2007 NFL Week 15 Power Rankings. Click your favorite team for their NFL
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|| While writing the Patriots
portion of my power rankings, The Empire Strikes Back theme
suddenly started playing on my iPod. How fitting...
||It seems like all Tony Romo does on passing
plays is look for Terrell Owens, and if he's not there, he goes to
Jason Witten. Regardless, no one can stop him.
||Did you see Peyton Manning
instructing Jim Sorgi on when to take a knee at the end of the Colts'
44-20 blowout of Baltimore? Why don't the Colts just name Manning
offensive coordinator and get it over with.
||Who didn't see this coming? After leaving the
game in Week 14 with an injured elbow, Brett Favre comes back and
plays solid against the Raiders. However, the real props need to
go to running back Ryan Grant with 156 yards on the ground. The Pack
officially have a starter at the position.
||Speaking of balance, along
with a No. 2 rushing offense, the Jaguars have slowly and quietly
generated an impressive passing attack. Garrard has 972 passing yards
(243 yards per game) with 7 TDs and one INT in the last four weeks,
and it's translated into a 4-0 ATS record.
||In Week 14, my top-10 rankings went 8-2 ATS.
Unfortunately, that means the blazing Seahawks (5-0 ATS in the last
five weeks!) stay put
||I don't think that there's
anything wrong with guarantees - Joe Namath is probably in the Hall
because of that - but you have to back it up. Anthony Smith looked
like the worst defender on the field Sunday.
||Turning point in the Chargers' come-from-behind
win over the Titans: Tennessee RB LenDale White scores a TD and mocks
Shawne Merriman and LaDainian Tomlinson in his endzone celebration.
Make fun of Merriman and his "Lights Out" dance all you want, but
don't taunt "Superman" when you don’t have the kryptonite
to slow him down.
|| Have they gotten over their
yearly midseason slump? Two covers in a row say yes.
||If the Patriots go 16-0, Romeo Crennel will
unfortunately be overlooked for NFL Coach of the Year.
||I guess it was only a matter
time before an opponent woke up and realized that the Buccaneers'
offense had the talent of a preseason team in the fourth quarter.
Luckily, their final three opponents may not even have that. They
play Atlanta, San Francisco and Carolina next.
||Although they were able to win and cover without
him, Adrian Peterson's brutal three-yard day off 14 carries likely
wiped out millions of fantasy teams in the playoffs.
||The Titans' conservative
approach in the fourth quarter is ultimately what sparked the Chargers'
comeback and 23-14 win in overtime. But who can really fault Jeff
Fisher in this situation? The Titans head coach is 69-7 with a fourth-quarter
|| I can't say this enough: Trent Edwards is
money in the bank. The kid is now 6-0 ATS as a starter.
||What happens when a team
has a talented QB who's only in his second year? You have performances
ATS like this week (Jay Cutler has four TDs and the Broncos win 41-7
over the Chiefs) and performances like last week (Cutler has no TDs
and two INTs versus the Raiders and Denver loses 34-20).
||Reggie Bush's miserable season came to an end
with a posterior cruciate ligament tear that's been bothering him
since November. Hopefully that's what has made him look like Kevin
Faulk most of the season. If not, he's going to start hearing his
name grouped with Blair Thomas, Ryan Leaf and Brian Bosworth.
|| Backup QB Todd Collins is
8-10 ATS as a starter over his 13 seasons in the NFL. How's that
for (useless) stat research?
||Despite their respectable ATS record, I think
the Cards have proven over the last three weeks (1-2 ATS) that they
can't be trusted.
|| Finally, the Texans' defense
looked like it had four first-round picks on defense.
|| Well, the ATS losing streak is finally over.
As for straight up… not even close. Their chance
to grab their first win SU since Week 9 will likely be against Kansas
City in Week 16.
|| After a conservative performance
by Donovan McNabb, do Philly fans dare call for rookie Kevin Kolb?
|| Signs running back Rudi Johnson should remain
the starter: The Bengals are 5-1 ATS when he gets 15 or more carries.
||If Brian Urlacher was as
scary as his Fathead commercial, the Bears would still be a respected
defense in the league. Todd Collins (it wasn't even Kerry Collins)
dropped two TDs on them.
||Remember when this was the biggest, baddest
D-line in the league? Prototype defensive end Julius Peppers has
three sacks on the season.
|| The season's over. It’s
time for us to see what former Heisman QB Troy Smith can do.
||Lane Kiffin, why isn't JaMarcus Russell starting
yet? You have nothing to play for, and judging by the other performances,
he may be the best QB on your team.
||I hope Kansas City's nosedive
in talent and victories this year was all part of a master plan to
rebuild the team. Otherwise, this team is headed toward a Dolphins-like
|| Steven Jackson can run all he wants. As long
as second-year QB Brock Berlin is under center, this team likely
||I don't care how bad your
offense is, you don't kick a field goal in the redzone and hope for
onside kicks to win you the game. Way to show confidence in your
offense, Eric Mangini.
|| OK, it looks like Chris Redman isn't the answer
either. Who's next on the QB carousel, Bobby Petrino?
||A part of me is hoping the
Niners win a game or two in the last three weeks, because the Patriots
have their first-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. Just imagine the
Pats with Darren McFadden. Disgusting.
||Oh great No. 13, use your godly football powers
to get this team a win. For they may actually be getting worse. They're
on their fifth running back, Samkon Gado, and future practice-squad
QB Cleo Lemon is the starter again.