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by lluggg590 • 6 Posts
NFL Week 11 Power Rankings
The 4 5 Dolphins began their implosion long before Incognito and began swapping profane and quasi racist text messages. It was the disintegration fake oakleys of Miami's offensive line when both Martin and Incognito were both playing that let to being sacked a total of 18 times in the Dolphins' first four games.
Tannehill was sacked four times in a 38 17 loss to New Orleans in Week 4, which left him on pace for a 72 sack season.
"If we give up 72 sacks, I mean, everybody should be fired," Incognito said after the loss to the Saints on Sept. 30. "I think the whole offensive line. That's atrocious."
His wish is now in the process of being granted.
The "BullyGate Scandal" that has exploded in Miami Gardens and has since permeated American culture was way too much for a franchise like the Dolphins to handle. This is the same team that let walk in favor of and has had seven different coaches during the same span that Bill Belichick has been video taping his opponents, cheating, and using the "Tuck Rule" to win Super Bowls for the Patriots.
The Patriots went though an off season in 2013 that saw arrested for murder and the team, through innuendo and the select compilation of facts, somehow implicated as an accomplice by default.
Amid that, they dealt with the mini circus involving 's presence in camp and navigated the arrest on July 11 of Alfonzo Dennard, after which Dennard admitted that he violated terms of his probation from a previous arrest that occurred in April of 2012.
Heading into this season, Brady's top five targets from 2012 were absent after they had either been lost via free agency, cut, exiled into retirement, injured or arrested for murder.
After 's injury in Week 1 of the season, Brady, tantums and all, went 3 0 with a receiving corps that consisted of , , , and . His tight ends during that stretch: and .
There isn't another QB not named who could have won three games with only those future Hall of Famers on his radar screen.
Now, Brady has and Amendola, in addition to a burgeoning running game anchored by and , along with Dobson and Thompkins catching the ball with regularity. Both, when healthy, are slowly developing into reliable targets.
Brady's performance against Pittsburgh was easily his best of 2013 and one of the best in his career. It wasn't just the numbers he hung on the Steel Shower Curtain [23 for 33, 432 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs and a 151.8 passer rating] that were so gaudy. It was Brady's accuracy and confidence he showed in all of his options, connecting with six different receivers.
The old Brady, that being the Brady from 2012 until the AFC title game, was back.
Gone are the temper tantrums, at least until the Patriots lose again in the AFC title game, that punctuated the early part of the season and triggered an avalanche of idiocy from the football intelligentsia.
Winning the greatest cure all for any illness in the NFL. Just check out the 9 0 Kansas City Chiefs [sorry if you're offended], who less than a year ago had a dead player laying in their stadium parking lot after he killed the mother of his child and committed suicide.
Brady being Brady is the best medicine the Patriots could ask for heading into the second half of the season. If the victory over Pittsburgh is any omen, the next seven weeks could resemble 2007 as much as 2003 or 2004.
After nine weeks and a bye, the Patriots are in control of their playoff fate in the AFC. Win out, and they'll get at the very least a first round bye and a home field against anyone but the Chiefs [sorry if you're offended].
Thankfully, the Broncos [likely a wildcard] and Chiefs [sorry if you're offended] will bash heads in the AFC West [they play twice in the next three weeks], and if all the pieces fall into place, the Patriots could slip through the remaining seven weeks of the season as the top seed in the AFC.
Then again, if the Patriots lose at Carolina Monday night and again the following Sunday night at home against Manning, and the Broncos, they could be stuck in a first place tie in the AFC East with the Jets.
Such is the precariousness of the NFL.
A quick peek at New England's schedule shows a marked decline in the degree of difficulty after the Patriots play the Broncos.
And by the time the dreaded late season trip to Miami [on Dec. 15] takes place, the Dolphins should be in complete shambles.
Unless they emerge to challenge the Patriots in the AFC East.
Here are this week's rankings. Teams are listed with their records.
1. Chiefs [sorry if you're offended] [9 0]: Facing the Broncos twice in three weeks is like the NFL's version of the ALDS.
2. Seahawks [9 1]: gained 145 yards in last week's beatdown of the Falcons. The "Coach of the Year" race between Pete Carroll and Andy Reid will be the NFL's version of John Farrell vs Terry Francona.
3. Broncos [8 1]: Like the Chiefs [sorry if you're offended], the Broncos have fattened up on teams currently at or below .500. They get the Patriots to break up their pair against the Chiefs.
4. Patriots [7 2]: Monday night's game at Carolina will be New chi flat iron England's toughest test on uggs clearance the road until the AFC title game or Super Bowl, whichever comes first.