Every week, experts from across echoflam.com provide our Sports Editor with our ranking of the 32 teams in the NFL from best to worst. The editor compiles all the votes and then releases the overall rankings from everyone. If you want to read that ranking, click here.
However, being the Kansas City Chiefs Examiner, I thought you might be interested in my ballot and a quick note on why I ranked the teams the way I did. Here is my ballot:
1. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1) – It took Ben Roethlisberger about one quarter to shake off the rust of not playing a regular season game since last January. These Steelers look terrifyingly good.
2. NY Jets (5-1) – I seriously hate this team, but they keep winning. Sigh …
3. Baltimore Ravens (4-2) – A 3-point loss in overtime on the road at New England doesn’t make me want to drop this team down more than a couple of spots. I still believe they’re better than the Jets and the Steelers on a neutral field.
4. Indianapolis Colts (4-2) – A nice bounce-back offensive performance on the road in Washington for Peyton and Co.
5. New England Patriots (4-1) You just don’t beat Tom Brady and the Patriots in their house.
6. Philadelphia Eagles (4-2) – Poured 31 points on the Falcons last week, the team that WAS considered to be the best in the NFC. Not any more.
7. New York Giants (4-2) – The defense is playing up to their accustomed level and their running game is fixed. Bad news for the rest of the NFC.
8. Atlanta Falcons (4-2) – A hiccup on the road in Philly last week, but a couple of key defensive injuries could cause problems this week against Cincinnati.
9. New Orleans Saints (4-2) – Laid a total beat-down on the road to the pretender Buccaneers and had the Super Bowl swagger back for the first time this year.
10. Houston Texans (4-2) – They are as bad defensively as they are great offensively. That’s a great recipe for making the playoffs, but not hanging around long in the playoffs.
11. Tennessee Titans (4-2) – It’s hard to give them too much credit for the 30-3 win in Jacksonville on Monday night because apparently the Jags didn’t show up.
12. Kansas City Chiefs (3-2) – Week 6 is over and arguably three of their four hardest games of the year are finished. The schedule gets much easier over the next six weeks.
13. Miami Dolphins (3-2) – Beating the Packers at Lambeau is a very, very good win any time you do it.
14. Washington Redskins (3-3) – Played the Colts close at home and lost, but this team is much better than anyone thought they would be. Now if they only had a quarterback … oh waitaminute.
15. Green Bay Packers (3-3) – The good news is that Aaron Rodgers came back from his concussion and threw for 300 yards. The bad news is even more injuries hit the defense.
16. Seattle Seahawks (3-2) – Their defense is much better than people realize and ancient QB Matt Hasselbeck isn’t turning the ball over. They could easily win the NFC West.
17. Arizona Cardinals (3-2) – They’ve given up 50 more points than they’ve scored and undrafted rookie Max Hall gets his second start of the season at QB. This team could implode.
18. Chicago Bears (4-2) – Quick quiz: Which is higher … the national debt or the number of sacks Jay Cutler will have by the end of the season?
19. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3) – There’s no excuse for a performance like they had Monday night against the Titans. They looked worse than the Panthers and Bills.
20. St. Louis Rams (3-3) – One more win and they match their victory total of the last two seasons.
21. Denver Broncos (2-4) – So close, yet so far against the Jets last week. But this team has some real issues. Luckily, they play the Raiders this week.
22. San Diego Chargers (2-4) – As Bill Parcells always says, “You are what your record says you are”.
23. Minnesota Vikings (2-3) – The offense showed signs of coming around for the first time all season. My money says that Favre won’t last the season, though.
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2) – The jury is still out on how much they’ve improved, but performances like last week’s 31-6 loss at home to the Saints don’t look good. They can redeem themselves at home this week against the Rams.
25. Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) – We’ll find out a lot about this team when they play a banged-up Atlanta team on the road this week.
26. Detroit Lions (1-5) – The stink of the Matt Millen years in Detroit are finally starting to drift away. This is a pretty good team that needs to learn how not to lose.
27. Dallas Cowboys (1-4) – The poster child of a team in total meltdown.
28. San Francisco 49ers (1-5) – Finally got that first win, but it was against the Raiders, so does it count?
29. Cleveland Browns (1-5) – Colt McCoy didn’t look completely overwhelmed in his first start as a pro on the road in Pittsburgh and that’s a great sign for this franchise.
30. Oakland Raiders (2-4) – I heard a rumor that they’re trying to get Kenny Stabler to come out of retirement to play QB for the team. Hey, he couldn’t be worse.
31. Buffalo Bills (0-5) – Zzzzzzzzzzzz ……..
32. Carolina Panthers (0-5) – They’ve flip-flopped back to Matt Moore at QB. It won’t help.
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