I’m filling in for Michael this week as he’s getting acclimated to the world of fatherhood.
It was a comparatively uneventful week as for once we’re all basically in agreement, though it was Michael’s turn to make one particularly questionable omission. The AFC remains very strong, though a couple of NFC teams are finally making some noise. Though perhaps the most interesting development had to do with some teams not even on the list: the Vikings and the Redskins. Coach Shanahan’s decision to bench Donovan McNabb in the final two minutes against the Lions was greeted with everything from shock to outrage, and this humble correspondent is just soaking in the joy of a week’s worth of sports talk outrage in DC. As for Brad Childress’s decision to dump Randy Moss, well, I’m sure he’ll be enjoying his time next year as someone’s offensive coordinator.
Once again we had a three-person panel: Michael, Tito, and myself. Comments are mine, unless indicated otherwise in parenthesis.
1. New England Patriots (3) – The only one-loss team left. They just keep chugging along.
2. Baltimore Ravens – Were on a bye this week. Rematch with Pittsburgh is in Week 12.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers – Were slowed down by a suddenly ferocious Saints defense. Every team has a hiccup along the way.
4. Indianapolis Colts – Slowing down Foster + operating the offense well with backup WRs is quite a statement. (MD)
5. New York Jets – Somebody must have forgotten to remind the Jets offense that their bye was only one week.
6. Atlanta Falcons – Roddy White is putting in his claim to be the best Wide Receiver in the league.
7. New York Giants – They were on a bye this week. The best team in the NFC is being criminally short-changed by other voters. That is all I will say.
8. New Orleans Saints – The Saints also made a statement, beating the best team in the league. If Brees is on, this may be the best team in the league, as people are starting to see that this year, the Saints defense is no liability (currently #3 in the league). (MD)
9. Kansas City Chiefs – They play teams in the Western divisions, so it can be hard to tell how good they are, but they seem legit. (MD)
10. Green Bay Packers – With Minnesota imploding and Chicago not having a single offensive lineman, they’re clear favorites in the NFC North (MD)
Others receiving votes: Tampa Bay Buccaneers