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1. Seahawks - Seattle lost their second game of the season this week but it really doesn't shake my confidence in this team one bit. San Fran needed to win this game much more than the Seahawks did because if they happen to meet up again, the Niners will still have to find a way to win in Seattle.
2. 49ers - This week's win for San Fran has me believing that they are the only team with the potential to beat the Hawks. Caepernick looks like the quarterback we saw last year now that Crabtree is there to take the top off the defense and Frank Gore has much more room to move the ball now as well.
3. Saints - With all the talk about how unbeatable the Seahawks are at home, I think it's safe to say that New Orleans' offense is on a whole nother level in the Superdome. It's unbelievable. I don't think I could move the ball that easily with the Saints offense in a game of Madden. And now that they've seemingly locked up the 2 seed in the NFC, it's going to take an incredibly impressive performance to knock either of these home field teams out of the playoffs this year.
4. Broncos - Peyton threw up some incredible numbers this week against the Titans, proving to everyone (or maybe just himself) that the cold weather isn't an issue. At least for Denver's offense. It's Denver's defense that has me worried.
5. Panthers - Carolina's winning streak finally came to an end this week in New Orleans but this team is still a force to be reckoned with. As great a pass rush as they have, there's still holes in this secondary and Carolina's offense isn't even close to the powerhouse they went up against Sunday night. They're still a viable threat in the NFC but now that the streak's ended, I think they might fall back to reality a bit.
6. Chiefs - Kansas City has thrown up some incredible numbers on offense these past couple of weeks for a team that was supposedly an all defense powerhouse. Andy Reid has seemingly reinvented the formula for the Chiefs' success once again, compensating now for their injuries on defense. At first I thought this team looked like the Jets; a defense so good that they could carry their game managing offense. But now this team looks more like the Carolina Panthers. An elite defense with an offense potent to keep you playing from behind the more mistakes you make.
7. Patriots - You wouldn't think that the Patriots would have needed an onside kick to beat the Browns but as they say, "that's why they play the games". But while the Patriots didn't lose the game, they did lose their star tight end once again in a season ending injury that seems to have rendered this offense crippled once again. New England could have been a sneaky Superbowl pick but now, I'm not sure they win more than a game this postseason.
8. Bengals - There were quite a few questions about both of these division leading teams going into this Sunday but the Bengals clearly established themselves as the more stable playoff contender. The running tandem of Giovani Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis has really bailed out this Bengals offense who looks virtually helpless when A.J. Green isn't a factor.
9. Eagles - Nick Foles threw his first interception but it really didn't matter what their passing game did with LeSean McCoy dump trucking through Lions defenders like they were snowmen. Philly's got so many weapons on offense that even though their defense gives up a lot of yardage, their offense provides a big enough cushion to distance themselves from most opponents.
10. Cardinals - Taking advantage of St.Louis' backup Kellen Clemens, the Cardinals defense did a solid job beating up on the Rams this week and keeping their slim playoff hopes alive. However, the offense still doesn't look to be consistent enough to put away teams with more firepower than the injury plagued Rams.
11. Bears - It's great to see guys like Josh McCown find success in the NFL but let's not kid ourselves here, he was up against one of the worst defenses in the NFL and with Alshon Jeffrey's emergence he's got maybe the best 1-2 receiver combination in the league. Add to that Martellus Bennet, Matt Forte, and an offensive line that isn't given up a historic amount of sacks and it's no wonder Josh McCown looks this good in this offense. But to be fair, this offense is not the one we saw Jay Cutler run the past few years. So let's not run the guy out of town for a 34 year old backup just yet.
12. Packers - Green Bay stepped up in a huge way this week, eeking passed the Falcons as they continue to wait for Aaron Rogers to rescue their season. And the more Detroit stumbles along the way, the more that chance of snagging a playoff becomes a real possibility. Eddie Lacey's bringing a balance to this team that hasn't been there in some time and if they can pull off one more win without Rogers they can still win a spot in the postseason.
13. Lions - I knew the Lions would blow their NFC North lead. Sure it hasn't quite happened yet but if the Lions and Packers are keeping up with Detroit without their starting quarterbacks, they'll surely eclipse the infinitely underachieving Lions before the year's end. Sure it was a sloppy game in some of the most ridiculous snow I can recall but still, somebody's gotta tackle Shady McCoy! Anybody?!
14. Colts - Indy continues to disappoint in the second half with another lopsided victory due to their abysmal offensive line and subpar defense. Luck needs some help and quick because who knows how much longer Reggie Wayne's even got IF he comes back next year.
15. Dolphins - It feels like Miami has been on the wrong side of so many of these close games all year long but finally, the Dolphins caught a break. Keeping their playoff hopes alive with a win over the struggling Steelers, Ryan Tannehill continues to lead this team past mediocrity and right into almost interesting. Another couple of these Billichick plagued drafts from New England and hell, they might be right up there to take back the AFC East. Maybe.
16. Ravens - In what looked like a backyard football game during the finalt two minutes, Baltimore took advantage of the sloppy Viking secondary with a last minute touchdown to steal the lead in the fourth quarter one final time. But before that, the Ravens turned the ball over going for it on fourth down TWICE and Flacco threw to the wrong purple jersey 4 times (one of them called back due to a penalty). With this much money tied up in the offense, it's surprising to see the defense carrying Baltimore but this team's offense is in dire need of a spark ANYWHERE they can get it and I don't think firing your offensive coordinator is going to work out two years in a row so don't try anything crazy.
17. Chargers - Keenan Allen's been phenomenal for the Chargers this year and quickly becoming one of Philip Rivers' most reliable targets. San Diego beat up on New York and their former #1 draft pick Eli Manning as the bolts absolutely lit up the Giants defense piling on the Rivers comeback parade.
18. Cowboys - I really wasn't expecting to see Dallas play worse defense than the Bears Monday night but the Cowboys are great at surpassing low expectations. Even with DeMarco Murray racking up 150 on the ground, it didn't matter. The Bears looked unstoppable up against Dallas' secondary as has nearly every team that's gone up against them this season.
19. Steelers - Maybe there's a bit of Karma involved in Pittsburgh's game winning touchdown being negated by Antonio Brown stepping on the sideline a week after Coach Tomlin conveniently stepped in the running path of Jacoby Jones' sideline run that could have been a touchdown? Maybe I'm reading too much into it and the Steelers are just way overdue on the rebuilding process?
20. Rams - St. Louis got creamed by the Cardinals this week as it becomes more and more apparent that this team is lost without Sam Bradford. With the emergence of Zac Stacey and Tavon Austin though, once he's healthy, this team is going to be something to watch out for.
21. Jets - Nothing like a game against the Raiders to instill some confidence in your inconsistent rookie quarterback. New York's offense put more points in any game this year against Oakland and Geno Smith seemed to be back to his mid-level self rather than the dumpster fire we've witnessed these passed couple of weeks. The team still needs to re-establish the run game if they're going to have any chance at succeeding next year.
22. Titans - Tennessee came out strong on the Broncos but ultimately their defense just couldn't keep up with Manning and his arsenal of receivers. Fitzpatrick has shown glimpses here and there but I really think this team can find success if Locker can stay healthy. But so far, that's been a big IF.
23. Browns - Cleveland nearly had their former coach in what would have easily been the upset of the weekend but save for a couple of suspect calls late in the game, the Pats pulled off the miraculous comeback squashing what should have been the Browns' biggest win of the season. Josh Gordon is an absolute stud out there and if they can get anybody else back there as their quarterback (hell, even another shot with Hoyer) this team will be incredibly dangerous next year.
24. Buccaneers - Winning 4 out of their last 5 (despite starting 0-8), its almost like Tampa wants to keep second year head coach Greg Schiano around or something? What's up guys? Haven't you head of the suck for Shannahan campaign?
25. Giants - I don't want it to sound like I hate the Giants but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't relieved to hear that the Giants are now officially eliminated from playoff contention. Every year it seems like we continue the narrative of New York going on a late season tear after a bad start but they've really only done that once in the last five years, so can we just put it to bed already? I get that they won a couple Superbowls but nobody was talking about the Steelers getting hot and snagging a wildcard birth when they started winning some games.
26. Bills - EJ Manuel had another rough game against Tampa this week, throwing four picks and 0 touchdowns against a completely beatable Buccaneer team. But the real story here was how the Buccs held the Bills running game in check, forcing Buffalo to pass. And if Manuel is Buffalo's only option, it may not be a bad idea to punt on first down.
27. Raiders - With a depleted backfield, the Raiders still managed to rack up 100+ on the ground with third stringer Marcel Reece but somehow gave up 37 points to the surprisingly not awful Jets in a somewhat shocking outcome. The McGloin magic seems to have run its course but I don't know if anyone's really clamoring for Pryor's return either so I'm interested to see how they handle this the rest of the season.
28. Falcons - With all of the talk about Shanahan and Kubiak, is there any reason to think that Coach Smith's job is safe? Granted, they were a half away from the Superbowl last year but this kind of regression is unbelievable.
29. Vikings - Minnesota really should have walked away with a victory the way there defense was able to hold Baltimore. Well that is until the fourth quarter when the Ravens went from 7 points to 23 in the final 5 minutes of action. And take a note from Washington, there's no need to rush out Adrian Peterson if he's not 100%, let him wait for next year when hopefully he's not playing for a 3-9-1 team. Can I say just one more time, why the fuck haven't we been riding Cassel all year?
30. Redskins - I don't know if the story about Shanahan ready to walk out on the team last season is true (why would it be, they were in the midst of a winning streak then, not a 5 game losing streak like this season?) but this team's got bigger issues than just their coach. RG3 is nowhere near the quarterback he was last year and whether the offense has abandoned his running abilities because of injury or his father's demands, he's clearly not as effective. And if Cousins comes in and ends the season on a high note, you're going to have even more locker room drama and hashtags to sift through this offseason.
31. Jaguars - Jacksonville racked up another win this week against the struggling Texans, making finishing outside of last place in the AFC South a real possibility! Exciting, right?!
32. Texans - Welp, Gary Kubiak's became the first head to roll as the season's end grows nearer and nearer. Kubiak's botched quarterback situation and abysmal secondary have dropped them from a 12 win playoff contender to the worst record in the NFL in just a year's time. Please Texans whatever you do, just don't promote Wade Phillips.
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How has Ed Norton been reduced to starring in Verizon commercials?
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I was bored with comic book movies in 2008, how long is this going to last Hollywood?
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1. Seahawks - Seattle throttled the Saints in primetime this week and it surely looks like the Seahawks are going to be the frontrunners from here on out for the Superbowl. And just like last season, Wilson has looked better in each game he's played, which should be horrifying for any upcoming opposition.
2. Broncos - Denver cranked things up in the second half this week after giving up quite a bit of yardage to a team that's really looked pretty conservative up until the past couple of weeks. But seeing Denver turn things up in the second half only bolsters my belief that this team will still be the AFC's powerhouse come playoff time. Now, they're merely fending off any potential threats to home field and injury before January hits.
3. 49ers - I feel like San Francisco has quietly been piecing together a nice little run here leading up to their highly anticipated rematch with Seattle and a strong offensive outing against St. Louis this week only helped to bolster that opinion. Granted, if the two happen to meet in the playoffs it'll be in Seattle (where the 9ers have been miserable) but I still think if any team has a shot at knocking off the Seahawks this season it'll be someone like San Fran who's familiar with them.
4. Saints - The Saints got manhandled Monday night and Drew Brees' bratty response regarding New Orleans' road record only shows more evidence that the team isn't as well composed as they may seem. If you can shut down the passing game (which admittedly, is no easy task) this team is virtually helpless. Also, New Orleans has come up short against upper tier teams now three times this season so perhaps the schedule has helped the rejuvenated Saints a bit more than we may have realized.
5. Panthers - Carolina continues their longest winning streak in franchise history this week against the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers but the true test of just how far this team has come will be this coming week when they take on the Saints for potentially the NFC South crown. New Orleans will be coming off a largely embarrassing primetime loss so if Carolina can hold their own against Drew Brees and company, I think we may have to start including the Panthers as a real contender for the Superbowl.
6. Patriots - It was probably about a year ago this time when Houston took on the Patriots in an overly hyped primetime matchup that was supposed to show us that the Texans were for real and ready to run the table in the AFC. However, the Patriots embarrassed Houston and honestly the Texans haven't been the same since. So seeing a down and out Texan team battle for their lives against the very team that set this team on a downward spiral that still hasn't ended wasn't all that surprising to me. The fact that Tom Brady still managed to put the game away with nearly 400 yards passing certainly did though.
7. Chiefs - Even though Kansas City is in the midst of a 3 game losing streak, their offense has looked the best it has all season in those 3 losses. The defense is clearly not the same with all of the injuries their dealing with but the offense is stepping up in a way I didn't think this squad was capable of.
8. Bengals - You really have to wonder if Andy Dalton would have his starting gig right now if the Bengals hadn't given him A.J. Green out of that same draft class. Having Giovani Bernard help out in the running game has also contributed to this balanced offense but I don't think this team can overcome their quarterback's deficiencies to win more than a game in the playoffs. And that's if they can fend off the uprising Ravens.
9. Lions - Despite a multitude of turnovers, the Packers just couldn't put points on the board without their quarterback. Detroit has one of the most fierce pass rushes in the league so if you don't have a qb that can take advantage of the secondary, you're going to be in for a long day.
10. Eagles - Nick Foles has taken charge of this team unlike even the most optimistic Foles supporter could have predicted, as the Eagles are now in control of their playoff destiny. The defense still worries me but with all the weapons they have in the running and receiving game, Philly's easily got the most cohesive team in the underachieving NFC East this year.
11. Cardinals - Arizona looked to be turning a corner but just as the Cardinals looked to be playing their best football of the year, the inconsistent Carson Palmer of old reared his ugly head back into the picture. I was really pulling for Palmer to get a fresh start after begging to escape the Bengals but it looks like it may be too late for the aging quarterback. Arizona is a team ready to take that next step, all they need is a quarterback that can manage the game at the very least. Their defense and receiving corps can handle the rest of the heavy lifting.
12. Packers - Matt Flynn may have looked okay against the Vikings' atrocious pass defense but under the duress of the Lions' pass rush this Thanksgiving, he looked just like the Matt Flynn Oakland cut earlier this year. As badly as Green Bay needs Aaron Rogers back to succeed, they should learn from Chicago and be a little more cautious about rushing him back when he's not entirely healthy. But judging by his mustache growing abilities, looks like he's ready to go.
13. Colts - T.Y. Hilton is a great young receiver but he's clearly not a number one target. Indy hasn't been the same since Reggie Wayne went down and without him, this offense doesn't seem to have the consistency it did earlier in the year. The AFC South is a gimme this year so Indy looks to have won this by default this year. Outside of that, Indy's probably the worst team that'll make the playoffs this year.
14. Bears - If you're going to blame anyone for the OT loss this week don't blame Tressman, blame the defense. It was a back and forth game with all kinds of mishaps up to that point, kicking a 40 yard field goal in overtime to win the game with one of the best kickers in Bears history was not a mistake. He just plain missed it. And the game would have ended by then anyways if the Bears hadn't let the unbelievably one dimensional Vikings run all over them. The offense looks better than it ever did with Lovie but the defense has unraveled without Melton to shore up the defensive line and Tillman in the secondary.
15. Cowboys - Starting out in a huge hole, rather than trying to blast their way out with their mediocre quarterback, Dallas FINALLY utilized their running attack in a comeback victory over the Oakland Raiders. I don't know why this team is ready to dismiss DeMarco Murray so early but this guy can get it done, you just have to give him the ball. And whether it was out of design or desperation, it's nice to see they finally did.
16. Dolphins - With all the attention on Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck, Ryan Tannehill is quietly having another solid season behind this dreadful offensive line, now missing two starters, and an incredibly inconsistent group of receivers. This guy looks great and if Miami can avoid the knee jerk reaction to this Incognito story and continue to grow the relationship between Coach Philbin and Tannehill, the Phins could be the most promising franchise in the East. Once Brady retires that is.
17. Ravens - The Ravens still have just enough firepower to stay relevant in the AFC and almost all of that credit should lie with Torrey Smith. He's been the only reliable offensive weapon on the team this year as Flacco and Ray Rice have all but eroded. And while Baltimore's playoff hopes may have survived another week, I wouldn't go out buying any Ravens playoff tickets just yet.
18. Chargers - San Diego couldn't quite overcome Cincinnati's smothering defense this week as their dim hopes of an unlikely playoff appearance grew even more dim. I truly am happy to see a guy like Rivers rebound from a couple of dreadful seasons under his new head coach, let's just hope San Diego makes some intelligent moves this offseason to keep the team afloat in the highly competitive AFC West. Otherwise Chargers fans will be left to count down the days to Peyton's retirement.
19. Steelers - If only he'd have timed out his field goal kick a little better….Sorry, I feel bad picking on kickers, seeing how everyone else does but those three points could have really changed the complexion of the entire game. And now Pittsburgh has all but pushed themselves out of the playoff picture losing a must win game against a division rival in the same situation as they were.
20. Rams - Tavon Austin disappeared just as suddenly as he had emerged for the Rams this week as all the focus was on Michael Crabtree and what he was able to add to the 9ers offense. St.Louis, on the other hand, can't seem to find any offense outside of Zac Stacy. I do have to hand it to them though, they're not really being blown out without Bradford so I feel like this team would be in a much better situation if they weren't in the best division in football.
21. Jets - This is the New York Jets we all expected to see this season. An offensively inept team with an incredibly promising defense but no way to score points without turnovers. The team needs a quarterback dearly and even more so, a running back. It seems to go completely ignored that this team was built on running the ball when they were at their most successful but once their genius GM traded away their league leading running tandem for an over the hill LT, they haven't been able to run the ball consistently ever since.
22. Titans - Holding the Colts to 5 field goals for the first three quarters, you'd think the Titans would be in a great position to pull the upset. However, Ryan Fitzpatrick returned to his turnover-prone ways and all but handed the game to the unimpressive Colts. How many more years is this team handcuffed to Chris Johnson's lifeless career again?
23. Browns - Cleveland's another team like St.Louis and Arizona that have built an incredibly talented team in nearly every facet except - you guessed it - quarterback. Cleveland was fairly competitive until they were forced to revert back to Brandon Wheedon these past two weeks and now a loss to Jacksonville looks nullify any potential progress this team was about to claim. But don't let the 4-8 record fool you, this team really isn't that far off. Unless they're starting Weedon.
24. Giants - In a primetime Sunday Night Football spotlight where the NFC East rival New York Giants and Washington Redskins battle for their playoff lives there's really no winner and one huge loser - NBC.
25. Bills - Two late fumbles cost the Bills a very winnable game this week against the struggling Falcons. Stevie Johnson continues to prove his worth as a standout #2 and unreliable #1 receiver while EJ Manuel completes another game without doing really anything impressive yet again. Manuel could develop with time but right now, that draft pick continues to be one of the most confusing choices I've seen in quite some time.
26. Raiders - After getting a huge break on the opening kickoff fumble returned for a touchdown, Oakland squandered a first half lead by letting Dallas run all over them in the second half. Neither Rashad Jennings or Darren McFadden could come up with enough offense to control the clock the way Dallas did, leaving them helpless in a game they once lead 21-7.
27. Falcons - Atlanta finally caught a break this week as their defense of all things, sealed up a victory against the Bills. Okay, so Buffalo fumbling the ball probably had a bit more to do with it than Atlanta's defense but still. Steven Jackson had his best game in weeks but unfortunately for the Falcons, they wont get to play Buffalo their last four games.
28. Buccaneers - Tampa was held absolutely helpless this week against the demonstrative Carolina defense as the Buccaneer winning streak came screeching to a halt. Being outgunned nearly 2-1 offensively, the Buccs have some serious issues moving the ball.
29. Vikings - Okay, so maybe I was a bit harsh on my Vikings dropping them into the #32 spot but it's been a frustrating year to root for this team. But clearly Minnesota displayed that they do have the playmakers on both sides of the ball to remain competitive no matter who they throw back there for quarterback. But while we're back on the Vikings quarterback situation, why is Cassel not even being considered as the starter? He's played in all three of their wins this season and yet it seems that Frazier only names him as the starter following the announcement of another Ponder injury. Ponder's not the answer. I'm not saying that Cassel is either but he's clearly the most capable option available at this point. Well, who knows with Freeman, they never gave him another chance...
30. Redskins - The only thing worse than Washington's defense might be their special teams. And the only NFC East quarterback underachieving more than Eli Manning might be RG3. The guy clearly rushed his recovery to keep from losing his spot to crowd favorite Kirk Cousins but it hasn't paid off AT ALL. If anything, it's raised even more questions about RG3's stability at the position. But until someone fixes this defense, no quarterback is going to be able to put up enough points to keep up with the opposition.
31. Jaguars - The Jacksonville Jaguars have to be the most unlikely team to go on a three game winning streak this year. BY FAR. But they've shown that they're still and NFL caliber team (barely) and are ready to compete each and every week. I do wonder though, how MJD's slump in production has slipped by virtually unnoticed as he's had just as severe a regression as Ray Rice has. Sorry, didn't mean to rain on Jacksonville's parade. GO JAGS! WHOO, THREE STRAIGHT! CHAD HENNE MVP!
32. Texans - Kubiak's gone right? I mean, kudos to him for building up an expansion team but how did they handle their near success last year so badly? And with the clock ticking away on Andre Johnson, Arian Foster continually struggling with injuries and a huge question mark at quarterback; it may be a great time to hit the restart button.
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Incredibly bummed to confirm that The Counselor is just as bad (if not worse) than everyone has been reporting.
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1. Nymphomaniac (hopefully its out this year)
2. The Wolf of Wall Street
3. American Hustle
4. Inside Llewyn Davis
6. 12 Years a Slave
10. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
11. Out of the Furnace
12. Lone Survivor
13. Dallas Buyer's Club
14. Anchorman 2
15. Aint Them Bodies Saints
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1. Seahawks - Seattle may have their biggest game of the season next week against New Orleans in a Monday Night matchup that could very well decide home field for the NFC. Nice time to have a week off.
2. Broncos - Let me be completely honest, once it was 24-0, I went to bed. Why bother watching the clearly superior Denver defense pick apart the Patriots' struggling offense? But then of course, Brady and Belichick constructed a gigantic overtime win which seems to have raised more questions about Denver than support for New England. But not from me. I know, I should have watched the rest of the game but listen, Denver's still got one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game and even though his performance in big spots has been a bit spotty, I'll take Denver's defense, receiving corps, and running game over New England's any day.
3. Saints - It wasn't pretty but the Saints sealed another victory on Thursday night, taking out the would be spoiler Atlanta Falcons. New Orleans looks dialed in and with their defense giving up this few amount of points per game, the offense should outscore the opposition seemingly every time they're on the field. The lack of a run game will hurt them in cold playoff environments but if they can take the Seahawks in Monday Night Football, they may be able to force the NFC to play through New Orleans this postseason.
4. 49ers - Alright so Colin Kaepernick finally put up some decent numbers but it was against the atrocious Redskins secondary so lets not go anointing him as an elite passing presence in the NFL again. Getting Michael Crabtree back should certainly help but I don't think beating up on an incompetent Washington team means San Francisco is back on track just yet. Their defense and running game are still good enough to make them one of the best teams in the league but until I see Kaepernick have a performance even close to what he did in week 1 against the Packers, I'll remain skeptical of his growth in his second year as the starter.
5. Panthers - Cam Newton threw a costly pick late in the game against Miami but his growth as a quarterback and resiliency in his third year helped him to overcome the mistake and lead another 4th quarter comeback. Newton's development as a humbled leader for this team is impressive to say the least, I just hope some of this year's flashy quarterbacks in a sophomore slump are paying attention at how to overcome a disappointing season.
6. Patriots - New England had an incredibly impressive comeback win this week against the Broncos but with all the problems this running game has had this season (especially fumbling), I'm not sure I'm ready to peg this team in as one of the five best in the NFL. Sure they've got a great chance to make it to the Superbowl because of the soft AFC competition but that doesn't mean they're better than any of the four NFC contenders listed above.
7. Chiefs - As Phillip Rivers booty bumped the Chiefs a little farther back to reality, Kansas City did look impressive in keeping up with the Chargers' high octane offense. However, they did lose some key players on defense this week that could be season altering for the Chiefs.
8. Bengals - As both the Steelers and Ravens' playoff hopes have been resurrected these past couple weeks, Cinci gets a much needed week off as this banged up team prepares for the final stretch of their season without a number of defensive stars which could lead to the Bengals slipping in the AFC North lead. I doubt it though.
9. Cardinals - I've been praising the Cardinals' defense all year but never really had the balls to post them any higher than 15 because of Palmer's inconsistencies leading the offense but now that they finally have some quality wins to back it, Arizona looks like a real threat to make the playoffs. I can't believe I'm saying that either but the Cards are in a decent place to sneak in. Palmer hasn't been great but when the defense plays this soundly, you really don't have to.
10. Packers - Nice to see Matt Flynn get another shot in the NFL, even if it is temporary. And while Green Bay did fend off an embarrassing loss at home the lowly Vikings, the tie somehow feels even worse. The fact that the Packers didn't even attempt a hail mary at the end of the game shows that McCarthy has an incredibly limited amount of faith in Matt Flynn and confidence in the shortcomings of the rest of his NFC North competition. Which on Sunday was absolutely correct, as not a single team in the division got a win. But this team can't settle for ties until Rogers returns, they're going to have to win at least a game or two if they want to keep on par with the rest of the North.
11. Bears - It still sounds so weird saying this but Chicago's clearly an offense driven team. Without Melton in the defensive line, this front four is giving up a ridiculous amount of ground to running backs week in and week out. If Cutler can get back and play consistently through the end of the year I still think this team looks much more stable than Detroit but if they're giving up this kind of yardage regularly, they're not going to win the division without Cutler.
12. Lions - In a banged up division race that changes leaders weekly, the Lions are the only team with their key positions healthy yet can't keep themselves from giving away games like this week's against Tampa. And even though they really should, I think this team's immaturity and lack of leadership will keep them from winning a division they should have locked up weeks ago.
13. Colts - When Indy loses, they lose BAD. Bruce Arians handed his former team a huge loss this Sunday as the Colts fell to another midlevel contender without Reggie Wayne at their disposal. But honestly, how much longer do they expect to have Wayne out there? This team needs to get some more help for Luck to succeed; whether thats fixing the inept offensive line, adding a constant run game (Trent Richardson clearly isn't the solution) or another receiver.
14. Eagles - Philly had a bye week as Chip Kelly formally announced Nick Foles as the starter, as if there was any doubt. The dude is on a hell of a streak and I for one hope he continues it. What else is there to watch for in the NFC East this year?
15. Cowboys - You don't really hear as much about Tony Romo's fourth quarter drives when he wins the game as when he loses do you? Granted it was against one of the worst pass defenses in the league but it was in a must win situation and finally, Tony Romo overcame the weight of the moment and sealed a victory for the Cowboys. Great job! Now do something in after December and maybe I wont cringe overtime someone compares you to Brett Favre.
16. Chargers - The NFL likes to sell it as parity but let's be honest, this is mediocrity. There are so many teams bunched up together in the NFL and none that really rise above as great NFL teams this season. Every team has its flaw and unless you're Jacksonville, you've got a shot to compete every week. The Chargers are a prime example of the mediocrity spreading through this league. The defense is atrocious but the offense is good enough to win them about half their games. And I'm not trying to rag on San Diego, I'd much rather see them get that second wildcard spot than the Titans or Jets I'm just saying, for a league that's so clearly the favorite sport in America the quality of teams has kind of plateaued.
17. Ravens - Baltimore may be winning more games recently but their problems are far from fixed. The running game hasn't been close to what it was a season ago and neither has Joe Flacco. Ironically enough, its the young defense that's keeping this team afloat. But I don't think this team will rise above the rest of the mediocre wildcard contenders without a sizable improvement in this offense.
18. Steelers - Pittsburgh may have crawled back into playoff contention but so has nearly every team in the AFC. Having Le'Veon Bell healthy as their every down back has helped the offense immensely but their defense is still too slow to keep up with any of the high powered offenses atop the NFL.
19. Rams - Shame on me for burying the Rams after losing Sam Bradford for the year. Who knew you could still win in the NFL without a top tier quarterback? But I guess shredding the opposition for 250 on the ground helps quite a bit. This is just more proof that St.Louis is headed down the right path with Fisher at the helms and if they can get a consistent starting quarterback in there, they could be a real threat very soon. Especially if they weren't playing in the best division in the NFL.
20. Dolphins - Miami finally got a solid game out of Mike Wallace but the defense couldn't quite hold off Cam Newton and the Panthers' late game surge in another close loss for the Phins Sunday. Miami's got a solid base of talent to build around but they still need to bolster this offensive and defensive line before they'll be considered a real threat.
21. Jets - New York's had a historically inconsistent season thus far but right now the only constant has been Geno Smith's struggles. The New York offense hasn't been great as a whole but Smith has to complete more than 9 passes in a game if they're going to be competitive.
22. Titans - I've talked some shit about Ryan Fitzpatrick earlier this season but honestly, it's because I was hoping the guy would be the answer for Buffalo. The NFC East has been so boring since Brady and Belichick's reign in New England that I thought maybe Fitzpatrick could lead the Bills to relevancy once again. That obviously didn't work out and Fitzpatrick has been underperforming before the ink dried on that massive deal Buffalo handed him. But I have to say, he's looked very impressive these past couple of weeks and could sneak this unlikely Titans team right into the thick of the playoff race. I highly doubt it, but anything's possible. I guess.
23. Browns - Cleveland is a good team. But they're clearly lacking in the single most influential position in football and until they can bring somebody in that can at least manage the game, they're going to be in knock down drag outs completely reliant on their defense. Hopefully this team can pick somebody up in the draft because everything else is ready for this team to compete.
24. Bills - Buffalo's been an odd team this year but I think with the right leadership, they might not be too far off from contending in the AFC East. They certainly have some potential in their young defensive players but without a healthy season from EJ Manuel, its hard to tell what to expect from this team.
25. Giants - Finally. I don't remember the last time I was this relieved that the Cowboys actually won a game. Not to come off as a Giants basher but the fact that this team even came within a sniff of making the playoffs is just an insult to the entire league. This team is far from playoff caliber and now that they've finally played a playoff caliber team, this little "winning streak" and likely their playoff hopes as a whole can be put to bed. Thank God.
26. Raiders - Oakland really can't be in the playoff conversation. I'm sorry, they just can't be.
27. Redskins - Speaking of out of the playoff conversation, Washington finally did themselves in this week in a primetime loss to San Fran on Monday night. And RG3 looks awful. Overthrowing receivers all over the field and a defense that can't keep them within 10 points even when the offense is putting points on the board. And when they fall behind far enough to where Alfred Morris can't be utilized, they're absolutely helpless. I know the Shanahan's will likely be the ceremonial beheading this offseason but it's really not their fault everything's gone to hell this year.
28. Buccaneers - If I told you that there were 4 interceptions in the Lions/Buccs games, I'm guessing you wouldn't think that none of them were on Tampa's Mike Glennon. But that was the case this week as Tampa won their third straight game this week, picking on the sloppy Detroit secondary and undisciplined Detroit quarterback. I just hope this late season burst doesn't save Greg Schiano's job. That dude needs to go.
29. Falcons - I could have never guessed Atlanta would look this bad when they were merely a half of football away from going to the SuperBowl last year. Plugging in one beat up over the hill running back for another didn't solve their balance issues and the defense can't seem to hold anybody. But most concerning for Falcons fans has to be the utter helplessness shown by Matt Ryan without healthy receivers or run support to bail him out.
30. Jaguars - Jacksonville's won two straight now so I had to get them up out of last place for at least ONE week this season while it isn't completely absurd to do so. And yeah, they're still probably the worst roster in the league but like I said I've been dumping on this team all year, it's time to give them a break.
31. Texans - They've lost 9 straight games. I know the Texans have some incredible players but right now they look awful. They only put up 6 points on the fucking Jaguars. AND THEY'VE LOST 9 STRAIGHT GAMES. The crowd has turned on Matt Schaub and Keenum is not a long term fix for this franchise. AND THEY'VE LOST 9 sorry, you get it.
32. Vikings - I have to do it. I'm sorry my beloved Vikings but you are the worst team in the NFL. I know you just tied the Packers in Lambou, kudos. But seeing as that is one of your most impressive games of the season, it's safe to say this season has been an unsuccessful one. And with the lead Minnesota stacked up in the first half, the Vikings running game should have easily been able to run the clock out on the Packers before a comeback was even feasible. I'm gonna guess a new coach, a new quarterback, and a new offensive coordinator are all introduced before next season. If not, this team deserves to stay at #32 next year.
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1. Seahawks - Seattle dismantled the Vikings in every possible way this week but more importantly, the Seahawks padded their division lead as the Niners dropped another close game and inch closer to forcing the NFC competition to come through Seattle this January.
2. Broncos - Denver didn't look great but at least we don't have to hear any more cries for Kansas City being the best team in the league. I still wouldn't be surprised if the Chiefs split the series with Denver when they play again in Kansas City but nobody's even close to the Broncos in the AFC at this point.
3. Saints - New Orleans' offense right now is nearly unstoppable. Especially when the refs are this soft on quarterbacks. The hit on Brees was not a penalty but without Vernon Davis, New Orleans looked like the better team anyways.
4. 49ers - It really would have liked to see this game go to overtime like it should have but all bad penalties aside, it was great to see two of the NFC's best teams go toe to toe for four quarters. And after some sloppy play the last couple weeks, it must be nice for Niners fans to see that they can still keep up with the league's best.
5. Panthers - It's great to see Cam Newton humbled and turning things around for himself so quickly. The marquee quarterback seems to have much more focus on his play this season than his brand and marketability. RG3 could learn a lot from him. But it would probably help if Washington had half the defense that Carolina had.
6. Chiefs - Kansas City is a great turnaround story but they can't keep up with a high powered offense with Alex Smith behind center. I'm sorry, the dude's doing a decent job here and I'm glad to see him get a second chance but lets not confuse the Chiefs' success with Alex Smith's. He's a serviceable quarterback but he's not charging them down the field for a game winning 2 minute drill anytime soon.
7. Patriots - If it were any other team I would feel a lot worse for the way the Patriots were robbed Monday night. But I can't lie, I hate the Pats. Seeing Tom Brady chase after the refs and then Ryan Mailet chase after both of them was hilarious. New England can't stop anyone on third down and that game winning Ted Gin pass is a prime example. The defense is better but it's far from fixed.
8. Bengals - Andy Dalton still isn't shaking any of his critics with performances like this but the defense may be good enough that it really wont matter. Of course you wont be facing off against teams like Cleveland in the playoffs but with all the injuries this team's defense has faced, it's nice to see they can still take over a game like this.
9. Lions - Detroit had no business losing against Pittsburgh this week. But yet again, Jim Schwartz proves why his meathead coaching philosophies are holding his vastly underperforming and grossly talented team from reaching even half of what they're capable of. They still might take the North this year due to their competitions' quarterback injuries but don't expect them to do any more than that.
10. Bears - After some severe weather conditions, Chicago came out on top in a closely contested game riding on the shoulders of they're breakout backup once again this week. But those questioning a 34 year old Josh McCown as the future of the Bears rather than resigning Jay Cutler are delusional. He's doing a great job filling in but with all of the weapons Chicago has on offense now and the way Mark Tressman has them playing, Rex Grossman himself could quarterback this team. Maybe.
11. Colts - So Indy didn't lose but they sure didn't look to impressive in their win. I mean I guess there is something to putting together a second half comeback win but when you have to do it against a 4-5 Titans team that's without their starting quarterback, you're not making it any easier for skeptics to buy into this team as much more than a division winner by default. The rest of the AFC South is atrocious so the Colts will be in the playoffs no doubt. What they do when they get there is still a huge question mark.
12. Packers - Without Aaron Rogers, this team is surely going to struggle. Losing to the Giants is a prime example. Scott Tolzien did a decent enough job but somehow he managed to throw more pics than Eli Manning did and anytime that happens, you're almost guaranteed a loss. If Rogers can get back in time I don't think they're necessarily out of the playoff hunt but until then, it's going to be incredibly rough.
13. Eagles - Nick Foles has looked great these past few weeks, leading the Eagles to first place in the worst division in football. Having LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson certainly don't hurt but I think at this point, Foles has to be the unanimous starter in Philly. There's no reason to continue with the Michael Vick show we've all seen time and time again when I feel like we've just finally gotten a peak at how high Foles' celling can be.
14. Cardinals - Arizona has quietly built up a respectable record in the stacked NFC West but until they find consistency running the ball, Carson Palmer isn't going to carry the Cards' offense every week like he did Sunday against Jacksonville. I mean come on, it's JACKSONVILLE. But still, this team's defense is nasty and unless their offense is completely contained, they're very dangerous.
15. Cowboys - Dallas has to be worried looking at the streaking Eagles and Giants surging out of the depths of the NFC Least (see what I did there?) when they're already so familiar with throwing away this division on a yearly basis.
16. Jets - It feels like it's been every other week with the Jets and Buffalo definitely seemed to have caught them in an off week. And no, I don't think Dave and Busters has anything to do with it. They're inconsistent rookie quarterback playing like dogshit on the road has everything to do with it.
17. Dolphins - Miami got a much needed win against a quality team at home as Ryan Tannehill continues his growth as a quality NFL starter. Mike Wallace withstanding, this offense has been pretty outstanding, even when the offensive line isn't.
18. Ravens - Ray Rice finally turned out the kind of game his fantasy owners have been waiting for but it wasn't enough to rise above the resurgent Bears. Joe Flacco has to be one of the biggest disappointments this season and looking forward I'm not sure how they save this offense, especially with Ray Rice underperforming as well. At least they are trapped under a huge contract with Ed Reed too.
19. Chargers - San Diego came up one hail mary short of winning on the road in Miami but the fact that the Chargers defense couldn't get after Tannehill despite his subpar offensive line is cause for concern. The offense in San Diego definitely looks improved but now they need to work on rebuilding the defense.
20. Rams - St.Louis had the week off but hopefully that doesn't slow down Tavon Austin in his return next week as he finally had the breakout performance this team has been waiting for all year last week against the Colts. Also, the Cardinals have snuck up into the playoff race leaving St.Louis at the bottom of the pile once again. I wonder how much longer they'll stick with Bradford seeing in how he's struggled to complete an entire NFL season.
21. Browns - Cleveland's still got a ways to go but with a suitable quarterback and maybe a couple more weapons on offense, I think this team is going to be a force to be reckoned with. The defense is incredible and with the Ravens and Steelers going through some growing pains, I think Cleveland really could be a viable contender next year. This year….not so much.
22. Steelers - Pittsburgh is still alive after taking advantage of Jim Schwartz' boneheaded play calling and dreadful secondary. I don't think they're anywhere near the Bengals still (even with Andy Dalton's inconsistencies) but at least they're a much more viable team than they were at the beginning of the year now with Le'Veon Bell helping out the offense.
23. Giants - New York took advantage of another struggling team this week, topping off a 27-13 win against the Packers with a pick-six from Green Bay's third sting quarterback in the fourth. I'm still incredibly hesitant to say this "winning streak" will amount in much of anything outside of salvaging Tom Coughlin's job.
24. Bills - EJ Manuel showed us while the Bills may be the worst team in the NFC East, he's not the worst quarterback in this division. He showed a lot of poise against this stingy New York defense and promise that better days for Buffalo may not be that far off.
25. Redskins - Even though they lost a very winnable Thursday night game against the Vikings last week, it seems most people were still open to the idea of Washington making another late run at the NFC crown. That was all but destroyed this week in their loss to Philadelphia where the Skins lost another must win game. It's nice to see Alfred Morris is rising above his slow start, even if the rest of the Redskins still haven't.
26. Titans - Following up what was easily their worst loss of the season with what should have been their biggest win, the Titans let a near upset of the division rival Indianapolis Colts slip away from them Thursday night. Fitzpatrick actually looked decent out there too, so maybe the Titans won't be as helpless as I originally thought. Their defense on the other hand is amongst the worst tackling groups in the league and letting Indy back into a game they had no business winning is yet another example of how this once constant defense has fallen from grace.
27. Raiders - I'm baffled at how Oakland's rattled off more wins than Atlanta and Houston with the roster they have this year but hey, something's working. Rashad Jennings is filling in admirably for Darren McFadden and seeing a guy like Matt McGloin get a win is always great but I really have no idea how they keep this thing sustainable. Like at all.
28. Falcons - While it's nice to see Harry Douglas get some attention, this seas has been an utter waste otherwise for the Falcons. Steven Jackson hasn't panned out whatsoever and the defense has somehow regressed to an even sloppier unit than they were last year. They've got a LOT of work to do this offseason if they want to try and catch up with Carolina and New Orleans but honestly, I'm not sure they can fill all these holes in one summer.
29. Texans - Starting to wonder if the only thing that might save Kubiak's job at the end of this season might be his health condition? Benching Keenum and reverting once again to Matt Schaub who overthrew the potential game winner had to be a hard game to return to but right now this is the reality of the Houston Texans. And unless there's a stark culture change, I think things may be staying this way for a while in Houston.
30. Buccaneers - Tampa's lost a lot of close games this season so a blowout like this, even against the spiraling Falcons, was completely unexpected. Much like the breakout success of their fourth running back Bobby Rainey who ran wild on Atlanta's porous defense for 163 yards, taking the dirty birds by storm.
31. Vikings - I know the Vikings hung in there with the Seahawks for about a quarter or two but the fact that they're still starting Christian Ponder over Matt Cassel (who's played in the only two games Minnesota's won this year) is just more evidence against Leslie Frazier and his ineptitude creating offense. And with so many holes to fill in the offseason including a weak secondary, a deteriorating pass rush about to lose their best players to free agency, and most importantly no quarterback.
32. Jaguars - (Insert joke about Jaguars season ticket holders tearing their dreads out).
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1. Inherent Vice
3. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
4. The Grand Budapest Hotel
5. Gone Girl
6. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
7. X-Men: Days of Future Past
8. Captain America 2
9. The Monuments Men
12. Jupiter Ascending
14. The Interview
15. Edge of Tomorrow
18. The Equalizer
20. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
22. The Expendables 3
23. Fast & Furious 7
24. The Giver
26. Sex Tape
27. The Amazing Spider Man 2
29. Get on Up
30. Muppet's Most Wanted
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1. Seahawks - Seattle pummeled the struggling Falcons with one of the biggest offensive outings by any team this week as Lynch and Wilson both displayed why they're a much more balanced team than San Fran and Denver are at this point.
2. Broncos - Denver's still only got one loss on the year but after showing signs of weakness on the offensive line against Indy, teams have been getting a lot of pressure on Peyton. And I'm not going to go out and say that the Chiefs are going to pull the upset this week but I expect it to be much much closer than anticipated.
3. 49ers - I've been incredibly surprised to see teams with feisty pass rushes like Indy and Seattle (and now Carolina) completely dismantle San Francisco's offense. Caepernick can't seem to escape the pocket the way he did last year and teams are seizing on him. And if this injury to Vernon Davis is anything long term, the offense could be in even more trouble than they were this week.
4. Chiefs - Ramping up for their biggest game of the season (thus far), Kansas City has a huge task ahead of them taking on division rivals Denver twice in the next three weeks, so their bye week came an incredibly opportune time. I do think KC's pass rush will be giving Peyton fits but I'm still not sure if they've got enough offense to keep the Broncos out of reach.
5. Patriots - New England's got a huge Monday night matchup after their bye, taking on a Panther team in Carolina that has the potential to make this struggling offense look even more inept in a national spotlight. We'll see how Brady and Belichick respond but I have a feeling it will be as calm and calculated as ever.
6. Saints - Rob Ryan and the Saints made a mockery of the defensive unit Rob was fired from last season by hanging up 600 yards of offense on the Cowboys. Brees looked unstoppable and with his arsenal of weapons at his disposal and mastermind Sean Peyton back calling the plays, it seems this team may be next to impossible to keep up with, especially for a team as mediocre as Dallas.
7. Panthers - What more could you ask for? A primetime win over an NFC frontrunner on the road? Well, I guess scoring more than 10 points would have been nice but in a defensive slugfest like this, you take what you can get. Carolina is for real and this defense may be up there with Kansas City and Seattle's as the best in the league.
8. Lions - Although Detroit seemed determined to throw the game away on YET ANOTHER stupid penalty from this undisciplined squad giving Chicago a second chance at winning the closely contested game, the Lions did escape with the win and a lead in the NFC North divisional race. Reggie Bush has given this team a new facet for defenses to prepare for but I still contest that this team's boneheaded coach and their thuggish attitude will keep them from being anything more than a one and done playoff team at best. Which is a shame because they really have the talent to do something special. But Detroit has a knack for wasting great talent (ask Barry Sanders).
9. Packers - Having to fall back on their third string quarterback after another injury, Green Bay may be in some real trouble. And while I know he's not a franchise quarterback by any means, why in the world did the Packers cut Vince Young? He could have definitely stepped in and done a better job than Seneca Wallace (who kind of seems like a poor man's Vince Yong). All Green Bay can do at this point is hope for matching losses from the Lions and Bears so they can still have a shot when Rogers comes back.
10. Bengals - Cinci's slipping HARD. If not for a fluke hail mary at the end of regulation, this game wouldn't have even made it to overtime. With the defense desiccated with injuries, the Bengals have become much more grounded and may no longer be a lock for the division that many already anointed them with almost by default.
11. Colts - Indy got absolutely embarrassed this week at home against the Rams, who are battling their own injury problems with Bradford out for the remainder of yet another season. Luck looked lost without Reggie Wayne and his offensive line / run support issues became overwhelming as the Rams' pass rush dominated the line of scrimmage for the entirety of Sunday's game. Hopefully this isn't a sign of things to come, as Indy's celling has looked incredibly high but with all the injuries this team has suffered, this may be a much more accurate picture of what this team could end up being come playoff time.
12. Bears - Chicago's facing a lot of scrutiny about keeping Cutler in the game too long but this guy's fighting for his future. If he doesn't show us something quick, I think management is ready to pull the trigger on this Cutler experiment. And every close game Josh McCown loses just furthers the argument to move on without Jay. And if you're a Bears fan, that's awful news. McCown has been a surprisingly resourceful backup but he's no Jay Cutler. Passing on a guy like this is a huge mistake for a franchise that's never really had much luck developing franchise quarterbacks.
13. Eagles - Foles continues his hot streak against the Packers this week in another crucial win, while the underperforming Redskins and Cowboys both add losses to their playoff hopeful resumes. Out of the entire NFC East, Philly seems to be in the best spot schedule-wise, but who knows this year. Maybe the Giants will actually win out and fuck the entire bunch over. Stranger things have happened…
14. Cowboys - If I had to pick one thing Dallas has been great at over the past few years, it would be generating skepticism about their team. That's about it. The play calling seems hellbent on blatantly ignoring DeMarco Murray (when he's healthy) and is giving up even more yards without their blitz happy defensive coordinator. I think Jerry Jones needs to take a hard look in the mirror this offseason (ala Dan Snyder of the Redskins) and maybe take a more hands off approach to running his team. But there's probably a greater chance of Tony Romo throwing the game winning hail mary pass in the Superbowl.
15. Jets - There are rumors circling about Ed Reed joining New York in the bye week but I think the Jets need to continue flying under the radar (no pun intended). They've been a smash mouth team, racking up more wins than headlines for a change and they should keep it that way.
16. Cardinals - Arizona held on to drop Houston to their 7th straight loss this week. And with a nice class of quarterbacks coming up in this year's draft I'm sure it would be tempting for the Cards to pick up a rookie qb next summer but unless they fix this offensive line, nobody's going to be able to get the ball to Larry Fitzgerald.
17. Ravens - As much trouble as this offense has had, the defense has improved quite a bit. And who would have guessed after losing Ed Reed, Ray Lewis and Paul Kruger in the offseason, this team's defense is much more efficient. Flacco on the other hand, has a lot of room for improvement. WIthout Torey Smith, this team's passing game might be completely inexistent at this point.
18. Chargers - San Diego kept it close but ultimately, they're just not there yet. I feel like I've been saying that about this team all year but it doesn't seem to be clicking yet for them. They definitely seem to be on the right track but I give it another year or two before we're talking about San Diego in the playoffs again.
19. Browns - Seeing the Bengals drop another game means that there's still a possibility for the Browns to win the North. I know, most people are looking at playoff regulars Baltimore and Pittsburgh to storm Cincinnati and take the NFC North lead but Cleveland has been the most consistent team in the division by far. I'm just saying, don't sleep on this team just yet.
20. Rams - Jeff Fisher is a name most Colts fans know well but the Rams introduced them to a new name this week that fans will likely remember for some time: Tavon Austin. The dude gashed the Indy secondary for 100+ on 2 catches and scored 3 touchdowns in St.Louis' dominating win over Indy. The Rams may not be a great team but they certainly have a lot of potential and with Jeff Fisher steering the ship, you really can't ever count this team out.
21. Redskins - I was really hoping that the Skins would go on a second half tear through the NFL to make the NFC East somewhat compelling but after watching them give up that kind of yardage to a Vikings passing offense that has seen 3 different quarterbacks struggle this season leaves little room for confidence in this team. RG3 is still missing on gimme passes and even though the offense is getting better, that defense is amongst the worst in the league. They're not equipped to keep up with teams if the defense is going to give up 30+ points a week.
22. Dolphins - I feel like Monday night football is always a spotlight for upsets but with all the off the field turmoil surrounding Miami, I think it would have been more of a surprise if Miami beat the winless Buccs. But of course, Miami's dreadful offensive line only looked more helpless without two of their starters, regardless of their off the field relationship. The Phins have a huge cloud hanging over their franchise that may not be alleviated until permanent punishments are dished out by the league. I don't agree with all of the scrutiny this team is under but it clearly has them sidetracked from the potential wildcard spot they were chasing before the story broke.
23. Steelers - Along with the Giants, the Steelers seem to be circling playoff conversations because they aren't losing every game they play any more. But if you've watched these teams play, you'll realize why there record is what it is. And while it's interesting to consider where Roethlisberger might fit in outside of Pittsburgh, it's much more likely the offensive coordinator he's butting heads with finds himself on a new team before Big Ben does.
24. Giants - When Eli can't even put up 200 yards on a team that just gave up 7 touchdowns to Nick Foles, I find it incredibly hard to believe that people are reasonably considering New York as a playoff contender. The NFC East may be bad this year but no division is bad enough for this team to win. Sorry G-Men.
25. Titans - Losing Jake Locker for the year is huge. Now this potentially viable .500 team is relying on Ryan Fitzpatrick and ask Buffalo Bills fans how much fun that can be. The Jaguars almost literally took this game right out of the Harvard grad's hands, just imagine the disappointment this team is headed for after giving the Jags their first win of the season.
26. Falcons - Just as we were all ready to anoint Matt Ryan as the next big quarterback in the league, even with a banged up receiver unit, he's looked dreadful. As has the entire Falcons squad, especially on defense. This team has a lot of work to do in the offseason to keep this franchise off the bottom of the incredibly competitive NFC South.
27. Texans - Case Keenum hasn't looked bad in his short time with the Texans. Even without his primary run support of Arian Foster and up against a turnover hungry defense like Arizona's. I'm not sure if he's got a future in Houston or not but he certainly doesn't look any worse than Schaub has. As a side note, I kind of forgot that Ed Reed was still playing football until I heard Houston cut him this week. Wonder if anyone will take a shot on him?
28. Vikings - Finally securing their second win of the season, the Vikings pulled somewhat of an upset on Washington this week exposing the Skins' embarrassingly soft pass coverage. AP didn't even go for 100 yards and they still won by a touchdown and scored 30 points? That's not happening again this season. Enjoy it boys, Washington handed you one here. On another note, is Matt Cassel the only quarterback on this roster worth keeping around for next year? I'm certainly starting to think so. And is Freeman done? I know he looked awful against the Giants but is that really the only shot he's getting with this team? You're paying him more than the other two, why not throw him out there and see what he can do?
29. Bills - With all of the inconsistency at quarterback this season, it's hard to really get a grasp on this Buffalo team. They are 3-7 and amongst one of the worst teams in the league but I really would have liked to see EJ Manual behind center for an entire season. Not that he would have made a whole lot of difference in the games he missed but still, it's nice to know what the Bills have invested in with the young quarterback.
30. Raiders - Another loss to a struggling NFC East team leaves the Raiders at 3-6 and looking as sorry as ever. Pryor's been surprisingly fun to watch but they have to realize that this kid isn't a long term solution. Oakland's in for more rebuilding and probably 4-5 years underneath the thriving Chiefs, Chargers, and Broncos. The Ghost of Al Davis lives on!.
31. Buccaneers - Tampa finally got something to put in the win column but I don't think this is going to turn into a trend for the struggling Buccs. Miami's got their own slew of issues to deal with so I don't think the 0-8 probably received their full attention. But hey, at least they weren't the last winless team in the league for more than 24 hours.
32. Jaguars - Not that it was pretty by any means, but the Jacksonville Jaguars have won a football game in 2013. Mark your calendars, I'm not sure it'll happen again.
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33. Burial by AFI - 7/10
34. MCII by Mikal Cronin - 7/10
35. Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend - 7/10
36. Bankrupt by Phoenix - 7/10
37. Youth by Citizen - 7/10
38. True North by Bad Religion - 7/10
39. We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic by Foxygen - 7/10
40. Paracosm by Washed Out - 7/10
41. The Distance is So Big by Lemuria - 7/10
42. The Light Under Closed Doors by The Swellers - 7/10
43. Soft Will by Smith Westerns - 7/10
44. MGMT by MGMT - 7/10
45. The Mouths of Madness - 7/10
46. AMOK by Atoms for Peace - 7/10
47. IV by The Bronx - 7/10
48. Old by Danny Brown - 7/10
49. I See Seaweed by Drones - 7/10
50. Habitual Levitations by Intronaut - 7/10
51. These Are Good People by Little Big League - 7/10
52. I Don't Even Care Anymore by Dowsing - 7/10
53. Youngblood by Audrey Horne - 7/10
54. You're Nothing by Iceage - 7/10
55. Infestissumarn by Ghost - 7/10
56. Come by Psychic Teens - 7/10
57. Wrongdoers by Norma Jean - 7/10
58. Titles by Red City Radio - 7/10
59. Reflektor by Arcade Fire - 7/10
60. Halo of Blood by Children of Bodom - 6.5/10
61. Desire Lines by Camera Obscura - 6.5/10
62. Mosquito by Yeah Yeah Yeahs - 6.5/10
63. Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy by Rotting Christ - 6.5/10
64. Random Access Memories by Daft Punk - 6.5/10
65. My Shame is True by Alkaline Trio - 6.5/10
66. Bitter Rivals by Sleigh Bells - 6.5/10
67. The Next Day by David Bowie - 6.5/10
68. 13 by Black Sabbath - 6/10
69. NOFX And Out Come the Wolves Dookie by World's Scariest Police Chases - 6/10
70. Pythons by Surfer Blood - 5/10
71. Bangerz by Miley Cyrus - 2/10
Kevin Smith fan created a LIST: about 1 month ago
1. Halloween 2 - 8.5/10
2. *Repo Man - 8.5/10
3. Child's Play 2 - 8.5/10
4. *Alone in the Dark - 8/10
5. Child's Play - 8/10
6. Friday the 13th Part IV - 8/10
7. *Prisoners - 8/10
8. Friday the 13th Part VI - 8/10
9. Never Sleep Again - 8/10
10. *The Amityville Horror - 8/10
11. *Crystal Lake Memories - 7.5/10
12. *Innocent Blood - 7.5/10
13. *Slaughter High - 7.5/10
14. *Martin - 7.5/10
15. *The Hidden - 7.5/10
16. *The Dead Zone - 7.5/10
17. *Memoirs of an Invisible Man - 7/10
18. *Cemetery Man - 7/10
19. *The Cat's Eye - 7/10
20. *Prom Night - 7/10
21. *Curse of Chucky - 6.5/10
22. *The Burning - 6.5/10
23. *Body Bags - 6.5/10
24. Bride of Chucky - 5.5/10
25. *Nothing But Trouble - 5.5/10
26. *The Prowler - 5.5/10
27. *Crimewave - 5/10
28. Child's Play 3 - 3/10
29. *New Year's Evil - 2.5/10
30. *Santa Claus Conquers the Martians - 1/10
31. *Night of the Demons - 1/10
Kevin Smith fan created a LIST: about 1 month ago
1. There Will Be Blood
2. The Rules of Attraction
3. Punch Drunk Love
5. Donnie Darko
7. American Psycho
9. The Wackness
10. Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
11. The Dark Knight
12. The Master
15. Silent Hill
16. Little Miss Sunshine
17. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
18. Knocked Up
19. Almost Famous
20. Black Swan
21. Up in the Air
22. About Schmidt
25. Bubba Ho-Tep
26. Django Unchained
27. Lost in Translation
28. Spiderman 2
29. Bowling for Columbine
31. We Need to Talk About Kevin
33. Before Midnight
34. A Serious Man
35. No Country for Old Men
36. Spring Breakers
37. Super 8
38. Funny People
39. Half Nelson
41. The Aviator
42. American Gangster
43. The Social Network
45. Batman Begins
46. The Departed
48. The Prestige
49. Rachel Getting Married
50. Cast Away