This Broncos Team is Great. Here’s why:


By the Caveman

There’s so much to say about this 2014 Broncos team. So many thoughts popped into my head when writing this piece, there was no logical way to get them all down in a nicely-flowing compilation. Therefore, I’m just going to throw down a bunch of bullet points and conclude as best as possible.

ChargersDivisional Play:
The Broncos have won 4 straight division titles. That’s amazing. If that’s not dominance, I don’t know what is.
Remember that this was done in a very good division – 3 AFC West teams made the playoffs last year, and 3 are still in contention this year.
The Broncos have won 12 straight division road games. Only the late ‘80’s Niners have done that in the history of the NFL.
John Fox has to get a lot of credit for divisional success. He’s been winning the AFC West with both Tebow and Manning, two radically different QB’s. And he had the same studly divisional track record from his Carolina days.
The Broncos have a solid lead in all-time AFC West championships with 14. The Raiders are next with 12…and it doesn’t look like they’ll ever get to 13, let alone threaten to take the historical lead anytime soon. Orange Pride!!!

The New-Look Broncos:
Many are worried about our offense, thinking that the high-flying, 400 yards passing perNFL: Miami Dolphins at Denver Broncos game days are over. I say: good!
We got the name “Denver Broncos” into all the offensive history books last year. Now we’re done with stats, and it’s time to get some rings.
It’s not like the new offense is low-scoring either: Denver is the 5th highest scoring team in the league!
I love this stat: before the Rams game (high-flying Broncos) – 2.5 points per drive average; after the Rams game (ground and pound Broncos) – 2.9 points per drive average.
This offense is actually better than the old one.
Combine that with a defense ranked 4th overall, and getting better every week.
Manning’s still getting his stats: he just reached 4,000 yards passing for the 14th time in his career. No one else in the history of the NFL is even close to that number of times.

The Chargers Game:
Harris JrHere’s a list of things that were against the Broncos last week (causing myself and many others to predict a Chargers win):
The game was on the road.
The Chargers just came off a tough loss.
The Chargers needed to win this game much more than the Broncos did.
Denver was banged up, both before the game and during the course of the game.
Peyton Manning was very sick (to the point of needing IV’s).
But what happened? The Broncos DOMINATED the Chargers even with all the issues they had.
The Denver defense (with the help of Nick Novak doing his best Brandon McManus impression) held the Chargers to 3 points until the 4th quarter. If Fox/Del Rio hadn’t gone to prevent defense, you better believe that the Chargers wouldn’t have scored that pity touchdown.
If the defensive play-calling were aggressive for the entire game, every game, this D would be every bit as good as Seattle’s. I’m not exaggerating there. It’s almost like Fox is doing statistical sandbagging.
The Chargers’ D is very good. But the Broncos’ offense pulled a Grond and just beat on it until the gate couldn’t hold any longer.
(BTW, who is tougher, has more fire, and is more all-around amazing: CJ Anderson or Emmanuel Sanders? You’re stumped. Or you’d better be.)
The Broncos won a road divisional game by being more physical than a tough, desperate team. That’s a trait common to most Super Bowl teams.

Looking Back, Going Forward:
John Elway couldn’t do it all on his own. He needed a hungry defense and a studly runningSP30BRONCOSRAIDERS_JA11770 game.
Same goes for PFM.
The ’97 Super Bowl team was gritty, won ugly, and went all the way.
John Elway’s stats in Super Bowl XXXII: 12 for 22 passing, 123 yards, 0 TD’s and 1 INT.
Look familiar to what Manning’s been posting lately?
Terrell Davis’ stats in Super Bowl XXXII: 30 carries, 157 yards, and 3 TD’s.
Look familiar to what CJ Anderson’s been doing lately?
The last three teams to win the Super Bowl are: Seattle, Baltimore, and the New York Giants. What traits did those teams all have in common?

In conclusion, don’t whine. Rejoice! The Broncos are a home win against the Raiders away from sweeping the division…for the 2nd time in the last 3 years. The sudden but impressive shift to being a power-running, defense-first team is exactly what the Broncos needed. You know that the Manning, Thomas, Thomas, Welker, Sanders magic isn’t gone – it’s just dormant. If the Broncos run into a foe that stacks the box and sells out to stop the run, then we’ll see another 5-TD performance from the Maestro.

BradyIf the Broncos run into the Seahawks again in the Super Bowl and can only score 15 points, this defense will be able to hold Seattle to 10. That’s the beauty of it all – the Broncos can win however they need to. And they’re 5 wins away from bringing a 3rd Lombardi to Denver. Yes, we may have to face old demons by playing in Foxboro and meeting up with the Thugs from ‘Theattle. But I think that’s not only doable, it will be good for the Broncos. It will show all doubters, including (perhaps especially) Denver fans themselves, that the 2014 Orange Crush is the best in the world.

2014 NFL Third Quarter Power Rankings


According to the Caveman

We only have one more quarter of football left before the playoffs. Can you handle the new power rankings?

32. Oakland Raiders (1-11) – After getting their first win of the season against the Chiefs,Raiders2 the Raiders put themselves back where they belong after the most ridiculously lopsided 52-0 poop show the NFL has seen in a long time.

31. Tennessee Titans (2-10) – This team is poopier than I had ever imagined. I can’t believe how bad they are.

30. New York Jets (2-10) – They have played some pretty good teams pretty tight. But the fact remains – they’re horrible and have no quarterback.

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-10) – The worst team in the (by far) worst division in football. ‘Nough said.

28. New York Giants (3-9) – Time to blow up the Coughlin reign. Thanks for the 2 Super Bowls! Bye-bye! Now back to the old drawing board…

27. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-10) – The Jags leapt up this time around. See, unlike thesePhiladelphia Eagles v Jacksonville Jaguars other poop teams, the Jags have a slight glimmer of future hopefulness.

26. Carolina Panthers (3-8-1) – Yeesh, I know this is a broken record, but this team is awful. Brutally, brutally awful.

25. Washington Redskins (3-9) – Gosh, there are so many bad teams this year. In an average NFL year, this Redskins team would be 3rd or 4th worst in the NFL. Yet look at all the horrible teams below them. Blech.

24. Minnesota Vikings (5-7) – Mediocre!

23. Chicago Bears (5-7) – Mediocre! But they beat the Vikings…Da Bears

22. Atlanta Falcons (5-7) – The Falcons are tied for the division lead (and thus a playoff spot) which gives them hope. But not real hope. Just a fool’s hope.

21. New Orleans Saints (5-7) – The Saints are bipolar and baffling. But they will make the playoffs due to an incredibly easy schedule: Carolina, Chicago, Atlanta, and Tampa Bay.

20. Houston Texans (6-6) – The Texans are STILL the only team with a .500 record. That’s crazy.

19. Cleveland Browns (7-5) – I’m really pulling for the Boys in Brown. But they just don’t have “it”. That said, a 9-7 season would be a huge step forward for this struggling franchise.

18. San Francisco 49ers (7-5) – Kaepernick is a horrible quarterback. If the Niners still49ers had Alex Smith under center, I think they’d be a much more legitimate threat. But now, the Niners are all but done for the season. Shout out to Kevin!!!

17. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5) – Losing to the Saints at home does not do good things for your image.

16. Buffalo Bills (7-5) – The Bills have a BRUTAL schedule remaining, playing the (Spoiler Alert) 3 best teams in the NFL in their last 4 games. Good luck, Orton. Hahahahahaha. Trololololol.

15. St. Louis Rams (5-7) – If the Rams had played like they’re playing now all season, they would not only be in the playoff picture, but probably competing for the division lead. Unfortunately, it’s too little too late. Even if they win out, a 9-7 record will not get them in.

14. Kansas City Chiefs (7-5) – How do you lose to the Raiders??? How???

13. Baltimore Ravens (7-5) – The Ravens look tough at times, but they can only beat bad teams, and the choke against San Diego at home says it all.

12. Miami Dolphins (7-5) – Despite the Dolphins’ scare with the Jets on Monday night,Dolphins they are a really good team, and will be the 6-seed in the AFC playoffs.

11. Dallas Cowboys (8-4) – The Cowboys are slowing down. They have to be careful, or they might miss the playoffs in a tough NFC.

10. Indianapolis Colts (8-4) – Why are they so low? Because they haven’t beaten anybody good yet. Their four losses are to Denver, Philly, Pittsburgh, and New England. If you can’t beat good teams, you’re not a great one.

9. Cincinnati Bengals (8-3-1) – The Bengals’ tie-ridden record is close to the best in the NFL. But the team just doesn’t look good. They will likely win their division, but I’d bet anything that they’ll get knocked out in the first round. Again. For the 4th straight year.

8. Arizona Cardinals (9-3) – The Cards are taking their yearly fall back to earth after a strong start. I still absolutely love their coaching staff, but you also need a good QB to win big in this league.

7. Detroit Lions (8-4) – The Lions are no longer in control of the NFC North. They’re good, but they’re competing with the Seahawks, the Cowboys, and the Niners for 2 Wild Card spots.

6. San Diego Chargers (8-4) – Only one game out of first place in the West, the ChargersSan Diego are without question the third best team in the AFC after the 2-headed monster of Denver and New England.

5. Seattle Seahawks (8-4) – Ack, I hate having them so high, but they look like they have fixed whatever issues were plaguing them during the middle of the season. My hopes of them missing the playoffs are all but dead.

4. Philadelphia Eagles (9-3) – If Mark Sanchez doesn’t singlehandedly lose games, the Eagles are in great shape to make a deep playoff run.

3. New England Patriots (9-3) – I still think the Broncos would beat the Pats on a neutral field. But if the AFC championship is played in NE, the Pats will likely be going to the Super Bowl.

2. Denver Broncos (9-3) – How do you defend against this offense? Just when teams started figuring it out (culminating in the Rams game), the Broncos add, seemingly out of nowhere, the most deadly rushing attack seen in Denver since Tebow. The grit has FINALLY arrived.

1. Green Bay Packers (9-3) – There is no doubt that the Packers are the best team in thePackers NFL right now. Offense, defense, and QB – all spectacular.

2014 NFL Second Quarter Power Rankings


According to the Caveman

We’re (almost) at the halfway point in the NFL (stupid 17 can’t be divided by 2). Some teams have risen impressively (the Patriots and Lions are rising stars) while others have slid into the depths of a lost season (Bears and Falcons are so screwed). Where does everyone fit on the ranking of power?

32. Oakland Raiders (0-7) – So bad. Soooooo bad. And they still have to play theRaiders Broncos twice! Bwahahaha!!!!

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7) – The Jags are trying their best to be worse than Oakland. But they’re even failing at that.

30. New York Jets (1-7) – So. Many. Turnovers. Rex Ryan is on the hot seat!

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-6) – I put them above the Jets solely because of their stud defensive tackle. Dear John Elway, I want Gerald McCoy on the Broncos, paired up with Pot Roast. That would be epic.

28. Tennessee Titans (2-6) – This team is still poop. They’ll be lucky to go 4-12.

27. St. Louis Rams (2-5) – Besides a win against the Seahawks, they have had almost nothing positive come out of this season. A great team can win without their starting QB (see Arizona). The Rams are not a great team. They’re not even a good team.

26. Atlanta Falcons (2-6) – I have the perfect analogy for the Falcons – they are the Colorado Rockies of the NFL. They have a lot of talent, but they can’t pull it all together, largely due to being constantly bitten by injuries.

25. Chicago Bears (3-5) – The Bears are unravelling faster than a spider web in aBears thunderstorm. They are currently the worst team in the NFC North. Ouch.

24. Washington Redskins (3-5) – The defense looks good, but the merry-go-round at QB will prevent the Skins from being able to pull together a winning season.

23. Minnesota Vikings (3-5) – The Vikings are making some good strides. Bridgewater may end up being the best of the QB class of 2014.

22. New York Giants (3-4) – Eli may retire before Peyton does…

21. Carolina Panthers (3-4-1) – I feel sorry for Cam Newton. He’s pretty much the only good player on his offense (except maybe TE Greg Olsen). Plus, the very fact that they have a tie means they suck.

20. Cleveland Browns (4-3) – Hoyer the Destroyer is looking more like the backup QBBrowns he’s been most of his career. The Browns are still winning, but a no-touchdown performance against Jacksonville tells me all I need to know.

19. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2-1) – After starting the season as one of the best teams in the league, the Bengals are worse than their record suggests. And that tie is stupid.

18. New Orleans Saints (3-4) – Here’s a prediction – the Saints will go 8-8. That’s because they’ve won their 3 home games and lost their 4 road games.

17. Houston Texans (4-4) – The Texans are the only team with a .500 record. How sweet is that? The probability of that is something like 2,500-to-1. Anyway, as their vanilla record suggests, Houston is very average.

16. Miami Dolphins (4-3) – The Dolphins are exactly the opposite of the Saints. First, their defense is impressive. Second, they’ve won their last 3 road games, while losing their last 2 home games.

15. Buffalo Bills (5-3) – All Kyle Orton does is win. The Bills are still in this thing.Bills

14. Seattle Seahawks (4-3) – They are still scary at home. But on the road, the Seahawks are just an average team. And because they will likely be without home field advantage (if they even make the playoffs), they have no chance to be back in the Super Bowl. Awesome.

13. San Francisco 49ers (4-3) – The weak link on this team is Colin Kaepernick. I wonder if they miss Alex Smith yet? Plug in a top-10 QB, and the Niners would be dangerous.

12. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3) – A sudden but convincing improvement on offense has lifted the Steelers from being the worst in their division to being right up there with the Baltimore Ravens. The Steelers have an offense that’s bailing out their defense? What???

11. Kansas City Chiefs (4-3) – I’m scared for the Broncos when they go into Arrowhead. After a weak start to the season, the Chiefs are 4-1 in their last 5 games, including wins against the Patriots and Chargers.

10. Indianapolis Colts (5-3) – Everyone was really high on them after their 5-game winColts streak. But who did they beat? The Jags, the Titans, the Texans, the rapidly reeling Bengals, and the hot-and-cold Ravens…not exactly the cream of the crop.

9. Baltimore Ravens (5-3) – Yeah, they can smack down bad teams. But they are 1-3 against teams with a winning record.

8. Green Bay Packers (5-3) – When they fly, they fly high. But their defense, particularly their run defense, is keeping them from being an elite team.

7. Dallas Cowboys (6-2) – The Cowboys came back down to earth in an overtime loss to the lowly Redskins. That said, they remain one of the best NFL teams…for now.

6. San Diego Chargers (5-3) – The Chargers are a great team. But due to an unexpectedly strong AFC, they will have to be very good down the stretch to make the playoffs. They’ll do it, but it won’t be easy.

5. Detroit Lions (6-2) – I’m having a really tough time putting them into the top 5, but ILions have no choice. With 6 wins at the halfway point, the Lions are getting it done. And that’s without the best player on their team for the past few weeks (Megatron). When he returns, the Lions could climb even higher.

4. New England Patriots (6-2) – I hate the Patriots. I hate everything about them and everything they stand for. But it’s hard not to admire their success. They have a below-average team talent-wise, and here they are at 6-2. Denver should go into NE on Sunday and whoop them, but don’t tell me you’re not nervous.

3. Philadelphia Eagles (5-2) – The Eagles have two loses – at San Francisco and at Arizona. Both of those losses were close games, in which the Eagles very much beat themselves. I think that by season’s end, they will have the best record in the NFC.

2. Arizona Cardinals (6-1) – Who would have predicted that the Cards would lead their dreaded division by two games…at the halfway point? With the loser of the Cowboys/Eagles rivalry likely taking one NFC Wild Card, Arizona’s play will knock either the Seahawks or the Niners out of the playoffs. Awesome.

1. Denver Broncos (6-1) – Now that’s more like it. Convincing wins against playoff Broncosteams is how you get to #1. The Broncos have the same record as the Cardinals, but Arizona’s single loss was a thrashing by these very Broncos. No homerism here – the Broncos are the best team in football.

 

Broncos should beat the Chargers and it won’t be close


FansIn a way I hate being “in the media”.  I hate having to be at least somewhat unbiased in the posts I write. I still write pro-Broncos (Rockies, Nuggets, Avs etc,..) but I have to do my best to not be a totally biased, emotionally fueled homer. It’s a good practice to look at things with a different perspective and really delve into who, what, why and where rather than just giving an impassioned speech of how they WILL win.

I spent all of last week telling myself and others that the Broncos had a tough game coming up against San Fran and that they should prepare themselves that it could possibly end up as a loss. Deep down the fan inside was screaming and angry that I could even suggest that the Broncos could lose. And in hindsight it was a stupid stand to take. Against my team I felt like I had to be ultra pessimistic and take the “realistic” approach but in the end all I ended up doing was overthinking it and TRYING to find reasons that they could lose. Which of course, they didn’t.

PFMIn hindsight (and how I saw it as a fan), the Broncos were the better, healthier and more prepared team. They had better leadership, better talent and a far better quarterback. Heck, the 49ers are missing something like ten of their starters to injuries/suspension and I STILL had them playing a close game with the Broncos. Stupid……

I’m not doing that this week. I’m all in on the Broncos and I really don’t think it’ll be all that close. People keep talking about the Chargers like they are on the same level with the Broncos and that it’s a two headed monster in the AFC West that will torch the rest of the NFL for the rest of the season. I call B.S. Check out San Diego’s season so far.

A loss to Arizona in the last minute, no shame there. AZ is 6-1 and VERY solid in all aspects of the game. They then won at home against the Seahawks, which at the time seemed extremely impressive. Not so much now that the Seachickens are 3-3 and have not looked great their last three or four games. They then won four more in a row….sounds impressive right? Cool it. They won against: Buffalo, Jacksonville, New York Jets and Oakland. Wow. Impressive.  They then lost last week to Kansas City at home and now head to Denver on a short week.

In comparison, Denver has one loss in overtime in Seattle and have victories overRivers Indianapolis, Kansas City, Arizona, New York Jets and a whooping of San Francisco.. The Jets was the one dud in the mix but the other 5 wins are incredibly impressive and the Broncos weren’t playing to their potential (until maybe this last game against the 49ers).

In short, this should be a whoopin.

The Chargers are hurt, missing several players in their secondary and nearly their entire running game and against a healthy Broncos team, that doesn’t bode well. Their only hope is that Phillip Rivers goes off and somehow their paltry defense stops PFM and the Broncos from going off.

Ain’t going to happen.

Rivers2PFM throws for four TDs, the defense holds Cry me a Rivers and the SD offense to minimal effectiveness (and get a few turnovers) and the Orange and Blue destroys the Dolts 44-21.

Shot called.

 

 

5 Predictions for the Broncos – Jets Blowou…..Game


The CavemanLine

#1 – The pedal stays to the metal. The Broncos started 2014 with 3 straight games in which they were handicapped by conservative (and just plain bad) play calling. They turned it around last week against the Cardinals, with some aggression…and look for that to continue. The dominance of the San Diego Chargers means that Denver has to keep pace if they want to win the division. This is good news for those of us who want to see a 15-1 end-of-season record.

#2 – Ronnie Hillman gets more love than Montee Ball. Montee Ball looked really really bad in his first three games this year. Some of that might be that he’s still recovering from an appendectomy. A lot of it could be that the O-line wasn’t jelling for the first three games. Maybe Montee just isn’t that good. And Ronnie Hillman, in my opinion, is even worse. That said, I think Hillman has a good game on Sunday. The O-line seemed to click against Arizona, and Ronnie was swagging around like Knowshon. That success will probably continue against the Jets, earning Hillman some maybe-not-quite-deserved fan love.

#3 – Ware and Miller combine for 3+ sacks. Von Miller is FINALLY killing it. He and Demarcus Ware are hitting their tag-team stride, and will have a field day on the horrible Jets offense.

#4 – McManus has some struggles. I feel bad for Brandon McManus. It’s not his fault the Broncos front-office has an itchy trigger finger. He didn’t ask for them to drop the best kicker in the NFL like a sack of potatoes, and thrust him into the void that was left. McManus may yet become a great kicker – he definitely has the leg (did you see how far some of his kickoffs went???). But it’s going to take a little bit of time to get his head straight and have the confidence to make all the kicks. I’m predicting another few weeks of minor struggles for him.

#5 – Peyton Manning breaks the career TD mark of 508…next week against the 49ers. I love this matchup for PFM against a bad Jets secondary. But asking for 6 TD’s against a really bad team is asking a little too much. It’s better if it happens at home anyway.

 

They are who we thought they were! Denver Broncos could be great


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I’m not talking about a 1990’s Bear’s team or the epic rant from head coach Dennis Green but rather using his words towards the 2014 Denver Broncos.  They are a 3-1 team that hasn’t had a ton of love from their fan base despite only losing one game to the defending Super Bowl Champion Seahawks. A fan base including a contrite but still somewhat skeptical blogger/uber fan….me.

We have all screamed and cried for the heads of the coaching staff after a lackluster 2-1 start to the season for the Broncos but the team silenced many of it’s critics after a clobbering of the solid Arizona team this last Sunday. A Cardinal team that came into Mile High undefeated and with one of the top defenses in the NFL.

The team didn’t leave Denver with the same impressive defensive stats after getting womped for 41 points to an offense that finally appears to have hit it’s stride. Perhaps we saw Sunday that the Bronco’s offense doesn’t only go however it’s HOF QB goes but how it’s superstar receiver plays.

Demaryious Thomas went off against Arizona for 226 yards and 2 touchdowns and wasDT playing like a man among boys against a good defense. He hit a gear on that 87 yard touchdown that I have rarely seen before and coming from a 6’3 235 pound wideout it was nothing short of incredible. Thomas had struggled in the previous three games but after this last performance we should have faith that the big guy is back up to speed and playing at his normal all pro level.

Orange Julius Thomas, Wes Welker and Emmanuel Sanders (6th in the league in rec yards with 435) have been a good/great core group so far and there’s no reason to think that Manning will continue to break record after record this season and for seasons to come.

The run game…..well it may be good news that Montee Ball is out with a groin injury because he didn’t look right since his appendectomy and he was one of the worst RBs in the league. He needs to go get entirely healthy, get his mind right and get back to the stud RB that I think he can be. That said, Hillman ran like he was pissed off when he was given the chance and I hope we see more of that for the weeks to come. Thompson and  Anderson as backups will do a fair enough job and we could see some life from this rush attack from now on.

DefenseThe defense played some bend but don’t break ball against the Cardinals in the first half and then came in and completely shut them down for the rest of the game. Partly because the Cards were down to their third string QB and their offense (and defense) appeared to be completely worn out. Gotta love what we’ve been seeing from Von Miller the last few weeks as he appears to be back to his old self and add that to a very very good Demarcus Ware and this pass rush will just get better as the year goes on. The secondary could be the strength of the team and Ward, Talib and Roby have really stuck out as being stud muffins on the back side of the D. The guy who has really been great is Chris Harris JR. Just back from an ACL tear, he has been ranked by ProFootballfocus.com as the number 2 cornerback in all of football.. Clearly a guy who is going to earn a pay raise after this season.

Up next are the New York Jets and there’s NO reason to think this game should be even close. The Jets have perhaps the worst offense in football and made it across midfield only ONCE in the entire game in a 31-0 shellacking from the San Diego Chargers this Sunday. The defense isn’t much better and this game really should end at something like 45-0. Still, there’s a reason why they play the games and anything could happen. If you’re in Vegas though, put your money on the Broncos to win this one and win it big.

The offense is back to it’s fast paced, big play form and it’s defense is playing with some guts and mojo. This doesn’t bode well for the AFC West or the rest of the NFL.

Good luck Jets.

2014 NFL First Quarter Power Rankings


RaiduhsAccording to the Caveman

One quarter of this season is in the books. A lot of changes have been made from the pre-season rankings, and now we have a pretty good idea who are contenders and who are failsauce.

32. Oakland Raiders (0-4) – Wow. This team sucks so much. They just fired head coach Dennis Allen, but even Vince Lombardi couldn’t win here. Rookie QB Derek Carr was a lone bright-ish spot, but he may be out a while with a knee injury. If I could feel bad for the dirty silver and black, I would. This team has a very good chance of going 0-16.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4) – At this point, even Kevin has to admit that this team is total crap. This supposedly solid defense has given up an average of 38 points per game. Wretched.

30. Tennessee Titans (1-3) – This team is poop. It doesn’t matter how bad their division is, they have no hope.

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3) – The Bucs finally won a game in week 4 against the Steelers, and are now on pace to go 4-12. That sounds about right.

28. Washington Redskins (1-3) – I thought they’d climb the rankings with Cousins starting in place of RG3. But Captain Kirk is a backup for a reason. And the rest of the team is so bad, it doesn’t matter much anyway.

27. St. Louis Rams (1-2) – Never was a big fan of Bradford, but the Rams do seem to be missing him. The defense is surprisingly soft

26. New York Jets (1-3) – Geno Smith started the season looking like he might actually be a serviceable starting QB. Then he started throwing to other teams more than his own.
Viqueens25. Minnesota Vikings (2-2) – A lot of people have the Vikings squarely in the middle of their power rankings, but I’m not convinced. They’ve won a couple of blowouts, and looked horrendous in their two losses. Bridgewater does look surprisingly good.

24. New England Patriots (2-2) – It’s really difficult to put the Patriots all the way down here and feel legit about it. But all the other teams above them on this list would beat them in a head-to-head, so this is where they are. Let’s face it: the Patriots are not for real…and that’s spectacular!

23. New Orleans Saints (1-3) – Another team falling rapidly. The defense is bad, and the offense doesn’t look like it should. The talent is there, but something’s missing. I still think they can turn it around, but it’s looking pretty bad for da Who Dat’s.

22. Cleveland Browns (1-2) – The highest ranked of the 1-win teams are the Cleveland Browns. The Browns lost by 3 points to Pittsburgh and 2 points to Baltimore. They look okay on defense, and Hoyer the Destroyer is the surprise QB of the season. I can see this team going 8-8.

21. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) – The Steelers have looked good in exactly one game – against Carolina. The once legendary defense is one of the worst in football. Their strength is now their offense, particularly their run game. I don’t think there’s a better 1-2 combo than Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount.

20. Carolina Panthers (2-2) – The Panthers looked like the Panthers for the first twoCam games. Then their defense decided to not give a crap anymore, giving up 75 points in their last two games. Cam needs to get healthy soon.

19. Buffalo Bills (2-2) – They would be higher, but Kyle Orton Is now the starter. Yuck.

18. Miami Dolphins (2-2) – They don’t make ‘em more average than this. Major kudos to them for not only beating the Raiders, but then proceeding to stomp them into the dirt with an iron boot to the throat. They have some drive for a mediocre team.

17. New York Giants (2-2) – Ex-Bronco Robert Ayers is going all beast-mode for them, and the Playbook of Eli is actually effective. Finally, for the first time in 18+ games, he looks like he gets it.

16. Dallas Cowboys (3-1) – The Cowboys have surprised everyone by having a decent defense. Meanwhile, the offense has figured out how to be good with Tony Romo as QB: rely on a great run game.

15. Chicago Bears (2-2) – Da Bears. Like the Steelers, the once dominant defense now sucks. And like the Steelers, they have a bipolar QB. But they have more talent than the Steelers.

14. Atlanta Falcons (2-2) – They have a lot of issues to be this high, but Matty Ice is the equalizer. The offense is good enough to go punch-for-punch with anyone.

13. Houston Texans (3-1) – This team is legit. If you put a top-10 QB in there, they might be nearly Broncos-level. Forget defensive player of the year, J.J. Watt should be MVP.
 Cheifs12. Kansas City Chiefs (2-2) – This is a totally different team with Jamaal Charles playing. Who said that running backs don’t matter anymore? The Broncos could learn from them…

11. San Francisco 49ers (2-2) – Defense covers a multitude of sins, and there are not many defenses better than San Francisco’s.

10. Green Bay Packers (2-2) – Green Bay looks like a team that’s slowly starting to figure everything out. They will make the playoffs, and I’m still not convinced that they are only the second-best team in the division. I think that they will overtake the Lions…

9. Detroit Lions (3-1) – …who are having themselves a nice start to the season. Detroit is doing everything right: playing defense, and adding just enough offense to pull out wins.

8. Indianapolis Colts (2-2) – After starting 0-2, the Colts got everything clicking in the last two weeks, putting 40’s on the board against two bad division rivals. Their weak division is their benefit for making the playoffs, but will bite (and has bitten) them when they actually play good teams.

7. Baltimore Ravens (3-1) – I’ll admit, the Ravens kind of scare me. Kubiak’s offensive scheme is already getting huge results, and they look like a team that could make some noise in the AFC.

6. Philadelphia Eagles (3-1) – The offense had an off game against the Niners, scoring exactly zero points. Some of that was San Fran’s good, but a lot of it was Philly’s bad. They’ll bounce back.

5. Arizona Cardinals (3-0) – How can a team with a below-average QB (who’s been injured) be this good? By doing everything right, especially coaching. If the Cards’ coaching staff were in Denver, the Broncos would be one of the best teams in football history.

4. San Diego Chargers (3-1) – This team has it all: a sizzling QB, talented skill players, and a thumping defense. Denver will be neck and neck with them all season.

3. Cincinnati Bengals (3-0) – Wow, what a defense. Best in the NFL right now. And anbengals offensive line that makes QB’s everywhere shed jealous tears. Could this be the year of the tiger?

2. Denver Broncos (2-1) – I thought about dropping them below the Bengals and Chargers, but I wizened up. This team is still the best in the AFC. That said, if the playoffs were to start right now, the Broncos would be the 6-seed. I hope that the pathetic excuse for coaching and play calling we’ve seen so far is intentional sandbagging, with the hope that this team can “peak” at the right time.

1. Seattle Seahawks (2-1) – What can I say, they beat the Broncos. They wouldn’t have won on a neutral field, nor would they have won if Denver had good coaching. But the fact of the matter is that they deserve to be in the #1 spot. For now.