NFL Power Rankings Week 3: PFPod’s “Playoff Projector”

With two games under our belt, it’s hardly the time for any team to panic or celebrate. Only seven teams are 2-0, leaving Power Ranking pundits speculating which 1-1 teams are the elitest of the bunch. Weeks like this I’m relieved we cut off our list at 12 slots.

Top 4: Bye-week Bound(for now)

1. Denver Broncos
2. Cincinnati Bengals
3. Carolina Panthers
4. Arizona Cardinals

Our surprise pick in the Top 4 is Arizona. True, the Cards did not make playoffs in 2013, whereas the 2-0 Eagles are defending divisional champs. The Eagles’ two comeback victories to start the season, however, were built on the heels of two woeful 1st half performances. Sophomore HC Chip Kelly has yet to prove that his offense can sustain four quarters of success in a so-called “league of adjustments.” We expect to find out by the end of the regular season whether Kelly is a pro football genius or a leading candidate to replace Will Muschamp down at Florida University (not to be confused with FAU or FIU, the Gators will always be “FU” in my book).

Wild Card Weekenders

5. Philadelphia Eagles
6. San Diego Chargers
7. Buffalo Bills
8. Seattle Seahawks
9. Houston Texans
10. Chicago Bears
11. Green Bay Packers
12. Baltimore Ravens

The Chargers made the biggest jump of the young season with an impressive win over the Seahawks. We remain unimpressed with the Texans’ two victories, though, admittedly, Green Bay’s bare win over the Jets at Lambeau was even less inspiring.

Let us know what you think of our Power Rankings format. And feel free to tell us what we got wrong this week.

Adrian Peterson Beats His Son (Oh, And Week 2 Of The NFL Happened) — Papa’s Football Podcast Week 2

I tried to find a photo of the episode where Homer takes a switch and uses it to beat Bart's testicles, but this was the best I could come up with.

I tried to find a photo of the episode where Homer takes a switch and uses it to beat Bart’s testicles, but this was the best I could come up with.

Someday soon, our shows will be totally devoid of off-the-field drama. That day, however, is not today. We touch on the story of a felony arrest for Vikings start RB Adrian Peterson for child abuse (he apparently took a switch and beat the holy hell out of his kid’s testicles and ass with it) before getting into Week 2′s biggest stories (Seattle going down to San Diego and Richard Sherman being a little bitch about it, for example) and what Week 3′s sexiest games are going to be. Plus Buffalo Bills superfan “Nate” lets us know what it’s like having a shred of hope up in that frozen hellhole with the team currently at 2-0 and atop the AFC East. If you like your sports talk fun, fast and dirty, then like and share the episode! (Oh, and click here if you want to hear me talk for an hour about AP’s ball beating.)

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Power Rankings Week 2: PFPod’s Playoff Projector

PFPod.com produce the only Power Rankings that matter in Football.  Seriously. We rank the Top 12 teams that deserve to be in the playoffs based on their CURRENT record.  Who cares if Tom Brady won three Super Bowls a decade ago?  The Patriots are still winless, folks!

Heading into Week 2, only 16 teams have winning records.  The top 8 division winners and our four favorite “wild card” teams are:

Top 4.

1. Seattle Seahawks
2. Atlanta Falcons
3. Denver Broncos
4. Cincinnati Bengals

Seattle picked up right where they left off last season. Denver, on the other hand, looked like a team that misses Eric Decker, Wes Welker and Knowshon Moreno… are we in store for another early Bronco exit from the playoffs (#MileHighMiracle)?  Our surprise pick in the bye-week bracket is Atlanta– last season’s biggest disappointment saw a revitalized offense led by a record setting performance by Matt Ryan (who is a dead ringer for porn star Peter North).

5. San Francisco 49ers
6. Carolina Panthers
7. Pittsburgh Steelers
8. Miami Dolphins
9. Minnesota Vikings
10.Tennessee TItans
11. Philadelphia Eagles
12. New York Jets

NFC Wild Card Contenders top the list of our remaining eight playoff slot projections. Sadly, the 49ers still look like they could be the 2nd best team in the NFC, but are going to be relegated to a road game on Wild Card Weekend as long as Marshawn Lynch stays in Beast Mode.

In case you were wondering, Miami is not as impressive as its victory over New England might have been. The Pats had the 3rd worst run defense in 2013, so Lamar Miller and Knowshon Moreno’s combined 35 carries for 193 yards were not a surprise. Just keep in mind that the ‘Fins have yet to play the Jets, whose run defense last season produced one of the most dominant in NFL history.  Don’t be shocked if Geno and the Jets sweep Miami this season.

The NFL Season Begins! (And Gets Overshadowed By the Ray Rice Video) — Papa’s Football Podcast, Week 1

If you missed TMZ's video of Ray Rice smashing his woman's jaw, this is about what it looked like.

If you missed TMZ’s video of Ray Rice smashing his woman’s jaw, this is about what it looked like.

The 2014 NFL regular season began with much fanfare…that was immediately obliterated by TMZ releasing a video of Ray Rice decking his chick with the speed of Floyd Mayweather. If you want to hear discussion of the video, you can click here for that, but we keep the football show about on-the-field football talk, so this episode will delve into what games we loved from the weekend, what we’re looking forward to this week, and get thoughts from Cleveland Browns superfan Josh Burns on the first of our “Fan In Focus” segments.

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The NFL Is Back! — Papa’s Football Podcast Week 0

It's been far, far too long, my love. (I'll leave you to guess whether it's the me or the NFL that plays Rachel McAdams in this little scenario.)

It’s been far, far too long, my love. (I’ll leave you to guess whether it’s the me or the NFL that plays Rachel McAdams in this little scenario.)

(You can also watch this episode on YouTube by clicking here.)

Tonight, life will have meaning once more. Not even The Fappening could distract NFL fiends from their all-consuming need to have the game of (concussed) kings back in their lives. There’s a lot of ground to cover in 60 minutes after an entire season off, but we manage to get in all the greatest hits: The Ray Rice beating his then-fiancee unconscious, Wes Welker getting suspended for taking Molly cut with amphetamines at the Kentucky Derby, the entire Michael Sam saga that just landed him with the Dallas Cowboys and Don Van Natta, Jr’s excellent article on Jerry Jones. There’s also a preview of this week’s action. If you like football and you like bad words, this is the show for you.

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Hall of Fame Podcast (RB Edition): Jerome Bettis and the Ricky Williams’ Line

Listen to Howard’s first ever solo podcast. He talks about Jerome Bettis’ place among the greatest running back of all-time, and the reason why Ricky Williams’ career numbers should be the measuring stick for other NFL running backs who become eligible for Hall of Fame in the coming years.

Michael Sam Comes Out On Papa’s Basement (Not Really)

Michael Scott sounds similar enough to Michael Sam that this is okay.

Michael Scott sounds similar enough to Michael Sam that this is okay.

Normally I link the Papa’s Football Podcast posts over on Papa’s Basement to give PFPod a bit of a boost. This time, the shoe is on the other foot as I spent a ton of time yapping with my radio mentor and friend Bill Rohland (click that link to see his Twitter profile and give it a follow) about Michael Sam, the SEC defensive player of the year, coming out as gay before the NFL draft. Click here to go to the episode’s post on Papa’s Basement, where you can give it a listen. Enjoy!

Michael Sam: The “Jackie Robinson” of Gay Male Pro Athletes?

Michael Sam, SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year, has made headlines with his public announcement on ESPN that he is gay. Some commentators are already trying to downplay the significance of Sam’s announcement, which comes less than three months before the NFL Draft. True, Sam may not be the first gay athlete to play in one of the four major American professional sports. But no one can change the fact that, in 2014, Michael Sam will become the first male athlete to play his entire career in a major American pro sport while being openly gay.

Jason Collins may have technically beat Sam to the punch of announcing publicly that he is gay; however, Collins’ decade-long career as an NBA benchwarmer was effectively finished when he made his nationally televised announcement in 2013. For DE Michael Sam, he will play his entire NFL career with some of the pressure that followed Jackie Robinson after he integrated Major League Baseball. Sure, Sam won’t suffer many of the indignities that Robinson did, such as the prejudice of many white baseball fans and players who ignorantly proclaimed that black players were not “intelligent” enough to play baseball (yes, America was that ignorant in 1947). But Sam will share in the burden of representing an entire class of disadvantage minorities for the entirety of his pro career, in a place where no gay man has ever felt comfortable being entirely himself. Stay tuned for the April 2014 NFL Draft and beyond– we will all have to wait and see where Michael Sam goes from this day forward.

Super Bowl XLVIII and the Seahawks’ Future — Papa’s Football Podcast

Papa’s Football Podcast sums up Super Bowl XLVIII (whata hunk o’shit) and talks the future of its champions, the Seattle Seahawks.

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Super Bowl Preview – Papa’s Football Podcast

Jim Irsay looks like a less-sober Dr. House.

Jim Irsay looks like a less-sober Dr. House.

Enjoy the latest episode of Papa’s Football Podcast where we pick the Super Bowl winner, wonder what would have been if Jim Irsay taken his nose out of the cereal bowl of scotch he eats for breakfast long enough to use the first pick in the 2012 NFL draft to build around of Peyton Manning instead of replace him, and fix the Pro Bowl. You heard me: We fix the Pro Bowl. How did we do it? You’re going to have to listen. It’s honestly a really good idea, though. I’m not just tugging your tits to get you to click. Honest injun’.

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