I realized today that I was forgetting to keep track of such importantly esoteric things like Power Rankings. Of course, I'm guilty of thinking about such things, as is evident in our SB Nation Power Rankings But that doesn't mean that I can't compile and mock the rest of the traditional sports media. Remember, if I screw up, I'm just a homer fan, when they screw up, they're screw ups.
Ok, enough of that.
Let's see where we rank in my non-scientific sample of Power Rankings. (These are semi-randomly grabbed from a Google Search of 'NFL Power Rankings').
First, The Worldwide Leader
Fair points all around, Jags are behind New England, Indy, Dallas, Pittsburgh, and Green Bay. To be honest, the WWL does a better job than most here.
The fine folks at Fox News
Wow, look at that. 5th in the rankings and some comments that required just a little bit of research. Notice the key phrase "That's the stuff playoff teams are made of." I like that.
CBS Sports Who haven't posted PR's yet, so we'll hang out with Clark Judge and Pete Prisco instead.
OK, so Clark didn't say a word about the Jags, but he's nasty toward Byron, which I guess counts as coverage.
By winning at Kansas City, they have won back-to-back road games, both against the AFC West. The offense still isn't scoring at a great rate, but quarterback David Garrard is protecting the football -- no interceptions in four games -- and the running game is starting to come alive.
Jacksonville plays host to the Houston Texans next Sunday and then in two weeks has a huge game with the Indianapolis Colts on a Monday night. Although they have struggled with the Texans in recent years, losing twice to them last season, they are favored next week and should go into that Colts game at 4-1, while the Colts will be undefeated at 5-0 since they're off next week.
But that's in the future. This week was about making sure they put the bye week problems of the past behind them. They were 1-3 coming off a bye under coach Jack Del Rio.
Damn Pete, that's a whole lotta words for the NFL's least popular team. But I expect after we beat Houston and Indianapolis that we get a lot more ink.
I've been writing this "real time", as I stumble across something I toss it up. Sorta like a "reality show" of my mind. So as I persue the tubes, I realize that my weekly nightmare has posted. Yes, your friend and mine, he of The New Republic, it's Gregg Easterbrook:
Ok, so this weeks TMQ wasn't entirely intolerable, and I'll admit, I sorta agree with some of his "rules and maxiums", like not punting in the Maroon zone. Maybe it's the pretenousness that gets me, or his holier than though attitude, but whatever. It's tuesday, it's a long time till game time.
This is the "Official End" of celebrating the victory. The rest of the week, from here on out, is focused on the Texans. In the first of many plugs, please read Battle Red Blot for all your Texans needs!