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NFL Week 9 Power Rankings: Halloween Edition
by Pietro DiSante Jr,posted Oct 31 2012 12:47PM
Mwahahahahaaha! Halloween is here and we are at the midpoint in the 2012 NFL Season. Many teams have been more of a trick than a treat, but there is nothing wrong with a competitive NFL. Is your team a Trick or a Treat though? Last week I got some requests to do a full 32 team Power Rankings. So here we go. A special Halloween Edition with all 32 teams in it. I have never given the Atlanta Falcons the credit they deserve for their (7-0) start, but this week I will. They have been really good and ended Andy Reid's perfect record when his teams come off a bye week. Back to Halloween, some teams are playing like monsters, others like ghouls. Let's get to the Power Rankings!
1. New York Giants (6-2)
The Giants played average at best in Dallas, but they kept forcing Tony Romo to give them plenty of treats (turnovers) in their 29-24 victory. The Giants are still great. Frankenfine!
2. Atlanta Falcons (7-0)
This is a treat for Atlanta! The highest I have ever had them in this poll. I can't keep ignoring that they are a pretty good team and their defense looks better than it used to. Not completely sold still, but they are playing great.
3. Denver Broncos (4-3)
Super sold on the treat of watching Peyton Manning again. The Broncos look like the Colts used to now, which is scary good!
4. Green Bay Packers (5-3)
Trick or Treat? Defense: Trick. Offense: Treat. Still, Aaron Rodgers can carry this team all the way to the Super Bowl.
5. New England Patriots (5-3)
Same as Green Bay but switch Tom Brady with Aaron Rodgers.
6. San Francisco 49ers (6-2)
This team has been a big treat since Jim Harbaugh took over last year. I am still not sure about Alex Smith leading them in the playoffs, but they are possibly the best roster in the NFL (minus QB).
7. Houston Texans (6-1)
Matt Shaub might look like a Gomer Pyle-Frankenstein, but he has done well this year and the team around him is great. Houston could be there in the end!
8. Chicago Bears (6-1)
Could this team be the first Trick who looks like a Treat? Their record looks good, but the Bears could have a tough time beating the top teams in the NFC. In fact, I am pretty sure they will. Dracula Cutler needs to play better.
9. Pittsburgh Bumblees (4-3)
I think the Steelers have a great chance of taking the AFC North now, with all of the Ravens injuries and with Pittsburgh getting back into the monsters they used to be. If they get on a roll, who knows how good the Steelers can be?
10. Baltimore Ravens (5-2)
The Ravens are too good of a Halloween team to not be in the Top 10, I mean Ravens, come on! Still, their injuries and weak defense scares me more than Paranormal Activity 4.
11. Miami Dolphins (4-3)
Hey, the Dolphins look pretty good. Trick or Treat? Not sure yet, probably a trick, but they have a bright future. When the season started, I thought Matt Moore should be their starter. He proved on Sunday that he is capable.
12. Minnesota Vikings (5-3)
This team is a total TRICK. If you watched them on Thursday night, you know they are probably going nowhere. Still, with a beast like Adrian Peterson, you never know.
13. Seattle Seahawks (4-4)
This team has been giving the fans some treats with some big wins, but it is hard to tell if Russell Wilson can keep it rolling in the second half of the schedule.
14. New Orleans Saints (2-5)
Yeah, I know. How can I put a (2-5) team this high? Well, the Saints are good but not quite good enough lately. Not having a coach would scare anyone! Still, Drew Brees can will them to an 8-8, 7-9 record. Mwahaha!
15. Indianapolis Colts (4-3)
Andrew Luck has been a super treat! He is a machine that will only get better as the years go by. Keep playing for Chuck, boys!
16. New York Jets (3-5)
Trick or Treat weekly for Jets fans. Mostly tricks. This team has some talent, but not like it used to. Little Eddie Munster (Mark Sanchez) is under a lot of pressure, but I think that he is the least of this team's worries. FrankenTebow is on his way!
17. Dallas Cowboys (3-4)
I think Dallas is a decent team. They have bad luck each year and Tony Romo gets more tricks than treats for sure. Hard to play great when the fans and media are chasing you around with a chainsaw though.
18. San Diego Chargers (3-4)
Norv Turner is the scariest monster I have ever seen. Worst than that, he never goes away. They keep making sequels year after year and it truly frightens all the San Diego fans.
19. Washington Redskins (3-5)
Must give some love to RGIII. This beast is something scary for sure. The nightmare for him though is his wide recievers and the defense. The team is a big trick, but there might not be a bigger treat in the NFL than Robert Griffin III.
20. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4)
Andy Reid is looking like a lonely Wolfman right now. The cards are stacked against him and his creation: Michael Vick. Can they get out of this hole or will they get burried alive?
21. Arizona Cardinals (4-4)
No bigger trick or treat than Arizona Cardinals this year. They treated their fans to a (4-0) start, then after that they treated them to 4 straight losses. It is starting to look like those first 4 games were the real trick! Sorry Cardinals fans! However, the other Cardinals got to the NLCS, so that is good right?
22. Detroit Lions (3-4)
Megatron is on the cover of Madden. Always looks like a treat, but ends up a trick with the dreaded Madden Curse! He has one touchdown this year and his team does not look playoff bound.
23. Oakland Raiders (3-4)
These mummies are trying their best, and in a weak AFC, they could end up tricking everyone, and treating their fans!
24. Cincinnati Bengals (3-4)
They tricked their fans last year into thinking they were a good team, but the Bengals, like most AFC teams, still have a chance to treat their fans to a playoff birth! It's Alive! Their playoff chances are alive!
25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4)
The Buccaneers confuse me. Some weeks they are a pleasant family film, other weeks they are Saw III. Same with Josh Freeman. Scary stuff!
26. Buffalo Bills (3-4)
Did you see that contract they gave Ryan Fitzpatrick? WHAT A NIGHTMARE!
27. Tennessee Titans (3-4)
Old Man Hasselbeck has done well for the Titans, but the real worry is Jake Locker. He needs to get back out on the field to gain experience, cause the only place Tennessee is going this year is the Twilight Zone!
28. St. Louis Rams (3-5)
Nothing scares me more than Brian Schottenheimer as my Offensive Coordinator. If you want to scare yourself this Halloween, watch his offense for 5 minutes.
29. Cleveland Browns (2-6)
The Browns are a treat for a (2-6) team.
30. Carolina Panthers (1-6)
Anyone have any suggestions yet for Cam Newton? We all know losing is scary. Cam is clearly freaking out right now. He needs to put that Superman costume back on.
31. Kansas City Chiefs (1-6)
What is with this team? No trick, no treat. Just bad.