Another week down, a kabillion complaints up…
Think You Can Do Better?
a. Just because Team A beats Team B does not make it better. Pittsburgh beat New England, but the Steelers also have been more consistent, despite so many injuries. While Ravens fans will yell and scream about twice beating the Steelers, they fail to mention losing to the Titans, Seahawks and Jags. If Baltimore's fans are correct, and their team is the second best in the NFL, then Pittsburgh's three losses are far more palatable (Ravens, Texans, Ravens) than the aforementioned Ravens' losses.
c. Standings come into play, but these rankings also value which teams have consistently been in games, and their ability to maintain that consistency.
Thus, Denver, Miami, and Seattle all made some noise in this week's rankings. Next week, I'll get into some of the defensive stats that come into play. But back to Baltimore-Pittsburgh for a moment. This was my favorite comment from last week's author-related mudslinging:
"Journalists with Steeler man-crushes are pathetic. I bet Steely McBeam gets you hot."
No, truthfully, Mark Malone's pushbroom 'stache really did it for me. But I always did like "Magnum P.I." over "Murder She Wrote." Now we can get on with some dissension…