts have better days ahead…but I just heard Luck may not play tonight so excuse me while I get my Indy players out of my fantasy lineups…

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  2. Christopher says:

    Agreed completely with Denver in the top 3– highly underrated by the national media in my opinion

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  3. SportsChump says:

    Been a pretty entertaining season so far.

    I’d definitely rank Atlanta and Cincy higher than you have them.

    And maybe even Arizona.

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    • Chris, Marvin Lewis and I go way back. I’m not buying into Cincy for a few more weeks. I do like Atlanta and Arizona obviously. It’s gonna be a wild ride for sure. I hope you liked where I placed the Bucs…

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      • SportsChump says:

        This is really a make or break week in Tampa. I mean, Jacksonville isn’t horrible but this is a game the Bucs HAVE to win.

        Eleven straight home losses. Lovie’s never won here.

        I mean, how long do we have to wait to win a damn home game?

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  4. Why DID they hire Lovie? I mean he seems like a decent, Tony Dungy-type…but his demeanor just doesn’t inspire me from a leadership standpoint. Maybe in the locker room he’s more aggressive …and maybe as a coordinator he was more demanding…but sometimes “cool” customers don’t have the fire and passion you require when you have a franchise who has grown used to losing.

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  5. Oh your being kind. The 49er’s, it’s worse than bad… its the end of the world. Stupid owners, an idiot for a GM (sounds like a stooge too), no offensive line, but an invisible quarterback makes up for that, receivers in revolt, and a coach who looks like a deer caught in the headlights who only knows how to say at his weekly press conferences a mantra that he taught himself. “We have to get better, and we’re going to work on it—we’re just not sure when that is going to start? But, Colin is our man (or until Balke and the powers that be tell me otherwise) and the team has not lost faith in him (even though they have him surrounded down on the field with high power weapons right now, ready to take him out of the lineup forever publicly), and that’s because he admits 1005 his fault—every damn week! Even though its true.” The fans? What fans? The faithful have lost faith and can’t even give their season tickets away (despite a Super Bowl coming here!), believe me, they’ve tried. But we still have a new stadium, with bad turf and a red hot sun that bakes fans and players alike until overcooked. Oh, but our defense is great and so is coach Mangini, they just are too exhausted by the offensive offense. No punter—letting David Lee go was also asinine—but we’re going to get embarrassed by the Giants on national television Sunday night, so we have that going for us. I wonder if its too late to get Tim Tebow—he at least wants to play QB.

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    • I heard before the season even started Levi’s Stadium’s turf would be replaced at least EIGHT times this season and there’s a Super Bowl coming. The 50th no less. What happens if the weather systems conspire to dump a dozen inches of rain in the region around game time…? You certainly helped me justify San Fran’s ranking.

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  6. ChgoJohn says:

    You think you had a hard time talking about Cutler and the Bears’ chances? Imagine what it is like for us to read it.

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    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting John! I have never liked the image of Jay the man but have until recently been open-minded about Jay the QB when he’s actually on the field. He has always been a victim of that dreaded “P” word…potential. There is so much there from a physical standpoint but by God he can spray a ball across a field faster than any of those industrial sprayers they use on golf courses.

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  7. SportsChump says:

    I was having a good day ’til I saw someone mention Schiano.

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  8. MooseBNR says:

    Hard for me to have Jets at #9 but then, I haven’t actually watched them play so I’ll defer to you. After all, it is just the quarter pole.

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    • Moose, jury is still out on those Jets but I like their overall team balance. O, D and Special Teams seem to be solid if not spectacular. Only lost to Philly because Ivory and Decker hurt….and also because Brandon Marshall tried to lateral a ball off an Eagles’ helmet…

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  9. How are the Chiefs not at the bottom? *tears* Although, to be honest, all my energy and concern is reserved for the Royals right now. (And boy do they need it, after the last month!)

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