NFL Top 5 Bottom 5 — Week 2

It’s the return of the NFL Top 5 Bottom 5. After two weeks it’s pretty clear there are two teams above the rest. And while both may stumble here and there during the season, if they can avoid major injuries, I wouldn’t be surprised if these two meet in the Super Bowl in San Francisco.

And as always we pay tribute to those heroes that give their all on the sidelines jumping and shaking those pom pom’s. The NFL cheerleaders of course!

TOP 5:
1. New England Patriots (2-0): The defending Super Bowl Champs show Rex Ryan that his Bills are far from ready to knock them off their perch at the top of the AFC East.

2. Green Bay Packers (2-0): The Packers are getting hit with injuries but as long as Aaron Rodgers remains healthy the Packers appear to be the best team in the NFC.

3. Arizona Cardinals (2-0): The defense is good. The offense has been solid as well. But the big question always looms…can Carson Palmer stay healthy?

4. Denver Broncos (2-0): The Donkey’s have scrapped their way to 2-0 despite the fact it takes 10 minutes for a ball to float from Peyton Manning to his receivers.

5. Cincinnati Bengals (2-0): Andy Dalton is playing well–for now.

Bottom 5:
1. Chicago Bears (0-2): Da Bears da bad.

2. New Orleans Saints (0-2): Team is struggling again and it doesn’t help Drew Brees shoulder is ailing.

3. New York Giants (0-2): G-men can’t close blowing two fourth quarter leads.

4. Detroit Lions (0-2): Lie-downs lose first two on the road. Returning home could help but easily could start 0-3 hosting the Broncos.

5. Philadelphia Eagles (0-2): Never thought the Iggles would be here but their poor early play definitely puts them on the list.

NFL Playoff Power Poll

To get you set for the best postseason in sports, the NFL Playoffs, here is how I rank the playoff teams one through 12. Here is the NFL Playoff Power Poll:

NFL PLAYOFF POWER POLL:

1. BRONCOS: An 11 game winning streak, Peyton Manning, a tough nosed defense and home field advantage are just a few of the reasons Denver is the AFC favorite to reach the Super Bowl.

2. NINERS: The team is built to win it all as long as their young quarterback doesn’t succomb to the playoff pressure.

3. PATRIOTS: If the defense can continue their improved play Bill Belichick and Tom Brady may be making another Super Bowl run.

4. FALCONS: With home field advantage, it’s time for Matt Ryan to move into the elite class of QB’s and lead his team to a Super Bowl.

5. PACKERS: You can never doubt a team with a QB as good as Aaron Rodgers. If they get past the Vikings in the first round they’ll give the Niners all they can handle.

6. SEAHAWKS: If Marshawn Lynch can continue to carry the majority of the load offensively, with the defense as strong as it is, that will take the pressure off Russell Wilson’s first appearance in the playoffs.

7. TEXANS: Houston loses three of their last four and home field advantage in the process. You don’t want to be playing your worst football come playoff time.

8. REDSKINS: RG III is as fun a player you’ll watch. He’ll need plenty of help however for any shot at a deep run in the playoffs.

9. VIKINGS: They got into the playoffs closing the year with four straight wins including victories over Chicago, Houston and Green Bay. With Adrian Peterson you can’t count rule them out of any game. Could be this year’s New York Giants.

10. COLTS: To win 11 games in Andrew Luck’s first year is beyond what anyone could imagine. Any playoff wins would be gravy.

11. RAVENS: Credit Baltimore for doing enough to win their division. They should be motivated with Ray Lewis announcing this will be his last ride but with all the injuries they don’t have enough horses to finish the race.

12. BENGALS: You wouldn’t expect the Bengals to make noise but anything is possible when you have a top 10 defense.

NFL Top 5 Bottom 5–Week 18

As heard on 1320 KFAN here is the final regular season edition of the Gunther and Graham NFL Top 5 Bottom 5. Some shuffling among the Top 5 while the Bottom 5 remained stable. We do have a new team in the poll and as we always do, we honor them with their cheerleaders!

NFL TOP 5 BOTTOM 5:

TOP 5:
1. BRONCOS (1): Closing the season on a 11 game win streak and securing home field advantage for the playoffs shows the Peyton Manning signing obviously paid off.

2. NINERS (4): Locked up the NFC two seed by dominating the Cardinals. Still question whether Colin Kaepernick can handle the playoff pressure.

3. PATRIOTS (5): Defense pitches a shutout in season finale.

4. FALCONS (2): Lose to the Bucs in the meaningless season ender. Can they use the home field advantage to propel them to the Super Bowl?

5. SEAHAWKS (NR): Hottest team in the NFC will try to make a playoff run as a wild card.

Dropped Out: PACKERS

BOTTOM 5:
1. CHIEFS (1): Coach gets fired but the GM that put together this mess of a team is keeping his job–for now? Yeah, that makes sense.

2. JAGUARS (2): GM gets the ax. Coach Mike Mularkey most likely next.

3. RAIDERS (3): Close the year losing eight of their final nine as this once proud franchise continues to embarrass themselves.

4. LIONS (4): From a playoff team to selecting in the top 10 of the draft. Good to see the Lions return to normal.

5. CARDINALS (5): The fact they started Brian Hoyer in their final game at quarterback sums up why both the coach and GM were fired.

Dropped Out: NONE

NFL Top 5 Bottom 5–Week 17

As heard on 1320 KFAN here is the latest Gunther and Graham NFL Top 5 Bottom 5. And once again we have a new No. 1. And continuing with the holiday theme we honor this week’s poll with NFL cheerleaders dressed in their holiday attire. These would be the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders. Too bad America’s team wasn’t good or bad enough to make this poll this year so we could feature them more!

NFL TOP 5 BOTTOM 5:

TOP 5:
1. BRONCOS (2): A win over the Chiefs and Denver goes into the playoffs on a 11 game win streak.

2. FALCONS (4): Always good to have home field advantage wrapped up going into the final week.

3. PACKERS (NR): Winners of 10 of their last 11 Green Bay is poised for another deep playoff run.

4. NINERS (1): Curious to see what kind of effect the thumping by Seattle has on this team heading into the playoffs

5. PATRIOTS (5): Pats haven’t been playing well the last two games. Look to get back on track Sunday versus Miami.

Dropped Out: TEXANS

BOTTOM 5:
1. CHIEFS (1): A loss to the Broncos and KC is on the clock for the first pick.

2. JAGUARS (2): The next home for Tim Tebow? Enjoy him Jacksonville.

3. RAIDERS (3): What speedy wide receiver will Oakland draft next?

4. LIONS (4): A loss to the Bears and Detroit closes the season on a eight game losing streak.

5. CARDINALS (5): And this week’s quarterback is…

Dropped Out: NONE

NFL Top 5 Bottom 5–Week 16

As heard on 1320 KFAN here is the latest Gunther and Graham NFL Top 5 Bottom 5. For the second consecutive week we once again have a new No. 1 in both the top and bottom. And in honor of Christmas we spread the holiday cheer with pics of NFL cheerleaders.

NFL TOP 5 BOTTOM 5:

TOP 5:
1. NINERS (5): Topping the previous No. 1 team on the road earns the jump to the top spot.

2. BRONCOS (2): After taking down the Ravens, Denver should finish the year on a 11 game win streak with only the Browns and Chiefs left on the schedule.

3. TEXANS (3): Houston is fifth in defending the run. They’ll be tested Sunday by Adrian Peterson.

4. FALCONS (4): Atlanta bounced back impressively from the Carolina loss by blowing out the Giants.

5. PATRIOTS (1): Had their seven game win streak snapped by the Niners. Should bounce back and end the season with wins over the Jaguars and Dolphins.

Dropped Out: None

BOTTOM 5:
1. CHIEFS (3): Lowly Chiefs generate just 119 yards and seven first downs against the lowly Raiders.

2. JAGUARS (2): Playing an angry Patriots team this Sunday won’t be pleasant for the Jags.

3. RAIDERS (4): Good news is they ended a six game losing streak. The bad news is it was against the Chiefs.

4. LIONS (NR): One year removed from making the playoffs, the Lions have returned to their mediocre state.

5. CARDINALS (1): By beating the Lions the Cardinals end their nine game losing streak but who thinks that was probably a fluke?

Dropped Out: TITANS

NFL Top 5 Bottom 5–Week 15

As heard on 1320 KFAN here is the latest Gunther and Graham NFL Top 5 Bottom 5. In a rare instance we have a new No. 1 in both the top and bottom featuring the latter with their cheerleaders. Turns out they could beat them as well.

NFL TOP 5 BOTTOM 5:

TOP 5:
1. PATRIOTS (Last Week-3): Tom Brady is playing like, well, Tom Brady and the Pat’s already appear to be Super Bowl ready.

2. BRONCOS (4): Winners of eight straight, Denver has only one real tough game left–this Sunday at Baltimore.

3. TEXANS (1): Houston’s mortal performance against the Pat’s makes you wonder if they truly are a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

4. FALCONS (2): After losing to Carolina things don’t get easier hosting the New York Giants Sunday.

5. NINERS (NR): Colin Kaepernick is 3-1 as a starter. Now we’ll see how good he truly is as he duels with Tom Brady Sunday night.

Dropped Out: RAVENS

BOTTOM 5:
1. CARDINALS (NR): While they have four wins, after the 58-0 loss to Seattle this team is truly the worst in the league.

2. JAGUARS (1): Even Chad Henne can’t lead this team out of the doldrums. Like we thought he could to begin with.

3. CHIEFS (2): A week after beating Carolina the Chiefs return to form in a blowout loss to the Browns.

4. RAIDERS (3): If the Raiders could break a six game losing streak it would be this week vs. KC.

5. TITANS (NR): Losers of three straight it will be sooo exciting to see them on Monday Night Football against the Jets!

Dropped Out: PANTHERS, EAGLES

NFL Top 5 Bottom 5–Week 14

As heard on 1320 KFAN here is the latest Gunther and Graham NFL Top 5 Bottom 5. A new team enters the top 5 and we honor them in our customary way–with cheerleader pics!

NFL TOP 5 BOTTOM 5:

TOP 5:
1. TEXANS (Last Week-1): Texans roll over Titans which now sets up a Monday Night showdown in New England.

2. FALCONS (2): Atlanta avenges it’s only loss by taking down the Saints.

3. PATRIOTS (5): With the win over the Dolphins the Pats clinch their fourth straight AFC East division title.

4. BRONCOS (NR): Denver clinches the AFC West and makes their debut into our Top 5. Obviously the latter is the bigger honor.

5. RAVENS (3): Blow an opportunity to beat the Steelers without Big Ben. Next three games tough playing Washington, Denver and the Giants.

Dropped Out: NINERS

BOTTOM 5:
1. JAGUARS (2): A week after beating Tennessee the Jags return to their losing ways falling to Buffalo.

2. CHIEFS (1): Doubt the win over Carolina could dull the pain this organization is suffering.

3. RAIDERS (3): Losing streak reaches four. Will most likely go to five after Thursday’s game against Denver.

4. EAGLES (4): Fire the defensive coordinator, fire the defensive line coach–next up the head coach.

5. PANTHERS (5): After losing to the Chiefs it seems very unlikely they have any chance against the Falcons.

Dropped Out: None

Tim Tebow Renames Dog From Bronco To Bronx

The fact that New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow revealed that he renamed his dog from Bronco to Bronx in itself is stupid but add in that it made national news (including this post) makes it even more ridiculous. First off who cares? Secondly, it’s bad enough that he named his dog after the Donkeys and now he’s clearly just pandering to Jets fans. And by the way has anyone taken the dogs feelings into account? You just can’t just change his name. It confuses the old pooch and could cause irreparable harm much like what Tebow will do to the Jets when he’s on the field.

Monday Mashup: Jazz Playoff Chances Dying and Losing their name, Tebow Booed In New York And More

Apr 14, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) drives to the basket against Memphis Grizzlies small forward Rudy Gay (22) during the second half at the FedEx Forum. Memphis Grizzlies defeated Utah Jazz 103-98. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE
Just some random thoughts and opinions from around the sports world on this Monday cleverly called the Monday Mashup:

-The Utah Jazz playoff hopes took a big hit with losses to New Orleans and Memphis over the weekend. One could understand falling to a good Grizzlies team playing on a back-to-back but the Hornets loss was inexcusable. It just once again shows the Jazz are truly not a playoff team. And for those that say it would be good for the younger players to get playoff experience–I say it’s more important to get into the lottery (and still hope somehow they can get Golden State’s pick even though the Warriors are clearly tanking games) to continue the building process. If they made the postseason this year it’s highly probable they would get swept in the first round and in reality the experience won’t matter because they’ll most likely get eliminated in the same fashion next year. To me it makes better sense to continue to acquire young talent and slowly grow to where you could be a playoff factor in a couple years. Meanwhile the radio voice of the Jazz and good friend of mine (worked and built 1320 KFAN in Salt Lake City together in the mid 90’s) went national with this call on a blown Derrick Favors layup. It was picked up by ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike in which Locke joined them to talk about it (Locke appears around the 2:50 mark).


-New New Orleans Hornets owner Tom Benson made comments recently that he may try to bring the Jazz name back to its original home. It appears this has not been embraced by Utah Jazz fans which is not surprising and quite honestly they shouldn’t. I worked in sports radio in Salt Lake City for several years and while the argument that the area isn’t known for its bustling jazz music scene is true, the loyal fan base there have adopted and embraced the name and team as its own. Besides is there a bunch of lakes in LA? Should Minnesota (where the Lakers moved from) reclaim that name since their state is full of them? The only advantage I could see for the Jazz organization is that it would be a boom for merchandising if every fan had to buy garb with the new name on it. But at the same time I’m sure the franchise would lose a ton of credibility for allowing the name to be stolen back. It’s not going to happen–the Jazz name will remain in Utah and Benson should just concentrate on putting a winner on the floor. He does that then I’m guessing most fans will support them as the Bobcats or whatever other moniker they end up going by.


-Conflicting reports on whether Tim Tebow was cheered or booed at Sunday’s New York Yankees game. Obviously it was both. It just shows we cynical New York Jets fans won’t be instantly wooed and sold on his charm, christian values etc. That’s right–we’re not like those gullible, soft Denver Broncos fans. He needs to lead us to a Super Bowl and anything else is consider a failure. Speaking of the Donkeys some dude tried out to be a cheerleader and it’s as funy as you would expect. Wouldn’t be surprised if their fans put up billboards in support of him!


-Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine questions the commitment of Kevin Youkilis and everybody acts like it’s the worst thing ever. Now granted he should have talked to Youkilis (he has since apologized) about this before the media but you can’t be surprised–this is how Valentine operates. In the end ownership is to be blamed when Valentine is eventually fired. You can’t bring in a me-manager with a declining veteran franchise and expect it’s going to work. I think most of us could see that as soon as he was hired.

-Love the NHL playoffs but the Philadelphia Flyers-Pittsburgh Penguins series is getting flat out brutal with cheap shots:

-And those who know me well realize I’m a huge IndyCar fan. Sunday they raced along the streets of Long Beach (a race I attended and loved last year) and it proved to be entertaining. More passing than you would expect on a tight circuit, great strategy that allowed Team Penske’s Will Power to win his second straight race and plenty of contact including Marco Andretti’s car going airborne. Action wise the sport is definitely better with the new engines and chassis’. However I still think no one really cares which is too bad.