Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Arizona Cardinals are the Worst Team in the NFL

Power Rankings, Week 8 Picks


I don't feel too great about my picks for this week, after two straight solid weeks of picking games. However, one thing I do feel I know for certain after last week is that the Cardinals could be the worst team in the league. I know how badly the Colts and Rams were beaten, and logic would say that the Cardinals would at least be ahead of the three teams still without a win (Miami, Indy, St. Louis). Here's the thing though.

First, Indianapolis owes a lot of their woes to losing Peyton Manning. Now, I'm not making excuses for them, a 62-7 trouncing is not acceptable no matter who you have at quarterback and I think the Indy organization is completely stupid for basing their entire team around one player, but that's a post for another time.

St. Louis and Miami? They're pretty awful but both have been pretty battered by injuries, Miami losing its quarterback and St. Louis losing its best receiver and cornerbacks.

Arizona? They have no excuse. The Cardinals got their big win in week 1, Cam Newton's break out game. Since then? They've quietly been the worst team in the NFL, losing every week since. They have just flat out missed on Kevin Kolb. Have you watched him play? He loves to check the ball down to the closest receiver despite having the best one in the game, Larry Fitzgerald. God forbid you try to throw the ball to that guy. Second, if there's even a hint of pressure he freaks out. If one of his lineman gets pushed back even an inch he'll immediately run out of the pocket as fast as he can to throw the ball away. It's his favorite thing to do, and it's a big part of why Arizona is so terrible. Their defense isn't much better as it boasts one of the worst secondaries in the league, allowing 274.2 yards per game.

God, I hate Arizona.

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

Week 8 Picks (last week 10-3):
New Orleans over St. Louis
New York Giants over Miami Dolphins
Houston over Jacksonville
Baltimore over Arizona
Carolina over Minnesota
Tennessee over Indianapolis
Denver over Detroit
Buffalo over Washington
Seattle over Cincinnati
Pittsburgh over New England
Cleveland over San Francisco
Philadelphia over Dallas
San Diego over Kansas City

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