CFC NFL Week 6 Power Rankings

1. Houston Texans, Last Week: 1

2. Atlanta Falcons, Last Week: 2

3. San Francisco 49’ers, Last Week: 3

4. New England Patriots, Last Week: 7

5. Chicago Bears, Last Week: 8

6. Baltimore Ravens, Last Week: 4

7. New York Giants, Last Week: 10

8. Pittsburgh Steelers, Last Week: 11

9. Green Bay Packers, Last Week: 5

10. Arizona Cardinals, Last Week: 6

11. Minnesota Vikings, Last Week: 14

12. Denver Broncos, Last Week: 8

13. Philadelphia Eagles, Last Week: 12

14. San Diego Chargers, Last Week: 13

15. St Louis Rams, Last Week: 22

16. Dallas Cowboys, Last Week: 16

17. Detroit Lions, Last Week: 17

18. Seattle Seahawks, Last Week: 20

19. Cincinatti Bengals, Last Week: 15

20. Washington Redskins, Last Week: 19

21. Indianapolis Colts, Last Week: 31

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Last Week: 21

23. New Orleans Saints, Last Week: 28

24. Buffalo Bills, Last Week: 18

25. Miami Dolphins, Last Week: 27

26. New York Jets, Last Week: 24

27. Carolina Panthers, Last Week: 23

28. Oakland Raiders, Last Week: 26

29. Tenneessee Titans, Last Week: 25

30. Kansas City Chiefs, Last Week: 29

31. Jacksonville Jaguars, Last Week: 30

32. Cleveland Browns, Last Week: 32

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CFC Week 5 NFL MVP Power Rankings

With most teams having played 5 games so far this season, we may not yet have a grasp on the team as a whole. The Texans and Falcons have the best records, but can they continue? The Saints and Packers have both started real slow, but can they bounce back? While we’ll have to wait to get a grasp on the team as a whole, getting a grasp on the best players though isn’t as hard and so far there has been some great players in the NFL. Here’s the Week 5 NFL MVP rankings.

1. Matt Ryan, Last Week: 1

It’s no fun to keep putting Matt Ryan at the top of this list, but he’s the clear MVP so far this year. He’s thrown for 1,500 yards so far this year with 13 TD’s and only 3 INT’s. He’s the leader of his undefeated Falcons team and he’s helped them come from behind several times already this year. This is Matt Ryan’s breakout year and people are noticing.

2. Tom Brady, Last Week: 2

While his team is getting back on the level we’re used to seeing them play, the performance of Tom Brady is also back on that level. Brady picked apart the Broncos defense in Week 5 for 223 yards and a TD. He’s still only thrown 1 INT this year with 8 TD’s, something most QB’s can’t say. Brady is playing as great as ever despite missing one of his favorite targets, Aaron Hernandez.

3. Eli Manning, Last Week: 3

Another Giants win and another great game from Eli Manning. Even though they got a great effort from the running game for the first time this year, it was still Manning who lead the Giants to the win over the Browns with 3 TD passes to Victor Cruz.

4. Aaron Rodgers, Last Week: 6

The Packers were shocked this week against the Colts, but Aaron Rodgers still had a great game. He threw for 3 TD’s and 1 INT and in the first half it looked like the Packers were going to run away with this game. The Packers fell at the hands of Andrew Luck and this statement game from the Colts, dropping them to 2-3. If they came out with a couple more wins though, we’d be appreciating the season that Aaron Rodgers is having again. Not quite his 2011 MVP season, but he’s still having a great year.

J.J. Watt5. JJ Watt, Last Week: 9

Much like Matt Ryan being the clear leader for MVP, JJ Watt is the clear leader for the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2012. Not only does Watt lead the league in sacks with 8.5, but he’s also close to the lead in a category you wouldn’t expect for a defensive player. If you watched the Texans play the Jets last night, you would have seen Watt swatting away many balls on the defensive line. After last night, he has 8 passes deflected this year which is only 2 behind the league leader Tim Jennings and ahead of defensive backs like Ed Reed and Cortland Finnegan. Watt makes a bigger impact than anybody else in the league on the D-Line, and is definitely valuable to this elite Texans defense.

Ben Roethlisberger6. Ben Roethlisberger, Last Week: 4

Big Ben’s Steelers had the week off, but his performance so far this year has been amazing. Usually Big Ben has been the type to win ugly and come through in the clutch, but there’s nothing ugly about the 8 TD’s and one INT he’s had so far this year. I wouldn’t expect it to stop anytime soon either, with matchups against the Titans, Bengals and Redskins in the next three weeks.

Jamaal Charles7. Jamaal Charles, Last Week: 7

Runningbacks don’t gain as much attention as QB’s unless they’re Adrian Peterson or MJD. What Jamaal Charles is doing this year after major ACL surgery though is incredible, especially as a part of an awful Chiefs offense. Charles got it done against a great Ravens defense too this week, and with Brady Quinn possibly coming in for the Chiefs at QB the load is going to be on his shoulders.

8. Joe Flacco,  Last Week: 5

I’m not sure there is a more frustrating player, especially at QB, than Joe Flacco. He’s thrown for 380 yards and 3 TD’s this year in a game against the Patriots, and then can’t even sniff the 200 yard mark in a 9-6 win against a below average Chiefs defense. Flacco shows signs of brilliance that put his name on this MVP list, but then he has weeks like this one where he drops because of poor performance. He’s the model of inconsistency at the QB position, and has been for most of his career to this point.

Arian Foster9. Arian Foster, Last Week: Unranked

It’s nothing out of the ordinary to see great play from Arian Foster, who has been consistently one of the best backs in the league since he joined the NFL two years ago. He ran for 152 yards this week against a good Jets defense, and now is second in the league with 532 yards to go along with 5 TD’s.

10. Tim Jennings, Last Week: 10

With the Bears defense playing so well there are several players who are key reasons to the success. The Bears have some great players such as Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman, but Tim Jennings has been an incredible CB this season. He leads the league in both INT’s and passes deflected and deserves to get more attention with the rest of the guys on the Bears D.

CFC Week 3 NFL MVP Power Rankings

With another week full of great games and referee controversies, there’s lots to talk about around the league. In this weekly article though, we’ll focus on the players who are playing above the competition and are the favorites to win the MVP. Here’s my Week 3 MVP Power Rankings:

1. Matt Ryan, Last Week: 1

Matt Ryan was at the top of my rankings last week, and he put in another great performance this week to stay there. His team took care of a good Chargers team while Ryan threw for 275 yards and 3 TD’s. Not everyone is buying into the hype around the Falcons yet, but if Matt Ryan keeps playing at this level this team is among the best in the league. While his team is establishing themselves as one of the best in the league, Matt Ryan may be doing the same thing.

2.  Eli Manning, Last Week: 7

Eli Manning jumped into my rankings last week after his 500 yard performance against the Buccaneers, but what he did this week against Carolina may be even more impressive. He picked apart the Panthers defense while playing without key players on offense. The Panthers may not have the best defense in the league, but Manning looked impressive for the second straight week and has his Giants back at a winning record.

Ben Roethlisberger3. Ben Roethlisberger, Last Week: Unranked

Ben Roethlisberger made a huge jump this week, as he wasn’t even ranked last week but is having a great year. The Steelers may be 1-2, but Roethlisberger has thrown for 904 yards, 8 TD’s and only 1 INT so far this year. Usually Ben has had a reputation of winning ugly, but so far this year he’s played great without much success in the win column.

4. Tom Brady, Last Week: 2

Tom Brady dropped this week, but he didn’t have a bad week. He threw for over 200 yards and a TD in a loss against a good Ravens D. Brady has been more consistent than anybody in the NFL though and everybody knows he’ll continue to play well, which always keeps him in the race for the MVP award.

5. Aaron Rodgers, Last Week: 3

Aaron Rodgers also didn’t have a great week, but a big reason for that was the constant pressure that the Seahawks put on him when he dropped back to pass. He lost in the end on a controversial call as we all know by now, but there’s no excuse for his drop. He’s playing good, but not like the MVP we saw last year.

6. Joe Flacco, Last Week: 9

Joe Flacco is extremely inconsistent, but he sees himself get another big jump in the MVP race this week due to another great performance. He may have been playing a weak Patriots secondary, but you can’t take anyway the great performance that Flacco and his WR Torrey Smith put on.

Jamaal Charles7. Jamaal Charles, Last Week: Unranked

Speaking of great performances, I hope everyone realizes Jamaal Charles is back. He was one of the best up and coming RB’s before he got hurt, and his performance in Week 3 proves he’s pretty close to that form. Charles had 33 carries for 233 yards against the Saints in Week 3. While he obviously won’t be doing that every week, it proves he can again carry the load and has the same explosiveness that made him great before his injury.

8. Robert Griffin III, Last Week: 6

As the weeks carry on it seems like defenses are adjusting to RGIII. He’s still playing well and is a dual threat, but his team is losing and he is struggling. He’s still above expectations for a rookie QB, but he’s dropping in the MVP race as the weeks go on.

Maurice Jones-Drew9. Maurice Jones-Drew, Last Week: Unranked

I was somebody who thought that Maurice Jones-Drew was going to have a down year after his holdout, but it seems like MJD is out to prove me and everybody else who thought that wrong. MJD went for 177 yards in Week 3 and is sitting behind Charles on the rushing leaders.

10. Clay Matthews, Last Week: 5

Clay Matthews only had half a sack in the Packers loss, but still leads the league in sacks. As I’ve been saying with him, he’s going to need to break the sack record to have a chance at the MVP award and this setback won’t help. Although with the way he was getting to the QB in the first two weeks, it still wouldn’t be a big surprise.

CFC Week 2 NFL MVP Power Rankings

In Week 1, there was plenty of performances in the NFL that we didn’t know whether they were fluky or not. While we still don’t know for sure, we’re starting to get a feel for who are playing great football. While it may be too early for some people, it’s never too early for MVP talk here. Every week, I rank the MVP leaders in a power rankings form. You can read the Week 1 power rankings here, but below is my MVP Power Rankings for Week 2.

1. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons. Last Week: 2

At #2 on my rankings last week, Matt Ryan continued his great play and his Falcons got another big win over the Broncos. Ryan has played great and has his team in a good position as a contender. The rest of the league may be taking notice of the rising play of Matty Ice too.

2. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots. Last Week: 1

I still love Tom Brady as one of the top MVP candidates all year, but he had to drop a spot with the great play of Ryan and his teams disappointing game against the Cardinals.  Brady threw for a TD and INT in Week 2 to go with the 2 TD’s he threw in Week 2. Some Patriots fans may be freaking out about the loss, but Brady and the Pats should be fine.

3. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers. Last Week: 3

Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to their first win of the season, but Rodgers himself didn’t look that great. Sure, it’s nitpicking because we’re used to seeing this guy do so well but his 85.3 QB rating and 1 INT aren’t what we’re used to. Either way, Rodgers is still one of the favorites to win the MVP.

4. CJ Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills. Last Week: 5

Coming into 2012, CJ Spiller only had 4 career TD’s. He has that many in the first two games of the year, and looks like the player the Bills expected to get when they first drafted him 9th overall in 2010. With Fred Jackson out, Spiller has stepped in and arguably been better. Spiller will lose carries when Jackson returns, but for now he’s tearing up the league and is one of the top candidates for the MVP in this early season.

5. Clay Matthews, LB, Green Bay Packers. Last Week: 6

I know it’s a little early to start talking about it, but Clay Matthews is on pace to shatter the single season sack record. I know only two games have been played, but Matthews looks better than ever and many people have come close to the record in the past. If Matthews keeps playing well, he’s got a chance to get the record and possibly becoming the first player in 20+ years to win an MVP award on defense.

6. Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins. Last Week: 4

RGIII may have lost this week, but he had another great game. When RGIII was drafted, people said not to expect him to have a rookie year like Cam Newton. They were right, because that would be disrespectful to Griffin. He’s having a better year than Newton and even Michael Vick, who he’s been compared to over and over again.

7. Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants. Last Week: Unranked

Eli Manning may have thrown for 3 picks, but when you put up 510 yards you immediately jump into the MVP consideration. People are recognizing Manning now after his second Super Bowl, so if he continues to have a good year and he gets the Giants to the playoffs he has a legitimate shot at winning.

8. Reggie Bush, RB, Miami Dolphins. Last Week: Unranked

Nobody thought Reggie Bush would work in Miami. Nobody thought Reggie Bush would be able to put together another year like he did last year. Now it may be time for people to actually recognize what Reggie Bush is doing. Bush ran for 172 yards and 2 TD’s in Week 2, and could be an important part of an otherwise pitiful Dolphins offense.

9. Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens. Last Week: 8

I have to say, it was nice to see Joe Flacco come back to earth this week. I have nothing against him, I just don’t think he’s an elite QB. Oh and that defense he ripped apart last week just gave up 300 yards and 2 TD’s to Brandon Weeden.

10. Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers. Last Week: Unranked

To round out the rankings for Week 2 is Cam Newton, who surprised a lot of people and led his Panthers to a convincing victory over the Saints. Newton still throws too many INT’s, but he’s improved in the air and is still a great running QB.

NFL Power Rankings: Week 2

Now that Week 1 is over, there’s going to be a lot of overreactions with teams and players. I’ll try not to do that here, but no guarantees. Here’s my Week 2 NFL Power Rankings.

1. San Francisco 49’ers, Last Week: 3

2. New England Patriots, Last Week: 2

3. Houston Texans, Last Week: 4

4. Denver Broncos, Last Week: 6

5. Atlanta Falcons, Last Week: 7

6. Green Bay Packers, Last Week: 5

7. New York Giants, Last Week: 1

8.  Baltimore Ravens, Last Week: 10

9. Pittsburgh Steelers, Last Week: 8

10. Chicago Bears, Last Week: 11

11. Detroit Lions, Last Week: 9

12. Dallas Cowboys, Last Week: 15

13. New Orleans Saints, Last Week: 14

14. Philadelphia Eagles, Last Week: 13

15. San Diego Chargers, Last Week: 16

16. New York Jets, Last Week: 19

17. Washington Redskins, Last Week: 24

18. Buffalo Bills, Last Week: 12

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Last Week: 27

20. Tennessee Titans, Last Week: 17

21. Carolina Panthers, Last Week: 20

22. Cincinnati Bengals, Last Week: 18

23. Seattle Seahawks, Last Week: 22

24. Kansas City Chiefs, Last Week: 21

25. Oakland Raiders, Last Week: 23

26. Indianapolis Colts, Last Week: 26

27. St. Louis Rams, Last Week: 31

28. Miami Dolphins, Last Week: 25

29. Cleveland Browns, Last Week: 32

30. Minnesota Vikings, Last Week: 28

31. Jacksonville Jaguars, Last Week: 30

32. Arizona Cardinals, Last Week: 29

 

 

CFC Week 1 NFL MVP Power Rankings

With the NFL season underway, we’ve already started talking about the best performances around the league. The big games from players that we expected and from some surprise players too. With that in mind, it’s never too early to talk about the MVP award. In the first edition of a weekly power rankings post, here’s my MVP Power Rankings for Week 1. Also, keep in mind that in Week 1 it’s hard to gauge between the one week wonders and the consistent players. Once it becomes more obvious, you’ll see these rankings clear up as well.

1. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

I thought before the season that Tom Brady was the leading MVP candidate, and he played well enough to be the lead candidate right now. Brady passed for 236 yards and 2 TD’s in the Patriots dominating Week 1 victory over the Titans. Brady didn’t have the best Week 1, but he is somebody who is reliable and who you know will keep up this type of production for the rest of the season.

2. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan has always been a good regular season QB, and the way we judge his career has been off his failures in the playoffs up to this point. This past week though, Matt Ryan passed for 299 yards and 3 touchdowns while looking like a real MVP caliber candidate. With a lot of explosive weapons around him, continuing his excellent play shouldn’t be too challenging.

3. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

Like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers was near the top of my MVP list and the list of many others. Rodgers didn’t play bad, but he wasn’t as good as we have come to expect from him in his teams loss to the 49’ers. You need to keep in mind though, is that Rodgers was playing the league’s best defense from a year ago and still passed for 300 yards and 2 touchdowns. We can expect Rodgers to be one of the best for the whole year though.

4. Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins

A rookie hasn’t won MVP and Rookie of the Year since Earl Campbell in 1978, but that doesn’t mean you can just disregard what he did in Week 1. If he does keep it up, he could be an MVP candidate. The question though is whether or not he’ll be able to do it. I don’t think so, but I also didn’t think he’d have a game like he did in Week 1 against the Saints.

5. CJ Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills

Here’s another one of the surprise players from Week 1 who has a chance to become the years breakout player. Spiller ran for 169 yards in Week 1 against a pretty good Jets defense, and he didn’t even start the game. With Fred Jackson injured for the next couple of weeks, Spiller will get a good amount of carries and will get a good chance to prove himself. This could be the breakout season for Spiller much like Arian Foster two years ago.

6. Clay Matthews, LB, Green Bay Packers

Clay Matthews had a bit of a down year in 2011, but he looks like he’s already back to form after Week 1. He led the league with 2.5 sacks against the 49’ers, and we know what to expect from him. He’s one of the best pass rushers in the league and he should be around 20 when the year is over. You do have to keep in mind that a defensive player hasn’t won the MVP award since Lawrence Taylor in 1986, so the idea of him or another sack master to be named in a little doing it is a bit of a reach. It will be done again though.

7. DeMarcus Ware, LB, Dallas Cowboys

Ware has the same problem that Clay Matthews has, with a defensive not winning the MVP award since 1986. Ware could definitely do that though, as he’s come close to breaking the single season sack record a couple times in his career and could be a serious MVP candidate if he could do it.

8. Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens

This one shocked me as much as any, because I’ve always thought that Joe Flacco was no more than an average QB on a great team. That may still be the case, but for now you have to salute him for the performance that he gave in Week 1. Against a Bengals defense with Pro Bowl CB Leon Hall, Flacco threw for 299 yards and 2 touchdowns and had the Ravens offense looking unstoppable. If he can keep it up, this could be Flacco’s breakout year.

9. Tim Jennings, CB, Chicago Bears

Again, I’d be very surprised to see Jennings continue this type of production. He won’t get two interceptions a week, but if he could get a good amount while having a Darrelle Revis type of shutdown season he could have a chance. With that being said, I think it’s more likely that he’s a one week wonder who benefited from the bad decisions of Matt Stafford in Week 1.

10. Kevin Ogletree, WR, Dallas Cowboys

Once again, there’s no reason to believe that Kevin Ogletree will keep up this type of production. In Week 1 though, he was a monster against the Giants injury depleted secondary. Ogletree had 114 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Giants in Week 1 and was the best WR in the league last week. He could be a one hit wonder, but he could also be in for a season like Laurent Robinson last year.

NFL Power Rankings: Week 1

With the NFL season approaching, it’s time for the first addition of my NFL Power Rankings, which will be updated every week after the Monday night game. For this first rankings, I’m using my predicted records for the upcoming season. After that, it will all depend on who’s got momentum that week. Okay, I lied a little bit though. I am going to use my predicted records but I’m a believer of having the Super Bowl champions being at the top. The Giants should be a very good team this season too though, with an elite offense and a great pass rush.  Keep checking back all season for weekly Power Rankings.

1. New York Giants
2. New England Patriots
3. San Francisco 49’ers
4. Houston Texans
5. Green Bay Packers
6. Denver Broncos
7. Atlanta Falcons
8. Pittsburgh Steelers
9. Detroit Lions
10. Baltimore Ravens
11. Chicago Bears
12. Buffalo Bills
13. Philadelphia Eagles
14. New Orleans Saints
15. Dallas Cowboys
16. San Diego Chargers
17. Tennessee Titans
18. Cincinnati Bengals
19. New York Jets
20. Carolina Panthers
21 Kansas City Chiefs
22. Seattle Seahawks
23. Oakland Raiders
24. Washington Redskins
25. Miami Dolphins
26. Indianapolis Colts
27.Tampa Bay Bucaneers
28. Minnesota Vikings
29. Arizona Cardinals
30. Jacksonville Jaguars
31. St. Louis Rams
32. Cleveland Browns