The Starting Five NFL Power Rankings Week 12

Every NFL player is numb to pain this time of year. The reason why teams separate themselves from the pack is off season conditioning combined with mental toughness. The pic is deceiving. I would never want to wish pain on anyone but get a couple of beers in me and get ready for some serious Cowboys expletives and lack of sympathy. Getcha earmuffs ready kids. Anyway, this week will say a lot and if the Saints are real, they will take care of business. I don’t care if it’s one point or fifty, a win is a win. Show and prove or shut up. Lets go!

1. New England Patriots

Say what you will about their head coach, but as long as Brady and Moss have their teeth and can actually walk, there is no team who has more of a chance to score at any point in the game. Wes Welker is the running game. All that stuff he catches underneath keeps defenses honest. Defensively, this team is not as strong as in years past, but professional they still are. Book them in the AFC Championship.

Patriots Opponents
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 240 172
FIRST DOWNS (Rushing-passing-by penalty) 67 – 152 – 21 46 – 115 – 11
THIRD DOWN CONVERSIONS 64/140 46/122
FOURTH DOWN CONVERSIONS 6/12 4/10
TOTAL OFFENSIVE YARDS 4161 2967
OFFENSE (Plays-Average Yards) 702 – 5.9 580 – 5.1
TOTAL RUSHING YARDS 1138 1094
RUSHING (Plays-Average Yards) 284 – 4.0 246 – 4.4
TOTAL PASSING YARDS 3023 1873
PASSING (Comp-Att-Int-Avg) 270 - 404 - 6 - 7.7 177 - 316 - 13 - 6.4
SACKS 18 14
FIELD GOALS 20/24 8/9
TOUCHDOWNS 33 20
(Rushing-Passing-Returns-Defensive) 11 – 20 – 0 – 2 3 – 14 – 0 – 3
TIME OF POSSESSION 34:42 25:46
TURNOVER RATIO +12

Passing Statistics
Player Att Comp Yds Comp % Yds/Att TD TD % INT INT % Long Sck Sack/Lost Rating
Tom Brady 393 261 3049 66.4 7.8 20 5.1 6 1.5 71 14 78 100.4
Brian Hoyer 11 9 52 81.8 4.7 0 0.0 0 0.0 16 0 0 86.4
Rushing Statistics
Player Att Yds Yds/Att Long TD
Laurence Maroney 116 455 3.9 45 6
Fred Taylor 45 201 4.5 19 2
Kevin Faulk 39 192 4.9 29 0
Sammy Morris 30 109 3.6 19 1
BenJarvus Green-Ellis 20 90 4.5 29 0
Tom Brady 20 43 2.2 9 1
Brian Hoyer 9 15 1.7 20 1
Wes Welker 2 17 8.5 11 0
Julian Edelman 2 5 2.5 5 0
Brandon Tate 1 11 11.0 11 0
Receiving Statistics
Player Rec Yds Yds/Rec Long TD
Wes Welker 79 854 10.8 48 4
Randy Moss 63 925 14.7 71 8
Kevin Faulk 29 252 8.7 38 1
Julian Edelman 26 228 8.8 29 1
Benjamin Watson 20 307 15.4 36 4
Sammy Morris 12 137 11.4 35 0
Chris Baker 10 91 9.1 36 1
Sam Aiken 9 139 15.4 54 1
Laurence Maroney 8 51 6.4 17 0
Joey Galloway 7 67 9.6 19 0
Isaiah Stanback 3 22 7.3 9 0
Fred Taylor 2 17 8.5 13 0
BenJarvus Green-Ellis 2 11 5.5 6 0
Field Goal Statistics
Player 1-19 A 1-19 M 20-29 A 20-29 M 30-39 A 30-39 M 40-49 A 40-49 M 50+ A 50+ M
Stephen Gostkowski 0 0 7 7 11 10 5 2 1 1
TOTAL 0 0 7 7 11 10 5 2 1 1
OPPONENTS TOTAL 0 0 3 3 2 2 3 2 1 1
Punting Statistics
Player Punts Avg Touchbacks/g IN 20 Long Blck
Chris Hanson 36 39.7 4 13 55 1
TOTAL 36 38.6 4 13 55 1
OPPONENTS TOTAL 54 41.5 2 16 64 0
Punt Return Statistics
Player Returns FC Yds/Ret Long TD
Wes Welker 15 11 13.0 69 0
Julian Edelman 6 0 10.5 35 0
Kevin Faulk 5 2 6.2 15 0
TOTAL 26 13 11.1 69 0
OPPONENTS TOTAL 10 13 9.4 16 0
Kick Return Statistics
Player Returns Yds Yds/Ret Long TD
Julian Edelman 10 225 22.5 32 0
Laurence Maroney 9 208 23.1 52 0
Kevin Faulk 6 144 24.0 32 0
Brandon Tate 4 106 26.5 34 0
Matt Slater 3 82 27.3 31 0
Dan Connolly 1 16 16.0 16 0
TOTAL 33 781 23.7 52 0
OPPONENTS TOTAL 43 1039 24.2 44 0
Defense Statistics
Player Comb Total Assist Sck Fumb
Brandon McGowan 63 50 13 0.0 3
Gary Guyton 56 39 17 0.0 0
Leigh Bodden 37 32 5 0.0 0
Jerod Mayo 45 30 15 1.0 1
Brandon Meriweather 49 27 22 0.0 1
Shawn Springs 28 25 3 0.0 0
Ty Warren 37 24 13 1.0 0
Tully Banta-Cain 33 24 9 5.0 1
Vince Wilfork 30 23 7 0.0 1
Jonathan Wilhite 24 21 3 0.0 0
Pat Chung 26 19 7 2.0 0
Darius Butler 20 19 1 0.0 0
Adalius Thomas 25 18 7 2.0 0
Pierre Woods 25 17 8 0.0 1
Mike Wright 22 15 7 4.0 1
James Sanders 18 13 5 0.0 0
Derrick Burgess 13 9 4 2.0 1
Jarvis Green 18 8 10 0.0 0
Myron Pryor 12 8 4 0.0 1
Rob Ninkovich 12 6 6 1.0 0
Eric Alexander 8 5 3 0.0 1
Sam Aiken 7 5 2 0.0 1
Bret Lockett 7 5 2 0.0 1
Kyle Arrington 5 5 0 0.0 0
Junior Seau 4 3 1 0.0 0
Matt Slater 4 3 1 0.0 0
Stephen Gostkowski 3 3 0 0.0 0
Ron Brace 3 2 1 0.0 0
Terrence Wheatley 2 2 0 0.0 0
Dan Koppen 1 1 0 0.0 0
Logan Mankins 1 1 0 0.0 0
Randy Moss 1 1 0 0.0 0
Benjamin Watson 1 1 0 0.0 0
Wes Welker 1 1 0 0.0 0
Terdell Sands 1 1 0 0.0 0
BenJarvus Green-Ellis 1 0 1 0.0 0
TEAM TOTAL 664 487 177 18 14
OPPONENTS TOTAL 864 617 247 14 8
Interception Statistics
Player Int Yds Yds/Int Long TD
Leigh Bodden 5 60 12.0 53 1
Brandon Meriweather 3 74 24.7 39 1
Darius Butler 2 0 0.0 0 0
Jonathan Wilhite 1 17 17.0 17 0
Pat Chung 1 2 2.0 2 0
Randy Moss 1 0 0.0 0 0
TOTAL 13 153 11.8 53 2
OPPONENTS TOTAL 6 83 13.8 26 1

2. Indianapolis Colts

It’s about that time for Jim Caldwell to get his due. 10-0 to start a professional career in any sport is top tier. The Colts have another tandem constant who also are major threats. Manning and Wayne are as close as you can possibly get to Moss and Brady. The Colts passing game is monster. How many cats from the sticks can they suit up and catch a 3rd down pass? Who are these people!?! Everyone brings up Bob Sanders, but he hasn’t been the player he once was for years. When he is able to get onto the field, the defense drastically changes because of his leadership and sheer football will. Not ready to Pats book ‘em into the ship, but there could be worse choices.

Colts Opponents
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 220 188
FIRST DOWNS (Rushing-passing-by penalty) 45 – 157 – 18 53 – 126 – 9
THIRD DOWN CONVERSIONS 62/123 64/145
FOURTH DOWN CONVERSIONS 3/7 5/11
TOTAL OFFENSIVE YARDS 3985 3258
OFFENSE (Plays-Average Yards) 624 – 6.4 657 – 5.0
TOTAL RUSHING YARDS 850 1076
RUSHING (Plays-Average Yards) 226 – 3.8 260 – 4.1
TOTAL PASSING YARDS 3135 2182
PASSING (Comp-Att-Int-Avg) 272 - 390 - 10 - 8.2 237 - 373 - 11 - 6.3
SACKS 24 8
FIELD GOALS 13/15 20/24
TOUCHDOWNS 33 14
(Rushing-Passing-Returns-Defensive) 10 – 22 – 0 – 1 7 – 7 – 0 – 0
TIME OF POSSESSION 28:30 31:29
TURNOVER RATIO +6

Passing Statistics
Player Att Comp Yds Comp % Yds/Att TD TD % INT INT % Long Sck Sack/Lost Rating
Peyton Manning 388 271 3171 69.8 8.2 21 5.4 9 2.3 80 8 58 102.7
Joseph Addai 1 1 22 100.0 22.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 22 0 0 158.3
Reggie Wayne 1 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0 0.0
Rushing Statistics
Player Att Yds Yds/Att Long TD
Joseph Addai 145 514 3.5 21 7
Donald Brown 54 236 4.4 45 2
Chad Simpson 13 82 6.3 31 1
Peyton Manning 10 -3 -0.3 3 0
Dallas Clark 2 11 5.5 7 0
Pierre Garcon 2 10 5.0 17 0
Receiving Statistics
Player Rec Yds Yds/Rec Long TD
Reggie Wayne 76 968 12.7 39 8
Dallas Clark 65 771 11.9 80 4
Austin Collie 39 413 10.6 39 4
Joseph Addai 37 243 6.6 18 3
Pierre Garcon 32 511 16.0 66 3
Donald Brown 8 146 18.3 72 0
Tom Santi 6 80 13.3 31 0
Gijon Robinson 6 48 8.0 19 0
Jacob Tamme 1 6 6.0 6 0
Hank Baskett 1 5 5.0 5 0
Chad Simpson 1 2 2.0 2 0
Field Goal Statistics
Player 1-19 A 1-19 M 20-29 A 20-29 M 30-39 A 30-39 M 40-49 A 40-49 M 50+ A 50+ M
Adam Vinatieri 1 1 2 2 2 1 2 2 1 0
Matt Stover 0 0 2 2 4 4 1 1 0 0
TOTAL 1 1 4 4 6 5 3 3 1 0
OPPONENTS TOTAL 0 0 2 2 8 7 12 10 2 1
Punting Statistics
Player Punts Avg Touchbacks/g IN 20 Long Blck
Pat McAfee 39 44.3 3 13 60 0
TOTAL 39 44.3 3 13 60 0
OPPONENTS TOTAL 44 44.6 3 18 59 0
Punt Return Statistics
Player Returns FC Yds/Ret Long TD
T.J. Rushing 12 14 5.6 22 0
Jamie Silva 7 1 4.6 7 0
Tim Jennings 1 0 0.0 0 0
TOTAL 20 15 5.0 22 0
OPPONENTS TOTAL 21 10 10.4 69 0
Kick Return Statistics
Player Returns Yds Yds/Ret Long TD
Chad Simpson 22 485 22.0 39 0
T.J. Rushing 6 107 17.8 22 0
Donald Brown 1 21 21.0 21 0
Keyunta Dawson 1 14 14.0 14 0
Austin Collie 1 8 8.0 8 0
TOTAL 31 635 20.5 39 0
OPPONENTS TOTAL 43 952 22.1 38 0
Defense Statistics
Player Comb Total Assist Sck Fumb
Clint Session 72 60 12 0.5 0
Antoine Bethea 68 51 17 0.0 2
Gary Brackett 57 46 11 0.0 0
Jerraud Powers 50 42 8 0.0 1
Jacob Lacey 49 39 10 0.0 0
Melvin Bullitt 47 36 11 0.0 1
Tim Jennings 41 33 8 0.0 0
Robert Mathis 34 22 12 8.5 4
Daniel Muir 27 21 6 0.5 0
Eric Foster 19 17 2 0.5 0
Kelvin Hayden 18 16 2 0.0 0
Philip Wheeler 24 15 9 1.0 1
Dwight Freeney 19 15 4 9.5 1
Tyjuan Hagler 26 14 12 0.0 0
Antonio Johnson 22 14 8 1.0 0
Freddy Keiaho 20 14 6 1.0 0
Raheem Brock 15 13 2 1.5 0
Ramon Humber 14 13 1 0.0 1
Jamie Silva 12 11 1 0.0 0
Keyunta Dawson 15 10 5 0.0 0
Ed Johnson 11 10 1 0.0 0
Aaron Francisco 8 8 0 0.0 0
Marlin Jackson 10 7 3 0.0 0
Jordan Senn 8 5 3 0.0 0
Jacob Tamme 6 5 1 0.0 0
T.J. Rushing 4 4 0 0.0 0
Dallas Clark 3 3 0 0.0 0
De’von Hall 3 3 0 0.0 0
Bob Sanders 3 2 1 0.0 0
Justin Snow 3 2 1 0.0 0
Pierre Garcon 2 2 0 0.0 0
Cody Glenn 2 2 0 0.0 0
Reggie Wayne 2 2 0 0.0 0
Pat McAfee 2 1 1 0.0 0
Donald Brown 1 1 0 0.0 0
Kyle DeVan 1 1 0 0.0 1
Mike Hart 1 1 0 0.0 0
Ryan Lilja 1 1 0 0.0 0
Josh Thomas 1 1 0 0.0 0
Chad Simpson 1 1 0 0.0 0
Fili Moala 1 1 0 0.0 0
Hank Baskett 1 0 1 0.0 0
Anthony Madison 1 0 1 0.0 0
TEAM TOTAL 742 582 160 24 12
OPPONENTS TOTAL 648 543 105 8 7
Interception Statistics
Player Int Yds Yds/Int Long TD
Antoine Bethea 3 19 6.3 19 0
Jacob Lacey 1 35 35.0 35 1
Bob Sanders 1 29 29.0 29 0
Gary Brackett 1 8 8.0 8 0
Clint Session 1 8 8.0 8 0
Kelvin Hayden 1 6 6.0 6 0
Marlin Jackson 1 3 3.0 3 0
Jerraud Powers 1 1 1.0 1 0
Tim Jennings 1 0 0.0 0 0
TOTAL 11 109 9.9 35 1
OPPONENTS TOTAL 10 160 16.0 42 0

3. Minnesota Vikings

Brett Favre is not going away. His arm has been injected with bionic fluid Lex Luthor would stab his Moms for. Percy Harvin is the Rookie of the Year so far. Rice is becoming a stud wideout. The defense is obviously beast and the biggest monster is Adrian Peterson. NFC Championship bound barring injury. Don’t count out Adrian Peterson for 2k either. If anyone can bust out for 1k in six games, it’s him. The balance of their offensive scheme might prohibit this, but keep an eye out.

Vikings Opponents
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 205 177
FIRST DOWNS (Rushing-passing-by penalty) 61 – 128 – 16 40 – 119 – 18
THIRD DOWN CONVERSIONS 65/140 43/129
FOURTH DOWN CONVERSIONS 4/8 5/11
TOTAL OFFENSIVE YARDS 3753 3170
OFFENSE (Plays-Average Yards) 644 – 5.8 609 – 5.2
TOTAL RUSHING YARDS 1262 855
RUSHING (Plays-Average Yards) 297 – 4.2 217 – 3.9
TOTAL PASSING YARDS 2491 2315
PASSING (Comp-Att-Int-Avg) 226 - 326 - 3 - 8.1 224 - 356 - 7 - 7.1
SACKS 36 21
FIELD GOALS 15/16 14/17
TOUCHDOWNS 37 22
(Rushing-Passing-Returns-Defensive) 12 – 22 – 2 – 1 3 – 14 – 1 – 4
TIME OF POSSESSION 32:35 27:24
TURNOVER RATIO +6

Passing Statistics
Player Att Comp Yds Comp % Yds/Att TD TD % INT INT % Long Sck Sack/Lost Rating
Brett Favre 310 216 2482 69.7 8.0 21 6.8 3 1.0 63 21 150 112.1
Tarvaris Jackson 15 10 159 66.7 10.6 1 6.7 0 0.0 34 0 0 124.0
Sidney Rice 1 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 39.6
Rushing Statistics
Player Att Yds Yds/Att Long TD
Adrian Peterson 205 999 4.9 64 11
Chester Taylor 63 212 3.4 25 1
Percy Harvin 9 46 5.1 13 0
Tarvaris Jackson 9 -2 -0.2 6 0
Brett Favre 6 -3 -0.5 1 0
Jeff Dugan 3 7 2.3 5 0
Naufahu Tahi 2 3 1.5 2 0
Receiving Statistics
Player Rec Yds Yds/Rec Long TD
Sidney Rice 50 875 17.5 63 4
Percy Harvin 36 501 13.9 51 4
Visanthe Shiancoe 33 324 9.8 21 7
Bernard Berrian 32 332 10.4 36 4
Chester Taylor 27 228 8.4 33 0
Adrian Peterson 25 215 8.6 44 0
Naufahu Tahi 8 58 7.3 32 0
Greg Lewis 5 50 10.0 32 1
Jeff Dugan 4 36 9.0 25 2
Jimmy Kleinsasser 4 15 3.8 6 0
Jaymar Johnson 1 9 9.0 9 0
Brett Favre 1 -2 -2.0 -2 0
Field Goal Statistics
Player 1-19 A 1-19 M 20-29 A 20-29 M 30-39 A 30-39 M 40-49 A 40-49 M 50+ A 50+ M
Ryan Longwell 1 1 5 5 3 3 6 5 1 1
TOTAL 1 1 5 5 3 3 6 5 1 1
OPPONENTS TOTAL 0 0 5 5 7 7 4 2 1 0
Punting Statistics
Player Punts Avg Touchbacks/g IN 20 Long Blck
Chris Kluwe 46 43.8 4 17 60 0
TOTAL 46 43.8 4 17 60 0
OPPONENTS TOTAL 55 45.9 5 13 67 0
Punt Return Statistics
Player Returns FC Yds/Ret Long TD
Jaymar Johnson 16 3 8.4 24 0
Darius Reynaud 14 8 11.6 36 0
Bernard Berrian 2 0 6.5 8 0
TOTAL 32 11 9.7 36 0
OPPONENTS TOTAL 21 9 7.9 67 1
Kick Return Statistics
Player Returns Yds Yds/Ret Long TD
Percy Harvin 31 924 29.8 101 2
Brian Robison 2 7 3.5 7 0
Sidney Rice 1 0 0.0 0 0
Naufahu Tahi 1 0 0.0 0 0
TOTAL 35 931 26.6 101 2
OPPONENTS TOTAL 56 1212 21.6 40 0
Defense Statistics
Player Comb Total Assist Sck Fumb
E.J. Henderson 68 52 16 2.0 0
Chad Greenway 61 52 9 0.0 1
Cedric Griffin 58 49 9 0.0 2
Madieu Williams 42 37 5 0.0 0
Tyrell Johnson 42 36 6 0.0 0
Ray Edwards 37 31 6 5.5 1
Jared Allen 36 29 7 10.5 3
Antoine Winfield 30 28 2 0.0 0
Benny Sapp 27 24 3 0.0 1
Pat Williams 31 23 8 1.0 2
Ben Leber 26 21 5 2.5 1
Karl Paymah 24 21 3 0.0 1
Kevin Williams 23 17 6 6.0 1
Kenny Onatolu 16 13 3 0.0 0
Heath Farwell 14 13 1 0.0 0
Asher Allen 11 9 2 1.0 1
Jimmy Kennedy 11 9 2 3.0 0
Jasper Brinkley 9 9 0 0.0 0
Husain Abdullah 11 8 3 1.0 0
Jamarca Sanford 9 8 1 0.0 0
Eric Frampton 9 6 3 0.0 1
Fred Evans 6 4 2 0.0 0
Brian Robison 5 3 2 1.5 1
Erin Henderson 2 2 0 0.0 0
Greg Lewis 2 1 1 0.0 0
Letroy Guion 1 1 0 0.0 0
Anthony Herrera 1 1 0 0.0 0
Steve Hutchinson 1 1 0 0.0 0
Chester Taylor 1 1 0 0.0 0
Sidney Rice 1 1 0 0.0 0
Jayme Mitchell 1 0 1 0.0 0
TEAM TOTAL 631 525 106 36 16
OPPONENTS TOTAL 717 553 164 21 6
Interception Statistics
Player Int Yds Yds/Int Long TD
Chad Greenway 2 49 24.5 36 0
Cedric Griffin 2 0 0.0 0 0
Asher Allen 1 0 0.0 0 0
Tyrell Johnson 1 0 0.0 0 0
Antoine Winfield 1 0 0.0 0 0
TOTAL 7 49 7.0 36 0
OPPONENTS TOTAL 3 91 30.3 82 1

4. New Orleans Saints

Yeah, yeah they lead the league in points and all out offensive dominance, but we’ve been down this road before. Obviously, if the Saints take care of business this weekend, they shoot straight to the top. I just want to see it. Is anything wrong with that? If Brady and Moss blow out the Saints, I don’t wanna hear shit ’cause it means heads ain’t ready. If they do falter, I want to hear the same McNabb scrutiny screamed high from Randall Cunningham heaven. Straight up. Monster right now, but do something first.

Saints Opponents
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 221 177
FIRST DOWNS (Rushing-passing-by penalty) 83 – 128 – 10 67 – 96 – 14
THIRD DOWN CONVERSIONS 61/130 48/139
FOURTH DOWN CONVERSIONS 3/10 8/17
TOTAL OFFENSIVE YARDS 4205 3306
OFFENSE (Plays-Average Yards) 657 – 6.4 648 – 5.1
TOTAL RUSHING YARDS 1543 1157
RUSHING (Plays-Average Yards) 324 – 4.8 254 – 4.6
TOTAL PASSING YARDS 2662 2149
PASSING (Comp-Att-Int-Avg) 218 - 320 - 9 - 8.6 197 - 370 - 20 - 6.2
SACKS 24 13
FIELD GOALS 12/15 14/16
TOUCHDOWNS 48 23
(Rushing-Passing-Returns-Defensive) 18 – 22 – 1 – 7 12 – 9 – 0 – 2
TIME OF POSSESSION 32:20 27:39
TURNOVER RATIO +10

Passing Statistics
Player Att Comp Yds Comp % Yds/Att TD TD % INT INT % Long Sck Sack/Lost Rating
Drew Brees 320 218 2746 68.1 8.6 22 6.9 9 2.8 66 13 84 105.8
Rushing Statistics
Player Att Yds Yds/Att Long TD
Mike Bell 115 514 4.5 35 4
Pierre Thomas 105 584 5.6 34 5
Reggie Bush 55 277 5.0 55 5
Drew Brees 17 28 1.6 10 2
Lynell Hamilton 14 43 3.1 16 1
Heath Evans 5 16 3.2 6 1
Robert Meachem 4 71 17.8 41 0
Mark Brunell 4 -12 -3.0 -1 0
Devery Henderson 2 10 5.0 13 0
Kyle Eckel 2 6 3.0 7 0
Marques Colston 1 6 6.0 6 0
Receiving Statistics
Player Rec Yds Yds/Rec Long TD
Marques Colston 44 687 15.6 45 6
Jeremy Shockey 39 461 11.8 66 3
Devery Henderson 31 521 16.8 63 1
Reggie Bush 29 207 7.1 29 1
Pierre Thomas 17 112 6.6 36 1
Robert Meachem 16 333 20.8 54 6
David Thomas 16 189 11.8 37 1
Lance Moore 13 146 11.2 22 1
Heath Evans 10 70 7.0 13 2
Mike Bell 2 14 7.0 9 0
Courtney Roby 1 6 6.0 6 0
Field Goal Statistics
Player 1-19 A 1-19 M 20-29 A 20-29 M 30-39 A 30-39 M 40-49 A 40-49 M 50+ A 50+ M
John Carney 0 0 6 6 6 4 3 2 0 0
TOTAL 0 0 6 6 6 4 3 2 0 0
OPPONENTS TOTAL 0 0 4 4 8 7 3 3 1 0
Punting Statistics
Player Punts Avg Touchbacks/g IN 20 Long Blck
Thomas Morstead 34 43.6 3 7 60 0
TOTAL 34 43.6 3 7 60 0
OPPONENTS TOTAL 50 43.0 5 15 61 0
Punt Return Statistics
Player Returns FC Yds/Ret Long TD
Reggie Bush 21 6 3.8 22 0
Devery Henderson 2 1 5.0 5 0
Darren Sharper 1 1 6.0 6 0
TOTAL 24 10 4.0 22 0
OPPONENTS TOTAL 15 8 11.1 43 0
Kick Return Statistics
Player Returns Yds Yds/Ret Long TD
Courtney Roby 25 721 28.8 97 1
Robert Meachem 6 148 24.7 42 0
Pierre Thomas 1 19 19.0 19 0
Jeff Charleston 1 0 0.0 0 0
TOTAL 33 888 26.9 97 1
OPPONENTS TOTAL 51 1265 24.8 87 0
Defense Statistics
Player Comb Total Assist Sck Fumb
Roman Harper 68 56 12 1.5 2
Jonathan Vilma 68 51 17 1.0 0
Scott Shanle 54 43 11 0.0 0
Tracy Porter 43 38 5 0.0 2
Jabari Greer 38 35 3 0.0 0
Darren Sharper 40 29 11 0.5 0
Scott Fujita 31 24 7 1.0 1
Charles Grant 28 22 6 4.5 0
Anthony Hargrove 29 21 8 3.0 1
Will Smith 28 18 10 8.5 3
Pierson Prioleau 18 16 2 0.0 0
Randall Gay 19 15 4 0.0 0
Marvin Mitchell 18 15 3 0.0 0
Malcolm Jenkins 17 15 2 0.0 2
Jo-Lonn Dunbar 20 13 7 0.0 0
Troy Evans 13 11 2 0.0 0
DeMario Pressley 10 10 0 0.0 0
Leigh Torrence 10 9 1 0.5 0
Remi Ayodele 15 8 7 1.5 0
Sedrick Ellis 15 8 7 1.0 0
Chris Reis 8 8 0 0.0 0
Courtney Roby 8 8 0 0.0 0
Bobby McCray 8 6 2 1.0 0
Usama Young 8 6 2 0.0 0
Jeff Charleston 6 5 1 0.0 0
Jonathan Casillas 3 2 1 0.0 0
Mike Bell 2 2 0 0.0 0
Lynell Hamilton 2 2 0 0.0 0
Devery Henderson 2 2 0 0.0 0
Kendrick Clancy 2 1 1 0.0 0
Jason Kyle 2 1 1 0.0 0
Reggie Bush 1 1 0 0.0 0
Jeremy Shockey 1 1 0 0.0 0
David Thomas 1 1 0 0.0 0
Pierre Thomas 1 1 0 0.0 0
Jahri Evans 1 1 0 0.0 0
Lance Moore 1 1 0 0.0 0
Thomas Morstead 1 1 0 0.0 0
TEAM TOTAL 654 521 133 24 11
OPPONENTS TOTAL 714 582 132 13 1
Interception Statistics
Player Int Yds Yds/Int Long TD
Darren Sharper 7 317 45.3 99 3
Tracy Porter 3 72 24.0 54 1
Jabari Greer 2 59 29.5 48 1
Scott Shanle 2 16 8.0 13 0
Chris Reis 1 33 33.0 33 0
Randall Gay 1 25 25.0 25 0
Usama Young 1 24 24.0 24 0
Malcolm Jenkins 1 14 14.0 14 0
Jonathan Vilma 1 6 6.0 6 0
Will Smith 1 0 0.0 0 0
TOTAL 20 566 28.3 99 5
OPPONENTS TOTAL 9 119 13.2 41 0

5. Arizona Cardinals

They key to this team is Beanie Wells. If Percy Harvin wasn’t so Minny Nice, he’d be my ROY. All those ankle injury concerns coming out of the draft are nonexistent. IF Kurt Warner is able to go for the duration and keeps Anquan Boldin happy, this team is as complete offensively as any team in the Lig. The defense runs around like a bunch of sugar smacked up kids with a ghetto pit nose for the ball. Gimme that type of defense any day because if they pull it together with all their athleticism, another SB appearance is on the map. Uh, did I mention Larry Fitzgerald?

Cardinals Opponents
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS 211 176
FIRST DOWNS (Rushing-passing-by penalty) 46 – 148 – 17 47 – 116 – 13
THIRD DOWN CONVERSIONS 43/123 47/144
FOURTH DOWN CONVERSIONS 4/8 6/15
TOTAL OFFENSIVE YARDS 3641 3504
OFFENSE (Plays-Average Yards) 643 – 5.7 647 – 5.4
TOTAL RUSHING YARDS 941 1032
RUSHING (Plays-Average Yards) 229 – 4.1 241 – 4.3
TOTAL PASSING YARDS 2700 2472
PASSING (Comp-Att-Int-Avg) 268 - 397 - 12 - 7.1 212 - 378 - 11 - 7.0
SACKS 28 17
FIELD GOALS 11/12 12/16
TOUCHDOWNS 31 23
(Rushing-Passing-Returns-Defensive) 9 – 20 – 0 – 2 7 – 15 – 0 – 1
TIME OF POSSESSION 31:03 28:56
TURNOVER RATIO -5

Passing Statistics
Player Att Comp Yds Comp % Yds/Att TD TD % INT INT % Long Sck Sack/Lost Rating
Kurt Warner 372 251 2718 67.5 7.3 20 5.4 11 3.0 44 16 128 94.4
Matt Leinart 25 17 119 68.0 4.8 0 0.0 1 4.0 20 1 9 61.9
Rushing Statistics
Player Att Yds Yds/Att Long TD
Tim Hightower 102 430 4.2 50 5
Beanie Wells 100 469 4.7 29 4
Kurt Warner 15 3 0.2 8 0
Matt Leinart 5 -3 -0.6 1 0
LaRod Stephens-Howling 3 6 2.0 5 0
Anquan Boldin 2 7 3.5 4 0
Steve Breaston 1 25 25.0 25 0
Jason Wright 1 4 4.0 4 0
Receiving Statistics
Player Rec Yds Yds/Rec Long TD
Larry Fitzgerald 71 792 11.2 27 9
Anquan Boldin 51 612 12.0 44 2
Tim Hightower 47 343 7.3 23 0
Steve Breaston 39 545 14.0 28 3
Jerheme Urban 16 173 10.8 40 0
Ben Patrick 8 84 10.5 27 2
Beanie Wells 8 60 7.5 23 0
Anthony Becht 7 61 8.7 16 1
Early Doucet 6 59 9.8 20 0
LaRod Stephens-Howling 6 58 9.7 15 1
Jason Wright 4 24 6.0 8 2
Stephen Spach 3 16 5.3 9 0
Dan Kreider 2 10 5.0 7 0
Field Goal Statistics
Player 1-19 A 1-19 M 20-29 A 20-29 M 30-39 A 30-39 M 40-49 A 40-49 M 50+ A 50+ M
Neil Rackers 0 0 3 3 4 4 5 4 0 0
TOTAL 0 0 3 3 4 4 5 4 0 0
OPPONENTS TOTAL 0 0 5 5 7 5 3 1 1 1
Punting Statistics
Player Punts Avg Touchbacks/g IN 20 Long Blck
Ben Graham 56 47.5 3 25 64 0
TOTAL 56 47.5 3 25 64 0
OPPONENTS TOTAL 57 44.4 3 17 64 0
Punt Return Statistics
Player Returns FC Yds/Ret Long TD
Steve Breaston 23 9 7.0 36 0
Antrel Rolle 6 2 9.2 27 0
Greg Toler 1 0 0.0 0 0
TOTAL 30 11 7.2 36 0
OPPONENTS TOTAL 31 9 11.1 62 0
Kick Return Statistics
Player Returns Yds Yds/Ret Long TD
LaRod Stephens-Howling 30 684 22.8 53 0
Jason Wright 1 18 18.0 18 0
TOTAL 31 702 22.6 53 0
OPPONENTS TOTAL 34 722 21.2 63 0
Defense Statistics
Player Comb Total Assist Sck Fumb
Karlos Dansby 74 58 16 1.0 1
Antrel Rolle 51 45 6 1.5 1
Bryant McFadden 48 45 3 0.0 0
Adrian Wilson 45 39 6 0.5 1
Gerald Hayes 43 35 8 0.0 1
Clark Haggans 42 35 7 4.0 2
Darnell Dockett 34 28 6 4.0 0
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie 30 28 2 0.0 1
Calais Campbell 31 24 7 3.5 1
Michael Adams 21 20 1 0.0 0
Chike Okeafor 25 17 8 3.5 0
Matt Ware 15 15 0 0.0 1
Ralph Brown 14 14 0 0.0 0
Gabe Watson 15 13 2 0.0 0
LaRod Stephens-Howling 13 12 1 0.0 0
Bryan Robinson 15 11 4 1.0 0
Will Davis 13 11 2 2.0 0
Ali Highsmith 11 8 3 0.0 0
Sean Morey 9 7 2 0.0 0
Bertrand Berry 7 6 1 3.0 0
Jason Wright 7 6 1 0.0 0
Alan Branch 7 6 1 2.0 0
Neil Rackers 6 6 0 0.0 0
Larry Fitzgerald 5 5 0 0.0 0
Rashad Johnson 5 5 0 0.0 0
Kenny Iwebema 6 3 3 1.0 0
Mike Leach 4 3 1 0.0 0
Greg Toler 3 2 1 0.0 0
Anthony Becht 2 2 0 0.0 0
Mike Gandy 2 2 0 0.0 0
Anquan Boldin 1 1 0 0.0 0
Steve Breaston 1 1 0 0.0 0
Ben Patrick 1 1 0 0.0 0
Reggie Walker 1 1 0 0.0 0
Kurt Warner 1 1 0 0.0 0
Jerheme Urban 1 1 0 0.0 0
Stephen Spach 1 1 0 0.0 0
Tim Hightower 1 1 0 0.0 0
Keilen Dykes 1 1 0 0.0 0
TEAM TOTAL 631 539 92 28 9
OPPONENTS TOTAL 662 559 103 17 14
Interception Statistics
Player Int Yds Yds/Int Long TD
Antrel Rolle 4 71 17.8 29 0
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie 3 56 18.7 49 1
Adrian Wilson 3 8 2.7 4 0
Matt Ware 1 18 18.0 18 0
TOTAL 11 158 14.4 49 1
OPPONENTS TOTAL 12 127 10.6 39 1

6. Pittsburgh Steelers Still got a shot to repeat. The playoffs are 6 weeks off. My choice.
7. San Diego Chargers Pulling it all together but are they peaking way too soon?
8. Philadelphia Eagles Is the defense deep enough? The offense is quick strike. Defensive fatigue?
9. Cincinnati Bengals Another enigmatic talented bunch. Is the quarterback a leader?
10. Dallas Cowboys Miles Austin is a victim of rolling coverages. Who else will step up?

9 Responses to “The Starting Five NFL Power Rankings Week 12”

  1. Temple3 says:

    The Patriots numbers are INFLATED by that game vs. the Titans. I’ll believe when they start beating elite teams by more than 3 points without the use of video.

    The rest of the list is a toss up. New Orleans has to run to beat them — take the short gains up the gut early and keep pushing for big gains late. Shockey is not going to be open. Colston will be a focal point, too. Pierre Thomas and Mike Bell up the gut and up the gut and up the gut….then Robert Meachem and Devery over the top. Game-set-match.

  2. Mizzo says:

    I just can’t see it brotha. This team has yet to play in a big game, let alone win one. Maybe they’ll learn something after this loss, but they will lose.

    If you gave me a choice of what outfit to rock heading into the playoffs, I gotta say Pats.

    Of course their numbers are inflated because of the Titans, but numbers don’t really mean anything do they?

    The best team wins, not the squad with the most gaudy stats.

    If they win, I’ll change my tune. I just wanna see it happen. 1 point, 4 points or 24 points. Doesn’t matter.

  3. Patrick says:

    I would have to nominate New Orleans as the top team in the Week 12 power rankings. Of course, the pending New England-Saints matchup on Monday night football will give us an answer of who is better. To me, Indianapolis has been more vulnerable his year. Despite their undefeated record, the Colts have been in many defensive dogfights with San Francisco, Jacksonville, Houston and most recently Baltimore. Just like Peyton, the Colts team rack up the regular season accolades and fantasy stats, but ususally sputter in the playoffs at some point.

    The Steelers are always in the Top 10, but they have gotten a scare from Big Ben’s increasing propencity to get a concussion and with Charlie Batch out for nearly two months, it may come down to Dennis Dixon to save the day or 2009 season.

  4. Patrick says:

    How good are the Bengals after losing a ‘trap game’ vs. the Oakland Raiders? Cincinnati has a chance to redeem themselves with two games versus Detroit and Cleveland. Before the Bengals meet the Vikings, Cincinatti should have already wrapped up the AFC North.

  5. Mizzo says:

    Patrick the Saints are the obvious choice. Gotta flip it sometime right?

    I go all the way back to Saints/Philly when Kevin Kolb…making his first NFL start…put up 391 (3 picks) against the Saints. What would Donovan have done?

    The Colts and Pats are traditional rivals, so that’s a toss up. Speaking with Baltimore’s Suggs a while back, the Colts scheme seems to frustrate defenses with all their trickery…hence the regular season success (Think Suns).

    As I’ve mentioned, I don’t think there is a dominant team, so like last year, anyone can take the cake.

    Check back for this weekend’s picks tomorrow…eh…later today.

  6. GrandNubian says:

    Gotta agree w/ T3 on this one. The Patriots haven’t beaten anyone convincingly in order for me to give them the top spot. Neither have the Colts. I think that the way the Chargers are playing right now, they deserve some consideration for the top 5.

    I think the Saints will beat the Pats because they have just too many weapons on offense: Colston, Henderson, Meachem, Shockey, Bush, P. Thomas, Moore, Bell AND Drew Brees. Everyone they have on offense can make a big play at any point during the game. How can you defense that?

    They’ve also shown that if they fall behind, they have the firepower to mount a comeback. I don’t think that the Pats want to get in a shootout with the Saints. I think that would be playing to their (the Saints) advantage. If i’m the Saints, I want to pound the rock with Thomas, Bell and Bush. If that running game is going, the Patriots can forget it.

    I’ve been saying all year that if the Saints defense stays consistent, no one will beat them this year. Darren Sharper has been the difference for the Saints on defense but never gets mentioned for defensive player of the year. However, he might be the reason why the Saints beat the Pats on monday night (pick 6). :-)

  7. Mizzo says:

    They are banged up in the secondary. Sharper will not have the opportunities he’s had in the past to jump routes against Brady and Moss.

    He and Woodson are battling for Defensive Player of the Year.

    Like I told Temple yesterday, this game comes down to game experience and professionalism.

    I’d go with Brady and Moss over anyone the Saints can come with. Throw out the stats. Throw out the records. This game will be decided by a few plays made by big players.

    As far as NO, that Philly game just sticks in my crawl as an indicator. Kolb keeps the offense on the field and it’s a different story.

    The Colts beat the Pats. New England has lost to rivals (Jets and Colts) and Denver when Denver was rock.

    They’re 7-3. What is that maybe one or two games off their normal pace?

    What does that make them the Spurs of the NBA? Just waiting for the real season to begin because the regular season doesn’t offer any challenge…lacks the big picture appeal?

    This is essentially a playoff game right?

    Fred Taylor being out and Maroney’s ineffectiveness (for whatever reason) are obviously concerns, but if any team can pull it together it’s the Pats.

    Looking down the road, I see this team and the Steelers playing for the AFC.

    Big players step up.

  8. Christine says:

    That picture of Romo on his face is mean….leave Romo alone…..;)

  9. Mizzo says:

    Tell him to get his ass up then ;)

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