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NFL Split 10

(Top 5 – Bottom 5)

Week 10 – 2016

Written By: Eddie Cepeda (@eddiecee23)

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Say it with them people……….. “JUST WIN BABY”. This season has brought numerous surprises, maybe most of all is seeing a decisive win by the Oakland Raiders over the defending Super Bowl Champions. The last time the Raiders were on top of the AFC West Tim Tebow was still a starting quarterback and Barack Obama was still in his first term. It seems like the Silver and Black have clawed their way out of the decade long free fall to have a one game lead in one of the league’s best divisions. So uhhhh, yeah. This seems to be the year of unexpected victories…… If ya know what I mean.
 
Speaking of free falls, WHAT is up with the Vikings? It seems like their injuries have finally caught up to them. After two impressive drives by Matthew Stafford, Minnesota fell to 5-3 after a 5-0 start to their season. That lead in the NFC North has become razor thin. Let’s take it back!
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Top 5
  1. New England Patriots
  2. Dallas Cowboys
  3. Atlanta Falcons
  4. Denver Broncos
  5. Oakland Raiders
Bottom 5
  1. Chicago Bears
  2. Houston Texans
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars
  4. San Francisco 49ers
  5. Cleveland Browns

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New information means new rankings. Here we go!
 
Top 5
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  1. New England Patriots
    Even on a bye week somehow the Patriots look like the best team in the league after we watched their former star, Jamie Collins, struggle in his debut with the Browns. With reports showing that they were not willing to reinvest in him for what he was asking, the Patriots cut ties and got what they could. I, for one have learned the hard way to not doubt their “next man up” mentality. New England keeps their number one ranking this week.
  2. Dallas Cowboys
    I’ve said it multiple times already, good teams beat bad teams. At this point I think it’s clear that a medical issue is no longer the thing that’s benching Tony Romo. Rumors were that Romo could possibly be back for the Eagles game, at this point it’s hard to imagine he hasn’t been medically cleared to return. Rookie sensation, Dak Prescott, comes out with another clean game of three touchdowns and no interceptions. He also stayed completely clean as he took no sacks on the game. Dallas is rolling, and it’s very easy to see them finish as a top two seed in the NFC this season.
  3. Atlanta Falcons
    We finally got one guys! A Thursday night game that not only was nauseating, it was fun to watch! The Falcons put on a show that seemed to let us know they hadn’t forgotten about the embarrassing start to their season. Matty Ice fumbled twice, but still managed to toss four touchdowns in a dominate win over their division rival. On top of an offense that seems to be as good or better than any other in the league, Atalanta seems to have found itself a pass rush. An aspect of their game they seemed to be winning early without. This team can be very dangerous come playoffs. The Falcons are focused on making sure they finish strong, something they have not been able to do in a while.
  4. Oakland Raiders
    If you listen closely, I think you can still hear the town celebrating the win. Oakland showed up in a big way on a primetime stage. The biggest win in this game was the battle of the lines. The Raiders turned in 218 yards of rushing offense to the Broncos 33 yards. After seeing both right tackles unsuccessfully try to block Von Miller, the Raiders went to six offensive linemen to negate the league’s best pass rusher. Yes Oakland fans, that title is still Von Miller’s even after Sunday. Denver found again that a slow start (four straight three-and-out drives to start the game) ultimately dug them a hole they couldn’t climb out of. Oakland has earned their way into the number four spot.
  5. Denver Broncos
    At the midway point of the season, the Broncos main woes seem to be confined to two issues; They start every game poorly on both sides of the ball, and they are losing the battle of attrition. That being said, Denver’s issues can be corrected by changes in game plan and the natural health they will regain as their injured players rest. Coach, Gary Kubiak, will need to rethink his strategy of continually putting the ball in Siemian’s hands to throw three times coming out of the gate. He did his defense no favors on Sunday night in Oakland. Denver will not be able to sustain another loss next week and stay in the Top 5.

 

Outside looking in:

 
Kansas City Chiefs – The AFC is dangerously close to seeing three teams from the AFC West make it into the playoffs. The Chiefs are rolling after a rocky start to their season. They handle a Jags team after sustaining key injuries on their offense to improve to 6-2. We’ll see if the fans of Arrowhead have something to cheer about in January.
 
New York Giants – *Insert lame kicking net joke here* The Giants have rebounded from their three game losing streak with three straight wins. They are second in the NFC’s best division and the balance of their team seems to really be showing in these wins. Next up, a desperate Bengals team that needs a win to keep up in their division.
  
Seattle Seahawks – There’s something about referees and Seattle that just makes you think you could get paid to wear Zebra stripes. I strongly oppose blaming losses on refs, but there have been two times I can vividly remember thinking they influenced an outcome, both have come in Seattle. Narrowly escaping with a win against the Bills at home, I’d like to see a more convincing win from the Seahawks before bumping them up. One bright side is that Russell Wilson finally looked a little more like himself on Monday night.
  
Bottom 5
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  1. Chicago Bears
    The bye week made you forget about the Bears and their convincing win on Monday Night Football didn’t it? After three straight losses, does the win remain that impressive? I’d like to see how they perform on the road in Tampa Bay this week before lifting them out of the Bottom 5.
  2. New York Jets
    Missed Meetings, injured tackles, and a gimpy Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Jets fell victim to a late special teams touchdown that proved too much for them to overcome. As much as we may like head coach Todd Bowles, there will need to be a real change in culture if he is to keep this job. I think we can all see that the front office and coaching staff has some real buyer’s remorse on their signal caller.
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars
    Not many of us thought the Jags could go into Arrowhead and leave with a win. However, given the many injuries the Chiefs are dealing with, it wasn’t a for sure thing. Even then, Jacksonville suffered their own injuries in game and ultimately came up short. As unrest grows in organization, you wonder how much longer Gus Bradley can hold onto that Head Coaching position.
  4. San Francisco 49ers
    FIVE, five total touchdowns is what the 49ers gave up to the Saints at home. At the beginning of the year I had hoped Chip would figure out a way to tweak his system. It looks like no such adjustment has been made. He continues to disregard his defense in favor of gaining as many scoring opportunities as possible. The problem is, you have to score when you do that.
  5. *Cleveland Browns
    The Cowboys came to town and laid waste to the residents of “Believeland”. As we have already discussed, it’s probably time to start looking forward to next season as this one is already over for the Browns. The opportunities for a win are slipping away Hue!!!!!
    *Played on TNF vs the Ravens and lost. The Browns remain winless.
 

In danger of falling:

 
Houston Texans – Coming off their bye week, the Texans had multiple offensive issues that needed addressing. We’ll see if they started with the on-field chemistry between Osweiler and Hopkins.
 
Los Angeles Rams – Now on a four-game losing streak, I expect Jeff Fisher to rattle off a couple wins to get back to .500 any time soon here.
 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Ahead of Carolina only due to the tiebreaker, the Bucs struggle with remaining consistent on both sides of the ball. A good stepping stone for Jameis Winston and Co. is to finish this season .500 or above.
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Written By: Eddie Cepeda – Follow Eddie on Twitter: @eddiecee23

Bring on Week 10!

As the end of the season draws nearer, get ready to see more desperate and intense battles as teams fight tooth and nail for better playoff position!

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