September 27, 2012
Randall's NFL power rankings
By RANDALL THE HANDLE, Special to QMI Agency
Rank Team Last week
1 Atlanta - Appear to have taken it to the next level.
2 Houston - Not many weaknesses to be found.
3 Arizona - Good defence will take you a long way.
4 Baltimore - Offence has surpassed defence.
5 N.Y. Giants -No players, no rest? No problem.
6 Chicago - Division is there for the taking.
7 San Francisco - At least they couldn’t blame refs.
8 San Diego - How will the West be won?
9 Seattle - Beneficiaries of the ‘inaccurate reception.’
10 New England - Last-second kicks becoming nightmarish.
11 Dallas - Continue to make easy tasks difficult.
12 Cincinnati - Still beating those they’re supposed to.
13 Denver - Schedule is not their friend.
14 Green Bay - Players will be ‘YouTubing’ all week long.
15 Philadelphia - Scorn on the Kolb.
16 Minnesota - Big win has them back on the NFL map.
17 Pittsburgh - The tin foil curtain.
18 N.Y. Jets - Revis Island will no longer be desolate.
19 Buffalo - Coming set will tell us more.
20 Jacksonville - Showed some moxy in comeback win.
21 Washington - Turns out, beating Saints isn’t that big.
22 Carolina - Thursday’s showing won’t garner much TV time.
23 Oakland - Grittiest effort in recent memory.
24 Tennessee - First-ever 5 TDs of 60 yds. or more in a game.
25 Detroit - Could be worst defence in the league.
26 Kansas City - Comeback win got lost in weekend mayhem.
27 Miami - Coach should send out apology letters.
28 New Orleans - Browns are the only other 0-3 club.
29Tampa Bay - Offence in need of an overhaul.
30 Indianapolis - Too bad games aren’t 30 minutes.
31St. Louis - Cannot improve with current receivers.
32 Cleveland - The road back to respectability is a long one.
PRIME TIME PICK
Browns (0-3) at Ravens (2-1)
LINE: Ravens by 12
We won’t insult your intelligence by making a strong case for Cleveland. The Browns remains offensively inept as their next-to-last 57 points scored would attest to. The Cleveland defence is decent, but it certainly is a lesser unit without suspended CB Joe Haden. However, we do find some subtleties that support Cleveland’s cause. Baltimore comes off an emotional and nationally televised win over the Patriots, exacting revenge from last year’s playoff exiting game. On a short week, they figure to be the more spent squad. The posted total of 43 indicates a conservative affair. That bodes well for the doggy. Despite being a weaker team, the Browns are constantly undervalued having covered seven of past 10 games. Cleveland gets a rare chance to show a national audience that they’re not as bad as perceived.
TAKING: BROWNS +12
Taking: RAVENS minus-12
Taking: RAVENS minus-12