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NFL Split 10 – Week 4

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NFL Split 10

(Top 5 – Bottom 5)

Week 4 – 2016

Written By: Eddie Cepeda (@eddiecee23)

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Don’t look now, but I think there may some sort of curse forming. After three weeks of play in the National Football League, all three of my number one ranked teams have gone on to lose in pretty horrific fashion the following week. Was it something I said? Do the Panthers, Packers, and Steelers enjoy making a fool out of me? This just goes to show, you put your reputation on the line for others and they just laugh in your face. Really Pittsburgh? You dismantle two solid teams and then go on to lose to a rookie head coach and quarterback? Fine, just throw away the tremendous honor that is being my number one ranked team. Here is last week’s Split 10:

 

Top 5
  1. Pittsburgh Steelers
  2. Denver Broncos
  3. Carolina Panthers
  4. Arizona Cardinals
  5. Green Bay Packers
Bottom 5
  1. Tennessee Titans
  2. Buffalo Bills
  3. Cleveland Browns
  4. Chicago Bears
  5. Los Angeles Rams

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In addition to my horrendous number one rank streak, last week’s Top 5 had a combined losing record. I blame YOU Carson Palmer, and YOU Cam Newton, and most definitely YOU Ben Roethlisberger. We all know it couldn’t possibly be my fault. It has to be the incompetency of the teams, right? Either way, it’s time to redeem myself with the Split 10 for the upcoming Week 4:
Top 5
NFL Split 10 - Week 4
Photo courtesy: Jonathan Satriale
  1. New England Patriots 3-0
    What. Was. I. Thinking? Why didn’t you guys stop me? How on earth could I think taking the Patriots out for a team they beat the previous week was a good idea? Well, I did. Now it’s time to overcompensate. After seeing the Patriots completely embarrass the Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football, there’s nothing else that we can doubt. The Texans went into Foxborough, MA with a full squad to face the offensively decimated Patriots. It’s no surprise that Bill Belichick once again shows us why he is the greatest coach of our era. With the return of Tom Brady, I don’t think I’ll be making the mistake I made last week again.
  2. Denver Broncos 3-0
    I’m not sure who made John Elway look better this week. The Patriots Defense, Brock Osweiler, or Trevor Siemian. In a game against a more than capable defense, where the running game stalled, Siemian and Denver’s receiving corps came up big. Another bright spot for Denver was how well Shane Ray filled in for the injured Demarcus Ware. This bodes well for a future where the self proclaimed sack-master is no longer in Denver. Those who predicted a steep fall off a cliff for this franchise must be kicking themselves.
  3. Minnesota Vikings 3-0
    Teddy who? Adrain who? This Vikings team has come out of nowhere to let us know that they are for real. Last year’s playoff birth was no fluke. Sam Bradford apologists everywhere have to be feeling some vindication; while Cam Newton has to be feeling some real pain. This Vikings defense sacked Cam eight times on their way to back-to-back impressive wins. To think that they would be here after losing their starting quarterback and Hall of Fame running back. There looks to be an exciting race for the NFC North Crown.
  4. Pittsburgh Steelers 2-1
    Yes, it looked bad. Yes, I put them above the undefeated team that beat them. I guess part of me just believes that this Steelers team is leaps and bounds better than their showing on Sunday. It was a rough outing, but the thought of Le’Veon Bell returning has to have the fans of the Black and Yellow pretty optimistic. Pittsburgh still boasts a top 3 offense in the league paired with a solid defensive unit. Look for them to rebound in a big way.
  5. Green Bay Packers 2-1
    After a tough loss, the Packers rebounded with a ridiculously good first half against the Detroit Lions. The offense stalled late, but we praise any other team that gets four touchdowns in a single game. The truth is, the Packers will take the offensive performance from this game any day. They also accomplished the win without their stud pass rusher Clay Matthews. Green Bay will hope to keep the offense going in their future games.
Outside looking in: Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers
Bottom 5
NFL Split 10 - Week 4
Courtesy: Keith Allison
  1. New York Jets 1-2
    A week after Rob Ryan handed them a game on a silver platter, the Jets fall into infamy. If you watched their game against Kansas City, you wonder how the score was just 24-3. The Jets had a total of EIGHT turnovers, including six interceptions (and one fumble that was recovered) from Ryan Fitzpatrick. The performance was awful enough to drop them straight into the Bottom 5 after not being mentioned for the first three weeks. Todd Bowles has his work cut out for him in turning this ship around.
  2. Tennessee Titans 1-2
    The Raiders went east to grind out an ugly win. After struggling in weeks one and two, the defense was able to recover a forced fumble to go along with two interceptions. Mariota company got it within one score before the fourth quarter, but were unsuccessful in completing the comeback. While the Titans show promise with youthful talent, they are still missing key ingredients to take the step into contention.
  3. New Orleans Saints 0-3
    It seems wrong to be putting the Saints here. They have a future Hall of Famer under center and some real talent in their skill positions. The issue is injuries to an already bad defense have made them completely awful. Granted, they have gone up against three really good offenses. The problem is you have to beat good teams if you yourself want to be considered good. They have been given the benefit of the doubt for long enough. The Saints have earned the number 30 spot in these rankings.
  4. Cleveland Browns 0-3
    It’s hard to imagine that it could be worse for the Browns, but I think it could. Down to their third quarterback on the depth chart, they pushed the Dolphins to the edge in overtime. I believe there are better days in store for the Browns if they stay the course with Hue Jackson. However, at this time they are an 0-3 team with very little to look forward to in the near future.
  5. Chicago Bears 0-3
    The Browns have injury to blame. This Bears team has nobody but themselves to blame. Yes, Jay Cutler is currently out as he nurses his hand back to full health. Do we really think Hoyer is a huge downgrade? Cutler’s decision-making was questionable at best even before the injury. On top of that, the defense (which is head coach John Fox’s specialty) is only a little bit less embarrassing than the offense; having two straight sub-par outings against rookie quarterbacks. The future does not look bright for the Windy City in regards to football.
In danger of falling: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams
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Written By: Eddie Cepeda – Follow Eddie on Twitter: @eddiecee23

So what do you think? Did I get it right? Or am I in for a week that’s as rough as Week 3?

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