Three almost upsets, two coaches in scary health situations and one of the league's sexiest records tied by a glorified backup ... another routine week in the NFL.
You'll find we didn't punish Seattle too harshly in this week's rankings, Phil. We went easy, up until this sentence I'm typing now, in which I clearly state that Guns N' Roses, in the early days, was better than any of the Seattle bands. As for Marco's comment, I can tell you that Vikings-Cowboys wasn't the lead highlight on the football shows Sunday, either. Hmmm, wonder why ...
There were so many other fun games over this football weekend, be it Nick Foles going off or Chris Johnson going off or the Chiefsbeing off all day, then playing offensive defense to steal a winin Buffalo. Meanwhile, we're finding that teams are starting to show who they really are, reducing the amount of wild movement up and down the Power Rankings ladder. So take a look and, of course, feel free to provide your thoughts on the matter ... @HarrisonNFL is the place.
Let the dissension commence ...
One more thing: While it's easy to attribute all of the Broncos' success to Peyton Manning, remember that players play for their head coach as much as, if not more than, they do for their quarterback, who is generally the highest-paid member of the team. Let us also not forget that Fox's presence was a huge reason behind Manning's decision to sign with Denver in the first place.
Going forward, it would behoove head coach Mike McCarthy to get Seneca Wallace out of the pocket. Not to run, mind you, but to move the launch point, taking advantage of Wallace's legs while getting him out of the melee. Designed rollouts might alleviate the risks of playing behind that mediocre Green Bay offensive line. Otherwise, teams will continue to stack the box to stop Eddie Lacy, at least until Wallace proves he can beat them downfield.
Hate to say it, but this Jets team feels like the 2009 version, which went 9-7 and made it to the AFC title match behind a solid run game, a stout defense and a rookie signal-caller ... named Mark Sanchez.
What now? First, Sunday's home date with the Bengals becomes an absolute and certifiable must-win. Then, Baltimore must capitalize on what should be a manageable stretch of the schedule, with a trip to Chicago followed by a three-game homestand consisting of matchups with the Jets, Steelers and Vikings.
Wait, were you expecting us to address something else going on with this team? Yes, Charles Clay's lack of targets Thursday was a concern.
This is consistent with Kubiak's character throughout his career. He was a sounding board for Steve Young's frustrations during his tenure with the San Francisco 49ers, and he was a team player while serving as the Denver Broncos' offensive coordinator. There's a reason Kubiak has not one but three Super Bowl rings as an assistant coach, and there's a reason he was able to pull the Texans out of the doldrums they'd been left in by the previous regime. Hopefully Sunday's incident was a hiccup in his health and not anything to worry about in the long term.
By the way, Michael Strahan makes the Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2014. Count on it.
Gus Bradley's club is going to surprise somebody at some point. </content:power-ranking>