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