Sid Saraf’s NFL Power Rankings: Week 5
Are you pleased with yourself? Are you happy you said that?
So many negative things in life can be avoided if you just learn how to control your mouth. That snide comment that immediately springs to mind when someone says something you don’t agree with? Keep that in its sheath.
Cam Newton really stepped in it on Wednesday, when he demeaned a woman reporter during his weekly press conference. Specifically, he laughed at her question and said it’s funny to hear a “female” ask about passing routes.
Now, you won’t get a morally indignant rant from yours truly. That’s what Twitter is for and Cam been predictably raked over the coals by the online populace and many stories have been told reviewing the struggles that women face daily while just trying to do their job covering sports.
But Cam, dude … you really have to be better than this. If you don’t feel the need to be a polite person, fine. It’s a free country. But this has already cost money, as news broke on Thursday that Dannon has ended its business relationship with you. That’s yogurt money!
Is that excessive? Maybe. But you can’t be surprised this happened.
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Anyway, let’s see how the league is shaping up heading into Week 4.
NFL Power Rankings: TOP 10
1. Chiefs: Somehow, didn’t you know Kansas City was going to find a way to pull that one out on Monday night? What a win.
2. Bills: Fight me on this one. Buffalo followed up an impressive win over the Broncos at home with another one in Atlanta. That defense flies all over the field – even with all their injuries — and has a tasty matchup at the Bengals on Sunday.
3. Packers: Aaron Rodgers looked like his masterful self against the admittedly subpar Bears. He should feast against the Cowboys this week.
4. Broncos: Their loss to Buffalo looked a lot better after what the Bills did in Atlanta and their defense took Oakland apart last Sunday. The AFC West race is going to be great.
5. Falcons: Keeping an eye on Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu. Sanu is out 2-3 weeks and Jones isn’t expected to miss time. But you know how these things go.
6. Panthers: Any team that beats the Patriots deserves our respect. On the road, no less. No matter what Cam said.
7. Eagles: The only reason I have them below the Panthers is because they don’t have a win over New England.
8. Steelers: This team still confuses me and seems like a disaster waiting to happen. But lost in the hubbub over Antonio Brown (more on that later) was a quality road win. That doesn’t happen often.
9. Rams: Again, fight me. They beat the Cowboys on the road. Fire at will with the homer accusations.
10. Lions: Every win has been very un-Lions like. They still need to prove they can be there at the end of the season.
WHAT’S THE CHATTER?
Antonio Brown: It’s hard to argue that AB isn’t selfish when we saw him launch a water cooler and do the whole “don’t touch me” thing with offensive coordinator Todd Haley. All because QB Ben Roethlisberger missed him on a play.
On one hand, his frustration is understandable. Being a receiver is completely dependent on someone getting you the ball. And when you don’t have a defender in the same zip code as you, it has to be infuriating. But come on, calm down.
Patriots: Did you notice they weren’t in my top 10? By the way, I’m not the only who knocked them into the 10-20 range. When was the last time that happened? Unbelievable. I seriously thought they wouldn’t lose more than one game all season.
Terrelle Pryor: The wide receiver said someone yelled a racial slur at him on Monday night in Kansas City. The NFL said that anyone caught using such language during a game will be banned. Good.
Jacoby Brissett: Yes, the Colts got trucked in Seattle on Sunday night. But Brissett can play. Put him on a better team and he’ll progress rapidly as a passer.
Jay Cutler: He made no effort on a wildcat play. And I couldn’t love him more.
WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEK
Patriots at Buccaneers: Short week! There’s no way the Patriots fall – gasp! – below .500 on Thursday night? Is there? Is there?!!
Panthers at Lions: Battle of two 3-1 teams. Expect a low score here. Maybe 21-19, Lions.
Seahawks at Rams: Showdown at the Coliseum! Yours truly might just be in the stands with literally dozens of other thrilled Los Angeles fans.
Chiefs at Texans: We need to satisfy our Deshaun Watson fix. However, the Chiefs might put an early end to this party.
Packers at Cowboys: Aaron Rodgers should feast against the Cowboys secondary. I’m thinking Green Bay wins convincingly.