Found November 03, 2012 on
Cippin on Sports:
San Francisco 49ers
New York Giants
Green Bay Packers
New England Patriots
The one thing about the NFL that I don’t like is there is no official midseason break as opposed to every other sport. Is it after Week 8 where the majority of teams have played seven games or is it after Week 9 when some teams have played 9 games? For our sake, we’ll be rolling out our midseason content both this week and next week. If you haven’t seen it already, check out Part 1, where we looked a the key storylines over the first half of the NFL season.
Top five teams so far:
1) Atlanta Falcons 7-0
Impossible to put anyone above the Falcons at this point, their offensive is explosive, their defense is suddenly hard nosed and Matt Ryan is the frontrunner for league MVP. The only question is can they continue it come playoff time?
2) New York Giants 6-2
Go ahead call me bias for picking the Giants as the second best team, but can you completely deny it. They absolutely demolished the 49ers on the road, a team many thought were the best team in the league (some still do). As they’ve proved time again, as the game winds down, if Eli has the ball in his hand the other team does not stand much of a chance.
3) Houston Texans 6-1
The Texans were firing on all cylinders before the injury to MLB Brian Cushing. After getting trounced by Aaron Rodger’s Packers they bounced back nicely and dominated one of the few other contenders in the AFC in Baltimore. The loss of Cushing hurts, but the defense is still one of the best units in the league. Oh yea, and Arian Foster’s no slouch either.
4) Chicago Bears 6-1
Some thought it was ridiculous when I picked the Bears to dethrone the Packers in the NFC North in my bold predictions piece before the season. While their lone loss is the Packers the Bears defense looks as good if not better than it did when they went to the Super Bowl in 2006. Jay Cutlers been very okay this year, if he and the rest of the offense can play up to their potential just imagine how tough the Bears will be.
5) San Francisco 49ers 6-2
The 49ers are not comfortable playing from behind, which is definitely an issue. However, if Alex Smith can continue to play half as good as he did Monday night against a more than solid Arizona Cardinal defense, this team will go far with its already potent defense and running game.
Playoff Predictions from this point on:
1) Atlanta Falcons
2) Chicago Bears
3) New York Giants
4) San Francisco 49ers
5) Green Bay Packers
6) Seattle Seahawks
1) Houston Texans
2) Baltimore Ravens
3) New England Patriots
4) Denver Broncos
5) Pittsburgh Steelers
6) Miami Dolphins
BEST OF MAXIM
The Atlanta Falcons sit atop the NFC through nine weeks at 8-0 and could be the second team in NFL history to go 16-0. The Atlanta Falcons have looked good in most of their games but have faltered as of late with close calls against the Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins, and the Oakland Raiders. Despite it all, they remain the only undefeated team in the NFL and the question...
The last remaining undefeated team in the NFL, the Atlanta Falcons, is looking to complete a perfect first half as they take on the 3-4 Dallas Cowboys.
The Falcons have a large lead in the NFC South, while the Cowboys are attempting to climb back into NFC East race.
Matt Ryan is everyone’s MVP leader so far. Can he keep the magic going against the Cowboys on Sunday night?
MARK IT DOWN
Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan pretty much guaranteed that his team would take down the undefeated Atlanta Falcons.
The Ryan brothers are no strangers to talking big. In fact, they often talk much louder than they play. You know, the whole bark being bigger than the bite type of story. Of course, they get that from their father, although Buddy did win in the National Football League.
Then again, one of them have even won a Super Bowl as a head coach, rather having championship success strictly...
Dallas nose tackle Jay Ratliff suffered an apparent left leg injury late in the first half of Sunday night's game against the Atlanta Falcons.
Ratliff was attempting to put pressure on Falcons linebacker Matt Ryan when he pulled up, favoring his left leg, before falling to his knees.
The Cowboys called timeout to assist Ratliff on the field. He was able to walk off the field...
Its 11 am MST on a day after the Atlanta Falcons beat the disoriented Dallas Cowboys to go 8-0 for the first time in their franchise history, and the Falcons still aren’t getting any respect. And I’m not about to give them any respect either. At least not now. Just an “Atta Boy”!
I will acknowledge that Matt Ryan has finally elevated his game to that next level, and those...
Matt Ryan came up with two words to describe his performance Sunday night.
''Good enough,'' he said.
It's a familiar summary for the 2012 Atlanta Falcons, who just keep winning -- even when they make a couple OF mistakes.
Michael Turner had a tiebreaking 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, Matt Bryant kicked four field goals and the Falcons beat the...
With the San Francisco 49ers on their bye week, there is no better opportunity to take a glimpse into where they stack up against the rest of the NFC teams. While 49ers101 has continued to offer weekly power rankings for the NFC west, we have yet to compare them to peers outside of their division. The halfway point of the season for most teams is coming up in week nine, and there...
The Atlanta Falcons improved to 8-0 on the season with a 19-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football.
Falcons QB Matt Ryan threw for 342 yards while Michael Turner had a good night on the ground with 102 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Meanwhile Cowboys QB Tony Romo threw for 321 yards and a touchdown with WR Kevin Ogletre had three receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown...
Michael Turner had a tiebreaking 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, Matt Bryant kicked four field goals and the Atlanta Falcons beat the Dallas Cowboys 19-13 on Sunday night to extend their run as the NFL's only unbeaten team.
Turner had 20 carries for 102 yards and Matt Ryan had a season-high 342 yards passing for the Falcons (8-0), who took their first lead on Turner...
The unbeaten Atlanta Falcons got off to a sluggish start against the Dallas Cowboys before Matt Bryant's 46-yard field goal forced a 6-6 tie at halftime on Sunday night.
Beginning a drive at the 12-yard line with 1:03 left in the second quarter, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan completed a 20-yard pass to Roddy White and a 22-yarder to Tony Gonzalez to set up the field goal.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Michael Turner had a tiebreaking 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, Matt Bryant kicked four field goals and the Atlanta Falcons beat the Dallas Cowboys 19-13 on Sunday night to extend their run as the NFL's only unbeaten team.
Turner had 20 carries for 102 yards and Matt Ryan had a season-high 342 yards passing for the Falcons (8-0), who took their first...
It sounds like a broken record, but the Atlanta Falcons found a way to win on Sunday despite not playing their best football. Don't get me wrong, the Falcons weren't horrible but the offense had trouble executing on the Cowboys side of the 50 which resulted in six field goal attempts, two of which were no good. The Falcons had a lot of opportunities to score in this game...