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Bryan Nolen’s first ever NFL Rankings (Through Week 8):
1. Denver Broncos: What can you say about this team? Just so strong all around! Star QB in Manning, pretty solid running game and excellent wide outs in Thomas, Welker, Decker, etc. Defense is very strong and is even strong now since Von Miller came back.
2-Seattle Seahawks- I know they haven’t played yet, this week, but they are still my #2 team in the rankings. Russell Wilson has stood out as the best QB that came out of the 2011 draft class. Marshawn Lynch is a workhorse and they yet to have Percy Harvin play a game with them. He could come back Monday at the earliest! Their secondary is outstanding with Sherman, Johnson and others. Earl Thomas, Safety, is a interception machine.
3-Kansas City Chiefs- I know they are undefeated but I just think that they are not the best in the NFL. Really impressed with the job Andy Reid has done. Dwayne Bowe and company provide some targets for QB Alex Smith. They only beat Cleveland by 6 so I am little skeptical.
4.-New Orleans Saints- I am really impressed with this team. Drew Brees is year after year getting better and better. Lance Moore along others bring Brees big targets and then the big man. Jimmy Graham is Drew Brees’ best friend. Sean Peyton comes back and they are back to winning like nothing ever happened.
5- Indy Colts- I know that you guys are probably saying really? The Colts are at five? They beat Denver! Yes I know that, They also beat Seattle, but they lost to Miami! They have lost Reggie Wayne for the season with a torn ACL, so I just don’t feel good about this team.
6- New England Patriots- Tom Brady and company just keep rolling. They beat the Dolphins 27-17 after scoring 27 unanswered points. Tom Brady wasn’t worried and he just kept the offense in tact and they cruised to victory.
7-Green Bay Packers- I like this team. I really do, but the injuries are just killing them! James Jones with the knee, Randall Cobb done for a couple months and Jermichael Finley could be done for his career! Aaron Rodgers is a unbelievable QB but he needs his WR’s.
8-San Francisco 49ers- The Niners had no problem beating the Jags in London, 42-10. Kap threw for one and ran for couple scores and Frank Gore was just rumbling through the horrid Jags defense.
9-Cincinnati Bengals- What a performance by Andy Dalton on Sunday afternoon. He threw for a career high 4 touchdowns and they crushed the Jets, 49-9. Marvin Jones came in to the game with 3 touchdowns caught all season. He caught 4 yesterday. Their division is pretty bad, so they will have no problem winning the conference.
10-Detroit Lions- What a performance by Calvin Johnson on Sunday! 329 yards receiving! He was only 6 yards shy of breaking Flipper Anderson’s record of 336 receiving yards. They were down 30-24 with 1:12 left in the game. Stafford connected with Kris Durham and then connected with Calvin Johnson to bring it down to the one with 15 seconds left in the game. Stafford made the fake spike work and ran in for the touchdown. He finished with 488 passing yards while Dez Bryant got into 2 altercations with his teammates and coaches.
11-Dallas Cowboys- See No. 10
12-Chicago Bears- Much needed bye week for the bears as they are dealing with injuries to their main event guys. Jay Cutler has a groin injury and is at least out for 3 more weeks. Lance Briggs has a shoulder injury and Charles Tillman has had some injuries as well.
13-Oakland Raiders- They might be the most surprising team of the NFL this season. Terrelle Pryor just works for this Raiders offense. Dennis Allen comes back to coach this surprising team which is 3-4 on the season. They beat Pittsburgh 21-18 as Pryor, on the first play of the game, rushed for a 93 yard touchdown to make it 7-0. That was the longest run, by a QB, in NFL history.
14-Arizona Cardinals- Bruce Arians bring his magic to the Cardinals after interning with the Colts last season. They beat the Falcons, 27-13 to go .500 on the season. Fitzgerald caught four passes for 48 yards and a touchdown, and became the youngest in NFL history to reach 800 career catches at 30 years, 57 days.
15-Miami Dolphins- This team looked like it was going to be amazing at the beginning of the season but they just have fizzled out. They won the first three but since have lost the last four. Ryan Tannehill has been struggling and Mike Wallace is getting frustrated. They need to get to work and they need to get to work quickly.
16-Carolina Panthers- This is one of the teams that just seems like there is something there that is not right. Cam Newton looked fantastic on Thursday night but I just don’t have a good feeling about this squad. They have one big weapon (Steve Smith) and they have some good DB’s but I just feel that they are missing a piece, in order to become a playoff contender.
17-San Diego Chargers- Another team that is missing that one big star to become a playoff contender.
18-Philadelphia Eagles- QB nightmare for Chip Kelly. Good Luck Chip and welcome to the NFL!
19-New York Jets- Geno had a bad game on Sunday so he will have a good game next week! Stats don’t like folks! Check em out!
20-Buffalo Bills- Like the Eagles, QB nightmare. Kolb is done for the year. Manuel is iffy for a couple more weeks, Tuel is the backup and Thad Lewis is Thad Lewis.
21-St Louis Rams- Tim Tebow, Brett Frave, for crying out loud Rams organization, bring in Vince Young!
22-Cleveland Browns- Jason Campbell looked pretty good on Sunday. He will start week 9 and could start for the rest of the season!
23-Baltimore Ravens- What a offseason for the Ravens and it wasn’t a good offseason. They lost Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Anquan Boldin, among others. From a Superbowl championship team, to a team that is trying to even get to .500, the Ravens have some work to do.
24-Tennessee Titans- Jake Locker is back but will Kenny Brit get traded? Find out Tuesday.
25-Washington Redskins- RG3 doesn’t look the same after the torn ACL in the playoff game vs. Seattle.
26-New York Giants- 2 in a row for the G-men!
27-Houston Texans- Case Kennum looked impressive in the lost to Kansas City but after a bye week, They will go and face Andrew Luck and the Colts!
28-Atlanta Falcons- Julio Jones is done for the season and Gonzalez should of stayed retired.
29-Pittsburgh Steelers- They should’ve fired Todd Haley at the end of last season. They are paying for it now.
30-Minnesota Vikings- QB Nightmare! Freeman hurt, Cassel sucks and Ponder is just………
31-Tampa Bay Bucs- Oh Greg Schiano…… He is on the hot seat that is so so so hot! Doug Martin is injured, they don’t got a QB, they are in a world of hurt but hey, they are not as bad as the Jags!
32- Jacksonville Jaguars- Just bring in Tim Tebow. You already suck. Might as well suck and get money for it!