2011 NFL Week 13 Remix by Lloyd Vance

Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice was this week’s game ball winner for his 200-yard rushing effort in a dominating win over the Cleveland Browns

The third quarter of the 2011 NFL Season is completed and there is not much time left for teams to either join the San Francisco 49ers and the undefeated Green Bay Packers in the playoffs or step aside.  I love this time of the year as desperation is in the air for everyone in the NFL with jobs and playoff berths both on the line in equal numbers.  After 13 weeks of NFL play, there are still the “Have’s” (7 teams with 8 wins or more including the league’s only undefeated team — Green Bay Packers,12-0) and the “Have Nots” (10 teams with 4 or less wins, who are now basically spoilers). 

But a good portion of the league (15 teams) are still caught in the parity-laden middle with records ranging from 7-5 to 5-7 including former 2010 playoff teams – NY Jets (7-5), Atlanta Falcons (7-5), Chicago Bears (7-5), Seattle Seahawks (5-7), and KC Chiefs (5-7).  So with only four games remaining for teams there is little time left for the “Contenders” and “Pretenders” to sort themselves out — 10 playoff berths remaining. Continue reading

Taking It to the House’s Week 11 Power Rankings

 Despite the best efforts of All-World RB Adrian Peterson, the reeling Minnesota Vikings continue to fall down the Taking It to the House Power Rankings.  This week, the Vikes slide down to #31 on our list

  1. Green Bay Packers (9-0) – 14 point favorites at home against a respectable Buccaneers team tells you how good this team is playing right now.  Week 11: 11/20 vs. Tampa Bay Continue reading

2011 NFL Week 10 Remix by Lloyd Vance

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald is Taking It to the House’s Week 10 Game Ball award winner for his huge day in Arizona’s comeback win over the Eagles

With only 7 games left to be played for 28 of the league’s 32 teams, there is much more separation left to do within the NFL’s standings before January’s playoffs.  There are still the “Have’s” (5 teams with 7 wins or more including the league’s only undefeated team — Packers 9-0) and the “Have Nots” (11 teams with 3 or less wins, who are now basically spoilers).  But the majority of the NFL (16 teams) are still playing within former NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle’s parity dream section. 

With records ranging from 6-3 to 4-5 including 6 Teams with a record of 5-4 — Bills, NY Jets, Falcons, Cowboys, Titans, and Raiders that need to figure out if they are “Contenders” or “Pretenders” in the upcoming weeks.  There are 12 covet playoff spots up for grabs and you have to expect that some teams will soon be giving thanks this Thanksgiving holiday for their opportunity in the playoffs. Continue reading

Taking It to the House 2011 NFL Season First Half Awards by Lloyd Vance

It has been a great first half of the 2011 NFL Season for the NFC West Leading San Francisco 49ers (6-1) and their players including OG Mike Iupati and RB Frank Gore.  In fact, the Niners seem to be everywhere in Taking It to the House’s First Half Awards and they appear to be a very strong contender for this season’s second half too

(Philadelphia, Pa) — The 2011 NFL Season, titled “Back to Football”, so far has lived up to former league commissioner Bert Bell’s dream of “Any Given Sunday”.  Parity is everywhere as there are currently 19 teams with winning records and almost every team – except the reeling Manning-less Indianapolis Colts — seems to have a legitimate chance of winning a playoff spot or at the very least producing “W’s” on a weekly basis. 

But nothing in the National Football League should be taken for granted as shown by lower tier teams displaying that they are coming for a fight and not a “show” when facing upper level competition.  Both the Jaguars’ 12-7 win over the Ravens on MNF in Week 7 and the formerly winless Rams 31-21 win over the Saints show just how “even” the NFL really is at this time.

Sure there are the defending Super Bowl Champion undefeated Green Bay Packers and the winless reeling Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins (fighting it out for Andrew Luck) at the other end of the spectrum, but in between there is a whole lot more sorting out to do in the second half of the 2011 season.  Currently there is glut of 14 teams — over one-third of the league including NO, HOU, OAK, KC, SD, ATL, TB, NYJ, CHI, TEN, CLE, PHI, DAL, WAS — stuck between a record of 3-4 and 5-3 so there should whole a lot more exciting action as these teams sort themselves into “Contenders” and “Pretenders” before January brings the pageantry that is NFL Playoff football. Continue reading

Taking it to the House’s NFL Week 9 Power Rankings

After topping the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, the Green Bay Packers continue to rank atop Taking It To The House‘s Power Rankings.

  1. Green Bay Packers (8-0) – The defense gave up 460 total yards and 38 points on Sunday.  They still won the game.  Remember Packers fans the same thing that makes you laugh, also makes you cry.  Week 10: 11/14 vs. Minnesota
  2. San Francisco 49ers (7-1) – Another Sunday, another win on the East Coast.  People forget if they didn’t give up a 14-point fourth quarter lead against the Cowboys in Week 2, the Packers wouldn’t be the only undefeated team.  Week 10: 11/13 vs. NY Giants Continue reading

Taking it to the House’s NFL Week 7 Power Rankings

 
Even though the NY Jets (4-3) are on their bye week, HC Rex Ryan’s squad after a two-game winning streak has re-entered the playoff hunt.  The NY Jets come-in at No. 9 in Taking It to the House’s Week 8 Power Rankings
 
1.      Green Bay Packers (7-0) – The Pack struggled early against Minnesota but still came away with the win.  There are already rumblings about an undefeated season.  Week 8: Bye
 
2.      New England Patriots (5-1) – Can Chad Ochocinco start contributing to the Patriots offense?  Will the defense be better in the second half of the season?  A few questions that need to be answered in New England .  Week 8: 10/30 @ Pittsburgh Continue reading

Taking It to the House NFL Week 6 Power Rankings by Jason King

  1. Green Bay Packers (6-0) – The Packers look like defending champions.  Aaron Rodgers is the best player in the NFL right now.  The only concern is that they don’t peak too early.  Rodgers said after the 24-3 win over the Rams on Sunday, “It’s tough to win in this league, we’re 6-0, and have a lot of room for improvement.”  The things you want to hear if you’re a Packers fan.  Week 7: 10/23 @Minnesota
  2. New England Patriots (5-1) – For the first time in the last 12 regular season games the Patriots didn’t score 30 or more points.  No problem, Tom Brady can put together a game-winning drive whenever called upon.  Their win overDallas is scary because they proved they can win a game when the offense isn’t at its best.  Week 7: Bye Continue reading