NFL Power Rankings (Week 13!)
December 7th, 2017 by The Staff
The Seahawks stood tall in their Sunday night home stand, beating the Eagles by 14 points on prime-time TV. Russell Wilson had a fantastic showing, going 20 for 31 for 227 yards and three touchdown passes – all three of which landed in the open arms of three different receivers. And underrated back Mike Davis looked pretty good drilling through Philadelphia’s ferocious defensive line, finishing the outing with 64 yards on 16 carries.
|Huh. Looks like trash collection came early this week.|
The Cowboys pretty much ethnic cleansed the Redskins Thursday night, pummeling their arch rivals 38-14 in prime-time. Dak Prescott went 11 for 22 for 102 yards and two touchdown passes and ran for another 28, but the real difference maker here was the Cowboys’ run game, which – even without Ezekiel Elliot in the backfield – managed to outyard Washington on the ground 182 yards to 56. Hope you fantasy footballers started back Alfred Morris, seeing as how he only had 127 rushing yards in the contest.
|Some of you might call it “unnecessary roughness.” I prefer to call it celestial justice.|
It took some overtime play to do it, but the Packers won the 2017 Battle of the Bays with a 26-20 win over the Bucs. Brett Hundley went 13 for 22 for 84 yards, no touchdowns and an interception, but thankfully, the Packers’ rushing attack was a tad more potent. At the final horn, back Jamaal Williams had 113 yards and one TD on 21 carries, while Aaron Jones’ 20-yard walkoff – err, runoff? – TD in extra innings sealed the victory for G.B.
The Raiders are back at .500 following Sunday’s 24-17 win over the lowly, lowly New York Suck-Ball Giants. Marshawn Lynch had his best game since coming out of retirement, carrying the rock for 101 yards on 17 carries – including a 51-yard touchdown scamper. And even without Amari Cooper or Michael Crabtree in the lineup, Derek Carr still managed to rack up some big numbers – he finished the outing 22 for 36 for 287 yards and one TD pass.
The Dolphins pretty much poached the Broncos Sunday, destroying Denver 35-9. Oddly enough, it was Miami’s defense that won ’em this ballgame, as the Fins capitalized on a pick six toss from Trevor Siemian and not just one but TWO safeties to begin and end the contest. And if you’re wondering how Jay Cutler fared, he did just OK: 18 for 31 for 235 yards, two TD passes and two interceptions.
The season-long blues continue for Arizona following their 32-16 loss to the Rams. Despite THE BLAINE GABBERT going 18 for 32 for 221 yards and a TD pass, he also threw two costly interceptions (including a pick six) and got sacked SIX times for a cumulative 27-yard loss. But Larry Fitzgerald did have a pretty good showing, at least – the veteran receiver concluded the outing with 98 yards and one TD on ten catches.
|TFW you know it’s your last day on the job.|
Tampa Bay dropped another close one over the weekend – this one, a 26-20 loss to Green Bay in O.T. The big news is that Jameis Winston is officially back in the rotation, and he didn’t look too shabby in the loss; at the final horn, he went 21 for 32 for 270 yards and two touchdown passes – both of which landed in the arms of Cameron Brate, whose only two catches of the day resulted in points on the scoreboard.
Mitch “The Bitch” Trubisky had a terrible outing in Sunday’s 15-14 loss to San Fran. At the final horn, he went 12 for 15 on pass attempts for a paltry 102 yards – which, factoring in sacks – can be reduced to only 85 yards on the day. And the run game wasn’t there to bail out the anemic pass attack, either; the best the Bears’ backs could muster was 62 yards on the ground, with Jordan Howard producing a scant 38 yards on 13 carries.
Trevor Siemian had a day to forget in the Broncos’ 35-9 loss to the Dolphins. He went 19 for 41 for 200 yards, but since he got sacked thrice, the net yardage rolls back to just 167. Oh, and he lobbed three interceptions, including one that got returned to the house for six easy points on Miami’s side of the scoreboard. Shit, with a game like that, Paxton Lynch might see another start before the season’s over after all.
Yeah, the Niners only beat the Bears by one point Sunday, but when you’re a 1-10 team, you’ll take positive integers on the left hand side of the W-L column anyway you can get ’em. Jimmy Garoppolo went 26 for 37 for 293 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in the 15-14 win, with receivers Marquise Goodwin and Trent Taylor each reeling in 90 plus reception yards a piece. And holy shit, did SF’s defense look marvelous, holding Chicago to only 102 yards passing and just 62 running the ball.
Well, the Geno Smith experiment wasn’t exactly a rousing success for the Giants. Eli’s replacement went 21 for 34 for 200 yards and one TD pass in New York’s 24-17 loss to Oakland, while the G-Men got outgained on the ground by the Raiders by a 119 yards to 65 yards margin. Unsurprisingly, head coach Ben McAdoo got McFired the day after the game; We’ll see how interim H.C. Steve Spagnuolo fares over the remaining four games on the schedule, but if I was a betting man, I’d definitely gamble the farm that The Spag won’t be calling the shots on the sidelines for N.Y. next season. And while we’re making predictions on who will and who won’t be on the Giants’ sideline in 2018, I’d venture to guess old Eli won’t be a locker room presence no more, either.