RankingsDecember 12, 2009


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2009 NFL Barometer: Week 14

By R.J. White

If you were lucky enough to still be in a survivor pool, you may not be any more. Cleveland shocked the Steelers this Thursday night, depriving the defending champions of any hope for the playoffs this year. The Super Bowl Hangover Theory strikes yet again. Cleveland ranks last this week, as utility-hook and I completed our rankings before the game, but with two ugly wins under their belt (their starting QBs completed a whopping seven passes combined in the two wins), they’re likely to climb out of the cellar next week.

Game of the week: Eagles at Giants? New York re-entered the divisional title race with a big win against Dallas, and the resulting domino effect placed Philadelphia in a tie with the Cowboys for the division lead. Another win by the Giants this week puts them one step closer to putting the mediocrity of the middle portion of the season behind them. A win by Philly establishes them as the favorite for the division title and the home playoff game that comes with it.

RankChangeTEAMAvg RankD
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1upIndianapolis Colts (12-0)111
This week: vs. DEN. The Broncos come to town on a nice roll and looking like a playoff team. The Colts just want to get healthy.
2upNew Orleans Saints (12-0)222
This week: at ATL. The Saints get the benefit of playing a Chris Redman-led Falcon team. Is 13-0 next?
3upMinnesota Vikings (10-2)333
This week: vs. CIN. Fresh off a shocking embarrassment at the hands of the Cardinals, the Vikings face our No. 5 team next.
4upSan Diego Chargers (9-3)444
This week: at DAL. With the Broncos hanging out, San Diego needs to win late, something that hasn’t been a problem in recent history.
5upCincinnati Bengals (9-3)555
This week: at MIN. The Bengals generally play to their level of competition, so we should be in for a great game against the Vikes.
6upArizona Cardinals (8-4)6.576
This week: at SF. Arizona seems to be establishing themselves as contenders in the NFC, especially after demolishing Minnesota.
7upGreen Bay Packers (8-4)768
This week: at CHI. Unlikely to get many votes for the NFL MVP, Aaron Rodgers is definitely in the mix for fantasy MVP.
8upPhiladelphia Eagles (8-4)7.587
This week: at NYG. Sometimes this team seems to win in spite of coach Andy Reid, yet the team handed him an extension this week.
9upDallas Cowboys (8-4)999
This week: vs. SD. Probably the quietest of Super Bowl contenders, the Chargers have won seven straight without causing a buzz.
10upDenver Broncos (8-4)101010
This week: at IND. With six of the Barometer’s top ten teams facing each other, this looks to be an excellent week of football.
11upNew England Patriots (7-5)111111
This week: vs. CAR. Losing to the Brown-less Dolphins probably writes the Patriots off in most people’s minds.
12upNew York Giants (7-5)121212
This week: vs. PHI. The running game was once the strength of this team, and Brandon Jacobs must pick it up in December.
13upJacksonville Jaguars (7-5)131313
This week: vs. MIA. Despite being vastly outscored this season, the Jaguars have a leg up in the wild card race.
14upBaltimore Ravens (6-6)14.51415
This week: vs. DET. The offense may be reeling just a bit, but a visit from the Lions should cure all wounds.
15upMiami Dolphins (6-6)14.51514
This week: at JAC. A win over the current sixth-seed puts the Dolphins very much in the playoff hunt.
16upPittsburgh Steelers (6-7)161616
This week: Loss at CLE. The Steelers have lost five straight, including games against the Chiefs, Raiders and Browns. Ouch.
17upNew York Jets (6-6)17.51718
This week: at TB. The Rex Ryan defense should make short work of Josh Freeman and the Bucs this week. They need to keep pace.
18upTennessee Titans (5-7)181917
This week: vs. STL. The improbable comeback story his a snag with a loss in Indianapolis, but 9-7 may be good enough to get in.
19upAtlanta Falcons (6-6)18.51819
This week: vs. NO. The season has quickly unraveled for the Falcons, and now they’ll have to knock off the Saints to stay in the race.
20upChicago Bears (5-7)212220
This week: vs. GB. Maybe Kyle Orton wasn’t the problem? Injuries to the defense have doomed this team from the get-go.
21upSeattle Seahawks (5-7)21.52023
This week: at HOU. Two disappointing teams faces each other this week in this game, but the Seahawks are coming off two wins.
22upSan Francisco 49ers (5-7)22.52322
This week: vs. ARI. Any outside hope the 49ers had of the playoffs was squashed with the loss to the Seahawks.
23upHouston Texans (5-7)22.52421
This week: vs. SEA. After starting the season 5-3, the Texans have lost four straight and Gary Kubiak is Fired Coach Walking.
24upCarolina Panthers (5-7)22.52124
This week: at NE. No D-Will, no problem for the Cats last week. A much tougher challenge awaits Matt Moore here.
25upOakland Raiders (4-8)252525
This week: vs. WAS. I don’t mean to alarm you, but Bruce Gradkowski looks like Drew Brees compared to JaMarcus Russell.
26upBuffalo Bills (4-8)26.52726
This week: at KC. If the Washington-Oakland game can be labeled uninspiring, this one is downright yawn-errific.
27upWashington Redskins (3-9)26.52627
This week: at OAK. A win against the Saints may have actually given the Skins something to brag about this season. Alas.
28upKansas City Chiefs (3-9)282828
This week: vs. BUF. Over/under on Jamaal Charles fantasy points in this one: 20. I’ll take the over.
29upDetroit Lions (2-10)29.52930
This week: at BAL. The good news is they’ve already eclipsed last year’s win total by two. Hooray, progress!
30upSt. Louis Rams (1-11)303129
This week: at TEN. The Rams found a keeper in James Laurinaitis, giving them exactly three (Steven Jackson, Oshiomogho Atogwe).
31upTampa Bay Buccaneers (1-11)30.53031
This week: vs. NYJ. Apparently it’s not a good idea to fire your offensive coordinator days before the start of the season. Who knew?
32upCleveland Browns (2-11)323232
This week: Win vs. PIT. A chance on the national stage and the Browns again fail to make their … wait, they won? Seriously?

 

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DZ = daullaz
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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