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2009 NFL Barometer: Week 10 - 1 comments

By R.J. White

Houston Texans v Indianapolis Colts

And then there were … still two? The Colts were scheduled to lose this week, leaving but one defeated team remaining, but a Houston fumble late in the first half coupled with a field goal pulled to the left at the end of the game conspired to give Indianapolis another win, though it can be argued whether this one was deserved.

Thursday Night Football kicked off for the first time since Kickoff weekend, with the 49ers defense intercepting five Jay “The Cutler Did It” passes, returning one close enough to the goal line that the ho-hum 49ers offense was able to score a TD, giving San Francisco a 10-6 win. Our Barometer rankings were submitted before the game kicked off, and the two teams came out tied in the rankings. Expect San Francisco to be a few spots higher and Chicago a few spots lower next week.

*Game of the Century Alert*

The New England Patriots, coached by evil genius Bill Belichick travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts, coached by Peyton Manning (or so it would seem) on Sunday night. Will the injuries to the Indy secondary do them in? Does the New England defense have an answer for Professor Manning?

Race for Number 1
Five teams are battling it out for the right to be called number one … by commissioner Roger Goodell in next spring’s NFL First-Year Player Entry Draft. Kansas City, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Detroit and Cleveland all sit with one win to their name at the midway point of the season. St. Louis (playing New Orleans) and Detroit (in Minnesota) are almost assuredly dropping to 1-8 on Sunday. Cleveland has a puncher’s chance against Baltimore at home, but the outlook is pretty bleak for that Monday night game. Tampa Bay has to somehow contain the Miami Wildcats, while Kansas City has a winnable game in Oakland. I’d tell fans of these teams “There’s always next year,” but we know that these cellar dwellers are more than one top prospect from competing.

RankChangeTEAMAvg RankD
1upIndianapolis Colts (8-0)1.00111
Last week: Win 20-17 vs. HOU. Good thing you don’t get style points. Colts ranked one point behind Pats in point differential.
2upNew Orleans Saints (8-0)2.00222
Last week: Win 30-20 vs. CAR. Saints outscore Panthers 24-3 in second half to win from behind. They looked beatable in this one.
3upMinnesota Vikings (7-1)3.00333
Last week: Bye. Brett Favre spent the week off replaying the Packer victory again and again in his mind. While wearing Wranglers.
4upNew England Patriots (6-2)4.33454
Last week: Win 27-17 vs. MIA. Two TDs and four FGs (like they had last week) might not be enough against Indy.
5upPittsburgh Steelers (6-2)4.67545
Last week: Win 28-10 at DEN. Five-game winnings streak includes the Chargers, Giants, and now Broncos. Lookin’ tough.
6upCincinnati Bengals (6-2)6.00666
Last week: Win 17-7 vs. BAL. Huge sweep of the Ravens, and the Steelers could be next. Are these guys for real?
7upDallas Cowboys (6-2)7.00777
Last week: Win 20-16 at PHI. Took sole possession of the NFC East lead after beating Giants and Eagles in successive weeks.
8upDenver Broncos (6-2)8.33889
Last week Loss 10-28 vs. PIT. This may still be too high for them after that embarrassing Monday night loss.
9upPhiladelphia Eagles (5-3)9.009108
Last week: Loss 16-20 vs. DAL. I know they were being cautious, but I still don’t see how Brian Westbrook could miss that critical game.
10upAtlanta Falcons (5-3)10.0011910
Last week: Win 31-17 vs. WAS. Losses came to the Saints, Cowboys, and Patriots. No shame in that — Atlanta’s a sleeper.
11upArizona Cardinals (5-3)10.67101111
Last week: Win 41-21 at CHI. Good Kurt came a-callin’ last week. Will Bad Kurt be back for the Seahawks game?
12upSan Diego Chargers (5-3)12.00121212
Last week: Win 21-20 at NYG. Sure the Giants are slipping, but this was a huge win for the Chargers. Philly is next.
13upHouston Texans (5-4)13.67131513
Last week: Loss 17-20 at IND. One of these days, the Texans are going to get over the Indy hump and win this division.
14upBaltimore Ravens (4-4)13.67141314
Last week: Loss 7-17 at CIN. The actually have a better point differential than the team they just lost to, and it’s about to get better.
15upNew York Giants (5-4)14.67151415
Last week: Loss 20-21 vs. SD. No team needed a Week 10 bye more than New York. They’ve been plugging holes in the D all season.
16upMiami Dolphins (3-5)17.00161718
Last week: Loss 17-27 at NE. Kept it close, but just couldn’t get the job done. Maybe it’s time to invest in a big-play WR?
17upNew York Jets (4-4)18.00171621
Last week: Bye. The Jets look to come back strong against Jacksonville this week. Can they make a playoff push? Doubt it.
18upGreen Bay Packers (4-4)19.00201819
Last week: Loss 28-38 at TB. This team ruined all Week 9 teasers. Unbelievable to give up 38 points to a debut QB.
19upJacksonville Jaguars (4-4)19.33212116
Last week: Win 24-21 vs. KC. I made a case for MJD (No. 1 RB currently in fantasy) over Peterson in the preseason. Lookin’ good, MoJo!
20upCarolina Panthers (3-5)20.33221920
Last week: Loss 20-30 at NO. I say leave Jake on the bench and let D-Will run the Ronnie and Ricky offense in Carolina.
21upSan Francisco 49ers (4-5)21.00192024
This week: Win 10-6 vs. CHI. It’s easy to win when the other QB is targeting you in the passing game. Frank the Tank looks 100%
22upSeattle Seahawks (3-5)21.00182322
Last week: Win 32-20 vs. DET. I had the Lions and the points, and Seattle snuck a cheap cover in at the last minute.
23upChicago Bears (4-5)21.00242217
This week: Loss 6-10 at SF. Bears, meet fork. Probably would have been better off just drafting a QB in 2010 and keeping the picks.
24upTennessee Titans (2-6)23.33232423
Last week: Win 34-27 at SF. Remember the Titans? Well, they’re back, led by the one and only Vince Young. Let’s make a run!
25upBuffalo Bills (3-5)25.33252526
Last week: Bye. The Buffalo Bills officially kick off our “Crappy Teams Coming Off a Bye in Week 10″ Tour. Music City Miracle rematch in Week 10.
26upKansas City Chiefs (1-7)26.67272825
Last week: Loss 21-24 at JAC. Look on the bright side: they aren’t any worse without Larry Johnson!
27upWashington Redskins (2-6)27.00282627
Last week: Loss 17-31 at ATL. How many coaches will Dan Snyder go through before he realizes what the problem actually is?
28upOakland Raiders (2-6)28.00262731
Last week: Bye. The Raiders may be getting back both Darren McFadden and Chaz Schilens this week. Look out, NFL!
29upSt. Louis Rams (1-7)28.67292928
Last week: Bye. It’s sad watching Steven Jackson waste away what should have been an epic career by playing for this team.
30upTampa Bay Buccaneers (1-7)30.00303030
Last week: Win 38-28 vs. GB. The Bucs continued their domination of the Pack at RJ stadium, this time led by the newly-anointed savior.
31upDetroit Lions (1-7)30.67313229
Last week: Loss 20-32 at SEA. Cheer up, Lions fans; the draft is only a few short months away!
32upCleveland Browns (1-7)31.67323132
Last week: Bye. Didn’t Week 9 football look a bit better than the previous eight weeks? That’s what a Browns bye does for the sport.



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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 10”

  1. GirthyOne says:

    The once bungling Bengals move up again.


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