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The Reality Check Week 10 NFL Power Rankings

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The Reality Check Week 10 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 07 November 2012 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Kansas City Chiefs (32)

Getting rid of Stanford Routt will probably solve everything, though.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (31)

I have to come up with eight more weeks of commentary to make about them.

30. St. Louis Rams (29)

They really have three wins?

29. Tennessee Titans (26)

They’re better than that, aren’t they?

28. Carolina Panthers (30)

I THINK they’re on the uptick?

27. Buffalo Bills (27)

Played the Texans better than the Ravens did.

26. Cleveland Browns (25)

But they’ve got Phil Dawson.

25. New York Jets (24)

Has any team ever been less excited to come back from a bye week?

24. Oakland Raiders (23)

It’s a good time to see them here.

23. Arizona Cardinals (19)

I’ve got nothing.

22. Washington Redskins (18)

At least they have their throwback uniforms.

21. Philadelphia Eagles (17)

Firing Juan Castillo totally solved their O-Line.

20. Cincinnati Bengals (20)

I left them alone for keeping things competitive against the Broncos. I’m giving them too much credit.

19. Dallas Cowboys (15)

Jerry Jones should be locked out of a number of rooms at this point.

18. San Diego Chargers (28)

I knocked them down too far. I’ll probably do it again.

17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (22)

DOUG MARTIN DOUG MARTIN DOUG MARTIN DOUG MARTIN DOUG MARTIN DOUG MARTIN.

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The Reality Check Week 9 NFL Power Rankings

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The Reality Check Week 9 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 30 October 2012 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Kansas City Chiefs (32)

They’re in primetime this week because no one in the NFL wants to help lift the spirits of hurricane victims.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (31)

They weren’t as bad as we expected them to be in Green Bay, I just don’t think they’re worthy of moving up.

30. Carolina Panthers (29)

I’ll default to PFT’s Darin Gantt for this one…

29. St. Louis Rams (24)

“We welcome the New England Patriots to London, representing the NFL. We also welcome the St. Louis Rams, representing nothing.”

28. San Diego Chargers (22)

Norv Turner has naked pictures of everyone everywhere. He must.

27. Buffalo Bills (25)

Mario Williams is optimistic about his wrist, but not about his team’s chances of winning games.

26. Tennessee Titans (23)

You take it week by week with this crew.

25. Cleveland Browns (30)

I don’t this is a “good” team welcoming Baltimore to town, but I do think they’re somehow “better.” Probably.

24. New York Jets (19)

I’ve had a gut feeling about them all along.

23. Oakland Raiders (28)

I don’t really believe it though. They beat the Jaguars and Chiefs in the last two weeks.

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (27)

Well…they looked really good on Thursday night.

21. New Orleans Saints (17)

Joe Vitt’s return made a whole lot of no difference.

20. Cincinnati Bengals (20)

But they just BARELY sneaked past “bye.”

19. Arizona Cardinals (16)

They’ll be in the bottom four by the end of the season.

18. Washington Redskins (15)

Maybe the Shanahans will have Robert Griffin III line up on defense next.

17. Philadelphia Eagles (12)

But I’m sure starting Nick Foles would solve everything.

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The Reality Check Week 8 NFL Power Rankings

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The Reality Check Week 8 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 24 October 2012 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Kansas City Chiefs (32)

Yuck.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (31)

Yuck again.

30. Cleveland Browns (30)

You can almost assume their game against the Ravens next week is going to be close somehow.

29. Carolina Panthers (29)

Maybe we should have seen this coming.

28. Oakland Raiders (28)

Beat a bad team. Barely. At home. After the bad team’s players got hurt.

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (26)

I’m all for them staying in creamsicle though.

26. Indianapolis Colts (27)

No one would remember they’re 3-3.

25. Buffalo Bills (22)

Shawne Merriman is back! Shawne Merriman isn’t any good!

24. St. Louis Rams (23)

Lots of teams lose to the Packers.

23. Tennessee Titans (25)

Well if Chris Johnson is going to run like that…

22. San Diego Chargers (17)

Haven’t beaten anyone good, try to cheat.

21. Detroit Lions (16)

Maybe no one told them they still had Calvin Johnson this season.

20. Cincinnati Bengals (18)

Always doing very Cincinnati Bengals-y things.

19. New York Jets (20)

I give them a slight nod for keeping things close in Foxborough, but I still don’t think they’re very good.

18. Miami Dolphins (21)

Surprise, surprise.

17. New Orleans Saints (24)

I’m PROBABLY giving them too much credit, but they have Drew Brees.

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The Reality Check Week 7 NFL Power Rankings

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The Reality Check Week 7 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 17 October 2012 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Kansas City Chiefs (31)

It was only a matter of time.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (30)

I STILL think they find a way into the bottom spot.

30. Cleveland Browns (32)

It must be a proud moment for whoever is actually going to still be around next year.

29. Carolina Panthers (27)

So…Ron Rivera thinks he knows what the problem is? I guess it will just be fixed tomorrow…

28. Oakland Raiders (26)

Perhaps Carson Palmer can start practicing tackling…

27. Indianapolis Colts (24)

I don’t understand. Should we have seen this coming?

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (28)

Calm down, they were playing the Chiefs. Everyone blows out the Chiefs, right?

25. Tennessee Titans (29)

We can’t thank you enough for that, Titans.

24. New Orleans Saints (21)

Market correction. I still think they’re on the way up.

23. St. Louis Rams (20)

Wait…Brandon Gibson?

22. Buffalo Bills (25)

I didn’t see that coming.

21. Miami Dolphins (23)

Best Dolphins quarterback since…Cleo Lemon, I guess?

20. New York Jets (22)

If they beat the Patriots…

19. Dallas Cowboys (16)

I probably dropped them too far. I don’t feel bad.

18. Cincinnati Bengals (14)

You can’t do that against the Cleveland Browns.

17. San Diego Chargers (13)

But at least it was hilarious.

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The Reality Check Week 6 NFL Power Rankings

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The Reality Check Week 6 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 10 October 2012 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Cleveland Browns (32)

But at least the folks in Cleveland have absolutely nothing else going for them.

31. Kansas City Chiefs (27)

They don’t have a very good quarterback, they don’t have a very good coach. They still nearly beat the Ravens.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (30)

What do you think the Jags’ elimination number is?

29. Tennessee Titans (23)

Would they really listen to trade offers for Chris Johnson?

28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (26)

But technically in second place.

27. Carolina Panthers (24)

Just like we all none of us saw coming.

26. Oakland Raiders (25)

They DID still beat the Steelers though.

25. Buffalo Bills (20)

I hate myself for ever giving them the benefit of the doubt.

24. Indianapolis Colts (31)

The whole “I’m pulling like crazy for Chuck Pagano” thing kinda outweighs the whole “I really despise Indianapolis” thing.

23. Miami Dolphins (29)

Kinda hard not to buy into Ryan Tannehill, isn’t it?

22. New York Jets (19)

Kinda hard to buy into ANYTHING about them, isn’t it?

21. New Orleans Saints (28)

The highest ranking a 1-4 team could possibly have.

20. St. Louis Rams (22)

I get a funny feeling that without Danny Amendola it will be hard to stay there.

19. Detroit Lions (21)

They’ll start winning soon, right?

18. Washington Redskins (16)

And Mike Shanahan still thinks the option is a good idea.

17. Seattle Seahawks (18)

Everyone in the NFC West is over .500.

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“The Reality Check” Week 5 NFL Power Rankings

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“The Reality Check” Week 5 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 03 October 2012 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Cleveland Browns (32)

I like what I see from Weeden & Richardson. You need more good players to win though.

31. Indianapolis Colts (30)

I still can’t believe they lost to Jacksonville at home.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (29)

I’m convinced they’ll ultimately be #32.

29. Miami Dolphins (31)

It’s a shame they couldn’t make that effort from Ryan Tannehill stand up.

28. New Orleans Saints (28)

They showed a little bit in Green Bay…wins are coming.

27. Kansas City Chiefs (25)

This doesn’t mean the Ravens will just coast Sunday.

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (24)

Not much to offer defensively on the Redskins’ final drive.

25. Oakland Raiders (22)

Defense is a MAJOR issue.

24. Carolina Panthers (23)

They’re better than this. They’ll improve, but it might not be enough.

23. Tennessee Titans (21)

In the short term, perhaps they’re better off with Matt Hasselbeck.

22. St. Louis Rams (26)

Now with pesky Los Angeles rumors!

21. Detroit Lions (18)

Just an absolute mess. This could bury them.

20. Buffalo Bills (19)

But Scott Chandler is a nice target.

19. New York Jets (14)

I’ve heard the words “you know who” a lot this week.

18. Seattle Seahawks (17)

You can’t follow up a win over the Packers with a loss to the Rams.

17. Dallas Cowboys (16)

They’re not as bad as they looked Monday night. At least I don’t think so.

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The 15-7-0 offers a hearty “RIP Defense” to the game of football

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The 15-7-0 offers a hearty “RIP Defense” to the game of football

Posted on 01 October 2012 by Glenn Clark

As always, this week’s 15-7-0 is brought to you by Roofing By Elite. Visit them at roofingbyelite.com. We make 15 observations about football ELITE, 7 about football “not so ELITE” and one “zero” who deserves to sleep on the roof from outside of football.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens game analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

“The ELITE 15″…

1. The performance Towson authored in defeat at LSU is still very much worthy of the term “elite”.

On more than one occasion during the first three quarters in Baton Rouge I found myself saying “oh my God oh my God oh my God”. It was an amazing effort from the Tigers in Death Valley…

No matter what, it doesn’t mean this didn’t happen…

I remember taking a picture of the screen when Morgan State lead West Virginia 10-0 in the NCAA Tournament. Things went SIGNIFICANTLY better for Towson after their moment than they did for MSU.

2. Hey! Remember last week when the Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons were the best team in their respective conferences? Like Sonny & Cher said, “the beat goes on”.

Want to see Danieal Manning make an interception return TD look like a kick return TD? Of course you do.

It’s probably worth taking a closer look at the block Jonathan Joseph laid on Nate Washington during the return…

Oh my. Houston stomped Tennessee, but you knew that was going to happen. Tennessee also lost quarterback Jake Locker for what looks like could be “several weeks” according to CBS. So they’ve got that going for them.

The Falcons-Panthers game was significantly more interesting. Carolina had a chance to pull the upset at the Georgia Dome but (first) Cam Newton fumbled the ball after what would have been a late 3rd down conversion (then) Ron Rivera decided not to go for it on 4th and short but instead give the ball back to Matt Ryan (and) Ryan did this from the shadow of his own endzone…

The Falcons would get a game winner from Matt Bryant to stay undefeated, the Panthers fell to 1-3. Matt Ryan’s thoughts are NSFW if you’re a lip-reader…

Earlier in the game, Cam Newton did THIS…

And I guess spending time in Atlanta has helped Dunta Robinson perfect his Tomahawk Chop…

3. Also from the “don’t forget we’re really good” category, I give you the New England Patriots.

The Pats were in a bit of trouble in the first half of this one, but then they remembered they were the Patriots and scored like 600 unanswered points. Was it 600? I think it was 600. Let’s ask Tom Brady.

By the way-I’m terrible at lip-reading. If you told me he was asking about whether or not Looper was any good, I would believe you.

Now Ryan Fitzpatrick’s reaction…

Maybe he just found out the new stadium is going up in Los Angeles and is getting excited about buying a home in Burbank.

Vince Wilfork nearly killed a man in this one…

And Rob Gronkowski made sure he didn’t miss another spike…

4. Since you started reading this week’s 15-7-0, West Virginia scored three more touchdowns.

WVU QB Geno Smith threw more touchdowns (8) than incomplete passes (6) Saturday against Baylor. He also threw for 656 yards and no picks. Try to keep up…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqDruveDZD0

How about that last catch from JD Woods to seal it? Geesh. You might not have seen it because your head was still spinning from the 133 points scored in the game.

Smith is your Heisman Trophy frontrunner and the Mountaineers are a sexy “dark hose” pick to make a run at the BCS Championship. The folks in Morgantown might want to make sure they have room for a third digit on the scoreboard.

5. Is it safe declare that the Urban Meyer experiment at Ohio State is already working?

First, we start with the fact that ESPN’s College Gameday was in East Lansing this week. It’s noteworthy. Here’s the singular best sign…

That’s just…so…exceptional. Mom and dad are proud of the education they’re paying for you to get at MSU!

The Buckeyes are 5-0 but can’t win anything. This will be an awkward storyline if the season continues this way…

And since the Big Ten stinks, I kinda have to assume it will. Oh and also, the Spartans coaches were complaining postgame that the game film they received from Ohio State wasn’t up to standards. It sounds like whiny bitching from sore losers, but I’ll let you be the judge…

I don’t really understand the issue. Of course, if they had sent the right video, the Spartans probably would have been able to figure out what the Buckeyes’ hand signals were all about…

6. And some weeks Peyton Manning really still IS Peyton Manning.

Remember what everyone said about the Raiders defense? They probably didn’t say enough. The guy most thankful for the asskicking? Demaryius Thomas. Otherwise this would have been REALLY embarrassing…

And for fellow Peyton Manning fantasy owners, this one is worth watching again…

7. The Chargers defense would have been an awfully good start in fantasy football this week.

Well, other than this Jamaal Charles run…

But the six turnovers, they were helpful. And since we’re talking about baked goods, thanks to whoever brought the Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding (I’m sorry I forgot who you are!) to Maritime Magic Friday night (an event to benefit Living Classrooms Foundation). Holy hell I’ve never had anything greater.

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“The Reality Check” Week 4 NFL Power Rankings

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“The Reality Check” Week 4 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 26 September 2012 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Cleveland Browns (32)

The only thing I’m certain about in the NFL is that the Browns have been the worst team thus far.

31. Miami Dolphins (31)

But if Dan Carpenter could make a kick they wouldn’t be here.

30. Indianapolis Colts (26)

If you’re going to win a few games you’re probably going to have to beat the Jaguars at home.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (31)

In my heart of hearts, I still think they’re worse than the Browns. But as a reminder, the Ravens really liked Cecil Shorts III.

28. New Orleans Saints (17)

I knew it would be a struggle. NO ONE knew it would be this much of a struggle.

27. Washington Redskins (21)

You REALLY think it’s a good idea to keep letting RGIII get hit like that, Kyle Shanahan?

26. St. Louis Rams (24)

So…if Jay Cutler stinks and you lose to him, that means?

25. Kansas City Chiefs (30)

They’re not going to go winless. That’s a start.

24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (22)

Every time you think they might be making progress…

23. Carolina Panthers (19)

Is the league figuring Cam Newton out a bit in year two?

22. Oakland Raiders (29)

That was a damn gutty victory.

21. Tennessee Titans (25)

They’ll need to be able to win a few without so many miracles.

20. Minnesota Vikings (27)

That was a really impressive performance. Not a whole lot more you can say.

19. Buffalo Bills (20)

A win over the Browns is a win, just unlikely to be a win that will make me give you a whole lot of credit.

18. Detroit Lions (12)

But at least they have quarterback issues!

17. Seattle Seahawks (23)

As Drew Forrester says, they’re 2-1*!

(Rankings 16-1 on Page 2…)

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The 15-7-0 thinks Bah-sten is full of loo-sahs!

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The 15-7-0 thinks Bah-sten is full of loo-sahs!

Posted on 24 September 2012 by Glenn Clark

As always, this week’s 15-7-0 is brought to you by Roofing By Elite. Visit them at roofingbyelite.com. We make 15 observations about football ELITE, 7 about football “not so ELITE” and one “zero” who deserves to sleep on the roof from outside of football.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens game analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

“The ELITE 15″…

1. I know Maryland lost to West Virginia and all, but it’s hard for me to imagine saying the name Stefon Diggs without including him in the elite category.

It doesn’t excuse the stupidity of Randy Edsall’s clock management at the end of the first half OR the continued issues this Maryland team is having with turning the ball over, but I think most of us would agree that simply not losing by 70 is half an accomplishment for this particular Maryland team.

Losing by 10 is almost…frankly…amazing for this group.

What’s ABSOLUTELY amazing is watching what happens when the football is in the hands of Terps freshman WR Stefon Diggs. For example, he had three catches Saturday. Here are two of them…


If this was basketball, we’d be chanting “one more year!” every time he touched the ball.

By the way, Geno Smith looks like the early season Heisman Trophy frontrunner. That is of course thanks almost entirely to the fact that he gets to throw the ball to Tavon Austin.

2. In a game featuring Robert Griffin III and Andy Dalton, perhaps we should have expected Mohamed Sanu was going to make the best play of the game from under center?

Redskins defender: “Oh I see, they put a receiver in the Wildcat because they want to catch us off guard with a run on the first play. Well, they’re not going to surprise me, or my name isn’t……WAIT A MINUTE!!!!!!!!!!!”

This ended up being a really good game. The Redskins had the ball late, but a personal foul called against their bench forced Robert Griffin III to simply heave the ball towards the endzone as the game was ending. I wonder what Skins OC Kyle Shanahan thought about the call?

Oh then.

3. The Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons are currently the best teams in the AFC and NFC, respectively.

So here’s Matt Schaub getting hit by Broncos LB Joe Mays…

And here’s what he looked like after LOSING PART OF HIS EARLOBE ON THE HIT…

But otherwise, the Texans defense is ridiculous and Peyton Manning and the Broncos are 1-2. It’s not good news for my Peyton Manning-lead fantasy teams.

Also, the Falcons are totally over that whole “4th and 1 hangover” thing we thought might be an issue. And I guess because he’s worried about being the next Vernon Davis or Rob Gronkowski, Tony Gonzalez adjusted his TD celebration…

Nice form.

4. Florida State cleared a MAJOR hurdle in the road towards being a legitimate national championship contender.

You want to see a run? Here’s James Wilder Jr. absolutely OWNING Clemson…

It was a more impressive effort for the Seminoles than THIS…

Or this from former Nole Lee Corso…

But not more impressive than this from their own cheerleaders…

5. Usually Towson’s win would be the only time I’d mention CAA football in the 15-7-0. That all changes when someone throws for over 700 yards.

The name is Taylor Heinicke. Here’s what he did for Old Dominion against New Hampshire.

SEVEN HUNDRED AND THIRTY YARDS? THAT’S TWO SEASONS FOR TIM TEBOW IN ONE DAY!!!!

Also, I had a great time watching (at least the first half) of the Tigers stomping the Red Flash…

The good news for the Tigers? Ummm….at least they get LSU next Saturday coming off a less than impressive performance against Auburn? Say it with me…”Just don’t give up 100!”

6. Dear Oakland Raiders…thank you. Love, Baltimore.

The story of this one was the frightening injury suffered by former Maryland WR Darrius Heyward-Bey on a hit from Ryan Mundy…

Ugh. Just…ugh. It wasn’t the only big hit of the day though. Welcome, Matt Giordano…

And also, Emmanuel Sanders thought your computer needed a new wallpaper…

7. The Arizona Cardinals are 3-0 and alone in first place in the NFC West. Nothing to see here.

The Cards had never started a season 3-0 since moving to Arizona, so why WOULDN’T it happen in the year where they picked John Skelton to play QB over Kevin Kolb and then were forced to default back to Kevin Kolb. Makes perfect sense.

For the Eagles, at least Michael Vick had that big scoring play before the half?

And in case you forgot, Larry Fitzgerald would like to remind you that he’s quite good…

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“The Reality Check” Week 3 NFL Power Rankings

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“The Reality Check” Week 3 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 19 September 2012 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Cleveland Browns (30)

But hey, Trent Richardson is pretty good.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (28)

This Blaine Gabbert thing isn’t really working out.

30. Kansas City Chiefs (20)

They HAVE to be better than this. Right?

29. Oakland Raiders (25)

But they snapped the ball better…

28. Miami Dolphins (32)

They beat the Raiders at home. You can only get so much credit for that.

27. Minnesota Vikings (23)

They have good players on their team. They shouldn’t be this bad.

26. Indianapolis Colts (31)

They beat the Vikings at home. You can only get so much credit for that.

25. Tennessee Titans (21)

Tough schedule, but the “playoff dark horse” talk has slowed down.

24. St. Louis Rams (26)

Jerk or not, I’d take Cortland Finnegan on my team.

23. Seattle Seahawks (27)

I’m not a believer in Russell Wilson, but that was a statement victory.

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (18)

It’s a shame the folks down in Tampa have nothing to talk about.

21. Washington Redskins (17)

Is there a chance they’re halfway good?

20. Buffalo Bills (29)

They have all the looks of an 8-8 team.

19. Carolina Panthers (24)

I guess they still know how to run the ball.

18. Dallas Cowboys (12)

Oh hey there, back to earth Tony Romo. We were expecting you.

17. New Orleans Saints (10)

I still think they’ll become the Saints again at some point.

(Rankings 16-1 on Page 2…)

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