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My power rankings are fittingly named the ‘Tentative Ten’ because every week it’s subject to change, and erratically at that. Also featured is a Rookie, Defensive, and Offensive Player of the Year Watch, and a Coach of the Year Watch, and Movie to watch this week.

1. New Orleans Saints (6-0)

Don’t call it a comeback, call it a curb stomp. Drew Brees feels no pressure with the ball in his hands, and it showed when he dove across a pile of linemen for the touchdown. The defense was definitely confused by the wildcat offense in the first half but good coaches like Sean Payton and Greg Williams make good adjustments.

Glaring Stat: The Saints have out gained their opponents by 724 yards (2564 to 1840).

2. Indianapolis Colts (6-0)

The defense played really well this week, I mean it was the Rams but still. Indy is playing some real good football this year but not really against anyone. The rest of their season is a little bit harder with games against Baltimore, New England, and of course Denver.

Glaring Stat: Peyton Manning didn’t throw for 300 or more yards for the first time this season, yet they score the most points they have in one game all year (42).

3. Denver Broncos (6-0)

Great time for a bye week with (at) Baltimore, Pittsburgh, (at) Washington, San Diego, New York (Giants), (at) Kansas City, and (at) Indianapolis in that order.

Glaring Stat: The Denver Bronco defense has allowed 6 touchdowns all year, whereas there were 10 in the New Orleans, Miami game.

5. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2)

Thank you Cincinnati for a higher draft pick! Carson Palmer was in true form this weekend and Cedric Benson ran with authority. The defense also was a force to be reckoned with. Leon Hall grabbed himself a pair of Jay Cutler interceptions. This is definitely the way to go into a bye week. The Bengals could breathe easy in the NFC North race if they win their next two games which are against Baltimore and Pittsburgh respectively; since afterwards they have gimme games against the Raiders, Browns, Lions.

Glaring Stat: Carson Palmer had more touchdowns (5) than incomplete passes (4).

5. New England Patriots (5-2)

The Good: Tom Brady seems to be back in sync.

The Bad: This weekend the Pats will face the hardest team they’ve played in weeks… as a bye. The Titans and Bucs are that bad.

Glaring Stat: The Patriots have outscored Tennessee and Tampa 94-7 in the past two weeks.

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2)

Brett Favre mistakes or Steeler dominance? I’ll meet you halfway. The Steelers proved that if you shut Jared Allen down the defensive line isn’t as dangerous. The Vikings did tally three sacks against the Steeler’s lackluster offensive line but Big Ben is having too good of a year for that to stop him.

Glaring Stat: Lamar Woodley and Keyaron Fox may have had big play touchdowns, but James Farrior deserves the game ball with 15 tackles and a sack.

8. Minnesota Vikings (6-1)

Brett Favre stumbled, let’s see if he falls. Jared Allen stared at a brick wall all game. Adrian Peterson was held to 3.8 yards a carry. That is how you beat the Vikings, everyone is asking for that game tape.

Glaring Stat: The Vikings secondary is acting as an achillies heel to the team allowing 7.7 yards a carry. Karl Paymah carries a curse wherever he goes.

8. Arizona Cardinals (5-2)

Defense wins games and especially this one. Defensive tackles like Darnell Dockett make the lives of talented defensive backs like Antrel Rolle, Adrian Wilson, and Domique Rodgers-Cromartie a lot easier. Karlos Dansby was flying around the field stopping the screen pass and the run. It also helps to have receivers like Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. The Cardinals are scaring the Niners.

Glaring Stat: Before Sunday night Eli Manning had thrown only three interceptions all year, the Cardinals secondary helped him double that.

9. New York Giants (5-2)

Get it together man! The Giants are a talented team that needs to take a breathe and focus. Osi Umenyiora needs to step up to fill in that old Michael Strahan spot. Eli is guaranteed a couple multi-interception games a season and he usually turns it around.

Glaring Stat: Brandon Jacobs is averaging 3.9 yards a carry. What’s the problem big guy?

10. Dallas Cowboys (4-2)

Jerry Jones must feel very foolish for giving up all those picks for Roy E. Williams. Miles Austin is doing Monmouth University proud this season. The defense really shined against the Falcons offense. Now that DeMarcus Ware was signed to six year, $78 million dollar contract, he might want to start acting like the DeMarcus of last year. However, Ware has grabbed two sacks in each of his last games.

Glaring Stat: In Austin’s first two games started he has caught 16 balls for 421 yards. Roy Williams has caught 12 balls for 230 yards all year. That’s right, Miles Austin caught for more yards in his first start than Roy Williams has all year.

Coach of the Week

Sean Payton – That’s how you adjust at halftime. The Saint’s scored 36 points in the second half of the game… on the road.

Rookie of the Week

Shonn Greene – It’s okay Shonn Greene doesn’t spell his name conventionally.  Greene rushed for 100 yards in every game he played last season in college. On Sunday he reminded the Raiders of that by posting 144 yards and two touchdowns on only 19 carries. Now that Leon Washington is out for the year he’ll see a lot more action, and he’s proved that he doesn’t need a lot to produce. Pick this guy up in fantasy if you haven’t already.

Offensive Player of the Week

Carson Palmer – Like I said before, Carson Palmer had more touchdowns than incomplete passes. Whenever you score 5 touchdowns in one game you deserve offensive player of the week.

Defensive Player of the Week

Will Witherspoon – Goodbye St. Louis hello 8 tackles (6 solo), 1 pick-six, and a force fumble. Witherspoon is proving that the Eagles were very smart to trade him for rookie wide receiver Brandon Gibson and a 5th round pick in 2010.

Rookie of the Year Watch

1. Hakeem Nicks –Brandon Stokley isn’t the only tip drill master anymore. Nicks is also a great player to pick up in fantasy if he’s available.

2. Percy Harvin – Harvin put the Vikings back in the game for the win, but Brett Favre had other plans.

3. Knowshon Moreno – Can Knowshon make it three straight 100 yard rushers against the Ravens?

4. Mark Sanchez – Playing in the nice California weather again was good for Sanchez.

5. Johnny Knox – He’ll have a hard time winning this award if Jay Cutler doesn’t get adequate protection upfront, because we all know he’ll throw them picks.

Defensive Player of the Year Watch

1. Elvis Dumervil – Elvis still leads the NFL in sacks even after the bye week.

2. Darren Sharper – One more pick-six and Sharper ties hall-of-famer Rod Woodson for the NFL record. If Sharper grabes one or two more with a Super Bowl win this year he could be heading to Canton as well.

3. Jared Allen – The negative is that Allen was shut down by a mediocre at best offensive line. The good is that his team really struggled without him, in regards to his candidacy for DPOY that is.

4. Darrelle Revis – Revis rebounded, but it was JaMarcus Russell and then Bruce Gradkowski.

Offensive Player of the Year Watch

1. Peyton Manning – He could have played that game blindfolded.

2. Drew Brees – Drew Brees can even make throwing three picks look good.

3. Cedric Benson – In one game Benson got his revenge and the lead for rushing yards.

3. Kyle Orton – Another mistake free week for Kyle Orton.

5. Adrian Peterson – He has game breaking ability, however AD seems to stand for any day now.

Coach of the Year Watch

1. Josh McDaniels (6-0) – McDaniels overall record as a player, front-office assistant and coach, from 1992 to 2009, is 187-46-2 (.79). Thanks to some research by Woody Paige.

2. Sean Payton (6-0) – Like I said, that’s how good coaches win games.

3. Mike Singletary (3-3) – Could Alex Smith put the Singletary’s Niners back in the race for the NFC West?

4. Rex Ryan (4-3) – Ryan got his team back on track, too bad it was the Raiders.

Who Needs a V8?

Richard SeymourStill guaranteeing the playoffs Mr. Seymour?

Movie to watch this week

ManagementSteve Zahn is awkwardly awesome, Woody Harrelson is a great tool, and Jennifer Aniston is still hot. This movie is definitely worth the $1 Red Box rental.

What do you think Nation? Any more deserving teams in the Tentative Ten? Air it out!

  • platobronc

    Hakeem Nicks' tip drill was awesome!

  • roshon2411

    1. Saints
    2. Colts
    3. Broncos
    4. Vikings
    5. Patriots
    6. Bengals
    7. Steelers
    8. Packers
    9. Cardinals
    10. Eagles

    I'd have Baltimore in the top 10 but had to give the edge to one of the 4-2 teams out there. Vikings still high on at 4. Pittsburgh can be a tough game anyhow but still had a shot to win it in the final 2 minutes.

  • Gary_in_SD

    I think that AZ proved on Sunday night that it will be they, not the Vikings, who will play against the Saints for the NFC crown in January.

  • Gary_in_SD

    Similar play to Brandon Stokely's big game saver except for one thing… What Rogers-Cromardie did on the play was the right thing to do, knock it up in the air since he couldn't catch it and hope a team mate can make a play. What Cincy's DB did was the wrong thing to do since there was so little time left and knocking the ball down there would have been the smart play… I'm sure Wisenhunt told DRC to go ahead and do the same thing if the same opportunity comes along again.

  • Gary_in_SD

    The Colts are definitely a great team, but I'm still not sold on them being ranked above Denver. I think the Broncos would destroy the Rams right now too, so how good Indy really is right now is unknown. The Broncos have proven themselves and if they beat Baltimore next week, I feel they deserve the top spot… I hate the easy schedule that the Colts have (yet again) and fear that it will give them home field advantage in the playoffs. The Broncos game against them will probably be enormous and I'm sure NBC has already eyed it up for the flex spot.

  • mikebirty

    Nicks is gone in the Omega league to Mr Henson.

    Still I suppose I should let other people have some points since I am completely dominating the league with awesome awesome-ness. None of this McD, we're not satisfied at 6-0 and we can still improve. I say I'm invincible and will destroy everyone so you may as well just put the Jersey in the post now.

  • Gary in SD

    I think that AZ proved on Sunday night that it is they, not the Vikings, that will play against the Saints for the NFC crown in January.

  • troyn

    I guess I am the only one not sold on the saints. Giving up that many points to Miami and getting down that much early shows some glaring weaknesses. They really only won because of the ridiculous pass first play calling by Miami after they got the lead. Also, I watched that steeler's game, you really can't put that one on Favre. The fumble he had came after a HORRIBLE tripping call reversed a vikings touchdown and the int. went right through chester taylor's hands. Right now I would rank Indy over the Broncos, but no one else. The next two games are going to be really tough, though.

  • Gary_in_SD

    I don't know how the Eagles made your top ten. Losing to the Raiders automatically gets them disqualified from this board as far as I'm concerned!

  • herc_rock

    I'd rather have the bye after Pitt myself. If you come back flat, at least you're playing a dog shit team. Plus I like the symmetry.

    Saints is the real deal.

  • Gary_in_SD

    I don't know how the Eagles made your top ten. Losing to the Raiders automatically gets them disqualified from this board as far as I'm concerned!

  • herc_rock

    I'd rather have the bye after Pitt myself. If you come back flat, at least you're playing a dog shit team. Plus I like the symmetry.

    Saints is the real deal.