MLB Power Rankings 09/09/14

MLB Power Rankings 09/09/14

  1. Los Angeles Angels (87-55)
  2. Baltimore Orioles (83-59)
  3. Washington Nationals (80-61)
  4. Los Angeles Dodgers (81-62)
  5. St. Louis Cardinals (79-64)
  6. Kansas City Royals (79-62)
  7. Oakland Athletics (80-62)
  8. San Francisco Giants (78-65)
  9. Seattle Mariners (78-64)
  10. Detroit Tigers (78-65)
  11. Atlanta Braves (75-69)
  12. Pittsburgh Pirates (74-68)
  13. Cleveland Indians (75-67)
  14. Milwaukee Brewers (75-69)
  15. New York Yankees (73-68)
  16. Miami Marlins (69-72)
  17. Toronto Blue Jays (69-75)
  18. Tampa Bay Rays (69-75)
  19. New York Mets (68-75)
  20. Cincinnati Reds (67-76)
  21. San Diego Padres (66-76)
  22. Philadelphia Phillies (66-76)
  23. Chicago Cubs (64-79)
  24. Boston Red Sox (63-80)
  25. Houston Astros (63-80)
  26. Minnesota Twins (61-82)
  27. Chicago White Sox (63-79)
  28. Arizona Diamondbacks (59-84)
  29. Colorado Rockies (59-84)
  30. Texas Rangers (54-89)

NCAA Football Power Rankings 09/07/14

  1. Oregon Ducks (2-0)
  2. Oklahoma Sooners (2-0)
  3. Alabama Crimson Tide (2-0)
  4. Florida State (2-0)
  5. Georgia Bulldogs (1-0)
  6. Auburn Tigers (2-0)
  7. Texas A&M Aggies (2-0)
  8. USC Trojans (2-0)
  9. Baylor Bears (2-0)
  10. LSU Tigers (2-0)
  11. Ole Miss Rebels (2-0)
  12. UCLA (2-0)
  13. Notre Dames (2-0)
  14. Michigan State (1-1)
  15. Arizona State Sun Devils (2-0)
  16. Stanford Cardinal (1-1)
  17. Missouri Tigers (2-0)
  18. Wisconsin Badgers (1-1)
  19. Kansas State Wildcats (2-0)
  20. Virginia Tech (2-0)
  21. Louisville Cardinals (2-0) 
  22. Clemson Tigers (1-1)
  23. South Carolina Gamecocks (1-1) 
  24. Ohio State (1-1) 
  25. BYU Cougars (2-0)

NFL Week 1 Predictions

Here are my predictions for week 1 of the NFL season.

Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks
-Revenge for the infamous hail mary play…will have to wait another day.  Seattle will be hyped in front of the best home crowd in the sport, and they’ll win a close one.

Seattle 27 Green Bay 24

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons
-The Saints are going to be one of the teams to beat this year, and while the Falcons will be improved, they’ll have to wait till week 2 to truly show it.

New Orleans 31 Atlanta Falcons 21

Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams
-Shaun Hill is at QB for the Rams, and while I think they are a better team than the Vikings as a whole, I think Minnesota’s continuity throughout the preseason will give them a slight edge.

Minnesota 20 St. Louis 17

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers
-Brian Hoyer is the starting QB but he has no Josh Gordon, and I think it’ll take time before the Browns can figure out what they are doing on offense.

Pittsburgh 24 Cleveland 13

Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles
-This is my STONE COLD LOCK of the weak.  No way Jacksonville can keep up with the Eagles offense.

Philadelphia 34 Jacksonville 20

Oakland Raiders at New York Jets
-Carr is starting at QB for the Raiders, so for the first time in a long time the Jets have a QB advantage with Geno playing better.

New York 28 Oakland 13

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens
-I have both teams taking a step back this year, but the Bengals are more talented on both sides of the ball.

Cincinnati 27 Baltimore 21

Buffalo Bills at Chicago Bears
-Da Bears have one of the most complete offenses in football, and I don’t trust the Bills defense to stop them

Chicago 35 Buffalo 21

Washington Redskins at Houston Texans
-JJ Watt got PAID! And rightfully so.  This game is going to be really close, but an underrated Redskins defense is enough to give Washington the edge.

Washington 28 Houston 21

Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs
-First game for new Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt, and unfortunately it won’t open on a good note.

Kansas City 31 Tennessee 20

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins
-Gronk is playing for the Pats, how many snaps?  That’s a different question.

New England 38 Miami 24

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
-Panther’s lack of weapons offensively is scary, Cam Newton can’t do it on his own, with damaged ribs as well.

Tampa Bay 17 Carolina 14

San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys
-The Cowboys have no defense to speak of, and the 49ers have many, many weapons to choose from.

San Francisco 38 Dallas 28

Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos
-The clash of 2 eras once again, this time experience wins out.

Denver 38 Indianapolis 27

New York Giants at Detroit Lions
-This is a match-up between an offense that looks lost and one that has enough weapons to cast a shadow over almost any other team.

Detroit 34 New York 21

San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals
-Really tough game to call, both teams are sneaky good, but only one can come up the victor.

Arizona 24 San Diego 21

NFL Week 1 Power Rankings

My NFL power rankings heading into week 1 of the regular season.

  1. Seattle Seahawks
    • They dominated last year and thrashed the Broncos in the Super Bowel; they’ve done nothing to lose the top spot.
  2. Denver Broncos
    • An improved defense, and the addition of Emmanuel Sanders make Denver the beast in the AFC to start off this season
  3. Green Bay Packers
    • A healthy Aaron Rodgers along with Eddie Lacey in his second year adds up for a dangerous formula of success
  4. New Orleans Saints
    • Drew Brees’s injury didn’t seem to bother him at all, and Jimmy Graham is paid.  That’s a good combo. 
  5. New England Patriots
    • A much-improved defense will be the focal point, but Brady’s offense seems ready for a reboot as well.
  6. San Francisco 49ers
    • Talented team loaded with defense injuries and suspensions.
  7. Chicago Bears
    • Bears may have the most complete offense in the NFL, and they will be looking to use all their weapons.
  8. Indianapolis Colts
    • Colts fans:  “Andrew Luck, carry us till your shoulders collapse.” 
  9. Philadelphia Eagles
    • We know the offense will put up big points, but can their defense improve from last year?
  10. Atlanta Falcons
    • An improved offensive line and a healthy Julio Jones will lead to big improvement from last year.
  11. Kansas City Chiefs
    • Last year’s success was unexpected, and it’ll be harder to come by this year.
  12.  Detroit Lions
    • Rival only the Bears in terms of the most complete offense.
  13. Pittsburgh Steelers
    • Call it a hunch, but I’m feeling the Steelers have a good bounce back year
  14. New York Jets
    • If Geno Smith improves the way he has shown in the preseason, things are looking up for Rex Ryan.
  15. Carolina Panthers
    • Cam Newton has zero weapons on the outside, but the Panthers defense is still top notch.
  16. Cincinnati Bengals
    • I was surprised by the dropping of the Lawfirm…does the team know something we don’t know?
  17. San Diego Chargers
    • How many running backs does this team have?
  18.  Arizona Cardinals
    • Larry Fitzgerald won’t be the teams number 1 receiving option, welcome to the limelight Michael Floyd.
  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    • The acquisition of Logan Mankins may prove huge dividends for Bucs running back
  20.  St. Louis Rams
    • Losing Sam Bradford killed any legit playoff chances this year, but this team is still loaded on defense
  21. New York Giants
    • That offense in the preseason…nightmarish.
  22. Baltimore Ravens
    • Weak at running back, this team will go as Ray Rice goes once he returns.
  23. Washington Redskins
    • RG3’s health will be constant concern and distraction.
  24. Minnesota Vikings
    • Adrian Peterson poised for big year in new style offense, and both Cassel and Bridgewater looked good in preseason
  25. Houston Texans
    • If only they had a quality quarterback, last year would be behind them already.
  26. Dallas Cowboys
    • You must have some sort of defense to win football games.
  27. Jacksonville Jaguars
    • Jacksonville will not go the whole season without starting Bortles, he just looked to good in the preseason.
  28. Buffalo Bills
    • Sammy Watkins and CJ Spiller will be exciting, but their defense will dictate their success.
  29. Cleveland Browns
    • Without Josh Gordon, this offense is going to struggle mightily.
  30. Tennessee Titans
    • Can Jake Locker stay healthy, and can they shift their offensive focus?
  31. Miami Dolphins
    • They get Moreno at running back from Denver, but they didn’t solve their quarterback situation.
  32. Oakland Raiders
    • Dennis Allen may want to turn in his two weeks notice.