NFL Week 8 power rankings: Becoming clear the Chiefs are the worst

32. Kansas City Chiefs (1-6)
Last Week: 32
Brady Quinn, Matt Cassel does it really matter who is at quarterback? This team has the look of the NFL’s worst team of 2012.
Week 8 has come and gone, and here are some quick thoughts: The Vikings and Cardinals are on their way back to reality, the Jaguars can’t seem to win even when playing their best football, the Chiefs are in tremendous trouble, the 49ers and Broncos are the clear favorites in the West divisions, the Lions may have saved their season, and patience has become thin in San Diego and Philadelphia.

Here are the Goat’s Week 8 Power Rankings:

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6)

Last Week: 31
Played a solid game in Green Bay, but this team lacks talent

30. Carolina Panthers (1-6)

Last Week: 30
Gave a game away in Chicago on Sunday

29. New Orleans Saints (2-5)

Last Week: 26
The defense can’t stop anybody…period

28. Cleveland Browns (2-6)

Last Week: 29
Found a way to win a close game for a change on Sunday

27. Buffalo Bills (3-4)

Last Week: 25
Hopeful Super Mario will be in action next weekend

26. Tennessee Titans (3-5)

Last Week: 23
Would’ve been huge to get to .500 with a win over the division-rival Colts

25. Oakland Raiders (3-4)

Last Week: 28
This team isn’t very good, but they are not anything close to as bad as the Chiefs…

24. San Diego Chargers (3-4)

Last Week: 18
Norv Turner’s days are being numbered in San Diego

23. New York Jets (3-5)

Last Week: 21
Sunday’s whopping loss to the Dolphins showed the Jets are declining, not improving

22. Washington Redskins (3-5)

Last Week: 20
They have the talent, but a lack of experience is hurting the ‘skins chances in 2012

21. St. Louis Rams (3-5)

Last Week: 19
Need to let quarterback Sam Bradford throw the football deep down the field more often

20. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4)

Last Week: 17
Hoping the bye week will help the Bengals get back on the winning track

NFL Power Rankings Week 7: Kansas City needs a miracle

Brady Quinn

Brady Quinn32. Kansas City Chiefs (1-5) – Last Week: 31

Things are definitely bad if Brady Quinn is being promoted to starting quarterback.

In this week’s power rankings, there are not any new top ten teams, but there is plenty of movement outside of the top ten. This past week, football fans learned the Jaguars are in even deeper trouble, the Saints are beginning to come around, the Browns blew another opportunity to win a game, lack of team discipline has held back the Lions this season, the Green Bay Packers look like they are back to normal, the Arizona Cardinals are reeling fast, the New York Jets are playing better than expected without Santonio Holmes and Darrelle Revis, and chemistry in Carolina looks to be fading quickly.

Here are the Goat’s Week 7 NFL Power Rankings:

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5)

Last Week: 32

No Maurice Jones-Drew is going to create even more problems for the struggling Jags

30. Carolina Panthers (1-5)

Last Week: 27

Cam Newton not happy with his team, but the majority of the blame should be on the chaotic quarterback

29. Cleveland Browns (1-6)

Last Week: 30

At least they are competitive, they just can’t find a way to finish off opponents

28. Oakland Raiders (2-4)

Last Week: 29

Would’ve been embarrassing to fall to a Jaguars team without MJD and with Chad Henne playing

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-4)

Last Week: 19

The offense is playing great, but the defense hasn’t improved since last season

26. New Orleans Saints (2-4)

Last Week: 28

^See Tampa Bay Buccaneers thoughts above^

25. Buffalo Bills (3-4)

Last Week: 25

Mario Williams and the defense needs to step it up for the Bills to have any shot of making the playoffs

24. Detroit Lions (2-4)

Last Week: 20

Six fumbles, one interception, and going 1-4 in the redzone isn’t going to help when trying to win on the road

23. Tennessee Titans (3-4)

Last Week: 26

Chris Johnson finally gets it together for the Titans in 2012

22. Indianapolis Colts (3-3)

Last Week: 23

Playing hard in Coach Pagano’s absence

21. New York Jets (3-4)

Last Week: 14

Rex Ryan has done a great coaching job, but Mark Sanchez is the reason the Jets are under .500

20. Washington Redskins (3-4)

Last Week: 13

Can’t have five fumbles against the defending Super Bowl Champions

The worse of two evils: Brady Quinn the new starter of the Chiefs

Brady QuinnBrady Quinn will remain the starting quarterback in Kansas City for at least another game.

Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel confirmed today that Quinn — and not Matt Cassel — will start on Sunday against the Raiders. Crennel indicated that he made the change because he thinks Quinn gives the Chiefs the best chance to win, not because of any lingering effects from the concussion Cassel suffered two weeks ago.

“I’m changing the quarterback. Brady Quinn will be the starter. Matt will be the backup,” Crennel said, via Johnny Kane of KMBC.

Before being injured against the Ravens, Cassel was off to a terrible start to the season, with nine interceptions and six fumbles. Quinn wasn’t any better when he got his first start of the season in Week Six against the Buccaneers, completing 22 of 38 passes for 180 yards, with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

Crennel didn’t have any good choices at quarterback, but he made clear today that he thinks Quinn is the better choice. Read more…

NFL Week 2 preview, picks

Randall Cobb

Source: Andy Lyons

Week 2 of the NFL Regular Season is upon us and tonight when the Chicago Bears visit the Green Bay Packers in one of the more interesting games of the week.  Here are my non-expert picks with some explanation. Disclaimer: I went 8-8 last week and it’ll probably go downhill from here, so take this with a grain a GIGANTIC SPOON of salt.

Chicago Bears (1-0) vs. Green Bay Packers (0-1) – Does a team have a more must-win game then the Packers do in week 2?  If Green Bay loses they are 0-2 at home on the season and down two games to the Chicago Bears in the NFC North and potentially two back in the race for home-field advantage against the San Francisco 49ers. If this happens then the Staples “Easy” button will be replaced with a “HIT THE PANIC BUTTON RIGHT NOW” by ESPN, NFL Network and the rest of the media.  That being said…Winner: Packers 30, Bears 23.

Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) vs. Buffalo Bills (0-1) – The battle of the mediocre defenses, both defenses came in hyped up to take huge steps forward and both gave up 40 burgers to the Falcons and Jets, respectively.  I picked the Chiefs to win the AFC West despite having Matt Cassel as their quarterback and if I hate anything it’s someone who jumps off the bandwagon after week one.  (Spoiler: I hate myself).  Winner: Chiefs 26, Bills 21.

Cleveland Browns (0-1) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) – This will be an epic battle — no, not between the Bengals and Browns – but between two longstanding rivals – Gingers and Old People.  Ginger Quarterback, Andy Dalton, is still trying to prove that Gingers can, in fact, play quarterback while Brandon Weeden tries to bounce back from the worst debut rookie performance by a quarterback ever  after taking his Metamucil and recording his marathon of “Murder She Wrote”. Winner: Bengals 21, Browns 9. Read more…

AFC West: Players who can be game changers

Join us as TTR Game Changers takes a tour through all 32 teams, identifying one player from every squad that I believe has a great chance of being a game changer in 2012.  To see the full series click here.

Kansas City Chiefs – Knowing the challenge of knee injuries from first-hand experience, I am concerned for the Chiefs this fall.  A large part of their future rests on the surgically repaired knees of Eric Berry, Jamaal Charles and Tony Moeaki.  Furthermore, we don’t know how they will handle the rigors of  the season.  Perhaps it is overly optimistic to believe Jamaal will retain his trademark explosiveness that has led to a career rushing average of 6.1 yards per carry, but I think that even in a rotational work-share type of role, that Jamaal Charles will once again terrorize opposing defense, starting in 2012.San Diego Chargers –  I think that for a long time A.J. Smith has been given too much credit, and perhaps kept his job for too long.  The talent erosion in San Diego over the last five years has been awful, and the personnel decisions in the draft and free agency have primarily backfired on a once loaded team.  The Chargers are a team with a mix of the oft-injured and aging players, that appear to be on the decline.  That is why I think it is amazing that Philip Rivers gets so little credit for what he continues to do with this team.  Yes we saw him struggle last year, but he helped this team make a strong push at the end of the season, it was just too little too late.  I expect this team to continue to struggle as the defense will still be their Achilles heal.  They will still struggle on offense too, but Rivers will  carry this team on his shoulders yet again as one of the lone bright spots in San Diego. Read more…

The most impressive running backs of the NFL Preseason

Chris Johnson Titans is having a good preseason

The 2012 NFL Preseason is now halfway complete. While you can’t trust everything you see in the preseason, there are things you can pick up on. Here are a few running backs that have impressed us so far and who’s fantasy football arrow is pointing up.

Chris Johnson

CJ?K looked like 2011 Chris Johnson the preseason opener, but looked rejuvenated last week. Johnson had a few nice runs and found the end zone twice finishing with 46 yards on 10 carries. Johnson has been receiving rave reviews from coaches and teammates all offseason long as his latest preseason performance should cement his status a rock-solid first round pick, who I would have no problem taking at #4 in fantasy football drafts.

Jamaal Charles

Charles was on my short list for players to watch this preseason after suffering a torn ACL early last season. While he has received limited touches so far, he’s looks like he still has some of the burst he showed  prior to his injury. He has yet to suffer any setbacks and even took a big hit to his surgically repaired knee. You can draft Charles with confidence now. Read more…

Is Dontari Poe the Chiefs’ third-best nose tackle?

Dontari Poe, Anthony Pleasant

When a team takes a player with the 11th pick in the NFL draft, that team is usually hoping that player can step in and start immediately. But the Chiefs selected nose tackle Dontari Poe with the 11th pick in this year’s draft, and not only is Poe not currently a starter, he may not even be second string.

The Kansas City Star reports that the real competition at nose tackle in Chiefs camp is between Anthony Toribio, who’s currently the starter, and Jerrell Powe, a 2011 sixth-round pick who played in only one game as a rookie but has looked good in camp and recorded a sack in the preseason opener.

When Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel discussed his three nose tackles’ performances in the preseason game against the Cardinals, the best he could say for Poe is that his effort is good. But in the NFL, there are no points for effort, and when discussing actual production from the nose tackle position, it was Toribio and Powe whom Crennel mentioned. Read more here…

Jamaal Charles shruggs off hit to surgically repair knee


Jamaal Charles

Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Eleven months after suffering a torn ACL, Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was back on the field on Friday night, and when he took a hit to his surgically repaired knee, he easily brushed it off.

“I felt fresh. My body hasn’t taken any licks in 11 months, so I feel real good and ready to go,” Charles said after the game.

Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said after the game that he believes getting Charles a hit to the knee in live game action was a good step. Charles needs the confidence that he can take a shot and pop back up, and now he knows he can.

“For him to take that hit, I think that helped clear his mind with where he is with that injury,” Crennel said. “Until you get hit on it, you just don’t know. You’re always wondering about it.”  Read More…

Chiefs’ Dwayne Bowe plans to report by Week 1

Dwayne Bowe

Otto Greule Jr/ Getty Images

Kansas City Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe is the last unsigned franchise player. In theory, he can stay away until the Tuesday after Week 10.

But he most likely won’t.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Bowe plans to show before the regular season begins.

It’s not uncommon for franchise players to stay away until the days preceding the start of the regular season. Since the player isn’t under contract, he can’t be fined. And since the franchise level play doesn’t commence until the real games start, the player gets his full salary if he makes it back in time for the first regular-season game.

For Bowe, that’s $9.5 million for the year. Which translates to more than $558,000 per game.  Read More…

What does Jamaal Charles have left for 2012?

Buffalo Bills v Kansas City Chiefs

A year after emerging as arguably the most explosive runner in the game, Chiefs tailback Jamaal Charles missed all but two contests in 2011 with a torn ACL. Based on the history of running backs coming off torn knee ligaments and reconstructive surgery, it’s fair to wonder what Charles might have left for 2012.

He’s optimistic.

“I feel good,” Charles told reporters on Wednesday, per the Kansas City Star. “I feel like I got my mojo back. I feel happy. I feel comfortable out there, and I’m ready to go. My legs feel fresh.” Charles added that he’s able to make cuts like normal on zone plays in the Chiefs’ revised running scheme.

Peyton Hillis, signed this offseason to become the thunder to Charles’ lightning, recently told Jim Trotter of that Charles still has what it takes to be a special NFL runner. Read more here…

Chiefs are not close to signing Dontari Poe

With the number of unsigned first-rounders dwindling, the remainders are becoming more conspicuous.

One of the unsigned players is the inherently conspicuous Dontari Poe, a six-foot, three-inch, 346-pound behemoth who was picked by the Chiefs with the 11th selection in the draft.
On Tuesday afternoon, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported (via that the Chiefs and Poe are “not close.”  Schefter also said that the next 24 hours will be critical.

As we move toward the end of that 24-hour period, it’s unknown whether the two sides are any closer than “not close.”

Read more here…


Jamaal Charles ready to punish everybody in his way

Jamaal Charles

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles has sounded like the most motivated player in football this offseason. Like he has something to prove. “I’m hungry,” Charles said in May. “I want it this year.”

Charles hasn’t lost his edge as the spring winds down and turns into summer. Recovering from a torn left ACL, Charles guaranteed to the Kansas City Star Wednesday that he’ll be medically cleared for training camp.

“When they let that cape off me, I’m ready to go,” said Charles, who’s roughly nine months removed from the ligament tear. “I’m ready to put my cleats back on and punish everybody in my way.” Charles went so far as to suggest that he’s already game-ready. Read more here…


Jonathan Baldwin making a strong case for Chiefs


Dwayne Bowe’s absence from Chiefs workouts has left a void at the top of the wide receiver depth chart.
Jonathan Baldwin is doing his best to fill that void as he goes through the offseason program for the first time as a professional. Baldwin, a first-round pick last year, missed out on this stage of the work because of the lockout, but he is earning raves around Chiefs camp for his deeper understanding of the playbook. That has led to Baldwin getting ample opportunities to show off his ability to make plays against single coverage.
“He’s a guy that likes to go up and compete and there’s not a lot of corners in the league that can go up vertically with him,” ” quarterback Matt Cassel said. Read more here…

NFL Draft 1st round recap: 4.0

In our fourth of six 2012 NFL 1st round draft recaps, we take a quick analyses of the picks made by the Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, and Kansas City Chiefs. One of these draft choices was an extremely smart pick, a couple of these draft choices were extremely safe picks, one draft choice was a reach, and one draft choice left our heads scratching (to say the least). Here is our fourth 1st round recap, recapping draft choices 15 through 11, enjoy!

15. Seattle Seahawks-OLB Bruce Irvin, West Virginia

Acquired the rights from PHI

With the 15th pick in the NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks won the award for the “Most Shocking/Dumbest/Most Overvalued Pick” of the 2012 NFL Draft. The Seahawks are a team with many pressing needs, and the ‘hawks could have easily snatched Irvin in the second round.

Read more here…