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Week 3 NFL Power Rankings. Trouble in New Orleans

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. The New Orleans Saints are struggling in the absence of their head coach Sean Payton (pictured above).

By Wesley Kaminsky

After two straight losses to non-playoff teams from a season ago, the New Orleans Saints look like a different team from 2011. That offense, which was so unstoppable under Sean Payton, is out of sync, and the defense is struggling without Gregg Williams. In an improved NFC, the Saints appear to be in trouble. Payton was that important to this team and it’s showing.

In this weeks power rankings, the Eagles and the Dolphins made the biggest leap, jumping seven spots, while the Bears and Redskins had the biggest fall, tumbling six spots. The Falcons cracked the top five, and the 49ers maintained their number one ranking.

Enough of me spoiling it, time for you to find out for yourself where your favorite team ranks. Continue reading


Week 2 NFL Power Rankings: Robert Griffin III has arrived

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Alex Smith (pictured above) outplayed reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers as the 49ers got a huge victory in the opener at Lambeau Field.

By Wesley Kaminsky

Last season, it was Cam Newton who dazzled us all, throwing for 422 yards in his NFL debut. One year later, Robert Griffin III went into the Superdome, threw for 322 yards, two touchdowns, and beat the Saints. It took awhile Washington, but your quarterback has finally arrived. The Redskins will make some noise in the NFC East this season.

Griffin was just one of many stories through Week 1 of the NFL season. In case you missed it, here’s a quick recap.

Taking over this weeks number one spot in the power rankings are the 49ers, who marched into Lambeau Field and beat the Packers. Another team that made a statement was Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Manning finished 19-26 for 253 yards and two touchdowns in a win over the Steelers.

Ah, so much to get to. Where does your team rank after Week 1?

1. San Francisco 49ers (4): 1-0. That was a statement win for the 49ers in Green Bay. Alex Smith outplayed Aaron Rodgers. Impressive. (Next game: vs. Detroit on SNF) Continue reading

2012 NFL Power Rankings: Beware of the Chicago Bears

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Are Jay Cutler (pictured above) and the Chicago Bears poised for a big year in 2012? Our very own Wesley Kaminsky thinks so.

By Wesley Kaminsky

The NFL off-season always seems too long, doesn’t it? In an off-season dominated by Tim Tebow and the New York Jets, it’s that other team in New York who are the reigning Super Bowl champions. They shocked the NFL world a season ago, getting hot at the right time, beating the likes of the Packers, 49ers, and then eventually the Patriots. That takes guts.

With teams such as the Packers, 49ers, Bears, Saints, and Falcons, just to name a few, the NFC is becoming a powerhouse. I didn’t even touch on the NFC East.

In the AFC, the Patriots look like the clear-cut team to beat, as they added more weapons to an already lethal offense and revamped their defense.

Can the Ravens finally get over the hump? Will Peyton Manning return with a vengeance?

These questions will be answered in due time. Continue reading

Who Dat Nation can breathe again

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Drew Brees (pictured above) will be in New Orleans for at least five more years. Who Dat Nation can finally breathe again.

By Josh Kramer

For the first time in a long time, there is some good news for Saints’ fans.  After what has been the most tumultuous off-season in franchise history, a deal has been made. The franchise player has been signed, sealed, and delivered.  Now there is assurance that there will be a “Cool Brees” in New Orleans for at least another five years.  Any NFL team feeling sorry for themselves this off-season should be thankful that they are not the Saints.  Things have been that bad.  Until yesterday of course.

The general manager (Mickey Loomis) is out for half of the season. The head coach (Sean Payton is done for the year.  The interim head coach (and assistant head coach) (Joe Vitt) is out six games..  The former defensive-coordinator (Gregg Williams) is out of football.  Key players (Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith) are suspended.  Draft picks have been lost.  Fines have been issued.  But at least now, the most important part of the franchise is ready to go to work.  Drew Brees is not only one of the elite players on-the-field, he is also one of the best players off-the-field.  I cannot think of someone more deserving of the largest guaranteed contract in NFL history.

A record-breaking deal for a record-breaking player.  Do the math. Continue reading

NFL March Madness

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. In a wild day for the NFL, New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton (pictured above) has been suspended for the entire 2012 season.

By Josh Kramer

I always was under the impression that March Madness only applied to college hoops.  I was wrong.  The past couple of days have been simply ludicrous in regards to America’s favorite sports league, the NFL.  Let’s recap.

Peyton Manning signs with the Denver Broncos

-I fully understand this mega-signing.  There are many appealing factors to the Mile High City and the Broncos organization.  Namely, they are a team who plays in a weak division and they have John Elway.  Elway can act as a mentor to Peyton and help him become the unquestioned GOAT (Greatest-Of-All-Time) in terms of NFL quarterbacks.  If I were Peyton, I would have signed with the 49ers.  San Francisco is a Super Bowl contender in 2012 with or without Peyton Manning.  They also play in a very weak division. Not to mention they have arguably the best coach in the NFL today, Jim Harbaugh.  5 years and 96 million though may be enough to get me to settle on Denver over San Francisco though.

Goodell shakes up New Orleans Continue reading

Sproles an upgrade to Bush?

Photo courtesy of realfootballanalysis.blogspot.com. Darren Sproles (pictured above) is heading to New Orleans. Is he an upgrade from Reggie Bush?

By Josh Kramer

There is a new running back heading to Bourbon Street to help continue the fireworks that have defined the Saints offense over the past few years.  Drew Brees, one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL was not shy in expressing his excitement over the New Orlean’s pick-up today.

Darren Sproles or Reggie Bush?  That is the question.

Both backs are extremely similar in style and what they bring to the table.  They are both “smaller” speed backs that also pose a threat as a receiver and a return man.  They typify what it means to be a multi-purpose running back in this day and age.

Lets take a look at the tale of the tape. Continue reading

“Same Old Story”

Drew Brees hopes to lead the Saints to a second consecutive Super Bowl Championship in the 2010-2011 season. The Saints would be the first team to repeat as champions since the Patriots in 2005.

I will admit that I personally love the ESPYs.  It is the one  award’s show that we have for celebrities that I can actually watch and understand what is going on.  The Emmy’s, the Grammy’s, the Oscar’s are all fine awards shows, but most of it goes over my head.  I just do not know who the celebrities are and the nominees are for the awards.  But the ESPY’s, I know every single nominee.  I have a major bias and will admit that athletes are much more of an interest to me than pop culture.  I mean really though, this is a very fun show.  I can only imagine actually being there. 

You always have a very funny host who grills on people in the audience and in the sporting world.  You have beautiful women (DPs) all over the place (see Brooklyn Decker, Marissa Miller, Erin Andrews, etc).  You have all the athletes decked out in their finest.  You also have guys dawning great hair (see Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, and I could go on).  It is really just a great spectacle getting all of these super athletes in the same room for one night.  But I digress. 

Last evening, the big winner, was Saint’s quarterback Drew Brees.  Brees and the Saints took in 4 trophies.  And he also was the winner of the very prestigious award for “Best Male Athlete.”  This is also the first time in Saint’s history until they are defeated in the playoffs or eliminated from playoff contention that people can fairly answer the commonly posed New Orlean’s chant, “Who Dat?”  They are “Champions” until someone dethrones them.  The offseason is at full speed and training camps are inching ever closer. 

As usual, the team that won the Super Bowl in February is still raking in awards and accolades at this point.  Many are curious if the champion can repeat.  No team has done this since 2005 when the Patriots repeated as Super Bowl Champs.  So don’t count on it. In addition, seeing Terrell Owens looking fly at the show got me thinking about the TO Show.  As usual, people are unsure of where he will be bringing his antics this year.  Will he stay in Buffalo, will he go to New England?  Only time will tell. 

Also another highly developing story, are the Rams going to be able to sign number 1 draft pick Sam Bradford before training camp starts?  Everyone knows how important training camp is for all the players, but especially the rookies.  This is their first real taste of the League.  Training camps can really make or break teams some years.  And if Bradford is unsigned before camp, you can count on him to have a very difficult time during his rookie campaign.  But really, when can you remember all teams entering training camp with their number 1 picked signed and ready to roll? 

In addition, every team has reason why their fans should have hope at this point.  All teams have brought in new talent.  Every team is undefeated with an unblemished 0 and 0 record.  People from every city at least have a glimmer of hope and will tell you why their team could make some noise this season.  This is the League of parity right?  Any team can go from a pretender to a contender in a year right? 

Lastly, the other typical NFL summer story.  The Brett Favre saga continues.  Will he stay or will he go?  I really don’t know nor do I care.  But the media eats this story up every year.  It has become a tradition every offseason to turn this into the biggest NFL story.  Well strap in, because Brett made statements yesterday, and they will continue for at least a good month or so now.  Maybe we should ask the German octopus to predict whether he will come back?  The octopus is 8 for 8 all time in predictions and should give us our answer a month or 2 earlier than normal.  

Training camp starts at the end of the month or the very beginning of August for all teams.  Get ready, because the NFL is back.  

My top 5 will be coming in the near future. 

But it is the same old story with the NFL. 

Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.