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2009 NFL Barometer: Week 3 - 1 comments

By R.J. White

Pittsburgh Steelers v Chicago Bears

With #1 New England and #2 Pittsburgh suffering losses in Week 2, we’re bound to see some shakeup in the Week 3 edition of the NFL Barometer. Remember, the top two teams in the Barometer at the end of the regular season go on to play each other to determine the Barometer Championship Series champion — wait, that doesn’t sound right at all. I know! Once the season is over, let’s have a playoff to determine the best team of 2009. That way, we won’t have to spend the offseason arguing about which team is the real champion.

Thanks again to our rankers for taking the time to rank all the NFL teams 1-32, giving the Cafe a barometer to judge the best, worst, and average teams of the NFL. If you’d like to be a part of the process, please contact me on the message boards and we’ll get you set up. On to the rankings!


RankChangeTEAMAvg RankD
1upNew York Giants (2-0)1.41111411
Last week: Win 33-31 at DAL. Huge road divisional win for the Giants, who look to have some capable WRs in tow.
2upIndianapolis Colts (2-0)2.12242122
Last week: Win 27-23 at MIA. Only Peyton Manning could win a game in which his offense only had the ball for 15 minutes.
3upNew Orleans Saints (2-0)3.03433233
Last week: Win 48-22 at PHI. Without McNabb across the field, this is a game the Saints should have won, and did.
4upBaltimore Ravens (2-0)4.74355556
Last week: Win 31-26 at SD. Another big win, but this defense is allowing a ton of points. Will they get it together?
5upMinnesota Vikings (2-0)6.16827947
Last week: Win 27-13 at DET. The Vikings gave their fans a scare with a tepid first half, but ultimately the best team won.
6upNew York Jets (2-0)6.37584398
Last week: Win 16-9 vs. NE. Signature win for Sanchez and Ryan, and Jets fans are starting to have delusions of grandeur.
7upPittsburgh Steelers (1-1)6.38676674
Last week: Loss 14-17 at CHI. To be the champs, you have to beat the champs — so are the Bears the champs now?
8upAtlanta Falcons (2-0)7.651168869
Last week: Win 28-20 vs. CAR. Atlanta strikes me as one of those teams that quietly goes 13-3, if that’s even possible.
9upNew England Patriots (1-1)8.097911785
Last week: Loss 9-16 at NYJ. Shut out in the second half? What’s wrong with Belichik’s minions?
10upGreen Bay Packers (1-1)11.41116109121111
Last week: Loss 24-31 vs. CIN. Super Bowl teams don’t let four-win teams come to their stadium and beat them.
11upPhiladelphia Eagles (1-1)12.31391116131410
Last week: Loss 22-48 vs. NO. Kevin Kolb actually fooled me into thinking he was an NFL QB — for a quarter.
12upSan Francisco 49ers (2-0)13.010131217101019
Last week: Win 23-10 vs. SEA. Another big divisional win for the 49ers, and now they have to be taken seriously.
13upDallas Cowboys (1-1)13.614141310151316
Last week: Loss 31-33 vs. NYG. Hey, Jerry, at least everyone loved your big TV. And that’s all that matters, right?
14upSan Diego Chargers (1-1)13.615101517111215
Last week: Loss 26-31 vs. BAL. My Super Bowl pick is seeing the wheels fall off, with injuries piling up on both sides.
15upChicago Bears (1-1)14.916151415161513
Last week: Win 17-14 vs. PIT. Jay Cutler’s stats might not be great, but that was a great job in pulling out a tough win.
16upTennessee Titans (0-2)15.917122012191714
Last week: Loss 31-34 vs. HOU. At 0-2, the Titans rank three spots ahead of the 2-0 Broncos. What?
17upArizona Cardinals (1-1)17.619181922171612
Last week: Win 31-17 at JAC. The Cardinals fly east for an early game and pull out an easy win. Big props for that.
18upHouston Texans (1-1)19.020201718221818
Last week: Win 34-31 at TEN. Now that was sure to be one of the most entertaining games of the year. When’s the rematch?
19upDenver Broncos (2-0)19.112251819142125
Last week: Win 27-6 vs. CLE. OK, it was the Browns, but that defense is looking great, and Oakland is up next. 3-0?
20upBuffalo Bills (1-1)20.326192513231917
Last week: Win 33-20 vs. TB. This team could have suffered a letdown after a fluky Week 1 loss, but they handled business.
21upSeattle Seahawks (1-1)20.921221920212320
Last week: Loss 10-23 at SF. Big loss to a division rival, and they might have lost their QB for a while. Not looking good.
22upMiami Dolphins (0-2)20.922172125202021
Last week: Loss 23-27 vs. IND. If you can’t win a game in which you have the ball for 45 minutes, just give up.
23upCincinnati Bengals (1-1)21.918271624182426
Last week: Win 31-24 at GB. Huge win on the road — could this be a good team? We’ll know after next week’s game.
24upWashington Redskins (1-1)23.023242322252222
Last week: Win 9-7 vs. STL. My conversion chart says beating the Rams by 2 at home actually counts for two losses.
25upCarolina Panthers (0-2)24.424212226272823
Last week: Loss 20-28 at ATL. Big improvement in losing by only one score this week, and Jake didn’t turn it over 5 times.
26upJacksonville Jaguars (0-2)25.325232429262624
Last week: Loss 17-31 vs. ARI. So much for a 2009 turnaround — coach Jack Del Rio can’t afford too many more losses.
27upOakland Raiders (1-1)25.727263021242527
Last week: Win 13-10 at KC. That was a game where you want to give both teams losses. Can we give the Titans the win?
28upTampa Bay Buccaneers (0-2)28.028302728282728
Last week: Loss 20-33 at BUF. The offense shows promise, but the defense makes this a 4-5 win team.
29upKansas City Chiefs (0-2)29.129282930302929
Last week: Loss 10-13 vs. OAK. Matt Cassel on the hot seat already? Maybe they trade for Kevin Kolb in Week 7. Not.
30upDetroit Lions (0-2)29.730292831293031
Last week: Loss 13-27 vs. MIN. Can’t we give them half a win for winning the first half? Don’t worry — you win this week.
31upCleveland Browns (0-2)30.731323227323130
Last week: Loss 6-27 at DEN. How do you decide between the two bottom teams? Both are worse than the 0-19 team above.
32upSt. Louis Rams (0-2)31.632313132313232
Last week: Loss 7-9 at WAS. Good job by the Rams defense, limiting the Skins to three FGs. Moral victory FTL.



DZ = daullaz
DN = Dan Lambskin
IB = Indibuck
FF = FatFoot
SS = SameSongNDance
BC = 204BC
UH = utility-hook

R.J. White is a fantasy blogger at the sports site FanHouse. Check out his work both here and there, and feel free to talk to him in the forums, where he posts under the name daullaz.
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One Response to “2009 NFL Barometer: Week 3”

  1. Jet would school the Giants at this point, Giants are hurting in the secondary and now they lose Tuck for a little bit. Smith, Manningham? meet Revis..Jacobs? meet Jenkins = P


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