Thursday, October 29, 2015

NFL AP Poll: Week Eight

This is the first time since 1970 that we have five 6-0 teams in the NFL.  I believe this is also the first time since 1970 that the NFL has had so many bad teams.  It's amazing to me that the Redskins have won three games.  In a normal season, the Redskins should go 3-13.  I realize that could still happen, but they shouldn't be close to .500 this far into the season.  No wonder a pretty good team like Denver or Cincinnati is still undefeated.

Anyway, the whole point of polls is to help us pick between teams that have the same record.  And I pretty much agree with the AP's current ranking:

1.  New England Patriots:  6-0
2.  Green Bay Packers:  6-0
3.  Cincinnati Bengals:  6-0
4.  Carolina Panthers:  6-0
5.  Denver Broncos:  6-0
6.  Arizona Cardinals:  5-2
7.  Atlanta Falcons:  6-1
8.  New York Jets:  4-2
9.  Minnesota Vikings:  4-2
10.  Pittsburgh Steelers:  4-3

The Dolphins (3-3) moved from 20 to 14 after a blow-out win over the Texans, while the Redskins (3-4) went from 25 to 20 after a 31-30 victory at home over the Bucs.  I can't believe that there are twelve NFL teams worse than the Redskins, and I expect this ranking to be corrected before the year's out.

Now that the baseball playoffs are almost over, and we've already had a bunch of bye weeks, we can expect better games.  This week features a big-time showdown on Sunday night between the undefeated Broncos and the undefeated Packers.  If the Royals have swept the Mets by then, I will definitely tune in.  We also get a Sunday afternoon game in Pittsburgh between the number-3 Bengals and the number-10 Steelers.  That should be fun.

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