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 13

As heard on 1320 KFAN here is the latest Gunther and Graham NFL Top 5 Bottom 5. We have one new team enter the Top five and we honor them with their cheerleaders. Enjoy!

NFL TOP 5 BOTTOM 5:

TOP 5:
1. TEXANS (Last Week-1): Yes they needed a bad rule and Jim Schwartz’s emotions to bail them out against Detroit but as they say a win is a win.

2. FALCONS (2): While remaining No. 2 Atlanta has been struggling needing comebacks against both Arizona and Tampa Bay the last two weeks.

3. RAVENS (4): Fourth and 29? No problem. Just get the ball to Ray Rice.

4. NINERS (5): How many teams can be good, change quarterbacks in midseason and actually get better?

5. PATRIOTS (NR): Pats have won five straight and while the offense is continuing to roll along the defense is also getting better.

Dropped Out: PACKERS

BOTTOM 5:

1. CHIEFS (1): It’s so bad for KC that the players are getting autographs and pictures taken with opposing team’s players.

2. JAGUARS (2): It took Chad Henne to come into the game to get the Jags their second win of the season. If they don’t watch out they’ll lose the No. 1 overall pick.

3. RAIDERS (5): Bad news is Oakland has lost four straight. Worst news is they’re getting blown out.

4. EAGLES (NR): Really strange to see how far the Birds have fallen.

5. PANTHERS (4): For a night Cam Newton reverted to first year Cam Newton.

Dropped Out: BROWNS

NFL Top 5 Bottom 5–Week 12

As heard on 1320 KFAN here is the latest Gunther and Graham NFL Top 5 Bottom 5. We have one new team enter the Top five and a new number one in the Bottom 5. We honor that team with their cheerleaders. Enjoy!

NFL TOP 5 BOTTOM 5:

Top 5:
1. TEXANS (Last Week-1): ): Despite needing overtime to beat the Jaguars the Texans hold onto the top spot facing Detroit on Thanksgiving day.

2. FALCONS (2): Matt Ryan throws five interceptions and the Falcons still win.

3. PACKERS (4): Green Bay rallies to beat Detroit to return to their rightful place at the top of the NFC North tied with Chicago.

4. RAVENS (5): Special teams leads Baltimore to a big divisional win over Pittsburgh.

5. NINERS (NR): Aldon Smiths 5½ sacks and Colin Kaepernick’s surprisingly good play leads to the Niners blowout over the Bears. Now bring on the QB controversy.

Dropped Out: BEARS

BOTTOM 5:
1. CHIEFS (2): And the losing streak reaches seven.

2. JAGUARS (1): The Jags overtime loss to Houston takes them out of the top spot.

3. BROWNS (3): Cleveland fights in the overtime loss to the Cowboys. One wonders if that same fight can result in a win against the injury depleted Steelers.

4. PANTHERS (4): Another lower team coming up short in an OT loss to Tampa Bay.

5. OAKLAND (NR): When you don’t have a run game it’s pretty difficult to win as the Raiders are ranked 31st in that category.

Dropped Out: JETS

NFL Top 5 Bottom 5–Week 11

As heard on 1320 KFAN here is the latest Gunther and Graham NFL Top 5 Bottom 5. We have a new No. 1 in the Top 5 while the Bottom 5 stayed the same. To commemorate the new top team we salute their cheerleaders which have been featured here on multiple occasions!

NFL TOP 5 BOTTOM 5

TOP 5:
1. TEXANS (Last Week-3): Houston returns to the top spot winning a defensive battle in Chicago.

2. FALCONS (1): Atlanta loses first game by not being able to cover Saints tight end Jimmy Graham.

3. BEARS (2): Defense will keep them in every game but they’ll need a healthy Jay Cutler to score points.

4. PACKERS (5): Green Bay returns from the bye on a four-game winning streak and a big clash with division rival Detroit.

5. RAVENS (NR): While it was against Oakland, Baltimore seems to be returning to stride posting up 55 points.

Dropped Out: NINERS

BOTTOM 5:
1. JAGUARS (1): Jacksonville losing ways will continue Sunday at Houston.

2. CHIEFS (2): It’s so bad the Chiefs are celebrating touchdowns that turn out not to be touchdowns!

3. BROWNS (3): Cleveland was on bye and I’m pretty sure no one noticed.

4. PANTHERS (4): Coming off a win over the Redskins, Carolina returned to form in a blowout loss to Denver.

5. JETS (5): The Jets are so bad they have reduced their coach to tears.

Dropped Out: NONE

NFL Top 5 Bottom 5–Week 10

href=”http://twitter.com/Gunther_Graham”>Gunther and Graham’s NFL Top 5 Bottom 5. A couple of changes in the Top 5 and shifting in the Bottom 5. Thanks to the Houston Texans cheerleaders we dedicate this weeks poll to those serving in our country. Thanks for keeping us free and also a thank you for the Texans cheerleaders! God Bless America!

NFL TOP 5 BOTTOM 5

TOP 5:
1. FALCONS (Last Week-1): A run game and defense were the keys in the win over Cowboys.

2. BEARS (2): The 51 points they scored against the Titans were the most scored by a Bears team in 32 years.

3. TEXANS (3): Just steady as always with Matt Schaub throwing two touchdowns and Arian Foster running for 111 yards and a score in the win over Buffalo.

4. 49ERS (5): Niners come off a bye with a tune-up versus the Rams before the following week showdown with Chicago.

5. PACKERS (NR): Green Bay heads into their bye week on a four game winning streak.

Dropped Out: GIANTS

BOTTOM 5:
1. JAGUARS (1): Their 1-7 start ties the worst in franchise history.

2. CHIEFS (2): After four turnovers in the loss to the Chargers they now total a league worst 29 which have led to 104 points.

3. BROWNS (4): Cleveland continues to have issues getting touchdowns after settling for five field goals in a loss versus Baltimore.

4. PANTHERS (3): Snap a five game losing streak in win at Washington.

5. JETS (5): If a team could lose during a bye week it would be the Jets.

Dropped Out: None

NFL Top 5 Bottom 5–Week 3

Two new number one’s in this weeks edition of the NFL Top 5 Bottom 5:

NFL TOP 5 BOTTOM 5:
1. NINERS (Last Week-1): Alex Smith finally getting closer to living up to his No. 1 overall draft status.
2. TEXANS (3): After beating up on Miami and Jacksonville it will be good to see them take on a decent team in Denver.
3. FALCONS (5): After beating Kansas City and Denver, Atlanta will look to go 3-0 in the AFC West playing at San Diego Sunday.
4. PACKERS (UR): You knew Green Bay would get back into the Top 5 quickly. Looked more like themselves against Chicago.
5. EAGLES (UR): Michael Vick gets the headlines (for the worst of late) but it’s really the Eagles defense that has them at 2-0.

Dropped Out: Patriots (1), Ravens (4)

BOTTOM 5:
1. RAIDERS (UR): When you’re 31st in the league rushing the ball and 29th in stopping the run that’s not a good combo.
2. BROWNS (2): Cleveland is bad but at least Brandon Weeden showed some promise.
3. JAGUARS (4): Blaine Gabbert has hamstring issues. May be a good sign considering they are averaging just 145 yards per game.
4. CHIEFS (UR): When you lose to the Bills you’re not good.
5. TITANS (UR): How can a team with Chris Johnson be dead last in rushing? Guess it happens when said running back gets content after being paid.

Dropped Out: Dophins (1), Colts (3), Rams (5)

BYU Great Brady Poppinga Tells Recruiting Trip Story Where Brett Keisel Tried To Kill Multiple Deer

1320 KFAN BYU and NFL analyst Brady Poppinga joined Gunther and Graham to discuss the rivalry with Utah, the good old days and what the Cougars need to do to get the win. He also shared his thoughts on week one of the NFL including the San Francisco 49ers win over the Green Bay Packers. Poppinga dropped perhaps one of the better recruiting stories you’ll hear. When he went on his visit to BYU before committing former Cougar and current Pittsburgh Steeler Brett Keisel was one of his hosts. Apparently at one point Keisel tried to kill multiple deers (possibly drunk). You can hear Poppinga tell the story at the 17:45 mark.