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NFL Power Rankings Week 8: Nothing revolutionary for Brady, Patriots

Posted by Obnoxious Boston Fan  October 27, 2012 07:56 AM

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Brady Rams.jpgSamuel Brady was a fierce fighter who saw action during several battles during the American Revolution. He's most noted for "Brady's Leap" - a 22-foot jump across a river gorge in Ohio while trying to escape from an Indian attack.

Tom Brady's biggest leap this season was last week when he traversed Rex Ryan and the Jets and escaped with a 29-26 overtime victory. That win kept the Patriots in first place and - at least for a week - tempered feelings of mass panic that had begun to set in across Patriot Nation. Brady and the Patriots this week have leaped across the pond to face the Rams in London.

The Patriots aren't looking for anything revolutionary in London this week, just a win against the Rams before their much-needed bye week.

The Patriots are already a hit in London, especially after Rob Gronkowski heeded the chants of a crowd of 20,000 Saturday to "spike the mic" and did just that during a question-and-answer session with fans.

Londoners might not make the non-existent connection between Samuel Brady and America's Alpha Dog - and instead simply cheer on Brady for being Gisele's good-looking husband and for having exquisite teeth. One fan in London greeted the Patriots quarterback with a “Brady, you suck!” That was the same thing the British commanding officers said who faced Samuel Brady in the Battles of Boston, Trenton, Princeton and New York.

The quarterback's reply Saturday: “I’ve heard worse."

And that was just from fans in Foxborough last week.

There were a majority of Patriots' jerseys in the crowd, according to reports. "I see a lot of Patriots jerseys out there," Brady later noted. "I hope it will be the same tomorrow."

Speaking of "suck" - the Rams and Sam Bradford get their shot at the Patriots' secondary this week - the worse in football when it comes to trying to watch them stop anyone who can throw the ball accurately more than 15 yards down field. It will come on the fast-track of Wembley Stadium. While some of his followers may believe Tim Tebow may someday be able to turn water into wine, the Patriots last week completed the amazing task of turning Mark Sanchez into a decent quarterback.

If Bradford gets aggressive, he too might be end up looking as good as Sanchez and turn Brandon Gibson and Chris Givens into superstars at least for one afternoon. FYI - Givens has a 50-plus-yard gain in four consecutive weeks. Fantasy owners, take note.

There's little reason to expect anything different from the Patriots this week - except the battle between Cortland Finnegan and Wes Welker should be akin to a UFC lightweight-title bout.

We'll update the rankings each Saturday during the season. Remember, these are for entertainment purposes only. Teams are listed with record and last week's ranking.

1. Falcons (6-0; 1): Asante Samuel demanded brotherly love from his former home fans in Phiadelphia this week when the Falcons play the Eagles Sunday. "All you fans, all I did for you all, you all better cheer for me," he told Philly.com. And he'll get a parade in New England as soon as he gets his timing right in Super Bowl XLII.

2. Texans (6-1; 2): Well-deserved bye week after blowing out Ravens by 30 points last week.

3. Giants (5-2; 3): Lawrence Taylor won big this week - when a jury rejected a lawsuit filed by a former prostitute that LT had assaulted her and failed to recognize her distress and the fact that she was a teen-ager during an encounter in 2010. LT is still serving six years' probation from after a plea deal on criminal charges in the same case.

4. Ravens (5-2; 4): The NFL fined the Ravens $20,000 for not including Ed Reed's ailing shoulder on their recent injury reports. Said Bill Belichick: "Isn't everybody injured?"

5. 49ers: (5-2; 5) The 49ers are giving up an NFL-best 272.3 yards per game and rank second with 14.3 points allowed. Keep that in mind when wagering on this weekend's game against Arizona.

6. Bears (5-1; 7): Jay Culter and Cam Newton have amazingly similar passing stats this season. Cutler holds a slight four-game lead in the "wins" category.

7. Seahawks (4-3; 9): This week's Richard Sherman update, also known as Optimus Prime (or @RSherman_25):

8. Patriots (4-3; 10): Stephen Gostkowski grew a large pair of Vinatieris with his clutch game-tying and game-winning kicks last week. Good to know the Patriots can think of relying on him in the future.

9. Vikings (5-3; 6): Just when you thought they might be legit comes a Thursday night loss to the Bucs.

10. Packers (4-3; 19): Usually, a 14-5-point spread in an NFL game means "take the points, suckers." This week, it might be an exception given the fact they're playing the Jaguars at home.

11. Cardinals (4-3; 8): Yes, they beat the Patriots, but that was seven weeks ago. The Cardinals have allowed 35 sacks in seven games, including 29 in the the last four, and are on pace for 80 sacks allowed - the second-most in NFL history. John Skelton's skeleton will be feeling the 49ers often this week.

12. Cowboys (3-3; 16): Rob Ryan denied a claim made by brother and Jets head coach Rex that the Dallas defensive coordinator cried during a phone conversation after Sean Lee was injured and lost for the year. Rob said he only really cries while watching chick-flicks on cable. . He told NFL.com: "That guy's so full of crap ... We have so many damn injuries. Of course I was bitching to my twin brother...He did talk me off the plank. Football hardens you. Injuries are part of it...I wasn't crying tears, actual tears. I save that for the movies I watch with my wife. You know, Lifetime. My God, you guys ever watch Lifetime? Jesus, God almighty. Don't. Trust me, don't." My all time favorite: "She Woke Up Pregnant."

13. Jets (3-4; 15): A Sports Illustrated poll of 180 players this week said Tim Tebow was the most overrated player in the NFL. His reaction: "Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do."

14. Eagles (3-3; 17): Whenever Boston fans think their teams are simply overpaid and underachieving, we always know that things are usually worse in Philadelphia.

15, Broncos (3-3; 12): Peyton Manning owns 21 Papa John's franchises in the Denver area - never has one quarterback had so much bad pizza in his hands.

16. Redskins (3-4; 13): Problem is that RGIII doesn't play defense, as the Redskins are ranked dead last against the pass. Big Ben and the Steelers should be able to remain offensive.

17. Dolphins (3-3; 14): Visit Jets this week as they battle for silver in the AFC East.

18. Steelers (3-3; 23): Get their shot at RGIII this week, who will be all over the place at Heinz Field like ketchup on a hot dog.

19. Rams (3-4; 18): Fantasy owners - it might be time to activate Sam Bradford.

20. Chargers (3-3; 19): The first team to finish above .500 wins the AFC West.

21. Bengals (3-4; 20): Here's an interesting story on three things the Bengals need to do to fix during their bye week. Great job limiting it to only three.

22. Colts (3-3; 21): Andrew Luck faces the Titans this week in a game that might have his dad a bit torn, since . . .

23. Titans (3-4; 22): . . . Oliver Luck - Andrew's father - played five seasons with Titans franchise when they were known as the Oilers after being taken in the second round of the 1982 draft, throwing for more than 2,500 yards and 13 touchdowns.

24. Buccaneers (3-4; 26): Win at Minnesota Thursday night might be the highlight of the season.

25: Lions (2-4; 24): Don't tell anyone, but Matthew Stafford - yep, Stafford - and the Lions have the No. 2 passing attack (at 307 ypg.) in the NFL. Perhaps they'll enjoy more success against the Seahaks than New England did two weeks ago.

26. Bills (3-4; 25): Tied for last in the AFC East.

27. Saints (2-4; 27): Drew Brees won't have to worry about the post-game pizza Sunday night in Denver. Saints rank first in passing (335.2 ypg.) and last in rushing (76.2 ypg.) - now that's a balanced attack.

28. Chiefs (1-5; 28): Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel might join the Patriots in England this week and seek political asylum.

29. Panthers (1-5; 29): Warren Moon this week said that some of the criticism of Newton is race related. Moon was unable to explain the criticism of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Cassel and anyone who plays QB for the Browns.

30. Raiders (2-4; 30): Resume legendary rivalry with Kansas City this week for basement in the AFC West.

31. Browns (1-6; 31): The big news in Cleveland this week was when the author of the @FakePatShurmur parody Twitter account went on the radio to talk about the Browns. Of course, most people outside of Cleveland don't even know who the real Pat Shurmur is.

32. Jaguars (1-5; 32): Here's a quick look at the Jags: 32nd in passing, 25th in rushing, 24th in pass defense and 29th in rushing defense. At least Jacksonville gave us Lynyrd Skynyrd, the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party and (almost) Tebow.

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